2015 - A luncheon for some friends.
Rachel Karlsblad1, Doreen's
sister Louise Braverman, Caroline Livneh, Yael Paperna, Ziona Glassman,
Yaffa Loew1, Doreen, daughter Vered Ron, Ruthi Erez,
1: see Schank family tree
Yaffa, Doreen and Vered
December 2015 - Frankie Klaff's 70th with
Amalia and Asher
Dave and Frankie
Amalia, Asher, Oren and Frankie
(see Goldberg family tree.).
December 2015 - Wishful thinking?
Two Jews stand next to a Christmas tree in a Muslim restaurant
in Abu Gosh. This is after we attended a classical Christmas concert in
the nearby church, where the orchestra and most of the audience were
Jewish. This is
what we had hoped to find in Israel - where people of different
religions could rejoice in each's customs and culture without feeling
December 2015 - married 51 years
We celebrated our 51st wedding aniversary by exchanging cards
(bought secretly in London a few weeks ago) and going out for dinner to
an excellent fish dinner.
December 2015 - Channuka
Vered and Lior Ron
-------------------------------------------- Maayan and
Ltem and Mikhal Segoli
At the home of Shuli and Eitan Haberman
Click here for This Week's Picture archives, and for a picture of Zoe celebrating channuka
2015 - The Grandchildren visit and make a Potato Clock
The Segoli and Eilat Levy families visited us for the weekend.
After Friday night dinner we handed out Chanukah presents. Among the
presents was a kit to make a clock
from the electricity generated by two potatoes. The kids enjoyed
setting it up and it worked perfectly.
2015 - Doreen prepares Makluba
The Rons came over for dinner and Doreen prepared a special
our two vegan grandchildren, Danielle and Lior. There was no chicken in
it of course, and zucchini was substitued for eggplant because of
allergy problems. It was delicious!
See Doreen's recipe for traditional makluba
November 2015 - A concert at St Martins in the Field
A highlight of our visit to London was an unusual and thoroughly
enjoyable experience at a concert
at St Martins in the Field. During the interval the conductor explained
the main theme of the 2nd Movement of Beethoven's 5th Symphony with
the help of the orchestra spread out among the audience and playing
from sheetmusic held by the audience. (see picture)
November 2015 - Award Ceremony
I presented the silver medals to the Duch team BC'tOnstein, the
runners-up at the European Bridge Champions' Cup.
November 2015 - A visit
to Milton Keynes
We spent a weekend at Horwood House, just outside the town
of Milton Keynes in England. I attended the
European Bridge Champions' Cup and an executive meeting of the European
Bridge League. Doreen used her time there to visit Woburn Abbey and
famous Bletchley Park complex
where the World Wart II code-breaking
machine was developed by Alan Turing and his assistants.
Left: Doreen and some "bridge" wives: Doreen, Carolle Harris, Claude
Aubry, Brenda De Pauw, Hildur Olafson
Right: Good friends Bill Pencharz (a former EBL President) and his wife
the current EBL President Yves Aubry.
November 2015 - A hike to see the helmoniot in the desert.
After meeting Twitter the Segolis and the Eilat levys went on a hike in
the desert to see the flowering helmoniot
November 2015 - Getting to know Twitter
The newest member of
family is Twitter the cockatiel. Twitter joined us a month ago by
appearing at our verandah and adopting Doreen. Wee took Twitter to the
Segolis in Sde Boqer. On the way we
dropped in to the Rons. The Eilat Levys were also visiting the Segolis,
so all our children and grandchildren had the opportunity to say
"welcome" to Twitter. Both Twitter and the family were very excited -
the children were delighted, especially as Twitter likes copying
whistles and movements. Twitter was a little overwhelmed at first but
later joined in the celebration.
See some more pictures here, and on the pages of Itamar, Ilai,
Lior and Zoe,
and a video here.
Mikhal's 3-day birthday celebration included a traditional brunch at
Beresheet in Mizpeh Ramon
With Colin and Louise Kessel, and Frankie and Dave
Frankie Klaff (see Goldberg
) and Dave Rothschild are visitng Israel and are staying
with us for part of the time. Her sister Sybil celebrated her
birthday so they have been busy with family, but we managed to enjoy a
good meat meal at the Alabama Restaurant with Colin and Louise Kessel.
