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INDEX OF PICTURES 2006
2006 - Maayan Segoli's 3rd birthday party.
December 2006 - Jordan Davis visits
December 9, 2006: Welcome to this world,
Gabriella Anne Nathan
2006: Vered Loew and Yoav Shavit are getting married.
The Cotton children
2006 - The Klotnicks visit Israel
November 7-30, 2006 -
Exhibition of paintings of Dina Levy
October 2006 - Welcome to this world Adam
Yaffa Loew's 60th birthday October 2006
October 2006 - Wedding party for
Rachel and Yuval
Lior Ron's Birthday
party September 2006
Rosh Hashanah 2006
At the Segolis in Mevaseret Zion -
explanation and pictures of drummies,
in Warsaw, Poland, August 2006
to this world, Devorah Klotnick
Daniel Klotnick's barmitzvah
Melodie is expecting!
Levy family reunion and summer camp
Gidon and Sharon are engaged!
Venice June 2006
Verona - World Bridge Championships - June 2006
Roni Karlsbad's Batmitzvah Pary - June 2006
Aboard the Antares - June 2006
Welcome Keira Ashleigh Leibowitz
Engleberg and Yuvie
Moskovitz are engaged
2006 - party for Ton kooijman and Maurizio di Sacco
2006 - Ellie Silberman 1907 - 2006
2006 - Maayan Segoli's 3rd birthday party.
We celebrated Maayan's 3rd birthday today
at Kibbutz Dvir. Lots of
family joined in the celebration (although seasonal flu and the cold
spell prevented some from attending.). Maayan and four of his cousins
(Nitzan, Lior, Itamar and Rotem) had a great time cavorting at high
speed on their push bikes. When they had settled down, we all came
inside and sang happy birthday songs to Maayan, watched him light and
blow out the candles, and of course open his presents. The highlight
was a show put on my Mikhal and Maayan, who told us all about the lion
who loved strawberries.
Jordan Davis visits.
We had a special guest this weekend -
Jordan Davis from New
Zealand who is on a Birthright
tour of Israel. We have known Jordan since he was a two-year old baby,
parents Lindy and Richard Davis spent a year in the Bahamas. We were at
in New Zealand
5 years ago, and had a wonderful time
with Lindy and Richard and Lindy's parents, Denis and Valda Knight.
After a week of candle-lighting and eating traditional
Chanukah, the Festival of Lights, ended today. We attended many
celebrations and candle-lighting ceremonies during the week. Chanuka is
a wonderful opportunity to meet people we don't see often enough.
There were candle-lighting ceremonies in Eilat at Itamar's
kindergarten, at kibbutz Dvir with the Segolis, at Raanana with the
Rons, in Herzliya with the Habermans, and in Kohav Yair with the
We were delighted to meet up again with
Ariella and Naomi Peled, whom we met while touring the Red
Centre in Australia
, and their respective spouses. We have kept up
contact (not enough!) and spent a delightful evening (and delicious
meal) at the home of Naomi and Itzik.
Thanks to the
Habermans and their
traditional Chanukkah party, (see
pictures from 2004
, and from last year
) we had
another opportunity to meet my "Goldberg" relatives (on my mother's
side) - Michael and Janet Cohen and Joe Woolwich visiting from England,
and we always look forward to meeting the Olkienitski clan on these
2006: Welcome to this world, Gabriella
Anne Nathan, (2 days old in the picture on the left below).
Congratulations to new
Mom and Dad, Melodie and Mark Nathan (see Nochomovich family tree
Gabrielle was born a month prematurely and spent some time in
care in hospital. The picture on the right is in the car seat on the
way home from the hospital (about 10 days old).We wish her continued
speedy growth. Mazaltov also to grandparents Lucille and
Graham Melamed on the birth of their new grandchild, cousin to Yehuda
and Daniella Melamed.
2006: Vered Loew and Yoav Shavit are getting married.
Yoav Shavit. Vered Loew
Congratulations to Vered Loew on her
engagement to Yoav Shavit. The
wedding is planned for August 2, 2007. Congratulations too to Mom Yaffa
and Dad Andy and to grandmother Rivka.Bortenstein.
