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Lovingly remembering and honoring Bert Udovin Z"L


Announcement of the memorial service for Bert Udovin.

The Jewish Pavilion volunteers and staff enjoyed many Kabbalat Shabbat programs and holiday celebrations throughout this past year with Bert. Bert Udovin quickly became embedded in the community at Oakmont Village- Cordova and was proud of his involvement with Jewish Pavilion. He befriended new residents and encouraged them to join him on Friday afternoons. When Susan Bernstein began leading Shabbat twice each month they became fast friends. Susan shared memories and anectodes of the times they shared together.

Susan Bernstein leading memorial service.

Lovingly known as Mr. Magic, Bert was talented with his magic tricks. Whenever he met someone he would offer to make them a balloon animal and in no time they shared a laugh and a smile in amazement.

When Program Director Emily Newman learned of Bert's passing she contacted his daughter, Lisa Thorpe, and offered her the opportunity to have Bernstein lead a memorial service, sponsored by the Jewish Pavilion, for his recent community at Cordova. Lisa appreciated the idea, knowing the fondness her father had for Bernstein. 

A beautiful and meaningful celebration of life took place with those whose lives were touched and enriched by knowing Bert.

This program was made possible in part by a grant from the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando.


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