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INDEX OF PICTURES
December 2008- Jerusalem with the Rons and
25 December 2008 - Jimmy Rabinowitz's 70th birthday
December 2008 - Channuka celebrations
December 2008 - Breakast at Terry and Carol Kessel
December 2008- Lopsy is recovering from an operation
December 2008 - At Denise and Shai
Zacharia Sklar aged about 3 months
Dotan Shavit aged 6 weeks
Rebecca Engleberg and Kobi Garbawy announce their
November 2008 - Moran runs in the Tel Aviv
November 6, 2008 - Welcome to
October 2008 - Sukkot.
October 2008 - World Mind Sports Games - Beijing
September 2008 - Rosh Hashanah
August 2008 - A short visit to Amsterdam
August 2008 - Welcome to the Yaniv twins
August 2008 - The Rons in California
August 2008 - Alec Ron celebrates his 75th birthday
August 2008 - The Gilberts of Manchester visit.
July 2008 - A visit to Gill and Roy Myers
July 2008 - Welcome to Yonatan Kasorla
July 2008 - Congratulations to Caryn and Rhetick
July 2008 - Tali continues the Klaff sporting
July 2, 2008 - The Presidents Awards for Volunteers
June 21, 2008 - Aviv Levy's 40th birthday
June 2008 - Alma Pashas
June 11, 21, 28 - June is Levy birthday month
May 2008 - Bridge seminar in Torino, Italy
May 2008 - Denise Braverman and Shai in Paris
May 2008 - Doreen's flowers
May 2008 - Alex Klaff finishes the Gulf Coast Triathlon
May 2008 - Yom
Ha-atzmaut (Independence Day) at Yaakov and Ziva Bortenstein
May 2008 - Gail Nickel's 60th birthday
May 2008 - The family goes sky
April 2008 - The Rons visit to Thailand
April 2008 - Eitan's 68th birthday
April 2008 - Passover
April 2008 - preparing for pesach (passover)
April 2008 - Brit
mila of Leshem Aaron Nickel
April 2008 - Oren and Amalia visit Israel.
April 2008 - The Hakim family
March 2008 - The Berkowitz family
March 2008 - Purim and the adloyada in
March 2008 - Yahel and Donni's visit to
January 2008 - Maayan's 4th birthday weekend
2008 - Visit of Mike Belman
2008- Jerusalem with the Rons and Rasmussens.
On Friday Doreen took the Rons (Aviv, Vered, Dani and Lior) and the
visiting Rasmussens (Patisa, Jens and Sofia)on a tour of
(See This Week's Picture of
2008 - Jimmy Rabinowitz's 70th birthday
This week we joined Tamara and Jimmy Rabinowitz at the celebration of
Jimmy's 70th birthday. Tamara and Jimmy are friends from South Africa,
and Tamara is also related to Doreen (see Glezer
family tree.). It was a most enjoyable evening, with a wonderful
film depicting Jimmy's life and achievements.
celebration - December 2008
The Channuka holiday
(Festival of Lights) is one of the most popular of Israel's
holidays, especially for children. It commemorates the rededication of
after the Maccabean revolt against the Greeks, and the miracle of one
day's supply of oil in the temple lasting for 8 days. Apart for eating sufganiyot (fried doughnuts) for 8
days, the children have special Channuka
plays and shows at school and kindergarten, sing songs and light
the channukiah (candelabrum)
every night. On the first day we light one candle and then for 8 days
we light another candle every night until on the last night we light 8
candles. Often, each night is celebrated at a different place, and
everyone brings their own channukiah
so that sometimes there are tens of channukiot to be lit.
At the (by now traditional) Channuka lighting at Eitan and Shuli
Lotem at her gan
Celebrating at the Rons, with the Bravermans and Patisa
Maayan and Lotem at the Sde Boqer celebration
At Maayan's kindergarten he had two roles -
He was a Maccabi soldier
ALSO a candle!
and father Moran was one of actors in the play
20, 2008 - Breakast at Terry and Carol Kessel
Doreen, Terry Kessel, Barbara Faktor, Colin Kessel
Jossi Faktor, Louise Kessel, Eitan, Carol Kessel
We spent a lovely shabbat morning at Terry and Carol
Kessel, where we enjoyed a delicious brunch, and the company of good
2008- Lopsy is recovering from an operation
The Ron's dog, Lopsy, although he has been in the family for nearly 14
years, is not quite "family", but he is certainly the "family dog".
