Ira and Matt,
As to how the funeral was handled and our experience, all I can say is we were extremely grateful for the concern, courtesies, and support shown by every member of your firm. From the moment I called to report the passing of my mother-in-law to the time the driver dropped us off at the airport, we could not have asked for more.
Your staff and company made a very sad time in our lives a little brighter because you felt our sorrow and knew what needed to be done without our asking.
On behalf of my wife, Harriett Schilit and her brother, Mark Weinberg, please accept my most sincere thanks for making a difficult period in our lives a bit more bearable.
— Jeffrey & Harriet Schilit (Boca Raton, FL) 11/01/2017
Just a brief note to express my appreciation for the thoughtfulness, respect, and sensitivity shown to me and my family after the passing of my mother. From the first call until the last call I made, everyone was polite, caring and diligent to insure complete correctness. From the initial call to Mr. King, from the limo driver, to the home service men, from internment to shiva, everything went smoothly. Additionally, I want to offer a special note of thanks to Ira Levinson and Matt Levinson for their generosity and personal touch. Many thanks also for connecting us with the Cantor, who offered a very peaceful closure to the day. All in all, I don't think any son could ask for more than having Levinsons make sure that all of my mother's wishes met.
— Ernest Flax (Baltimore, MD) 10/18/2017
I extol the professionalism, services, and compassionate approach in all facets of my interactions [with Sol Levinson & Bros]. I would add that while I expect no less from this multigenerational owned business, I applaud your commitment to maintaining the standards you are known for. To be personally commended, Michael Kruger.
— John Ottenheimer (Baltimore, MD) 10/08/2017
You made a sad and traumatic situation as easy as possible. Michael, who was our contact from the first phone call, was professional and kind and knew how to handle all of the details. On a scale of 1-10, Levinson's scores a 10.
— Ruth Hochman Fader (Boca Raton, FL) 9/24/2017
It goes without saying that our family cannot thank you enough for how every aspect of the process was handled not only with expertise, but compassion and understanding beyond our expectations. Thanks for your help with the process and your friendship and caring...
— The Dunn Family (Owings Mills, MD) 9/24/2017
Thank you so much for all of the assistance in preparing my mom for burial, the obituary, online information, the funeral itself, the burial, and help setting up for the Shiva service. The sympathy thank you cards have also been a great help, one less thing to worry about shopping for at this time.You all did a wonderful job at a time when we were not at our best, and my dad and I really appreciate all of the effort on behalf of my mom. Thanks very much.
— Kim Shifren (Baltimore, MD) 9/17/2017
You have made the most difficult bearable. The services you provided were complete and professional. Eliza was so caring and thorough in the preparation and follow up of
what needed to be done. Thank you for all you have done.
I could not be more appreciative.
— Ira Cortez (Reisterstown, MD) 9/06/2017
I just wanted to take a minute to let you know how easy and seamless the experience was at Levinson's for my dad's funeral. Eliza was outstanding and so warm and genuine to work with. Everything that was done for us, from start to finish, was done with respect for us and for our entire family. At a time of great sorrow, Levinson's was there to help and support us. Thank you so much.
— Barbara Siegel (Baltimore, MD) 8/20/2017
Dear Ira Levinson and the whole team, every detail of the planning was handled in a professional and caring manner. You were there each step of the way. We are blessed to have you maintaining your family business in Baltimore all of these decades. Thank you!
— Marlene Daniel (Baltimore, MD) 7/31/2017
I cannot say enough great things about the outstanding staff and services Sol Levinson provided for my long-time beloved companion and close friend, Aleta. Michael Kruger's caring, understanding, supportive, respectful, and helpful coordination with Aleta's brother and myself of everything necessary for a proper funeral and burial made the entire process for Aleta's funeral arrangements very comfortable. In addition, Josh Willet's preparation of Aleta for her final journey was nothing short of outstanding. It brought me a much needed, and much better lasting memory of Aleta, to see her so artfully; looking wonderful and beautifully adorned in her favorite dress and jewelry (along with some pictures and favorite things to take with her nicely displayed) the night before the funeral, instead of having my last memory of her the way she was in the hospice the day she passed away. Josh Willet was also very helpful and provided comfort to me at the graveside funeral. I also cannot say enough good things about the outstanding service and eulogy given by Rabbi Jessy Gross (the Rabbi you provided to conduct the service). I believe that there could not have been a better service and eulogy than the one she conducted for Aleta, that respectfully considered the information about Aleta's life in a very positive light that her brother and I provided to her. Her explanation of the service as she conducted it was very helpful and insightful to clearly understand it, including her explanation of why there were three shovels of dirt to be provided by each person, why the first shovel of dirt was using the shovel upside-down, and why the two shovels of dirt were with the shovel right-side up. She was outstanding. Thanks again for providing such outstanding staff and services for such an outstanding proper funeral and burial for my long-term beloved companion and close friend Aleta.
— Larry Scheinin (Baltimore, MD) 7/03/2017
I want to commend the staff that helped me through my husbands funeral. Eliza was great at helping me plan my husbands funeral. She was very professional, but made a difficult time easier to accept. When the time came, all I had to do was make the phone call. The men who transferred my husband after his death were very respectful, and respected my wishes.
— Rheta Schloss (Baltimore, MD) 7/03/2017
Dear Michael, My family and I want to extend our sincere appreciation for your kindness and professionalism during this very difficult time. You took us through this painful process and made it happen in a very caring way. Levinson’s standard of excellence in serving our community is unmatched and should be an example to all entities in the funeral business. Unfortunately, I have had the experience of dealing with other funeral homes when I was unaware that Levinson’s could come to Washington and Virginia. My family thanks you for seeing us through this process and making us as comfortable as possible.
— Susan Cohen (Baltimore, MD) 7/02/2017
Everything was done as I would hope and expected. In particular, all of my interactions with Eliza Feller were excellent. She displayed sensitivity to my situation at every stage of our meeting. Her manner and efficiency reflect well on herself and Sol Levinson.
— Dr. Malcolm Renbaum (Baltimore, MD) 5/04/2017
The entire experience was as nice as I could imagine. Meeting with Matt several months ago to make arrangements, was smooth, and easy. After my mom's death, everyone was incredibly kind and polite. Michael was helpful with everything, especially our efforts to get a rabbi to officiate. He was patient with us and eventually provided us with Rabbi Burg, who was wonderful. I thank you all for the professionalism and kindness that is displayed by all of your staff.
