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July 13, 2018  RSS feed
Sincerely Yours

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Sincerely yours, Judy Ludin

Pomp and circumstance

It’s graduation time for four of the grandchildren of Dr. Morris and Marilyn LeVine of St. Petersburg.

Danielle LeVine, daughter of Dr. Steve and Susan LeVine of St. Petersburg, graduated summa cum laude and with other honors from St. Petersburg IB High School, and Rachel LeVine, daughter of Dr. David and Janice LeVine of Seminole, also graduated summa cum laude and with other honors from Dixie Hollins High School. Danielle is now a counselor at Camp Ramah and will attend University of Florida in the fall. Rachel will attend University of Central Florida this summer, but meanwhile had an all-expense trip to New York City to receive a national gold medal award at Carnegie Hall for her photographic art.

(L-R) David M. Friedman and Rabbi Levi Hodakov (L-R) David M. Friedman and Rabbi Levi Hodakov Meanwhile, Rachel’s sister, Naomi, received her master’s degree in couples and family therapy from the University of Maryland.

Stacy, daughter of Dr. Mitch and Ellie LeVine of Seminole, received her master’s in creative writing, non-fiction from Lesley University in Cambridge, MA. Her thesis is a book about her father, which her professor said is the best she has ever read.

Diplomatic encounter

Rabbi Levi Hodakov, director of Chabad of Clearwater, met briefly with David M. Friedman, U.S. Ambassador to Israel when the two crossed paths on June 20. They met at the visitor center by the resting place of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, of righteous memory in Cambria Heights, NY. The two exchanged pleasantries and Hodakov wished the Ambassador continued success. Despite it being several days after the 24th anniversary of the Rebbe’s passing – thousands came to pray at the resting place – there were still several hundred visitors on hand.

The memory of plaque for Dr. Leslie Weiss The memory of plaque for Dr. Leslie Weiss Welcome to the world:

Vanessa Lopez Rosin was born June 4 in Mamaroneck, NY, to parents Jason and Morgan Rosin. She is sister to Brady and Trevor. Kvelling grandparents are Dr. Joseph and Diana Rosin of Largo and Joseph and Deyanne Lopez of Stamford, CT.

In remembrance

The USF-Morton Plant Mease Family Residency Program has created an award in memory of Dr. Leslie Weiss, a pediatrician who practiced at the hospital. Leslie, along with her husband, Dr. Mitchell Weiss, and their two children, Hannah and Ari, died in a plane crash Dec. 31 in Costa Rica. The award will be presented annually and the first recipient is Dr. Ernesto Meyer, a longtime pediatrician in Clearwater. The award was presented on June 29 and a plaque in remembrance of Leslie’s “unwavering dedication” to the residency program was presented to Leslie’s mother-in-law, Bibby Weiss of Safety Harbor. The plaque adds, “We will never forget the significant impact she had and the lives she touched over the years.” So true.

P.S. As always, I’m looking forward to hearing 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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