A memorial will be held on Sunday, August 12, at 5 p.m. at The Workmen’s Circle, 1525 South Robertson Boulevard, Los Angeles. Those who wish to attend are requested to R.S.V.P. to his e-mail address, email@example.com, or by telephone to 323-384-3645.
Michael Ben-Levi, né Martin Lewinson, passed away on July 27, 2007, at 80. He is survived by his wife Beatrice, son Jack and daughter Rachel, brother Saul Lewinson, sister Anne Warren and brother Arthur Lewinson.
Dr. Ben-Levi received his doctoral degree in sociology from the University of Southern California. His dissertation focused on white-collar crime and criminal law. He was Chairman of the Sociology Department of Loyola University in the 1970s. From the 1980s to retirement, he taught at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising.
In the 1950s he emigrated from Los Angeles to Israel with Hashomer Hatzair, residing at Kibbutz Barkai; but returned to help his ailing mother. For her, he designed a device to avoid bedsores for which he received a patent in 2006. He remained a vigorous leader in the Zionist movement in Los Angeles. A past president of the Southern California chapter of Meretz USA, he was active in The Workmen’s Circle and in the leadership of Ameinu. Michael was beloved not only by his family and close friends but also by numerous neighbors, and others in need, whom he helped in so many ways. He was and will be irreplaceable.
Donations may be made in his name to Meretz USA, 114 West 26th Street, Suite 1002, New York, NY 10001-6812; The Workmen’s Circle, 1525 South Robertson Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90035-4231; or Hadassah Medical Organization, Kiryat Hadassah, Post Office Box 12000, 91120 Jerusalem, Israel.