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to News December 27, 2008
presenting his book to Pinhas
When Maayan was younger, he used to
sleep with books under his pillow to help him fall asleep. He used to
choose a page with an animal that is "strong" but not "bad", and sleep
with that page open so that if he had a bad dream the animal would help
him. The two books that he used the most were a book of mammals,
and a book about reptiles written by Pinhas (Pini) Amitai.
Pini Amitai has written numerous books about animals, so it was a
special treat for Maayan when he visited Pini at his home, and saw his
collection of reptiles. When Pini sent him a copy of his new book, Zehirut Akrabim
Scorpions), he decided that he too would write a book and give it to
Pini to thank him.
Maayan chose the pictures and dictated the descriptions to Moran, who
arranged for the printing of the booklet, which was duly presented to
You can see the pages of the book by
(Press the PgDn
key there to go from page to page )
Both Maayan and Lotem are fascinated by
reptiles and insects, as can be seen from these pictures of Maayan
to News December 20, 2008
Patisa Rasmussen and our daughter Vered
have been close friends since they were in High School in the Virgin
Islands, and we consider Patisa one of the family. She's visiting in
Israel now, and this was our first opportunity to meet her lovely and
friendly daughter Sofia.(see also Archives
). Patisa lives in
Denmark with her husband Jens who'll be joining her in a few days.
Click for another picture.
to News December 13, 2008
Back: Aviv Ron, Eitan, Gabi Dvir, Lior Ron,
Denise Braverman,Nico Arroyo, Shai Arroyo
Lotem Segoli, Doreen,
Louise Braverman, Donni Dvir with Avigail, Yahel Braverman, Vered Ron,
Last night Denise Braverman (see Glezer
, and Schank
family trees) and her companion Shai Arroyo invited Denise's family for
a family dinner. It's always nice when family gets together, and the
delicious meal and excellent company ensured that we enjoyed a really
Here are some more pictures
2008 (go to News December 6, 2008
Eleanor Gamsy, Dickie Hirschberg,
Colin Kessel, Maureen Koningfest, Aura Bilchik, Hillel Factor, Carol
Naomi Levine, Misha Ehrlich, Doreen Shapiro (Shappy), Dave Rothschild
Ian Maltz, Joan
Baharach, Anthony/Eitan Levy, Naomi Hertz, the late Cedric
the late Fern Levy, the late Viv Klaff, Brenda Brazil
Marcia Shapiro, Doreen,
Estelle Rothschild, Melanie
Belman, Frankie Klaff, Erica Driman, ??, Ilana Rubenstein, Lynn
Miriam Ballin, Dawn Lurie
Dave Barkham, Aaron Rose
taken probably circa 1958, is of an annual kenes (congress) of the Natal
branch of the Jewish youth movement Habonim.
Apart from its historical interest, the pictures is a reminder of how
close we were then as a group.
Even though we now live in at
least 6 different countries around the world, we still have some
form of contact with nearly half the people in the picture, and some of
them are numbered among our closest friends. Of couse we didn't know it
at the time, but Doreen my future wife is sitting in front of me; and
Frankie Klaff is in the picture with both her future husbands, Vivian
Klaff and Dave Rothschild.
We were fortunate that Colin Kessel was visiting as an official guest
(from the head office?) - he gave me this picture!
2008 (go to News November 29, 2008
This week Doreen took a group down to
Eilat. On the way they stopped at Sde Boqer to see Ben Gurion's grave
and memorial. This was an opportunity for Maayan to see what his granny
does for a living. I don't know how much he learned about Ben Gurion,
but I'm sure he enjoyed the experience and the break from his
2008 (go to News November 22, 2008
Eitan, Louise Braverman, Doreen, Maya
and Rafi Fridman
I was in Eilat for the Red Sea Bridge
Festival, and Doreen joined me for the weekend after finishing her
tours. With Doreen's sister Louise, who was playing in the bridge
festival, we took the opportunity of visiting the Eilat Herb and Spice
Shop, a new venture of Rafi Fridman, son of Ariella and the late David
Fridman. We couldn't resist buying a variety of herbs, spices,
teas and granolas and recommend this shop to all Eilat visitors.
2008 (go to News November 15, 2008
and Ilai Levy
I'm in Eilat and will be here,on and
off, next week as well, at
the Red Sea Bridge Festival. I'm staying with Aviv and Limor and
enjoying their company and of course the grandchildren. I was very
happy to see how gentle and caring Itamar is with Ilai, his baby
sister. I tried to get a picture of the three grandchildren, Itamar,
Amit and Ilai together and all three looking at the camera together,
but it's a "mission impossible".
2008 (go to News November 8, 2008
Ron (in yellow cap), with
two other pupils, receiving the Prize Cetificates on behalf of
Yachdav School and the Raanana Municipality
At the beginning of the school year, the
Parents' Committee of Yachdav Primary School in Raanana implemented,
together with the Road safety Council, an idea suggested by Vered
Levy-Ron. Pupils meet in a park in the morning and then walk along a
safe route (funded by the Raanana Municipality) to school, accompanied
The Raanana Municipality, which supports and funds the project, won two
prizes at the "Sustainable Transport" Competition, organised by the
Ministries of Transport and Environment. The project was cited not only
for the healthy walking, but also for resultant reduction in traffic
problems in the school area in the morning, and in pollution.
Lior was chosen to be one of the three pupils receiving the prize, in
part in order to recognize the part played by her mother, Vered, in
proposing and implementing the project.
2008 (go to News November 1, 2008
finishing touches to her birthday cake
Lotem was 3 years old on October 26. She
celebrated with the family and later had a birthday party at her gan
(kindergarten). There are some more pictures here
25, 2008 (go to News October 25, 2008
r: Dani Ron, Aviv
Levy (back), Moran Segoli, Caroline
Livni, Doreen, Mikhal Segoli
While I was in Beijing, the family went
to Eilat to celebrate Sukkot
the Festival of the
Tabernacles. The highlight was the Family Dive to honour
Danielle, the newest scuba diver in our clan. The dive was
by Aviv Levy, a qualified dive instructor.
For more pictures on
the dive and on sukkot
see Events of 2008
, and Danielle's page
The Israel Junior Bridge Team at the
World Mind Sports Games Beijing 2008
Ron Schwartz, Bar Tarnovski, Alon Birman, me, Eliran Argelazi, Gilad
Ofir, Lotan Fisher
I enjoyed my time in Beijing at
the 1st World Mind Sports Games, as a Tournament
in the Juniors series. I also got a lot of
the Israel Youth Bridge team, who played well and behaved
well. Their results were impressive, and with a little bit of
luck could have been even better.
Israel finished 5th out of 74 countries in the qualifying stage
of the under 28 teams championships but were knocked out by China
in the quarter finals.
With two deals to go (out of 72 deals)
Lotan and Ron were leading the field in the Pairs Championships, but a
Turkish pair just managed to pull ahead and Ron and Lotan had to be
content with the Silver Medal
fantastic achievement. Alon and
Eliran were always among the leaders and finished a very respectable
7th (out of 96 pairs who made it to the final stage). Bar and Gilad
missed the cut for the A final, but made amends by finishing 3rd in the
the Chinese how to carve a duck
Hello from Beijing, China, where I am
officiating in the Bridge
of the First
International Mind Sports Games
, the Olympic Games of the mind
sports. There are five main sections: Bridge, Chess, Draughts, Go
and Xiangqi, with 3000 participants.
Tournament Director of the Junior Series of the games (under 28, under
26, under 21). We work quite hard during the day, but nights are free,
and we have found some exceptional restaurants, such as the duck
restaurant pictured above where they carve the ducks at the table. Of
course I had to try my hand at carving, but although I consider myself
an excellent carver I came nowhere near their speed or accuracy. Apart
from the culinary
delights, I haven't seen too much of Beijing, but enough to note the
remarkable changes since our visit here 20 years ago.
Loew and Dotan
Mazeltov to Vered and Yoav
Shavit on the birth of a boy, their first child, Dotan, on 29th
September 2008. Mazeltov too to proud grandparents, Yaffa and Andy
Felix Karlsbad 1919 - 2008
Felix Karsblad died this week on
September 24th, aged 89. Our thoughts and condolences go out to his
children, Rachel Karlsbad, and Zvike and Zahava Karlsbad; and to his
gandchildren, Asaf and Roni. See
Schank family tree
Mica Tavi Matz, a few days old
to Gavin and Jodie-Beth Matz on the birth of
their first child, daughter Mica Tavi, in Manchester,England on 16th
September 2008. (see Matz family tree.
Mazaltov also to grandparents
Leon and Jennifer Matz of Cape Town.
September 13, 2008
Lotem doing stretching exercises with
There are a few
things that are "Granny Doreen" to the grandchildren. Making muffins is
definitely one of them; the other is morning stretching. The
grandchildren are especially fascinated with exercises that include
"reach for the sky", "pull me-push me", "hiss-meow" and "stars in
your eyes." This week we slept over in Sde Boqer after attending a
wedding of a colleague's son at the Eshkol Nature Reserve in the Negev.
The following morning Lotem duly did her stretching exercises with
September 6, 2008
Vered Levy-Ron arrives at Ben Gurion
Danielle and Lior were at Ben Gurion
airport to greet mommy Vered on her return from the USA. Joining them
were Dani's friend Meirav, Doreen and of course Lopsy
Ezra, Moran and Hans Reijzer
We were in Amsterdam to celebrate Moran
Saturday 23/8/08. We thoroughly enjoyed the
, the company and
hospitality of the Reijzer family,
See also News items from 30/8/08
More pictures here.
Yaniv family (Nitzan, Naama,
Moishik, and Rotem) with the new additions - Ido and Amit
and Moshik Yaniv on the birth of twin boys, Amit and Ido, brothers to Nitzan and
Congratulations to great-grandmother Rachel, grandparents
and Avraham Segoli, and sisters Mikhal, Dikla and Ophra.
See also: Welcome to the Yaniv Twins
We were delighted to have another
opportunity of seeing long-time friends Aura (nee Bilchik) and Hilton
Greenberg at the barmitzvah
of their grandson Richard Hyde in Jerusalem.
The Greenbergs and Hydes live in Toronto, Canada, but Richard
celebrated his barmitzvah
the Western Wall in Jerusalem. Our
friendship with the Greenbergs goes back many many years - Doreen and
Aura were classmates in Durban and I was at some time their madrich in
Aura's mother, Luba Bilchik, was one of my
Hebrew teachers at afternoon cheder
I also knew Hilton from
before he met Aura.
Mazaltov to the Greenbergs, and to Richards parents, Jeanette and Gary
Hyde. A special mazaltov
great-grandmother Luba Bilchik.
For a previous meeting with the Greenbergs, see the archives of This Week's Picture for 7 January
At this time of sadness and mourning for
my sister Fern and Doreen's nephew Rael, it seems appropriate to recall
happier times. At Aviv and Limor's wedding in November 1998 in Eilat,
Rael (standing on right) and Fern (sitting on right) share some fun
with the family and 3 year old Danielle.
Links to Rael's Memorial Page
and Fern's Memorial Page.
Rael Anthony Braverman 5.4.1964 -
With overwhelming sadness we announce
that our nephew Rael, passed away today, following complications after
a transplant operation. Rael is the son of Doreen's sister Louise
and Mellie Braverman, and brother of Denise and Yahel; to whom our
hearts go out. Rael was always an integral part of our family and his
passing is deeply felt. We, and Vered, Aviv, Moran and families are
shattered at the loss.
Link to Rael's Memorial Page
Fern T. Levy 18.11.1942 - 21.07.2008
At the beginning of our stay in America
we were informed of the sad
news that my sister Fern had passed away. Fern had recently been
diagnosed with lung cancer, but her sudden death, apparently of a heart
attack, was a shock to us all. Fern had been living in Wales for
many years, where she taught in high school. She was also an
accomplished alpinist and an active volunteer in the local Search and
Rescue Team. She was a talented
and principled person, who always fought for the rights of the
underprivileged. A few years ago she spent three highly
successful years as a volunteer in a backward area of Namibia,
giving of her knowledge and skills to the inexperienced teachers there.
See also the family picture at
, and a picture
of our visit last year. Link to
Fern's Memorial Page
Eli, Moriah and Alma Pashas
Last Saturday evening we welcomed Alma (more
, born 31 May, 2008, daughter of Moriah and Gil Pashas, and
granddaughter of Rochelle and Moshe Kirshner, at alovely party held at
the Kirshner's farm. See Schank family
to Tali Klaff
A couple of months ago we wrote about
the sporting achievements of Alex and Tamir Klaff (click here
for details of
Alex's triathlon and Tamir's Primal Quest success. )
Tali, their daughter, is certainly
taking after her parents. On July 4 she marched in the parade with
her gym class and entertained the crowd by doing cartwheels and splits
on the road. (Click here for
). This week she competed in her first swim meet and
won her heat in the freestyle, came in second in backstroke and third
in the relay. Congratulations, Tali. The next Olympic Games is in 4
Row row row your boat ........
Near Sde Boqer, where the Segolis live,
there is a Nabatean pool or cistern. The Nabateans were Arab commercial
nomads who knew the secrets of the desert. Over 2000 years ago they had
damming systems, waterholes, and even vineyards. They had settlements
in many places in the desert, and thus travelled and controlled the
camel "Spice Route" from the Persian Gulf to the port of Gaza..
The Nabateans took goods originating in the Far East, from the
Persian Gulf through the desert (Petra, Avdat etc) to the port of Gaza,
whence they were shipped to Rome. Ramaliyeh was one of the small
settlements along the way, and the cistern, or pool, they dug to
utilize and store desert water still exists today. Moran and Mikhal
sometimes visit there (accesible by 4- wheel drive jeep) when Maayan
and Lotem want a boat ride.
