Gail Nickel  זכרונה לברכה
Gail Nickel
Gail Nickel 3 May 1948 - 31 December 2022
At niece Melodie's wedding

We were saddended to hear of rhe death of  Doreen's cousin Gail Nickel in Johannesburg. We extend condolences to her sisters Lucille Melamed, Wendy Nickel Ginsberg and Carmen (Nickel) Kay; and their children. See Nochimovitz family tree.

Enjoying company and a meal at the end of 2022
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clockwise: Doreen, Eitan, Lior Ron, Dani Ron and Oz, Aviv Ron, Meaghan Coffey and Chris. Vered Ron, Jim amd Cathleen Coffey

New Year Eve 2022- We all met at the Dim Sum Palace the 30th December and enjoyed the food and the company. We were happy to meet Megan and her friend Chris and her parents Jim and Cathleen.
Tomorrow night we are off to Times Square to see the festivites courtesy of Meaghan and and her parents who have access to a room overlooing Times Square.

December 2022 - Chanuka 2022
Candle #1 - at the Rons with Aviv's family

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(back) Doreen, Gal, Lior, Eli and Shiri Ezra
(sitting, middle) Eitan, Idan Ezra, Rina Klipstein, Dani and Oz, Ilan Ezra, Aviv
(front) Vered, Tali Ezra

Chanuka 2022

Night #4 - at the Segolis with friends - candle lighting and and delicious latkes and sufganiot

Night #5 - at the Segolis - candle lighting and sushi prepared by all the family. (We also celebrated grandson' Maayan's 19th birthday (see picture)
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Night #7 - at Shuly and Eitan Haberman - Candle lighting (lots!) - family (see Goldberg tree), friends, aquaintances and others

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December 2022 - Double Celebration
We celebrated granddaugher Dani Ron's graduation from Reichman University with a BA in Sustainability and Government. We are very proud of her - she worked hard and it was not easy going back to study after a long break. Last night was also our 58th wedding anniversary and we were delighted to celebrate together with Dani and the Rons at a local Sushi Restaurant.
l-r: Lior and friend Gal, Doreen and I, Vered and Aviv, Dani and friend Oz.

December 2022 - A visit to kibbutz Yizrael
This week we had a most enjoyable visit to Kibbutz Yizrael and met up with friends from our Habonim days in South Africa.

With Binny and Steve Blass. I shared many experiences with Steve - we were together at a Habonim camp  and we were both at the University of Natal in Pietermaritzburg.
See also a lunch with Steve and Binny.

We also met up with ex-Durbanites Issy Levitan and Keith (Akiva) ) Greenberg and his wife Stella (from Zimbabwe); and we sat on the bench dedicated to my late cousin Vivian Klaff.
See a previous picture of a visit to Yizrael.
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November 2022 - Eilat girls
Doreen and Caroline met with old Eilat  friend Sheila Meltzerwhom they had not seen for some time.
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November 2022 - Son Aviv explains about the sea (sharks?) to the French Ambassador.

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(See also Aviv with the US Ambassador)

November 2022 - Doreen and Moran and Lotem dive in Sinai.
Since diving a few months ago in Madeira and in Eilat with Aviv Doreen has been dying to dive in Sinai for some time now, and took the opportunity of doing so when we were in Eilat for the bridge festival. Son Moran and granddaughter Lotem joined her for a two day diving trip to Dahab in Sinai.


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Thanks to Moran for sending an addition to the KFC posts:
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November 2022 - The Red Sea Bridge Festival
Although I retired from Tournament Directing some time ago I was happy to direct at the Red Sea Festival this week. The Festival was initiated by the late David  Birman, and is now organised by his son Alon and David's wife Daniella. David and I had a long and fruitful relationship over the years and there was a lot of cooperation between us in the Israel Bridge Federation. I was happy to participate in the Festival in memory of David and also to practice my directing skills after many years.
Also present for a few days was Jan Kamras, the President of the World Bridge Federation (WBF), and we took the opportunity to discuss issues connected with my roles in the WBF.
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Me, Daniella Birman, Jan Kamras, Barry Avnerre and Ilan Shezifi (top Israel directors)

November 2022 - Vered and Aviv Ron hiking in the Nahal Arugot area.

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Old Eilat friends

While in Eilat, Doreen visited some friends from our Eilat days many many years ago - Aviva Dekel, Fay Morris, Mali Fishmamn and Ariella Fridman wife of the late David Fridman who had been my close friend and colleague when I worked for Coral World International.
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Doreen and Mali Fishman; Doreen with Aviva Dekel in front of one of her paintings.

November 2022 - dinner at the Klotnicks

With Joel and Beryl and with Joel and Viki Gilbert.
See also Archives.

November 2022 - Papayas!
Earlier this year I wrote "This past winter with the unusual cold, winds and hail was disasterous for our garden and in particular for our papaya trees which were destroyed." Not quite. Although the tree were bare there were vestiges of leaves on some of them, and slowly fresh leaves started to grow. Gradually some trees came to life again and now from three of them we have papayas even more delicious than before. I had planted a few varieties and fortunately the three trees that survived were all different varieties giving small, medium and large fruit. A couple of other trees have developed flowers but so far no fruit.


November 2022: Son Aviv welcomed US Ambassador to Israel Tom Nides to Coral World Eilat, and showed him around.
(See also Aviv with the French Ambassador)

Habonim Camp in Onrus
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1961/2 - Habonim Camp in Onrus, South Africa

Someone posted a picture of  madrichim at a Habonim camp in South Africa from about 1961. I hadn't seen this photo before although I remember the camp very well.
I contacted Steve Blass (middle row left, not in uniform, to refresh my memory and he replied (my translation in brackets):

"..,It was Onrust the first national machaneh (camp). .....there was a balagan (big mess up) in the mitbach (kitchen). We were asked to manage it instead of being 
madrichim (Group leaders). By coincidence we both had red corduroy shirts which were our work clothes".

I cannot vouch that the names below are 100% accurate.

