It is with deepest sorrow that we have been informed of the untimely death of Samuel Benrubi, the President Emeritus of both the Governing Board of the Jewish Museum of Greece and of the Association of its Greek Friends. His funeral took place in the afternoon of Monday, March 10. On behalf of the American Friends, our President has sent a message of condolences to the family and the Museum.
Truly an exemplar of valour, the profile of a leader, and a man of many talents, creativity and vision, Sam Benrubi played a decisive role in the establishment and growth of the Jewish Museum of Greece. He was present at the Creation! A prominent business leader, well-known to Jewish Communities in Greece and abroad, he was best fit to play the essential role of bringing people together, of mobilizing support, aligning the needed resources and supervising the task of building the Museum in a home all of its own, at the very center of Athens.
Fully developed today, with a rich array of activities beyond the display of exhibits; well-known for its outreach to Greece and the world, the Jewish Museum of Greece stands as a living monument to the vision, perseverance and commitment to Greek Jewry which Sam exemplified. Those of the American Friends, who met him in New York during one of his several visits will recall his dedication to this remarkable task to which he devoted boundless energy; which has become his legacy.
May his memory be for a blessing.