Slava Slevin

Slava Slevin, 99, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt, cousin and friend, passed away peacefully at home on Saturday, January 7, 2023. 

Slava was born in Russia on June 7, 1923, to Rosa and Osher Altshuler. She moved to South Africa at age 2. She had a younger sister, Freda (z”l), with whom she was extremely close. In 1946, she married her beloved husband, Benjamin Slevin (z”l). They were true partners in every way and had two daughters, Melanie and Jillian.

Slava’s father was the Rabbi of Sydenham Highlands North, an Orthodox shul in Johannesburg that was the center of Jewish life. Slava relished being there, arranging social events for the community and developing a deep commitment to the Jewish traditions and values that guided her. She was the essence of a Jewish soul, embodying love and kindness, always seeing good in people and never speaking ill of others.

Slava was an accomplished pianist. She played in a youth orchestra and later became a concert pianist. She also worked tirelessly for Magen David Adom, raising funds for medical supplies, equipment, and ambulances for Israel. Curious by nature, she was an avid reader, and even when macular degeneration took her eyesight, she continued to listen to books on tape and to attend lectures.

At age 70, Slava moved to the United States to be closer to her children, grandchildren and, later, great grandchildren, all of whom were the loves of her life. She had a lovely sense of humor, and when they visited, chatter and laughter filled the house. Slava was also an incredible friend and knew how to make everyone feel loved and special. 

Slava lived with grace and gratitude. When asked how she wanted to be remembered, she said as a decent human being. She achieved that in spades. She has left an indelible imprint on the lives of her family and friends who were very blessed to have her for so many years. 

Slava is survived by her two daughters, Melanie (Colin) Zadikoff and Jillian (David) Kantor; her four grandchildren, Cindy (Ilan) Rodzynek, Nikki (Steven) Sacks, Ryan (Alycia) Kantor and Roben (Gregory) Smolar; and her ten great-grandchildren, Ben, Mia, and Eden Rodzynek, Dylan and Ian Sacks, Sam and Jacob Kantor, and Jocey, Joshua and Gabriel Smolar. 

Funeral Services were held on Monday, January 9th at Weil Kahn Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Magen David Adom.