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August 28, 2015  RSS feed
Sincerely Yours

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Sincerely yours, Judy Ludin

A salute to …

World War II veteran Murray Zolkower, Commander of the Jewish War Veterans Paul Surenky Post 409 in Clearwater, who was honored with a trip to the Washington War Memorials, sponsored by Honor Flight of West Central Florida on June 23. Readers may remember him as being recently highlighted as one of “Mark’s Menshes” in this paper. Dr. Michael Pikos, who has known him for 27 years, accompanied him, as each veteran on the trip went with a specially-trained volunteer. The oneday round trip was harrowing, but the 94-year old Army veteran and liberator of Dachau returned to a red, white and blue sea of patriotic supporters who cheered, waved signs and flags and shouted “Thank you for your Service.” The emotional pomp and circumstance and revelry, which Honor Flight arranges especially for veterans who never experienced a warm welcome home, filled the eyes of his daughter, Francine Wolf, with tears. Murray said it was one of the most emotional experiences of his lifetime, especially receiving a medallion from a two star general. He told the general, “I was in the Army for four years – and I never saw a general.”

(L-R) Dr. Michael Pikos and Murray Zolkower (L-R) Dr. Michael Pikos and Murray Zolkower Super student ….

Oldsmar native Joshua Perlin’s passion for Judaism, social justice, and advocacy took him to Washington, DC, where he served in a summerinternship for the Machon Kaplan program at the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism. Program participants, like Perlin intern at any of a variety of public policy organizations, seeing how groups pursue legislative advocacy, how policy is crafted and how interns can harness their own energy to make social change. Perlin worked with the Interfaith Criminal Justice Coalition whose goal is to develop new legislation to reform the U.S. criminal-justice system. Perlin is beginning his sophomore year at Emory University in Atlanta, where he is studying sociology.

Rebbetzin Miriam Hodakov takes a snip as Rabbi Levi looks on. 
Photo by Doug Clifford Rebbetzin Miriam Hodakov takes a snip as Rabbi Levi looks on. Photo by Doug Clifford Growing up…

Moshe Yitzchok Leib Hodakov, the 3-yearold son of Rabbi Levi Rebbetzin and Miriam Hodakov, directors of Chabad of Clearwater, had his curls cut at his Upsherin (inaugural haircut) celebration that was held in early August at the Tabacinic Chabad Center. Family and friends all had a chance to snip Moshe’s hair. As he now enters the next phase of his Jewish education, Moshe has begun to wear his kippah and tzitzit regularly and say his mornings blessings and prayers.

P.S. As always, I’m looking forward to hearing from you about all your family simchas. Photos are welcome, too. Send information to: Sincerely Yours, P.O. Box 6970, Clearwater, FL 33758, e-mail or fax (727) 530-3039.

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