31 December 2016
Amit, Lotem and Ilai enjoying the snow
Our Eilat grandchildren, joined by one
of our Sde Boqer ones, enjoyed a visit to the Hermon with Granny Doreen
to enjoy the snow. More pictures here.
- During the last week we have celebrated Chanuka, the Festival of
Lights. We took part in some of the nightly lighting of candles
(1 to 8 depending on the day) and the singing of Chanuka songs. Click for some pictures.
- Our three Eilat grandchildren, Itamar, Amit and Ilai and
granddaughter Lotem Segoli joined us for three days during the Chanuka
vacation. Doreen prepared a program for them, a visit to the Florentie
Circus, a trip to the Hermon to see the snow (see
picture above), and the new Harry Potter spin-off movie "Fatastic
Beast". More pictures here.
- Last week I wrote about the delicious vegan sufganiyot (doughnuts) that
Vered has prepared for us. See the
recipe on our Family Recipe page. And while you're there
check out the special potato zucchini latkes recipe.
- It seems like the latest craze is costume pyjamas. See Limor, Amit and Ilai Levy showing off
- Ilai Levy's class went on a school trip to Coral World and
Ilai proudly showed her classmates a baby
- Next week we will be in Sde Boqer to celebrate Maayan Segoli's
barmitzvah. He has been preparing for it - click
for a picture.
- If you haven't managed to see Doreen's account of our Portugal
trip you can access it here.
- And a happy, succesful, healthy
and wonderful 2017 to all our relatives and friends.
24 December 2016
Candle of Channuka at the home of Vered and Aviv Ron
back: Maayan Segoli, Vered Ron, Mikhal and Moran Segoli, Doreen, Susan
front: Zoe Segoli and Lior Ron
Not in the picture: Aviv Ron, Lotem Segoli, me
Vered invited us to join her family
together with Moran’s family to light the first Channukah candle. Since
her daughters are vegan the thought that Vered would be preparing vegan
doughnuts - sufganiyot - was
not appealing. How wrong we were. The sufganiyot
were light and tasty. Doreen has the recipe and it will appear next
week on this site in "Family Recipes".
- Two days ago we returned from a most enjoyable trip to
Portugal. Part of the time we stayed with bridge friends Connie
Goldberg and Rui Marques and toured the Lisbon area and environs. We
also spent some days in North Portugal visiting interesting towns and
places. All in all it was a great trip, and Doreen has written about
it. Read what she wrote, with pictures, by clicking
- Grandson Maayan Segoli is becoming
quite versatile in his
cooking, and prepared a delicious tiramisu. See pictures.
- We were happy to have second cousin Susan Nathan (see Levy/Hershovitz family tree) as
a guest this weekend. Although she lives in Israel we have not seen
each other for many many years and it was very pleasant catching up on
family matters. Click for a picture of
Susan and Doreen at Caesaria.
- We wish all our relatives and friends a very happy,
and healthy 2017. In the meantime, enjoy the
17 December 2016
Celebrating our 52nd Wedding Anniversary
We are in Portugal and yesterday was our
52nd Anniversary. We celebrated by driving along the Douro Port Wine
Route, with a stop at the winery Quinta do Tedo on the bank of the
Douro River to taste their delicious Port wine and lift a toast to 52
years of friendship and love.
- We have been a week holidaying in Portugal and enjoying every
day. We spent the first few days in Caiscais near Lisbon visiting the
sites in the area and enjoying the hospitality of friends Rui Marques
and Connie Goldberg. We're in the north, near Porto at the
moment, and return to Israel in 4 days. Pictures and comments on
our trip by Doreen will hopefully be in next week's update.
- Granddaughter Dani Ron is in Prague enjoying her visit with some
friends, and exeriencing the Christmas atmosphere there. See picture.
10 December 2016
Me, Beverley Taylor, Sydney and Ari
Doreen and I spent a lovely morning
reconnecting with second cousins Sydney Lossin and Beverley Taylor.
Sydney and her husband Ari live in Asseret and although we have fairly
regular email contact we have not met for about 20 years, even though
we have lived in Israel for over 50 years. Beverley lives in London and
this was the
first time we have met. See Matz family
- Granddaughter Danielle is back from her trip to Amsterdam and
getting ready for a nice long "post-army" trip.
