Eli Rubin, 71


NEW BEDFORD, MASS. – Eli J. Rubin, DDS, died at his home in New Bedford, Massachusetts surrounded by loved ones on Nov. 8, after a brief illness. Dr. Rubin was born on May 16, 1947 in Fall River, Massachusetts to Dr. Morris E. and Pearl (Ehrenhaus) Rubin. 

Eli graduated from New Bedford High School in 1965. He received an undergraduate degree from the University of Maryland, a MPH from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and a DDS from Temple University School of Dentistry. He practiced dentistry in New Bedford for more than 40 years. On Aug. 24, 1974, he married the love of his life, Barbara, daughter of Hilda and Jack Wolitz. Together, they built a life in New Bedford and raisedtwo children. 

Eli was very active in the Jewish community. He served two terms as president of Tifereth Israel Synagogue as well as being on several other committees. He volunteered at several organizations throughout the New Bedford community, including the Zeiterion Theater and most recently, St. Luke’s Hospital and the National Park. He enjoyed the summers playing golf and going to Bakers Beach. 

He is survived by his wife Barbara (Wolitz) Rubin, daughter Sarah Ross, son-in-law, Jonathan Ross, son Ben Rubin and fiance Caroline Sheridan, grandson Max Ross, sister Rebecca Rubin, nephews Aryeh and Eliezer Feinstein, brother-in-laws Dr. Richard Wolitz and Dr. Stephen Follansbee and nephew of Abraham and Marilyn Ehrenhaus. 

Donations in his memory may be made to the following: Tifereth Israel Synagogue, National Brain Tumor Society or Community Nurse Home Care & Hospice.