June 28, 2008
Happy birthday today, to our daughter
Vered Ron. You were younger on your wedding day, but you're
still as beautiful and precious as then.
The family, in Jerusalem, at Aviv
Levy's 40th birthday
Aviv Levy turned 40 today, June 21st. (see also This Week's Picture from last
We thought it would be a good idea to celebrate together, and as Doreen
was guiding in Jerusalem (and had Friday night and Saturday morning
free) we all met in Jerusalem. On Friday night the adults - the
siblings, spouses and us parents - celebrated with a festive meal at a
Jerusalem restaurant (and the kids celebrated with their respective
baby-sitters). On Saturday morning we all met for breakfast at the
Sheraton Hotel. After breakfast, the parents went their own ways, and
the rest visited the Jerusalem Biblical Zoo. An enjoyable time was had
by all, as can be seen from the
birthday to Doreen, Vered and
Doreen (11th), Aviv (21st) and Vered (28th) all have June birthdays. I
thought it would be a good idea to have a picture of the three of them
for This Week's Picture, and I looked for a picture showing the three
them. I spent hours and hours searching through hundreds and hundreds
of old pictures. There were lots of pictures of the three with other
people, but I'd made a decision not to crop the picture, and find one
with ONLY Doreen, Aviv and Vered. Eventually I found only
two, one of which is this picture, and the other can be seen by clicking here.
I must say I enjoyed looking at the old pictures, and strolling through
"memory lane". Some of these pictures will be coming to you on a
certain family site in the future! (In the meantime - see this for elegance
And now for Question of the Week. Where (and on what occasion) was this
picture of Doreen, Vered and Aviv taken?
June 7, 2008
Rachel and Yuvie Moskowitz (see Matz family
) are visiting Israel with
4 month old Tamar. They'll be here about 10 days and are staying
with Yuvie's parents, who live just down the road from us. It's always
a pleasure to see Rachel and Yuvie, and also Rebecca, Rachel's
sister who lives in Israel. Rebecca will be staying with us for a few
days so as to be near the visitors.
May 31, 2008
Our nephew Rael Braverman (see Glezer family tree
) underwent a
double transplant this last week. With a new kidney and pancreas
we hope that a much better quality of life awaits Rael. Imagine - he
went in with severe diabetes and kidney failure and came out with a
functioning kidney and without diabetes. Rael is recovering well and we
look forward to his being released from hospital in a few weeks time.
Although we don't know who is the young man whose sudden death gave
Rael a new chance of life, our hearts go out in gratitude to the
parents and we thank them and know their pain.
May 24, 2008
During the weekend in Eilat Doreen and I
enjoyed a Japanese-style meal in Eilat with Limor, Aviv, Itamar and
For update pictures of the three
Eilati grandchildren visit their pages: Itamar
May 17, 2008
This week belongs to Tamir and Alex
Klaff, for outstanding physical achievement.
Alex, above, took part in the demanding Gulf Coast Triathlon and raised
considerable amount of money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. (see previous report on this site
completed the 70 mile course (swimming, cycling and running) in 6 1/4
hours. Read about her race and her
feeling of achievement
. Here is a link to some official pictures
Tamir and his partner placed second in his category in the gruelling
Primal Quest Sprint Series, a 5-6 hour, 50 mile endurance test
mountain biking, difficult terrain running, paddling, rope
orienteering, and Log PT (sit-ups, presses etc with a 5 meter wood log)
You can read all about it on the Primal Quest home page
and see some amazing pictures
here (I was especially amazed by the pictures on page 4, where he has
to swim across a river
carrying his bike.).
May 10, 2008
When Moran was asked to be one of
the beacon lighters at the Yom
HaAtzmaut (Independence Day) ceremony at Sde Boqer, we
immediately decided to attend the ceremony. It was a wise decision. We
were very proud of our son who attended the High School for
Environmental Education at Sde Boqer and later returned to do his
Master's degree, during which time he found and married Mikhal, whom
he called, 'amazing.' Last year Moran and Mikhal moved with their
children Maayan and Lotem, back to the Sde Boqer campus where they
are writing their doctorates. Continuity and love of the desert was the
theme and it was heart warming to see other people who had studied and
then returned to the Sde Boqer campus. No stars came to sing and
no bands played. Some-one prepared fire works (which were placed so as
not to interfer with the desert vultures!), young girls prepared a
dance while the older children prepared tombola games for the younger
ones. Altogether there was a wonderful feeling of community and sense
of common destiny of preserving the desert.
coming in to land
Five years ago Caroline invited me to join her on her 60th birthday and
skydive. It didn't work out because of the weather but truthfully I was
relieved as I was terrified. Almost five years later I called her and
told her I was ready to dive. This weekend was the result, and a
surprise for me was that our children treated me. Vered and her Aviv,
Mikhal (without Moran who is recovering from a shoulder operation), my
niece Denise, Caroline and her son Gideon and I were all in high
spirits and eager to go. Two months ago jumping out a plane at 12,000
feet was an unimaginable madness; today it was something to eagerly
Click here for more pictures of the
Click here for a
video of one of the dives
, mainly of Vered but also with Doreen and
mulberries is fun!
After the seder, Moran and Mikhal went
back to Sde Boqer, and we
offered to look after Maayan and Lotem for the week. We had a most
enjoyable (and tiring!) time with them. Considering their ages (4 and
2) and that they were away from their parents, they behaved wonderfully
with a minimum of crying and moaning. They were kept busy
Doreen cook (they made special passover muffins, see Recipe of the Month
), going to a
musical, helping in the garden (picking ripe loquats), picking
mulberries from some wild trees in the area, playing games, watching
TV, and listening
and singing to children's passover songs over and over again. They
enjoyed the petting and playing with Flopsy, and kept their distance
from Lopsy, who is too old to have any patience for kids (and who was
being "dogsat" while the Rons were overseas.). There are more pictures
Richard and Rona Nickel with Leshem
after his brit mila
Mazal Tov to Richard and Rona Nickel on
of a son, Leshem Aaron, last Wednesday April 9th. Mazaltov also
grandparents Julius (Yudel) and Laura Nickel on the birth of their
sixth grandchild. The brit mila
was on Wednesday. Click for more
Ron's first dive
Last weekend the Rons- Vered, Aviv, Danielle and Lior - went down to
Eilat, where they celebrated Itamar's 5th
. Danielle was the one who got the big present: an
introductory dive in the open sea in full SCUBA equipment with uncle
Aviv Levy. Aviv L is a certified dive instructor and he took 12-year
old Danielle for her first dive. Danielle says it was the best
experience she has had in her whole life, and Aviv reported that Dani's
reactions in the water were excellent and that she is a natural diver.
We're all proud of Dani, especially granny Doreen, who was the
first Israel woman to receive a 3 Star open water diving
See Dani's page for more pictures
Moran Segoli underwent an operation on
his shoulder on Thursday. Moran was rather amused at the arrow - he
thought the doctor should know by now where a shoulder is. He was told
that it's to ensure that the correct shoulder is operated on.
Maybe the arrow is to show which way is "up"?
The operation went without a hitch, and at the time of writing
Moran is home and well, although in a bit of pain. we all wish him well
and a speedy recovery. His arm will be in a sling for 6 weeks, and he
is not supposed to use his arm during this time.
Moskowitz aged 6 weeks
This week's picture is the latest
addition to the Matz family tree
beautiful Tamar, daughter of Yuval and Rachel (nee Engleberg).
(see This Week's Picture
). Yuval is the son of neighbours Ralli and Yossi
Moskowitz. We're sure that they and grandparents David and Charlene are
very proud of their grandchild - the first for the Englebergs. Auntie
Leah Engleberg is visiting Israel and staying with Auntie Rebecca, and
they both assured me that Tamar is even prettier than in her picture.
Vered, Danielle, Aviv and Lior Ron
The Ron family - Vered, Aviv, Danielle and Lior - came back last
Saturday from their ski holiday in Colorado, USA. They report that they
had a fantastic time, on and off the snow.
The Segolis went down to Eilat to
spend a weekend visiting their Eilati cousins. We hear that they had a
great time. In addition to their usual visit to Coral World they also
visited the Dolphin Reef, and petted the dolphins. Aviv is with Itamar,
Amit, Lotem, Maayan and Mikhal. Some
more pictures of the Eilat trip on the pages of Itamar
l-r: Caroline Livneh, Jeanette Hersch, Morris Kahn, Ariella Delaney,
Eitan, Doreen, Dick and Maureen Fain
Last night the eight of us enjoyed
a different dining experience. Passing the artists' colony of Ein Hod
we drove along tortuous roads until we reached the village of Ein Hawd
where the 24 families are all related. In the courtyard of the El-Haija
family residence is the restaurant Habayit b'ein Hawd (The house in
Ein Hawd). A family run business, there is no menu but they serve
serve over 20 authentic homecooked Arab dishes. We ate until we all
felt stuffed and after the many dishes were
cleared from the table Mrs El Haija told us how she started the
restaurant in her lounge, eventually building a restaurant in their
courtyard. Her husband, Mohammed Abu El Haija, led the successful fight
for the official recognition of many Arab villages, including Ein
The Segolis - Moran, Mikhal, Maayan and
Lotem - went on a two day hike in the Arava desert in the region of
kibbutz Yahel. The highlight was the bulbusim
(limestone nodules) that are found in the area. These round rocks,
in Hebrew after an Aramaic word for potato, consist of limestone
containing unoxidized organic matter, and are dark in colour. When
broken (which you are not allowed to do as they are protected) they
give off the "rotten egg" smell associated with sulphur compounds.
There are some more pictures on Maayan's
Back, l-r: Donni, Denise, Rael
Front l-r: Yahel, Louise
Louise gave a
family dinner to wish bon voyage to Yahel Braverman and fiance
Donni, who are going to Cape Town, South Africa, for a holiday.
they will meet Yahel's father Melly, who is also holidaying
there. (see Glezer family tree
sent them off with good wishes and reminders not to forget "peppermint
crisps" and biltong!
Itamar, Danielle, Doreen, Aviv and
Ilai, Limor, Amit celebrate for the second time, this time a bit late,
Ilai's 1st birthday.
We went down to Eilat this weekend
and took our eldest granddaughter Danielle with us. We had missed
celebrating Ilai's 1st birthday a couple of weeks ago, so we decided to
have another birthday cake and sing "Happy Birthday". Everyone
was happy with the idea - any reason is a good reason for a
42nd annual Israel Bridge Festival opened in Tel Aviv this week, and as
usual I am playing my part in directing (judging). Once again this year
we welcomed Ton Kooijman, of the Netherlands, as our Chief Tournament
Director. Ton is a chief Tournament Director of the European Bridge
League and the organizer of the biennial European course for aspiring
international directors. Among other positions he holds, Ton is also a
member (and past chairman) of the World Bridge Federation Laws
Committee. We took the opportunity of discussing and clarifying some of
the finer points of the new Laws of Bridge which come into effect later
60th birthdays are
often celebrated with parties - surprise or planned - with family and
friends. Eitan Haberman
celebrated his 60th in a unique way.
Eitan is a successful, high profile lawyer whose passion and
classical music. Both he and his wife Shuli are involved and
active in Israel's music scene, and for his 60th birthday celebration
he invited family and friends to a performance of
Rossini's Petite Messe Solennelle
he himself conducted.
The performance, with choir, soloists, piano and harmonium, took place
on Friday, the day after his birthday on January 31st. Eitan was in
complete control and the performance was excellent. The choir, The
New Vocal Ensemble, is among Israel's best. (Shuli is a
member of the choir. She is in the picutre, above Eitan's right hand).
The four soloists are leading Israeli opera stars, and were
outstanding. The audience of about 200 family and friends were treated
to a wonderful show, and Eitan's 60th will be long remembered.
moving his boxes, albums and other things to his new home in Sde Boqer
Moran found some old photographs, including this one taken probably
about 1976, which brought back many memories. Doreen thinks it was
taken while she was recovering from meningitis.
On the right, in front, is the late
Mussie Karsblad (nee Drue), a first cousin of Doreen's late father
Maurice. (see Glezer family tree.).
Standing at the back are Mussie's niece, Yaffa Loew (nee Bortenstein),
and her daughter Rachel Karlsblad. In the middle Doreen is with
mother Gertie Glazer (nee Nickel) and Vered, Aviv and Moran (on her
A live hot water bottle, or "Happiness
is a Warm Puppy"
Maayan and Lotem spent Thursday night in Hofit on their way up north.
We're still in the middle of an exteme cold spell (for Israel) and what
better hot water bottle than Flopsy. There is an ongoing love
affair between Flopsy and the grandchildren, and Flopsy has performed
calming-down and other duties in the past. (See Flopsy babysitting Maayan (aged 3 months)
and Itamar (aged 11 months),
Rub A Dub Dub - five kids in a tub
And who do you think they been?
And Itamar and Rotem,
All scrubbing their way to be clean
l to r: Maayan Segoli, Nitzan Yaniv,
Lotem Segoli, Itamar Levy, Rotem Yaniv
Although this looks like an attempt to set a new Guiness record "Most
Cousins in a Bathtub", it was a convenient way to clean five sandy
cousins at Maayan's birthday weekend last weekend..
You can see more pictures at "Maayan's
4th birthday weekend."
(*) With apologies to the English
A Durbanite reunion after 40+ years
Mike, Maureen Right
Mike (back row - left; Doreen (middle row left);
Maureen (middle row 4th from left)
When Mike Belman, one of our good friends from Habonim days, contacted
us to say that he and Lorna would be visiting Israel, it was
cause to invite friends over for dinner. Maureen Fain (nee Konigsfest)
and I were very excited at the prospect of a mini-reunion with Mike.
Maureen brought old photo albums to jolt our memories. We, joined
by Anthony (!), Terry and Carol Kessel and Livia Passwell - all going
back many many years - spent a delightful evening. See picture and also January Recipe.
