2020 - Heat wave
The third week in May 2020 was
May week ever recorded. Inside we had
air-conditioning but ging outside was quite unbearable.
sent us this picture from Eilat with the temperature showing an
incredible 49°C (120°F)
2020 - The Rons come for dinner
Many of the Covid-19 restrictions are being relaxed and after such
a long time we were so happy that daughter Vered and the Ron
family could come for a most enjoyable dinner.
May 2020 -
Our long-time very good friend Caroline Livneh celebrated her
birthday. We invited her over for a cup of English tea and a
birthday cake. (pictures here.)
2020 - welcome to baby Crutchi
Congratulations to Dikla (Segoli) and Pini Cruchi on the birth of their
daughter, sister to Mili and Tal. Dikla is a sister of our daughter in
law, Michal segoli.
Day April 2020
The ban on gatherings on Remembrance Day for Fallen Soldiers meant
Yaffa Loew (Schank family tree)
could not visit son Guy's gravesite for the first time since his death
20 years ago.
A short while before the commemorating siren, soldiers
from Guy's army unit, a local police officer, neighbors and friends
gathered in the road outside Yaffa's home (observing distancing) and
stood in silence with her while the siren sounded.
It was a truly
emotional moment for Yaffa.
April 2020 -
My 80th birthday
My planned large family 80th
birthday party was a victim of Covid19 and
was cancelled and replaced by a Zoom meeting with my children and
Doreen spent 2 days preparing my birthday dinner consisting of a
surprise menu. On the day of the dinner I was not allowed into the
kitchen lest I see what whas for dinner. I found a way to get into the
kitchen to prepare my coffee without discovering Doreen's secret.
I celebrated with my family on Zoom with "happy birthday" and
greetings and with a birthday cake with 81 candles (yes, really!)
followed by Doreen's gourmet dinner with of course beautiful silver
cutlery from the set inherited by Doreen.
2020 - Pesach seder.
This year the strict Covid-19 isolation restricions prevented us
from gatherings, so like thousands of others we celebrated "together"
with the help of Zoom. As the only option it was OK, but a Pesach table set for two (see picture) is not a very
satisfying substitute for a real physical celebration.
2020 - "Virtual" exercising
together in Coronavirus time
Granny in charge - Granddaughters in
Covid-19 lockdown continues. We are finding other ways to keep
together while observing 'social
distance'. Our two oldest granddaughters Danielle and Lior Ron decided
that exercising together with Granny Doreen was an appropriate
activity. Click on each picture above for short videos.
on each picture for video
2020 - Raphael
Cotton and Tamar Gralnick
Congratulations to Raphael Cotton on his marriage to Tamar
Gralnick in Johannesburg South Africa. Mazel Tov too to
parents Cecile and Raymond Cotton, seen above with Raphael. (See Matz
and Hershovitz/Levy family
Covid-19 restricted the number of participants but Cecile reports that
there was a wonderful relaxed atmosphere at the wedding. Cecile is
continuing her new set of treatments and we wish her a speedy and full
2020 - Zoe
scans some old slides
Granddaughter Zoe is utilizing the break from school to scan
of her dad's old photo slides. She has sent some to us. Here is
When we were young - Moran, Doreen
Aviv and Eitan (with
Lolly) at a Friday evening meal in Eilat about 1988
- The Segolis and Levys in Eilat
Coronavirus lockdown - schools are closed, children get bored, so
Eilat to spend the time with the Eilat Levys.
2020 - A closed park
The coronavirus lockdown has kept us at home this week except for
some short walks with Joanie our dog and 'outings' to buy
food. Entrance to public spaces like parks is forbidden, even to the
small park opposite our building.
