2013: Ellen Grishman and Andres Bokser are married
Yesterday we celebrated the wedding
of Ellen Grishman and Andres.
Ellen is a school friend of Vered (and, see below, a tennis partner)
the time we were in St Thomas and has been living in Jerusalem for many
years. She and Vered keep contact and meet regularly.
We were happy to
see the father of the bride, Sandy Grishman, whom we have not seen
for many years. Unfortunately Marilyn, the mother of the bride, fell
and broke her hip the day before the wedding and, after flying
of miles, could not attend the wedding.
(Thanks to Aviv Ron for the photos)
December 2013 -
visit to the Jerusalem Biblical Zoo
I spent a most enjoyable day at the Jerusalem Biblical Zoo with
the family. Aviv Levy and Itamar, Amit and Ilai came up from Eilat and
joined Moran and Mikhal Segoli and Maayan , Lotem and Zoe. Mikhal's
mother, Yael Segoli, also joined us with three cousins from the Segoli
side, Rotem, Ido and Amit (children of Mikhal's sister Naama and Moshik
Yaniv). All the children got on extremely well and had a wonderful
time. Vered Ron,
who was working in Jerusalem, joined us for a short time. The zoo
is large, well-organized and has many interesting animals.
l-r: Rotem, Lotem,
Ido, Amit, Maayan, Itamar, Ilai
December 2013 - 19th Family Reunion at Ein
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.
Displaying the backs of the T-shirts "19th Levy Family Reunion".
Click here for the group photo.
also pictures on the
pages of Dani
Our 8 grandchildren at the top of Massada at sunrise
Lotem Segoli, Amit Levy, Ilai Levy, Maayan Segoli, Itamar Levy,
Danielle Ron, Lior Ron holding Zoe Segoli.
Our three children with their children, "Reaching New Heights"
We had a visitor who had no trouble reaching heights.
.... but one of us had a little trouble reaching heights.
2013 - Ofra Segoli's wedding
2013 - Stormy weather
The weather in Israel in the last few days has been extreme. There have
rains and winds and even snow storms in the north and in Jerusalem and
Jerusalem has been cut off for the last 3 days. Doreen and the group
she is guiding have been hard hit by the
storms. The last few days of the tour were planned for Jerusalem, one
of the highlights of the tour, but they have been unable to get there.
Doreen has spent the last three days shuttling between hotels at the
Dead Sea, Beersheva and Tel Aviv hoping for a break in the weather
which will enable them to at least see Jerusalem.
Another victim of the weather - smaller but personally important -
is my vegetable garden, which had been growing and developing very well
but has now been destroyed by the rain and by the particularly heavy
(Thanks to Aviv Ron for some of the pics.)
A delightful picture of Oren and one month old son Asher.
2013 - A visit to Istanbul
On our way back from our holiday in South Africa we visited Istanbul
for 4 days. This was our
third visit and we hope we'll have more opportunities of visiting this
delightful city. On a previous visit Doreen wrote about Istanbul and
its interesting and fascinating attractions. You can see the pictures and read it here.
We enjoyed a morning in the Bazaar and Spice market with the charming
Sevinc Atay, a bridge friend who lives in Istanbul; and another bridge
friend, Ata Aydin joined us for lunch.
We found time to visit the Mosaics Museum, which we had not visited
before. We were fascinated by the wealth of mosaics from 1600 years
ago. These mosaics did not feature religious themes but mainly everyday
scenes with a few mythological images.
2013 - Tranquility Lodge in Nature Valley in the Tsisikama Reserve.
In the Tsistikama Reserve on the Cape Garden Route, staying
at Nature Valley in a delightful B&B called Tranquility Lodge.
The pool and Spa at the lodge, and I prepare my site update (this!) on
the verandah of our room.
For more on our SA trip, click here.
2013 - with Neville Shotland at Browns B&B
In Durban we stayed at the luxurious Browns Bed and Breakfast - highly
recommended. The B&B is owned and run by Neville and his partner
Shelagh. Doreen knew Neville when he was a young boy, and Neville
remembers her and her family. Neville is the youngest son of the late
Benny Shotland who was the best friend of Doreen's father, so they were
happy to meet again after so many years.
For more on our SA trip, click here.
2013 - A visit to two Kwazulu schools where there are science labs we
built to honour my sister Fern's memory
At both the schools we visited we were struck by the povery of the
local population, especially at Usizo school. The schools are situated
in remote rural areas and yet the learners are impeccably dressed in
school uniforms, that include ties! The teachers are dedicated and work
ensure that the learners, despite the limited resources available, get
the best education they can in the circumstances. We were happy to hear
that the pass
rate for the Matriculation examinations is about 70%.
