History & Staff
We have years of experience caring for families, from all walks of life. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession, dedicated to excellence in service, and have the highest integrity.
We are honored that you have selected Levitt Weinstein Memorial Chapels & Cemeteries to care for your loved one’s funeral and cemetery arrangements.
For 85 years, we have served the community with dedication and compassion. And in the process we have built a reputation for excellent service and state-of-the-art facilities. We are committed to creating a uniquely personalized experience that is more than just a funeral or burial arrangements. Rather, it is a celebration of a life well lived.
Our state-of-the-art facilities are designed to meet all your needs – funeral, cemetery, cremation and memorialization.
We understand the process and decisions involved in making funeral and cemetery arrangements while coping with the loss of a family member can be stressful and confusing.
Our experienced and professional team is always at hand to assist you and take away some of the stress. We encourage you to visit our location and meet with our staff for any preplanning that you may desire.
As part of our commitment to exceeding your expectations, you will have a team of two persons, a Licensed Funeral Director and a Family Service Professional, dedicated to serving your family. The Funeral Director will be in charge of the arrangement conference and the Service Professional will be your primary contact for anything you may need during and after the services are completed.
Our team will guide you through every little detail and ensure that your every need is met in the most professional, caring and personal manner.
Who We Are
In a nutshell? Experience, professionalism, compassion, and empathy.
Regional General Manager for Levitt-Weinstein and General Manager at Blasberg-Rubin-ZilbertRead Bio
Michael C. Blasberg is a third generation Funeral Director and Pre-Need Counselor for Levitt Weinstein Memorial Chapels & Cemeteries. Blasberg earned his degree at Miami Dade College of Mortuary Science and began his career working with his father, Larrie S. Blasberg, and brother, Ira M. Blasberg, at Blasberg Funeral Chapel on Miami Beach which was started by his father in 1965. Over the years, he has fulfilled many different roles within the business and now serves as the Regional Operations Manager.
During his 35 year professional career, Blasberg is proud to have helped many people in their time of need, interacting with people of all generations. He has a unique passion for what he does; he is able to put himself totally into what he is doing and always makes himself available to those seeking his help. Blasberg laughs with clients and cries with clients, and though he never gets used to what he does, if he stopped doing either he feels it would be time to stop being a Funeral Director. He keeps a book of client testimonials that he likes to read at times to remind him why he does what he does.
Michael lives in North Miami Beach with his wife Margie and his Golden Retriever Halo. Michael and Margie have two children Joshua and Hillary. In his free time Michael enjoys spending time with his family and friends, riding his bike and walking on the beach.
General Manager at Beth David Memorial GardensRead Bio
Claire Piché started her career in the cemetery and funeral business back in 2009 as the receptionist at Beth David Memorial Gardens. Upon graduating with a degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Florida Atlantic University she had plans to move on and utilize her degree, but NorthStar had a different path in mind and was offered the position of General Manager. Claire developed a passion for the industry, welcomed the opportunity and says being able to guide and support families on their toughest day is beyond rewarding and the relationships we build with the families we serve are irreplaceable. Claire saves all the notes from families she has helped over the years and says that it means the world when a family’s come back weeks, months, or even years later just to say Hello!
As a Florida native, when she is not managing the day to day operations at Beth David, she enjoys anything outdoors where the sun is shining. Architecture, art, the beach, paddle boarding, working out and spending time with her family, friends and fur-babies, Chichi and Lola are some of her downtime interests. Whenever she can, Claire loves to travel throughout the States and abroad. This job has taught her to stop, take life in while appreciating every moment and always remember to live, laugh, love.
Sales Manager at Beth David Memorial GardensRead Bio
Bob Harrington joined the NorthStar family in May of 2017 when he traded in snow boots for sandals. Bob was born and raised in the western suburbs of Detroit and lived in south central Michigan for most of his life. Bob got his start in sales at 19, selling home improvements for his father and uncle, eventually starting his own remodeling business.
In 2010 he transitioned into the funeral and cemetery business as a Sales Manager working in Kalamazoo MI. In 2012 he accepted an opportunity to transfer to Oak Brook IL where he enjoyed great success building and managing a team for a new acquisition property there.