Poor Lopsy (see picture) had an operation this week to remove a growth
"the size of a nectarine" on his prostate. He is recovering well, and
no doubt eagerly anticipating his walks.
2008 - At Denise and Shai
On Friday night 12/12/08 Denise Braverman (see Glezer, Nochimovicz, and Schank
family trees) and her companion Shai Arroyo invited Denise's family for
a family dinner. (See This Week's
13/12/08). The delicious meal and excellent company ensured that we
enjoyed a really lovely evening.
The food was delicious and and ended with delicious desserts -
including the chocolate coated strawberries prepared by Lotem (with
Doreen's help!) .....
....... and the birthday cake
baked by Yahel for Gabi Dvir, whose birthday we also celebrated.
aged about 3 months
Zac Sklar, son of Jonathan and Melanie, grandson of Joel and Beryl
Klotnick (see Matz family tree).
Click here for more.
- Dotan Shavit at 6 weeks
We received these pictures of the lovely baby Dotan, son of Vered and
Yoav Shavit. (see Schank family tree).
See also This Week's Picture
Engleberg and Kobi Garbawy announce their marriage
Congratulations to Rebecca Engleberg (see
Matz family tree) and Yaakov (Kobi) Garbawy who have announced
their marriage. This picture of Rebecca and Kobi was taken in our house
in Hofit on Rosh Hashana (New Year) 2006.
2008 - Moran runs in the Tel Aviv half-marathon.
Congratulations to our son, Moran Segoli, on running - and
finishing - the Tel Aviv half-marathon on 7/11/08. The birthday of
Moran's close friend, Ran Kagan, fell on the day of the marathon, and
Ran asked Moran and two other friends to run with him in the marathon
as a birthday present.
(in yellow/blue shirt/) at the finish line of the Tel Aviv half-marathon
2008: Welcome to new family member, Erica Leibowitz
Mazeltov to parents Daniel and Donna Leibowitz of Port Douglas
Australia on the
birth of their first child, a daughter, Erica Lily May, on November
6th in Cairns, Australia. Mazeltov to grandparents Joe and Sharon
Leibowitz on their third
grandchild. See Matz and Hershovitz family trees.
Erica Lily May Leibowitz, aged about 1 day
Erev Sukkot is an annual
celebration at the home of Wendy and her son
Dan Kansky, together with the rest of the Kansky family, Malia Levy
with her son Jonathan and family, Vered and Aviv and their girls. Aviv
leads the blessings and explanations and this year he out did himself
with some very fancy lulav waving in all directions.
Caroline and I attended a sunrise concert by David Broza, part of
the Dead Sea Festival, on the summit of Massada. David
Broza has a unique relationship to his guitar and enthralled the
appreciative crowd with songs in Hebrew, Spanish and English. It
was overcast that morning so we didn't see the sunrise but our beaming
faces as we were photgraphed with David Broza made up for it.
The Eilat part of the holiday started with an amazing fish barbecue
with lavish salads prepared by Limor, eaten in their lovely sukka that included figure painting
and home made decorations.
Limor giving Ilai, the excellent eater, her food. Dani holding Itamar
with Aviv Ron and Vered looking on.
Scuba diving is much more than the 30 minutes or so spent under
water. The preparation can and did take hours, including refresher
dives for Mikhal and Caroline and Aviv bandaging and waterproofing a
deep cut in my finger. After dividing into buddies and a
briefing by Aviv, we had a last group picture before we descended to
the cool depths of the beautiful Almog Nature Reserve. We all enjoyed
the dive tremendously. (See This Week's
Picture). The highlight was when Dani declared that
even though she has done 8 dives, this one was by far the best.(see Dani's page). This
just may be the beginning of an annual Family Dive.
l to r: Dani, Aviv, Doreen, Caroline, Mikhal, and Moran in
Coral World offers unlimited opportunities for children to enjoy
themselves. Here Dani and Lior are engaging their younger cousins while
the parents take a welcome break.