Back: Adam Kuper, Sidney Bloch, ? Factor, Mike Belling, Freddie Zartz, Albert Edelstein
Middle: Steve Blass, Selwyn Opwald, Wilson?, -?-, Viv Klaff, -?-, Me
Front 1: Bella Brom, -[?-, Alan fisher, Colin Kessel, -?-, Justin Passwell?; Foggy Fogelowitz.
Front 2: -?-

November 2022 - The Segolis hike
The Segolis went on a a beautiful hike in the Upper Galilee area. The water and scenery is not too common in Israel.

Nahal Kaziv  -  נחל כזיב
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Ein Tamir - Tamir Spring  -  עין טמיר

By chance, a day or two later, granddaughter Dani and her friend Oz also went hiking in Nahal Kaziv
November 2022 - A trip to Cyprus with the Klotnicks
(See also the 2022 Archives)

We drove to Paphos and saw the beautiful Paphos Mosaics then, as is our tradition, we had lunch at the Pelican Restaurant by the harbour. (It only takes one previous time to make a tradition)
Good friend Fearghal O'Boyle from Dublin, who was in Larnaca as Chief  Director at the Small Federation Bridge Games, joined us for a Hobos Restaurant for delicious steaks.
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 Lefkara is a delightful village in the mountains, famous for its Lefkara lace. Beryl and I were happy to shop in such a quaint place where the women make the lace objects and the men do silverware.

Doreen and I also drove to Nicosia where we crossed the border into Turkish Nicosia. Before crossing we got a view through a hole in a wall dividing the Greek side and the Turkish side.
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Nicosia itself was like any city that is the capital of a country. We visited the big Nicosia Mall where we did some shopping and had - of course - lunch at KFC
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See some previous family KFC visits in
Beersheva Israel Wuhan China, Brasov Romania, Moscow Russia, Shenzhen China, Mongolia and Istanbul, Berlin Germany, Belfast N.Ireland, Prague Czechia, Madeira, Wroclaw Poland, London.

October 2022 - Mikhal on breast cancer

This month was Breast Cancer Awareness month. Daughter in law Mikhal Segoli was on a panel answering questions about the disease.
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October 2022 - The Belmans and Maureen Fain

We invited the Belmans (in Israel for a Habonim event) and friend Maureen Fain to an enjoyable dinner this week reminiscing about 'old times'.

October 2022 - The Greenbergs
We were delighted to meet ex-Durbanite Akiva (Keith) Greenberg and his wife Stella at an Habonim evening and even more delighted to meet them again today at a performance of the Montreal Jazz Ballet of Leonard Cohen songs, which was outstanding both aesthetically and technically - if it comes your way don't miss it.

October 2022 - Shabbat dinner.
We were expecting son Moran Segoli and daughters Lotem and Zoe to come for dinner, but at the last minute the Rons decided to join us and bring their prepared meal to join our meal. The girls all joined in (as usual) for the Shabbat kiddush.
Later we were joined by Ruth Kansky (visiting from overseas). It was a lovely Shabbat evening.

October 2022 - Tal and Sharon's wedding.
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See Chuppa picture and more on This Week's Picture.

October 2022 - Flash flood!
It's a desert but the Negev can experience large flash floods occasionally and Moran was held up on the way home after such a flash flood.  The sight of the rushing waters in a desert is always impressive, and granddaughter Lotem is fascinated.

October 2022 - Lotems birthday and Maayan's room.
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We had dinner with the Segoli grandchildren to celebrate Lotem's birthday and Maayan moving in to his university dorm.

October 2022 - Meeting Ian Robertson

I mentioned some time ago that I had reconnected with Ian Robertson, an old colleague from university days. We both went to DHS - Durban High School  - but he was a 1961 graduate and I a '57er. This week the class of '61 held a reunion in Israel hosted by another '61er, ex-Durbanite Jonathan Beare and people came from all over the world to attend. Ian allowed me to 'gatecrash' and it was great to meet up with him again. Apart from both of us being DHS "old boys" we were both presidents of the Student's Representative Council at Natal University, and served as officers in NUSAS (National Union of South African Students) with Ian being elected President. As President he invited Senator Robert Kennedy to give the main address at the annual Day of Affirmation of Academic Freedom, an act that the South African government considered so serious that Ian was banned from meeting with more than one person at a time for 5 years. Kennedy came, met one-on-one with Ian, gave a speech that Wikipedia calls "Kennedy's greatest speech (with an empty chair for Ian on the podium). The incident and the aftermath are well covered in Wikipedia. (Also see a report in the Chicago Tribune).
In 1963 I was on the NUSAS board when we decided to implement  a previous decision to hold the annual Day of Affirmation, and I was one of the signatories of the Affirmation. Archbishop Dennis Hurley delived the keynote address but unlike Ian's effort we got no more than a passing reference in the press. Ian's courageous invitation to Kennedy and the aftermath was world news and highlighted the apartheid policies of  the South African government.

Also present at the '61 reunion (and also "gate crashing") were old friends Mike and Lorna Belman who live in California. See a previous meeting with them a number of years ago.
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Aviv stars on TV programme

Israel TV Channel 12 showed an excellent  report Diving with Sharks featuring son Aviv Levy, the technical director of the Underwater Observatory, who among other topics, spoke about the problem of man's extermination of sharks. As usual, Aviv gave an excellent and professional performance. Click here for the  report on Channel 12 . Below is a shot taken from the TV.

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October 2022 - The Segolis in London.
The Segolis, son Moran, Mikhal, Maayan, Lotem and Zoe are enjoying themselves on a short visit to London. They seem to be having a great time which included watching "Hamilton".

colossus They also went on the Colossus, a 10-loop roller coaster:

and of course enjoyed a meal at a KFC (adding another picture to my KFC collection)
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Beersheva Israel Wuhan China, Brasov Romania, Moscow Russia, Shenzhen China, Mongolia and Istanbul, Berlin Germany, Belfast N.Ireland, Prague Czechia, Madeira, Wroclaw Poland

October 2022 - Sukkot at the Rons

During the week-long sukkot holiday Jews enjoy eating in a sukka, a booth or temporary structure from where the stars can be seen. The tradition  is a reminder of the Israelites who needed temporary shelter when in the desert.  We enjoyed two meals in a sukka, one with Joel and Beryl Klotnick (see Matz family tree) and one at the Rons with cousin Jonathan Levy (see Levy and Matz family trees and his family - see below.
From front, clockwise: Danielle Ron, Doreen, Aviv Ron, me, Danielle's friend Oz, Lior's friend Gal, Lior Ron, Yarden Levy with friend Aviv, Vered, Dinah and Jonathan Levy

