UPDATED 25th June 2022
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25th June
TD Madeira
The Tournament Directors in Madeira
The 16 TDs (one absent) at the the European Bridge Teams Championships
from 11 countries: England, Hungary, Netherlands, Portugal, Poland, Italy, Greece, Turkey, Sweden, Ireland and Denmark

The important job of a bridge tournament director (TD) is acting as the judge but is also responsible, among other duties, for the orderly progress of the game, and usually for arranging and preparing a tournament.
As the judge the TD is responsible for maintaining order and for giving rulings following irregularities during play. Some of these rulings are simple but, especially at a Championship, they can be very difficult and necessitate discussions with other TDs and even other players. These rulings can affect the winners of the Competitions. Players are not always happy with TD rulings but they have an option to appeal.  In the European Bridge League (EBL) the appeal is heard by a 'reviewer' whose decision is final. I share the reviewer job with two other persons and for the European Championships which took place in Madeira I was the reviewer. Amazingly, there were no appeals - I cannot remember another Championship where there were no appeals. The main reason for this is the quality and high standard pf the TDs (pictured above) at this event.
The TDs are trained and chosen by a TD Committee of which I was Chairman. (At Madeira I decided to relinquish this post but remain in an advisory position).
My first international role as a TD was in 1980 but I took a 17 year break because of work duties. In 1997 I went on a training course and resumed my activities as an international TD. I worked my way through the ranks and eventually was appointed head of the TD training courses which are held every year. The 15 TDs above (+ 1 absent) are all graduates of these courses. Two of them were my mentors, and 2 trained with me. I trained another two and trained and certified ten of them. The next course will be in Warsaw in September and that will be my last as organizer although I will still be involved in the preparation of the course.
I have thoroughly enjoyed my years as a TD and as a trainer of TDs. Apart from bridge, the two F's (
friends and food ) have been amazing. We have visited many countries and there is a special relationship between TDs and the differences in country, culture, food  and religion are unimportant.  I have made friends from all over the world and we are always delighted to see each other again. I maintain contact and friendships with many of them even when we are not at competitions. 


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  • June Birthdays: (not sure how and if you're related? Then go to the family trees section) Happy birthdays to Suzan Glasser (1), Gil Pashas (1), Sophie Silverman (2), Roy Partok (2), Sharon Glasser (2), Warren Galgut (2), Meira Carno (2), Barbara Shochat (3), Isobel Siegel (3), Roger Cleaver (3), Malka Hodes (4), Abraham Neiman (4), Samuel Neiman (4), Jimmy Bloede (5), Yonatan Kasorla (5), Talya Melamed (6), Martin Glick (7),  Avi Gilad (7), Joseph Marcus (8),  Lynn Hock (8), Yosef Tal (8), Chana Tzukernik (9), Gal Geffen (9), Catherine Rackoff (10), Nathalie Kirsh (10), Doreen Levy (11), Tali Klaff (12), Ruth Kansky (12), Ryan Bacher (12), Eric Brod (13), Tanel Drui (13), Alan Smith (13),  Robin Marks (13), Helen Schang (14), Gaby Kahn (15), Matthew Levy (15),Samuel Lampert (16), Rosilyn Hock (18), Marielle Gordon (19), Philip Levy (19), Katherine Levy (19), Sara Eliezer (20),  Aviv Levy (21), Brandon Glasser (21), Carl Thiele (21), Rivka Glasser (21) , Shoshana Bortz (22), Nicole Blotnick (22),  Efrat Shabtai (23), Neill Glasser (24), Joel Thiele (25), Melissa Marcus (25), Sheila Ezra (26),  Donna Leibowitz (26), Ethan Schochat (26),  Jacob Gordon (26), Alon Spector (27), David Neiman (27),  Levi Tzukernik (28), Daphne Lewis (28), Eyal Shavit (28),  Vered Levy-Ron (28),Rivka Klein  (29),  Bernice Spector (30), Vanessa Tarazza (30),

