Lighting the torch -
75th Yom Ha-atzmaut
celebrated by torch lighting ceremonies. Apart from the central
ceremony there are also local ceremonies. We were very proud that
granddaughter Lotem Segoli was invited
to light a torch together with two team-mates of her victorious Robotics team
April 2023 -
deciding the alliance.
After finishing 3rd in the qualifying stage of the World Robotics
Championshipsor Lotem's team had to choose an "alliance", of 2
teams, to be their partners for the next stage. It's not easy deciding
whom to choose and the team, under
Lotem's direction, studied the perfomances and form of the possible
Lotem's team lost in the sectional finals and ranked 8th in the World
For further pictures and
details, see here.
28th Family Reunion
Click for pictures of the grandchildren Itamar,
Dani at the ceramic session.
More pictures on the 28th Reunion page.
- Israel Champions!
June 2022 - Lotem and her
teams at the Robotic Championships in USA
Unfortunately, just before the competition was due to start some
of the team caught Covid and in order not to affect other participants
they had to withdraw from the competition. Lotem and others are in
quarantine and will be returned later to Israel. We are sad that they
couldn't compete but happy that they did the right thing by withdrawing.
And the most important team mamber - The Robot
Season Robotics competition
Lotem and her robotics team Fata Morgana
continue to excel. They have
just won another competition, the Off Season Competition, in Sderot.
The winning teams
The Fata Morgana team will be taking part in the prestigious
Maryland Tech Institute
Invitational Robotics Competition in Laurel, Maryland USA next month. Click
on this link
for a list of the 40 teams taking part.
Finals, first Israel robotics Championships
Granddaughter Lotem Segoli and her
team took part in the final rounds of the First Israel Robotics
Championship. Congratulation to Lotem and Fata Morgana on reaching the
finals and placing second. A great achievement - well done!
Lotem and the preparations for the next robotic contest.
See picture below, and other pictures here
Lotem's team win robotics qualifyer.
October 2021 -
The Castle, Kerem Maharal
More pictures: Archives
, 27th Reunion page
, and the pages
August 2021 - a morning at the pool.
August 2021 - Glass blowing
The Segolis spent a weekend with us and the highlight was a glass
More pictures of the glass blowing on the pages of Maayan
The Segolis enjoyed a short vacation in Switzerland.
Mikhal, Zoe and especially Lotem love to draw and show much talent.
So apart from relaxation, enjoyment and "getting away from it all" the
purpose of the trip was to give them the opportunity to experience and
depict new sights.
More pictures of their vacation are in the Week's Picture Archives, on
the Miscellaneous page, and on
June 2021 -
Israel Robotics Competition
Lotem was part of the
team that won their district Robotics Competition and qualified for the
FIRST Israel Robotics Competition, part of the international robotics
competitions organised by FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of
Science and Technology). The team performed excellently and were top of
their group in the first stage of the competition qualifying for the
final stage consisting of 4 teams. Unfortunately they didn't suceed in
the final stage but their ability and excellence were recognised when
they were awarded the top Award of the Competition, the Inspire Award.
This judged award is given to the
team that best
embodies the ‘challenge’ of the FIRST Tech
Challenge program. The team that receives this
award is a strong ambassador for FIRST programs
and a role model FIRST team. This team is a top
contender for many other judged awards and is a
gracious competitor. The Inspire Award winner is an
inspiration to other teams, acting with Gracious
Professionalism both on and off the playing field.
This team shares their experiences, enthusiasm and
knowledge with other team, sponsors, their
community, and the judges. Working as a unit, this
team will have showed success in performing the
task of designing and building a robot.
(quote from the FIRST internet site)
Congratulations to Lotem and her school
mates on this excellent performance.
We're proud of you all.
See a picture of the team with
Lotem is following in the footsteps of her cousin (and our grandson)
Itamar Levy who also qualified for the Israel Robotics Competition two
Granddaughters Zoe and Lotem now have two Chinchillas to pet - the
blind albino George and Arafel. They join the rabbits Ash and Blueberry
and guinea pigs Ketem amd Cookie.
