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INDEX OF PICTURES 2007
December 2007 - Keira and Hayley Leibowitz with
December 2007 - Gabriella Nathan is one year old.
December 2007 - first Channukah candle
November 2007 - Segoli Housewarming party in Sde Boqer
Eilat 2007 - Babysitting the 7 grandchildren
September 2007 - Sukkot at Wendy Kansky
September 2007 - Yom Kippur at Coral World
Happy Rosh Hashanah (New Year) to Gabi
Nathan and to all family born this year.
September 2007 - Brunch at the Kessels
August 2007 - New York
August 2, 2007 - Wedding of Vered Lau and Yoav
July 2007 - Oren Klaff and Amalia announce their
July 2007 - Palma
July 2007 -
Jesolo, Italy - European Junior Bridge Championships
2007 - Doreen takes the Rons on a Jerusalem tour.
June 2007 - Antalya, Turkey
2007: A picnic in the park
May 2007 - The
Tour of Jerusalem with young pianists
April 21, 2007 Avie
Hurwitz 1924 - 2007
Celebrating Saba Eitan's birthday
April 2007 Maayan
and Lotem picking loquats with Granny in Hofit.
April 2007 - A
double birthday in Eilat
April 2007 - Passover in Eilat
Supper at the Klotnick's
Riva Bortenstein (1919 - 2007)
A long weekend
in Eilat - January 2007
2007 - Keira and Hayley Leibowitz with grandmother Sharon. (see Matz and Levy/Hershovitz family trees.)
2007 - first Channukah candle
We invited some family - mainly the Levy side - to celebrate with us
the first candle of Channukah. It was a lovely evening and we all
enjoyed seeing each other again. Descendants of three of the four Levy
brothers were there, together with Doreen's sister and family.
November 2007 - Segoli Housewarming party in Sde
October 2007 - Babysitting the seven
This weekend we had to
and Lotem. So we decided to take them, as well as the two
granddaughters Dani and Lior, down to Eilat where we were joined by
the three grandchildren Itamar, Amit and Ilai. We spent a most
enjoyable (and tiring!) time with all
our seven grandchildren, and with Aviv Levy and Limor who were of great
help to us. The two eldest
Dani and Lior were wonderful with the younger kids, until Dani slipped
and fell next to the pool, requiring a visit to the local hospital.
Fortunately nothing was broken, but she was in pain and couldn't walk,
possibly with a torn tendon.
As can be seen from these
pictures, the kids "had a ball" and got on fabulously with each other.
See also This Week's Picture.
TV is of course a favorite activity, but not so much for the oldest and
the youngest, who prefer spending the time with Limor
Sukkot at Wendy Kansky
Another family tradition for the Levy family is to gather at Wendy
Kansky's apartment to celebrate the holiday of Sukkot (Tabernacles). . See pictures from 2004 and from last year, and This Week's Picture archives.)
We don't get too many opportunities of seeing each other, so Sukkot is always special.
We make the blessings and say
the Kiddush (Ben Tal) .....
......shake the lulav and
hold the etrog (Lior) .......
...... and of course sit in the sukkah (Meital, Adam and Ben Tal).....
......and eat the tasty food
and enjoy each others company as we catch up on the latest family
Wendy and Dan Kansky, Ron
Shirley and Nathan Kansly
Jonathan, Efrat and Dina levy
Cheryl Tal, Braham Kansky, Malia
Vered and Danielle Ron
Lior Ron, Yarden
Levy, Danielle Ron, Braham Kansky
2007 - Yom Kippur at Coral World
As is our tradition, (see picture of the week from 2004 and 2005)
we spent Yom Kippur in Eilat, at Coral World Marine Park, where Aviv
was "on duty" keeping an eye on the fish and aquariums, and feeding
the fish that didn't fast. It's a lovely way to spend Yom Kippur, for
of us who fast and for those of us who don't, in lovely and quiet
Joining us were: Aviv, Limor with Itamar, Amit and Ilai; Ophira
(Limor's sister) with her twins Michael and Yonatan; Roni (Limor's
brother) and Yifat with Alon and Shaked.
Hashanah - New Year - to all our family
and friends, and a special welcome to family members born this year:
Adam Levy, 26 October 2006, son of Jason and Shari (see Hershovitz/Levy family tree)
Gabriella Nathan, 9 December 2006, daughter of Melodie and Mark (see Nickel/Nochimovicz family tree)
Ilai Levy, 28 January 2007, daughter of Aviv and Limor (see Hershovitz/Levy family tree)
see Ilai's home page
Ethan Galp, 14 August 2007, son of Vernon and Lorraine (see Matz family tree.)
