It is with profound sadness that The Weintraub Israel Center shares with you the passing of Ron Weintraub on Monday, September 25, 2023.
Ron was a giant in our community. He was devoted to both the Tucson Jewish community and to Israel. Ron and his wife Diane had traveled to Israel more than 50 times. Ron and Diane were co-founding members of the Tucson chapter of Parents of North American Israelis and the founding chairs of the Weintraub Israel Center, a partnership between the Tucson J and Jewish Philanthropies of Southern Arizona. In 2011 they generously endowed the Weintraub Israel Center.
Ron once said, “for those of us who were alive before, during and after the second world war, who saw the problems for the people when there was no place to go, Israel’s importance is indelible.”
It was an honor and inspiration to know Ron. His commitment to sharing his personal Israel journey enriched the lives of all who had the privilege to spend time with him.
On behalf of myself, Yuval (Senior Community Shalicha), and all the shalichim who have been fortunate to serve this community, we extend our heartfelt condolences to the Weintraub family during this difficult time. Ron’s legacy will continue to inspire us and the work we do at the Weintraub Israel Center.
Dying on Yom Kippur, the holiest day in the Jewish calendar, holds symbolic significance. It is believed by some that passing away on this day is considered a sign of great righteousness. The idea is that dying on Yom Kippur signifies a person’s spiritual elevation, as they have been granted the privilege of departing from this world on a day of atonement and forgiveness.
Ron will be remembered as a true Tzadik and mensch.
Ron is survived by his wife Diane Weintraub, his son Steve (Leslie), and daughters Beth, of blessed memory, (Dan Schoenfeld), and Arlene (Harry Moskowitz). He was blessed with 7 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.
May his memory be for a blessing.
The funeral will be held at 9am on Thursday, September 28th in the Evergreen Chapel.