February 2021 -
Lotem vs cousin Danielle at chess.
On a trip to "test" our new car we spent a warm sunny day
with the Segolis and 3/4 of the Rons at Midreshet Ben Gurion. Lotem and
Danielle enjoyed a game of chess.
December 2020 -
26th Family Reunion - 56th Anniversary Granny and Saba Eitan
On 16/12 we celebrated the 56th Anniversary of Granny Doreen and Saba
Eitan, together with the 26th Levy Family Reunion. There are more
pictures on the Events page, on This Weeks Picture Archives,
and on the pages of Danielle, Lior,
Itamar, Maayan, Amit, Ilai
We also went sand surfing on a high sand dune. Click on the picture
below to see a short video.
holding the portrait she painted of Saba Eitan and Granny Doreen, a
present for their 56th Anniversary. It's a really wonderful and
precious gift, that also shows Lotem's artistic talent..
We made a quick return drive to Midreshet Sde Boqer to
celebrate granddaughter Lotem's 15th birthday. We ate Maayan's
delicious red velvet birthday cake covered with icing sugar with
Doreen's help, had a lovely meal and drove home again. Pictures here.
We took Joanie with us and she was rather too much interested in
Segolis guinea pig (Moses), hamster (Peaches) and rabbit (Ash).
Evidently it was also Ash's birthday.
See more pictures on the pages of Maayan,
and miscellaneous events.
- Outings and picnics during lockdown.
In this era of lockdowns and restricted movement
Midreshet Sde Boqer in the Negev Desert has its perks. While us city
dwellers are confined to our built up areas, the Segolis and some
friends can go to the nearby wide-open spaces without any fear of
contracting or spreading the Corona virus. Moran sent us some pictures
their extended desert picnics and outings.
Lotem and Zoe painting with colours made from flowers and bushes in the
desert. There are more pictures of the Segoli picnics on the
Miscellaneous page and on the
pages of Maayan, and Zoe.
August 2020 - Lotem
repairs Granny's favourite
Doreen has taken sewing repairs activities away from me, and
to granddaugher Lotem, who, I admit, is doing a much better job.
See also here
2020 - A visit to artist Maureen Fain
We, especially Doreen who has an artistic eye, feel that granddaughter
Lotem has much talent. Doreen took Lotem to visit good friend and
reknowned artist Maureen Fain in her studio.
has exhibited around the world and also teaches art at the Israel
Museum. She praised Lotem's work and Lotem was delighted with the
Lotem working on dad Moran's head.
For some more examples of her work see here
and here .
February 2002 - Lotem's School
This is part of Lotem's amazing school report card for the first
semester 2019-2020. Even if you can't read Hebrew I'm sure you can read
the 100's. All we can say is "WOW".
Click to see the
The Segolis ski and glide
The Segolis enjoyed their skiing holiday in Romania. While
there Lotem enjoyed the skiing and also loved the hang gliding.
Pictures on the pages of of Zoe, and Maayan (and also here).
We're very proud of Lotem Segoli had her long tresses cut and the hair
donated for wigs for women needing cancer treatment and who can't
afford the expensive wigs. See picture here.
Granddaughter Lotem Segoli was not too happy with the colour of
her room so she decided to repaint it, with the help of younger sister
Zoe. It looks like they did a good
August 2019 - Lotem at her sewing
Lotem using her sewing machine. (See
previous picture and story.)
2019 - Segoli family trip to Mongolia and Moscow
See more pictures of the trip to Mongolia on the Miscellaneous page
, and on the pages
, and Zoe
Lotem diving with a large jelly-fish, and examining a sea horse.
See another picture of Lotem diving.
Lotem does a diving course
Lotem at a diving course. See also here
and here for a picture of
Picking Cherries on shavuot
For another Shavuot
in Italy at the Villa Prato al Sole - April 2019
For more pictures of the reunion
March 2019 - Lotem and Zoe dance
- still in Lisbon
Lotem chose Za Varunca restaurant because it
advertised that it served an almond dessert in a potty. She seems
unfazed by how it looks.
