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May 6, 2016  RSS feed
Sincerely Yours

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Sincerely yours, Judy Ludin

Job well done…

Ben Mason, 14, recently completed his Eagle Scout Project at Temple B`nai Israel in Clearwater, where he has been a member since preschool. Mason came up with the idea for an outdoor classroom, then designed and created it behind the temple, with the encouragement of religious director Dani Gamson and the temple staff. The project consists of four large benches, creating a circular learning space for about 20 people. He also built a tree bench that surrounds a large oak tree and he refurbished 5 picnic tables that were in need of repair. With encouragement from Gamson, Ben researched and named the project Eshed which means “outdoor awakening.” He raised more than $1,300 for his project through three car washes and donations. Ben is a member of Boy Scout Troop 468 and was assisted by more than 30 scouts and parents including his own, Ken and Andrea Mason.

Ben Mason measures one of the outdoor benches that he, with the help of other Boy Scouts and parents, helped build at Temple B’nai Israel. Ben Mason measures one of the outdoor benches that he, with the help of other Boy Scouts and parents, helped build at Temple B’nai Israel. Mazel tov …

to Jared White and Tom Schaham of Kibbutz Revivim, Israel, on the birth of their daughter, Eshel, born on March 23, in Beersheva, Israel. Proud grandparents are Karen Eisler and Michael White of Dunedin, and Dr. Ofra Schaham of Tel Aviv and Shimson Schaham of Kvar Tavor, and great-grandmother Kika Schaham of Kibbutz Hakuk, Israel.

* * * to Eric and Carly Bauer of Jacksonville on the birth of their twin daughters, Hazel Rose and Emmett Reece, born on April 25. First-time kvelling grandparents are Steve Bauer, formerly of Clearwater and currently living in Prescott, AZ, Nora Elkind-Atkins of West Palm Beach; Lynn Joseph of Wellington and Larry Kustin of Boynton Beach along with equally happy great grandmothers, Rosalyn Bauer of Tamarac and Rima Kustin of Boynton Beach.

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, or e-mail

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