Representing this year's new borns is Gabriella (Gabi) Nathan,
aged 9 months. Parents Melodie and Mark, all the way from Florida
USA, keep us updated with news and
pictures of their lovely daughter.
2007 - Brunch at the Kessels
We had a lovely brunch at
the home of Terry and Carol Kessel, with Louise and Colin Kessel, and
Alan and Nadia Hoffman - good food, good company, good talk - what more
can one ask for.
Terry, Carol, Louise and Colin
Louise Kessel took the opportunity while on "leave" from hospital to
enjoy the pool. She is due to have a biopsy tomorrow and we all wish
her good luck..
August 2007 -
New York, USA
Taking the opportunity of a USA visit Nina, Mina and I, all
from St Thomas days met in New York. On the left, with clothes strewn
over the floor Mina the minimalist is showing us how few clothes one
actually needs on holiday. On the right Nina is displaying tickets to
Mostly Mozart concert which we attended. Most plans, besides shopping,
were abandoned after the basement apartment where we stayed was flooded
in a surprise cloudburst, above our apartment I believe. We had a
marvelous time and everywhere we went people were swept up in our
excitement and bursts of laughter.
New York also presented an opportunity to meet our dear friend Mac
Macpherson. Despite undergoing ongoing treatment for cancer, Mac is
amazingly strong and always in good spirits. His companion in Israel
Dalia Lamdani orchestrated where we had dinner and even what we
should eat. Good choice Dalia!
Flying out from Baltimore meant that I could meet Gill and Roy Myers
were preparing for Thailand where they, both doctors, volunteer every
year at a
mission on the Burmese border. Eitan (Anthony then) and Roy were at
high school together, and they and Gill were
friends at Wits University, but then lost contact. Years ago we met by
chance in St Thomas in the Virgin Islands and we have maintained a warm
2007 - Wedding of Vered Lau and Yoav Shavit
Congratulations to Vered Loew and
Yoav Shavit on their marriage on August 2. It was a lovely affair and
we thoroughly enjoyed it. It was also a happy occasion to see the Schank side of
the family again.
Congratulations also to Vered's parents, Andy and Yaffa (nee
Bortenstein) Loew. See also This Week's
The happy (and lovely) wedding couple
The "Glazer" side
of the family
Rons, Aviv, Danielle, Lior and Vered
The Bravermans, Denise, Mellie, Louise, Yael,
Donni and Rael
July 2007 -
Oren Klaff and Amalia announce their engagement.
Congratulations to Oren Klaff, son of
Frankie and the late Vivian Klaff, on his engagement to Amalia.
July 2007 - Palma de Mallorca
Our son Aviv is in Palma de Mallorca, at the new Palma
Aquarium. He is acting Curator and organising the fish exhibits and
also the aquarium staff. After Jesolo, we flew to Mallorca to spend a
week with Aviv, Limor, Itamar, Amit and Ilai. (see This Week's Picture Archives)
Mallorca is an interesting island combining great beaches, old cities
and varied geography. Eitan in the old city of Palma is enjoying
breakfast, between holding Ilai and entertaining Amit. Doreen and
Limor with the girls in Vallemossa. A quaint village up in the
mountains, it was delightfully cool and dry - a welcome respite from
the heat of Palma. Here Eitan, Doreen and Amit enjoy the spray
from the jungle exhibit at the Palma Aquarium.
We enjoyed seeing and being with Aviv and Limor, and of course with the
grandchildren. You can see pictures of Itamar,
Amit and Ilai
on their sites.
We gave Aviv and limor a 24 hour break, and while we looked after the
children in Palma, they went to
explore Barcelona. The pictures show they enjoyed the unique Gaudi
architecture and had fun as well.
July 2007 - Jesolo,
Italy - European
Junior Bridge Championships.
Jesolo, Italy, was the location of
the next international bridge
competition at which I officiated. Jesolo is an Italian holiday town
attracting millions of tourists (mainly Italians) and is popular for
its beaches, its proximity to Venice and its relatively low prices.
