A letter from Judy Ludin, chief development and communications officer at Menorah Manor

After having the privilege of being employed here for 30 years, I have decided to retire at the end of this year. It is with very mixed emotions that I make this decision, as this organization has been a big part of my life for so long. Personally, so many things have changed since I began my tenure here. When I began as a part time communications manager in 1990, I was a newcomer to Florida, beginning an exciting chapter in my life. I had a newborn son, and my husband and I had been married for ten years.

First Rap Video at Menorah Manor

This fun rap video was created to help celebrate Menorah Manor's 35th Anniversary and was scheduled to debut first at our Bucket List Ball celebration. After several postponements due to the COVID-19 virus, we decided to keep everyone safely at home and host the Bucket List Ball online. Please note that this video was produced in those wonderful golden days before COVID, when no face masks or social distancing were required. Please enjoy the Menorah Manor Rap Stars video.

Menorah Manor remains calm in center of COVID-19 storm

This article was written by Bob Fryer and originally published in the Jewish Press on April 27, 2020.

Anita Sher, 93, is unaware of the coronavirus pandemic that has turned the world upside down.

“Sometimes when you do not have the capability to worry, you are a happy person,” Craig Sher said of his mom.

Since last June, Anita has been a resident of Menorah Manor, a Jewish community sponsored facility in St. Petersburg that offers care for some of the most frail and vulnerable Tampa Bay area residents.

What would Mister Rogers do?

During this global COVID-19 health care crisis, we are all living a reality that none of us have ever experienced before. It is highly restrictive, uncertain, scary, all-consuming and filled with unfathomable tragedy. At the same time, this experience is giving each us of the opportunity to grow spiritually as we learn to cope with unwanted change, become more resilient and focus on what truly matters most in life.


Effective July 2, 2020, you may call our COVID update line, 727-302-3818, to hear the same information that is listed below. The COVID update line will be updated daily by 4 pm as well.

The next Family Support zoom meeting will be held on Thursday, January 21 at noon. Please email to receive the zoom link.

Menorah Manor

January 15, 2021

Menorah Manor Offers Neshama Program

This article originally appeared in the Tampa Bay Times on March 10, 2020. It was written by Tampa Bay Times reporter Waveny Ann Moore.

Her mother’s death was imminent, and Judy Hulvey had a decision to make: Should she move the 88-year-old former preschool director from Menorah Manor’s Alzheimer’s wing to the nursing center’s new Neshama suite?

Neshama means spirit, soul or breath in Hebrew. At Menorah Manor, it’s a special place to die, enfolded by loved ones. Hulvey’s mother was the first to use the suite, which was converted from a semi-private room.

Puree Dining Program Promotes Dignity and Well-Being of Residents

The puree dining program at Menorah Manor provides residents on a puree diet with high-quality, appetizing, and enjoyable meals. The program was created in 2014, after Menorah Manor’s dining staff saw an opportunity to enhance the dining service while preserving resident dignity.

Menorah Manor’s puree specialist, Julian Vann, ensures that the pureed meals are delicious, nutritious and visually appealing.

Viewing Jewish Eldercare from the Other Side of the Bedrail

My dear sweet mother, Marietta Drucker, passed away peacefully on August 18, 2019, at the age of 91. She lived the last 8 months of her life in the Marion and Bernard Samson Nursing Center, where I have been an employee for 29 years. I really thought I knew everything about Menorah Manor, but when Mom moved here, I realized there were many things I did not know – or fully appreciate.