When Vered said that they with Aviv Levy and kids had gone to the Canyon Ha Adom for a picnic
lunch I was most surprised. A shopping mall in Hebrew is called a
'Canyon' and I couldn't understand why they would want to have a picnic
at the mall. When they sent the picture it became clear that they were
referring to a hike and lunch at the challenging Red Canyon in the
Some sukkot are very lavish
but perhaps the most unusual sukka
was at the Underwater Observatory. Here Aviv (on the left) with another
diver are holding the 4 species as they fulfill the commandment to sit
in the Sukka open to the sky.
We ended the holiday with Eitan back from Beijing and a most pleasant
dinner prepared by Aviv Ron (see This
It was wonderful to see Israel on holiday with festivals and fun
activites all over the country. Everywhere there were sukkot, reflecting the traditions
of the different communties, open to all.
2008 - World Mind Sports Games - Beijing
I enjoyed my time in Beijing at
the 1st World Mind Sports Games. (see picture , and News ) I also got a lot of
the Israel Youth
Bridge team, who played well and behaved
well. Their results were impressive, and with a little bit of
luck could have been even better. Israel finished 5th out
of 74 countries in the qualifying stage
of the under 28 teams championships but were knocked out by hosts
in the quarter finals. Lotan Fisher and Ron Schwartz excelled by
winning the silver medal in the Juniors pairs competition, with Alon
Birman and Eliran Argelazi finishing 7th. Gilad Ofir and Bar Tarnovski
were third in the Consolation final..
As a tournament director/referee there were no real problems. If you
know a little bridge try this example of one of the easier cases I had
to rule on.
Both sides vulnerable. Board 4
3NT All pass
* 2D showed both majors and W hesitated significantly before passing.
(The length of the hesitation was disputed.). The contract of 3NT could
fail but N made it easier for W by leading the 3S and W made 9 tricks
for a score of 600.
After the play NS called me to complain about E's 3C bid after
These are all the relevant facts. How would you rule?
Click here for ruling given in the
September 2008 -
This year we celebrated Rosh Hashanah,the Jewish New Year, at the home
of Vered and Aviv Ron.Vered, Aviv, Danielle and Lior hosted Julius and
Laura Nickel; Richard, Rona and Leshem Nickel; Louise Braverman;
Denise Braverman;Yahel Braverman and Donni Gabi and Avigail Dvir;
Mellie Braverman; Moran, Mikhal, Maayan and Lotem Segoli, and Doreen
Doreen returned from guiding a tour a few hours before the festivities,
just in time to pick some pomegranates from our tree. It is traditional
to eat pomegranates on Rosh Hashanah, and also apple dipped in honey.
Pomegranates and honey express the wish for a "sweet" year, so
naturally Doreen tried the special honey vodka Aviv had brought from
Poland. Lotem was only allowed to taste afew drops.
August 2008 -
A short visit to Amsterdam
At the last minute we decided to travel to Amsterdam for a short break
and to celebrate the barmitzvah
of Moran Reijzer, son of Ezra and Rivka Reijzer, and grandson of old
and dear friends Hans and Lotti Reijzer. (see archives of "This Week's Picture" from 30/8/08
and News from 23/8/08.)
The family of Moran, the barmitzvah
Enjoying a rijstafel with
Hans and Lotti
No visit to Amsterdam is complete without
Doreen's visit to the flower market
or my visit(s) to a
August 2008 -
Welcome to the Yaniv twins, Ido and Amit
Aunt Mikhal Segoli and cousins Maayan and Lotem listen to mommy Naama
talking about the new baby twin; Rotem and Nitzan admire one of their
Ido and Amit
See also: This Week's Picture
(23 August 2008), Maayan's page, Lotem's page.
- The Rons in the USA in the petrified forest in California.
Vered and Aviv and the girls have been in USA since the beginning of
the month. They were on the East coast visiting many of their friends,
then in California where they attended the Klaff
wedding. Now they are touring the California coast. In the picture
they are enjoying a rest while visiting the Petrified Forest. They are
due to return at the end of the month.