— Dr. Betsy Fay (Baltimore, MD) 4/25/2017
I can not say enough good things about Sol Levinson and will continue to highly recommend them. Everyone I encountered was extremely helpful and patient. Everything was handled in an efficient, professional, and timely manner. I now understand why all my friends told me to call Sol Levinson when I started planning ahead last year. My friends told me that they "take the worry off your shoulders," and you truly did. From my first meeting with Matt, to my many last minute emails and phone calls to Eliza, everyone was great! Nolan did an excellent job with bringing everything that was needed at our house. I'm sure that I'm leaving out some of the other people who were helpful during our phone conversations, so many thanks to them as well. I must also say that I was very impressed with the quick responses to my last minute emails . Again, I must give special thanks to Eliza for her patience during a very difficult time! I must also say that the checklist on your website is extremely helpful, as is the information on setting up a shiva house and explanation of our rituals . Many thanks for helping make a difficult time less stressful!
— Toba Lourie (Columbia, MD) 4/24/2017
Dear Ira and the entire staff,
I know that you are in a difficult business, and I can't imagine how you do this day after day.
You made me feel as if I was the only one going through the trauma of losing a loved one.
Your attention to detail is impeccable. Your staff is trained so well that the entire process is seamless. They are the most caring, helpful, people and I so appreciate the way my family was treated from beginning to end.
My gratitude to you Ira and your wonderful staff.
I am certain that Sol and the rest of the Levinsons that came before are so very proud.
— Lynn Berger (Baltimore, MD) 3/27/2017
In my professional role in the community, I've always known you're the best. My personal experience only underscores that feeling. I am so grateful to you all for the manner in which you support grieving families. Matt Levinson and Brian Freed made the experience so easy for my family. Keep doing what you're doing. Our community is better for your role in it.
— Karen Nettler (Baltimore, MD) 3/22/2017
Thank you for keeping me informed with regard to the Jewish tradition of the unveiling. Your funeral home is unsurpassed. You handle everything in the most kind, caring and informative manner. I am very appreciative of all that you have done for me during this very difficult process.
— Dolly Rosoff (Baltimore, MD) 2/14/2017
From our initial planning meeting with Justan at the Columbia office, to Greg's handling of the funeral service, we were touched by the consistent care and empathy that all of your employees showed us, and the efficiency and smoothness in which they operated. Levinson's managed the logistics of the services at Temple Isaiah and the gravesite seamslessly, which allowed us to focus on the funeral without worrying about any of the administrative details.
— Kenneth Hankin (Columbia, MD) 12/5/2016
Dear Michael, I want to personally thank you for your kindness in helping us through a most difficult time. The passing of my mother was not easy for any of my family members, but I want to thank you personally for your gentleness, kindness and quiet demeanor in dealing with our family. You informed me of what was to come, what was happening and what would be happening. From the time I initially called Levinsons, to the writing of the obituary, the planning of the funeral and all that it entailed - wow, that is no small feat on your part, but you accomplished everything with what seemed like very little effort. I cannot express my gratitude enough in helping us through this most difficult time in our lives. You made it much easier, I had no questions as they were answered before I could ask. You made sure that every possible need was met before we knew we needed them. Again, thank you for your assistance - you are an unbelievable asset to the Levinson team.
— Elaine Jackson (Westminster, MD) 12/1/2016
Ira and Matt, Once again on behalf of my family, thanks for all you do. Ira, I appreciated your shiva visit very much. Baltimore is very fortunate to have the Levinson family and the excellence of your funeral home in taking the role of Kovod Hamaes, the final respect we give our love ones. The professionalism of your staff, the ambience of your chapel and the kindness and caring the Levinson family and staff gives the mourning families is incredible. May Hashem bless your family and organization and may you continue the mitzvoth of Kovod Hamaes, and of this most important life event. Very appreciative for all you do for our community, you are the best!
— Eli W. Schlossberg (Baltimore, MD) 10/30/2016
Everyone was wonderful to me. I did not have to worry about anything that needed to be done. I appreciate the respect and care given to my mother and my family; it was very comforting.
— Cyndee Stephenson (Columbia, MD) 10/5/2016
My mother's funeral was handled with the utmost dignity. Jason Abosch was extremely attentive, and if not available, returned calls promptly. I thought being out of town would pose a problem, but he handled everything perfectly.
— Barbara & Perry London (Boca Raton, FL) 8/21/2016
We were very pleased by the way we were cared for at a difficult time. My husband was a very special person, and he was put to rest in a dignified manner. Thank you for this.
— Rona Engel (Baltimore, MD) 6/15/2016
All aspects of your service were outstanding. We couldn't be more pleased. Each staff member was extremely helpful and compassionate. In particular, we appreciate the expertise of Eliza Feller, who did our planning from the initial call, and was available non-stop until all of the arrangements were made, and during the funeral itself.
— Connie Bowers (Silver Spring, MD) 6/06/2016
Mr. Turk, Thank you so very much for being so kind to myself and my cousin during all of the arrangements for my mother. You, and everyone we met and spoke with at Sol Levinson & Bros were so nice, supportive and understanding. You made a difficult experience easier and more bearable. Thank you again.
— Jen Delgado (Essex, MD) 5/11/2016
Everyone was professional, kind and empathic. Thank you for giving us such caring service. We loved the video, the memorial book, and the chairs you delivered along with the prayer books. We loved having the family room with Dad the night before the funeral. You are A++
— Sandy Matisoff Benney (Pikesville, MD) 4/19/2016
From start to finish - the staff was very respectful, sensitive and compassionate. Everything was made easy and smooth. My immediate family, extended family and friends all commented how impressed they were with the politeness and respect of all of the members of your staff. Thank you.
— Doniel Hexter (Baltimore, MD) 3/15/2016
I want to express my appreciation to you and the entire Levinson team for the care and consideration that you showed to me and my family during the planning and interment of my father of blessed memory. Your generosity is matched only by the professionalism and compassion that you and the entire staff have shown, as they always do. Justan Goldstein and Eliza Feller were comforting, patient and displayed meticulous presence in all the right ways. Todd Franklin handled the day itself beautifully with tact and compassion.
The officiating rabbi, Rabbi Marjorie Berman, a cousin, was very impressed and wished that she had access to such a wonderful funeral home in her community. I am very thankful that you are here and have been such a good friend to me and my family.