2020 - Negev floods
The last few days have seen stormy weather in Israel,
particularly in the normally dry southern areas. In the Negev desert
dry riverbeds (wadis) became rivers. Many went to see the rare sights
of the flooded areas, among them son Moran Segoli and family who
by chance met relative Uri Haberman and family (see Goldberg family tree) who were also
Moran and Michal Segoli, Uri, Deganit and Geffen Haberman, Maayan Golomb
History of the Bacher and Kirsh families
Doreen's cousin (and Ali's older sister) Mushe Kirsh (see Nochimovitz/Nickel Family trees) has
just published a book detailing the story of the Bacher and Kirsh
families. We have just received a copy and have found it extremely
intersting as it not only details the two families but also includes
much background on our common heritage as Jews from the Baltic and
Byelorussia who emigrated to South Africa.
2020 - Cousin Ali Bacher and Shira visit
We were delighted that
Ali and Shira Bacher (see Nochimovitz/Nickel Family trees) could join
for dinner on their visit to Israel. It was a great opportunity for the
some of the
Nickel descendants of siblings Rose, Gertie and Julius to get together,
and for many of the children to meet with Ali for the first time. We
the lovely atmosphere, the delicious food and the remembrances of
Louise, Doreen and Ali from their young days when they lived in
Cyrildene in Johannesburg. I said a few words and Ali movingly
recounted how "Uncle Yudel" (Julius) had influenced his youth, bought
him his first cricket bat and influemced his path to his great success
as an international
- March 2020
Sde Boqer celebrated the Festival of Purim a few days before the
official dates. As usual all the children and many of the adults wore
costumes or "fancy dress", and our family of course joined in.
Both Michal and Moran benefiited from Lotem's amazing talent for make
up - just look at Moran's red eye! Click
of Lotem working
on Moran's head.
But the real appeal of Purim this year for us was the Adloyada the
tradional carnival-like parade
taking place in various cities in
Israel during the Purim
festival. This year almost all the parades were cancelled due to the
coronavirus precautions. The tradtional Adloyada
at Midreshet Ben Gurion
in the Negev, completely organized, prepared and staged by the high
school students at the School for Environmental studies there, was
"partly cancelled" as the onlookers were restricted to residents and
parents of residents. Doreen and I joined in the festivities and we
extremely impressed with the standard of the floats and the enthusiasm
of the high school participants.
Some of the floats - all built by the
March 4th -
Cousin Cecile celebrates her 60th birthday
A special "happy birthday" wish to cousin Cecile Cotton who
celebrated her 60th. We are happy to see that Cecile is
responding favourably to treatment. She will start another round of
chemotherapy soon. (See Matz
and Hershovitz/Levy family trees.)
2020 - Another Israel
The results of the latest - 3rd round - of the Israel
parliamentary elections indicate we may be in for a fourth round! I
voluntered to to work on election day and was the chairman of a polling
station representing the Meretz-Labour party, whose results were for us
very disappointing - 7 seats instead of the 10 expected.
2020 - Joanie on holiday
Joanie poses for a picture with the Segolis
February 2020 - Eilat
In Eilat with son Aviv and granddaughter Ilai
2020 - The Segolis visit the The Dead Sea
February 2020 -
La Boheme at the Royal Opera House
We enjoyed an amazing performance of La
e at the Royal Opera house. This is the 5th time we have
seen La Boheme,
production - singing, acting, set - was so outstanding that we
were moved as if this were the first time we had seen it. It was
definitely one of the best Operas I have ever seen.
2020 - A visit to Fern's burial site
Doreen and I visited sister Fern's burial site in St Asaph, Wales.
spoke to Fern a few
days before her death she told me that she hoped to be able to
eat tomatoes from the plants she had so carefully tended. Unfortunately
this was not to be. So, instead of flowers, we placed
her tomato plants on her grave. On our visit this week we sprinkled
tomato seeds over her burial site. Perhaps they will grow.
See also This Week's
and hopefully planes at Belfast Airport.
Part of the seemingly permanent
and never-ending line at Belfast airport waiting to arrange
alternate transport arrangements.