For more pictures of the Lisbon visit see below
the miscellaneous pictur
pages of Maayan
, and the Archive
- A visit to Lisbon
Fortunately getting absolutely wrong directions we walked up a steep
hill where we enjoyed the statue honring the oldest coffee shop in
Lisbon and later coming across the oldest bookshop in the world. Lotem
bought a book on Portugese cooking there.
See more pictures on Maayan's page
Lotem's school report
season. Lotem and Zoe remember the time they lived overseas.
We celebrated Lotem's 13th birthday at an Italian restaurant in Tel
Aviv. (see picture
of Maayan's berry
pie for her birthday)
August 2018 -
Gooodbye braids and hello loose hair.
She doesn't look too happy about the
change, but things seem to be improving!
(See her braids in the picture below.)
2018: Helping at the Reniala Lemur Rescue Center.
On their trip to Madagascar, the Segolis voluntered to help at the
Lemur Rescue Center. Read Moran's
See pictures of the children working at the center on the pages of Maayan
Lotem feeding a lemur
The Segolis visit Madagascar
The Segolis are continuing their trip to Madagascar and seem to having
a fabulous time. It looks like a perfect place for the nature-loving
Segolis. See picture here
the pages of Maayan
, and Zoe
July 2018: see the amazing birthday "card"
prepared for her parents' wedding anniversary/
July 2018 End of year school certificate
June 2018 - see the Segoli pyramid
May 2018 - Shavuot
at the Midreshet Ben
There is a modern tradition at the school attended by gradchildren
Maayan and Lotem Segoli. Each grade prepares a typical dance of a
different decade. It is good fun and the children enjoy it very much.
See pictures here.
The success of Israel's Netta winning the the Eurovision Song Contest
was big news in Israel and she gave a special open air performance in
Rabin Square in Tel Aviv attended by thousands including
Lotem and Zoe. .
- A visit to
Amsterdam with Saba Eitan and Granny Doreen
for a picture in fancy
2018- At a pre-Purim party
Lotem went to a party and probably influenced by the near festival of
Purim (when everyone dresses in fancy dress) dressed like this!
and under UV light
January 2018 - 23rd Levy Family
There are pictures of Lotem and all the family here.
Lotem's first sewing
Click to see a picture of Lotem's sewing
Lotem visits the spider webs of Nachal Soreq
The Soreq Creek near Jerusalem contains
nutrient rich water (from treated sewage) that attracts millions
of tiny non-biting midges that are an abundant food for
long-jawed spiders that spin large tapestry-like webs.
about this rare phenomenon in the Haaretz newspaper, and see more
pictures in the Archives
and on Maayan
2017 - Getting acquainted with the sewing machine.
It seems that it was not sufficient
to give Lotem a sewing machine (see below
also had to learn how to use it.
She quickly learnt the intricate steps of using the machine and looks
forward to learning how to sew using the machine, After such an
intensive morning appetites were high and Lotem enjoys a huge felafel
in a baguette in downtown Tel Aviv.
Lotem's batmitzvah party
See pictures of Lotem's batmitzvah party at the Caravanserai in the archives of This Week's Picture
on the 2017 events page.
Lotem is very creative and sews and prepares many
articles from material. Together with daughter Vered and the Ron family
we gave her a sewing machine for her batmitzvah. Read what Doreen wrote
to Lotem about
the importance of sewing machines for her family.
Lotem prepares for a hike
Lotem Segoli found a good solution to reducing the size of her luggage
for a school trip. Put the item in a plastic bag, take a straw and suck
the air out.
- The Segolis trek the Dolomites
More pictures here
, and on the
pages of Maayan
and in the Week's Picture
June 2017 - Lotem's end of year school report
Does Lotem have a split personality??