  • July Birthdays: (not sure how and if you're related? Then go to the family trees section) Happy birthdays to Rebecca Mynarski (1), Roderick McCrimmon (1), Selwyn Bolel (2), Samuel Herr (4), Isabel Siegel (4), Jacob Emanuel (5), Mor Oppenheim (5), Shari Beckman (6), Dov Bolel (6), Heini Drue (7),  Margalit Sadeh (7), Tamir Klaff (7), Louise Bortz (7), James A. Lewenson (7), Adam Amit (8), Yonatan Amit (8), Jemma Sklar (8), Ruth Korbel (9), Maurice Levy (9),  Claude Hakim (9), Galit (Schang) (9), Daniel Feinstein (10), Steven Bacher (10), Lauren Berkowitz (10), Jenna Carno (11), Tyron Neiman (12), Candice Pauwen (13), Jennifer Levy (13), Eileen Glogauer (14), Petronille Bloede (14), Tamara Klein (15), Glenda Cleaver (15), Isaac (Issy) Kirsh (16), Rhona Neiman (16), Shira Forman (17), Dion Levin (19), Keren Stern (19), Yoav Shavit (19),  Daniel Klotnick (20), Rossie Geffen (20), Suzanne Lazarus (20), Arie Bortz (21), Adam Tal (22), Rachelle Smith (22), Joel Feinstein (23), Shari Levy (24), Gavriel Bolel (25), Raymond Cotton (26), Edward Levy (27), Madison Brod (27), Leora Cigler (28),  Limor Sadeh Levy (29), Leora Perlman (29), Melanie Bold (31), Ronni (Schang) (31)
  • Happy birthday to our godson, Ari Davis (11)


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    August 2020 - Croatia on the Antares 3
    November 2019 - A visit to Romania
    August 2019 - Sail on the Antares III
    July 2019 - A visit to Paris with Amit and Ilai

    April 2019 - Family Reunion in Tuscany
    September  2018 - A Short Trip to Mont
    July 2018 - Rome, Aviv's 50th birthday
    January 2018 - 23rd Levy Family Reunion

    November 2017 - Thoughts on a visit to Riga (Doreen's Column)
    August 2017 - A cruise to Iceland
    July 2017 - A visit to Vienna
    March 2017 - Our Dogs
    December 2016 - A trip to Portugal
    July 2016 - A visit to Moscow
    April 2016 - Itamar's  barmitzvah

    February 2016 - A Visit to London with our Grandsons
    January 2016 - Doreen's visit to Rome - Jerusalem in Rome
    July 2015 - A Visit to the North Norway Islands
    April 2015 - A Visit to Prague (Doreen's Column)
    December 2014 - 50th Annmiversary and 20th Family Reunion
    April 2014 - visit to Vietnam
    February 2014 - Visit to Berlin
    October/November 2013 - Trip to South Africa
    July/August 2013 - Mediterranean Cruise
    July 2013 - Doreen's visit to Poland with Yad VaShem
    July 2013 - a yachting trip to Corsica and Elba
    May 2013 - our visit to Devon, England.
    March/April 2013 - our visits to Melbourne, Tasmania and  Myanmar.
    December 2012 - Our trip to Spain - exploring the roots of  Sepharad. (separate pages)
    17th Levy Family Reunion (Eilat, August 1012)
    Trip to Barcelona July 2012
    Family trip to South Africa 2010
    Dedication of Science Laboratory in Fern's name
    With the Reijzers in Aups June 2010
    Mali, the Dogons and Timbuktu January 2009
    Doreen's trek in Zagoria, Greece, May 2007
    A Trek in Romania - August 2006
    Granny Climbs a Mountain (Romania) - August 2006
    Our trip to Istanbul and Cappadocia, Turkey, April 2006
    Charles and Sheenagh Levy's trip to Peru     
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    A holiday at Lausanne and Lake Leman : 7-12 August 2005
    European Youth Bridge Championships, Riccione, Italy
    Lopsy - the "family dog"

    The launching of the Antares May 2005
    Yona Wiseman's account of her survival in the tsunami train disaster.
    Upper Galilee (Agamon and Gush Halav) with the Kessels - Nov. 2004
    Rosh Hashanah September 2004
    RV Trip to Washington and Pennsylvania
    European Bridge Championships in Malmo
    Doreen's 60th birthday
    Doreen's hike on the Lycian Trail in Turkey (23-30 May 2004)

    Trip to Italy (1-7 April 2004)
    Doreen's trip to Ethiopia (Feb-Mar 2004)
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    12th family reunion in Eilat (19-21 Feb. 2004)
    Hofit party to meet grandchildren (14 Feb. 2004)
    Maayan's brit mila (22 Jan. 2004)
    Moran and Mikhal's wedding (July 10, 2003)
    Sailing on the Mystique - 1980's

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