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With Passover quickly approaching, here at Levinson’s we’ve been sharing recipes and family traditions. Here is a recipe from one of our “family members”, Debbie Taylor:
2 cups matzoh farfel, softened in boiling water for 15 minutes then drained well
4 large eggs, beaten
1 lb cottage cheese
1pt. sour cream
1 large can of crushed pineapple(with juice),optional
3/4 cup sugar.
Mix all ingredients
Pour into a greased 8×8 Pyrex dish
Bake at 350 for 1 hour
Are you prepared for the future? It can be hard to discuss what happens when you or a family member needs skilled nursing care or passes away. But taking time to explore and make decisions about these issues now will make it easier on your loved ones. Facing these difficult issues can provide everyone with peace of mind for years to come.
Join us for Life Happens, a free, six-week series where we will explore topics related to aging and planning for the future. All sessions will be held on Tuesday evening, 7-8:30 p.m.
May 3, 2016 — The Greatest Gift: Discussing and Planning for Future Financial, Medical and End-of-Life Matters with Loved Ones
Speaker: Deborah Hamburger, Esq. Volunteer Coordinator, Jewish Community Services
May 10, 2016 – Healthy Living For A Healthy Future
Speakers: Joann Coleman, DNP, ACNP, AOCN (acute care nurse practitioner) Sinai Center for Geriatric Surgery
Paul Apostolo M.D., Chief of Orthopedic Surgery for the Rubin Institute for Advanced Orthopedics at Northwest Hospital
May 17, 2016 – Understanding and Planning Social Security and Medicare Benefits
Speakers: Laura Train, Associate Commissioner, Office of Communications Planning and Technology, Social Security
Sherry Kolbe, Ship Program Manager Baltimore County, Baltimore County Department of Aging
May 24, 2016 – Aging in Place: Options And Resources For Staying In Your Home
Speakers: Karen Nettler, MSW, Director of Community Connections, Jewish Community Services
Andrew Weinberg, EldersChoice of Maryland, LLC
Michelle Mills, Director of Adult Day Care, Levindale
Mitch Posner, Executive Director, CHAI: Comprehensive Housing Assistance, Inc.
May 31, 2016 – When Home is Not An Option: Retirement Communities, Assisted Living and Nursing Homes
Speakers: Susan Newhouse, LCSW-C
Ross Maultasch, Director of Nursing Home Operations, Levindale
June 7, 2016 – The Jewish Funeral: Traditions, Options and Funeral Home Tour
Speakers: Matt Levinson, Funeral Director, Sol Levinson& Bros.Inc.
Rabbi Chai Posner, Beth Tfiloh Congregation
Attendance is free and open to the community. Please check locations carefully.
To register for any or all of these Life Happens sessions, call 410-601-WELL (9355) or register online.
One question we are often asked is who should formally be thanked after a funeral. It is important to note that the answer to this, as with most other things in Jewish tradition, often varies.
It is most common to write thank-you notes for donations or contributions that were made in a person’s memory, or to people who may have sent food to the family. It is also common to thank anyone who was exceptionally helpful in organizing shiva, etc. It is not expected that you should write a note to thank every person who attended the funeral.
However, in the more observant community it is NOT expected that thank-you notes be written, as that community views helping with shiva or making contributions in someone’s memory something that is a mitzvah – a commandment, not just a good deed – and, therefore, does not require thanks. Another part of the reasoning is they feel that grieving families should do just that – focus on their grief and not have to spend their time obligated to the duty of writing thank-you notes.
We have just completed a very successful first-time educational series, in partnership with LifeBridge Health, the JCC of Greater Baltimore, and Jewish Community Services. Thank you to all the speakers and participants.
Over the course of six weeks, we covered the following topics:
- The Greatest Gift: Discussing and Planning for Future Financial, Medical and End-of-Life Matters with Loved Ones
- Estates and Eldercare: Planning and Resources
- Health Expectations and Challenges Facing Baby Boomers
- Navigating the System: Aging in Place, Independent and Assisted Living, Households and Nursing Homes
- Palliative and Hospice Care: Difficult Conversations, Valuable Resources
- The Jewish Funeral: Traditions, Options and Funeral Home Tour
Each presentation was very well attended and we received a lot of excellent feedback. As we review the series and plan for future events, is there a topic you would like us to consider? Please comment here, send an email to [email protected], or call Matt Levinson or Eliza Feller at 410-653-8900
- The Greatest Gift: Discussing and Planning for Future Financial, Medical and End-of-Life Matters with Loved Ones – Thursday, October 15, Rosenbloom Owings Mills JCC
- Estates and Eldercare: Planning and Resources – Thursday, October 22, Sol Levinson & Bros.
