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May 2018 -
Shavuot at the Midreshet Ben Gurion School
There is a modern tradition at the
school attended by gradchildren
Maayan and Lotem Segoli. Each grade prepares a typical dance of a
different decade. It is good fun and the children enjoy it very much.
2018 - Yael Segoli's 70th birthday
The Segolis celebrated Yaael Segoli's 70th birthday and
sent us this picture.
May 2018 -
The big news in Israel in the beginning of May - apart from the usual
shenanigans - was the opening 3 stages of the Giro d'Italia, the famous
Italian Bicycle road race. We watched the 2nd stage as it passed us. We
thoroughly enjoyed watching, especially as it brought back memories of
the Tour de France race which we saw in
on the picture below
The riders will finish the Israel stages
of the race in Eilat and then
head for Italy for the last 18 stages before finishing the 23 day race
Not to be outdone and getting into the swing of things, Coral World,
where our son Aviv is the curator, had their own underwater "giro". The
sign reads "Giro d'Italia - Welcome to Eilat"
May 2018 -
Swim in aid of Tzalul
Tzalul is a non-profit
organization dedicated to the clean-up of Israel's water - seas and
lakes. It was started by Benjamin Kahn the owner of Coral world and a
friend of ours for many years. This week they organized a 6km sea swim
in aid of a clear and clean sea, and our son Aviv was one of the
- The desert wadis fill with water.
The heavy rains and resulting flash floods
(see an example here) which
tragically drowned 10 teenagers at the end of April filled up the
usually dry wadi river beds and provided an opportunity for the
Segolis, after the danger had passed, to visit rare water pools in the
April 2018 -
Welcome Yaara Shavit
Congratulations to Vered (nee Loew) and Yoav Shavit on the birth of
Yaara on 1st April. Congratulations too to brothers Dotan and Eyal and
sister Maayan. And a special mazal
tov to grandmother Yaffa Loew (Schank
On the left, Grandmother Yaffa with 2 day old Yaara; on the right
Yaara with a her delighted big sister Maayan.
- double celebration
I celebrated my birthday together with granddaughter Zoe's
birthfortnight in Netanya. See below and also click for more pictures of Zoe's fortnight.
2018 - Yom Ha-azmaut
The Segolis visited their Segoli cousins in Mevasseret Zion where 4
days early Zoe celebrated her
and then drove to Eilat to enjoy some time with the Levy cousins.
- The Rons go skiing
The Rons, daughter Vered, Aviv and Lior went skiing in St Anton in
Austria. Vered prepared a great video of their trip but here is a
picture of the three of them.
2018 - With granddaughters Lotem and Amit in The Netherlands
We spent 5 enjoyable days in and near Amsterdam with granddaughters
Lotem Segoli and Amit Levy. We came, we saw and we ate!
We stayed at a very comfortable apartment, The Guestroom, in a lovely
neighborhood with good tram connections to the centre and other places
of interest. We ate breakfast out one morning but enjoyed the
croissants and cheeses available at the nearby supermarket.
On our first day we got to know Amsterdam by taking a boat ride on the
canals. The girls loved the picturesque houses. It was very interesting
and amazing to see how many bicycles (without motors!) there were.
There was even a multi-level parking garage and a floating parking
garage for bicycles next to the Central Station.
We went on a walking tour of the old Jewish Quarter and heard how the
Jews fared during the period of the 2nd World War. There are plaques in
the pavements and on the canal banks commemorating the Jews who lived
in the houses opposite and who were murdered in the German
Concentration Camps. We also visited Anne Frank House and saw where she
and her family and others were hidden and where she wrote her famous
We were told that because of the cold weather there would not be many
tulips at the Keukenhof Botanical Park but we decided to go
anyway, a journey that entailed a tram, ferry and bus. Wow! The colours
and variety of flowers, especially tulips,but also crocuses and
daffodils was amazing and it was a wonderful experience. We were very
very glad we went. The girls couldn't stop taking photos of each and
every different tulip.
After the visit to Keukenhof we visited the Amsterdam LookOut Tower
with a lovely view of Amsterdam. Lotem decided to try the special
attraction - the swings which swung out from the top of the tower, over
the edge of the building about 100 metres above the town below. Doreen,
brave Granny, was forced to accompany her granddaughter. Lotem was
exhilarated while Doreen was thankful she didn't fall out to the ground
on the picture for a short video of the experience
On our way back, walking through the
Central Station, the girls spied a Starbucks and excitedly made a
beeline straight to the counter. They enjoyed their favourite Amsterdam
drink - hot chocolate with lots of whipped cream, and even bought
Starbucks cups to take back home.