- Alec Ron celebrates his 75th birthday
Today (16.8.08) we celebrated the 75th
birthday of Alec Ron.
Alec and Rachel were among our first friends when we moved to Hofit 40
years ago. Even though we lived out of Hofit for more than 20 years,
and Alec and Rachel no longer live in Hofit, we remain in close contact
and have remained close and
dear friends. It's always a pleasure being with them. (And thanks to
their lovely daughter Mikhal for the picture).
2008 - The Gilberts of Manchester visit.
While we were supposed to be holidaying in USA Viki and Jack Gilbert
daughter Hannah from Manchester England were going to stay in our
house on their Israel holiday. Following our change of plans, they are
now sharing our house with us. They are delightful people and it's a
having them. See Matz family tree.
July 2008 - A
visit to Gill and Roy Myers
It's always a pleasure meeting Gill and Roy Myers
again. Gill and Roy are both doctors and every year they volunteer at a
mission in Thailand on the Burmese border. They speak fluent Thai and
we got served
a special meal prepared by the Thai cook at the local Thai restaurant
in Crofton, Maryland.. Eitan (Anthony then) and Roy were at
high school together, and they and Gill were
friends at University, but then lost contact. Years ago we met by
chance in St Thomas in the Virgin Islands and we have maintained a warm
July 2008 -
Welcome to Yonatan Kasorla
Dvir, Yonatan, Lital Kasorla
On Friday 18 July Doreen went to the party to
welcome Yonatan, son of Lital and Dvir Kasorla, and first grandchild of
Yaakov and Ziva Bortenstein. (see Schank
family tree). (I had to miss the party as I was in Poland).
The party was in the garden of the family home
in Gedera. All our grandchildren were there and they had a
marvelous time together, which means that a happy time was had by all.
July 2008 -
Congratulation to Caryn and Rhetick
Congratulations to Caryn Klaff, daughter of Frankie and the late Vivian
(see Goldberg family tree) and Rhetick Senguptaon on their engagement.
We're looking forward to
meeting Rhetick on our visit to USA soon.
continues the Klaff sporting tradition
This week she competed in her first swim meet and won her heat in
freestyle, came in second in backstroke and third in the relay. (See
This Week's Picture)
A couple of months ago we wrote about
the sporting achievements of Alex and Tamir Klaff (click here
for details of
Alex's triathlon and Tamir's Primal Quest success. ). See Goldberg family tree.
Tali, their daughter, is certainly taking after her parents. On July 4
she marched in the parade with her gym class and entertained the crowd
by doing cartwheels and splits on the road.Tali's the one in the green
leotard, doing the full splits.
2008 - The President's Awards for
I attended the ceremony at the President of Israel's residence where
Volunteer Awards were given to 12 outstanding individuals and groups,
recognizing their selfless contributions to society. Among the awardees
was our friend Morris Kahn, the founder of Lead Israel, a project that
develops leadership and community responsibility among high-school
students. Among the friends there to join in his
achievement were Dovvie Glasman, Lynn, me, Livia Passwell and Shlomo
2008 - Aviv Levy's 40th birthday
The family celebrated Aviv Levy's 40th birthday today, with a family
meeting of the siblings, spouses, parents and cousins in Jerusalem (See
This Week's Picture Archives).
On Friday night the
adults celebrated with a
festive meal at a Jerusalem restaurant (how else would the Levy's
celebrate if not by eating?)
On Saturday morning we all met for
breakfast at the Sheraton Hotel.
June 2008 -
baby Alma Pashas, with savta Rochelle. (see Schank family tree)
June 11, 21, 28
- June is Levy birthday month
For This Week's Picture I looked for a picture showing only Doreen,
and Aviv, who all have birthdays in June. I only found two: this
one taken while white-water rafting on the Green River in Colorado, and
the one in This Week's Picture.
May 2008 -
Bridge seminar in Torino, Italy
I attended a seminar on the new laws of Bridge organised by the
European Bridge League. At the seminar the members of the World Bridge
Federation Laws Committee presented and explained the reasoning behind
the changes in the new laws.
In the picture below left, two Laws committee members, Ton Kooijman of
Holland and Grattan Endicott of Great Britain, are explaining the
intricacies of a much-changed law.