- Daughter Vered Ron and husband Aviv are back from their short
trip to Paris. (see picture)
- Doreen joined sister Louise Braverman on a visit to
Sarona with Louise's school friend from Barnato High School in
Johannesburg, Anita Etzman.
- Tomorrow we fly to Portugal for a holiday. This is the
first time we will have visited Portugal and we are both looking
forward to it. We will stay some of the time with bridge friends Rui
and Connie and also, of course, do some touring.
03 December 2016
Aviv at the Blue Mountain in Sinai
Old Photos series: In June 1990 we
went on a jeep tour of Egyptian Sinai, together with friends. It
quite an eventful tour; a jeeps
tour. During the 5 days of the
tour we had to change vehicles 16 times, using 8 different vehicles -
inluding one that was confiscated off the
road with us in it. It didn't have a valid license. On one of the
nights we arrived in darkness at our sleeping point. When we woke up in
the morning, in the middle of the Sinai
desert - our guide and jeep were nowhere to be seen. But we were
next to an incredible mountain painted in vivid blue, We explored "Blue
Mountain" as we explored the possibility that we had been abandoned and
had no idea where we were. Our guide did eventually reappear with a
'new' jeep. A Belgian
artist, Jean Verame, had painted
some rock formations blue
to commemorate the peace agreement
between Egypt and Israel. On another day we dehydrated in the hot
summer sun, together with our jeep that overheated and it seems it
needed more water than us! Altogether a most memorable trip.
Colin and Louise Kessel were on the trip with us and sent us the itinerary and vehicle changes.
- Granddaughter Danielle has gone for a short "post-army" trip to
- Daughter Vered Ron and husband Aviv are in Paris for a few days.
26 November, 2016
time - preparing a trout caught in the Wind River, Wyoming
Another in the Old Photos series: In
1995 Doreen and I went on a long RV (motorhome) trip in Western USA
-Utah, Colorado, South Dakota, Idaho, Wyoming, We
visited many of the canyons and parks the West is famous for, and also
met family. We lived and ate in the motorhome and parked
in campgrounds. We hiked, climbed, rode bicycles, and fished. In
Wyoming I was lucky to catch a reasonably sized trout in the Wind
River and I'm sure Doreen and I enjoyed the meal.
Click for other pictures of our
1995 RV trip.
- Granddaughter Lior Ron is back from a school educational trip to
- Granddaughter Danielle, now
an ex-soldier, leaves this week on a post-army trip with first stop
- This past week Israel has experienced large forest fires with
much damage to property and nature. Apparently many or most of the
fires were deliberate and politically motivated. Read Doreen's column on these 'terrorist
19 November, 2016
Grandaughter Danielle Ron finished her
compulsory army duty this week after two years in service. She marked
her first day as a civilian by cutting her army ID and
wearing her favourite jeans. Click
for her last picture wearing uniform.
- Grandson Itamar is recovering from his operation and will be back
at school this coming week. The procedure
smoothly and everything was successful. After two week's rest he was
to normal. Click here for a picture.
- We spent the last 4 days in Eilat where I was a Tournament
Director at the Red Sea Bridge
Festival. It is always enjoyable - a mixture of family, work
and meeting old friends both from Israel and overseas. This year we
couple of nights in a hotel near the Festival venue and enjoyed the
rest and the view.
- While we were in Eilat granddaughter Amit Levy celebrated her
11th birthday. Click for pictures.
- Son Aviv Levy spent the last week sailing from Greece to Herzliya,
Israel, helping to crew the yacht Jacquelina. He arrived back in Eilat
in time to help us finish our steaks at the El Gaucho restaurant.
- Granddaughter Lior Ron is on a school educational trip to Poland.
- The Eilat Festival provided us with an opportunity of
meeting Judy Rand whom we have not
seen for some time. Judy was presenting the prizes to the winners of
the special Rand Cup Competition in memory of her late husband Nissan
who had contributed so much to Israel and European bridge.
12 November, 2016
and Friends in Paris
Doreen, Levia Paswell, Vered Ron, Yael
Paperna (standing), Ora
While I was in Zagreb (see below) Doreen
took the opportunity of flying to Paris with three friends. Our
daughter Vered joined her for part of the
time. Doreen is still there and reports that she is having a wonderful
time. Click for 2 more pictures.
