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December 2015  - A luncheon for some friends.
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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.

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Yaffa, Doreen and Vered


December 2015 - Frankie Klaff's 70th with Oren, Amalia and Asher

Asher      -      Frankie

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Dave and Frankie                                                -                            Amalia, Asher, Oren and Frankie

Frankie and Davethe Oren Klaffs
(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 threatened.
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December 2015 - married 51 years
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 Michal Segoli

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At the home of Shuli and Eitan Haberman
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Click here for This Week's Picture archives, and for a picture of Zoe celebrating channuka.

December 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.
Porato clock

On Saturday the family went for a walk along Nahal Alexander where Doreen explained about Alexander Yanai and his connection to the story of Channuka.
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November 2015 - Doreen prepares Makluba
The Rons came over for dinner and Doreen prepared a special vegan makluba expecially for 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
vegan 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)
at St Martins in the field

November 2015 - Award Ceremony
I presented the silver medals to the Duch team BC'tOnstein, the runners-up at the European Bridge Champions' Cup.
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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 the famous Bletchley Park complex (see picture) where the World Wart II code-breaking machine was developed by Alan Turing and his assistants.
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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 Marianna, with the current EBL President Yves Aubry.

November 2015 - A hike to see the helmoniot in the desert.

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After meeting Twitter the Segolis and the Eilat levys went on a hike in the desert to see the flowering helmoniot (daffodil family.)


November 2015 - Getting to  know Twitter

The newest member of our 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.
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See some more pictures  here, and on the pages of Itamar, Ilai, Maayan, Lotem, Lior and Zoe, and a video here.

Michal Segoli's 40th birthday

Michal's 3-day birthday celebration included a traditional brunch at Beresheet in Mizpeh Ramon
Michal 40 birthday

October 2015 - With Colin and Louise Kessel, and Frankie and Dave

With the Kessels and Dave and Frankie
Frankie Klaff (see Goldberg family tree) and Dave Rothschild are visitng Israel and are staying with us for part of the time.  Her sister Sybil celebrated her 80th 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 - Visit 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.

Buzz Aldrin ready to divestamp

October 2015 - We are adopted by Twitter
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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.

October 2015 - Michal Segoli in Malaga for a conference.

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September 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 delay picture.
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The 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.)

Total eclipses of Super Full Moons are rare. The last one was in 1982 and the next one will only happen in another 38 years.


September 2015 - A trip to Sicily

Our good friend Morris Kahn invited 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 picture) 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.

Morris's plane      rocks off Cefalu

September 2015 - 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 picture).
Lindos

September 2015 - Meeting Aaron Miroz

We were delighted to get the opportunity to see Aaron Miroz again. 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.
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Rosh Hashanah 2015
We spent the Rosh Hashanah long weekend in Eilat at the home of Aviv and Limor with all our children and grandchildren (except for Danielle who was in the army.)
Rosh Hashanah 2015

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We spent a lot of time with our grandchildren. For some pictures see the pages of  Lior, Itamar, Maayan, Amit, Lotem, Ilai and Zoe.

Rosh Hashanah - September 2015
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September 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 them.


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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.
Ton and Annelie Kooijman

September 2015 - Some repairs around the house.
repairs around the housePreparing to change a broken chair seat.

August 2015 - The Eilat Levys vacation in Crete

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haircutAviv 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.
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August 2015 - Wishing bon voyage to the Aviv Levys

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Just before school started the Aviv Levys went on a short vacation to Crete.
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.











August 2015 - Moran and Michal Segoli in Iceland.

Here are two more pictures of Moran and Michal'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!

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There's 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 Michal in Reykjavik, Iceland, in front of the Hallgrimur Church

Son and daughter-in-law Moran and Michal are visiting Iceland. Looks cold there!
Hallgrimur Church

August 2015 -  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)
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An easy way for 6 grandchildren to shower

How to shower 6 kids
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 Week.

Moran and Michal Segoli, skippered by sister Vered
on a yacht skipperes by Vered


August 2015 - 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.
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July 2015 - Receiving an EBL Plaque
The closing ceremony of the Youth Competitions took place this evening 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.
receiving a plaque
The participants in the Bridge Youth Championships
the youth participants

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 Kamras)
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With all the Tournament Directors (judges) of the Championships
hats!
Doreen at the Tromso Botanical Gardens
Botanical Gardens


July 2015 - Tromso, Norway

In Tromso, officiating at the European Open Bridge Championships.