We had Rijsttafel dinner with old friends Hans and Lottie Reijzer and
their son Esra and wife Rivka. On Friday
night we had a shabbat meal with them and their daughter Jose and
David and Nadav and Naftali. Jose put on a magnificent spread. We
found that touring with girls is very different to touring with boys.
The Albert Cuyp open-air market was fun despite the extremely cold
weather. Shopping and window shopping was an important part of the
trip. Doreen and the girls made a quick visit to the van Gogh Museum
and enjoyed the large Museum Plein square .
We hired a car on our last day and visted Zaanse Schans village. We saw
the windmills there and visited some of the attractions which show
traditional Dutch artisan activities, such as weaving and making wood
We ended the day with a visit to the fishing village of Vollendam where
we saw how the dykes keep the sea from flooding the low-lying country
and of course enjoyed a final taste of poffetjes and stroopwafels (and
herring for Saba). The girls decided that they would buy Doreen a
poffertjie pan for her birthday.
The girls got along wonderfully and were
appreciative of most of the things we had arranged. We thoroughly
enjoyed being with them. We all had a wonderful time.
There are some more pictures on the pages of Amit
- Pesach seder
We celebrated Pesach (Passover)
with a family seder at our
home in Netanya.
Doreen prepared the traditional passover foods supplemented by a
delicious turkey, and the children played their part by helping.The
Our seder was more or
less traditional. We prepared the seder plate and foods and read the
haggadah (though we "passed over" some parts), and sang some of the
traditional songs. Zoe's rendereing of ma nishtanah was outstanding and
the food was plenty and delicious. We usually add something to our
seders and this year we watched clips of some entertaining animations
of the Egypt exodus and saw some cartoons depicting the exodus with
2018 - The Eilat Levys enjoy a bonfire and picnic
Spring is around the corner and the warmer weather activities are
starting. The Eilat Levys went up in the mountains to enjoy
a bonfire and a Friday evening picnic.
- Moran skiing holiday
Moran and his friend Ran Kagan enjoyed the end of winter with
a short skiing break in Val d'Isere in France.
March 2018 -
3rd time lucky?
Perhaps we finally have a dog? After two disappointments we hope that
two year old Joanie and we will get on together. We got this nameless
dog from Pets for Life. She likes sleeping but is also a great walker
and we enjoyed our first
walk with her. We wanted to name her Johnny Walker
but because of her gender so we decided on Joanie Walker - Joanie
We took advantage of Joanie's love of walking to visit the ephemeral
lake in the Eucalyptus forest next to our building.
We celebrated the Jewish holiday of Purim
commemorates the saving of the Jewish people from Haman, who was
planning to kill all the Jews. This took place in the ancient Persian
Empire and the story is recorded in the biblical Book of Ester.
The celebration is a joyous one and the schools and streets are filled
with people in fancy dress or costume, and parties are commonly held.
See also the Archives
for a stunning picture of son and daughter-in-law Aviv and Limor
Granddaughters Zoe, Lotem and Amit
Granddaughter Lior with her fellow volunteers at the institute for
disturbed and problematic youth.
In addition many places hold an Adloyada,
kind of carnival procession. Midreshet Ben Gurion in Sde Boqer, where
the Segolis live, organise a very popolar adloyada
Lotem, Zoe (in group picture in front with rabbit ears, and son Moran
strikingly made up by the talented Lotem.
(see another example
of Lotem's make-up
Maayan and Doreen prepare Makluba
One of the highlights of the babysitting the Segoli grandchildren was
middle eastern dish Makluba (that
is cooked and flipped over) that Maayan prepared under the
direction of Doreen. It came out perfectly and was delicious. Click on
the picture below to see the successful "flipping over"
about to be flipped. Click on the picture to see the
Click here to read Doreen's makluba
recipes (with variations for meat eaters or for vegans)
- Moran and Mikhal Segoli visit Kenya
They did a four day trek (and an additional day traveling
in each direction) up to the second highest peak of Mt Kenya (Lenena
peak 4985 m). They went with a guide and helpers. For most of the hike
they saw beautiful and interesting flora but not many animals.
They took the less-travelled path so their group was mostly
alone. After the hike/climb they went on a safari.