- Grandson Itamar needed an operation last week. The procedure went
smoothly and everything was successful. After a week's rest he was back
to normal. Click here for a picture.
- I am writing this from Zagreb in Croatia, where I am officiating
at the European Bridge Champions' Cup and participating in a meeting of
the Executive Committee of the European Bridge League.
- Both Doreen and I will be arriving home this coming Monday, in
time for a 4 day trip starting Wednesday to Eilat for the Red Sea
5 November, 2016
At Yaffa Loew's 70th birthday party
Shai Aroyo, Denise Braverman, Louise Braverman, Doreen, Yaffa, Vered
Ron, Danielle Ron, Yahel Braverman, Moran Segoli with Zoe
to Yaffa Loew (nee Bortenstein, see Schank
) on her 70th birthday. Relatives and friends met to
celebrate a special person at a great party organized by her daughter
- Granddaughter Lior had visited Yad
VaShem Holocaust Memorial with her class in preparation for
their journey to Poland later this month, but expressed a wish to
visit again.This week Doreen took her there for a personal and deeper
insight. By chance, her sister Danielle was visiting there with her
base on the same day. They were happy to meet up at the entrance. See picture.
- Doreen will be overseas for 6 days next week, visiting Paris with
3 friends, Daughter Vered, on a business trip, will join them for a few
- I will also be overseas next week, in Zagreb, Croatia, for 5
officiating at the Bridge European Champions' Cup and at meetings of
the European Executive Committee.
- Because of my visit, next weeks update of this site will probably
be next Sunday, not Saturday.
- Moran has updated the Segoli site with lovely pictures from their
trip in the summer - in Hebrew and in English.
29 October, 2016
Lotem Segoli is 11 !
22 October, 2016
weekend we went to Sde Boqer to celebrate granddaughter Lotem's 11th
birthday. We didn't have a party but Doreen baked a cake which Zoe
decorated (see picture
Click for another picture.
- The Eilat Levys were going to come to Sde Boqer for Lotem's
birthday, but there were exceptionally heavy thunderstorms and
rains in Eilat and all the roads - as well as the airport - were
flooded and closed to traffic. Aviv sent
us some pictures.
- Last week was the festival of Sukkot
- Tabernacles - and the Aviv Levys set up a traditional sukkah (hut) where they ate their
meals. See picture.
- Moran has updated the Segoli site with lovely pictures from their
trip in the summer - in Hebrew and in English.
Week's Picture is of son Aviv on
his motor bike in Key West, Florida,
where he successfully attained his associate degree in Marine Biology
Aviv has decided to resume his studies and has registered for a degree
at the Eilat campus of Ben Gurion University. The whole family wish you
the best of luck, Aviv.
This is another
pre-digital old photo. Click here for
other old photos.
15 October, 2016
Enjoying her visit to beautiful Costa Rica
Vered, Aviv and Lior Ron are on a visit
to Costa Rica and report having a wonderful time enjoying the views,
hikes and wildlife. They will be back at the end of the week.
Click for more pictures.
- Doreen left early this morning guiding a 10 day tour of tourists
from South Africa.
- We spent a couple of days in Eilat this week and once again
enjoyed a visit to Coral World, where
fascinated by the rays.
- In addition to our garden at home, we continue to enjoy our
municipal allotment of a small vegetable plot. We have eaten corn,
peppers, beans, Chinese cabbage and tomatoes grown there by us. The
is also a social activity area where neighbours, especially those
with young children, get together. See
8 October, 2016
The whole family celebrated Rosh
Hashanah at Midreshet Sde Boqer
1 October, 2016
A last look at Times Square
before our return home after our American vacation.
- We're back home after our 3 week + trip to the USA and Canada.
a great vacation especially as we were able to renew friendships with
family and friends.
- On our last day in New York we went on a walking tour of the area
around Grand Central Station. It was most instructive and it gave depth
and meaning to all the buildings we had seen so many times without
appreciating their history and architecture. "StreetWise New
York" has various tours on every day of the week, and we highly
recommend a tour. Their address is www.streetwiseNewYork.com.
- Back in Israel, we were in time to celebrate the 21st birthday of
our eldest granddaughter, Danielle. We met at Vong, a Tel Aviv
Vietnamese restaurant where we had tasty dishes - vegan for
Danielle and sister Lior, and "normal" for the rest of us. Click for picture.