Each country was entitled to send a maximum of two participants to the
seminar. In the picture below right Ilan Shezifi and myself, from
Israel, enjoy a meal with Rahmi Illilikci and Fahir Uzumcu, the two top
Turkish Tournament directors. Rahmi and I have become good friends, and
he and Fahir entertained us when we visited Istanbul with Moran and
Maayan a few years ago.
A rally of Ferrari owners took place at the same hotel and at the same
time as our seminar. It's not often that one sees parking lots filled
with these sexy cars. The picture on the left shows a small portion of
one of the hotel's parking lots.
- Denise Braverman and Shai in Paris
May 2008 -
Denise Braverman and Shai enjoy a meal in Paris.
Doreen is back from her tour. Her bus included people from SouthAfrica,
Switzerland, Norway, Germany, Denmark, Australia, New Zealand, Hong
Kong, Netherlands and Greece! They were obviously very happy with her
she came back with a huge and lovely bouquet of flowers.
May 2008 -
Alex Klaff finishes the Gulf Coast Triathlon
Congratulations and many "wows" to Alex who finished the 70 mile (112
km) triathlon (swimming, bicycling, running) in 6 1/4 hours. We're
proud of her physical achievement and social achievement in raising
money for a good cause. (see previous
report on this site). There are more pictures.
Well, I survived all 70.3 miles of my half ironman in Florida this past
weekend!! The race went extremely well, despite my anxiety of the heat.
Race morning started with body markings at 4:45 am and getting our gear
all set up. My wave, women 35 and older, went first with the swim after
the elite. The water was choppy but the temperature was relatively
comfortable at about 75 degrees. The 1.2 mile swim took me 40 minutes
to complete and luckily I survived it without any nausea from the
choppiness of the water. I then transitioned onto the 56 mile bike
where I quickly realized that being in the front of the pack meant I
was up there with the elite, nice to be there but I was quickly put in
my place! The course took us out and back with head winds for the
majority of the 28 mile return portion, but overall I fared well
finishing the 56 miles in 3 hours. The run was the hardest, it always
is. By the time I started running it was about 10:30 and the
temperature hit a good 85 degrees without any shade anywhere. They
handed out sponges soaked in ice water and that really did the trick,
but the water soaked my shoes and socks so my biggest challenge was
blisters on my feet, which I felt every step of the 13.1 miles!
Words cannot describe what crossing that finish line meant. I
finished in my goal 6 hours 14 minutes (my goal was 6:15) and after
crossing, it was a feeling of complete relief to finally have done this
2008 Yom Ha-atzmaut
(Independence Day) at Yaakov and Ziva Bortenstein.
The traditional way to celebrate Yom
HaAtzmaut is by having a 'mangal' or barbecue. We were delighted
when our cousins Yaakov and Ziva Bortenstein (see Schank family tree)
invited us to share their family event. The food was plentiful and
delicious, but best of all was the opportunity to spend time with our
family at a happy event.
Doreen writes: My earliest
memory of Yaakov is when I came to Israel after finishing high school.
I went to kibbutz ulpan in the Western Negev and on my first free
Shabbat I went to my relatives, the Bortensteins (Yaakov, Yaffa and
Rochelle). When I got off the bus in Gedera there were Yaffa and Yaakov
with a horse and cart to drive me to their parents' moshav. For
me it was a uniqe experience.
Yaakov stands by his professional barbecue as he expertly prepares the
steak and chicken. Ziva looks lovely as she prepares lunch for some 30
guest without looking the least bit flustered. Their son Lior is
studying architecture at Bezalel in Jerusalem. We had much to
share as he had done a parachutists course while in the army (see and read about my jump) . Lior is standing
with his pregnant sister Lital and her husband Dvir
Andy Loew wondering what all the photographing is about, while
his wife Yaffa poses with Dani. Rachel Karslbad and her daughter
Louise, Doreen and Denise. What is there to say?
May 2008 -
Gail Nickel's 60th birthday
Congratulations to Gail Nickel (see
Nickel/Nochimovicz family tree) who turned 60 on 3rd May. Her
sisters flew her down to Cape Town from
Johannesburg to celebrate the happy event
with the family. .
