Memorial Fundraising Pages

In Memory of Steven Rubenstein

Steven Rubenstein

Steven Rubenstein

Team Fundraising Goal: $10,000.00

Total Number of Gifts: 54
Total Value of Gifts: $12,775.00

Recent Donors

Francine and Kenneth Rubenstein

Paul Gader

Joel Buchband

Elaine and Jerry Adler

Donald Jay Wolfson

Jeffrey Gratz and Susan Buchsbaum

Estelle and Ury Rapoport

Kathleen Fine-Dare & Byron Dare

Esther and Albert Norman

Lawrence Greenapple

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About Steven:

For the three years of his field work for his PHD. from Columbia, our son & brother Steven Rubenstein lived with the Shuar Indians in the Oriente, the Ecuadorean rainforest. He shared their food, their work, their living quarters, their way of life. The Shuar, the only indigenous people in all of Latin America never conquered by the Spaniards, adopted Steve into the tribe and gave him the name, Nanki (brother). They became his second family and one of his prime concerns was the preservation and protection of Amazonian peoples, their culture and their environment..

Steven's other great love was his Judaism. He was a graduate of the Jewish Theological Seminary, had been accepted by the Rabbinical School, and for a time he was torn between that career and anthropology. Although he chose the latter, Steve never lost his passion for Jewish thought, Jewish tradition, and especially tikkun olam, "healing the world."

When Steven was in the midst of his field work, he travelled to the Oriente, where major oil corporations were exploring and drilling. We remember the shock he expressed at the disregard they exhibited for the effect of drilling on the environment and on a people whose lives depended on the ecological health of that area. You may, in fact, have read about various lawsuits here and in Ecuador that have resulted from this drilling.

Amazon Watch is an international organization that works to protect the rainforest, to advance the rights of indigenous peoples in the face of large-scale industrial development, including oil and gas pipelines, power lines and roads, to press for corporate accountability and to preserve the Amazon's ecological systems.

American Jewish World Service partners with Amazon Watch in its Northern Peru Project, which specifically works to accomplish these goals. Although the country is Peru, this specific area was once part of Ecuador and is in a region of the Amazon relatively near to the Ecuadorean Oriente, where Steven lived and worked. We, Steven's family, think that support of this effort is an ideal way to combine his two great loves, Judaism and human (including indigenous) rights.

American Jewish World Service will direct all donations in Steven's memory made through this web page to the Northern Peru Project of Amazon Watch.

We'd like to think that Steven is out there, cheering on our collective support of this project, one to which he would gladly lend his name, and a fitting way to carry on his work.

The Rubenstein Family

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Kathy Fine-Dare
Sat, Sep 08, 2012
I miss Steve very much but he continues to enrich my life. My thoughts are with his family members who I never met but hope to one day.

Susan Singleton
Mon, Aug 13, 2012
What a shock to receive your news about Steven's passing, Fran & Ken.
My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Thank you for this opportuniity to honor Steven's dedicated work and love for the Shuar people and their righteous struggle.
Love, Susan

Richard and Michele Rubenstein
Wed, Apr 25, 2012
We love and miss Steven with all our hearts.

adele cukor
Wed, Apr 25, 2012
I am so sorry to hear about your son. I'm only sorry I never met him- He
sounds like a wonderful person. You must be very proud of him. My heart goes out to you on your loss.

David and Shirley Coleman
Wed, Apr 25, 2012
Steve was a truly genuine person who had a depth of knowledge and understanding in many areas.
We were able, and privileged to have been able to give him hospitality in our home.
He often spoke fondly of being able to celebrate the Jewish festival of Purim with our family at the home of one of our sons and was always appreciative of being able to take part in all things Jewish.
Our lives were enriched for having known him.


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