- Rosh Hashana, the Jewish
New Year starts tomorrow evening and we wish all our family and friends
a Happy New Year - SHANA TOVA שנה טובה . May your lives be filled
with happiness and fulfilment and may Israel (and the world) make
progress towards the peace we all need and want.
- We will celebrate the New Year at Midreshet Sde Boqer with all
our children and grandchildren - a grand family reunion.
24 September, 2016
What does one do when one has to choose which beer to drink at a
restaurant with its own brewery? Doreen found the answer!
- We're still in the USA approaching the end of our trip which has
been most enjoyable and successful. We are now in Philadelphia again
with Nina, and later we leave
York where we will be for 2 days before returning to Israel.
- In Philadephia we visited and stayed with close friend Nina
Schafer. Then we were hosted near Elkton in Maryland by Frankie
(see Goldberg family tree)
and Dave Rothschild who also lent us
their car. (For a couple of pictures of previous visits to the Schafers
and Klaffs, click here.). We
drove to Washington, stayed with Nina's son Zach, and
visited some historic sites, as well as the Holocaust Museum. From
drove to Leesburg and stayed with Frankie's son Tamir and lovely
family. Then back to Frankie and Dave via Baltimore with a visit to the
fascinating American Visionary Art Museum. See
- Yesterday we went with Frankie Klaff and Nina Schafer to the
Wilmington cemetery to pay our respects at the graves of my late
cousin Vivian Klaff ( Click for link to
Vivian's memorial page) and late friend Steve Schafer (link to picture and tributes to
- It has been a great vacation and we so enjoyed
staying with the Glogauers, the Greeenbergs, the Myers, the Schafers
Nina and Zach, and the Klaffs Frankie/Dave and Tamir family.Thank you
all for putting us up at your super friendly "B&Bs".
17 September, 2016
Melissa, Shaun, Eitan, Isaac, Jordana, Mark: Front: Joanne,
Anthony, Doreen, Eileen
Eileen (Nickel) Glougauer and
Doreen are cousins and spent many holidays together when Eileen came up
Johannesburg to Durban during the school holidays.
On our visit to Toronto three of their sons
and families came over for dinner. We have seldom felt so welcome,
embraced by their loving family. Two days of non-stop talking wasn't
enough to catch up on years of family doings.
We spent a
lovely day with them at the Niagara Falls. Click here for pictures.
- We have arrived in Philadelphia after spending last week in
Canada and Mineapolis. We will be here for a couple of days with Nina
Schafer and then
spend some time with Frankie Klaff and Dave Rothschild.
- We renewed relationships with family and friends,
some of whom we haven't seen in decades. We met the Glogauers (see This Week's Picture above), Aura
Greenberg, John and Ethne Nussbaum, Mervyn and Terry Kaplan and
Roy and Gillian Myers. Read more and
see pictures here.
10 September, 2016
03 September, 2016
Ruins of Fire Engine "Ladder 3"
have just visited New York on our trip to USA and Canada. The highlight
of our New York visit was the Memorial and Mueum dedicated to the
terror attack on the Twin Towers 9/11 2001. We visited 2 days before
the 15th Anniversary, and it brought back many memories. From the top
of a hill overlooking central New York we saw the second Tower fall,
and spent some anxious hours worrying about our son-in-law Aviv who was
in an airplane while the attacks were taking place until we heard that
his plane had been ordered to land and that he was safe.
I was especial moved by the stories about the emergency responders,
police and firefighters, who
went to the site of the attack - 414 died, including all 11 of the
firemen who were in Ladder 3, the remains of which are pictured above.
Click for more pictures.
Read Doreen's Column
- We have just
finished our trip to New York, and are about to leave to continue our
trip in Canada. Click here
for pictures of some of our experiences in New York.
27 August, 2016
Joys of Babysitting
"Bye Grandpa! Bye Granny!"
Grandpa: "At last!. We've got vacation until Rosh Hashanah (New Year)
Granny: "Just pray that there won't be a (school) strike before
Having just finished a few rounds and a few weeks of babysitting (see
last 3-4 items of Archives)
found this cartoon most amusing.
you, AvivL and Caroline for sending it to us.)
- We finished this
"semester" of babysitting
with 2 days in Midreshet Sde Boqer looking after the Segoli
grandchildren. We came with Flopsy (who has a
love affair with Zoe) and Twitter to help us, and left with Flopsy
only. The Segolis will babysit Twitter for the next 3 weeks or so.
