MISCELLANEOUS EVENTS & PICTURES 2010

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INDEX OF PICTURES 2010

Israel Under 26 wins the Gold at Philadelphia
Spread on Aviv Levy in Yedioth Aharonoth
September 2010 - Eitan's visit to Davis
September 2010 - Sukkot at Wendy's
September 2010 - Yom Kippur
September 2010 - Rosh Hashanah
Chloe MacMillan meets (and falls in love with!) Winston the therapy dog
August 2010 - Start of school year in Davis
August 2010 - Eileen and Doreen
Pumpkin and the cat
Lopsy: 30/9/1995 - 26/7/2010
July 2010 - Pickling peppers from my garden
July 2010 - Our trip to Croatia
July 2010 - Travelling by tram in Zagreb
June 2010 - Holiday with the Reijzers in Aups
June 11 - Doreen's birthday
May 16, 2010 - Matar Nickel's brit mila.
May 2010 - Rafael Braverman-Dvir recommends Huggies!
May 2010 - Gabi Nathan
April 2010 - Eitan's 70th birthday.
March 2010: Passover: Rafael Dvir-Braverman enjoys his first bite of matza
March 2010: Passover: Celebrating the pesach seder in hofit with the family.
March 2010: Morris Kahn's 80th
February 2010: More pictures from the "Coral World" trip (sent by Warren Nickel)
February 2010: Aviv Levy and family on a "Coral World" trip to the Golan and Gallillee.
February 2010: The Aviv Levys spend some time in Hofit.
February 2010 - Happy 1st birthday to Rafael Braverman-Dvir

Yael Levy with baby Ariel
January 2010 - The Segolis enjoy the snow

January 2010 - pictures of the Leibowitzes

Israel Under 26 wins the Gold at Philadelphia

I was a judge at the World Open Bridge Championships held in Philadelphia last month. It was hard work, but very enjoyable. The highlight was the Israel Under 26 bridge team winning the Gold Medal,  defeating France in the final in an exciting closely fought match. It was a proud moment when the team was presented with the cup and gold medals as the Israel anthem, Hatikvah, was being played.
(Thanks to Panos Gerontopolous, former and long-time chairman of the World and European youth committees, for the pictures)

The under 26 Israel teamMe with the under 26 Israel team


Spread on Aviv Levy in Yedioth Aharonoth

Part of the cover photograph of Yedioth's weekend Eilat Magazine edition
front page of magazine
The three-page article, in Hebrew, is titled HaMeshakem, the Rehabilitator. It deals mainly with Aviv's efforts to treat and rehabiltate sea animals, especially sharks and turtles, and return them to the sea. The article is extremely positive and a fantastic compliment and appreciation of Aviv. The internet version (in Hebrew) can be accessed here.


September 2010 - Eitan's visit to Davis
On the way to the bridge competitions in Philadelphia I visired the Segolis in Davis, California. Unfortunately it was only for 5 days, but they were most enjoyable.
It was terrific being with Maayan and Lotem again (and also of course with Moran and Mikhal.)
In addition to seeing a lot of Maayan and Lotem and playing "pick-up-sticks" with them, we visited the Automobile Museum in Sacramento
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and the Acadamy of Sciences in San Francisco, a fantastic place. For Maayan the highlight was probably the computer game where he had to collect various species of insects. Lotem also enjoyed the visit, especially the cream cupcake.
California with the SegolisCalifornia with the Segolis
On the last night we enjoyed the pool at the local country club and finished with a delicious barbecue.
California with the Segolis
At the Academy I bought the kids a Science set amd I uderstand from Moran, who sent me this picture, that the kids are fascinated by it.
California with the Segolis

September 2010 - Sukkot at Wendy's
Thank you Wendy Kansky for reviving the family "tradition" of erev Sukkot with the Levy family at her apartment.See, for example, sukkot 2007).  We don't see enough of this side of our family, so we appreciate Wendy's effort. This year in particular we were happy that Nadav Levy came, and it was also our first social meeting with Efrat's husband, Gal, whom we had only seen at their wedding last year.
sukkot 2010 at Wendy'sEfrat, Gal, Aunt Malia, Nadav and friend
Aviv Ron led off  with an explanation of the lulav, hadas, arava and etrog
sukkot 2010 at Wendy's
and then I has just enough time to have some of the delicious food before rushing off to the airport to catch my flight to USA.

