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Birth: Mar. 7, 1916
Anne Arundel County
Maryland, USA
Death: Jul. 5, 1990
Fairfield County
Connecticut, USA

Rabbi Rubinstein served Congregation Shaare Emeth, St. Louis, Missouri as assistant rabbi for 2 years (1945-1947) and he is listed along with other rabbis who served St. Louis congregations. The full list can be found at SAINT LOUIS RABBIS.


University of Pittsburgh
Undergraduate Degree

Hebrew Union College, Cincinnati, OH
Rabbinic Ordination

World War II
Navy Chaplain
Served with the Marines in Pacific
Later served in post-war occupied Japan

Congregation Shaare Emeth, St. Louis, MO
Assistant to Rabbi Gordon

Sinai Temple
Michigan City, IN

Vine Street Temple, Nashville, TN
Temporary replacement rabbi of the congregation

Temple Emanuel (Now Temple Israel)
Duluth, MN

Temple Israel, Westport, CT

Temple Israel's rabbi, Byron T. Rubenstein, was deeply involved in the civil rights struggle. Rev. Martin Luther King spoke at the temple in 1964. A month later, Rubenstein and King were both arrested in the south, at a nonviolent march. Rubenstein and others were instrumental in organizing Freedom Rides from Westport, challenging laws that enforced segregation.

Rabbi Rubenstein authored The Rabbinic Conception of the Family, 1942. 140 pages. Some of his other published works appeared in American Judaism (journal of the C.C.A.R), and The Jewish Teacher.

Rabbi Rubenstein was active in the development of the National Federaton of Temple Youth (NFTY) and conducted the first NFTY tour to Israel.

The Rabbi Byron T. Rubenstein Memorial Scholarship Fund was established by Edwin A. Malloy in memory of Rabbi Rubenstein.

He married the former Suzanne Lieblich of Maplewood, New Jersey in 1943.

Written ca 1981

Rabbi Byron T. Rubenstein was born in Annapolis, MD and grew up in Pittsburgh, PA. He graduated from the University of Pittsburgh and was later ordained a rabbi at Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati in 1942. Rabbi Rubenstin came to Temple Shaare Emeth directly out of the Navy where he had served as a chaplain with the Marine Corps during World War II. He was engaged to serve as assistant to Rabbi Julius Gordon--the first assistant in the history of the congregation. He and his wife Suzanne (Lieblish) arrived in St. Louis in June of 1946 with their ten month old son Robert.

After leaving St. Louis, Rabbi Rubenstein served Sinai Temple in Michigan City, Indiana and later atd Temple Emanuel in Duluth, Minnesota. He is now rabbi at Temple Israel in Westport, Connecticut. The Rubensteins now have four children--Robert, a physician, who at the time of this writing is soon to be married; James, an attorney, who is married and the father of a son, Daniel; Jonathan, a social worker, and Judith, a graduate student at Boston University

Byron Rubenstein, 74, Rabbi in Connecticut
Published: New York Times July 07, 1990

Rabbi Byron T. Rubenstein, leader of the congregation at Temple Israel in Westport, Conn., for 23 years before he retired in 1982, died on Thursday at Mediplex of Westport.

He was 74 years old and lived in Westport.
His family said the cause of death was Parkinson's disease.

Rabbi Rubenstein, a native of Annapolis, Md., was a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh and of Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati. He served as a Navy chaplain with the Marines in the Pacific in World War II. Before joining Temple Israel in 1959 he led congregations in Michigan City, Ind., Highland Park, Ill., and Duluth, Minn.
He is survived by his wife, the former Suzanne Lieblich, whom he married in 1943; three sons, Dr. Robert Rubenstein of Brooklyn, James, of Minneapolis, and Rabbi Jonathan Rubenstein, of Saratoga Springs, N.Y.; a daughter, Judith Gerstenblatt of Dover, N.H.; a sister, Eugenie Starr
of Greenbrae, Calif.; a brother, Alan, of Oklahoma City, and eight grandchildren.

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The rabbi featured on this Find A Grave page is one of many included in a "Virtual Cemetery" of rabbis who've passed but who served on St. Louis pulpits during their rabbinate. The complete "Virtual Cemetery" list can be found at SAINT LOUIS RABBIS. Questions about this "Virtual Cemetery" project may be directed to:
Steven Weinreich
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  Suzanne Marilyn Lieblich Rubenstein (1921 - 2008)*
*Calculated relationship
Temple Israel Cemetery
Fairfield County
Connecticut, USA
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Record added: Sep 13, 2012
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