We note with sorrow the passing of Rabbi Schulem Rubin, an indefatigable champion of the Jewish community. As a prominent pulpit rabbi and trusted counsellor, Rabbi Rubin provided direction to generations. As a confidante of many in high office, he facilitated access to decision-makers at critical times for more than 40 years. And as the longtime Chief of Kosher Law Enforcement of the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, Rabbi Rubin worked ceaselessly to ensure that hundreds of thousands of Jews would not unwittingly run afoul of the Halacha in a fundamental and defining aspect of our faith.
Rabbi Rubin combined a signature regal bearing with uncommon oratory. His personality was characterized by much warmth and instant empathy. He was capable of extraordinary acts of kindness and great loyalty. Yet, he was an astute student of the human condition and the foibles of life. And he was, without doubt, able to take the measure of any in public life.
Those who knew Rabbi Rubin well and worked with him over the years most certainly shed real tears at his passing.
May his memory be for a blessing.
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