(See more pictures
of Yaffa and Andy taken at
The Cotton children
Cecile (Levy) is my youngest cousin. She
is married to Raymond Cotton and they live in Johannesburg, South
Africa. These are their three children, Eric, Jenna and Raphael. This
is the first time that pictures of the Cotton family appear on my site,
and I hope that there will be many more.
Klotnicks visit Israel (November 18, 2006)
Joel and Beryl Klotnick (see Matz family tree.
from Johannesburg are visiting Israel and spending time with son Mark
and daughter in law Sarina, and of course with grandson Yali. They
found time to come to us for dinner, together with my cousin Shirley
and her husband Nathan. As always it was delightful to be with all of
them, and we spent a most enjoyable evening.
2006 - Exhibition of paintings of Dina Levy
Dina Levy is having an exhibition of her paintings at the Weil
Centre ( Hanotea Street 6) in Kfar Shmaryahu.
The exhibition opens on Tuesday 7 November and continues until the end
of the month. Dina is married to my cousin Jonathan (See Hershovitz/Levy family
October 2006 -
Welcome to this world Adam Joseph Levy
Hearty congratulations to parents Jason and Shari Levy, grandparents
Seymor and Brenda Levy, and Sam and Bunny Tabasky; on the birth of Adam
Joseph Levy on October 26, 2006. Here is his picture, all 6 pounds and
19 inches of him!
(See Hershovitz/Levy family tree
birthday October 2006
Yaffa's 60th birthday is on 30 October 2006, and we celebrated it at a
delightful garden party and lunch at the Loew residence. Excellent food
and company and the opportunity to see that side of
Doreen's family helped make the event most enjoyable. (see Schank family tree
The family choir - Zahava Karsblad,
Roni Karlsblad, Moriah and Rochelle Kirsh, Rachel Karlsblad
Moriah and Rochelle Kirsh reworked the
Givatron song, Bat Shishim
For the words (in Hebrew) to Yaffa's version, click
2006 - Wedding party for Rachel and Yuval
The Israeli party for the wedding of
Rachel Engleberg (see Matz family tree
and Yuval Moskovitz was last Monday night. (The wedding was last month
in Colorada, USA). It was a great party, with a lively atmosphere and
excellent food. Moran, Mikhal and their kids joined us, and we had a
most enjoyable evening. Rachel and Yuvie went back today (via London)
and we wish them every success in their future, and hope we'll see them
again soon. Fortunately Rachel's sister Rebecca (on the left in the
picture on the left, and also here
is remaining in Israel and we hope to see more of her. For another
picture of Rachel and Yuvie, Click
As has become our custom at Sukkot (click here for pictures from 2004), we
celebrated at the apartment of Wendy
Kansky, where we all had the opportunity of sitting in a sukkah and
shaking the Lulav and Etrog. As always, we had a lovely time, as Doreen
and I, and Vered and Moran and their kids celebrated with cousin
Shirley's family (Nathan; Wendy and Dan; Cheryl Tal and Adam and
Meital, Ben, Ron; Braham and Zahavit, and cousin Jonathan's family
(Aunt Malia, Dina and Yarden. ) Here are pictures of some
of those who were there.
Adam and Meital, Ben, Cheryl, Ron
and Lior Ron's Birthday party September 2006
birthday is on the 13th of September, and Dani's on the 30th, and one
of their birthdays usually falls on or very near to the the Jewish New
Year, Rosh Hashanah. So Rosh Hashanah is a convenient day to celebrate
the girls' birthdays with family. This year was no exception and on the
second day of Rosh Hashanah the family got together to celebrate.
Here are some pictures taken at the party:
Rina (one of Aviv's sisters) with her children and grandchildren; Andy
Loew, Louise Braverman and Doreen;
Rosh Hashanah 2006 - Happy New Year!
We celebrated Rosh Hashanah this
year in Hofit, with a relatively small number of celebrants - only 18.
Doreen still had to work in the kitchen for two days cooking and
preparing the delicious (as usual) meal. This year we again had a
shofar-blowing competition (see the Shofar
competition in 2004) - it's on the way to becomimg a tradition.
