In Remembrance of Jeffrey A. "Jeff" Rubel
Jeffrey A. "Jeff" RubelClarks Summit, PA October 24, 1943 ~ May 21, 2013 Date of Service: May 22, 2013
Jeffrey A. "Jeff" Rubel, 69, of Clarks Summit, died in the emergency room of Regional Hospital of Scranton after being stricken ill. His wife is the former Carol Weiss.
Born in Scranton, he was the only son of the late Harold and Rose Nussbaum Rubel. While growing up in the Hill Section of Scranton, Jeff combined an active social and athletic life with his studies — studies that included not only the work he tackled in the Scranton public schools, but also the challenges of Temple Israel's Hebrew School, which (in those days!) met five days per week. Despite juggling that workload, Jeff also participated in the family businesses (Mulberry Lunch, run by his grandfather, the late Benny Nussbaum) and Rubel's Market on Madison Avenue.
Jeff attended the University of Scranton for his freshman year and then transferred to Penn State at State College and was later named "Alumni of the Year." The "blue and white" experience never left him — and he returned to his hometown holding not only a diploma in business and accounting but also a deep affection for all things "PSU." The new graduate began his career as Youth Director at the JCC but served there for only one year before answering Uncle Sam's invitation to serve at Fort Dix as a "chairborne ranger" on the public relations and communications detail.
Jeff focused the first portion of his professional career as a sales executive in the advertising specialty business. He then became national sales manager for Textiles Inc. and held that position for many years before leaving to become Vice President of the Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce, where he served for eighteen years before his retirement in 2010. While at the Chamber, Jeff oversaw government affairs, communication, educational initiatives and health care for the organization and its 3,000-plus members, and also developed the Skills in Scranton — a business educational partnership for the collaboration between area businesses and public and private schools.
His commitment to both Judaism and the Northeastern Pennsylvania region is reflected in his dedication as a community volunteer, having served as chapter chairman for the Scranton Chapter of the American Red Cross as well as board member of United Neighborhood Centers, Temple Israel, the Jewish Federation of NEPA and countless other organizations. Jeff was a two-time past president of Glen Oak Country Club and was current membership chairman. An active supporter of Chabad of the Abingtons, he was also the founder and Chairman of the Board at the Howard Gardener School. Additionally, Jeff was the anchor of Auction 44 for twenty-five years.
The impact of Jeff's energy, effort and commitment is very much like that of a stone dropped into a still pool of water … his work and service to others ripples out far beyond himself, and he is, like the stone submerged in water, often the unseen catalyst that has caused improvement and change for many.
Jeff is the proud father of two daughters, Heather Ross and husband, Phillip, Rye, N.Y.; and Chaya Fine and husband, Samson, Riverdale, N.Y.; as well as stepfather to Robin Johnson and husband Brock, Geneva, Ill.; and Doug Sealfon and wife, JoAnne, West Point, N.Y. He is the grandfather of eight, Lauren and Brady Ross; Azriel, Yonatan, Neima and Yedidya Fine; and Devin and Shelby Johnson; brother of Linda Rubel, Ph.D., and husband, William Waddell, Ph.D., Rochester, N.Y.; and uncle, cousin and nephew to a slew of assorted relatives across the country.
The funeral will be Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. in the Carlucci-Golden-DeSantis Funeral Home Inc., 318 E. Drinker St., Dunmore, with services by Rabbi Benny Rapoport. Friends will be received for one hour prior to the service. Interment in the Temple Israel Cemetery, Dunmore.
Shiva will be observed at their residence, 310 Tulip Circle, Clarks Summit, Wednesday evening from 7-9; Thursday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.; Friday afternoon from 2-4; and Sunday and Monday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations and memorial contributions may be made to the Jewish Discovery Center, P.O. Box 778, Waverly, PA 18471; or to the Howard Gardner School, 134 School Street, Scranton, PA 18508.