Esther Mishkin, nee Rubin, was born in Kovno Lithuania in 1923. After surviving the Kovno ghetto, she joined her brother, who was living in Jerusalem. She was on the second boat to leave Italy in 1944 as part of the illegal’ Aliyah Bet. Her husband, Eli Mishkin, fought in the 1948 War of Liberation and earned the first doctorate from the Teknion. They moved to the United States in 1953. Esther was a social worker at Self-help, Inc., a social agency launched to support Nazi victims. Eli was a theoretical physicist at MIT and then NYU/Polytechnic. Eli died in 2001, Esther died in 2008.