Most of us tried our luck, but despite the valiant efforts of the
adults, notably Rebecca Engleberg, the winner this year was again one
of the children, Lior, who blew real cool, deep notes.
Lior Ron - 2006 Champion Shofar
At the Segolis in
Mevaseret Zion - September 2006
We spent a lovely evening - and a tasty meal - with the Segoli
family in Mevaseret, as Yael and Avraham entertained their 4 daughters
with spouses and children. Avraham's mother Rachel was also there, as
was Avraham's brother on a visit from Hong Kong. We took Dani and Lior
too, and it was a lovely evening.
Planning the trip, and a visit to
While I was in Warsaw for the
European Bridge Championships Doreen took the opportunity to
spend a wonderful day cycling with Marianne Pencharz.
August 2006 - Welcome to this world, Devorah
Klotnick (9 Aug 2006)
Devorah Klotnick - one day old
Mazal Tov to Ian and Talya Klotnick on
the birth of a baby daughter in Johannesburg on August 9, sister to
Raphael and Aharon. Mazal tov too to Joel and Beryl Klotnick, on the
birth of their 4th grandchild. Special mazal tov to great-grandmother
Milly. May you have many more!
Daniel Klotnick's barmitzvah 5 Aug 2006
Mazeltov to Daniel Klotnick, in
Melbourne Australia, on his barmitzvah. Congratulations to all the
Klotnick clan, to parents Steven and Sharlene (in the picture), brother
Jordan, sisters Candice, Romy and Tarryn; and grandmother Milly.
Melodie is expecting!
We were delighted to hear that
Melodie is expecting in January. We wish her and Mark all the best.
Here they are celebrating with parents Lucille and Graham Melamed
Gidon and Sharon are engaged!
Gidon Collins and Sharon have announced
their engagement. Mazelov to them, and to Caroline
Livne (Collins), our longtime good friend. Caroline and her children,
Gidon and Avigail are very close and dear to us, and have participated
in many of our family celebrations.
Venice - June 2006
Breakfast at the Pensione Accademia
The view from the Rialto Bridge
On the Venetian island of Burano
The view from our hotel window
Verona - World Bridge Championships - June 2006:
Verona is a particularly beautiful
surrounded by ancient walls and a river. The architecture reflects the
and importance of Verona in the Middle Ages and walking becomes a
you don’t know whether to watch your steps
on the cobbled streets or to turn your eyes to the frescoes and
picturesque balconies, the most famous of which is Juliet’s balcony,
immortalized by Shakespeare in Romeo and Juliet. There is a huge Roman
right in the middle of the walled city. Gathered outside are enormous
the opera Aida which we shall see Sunday night.
The other side of the Bra piazza is taken over by restaurants
houses. Many have big TV screens and
late at night the shouts of joy or cries of disappointment ring through
streets as people watch their favorite teams fight for the World Cup
football. title. But we are here
for a different World Championship, the biannual World Bridge
which is being held in Verona
this year. When Eitan was recently appointed Assistant Chief Director
European Bridge League his place amongst the top world directors at the
tournament was assured.
tournament is very demanding both for the players and the directors.
because of this in the evenings everybody chills out over Italian wine,
and good food. Most of the bridge staff stay at our hotel and the
camaraderie among the directors is very real. They discuss the day’s
and rulings that they had to give. I notice that tournament directors
not like it when their rulings are appealed by the players, even if the
committee rejects the appeal.
I’m preparing a
profile of tournament directors. Besides
the real love of bridge and their fascination with its rules, they all
be night birds and most think that a midnight double espresso is just
to put them to sleep. Needless to add most aren’t at their very best in
morning, however when we walk into the breakfast room we exchange
with the director from Egypt
and say hello to the Mexican director (Jewish) as he piles proscuttio
plate and tells me that it's not kosher. We make sure to eat dinner at
Chinese restaurant recommended by the director from Hong Kong (not very
and make sure to have a beer with the (Moslem) director from Pakistan.