At a meeting of the Executive Committee.  Doreen agreed to play with me at a special midnight bridge competition for staff and spouses.
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Reindeer, polar bear and reconstrucion of a Viking house.
Doreen with ReindeerEitan with polar bearDoreen Viking abode

After a cable car ride, a wonderful view of Tromso - and the sun - at midnight. (see also the picture from last week)
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June 2015 - The Europa docks right by our window


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We woke up one morning, opened the blinds, and were greeted by the sight of the ship Europa just docking at the wharf in front of our hotel.

 It 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 allow it.



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 - Michal Segoli takes a break
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Michal Segoli is participating in a conference in New Hampshire, USA.  She added a few days to her stay to enjoy the surroundings.

June 2015 - Celebrating 3 birthdays

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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 children.

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 lovely weekend.
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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 here.
There are more pictures on the pages of Itamar, Maayan, Amit, Lotem, Ilai and Zoe.
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June 2015 - 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.
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June 2015 - Vered goes sailing in the Greek Islands for her International Skippers Licence

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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 sailing.

June 2015 - 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.
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There are more pictures on the pages of the children: Itamar, Maayan, Amit, Lotem, Ilai and Zoe


June 2015 - Picking vegetables in Saba Eitan's garden.
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There are more pictures on the pages of Itamar, Maayan, Amit, Lotem, Ilai and Zoe, and also on the Miscellaneous and  Archives pages.)

June 2015 - A visit to Atlit.
Doreen writes:

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With our Eilat grandchildren, Itamar, Amit and Ilai, I drove to the Atlit Detention Camp.

This is a restored national heritage site that re-creates a detention camp during the British Mandate over Palestine. Following a series of White Papers, and even after the Holocaust, the British were determined to prevent Jewish immigration, even Holocaust survivors, from entering Palestine. Ships that were detected were brought to Haifa Port and many Ma’apilim (Illegal immigrants) were brought by trains to the camp surrounded by barbed wire where they were required to undergo disinfection and showers - horribly traumatic for Holocaust survivors. The main difficulty of the detention was coping with boredom.




We were fortunate on our tour to meet Avraham Leon, who came on the Theodore Herzl at 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 Cyprus where he spent a number of months and later brought to Atlit were he spent a few days, released when the State of Israel was declared. For the children it was most interesting to meet some-one who had actually been a prisoner at the camp – history alive!
Another lesson to be learnt is that even the worst relations between countries can be repaired and turned around.

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June 2015 - A visit with Eddie Nemenoff
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We visited Eddie Nemenoff and Yael Nemenoff on Kibbutz Kfar Hanassi. Eddie was the Habonim shaliach in 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 families.
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 son Naphtali at dinner at the home of the Rons.
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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 - Shavuot holiday - a long weekend in Eilat
(For more pictures of the Shavuot weekend in Eilat see also the pages of Itamar, Maayan, Lotem, Amit, 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 Michal, Aviv and Limor. On Friday we went to Coral World and the children played, jumped and generally enjoyed themselves.
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That night we enjoyed a barbecue on the beach near Coral World and slept there.
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After breakfast the next morning at the Levys, the morning activity was a visit  to the historical Timna site. 
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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 individual pages

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 video).

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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, Lotem, Amit, Ilai and Zoe.

May 2015 Flopsy is lost
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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 by 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

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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 for a bike ride.

May 2015 - Moran visits the Hakims in Sydney
The Hakims with Moran
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 - Aviv saves a turtle
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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.
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May 2015 -  The "sixties" Habonim Reunion at Kibbutz Tzora.
On Thursday and Friday we went to a reunion of 1960's members of the 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.

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A pre-reunion lunch with Errol and Estelle (nee Rothschild) Sapir 
Five graduates of the Durban Girls High School class of 1961 - (maiden names): Ilana Rubinstein, Doreen Glazer, Maureen Konigsfest, Eleanor Gamsy, Aura Bilchik
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Doreen, Maureen, Eleanor, Ami Mendelson (nee Nachamkes), <back>Yvonne Heitner (nee Nussbaum)
Basil Porter, showing what would have happened had he not become a doctor


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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

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After the evening programme and the excellent meal, there was a campfire, followed by an impressive "mifklad esh" featiuring the Habonim emblem.

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The 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 - The Belmans visit
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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

Doreen and the girls
Left, f/b: Doreen, Yael Paperna, Ziona Glassman
Right f/b: Ruti Erez, Caroline Livneh, Louise Braverman (honorary Eilati!)

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
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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
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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.