The last time the three of us were
photographed together was in Durbs a million years ago.
Thirteen years ago when visitng Los Angeles I stayed with Mike
and Lorna; and Vered, then living in Manhattan, flew over to tell me
personally that she was pregnant (with Danielle).
December 29, 2007
Doreen entertainig her tourists on the tour bus
Doreen's tour, on the way to Eilat, the tour bus stopped near Sde Boqer
for a visit. Moran and the kids took the opportunity of saying hello,
and Moran took this picture of Doreen talking to her group. A desert
isn't a desert without camels, and Lotem and Maayan were happy to go
for a camel ride. (see picture).
For previous pictures of Doreen guiding, click July 2005, March
2007, May 2007
Click on the picture
the Channukah week Doreen and I went to Eilat for a couple of days,
and went with Aviv, Itamar and Amit to a protest against the building
of a 4 hotel complex in an untouched desert area near Timna.
Afterwards, we went to a sandy hill nearby and enjoyed sliding down and
genertally having a good time. Click for pictures of Itamar and Amit.
On the same weekend, Moran,
Mikhal, Maayan and Lotem went to Nahal Gov where there is a huge rock
ideal for sliding (see picture above.). Click on
the picture or here for a
short (9 second) movie showing Maayan sliding down. This is also
the first time that This week's Picture is This Week's Movie!
Last week's inaugral This Month's Recipe
) persuaded Mikhal,
and Lotem to try it out. They ran out of zuccini so used sweet potato
as well. They report that the latkes
were delicious and it
certainly looked like lots of fun preparing it.
A successful week for Mikhal - not only latkes
, but also first prize for
the best PhD lecture at the 44th Meeting
of the Zoological Society of Israel. Congratulations! (more details in
This Week's News )
Levy - Great White Shark hunter!
The above caption is not quite accurate - the shark is not quite great,
and is not quite a man-eating White shark, rather a small mustellus
deep-water shark. Also, the shark was not exactly hunted - in fact the
opposite. Itamar was helping dad Aviv return the shark, caught by a
fisherman, to the sea, after removing the hook from its mouth and
making sure it could survive.
Martin Miller, Doreen, Rochelle Miller, Viki Gilbert, me
On Wednesday night Doreen and I travelled to Jerusalem to meet my
relative Viki Gilbert (see Matz family tree
for the first time. (A few weeks ago I wrote about Viki ,
had found this web site in a roundabout way when a school friend of her
sister Gillian saw their names on it ). Viki was in Israel for the
wedding of the son of Martin and Rochelle Miller and we had a most
pleasant evening with them. Viki is a warm and
delightful person and we thoroughly enjoyed meeting her. We hope that
there will be more opportunities to meet her, as well as her family.
Moran is affixing
to the doorpost
of the new house in Sde Boqer.The mezuzah
depicts Noah's Ark and animals, which is very appropriate for a family
so connected to nature. The whole Levy family, plus Louise and Denise
Braverman, spent the weekend in Sde
Boqer for the "house warming." Click
here for pictures
. There are also pictures on the personal pages of
the grandchildren, Dani
Going "green" at Itamar's kindergarten
Cecile, in charge of the
kindergarten that Itamar (our
eldest grandson) goes to, has decided to make it "green." The
been given lunch boxes and they may no longer bring
their food and sandwiches in plastic bags. They use only recycled
materials (like tires, bottles, wood, old plastic containers etc) for
making and doing the various things that kindergarten children make and
They build using a homemade cement from clay and straw. Doreen was
impressed, and spent a morning at the kindergarten helping Itamar build
a sitting area from mud - see picture above. Later, when the tire
flowerpot was covered with mud and straw, the children were invited to
decorate the mud using their fingers.
November 10, 2007
Repaired and ready to roll!
motorbike has now been fully repaired after the accident, and as I am
also nearly fully repaired, I hope to start riding it regularly soon. I
needed an ultrasound examination on my leg this week, and decided it
would be appropriate to go there by motorbike. I must admit to a
certain trepidation as I started riding, but that soon disappeared, and I had to make an effort to drive
carefully and avoid zipping through thre traffic like I used to do.
week Moran and Mikhal moved from their temporary home at Kibbutz Dvir
to their permanent home in Sde Boker. They worked hard packing,
moving, and unpacking. Doreen and I went down to
Sde Boker to help them a little. Atlthough their house was
finished over a year ago, they have not lived in it yet, so there
a lot of cleaning and arranging to do, including painting/oiling the
pergolas outside. We were fortunate in
being able to get two young workers to help us (in flagrant violation
of the laws against child labor.)
See also the beginnings of
their house and how it looked two
our seven grandchildren in
Eilat - October 2007
to r on the luggage cart: Ilai, Maayan, Lotem (back), Amit (front),
Lior, Itamar, Danielle
This weekend we had to babysit our grandchildren Maayan
and Lotem. So we decided to take them, as well as the two
granddaughters Dani and Lior, down to Eilat where we were joined by
the three grandchildren Itamar, Amit and Ilai. We spent a most
enjoyable (and tiring!) time with all
our seven grandchildren, and with Aviv Levy and Limor who were of great
help to us. The kids got on fabulously with each other. The two eldest
Dani and Lior were wonderful with the younger kids, until Dani slipped
and fell next to the pool, requiring a visit to the local hospital.
Fortunately nothing was broken, but she was in pain and couldn't walk,
possibly with a torn tendon.
Click for more pictures .
Two pictures this week: Viki Gilbert
on the left, and daughter Hannah on the right.
is the 196th consecutive week that this site has been updated and a
picture of the week shown. It's not easy keeping to this timetable, and
there have been many times when updating the site on time has been very
inconvenient. I have sometimes wondered if it's worth it, and have
thought about giving it up; but then a "lost" relative finds the site,
gets in touch with me, and contact is established. This has happened a
number of times in the past, with relatives from different parts of the
world. So I was delifghted to receive an email from Viki Gilbert, who
had found my site in a roundabout way when a school friend of her
sister Gillian saw their names on it!
Viki (nee Kirsch) is my second cousin (her mothert Shana was my
father's cousin) and lives with her husband Jack and daughter
Hannah in Manchester, England. We have never met, but she will be
visiting Israel in November and I look forward to meeting her then. I
also hope there will be opportunities to meet her sisters Laura,
Gillian and Candis.
I have updated the Kirsch family in the Matz family tree with some details
that Viki kindly sent me. She also sent me pictures of her sisters and
nieces, and these will be posted on the site on the relevant birthdays.
to Joshua and Natashe Leibowitz (Josh and Tash) on the birth of their
second daughter, Hayley Olivia, a sister to Keira ( in the picture
Mazaltov also to grandparents Sharon and Joe Leibowitz and to
great-grandmother Winnie Levy. See Hershovitz
and Matz family trees.
Click for a wedding picture showing all
the family, and here for another picture of Keira.
Danielle Ron reading her parsha.at the celebration of her
batmitzah on September 29, 2007.
celebration took place next to the Hofitkin pool in Hofit. It was a
delightful informal affair, with good food, lovely atmoskhere and cool
swimming in the pool for those who wanted it. There were also some more
serious parts. Dani read and explained her parsha, and members of the family
spoke and blessed her, and 12 candles were lit by 12 post-batmitzvah
friends and family. There was also a presentation of picture highlights
of Dan's life. All in all, a lovely time was had by all.
For more pictures click here.
to Yahel Braverman (see Glezer and Schank family trees) and Donny Dvir, who
have announced their engagement. Mazeltov too to mom Louise, dad Melly,
and siblings Denise and Rael. Click here for another picture of Yahal
and Donny with Donny's two children, Gabi and Avigail.
The beginning of September is
also a new year - the new year of schools. It's back to school for most
of our children and grandchildren (and also for some of us). For
some it's a new school - like Danielle who is starting Junior High
School. grade 7 - and for some it's off to school for the first time.
Alex Klaff (see Goldberg family tree)
saw both her kids starting new school lives - Tali off to school,
REAL school, to grade 1; and Cale off to pre-school. Good
luck to you two, and to all of you kids starting a new or another
Family Reunion - Bet Hillel, Galilee, Israel
Aviv and Ilai, Limor and Amit, Itamar, Eitan, Louise, Rael, Denise,
Doreen, Vered, Lior, Danielle, Aviv, Moran and Lotem, Maayan, Mikhal
celebrated the New Year with our family at the 14th Levy
Family Reunion at Bet Hillel in the Galilee. 18 of us
took over Gross Guesthouse
. We all had a
great time, we hiked, swam, jeeped, talked, watched DVDs, cable-carred,
jacuzzied, and of course, ATE
. Click here for an albumn of pictures from the event
(without captions for the time being).
September 8, 2007
Birthday to our granddaughter Lior Ron who celebrates her 8th birthday
this week on the 13th. Lior is very self assured and knows exactly what
she wants. This is how she wanted to be photographed when they came
over for Shabbat dinner this last Friday night..
the sidewalks in Hofit are being repaved and evidently our beautiful
live hedge had grown so well that it encroached on public property. So
before we really knew what was happening our hedge was uprooted. The
constant need for cutting and pruning was becoming increasingly
burdensome and we had been discussing the possibility of replacing the
hedge, so now the decision was made for us. The hedge is being replaced
by a concrete wall - much easier for maintenance but not nearly as
attractive (at least in my eyes.). In the meantime we have a temporary
wire fence to keep people out and dog in, and I'm thinking of the
possibility of keeping the fence (on the inside of the wall) and
growing some kind of a creeper on it, so at least from the inside
there'll still be green.
our visit to England, we took a train to Wales to visit my sister Fern,
who has recently returned to Wales after a successful and rewarding 3
year stint in Namibia as an Overseas Volunteer in the Education
Department. She has a very nice apartment in the village of
Gwyddelwern. The countryside is amongst the most beautiful we have seen
anywhere with stunning views. Fern took us on two short walks which we
August 18, 2007
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Helen Beth Nickel 1926-2007
We are saddened to
hear of the death of Helen Nickel, wife of
the late Aaron Nickel, in Cape Town, South Africa. (see Nochimovicz/Nickel family tree
heartfelt condolences to daughters Gail Nickel, Lucille Melamed, Wendy
Ginsberg and Carmen Kay and
families; and to grandchildren Max and Melodie, Natalie and Saul, Talia
and Jaryd; and to great-grandchildren Daniella and Yehuda, and
Congratulations to Vered Loew and Yoav
Shavit on their marriage on August 2. It was a lovely affair and we
thoroughly enjoyed it. It was also a happy occasion to see the Schank side of
the family again.
Congratulations also to Vered's parents, Andy and Yaffa (nee
Bortenstein) Loew. Click here for
here we are in
Mallorca, in the Spanish Balearic Islands, visiting Aviv, Limor,
Itamar, Amit and baby Ilai.. Aviv
is visiting Curator at the newest Coral World attraction, the Palma
Aquarium, which is truly world-class. See also archives
We'll be here till the beginning of next week, when
we return home to Israel. We're staying with Aviv and Limor and
enjoying being with them and the kids. Aviv took a day off to show us
around, and we have visited some lovely places here with Limor and the
and I are still in Jesolo, near Venice, Italy, for the European
Junior Bridge Championships.,
where I am a Tournament Director (referee). Last Saturday was a free
day and we took the
opportunity to visit Venice (an hours bus/boat ride away.) We were
fortunate that the visit coincided with the annual Redentore Festival. We spent an enjoyable day
there and then had an excellent meal before returning late at night. We
spent most of the day in the company of John Carruthers, Patrick
Jourdain and Barry Rigal, all bridge journalists and officials at the
and I are in Jesolo, near Venice, Italy, for the European
Junior Bridge Championships.,
where I am a Tournament Director (referee).The Championships comprises
three series, Junior Teams (to age 25),
Girls' Teams (to age 25) and Schools' Teams (to age 20). The Junior and
Girls series have started and Israel has entered a girls team but
not a juniors team. At the moment of writing the
Girls' team (above) is lying a creditable 5th place. The Schools'
next week and there will be a team from Israel.
from left to right, just before the
opening ceremony: me, Elizabeth Skagin, Niva Goldberg, Ilan Shezifi
(non-playing Captain), Hila Levy, Adi Asulin
done, Denise Braverman!
Denise (see Glasser family tree) took
part in the 10 km "White Night" race sponsored by Nike, last week in
Tel Aviv. This was the first time this race was held. It proved to be
very popular, and even though many more wanted to participate, only the
first 5000 were accepted. I understand that many raced unofficially
alongside the registered runners. Denise was one of the "legal"
participants, and here is is seen crossing (staggering across?) the
finish line. We're proud of you, Denise!
here for article (in Hebrew) on the race.
June 30, 2007
to our eldest granddaughter, Danielle Ron, on finishing primary school,
with a successful report card. We're proud of you, Dani. Have a great
vacation, and then get ready for grade 7 in Junior High School..
Kremlin Palace Resort, Antalya, Turkey
year I was again invited to be a Tournament Director (referee) at the
European Open Bridge Championships. This year's event is tsaking place
in Antalya, Turkey at the Kremlin Palace Hotel. I came a few days ago,
and Doreen joined me today. I did not work this afternoon and Doreen
and I spent a lovely afternoon strolling along the spacious grounds of
the resort, and having a refreshing swim in the large pool.
A Shabbat tiyul (hike) to Nahal Taninim
(Crocodile Stream) had everybody peering with fascination over the
bridge looking for ...turtles. The last sighting here of
crocodiles was in 1867. We spent a delightful morning exploring
the remains of aquaduct systems and water-powered flour mills.
