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September 11, 2015  RSS feed
Senior Living

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Menorah Manor to honor ‘big angel’ with name change

Since 1994, Menorah Manor’s nursing center has been named in honor of the late Bernard L. Samson, and now the facility will be renamed to add the name of Samson’s wife, Marion, whose support was critical in getting the facility built.

At Menorah Manor’s 30th annual meeting on Sunday, Oct. 23, the center will be officially rededicated and renamed as the Marion and Bernard L. Samson Nursing Center. Appropriately, the meeting and name changing ceremony will take place at the nursing center, 255 59th St. N, St. Petersburg.

Marion Samson-Joseph, known as the “big angel” of Menorah Manor, passed away last November. “It was her vision – along with our other Founders – of creating a Jewish nursing center on Florida’s west coast, and her generous transformational gift, that created Menorah Manor,” said Judy Ludin, chief development and community relations officer at Menorah Manor.

A longtime resident of St. Petersburg, Samson-Joseph served in leadership roles in all aspects of Menorah Manor since its opening in 1985.

In honor of the rededication, gifts can be made to the Menorah Manor Foundation to go toward The Ida and Jules Lowengard Synagogue renovation. The synagogue, located on the main floor of the nursing center, is named in memory of Marion’s parents and is used for all Shabbat and holiday services and holiday dinners for the residents and their families.

Renovations include new wallpaper, lighting, cabinets, prayer books and remembrance wall. To make a donation, call the foundation office at (727) 302-3888, visit or send a check made out to the Menorah Manor Foundation (put in subject line “synagogue renovation”) to 255 59th St. N., St. Petersburg, FL 33710.

Along with the Marion and Bernard L. Samson nursing center, Menorah Manor operates two assisted living facilities, The Toby Weinman Assisted Living Residence in St. Petersburg and The Inn on the Pond in Clearwater. It also offers rehabilitation services, an adult day center and Alzheimer’s care.

There is no charge to attend the annual meeting, which begins at 11a.m. Brunch will be served but seating is limited, so an RSVP is required. RSVP to Renee Lipman at (727) 302-3710 or

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