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December 2014 - Charles and Sheenagh in Cape Town.
Thanks to Sheenagh Levy for sending us these delightful pictures.
On the left is 6 month old Meira Carno, daughter of Yonatan and Jenna
(nee Cotton) Carno.
On the right, clockwise, Winnie Levy, Cecile Cotton, Chartles Levy,
Sheenagh Levy, Martine Singer (Sheenagh's mother.)
See Hershovitz/Levy and Matz family trees.
Click here for a picture of
the four generations.
2014 - Dinner with Charles and
Tarryn in London
were fortunate that our London trip coincided with a business visit by
cousin Charles Levy (see Matz
Johannesburg.. On Monday we met
for dinner and were joined for a
short while by Tarryn Klotnick (see Matz
), a delightful younger generation relative now living
in London. Vivacious bubbly Tarryn was on her way to a retreat - a week
of silence. Now that was surely a challenge! Later in the week we met
Charles again, and enjoyed a rack
- Visiting Joe Woolwich
During our visit to London, and while I was away in Alicante on bridge
business, Doreen visited Joe Woolwich (see Goldberg family tree
) who is in a
frail care centre in Manchester. As you can see, it was hard to coax a
smile from Joe!
- A visit to Susan Horsewood Lee
Doreen: Last year when we visited
Gorongosa Game Reserve in Mocambique
we met Susan Horsewood-Lee a
family doctor from London. After enjoying a few outings together I
promised we would look her up when next we visited London. Just before
we rang the bell to her house in Chelsea it occurred to me that it
could be a most awkward luncheon - perhaps we would have nothing to
talk about. After Susan took us around her extensive and important art
collection and we had lunch we were surprised that time had passed so
quickly and we hadn't discussed all the things we intended to.......
- A visit to the Carmel Caves
Doreen and the Segoli children visited Nahal Hama'arot in the Carmel
stone-age man has left remains for the last 50,000 years, The
skeleton of a Neanderthal woman was found there as well as 80 burials
of people in a foetal position with their heads encircled with beads
made from sea-shells, buried in shallow stone graves some 12.000 years
ago. It is a UNESCO World Heritage site
- Flopsy meets the ibexes.
Doreen writes: After two cold and grey days babysitting the Segoli kids
in Sde Boqer, with the kids in school I went to Ein
Avdat which was full of water after the rains, As I walked to the
outlook with Flopsy our dog there was a fascinating encounter between
Flopsy and a local herd of young male ibex,
Flopsy. a medium-sized dog, is deathly afraid of even the smallest cat
and when he starts yelping we are not sure whether he was
attacked by a cat (never) or if the cat just stopped in its tracks and
glared at Flopsy, But something basic and instinctual rose
in this dog fed on dog food and occasional bits of chicken. He barked
and struggled. straining at his leash desperate to get to these ibex.
so much bigger than him, I have no idea what would have happened if I
had let him loose,
For their part. the ibex were more curious than afraid and nimbly
negotiated the rocks to stand a safe distance away and stare intently
at Flopsy, The largest repeatedly stamped his front hooves as if to
shoosh him away and made hmppphing noises as if to scare him away, They
remained looking after us long after we left the site.
Of course no visit to Milan is complete without a visit to the Duomo,
and a picture taken on the roof the building.
2014 - Lausanne and the Olympic Museum
On our trip to Italy/Switzerland we spent two enjoyable days with good
friends Pierre and Francoise Collaros, who live in a small village just
We visited the Olympic Museum in Lausanne. We
thoroughly enjoyed the visit, in particular the exhibit devoted to
After a few tries, Doreen gave up trying to break the world high jump
- Peak to Peak Walk
The highlight of our trip toItaly/Switzerland was a walk on the
suspension bridge between
two peaks in the Gstaad area in Switzerland. See This Week's Picture.
After two cable car ascents this is the view of the bridge before
starting the steep walk up to it.