From front to back:: Danielle, Moran, Lotem, Mikhal, Lior and Maayan.
checking in at the airport
Bon Voyage and good
luck to Aviv
Levy, Limor, Itamar, Amit and Ilai. Aviv will be organizing the
staff at the newest Coral World attraction, the Palma
Aquarium in Palma de Mallorca in
the Spanish Balearic Islands. He
and his family will be there about 3 months. It wasn't easy getting
organized with three small children, and the check-in at the airport
(which took one and a half hours!) was a nightmare.(one child was
double-booked, one wasn't booked etc etc). Limor's mother, Margalit
Sadeh, was there to help and will be with them for the
first two weeks to help with the children.
Welcome back to Doreen from her hike in
the Zagoria mountains in Greece. She tells us it was quite a difficult
hike. But we can see that even on a difficult hike there is always time
to relax, if only for a minute or two
While Doreen was hiking in Greece, I went
down to Eilat for the Shavuot holiday.As always, I was amazed at
how she has grown. She's a lovely, quiet baby, interested in what
goes on around her, and smiles delightfully as soon as she sees someone
looking at her. There are more pictures of Ilai on her page.
Doreen has had some rather different
tours to guide over the last few months, but this week was definitely a
first for her: guiding from a helicopter. Visitors to Israel with
little time and a desire to see as much as possible, took a helicopter
tour that included Jerusalem, Massada, Golan Heights, Haifa, Caesaria
and, by special request, Hofit. Doreen called me from her cell phone
and I rushed out and managed to take this picture. Look closely - you
still won't be able to see her, but take my word for it - she's
there looking green as the helicopter circled above
The baby daughter of Patisa and Jens Rasmussen
This week's picture is of a little baby
girl born to Patisa and Jens. We consider Patisa our "adopted
daughter." When I was stationed in the
US Virgin Islands in
the 1980s, our
daughter Vered and Patisa became friends at Antilles School and
formed a deep friendship which has lasted these many years over various
countries. They keep constant contact and meet fairly often, so we were
thrilled to hear that Patisa had given birth this week to their
first child, a daughter. Patisa married Jens Rasmussen and they live
in Odense, Dennmark.
Congratulations, Patisa and Jens, may you enjoy much pleasure and
happiness from your daughter.
May 5, 2007
Doreen's tours this week were very
different from her usual tours. Firstly they were two one-day tours;
and the participants were not pilgrims nor regular tourists, but gifted
pianists - winners of international piano festivals and performers at
the 4th Eilat Piano Festival.
On the first day the group toured the Golan Heights (hosted by Alex
Sacharov who also piloted one of the planes.) . The pianists were prize
winners of the last Arthur
Rubinstein Piano Competition (Minsoo
Kolesova and Jie
Chen) and two 13 year old prodigies, winners of the 2nd
Schimmel International Piano Festival. (Wei Xin Zhou and Liyan Ho).
Doreen is on the extreme left of the picture and Shuli Haberman (see Goldberg Family Tree) of the
Rubinstein Prize committee 4th from right.
Doreen enjoyed hearing all 5 pianists at a dress rehearsal, and we also
went to a performance of Jie Chen (Ravel Piano Concerto) and were
enthralled with her performance.
The next day there was a trip to the Dead Sea and Jerusalem. Click for picture.
April 28, 2007
It was my 67th birthday yesterday, so I
thought that for a change I could have a picture of me as This Week's
Picture. This picture of Doreen and me was taken last night by
granddaughter Danielle at a restaurant Vered and Aviv and daughters
took us to to celebrate. Click here
for a picture of all of us.
Page of Testimony for Mottel Glasser, from the Archives of the Yad
, Holocaust Memorial Day
was commemorated this week. On this day we pause and
the 6 million Jews murdered by the Nazis and their collaborators.
Many of our relatives were murdered during the holocaust, including
Doreen's grandfather and grandmother. The Page of Testimony above is
for Doreen's grandfather, Mottel, who together with his son Abrashke
(Doreen's uncle) and nephew Elke were captured by Lithuanian
in Vilnius (Vilna) and taken to the forest of Ponar
(Poneriai) and shot and buried in a mass grave. Click here for a
of the extermination of the Jews
of Vilnius, and here for an
account of the Ponar
The picture attached to the Testimony is of Doreen's grandfather Mottel
and grandmother Nettie/Nessie ( who perished in the town of Olshan in
Belarus), and Abrashke. The picture is cropped from a picture taken in 1929
Doreen's father Maurice had two brothers: Michael who lived in
Rhodesia (Zimbabwe).and Abrashke. Michael's
grandson Mikie Glasser
celebrated his barmitzvah this week.
In April 1999, we visited Poland and Lithuania and the visit to the forest of Ponar
particularly moving. Many of the Lithuanian Jews met their death in the
camps of Poland, and Doreen has written a moving account
of her visit to Majdanek
concentration camp just outside Warsaw.
The Segolis stayed
over on 2nd Passover eve and the next day we had a lovely time in
Caesaria with the Segolis and Danielle and Lior. ( See also the pages of
Lior and Danielle). Caesaria has certainly
since the days when we would spend a Saturday on the beach there. It is
now an excellent tourist attraction, that has succeeded in finding the
right balance between an modern attraction and an important historical
site. The interactive "interviews" with historical characters was
Pesach 2007: This year we
celebrated the Pesach seder in Eilat with Aviv and Limor and family,
together with Vered and Aviv and the girls, and Rael Braverman. For a
change, we didn't have turkey for the main meal, but a big, delicious
leg of lamb, cooked to perfection by Doreen. The change proved very
popular, especially for Amit, who thoroughly enjoyed eating what
remained of the leg bone. Another picture here.
March 31, 2007
only finished her tour last night, but already today she was in the
kitchen preparing food for the Passover seder. We are going down to
Aviv and Limor in Eilat for the seder. Doreen is preparing most of the
meal, which we will take down with us. For us, there is nothing like
Doreen's mock chopped liver, her chicken soup and kneidlach (matza balls), and of course her gefilte fish. My pesach culinary skills are limited to
preparing extra-hot horse radish. While Doreen was expertly
evaluating her gefilte fish (see picture) I was shedding copious
tears (in spite of the protective goggles) and sneezing and coughing as
I grated the horse radish and beetroot.
March 24, 2007
Mazeltov to Richard Nickel and Rona Mazor
on their marriage last Thursday, 22 March 2007 in Rishpon, Israel.
Congratulations to parents Julius (Yudel) and Laura Nickel and Racheli
Mizrahi. (See Nochimovicz family tree.).
They were a handsome couple, and Rona was a beautiful bride. We await
pictures from the wedding.
March 17, 2007
Doreen has been away guiding so much the
last two months that I thought I'd put a picture of her here so that
I'd remember what she looks like! She has no groups scheduled in
Pesach/Easter ad I'm sure she's looking forward to the rest.
This picture was taken by one of her group members while Doreen was
explaining something. She certainly looks like she's enjoying herself
Our two oldest
grandchildren, Danielle and Lior , had their portraits painted last
week by long-time friend
and well-known artist, Maureen
Fain. See the pages of Danielle
and Lior for photographs of
March 3, 2007
This weekend we
celebrated the festival of Purim. For most
Israelis the festival has lost much of its religious meaning and is an
opportunity to party, especially in fancy dress. There is hardly a
Jewish child in Israel who doesn't wear fancy dress for Purim and the
days preceding, and the malls and public places are full of colorful
costumes ranging from Queen Esters to Spidermen to George Bushes. Our
family chose an angel, a funky waitress, a tiger and a leopard, and
Thursday we went to Eilat to celebrate the brita (naming ceremony) of
our newest granddaughter, 3 week old Ilai Levy. If you look carefully
you can see little Ilai in the Rabbi's arms, as parents Aviv and Limor
and big sister Amit look on and join in the blessing. There was a
lovely function at an hotel in Eilat, well-organized and with excellent
food. Mazel Tov!
There are pictures of the event on Ilai's
to Melodie Nathan (see Nickel/Nochomovich family tree) for keeping us
informed and up to date about her family. Melodie has gone back to
work, and on her first day back took 8 week old Gabi (see pics) to see what it's all about.
Here we see Melodie and Gabi at the office, or, as Melodie puts it,
week the 41st International Bridge Ffestival is being held in Tel Aviv
and I'll be kept busy "directing" (that is, refereeing)
there. Although it's hard work (I'm still teaching at school this
week) I enjoy it and enjoy meeting "old" faces again.
We are delighted to announce the birth of
a baby girl, 2.640 kilos, born January 28; to Limor and
Aviv Levy; their third child, sister to Itamar and Amit; and our
seventh grandchild. Mother and child are doing well, as can be seen of
this picture of Limor and the baby, aged two days. More pictures are on the baby's site.
January 27, 2007
Shabbat tiyul with the Segolis doesn't cover a lot of ground. What was
supposed to be a long relaxed walk along the Dor-Nahsholim shore turned
into long stops at a pile of seashells which the children threw into
the sea, ancient columns and walls which were ideal for climbing, rock
pools where they looked for crabs and sea cucumbers and finally
overturning stones to see what invertebrates live underneath. Anyone
who read last week's story would not
be surprised that ants, worms and isopods fascinate the Segoli family.
Yahel Braverman, Avigail, Donni, Gabi
At a family dinner last Friday night at
Louise's, we were pleased to see the Levy-Rons, and Rael, Denise and
Yaheli Braverman, and to meet again Yaheli's companion, Donni Dvir, and
his daughters Gabi and Avigail.
Riva Bortenstein 1919 - 2007
started off 2007 with a visit to Eilat for a long weekend. Limor is
"very" pregnant (see picture) but the baby decided to stay a little
longer in the warm tummy. We enjoyed being with Aviv, Limor, Itamar and
Amit. On Saturday we had a picnic lunch at Timna - for Itamar the
highlight was filling the bottles with colored sand. Itamar was on his
best behaviour and Amit tried hard despite having a cold and
cough. While in Eilat we attended three enjoyable concerts at the
Eilat Classical Music Festival.
We celebrated Maayan's 3rd birthday today at Kibbutz Dvir. Lots of
family joined in the celebration (although seasonal flu and the cold
spell prevented some from attending.) Watching Maayan light the candles
on the cake which he helped bake and decorate are Doreen, Lior, Naama,
Itamar, Rotem, Nitzan and Lotem. There are some more pictures
December 23, 2006
After a week of candle-lighting and eating traditional doughnuts,
Chanukah, the Festival of Lights, ended today. We attended many
celebrations and candle-lighting ceremonies during the week, starting
with Doreen in Eilat for Itamar's celebration at kindergarten, where
Limor lit the candles.
For more chanukah 2006 pictures from all our parties, click here.
After many attempts, my two oldest granddaughters, Danielle and Lior,
are now (almost) expert bicycle riders, with not too many falls,
scratches and bruises. They are now quite addicted to it, and exploit
every opportunity to ride their bikes. Danielle has already ridden to
school on her bike.
December 9, 2006
Mazaltov to Raymond and Cecile Cotton (my youngest cousin) on their
wedding anniversary on December 11th. Raymond and Cecille live in
Johannesburg, South Africa, and have three
. This is the
first time that pictures of the Cotton family are appearing on my site
- thank you
Cecile for sending me the pictures.
little helper: "Helping" Doreen cook and bake is one of our
grandchildren's favorite activities. Maayan is no exception, and here
he is helping prepare Bran Muffins from the recipe in Doreen's
cookbook. Doreen, who is usually very pedantic and demanding in her
kitchen, shows remarkable patience and understanding when the
grandchildren want to help.
November 25, 2006
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Great-grandmother Milly Klotnick holding
great-granddaughter Devorah. Apart from 4 generations, why is this
picture so special? The picture was taken on November 8, when Devorah
was 91 days old, and she's being held by Milly who had just turned 91
years old. Days, years, they're both 91. Thanks to grandpa Joel
for the picture.
91 and 91
See Matz family tree.
Happy Birthday to my youngest grandchild
Amit - who turns one year old on Friday. There are more pictures
of her on her page.
November 4, 2006
Cutting the hedge in Hofit
We took advantage of a lovely autumn day
to spend the day working in the garden, finally getting around to doing
a lot of what we have been putting off for weeks. It doesn't look too
hard, but cutting the hedge is very tiring and as usual led to
discussion of replacing the living hedge with a fence. Maybe this time
we'll do it ....
Aviv Ron,Jack , Vered Ron
One of the advantages for Vered and Aviv
coming back to
Israel is renewing old friendships. Vered has been friendly with
Jack since school
days, and they and their spouses are close friends today..
Last summer they spent a holiday
together in Italy. This week and his wife celebrated their
40th birthdays and Aviv and Vered joined in the
fun as everyone celebrated in the style of the 80's.
celebrated Yaffa Loew's 60th birthday today at a
delightful garden party and lunch at the Loew residence in Kfar Mishar.
There was excellent food and it was a wonderful opportunity to see the
Schank side of
Doreen's family. (see Schank family tree
Friends and family paid tribute to Yaffa, and her strength and
friendship. Sister Rochelle and niece Moriah Kirsh had prepared a
special version of the Givatron song Bat
and the "family choir" (see
) sang it. For the words (in Hebrew), click here
October 13, 2006
Jonathan and Dina Levy, Nathan Kansky,
Eitan Levy, Shirley Kansky, Yarden Levy, Malia Levy
Another tradition in the making - a
sukkot meeting of the Israel branch of the Levy clan -
the three cousins and
spouses (except for Doreen who was ill with a stomach virus), Yarden
and Aunt Malia - at Aunt Malia's. Last year we had a lovely
time - and this year was no different. Thanks, Malia, for
everything. (Note for Dina: This time the picture is not blurred!)
October 6, 2006
Enjoying the sukkah:
Yarden, Lior, Dani, Lotem, Maayan and Moran.
is our custom at Sukkot, we celebrated at the apartment of Wendy
Kansky, where we all had the opportunity of sitting in a sukkah and
shaking the Lulav and Etrog. As always, we had a lovely time, as Doreen
and I, and Vered and Moran and their kids celebrated with cousin
Shirley's family (Nathan; Wendy and Dan; Cheryl Tal and Adam and
Meital, Ben, Ron; Braham and Zahavit, and cousin Jonathan's family
(Aunt Malia, Dina and Yarden. ). Click
here for more pictures, (and here for pictures from two years ago.)