Back row: Monty and Gail, Lucille and Graham Melamed, Wendy and
David Ginsberg, Natalie Ginsberg and Hazel Ginsberg (David’s mother)
In Front: Marlon, Carmen and Jaryd Kay, Saul Ginsberg, and Talia
May 2008 -
The family goes sky diving.
See also This Week's Picture,
and a video of
one of the
dives (mainly of vered, also of Doreen and Mikhal)
What's the use of jumping if there is no
audience? Encouraging the jumpers (Vered and Aviv Ron, Mikhal
niece Denise Braverman, friend Caroline Livne and her son Gideon
Collins, and me) were: Louise Braverman; Rael Braverman; Eitan;
Moran Segoli and Maayan and Lotem; Gideon family Sharon and Ori;
Caroline's daughter and grandson Avigail
and Almog Collins.
The shirt I'm wearing was bought in New
Zealand and I remember looking
at it after I bought it with the awful realization that I had just
committed myself to bungee jumping. Aviv looks good as he suits
The first group of Aviv, Denise,
Caroline and Gideon pose for a group photo. Aviv get those legs
. The second group. Doreen, Vered and Mikhal, looks
We celebrated Anthony's (aka Eitan) birthday quietly, without
grandchildren or friends - just the way we wanted. With my being away
from home so much, just being together is a celebration. After cutting
down trees in the morning (where does he find the strength?) in the
evening we went to Limosine, an excellent meat restaurant.
Caroline and Gideon share the
excitement of their jump
Aviv about to land with feet well up.
Vered smiling for the camera as she free falls at
feet Denise smiling
for the camera at sea level
Mikhal waving to her excited family waiting below
April 2008 - The
Ron's visit to Thailand
April 2008 -
Eitan's 68th birthday
Happy birthday to my husband, my friend and my hero. I love you very
April 2008 -
Passover seder in Hofit
Our passover seder this year
broke all records - for the fewest
number of participants. Nine of us (us, Louise, Rael and Denise
Braverman, Moran, Mikhal, Maayan and Lotem Segoli) read the haggadah, ate matza and bitter herbs and eggs in
salt water, reclined in
our chairs, proudly heard Maayan ask the "four
questions" (assisted by Lotem), and enjoyed
another of Doreen's delicious meals.
Our main course this year was lamb (instead of the usual turkey), and
after Maayan found the afikoman, we ate the
chocolate matza cake prepared by Doreen and her
two able helpers, and strawberries.
2007 - preparing for pesach (passover)
Doreen helping the two cooks, Maayan and Lotem Segoli, prepare a
special chocolate matza cake.
April 2008 -
Brit mila of Leshem Aaron
See also Archives of This
Week's Picture, and the Week's News.
Grandpa Julius (the sandak
, godfather) is ready
to hold baby Leshem
A new Nickel cousin for Nevo (left)
and Itai (rigjht); and Amit, Assaf and Galit (with dad Louis).
April 2008 -
Oren and Amalia visit Israel.
In April, Oren Klaff and his fiance, Amalia Cima, visited Israel. The
did a lot of touring and had a wonderful time. They spent some time
with us, and thoroughly enjoyed the typical mizrahi salads and food we had at
our favourite local restaurant.
In August this year we plan on being at their wedding in California.
April 2008 -
The Hakim family
Jean-Marc, Roslyn, Daniel,
Once again this site has been
instrumental in finding "lost" relatives. We were thrilled to receive
an email from Roslyn Hakim, from Sydney Australia, Roslyn
had found her grandfather's name (Barnett Nickel) on the site and wrote
She is a second cousin to Doreen on the Nickel side, and they both
remember playing together in Johannesburg when they were young . They
haven't seen each other, or heard from or about each other for more
years than I am allowed to say. Thank you, Roslyn, for the
information and pictures about your family. The Nochimovicz/Nickel family tree
been updated accordingly.
2008 - The Berkowitz family
Saul, Lauren and Aaron Berkowitz. Have you ever seen a happier
See Matz Family tree, and also News Archives.