November 2014 -A visit to Milan and Berne
We hired a car for 6 days to tour a little before ending up in Milan
for a bridge meeting.
While waiting for the car we enjoyed a croissant and coffee at a local
cafe in Milan
We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to the old city of Bernr
November 2014 - Aviv Levy helps to save Billy.
Aviv helping Billy to readjust to the open sea.
week the online newspaper ynet
published a long article about the
rehabilitation of a turtle. The turtle, which was given the name
"Billy", had a 7cm fish hook embedded deep in its throat and was
unable to eat. It was caught and the Nature Reserves Authority and the
Coral World Park decided to attempt to save the turtle. Our son
Aviv, scientific director of Coral World, was intrically involved in
operation and is featured in the article. After a successful operation
to remove the hook the tutle was fed and cared for before being
released back into the sea.The article (in Hebrew) can be
accessed here, and one of the pictures from the article is
- Rebecca and Sarah Garbawy visit
Rebecca Garbawy with Sarah, the latest addition to
her family. See Matz
October 2014 - The
Segoli and Levy cousins in Eilat
Maayan and Lotem spent a few days in Eilat with cousins Itamar,
Amit and Ilai. They had a wonderful time together, talking, playing
games borth digital and conventional, and even got to sleep in a tent.
The Ron family - daughter Vered, Aviv, Danielle
and Lior are touring
Slovenia and Croatia
The Ron family - daughter Vered, Aviv, Danielle and Lior are
Slovenia and Croatia in an RV (recreational vehicle, motorhome). From
reports so far they are having a fantastic time. There are some
pictures of the family here
on the pages of Danielle
From Slovenia they will continue on to Croatia.
October 2014 - Shirley
Shirley Poluck, a friend from our ulpan days in 1965 in Netanya,
visiting Israel and stayed with us for a night. We see her fairly often
in Israel or in England and it's always a pleasure.
Rosh Hashanah party in
Netanya - September 2014
On the Saturday - the day after Rosh Hashanah
- we had a party at
our house in Netanya for Doreen's family and close family friends to
say welcome to the Segolis on their return to Israel. It was lovely
seeing and meeting family again and everyone had a great time.
Thanks to Aviv Ron for the better
photos on this page
First night Rosh
Hashanah - September 2014
We celebrated the first night of Rosh
(Jewish New Year) in Eilat with Aviv and Limor at their
home. Limor's family were there and also Vered and the Rons. It was a
very enjoyable evening, and the food - taste, varity and quantity -
amazing. The best of typical Ashkenazi and Moroccan festival cuisine..
SOME EXPLANATION OF TRADITIONS AND
SINGING, DANCING AND
There are some more pictures on the pages of Danielle
celebrated with the Segoli family at the home of Avraham and Yael
September 2014 - Tali
Klaff at her batmitzvah party reading the presentation she prepared .
As part of her batmitzvah
preparation, Tali, with parents and brother, visited Israel a few
months ago. Click for a
- Sde Boqer Segolis and Eilat Levys
With their house in Sde Boqer more or less organized, the
Segolis went down to Eilat to spend a weekend with the Levys.
They were joined by the Levy's cousins on Limor's side, Michael and
Yonatan. From reports it sounds like everyone had a fabulous time.
August 2014 - The girls at the wedding of Ben Tal and
Danielle, Doreen, Vered and Lior
August 2014 - A visit
to the new shark attraction in Eilat
Aviv took us to see the soon to be opened shark bay at Coral World in
Eilat. Although the attraction is still in preparation and not yet
fully populated, as we walked through the tunnel we were impressed with
what we saw. (Click here for
2014 - Helping the Segolis
Doreen, Flopsy and I went to Sde Boqer to help the Segolis get
organised on their return to their house in Sde Boqer. Doreen and
helped where we could, and Flopsy kept Zoe
August 2014 - The Levys and the Segolis at the
After 5 years overseas (Davis, USA and Townsville,
Australia) our youngest son Moran and family have returned to Israel.