I've never met Cinzia Tarazza, daughter of
Giorgio and Vanessa (nee Glasser), but she keeps me informed of her
family news and regularly sends me pictures. Cinzia is a drummie and
recently got promoted from flaggie to rifle. Drum Majorettes, or squad
marching, is not an activity I knew too much about, and I was surprised
to learn how much time is devoted to it. If the terms drummie and
flaggie are strange for you too, then read this interesting account written by Cinzia of what it means
to be a drummie. Thanks Cinzia, for the news, the pictures and the
description. I hope we meet someday.
If happiness is a warm puppy, then it looks
like bliss is eating a delicious mango from Granny and Saba Eitan's
garden. This year we had a reasonable amount of really delicious magoes
from our small tree; and they were all much enjoyed. September is not
only mango month, it is also Ron children's birthday month:
congratulations to Lior on her 7th birthday on the 13th, and to Dani on
her 11th birthday on the 30th. September 30, 2006
Ron's Birthday Party
birthday is on the 13th of September, and Dani's on the 30th, and one
of their birthdays usually falls on or very near to the the Jewish New
Year, Rosh Hashanah. So Rosh Hashanah is a convenient day to celebrate
the girls' birthdays with family. This year was no exception and on the
second day of Rosh Hashanah the family got together to celebrate.
Click for pictures of the party.
to right, back row: Eitan, Richard Nickel and Rona, Doreen,
Denise Braverman, Aviv and Vered Ron, Rebecca Engleberg and Kobi,
row: Rael Braverman, Louise Braverman, Laura
and Julius Nickel with Lior Ron between them
row: Daniel Ron, Yahel Braverman
celebrated Rosh Hashanah this year in Hofit, with a relatively small
number of celebrants - only 18. Although we didn't have to order extra
tables and chairs this year, Doreen still had to work in the kitchen
for two days cooking and preparing the delicious (as usual) meal.
year we again had a shofar-blowing competition (see the Shofar competition in 2004)
- it's on the way to becomimg a tradition. Most of us tried our luck,
but despite the valiant efforts of the adults, notably Rebecca
Engleberg, the winner this year was again one of the children, Lior,
who blew real cool, deep notes. See pictures
of the blowers.
Have you ever
wondered why the leaning tower of Pisa has never fallen over? After
Dani and Lior's visit to Italy this summer we finally know the answer.
for the 48th European Bridge Team Champioships.
On our free day we went around the Old City.
In Castle Square we were glad to meet some of the members of the Israel
Ladies and Seniors teams, also enjoying the break from the competition.
Doreen (centre, in yellow
jacket) with group of friends from Israel in Transfagaras Mountains
above Balea Lac.
another trek organized by Ivan (in
red hood), this time to the Carpathian Mountains of Romania. They also
hiked the beautiful
mountains of Pietra Criolla and marvelled at the green alpine meadows
and cool weather. Stories of "Granny climbs a mountain" will follow
August 12, 2006
Lots of celebrations for the Klotnick
clan. These few weeks belong to the Klotnicks with good news all
Tov to Ian and Talya Klotnick on the birth of a baby daughter in
Johannesburg on August 9, sister to Raphael and Aharon, 4th
grandchild of Joel and Beryl, and great-granddaughter of Milly..
Mazal tov to Daniel Klotnick
son of Steven
and Sharlene, on his barmitzvah on August 5
Mazal tov to Rrichard Klotnick (son of Alan and Lama) on
his engagement to Tali Goldin.
And mazal tov to the Klotnick birthdays this month - Jordan (7th), Sarina (11th), Richard (25th), and Mark (25th)
This is an opportunity to say thank you to Joel for his interest in the
family tree, and for keeping me up to date with news and pictures.
indebted to Florence Levin, Doreen's second cousin, for the picture.)
This wonderful picture of many of
Doreen's family was taken about 1929 in Vilnius (also called Vilna),
Lithuania (then occupied by, and part of, Poland). Some of the
family (including Joe Glasser, Doreen's
great-uncle, and Maurice Glazer, Doreen's father) had already left
Lithuania for South Africa. This picture was taken on the occasion of
Joe's visit to Vilna with his wife and infant son. The patriarch of the
family, Itze-Ber Gleze (Doreen's great-grandfather) is seated in the
middle (with beard and hat)..Doreen's grandmother Nessie is second from
left in the back row, and her grandfather Mottel is the second adult
from the left in the middle row.
Of the 23 people in the picture, 3 died
before WW2, 12 perished in the holocaust, and 8 made it safely (either
before or during WW2) to America or South Africa.
For a full list of the individuals in the photo, with their kinship to
Doreen, click here.
We have a graduate in the family. Itamar
graduated from his pre-kindergarten and will now go into his "real"
kindergarten. More pictures on Itamar's
Family Reunion "Summer Camp" July 2006
Because of the security situation we had
to cancel our planned weekend in the north, and decided instead to have
a family reunion in Hofit over the weekend. As you can see from the
picture there were a lot of us, including cousins Eti and Louis Nickel
and kids - who were "refugees" from the bombing area - and
we pitched a tent in the garden to
take the overflow at night. The reunion was different this time.
Instead of visiting outside attractions and outside activities we had a
"summer camp" at our house (except for a visit to the Hofit swimming
pool.). In the mornings we had different activities suitable for all
the age groups, and in the afternoon, games and competitions. The
highlight was the watermelon-eating competition. Everyone had a great
time and it was wonderful being together.
to see pictures
of our activities.
Maureen Fain's exhibition of
watercolours at Ein Hod artists' village
Louise, Doreen, Maureen, Carol
I've known Maureen
since she her early teens, and she and Doreen were at school together
and have remained close friends. Maureen and Dick live in Jerusalem and
we manage to see each other fairly often. Maureen is a well-known artist
exhibited all over the world. We visited her current exhibition at the
Ein Hod Artists Village, together with Louise and Caroline Livne and
family. Although well attended, the exhibition had less visitors than
expected as the fighting up north led to most people staying at home
July 8, 2006
A view of the Bratislava Castle and the
I'm in Piestany, Slovakia. I was
at the 6th
as a Tournament Director (judge) and
stayed on for the Junior
. There are about 180 youth from all over the world having a
time both socially and at bridge. As part of the camp activities we had
a trip to the Slovakia capital
Bratislava. The old town was fairly interesting, but nothing special. I
walked around for a few hours and visited all the tourist sites and
churches in the old city. I also went to the mausoleum of the Jewish
sage, Chotam Sofer, but had to be content with seeing it from the
outside as it is closed on Saturdays.
July 1, 2006
Part (about a quarter!) of the vast
stage in the Verona Arena for the spectacular Zefferelli production of
To sit in this enormous arena with 15,000
other people and watch hundreds of performers on a vast stage in a
spectacular grand opera is a truly unforgetable experience.
June 24, 2006
Some of the Tournament
Directors (judges) enjoying a meal after a long day.
writes>: We are in Verona for the World Bridge Championship. The (bridge)
tournament is very demanding both for the players and the directors.
because of this in the evenings everybody chills out over Italian wine,
and good food. Most of the bridge staff stay at our hotel and the
camaraderie among the directors is very real. They discuss the day’s
and rulings that they had to give.
I’m preparing a
profile of tournament directors. Besides
the real love of bridge and their fascination with its rules, they all
be night birds and most think that a midnight double espresso is just
to put them to sleep. Needless to add most aren’t at their very best in
morning, however when we walk into the breakfast room we exchange
with the director from Egypt
and say hello to the Mexican director (Jewish) as he piles proscuttio
plate and tells me that it's not kosher. We make sure to eat dinner at
Chinese restaurant recommended by the director from Hong Kong (not very
and have a beer with the (Moslem) director from Pakistan.
Slavek from Poland
a bottle of Polish vodka Rahmi from Turkey entertained us when we
were in Istanbul
last Pesach; all the directors join us in promising to come to Istanbul if he
gets married. Pierre from Switzerland and I
exchange loaded remarks about sharing the same bed which causes a few
eyebrows as the other directors don’t know that Eitan and I were guests at
their house in Lausanne
when Pierre and Francoise were away last summer.
And then there is Dimitri from Greece who always likes
Eitan to work
with him at the World Junior Championships so he (Dimitri) will have
This year it works out well – Eitan will continue from Italy
and I will
return home to work immediately. And we
haven’t even mentioned Anda, the other Israeli director, Max the Chief
Director from England
who apologizes that because we’re going
to Warsaw he couldn’t fit Brighton
into this summer’s itinerary for us, Richard from Australia, Gustavo
from Uruguay, Rui from Portugal, Petr from Czech Republic, and the
Italian, French and American directors.
See Doreen's impressions of Verona.
This week's delightful picture of the
week comes all the way from Australia. Baby Keira Leibowitz certainly
seems to be enjoying life, and I'm sure parents Josh and Tash are
enjoying Keira. Thanks to grannie Sharon for keeping us up to date and
sending us the picture. Click for more
June 10, 2006
Happy birthday Doreen! A wonderful wife
and a wonderful grannie. Although working hard Doreen still found time
to be with, and babysit, the grandchildren. She and Lotem are certainly
enjoying each other's company.
June 3, 2006
On board the Antares in Herzliya -
Robert and Fanny Lieberman, Eitan and Doreen Levy, Riva Sandler
We spent a delightful Friday on board
Morris Kahn's yacht, the Antares, sailing and eating. As always, Morris
was a gracious and generous host. It was wonderful being with good
friends again, especially Robert and Fanny Lieberman who
were visiting from South Africa. Robert didn't disappoint - we
were hilariously entertained by his magic tricks and jokes.
More pictures here.
Link to the launching of the Antares
Best wishes to Roni Karlsbad who is
celebrating her batmitzvah on Friday this week. Mazal tov also to
mom Rachel, and grandfather Felix.
May 20, 2006
Cale, Tamir, Tali and Alex Klaff
Thanks to Alex for keeping us updated on
the comings and goings of the Tamir Klaff family. We don't know where
they are, but they certainly look as if they're enjoying themselves.
May 13, 2006
Sue, Danielle, Mike and Mark Glasser
Congratulations to the Australian
Glassers (see Glezer family tree
recently moved into a new home in Melbourne. We received a lovely newsy
letter from Sue and were happy to learn that Mark is over his medical
problems. He has decided on a career change and is moving into the
security business. We wish him the best of luck. His hobbt is
photography, so perhaps he'll send us an updated picture of the whole
Sue is still working part-time in an accountants office and helps
Mark in their Traser Watch agency.
Both children have excellent academic results at school and are
also excellent sportsmen representing their school in the A teams in
their respective sports.
Spring has arrived, the grass is bright green and the garden is looking
lovely and colourful. We're a bit late this year but soon we'll start
year's vegetable plantings. The fruit trees are looking healthy, and
loquat tree, the first to bear fruit (except for the lemon tree which
had fruit for months now) had a smallish though reasonable yield this
The Rons and Segolis came over and helped to pick and eat.
Mushe Kirsh celebrating her birthday
uncle Julius (Yudel) Nickel and husband Issie.
A few weeks ago we joined in the celebration of Mushe Kirsh's
birthday. Husband Issie had prepared an amazing surprise party. The
were visiting Israel, celebrating the wedding of granddaughter Debra
Issie arranged for Mushe's children, grandchildren, brothers, sister
many other friends and relatives to come from all over the world a few
days later for the surprise party. It was not only a party but a
heartwarming family gathering, and we had a chance to meet new family
get re-aquainted with many others.
See Nochimovicz family tree.
April 22, 2006
We spent a very enjoyable week plus in Turkey last week. Moran and
were with us for 4 days in Istanbul and then we spent 3 days in the
and unique Cappadocia area. During our trip we visited the impressive
Mosque in Istanbul. Click here
and details of our trip.
to Vered and Aviv on their 15th wedding anniversary on the 14th. May
celebrate many more in happiness. We'll be in Turkey on the 14th, so we
won't be able to celebrate with them, so being This Week's Picture will
have to make do until we get back.
Aviv and Limor have just moved into
new lovely new house in Eilat. We popped over to Eilat for the weekend
with Danielle, Lior and Maayan. to wish them well. The kids had a
lovely time with their cousins Itamar and Amit, and we enjoyed the
babysitting.. One of the highlights of the visit was getting to pet a
at Coral World.
Tova Ron 24
1922 - 14 March 2006
Our deepest condolences to our son-in-law Aviv Ron, Vered, Danielle and
Lior on the death of Aviv's mother, Tova.
Tova was not only an in-law; she was part of our family and we felt
part of her family too. We had a wonderful relationship with "Savta"
and will miss her very much. Our thoughts are with her 6 children, 15
and 8 great-children.
This is such a great picture (taken by Moran) of our two newest
Amit and Lotem, that it just HAD to be This Week's Picture.
March 4, 2006
Danielle holding Amit, Lior holding Lotem
The highlight of the week was todays
in honour of our two new granddaughters, Lotem Segoli and Amit Levy. We
had over 100 guests in our garden.The weather was kind to us - it was a
beautiful spring day and the event was very successful and enjoyable.
addition to introducing the two new additions, the party was also for
six grandchildren - this was the first time all six of them were
at the same time.
We are all very proud of Vered. This
she attended the 13th annual Columbia Women in Business Conference in
York She was a panel speaker in the session "International
Woman: Investigating International Careers and Managing
We understand that her talk went over very well. Click
here for more information and Vered's biographical sketch.
Caryn Klaff with her late father, Viv.