— Rabbi Susan Grossman (Columbia, MD) 2/22/2016
It's understandable that we can't say that planning the details of dad’s funeral was much of a good time. But, what we can say is that Levinsons made an especially horrible time for our family about the best experience that it could be. Everyone there was truly wonderful, respectful, and professional. You have a very well-oiled machine. You just do a fantastic job. This is especially true of Adam, who handles what has to be a challenging job, with such kindness, class, compassion, understanding, sensitivity and warmth. He really has a personality that is comforting and helpful. We all left there saying how great he is at his job. Honestly, there wasn't a single person along the entire process that wasn't the best they could be. From the people who brought chairs and our wonderful drivers, and everyone behind the scenes that we never even met; everyone really did a very good job. We are so appreciative and thank you all. We dread the day that we lose more loved ones and need to go through this again, but we are very thankful to know that Levinsons is there to help. Thank you very much.
— The Caplan Family (Baltimore, MD) 2/16/2016
Thank you so much for providing LiveStream for your services. All of us at Acme Paper & Supply who stayed behind to "run the company" as Edward would have wanted, were able to watch his beautiful service from our office. I cannot express how comforting it was for us to share in the service of our beloved founder from afar. The picture and audio were excellent.
— Maggie Duerr, (Savage, MD) 2/3/2016
I would like to express my sincere gratitude for the warmth, compassion and professionalism of your entire staff. Everyone, from the man who met us in Columbia, MD to make final arrangements, to the limo drivers who took such good care of us, all went the extra mile to support us through a very difficult day. Everyone seemed to really care about us in our grief. We will never forget that. Thank you!
— Judy Fiterman (Silver Spring, MD) 12/14/2015
Your employees are exceptional. Their gentleness, kindness and patience are remarkable. Your entire system is flawless. From the first time we called you until after the burial, everything ran smoothly and perfectly. The comfort of knowing that we could just pick up the phone at anytime to ask anything was amazing.
— Leah Sheen (Baltimore, MD) 11/9/2015
I spoke to several individuals with respect to my mother's funeral. Each person was very supportive, compassionate and accommodating. Any request I had was responded to very quickly. I have only praise for everybody.
— Jeffrey Katz (Ellicott City, MD) 10/25/2015
Since my mother's funeral two weeks ago, I have thought many times about the wonderful service your staff provided. What a relief it was to make a phone call to you and have all of the plans in place within minutes. The superior service continued during the two days before the funeral with Greg King communicating by phone and Adam Turk corresponding by email. On the day of the funeral the limo driver was prompt, kind and professional. Matt Levinson and Scott Cuttler greeted us warmly at the chapel, and Cantor Thom King gave a eulogy that definitely captured my mother's personality and spirit - he was a great recommendation. If there is such a thing as the perfect funeral experience, Sol Levinson & Bros. delivered it. My family will be forever grateful.
— Ruth Savanuck (Wellington, FL) 10/18/2015
I want you to know that you are the "Rolls Royce" of funeral homes. I worked with Eliza Feller, who was kind and supportive without being obsequious. Eliza was professional, and had answers to our questions before we asked them. I want to add that your entire staff that we dealt with carried out a professionalism rarely seen in any other industry. You should be proud of your well-deserved reputation.
— Dovey Kahn (Pikesville, MD) 10/14/2015
I have been trying for days to offer a critique. In our period of shock, the entire staff and ownership could not have been more caring. Levinson's had a monstrous task, which to the best of my knowledge, was handled flawlessly. Thank you.
— Larry Robinson (Owings Mills, MD) 8/19/2015
I was never rushed to make choices, never felt that I was taking too much of Scott Cuttler’s time, and never felt as though I was just another person with whom he had to deal with during this sad time. The services you provided our family during our loss were handled beautifully. It is a job that entails the utmost trust between the funeral home and the family in mourning, and you have certainly earned that trust.
— Harriet Siegel (Baltimore, MD) 5/18/2015
Everyone with whom we came into contact treated us with the utmost care, kindness and professionalism. Our family is very satisfied with the way in which my husband’s funeral and Shiva were handled. Also, I must add that the Family Follow Up checklist which you provided has been a lifesaver for me. Thank you so much for including that.
— Carol Lewis (Columbia, MD) 5/6/2015
Matt Levinson did the planning for my mother’s funeral. He was kind and courteous as well as professional. Everything went smoothly as planned and I think the attention to all of the details was great. I appreciate all the service and follow up. It could not have been any better.
— Beth Plein (Cockeysville, MD) 5/4/2015
I can’t express enough the excellence that my mother was provided. From the professionalism that the two gentlemen displayed when they arrived at the house, to the outstanding treatment that Adam Turk gave me. Adam handled some difficult family matters fairly and professionally. He couldn’t have picked a more suitable Rabbi than Rabbi Jerry Seidler. I had numerous attendees comment on how impressed they were with the ceremony.
— Steven Maloff (Reisterstown, MD) 4/29/2015
We appreciate the compassion and the thorough service that Levinson’s provided for the funeral of my mother. Everyone was considerate and extremely professional. Michael Kruger was very caring and easy to work with. His attention to detail was appreciated and alleviated any worry.
— David & Karen Zolet (Columbia, MD) 4/8/2015
Everyone from the first phone call to the good-bye at the cemetery was professional, kind and caring to both me and my entire family. Our funeral director, Adam Turk, was extremely helpful to us in planning everything. He made suggestions that we would not have thought of during this extremely difficult time.
— Harriet Samuels (Baltimore, MD) 03/26/2015
I didn't know what to expect when I arrived for my prearrangement meeting. I feel so fortunate to have had Adam help me make major decisions about my funeral. He was so kind, so easy to talk to, and so knowledgeable about this delicate matter. Thank you for everything. Levinsons has always had high standards, and Adam certainly fit in with their competency and ethics.
— Norma Sampson (Pikesville, MD) 03/13/2015
You certainly did provide wonderful service. I went to your comforting Columbia office. I can't say enough nice words about Justan Goldstein. He was very professional and extremely helpful. Thank you for helping so much during this difficult time.
— Marilyn Pontell (Columbia, MD) 02/23/2015
You have THE most extraordinary grief library in the region. I often tell others of it - and how beyond helpful it has been. I am so appreciative.