September 2010 - Yom Kippur

As has become our custom, Doreen and I spent Yom Kippur in Eilat  keeping Aviv  Levy and family company while Aviv looked after the animals. It was thoroughly enjoyable. Aviv took the three children to help him feed the sharks
feeding the sharks
 and also gave Itamar his first diving lesson (see picture).

September 2010 - Rosh Hashanah

We celebrated Rosh Hashanah at home with the Rons and the Aviv Levys. As usual the food was delicious, the company great and, despite overseas competition and efforts from Itamar, Danielle and Ilai,  Lior won the shofar blowing competition again.

Lior blowing the ShofarSee Lior winning the compeition in 2006
Jonathan  (grandson of Hans and Lottie Reijzer and son of  Jose and David Keyson) is studying in Israel and joined us together with Steven his roomate and Kailee his cousin from USA.
Jonathan blowing the shofar


Chloe MacMillan meets (and falls in love with!) Winston the therapy dog
Chloe meets Winston10

Reading to a dog, a creature that is never judgmental, introduces a fun element to reading books. Dogs don’t giggle if a child stumbles over a word and they have all the time in the world if a child cannot piece a word together quickly.  The public library in Harvard, Massachusets, brings in dogs for children to read to.  You can read more on this program in the article in the Harvard Post, from where this picture was taken.

Jen MacMillan (see Levy/Hershovitz family tree) is a librarian at the Harvard Public Library. She took her daughter Chloe to meet the "therapy dog" Winston when he visited the library. Just look at the wonderful expression on Chloe's face.

Chloe's grandmother is Cindy Berman, my long-time collaborator in keeping the Hershovitz/Levy family tree updated. Thanks, Cindy, for the reference to this article.











August 2010 - Start of school year in Davis
The school year has started in Davis, California, and Maayan and Lotem Segoli go off to school on their bikes.
on bikes to school
See  Lotem's page and This Week's Picture for more pictures.

August 2010 - Eileen and Doreen
While we were in Johannesburg the matriarch of the family, 91 year-old Aunt Rose Nickel, fell and broke her pelvic bone. (See picture of Aunt Rose's 90th birthday.)
Her  daughter Marsha Krengel is recovering from a back injury and Aunt Rose's second daughter, Eileen Glogauer, flew in from Canada to be with her mother. Although they met in the hospital in sad circumstances Eileen and Doreen, cousins and also friends, were happy to see each other again after so many years.
Doreen and Eileen

Pumpkin and the cat
Being used to our dogs Lopsy and Flopsy and their constant feuding with the neighbood cats, it was a change to meet Pumpkin, Charles and Sheenagh's dog.   During the day they lie in the sun together, and at night they lie snuggling together in a corner on the steps to keep warm. (Please excuse blurred picture)
dog and cat


Lopsy: 30/9/1995 - 26/7/2010
A short time before we left, the family dog, Lopsy, died. He'd had a good and long life, 15 years, first in the Ramat Gan SPCA, then with Doreen and I, then with the Rons. Our grandchildren, especially Dani and Lior, had lived all their lives with Lopsy.
Lopsy

A few years ago Doreen added a page to this site about Lopsy. Click here to read it.
Lopsy has featured quite prominently on my site over the years - a few examples:
Lopsy recovering from operation
Lopsy greeting Vered at Ben Gurion Airport
Dani and Lopsy join us in a RV at the start of our round-the-world trip

July 2010 - Pickling peppers from my garden

Five days at home between trips was enough time to pick some hot peppers from my garden and and spend a couple of hours pickling them. There was a bumper crop and we'll have enough hot peppers for a long time.
pickling peppers

July 2010 - Our trip to Croatia
For pictures and descriptions after Zagreb, go to Croatia page.