October 2015 -
of Buzz Aldrin
Our good friend Morris Kahn visited
Coral World in Eilat with Buzz Aldrin, the second man to walk on the
moon (see article in
Wikipedia). Buzz talked
to the children about his experience, and then Aviv took him on a dive
to see the sharks. (see This Week's Picture, and another picture of the girls with Buzz)
Neil Armstyrong was the first man to walk on the moon, and immediately
after him Buzz also stepped onto the moon. This US postage stamp shows
the picture Neil Armstrong took of him.
October 2015 - We
are adopted by Twitter
Our house pets may increase from one (Flopsy the dog) to two (Twitter
the cockatiel). Twitter showed up on our veranda, chirping loudly, and
fell instantly in love with Doreen
Doreen is on a trip so it has now tranfered its attentions to me and
follows me around the house, followed by Flopsy who I think does not
have good intentions. We'll have to decide soon what to do with it.
- Mikhal Segoli in Malaga for a conference.
2015 - Full moon eclipse
There was a total eclipse of the moon on the 27/28th and Shai Arroyo,
niece Denise Braverman's companion, took this fantastic time
full Moon of September 27/28 was a Supermoon – the Moon was
closest to the Earth, at its perigee, as it turned into a full
Moon. It is also called a Blood Moon due to its reddish glow (clearly
seen in Shai's terrific photo.)
eclipses of Super Full Moons are rare. The last one was in 1982 and the
next one will only happen in another 38 years.
- A trip to Sicily
Our good friend Morris Kahn
us to join him and Ariella on his yacht Antares III for a sail around
the Aeolian Islands off the coast of Sicily. Flying from Tel Aviv to
Palermo on Morris's private plane (see
) was an absolute delight, sitting on comfortable armchairs
around a table and enjoying sushi and salads.
We are spending our first night off the coast outside Cefalu, and in
the morning we start the trip.
- The Rons enjoy the island of Lindos
The Rons enjoy a few days on the island of Lindos in Greece.
Unfortunately granddaughter Danielle fell down some steps and badly
strained her arm which was put in a splint. (see pictur
2015 - Meeting Aaron
We were delighted to get the opportunity to see Aaron Miroz
Aaron is the fish expert for the Coral World aquariums around the
world. We have known Aaron for over 40 years since he was a diver for
the Eilat Coral World when I was the manager there. We have kept up a
close relationship since then and our original professional friendship
developed into a personal friendship.
We spent the Rosh Hashanah long weekend in Eilat at the home of
Aviv and Limor with all our
and grandchildren (except for Danielle who was in the army.)
We will spend Rosh
Hashanah, the Jewish New Year with our children and
grandchildren in Eilat. The Rons set out for Eilat early and spent the
night with the Segolis in Sde Boqer. Bright and early the next morning
they went for a desert walk before resuming their trip to Eilat.
2015 - Amsterdam
No visit to Amsterdam is
complete for me without eating the delicious
fresh herring sold in stalls around the town. I tried nearly all of
September 2015 - A visit to the Kooijmans
On our short visit to the Netherlands
we took the opportunity to travel to Gouda to spend a most enjoyable
day with Ton and Annalie Kooijman. Ton
is Chairman of the World Bridge Federation Laws Committee, and was the
examiner at the first International Tournament Director course I did.
We have known Ton and Annelie for many years and have met them in many
places including in Israel.
2015 - Some repairs around the house.
Preparing to change a broken chair seat.
August 2015 -
The Eilat Levys vacation in Crete
Aviv took advantage of the vacation trip to Crete for a
long overdue haircut at a salon.
August 2015 -
The Rons spend a relaxing weekend at
the Mitzpe Yamim resort.
2015 - Wishing bon voyage to the Aviv Levys
Just before school started the Aviv Levys went on a short
The Segolis were with us for the weekend and on Saturday we all
went to the airport to wish the Levys a safe and happy trip to Crete.
2015 - Moran and Mikhal Segoli in Iceland.