- Health Expectations and Challenges Facing Baby Boomers – Thursday, October 29, Rosenbloom Owings Mills JCC
- Navigating the System: Aging in Place, Independent and Assisted Living, Households and Nursing Homes – Thursday, November 5, Sol Levinson & Bros.
- Palliative and Hospice Care: Difficult Conversations, Valuable Resources – Thursday, November 12, Rosenbloom Owings Mills JCC
- The Jewish Funeral: Traditions, Options and Funeral Home Tour – Thursday, November 19, Sol Levinson & Bros.
Attendance is free and open to the community. To register for any or all of these Life Happens sessions, go to www.lifebridgehealth.org/communityevents, email Gail Wolven at [email protected] or call 866-404 DOCS (3627).
May 20, 2015
6:00 PM – 9:15 PM
Sol Levinson & Bros., Inc.
8900 Reisterstown Road
Pikesville, MD 21208
Rabbi Dr. Tzvi Hersh Weinreb – “Trauma and Loss as Opportunities for Psychological Growth”
William C. (Bill) Dietrich – “Companioning the Dying: Opening Fully to Living”
Limited Seating. Doors open at 5:15pm on a first come, first served basis. No registration required and no reservations can be taken.
Funeral directors, psychologists and social workers attending the program may earn 3 CEUs (category A or 1).
Wednesday Presented by Sol Levinson & Brothers and Jewish Community Services: March 25, 2015
12220 Scaggsville Road, Fulton, MD
Family gatherings can be painful for those who have experienced the death of a loved one. Join us for help in finding support and comfort during the holidays.
Facilitated by Rabbi Craig H. Axler and Donna Kane, M.A., JCS Clinician. Pre-registration preferred via web or by calling 410-466-9200
Presented by Sol Levinson & Brothers and Jewish Community Services:
Funeral personalization can mean a lot of different things, but the primary goal of personalization is that the funeral more fully reflect the life of the person being honored. Whether you are looking for traditional or non-traditional funeral arrangements, there are many ways to honor special wishes. Read here for a list of several ways in which a funeral or shiva home can incorporate options such as music, photographs, etcetera.
Levinson’s is here to answer your questions about these and other options, and to make everything run smoothly. Make sure your funeral director knows in advance if you would like to include any of these elements, so we can be completely prepared upon your arrival for the service. If you have special requests for your own funeral, you may sit down with us to plan ahead and ensure we have the information in our records. It is also very important to ensure your family is aware of and comfortable with your wishes.
Also, not all of these things are strictly in keeping with traditional Jewish funerals. Be sure your clergy is aware of any personalized aspects of your funeral so they may tailor their remarks appropriately to honor your loved one in the way you wish them to be remembered.
One thing many of our families find meaningful is to place photographs, notes and drawings (especially by younger family members) into the casket. Funerals sometimes feature special readings, or favorite music playing while other family and friends arrive prior to the service. Levinson’s also provides the option of a video recording of the service via discrete and unobtrusive cameras in the ceilings of the chapels. Family and friends who are out of town or otherwise physically unable to attend may then feel they are a part of the service even if they cannot attend. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to let us know. If you have your own suggestions, feel free to leave them in the comments below.
We are proud to announce that Sol Levinson & Bros., Inc. has been recognized among the 100 companies/organizations selected as a 2014 Top Workplace by The Baltimore Sun.
This recognition was based on surveys that our own employees completed, which makes us doubly proud. Levinson’s is honored to be included on this list, and especially grateful that our employees know they are an important and respected part of our family business.
Click the image above to see the full listing of workplaces that were recognized, or click here to read Levinson’s individual listing.
The Yizkor service is a special service recited four times a year in synagogues, to honor the memory of the departed. It is recited on Yom Kippur, on Shemini Atzeret (at the end of Sukkot), the final day of Passover, and the second day of Shavuot (or the first day for those who only observe one day). The Yizkor service is not only an opportunity to remember loved ones, it is also an opportunity to recommit oneself to doing mitzvahs – acts of charity – in a loved one’s memory. By doing a good deed in someone’s memory, it carries on their legacy in this world.
Some synagogues have the tradition of everyone reciting Yizkor, with those who have not lost an immediate mourner reciting Yizkor for victims of the Holocaust or for other martyrs. In other synagogues, it is customary for only those who have lost an immediate family member to recite Yizkor.
A yahrzeit candle is traditionally lit the evening before the service. Please see our website for a full calendar of Yizkor dates (based on 8-day observance).
Any information about ritual practice is intended as a general overview for the broader Jewish community and there are many differences of opinion within this community. Concerns about specific ritual practices should be directed to your rabbi. Opinions expressed in blog posts and in external links may not represent the opinions of the staff or ownership of Sol Levinson & Bros., Inc.