— Lou Maguire Krause, LCSW-C (Baltimore, MD) 02/08/2015
Our entire family greatly appreciated all that you did to make a sad time truly meaningful and memorable. Justan helped us from hospice to and through the entire process and was sensitive and professional.
You all faced the weather challenges and anything that came up was dealt with. I do not recall worrying at all about if it would go well or not.
Thank you so much.
— Lynne S. Bacharach (Baldwin, MD) 02/22/2015
We especially want to thank Matt, Stanley, and the entire Levinson organization for their consideration and support in helping us get through this most difficult time in our lives.....We depended on your professionalism to get us through this - and you were there - from your limo drivers who took a family in shock and led us through the motions with complete understanding. Debbie was wonderful, too.
— Ruth Rosen (Baltimore, MD) 02/03/2015
Sol Levinson provided an outstanding service to our family during the recent death of my mother. However, that's nothing new because they've been doing that for all the families for about a century. Matt Levinson and Greg King were very helpful.
— Dr. & Mrs. Robert Kroopnick (Baltimore, MD) 11/10/2014
We were very pleased with the way you assisted us upon the death of my father, Leon Bloomberg. Every member of your staff showed us courtesy, respect and sympathy. Having the arrangement pre-planned was helpful. I often say to my family and friends that Sol Levinson's is the best, most well managed business in the area. Thank you.
— Jackie Cohen & Family (Lutherville, MD) 10/08/2014
People don't appreciate the Levinson family enough, and unfortunately come to realize the outstanding service you provide to our community only after experiencing another funeral home falling short of your high standards and sensitivity, dedication and attention to detail.
With this in mind, I want to thank you for your sensitivity and respect that you showed me during the recent loss of my mother.
— Rabbi David Herman & Family (Baltimore, MD) 9/18/2014
Thank you for the exceptional professional services and support that you provided to our family during that past year for the funeral services of my parents. At all times, the Levinson staff was responsive and genuinely caring of our situation and needs. Special thanks to Eliza Feller for all the prep work she did with us in pre-arranging the funerals, and for being with us throughout the funerals. We especially appreciate your capability to place the chapels services on your website for several months, as that enabled many of our family and friends to participate and honor at a distance. Levinson & Bros. certainly sets the gold standard in the funeral business. Again, thank you for your excellent services and your many kindnesses.
— Miriam Browning (Alexandria, VA) 8/26/2014
Our experience with Levinsons has always been exceptional. We always feel as though you all are family! On our most difficult days, your staff has made us feel like you share our pain. You have provided all that we have needed, when we needed you the most!
— Laura Baverman (Baltimore, MD) 8/01/2014
We were very pleased with all levels of service - from the first contact with preplanning the funeral with Scott, to making arrangements, funeral services and shiva. People were very kind, considerate and helpful, and put our minds at ease at a difficult time.
— Gary & Leslie Plotnick (Baltimore, MD) 7/25/2014
Thank you for your careful work to make the funeral of my father a meaningful event for me and my family. Please extend my gratitude to Rabbi Jonathan Panitz for his skilled performance officiating. All of the arrangements were carried out flawlessly, including the transfer to Iowa and the service in Ames. I have no hesitation recommending your services to anyone else with the need.
— Alexander J. David (Columbia, MD) 7/17/2014
This is the fifth time that you have provided services for our family. Your staff's professionalism and knowledge perfectly balanced by their sensitivity and caring attention to detail made our grief easier to bear. Having the message board on the internet available for friends and family to share their thoughts and prayers with us has been a tremendous comfort. The dvd that we received will bring us great comfort in the coming years.
— Milana Vinokurov (Owings Mills, MD) 6/24/2014
I met with Justan, and was extremely pleased with his service. Your teams professionalism and compassion helped to make this difficult time easier for me and my family. Thank you very much.
— Sheila Eick (Baltimore, MD) 6/23/2014
Adam, once again, was a great person to work with. For both of my parents, he provided me, and them, with the support and care we needed. Your services are an exceptional gift to the Jewish community.
— Phyllis LaBorwit Dreyfuss (Potomac, MD) 6/22/2014
I would like to express my heartfelt appreciation and gratitude to you and your family. Planning a funeral for my wife was a difficult ordeal emotionally, however the sensitivity, care and support I felt from both Justan Goldstein and Matt Levinson was truly extraordinary beyond any expectation. Their professionalism and warmth greatly eased my burden. I can't imagine anyone handling a funeral any better than you do.
— Rabbi Yitzchok Lowenbraun (Baltimore, MD) 6/01/2014
Everyone was warm, caring and very helpful. It was a very sad time in my life but everyone at Sol Levinson, especially Adam Turk, made our situation less stressful. I also spoke with Greg King, who was also warm and caring.
— Linda B. Silverberg (Baltimore, MD) 5/26/2014
Dear Matt and the Levinson Family,
On behalf of the entire Brager family, I want to thank you for your kindness during our very difficult time. The Levinson way is a treasure to the Baltimore community. Every detail was taken care of with love and compassion. Thank you again for your many kindnesses.
— Marlene Brager (Boynton Beach, FL) 5/4/2014
As always, the kindness, respect, and dignity that epitomizes Levinson's was obvious. You went above and beyond what is necessary and I am very grateful.
— Shazy King (Baltimore, MD) 3/15/2014
From the moment we called you, and continuing even now, your service has been caring, meticulous, organized and knowledgeable. Your expertise and concern are much appreciated, encompassing the expected elements of funerals as well as the unexpected ones such as videos of the funeral accessible to out-of-town viewers, and checklists encompassing the myriad of post-funeral details.
— Ellin Scholnick (Columbia, MD) 3/07/2014
I want to thank you for many things. Eric helped my mom and I set up her pre-burial plan, which allowed us to really know that we were doing the things she would want. From the time I notified you of her death, through the funeral and afterward, everything was taken care of. You are perfectionists, and that is particularly needed when families are grieving. Thank you so much.
— Janice Singer (Natick, MA) 2/20/2014
The whole process of dealing with a funeral was made stress free by Levinson's. Starting with the first phone call I made, and then the prompt return call assuring me that everything would be taken care of, was a relief to me. The next day, Eliza was so calming, reassuring and fabulous working with us. Again, I was so grateful for the fine service. Paul, our driver, couldn't have been nicer or more accommodating. Everyone we dealt with was kind and respectful! Levinson's made what could have been a terrible situation a pleasant one. I feel my mother had everything she would have wanted for her funeral and more!
