Saturday, 28 July 2012

JDL Vice President, Ari Ephraim Rubin, Is Dead

Ari Ephraim Rubin
Another tragic loss for the Right Wing Jewish Leadership. First Rav Meir Kahane. Then Benyamin Kahane, Irv Rubin and now his Son, When will it end?

Ari Ephraim Rubin left all of us who loved him so much far too soon. He said goodbye on July 20, 2012, at 30 years of age. 

Ari lived all his life in Arcadia, most recently with his brother, Kelman, and previously with his mother, Shelley, and father, Irv, who predeceased him in 2002. Besides his loving mother and brother, Ari leaves his great uncle and aunt, Dr. Arthur and Frances Firestone, uncle Rick Speizer, aunts Ina Perlman and Terry Rubin-Ortiz, cousin Hara Shore Alarcon, cousins Paula and Geoff Sinfield, and many great aunts and uncles, cousins, and dear friends. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Morris and Doris Rubin, and his maternal grandparents, Dr. Herbert and Gilda Speizer.

Ari's extremely high intellect and gentle, caring spirit made him a bright light in the world. At Arcadia High, he was a dedicated student and member of Apache News and graduated in 2000 with academic and AP honors. He continued his education at Pasadena City College, also attaining high honors at graduation. In 2005, Ari received his bachelor's degree in political science with honors and magna cum laude distinction from Cal Poly Pomona.

He shared his family's passion and fearless advocacy for Jewish civil rights practically from birth. He taught himself conversational Hebrew. He designed the website of the Jewish Defense League and maintained its upkeep since the death of his father, JDL Chairman Irv Rubin. He realized his lifelong dream of visiting Israel in 2008, through the Birthright Israel organization. He later returned for studies at Aish HaTorah Jerusalem in the summer of 2010, embracing Orthodox Jewish life and striving to be a better Jewish man in this world.

His passions included vigorous political debates, computers (Apple, especially), rock and roll (The Doors and Nirvana, especially), the family pets, being a devoted and proud older brother to Kelly, and working as a securities trader.

Graveside services were held on Tuesday, July 24, at 11:00 a.m. at Sholom Memorial Park in Sylmar, with shiva being observed at the family home in Arcadia.

We will hold his bright light forever in our hearts. May Ari be greeted tenderly in heaven by his father and his grandparents, to whom he was so precious.

The JDL UK express our condolences to Ari Ruben and his family.

Ha'makom yenahem etkhem betokh she'ar avelei Tziyonvi'Yerushalayim.


According to Mr. Tom Tugent , a contributing editor for the Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles and the West Coast correspondent for the Jerusalem Post in Israel, Jewish Chronicle in Britain, and the Jewish telegraphic Agency in New York, Mr. Ari Rubin died of a self-inflicted gun shot wound on 20th July 2012.

Please see the full story here. 

- JDL UK Team -


  1. What happeend with this man, please tell!

  2. May Ari Ephraim Ruben be wrapped in HaShem's etrnal light. AMEN.

  3. You'll be missed Ari, we never spoke much, but you always exuded a compassionate and caring demeanor.