July 2010 - Travelling by tram in Zagreb

at the station in Zagreb
Outside the Zagreb Train Station
Yesterday we spent most of the day walking around  Zagreb, the attractive capital of Croatia. On the way to our hotel we stopped for coffee at a sidewalk garden cafe outside the train station. Contemplating the 40 minute or so walk back to the hotel I persuaded Doreen to take the number 13 tram instead. While she drank her coffee I studied the map and worked out that we were about 5-10 minutes by direct tram to our hotel. We boarded the tram and got a bit worried when we didn't recognise anything after 20 minutes. Closer examination of the map showed I had chosen the wrong direction. So we got off and took another #13 tram back to our starting point - the train station. Now we rode in the other direction, but for some reason, after about 6 stops, the train didn't go where I thought it should and after much confusion and "clarifications" by the driver who knew no English, we got off.  Following the map we walked about 40 minutes to our hotel. Just as we were about to reach the hotel we were passed by a #13 tram - we are still trying to work out where it came from.
I suppose we should have been happy - Doreen got her walk and I got my tram ride.

June 2010 - Holiday with the Reijzers in Aups
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"When Hans and Lottie Reizjer, our very good friends from Holland, invited us to join them in their rented villa in Aups France  we gladly accepted. Six years ago we stayed with them in Lorgues. They enjoy a much more relaxed holiday than we, but a chance to do nothing seemed most inviting after a very busy year............................... "

To read the rest of Doreen's account of our time in Aups (with pictures) click here.


June 11 - Doreen's birthday

Doreen is virtually addicted to a "nice cup of English tea" in the morning - especially if the "English" tea is Irish - Irish Breakfast Tea supplied by Fortnum and Mason of London. It's been some time since we were in London, and our stock bought on our last trip has long run out. So for her birthday yesterday  I mail-ordered some tins of tea from London. From her reaction it seems it was the perfect present.
A present for Doreen
Another thing that Doreen likes is an evening picnic on the beach. When we and the kids were younger we did it often, but nowadays it's rare. At Doreen's suggestion we organized a barbecue this evening on the nearby Bet Yanai beach, with Vered, Aviv, Danielle and Lior Ron, and Rebecca Engleberg. It was terrific!
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More pictures on the pages of Danielle and Lior


May 16, 2010 - Matar Nickel's brit mila.
Mazaltov
again to the Nickel family - grandparents Julius and Laura, parents Rona and Richard and of course brother Leshem on the birth of Matar Gavriel. See This week's Picture from last week.
The pictures show 8 day-old Matar sleeping it off after the brit, proud mommy Rona with her new baby, and brother Leshem getting his attention from Aunt Chaya, Rona's sister.

See Nochimovicz family tree.

Matar Gavriel Nickel aged 7 daysMatar with RonaLeshem with Haya

May 2010 - Rafael Braverman-Dvir recommends Huggies!
Do you recognize the little boy on the right in this advert for Huggies diapers that appeared in  La'Isha, Israel's leading women's weekly magazine? Way to go - Rafael!
See Glezer and Nochimovicz family trees.

Rafael - Huggies

May 2010 - Gabi Nathan

Since Gabriella Nathan's birth we have been receiving and posting pictures of her regularly. As we can see Gabi has grown into a lovely 3 1/2 year old little girl. Thanks to mom Melodie for sending this picture.  See Nochimovicz family tree.

Gabriella Nathan

April 2010 - Eitan's 70th birthday.
After the "candle lighting" in Eilat (see This week's Picture) on Tuesday - my real birthday date - Doreen, Aviv, Limor, Itamar and I enjoyed the usual delicious steaks at El Gaucho Restaurant. Then on Wednesday evening, Aviv took over as he and Limor organized a barbecue. We were joined by Limor's mother Margalit, her sisters Kinneret and Ofira (with Jonatan and Michael); and by Doreen's cousin Warren Nickel with Itai.

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family

On Thursday we also let others do the cooking. Vered and Aviv Ron, Danielle and Lior, and Moran (visiting from California) joined Doreen and I for a lovely meal at an Herzliya restaurant.

