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May 20, 2016  RSS feed
Sincerely Yours

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Sincerely yours, Judy Ludin

Merit Drew Gross Merit Drew Gross Family tree grows…

Within three days in late March. Mort and Gerrie Diamond of Seminole not only added a new grandchild, but also a great grandchild to the family tree.

Actually, the great grandchild came first when Aiden Diamond was born on March 29 to proud parents William and Krysten Diamond. Baby Aiden’s grandparents are Alin and Cheryl Diamond of Clearwater. On March 31, Rachel Diamond was born to Keith and Mia Diamond of Seminole. Mort and Gerrie are Rachel’s grandparents.

Welcome to the world…

Michael and Mandi Gross of Seminole are proud to announce the birth of their son, Merit Drew Gross, born Feb. 22, weighing in at 7 lbs., 7 oz. Proud family members include older sister Emma Isabelle, 2½, grandparents Dr. Fred and Mali Feld, of Seminole, and Pati and David Gross, of St. Petersburg, and great grandparents Mel Gross, Grete Gross and Barbara Myers.

The Hooding Ceremony at FIU for Marcia Jo Zerivitz. L-R, Marcia Jo Zerivitz, FIU President Mark B. Rosenberg. The Hooding Ceremony at FIU for Marcia Jo Zerivitz. L-R, Marcia Jo Zerivitz, FIU President Mark B. Rosenberg. High honors…

An honorary doctorate degree in Humane Letters was awarded May 11 by Florida International University to Marcia Jo Zerivitz. In nominating Zerivitz for the honor, Dr. Stephan Fain, founding FIU professor emeritus, called her “a significant figure in American Jewish history and in the museum world.” Zerivitz was a community leader and fundraiser before becoming state coordinator for the MOSAIC project that resulted in a traveling exhibit on Jewish history in Florida. She was instrumental in finding a permanent home for the exhibit and that led to the creation of the Jewish Museum of Florida in Miami Beach in 1995, where she served as executive director until her retirement in 2011. During that time the museum presented 70 exhibits and 500 educational programs and Zerivitz initiated legislation to create Florida Jewish History Month and Jewish American Heritage month.

“This degree validates the process that involved so many people around the state – before Google and Wikipedia – to tell the story of an important group of Floridians who contributed greatly to the quality of life in our diverse state,” said Zerivitz, who resides with her husband, Elliott, in St. Pete 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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