Some RV pictures

Our first RV trip - Moran helps with the garbage


Danielle and Lior (and Lopsy)
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with Vered and Aviv
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On an RV trip to the USA south we managed to save Aviv from a posse at OK Corral
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A couple of RVs

Keeping busy on RV trips
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September 2022 - Brunch at the Kessels (Colin and Louise
We rounded out a busy week with brunch at the home of Louise and Colin Kessel.
Noga Porter and Louise Kessel in discussion   -   Doreen and Basil Porter explaining something  to each other while friend from Durban days Nurit (Hadany) Reisner and Hadas Gorfil look on.
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September 2022 - Dinner with the Habermans
Shuli and Eitan Haberman (see Goldberg Family Tree) joined us and Vered and Aviv in enjoying Doreen's seafood paella. Apart from the food we had a really delightful evening.
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Around the table, from left: Vered and Aviv Ron, Eitan and Shuli Haberman, Doreen and me

September 2022 - TA Watergen ATP 250

For the first time in many years there was an official tennis tournament in Israel. A number of international stars played, including 3 top ranked 20 players Novak Djokovic, Diego Schwatzman and Marin Cilic and another 10 players ranked in the top 50. When we tried to get tickets the quarter, semi and finals were sold out but we we were fortunate to get good seats for the round of 8, where we saw 21 grand slam winner Novak Djokovic play scintillating tennis, including an exciting marathon 11 deuce game agaonst Pablo Andujar which Djokovic called the 'longest game I have ever played."
Doreen and I have seen 3 Grand Slam events, the USA Open twice and the Australian Open but this was special as the relatively small court  meant we were very close to the play  and could appreciate the amazing speed at which the ball is hit. We thoroughly enjoyed the event and hope that it will take place every year.

Djokovic serving   -   Doreen and I at the venue   -   As close as Doreen will get to Djokovic

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In 2002 we went to see the Australian Open Tennis in Melbourne with cousin Sharon's son Josh Leibowitz, saw Pete Sampras serving, and watched Martina Hingis (World #1 Women) and Marat Safin (World #1 Open)

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In September 2001, a week before the Twin Towers attack, Doreen and I went to the US open with our friend Mac McPherson. We saw a match between Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi two of the top tennis players in the world, and also Venus Williams who later in the tournament defeated her sister Serena in the final.

Rosh Hashana September 2022

We celebrated the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashana, with daughter Vered and Aviv Ron at their home. The atmosphere was wonderful and the food delicious and plentiful.

Grandson Maayan prepared a honey cake from a recipe in Doreen's cookbook and read what she had written about the family background to the cake.

Of course we had out tradituional shofar blowing compwetition. For the first time in many years granddaugher Lior did not win - she was second to my sterling effort.
Grandaughters Zoe Segoli and Danielle Ron also tried hard but unsuccessfully.


September 2022 - The Levys tour Europe in a motorhome.

Welcome back to the Eilat Levys - Aviv, Limor, Itamar, Amit and Ilai - from their motorhome trip to Europe (see This Week's Picture). We understand they had a fantastic time and are waiting to hear all about it. In the meantime, here are two pictures.
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Septemer 2022 - Mikhal Segoli's lab in the news.

This week here were articles in both the Hebrew and the English press about the work being done in the lab of daughter in law Mikhal Segoli in investigating the spread of the the invasive species the brown widow spider in Israel.
The Jerusalem Post also published an article on this. Below is an extract from the article. The full article in English can be found here. (if the link doesn't work, click here for the pdf version.)

....... To better understand invasive species, we need to figure out how traits shift in invasive populations, aIso some individuals survive transport, and establish and spread to new habitats, thus expanding their range,” says Dr. Monica Mowery, a Zuckerman STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) postdoctoral fellow in Prof. Michal Segoli’s lab at the Jacob Blaustein Institutes for Desert Research at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev's Sde Boker campus. .......

..... The brown widow spider, Latrodectus geometricus, is an invasive species with neurotoxic venom. It is suspected to have evolved in Africa, although it was first described from South America, which adds confusion as to where it might have originated. Since the 1930s, it has been spreading to many regions around the world, including Israel and the US, mainly through human-mediated transport........

A Munich 1972 Documentary by Jonathan Hock.
Haaretz has a full page spread about a documentary on the 1972 Munich Games produced by Jonathan Hock the well-known producer of documentaries and winner of ten Emmy awards.  Jonathan is Doreen's second cousin on her mother's side (see Nochomovitz family tree.). Click here for our visit in New York where we attended the premier of Jonathan's documentary about baseball, and here for a "breaking the fast" visit with Jonathan, his mother Anita  and family a few years ago. We are going to New York at the end of the year and hope to see them again.

Click for the full article (in English) on Jonathan's documentary.
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Once again at the Chiang Mai Restaurant

I go to a dermatologist for a check up every 6 months and am careful to make an appointment just before lunch time at a dermatologist near the town of Zichron Yaakov. The visit is followed by a visit to Chiang Mai a very good Chinese Restaurant in Zichron Yaakov.
(The last time we visited there with friends we all got Covid after a few days. As none of the restaurant staff got covid we probably got it from the crowded ice-cream shop we visited after the meal).
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KFC again
At the end of our visit to Wroclaw we went for lunch at a local KFC.
KFC is my favourite fast food restaurant, and the family looks for KFC's in the various countries they visit and send me photos. See some previous family KFC visits in Beersheva Israel Wuhan China, Brasov Romania, Moscow Russia, Shenzhen China, Mongolia and Istanbul, Berlin Germany, Belfast N.Ireland, Prague Czechia.

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August-September 2020 - The Rons sail the Greek isles

Daughter Vered and Aviv Ron are on a sailing trip to the Greek Isles. They had a wonderful time and enjoyed the sailing and the beautiful views.

Vered the skipper, the beautiful town Skopelos, touring the beaches of Skiathos
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August 2022 - Sheenagh and Katherine Levy hike in Tasmania.

