We will always be "a father and daughter team", Aaron Rubinstein and Haguit Rubinstein-Towler, who create Sculptural Timeless Jewelry Designs in Silver and Gold in the USA.
Obituary for Aaron RubinsteinAaron Rubinstein, 93, Holocaust survivor, peacefully took his last breath at 11:55 am on Tuesday, July 20th with his family surrounding him in love.
Aaron began his life in Sokolov Podlaski, Poland on February 28, 1928. He was the youngest son of Benyamin and Hiah (Tyk) Rubinstein and the youngest of five children. His and his family's whole world was uprooted in 1939 with the invasion of Germany. Aaron's parents, his siblings, Rivke, Shlomo, Yosef, and Lea escaped to Siberia via cattle cars.
In Siberia, life was exceedingly difficult, and Aaron was taken to an orphanage by his sister Rivke so he could have food to eat. The Polish government, the Jewish Agency, and the American Red Cross worked together to take these orphans to Tehran. Aaron's family was not aware of these plans, and his sister, Rivke, came to visit him one day to find that the orphans had started their migration to Persia via Karachi, Uzbekistan, India, and the Sinai Desert. The Tehran Children arrived in August 1943 where they lived in tents and Aaron contracted malaria.
After eight months, Aaron was able to immigrate to Palestine, specifically Ein Harod, a kibbutz where he had a room with two other boys. Aaron worked in the fields and was able to catch up the years of schooling that he missed.
Aaron joined the Israeli Army in 1946 and fought for the country's independence in 1948. In 1949, while driving for the army, his vehicle ran over a mine, and he was injured. Rehabilitation involved working on jewelry to regain his fine motor skills. He always loved art and jewelry and sculpture fed his passion.
Aaron met Rachel while she was in the Israeli army and both felt education was a priority. Aaron went to college to study Bible at Hebrew University, and the Teacher's College, and later an Administrative Degree. Rachel also went to the Teacher's College and they started their teaching careers in Ashkelon, Israel. Aaron became the principal of a school and together they taught thousands of immigrant children.
Aaron and Rachel were always looking for adventure together and better opportunities and became exchange teachers with the United States. In 1960, with Hillel, their son, arrived in Chicago for a one-year teacher contract. Aaron took the opportunity to study art and sculpture at the Chicago Art Institute which he loved. They returned to Israel where Haguit, their daughter was born and in 1964 received a visa to return to the US. This time to Minneapolis where Aaron, 1965, received another master's degree at the Minneapolis Art Institute majoring in sculpture and minoring in metalsmithing. They returned to Israel in 1966.
The Rubinstein Family finally settled in Cincinnati in 1968, where Aaron and Rachel taught at Yavneh Day School. Aaron wanted a new challenge and started the art jewelry company, Modern Art Jewelry.
Rachel and Aaron worked side by side building Modern Art Jewelry where Aaron designed, cast, and fabrications beautiful works of modernist and contemporary sculptural jewelry. They traveled throughout the country selling to galleries, museums, and gift shops. Aaron's designs won national awards.
Aaron was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Rachel (Zwikelski), his parents, Benyamin and Hiah, his siblings, Rivke Steiner, Shlomo and Yosef Rubinstein, and Lea Raifman.
Aaron is survived by his son, Hillel (Ellen), his daughter, Haguit Rubinstein-Towler (Vance Towler), his grandchildren, Jennifer Rubinstein Pelzer (Jason), Sara Rubinstein Harrison (Garrett), Jared, Danielle, and Jordan Rubinstein-Towler, and Great-grandchildren, Victoria and Jacob Pelzer, and Colton and Calla Harrison, and loving companion, Esther Goldstein.
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Aaron and Rachel created Modern Art Jewelry, Original Designs by Aaron, a company that translates sculpture into wearable art. Aaron became a master in the “lost wax casting process” and designed thousands of molds. His Bible wedding bands, with the unique detailed raised letters cast as a one piece ring, can be seen all over the world. He began developing other styles, such as art deco and cubism. Aaron does not sketch anymore, but manipulates the sterling silver and gold to achieve his sculptural designs. His passion is to use natural or faceted stones and compliments them with intricate silver and gold designs. After the tragic loss in 2004 of his beloved wife and partner – Rachel and Aaron’s daughter Haguit joined the company. Modern Art Jewelry, Original Designs by Aaron has exhibited original work in
Haguit Rubinstein-Towler, with a background in architecture, brings her own designs and new stones to Modern Art Jewelry. Celebrating Haguit's 10th year and Aaron's 65th year in creating "Art to Wear" jewelry to share today and with future generations of art appreciators.
Modern Art Jewelry is a wholesale and retail company that satisfies a wide range of jewelry tastes. We offer art to wear in the form of unique jewelry and we specialize in custom sterling silver and 14K gold jewelry. We also have a large selection of rings, necklaces, bracelets and religious jewelry. This year, we are expanding our business to add an internet-based service to provide our customers with a convenient ordering system. We strive to build long-term, satisfying relationships, where the quality products we sell will bring joy to the customer.