Here are two more pictures of Moran and Mikhal's trip to
Iceland. Moran remarks that after a visit to Iceland it appears as if
God was using photo shop when He created Iceland!
another picture from last week, but we are
looking forward to the next Segoli update to see more pictures.
<later> It was worth
waiting for - Moran has added some amazing pictures of their trip to
Iceland on the Segoli site, which can be accesed here
in Hebrew and in English.
August 2015 - Moran and Mikhal in Reykjavik,
Iceland, in front of the Hallgrimur Church
Son and daughter-in-law Moran and Mikhal are visiting Iceland. Looks
- The Grandchildren spend a
week with us.
Horse riding -- Getting
ready to go to the circus -- a visit to the Crusader Castle
in Akko (Acre)
An easy way for 6 grandchildren to
More pictures on the pages of Itamar,
Maayan, Lotem, Amit,
Ilai , Zoe and Lior,
and on This Week's Picture.
See also pictures of last week's activities, and
last week's Picture of the
Mikhal Segoli, skippered by sister Vered
- A visit to the Eretz Yisrael Museum
The Eilat and Sde Boqer grandchildren visited the Eretz Yisrasel
Museum. They visited the museum and also participated in a workshop on
building moveable toys. Later, at home, they put the finishing touches
to their toys.
2015 - Receiving an EBL Plaque
The closing ceremony of the Youth Competitions took place this
and together with the European Bridge League President Yves Aubrey I
presented the medals
to the winners.
This was the first time in years that I was not Chief Tournament
director, but there was a surprise for me. I was presented with a
special plaque for my years of service to the EBL and for serving for
so many years as Chief Tournament Director of the Youth Competitions.
in the Bridge Youth Championships
July 2015 -
Tromso Staff Party
At the farewell staff party we were given woollen hats in memory of the
cold in Tromso
The Executive members of the
Championship Committee (me, with Josef Harsanyi, Yves Aubry and Jan
With all the Tournament Directors (judges) of the Championships
Doreen at the Tromso Botanical Gardens
July 2015 -
In Tromso, officiating at the European Open Bridge Championships.
a meeting of the Executive Committee. Doreen agreed to play with
me at a special midnight bridge competition for staff and spouses.
polar bear and reconstrucion of a Viking house.
a cable car ride, a wonderful view of Tromso - and the sun - at
midnight. (see also the picture from last week)
June 2015 -
docks right by our window
We woke up one morning, opened the blinds, and were greeted by
of the ship Europa just
docking at the wharf in front of our hotel.
was on this same ship that Doreen and I sailed from Durban, South
Africa to Italy on our honeymoon. Seeing the ship again brought back
many many happy memories.
The ship is small by modern standards, and
has been converted into a luxury cruising ship. Doreen wanted to board
"for old times sake" but the security personnel would not
June 2015 -
The Midnight Sun
We are in Tromso, Norway,a city in the Arctic Circle, for the
European Open Bridge Championships. I am an official at the
Championships and also will be attending meetings of the European
Bridge League Executive Committee. As Tromso is in the Arctic Circle we
witnessed the phenomenon of
the "midnight sun". Basically the sun never sets and there is light 24
hours a day. This picture was taken at midnight from our hotel room
window without any artificial lighting or "photo-shopping."
June 2015 - Mikhal Segoli takes a break
Mikhal Segoli is participating in a conference in New Hampshire,
USA. She added a few days to her stay to enjoy the
2015 - Celebrating 3 birthdays
June is a busy month for our immediate family - three birthdays: Doreen
on the 11th, son Aviv's on the 21st and daughter Vered's on the 28th.
This year Moran decided to have a joint birthday party. He invited us
all to his house in Sde Boqer to spend the weekend. The joint birthday
idea was a surprise, although Doreen was told that it was for Aviv's
birthday and she prepared 2 birthday cakes to be decorated by the
Moran prepared a delicious lunch (a la his
cooking lesson in Vietnam)
enjoyed by all.
After lunch the kids were taken to another room where they
prepared for the birthday surprise, before rushing in and singing
"happy birthday dear Aviv, Vered and Granny". A lovely surprise and a
June 2015 - Decorating birthday cakes for Aunt Vered
and Uncle Aviv
Doreen had baked two cakes and the children had a wonderful time
decorating them. Note the fish for Aviv's cake, and the roses for
Vered's. For the cake recipe, click
There are more pictures on the pages
Lotem, Ilai and
- A walk to Gev Yamin
Gev Yamin is a natural waterhole in the desert near Sde boqer.