Cousin Sheenagh Levy and daughter Katherine are in Tasmania and Sheenagh sent us some lovely pictures of their hike in the Cradle Mountain area,

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Sheenagh Katherin

Sheenagh's pictures brought back memories of a hike Doreen and I had made with the Segolis when we visited Tasmania in 2013. You can see pictures and read about our visit there .

September 2020 - A visit to the Jewish Cemetery in Wroclaw. The cemetery is huge and I (Doreen) saw gravestones from 1824 to 1939. Tha language engraved on the tombstones that were readable were mainly in German, but also some with Hebrew. The direction of the stones was not uniformly to Jerusalem as it is today. What I liked on the stones of women, in addition to their married name, was
GEB. = born or maiden name. Looking at the family tombs and monumental burial places it must have been a very prosperous Jewish community until the Nazis took over the town.

September 2020 - The Konspira Restaurant.
In Wroclaw we had a delicious and ample meal at the Konspira Restaurant -see my spare ribs serving below.

But as good as the food was, it was nothing compared to the experience at this restaurant which was a center of  Polish Underground Resistance against communism. The restaurant's role in the struggle is outlined on their site.  The menu is a booklet with each of the 30 pages depicting a menu item or two together with  something about part of the history of that period or something interesting about the food item.
 The two pictures below were taken in the 'secret room' which was used during the resistance and which now which displays artifacts and pictures from that time. I wonder how many of my grandchildren have seen a typewriter?
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August 2022 - Wroclaw, Poland

The Battle of Raclawice is commemorated by a huge (15m X 114m) cycloramic painting of a Polish-Lithuanian battle with Russia in 1794. The circular painting is housed in its own building.The peasant army outnumbered and routed the Russians. The panorama shows each stage of the battle, painted by Jan Styla and others in 9 months. The painting is multi-dimensional; the upturned cart, the clumps of grass and the trees in the forground are real, blending exquisitively with the painting. A remarkable experience

There are over 600 diminutive dwarf statues in Wroclaw. The first was created in 2005 part an anti-communist movement and shows the dwarves sawing a sword. In Wroclaw one has to keep looking down so as not to miss the little statues positioned throughout the city.
The dwarf with the lock is by the Tumski Bridge with a sign saying that it is wrong to lock up one's love in a lock that will rust in the rain. The dwarf is there to free love. More than seventeen tonnes of corroded locks were removed from this bridge alone.


August (20th) 2022 - The Segolis visit Maureen's exhibition

Our friend Maureen Fain has an exhibition of her work at the Jerusamem Theatre.. Unfortunately we were on our way to Wroclaw and couldn't vist but granddaughter Lotem Segoli and family went. Lotem amd Maureen have met before in connection with Lotem's drawings.

August 2022 (13th)- Aviv and Doreen dive

We are in Eilat visiting the Levys and enjoying ourselves. The highlight was Doreen's dive with Aviv. Since getting her insurance she has been waiting for this opportunity. She was delighted and had a wonderful dive.

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Click here to see a clip of Doreen diving.

August 2022 - Doreen met with old friends from our Hofit days at a lively tea party at the home of Ruhama. Having not met for a long time we had so much to share!.
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Ruti Michael, Atara ben Akiva, Ruhama Plotnikov, Ruti Flemimger, Doreen, Malka Lev

August 2022 - The reverse of the gold bracelet.
This is  the other side of the bracelet my sister Fern and I gave to Naomi (Hertz) when she left South Africa.

August 2022 - Moran and family diving in Eilat

Son Moran and our grandchildren Lotem and Maayan Segoli went diving in Dahab Sinai with our granddaughters Danielle and Lior Ron. The had 6 dives, including 2 night dives and by all accounts they had a great time
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August 2022 ( 6th)- Bowling
The children had prepared  a programme which included bowling

August 2022 (6th)- Testing for Corona

All negative!
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August 2022 (6th)- Family Friday night dinner

We had a busy weekend. On Thursday daughter-in-law Mikhal and five grandchildren Itamar, Maayan, Lotem, Ilai and Amit came to stay with us. On Friday morning Mikhal wasn't well and tested positive for Corona and went home. That evening we were joined by 2 more grandchildren, Daniel and Lior, and by daughter Vered and Aviv. Then today son Moran and our 8th grandchild Zoe joined us for lunch. All in all a very busy but enjoyable weekend with 14 of our 16 immediate family.
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August 2022 (6th)- Daughter-in-law Mikhal Segoli was at a conference on Animal Behaviour Ecology in Sweden
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July 2022 - Amsterdam

We enjoyed an Indonesian Rijsttafel with Hans Reijzer longtime friend from our days at Ulpan Ben Yehuda in 1965. We were joined by Hans' daughter Jose and her husband  David Keyson. We have not seen Hans since the unveiling of his wife Lottie's tombstone 3 years ago. He is not too well and we were happy to see him again. Then on Friday we enjoyed a delicious Shabbat dinner with Hans and the Keysons.

July 2022 - Amsterdam
The view from our hotel window was of Singelgracht. Walking along we saw many houseboats and were interested to note that many of the houseboats don't sit on "boats". Here a new houseboat is being constructed on a floating concrete base.

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July 2022 - Amsterdam Museums
Amsterdam Museums are a must, but you need to book in advance. Eitan and I enjoyed MOCO at Museumplein where we saw these two pictures by Bansky a former street artist with a very definite political message. There were also a few pictures of Yayo Kusama's pumpkins

At the Rijksmuseum I saw an exhibit of  Japanese Lacquer art. The lacquer is extracted from the trunk of the lacquer tree (below) and then filtered. After 15 years it produces the sap for only one season, yielding a 1/4 litre of sap. Exquisite writing boxes were made using the laquer and gold powder.  A visit to the Rijksmuseum would not be complete without seeing The Nightwatchman by Rembrandt. It has been re-stretched and is undergoing cleaning.
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July 2022 - herring!
 Eitan's love of fresh herring is a well known family fact. Although he said he would eat 16 herrings, he only managed 7 in three days.

