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Sarah Ravinsky (Levin)

Also Known As: "Sorke Lew"
Birthdate:
Birthplace: Bielsk Podlaskie, Poland
Death: Died in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Cause of death: Acute MI
Place of Burial: Jenkintown, Pennsylvania, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Yehuda Levin and Esther Malka Levin
Wife of Abe Ravinsky
Mother of Evelyn Singer and Seymour Ravinsky
Sister of Morris Levin; Herman Levin; Bertha Pinkowitz; Rose Soorenko and Jenny Levin
Half sister of Jacob Levin and Rachel Silverstein

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About Sarah Ravinsky

My name is Annette Ravinsky, and Sarah Ravinsky was my grandmother. She died when I was only 2 years old, so I have no firsthand memories of her.

I still have a baby blanket that grandmom Sarah had given my mother for me when I was born. Its wool, and red, white and blue plaid.

I only know what I have been told about my grandmother, my sister Mimi would know firsthand information.

When I was a teenager, my parents told me that my grandmother had worked for a black doctor who did illegal abortions (sorry if this is shocking to anyone, but its the most vivid memory I have of what I was told about her.)

My dad said she took care of the women afterwards, in her home. I always had mixed feelings about my grandmother because of this, because abortion is something I am very much against.

My Dad told me that he always thought she died young, of a heart attack, from the stress of worrying that she would be caught and arrested. He said she would have him stand on the steps of their house on Fairhill Street in South Philly, to watch to make sure 'the coast is clear' before letting the women in to wait for the abortionist to show up.

I have not discussed this with anyone all these years, my parents were very ashamed of this family history, and so am I.

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Sarah Ravinsky's Timeline

1895
October 18, 1895
Bielsk Podlaskie, Poland
1909
March 27, 1909
Age 13
Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
1914
March 28, 1914
Age 18
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
1922
July 7, 1922
Age 26
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
1961
November 19, 1961
Age 66
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
November 21, 1961
Age 66
Jenkintown, Pennsylvania, United States