At the Usizo School in the Tugela Ferry area.8i9
With learners at the Makhanda School near Port Shepstone.
For more on our SA trip, click here.
e for an account and pictures of the dedication at the
School three years ago
2013 - The Drakensberg with Charles and Sheenagh
We spent 4 wonderful days in the Drakensberg mountains with
my cousins Charles and Sheenagh Levy. We rented a house high up in
mountains - about as high as a 4-wheel car could drive. The 5 km drive
up the mountain took about 45 minutes. It was cold and rainy up there,
although we had no electricity there was plenty of firewood to keep us
warm and to heat water for the showers. When the rain stopped we went
for a long walk on
our second day, but
rain and mist the next day gave Charles and I an opportunity to relax
and talk, while Sheenagh and Doreen walked the very muddy path
down and back up the mountain. We enjoy Charles and Sheenagh's company
and what could
better than to spend time with them in such beautiful surroundings. (see This Week's Picture archives
The view from the house where we stayed.
Sheengh climbs a tree to photograph its flowers.
For more on our SA trip, click here.
The Rons spend the Sukkot
Eilat is a real fun place
Aviv Levy has perfecting the improvised "Levy firewok Show" with
kitchen grade steel wool
2013: Brit mila
Mazal tov to Ian
on the birth of their fourth child. Mazal tov too to
siblings Raphael, Aharon and
Devorah and to grandparents Joel and
on their 9th
grandchild. (see Matz family tree
2013 - The Segolis meet "new"
family in Australia
After Moran attended a conference in Sydney, Mikhal, Maayan, Lotem and
Zoe flew in
from Townsville and joined him for a few days in the big city. They
opportunity to meet, for the first time, some family members living
On the right:with the Hakims, Claude, Jean-Marc, Roslyn (Doreen's
second cousin), and Daniel (in front). (see Nochimovicz family tree
the grown-ups talked and got to know each other, Maayan and Lotem were
enchanted by the the Hakim's private movie theatre and have ordered one
Thisy picture reminds us of our wonderful visit to the Hakims
last year - click here.
2013 - A building with sukkot
Building the traditional sukkah
or hut, is a popular tradition in Israel. This building, around the
corner from where we live, has a sukkah
on every balcony. in addition there were another 4 sukkot
on the small strip of grass
in front of the building.
2013 - The Eilat grandchildren
visit us in Netanya
The Eilat Levy children came back with us after Yom Kippur
in Eilat and spent the
first few days of the sukkot
up north. Doreen planned
activities for them
Below are pictures from Caesarea, being shocked by electricty from a
dynamo, preparing a mixture for recycling paper at the Gan HaSolari,
and making their own
recycled paper at the Hadera Paper Visitor's Center..
their girls joined Aviv and Limor Levy, their kids and some
a kayaking outing on the Dan River. There was lots of water to splash
in and to fall into, and a great time was had by all.
at the Rons and The Shofar
We celebrated the second night of Rosh
at the home of Vered and Aviv Ron - again a fun family
evening with excellent food. We were happy that Yaffa and Andy Loew and
the Shavit family
(see Schank family tree
) joined us. And
of course we had a shofar blowing
competition that has become a tradition at our family Rosh Hashanah
celebrations since 2004
. See some
examples of previous years here.
favourite for the title of "Shofar Champion 5774" was
again Lior Ron, winner of three previous competitions. As usual nearly
everyone tried blowing. It was nearly a tie, but in a close and
between Lior and Itamar a new winner emerged
- Itamar Levy (see picture here
The blowers, clockwise from top left: Itamar Levy, Aviv Levy, Shai
Arroyo, Aviv Ron,
Limor Sadeh-Levy, Andy Loew, Danielle Ron, Lior Ron
The Shavits: Yoav and Maayan; Vered and Maayan, Dotan; Eyal
We celebrated the first night of Rosh
at our home in Habashan. We are secular Jews, but
enjoy celebrating the holidays which are wonderful opportunities for
the family to gather together, talk about the meaning of each
, and of course to enjoy
August 2013 -
Road to Recovery
The Road to Recovery
organization hosted a fun day for severely sick Palestinian children
from the West Bank
who are receiving medical treatment in Israeli hospitals with the help
of the organization. Palestinians access to water is severely
restricted in the West Bank so a morning splashing in the sea and
playing on the beach was the realization of a dream for many of the
children who were well enough to attend. Kfar Kara, an Israeli
Arab village in Wadi Ara hosted the children and their families to
lunch and a show.