They are due to go for a boat ride on the highest lake in the rift
valley -Lake Naivasa. (Last month they visited the lowest rift valley
For another picture see This
Week's Picture archives
We babysat the Segolis, Maayan,
Lotem and Zoe, in Midreshet Ben Gurion (Sde Boqer) while parents Moran
and Mikhal were climbing Mt Kenya. On the first weekend we took the 3
children to Eilat
to enjoy the weekend with their Eilat cousins
Itamar, Amit and Ilai.
The boys do their thing
--- --- The girls do theirs
...... but we also do things together.
2018 - TD Workshop in
I organized a Tournament
Directors' Workshop for the European Bridge League in Larnaca, Cyprus.
There were 59 participants and the workshop was very successful.
(l -r): A participant dealing with the situation in a simulation of a
problem during play; the Israel participants; the five participants
receiving their certificates for Grade A+ (I am on the left, Yves Aubry
(EBL President) on the right.)
10, 2018 - A special happy 96th birthday to Aunt Winnie Levy, so
excited to have her family around to help celebrate with her in
2017 - Cyprus
While in Cyprus Doreen hired a car together with Oryah Meir (the GM of
the Israel Bridge
Federation who was assisting in the organization, see picture) and Yves
President of the EBL. They drove up torturously windy roads to the top
of Mount Olympus and then down to Kykkos, an amazing Greek Orthodox
Monastery. Every available surface is covered with either mosaics on a
biblical motif or with wall paintings, all in wonderful condition. The
most precious posssession of the Greek Orthodox monastery is an icon of
Mother and Child, purported to have been painted by Saint Luke.
The following day Doreen also did the long drive to Paphos where, near
the harbour, there is a UNESCO Heritage site recognizing important and
beautiful mosaics from the Hellenistic and Roman era. In the mosaic on
the left note what appears to be a Star of David, but it is a geometric
design as the Magen David only became a Jewish symbol in Medieval
times. Above it to the left there is a design that looks like a
swastika, but the swastika arms turn the other way and it is far too
early for its present day associations. Below is a mosaic of an Amazon.
It is unusual as Amazons are usually depicted on horses. The other
thing is that we see her bared right breast. Amazons, who are mythical
figures, were said to cut off their right breasts the better to wield
their spears. If you go to Zippori another breasted Amazon is depicted
there in the Nile House.
Kings is further afield. Although the many tombs cut into the stone are
varied and impressive they were rather of rich or important people and
not kings. The green grass and wild flowers of spring make it an ideal
place to spending a morning exploring the many tombs
2018 - A short visit to London
On the way back from a stay in Belfast we spent a day and as half in
|London - enough time for some shopping, a delicious Chinese lunch and
an excellent fish dinner.
2018 - Joel Klotnik goes sky diving
Joel and Beryl Klotnik (see Matz family tree)
are in South Africa and Joel took the opportunity of the holiday spirit
to go sky diving! Hope you weren't too nervous, Joel.
2018 - Enjoying a visit to Belfast
Dinner with Maureen Porteus and 4 bottles of wine at dinner, and
enjoying fresh oysters at
St George's Market. No record of her shopping, but our suitcases are
now much heavier.
2018 - Doreen at the Knesset
Last week, as part of the activities of the Women Make Peace
organization, 150 women (Doreen among them) attended a special meeting
of the Women's Lobby at the Knesset (the
Doreen (right) with fellow participants Wedad Zaid (left)
and Ruth Erez middlet)
Andy Loew passed away this month. See This Week's Archives.
Our son Moran sent us this picture, taken in the late 1980's, of
happier times, with Andy, Yaffa and their two children Vered and the
late Guy ז"ל in the Timna area in southern Israel.
2018 - How to walk your dog in the rain
January 2018 -
Midreshet Sde Boqer
It's always exciting to see the wild ibexes in the centre of the
It was a lot of
hard work, but the paella prepared by Doreen and grandson Maayan was
delicious. See a close-up of the paella
on Maayan's page.
Belinda Levy who was married to my late cousin David (see Hershovitz and Matz family trees) is
visiting Israel with her companion Peter Mintz and we were happy to
meet up with her again and to meet Peter. They met son Aviv when
they were in Eilat (see picture) .
They spent the day with us during which Doreen took them on a
tour of Caesarea, and then slept over.
SPECIAL EVENTS 2018
OF EVENTS in DOREEN'S COLUMN 2018