While I was judging at the competition Doreen explored the local
villageas and markets by bicyle, and made a couple of trips to Venice
and Murano Island (famous for its glass.) .The first Saturday was a free day, and we
went to Venice, together with some friends. (see This Week's Picture Archives). Our visit coincided with the annual
Redentore Festival, and
although Venice was absolutely crowded we enjoyed the holiday
atmosphere and an excellent dinner.
the ferry to Venice with Patrick Jourdain, President of the Bridge
Journalists Association, and Chairman of the Appeals Committee
The Championships were a great success, well organised, and of course
well judged! The Israel Girls' Team (see This Week's Picture Archives)
did very well, coming fourth, just missing a bronze medal. The School's
team (under 20) also did better than expected and finished 8th out of
16 teams. With me in the picture is Antonio Riccardi, the Chief
Tournament Director of the European Bridge League. Antonio was one of
the examiners who certified me a number of years ago, and I have had
the pleasure of working with him at many competitions.
The person in charge of youth events, and who has devoted so much time
and energy in ensuring the success of the European youth program, is
Panos Gerontopolous. This is the sixth youth championships at which I
have officiated, and Panos and I have come to know and respect each
other. One evening Panos invited Doreen and me to dinner. We were
wondering why the invitation was for such an early hour (18:00) and
then were wonderfully surprised when we found out the dinner was in
Verona (about 1 1/2 hours drive away) to be followed by an opera at the
famous Verona Arena. (Click here
for our visit to the Verona Arena in 2006). We had a quick dinner and
then watched an
excellent performance of Nabucco,
Verdi's "Jewish" opera. Of course,
after the opera we had to have coffee in the Verona piazza,
and we got back to Jesolo close to 4 am. A fabulous evening. Thank you,
Doreen takes the Rons on a
At the Verona Arena, and enjoying the
piazza with Panos and his mother Ada.
Doreen took the
opportunity to take Vered and the girls on a tour of Jerusalem. The
girls showed remarkable restraint and agreed to visit Maureen in her
studio, buy a few things in the market, and visit the virtual model of
the temple at the Davidson Center. By the time we reached the City of
David they were bursting with expectation The walk through Hezekiah's
Tunnel in the City of David was definitely the highlight. On an
extremely hot day nothing could be better than a walk through cold
spring water running through a pitchblack tunnel. We all were extremely
impressed by the engineering feat as it wound its way thorugh the
mountain, but the excitement of needing flashlights to light up our way
June 2007 - Antalya, Turkey
I was a Tournament Director (referee) at the 3rd European Open Bridge
Championships, in Antalya, Turkey. Doreen joined me, and we stayed at
the Kremlin Palace Hotel (see
This Week's Picture).
While I was busy with the bridge, Doreen had a chance to do some
touring.. She went to Pammakule on a scorchingly hot day, coming back
with this picture of Hierapolis but not of the beautiful pools of
Pammakule.. A more successful venture was to the opera and ballet
festival at Aspendos. The theatre is one of the largest and best
preserved and made a beautiful backdrop drop to a delightful
performance of Carmina Burana by Orff.
The Tournament Directors took the opportunity one evening to get out of
the hotel and go to a charming outdoor restaurant. From left to right:
Directors from Netherlands, Ireland, me, Turkey, Germany, Netherlands
On the last Saturday we finally managed to visit the old city of
Antalya with its charming port, where we enjoyed an excellent fish
May 2007: A picnic in the park
At Louise's invitation we enjoyed a
relaxed Friday night picnic at Ranana park. From left to right: Aviv
(Ron), Dani, Eitan, Denise, Yahel. Donni, and Vered. Louise was feeding
the swans with the younger children and I (Doreen) was taking the
May 2007 - The Rosbruchs visit
know Varda and Hanan Rosbruch from our St Thomas VI days. Our two
families were very close. How we laughed when we remembered that on the
day that Vered got her driver's licence (at the age of 16!) we gave her
the keys to our car and 4 boys between the ages of 14 and 8 and flew to
St Maarten for the weekend. We had a severe case of 'island fever' and
had to get away at all costs. Their son Guy and his family are moving
to Eilat and we hope that Aviv and Limor and Guy and family will
continue the friendship from years gone by.
Tour of Jerusalem with young pianists
Sometimes Doreen is afforded the
opportunity of guiding a very different tour, like these when the
participants were gifted pianists - winners of international piano
performers at the 4th Eilat Piano Festival.
On the first day the group toured the Golan Heights Click here.