For more on the organization click here
and follow links
to Doreen's column, a CNN featurette and the organization's web site.
August 2013 -
Hofit bids farewell to Hazel Wolfson
Hazel Wolfson is the latest of our Hofit days friends to leave Hofit.
Some Hofit and ex-Hofit friends gathered to say farewell to her and
wish her luck in her new location.
Hazel Wolfson, Ruti Preminger, Gila Naor, Yehudit Eitan, Ruti Michael
Malka Lev, Naomi Michaeli, Hazel
Wolfson, Ruti Preminger, Gila Naor
2013 - Paradiving
The skydivers: Aviv Ron,
Lior Ron, Caroline Livne and Gideon Collins:
Aviv Levy, Limor Levy, Doreen Levy, Sharon Collins,
Vered Ron (Ilai Levy and Ori Collins in front).
Buckled up and practicing the
manoeuvres for the jump.
....AND OUT OF THE
(Click here for another picture of Lior
PREPARING TO LAND:
AFTER THE JUMP:
Caroline Livneh, Doreen Levy who thinks she's about to crash land!
July 2013 -
The wedding of Jenna Cotton and Yonatan Carno (click for wedding
picture of the couple
The beautiful bride
Aunt Sheenagh Levy and Raymond, the father of the bride
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the mother of the bride, and Uncle Charles Levy
Grandmother Winnie Levy and cousins Andrew and Katherine Levy
July 2013 -
At the European Youth Bridge Championships
The judges (tournament directors) consult on a difficult case before
giving a ruling. (l-r: me, Marc van Beijsterveldt, Kuba Kasprzak.)
See also here.
July 2013 - The
Segolis visit Fraser Island
The Segolis: Moran, Maayan, Yael,
Lotem, Mikhal, Zoe
Yael Segoli, the mother of daughter-in-law Mikhal Segoli, visited
the Segoli family in Australia and joined them on a trip to Fraser
Lamington National Park. There are
more pictures on the pages of Maayan
You can also read about our
trip to Fraser Island in 2002.
June 2013 -
Amalia and Oren Klaff are expecting
We are delighted with the happy news that Amalia and Oren Klaff are
expecting their first boy? girl? in November.
2013 - Cooking workshop for Amit Levy
The school year is over, and granddaughter Amit Levy enjoyed the
cooking workshop organized at school. She especially enjoyed the star
made from sugar dough.
- A picnic on the Mandarin beach in Tel Aviv.
Vered , Avital (Lior's friend), Lior, Aviv Ron, Flopsy,Maya,
Yuval, Yael Paperna, Roni Paperna
(missing from picture: me,
Doreen (photographer), Yisrael (Roni's husband, also photographing.)
Enjoying the BBQ on the beach
Aviv and Limor enjoy the beach BBQ which Aviv organized on our weekend
trip to Eilat.
Click here for another picture.
Ready for the Thorsborne Trail
Our son Moran Segoli and family on the ferry boat taking them to
Island where they will hike the 4 day Thorsborne Trail. This is one of
the great hikes (see
) in Australia, and is 32 Kms over varied wild
terrain. As you can see from the picture they need to take supplies for
days with them.
Olkienitski's 90th birthday
We joined in the celebration to my late mother's cousin, Sara
Olkienitski (see Goldberg family tree)
In addition to the tributes and songs (see This Week's Picture archives
daughters Racheli Gilad (left) ans Shuli Haberman (right)
reprised a song they had composed for Sara's 70th birthday.
have been many references to and pictures of Sarah and the Olkienitski
family on this
can do a search of this site
picnic in Raanana Park
invited us to their traditional picnic at Raanana Park, where had a
time with delicious food. (Thanks to Donny Dvir for the pictures.)
Gabi Dvir, Lior Ron(lying down), Avigail Dvir and Danielle
Denise Braverman, Doreen with daughter
Vered Ron, Rafael Braverman-Dvir
children with three kites
Amit, Itamar and Ilai enjoy a windy day in Eilat flying
cheesecake from Granny's recipe book
Grandchildren Maayan and Lotem (with anticipation from Zoe)
prepare a cheescake from Granny Doreen's cookbook. As Lotem
wrote to us, "it was delicious, 154 points (sic), even though we made
mistakes". Click here to read Doreen's
, and here to see the recipe.
A warm welcome to the latest addition to the family, Eitan
Forman, born in March this year.