1957 - Grocery store coupons
Eilat 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 - Michal Segoli visits Paris
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Michal Segoli and her mother Yael and sisters (in the picture, Ofi) are visiting and enjoying Paris for a week.

April 2015 - Vered and Aviv Ron celebrate their wedding anniversary
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April 2015 - A trip to Prague
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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 with Doreen to the city centre and of course couldn't resist a delicious Czech sausage.

April 2015 - Raphael Cotton visits.
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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.

April 2015 - Enjoying a fish meal
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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 joined us 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 - Pesasch 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!)

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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.

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March 2015 - Exhibition and Study Day "Israeli Food Culture" in honor of Dalia Lamdani.
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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 of the 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 Doreen's Column.


March 2015 - Itai Nickel's barmitzvah
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.

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Itai reading from the torah, with grandfather Cohen, father Warren, and the Rabbi  looking on.
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Itai with Dad Warren (centre) and uncles Richard and Louis.     The barmitzvah celebrant protects himself from the sweets/candy traditionally thrown prior to his becoming a "man"

March 2015 - The Rons go skiing
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Daughter and son-in-law Vered and Aviv Ron took a short break and went skiing with lucky daughter Lior. Click here for another  picture on Lior's page.

February 2015 - No, this isn't a hijab - it's daughter Vered Ron braving the -21 degree cold on a business trip to Minneappolis.
Vered in freezing Minniapolis

The compensation for the freezing weather was being able to walk on the lake and watch people fishing through holes in the ice.
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February 2015 - Moran holidays again with Ran Kagan in the Italian snow. For example, see their picture  in the Himalayas.
This time there was no mountain climbing - just some great skiing (look at Moran's jump - we'd like to see a picture taken a few seconds later!), and great scenery, including a frozen waterfall.
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February 14-21 - Doreen's Baby-Sitting Week.
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For Doreen it has been a baby-sitting week.

From Sunday to Wednesday she was in Sde Boqer looking after the Segoli children.

On Wednesday Ilai Levy came to Tel Aviv for a doctor's appointment, accompanied by daddy Aviv and siblings Itamar and Amit. Aviv went back on Thursday morning and left the kids in the care of Granny Doreen, who took them to the Beer Sheva Museum.

Then on Friday, the 5 Segolis arrived and enjoyed, at least for them,  lunch at MacDonalds.





Shabbat dinnerThen on Friday night  the Rons joined us for Shabbat dinner.
Saturday morning early Moran left, and Michal and the 8 kids remained, and went horse-riding. (see This Week's Picture Archives).
ready for horse riding
So Doreen baby-sat from Sunday to Saturday. She's our nomination for "baby-sitting Granny of the Year".

February 2015 - Congratulations to Charles and Sheenagh Levy on their 40th anniversary
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Charles and Eitan enjoying each others company.
In February Charles and Sheenagh Levy celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary. Charles and I are cousins but the relationship between Charles and Sheenagh and Doreen and I goes beyond familial; we are very good friends too. Although they live far away in South Africa we make opportunities to meet and see each other and always enjoy our time together.
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February 2015 - It's almost spring
The Segolis among the poppies
The Segolis enjoy a hike in a field full of beautiful red poppies.

January 2015 - Get well soon, Dave Rothschild
Dave RothschildDave and Frankie
Dave Rothschild, Frankie Klaff's husband (see Goldberg family tree)  has just had a pacemaker implant. Best wishes for a speedy recovery. You need to get well soon, Dave, so you can go on  another trip like the trip to the Grand Canyon a couple of years ago.

January 2015 - The Segolis in the snow near Mitzpeh Ramon.

Segolis in the snow
The extreme (for Israel) winter weather  led to the rare occurence of snow in the higher parts of the Negev Desert. 
Compare this with the pictures taken 3 weeks ago on our family visit to the same area.

Mark Glogauer and family

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Four month old Jack Glogauer                                                      Jordana with Chloe (6 years) and Jack; and Mark with Abby (4 years)
See Nochimovich/Nickel family tree.

January 2015 - Haim Lev's Photo Exhibition
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We visited the most interesting photograph exhibition of Haim Lev, in Bet Kimchi in Kfar |Vitkin.
Haim and Malka Lev are long-time friends from our original days in Hofit and we see them regularly.
Haim is a keen photographer and goes around the Emek Hefer area on his bicycle taking pictures.



