They will be returning to their house in Sde Boker where Mikhal will be
lecturer at Ben Gurion University. The Levy and Segoli families were at
the airport to meet them
Tuli and Flopsy also came to meet Zoe, who was in 7th heaven walking
and patting the dogs. (see picture
l-r: Moran with Amit and Ido, Doreen,
Avraham with Rotem, Vered, Lotem, Mikhal, Maayan, Yael, Eitan.
in front: Zoe, Nitzan and Naama
on how to pack "light."
August 2014 - Meeting a new relative - Rachel Hodes
Rachel Hodes, granddaughter of Doreen
and Louise's cousin Marsha Krengel, who was in Israel studying,
contacted us. We met her at the apartment of Julius and Laura Nickel.
Present were 4 generations of Leiba Nickel's descendants: Julius (above
Louise Braverman, Louis Nickel and children Gali and Amit, Rona Nickel
(above right) and children Matar and Leshem, and Doreen (and I) with
Danielle. The three older girls, above, were surprised to find out that
they were all born in September 1995. Rachel is a delightful young lady
and we were all happy to meet our new relative. See Nickel/Nochimovicz family tree.
While we enjoyed Laura's snacks Julius spoke to us about his father
Leiba who was a wood carver in Slonim, Belarus. (See examples of his
), and the cousins (middle picture, Matar, Amit,
Danielle, Gali and Rachel) tried on the hats custom made for them by
August 2014 - how
to pack light
We were amused to receive this picture from Moran just before
their flight to Israel.
August 2014 - How to pick mangoes
2014 - The Segolis visit the Glassers in Melbourne
back: Moran S, Mark G, Mikie G
Mikhal S with Lotem and Zoe, Maayan S, Sue G
After their tour of the southern part of Australia, the Segolis
spent a few days in Melbourne before flying to Israel. In Melbourne
they visited the Glassers (see Glezer
2 August 2014 - An ex-Eilati party for Dalia Lamdani
Glassman, Ruti Erez, Yael Paperna, Sheila Meltzer, Vered Levy-Ron, Aviv
Ron, Caroline Livne, Doreen and Dalia
25 July 2014 - on
the road to Eilat
This was a week of Eilat grandchildren. Itamar finished English
school (a huge success) and his two sisters Amit and Ilai spent the
week with us and with daughter Vered and family. Yesterday Vered and
Aviv drove to Eilat with daughters Dani and Lior, and with the three
Eilat Levys. We didn't envy that trip, but Vered reports that it was
very pleasant. Here's a "selfie" of the car. Vered and Aviv in front,
Ilai, Lior and Dani in the middle row, and Amit and Itamar (partly
hidden) in the back seats. Where was all the luggage??
July 2014 - The
Segolis visit Kangaroo Island.
July 2014 - At
the Eretz Yisrael Museum
Our grandchildren Itamar, Amit and Ilai enjoed making their own
kites at the Eretz Yisrael Museum, and then flying them. See Pictutes
on the pages of Amit
July 2014: In
Burghausen for the 12th European Junior Pairs Bridge Championships
I'm in Burghausen as Chief Tournament Director for this event,
which is taking place in the delightful old town of Burghausen, noted
for having the longest castle in the world (1 kilometer!).
Below are two pictures taken in the main street in the old town. The
Old City Hall, on the left, is where the Bridge Championships are
This picture shows the back of the Old Town Hall (the greyish building)
and the bridge over the River Salzach where I cross in the morning on
the way from
my Hotel in the Austrian Village of Ach to the tournament in the German
town of Burghausen.
The border between Austria and Germany runs along the middle of the
and at the halfway point of the bridge.
July 2014 - A beach
Doreen and I enjoyed a picnic at the Tel Aviv Mandarin beach on
Friday night, with Rons (Vered, Aviv and Dani) and good friendYael
Paperna and family.