Eitan's 70thEitan's 70th

See also This Week's Picture, Lior's page, Danielle's page.


March 2010 -  Passover: Rafael Dvir-Braverman enjoys his first bite of matza

Rafael eating matza


March 2010: Passover: Celebrating the pesach seder in Hofit with the family.

The theme of this year's seder was "tradition". We read from a fascimile of a haggada printed in Lithuania 150 years ago that could have been the haggada our grandparents used.  We said the traditional kiddush over kosher wine that has been produced in Pitigliano in Tuscany Italy for 500 years. And when we said the blessing over the matza we showed a picture of our visit to the 16th century matza bakery  of Pitigliano. 7 year old Itamar continued the tradition by reading flawlessly from a modern haggada.
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But the seder isn't only about tradition, haggadah and eating - and there was plenty of that. It's an opportunity to get together again and renew ties with family, for the little cousins to be bigger cousins to the littler cousins,  - and in Rona Nickel's case, to hear about more family-to-be.

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And then, after the main meal and the afikoman bargaining and the deserts, comes the dancing (=mainly jumping) and the singing of the traditional songs, especially our favourite "Who knows One?". (See This week's Picture for another picture.)
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March 2010: A pre-pesach amphibious seder
an amphibious seder


This week's picture shows Aviv Levy and friends celebrating a pre-pesach seder underwater. The above publicity picture of a seder "almost underwater" was taken in the large circular reef  tank of Coral World in Eilat. Limor Levy is on the right at the back and daughter Amit is sitiing next to her.



March 2010: Morris Kahn's 80th
At Morris Kahn's 80thMorris Kahn and Ariella.
My ex-boss and now good friend Morris Kahn invited friends and family for a lunch to celebrate his 80th birthday. Apart from the excellent food, it was wonderful seeing so many old friends and aquaintances again. .

February 2010: More pictures from the "Coral World" trip

These pictures were taken by Warren Nickel (see Nochimovicz family tree) at the Gan Garoo Park at Kibbutz Nir David.
There are more pictures on the pages of  Itamar, Amit and Ilai

Nevo and Itai get to know a real kangaroo
at Gan Garoo Parkat Gan Garoo Park

Aviv and Limor enjoy breakfast together with Itamar, Amit and Ilai
at Gan Garoo Park

Apparently, kangaroos aren't the only animals at the park
at Gan Garoo Park

There are more pictures on the pages of  Itamar, Amit and Ilai

February 2010: The Aviv Levys spend some time in Hofit.

No visit to Hofit is complete without a cooking lesson from Granny Doreen.
Levys - Hofit Feb 2010

There is no doubt that older girl cousins were created to do the hair of their younger girl cousins.
(Lior, Ilai, Amit, Itamar with Danielle and friend Meirav at the back.)
Levys - Hofit Feb 2010


February 2010: Aviv Levy and family on a "Coral World" trip to the Golan and Gallillee.

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Levy - Gallillee-Golan

February 2010: Vered Ron visits the Segolis in Davis, California
On a business trip to California, Vered had an opportunity to spend a couple of days with brother Moran and family in Davis.
Vered visits the Segolis

February 2010 - Happy 1st birthday to Rafael Braverman-Dvir

Rafael and DoniRafael on his first birthday, with daddy Donni.


Yael Levy, with baby Ariel Stennard, born May 1, 2009
Yael and Ariel
Congratulation to Yael Levy and Rod Stennard in Australia, on the birth of their son, Ariel, on May 1, 2009. Congratulations, too, to new grandmother, Belinda Levy. (see Levy/Hershovitz and Matz family trees)

January 2010; The Segolis enjoy the snow.
See also these videos:
Maayan on a snow sled 1                                                        Maayan on a snow sled 2 .
 

The Segolis in the snow


January 2010 - pictures of the Leibowitzes

Thanks to Donna and Daniel Leibowitz for an update from Australia on their family on for these pictures.

Leibowitz familySharon, Joe, Daniel with Erica, DonnaKeira and HayleyKeira and Hayley LeibowitzErica LeibowitzErica Leibowitz is finding something very amusing!