This year has been a very wet year and even though it's summer there
was a lot of water in the pool. Soon it will dry up until next winter.
- Vered goes sailing in the Greek
Islands for her International Skippers Licence
Daughter Vered Ron went on a sailing trip as part of her
qualification for an International Skipper Licence. The
stopovers on the Islands added greatly to the enjoyment of the
- A visit to the Tzippori National Park
Tzippori is a National Park in the western Lower Galilee, where
the remains of a city were discovered. They include mosaics, a system
of streets, public buildings, dwellings, a central market, bathhouses,
synagogue, churches, a fortress and, of especial interest to the
children, a theatre and an amazing system of aqeducts with channels,
water reservoir, and tunnel.
There are more pictures on the
pages of the children: Itamar, Maayan, Amit,
June 2015 -
vegetables in Saba Eitan's
There are more pictures on the pages of Itamar, Maayan,
Ilai and Zoe,
and also on the Miscellaneous and
June 2015 - A
visit to Atlit.
Eilat grandchildren, Itamar, Amit and Ilai, I drove to the Atlit
This is a restored national heritage site that re-creates a detention
camp during the British Mandate over Palestine. Following a series of
Papers, and even after the Holocaust, the British were determined to
Jewish immigration, even Holocaust survivors, from entering Palestine.
that were detected were brought to Haifa Port and many Ma’apilim
immigrants) were brought by trains to the camp surrounded by barbed
they were required to undergo disinfection and showers - horribly
Holocaust survivors. The
main difficulty of the detention was coping with boredom.
fortunate on our tour to meet Avraham Leon, who came on the Theodore
the age of 13, the sole survivor of his family. After 13 days at sea
the ship arrived
at Haifa and the Jews were promptly sent to a British detention camp on
where he spent a number of months and later brought to Atlit were he
few days, released when the State of Israel was declared. For the
was most interesting to meet some-one who had actually been a prisoner
camp – history alive!
lesson to be learnt is that even the worst relations between countries
repaired and turned around.
2015 - A visit with Eddie Nemenoff
We visited Eddie Nemenoff and Yael Nemenoff on Kibbutz Kfar
Hanassi. Eddie was the Habonim
Durban when Doreen and I were dating against her parents' wishes, and
Eddie was a go-between for us. He was also a friend and we shared a
common love for bridge. We hadn't seen him or Yael since his 80th
birthday 6 years ago.
At the Habonim reunion in
May we heard that Eddie was ill and we visited him. Unfortunately Eddie
no longer has the use of his throat and vocal chords and is fed
intravenously. Nevertheless we reminisced and carried on a lively
conversation with the aid of his scratch pad.
We were also happy to see Yael again and exchange details about our
We had lunch with ex-Durbanite Naomi (Levine)Forster and her husband
Bennie at their house on the kibbutz and even though we had seen each
other at the reunion it was nice seeing her again.
May 2015 -
Seeing the Keysons again.
We were happy to again meet up with Jose and David Keyson and
Naphtali at dinner at the home of the Rons.
The Keysons live in the
Netherlands and they and their children are close friends with Vered
and Aviv and their children. This is carrying on a 'tradition',
for Jose's parents, Hans and Lottie Reijzer have been our close
friends for over 50 years ever since we first met on a Hebrew ulpan. We
see each other fairly
regularly, in Israel or in the Netherlands, or on holiday together (see
here for example)
May 2015 -
holiday - a long weekend in Eilat
(For more pictures of the Shavuot
weekend in Eilat see also the pages of Itamar, Maayan,
Ilai and Zoe.)
We picked up our Sde Boqer grandchildren and
drove to Eilat to enjoy the long weekend of the Shavuot holiday
together with our
Eilat grandchildren and Mikhal, Aviv and Limor. On Friday we went to
Coral World and the children played, jumped and generally enjoyed
That night we enjoyed
a barbecue on the beach near Coral World and slept there.
