UPDATED 15th December 2018
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15th December 2018
Winnie Levy
Winnie Levy  10/2/1922 - 09/12/2018
My dear Aunt Winnie passed away at the beginning of the week, aged 96. Winnie was the daughter of Sasha and Sophie Edelstein, and she married Eric Levy, my father's brother in 1922.
Aunt Winnie was always part of my life. When I was about 6 or 7 years old  Winnie and Eric came to live in Durban, in an apartment a 2 minutes walk from our house. There their eldest, my cousin Sharon was born and I remember helping rock her to sleep in her pram. They later moved to Pietermaritzburg, about 75 kms away, and we saw them regularly. They then went to Upington, in the Kalahari in the northern Cape and I spent some months with them in the late 1950's with the intention of studying law and being articled to Uncle Eric, before I changed direction and decided law wasn't for me.
Doreen and I saw and spent time with Winnie on our trips to South Africa, and we and our children were always grateful for the warmth and love she always showed us.
When we dedicated a Science Laboratory to honour my sister Fern's memory,  it was only natural that Wnnie was present (see picture) and Winnie's visit to Israel in 2010 was an opportunity for one of our family reunions (see picture).
We'll all miss you very much, darling Aunt Winnie!
Our heartfelt condolences go to her three children Sharon, Charles and Cecile, to their spouses Joe, Sheenagh and Raymond, to the Leibowitz, Levy and Cotton grandchildren and to her 7 great grandchild ren.
A few more pictures and links here.

  • Our thoughts are with ex-Durbanite and friend Ilana Dubb (nee Rubinstein) and her famly, and wish for the speedy recovery of her granddaughter Shira Ish-Ran and husband Amichai.  21-year old Shira and her husband were shot by a terrorist in a passing car while waiting  at a bus station near Ofra in the West Bank.  Shira was 7 months pregnant, but efforts to save the baby were in vain.
  • We have received a family picture from Melodie Nathan from her daughter Gabi's batmitzvah two weeks ago (see archives). Click here for a picture of the happy family.
  • Ex-Durbanite friends John and Ethne Nussbaum (nee Miller) are visiting Israel from Canada and we were delighted to see them again. We were joined for dinner at home by Naomi (nee Hertz) and Eli Vinocour, and Maureen (nee Konigsfest) Fain. It was lovely talking about our youth and our memories and our shared past. Picture here.
  • We were delighted to read that Shuki Koriski, best friend of our son-in-law Aviv Ron, was part of a team of astronomers who identified the ghost of  the disrupted Tadpole Galaxy.  When we had dinner at the Rons' house a few months ago Shuki and his companion were there. We joked that Shuki was constantly looking at his phone to see if the telescope was correctly foscused on a galaxy 300 million light years away.
  • There are some new pictures on the pages of our granddaughters Zoe and Lotem and  soldier Lior.
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    • December Birthdays: (not sure how and if you're related? Then go to the family trees section): Happy December birthdays to Andre Sim (1st), Adam Gordon (1st), Philip Bacher (2nd),Pearl Helbein (2nd), Jonathan Klotnick (3rd), Alma Or (Klotnick)(4th), Rachelle Kirsch (4th), Tirza Myers (5th),  Vicki Gilbert (5th),  Frankie Klaff (7th), George Taylor (7th), Andrew Levy (7th), Talia Levy (7th), Michael Gordon (7th), Talia Kay (7th), Judith Albertson (7th), Levi Cotton (9th), Gabriella Nathan (9th), Ann Saylor (McCrimmon) (9th), Maya Ben_Hemo (9th), Lior Bortenstein (9th), Amber Cimbring (10th), Mark Nathan (11th), Yael Amit  (12th), Jennifer Brod  (13th), Hillel Geffen (13th), Adam Emanuel (15th),  Dan Kansky (16th), Daniel Leibowitz (17th), Joel Beckman (17th), Gidon Lazarus (17th), Talya Levy (17th), Gabriel Glogauer (18th), Carin Matz (19th), Ben Tal (20th), Guy Gordo n (20th),  Sharon Leibowitz  (21st), Elazar Hodes (21st), Natasha Leibowitz (21st),  Dina Levy (22nd), Maayan Golomb (22nd), Helene Albertson (22nd), Saul Gordon (24th),  Jonathan Levy (25th), Chloe Glogauer (25th),  Maayan Segoli (26th), Jonathan Bortz (26th), Jared Marcus (26th), Nicole Marcus (26th), Tamara Marcus (26),  Kevin Lampert (28th), Laura Katovsky (28th). Irving Kagan (28th), Beth Jeffrey (28th),  Claire Neiman (29th), Sheryl Levy (31st), Lucian Goldblatt (31st)

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    September  2018 - A Short Trip to Montenegro
    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
    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
    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)
    Purim (March 2004)
    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 Michal's wedding (July 10, 2003)

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