The Jewish Community has lost one of its most innovative leaders. Irving Rabin was born in San Francisco May 11, 1930 and passed away at his Tiburon home August 15, 2012. He was the founder and CEO of Rabin Worldwide, an international industrial auction company. With his partners, he owned Butterfield & Butterfield, which was acquired by eBay in 1999. Irving was co-founder and first president of Young Adult Division (YAD) of Jewish Federation, which has been responsible for thousands of Jewish marriages, and founder and first president of Jewish Vocational Services. He helped to acquire the land for Menorah Park, and was its first president. He was president of the Magnes Museum of Judaica during its most crucial period, working hard to preserve its place among the great museums of the Bay Area. He served on countless boards and put his amazing energy into many other Jewish charities.
Irving is survived by his wife Varda, daughter Shira Rabin Weissman and her husband Daniel Weissman, son Ariel and his wife Sarah Buchwalter Rabin, daughter Orlee Rabin and her husband David Shlachter, and son Daniel Rabin. He is survived by his sister Millie Reese and was predeceased by his brothers David, Sol, and Henry Rabin. Irving is also the proud grandfather of Levi and Yael Weissman. He is mourned by many nieces, nephews, cousins, and numerous friends.
Funeral services will be held at Congregation Beth Shalom (301 - 14th Avenue, San Francisco) TODAY at 10 a.m. Friday, August 17. Contributions can be made to Congregation Beth Shalom in San Francisco, Congregation Kol Shofar in Tiburon, or the Judah L. Magnes Museum in Berkeley.