On the second day the two 13 year olds, winners
of the 2nd
Schimmel International Piano Festival , Wei Xin Zhou (accompanied
by his piano professor Christopher) and Liyan Ho (accompanied
by his parents) and Orli (of the Rubinstein Committee) enjoyed a visit
to the Dead Sea and Jerusalem.
April 21, 2007: Avie Hurwitz 1924 - 2007
We received the sad
news this week that Avie Hurwitz passed away in Cape Town. We extend
our condolences to Daphne and Isobel and to the Siegel and
I have very
fond memories of Avie from my youth and of our delightful meeting in
Cape Town a few years ago when with patience and charm we talked about
The first wedding I remember attending was in Durban, when
Avie married my father's cousin Louis Hurwitz. (see Matz family tree.).
My sister Fern was a flower girl at the wedding.
April 2007 Celebrating Saba Eitan's birthday. Click
on the pages of Dani and Lior for more pictures.
April 2007 Maayan and Lotem picking loquats with
Granny in Hofit.
April 2007 - A double birthday in Eilat.
Itamar's 4th birthday was on April 4th, and Rael's 43rd on April 5th,
so we continued our pesach
celebrations in Eilat with a double birthday party.
The BIRTHDAY BOYS
BLOWING OUT THE CANDLES
CELEBRATIONS ARE SPECIAL WHEN
FAMILY IS PRESENT
"CHAIR LIFT" ON BIRTHDAYS - 5 TIMES FOR ITAMAR
April 2007 -
Passover in Eilat
2007: This year we celebrated the Pesach seder in Eilat with Aviv
Limor and family, together with Vered and Aviv and the girls, and Rael
Braverman. Doreen prepared most of the food and for a change we didn't
have turkey for the main meal, but a
big, delicious leg of lamb, cooked to perfection.
The seder was a little
abridged this year, but we didn't skip the important parts. (There are
more pictures on the pages of Amit, Itamar, Lior
We displayed and ate the matza,
the bitter herb, the karpas
and of course the egg in salt water, and everyone had a chance to read
part of the Haggadah
Dani pouring wine from the large kiddush cup into 12 small kiddush
cups; and Lior and Itamar displaying the afikoman which they and Dani
Echad mi yodea ('Who knows one?') rounded off an
enjoyable seder and a delicious meal.
Supper at the Klotnick's - February 22
Joel aand Beryl Klotnick (see Matz
family tree) are visiting Israel and son Mark and Sarina invited us
over for Friday night dinner, and a very pleasant evening. We haven't
seen Mark and Sarina's son Yali since his brit two
years ago. Joining us was Raphael Cotton (see Matz and/or Hirshovitz
family trees) , who is studying at Or Ttmimim Yeshiva for a year. We
had the pleasure of renewing our aquaintance with Sarina's mother Irene
and her husband Rami Lapidot, and of meeting Sarina's half/step
siblings Omri, Neti and Rebecca.
Pictured are Beryl, Joel and Raphael (right)
Irene, and Mark and Sarina (below)
Yali and Rami (bottom)
Congratulations to Natalie Ginsberg who celebrated her 21st birthday in January in style (actually in
old style complete with MG!) .
Mom Wendy and Natalie certainly look as if they're having a ball!. (see Nickel/Nochomovitz family tree.)
Riva Bortenstein (nee Drue) - born 1919 in Estonia,
died 2007 in Israel
Riva with daughters Yaffa Loew and Rachel Kirshner, and granddaughter
Riva at a family celebration
With sorrow we report the
passing of Riva
Bortenstein on 8/1/07. (see Schank
family tree.). We extend our
deepest sympathy to her children Yaffa Loew, Yaakov Bortenstein and
Rachel Kirshner, and to her grandchildren Vered, Lital, Lior, Dan,
Moriah and Raz.. (see Archives)
weekend in Eilat - January 2007
We started off 2007 with a visit to
Eilat for a long weekend.
As you can see, Limor is "very" pregnant but
the baby decided to stay a little longer in the warm tummy.
being with Aviv, Limor, Itamar and Amit.
On Saturday we had a picnic
lunch at Timna - for Itamar the highlight was filling the bottles with
colored sand. Itamar was on his best behaviour and Amit tried hard
despite having a cold and cough.
While in Eilat we attended three concerts at the Eilat Classical Music
Not only were the concerts very enjoyable, but we also saw many friends
(both Eilatis and "northeners") we had not seen for some time.