Caryn has begun training for a "century bicycle ride" (100
miles) in order to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
ride will take place in Lake Tahoe, NV on June 4th, 2006.
In Caryn's words:
" .....Through countless emails and personal accounts over the past
months, I have learned more and more about how much my father and his
meant to people; I am humbled by how much he gave to the community, his
students, his extended family, and his chosen field. In order to
keep his spirit of service alive, I have chosen to raise money and
for the century bike ride. ...... I have committed to this because I
my efforts will help change lives. Every 10 minutes, another child or
is expected to die from leukemia, lymphoma, or myeloma; leukemias are
leading fatal cancers in young men and women under age 20......"
Caryn has committed to raise $4200 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma
Society; and you can track her fund-raising effort (as well as donate
you wish) at http://www.active.com/donate/tntnca04/carynklaff
. You can also express your moral support by sending her an encouraging
email at email@example.com.
Do three cooks spoil the broth?
Definitely not these three.
Our hosting of the overseas directors togwther
with the leading Israel ones, has become a tradition of the
bridge festival taking place in Tel Aviv and this year was no different.
Edek Levnaor, Maurizio Di Sacco and Doreen combined for
a delicious (and enormous!) dinner at our house.
Guests of honour were Toin Kooiman from
of the World Bridge Federation Laws Committee) and Maurizio Di Sacco
Director of the Italian Bridge Federation and Assiestant Chief European
We were joined by Edek and Roni Levnaor, Ilan and Chana
Shizifi, Barry Avnerre, Anda Enciu, and Gadi and Tali Leibowitz;and not
only was the food excellent but the company too, and a great time was
by all. Click here for some pictures.
Maurizio's cooking has also become something of a
This year he prepared my favourite pasta dish, spaghetti carbonara, and
fritelle di riso di Carnevale.
Tournament Directors' Seminar -
San Giorgio Canavese, Italy
I participated in, and was a group leader at, the International Bridge
Tournament Directors' Seminar held at the end of January. The seminar
a refresher for accredited international TDs, and also a qualifying
for qualified TDs aspiring to international accreditation. The
were divided into work groups, and in this week's picture I can be seen
evaluastiong the performance of candidates at a simulation of a
problem at the bridge table. At the seminar I learnt that I had been
Assistant Chief Tournament Director of the European Bridge League.
Vivian Klaff passed away this week at his home in
USA, He was 63. Six months ago he was diagnosed as suffering from a
sickness. I took my farewell of him last October, and took this picture
of him the last day I saw him. Viv was not only a cousin - he was my
cousin on my mother's side - he was also my close friend since
days. When he married Frankie, Doreen's closest friend, the bond
us only strengthened. We lived much of our life geographically close to
each other, and when he moved to the States.the emotional closeness
reinforced by frequent visits to each other.
We will miss you, Viv. Rest in peace.
Tributes to Viv are on
Please send condolences, thoughts, reminiscences, pictures etc to
While in Eilat we met with Aura and Hilton Greenberg -
friends from South African days (Doreen went to school with Aura in
Although they live in Canada, we manage to see them every few years,
again it was lovely seeing them again, especially as we could show off
our Eilat family. We had an enjoyable visit to Coral World with Aviv
Doreen writes: It's 32 years since my Dad Maurice
died here in Israel. He was 64. A week later his brother Mike died and
a weekafter that Moran our youngest son was born. So these last
of January are always a mixture of sadness and joy. Today we have many
friends who are healthy and vital well into their 70's and even 80's.
picture was taken when Anthony (Eitan) and I got married. He died 9
later. I would so have liked my father to have seen the
I have become, to have him been a part of our children's lives and just
to be there for me. I miss him.
the Chanuka candles at the home of Shuli and Eitan Haberman.
Lighting the Chanukiah has beconme a tradition at the
of Shuli and Eitan, and this year was as enjoyable as ever.
The Ron family were visiting in Eilat, the Segolis were
not well, Doreen was on tour; so I was the family representaitive. The
Olkienitkis and offspring were there in full force, and overseas
included Joe Woolwich and Michael and Janet Cohen.
That's a lot of candles to blow out! Congratulations to Berenice
(nee Matz) on celebrating her 90 th birthday. Berenice is one of my
24 Matz cousins. Berenice is well, active and lucid and we send her the
traditional Jewish greeting "may you live to 120!". Berenice lives in
Lake City, Utah, and she celebrated with her family in Colorado. Click
for some more pictures.
The Leibowitzes, l to r: Winnie Levy,
Natalie, Sharon, Daniel and Donna, Joe, Josh and Natasha. (Taken at D
D's wedding last January).
December is Leibowitz month. Three birthdays and an anniversary.
Sharon (Levy) Leibowitz is my first cousin on my father's side and she
lives with huband Joe and family down under in Melbourne, Australia. (see
Levy family tree).
Daniel's birthday is on the 17th, Tash and Josh have their anniversary
on the 18th, and both Sharon and Tash have birthdays on the 21st.
In addition, we have just learned that Josh and Tash are expecting
in April, so this month lots of "mazaltovs" to the
I suppose when they start finding things
wrong with one's heart, one starts reminiscing about youth. Anyway, I
it would be appropriate to show this picture of my Class 1 group at the
Jewish Primary school in Durban in about 1947. Can you see where I am?
to see if you were right.
Added in 2021 - Colourized picture
Doreen took this lovely picture of two-thirds of our
and grandchildren (Vered, Dani and Lior; Moran, Maayan and Lotem) at
Dvir today, enjoying the unseasonable warm and sunny weather..
This past week we've had some fascinating emails from Caryn Klaff
her impressions of her work in New Orleans as a Community Involvement
following the devastating hurricane, Katrina. (Caryn works for the
Protection Agency in Washington.DC.).
She took this picture from a helicopter. Note the large number of blue
roofs. Operation Blue Roof provides a free temporary roof to
structures, schools, daycares and all publicly owned facilities.
These temporary roofs are plastic sheeting and allow occupants to
and remain in their homes and facilities. The temporary roofs
provide short term relief until the owner can make permanent repairs.
Click here to read some
and see more pictures taken by Caryn..
Mazaltov to Limor and Aviv on the birth of a sister for Itamar, and our
sixth grandchild. She was born in Eilat on Thursday 17 November and
a healthy 3.310 Kgs. The birth went smoothly and Aviv and Limor are
Both baby and mother are well.
Lotem aged about 10 days. I think she looks like Lotem, but as with
new baby we hear various theories about who she looks like, whose nose
she has, etc. I don't think she looks like her paternal grandparents,
Children and grandchildren Aviv and Itamar went north from Eilat;
Aviv, Dani and Lior went south from Raanana; Moran, Mikhal, Maayan and
Lotem remained at Kibbutz Dvir; and the Levy offspring and spouses
Lotem to the family. The four cousins met their new cousin Lotem,
and the uncles and aunt their new niece. It was almost a family
except for Doreen who was guiding, me (busy with a meeting), and Limor
(home-resting and getting ready for cousin/grandchild number 6.)
For another picture, taken by Dani, click
We are delighted to announce the birth of Lotem Gaia in Beer Sheva on
October 2005 to Moran and Mikhal Segoli. A healthy lovely baby, sister
to Maayan, and our fifth grandchild. Maayan is fascinated with the new
baby and is getting to know his baby sister.
More pictures on Lotem's home page.
During the week of 15-22 October 2005 I visited Viv and Frankie
in Maryland USA. Viv had just finished a round of chemo-
radiotherapy, and was about to start a new round of chemotherapy.
Also visiting the Klaffs was another ex-Durbanite and ex-Habonimite,
Rothschild, whom I haven't seen for about 40 years. It was good
again and recalling past experiences.
This picture was taken at the home of Errol and RuthAnn Ger, close
friends of the Klaffs, where we ate a delicious meal and spent a lovely
October 15, 2005
Yom Kippur 2005
It's now a tradition: This is third Yom Kippur we
have spent at Coral World, keeping Aviv company while he fed the fish,
patrolled and generally made sure everything was running smoothly. The
three M's, Moran, Mikhal and Maayan joined us and we had a lovely
time. Unfortunately, Limor couldn't be with us as she was in hospital
observation. During Yom Kippur, in the absence of traffic, the streets
are taken over by cyclists. Coral World was taken over by tricyclists.
rode his most of the day, whereas Maayan
was more interested in the animals.
October 8, 2005
Not Dustin Hoffman, but Moran.
If you need to see the effects on rain in an area where it doesn't
rain, what do you do? Simply watering is not good enough, for you need
rain drops - water the size, shape and velocity of rain. So you use a
machine.Here Moran is getting ready to produce "rain" at his
site in the Negev desert.
October 1, 2005
We wish you all a Happy Rosh Hashanah. May you have a happy, healthy
and prosperous New Year, and may the New Year bring peace to Israel.
Doreen and Eitan
September 24, 2005
A meeting of the Israel branch of the Levy clan -
the three cousins and
spouses and Aunt Malia. Thank you, Malia, for your hospitality and for
getting us all together. It was a lovely afternoon. (Apologies for the
blurred picture - you were right, Dina!).
back: Eitan and Doreen, Nathan and Shirley (Kansky)
front: Malia, Jonathan and Dina
September 17, 2005
Today was my late father's birthday (17th September 1904) and my late
birthday falls next week (25th September 1904). This week's picture,
at the barmitzvah of the late David Levy in 1957, is in memory of
Hayman and Queenie. Queenie died in 1960 at the age of 56, and Hayman
September 10, 2005
During the night between Thursday and Friday, no break-ins or thefts
reported from the area of Hofit, Kfar Vitkin, Bet Herut. This was no
due to the fear inspired by the presence of the Neighborhood Watch that
September 3, 2005
Back to school! For Lior, it wasn't back to school, but starting
There was lots of excitement getting ready for Kita Aleph (grade 1) and
going to the same school as big sister
Some last minute encouragement from Mommy and Daddy at her school desk
before starting the big adventure.
No, it's not an archeolgical dig in the desert. It is a desert, but
the beginnings of Moran and Mikhal's house. Work has finally started on
their house in Sde Boqer, in the Negev Desert, and we all wish them
August 20, 2005
This could have been a picture of my computer, but unfortunately
it was stolen yesterday from my hotel room.
August 13, 2005
The funicular in
The easiest way to get from the upper part of Fribourg to the lower is
by funicular. We decided to go down by funicular and then walk back up
again. On approaching the funicular we noticed a terrible smell, like
Later, on our way up we passed the funicular again and again noticed
smell. We had read that the funicular, built over 100 years ago, worked
on water, and on enquiring we learnt that it works on sewage water!
The top funicular cabin is connected to the sewage system and its base
fills and thus becomes heavier than the lower cabin. As the heavier
descends it pulls up the lighter bottom cabin. The speed of the cabins
is controlled by brakes on the upper cabin. When the sewage-filled
reaches the bottom it discharges the sewage back into the system, while
the new upper cabin is now filled with sewage, and so on. See details
devoted to funiculars.
For over 100 years the residents on Fribourg have been going up and
down the mountain in a funicular working on sewage.
August 6, 2005
Off to scouts summer camp! Danielle getting ready for the scouts summer
camp last week. Three days of sleeping in sleeping bags outside, and
and lots of daytime activities. This is the first time Dani has been
from home for so long and she had a good time.
Vered joined the parents accompanying the kids and spent her time in
the kitchen and doing guard duty.
July 30, 2005
Doreen wasn't the only one to need stitches recently. Lopsy, the
dog" (now with the Rons, see story) on a
to Hofit had a disagreement with Shimshon, a friend's dog which was
visiting. Lopsy was badly bitten, and has been walking around for about
10 days with a protective collar, which makes him look either like an
or a satellite dish, or a lampshade without the bulb (depending on
family member you ask.).
July 23, 2005
Last week, just before flying to join me in Italy, Doreen had the
over for Friday night dinner. It was an opportunity for grandma to be
with all four grandchildren.
July 16, 2005
All our family loves the sea, especially underwater activities like
and scuba diving. It looks like Maayan is no exception and will follow
in the family footsteps. He loves the water, and the
This delightful picture of him posing underwater (with eyes open) was
by Moran last week.
July 9, 2005
Heartiest congratulations to Aviv Ron on being appinted CEO of the
company ("the world's leading provider of Last Mile Voice and Media
IP solutions for Telecom Operators.") You can read
about Commatch and about
Aviv. We wish you every success in your new job, Aviv, and
sure that you will be an asset to the company.
July 2, 2005
Moran sent me this picture of Doreen guiding her group in Jerusalem.
not sure how he got to be there to take the picture, but I suppose he
also going to be in Jerusalem at the same time as Doreen and knew her
June 25, 2005
Just before going on her tour, Doreen went down to Eilat and spent a
night on the beach with Aviv, Limor and Itamar; Moran, Mikhal and
and Rael Braverman. Rael took the chance to relax and do some fishing,
with Doreen ready to help land the big one.
June 18, 2005
Moran and Mikhal officially received their Master degrees at a
ceremony at Ben Gurion University. Mikhal received her degree Summa Cum
Laude at a special ceremony. Congratulations to both of you. We're very
proud of you both.
June 11, 2005
It's Doreen's birthday today. Many happy returns to my darling wife.
We spent the day quietly, me on the computer and preparing for my
trip; and Doreen mainly in the garden, tending to her lettuces and
and picking a big round squash that turned out to be a small melon.
June 4, 2005
It's not quite a fish, but Aviv Levy took a break from fish on his
last week to the aquariums in France (Antibes and Monaco) and Spain
and Barcelona) to check the mini-golf at the Antibes Marine Park.
