TO OUR DEAR FRIEND, STEVE
Our first meeting with Steve was at the synagogue, on the first Friday
night after our family arrived in St Thomas. The connection between our
families was instantaneous; Judaism and Israel were always a backdrop
to our relationship. Steve’s love, concern and involvement with Israel
immediately answered a chord in our displaced hearts, at a time when
Israel was not central to the congregation.
Some friends may think of Steve as a man of many hats reflecting
a varied career spanning decades. Eitan and I see Steve as a man of
many hands. All of them helping hands reaching out to people. Images
Steve the father with gentle hand guiding and helping all his children
throughout their lives.
Steve walking hand in hand with his beloved Nina through the trials and
challenges of life.
Steve’s steady Captain’s hands grasping the wheel of the yacht “Dror”
as he looked ahead towards new horizons while gravely giving commands
and crew. Sailing epitomized the freedom to move on to new goals.
Steve’s strong hands gripping a pulpit while reaching out to people in
his congregation. Always intensely involved with youth, he helped
shape their education
and their future. Anybody in need, regardless of faith or color, was
Steve’s hands have reached across the sea to Israel, where he actively
worked to establish kibbutzim in the Arava desert and
Mitzpim in the Upper Galilee. He realized his
promise to help fashion Israel, a State of which we can be proud.
Steve’s kitchen hands preparing an excellent chili, food for body as
well as soul.
Steve’s hands constantly busy with tools, fixing, repairing and
creating. This reflected his vision of conserving resources and
We remember Steve’s hands, playing on a washboard or a comb harmonica.
Music is still intrinsic to his life, answering a deep joy but also
because music brings joy to other
Steve’s hands are instruments that allowed him to express his concern
for his fellow people and help shape his vision of a just world.
And we, with our hands, applaud this gracious, kind and exceptionally
talented man, now being honored by this synagogue.
It is a privilege to be counted amongst his friends.
With much love
Doreen and Eitan and the whole Levy family
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