Nov 13, 1893 Reuven Zelicovici is born in the town of Galatz in southeast Romania.

1912–13 Rubin travels to Palestine to study at the Bezalel School of Arts and Crafts in Jerusalem.

Late 1913–August 1914 Studies at the Paris École des Beaux-Arts.

August 1914 Returns to his parents' home in Falticeni, Moldavia.

1915 Travels with his uncle to Italy on a business trip, visits museums, and works as a newspaper caricaturist. Sees works by Swiss Symbolist artist Ferdinand Hodler in an exhibition in Bern, and meets with the artist.

1915–18 Returns to Falticeni, paints and draws illustrations for the Yiddish literary bulletin, Licht, and for the Zionist periodical, Hatikvah.

1918 Stays in Galatz and Bucharest, where he paints and sculpts.

1919 Arrives in Czernowitz, the capital of Bukovina, where he joins a group of Yiddish poets and intellectuals headed by poet Eliezer Steinbarg. Here, Rubin meets Arthur Kolnik, a Polish Jewish artist. The two become close friends and associates.

1921 Travels to New York with Kolnik, where the two mount an exhibition of their works in the Anderson Galleries owned by Alfred Stieglitz.

1922 Returns to Romania. Stays in Bucharest, where he forges ties with local Zionist circles. At the end of the year, mounts an exhibition of works in his Bucharest studio.

April 1923 Immigrates to Palestine.
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