— Naomi Lazerow (Baltimore, MD) 2/17/2014
I can't tell you how pleased we were with the services you provided. The people you sent to New York for the funeral were terrific and made things much easier for us. In addition, your continued follow-up to offer grief counseling and other related aid speaks to your concern, understanding and professionalism.
— Ron Kestenbaum (Bonita Springs, FL) 2/07/2014
Dear Justan, thank you for the tender, complete and caring help you gave me in laying my father to rest. Sol Levinson's provides "TLC" and a feel of caring and family that is so sincere. Thank you all. Continue your great work for generations to come.
— Nancy Marks (Baltimore, MD) 2/03/2014
We were very pleased with all aspects of the funeral arrangements for my father. Matt Levinson was especially helpful. His quiet, respectful and caring demeanor helped to make a very sad occasion a little easier. Every employee we met with was also extremely polite and reverent.
— Debbie Satisky (Owings Mills, MD) 1/31/2014
At a very emotional time in our lives, your staff takes the time to be warm, compassionate and understanding to the family. Your staff takes care of every detail. They are professional, kind, understanding, warm and knowledgeable. They get their job done proficiently and try to make this sad time in our lives a bit easier to cope with. It's not an easy job, but you all are wonderful with how you handle every aspect. Thanks to all of you.
— Marsha Pinson (Owings Mills, MD) 1/27/2014
The warmth, kindness and support I received were wonderful. Special appreciation to Greg King and Ira Levinson for their very large hearts and excellent service while I was dissolving. My family feels the same gratitude. Thank you again.
— Eileen N. Rubin (Baltimore, MD) 01/27/2014
During this difficult time, we couldn't have asked for better service and commitment to making our family feel comfortable. You were able to help us plan everything, and made sure we did not forget anything. We greatly appreciate all the love and care you showed our family. Your team made this time easier for us.
— The Family of Klara Marmer (Reisterstown, MD) 1/06/2014
Thank you so much for making a very difficult period immediately following the death of my husband as easy as possible for me and my family. I was particularly grateful for the live-stream of the funeral service - and for its subsequent availability online. This made it possible for far-flung family and friends to be a part of this very memorable event. Much to my amazement, I learned that many Baltimore Jewish friends were not aware of this very special element of your program. The dvd of the service will be a cherished family memento. My sincere appreciation for your kind, yet professional operation.
— Elaine Freeman (Baltimore, MD) 1/06/2014
Thanks so very much for all the many kindnesses you performed on our behalf - from the extreme courtesy and cooperation of the two men who came to transport my mother, to Ira's taking care of us after the Tahara, and the assistance regarding the Shmira, the actual funeral itself and the burial. We are profoundly grateful.
— Yisroel Reznitsky (Baltimore, MD) 1/06/2014
From the beginning of the planning a burial for my dad, your service was outstanding. Adam was my contact and he answered every question and arranged to have everything done. My dad's trip home to Baltimore was handled with great respect.
— Phyllis Dreyfuss (Potomac, MD) 12/17/2013
I apologize for not being able to name all of the Levinson employees and members who carried out this sad experience with the utmost sensitivity and care, and that includes everyone with whom we came into contact. It is not always true that just because a company has a long history that it can maintain its quality of service through the years. In the case of Levinsons (as we all refer to you) your standards have not diminished even as the sensitivity in so many things has diminished over the years, and for that, we are grateful. We are fortunate to have you as part of the Jewish community.
— Naomi Levin Gershan (Finksburg, MD) 11/19/2013
Thank you for everything you did during this very difficult time. Eliza's compassion, patience and planning provided a level of service that needs no improvement. Todd was also compassionate, warm and caring. We didn't have to worry about the details, which allowed us to focus on our family. Everyone we dealt with provided comfort to our family.
— Jade Lin (Strawberry Plains, TN) 11/7/2013
Levinson's has always had a fine, upstanding reputation. I found warmth, caring, and concern with every phone call and meeting. Your company has thought of every concern someone going through a difficult time might need.
— Shirley Sutton (Baltimore, MD) 10/13/2013
The service my family received was exceptional. Adam was professional, kind and efficient. I appreciated Adam's helpfulness and suggestions as I wasn't thinking clearly at the time. I also appreciated the list of things we would need to do - that was extremely helpful. There is no one thing to call out -- everything was done beautifully, and I am so extremely grateful for the professionalism and thoughtfulness shown to my family and me.
— Lisa Roach (Edgewood, MD) 10/11/2013
You made a most difficult time in our lives so much easier. Everyone made us feel as if we were the only people you were assisting. That is a truly remarkable ability.
— Phyllis Franklin (Baltimore, MD) 9/22/2013
Our experience with Sol Levinson & Bros. was one of the best we have ever had with any firm - commercial, government, non-profit. The level of professionalism and responsiveness was outstanding. Most importantly, Levinson's genuine sprit of care and consideration for our family at the time of Devorah's death and funeral helped ease our grief and peace of mind. We very much appreciated the ease of doing business with you, the website capability, the seven day candles, the condolence acknowledgement notes, and the suggestion to place mementos in Devorah's casket (a heart wrenching but very meaningful ritual). Especially to be commended are Eliza Feller for assisting us in pre-funeral arrangements and those who helped us through the period of August 24-26, 2013.
Thank you for being with us as you have been with our family for many, many decades.
— Harold Freeman, Miriam & David Browning (Baltimore, MD) 8/26/2013
Thank you so much for a most informative tour. Our students were delighted with their experience and appreciated the opportunity to learn more about Jewish funeral and mourning practices. As one of them wrote, "I found it to be extremely informative and I was provided with answers to many of my questions. The two funeral directors were fantastic, so warm and caring and very professional in their approach and their explanations." We are so fortunate in Baltimore. No wonder every rabbi who moves away always says that what s/he misses most is Levinson's.
— Judy Meltzer (Chizuk Amuno - Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning) 8/15/2013
Words are insufficient to express the gratitude my family feels for the remarkable support we received from Sol Levinson & Bros. following the recent death of my brother. We did not know how to respond to his request to be buried at Arlington National Cemetery, however my son-in-law suggested that I contact Matt Levinson, who had experience with Arlington Burials, and gave us assurance that my brother's wishes would be fulfilled. Thanks to Sol Levinson & Bros., it was possible to honor my brother's request in a timely way, with our family present, that he be laid to rest with military honors, so moving and meaningful for all of us, in Chaplains Hill at Arlington National Cemetery.