July 2022 - Veldhoven Youth Championships

I officiated at the European Youth Bridge Championships held in Veldhoven in July. The conditions were excellent and the event went very smoothly. Over 400 youth from 25 countries participated. Israel received two medals: Bronze in the Under 26 category and Gold in the Under 21 category. I was happy to present the medals to the Under 21 medalists and to hear and sing Hatikvah.

July 2022 - Doreen goes touring in the Eindhoven area
Van Gogh lived in Nuenen for 2 years, part of the time with his parents. He was very involved in the poor life of the farmers and it is here that he painted his first masterpiece, The Potato Eaters. There is a statue based on the painting in the village and a visitor is invited to sit in the vacant chair and participate in their meagre fare.
Hieronymus Bosch was born in den Bosch. The art center in his name is located in an old church where pictures and models of his fantastic figures are on display.
One of the highlights of a visit to den Bosch is a boat ride along the canals and the waterways below the houses. One can clearly see where the sewage used to flow from the houses into the canal

Happy 80th birthday, Dave!
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Happy 80th birthday to Dave Rothschild, Frankiie Klaff's husband. See Goldberg family tree.

Vered visits in the USA
Daughter Vered Ron found time on her trip to the USA for some visits.

In Colorado she met with Rachel Moskovich (see Matz family tree). Husband Yuval was in England with their eldest daughter Tamar. With her is her brother-in-law Ziv Forman (sister Leah's husband) visiting from Israel.
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In Florida she met with long-time friend, Gila Bessis and her son Tom and his wife Thais; and grandson Liam. Gila was my secretary in Eilat and married and went to live in Paris. When Vered was in Paris she met up again with Gila and they became good friends. Gila now lives in USA.

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We are saddened by the news of  the passing in June of Charlene Engleberg. (see Matz family tree). Condolences to husband David and children Rachel, Rebecca, Leah and Louis.

July 2022 - Doreen and the Segolis in Tanzania
Our son, Moran and the Segoli family are having a great time in Tanzania, staying at various camps and seeing lots of animals. Later there'll be many pictures, but in the meantime here are some pictures including a picture of a wildebeest run. The wildebeest, also known as gnu, is a common animal in Africa and well known for their migratory runs during the dry and wet seasons. Click on the picture for a short video clip of the run Doreen and the Segolis saw.

Click on the picture to see the video clip.
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Trip to South Africa 2010

In 2010 the whole family - the Aviv Levys, the Rons, the Segolis (except of course Zoe who wasn't yet born!) -  went to South Africa on a 'roots' trip, during which we visited the Kruger National Park and other parks with animals. We have visited game reserves in South Africa, Mozambique and Namibia, so Tanzania will be a first for our family.

Here are pictures of the family enjoying a Saba Eitan story - I don't remember what! - and a story about Lotem's toes - I also don't remember what! (Note Lotems arm in plaster)

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Click for many more pictures of the South African trip,  and for the picture of the 16th Family Reunion.

June 2022 - Vered's birthday

We celebrated daughter Vered' birthday at a Thai restaurant in Tel Aviv with her daughters and their friends.
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Oz, Dani, Vered, Aviv, Doreen, me, Lior, Gal

Limor in Georgia June 2022
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Limor, son Aviv's wife, has joined the Egged bus company family and
enjoyed an Egged employees' holiday in Georgia, which was most interesting.

Madeira June 2022 - part 3

Apart from vising new places one of the big advantages of my term on the European Bridge Executive is meeting old friends. We have wonderful relationships with so many people, participants, officials and fellow executive members.

Dinner with Peter and Ingrid from Slovakia, tobagganing down a mountain with Carine from Belgium, enjoying an outing with Paul and Maureen from Ireland, Carine from Belgium, and Giannarigo President of the World Bridge Federation and his wife Cippi from Italy.

It is impossible to have a dull evening with the effervescent Mark from England. He took us to an an Indian Restaurant "close by" - a 40 minute walk, where we were joined by Herman and Carine from Belgium aznd Jan from The Nethertlands. The food was delicious but that's a side issue compared to the company.
See a picture of Doreen in full scuba gear after a dive.

Madeira June 2022 - part 2 - Madeira and Doreen's birthday
On Doreen's birthday we were surprised by the hotel sending her a bottle of 'champagne' nicely cooled in an ice bucket. They probably got the date from her passport and it was a lovely surprise. We enjoyed sipping the wine on the balcony of our room.
birthday champagne

Madeira - June 2022 - part 1

We visited the island of Madeira where I was involved with the European Bridge Championships for about 2 weeks. Here is the view from the rooftop of the Casino Park Hotedl in Funchal where we stayed.

Casino view

June 2022 - Vered at a conference in Seatle, USA.

Daughter Vered Ron travelled to Seattle for a work conference. While waiting on the plane to USA she spoke to the pilot who invited her to sit in the cockpit of the 787 Dream Liner. Fortunately she didn't have to pilot the plane.
Vered Seatle

Vered, one of the speakers at the conference, spoke on Retailing from the Outside-In.

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Shavuot - With family at the house of the Habermans
See also here for another picture and for the names.

Denise "d'niece" Braverman (Glazer family tree) is in Girona in Catalonia Spain at a triathlon summer camp.
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May 2022 - Screening of documentary of Reginald Morris
Doreen went to a screening of Dr. Morris' Camera, a documentary about the late Reginald Morris, one of the earliest and best known  residents of Eilat. Reginald was the first Director of the Eilat Hospital and later practiced medicine in Eilat. We were very friendly with Reginald and his wife Fay, who was also the Consul for the UK in Eilat. Our daughter Vered and her husband Aviv are very friendly with their son Andrew and Orli.  Doreen was happy to meet Fay (left) and old Eilat friend Sheila Meltzer (right) at the screening.
Fay MorrisSheila Meltzer

May 2022 - Vered in Brazil
On a business trip to Brazil, daughter Vered Ron grabbed a moment of relaxation.
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May 2022 - Frankie Klaff and David Rothschild in San Antonio.