While in IL, Bob met his fiancée, Cindy and between them they have 6 adult children and 6 grandchildren. As a child, Bob and his father shared a love for the great outdoors and they shared that love together with hunting trips, camping trips throughout the states and many fishing trips that included salmon fishing in Alaska. Bob’s fiancée, Cindy, also shares his love for the outdoors and together they enjoy boating, fishing, golfing and the beach during their downtime.
Location Manager at Levitt Weinstein Beth David ChapelRead Bio
Mark Ginsberg joined the staff at Beth David Memorial Gardens 13 years ago and is a Location Manager. He is a member of Temple Beth Emet, Miramar Pembroke Pines Chamber of Commerce, Davie Cooper City Chamber of Commerce, Knights of Pythias and B'nai Brith.
Mark has been a licensed funeral director since June of 1979.
Mark has been married to Jill for 35 years with daughter, Faith, son-in-law, David and son Michael.
When asked to give the proudest moment in this profession Mark said: “There are so many over the last 35 years, helping families through the most tragic losses of the very worst of times.”
Chapel Location Manager at Levitt Weinstein Blasberg Rubin Zilbert Memorial ChapelsRead Bio
Michael O'Malley joined the staff at Levitt Weinstein 32 years ago and is the Location Manager at Levitt Weinstein Blasberg Rubin Zilbert Memorial Chapels. He is a Knight of Columbus.
When we asked what attracted Michael to this field, He said: “I acquired a part-time job while attending college in Massachusetts for business and the owner of the funeral home started teaching me the different aspects of the business and I decided I wanted to make it my career.”
Michael has 2 children, a daughter who is 23 and a son who is 21; both are currently in college. He enjoys collecting watched and classic cars.
When asked to give the proudest moment in this profession Michael said: “I find it very rewarding to comfort and help families in the most difficult time of their lives.”
Office Manager at Beth David Funeral HomeRead Bio
Cindy Gruber joined Beth David Memorial Gardens in the administrative department 21 years ago and is a Funeral Home Manager. She is a proud participant in the American Cancer Society "Relay for Life". Cindy previously started out in the pre-need accounting office then in 2005 began working with Mark Ginsberg in the funeral home.
Cindy has been married for 29 years and enjoys spending her spare time in her annual vegetable garden, growing orchids, playing with the dogs and floating in the pool. When asked to give the proudest moment in this profession Cindy said: “The thank you's from families for helping them at a painful time.”
Office Manager at Beth David Memorial GardensRead Bio
Patty Terry joined Beth David Memorial Gardens in the administrative department 24 years ago and is the current Office Manager.
Patty previously was employed with Fred Hunter's from 1982 to 1990. When we asked what attracted Patty to this field, She said: “She enjoys working with accounting.”
Patty enjoys spending her off time taking care of her animals.
When asked to give the proudest moment in this profession Patty said: “Helping families understand their contracts.”
Sr. Director of Business Growth DevelopmentRead Bio
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Marc Scott Rubin is a Licensed Funeral Director and Sr Director of Business Development for the Levitt Weinstein and Blasberg-Rubin-Zilbert family of funeral homes and cemeteries. Born and raised in the business, Rubin represents the third generation of the company. As Area Sales Director, Rubin oversees the entire sales team from Dade to Palm Beach County. In addition, he works with families who are interested in private family estates and mausoleums, designing the majority of the granite that is put into the cemeteries. He takes great pride in helping families design their final tribute to themselves or their loved ones, creating a final memorial that they can be proud of.
Rubin belongs to and is active in the following community organizations: Rotary International – Vice President of Miami Sundown and Dadeland Chapter’s; Knights of Pythias – District Deputy Grand Chancellor and Chancellor Commander; American Heart Association – Vice President and Board of Director for Greater South Dade/South Miami Chapter; B’nai Brith International – President of University of Miami Chapter; Association for Retarded Citizens – Funeral and Cemetery Liaison; Wynwood Colation – Board of Director; Community Action Agency (Meals on Wheels) – Board of Director; Coalition on Aging – Miami Dade/Monroe Board of Director; Alliance on Aging;Dade Guardianship; Chamber of Commerce – Miami Beach, Aventura, Hollywood, Ft. Lauderdale, Weston, and Boca Raton; BNI – Weston Chapter; Alzheimer’s Association – Caregivers Group at Greenbriar Nursing Home; Generation After – Simon Wiesenthal Chapter; Progress Club; South Dade Business and Professional Forum; Temple Israel of Miami; Temple Judea of Coral Gables; Temple Beth Am of Kendall; Temple Bet Breira of Kendall;Temple Dor Dorim of Weston; Temple Solel of Hollywood – Board Member; and Weston Business Club.