— Rabbi Myron Geller (Gloucester, MA) 06/27/2013
Every member of your staff was helpful, kind and courteous. Eliza was exceptional. She was compassionate, kind and efficient - just what we needed at such a difficult time. Your website is wonderful, especially the online video, which allowed our family in Australia and Israel to view the funeral.
— Howard L. Siegel, MD (Baltimore, MD) 06/23/2013
I wanted to express our heartfelt appreciation for your professionalism and compassion. Sol Levinson has buried three generations of my family members. What would we do without you? We would not fare very well.
— Betsy Chanales (Silver Spring, MD) 05/29/2013
We were amazed by your ability to handle the overflow crowd while tending to every one of our needs, and anticipating others with great compassion and professionalism. We are also so grateful for the videotaping service that was provided. Hundreds of people who couldn't get to the funeral were able to see it in real time. Incredible.
— Dr. Judah and Judith Minkove (Baltimore, MD) 04/29/2013
Sol Levinson & Bros. did a wonderful job with sensitivity and grace. Your knowledge and expertise at a time when a family is unable to think and plan was very helpful. Much stress was taken from us due in large part to your knowledge, experience, and kindness.
— V. Walker (Lutherville, MD) 03/12/2013
We want to express our sincere gratitude for the support, guidance and kindness you have shown to our family. You and the entire Levinson staff were not only professional and competent but also compassionate and caring every step of the way. Having the Levinson's in Baltimore is indeed a blessing to the community, serving families so well at such difficult times. Thank you again and we wish you and yours all the best.
— Janet Kurland (Baltimore, MD) 2/18/2013
Your services are needed at the most vulnerable point in anyone's life. It is a time when emotions are raw and confusing and most of us aren't thinking logically. Your staff was not only empathetic, efficient and respectful, but also thoughtful. You permitted us to have a service that allowed us to honor our father in a way that seemed to have been unprecedented with your procedures. Eliza was available at every turn. Her calm demeanor allowed us time to think clearly and deal with the difficulties we were having within our family. We thank you for the effective methods you used in handling this most difficult time in our lives. We particularly want to thank Eliza for going beyond what was expected in her patience, kindness, efficiency and care. All of us were impressed. We were also comforted in knowing that our father was watched over for many days before the burial by the kind and gentle Dr. Shavrick, and we also appreciated the flexibility you afforded us in providing what we needed for the two different shiva locations. I can't say enough about the outstanding service you provide at times like these.
— Roslyn Belkin (Bel Air, MD) 02/11/2013
There is nothing I would change from the moment we came to discuss the arrangements for our beautiful mom. You all have taken the word of professionalism to a new level. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for all of the compassion shown to all of us. Everyone was wonderful - our drivers were fabulous, too!
— Debbie Shavitz (Baltimore, MD) - 01/31/2013
Obviously, given the circumstances, I wish that I had not had the sad duty to use your services. But, since necessity dictated otherwise, I want to assure you unreservedly that everyone connected with Sol Levinson who I met acted not only with exemplary professionalism, but also with great personal warmth. Although I have lived in the Cleveland area for almost 42 years, as one born and raised in Baltimore, you all re-confirmed my long-held view that there really is something very special and unmatched elsewhere about my old hometown.
— Leonard Miller (Aurora, OH) 01/30/2013
We received the highest level of service from Ira, Matt, and everyone we had dealings with at Levinsons. You are not only very professional, but extremely compassionate. You helped us to get through a very difficult time in our lives. Thank you for caring and all that you did.
Since our funeral had to be handled from another state, I was very appreciative of how your staff handled all of the details. It made what could have been a very stressful transition almost effortless. I want to thank Greg King in particular for his assistance.
— Mark Meister (Yellow Springs, OH) 12/26/2012
I wish to take this opportunity to express my deep appreciation to the Sol Levinson Funeral Home for the excellent service provided at all levels. Most importantly, Scott Cuttler was a caring, knowledgeable individual that well represented your fine organization.
— Mark M. Glass (Towson, MD) 12/23/2012
Thank you so much!! No wonder generations of Baltimoreans trust their loved ones to you. I am only sorry that you don't have a branch here in Hollywood, FL, which is where our final resting place will be.
— Susan Luskin (Hollywood, FL) 12/03/2012
I appreciated the professionalism of all those we dealt with at Levinsons, and want to especially note the services of Steve, our driver to and from Beth David Cemetery (Elmont, Long Island). I also greatly appreciated your engaging Rabbi Solomon to officiate at the funeral. He went above and beyond in making a difficult time easier to deal with.
— Roslyn Samuelson 10/28/2012
I just want to thank you for providing an incredibly warm and caring atmosphere during an extremely difficult time. I was impressed with each and every detail, interaction, etc. From the moment I walked in and was greeted by one of the funeral directors, she attended to our needs and was kind and sensitive. I appreciated the availability of another funeral director who later answered my questions about burial rituals, and demonstrated a true sensitivity to different levels of religious customs. We even appreciated the big bowl of colorful candy in the family room that for some reason "hit the spot" for so many of us who needed something in that moment. You had packs of tissues that were perfectly placed, neat and clean rooms, and an overall top notch staff that clearly has everything running like a well-oiled machine. That was a very difficult day for me - one that I've been dreading forever. But your funeral home truly helped make the experience more manageable. You helped get us through it, with a quiet presence and a helping hand. Thank you.
— Rachel Ravin 09/25/2012
I want to take this opportunity to thank the Levinson family for all you do for our community. Sol Levinson & Bros. is truly an outstanding company that serves the entire Jewish community with dignity and compassion. Baltimoreans can be very proud that we have one of the finest Jewish funeral services and funeral homes in America and in fact the entire world. Your reputation speaks for itself and I personally know of your chesed and good deeds.
— Eli W. Schlossberg, Executive Trustee, Ahavas Yisrael Charity Fund (Baltimore, MD) 09/13/2012
We become so used to what is around us that unless we have the occasion to attend a funeral in another city, we don't appreciate what we have. The Levinson family has truly been a community mainstay. Our community is lucky to have this family-run institution.