Sitting on the left (in white shirt) is Mikey Glasser (son of Doreen's
cousin Mark), on a visit from Australia.
July 2014 - European Champions
Israel won the Gold Medal at the 52nd European Bridge Teams
Championships in Croatia. Although Israel has done very well in
International bridge competitions, winning this Championship is the
their greatest achievement. The European Teams is one of the 3 most
prestigious events in world bridge. The 36 country competition was most
exciting. Throughout the event Israel was in the top 4-5 places. Going
into the last round Israel were in first place, a fraction ahead of
Monaco (on paper the strongest team in the world, and the reigning
European Champions.) Israel had to play Norway and was expected to beat
them,whilet Monaco had a difficult match against England., who were
then in third place. Israel surprisingly lost to Norway, and the final
placings depended on
the results of the Monaco-England match. This start of this match had
been delayed for technical reasons and finished after the other matches
were completed, leading to a nail-biting finish. (Spectators see the
play on projected screens). The climax was at the last minute when the
Monaco player was placed with a play decision which would either ensure
1st place for Monaco or for Israel. The player thought for at least 15
minutes as the spectators watched with almost unbearable tension until
he finally made the wrong play, and Israel were the gold medalists.
It was a proud moment for Israel and for all of us when, as president
of the Israel Bridge Federation, I was presented with the trophy,
and Hatikvah was played and sung.
The Israel team was Ilan and Ophir Herbst, Alon Birman and Dror Padon,
and Lotan Fisher and Ron Schwartz. The non-playing captain was Ron
2014 - Vered celebrates her Skipper Certification
Vered with her fellow skippers. (Click for another picture of Vered
June 2014 - Croatia
On our visit to Croatia for the European Bridge Championship, we
took the opportunity to enjoy some good food, and Doreen drove to
Trieste with Grazyna Kielbasinski of Poland for some Italian shopping.
June 2014 - Shavuot
picnic in Park Raanana
An evening picnic in Park Raanana has become an annual tradition
Shavuot for the Glazer branch of the family in Israel. This year
no exception and we enjoyed the company, the food and the cool evening.
This year long time friends Hans and Lottie Reijzer, and their daughter
Josie and her son Naftali, in Israel visiting from the
l-r: Doreen, Lottie and Hans Reijzer,
Aviv Ron, Vered Ron, Lior Ron, Limor Levy, Ilai Levy, Gabi Dvir
June 2014 - Ari and
Carli Davis visit Israel
We spent a very pleasant few hours with Arie and Carli Davis,
of Lindy and Richard Davis of New Zealand. Arie and Carli Davis are
studying in the USA and came on a visit to Israel with the "birthright"
programme. We've known Lindy and Richard since our Bahamas days and
have seen them a few times since then. We are the godparents of Arie
and and visited the Davises in New
Zealand for older brother Jordan's barmitzvah in 2001. (see link)
May 2014 - Denise Braverman in the Triathlon
Congratulations to our sporting niece, Denise
who successfully took part in the Herzliya International Women's
May 2014 - Gabi receives her purple belt
Congratulations to Gabi Nathan (pictured with
Melodie and Mark) on receiving her karate purple belt.
May 2014 - Asher Zelig Klaff
Thanks to David Rothschild for these pictures of baby Asher
Klaff and family.
Asher at the top, and with Dad Oren and Mom Amalia. On the right -
Oren, grandma Frankie Klaff, aunt Caryn Gupta, and step-grandfather
Sara Malka Melamed, born 21 May
Mazaltov to Max and Aviva Melamed on the birth of a sister to
Daniella, Yehuda and Talia. Special mazaltov to grandparents Graham and
Lucille Melamed. (see
Nochimovicz/Nickel family tree.
