L’Chaim (To Life!)
Dedicated to Mickey and Peggy Levine by their son Gary,
with thanks for instilling a love of life!
This window is a joyful tribute to the beauty of nature, to continuous growth and to the wonders of life’s discoveries. It is dedicated to the Levine family by Gary Michael Levine, eldest son of Mervyn “Mickey” and Peggy Levine. Adorning the top of the window is the Hebrew letter “Chai”, the first in the Hebrew word “Chaim”, which is Gary’s Hebrew name.
As the winding, morning glories journey toward the sun, some in full bloom finishing their cycle and others in bud, full of hope, the Levine ancestors made their way from the Russian Ukraine to America and on to Canada. Mickey Levine eventually settled his family in Manitoba and the prairie wheat fields in the background became their family home. The window invites the eye to look beyond and as in biblical times, each son set out to find his own path. The three sons continued their travels until the youngest, William, settled in New York City, Thomas in Dallas and Gary here in Owen Sound.
The dove is William’s Hebrew name Jonah. We remember the attack in New York City on the very building William worked in prior to 9/11. The dove flying protectively overhead brings hope for peaceful times for all; the peace Gary has found here in Beth Ezekiel Synagogue.