See short video
June 2017 - A
Our grandchildren's attiitude towards animals always amazes me, both
for their "likes" and "dislikes". There was another example this week:
son Moran found a small snake and brought it home. As you can see
the pictures, grandaughter Lotem
enjoying entertaining the little snake.
June 2017 -
for Hebrew project!
We were delighted to hear that granddaughter Lotem Segoli
received 97 for a project in Hebrew in the framework of an official
test of the Department of Education. Considering that a few years she
could only speak and write in English this is a great achievement.
- The grandchildren go horseriding
See more pictures on the miscellaneous
and on the pages of Ilai
April 2017 :
visit to Paris with Saba Avraham and Savta Yael
On the Paris metro
Go to Maayan's page
and the miscellaneous
page for more pictures.
2017: Lotem bakes a challah
collects eggs from a
farm for Pesach
In preparation for the enormous number of eggs we consume over Pesach,
Lotem is seen collecting the freshest of eggs from a chicken run where
the eggs are laid on a conveyor belt and come out ready to be packed.
While the grandchildren were with us for the school holidays
Doreen gave them a challah
lesson. They prepared and mixed the dough,
weighed and divided the dough into three, then divided each portion
into three and braided the bread. Shabbat dinner was enhanced with the
of 3 delicious challot
See another picture here.
- Teaching Special Effects Makeup
Lotem is very keen on theatre make-up and she makes very realistic
renditions of wounds. In preparation for Purim, Lotem explains and
demonstrates her techniques.
For some examples of her work see here
- The Festival of Purim
for pictures of
costume/fancy dress for the Festival of Purim.
- Broken arm again!
Oh dear! Granddaughter Lotem has broken her arm - again.
A ball hit her
arm while she was goalkeeper (and scored a goal!).
This is the third
time she has broken an arm. The first time was just before our family
and the second time was on a trampoline
End of term school report cards
Lotem and brother Maayan
excellent report cards with high grades and excellent remarks about
behaviour and cooperation.
Lotem also received a Certificate of Excellence for Achievement in
Mathematics, and a Certificate of Excellence for Special
Considerate Behaviour . Click here.
- Maayan's barmitzvah
For more pictures see the Events
and also the pages of Itamar
2016 - Chanuka
Click here for some Chanuka pictures.
Click here for some pictures in the snow
at Mt Hermon.
2016 - Lotem is 11.
We celebrated Lotem's 11th birthday in Sde Boqer. Granny Doreen baked a
cake which Zoe decorated. Zoe felt
that this gave her the right to help blow out the candles that Lotem
had lit (see Picture of Week
archives) but Lotem didn't quite agree and managed very well on her
2016 - Rosh Hashanah at
Midreshet Sde Boqer
The Shofar blowing contest has by tradition become part of
our festivities. Here Lotem is trying, unsuccessfully, to get the
traditional tekiya sound, as
Ilai, Amit and Maayan look on. As usual cousin Lior was the clear winner.
(See also picture of Itamar trying to compete)
Lotem also showed her cousins what she had learned
about theatre make-up.
July 2016 - A visit to the Galapagos Islands.
Lotem enjoying the beach as an oyster catcher walks calmly
There are more
pictures of the
Segolis in the Galapogos on the pages of Zoe and
Maayan, and on the 2016 Events page, and in the 2016 archives
2016 - Lotem breaks her arm
Lotem crashed into a
wall while trampolining and broke her arm, again! The first time was
just before our South
. See also the remarks when Zoe
broke her arm.
We hope it's not too
painful, Lotem, and wish you as speedy recovery.
May 2016 - Lotem's painting
Granddaughter Zoe Segoli fell and broke her arm (see picture
Get better quickly Zoe!
We were reminded that her big sister Lotem
broke her arm just before she was due to fly to South Africa with us a
few years ago. But there's no problem with her arm now as you can see
from the beautiful painting she made.
April 2016 - Lotem does a summersault.
Lotem Segoli sent us this short video
of her doing a somersault. I tried countless time when I was young, and
never managed. Well done, Lotem!
