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Gail Rubin

Gail Rubin found her life’s passion as a photographer, documenting the beauty of Israel’s ecosystems. Rubin graduated from Finch College in New York in 1960 and began working as an editor at Viking Press, eventually becoming managing editor for Delacorte Books. In 1969, while vacationing in Israel, Rubin became enamored of the land and its people and quit her job to become a press photographer there. She was one of the first civilians to travel with Israeli soldiers to Egypt during the Yom Kippur War. Soon after, in 1973, she shifted technique from black and white to color photography, and began focusing on the natural world, capturing subjects as diverse as mountains, butterflies, and water buffalo. In 1978 Rubin was photographing rare birds on a beach near Ma’agan Michael when terrorists landed nearby and discovered her. She was interrogated, shot, and killed. Her death was mourned both in Israel and America.

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Date of Birth
April 12, 1938
Place of Birth
New York, New York
Date of Death
March 11, 1978

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Gail Rubin." (Viewed on November 14, 2018) <>.


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