Peggy and Ed Robin

Israel Policy Forum mourns the passing of our longtime board member Ed Robin. The cherished patriarch of his family, Ed was a dedicated community leader who devoted decades to sustaining Jewish life and the State of Israel.  

The first Los Angeles-area board member of Israel Policy Forum upon our relaunch in 2012, Ed’s thoughtful, measured, and nuanced voice was essential in propelling our organization forward. 

Ed first traveled to Israel in 1975 and remained committed to Israel’s future and Israel-Diaspora relations throughout his life. He was actively involved for many years at his synagogue, Valley Beth Shalom in Encino, California, and served in many volunteer leadership positions at local and international organizations, including the Wende Museum and the Jerusalem Press Club. In addition to Israel, Ed was particularly passionate about Jewish life in Eastern Europe. He served as the co-chair of the Soviet Jewry freedom rally in 1987, which was attended by over 250,000 people, and later served as chair of the National Council on Soviet Jewry. In 2018, Ed received an honorary doctorate from American Jewish University for his many years of leadership in Jewish activism.  

Ed in 1982 with then-Vice President George H. W. Bush at the UJA Young Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C.
The Robins with former refusenik Natan Sharansky (far right) in 1986 on his first visit to Los Angeles, shortly after his release from the Soviet Union
Ed and Peggy with Shimon Peres, of blessed memory

Ed was truly a mensch. He will be so greatly missed by all of those whose lives he touched.

We express our deepest condolences to Peggy, to Rich, a member of our board, and to the entire Robin family.

May Ed’s memory be for a blessing.