May 2022 - Meeting the Levitans

Helene and Selwyn Levitan are visiting Israel and they stayed a night with us, together with long-time friend Maureen Fain. The next day we went to the Zichron Yaakov Pedestrian Mall where we enjoyed a good Chinese meal.
Doreen, Helene and Maureen were at school together in Durban and Selwyn and I were briefly at University together.  The Levitans live in South Africa and we haven't seen them for years so it was very nice getting together again and chatting about old times and old friends. Maureen lives in Jerusalem and fortunately it is easy to regularly meet with her.

Levitan Selwyn
Doreen, me, Maureen Fain, Helene and Selwyn Levitan

May 22 - finally - dive insurance
Recently Doreen set herself two short term goals:  (1) Take tennis lessons and play tennis with grandson Maayan Segoli, and (2) obtain diving insurance which normally is not valid after age 75. This  involves undergoing many medical tests. This week she succeeded in both. Well done, Doreen - your husband is proud of you!

dive insurance

May 2022 - Shirley Poluck in Israel
Doreen met with our friend, Shirley Poluck. We met Shirley and her late husband Gordon in 1965 when we all were learning Hebrew at an ulpan. We have been fiends ever since, and although Shirley now lives in England we see each other regularly either in London or as below in Israel.
Shirley Poluk

May 2022 - Doreen and Limor looking at/for the flyover
While in Eilat Doreen and daughter-in-law Limor went to a vantage point to watch (not very successfully) the air force fly-over.
Limor looking for the fly-over while Doreen photos her, both looking for the fly-over!

Doreen vs Maayan Tennis Match
Recently Doreen set herself two short term goals:  (1) Take tennis lessons and play tennis with grandson Maayan Segoli, and (2) obtain diving insurance which normally is not valid after age 75. This  involves undergoing many medical tests. This week she succeeded in both. Well done, Doreen - your husband is proud of you!

Doreen sharing some tips with grandson Maayan.
More pictures on Maayan's page.

April 2022 - Moran and the Exodus
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Moran writes:

I did an activity with Zoe's class today <29/4/22> about Passover (we were supposed to do it before the holiday).

I came into the class as Moses and we escaped slavery (school), while the Egyptians (other parents) ran after us, I hit the rock for water (parents sprayed water from behind the bushes), we prayed for food (Bamba bags were thrown from behind a hill), etc.

While walking from one part to the other, we were chanting what we want from god: Get us to the promised land, give us water, food, etc. At some point they asked for ice-cream and then started chanting for KFC - click on the picture..

April 2022 - The Kessels Colin and Louise Kessel, who had been on the  1990 Sinai trip with us, came to view the clip. We were happy that Terry and Carol also joined us.

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April 2022 - The Segolis in Florida
The Segolis are in USA for a vacation and visiting Mikhal's sister and brother-in-law.  Pictures taken while boating in the Everglades

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April 2022 - Aviv in St Eustacius
Aviv Levy went on a diving trip with our friend, Morris Kahn in the Caribbeam. St Eustacius is a small island near the Virgin Islands, where we lived and worked for some years. It is part of the Netherlands.
Aviv Eustatious

April 2022 - A visit with Shlomo and Claire Recht
We spent a very pleasant afternoon at the beautiful home of Shlomo and Claire Recht in Jaffa viewing our newly discovered video of our trip to Sinai in 1990. We then enjoyed a fish meal  at a local restaurant. .
Shlomo and claire Recht

April 2022 - My Vegetable Garden

This past winter with the unusual cold, winds and hail was disasterous for our garden and in particular for our papaya trees which were destroyed.  Fortunately spring  is here  and our vegetable garden  is blooming. Also the avocado, mango and lychee trees seem to have recovered and are flowering.



Our lemon tree continues to deliver a steady supply, including an enormous 16cm (6 inches) lemon, seen below with a normal large lemon.


Who Knows One? 2022
We had a lovely Passover seder at the home of Vered and Aviv Ron. Great atmosphere, not too long haggadah reading and of course plenty (too much!) delicious  food. And of course the singing, culminating in the family production of 'Who Knows One?'  Click on the picture below.

April 2022 - Amit and Ilai spend a week with us

Amit, Ilai and Sofia enjoying green felafel at the Carmel market; and bowling with cousin Lior.

April 2022 - The Segolis visit Epcot.

The Segolis are in USA for a vacation and visiting Mikhal's sister and brother-in-law who are now working in Florida. Unfortunately Disney World was fully booked, but there is plenty to do in Orlando.
Here they are enjoying a visit to Epcot.
Segoli epcot

April 2022 - Ice cream at Golda's

After the Asian meal (see here) we all went  ice cream in Eilat at the family's favourite glideria, Golda.
Doreen who usually has ice cream at every opportunity forwent this time and took the picture.


Aviv grill

The next night Aviv and Limor prepared a fantastic dinner for all 10 of us us
with delicious salads made by Limor and a variety of meat grilled by Aviv.

Lunch in Netanya with old friends.
We invited some old friends to lunch today at our house in Netanya this afternoon. We have so many events and memories in common from our days when we were young in South Africa that it is always a special pleasure to meet again. Colin and Geoff were at school together, as were Louise and Binny, Steve and I were at university together and we were all members of the Habonim youth movement.

Later Maureen Fain (front, picture below), also a Habonim member who was at school with Doreen joined us.
A special surprise was a drop-in visit on their way home by son Moran Segoli with Mikhal and Zoe below left).

Lunch with friends
The meal, home smoked chicken and baked sea bass, was supplemented by the dips and sauces prepared by granddaughter Lior Ron. See This Week's News archives.
Lunch with friends
See another picture in the Picture of the Week Archives.

April 2022 - A visit to the Small Dairy
We read in the Haaretz newspaper about a small dairy (aptly called The Small dairy המחלבה הקטנה ) on a kibbutz near us where two young persons who studied cheese making in Italy prepare cheeses . We visited, were impressed, and of course bought some cheeses.
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March 2022 - The Rons go skiing

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See picture of granddaughter Lior and friend Gal

March 2022 - Aviv Ron celebrates his birthday.

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March 2022 - A vacation in Cyprus
We spent 5 days in  Cyprus at the Cyprus Bridge Festival (see picture) and touring.
We enjoyed playing in the festival (despite our so-so results). The hotel was good and we were warmly received by Phillipos Frangos and Frosso Tillyris (respectively President and Secretary of the Cyprus Bridge Federation), whom I know from previous visits to Cyprus. We enjoyed a fish dinner with them.