May 2014 - Moran the the Academy of Science
Son Moran Segoli was
an awardee in the Early and Mid-career Researcher category,
and received the Academy Travel Award at the Annual Meeting of the
Australian Academy of Science.. (see also This Week's Picture Archives).
May 2014 - The family's Friday night dinners.
few months ago our grandaughter Lior started a What's App group for our
immediate family. The volume and variety of postings is amazing. This
morning the family sent pictures of what they prepared for Friday night
dinner last night.
Granddaughters Dani and Lior enjoyed Granny Doreen's dessert
of meringues with ice cream and bananas sprinkled with cocoa and
The Aviv Levys enjoyed Limor's delicacy, Tunisian Couscous.
The Segolis enjoyed the children's professional looking sushi.
And no doubt, in Madrid, the Rons enjoyed Paella. (see
picture in previous item
May 2014 - Aviv and Vered Rn enjoy a few days in
Our daughter Vered Ron and her husband Aviv are spending a few
in Madrid, spain and by all accounts having a wonderful time.
April 2014 - A visit to Hong Kong
The view from our hotel room, and in a very interesting herb
garden next to a monument to Shennong, the "father of Chinese medicine".
Hong Kong has the most amazing concentration of skyscrapers,
office buildings and apartments both old and ultra modern. The city is
very clean, surprising for a city where nearly 8 million people are
crowded into one of the most densely populated areas in the world. 90%
of the population uses public transport: buses, tall narrow trams,
ferries and subways that cross Victoria harbour underground; the
streets are always crowded with pedestrians.
When we visited Hong Kong in the late '90s, every second store sold
cameras. Today you hardly find such a shop because everyone uses their
tablets or smartphones. Instead the malls and the streets are full of
shops offering the most exclusive brand names in clothing and jewellery
from all around the world. Their customer base has to be the local
population; we certainly didn't see enough foreigners to justify such
shops. One building was full of small stalls displaying cheap
goods and money transferring, catering specifically to Phillipine
workers in Hong Kong. Across the harbour in Kowloon there are a number
of street markets, more suited to our budget.
In the busy area where we stayed the roads had names like Seafood
Road, Dried Fish Road and Bird's Nest Lane. The amount of shops,
wholesale and retail, offering dried seafood of an ashtonishing
variety, mushrooms, deer antlers, bird's nests and many things we
didn't recognise was mind boggling. We understand they were for food
and medicinal use. It makes one cognisant with the pressure our natural
resources are facing.
At the food markets, the colour was green. A huge variety of green
vegetables was on display with many kinds of mushrooms and enromous
carrots, but few tomatoes or red peppers. There were many kinds of
fruit, including lemon imported from the USA!
When in London or New York we always try to eat at Chinese restaurants
where Chinese eat; here we were glad if they had an English menu
and we often pointed at a dish at someone else's plate and ordered
April 2014 - The Rons spend passover in Eilat
During the Passover vacation, the Rons went down to Eilat and had a
most enjoyable seder with the Sadeh family, at the house of Limor and
After the seder there was time for a little relaxation.
Click for more pictures on the pages of Danielle, Amit and Ilai.
2014 - Passover
We celebrated both nights of Pesach
, the first
night at a communal seder
by the Chabad
the second night at home with friends.
Eitan spent days preparing a Haggadah and had both adults and
children hanging on to his every word. Moran led the children in the
English version of Ehad Mi Yodeah
they had learnt at the Chabad seder the night before.
For a change we had Australian lamb instead of turkey, our usual Pesach
fare, but kept the kneidlach, gefilte fish, maror and haroset to
every-one's delight. Chabad does not have kneidlach or haroset, so for
the children it wasn't a REAL seder!
2014 The Red Centre of Australia with
the Segolis- 2
more pictures see the pages of Maayan,
Lotem and Zoe.
After saying goodbye to
Uluru we drove back to Alice Springs. On the way we stopped for a view
of Mount Conner, and we were lucky to see a thorny devil crossing the
road. These creatures look like some prehistoric mini-monster. They are
slow moving and we all had a turn holding it.