May 28, 2005 THIS WEEK'S
Maayan is at the stage when he gets excited hearing and making animal
On a visit to Hofit he was fascinated with a video of farmyard animals
- Old MacDonald's Farm style - and enthusiastically joined in the
Here he is in his bathtub in Lehavim and conducting a duel between his
Switch on the sound, and click moo
May 21, 2005
spent a fabulous 3 days in Amsterdam as guests of Morris and
Kahn at the launching of Morris's new yacht, Antares. It was great fun
being with people we know so well and like so much. Morris is a
host, and we were taken care of very well. Basil Sandler took this
picture of Doreen and I enjoying ourselves.
Morris's new yacht is superb. For pictures of yacht and more people,
May 14, 2005
At the beginning of May, Aviv Levy, Limor and Itamar spent a few
at the Meridien Hotel at the Dead Sea. They had a wonderful time, but
Itamar the highlight was undoubtedly his meeting with Mickey Mouse.
May 7, 2005
Granny Doreen, by Danielle Ron
Doreen, Vered, Denise de niece, Caroline Livneh and Yael Paperna
a walking tour guided by Yona Wiseman.
tour was of the Bahaus/Modern Movement buildings of Tel Aviv (the "White
City of Tel Aviv", a UNESCO World Heritage site). At lunch time
husband Aviv and daughters Dani and Lior joined them for lunch. While
for the pizzas to arrive Dani drew a portrait of granny Doreen.
April 30, 2005
Forty years ago we learned Hebrew at Ulpan Ben Yehuda in Netanya. Among
those learning together with us were Hans
and Lotti Reijzer from Holland and Gordon
and Shirley Poluck from England. Although both the Reijzers and
returned to their native countries we have maintained contact with them
over the years, especially with the Reijzers, with whom we have spent
holidays together. This year Hans and Lotti stayed with us for the
week, and Gordon and Shirley visted their daughter and her family who
living in Israel. It was fun having an "ulpan reunion" after so many
April 23, 2005
Passover Seder: Gali and Amit Nickel asking the "Four Questions" (
Taking part in the seder were Aviv, Limor and Itamar; Moran, Mikhal and
Maayan; Avraham, Yael and Ofra Segoli, Julius and Laura Nickel, Louis,
Etti, Gali and Amit Nickel, Richard Nickel and Rona, Louise and Rael
Hans and Lotti Reijzer from
April 16, 2005
We spent the weekend in the Galil, with the Rons and the Segolis. We
the Agamon (Hulah Reserve). We didn't see nearly as many birds as on our
last trip there. We did see birds, though, and spent a few lovely
there being driven around by Dani.
Saturday we went to a concert performance of Purcell's Dido
and Aeneas beautifully performed by the Moran Ensemble, at the
Church, while Dani, Lior and Maayan
were looked after and played with some cute puppies.
Doreen writes: Moran and I went to Eilat for Itamar's
second bithday which was celebrated in style - one birthday
at Coral World and the following day another at his kindergarten. By
second party he was tired and overwhelmed and wanted only to sit on the
birthday throne behind the table (above). I laughed the whole time -
how, as a parent I always wanted my child to shine - and now how as a
I could accept that Itamar just wanted to be a spectator.
April 2, 2005
Our granddaughters Danielle and Lior slept over with us last Friday
and here they are showing the delicious challot which they baked in the
afternoon ("Granny helped us a little"). I avoided a "diplomatic
incident" at the Friday night meal by making two "brachot" (blessings
the bread) - one for each granddaughter's challah.
March 26, 2005
Limor has opened up a shop in Eilat at the Solel Boneh Centre in
Boullevard, selling lingerie. The interior of the shop is lovely and we
wish her success in her new venture. So if you're in Eilat don't forget
to visit Limor at "Olam Ha-Isha" (Women's World). If you mention this
maybe she'll give you a discount!
March 19th, 2005
Aviv Levy appeared again on television. This time it was on channel 10,
and it was a mini-feature on a channel 10 reporter learning to dive,
diving with sharks. Aviv was the diving instructor, and also guided and
accompanied the reporter on his shark dive. Aviv came over very well,
displayed knowledge and expertise. We're very proud of him.
I don't have any pictures of him diving with sharks, so instead here's
a picture of him playing bridge under water.
March 19th, 2005
Unexpected visits and even more unexpected good weather this weekend
to an impromptu picnic on our lawn in Hofit.
March 5th, 2005
The Segolis are back from their trip to the USA. Fortunately Moran and
Mikhal were able to get help at the airport for their luggage. As a
grandfather I can only say "My grandson the porter."
Camping out (sleeping in tents etc) in deserts with a one year old
is not everybody's idea of fun, but they thoroughly enjoyed it. The great
pictures of their trip on Moran's site attest to the wonderful time
February 26th, 2005
A hearty mazelov to Phil Solomon, doyen of the Nochomovich branch of
family, who celebrates his 92nd birthday in New York today.
Phil lives with his son Martin and his wife Joy. His daughter Alice
also celebrates a birthday this month.
About seven years ago, Phil's beloved wife, the late Fae came across
an ad that offered prizes for new poetry. She pushed and prodded
Phil to enter the contest, as she knew poetry was an old love of his.
says that he had not written poetry for many years, but to please Fae,
he wrote a poem for that contest. He didn’t win any money but the
editors sent him the Special Editors' Award. Ever since then Phil has
submitting new poems to the International Library of Poetry , and each
year has received the Special Editors' Award.
Phil continues to write many poems to Fae, who died in 2002. He loved
her greatly. Three of his poems
on the site.
February 19th, 2005
Although I'm almost 65, my motorbike is still my preferred mode of
And that gorgeous chick behind me is also in her sixties! A khamsin
dry desert wind) changed Friday and Saturday from cold, rainy winter
into temporary lovely summer ones. Vered, Aviv and family took the
(together with hordes of others) of going to the beach, and had a seaside
lunch there with Aviv's sister, Orit, and family. We went by
and negotiating the heavy traffic was much easier.
February 12th, 2005
Hannah, the daughter of our good friends Nina and Steve Shafer, is
Hebrew and working in the kitchen at kibbutz Hazerim. We were delighted
that she took time off from her ulpan and be with us for the weekend.
went straight from the airport to the kibbutz and has seen hardly
of Israel, so we were unfazed by snow and storm warnings and went to
a little of Israel. Atypically, the northern Golan was covered with
Here Hannah stands in the cold wind with the Kuneitra area of Syria in
February 5th, 2005
Winnie Levy (extreme left) with the Leibowitzes: Natalie, Sharon,
Daniel, Donna, Joe, Joshua and Natasha, at the wedding of Daniel and
Happy birthday for the 10th, Aunt
Winnie. We hope you rest on your birthday after all your
to your grandchildren's weddings. Three grandchildren married in the
of a month and a half: Katherine to Sean
on December 8th in South Africa, Joshua to
on December 18th in Australia, and Daniel
to Donna on January 22nd in Australia. Add to this the extra
of seeing Joshua and Daniel again after so many years. So take it easy
on your birthday, and build up strength for your great-grandchildren.
See also Winnie's week.
January 29th, 2005
Back, l-r: Moran, Michal, Erez, Roy, Perry
Front l-r: Guy (holding Alma),Ayelet (holding Noam), Mikhal (holding
A gathering of old school friends for Moran's 32nd birthday, in
The boys have been the closest of friends since they were at high
school together at Sde Boqer. Now, with wives and children, they don't
pass up any opportunity to get together and have a good time.
January 22th, 2005
While going through some old files looking for something else, I came
this picture taken many many moons ago in Eilat. I can't believe how
that shark was, and how thin I was!
January 15th, 2005
Doreen collecting freshly picked lettuces leaves in our garden for a
salad. We both thoroughly enjoy our little vegetable
garden. In winter we grow lettuces - about 7 different varieties -
under plastic. They are organic; we don't use any pesticides and use
we have made ourselves. We have a big container that collects rain
from the roof, and in the periods between the rains we use this water.
January 8th, 2005
Viv and Frankie Klaff were with us for about 10 days, and were
by eldest son, Oren. They also visited Eilat, and Doreen took them on a
hike to the Red Canyon.
January 1st, 2005
back: Doreen, Caroline Livneh, Ruti Marks, Eitan
front: Dovvie Glassman, Yona Weissman, Ziona Glassman.
Over supper at the Glassmans, Yona Weissman shared with us her
struggle to stay alive after the train she and her friend Dani were on
was hit by the tsunami. On the train were more than one thousand
they were among the handful of survivors. The carriages of the death
were filled with dead bodies and watery mud up to their necks.
Yona with great courage and tremendous strength and despite her fear of
water calmly decided to come out of the ordeal alive. You can read
her story here.
December 25th, 2004
Happy 1st birthday, Maayan! Ma'ayan, the son of our Moran and Mikhal is
our youngest grandchild. Like all our other granchildren he exudes
and conqers hearts with his winning personality. A cutie!.
December 18, 2004
We celebrated our 40th anniversary on the 16th. Looking at our wedding
photo (how young and thin!) brought back nostalgic memories.
December 11, 2004
To quote Moran: "One small step for mankind - one great step for
Maayan takes his first steps alone. Watch out switches, on-off buttons,
electricity outlets, keys, breakables; little boy on the prowl.
May 2007: Sadly, Katherine and Sean got divorced, so the picture that
had appeared here has been removed.
November 27, 2004
Congratulations to Aviv and Limor on their 6th wedding anniversary on
26. (This picture was taken last week at the wedding of Limor's sister
Ophira). The family gave them a present of a weekend in a hotel in the
Galilee while we took turns looking after Itamar: Friday Vered and Aviv
R and family came to help us, and on Saturday M&Ms joined us.
November 20, 2004
We went to Eilat to celebrate the wedding
Ophira Sadeh and James Gevintor (right, in white shirt). It was
fun, as guests from both sides danced and celebrated non-stop.
Ophira is our daughter-in-law Limor's youngest sister, and she and
James, originally from Liberia, have been going out for about 4 years.
Congratulations to the happy couple, and good luck for the future.
November 13, 2004
Vered and Aviv were both overseas, so Dani and Lior spent the weekend
Hofit with us - or rather with Doreen, since I was busy for most of the
time with a previous bridge committment. First thing in the morning,
took the girls, still in their nightclothes, to the garden (Lior calls
it "Granny's grocery") to pick breakfast: avocados, pomergranates,
fruit, oranges; and a pomelo to take home to Raanana.
November 6, 2004
We spent a delightful weekend in the Upper Galilee with Carol and Terry
Kessel. Wonderful company, interesting activities, and excellent
food. On Friday we cycled around the Agamon area in the Hula, and
saw tens of thousands of birds. Then on Saturday we went on a hike from
the village Jish (Gush Halav).. For more pictures and details,
October 30, 2004
Doreen and Denise have just returned from a jeep trip in south
Here they are flanked by traditionally body-painted tribal
with rifles. An account of the trip with pictures will be posted later.
October 23, 2004
The Levy Family - 1959
from left to right: Abe, Malia, Sharon, Eric, Winnie, Charles, Joe,
David, Miriam, my mother Queenie, Fern; my father Hayman, me, Ethel
The anniversary of my father's death was this week, and as I lit the
candle I got to thinking about him and his brothers and family. So I
and dug out this picture, which I think was taken in Uitenhage on the
of Shirley's wedding to Nathan. (This would explain Shirley's absence
the photo!). Two other cousins are absent; Jonathan, who was only 4 at
the time, and Cecile who had not yet been born.
It is saddening to realise that nine of the fifteen in the picture
are no longer with us.
October 16, 2004
Pinkas Aaron Nochimovich, born about 1860, in Slonim (?) Byelorus.
During the last couple of weeks (at Milly and Aaron Hock's initiative)
we have been receiving emails from Solomon and Hock family members with
family tree details, and the Nochimovich
family tree has been updated.
The Hocks are from an American branch ("Solomon") of the Nochimovich
family. Another branch of the family went to South Africa. (The
branch.). The earliest ancestor that we have on record is Pinhas
Aaron Nochimovicz. He married Musha Leshnik and they lived in Slonim at
the turn of the 19th century. (Pinhas had at least two daughters, one
whom went to South Africa and one to USA. We have not had any contact
We're not sure why the Nochimovich's changed their name to Solomon
and Nickel, and any help in solving this puzzle, or finding the "lost"
Nochimoviczes will be most appreciated.
Doreen is a great-grandchild of Pinkas; a great-great-grandchild, David
Hock (Phoenix, Arizona) sent us this wonderful picture of Pinkas.
October 9, 2004
On Friday we took a break from the Abu Ghosh music festival, and Vered,
Moran and families joined us for a visit to the Old City and Western
This was the grandchildren's first visit to Jerusalem and they were
to have Doreen as their expert guide.
October 2, 2004
On 29/9/04 we joined our eldest granddaughter Danielle in celebrating
9th birthday - her first in Israel, with lots
and lots of family present. Both Danielle and sister Lior are
to have so much family around here in Israel.
Getting ready to break the fast, Yom Kippur 2004.
The animals at the Coral World Park don't fast on Yom kippur, and Aviv
is on duty to feed them and look after them and generally see that
goes wrong with any of the essential systems. This is the second year
have joined him, so it's already a family tradition. We had a lovely
resting, reading, talking and simply taking it easy. More
pictures on Moran's site.
September 18, 2004
We celebrated Lior's 5th birthday - her first in Israel and the first
in Vered and Aviv's house in Raanana. Lior was absolutely delighted -
is the first time they have celebrated a birthday with so many family -
her sister, parents, Saba Eitan, Granny Doreen, Savta Tova and Auntie
September 11, 2004
ETHEL LEVY (nee SOLOMONS) August 4, 1912 - September 7, 2004
My Aunt and godmother Ethel Levy, nee Solomons, passed away quietly
in Port Elizabeth South Africa last Tuesday. Aunt Ethel was one of the
warmest persons I have ever met. I was always very close to her, and
her very much. She had a wonderful marriage to my father's brother,
and she faced the tragedy of losing three children and her husband with
courage and strength. Our visit to her
Port Elizabeth on our trip to South Africa three years ago was the
last time we saw her, although we spoke a few times on the phone.
