Sylvia Karlin

Sylvia Karlin (Gindes)

January 17, 1921 - February 6, 2021
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    Sunday, February 7th, 2021 | 2:30pm
    Sunday, February 7th, 2021 2:30pm
    Shiva is private, if you wish to call the family they can be reached at 443-635-6367. Please no calls after 10pm or between 5-7pm.


Sylvia Karlin (nee Gindes), of Baltimore, MD, passed away on Saturday, February 6th, 2021 at the age of 100. She was predeceased by her beloved husband, Joseph Karlin, and her brothers, Albert Michael Gindes, and David Gindes. She is survived by her loving daughter, Robin Karlin.

Services are private. Please omit flowers. Contributions in her memory may be sent to the charity of your choice. The family will be having a private Shiva. If you wish to contact the family please see notes on the website for information.
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David Gordon

Posted at 09:41am
Baruch dayan ha'emet. May you find comfort among the mourners of Zion and Yerushalayim.
David and Beth Gordon

Kenneth Hoffman M.D.

Posted at 11:55am
I was saddened to learn of your mother's death. Sylvia was my mother Mildred Hoffman's best friend from her days at Social Security and she introduced her to her husband Joe. In another small world encounter I took care of another Gindes family in my pediatric practice. I believe it was Sylvia's brother's children and I presented them with a picture of Sylvia's parents that I had in my possession from a visit to Altoona when I was a young kid. Here are a couple photos I have of you and your parents and you with my parents. Although saddened to hear of your mom's death I smiled knowing she lived to 100.
Ken Hoffman

Gil zemlak,Ethel Milner and Dorothy Fine.

Posted at 08:04pm
So very for loss. May she Rest in Peace.

Renee Perloski

Posted at 06:11pm
Robin, I happened to read today in the Baltimore Sun that your mother has passed away. Although I never met her, I worked with your father at AAI for many years, and held him in high esteem for his work ethic and mentoring. We fondly called him “the fox,” and I treasured his friendship. I am very sorry that you must endure the loss of your mother, especially because she has been in your world for so long. I wish you God’s comfort, and will keep you in my prayers.
—-Renee (McGinnis) Perloski

Esther Cohen

Posted at 03:08pm
Dear Robin,
We are so sorry for your loss. We have wonderful memories of your parents. They were our friends for over 50 years. Our hearts are with you.

Janet and Jerome Sefret

Posted at 02:34pm
Our deepest sympathy to you on your loss of your Mom. Think of all your wonderful memories of Mom and Dad.

Paul L Abrams

Posted at 01:03pm
Dear Robin, I send to you today and forever, condolences on the loss of your Mom, Sylvia(OBM). I have had the privilege to be friends with both your parents, Sylvia & Joe, & You for more than 35 years. After I lost my brother, Arnold, from cancer in 1983,& my father 4 1/2 days left a big void in my life.I turned to Ner Tamid -Greenspring Valley Synagogue, for comfort &
understanding...I believe Rabbi Herschel Leibowitz (OBM)was still officiating services. He knew my dad from way back on Oswego Ave., where the Shul began.My dad gave him a painting that he won 1st prize in a contest at The Maryland Institute of Art. The painting hung in the Rabbi's office for the entire tenure of being our Rabbi ! We then had the privilege of having Rabbi Chaim Landau (now Rabbi emeritus), leading our Shul for 25 years ! And our current Rabbi Sruli Motzen !Your dad, Joe did whatever the Shul needed of him, aside from volunteering. He was always there to hand out aliyah's on Shabbos & holidays...Joe respected all members & non- members that attended our Shul.He was a quiet type person, but accomplished alot. He was a staunch member of the Shul, as well as the brotherhood.I always saw him attend breakfasts & donor dinners, along with your mom, Sylvia. I was a bingo caller once a month for our weekly thursday night bingo, in the Rothstein Auditorium. They both attended regularly, to help raise funds much needed at that time, to pay bills & overhead costs. We were all family ! No matter what family may have lost a loved one, we were there for each other.We were a large team, with a goal in mind, to pray to Hashem! I always admired your mom, Sylvia. She reminded me of my Aunt Sylvia (OBM). She dressed well all the time. I would always comment to her about her red hair...Not sure if she was a natural redhead growing up, since my own hair was auburn color.I know she was involved as a member of the Sisterhood for many years, helping all the other women with the regular chores, including Bar & Bas Mitzvah celebrations , as well as Bris & weddings. The Sisterhood catered numerous events. The twinkle in her eyes when she was glad to see me or others, as well as her smile, I will always cherish. Hashem saw the goodness in your Mom & Dad's souls, & granted them long lives.You were blessed to have both parents that loved you unconditionally. May you, Robin, cherish all the wonderful memories of both your parents. May Hashem bless Sylvia's great soul !!! Baruch Hashem !!!