Slavek from Poland
a bottle of Polish vodka and he is delighted when we offer to bring him
something from Jerusalem when we go to
European Championships in Warsaw
in August. Rahmi entertained us when we were in Istanbul
last Pesach; all the directors join us in promising to come to Istanbul if he
gets married. Pierre and I
exchange loaded remarks about sharing the same bed which causes a few
eyebrows as the other directors don’t know that Eitan and I were guests at
their house in Lausanne
when Pierre and Francoise were away last summer.
And then there is Dimitri from Greece who always likes
Eitan to work
with him at the World Junior Championships so he (Dimitri) will have
This year it works out well – Eitan will continue from Italy
and I will
return home to work immediately. And we
haven’t even mentioned Anda, the other Israeli director, Max from England who apologizes that because
to Warsaw he couldn’t fit Brighton
into this summer’s itinerary for us. We exchange words with Maurizio who is
Italian but speaks some Hebrew because of his frequent trips there.
We have dinner with Goran and Tini Mattsen
and I promise Goran, who is the chairman of the European Seniors’
trip to Jerusalem on his next trip to Israel.
father was an UN Official in about 1956 and he came to visit one summer
his father was stationed at the UN Headquarters in Jerusalem. We were delighted to
nun from Notra Dame who looked out of the window one day only to have
teeth fall into no-man’s land. It caused an international incident (and
merriment) as UN officials (including his dad) as well as Israelis and
Jordanians went searching through the fields until they found her
<> <>Judy Rand told me
at the prize-giving ceremony that my name appeared in the Bulletin. I
the last time that happened I was so embarrassed I stopped playing in
tournaments. That was in Brighton a
ago when Eitan and I played in the last competition of the Congress. I
on condition that he wouldn’t shout at me. The next morning there was
article which said that we had played together and that Eitan was very
had promised not to shout at me. So with
some trepidation I found a copy of the bulletin and was amused to
Levy’s wife Doreen decided to go see A
Midsummer’s Night Dream, advertised as
being “In the original language, with Italian subtitles.” Alas, it
transpired that it was not in the original English prose of the Bard of
but that of the performers, who spoke Hindi!”
after a hard
two weeks we bid farewell to our friends with promises to meet in Warsaw in August
at the European Championships.
Roni Karlsbad's batmitzvah party was a
great success. The party was
great, the food was good, and the reunion with the family
fantastic. Mazal tov, Roni. (See also Archives of This Week's
June 2006 - The Antares
We spent a delightful Friday on board
Morris Kahn's yacht, the Antares,
sailing and eating. As always, Morris was a gracious and generous host.
It was wonderful being with good friends again, especially
Fanny Lieberman who were visiting from South Africa. As usual, we were
hilariously entertained by Robert's magic tricks and jokes. (Link to
our visit to Amsterdam for the launching of the
Antares.). See also This
Week's Picture archives.
Welcome Keira Ashleigh Leibowitz!
Welcome to this world, Keira
Ashleigh Leibowitz. Congratulation to parents Josh and Tash; and to new
and Sharon Leibowitz. A special mazaltov to new great-grandmother, my
Aunt Winnie Levy.See the Matz and Hershovitz/Levy family trees. We
have fond memories of our trip to Australia when we met Joshua, Daniel
and Donna, and Natalie for the first time; and saw cousin Sharon and
Joe again after so many years. Click here
for more on the Leibowitzes.
Rachel Engleberg and
Congratulations to Rachel Engleberg (see Matz family tree)
and Yuval (Yuvie) Moskovitz on their engagement. We are particularly
delighted, not only because we like them so much, but also because we
hope we'll be seeing much more of them in the future, as Rachel,
Colorado girl, has found a guy who lives in our street in Hofit.
International Bridge Festival :Party at our house for tournament
directors in honour of our overseas guests, Ton Kooijman and
Maurizio di Sacco. Three
combined for a delicious evening.
16 January 2006: Just one day after her son in law, Viv Klaff passed away, Ellie Silberman
passed away in Israel. She was 98. Heartfelt
condolences to her children Sybil Firer,
Merrick Silberman and Frankie Klaff and their families.
We knew Ellie - Mrs Silberman - from our Durban days, as the mother of
friends Merrick and Frankie. When Frankie "became family" we got to
know her better, and visited her occasionally at Bet Protea. Two years
ago she visited us, and we solved the problem of the stairs by using a