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Dora Tomchin Levenstein

Dora Tomchin Levenstein, age 94, of Reynoldsburg, Ohio died peacefully October 30, 2019 at Mount Carmel East Hospital.  She was born January 28, 1925 in Minsk, USSR, the daughter of Solomon and Rebecca Tomchin.   Survivors include her husband of 64 years, Victor Levenstein; son, Matvey Levenstein; daughter-in-law, Lisa Yuskavage; nephews, Boris Metlitsky and Sergey Kisselev.  As a six year old girl Dora survived the arrest of her father by the Soviets and was sent into exile to Vitebsk with her mother and two sisters from their home in Minsk.  While in exile the city was invaded by Nazi troops.  Dora and her family barely survived the bombing and subsequent evacuation.  Through all the struggles, Dora managed to continue to practice and develop her love and expertise of the piano and music, obtaining two degrees from Moscow Conservatory in both piano and organ. She taught piano at the Prokofiev School of Music in Moscow from 1954 – 1979.  Some of her students became renowned professional music teachers and musicologists.   She and Victor married in 1955 shortly after his release from Soviet labor camps.  Their son Matvey was born in 1960.  In 1980 they all immigrated to the USA to pursue freedom.  They settled in Reynoldsburg, Ohio and even though she came to America speaking little English at the age of 55, she learned to teach piano in her new language and loved her new country.  She had a great impact on many future music professionals. The famed pianist Anna Polonsky was one of her many students. Dora performed at many venues in Columbus and became very well known for her talent.   A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held Sunday, December 8, 2019 at 5:30 PM at Temple Beth Shalom, 5089 Johnstown Road, New Albany, Ohio 43054.  All Are Welcome. Please visit to leave the family an online condolence.

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  • Léna Lampert says:

    Humanity, Courage and Artistism found its world in Dora’s personality and such fulfilled life,
    Even from distance there profound memories, which are warming for everybody’s souls, who had privilege to know her well.

  • Amy Astley says:

    Dora’s was a life well lived. We are in awe of her strength, artistry, bravery and fortitude. Rest In Peace, Dora. Amy & Chris Astley

  • Olena Mladenova says:

    Dora was unique person, beautiful inside and out. Her kind and wise heart, professional qualities, moral principles set the bar high for a lot of people around the world. I consider myself lucky to know her in person and always will remember her. Rest in peace, dear wonderful Dora. Deepest condolences to Victor and family.

  • Richard Jacobs says:

    Dora was a lovely woman and loving wife, mother and friend. We were always struck by the depth and beauty of her eyes, which had seen so much difficulty and yet held so much joy and promise.

    Dora’s devotion to Victor, Matvey and Lisa was extraordinary, and we too felt her motherly love. We are so grateful for her courage to travel to this new world, bringing her special talents and her two important men to touch us deeply with their unique family spirit.

    Much Love to Victor, Matvey and Lisa from Richard and Marianna Jacobs

  • Meg Bowles says:

    A beautiful and courageous life. I will be forever grateful that I had the honor to meet Dora and to witness her love for her family first hand. Sending all my love and deepest condolences.

  • Inns and Yuri Bery says:

    No eulogy would be good enough to convey our love, respect and admiration to Dorochka. It was an honor and privilege to be her friends for many-many years. Rest in piece, beautiful soul.

  • RONALD BLANK says:

    Words alone cannot express how saddened I became when I read the passing of Dora. Through my mother, Dorothy Kahn, I was introduced to both of you, and learned very quickly what special people you both are. I especially enjoyed showing the country of Russia on a large screen TV. Please accept my deepest sympathy to you and your family at this time.
    May her memory only be a blessing.
    Your friend.

  • Barbara Hunzicker says:

    Dear Victor,
    I cherish the memory of the day you, Dora, Violetta Boft and I went to the airport to welcome composer Rodion Shchedrin and ballerina Maya Plisetskya to the US and the Lancaster Festival. Dora and Rodion had been at the Moscow conservatory at the same time and while Maya danced at the Bolshoi and Violetta at the Kirov,they had been friends. They were all seeing one another for the first time in decades. Unforgettable! My deepest sympathy for your loss.

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