Throughout his career, he is honored to have received the following recognitions: Mission Life Insurance Company – Million Dollar Round Table 1986; Loewen Group – Top Unified Counselor 1997-2001; Loewen Group – Combination Counselor Achievement Award 1999; Alderwoods Group – Top Producer Award 2002-2006; Alderwoods Group – Award for Excellence 2006; and Alderwoods Group – Management Award 2006.
A native Floridian born in Miami Beach, Rubin attended the Lehrman Community Day School and North Miami Beach Senior High School. He resides in Weston with his wife, Jill, and children Blake and Luke. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with family, attending local sporting events and playing basketball with friends. He also sits on the board of a sporting goods company he invented called Fanband, which is a patented jersey-like wearable sweatband product licensed with the NBA, MLB and college sports.
Robert Paya joined Beth David Memorial Gardens in the maintenance department 4 years ago and is the Superintendent.
When we asked what attracted Robert to this field, He said: “A friend suggested it.”
Robert happily married with 5 children and 5 grandchildren and enjoys photography and computers.
When asked to give the proudest moment in this profession Robert said: “When we lend an ear to a grieving family that comes to see a loved one and when I was promoted to superintendent.”
Marketing SpecialistRead Bio
Stacey has been in the funeral and cemetery administrative industry for close to 7 years, beginning her career as a funeral details clerk. As a novice in the funeral and cemetery business she took it upon herself to acquire knowledge in many aspects of the daily operations. She quickly elevated to cemetery office manager she had the opportunity to operate a large property in Broward County.
An avid student Stacey is currently working on her second master’s degree at Nova Southeastern University pursing this time a completion of an MBA in Management. She graduated in 2016 from Nova with and Masters of Science in Human Resources and Marketing. Stacey also welcomed her first child, a son last August.
Funeral Director at Levitt Weinstein Blasberg Rubin Zilbert Memorial ChapelsRead Bio
Richard Kuhta joined the staff 28 years ago and is a Funeral Director at Levitt Weinstein Blasberg Rubin Zilbert Memorial Chapels. He is a life member of Navy League, the VFW and a member of the American Legion.
Richard has been in the funeral industry for 41 years. When we asked what attracted Richard to this field, He said: “I was influenced by my family.”
When asked to give the proudest moment in this profession Richard said: “Graduating mortuary school.”
Funeral DirectorRead Bio
Murray Rubin is a Funeral Director and Pre-Need Counselor. Rubin earned his degree at the University of Miami and the American Academy of Mortuary Science and began his career in 1962 with his late father-in-law, Leonard Zilbert, who was President of Riverside Memorial Chapels in New York, which was the largest Riverside facility consisting of four stories, three chapels and 12 reposing rooms and averaged 35 funerals a day.
Following mortuary school, Rubin returned to Miami Beach where he started a three-year embalmers apprenticeship followed by a one-year Funeral Director apprenticeship. Over the years, he worked his way up to Vice President of Riverside of Florida, which by then was the largest funeral chain in Florida.
About 10 years later in 1976, Riverside New York and Florida was sold and the family decided to start a monument company, Zilbert Memorial, located on Alton Road in Miami Beach. Two years later in 1978, the family opened the Rubin-Zilbert funeral chapel which hosted 245 funerals in just nine months. During the chapel’s biggest year in 1981, Rubin-Zilbert hosted more than 665 funerals.
In 1996, Rubin-Zilbert merged with Levitt-Weinstein Memorial Chapels and became Blasberg-Rubin-Zilbert. Rubin became manager of the facility, which he still manages today. As part of his day-to-day role, Rubin oversees at-need and pre-need funeral arrangements and engages with the local community. He truly enjoys serving the families he has the pleasure of working with, and makes himself available to them at all times. To Rubin, this is not a business but a calling; he could not have found a business that he is more suited for.
