OLD TAPPAN, N.J. – Andrew Ilan Rubinstein, of Old Tappan died Sept. 8. Andrew was the beloved husband of Karen Haynoski Rubinstein and the cherished and adored daddy of Benjamin Lael and Aaron Bear. He is survived by his loving parents Dr. Michael and Linda Rubinstein of Providence and his loving mother-in-law, Barbara Haynoski, his dear sisters, Dr. Mahra Rubinstein Shocket and her husband, Jon Shocket, Lilli Rubinstein and her fiance, Jeremy Bilgre, and his niece and nephew, Natalie and Benjamin Shocket. He was the devoted son-in-law to the late, Benjamin Haynoski.
Andrew was born in Providence, attended the Wheeler School and St. Dunstan’s High School. He earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Hartford where he met Karen. Andrew began his career in customer service at Sony, but quickly parlayed his unique interpersonal skills into the nonprofit sector by establishing the Donor Center at UJA of New York. At UJA, he won the Ronald Lauder grant to staff JDC-Lauder International Jewish Youth Camp in Szarvas, Hungary, to promote and model Jewish tradition and values to Jewish children from around the world. He went on to JDRF where he personally raised several thousands of dollars for the annual walk in New York City.
He then delved into the non-profit Arts sector by becoming the Assistant Director of Membership at Carnegie Hall, hosting many special events and rehearsals for donors who believed in the power of the arts to bring people together.
He was then recruited to design and implement the Membership Office at the new 9/11 Memorial and Museum. His tenure was cut short by mounting debilitating medical issues and he left this position in order to battle these medical issues full time.
Andrew lived his short life with laughter, gratitude, grace and unwavering courage. Andrew’s family, friends and colleagues will always remember his quick wit, twinkling blue eyes, gentleness, bravery and unyielding tenacity in the crux of devastating illnesses. The world needs more people like him and lost a truly great man.
Contributions may be made to Mount Sinai Health System, Office of Development, One Gustave L. Levy Place, Box 1049, New York, NY 10029.