Storm Ciara caused most flights from Belfast to London to be cancelled,
including ours, and
we had to join the
thousands of stranded passengers trying to find alternate arrangements.
After two days (!) we finally flew from Belfast to London to spend a
"very" few days there.
2020 - Actually eating at a KFC
After so many family pictures of KFC's around the world (for example here)
, we finally ate at one in
Belfast - Tournament Directors Workshop
The staff at the Workshop I organized for improving the standard of
directors in Europe
Ton Kooijman (Netherlands), Fearghal O'Boyle (Ireland), Marc van
Beijsterveldt (Netherlands), Gordon Rainsford (England), me, Slawek
Latala (Poland), Jacob Duschek (Denmark), Peter Eidt (Germany).
The successful Workshop,
attended by 50 enthusiastic directors from all over Europe, is largely
the abilities and expertise of these dedicated persons.
2020 - Belfast
My fifth visit to Belfast in the last 3 years. This time I organized a
bridge workshop for tournament directors. On our first night we found a
restaurant near the hotel called the "Barking Dog". We had just
received the picture of the Ron's
new dog (see here too
) which in spite
of its small
size had no problem barking loudly at our much larger dog Joanie. That
restaurant was an obvious choice. Good food too..
Doreen took the opportunuty of again visiting the fantastic "Titanic"
exhibition, which had so impressed us on a previous visit.
2020 - Moran in Berlin
Son Moran was in Berlin, Germany for a conference and seeing a KFC of
course wanted to eat there. This was vetoed by his companions and his
disappointment is clear.
January/February 2020 - KFC time in Prague
While in Prague we took our mandatory family picture of KFC (see for erxample).
Although it's my favourite fast food restaurant we hardly ever eat
did not eat there this time either. We did have a meal at our usual
"Blue Duckling" Restaurant - a truly fabulous restaurant with atmoshere
and great food.
Doreen took some of the wives to see the more conventional views of the
old city - from left to right Doreen, Cippi Rona, Maureen Porteus and
January 2020 - The Segolis ski and glide
The Segolis enjoyed their skiing holiday in Romania. While
there the grandchildren enjoyed the skiing and Lotem and Maayan
also loved the hang gliding.
Pictures on the pages of of Zoe, Lotem and Maayan (and also below).
2020 - Cholent at the Rons
Saturday lunch eating the delicious cholent
prepared by Aviv Ron.
- Friday night with the Rons and Levys
Just nice to be with family but also celebrating Itamar's school
achiement and Ilai's birthday.
2020 - The Rons have a new dog.
Lior carries the Ron's new dog - a toy poodle. When we know her
name we can add her to our "Dogs of the Family"
2020 - The Segolis fly to Romania for a ski holiday
took a weekend trip to Eilat.
2020 - Lunch at Meshek Barzilai
Doreen and the Segolis visited Microsculpture - the
amazing exhibition of insect
photographs by Levon Bliss
exhibited at the Natural
History Museum of Tel Aviv University. After the visit they had
lunch at the currently very
popular vegan restaurant Meshek
2020 - Shabbat dinner with Lior
Only 10 days or so after her operation (see here
), we were thrilled
that Lior (lighting the Shabbat candles) felt well enough to join us
and the Segolis for Shabbat dinner..
Old metal sculptures
Tamir, son of my late cousin Vivian, made these sculptures from old
metal. You can visit his
and see more of these wonderful works.
- A visit to Meshek Kirshner Hadash
In May 2016, on this site, we wrote:
Overwhelming response is putting it
Moshe's direct to consumer
stall run by Rochelle and him, open Friday and Saturday, has expanded
into a large market open 7 days a week with
over 60 employees
selling tons of fruit and vegetables directly to tens
of thousands of consumers every month.
In 2016 Moshe supplied 100% of
the produce - today he supplies 1% with the rest coming from farmers
from all over the country.
Well done, Moshe, we're very proud of you.