Gail Sherman

Posted at 12:54pm
Dear Robin,
Your mother was the kindest woman who befriended me years ago when I accepted being vice-president of the sisterhood at Ner Tamid. It was a challenge because I was much younger than the other woman and lacked experience. Your mother gave me the confidence, guidance and support that helped me accomplish the different events that I planned. The sisterhood wanted ''young blood'' with innovated thoughts ideas and concepts. Your mother was not only a hard worker for the sisterhood but a kind, positive and caring woman. As someone else previously posted ; ''more people should be like Sylvia and mind their own business and not be yentas''. How true !
Robin you brought your mother to my house when we were sitting Shiva for my mother of Blessed Memory. I was so touched and overwhelmed by having both of you here.
Robin you had an exceptional mother, and your mother knew she had an exceptional daughter.
Robin you were her greatest cherished treasure and the true definition of what a daughter should be.
Your mother's memory will always be a Blessing for all of us that knew and loved her.

Arnold Goldberg

Posted at 11:17am
Nina and I are so sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. She was an amazing woman and she raised a wonderful daughter. We were so honored to have known her. May the wonderful memories of her be a source of comfort and strength to you. This past year has been particularly difficult and you did everything possible for her under the circumstances. May her memory be for a blessing.
Arnie and Nina Goldberg

Alan & Marsha Blank

Posted at 10:43am
Robin: we will all miss your mother. She was a true mensch. May you be comforted among the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem

Mark Schwartzman

Posted at 09:23am
Karen and I are so sorry to hear about your Mom’s passing. She was a lovely lady and I enjoyed seeing you both in Shul together every Shabbat and Holiday. You Dad obm-Joe was also so very kind and always had a warm greeting for me every time I entered Ner Tamid. You were blessed to have two wonderful parents and they were truly blessed to have such a wonderful and caring Daughter.

Susan Schuster

Posted at 09:10am
Dear Robin,
So very sorry to hear about your mom’s passing. To think that you and I talked a few weeks ago about what gift I could give your mom for her special birthday. I am happy that I was able to make a contribution to Ner Tamid in her honor. What wonderful
memories you have. I also want to say how fond Frank was of your dad.

Barbara and Michael Klaff

Posted at 07:44am
Dear Robin,
We were so saddened to hear of your mother’s passing. She was such a sweet and caring woman and you are so much like her. This last year of Covid must have been very difficult for you both. Not sure if reaching 100 was her goal, but how fortunate you were to have her for that long. May you be comforted by the mourners of Zion and Jerushalayem.

Sheila Silver

Posted at 02:08am
Very sorry to hear about your mother's passing. May you be comforted among the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem
Sheila Silver

sheldon caplan

Posted at 10:27pm
Robin, so very sorry for the passing of your beloved mother, Sylvia.

Marcia and Stephen Greenfield

Posted at 10:14pm
Robin, we are so sorry to learn of your mother's passing. She was a very warm and sweet lady. I always enjoyed seeing the two of you at Hadassah events. You and your mom remind me of the relationship I had with my parents, and I, too, am an only child . Steve and I included my parents and later after my father BDE passed, we did everything with and for my mother, BDE. You were a fabulous daughter to your parents. May you be comforted by memories of all the good years you had together. Stay strong and healthy. We are sure that is what your parents wished for you. May you be comforted among the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem. Baruch Dayen Haemet.

Susan Blumberg Levi.

Posted at 09:42pm
Dear Robin
You won’t remember me but your parents used to live across the hall from my family George and Charlotte Smulson. Your parents were the kindness and sweetest people. How fortunate you were to have your Mom for many years. May she Rest In Peace

Michele Elover

Posted at 09:30pm
I was very sad that my mother's best friend died. Sylvia was a very nice person. My mother talked to her on the phone every day. They were very close. She told her things that I was not told. Her husband was also nice. Her daughter is also nice. Almost all my mother's friends are deceased. I hope they all are in heaven together. I feel very sorry for Robin because we are both only children. Everything is on us. We can have each other like family. It was not our choice to be only children. My mother was closer to Sylvia than her own family. She never critizied anybody. She never said anything bad or tried to tell my mother what to do. I think that is why she was closer to Sylvia than her own family. Sylvia went out with my mother many times before my mother got Alzeimers Disease. It is terrible when most of a person's family is deceased. Sylvia never made comments to my mother for having one child or other issues like other people did. My mother & Sylvia were good friends because she was more understanding than other people & did not make her feel bad. There are many reasons why people have 1 child & many people do not understand it like Sylvia did. More people should be like Sylvia & mind their own buisness & not be yentas.

Sheila Kalish Fechter

Posted at 09:13pm
Dear Robin
BDE. Our deepest sympathies to you on the loss of your Mom. So glad you got to celebrate her turning 100 and had her w/you for so long. Treasure the memories of all the good years and what a wonderful daughter you were to her and your Dad. For us, she was a big part of our Ner Tamid family...
Sheila & Family

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