Our FUSF community has experienced another devastating loss with the tragic death of Joan Rubin. Joan and Jerry were visiting their youngest daughter, Julia who has been in school in Perth, Australia, when a terrible car crash took the life of Joan and resulted in serious injuries for both Jerry and Julia. Their other daughters, Leah and Rebecca, have traveled to Australia and will return to the states when Julia and Jerry are well enough to travel.
Joan’s death has sent so many in our congregation reeling because her connections with us were deep and strong. Not only was Joan in various leadership positions throughout her 20+ years of active involvement at FUSF, but she was also a good and trusted friend to so many of us. Joan and Jerry were in the middle of teaching OWL, FUSF’s year-long human sexuality program for youth, when this happened. This was the third time that they had taught OWL, which means that many of our youth and young adults are grieving Joan’s death just as much as those of us whose friendship with Joan goes back decades.
There has been an out-pouring of support for Leah and Rebecca as they’ve made plans to travel to Perth, and our support will also be needed over the long term when Jerry and Julia return home. You will all be notified when meals, trips to doctors, and companionship will be welcomed.
A Service in Memory of Joan will take place at a later date.
May each of us hold our loved ones, and each other, a little closer…
With love to you all… Carol