The Jewish community is mourning the death of a long-time school principal in Williamburg who passed away on Shabbos at the age of 90.
Hertz Frankel, z”l, the principal of Brooklyn’s Satmar community in Williamsburg for more than 60 years peacefully died on Shabbos.
Sources said Rabbi Frankel was appointed by the Satmar Rebbe, Harav Yoel Teitelbaum, zy”a, to run the Satmar girls’ schools in 1959.
Rabbi Frankel settled in America in 1948 after escaping the atrocities of World War II.
Rabbi Frankel graduated from Brooklyn College and earned his rabbinical ordination at Yeshiva Torah Vodaath.
Those people close to Rabbi Frankel said his fluency in English made him a valuable asset to the Satmar Rebbe, who was extremely committed to chinuch and understood that his experiences running a yeshivah back in Europe left him well prepared to lead the community’s Bais Rochel girls’ school.
Aside from serving at the helm of the Satmar girls’ school, Rabbi Frankel also served as an intermediary between the Rebbe and government officials and others outside the Satmar community, earning him the informal title of the Rebbe’s “secretary of state.”
The levayah of Rabbi Frankel will be held on Sunday morning, with kevurah to be in Israel.
The beloved school principal left behind lhbch”l, his wife, children, and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.