Syril Rubin

August 27, 1928November 12, 2012

Syril Rubin -- passed away at home, surrounded by her family, after a short illness. Matriarch of a large and loving family, she led a socially and culturally enriched life. A voracious reader, she instilled in her children a love of classical music and modern art. Along with her late husband Leonard, she was dedicated to Israel and Jewish life at home and around the world. Among the many institutions which benefited from her dedication and generosity are the Kaplen Jewish Community Center on the Palisades, the Jewish Home and Rehabilitation Center in Rockleigh, and the Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey. She travelled all over the world visiting and helping Jewish communities in need and made countless trips to Israel where she maintained a home for many years. She developed a close relationship with the Israel Tennis Centers, the community of Neve Josef in Haifa, and the Shalom Hartman Institute. Her love of her family and friends, warm personality, optimistic outlook, and spirit of tzedakah are what will always be remembered. Love of family was a particularly powerful force in her life and she was able to make each of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren feel special in their own way. She is survived by her 3 children – Daniel (Eileen), Robert (Toby), Leslie Weinberg (Mark),12 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister, Helene Nelkin along with many nieces, nephews, cousins and hundreds of friends -- locally and abroad. Funeral services will be held at The Kaplen JCC on the Palisades, 411 East Clinton Avenue, Tenafly, NJ on Tuesday, November 12, at 10:30 AM. Donations may be made to: The Kaplen JCC on the Palisades, The Jewish Home at Rockleigh or The JCC of San Francisco.


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Cherie Sappia

September 8, 2014

I am so sad to hear this I had no idea of Syril's passing . She and Lenny were very close friends of our family. My Dad will be extremely sad to hear this. I remember Lenny and my Mom playing doubles and no one ever beat them at Hillcrest Cabana Club. She joins my Mom (Jackie) in heaven.

Hank Weinberg

December 20, 2012

We miss our dear friend. Condolences to the family.
Sue and Hank Weinberg

Gary & Bobby Mass

November 18, 2012

We are saddened to hear of the loss of Mrs. Rubin. While we didn't know her personally, we know her son (Dan) to whom we express our deepest condolences.
Gary and Bobby Mass of CCI

November 14, 2012

Dear Muriel,
So sorry to learn of Phi's passing. Our thoughts are with you and your family.
Love, Judy and Rusty Sandler

Elena Rendine

November 14, 2012

Very sorry for your loss. You don't know me but my mother, Maria (Joseph) Rizzo took care of Mrs Rubin's children. Leslie happened to be my parent's flower girl when they married in 1959. Our condolences to you & your family.

Denise Del Grosso

November 13, 2012

Robert and family,
So sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this time.

Alene Fishbein

November 13, 2012

To all the Rubin Family You were truly blessed by having your mother so many years. Follow her examples and her life and that will be her legacy to you. I shall be thinking of all of you and hoping you realize your good fortune to see her having lived such a full, complete, and gratifying life..

Alene Fishbein, Toby's aunt.

K Czepiel

November 13, 2012

Mrs. Rubin always struck me as being a very caring and unassuming individual who treated others with both dignity and respect, no matter who they were. She was always friendly and pleasant, especially when she interacted with the children. I was very saddened to hear of her passing. My thoughts and prayers are with her family. This is really a tremendous loss for the community and she will be truely missed.