Kenneth Rubens, chair of the Jewish Museum, dies aged 87

Tribute paid to "a greatly respected board member, patron and friend"


Kenneth Rubens, the chairman of the Jewish Museum in London, has died aged 87.

In his time as chairman, he oversaw the institution's expansion from modest premises in London’s Woburn House to its current home in Camden, north-west London. 

Paying tribute, Abigail Morris, the museum’s director, “It was clear that Kenneth had inherited the same passion which motivated his uncle, Alfred Rubens, who was one of the museum’s founding committee members,” he said.

Mr Rubens, who was also a past president and chairman of World Jewish Relief, and who chaired a number of investment companies, was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s 1997 birthday honours for charitable services to the Jewish community.

 “Kenneth has been a greatly respected board member, patron, and friend to us and we can’t overstate how much he will be missed.  His hard work is greatly appreciated by everyone at the Jewish Museum and we will proudly continue his legacy into the future. “ Ms Morris said.

Mr Rubens is survived by his wife Angela and sons Simon and Paul.

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