Sholom Mordechai Rubashkin was born in Brooklyn, NY, on 28 Tishrei 5720 (October 29 1959) to Avraham Aaron and Rivka Rubashkin. Recent Ã©migrÃ©s from Soviet Russia which they had fled ahead of the invading Nazi army, they were known for their selfless attention to the needs of others.
Although his parents are fervent Chabad Chassidim, he spent his early childhood in non-Chabad local schools Stolin and Torah VaDaas. His many friends and classmates represented a broad cross-section of other religious communities, an experience which taught the young Sholom to disregard communal divisions and embrace all people as individuals regardless of affiliation.
His formal schooling complete, Sholom was sent outÂ on a community service mission, as is customary in Chabad circles. He spent a year in Buenos Aires, Argentina helping the local community start a Yeshiva.