Rubin belongs to and is active in the following organizations: Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce, Temple Beth Shalom Miami Beach, Cuban Hebrew Congregation Miami Beach, Hebrew Homes Plaza Health Network, North Miami Chamber of Commerce, Miami Shores Chamber of Commerce, North Dade Rotary Club, Miami Shores Rotary Club, South Florida Guardianship Association, Russian American Chamber of Commerce, South Florida Health Care Social Workers, C.L.A.M.S. Men’s Club, Miami Dade Coalition on Aging, Miami Beach Bar Association, North Dade Bar Association, Probate & Guardianship Association, Executive Business Networking Group, Uptown Business Networking Group, Hallandale Chamber of Commerce, Aventura Marketing Council and Aventura Sunny Isles Beach Chamber of Commerce.
A native Floridian born in Miami Beach, Rubin currently lives in (city) with his wife, Dianne. They enjoy spending time with their three children and four grandchildren and taking one month every year to vacation on Lake Garda in Northern Italy to recharge their batteries.
Funeral DirectorRead Bio
Gina Villano began her career at Eternal Light Memorial Gardens in Boynton Beach, FL at which time she enrolled in the Funeral Service/Mortuary Science Program at Miami Dade College. While attending school, she was offered the position of Office Manager at Levitt-Weinstein in Coconut Creek, FL. Gina transferred to the funeral home in January 2015 and has been the office manager since.
In April 2017 she graduated from Miami Dade and is currently serving her Funeral Director/Embalmer internship. Gina is expected to be fully licensed in July 2018.
Funeral DirectorRead Bio
Jason Grossberg joined Levitt Weinstein Coconut Creek 3 years ago. He is a Florida native and a second generation Funeral Director. Jason has been in the funeral industry for over 19 years.
Embalming Operations SupervisorRead Bio
Alex Ruiz joined the staff at Levitt Weinstein 4 years ago.
Alex has been in the funeral industry for 20 years. When we asked what attracted Alex to this field, He said: “I have a passionm for the work that I do and recognized at a young age that I wanted to devote my life to service to families during the most vulnerable time in their life.”
Jeffrey Brady joined the staff at Levitt Weinstein 5 years ago and is a Funeral Director.
Jeffrey has been in the funeral industry for 15 years. When we asked what attracted Jeffrey to this field, He said: “I wanted to help people move on past the tragedy of death.”
Jeffrey has been married to Patricia 20 years to Patricia. He volunteers every Wednesday feeding the homeless.
Family Service CounselorRead Bio
Marilyn Ladis joined Beth David Memorial Gardens in the sales department 8 years ago and is a pre-arrangement counselor. She is a member of ABWA, Hadassahm Temple Sinai Sisterhood and Beth Torah Sisterhood.
Marilyn began her career in October of '88 at Menorah Gardens then went to Riverside Gordon in '91 until 2006 when she came to Beth David Memorial Gardens. When we asked what attracted Marilyn to this field, She said: “A friend thought I would be perfect for the job- He was the Executive Director at Menorah and knew how well I related to people.”
Marilyn is the proud mother of 2 children and 6 grandchildren; “They are the blessing in my life!”
When asked to give the proudest moment in this profession Marilyn said: “When a family member hugs you and kisses you and thanks you. That’s what keeps me going. I guide each family to what is best for them and they appreciate my honesty and integrity.”
Family Service CounselorRead Bio
Les Weiden joined Levitt Weinstein in the sales department 7 years ago and is a pre-arrangement counselor. He is also the Vice President of Young Israel of Sunny Isles.
Les was previously with Riverside Garden for 14 years. When we asked what attracted Les to this field, He said: “I had a desire to help families make pre-arrangements with a clear mind.”
Les is married with 4 children and 17 grandchildren.
When asked to give the proudest moment in this profession Les said: “the day I joined Levitt-Weinstein and Beth David!”
Family Service CounselorRead Bio
Jane Vigil joined Beth David Memorial Gardens in the sales department 3 years ago and is a Family Service Counselor. She is a member of the Broward Performing Arts and Volunteers at the Hospital Front Desk of Cleveland Clinic. She has been a Temple member in Weston, Florida and still continues to be an avid fundraiser for Breast Cancer Awareness and Diabetes.
Jane grew up on Long Island, New York and after after graduating college she moved to Bologna, Italy where she taught English. She has been married for 24 years and has 2 sons in college.
In 2006, Jane and her husband spent three weeks traveling thru Poland and Eastern Europe and met many Survivors. Her travels thru Africa broadened her horizons on the less fortunate.
When asked to give the proudest moment in this profession Jane said: “Spending time with families and helping them make the right decisions.”