— Edna Crystal (Pikesville, MD) 08/31/2012
After 120 years in business, Fields is closing. I imagine that when it opened in 1892, some rabbi came into the store, put up the mezuzah and said to the owner, "You should have mazal with this new business. May it, like you, last 120 healthy years."
And now, Fields' time is up.
All of us who have lived here for 20 or 30 years or more have seen plenty of businesses come and go. But, if you were to choose one business that you can't imagine ever closing, which one would it be?
My money would be on Sol Levinsons, and not just because people will always be dying. Just think about it. Unlike Washington, Philadelphia or NYC, Baltimore has only one Jewish funeral home. And yet, even though they have a monopoly, they offer truly excellent service. How do I know this? From both personal experience, as well as many conversations with congregants, it is clear to me that this is a business that is run with intelligence and compassion.
When my dad, of blessed memory, died, his funeral was held in a funeral home in another major city. It was a Sunday morning, and the container of kippot in the chapel entrance was empty. It took me 10 minutes to find someone who worked for the place to refill that container. And here in Baltimore, at Levinsons, I have never attended a funeral where there were fewer than eight people "at your service". And at a large funeral, like that of Barbara Leibowitz Lichter (what a marvelous human being she was!) last Sunday, there were at least ten people working the parking lot, assisting with seating, etc.
These Levinson folks are excellent. They deserve the reputation that they enjoy.
— Rabbi Paul Schneider (Baltimore, MD) 08/29/2012
Your funeral home has buried 3 generations of my family and my husband's family. I chose your funeral services because of my past experience with the professionalism with which you cared for them. I was not disappointed in my expectations. Mike Kruger took care of everything and there was nothing that was left out. No detail either large or small was missed. I was grateful for all of the staff from Mike to the drivers of the limousines and hearse, to anyone answering the phones.
— Marie Schwartz (Fairfield, PA) 08/19/2012
Each member of your organization was extremely kind, gracious and available.
Thank you for being so reputable in the Jewish community - and charitable.
— Rona Kogan (Baltimore, MD) 08/09/2012
I canít thank you enough for all of your warm and sincere help with my momís funeral. Next to the day you lose your loved one, the day of the funeral is the next hardest in oneís life. Sol Levinson does a perfect job of taking care of the family during this sad time. Every single person was kind and does a wonderful job guiding us through this difficult time. Many of my friends from Hagerstown had never been to a Jewish funeral in Baltimore. They commented on your beautiful place and the genuine and excellent service you all provided. Also, the idea of loved ones being able to witness the service live is such a mitzvah. My mom had extremely close family from Israel, Vermont, New Hampshire, California and New York, and all watched the funeral live. When I got home that night, everyone left a phone message about what a beautiful and moving service. Thanks again for everything.
— Debbie Cress (Hagerstown, MD) 05/20/2012
You all were phenomenal. I really appreciated all of the wonderful service I received from you. From my first contact with your company, until now, I have received top notch service. Thank you so much.
— Miriam Cohen (Rockville, MD) 05/06/2012
There are no words to express my gratitude. When my husband died, I didnít know the name of a Jewish undertaker in West Palm Beach. Then the hospital started pressuring me to call one to remove the body. My niece in Baltimore called Sol Levinson and Greg called me and told me to go home - he took care of everything. When the plots at Baltimore Hebrew Cemetery were found to be unusable, you came to my aid once again by helping me find alternative plots. I was a member of Liberty Jewish Center when I lived in Baltimore and Rabbi Max (now deceased) was my rabbi. Again, you came up with a rabbi I felt I have known all my life. The limo drivers were excellent.
— Julia F. Beker (West Palm Beach, FL) 05/04/2012
This was a very stressful time for our family, but with the aid of the entire staff at Sol Levinson & Bros., Inc., we were organized and guided and well-advised. There were no surprises, no glitches - everything was anticipated and executed in a polished and dignified fashion. Special thanks to Eliza Feller - wise, tactful, capable, kind - beyond her years in her ability to handle these serious matters.
— Ilene Brave (Baltimore, MD) 04/18/2012
There is absolutely nothing that could have been improved upon for the funeral of my husband. Eliza Feller was both kind and efficient and I felt completely confident that all would be taken care of as it should be, and it was. Everyone I spoke to from the first call to the gentleman who picked up the chairs was professional and did their job in a manner that was exceptional. There is really nothing that could be improved upon. I have worked with funeral homes in Montgomery County over the years, for others, and I know how outstanding Levinsonís care is in every way. I am grateful that you have not sold and continue to give the care that my great-grandparents, grandparents, and parents received. Thank you.
— Ann W. Joseloff (Silver Spring, MD) 04/07/2012
Mere words cannot adequately express our heartfelt thanks for the incredibly gracious support extended to our family by all of the Levinson family on the passing of our beloved Jeanette.
At a most difficult time, you made every step along the way so easy and pleasant for us. Your kindness and thoughtfulness in guiding us through the process deeply touches us.
We so appreciate your contribution to the Marjorie Levinson Memorial Fund of Sinai Hospital in our momís memory. It is comforting to know that her legacy of caring for others will continue through your meaningful donation.
Thank you so much for your compassion and support. It means more than words can say.
— Marcie Goodman and Family (Baltimore, MD) 04/05/2012
I just wanted to let you know how seamless and professional all was handled. Having you, Matt, your dad, and your entire team at this difficult time was reassuring. It enabled us to focus on our family and our grieving and not the details. Thanks for being there for us, your support, and all you do. All my best,
— Jimmy Berg (Owings Mills, MD) 03/29/2012
I canít even begin to tell you how impressed I am with Levinsonís funeral services. I have never experienced such a professional operation. You simply go beyond anything I have ever experienced. You made us feel truly cared for, like family. You must be very proud of your success, as you should be. I love seeing a family work in such harmony.
To top everything, I received notice of your kind contribution to Marjorieís Memorial Fund in Joelís memory. Thank you so very much for all your services and contribution. You made a very sad day less stressful.
— Carole Walderman (Clarksville, MD) 03/20/2012
I canít think of anything you could have done better. This is the first time I have had to work with you (always other, older family members were in charge). Polite, kind, and dignified, Eliza and all others gave me just the right degree of direction. And Eliza helped me locate our remaining family members in Baltimore. Thank you so much!
— Linda Fader (Los Angeles, CA) 03/19/2012
We are in receipt of your kind letter of March 30th with regard to the services you rendered on behalf of our cousin.