Eitan is the first child of Leah (nee Engleberg) and Ziv Forman, and
the sixth granchild of David and Charlene Engleberg of Denver,
Colorado.(see Matz family tree).
The enjoyable and delicious party was at the home of Ziv's parents,
Dina and Yochanan Forman on Kibbutz Maabarot, where Leah and Ziv live.
David and Charlene, Uncle Louis, Uncle and Aunt Yuvie and Rachel
Moskovitz and cousins Tamar, Naomi and Ariel came from USA to celebrate
It was a lovely evening under the trees, a perfect time to reconnect
with family and friends.
Click here for a picture of
Grandparents David and Charlene
Tamar and Naomi and dad Yuvie.
There have been many pictures of the Engleberg family on this site. You
can do a search of this site
party for Caroline Livneh's 70th birthday
Family close friend Caroline Livneh celebrated her 70th birthday this
week. Her son and daughter-in-law Gidon and Sharon Collins organized a
very successful surprise party for her.
Friends: Doreen, Caroline, Maureen
Fein, Louise Braverman, Yael Paperna, Ziona
Glassman Family: (back) Gidon,
Sharon and Avigail; (front) Maya, Ori, Caroline and Almog
A Luncheon for
Doreen had a luncheon party for long-time friend and colleague Yona
Wiseman, attended by some of Yona's many friends.
Ziona Glassman, Louise Kessel, Doreen,
Caroline Livneh, Lola Katz, Yona Wiseman, Shirley Kantor, Louise
Braverman, Pat Breiter, and Dennie Galland in front
Yona is a survivor of the deadliest natural disaster in recorded
history - the tsunami which hit Sri Lanka, Indonesia, India and
Thailand in December 2004. She was in Sri Lanka and was swept away by
the tsunami. You can read the moving story of her
In memory of
Brenda Greenberg (Brazil)
A picture from more than 50 years ago - probably a rehearsal for a
dance performance by Durban Habonim
l-r (maiden names!): Doreen
Glazer, Naomi Levine, Maxine Konigsfest, Brenda Brazil, Frankie Klaff,
Bess Danin, Lynne Strassburg
We have received the sad news that Brenda Greenberg (nee Brazil) a habonim
youth movement friend from
our young days in Durban South Africa, was killed by a truck while
crossing a road in Toronto, Canada. May her memory be blessed. We
extend our condolences to her brother Glen, and to all her family.
Eitan's 73rd birthday
At a well-known meat restaurant with
my daughter Vered and her family: Vered, me, Doreen, Lior, Danielle,
- Eleanor Pines visits Israel
Eleanor Pines (nee Gamsy) of Johannesburg South Africa is a school
friend of Doreen's. She was in Poland for the "March of the Living",
and afterwards came on a visit to Israel. She stayed with us for a few
days, and we enloyed having her and talking about common friends and
She and Doreen went on a walk on the Netanya Promenade and saw the
memorial to Russian soldiers who fought against the Nazis in World
War II .
April 2013 -
Preparing a birthday dinner for Zoe
The Segoli kids decided to make dinner in honour of sister Zoe's 1st
birthday. They looked through Doreen's cookbook and decided what to
makeand did most of the cooking.
Maayan made ‘Louise’s Chicken in
’ stuffed with ‘Brown
Rice Stuffing for Chicken
’ and Lotem made ‘Marble Minute Cak
Zoe loved the stuffing and the chicken. She was
too stuffed for the cake but had it later on.
Maayan said the meal reminded him of the Seder and said that he
choose the chicken to remind them that they would be stuffed like the
chicken after dinner.
April 2013 -
A picnic in Eilat.
What to do with the left-overs from the Independence Day barbecue? Aviv
took his three children with friend Yair Michelin to Canada Park for a
little hike followed by a "left-overs" picnic. Looks delicious!
April 2013 -
Israel's Independence Day
Aviv Levy and the girls celebrate Israel's 65th Independence
Dayat the Eilat Naval Base..
March 2013 -
and a THIRD night seder
Due to mistaken timing we didn't enjoy a seder
together with the Segolis
even though we were all in Australia at the same time. So we decided to
celebrate a "third" seder together on our trip to Tasmania.
After a long search, Lotem found the afikoman
and while we were discussing her present, she told us that
Maayan also deserved a present because he had behaved so well
that day. Now that's a devoted sister!