Family Service AdvisorRead Bio
Michael was born in New York on Sept. 1, 1958, and his family moved to Miami Beach in 1972 where he attended Miami Beach High School. After graduating from high school, Michael studied at the University of Florida where he received his bachelor's degree in marketing.
His career started in consumer products for Magnivison which was the market leader in non-prescription reading glasses. Michael started as a regional sales manager and was promoted several times and developed four patents which were a game changer for the industry. Executive Vice President was his last title at the company. The company was sold to American Greetings in 1993.
Michael worked in consumer products till 2010 and then became the director of marketing at Gulfstream Park before joining the NorthStar Group team last August. Michael has a passion for sales and marketing and working at Levitt-Weinstein is a perfect fit for his experience. Michael is proud to be part of a great team of people here in North Miami Beach.
To Michael, his family is most important as he attributes much of his success to his wife Debbie and their three kids and grandchild.
Community Service AdvisorRead Bio
Michele Chandler joined Beth David Memorial Gardens in the sales department 2 years ago and is the Sales Manager. She is a Temple Member of Ramat Shalom and Life Member of Hadassah.
In July of ‘99 Michele joined Riverside-Gordon as a pre-need counselor then transferred to family service and became a family service supervisor at Menorah Gardens before coming to Beth David in 2012. When we asked what attracted Michele to this field, She said: “I was so impressed with the process when I wrote a pre-need contract for my mom that I knew I wanted it to be a career for me. My mom, Esther Cohen, who passed away at 92 was my inspiration for my helping others!”
Michele is married to supportive husband, Robert with 2 sons, Josh and Jason, 2 grandchildren, Emma and Max.
Clerical & Administrative SpecialistRead Bio
Donna Miller joined Beth David Memorial Gardens in the administrative department 23 years ago and is in data entry.
When we asked what attracted Donna to this field, She said: “I previously started at another funeral home in 1987 and found it interesting. “
Donna enjoys going to the movies, watching basketball and spending time with her family.
When asked to give the proudest moment in this profession Donna said: “Having the opportunity to help families.”
Clerical & Administrative SpecialistRead Bio
My name is Elizabeth Piche'. I currently work in the detail department at Levitt-Weinstein's North Miami Beach Chapel. I have my bachelor's degree in Psychology with a minor in Anthropology and Sociology. I am working on completing my degree in Funeral Directing and Mortuary sciences. I love spending time with family, friends, and my dog Hulk.
Rachel Lerfelt joined Blasberg-Rubin-Zilbert Memorial Chapel in 2001. Rachel finds it most rewarding in her profession when she creates a funeral program specific to the person who has passed away. She feels confident that it helps the family with the grieving process. Rachel belongs to and is active in the following community organizations: Hadassah Mitzvah Chapter, Beth Torah Sisterhood, and Beth Torah Adath Yeshurun Congregation. Rachel moved to South Florida from Minnesota in 1988. She is married to Harvey and they have two sons, Marc and Nathan.
Staff AssociateRead Bio
Jalyl Huasaf joined the staff at Levitt Weinstein 9 years ago and is a staff associate.
When we asked what attracted Jalyl to this field, He said: “It was something different and I was referred by a friend.”
Jalyl enjoys playing soccer and spending time with his macaws.
When asked to give the proudest moment in this profession Jalyl said: “When families appreciate what I've done for them.”
Reception Beth David Memorial GardensRead Bio
Shelley Kalish joined Beth David Memorial Gardens in the administrative department 1 1/2 years ago and is a Receptionist.
Shelley was previously in customer service in the golf industry as well as mortgage and arbitration fields. When we asked what attracted Shelley to this field, She said: “To help people during a time of grief.”
Shelley has been married for 42 years with 2 grown sons and 3 grandchildren and enjoys landscaping, walking, bike riding and dog training.
When asked to give the proudest moment in this profession Shelley said: “Treating people the way that I hope to be treated.”
Leisbel Gonzales joined Beth David Memorial Gardens in the maintenance department 4 years ago and is the Assistant Superintendent.
When asked to give the proudest moment in this profession Leisbel said: “When they entrusted me with the assistant superintendent position.”
Frank Sempa joined Beth David Memorial Gardens in the maintenance department recently ago and is on the grounds crew.
When we asked what attracted Frank to this field, He said: “I needed a job and found satisfaction in serving people.”
When asked to give the proudest moment in this profession Frank said: “I am proudest when I know we are making our customers happy.”