There was an Indian Restaurant near the hotel.  Both Doreen and I grew up in Durban, which has the  largest concentration of Indians outside India, and we love Indian food. So of course we decided to lunch there and discovered that it was Holi Festival time, and there was big Holi Celebration there. We enjoyed the dancing and facial and other decorations and even had delicious curry, so we went back a few days later and had another meal there.


The day after the bridge pairs competition we hired a car and drove to Paphos, enjoying a stop at Aphrodites rock.
Access to the beach adjacent to the rock is either to cross a road and then jump over accident railings, or through a narrow pedestrian tunnel running under the road. Doreen of course want to jump the railings but in the end we used the tunnel, which is interesting of itself.

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In Paphos we spent some time walking through the Archeological Museum with the Mosaic houses and then had a delicious lunch at the aptly named Pelican Restaurant. I like calamari and the calamari at the restaurant was the best I have ever tasted. And no, there is no pelican on the menu - on the contrary Doreen fed the pelican.
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We then drove to the Tombs of the Kings archeological site.

Cyprus Paphos Tombs

The next day we decided to drive to the Cyprus Mountains. We enjoyed a stop in the village of Omodos and were fascinated by the unusually shaped trees. After visiting the Timios Stavros Monastery there we continued up to the village of Troodos.

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On the way to Troodos we saw snow, first in the distance, then closer and then at the side of the road (see picture in the Archives). There were fallen rocks on the road so we had to drive carefully. On reaching Troodos it was snowing a little so we stopped for lunch. It started to snow heavily and as we both have lived in warm (or hot) places we were delighted with the snow even though we had to travel slowly.
Cyprus Troodos

We thorougly enjoyed our short stay in Cyprus and hope to visit there again.

March 2022 - Rafael Braverman Dvir with granddad Melly Braverman

Thank you sister Louise for sending us a lovely picture of your grandchild Rafael Dvir with grandfather Melly Braverman.

Purim 2022

Some pictures of family members in costume as befits traditional Purim activities.

Lotem giving away home-baked Oznei Haman (Homentashen)  -  Moran  -   Aviv

March 2022 - Lunch at shuk Machaneh Yehuda
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Adloyada 2022

Traditionally the Purim festival is celebrated by everyone dressing up in costume and a carnival-like adloyada with a parade of floats, accompanied by music, dancers and costumed participants. And shlah manot, exchange of gifts, of course.  The adloyada has gradually died out but some towns still have one.
The High School for Environmental Studies, in Sde Boqer, puts on a fantastic adloyada every year prepared entirely by the pupils. In addition to the parade there are stalls selling food, trinkets, jewelry, toys etc. The adloyada is very popular and a large crowd attends and a good time is had by all. We again joined the Segolis for this year's adloyada.
See Maayan's float on the Archives page  here.



March 2022 - A visit to cousin Shirley and Nathan Kansky

grandfather clock

I wonder how many of the younger readers, and even the oldar ones, know what a Grandfather clock is. And I guess that very few have ever seen one.
says that a traditional Grandfather clock is "a statement item of furniture that invokes a sense of history, nostalgia and substance." Certainly for me on seeing the Grandfather clock when visiting cousin Shirley Kansky invoked history and especially nostalgia.

The clock belonged to Shirley's grandparents Wolf and Rosie Solomon in their house in Port Elizabeth. When young I visited, holidayed and stayed with Bertie and Ruth Solomon and often visited their parents Rosie and Wolf  and the clock with its chimes every hour was always part of the visit.

Seeing the same clock - which still works and keeps time -  in Shirley and Nathan's apartment  brought back fond - very fond - memories.

If you're interested in how the clock works see here.

Grandfather clocks are coming back into fashion, and modern clocks in various designs, mainly as decorative furniture, sell for very high prices.

March 2022 - Alma breaks a leg - again
First she broke her left leg (see here) and now she has broken her right leg. The betting is open: which back leg will be the next broken leg.
alma leg

March 2022: Friday night with the family
After too long a time, we were delighted to have most of the family over  for an 'Italian' dinner prepared by Doreen, Maayan and Vered, with Chianti brought by Aviv L. It was  moving to see how they were excited to see other and how they all got along so well.
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February 2022: About a month ago I was honoured to receive the European Bridge League Gold Medal for service to bridge. (Click here and also here.). I was delighted  to receive this month's copy of the Israel Bridge Federation Bulletin. Apart from the cover there are some nice words in an article.

IBF Bulletin

February 2022: We went to kibbutz Tzora for an evening honouring Mike Levine after 30 years as one of the founders and the director and visionary of the Israel Stage Orchestra. We remember how how some years ago we enjoyed their production of their original Fantasy for Monkey and Orchestra. We have known Mike since our South African days and Doreen was his madricha in the Habonim youth movement. At the reception before the ceremony we were delighted to again meet many old friends from our Durban days.
On the right below, long time Knesset member and former Minister, Uzi Baram (on right) congratulates Mike.
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February 2022 - Lotem and team build a robot.
We went  to see granddaughter Lotem with some of her Fata Morgana team preparing to build a new robot. As the winner of the regional Robotic Contest they will participate in the Israel Robotic Contest. If they win this they will be invited to USA to take part in a contest there. We were very impressed by their work - they work to a plan and each prepares a part and then they put everything together.
Lotem robotics prep

We spent the weekend at Midreshet Ben Gurion with the Segolis. Aviv and family were going to join us but had to cancel at the last minute. Grandson Maayan outdid himsel by smoking spare ribs which were delicious.

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February 2022 - Eight for dinner.

Fortunately we (=Doreen) didn't have to cook dinner on our return from Warsaw as daughter Vered Ron invited us to dinner with a full complement - daughters Danielle and Lior with their friends Oz and Gal.
all 8

February 2022 - The Monument to the Ghetto Heroes situated in the grounds of the Polin Museum on the site of the destroed Warsaw Ghetto.