In Alice Springs we stayed at a holiday campground. On our last
night in the Red Centre we went to a restaurant we
from our visit 13 years ago that offered bush tucker and were not
disappointed. We all thoroughly
enjoyed the crocodile spring rolls, roast kangaroo, camel and date
sausages, fried barramundi and the smoked emu. The next morning was
"pancake day" at the campground and the adults and kids also enjoyed
this more conventional food.
12 April 2014 The Red Centre of Australia with
We are with the Segolis in the "Red Centre" of Australia. We've
been here five days with another two to go.
March 2014 -
Dinner with the Greenbergs
We said goodbye and bon voyage
to Aura and Hilton Greenberg (and Happy Birthday to Aura) at a
in the delightful renewed market place in Jaffa. (see also This Weeks News
March 2014 - Doreen and Aviv go diving
In preparation for diving in Australia on her trip , Doreen went
on a refresher dive with son Aviv, a qualified dive instructor.
Although she hasn't dived for some time, all went well and she reports
a terrific dive with lots of interesting fish
March 2014 - Purim
The festival of Purim
arrived - the time of fancy dress and costumes and special
Eilat Levys - Itamar, Amit and Ilai
Ra'anana Rons (Dani had a different dress each day of the weekend!)
The Townsville Segolis
Maayan, Lotem and Zoe preparing homentaschen
for Purim. They look delicious.
March 2014 - Doreen's Invitational Bridge
Natalie, Louise, Jeanette, Beryl, Leila, Ziona, Blanche, Doreen, Myra
invited some friends over for a bridge morning. She has
the advantage of an international bridge director for a husband, so I
organised an individual tournament which everyone enjoyed almost as
much as they enjoyed the lunch Doreen had prepared.
February 2014 - Awards to Morris Kahn and Smokey Simon
We attended a dinner in honour of Morris Kahn and Smokey Simon
for the great contributions they have made to Israel society. Morris is
my ex-boss, and we have remained friends with him and his family.
Smokey and Myra Simon are also long-time friends. We have sailed with
Morris on his yachts, and travelled to the Galapagos and to China with
the Morris and his late wife Jackie and with the Simons and we always
enjoy our time together.
Morris and Smokey received Life-time Achievement awards from Telfed
(The Israeli branch of the South African Zionist Federation) .
In the picture Morris's son David is saying a few words about his
father who is holding the Achievement plaque.
February 2014 - Sun at Timna Park - rain in Eilat
Aviv Levy and family enjoy an
outing in Timna Park in the morning, and in the evening the kids enjoy
rare rain in Eilat. They've been waiting quite a long time to use their
More pictures of Timna on the pages of Itamar
February 2014 - Frankie and Dave snowed in
Frankie Klaff sent us this picture to show the effect the big
snow storm in Northeast USA is having on them.
2014 - For pictures of our visit to Berlin
, click here.
- Dinner with Croatian friends
We have met Branka and Goran Grguric of Croatia on quite a few
occasions over the years and developed a friendship with them. Goran
runs bridge in Opatija, Croatia, and on the three occasions I have been
there for bridge he and Branka have always ensured that I got 1st class
treatment. We will be seeing them again in Croatia in June but in the
meantime went out for dinner with them in Berlin. We were joined by
Jurica Caric, the President of the Croatian Bridge Fereration.
- Zumba Gold
Doreen's sister, Louise Braverman (in the black shirt) belongs to group
of senior citizens - Zumba Gold - that keep fit by dancing the "Zumba"
. Every year their dance leader organises a show called "Party in Pink"
to raise money to fight against breast canceer. This year, Zumba Gold
decided not to leave the floor only to the youngsters but to show what
they were capable of, to the delight of the audience of 1000 people.
2014 - Vered skiing in Austria
Vered took a few days break and went skiing in Au