Our thoughts are with her devoted daughter Shirley and families; with
Sheryl, the late David's wife; and with her brothers Bertie and
and their families.
I'll miss you, Aunt Ethel.
September 4, 2004
Congratulations to Aviv (Levy) who has been appointed curator of
Coral World in Eilat. His duties include responsibilty for all
animals and exhibits, as well as underwater maintenance. We wish him
the best and know that he succeed in this highly responsible job. We're
proud of you, Aviv!
August 28, 2004
A Night at the Opera. It is not often that Eitan can be inveigled into
wearing a tuxedo, but at the Glyndebourne Opera Festival it is de
The last time we appeared similarly attired was in Paris
20 years ago at a Skal conference.
Opera at Glyndebourne is a happening. The performance starts late
and is preceded by strolls in the large manicured grounds, while
champagne or wine. The interval lasts an hour and a half; ample time to
enjoy a picnic basket on the lawns, or a meal in one of the three
restaurants. We were enchanted and moved by a stirring performance of Jenufa,
a wonderful opera by
key role of Kostelnicka was magnificently portrayed by Kathryn Harries.
August 21, 2004
We're at Brighton at the Brighton
Bridge Congress. This is the fifth time that we have spent August
while Eitan directs and we generally have a great time meeting friends
and having a rest. The bridge directing has gone well and Doreen
has been busy visiting the sales, going to London, working out in the
and just relaxing.
August 14, 2004
Welcome to this world, Almog Collins, born this morning. Although
a relative, new granny Caroline has
part of our family since our Eilat days, and we wish her, mommy Avigail
and uncle Gidon a hearty mazal tov
August 7, 2004
Welcome to the Ron family on their return to Israel! Aviv, Vered,
and Lior (and Lopsy) arrived at Ben Gurion airport on August 3, 2004
13 suitcases. They have rented a house in Raanana and will be staying
us in Hofit until their lift arrives from America. The plan is that
will move to Raanmana by the end of August.
July 31, 2004
While we were in the USA, Aviv and Moran and families popped into Hofit
on their way to the upper Galilee for the weekend. They slept at Bet
near Kiryat Shmona and Aviv took the opportunity to exchange alligators
for the Coral World Amazon exhibit.
In Hofit the grandsons sampled some of our garden's produce (passion
fruit, litches and tomatoes).
in particular was crazy about passion fruit.
We are very proud of our garden. Much of our watering is done with
rain water (which we collect in containers in winter), with water from
air conditioning (in summer), and with "recycled" saltier-than-normal
(from our reverse osmosis drinking water.). This year we had bumper
of lettuces and raddichios (9 varieties!), arugula, tomatoes (3
peppers (2 varieties), passion fruit, litches, kumquats and loquats. We
had more than we could eat, and neighbours and friends shared in our
(especially the lettuces and litches), and we pickled the peppers
We were only moderately successful with lemons and limquats, and our
and pomella yield was almost non-existent. We are still expecting
amounts of mangoes and avocado.
July 24, 2004
To make things a little easier for Vered and Aviv while they were
for the move to Israel, we took Danielle and Lior on an RV (motor home)
trip to the Washington DC area. On the way we visited the Six Flags
where the girls had a wonderful time. The highlight of of the Six Flags
visit was the trip down the Coyote Creek Rapids, where to their delight
they got sopping wet.
July 17, 2004
On my first day in America we had a delightful visit from Rami and
Erez. The Erez family are friends dating back to our Eilat days (and
organized Doreen's 60th surprise party.).
We take great pleasure that our friends' children make the effort to
and see us whenever they are invited. Rahmi is an architect and Tahel
starting a post graduate program in Forensic Physchology here in New
July 10, 2004
My grandmother Olga Levy (nee Matz) with 6 of her children (Abe was not
yet born) in about 1916
l to r: Annie, Joe, Hayman, Olga holding Eric, Fannie, Ethel
The picture this week is in honour of the Matz family. During the
week I had access to a census list from 1834 for the Lithuanian town of
Darbenai, where my Matz forebears lived. I discovered a lot of
information on the family, including 12 new individuals and went one
generation back. I was also able to confirm dates that I had previously
I now have the names of 9 generations of my Matz family, from
born about 1735, through Aaron, Shevach, Shaya, Olga, Hayman, Eitan and
Vered/aviv/Moran to Danielle/Lior/Itamar and Maayan, born 6 months ago.
So Danielle, Lior, Itamar and Maayan: The name of your great great
great great great great grandfather was Nachman.
All the new information has been incorporated into the family tree.
You can see an outline of the Matz descendants by clicking on Matz
July 3, 2004
back: Eitan, Doreen, Tali, Viv, Frankie, Alex, CJ (Oren's friend), Oren
front: Caryn, Tamir.
This week is a celebrations for the Klaffs. Viv and Frankie
their 39th anniversary on the 4th, Viv's birthday is on the 6th, and
Tamir's birthday is on the 7th.
Vivian Klaff is my only cousin on my mother's side. My mother was one
of five children. Sister Rose married Sholem Klaff, two of her sisters
never married (Dora and Bess Shapiro), and her brother Willie had no
(See Goldberg family tree). Viv
up on a farm in the Magaliesberg area in South Africa. Later the Klaff
family moved to Rustenburg and then to Durban, where we lived, and
our fathers shared business interests. I spent many wonderful holidays
with Viv in Magaliesberg and Rustenberg and our close relationship
in Durban. The relationship was cemented when Viv married Frankie
who was Doreen's best friend then and has remained so today.
Although the Klaffs live in the USA we still manage to often see them
and their children Oren; Tamir, Alex and Tali; and Caryn. This week's
was taken on the occasion of Viv's 60 birthday, which we celebrated
his family in a resort in the Colorado area.
June 26, 2004
I'm in Malmo, Sweden, at the European
Bridge Championships, from June 18 to July 3. For those of you who
don't know I'm a certified International Tournament
Director (bridge judge). That's me in the picture, keeping an eye
things. The hotel I'm staying at is far from the venue, and the
transport solution is a bicycle.
June 19, 2004
Our two eldest children are both June babies. Aviv was born on the
and Vered on the 28th. We have so many pictures of them that it was
choosing. Here they are together, many years ago, looking relaxed,
June 12, 2004
Congratulations to Mikhal! She has been awarded a prestigious
Fellowship for her doctoral studies. We are very proud of you, Mikhal.
May you climb even higher on the road to success.
Go to the Segoli's page to see what
an honour it is being a Kreitman Fellow.
June 5, 2004
Happy 60th birthday on the 11th, Doreen! You were lovely then and
lovely now. I love you very much and feel so privileged to be married
you, my love and my friend.
May 29, 2004
This week there is a delightful picture of our granddaughters, Danielle
and Lior, taken in their dancing costumes. They are getting ready for a
performance this week with their ballet class. Good luck, Dani and
May 22, 2004
I don't have too many relatives on my mother's side, and the two
are my first cousin, Vivian Klaff, and my mother's first cousin, Sarah
Olkienitski (nee Goldberg). There is also a branch of the family in
family tree) The amazing story of
how contact was re-established among the family after the war never
to move me.
Sarah is the sole Holocaust survivor from her family. She and husband
Isaac have raised 12 wonderful children and grandchildren, who are not
only our relatives but also our friends.
May is a month for celebration, for 6 family members celebrate
It is also a month for sadness, for eldest daughter Miri, born on May
died at the age of 49 on May 24, 2000. In honour of Sarah's
and in memory of Miri, this week is dedicated to the Olkienitski
Left picture: back:
Avi Gilad, Sara, Racheli Gilad, Isaac, Yoav Gilad, Noam Heyman
front: Yael, Michal and Naama Gilad
Right picture, from left to right: Yoav,
Naama, Racheli, Uri Haberman, Shuli Haberman, Doreen, Eitan Haberman,
(Missing from the pictures:Dani
and Michael Haberman, Idit and Maayan Heyman)
May 15, 2004
Who says we don't keep our promises? Over two years ago when we
an organized tour to the Red
Center of Australia we met Ariella and Nomi. Actually we had met
on a bus
in Cairns a few days before so when we saw them on our trip we
felt that they were 'landsman,'. We got on very well and promised
we'd meet soon. That was in Pesach 2002 - so when Nomi and her
Yair and Ariella came for dinner this week we were a little
but had a delightful time and arranged to meet again, together with
husband 'soon.' Nomi and Ariella are remarkably good friends -
because Ariella's ex is Nomi's present husband.
May 8, 2004
We spent a lovely weekend in Eilat with Limor and Aviv and
We call Itamar "Mr Smiley" and here he and Savta Margalit share a joke.
Another thing that Itamar enjoys is eating hummus.
May 1, 2004
While going through some old pictures we came across this delightful
of Anthony (aka Eitan). The picture is the worse for wear, but then so
April 24, 2004
Back row : Moran, Mikhal and Maayan, Moshe and Orit (Aviv Ron's
Front row: Doreen, Denise de niece, Tova Ron (Aviv's mother)
Vered spent a very busy week in Israel. A few hours before flying
to Maplewood NJ she enjoyed a few hours of sunshine on the Bet Yannai
April 17, 2004
Doreen stands at the memorial in the Ponar Forest (Paneriai), outside
Holocaust Memorial Day falls this week. On this day we pause and
the 6 million Jews murdered by the Nazis and their collaborators.
In April 1999, we visited Poland and Lithuania, and visited many of
the infamous sites. Doreen wrote a moving account
of her visit to Majdanek concentration camp just outside Warsaw.
The visit to the forest of Ponar was particularly moving, for Doreen's
grandfather, uncle and many other relatives were among the the tens of
thousands of Lithuanian Jews who were shot and buried there in pits.
Here is an extract of the "Page of Testimony" submitted by Florence
Shochat-Levine to the Yad Vashem memorial, relating to Doreen's
brother, Abrashke Glasser: "In August 1941 he was captured with his
and his cousin Elke Glasser, by the Chapponas, told he was to be taken
to work, but was killed in Ponar."
April 10, 2004
April 10, 2004
Pesach celebrates freedom and spring. Moran, Mikhal and Maayan took
of the holidays to enjoy some of the pleasures of spring in the Upper
After a particularly wet winter nature was out in all her glory, as
picture taken by Moran shows.
For an account of their trip, and more pictures, see this page at Moran's
April 3, 2004
This is not only the Picture of the Week, it is the Babysitter of the
With so much attention being paid to Maayan
his visit last week to Hofit, and the corresponding neglect of Flopsy,
it looks like Flopsy has decided: "If you can't beat 'em for affection,
join 'em." Both seem very satisfied with the arrangement.
March 20, 2004
Happy Birthday this week (21st March) to our son-in-law
March 13, 2004
Doreen is back from her Ethiopian trip.
"Our four-day trek through the Semein National park was
the high point of our trip. Because of the height the trekking was
but it was constantly rewarding because of stunning scenery and good
Only at night did we all freeze. We also visited many beautifully
churches. Here I am, after the trek, at the Blue Nile Falls, the
main source of the Nile River."
March 6, 2004
The Jewish holiday of Purim falls on Sunday. The
celebrates the deliverance of the Jews of Persia from the evil schemes
of Haman, through the intervention of Mordecai and Esther. It's a fun
especially for kids. Firstly the scroll of Esther is read in synagogue
and every mention of Haman's name is accompanied by children booing,
and generally making a noise. Secondly, it's the traditional day for
parades and parties. In Israel, nearly every pupil comes to school in
dress, and the streets are filled with traditional and current
The adults, too, have parties, usually in fancy-dress also.
Here is Dani dressed up as Pippi/Gilgi/Bilbi
to go to school, and Maayan enjoying his first Purim party Sde Boqer
Here are some more pictures
of Purim celebrations.
With the family being so spread out, occasions when we
all get together are much rarer. We try and have a family reunion at
once every 1-2 years. So it was time for a reunion. (We were all
for Mikhal and Moran's wedding, but that was a wedding so it was not
as a reunion.).
The 12th Reunion took
place in Eilat over the weekend of 19-21 February. Usually we have
T-shirts made up for the reunions, but this time Vered handed out
mugs with pictures of the family!
It was the first reunion with Mikhal, Maayan and
so it was extra-special. A wonderful time was had by all.
February 21, 2004
Moran and Mikhal have decided to act as if Ma'ayan is
second child. So despite the icy wind and grey skies we all went to see
the daffodils in Wadi Hatzatz. . It was remarkable to see the contrast
between the rocky river bed and the mass of delicate daffodils. The
desert in bloom after this year's heavy rains was exciting.
The four cousins at the family
party in Hofit, together for the first time. Our family came to say
hello to the Rons, and to welcome Itamar and Maayan.
l to r: Lior Ron, Itamar Levy, Danielle Ron holding
A triple celebration! Winnie Levy's birthday on the
Charles Levy's birthday on the 12th and Charles and Sheenagh's 30th
anniversary on the 17th. MazalTov.
The picture, with daughter Katherine and Shaun, was taken
at Mark and Serena Klotnick's wedding in September
Sdot Yam in Israel.
January 31, 2004
Picture of the Week features Moran, whose birthday
this week (January 30). When Moran was small he was a frequent visitor
to Coral World Underwater Observatory, often going there and back home
by himself by bus. As can be seen from this week's picture, the main
for him at Coral World was not the fish but the ice cream. Click to see
also likes ice cream.
On 22nd January 2004, Ma'ayan Levi Segoli was
and brought into the Jewish faith at the synagogue at Sde Boqer
whereMoran, Mikhal and Ma'ayan live. Here Moran kisses Maayan held by
Ran Kagan on
Elijah's chair while Mikhal looks on as the Mohel works.
From left to right: Vered, Doreen, Aviv and Moran. The
was taken somewhere in the mountains of Eilat about 1976.
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