After breakfast the next morning at the Levys, the morning
activity was a visit to the historical
The next day we visited the Extreme
Sport attraction. The children had a wonderful time climbing walls,
walking on tightropes and swinging platforms, jumping, swinging and
much more. The pictures are on the children's
Aviv and Limor prepared a barbecue that evening with delicious food and
salads and we were happy that cousins Warren and Yael Nickel and
children could join us.
After the barbecue, Aviv set up the pool in his yard, and the next
morning was spent swimmimg and splashing. Zoe was particularly
delighted, screaming "I'm swimming, I'm swimming" (see picture and
On Monday evening we took the Segoli children back to Sde Boqer and
returned exhausted to Netanya.
For more pictures of the Shavuot
weekend in Eilat see also the pages of Itamar, Maayan,
Ilai and Zoe.
Flopsy is lost
We spent a few days
in Sde Boqer earlier in the week babysitting the Segoli chioldren and
looking for our dog Flopsy who was lost for about 15 hours until found
the Security patrol miles from the house. The poor dog - 15 years old
- is almost completely deaf and partially blind but sometimes thinks he
is still a puppy and goes exploring, running and dashing regardless.
May 2015 -
Moran enjoys Australia on a motorbike
While in Townsville on his work visit to Australia Moran and his local
friend George went on a 2 day motorbike tour. When brother Aviv heard
aboutit, he was not going to let his brother outdo him and also went
May 2015 -
Moran visits the Hakims in Sydney
In Sydney on his Australian visit Moran contacted relatives Ros
and Claude Hakim (see
Nochomovicz/Nickel family tree and a picture here) and enjoyed
meeting them again.
May 2015 -
Son Aviv received a
call from the Nature Reserves Authority about a turtle in distress. He
swam and located the turtle that had a fishing hook embedded in its
neck. He carried the turtle back to land (picture on the left) and with
the help of a colleague removed the hook and returned the turtle to the
sea (picture on right).
May 20125 -
Moran learns Thai cooking
Son Moran Segoli is
in Australia finishing his project and work there. On the way he spent
some days in Thailand, and from all accounts had a wonderful time
there. Apart from diving and generally enjoying himself, he also did a
cooking class and we look forward to tasting his Pad Thai on his return.
- The "sixties" Habonim Reunion at
On Thursday and Friday we went to a reunion of 1960's members of
Habonim youth movement. Most of the two hundred people there live in
Israel but there were also many who now live in other countries. The
event was impeccably organized by ex-Habonimites who live on Kibbutz
Tzora. It was a resounding success and the experience of meeting
old friends, some of whom we haven't seen for 50 years, was amazing.
There were 31 participants who had belonged to the Habonim movement in
Durban and it was extra-special seeing again the people who had played
such important roles in our youth.
A pre-reunion lunch with Errol and Estelle (nee Rothschild)
Five graduates of the Durban Girls High School class of 1961 - (maiden
names): Ilana Rubinstein, Doreen Glazer, Maureen Konigsfest, Eleanor
Gamsy, Aura Bilchik
Doreen, Maureen, Eleanor, Ami Mendelson (nee Nachamkes),
<back>Yvonne Heitner (nee Nussbaum)
Basil Porter, showing what would have happened had he not become a
There were also short speeches and presentations
-some humorous, like Steve Ascheim's imitation of a speech by the
late Chief Rabbi Rabinowich of SA
- some serious and thought provoking, like the talk by Professor Gidi
Shimoni about our alienation from mainstream South African politics and
ideology and today a growing parallel feeling of alienation about what
is happening here in Israel.
The evening was MC'ed by Jackie Metzger
After the evening programme and the excellent meal, there was a
campfire, followed by an impressive "mifklad
esh" featiuring the Habonim emblem.
next morning, breakfast, then a serious session on the legacy of
Habonim. Afterwards a 50 minute walk up the mountain for refreshments
and a continuation of our discussion of the legacy of Habonim.
April 2015 -
Mike and Laura Belman, Doreen, Levia Passwel, Eitan
We were very happy to welcome long-time friend from our Durban days,
Mike Belman and his wife Lorna. Levia Passwell joined us for dinner at
home. We last saw the Belmans about 7 years ago when they visited
Israel (see picture.)