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INDEX OF SPECIAL EVENTS AND PICTURES  2015
INDEX OF SPECIAL EVENTS 2015
 
July 2015 - A Visit to the North Norway Islands

INDEX OF EVENTS in DOREEN'S COLUMN 2015
Column 27 - (July 2015) - A visit to the North Norway Islands
Column 26 - (May 2015) - Stuffed Camel
Column 25 - (April 2015) - A visit to Prague


INDEX OF PICTURES 2015
December 2015  - A luncheon for some friends.
December 2015 - Frankie Klaff's 70th with Oren, Amalia and Asher
December 2015 - Wishful thinking?
December 2015 - married 51 years
December 2015 - Channuka
December 2015 - The Grandchildren visit and make a Potato Clock
November 2015 - Doreen prepares Makluba
November 2015 - A concert at St Martins in the Field
November 2015 - Award Ceremony
November 2015 - A visit to Milton Keynes
November 2015 - A hike to see the helmoniot in the desert.
November 2015 - Getting to  know Twitter
October 2015 - Michal Segoli's 40th birthday
October 2015 - With Colin and Louise Kessel, and Frankie and Dave
October 2015 - Visit of Buzz Aldrin
October 2015 - We are adopted by Twitter
October 2015 - Michal Segoli in Malaga for a conference.
September 2015 - Full moon eclipse
September 2015 - A trip to Sicily
September 2015 - The Rons enjoy the island of Lindos
September 2015 - Meeting Aaron Miroz
September 2015 - Rosh Hashanah 2015
September 2015 - Rosh Hashanah -
September 2015 - Amsterdam
September 2015 - A visit to the Kooijmans
September 2015 - Some repairs around the house.
August 2015 - The Eilat Levys vacation in Crete
August 2015 - The Rons spend a relaxing weekend at the Mitzpe Yamim resort.
August 2015 - Wishing bon voyage to the Aviv Levys
August 2015 - Moran and Michal Segoli in Iceland.
August 2015 - Moran and Michal Segoli in Iceland.
August 2015 -  The Grandchildren spend a week with us.
August 2015 - Moran and Michal Segoli, skippered by sister Vered
August 2015 - A visit to the Eretz Yisrael Museum
July 2015 - Receiving an EBL Plaque
July 2015 - The participants in the Bridge Youth Championships
July 2015 - Tromso Staff Party
July 2015 - Tromso, Norway
June 2015 - The Europa docks right by our window
 June 2015 - The Midnight Sun
June 2015 - Michal Segoli takes a break
June 2015 - Celebrating 3 birthdays
June 2015 - Decorating birthday cakes for Aunt Vered and Uncle Aviv
June 2015 - A walk to Gev Yamin
June 2015 - Vered goes sailing in the Greek Islands for her International Skippers Licence
June 2015 - A visit to the Tzippori National Park
June 2015 - Picking vegetables in Saba Eitan's garden.
June 2015 - A visit to Atlit.
June 2015 - A visit with Eddie Nemenoff
May 2015 - Seeing the Keysons again.
May 2015 - Shavuot holiday - a long weekend in Eilat
May 2015-  Flopsy is lost
May 2015 - Moran enjoys Australia on a motorbike
May 2015 - Moran visits the Hakims in Sydney
May 2015 - Aviv saves a turtle
May 2015 - Moran learns Thai cooking
May 2015 -  The "sixties" Habonim Reunion at Kibbutz Tzora.
April 2015 - The Belmans visit
April 2015 - Eilat Old girls' Club
April 2015 - Eitan's turns 75
April 2015 - The Bravermans in Eilat
1957 - Grocery store coupons
April 2015 - Michal Segoli visits Paris
April 2015 - Vered and Aviv Ron celebrate their wedding anniversary
April 2015 - A trip to Prague
April 2015 - Raphael Cotton visits.
April 2015 - Enjoying a fish meal
April 2015 - Pesasch 2015
March 2015 - Exhibition and Study Day "Israeli Food Culture" in honor of Dalia Lamdani.
March 2015 - Itai Nickel's barmitzvah
March 2015 - The Rons go skiing
February 2015 - No, this isn't a hijab - it's daughter Vered Ron ......
February 2015 - Moran holidays again with Ran Kagan in the Italian snow.
February 14-21 - Doreen's Baby-Sitting Week.
February 2015 - Congratulations to Charles and Sheenagh Levy on their 40th anniversary
February 2015 - It's almost spring
January 2015 - Get well soon, Dave Rothschild
January 2015 - The Segolis in the snow near Mitzpeh Ramon.
January 2015 - Mark Glogauer and family
January 2015 - Haim Lev's Photo Exhibition



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