- Purim and the adloyada in
Purim, the Jewish holiday that commemorates the deliverance
of the Jewish people of the ancient Persian Empire from Haman's
plot to annihilate them, as recorded in the Book of Esther. Purim,
especially in Israel, is the occasion for fancy dress - during the day
the streets are filled with children in costume (often reflecting the
current "heroes"/celebrities), and the adults enjoy their costume
parties at night. In many towns there is also an adloyada, a carnival-like
procession of floats and costumed participants. Other
customs in Purim include reading megilat
ester with lots of noise at
each mention of Haman, eating of hamantaschen,
giving mutual gifts of food and
drink (mishloach manot), and giving charity and gifts to the
On the left is Lior our "Spanish" granddaughter, and our "Rasterfarian"
granddaughter Danielle. Below are some more pictures of how some of our
There are more pictures on the pages of Dani and Lior
There are also pictures of the adloyada
in Sde Boqer.
For Purim pictures from previous years see
Purim 2004 T W Picture 2004 Danielle 2004 Lior 2004 Maayan 2004 2005 TWPic 2007
Gabi Nathan (the smaller Pooh bear) in
A blond Caroline Livneh
The Segolis preparing mishloach
Sde Boqer; and reading the megilla
(Scroll of Esther) in synagogue, and making a noise whenever the evil
Haman is mentioned.
For more pictures see the pages of Dani
The adloyada at
During Purim, many towns in Israel celebrate with an adloyada, which
could be described as an Israeli carnival. There is a parade of floats,
accompanied by music and costumed participants, usually loosely tied to
The High School for Environmental Studies, in Sde Boqer, puts on an
adloyada every year prepared almost entirely by the pupils. In addition
to the parade there are stalls selling food, trinkets, jewelry, toys
etc. The adloyada is very popular and a large crowd attends and a good
time is had by all. We joined the Segolis for this year's adloyada.
Each grade has a theme, and the classes in that grade prepare floats
and costumes dealing with that theme. The four themes this year were
Prehistory, Global Warming, Ancient Egypt, Black and White
Black and White
March 2008 -
Some pictures from the holiday of Yahel Braverman and Donni in South
2008 - Maayan's 4th birthday weekend
On January 4/5 the Segoli and Levy families celebrated Maayan's 4th
birthday at Sde Boqer. Friday night was Sushi night, with everyone,
including the children, rolling their own sushi rolls. It was certainly
a fun way to eat and spend an evening; and also surprisingly tasty.
On Saturday there was a hike in Nachal Zin/Nachal Karkash, followed by
lunch on Moran and Mikhal's new lawn at their house.
More pictures: Click for This
cousins bathing together; and also on the pages of Danielle,
rows: Vered Ron, Aviv and Lior Ron, Moran Segoli, Ofra Segoli
and Oded, Doreen Levy with Lopsy, Danielle Ron, Avraham Segoli, Pini,
Mikhal Segoli with Maayan, Dikla Segoli, Rochella Segoli, Moshik Yaniv, Naama Yaniv, Yael Segoli, Aviv Levy,
Cousins, uncles, aunts, grandparents
(and even a great-grandmother) at Maayan's celebration.
Front row: Nitzan Yaniv, Lotem
Segoli, Rotem Segoli, Itamar Levy
After receiving a lesson and
watching a demonstration by sushi expert Moran-san, everyone knew how
to prepare sushi.
Hungry after the hike, a picnic meal on the lawn was just what everone
January 2008 - Visit of Mike Belman
Lorna and Mike Belman, Maureen Fain, Carol and Terry Kessel,
Livia Passwell, Doreen and Eitan
When Mike Belman, one of our good friends from Habonim days, contacted
us to say that he and Lorna would be visiting Israel, it was
invite friends over for dinner. Maureen Fain (nee Konigsfest) and I
were very excited at the prospect of a mini-reunion with Mike. Maureen
brought old photo albums to jolt our memories. Our delight was
shared by Anthony
(who was one of Mike's madrichim
in Habonim). Terry (a close
friend from Habonim and
an honorary Durbanite), Carol (who was at school with Lorna), and
Livia (who worked at the same hospital as Mike). See also This Week's Picture. and This Month's Recipe