From the setting up of the irrevocable trust, which was done very timely when we were trying to put things in order so as to be able to apply for Medicaid, through the final service, you handled everything in the most professional manner anyone could have hoped for.
With your help, and the Rabbiís, we were able to overcome finding out one hour before the service that the plot designated for burial next to her husband was not usable. Your people were so helpful during that crisis and fortunately we were able to proceed.
The streaming of the service to us back in New York was something we never could have anticipated, and meant so much to us. We were her closest relatives, but given the number of people we are caring for here, we could not leave. Being able to see the service was almost like being there physically and made all the difference.
At the risk of not mentioning someone who helped us, which would be inadvertent, the following people were there for us when we needed them to be: Matt, Greg and Eliza.
Finally, we are grateful for the contribution made to the Marjorie Levinson Memorial Fund of Sinai Hospital of Baltimore. We know how much she would have appreciated that. Our best to all of you.
— Harvey and Pam Abrams (Bardonia, NY) 03/09/2012
Everyone I had dealt with at your establishment lived up to our outstanding reputation. Words could never express how grateful I am, and relieved of the burden of this enormous tragedy in my life that I had to face. You handled all aspects of the funeral from beginning to end with consideration and professionalism. Thank you so very much.
— Irvin Willen (Finksburg, MD) 02/27/2012
You took care of everything very professionally. Thank heaven I havenít needed many of your special services, but it was good to know you were there if needed.
— Janet Abramowitz (Baltimore, MD) 02/18/2012
Levinsonís lives up to its reputation. Michael Kruger was so kind and caring while guiding me through this process. Greg King was also helpful. I can suggest nothing in the way of improving what was perfect.
— Susan Keller Cohen (Baltimore, MD) 02/02/2012
I wanted to thank you for taking such great care of all the arrangements for my step-father. All your staff should be commended for being caring, sympathetic, and very professional in every aspect of the arrangements; from Florida to Maryland and the shiva house. You have left out no item or detail. Matt was exceptional and his support and personal care in the time of need was great. Thanks again for an excellent service overall.
— Avi Amoyal (Lutherville, MD) 01/08/2012
On behalf of my entire family, thank you for your remarkable assistance, caring work, constant availability, professionalism, attention to detail, and personal interaction following the tragic and sudden loss of my mother-in-law.
Your entire team instilled a level of caring and comfort during our complicated multi-state funeral arrangement. Your accommodations to the practices of my home synagogue in Washington, DC were the highest level of menchlikite, which is all too rare not only in the funeral industry but in the community at large.
As someone who has worked in the Jewish community for more than three decades, I have dealt with scores of funeral homes. As expressed in the Psalm Eshet Hayil, A Woman of Valor, many have done worthily, but Sol Levinson & Bros. surpasses them all. Your value to the Baltimore Jewish community certainly exceeds all value and your family firm is certainly a jewel among our institutions.
As someone who has been entrusted with maintaining a 150 year old synagogue, I understand the importance, challenge, and complexity of maintaining a culture and standard of excellence over several generations. Your leadership and staff demonstrate the same level of support, family, quality, and loving kindness that I imagine the founders of your company possessed. Your newest, younger staff, such as Eliza Feller, demonstrate a level of service and hesed well beyond her years, which is a testament to the training and inculcation of values by your founding fathers.
While I hope that our interaction is infrequent, for obvious reasons, it is comforting to know that Sol Levinson & Bros. is present when needed. Please pass our appreciation to your entire team. Líshalom,
— Glenn S. Easton, Executive Director, Adas Israel Congregation (Chevy Chase, MD) 11/25/2011
I didnít want my mother to pre-pay her burial expenses 10 years ago but now Iím glad that she did. It only took one call on that terrible Sunday night for you to take care of everything. Scott was so helpful and responsive. Iím very glad that all of my motherís wishes were accommodated and her burial took place as she wanted it. Thank you so much for being there for us.
— Harriet Hardy (Catonsville, MD) 09/01/2011
Many thanks to Scott, who helped in assisting us while we were still in Florida awaiting my fatherís death. As well, he made things very easy for my brother and I upon arriving back to Baltimore to arrange the funeral here. Special thanks to our limo driver, Todd Franklin. He was so kind anyway, but when he recognized me from school, he was even more wonderful and supportive on what was, to date, just the worst day of our lives.
— Randi Dlin (Reisterstown, MD) 04/04/2011
I felt that Scott and Matt provided thorough, professional and compassionate service to me and my family. Thank you. We had anticipated that perhaps 200 people would attend my husbandís funeral. Over 600 people came and your staff handled this very well. The limo driver and the gentlemen who delivered and picked up the chairs, prayer books, etc., were also helpful, prompt and professional.
— Toni Greenberg (Reisterstown, MD) 03/26/2011
There is an adage that suggests that there is always room for improvement. Following the funeral service, burial, and shiva for my husband, I honestly canít think of anything Sol Levinson needs to improve! Your entire staff was professional, compassionate, knowledgeable, warm and pleasant. They had answers to our questions before we knew we had the questions. As you are well aware, the death of a beloved family member leaves the family emotionally drained. Your staff, led in this case by Scott Cuttler, took away our uncertainty and handled all the necessary details in a manner in which all of you should be very proud. Our family wants you to know that all your efforts were very much appreciated.
— Marian Shuman (Baltimore, MD) 12/27/2010
Thank you for your excellent service at the time of our motherís death. Many people also have listened to the audio recording of the funeral service. We greatly appreciated your compassion, attention to detail and your help through this process.
— Diana G. (Reisterstown, MD) 11/23/2010
On behalf of our entire family we would like to extend our appreciation to Sol Levinson & Bros., Inc. for their services during this very sad time in our lives. We are very grateful that my mother and father-in-law had the foresight to plan ahead for their funerals. The staff at Sol Levinson could not have been nicer to work with and we really appreciated the extra effort made to coordinate Leonardís funeral with the Veterans Cemetery. Everyone was a pleasure to work with during this emotionally stressful time.
— Steven & Barbara Tapper (Reisterstown, MD) 10/04/2010
I want to thank you for your dignified manner in helping me and my family through a difficult time. Your coordination with Beth Israel Cemetery helped to make the funeral go smoothly and without any problems. It was comforting to have someone from Levinsonís in New Jersey when we arrived.
— Eena Feld (Pikesville, MD) 09/28/2010