March 2013 -
2nd night seder
We celebrated the 2nd night seder
Mark and Sue and their children Danielle and Mikie, and met Sue's
family (her mother
Jeanette, her sister Sheryl and Murray, her brother David and Robyn
daughter Jemma and Ben,)
centre to right: Sue, Mark, Doreen, Jeanette
l -r: Danielle, Robyn, David,
Murray, Sheryl, Sue
Ben and Mikie
(Jemma in the background)
March 2013 - 1st night seder
We celebrated the 1st night seder
the Leibowitzes and family and friends.
Natalie, Sharon, Joe and Doreen at the
Joe, Sharon, Daniel and Donna, Doreen,
Michaela and Erica
- Hong Kong
On our way to Australia we had a 6 hour stopover in Hong Kong and took
a train and walked a little through the centre. It was apparently a
holiday day for the Phillipine migrant workers and we were amazed to
see thousands spending their day relaxing in the pedestrian tunnels.
March 2013 - A
chance meeting with the Morrises
While guiding a tour in Jerusalem, by chance Doreen met Eilatis Andrew and Orly Morris
, good friends
of our daughter Vered
her husband Aviv Ron
the son of old Eilat friends, Fay
the late Reginald Morris
this picture of Orly and Doreen in her "guide uniform".
grandparents? Unfortunately for us our great neighbours the Luizis are
moving to a larger apartment to house their 5 children. While they are
busy packing Doreen has taken baby Yonatan for walks, and yesterday we
looked after him while the parents were busy.
March 2013 - Brita of Maayan Shavit
At the brita of Maayan Shavit. (see Schank family tree). The affair was
lovely, and it was wonderful meeting again with the Loew, Bortenstein,
and Kirshner families and offspring. Click
here for pictures of newborn Maayan with mother Vered and
grandmother Yaffa Loew, and here for a
picture of Maayan and Vered at the brita. .
Back: Roni and Rachel Karlsblad
Front: Zvike Karlsblad; Louise braverman; me; Doreen; Vered, Lior and
Rachel and Roni
Moriah and Alma Pashas
2013 - Celebrating Nadav and Lee's marriage
At the celebration of Nadav and Lee's marriage on 1/3/13.
See also This Week's Picture
For pictures taken on the wedding day in Cesky Krumlov on 12/12/12 click here,
and for a short
and delightful video click here.
(Thanks to Aviv Ron for the above pics).
The festive holiday of Purim commemorates
the deliverance of the Jewish people of the ancient Persian Empire
from Haman's plot to annihilate them,
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
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
in Purim include reading megilat ester with lots of noise at
mention of Haman, eating of hamantaschen, giving mutual gifts
and drink (mishloach manot), and giving charity and gifts to the
The pictures below show
our grandchildren in their costumes. (You can relive memories
and enjoy previous years'
costumes, especially by clicking here.
For some other pictures over the years click on these links: Purim1, purim2,
purim3, purim4, purim5, purim6)
Lior Ron and a friend were Dr Suess's "2 things" ,
Danielle Ron and friends
The "Eilat" Levys perhaps displaying their secret wishes
The "Australian" Segolis made their own Dragon costumes, with little
Zoe showing that you only have to eat and not dress up to be a "Levy".
2013 - Tu B'Shvat
, New Year
We celebrated the "New Year of Trees' the festival of Tu B'Shvat
The Rons and Louise Braverman came over. The plate with varios fruits,
dried and fresh, can be seen on the table. We duly ate our symbolic
dried fruit before tucking into a tasty meat meal.
Mazaltov to Vered and Yoav Shavit on
the birth of Maayan on 14 January
a sister for Dotan and Eyal.
Yael and Roni
A year-long project of discussing and planning and looking for suitable
material culminated in Yael Paperna presenting me with cushions for our
lounge sofa. Many years ago my late mother taught Anthony/Eitan
how to sew on buttons as she said I would never do that. Yes, and
I also never sew. As a child I was traumatized by having to stand still
for fittings for dresses, made from scratchy material and having pins
pricking me. I presume I couldn't stand still! In addition the
one bit of advice my mother gave me on married life was: "Never mend
anything" (she did, all her life.)... so Yael's handiwork is much
appreciated. Her cushions also look great. In addition Roni Degan gave
us a present made by her helper. My part was to make an excellent
dinner while Anthony/Eitan had to 'suffer' the company of three women!
the new year with ex-Hofit friends.
Hazel Wolfson, Alec Ron, me, Malka
Lev, Rachel Ron, Haim Levv, Doreen
We saw the new year in quietly but enjoyably, at our house with
long-time ex-Hofit friends The evening revolved around politics and
"old times.". The years have
gone by quickly, and we fondly remembered Alon Wolfson who passed away