2015 - Maayan's birthday present
This was Lotem's wonderful original birthday present to brother
"Happy Birthday. I
hope you’ll get lots of lovely presents
and not things that you don’t want, like SNICKERS
You might get a book,
maybe one that tells how Mars Orbits the
sun. I hope you won’t get
that, cause you MUST
already know that.
From Lotem to Maayan,
the one whose parents’ names start
with M &
December 2015 - two butterflies
Facepainting: Lotem and Zoe at cousin Rotem's birthday party.
Decenmber 2015 - Theatre make-up workshop
After the initial shock on receiving this picture, we calmed
down when we read that Lotem had taken part in a film and theatre
November 2015 - Getting to know Twitter
See some more pictures here, and here, and on the pages of Itamar, Ilai,
Lior and Zoe, and a video here.
Lotem's 10th birthday
some pics from Lotem's birthday. She had a birthday party with her
friends from class. They
painted pillow cases, played inside a balloon tent, ate a rainbow cake,
and had a lot of fun. Lotem
really enjoyed it. She said
it was exactly what she wanted – "a fun party".
October 2015 -
The Segoli grandchildren continue with their cooking and baking - Lotem
prepared vegetarian pastry bourekas, which not only look delicious but
we understand, also were.
For some pictures of the grandchildren on Rosh Hashanah
see the pages
August 2015 - At the haidresser.
Doreen gave Lotem a special treat by taking her to the
haidresser where she had her hair cut and styled.
(Granddaughter Zoe needed a haircut (her first) but was too
Zoe later had her hair cut at a barbershop.)
2015 - A visit to Technoda
Our Segoli grandchildren enjoy a visit to the Technoda Science museum
and Planetarium. Click for
pictures of Maayan
at the museum. Lotem enjoyed aligning part of her face with part of
Maayan's face at a mirror/glass exhibit.
August 2015 - some
activities with Granny and Saba
More pictures on the Miscellaneous pages
and on the pages of Itamar
June 2015 - Around a Campfire
A lovely work by Lotem sculpted using plasticine, marbles and
June 2015 - Decorating birthday cakes for Aunt Vered
and Uncle Aviv
There are more pictures on the pages of Itamar
and the activities
June 2015 - A visit to the Tzippori National Park
There are more pictures on the
pages of the children Itamar
and also on the Miscellaneous Activities
June 2015 - Picking vegetables in Saba Eitan's garden.
There are more pictures on the pages of Itamar,
, and also on the Miscellaneous
May 2015 - Shavuot
holiday - a long weekend in Eilat
At the Extreme Sports
For more pictures of the Shavuot
in Eilat see also the year's Activities
and the pages of Itamar
March 2015 -
Good Deeds Day
The Segoli grandchildren's school organized a fair to raise money for
Holocaust victims, as part of their observance of "Good Deeds Day".
Lotem sold drawings she had done (see above) , amd Maayan sold coffee
and bread he had baked (click here
children were very excited about the project and started preparing days
Click here for another picture in the
archives of "This Week's Picture".
Doreen and I spent an enjoyable morning
at granddaughter Lotem Segoli's school, visiting the Book
Project exhibition. All third graders were asked to chose a hero from a
book they had read and prepare a display on the book and its
Lotem chose the book Thea Stilton's The
Legend of the Fire Flowers
because "my favourite books are Roald Dahl books but I don't have any
at home, so I chose my 2nd favourite books, the books on the Thea
Lotem made the model of one
of the sisters from items at home,
including an empty detergent bottle and a tennis ball.
Lotem explains her exhibit to
Granny Doreen and Ima Mikhal.
- celebrating Lotem's 9th birthday
We celebrated our granddaughter Lotem's 9th birthday at her home in
Midreahet Ben Gurion. She invited
her new friends to celebrate with her. The theme was "Animals" and the
girls had a wonderful (and noisy!) time. There are more pictures on This Week's Picture
There's nothing like a warm snuggle in the morning!
