A 97-year-old Jewish missionary who inspired Jews for Jesus’ founder was called home to heaven on March 4. Probably the oldest living person ever to spend her entire adult life telling Jewish people about Jesus, Clara Rubin was definitely one of the most fearless … and lovable.
Born in Brooklyn, NY in 1916, Clara Rubin embraced Yeshua (Jesus) as her Messiah at the age of 14 and immediately began telling everyone she could about her discovery. As an adult, Clara became a missionary with the agency that had led her to faith, Chosen People Ministries (formerly ABMJ).
It was through that agency that brand new missionaries Moishe and Ceil Rosen met Clara. Ceil recalls, “She was relentless in preaching the gospel but she always showed a lot of love. When Clara grabbed you and hugged you, you knew you were hugged!”
Ceil continued, “She was a mother figure to us when we began in ministry, always there when we needed her. She and [her husband] Joe [also a Jewish believer in Jesus, pictured here with Clara] were really anchors of the work at that time. They were an example of unselfish and fearless service – nothing phased Clara! She was always outspoken about her faith. And she was a real inspiration to Moishe.”
Clara continued to inspire all the Jews for Jesus who knew her with her love for the Lord, her direct approach and a sense of humor that was … well, it was just Clara. We had many opportunities to partner with her; one year she showed up at one of our Passover banquets with eighteen of her relatives! That night, her great-granddaughter prayed to receive the Lord.
We at Jews for Jesus were saddened when Clara’s daughter Ilayna Klayman (also a believer in Jesus) told us of Clara’s passing. This world has lost a unique and shining story for Jesus. But Clara’s back with her Joe, and even more, she’s with her Jesus. Enjoy your well-deserved reward, dear Clara!