Click here for another picture and more about the Polin Museum.
Polin Museum

February 2022 - Eating in Warsaw

On our visit to Warsaw (see above) Doreen and I found two interesting and completely different styled restaurants. (and didn't find the Michelin Restaurant where we had booked!)
The Kuznia Smaku  is a small restaurant with a great atmosphere serving food more-or-less based on traditional Polish and Jewish food. The duck we ate there was delicious. For a starter I couldn't resist ordering the Lithuanian 'perogi in broth'. My mother and her parents were from Lithuania and it brought back fond memories of one of mother's favourite dishes - meat perogen in soup. I wasn't disappointed - the dish (at least in my memory) was identical in look and taste to my mother's 'perogen' in soup.
kusnia Smakukusnia Smaku

Then next night we decided to eat at a Michelin Star Restaurant situated in the Old City
The taxi took us to an entrance to the Old City and informed us that public transport was not allowed there. All we had to do was enter, walk to the left and again to the left, and of course ignore the rain! So off we started in the rain, going left, returning, trying different lefts and asking directions but hardly any establishments were open or seemed to know where the restaurant was except for a pub-like restaurant where we got completely confusing directions. Still wet, we passed a restaurant that was open and decided that enough is enough and that we would eat there. It was a good choice! The Stolica Restaurant is an elegant Polish restaurant in an old style now more or less out of fashion. We were the only guests and well looked after by the sole waiter (who was probably the owner) and again we enjoyed a delicious meal.

February 2022 - A Retrospective - Yayoi Kusama
Just before leaving for Warsaw Doreen, friend Caroline and granddaughter Danielle and her friend Oz visited an exhibition by artist Yayoi Kusana.
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February 2022 - The Segolis sky dive.

Maayan and Lotem have been planning to sky dive for some time but bad weather had repeatedly postponed the experience. This week the weather cleared enough for them to go to Sdei Taiman airfield just outside Beersheva and finally sky dive, together with many of their Segoli relatives.

Here are some pictures of grandchildren Maayan and Lotem having a great experience.

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February 2022 - Tea tasting party
Those who know Doreen well know that she is a great lover of tea - the loose leaf kind. On our overseas trips she is always on the lookout for tea coming close to her favourite, Irish Breakfast Tea from Fortnum and Masons in London. Recently she has obtained some very good teas and today invited friends Caroline and Rutie to taste some of them.
tea party

February 2022 - Lotem's Robotics Team win first place.

Congratulations to granddaughter Lotem Segoli and her team for their accomplishment in winning the Israel robotics qualifier competition. They will take part in the Finals of the Israel National Robotics Championships next month. The team Fata Morgana is from the Ramat Hanegev High School situated in the Negev Desert. Lotem is the Coach, Mechanics leader and CAD (Computer aided Design) leader of the team. She and her team have spent months of hard work in all their spare time in preparation for this event and their victory is amazing and well deserved.

We are all very proud of you, Lotem. Now go and rest a little!

See also the Archives for another picture.
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Granny Doreen visited to cheer for Lotem's team; Lotem discussing tactics with her team; and making some last-minute adjustments and repairs to the robot.

Tel Aviv Pop-UP Museum

Doreen and friend Maureen Fain went to a most unusual art exhibition in Tel Aviv. Two 4 floor joined buildings with 24 rooms have been condemned  to be demolished and replaced by a high rise building. More than 150 artists from different fields turned the building into a temporary museum and took it upon themselves to illustrate the walls of the buildings in graffiti or abstract designs. Each of the artists took one area of a room (eg the kitchen of Flat 11) and drew or painted on the walls.Some of the painted walls can be seen here.

For a  fuller decription and 12 more paintings click here.
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February 2022 - A day hike

Moran. Mikhal, and Lotem Segoli went on a day hike in the Ramon Crater with Vered and Aviv Ron

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February 2022 - Meeting Denise Israel

We were happy to renew contact with Denise Israel. Denise's ex-husband Giora worked at Coral World in St Thomas and Nassau Bahamas during the period he and I both managed these attractions. Our paths crossed many times and it was lovely to meet Denise again after so many years and to discuss old times.
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January 2022 - Trash Art in Larnaca, Cyprus

On our visit to Larnaca Cyprus, Doreen was facinated by an outdoor exhibition of 'trash art' - sculptues made from trash by Abdul Gany Bande, a refugee from the Ivory Coast.
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January 2022 - Gold medal for distinguished services to European Bridge

At the European Bridge League seminar in Cyprus I was presented with the Gold Medal for "distinguished services to European Bridge". I was very proud to receive this, especially as the last Gold Medal awarded was ten years ago.
(More pictures in a few days)

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With the Israelis: Doreen, Jan Kamras (EBL President), Oriya Meir, me, Reuven Baswitz, Gilad Ofir;  and Doreen and I with Gianarrigo Rona, President of the
World Bridge Federation.

January 2022 - The wives
in Cyprus
Doreen with Ingrid Belcak and Maureen Porteous on a walk in Cyprus during a  short visit to Cyprus for the EBL seminar,
January 2022 - Snow in Israel

We have had very cold weather in Istrael during the last week or so, with lots of snow in parts of the country.  The Segolis took a trip to see the snow.

January 2022 - The Segolis hike to Gev Zarchan

The Segolis  (Moran, Mikhal, Lotem and Zoe)  took advantage of the temporary break in the rainy weather to go hiking to the Gev Zarchan area. Apart from the desert scenery there is a 'gev', a water hole,  in the rock base that fills with water in the rainy season.
Click for some pictures of Zoe 'exercising' on the rocks. See also Archives for picture of Moran and Mikhal at the waterhole Gev Darogh.
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January 2022 - Vered in New York
Vered spent a few days in cold and snowy New York on a business trip.
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Aviv on TV
Son Aviv Levy was interviewed on TV Channel 13 about the problem of plastic pollution in the sea, and showed seahorses entrapped in plastic waste. Aviv is a regular on television talking about various sea and fish subjects ((See for example here (skip the asdverts) and here). He speaks extremely well and confidently.

January 2022 - Bridge with the Cartoons
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We were happy to have Lennie and Selma Cartoon over for lunch, followed by an enjoyable game of bridge. Lennie is related to my cousin Jonathan Levy on his mother's (Malia nee Weinronk) side, and although we don't see them too often we are always happy to see them.. See Levy and Matz family trees.