Billabong Animal Reserve in Townsville
See also the pages of Maayan
April 2014 -
The Red Centre - continued
Enjoying pancakes at the campground, and holding a thorny devil by the
side of the road.
Lotem painted a lovely picture in the Aboriginal style.
more pictures click here, and
also see the pages of Maayan and Zoe.
The Red Centre of Australia
with Saba Eitan and Granny Doreen
For more pictures click here, and also see the pages
of Maayan and Zoe.
to see purim
pictures of Lotem and
the rest of the family.
- and here
for a picture of
Maayan, Lotem and Zoe in a foam bath together.
March 2014 -
preparing Muffins with Granny Doreen
See also the pages of Maayan
March 2014 - Purim
to see purim
pictures of Lotem and
the rest of the family.
- and here
for a picture of
Maayan, Lotem and Zoe in a foam bath together.
February 2014 -
Snorkeling of the coast near Cairns
Daughter in law Mikhal Segoli has
finished her research in Cairns and Moran and the
children drove up to Cairns to join her for her last weekend there. The
of the visit to Cairns was the snorkeling and especially for Moran - a
reminder of his snorkelling days in Eilat - meeting a large Napoleon
On the left - Lotem snorkels
next to a jelly fish (medusa). Maayan was stung on his ankle by a jelly
fish but fortunately it was not serious.
On the right - Mikhal swims
with a large Napoleon wrasse. This wrasse is similar to the wrasses in
the Red Sea, and Moran was reminded of diving in the Red sea and
feeding these large wrasses hard boiled eggs.
January 2014 - visit to Thailand
On the way back from Israel to Australia the Segolis
stopped over in Thailand and had a wonderful time. You can read a
little about it and see some fantastic pictures on the Segoli site
or in English.
celebrated the Segoli visit to Israel with a family reunion at the
desert resort of Ein Gedi, and also welcomed Zoe to the family.
climbed Massada, went on
a tour of the Dead Sea Salt Works, hiked in Nahal David, and most
important of all had a
great time together.
Lotem climbed Massada with baby sister Zoe and her cousins early in the
morning to see the sunrise.
Lotem at Ein Gedi
More pictures of our Ein Gedi weekend are on the pages of Dani
, and the
Miscelleaneous Activities page.
Lotem's power point presentation on Marine Reptiles
Moran tells us that Lotem was learning at school how to use Power
Point. She was very excited and asked if she couild do a Power Point on
After a few weeks using Mikhal’s computer Moran asked to see what she
was doing, and was amazed (as were Doreen and I) by what she did.
got the information from Google and some books. She evidently gave
up on the Sea Snakes, but Moran reports that she is now doing one on
Walking in the Blue mountains.
We received this message from Lotem:
"We were in the forest and we saw Fern all most all the time! (see the
picture and you'll see it's a joke)."
I'm glad Lotem still remembered my sister Fern and that she
thought of her when you saw the ferns in the forest.
June 2013 - A trip to
Lamington National Park and Fraser Island
No, it's not a snake. It's an enormous earthworm!
More pictures here
and on the pages of
Granny Doreen wrote to Lotem about her trip. This is Lotem's reply:
"You had a wonderful time but
ours is not finished and we are having a amazing time and it properly
is going to stay like this. So we went to Fraser Island and we sew like
6 Dingos! When we came back, we went to this Hotel in a forest, it was
made out of wood and someone there gave us 6 muffins, some rolls and a
delicious cake. Before we went I couldn't wait! Yael gave us lots of
kinders for us and I wish it will never end but it has to and it will.
But I will have more holidays in the future! I'm sure the ones in
the future will be as good and fun as this one. Yael wanted to tell the
family that Zoe never cries but she cries a lot. But she still is cute
and she'll always be the cutest thing that ever lived and ever will
live. Love Lotem "
Looking after joey and possum
Lotem helping babysit a possum, and feeding a kangaroo
joey that Dad found at work. Details here.