Mike and Lorna are here for the ex-South African Reunion at Kibbutz
Tzora next weekend.
April 2015 -
Eilat Old girls' Club
Left, f/b: Doreen, Yael Paperna, Ziona Glassman
Right f/b: Ruti Erez, Caroline Livneh, Louise Braverman (honorary
Every now and then Doreen gets together with some ex-Eilati girl
friends for a brunch. Some of them met again this week. (Click for a
picture of a previous meeting, with
links to other meetings. )
April 2015 -
Eitan's turns 75
It was my 75th birthday a few days ago. Daughter Vered and Aviv
joined Doreen and me at a new restaurant near us for a very tasty meal.
April 2015 -
The Bravermans in Eilat
Denise, Adam, Tamara, Charlotte (friend), Melly
Thanks to ex- brother in law, Melly Braverman, for the picture
of him with his children Adam and Tamara and Denise. Adam and Tamara
were on a visit from England to Israel.
Grocery store coupons
Daughter in law Limor sent us some fascinating and historical
pictures of coupons (5 lira, 1 lira and 500 prutot) issued in
1957 by the first grocery shop in Eilat, which was owned by her
grandparents Albert and Aysha Ohayon. According to Limor's mother
Margalit the coupons were good for anything from "bread to parafin oil
for heating". I always thought this kind of coupon was modern - it's
interesting to see that even 60 years ago they were used.
April 2015 -
Mikhal Segoli visits Paris
Mikhal Segoli and her mother Yael and sisters (in the picture,
Ofi) are visiting and
enjoying Paris for a week.
2015 - Vered and Aviv Ron celebrate their
just the 2 of them, without the children!
- A trip to Prague
Doreen and I flew to Prague where I had to arrange for a bridge
event there.We are spending 6 days here. After the meeting today I went
to the city centre and of course couldn't resist a delicious Czech
2015 - Raphael Cotton visits.
We enjoyed having Raphael
Cotton (Levy and Matz family trees) stay with us for
a couple of days on his visit to
Israel from South Africa.
- Enjoying a fish meal
The week-long Passsover holiday is a
great opportunity for family
meetings with our children and grandchildren. Most of us were together
for the seder,
then the Eilat Levys stayed with us (click here), the Segolis
for Friday night dinner, and on Saturday we joined Vered and Aviv and
the Segolis at a fish restaurant at the Herzliya Marina.
April 2015 -
This year we hosted the
Passover Seder at our home in Netanya and managed to squash in 20
people. It was a most enjoyable seder with enough tradition and more
than enough food. The highlight was the rendering of Ehad Mi Yodea by
Doreen, Dani and
Lior (see picture.) and video.
(Thanks to Aviv Ron for most of the pictures - the good ones!)
We finished the seder in style singing passover songs and Israeli
hits from now and long ago. Granddaughter Danielle and Gabi Dvir
accompanied the songs with appropriate gestures and actions.
March 2015 -
Exhibition and Study Day "Israeli Food Culture" in honor of Dalia
Dalia, in front, with Doreen, son Moran, me and friend
Dalia Lamdani has donated her collection of over 1,000 books about the
sociology and culture of food as well as about cooking in Israel
and all areas of the world to Haifa
University where they will be exhibited and will form an important part
research into the culture of food and cooking. We attended the opening
of the exhibition this week.
Dalia, an internationally recognised food historian, has been a friend
since our days in Eilat (see pictures of
Dalia and an "Eilati reunion"
) and our meetings and conversations
with her are always delightful and interesting. A few months ago
a book she wrote was published, and Doreen wrote about it and Dalia in
March 2015 -
Itai is the youngest son of Warren and Yael Nickel. Warren and his
brothers Richard and Louis are Doreen's first cousins. The Nickel
brothers are of the same age group as our children and they consider
themselves cousins. Warren, Yael, Nevo and Itai live in Eilat, and
Warren and our son Aviv work for the same company.
The barmitzvah and celebration were enjoyable, although we all missed
Grandpa Julius Nickel who passed
away last December.
grandfather Cohen, father Warren, and the Rabbi looking on.