- School holidays are over, the grandchildren are back to school,
and we are on our way to USA and Canada for a 3 week vacation.
- Congratulations to eldest grandchild Danielle on receiving
another stripe on her shoulder. Well done, Sergeant Danielle.
- Congratulations also to granddaughter Amit Levy who started the
school year on the right foot by doing safety patrol at the road crossing to her school.
- Our "agricultural"
allotment is doing wonderfully well. We're not sure we'll be back
in time to enjoy the fruits - or the corn
- of our plantings.
with Old Friends
Frankie Jaffe, Jimmy Rabinowitz, Doreen, Mike Jaffe, Tamara Rabinowitz
week we enjoyed a delightful evening in
the old city of Acco (Acre) with
old friends Jimmy and Tamara Rabinowitz (see
Glezer/Gordon family tree) and
Mike and Frankie Jaffe. I haven't seen Mike since he diagnosed me with
measles about 60 years at an Habonim youth movement camp. I've
met Frankie sporadically over the years and it was lovely seeing her
again. And it is always a pleasure to be with Jimmy and Tamara.
- As reported last week, last Friday night we all enjoyed Doreen's
delicious roast duck . Read her recipe here.
- Our Segoli grandchildren spent their last few days with at the
beginning of the week. Doreen took them to the Sky Jump Trampoline
Centre . Pictures here and here.
- A little belatedly Doreen celebrated her birthday with some
friends with a breakfast. See picture.
- This coming Saturday Doreen and I will fly to the USA and Canada
for a three week visit to visit friends and relatives.
- If you missed it last week you can access the updated Segoli site
with pictures of their Galapagos
visit. Click for Hebrew or English.
20 August, 2016
Segolis and Vered join us for Friday night dinner
week the Segolis returned from their trip to the Galapagos and USA.
They spent a few days with grandparents Yael and Avram Segoli, then a
few days days with us, to give parents Moran and Mikhal time to get
organised. On Friday night Moran and Micha and daughter Vered joined us
for a delicious roast duck meal
prepared by Granny Doreen.
- Grandchildren in the news this week:
- Danielle and Lior have returned from their 4 day vacation on
the Greek Island of Kos. Click for picture
- The Eilat Levys spent a few day with us. Among other things,
Doreen took Itamar, Amit and Ilai to
the National Museum of Science in Haifa, and aunt Vered took them trampolining. Then by train to
Beer Sheva where Abba was waiting to
take them back home to Eilat.
- The Segolis have returned from their Galapagos trip, and are
spending a few days with us. (see picture above)
- The Shanghai Circus is performing in Netanya, 200 meters from
our apartment; and of course first the Levys
then the Segolis enjoyed the show. It's an rexcellent circus, and I
warmly recommend seeing it.
- The Segoli site has been updated with pictures of their Galapagos
visit. Click for Hebrew or English.
Thursday the Segolis returned from their trip to the Galapagos and USA
West coast. (see some pictures of their
trip here). Mikhal's mother Yael, and Doreen and I were at the
airport to meet them and hear the highlights of their trip over some
coffee and cocoa at the airport. The children will be spending a few
days at Yael's home while the parents organise their work schedules.
The Eilat Levy children, Itamar,
Amit and Ilai, are with us for a
few days. They arrived on Thursday from Eilat and and after picking them up at the airport we went
straight to the home of Yael and Avram Segoli in Mevasseret to spend
some time with the returning cousins (see above).
Louise Braverman, Doreen's sister, celebrated her
yesterday, and I organised a 3 table bridge competition for her and
some friends. Everyone had an enjoyable time.
Granddaughters Danielle and Lior Ron have gone on a 4 day
vacation to the Greek island of Kos. Looking
at this picture taken at the airport they're going to have a
fabulous time. Their parents Vered and Aviv drove to Tiberias after
dropping them off at the airport to spend a weekend at the Scot's Hotel.
6 August, 2016
30 July, 2016
yahrzeits (anniversaries of
death) of my mother, Queenie (56th), and my sister, Fern (8th), occur
at this time of the year, so I thought it fitting to use this old photo
as This Week's Picture.
Click to link to Fern's
The yahrzeit of Rael
Braverman, son of Doreen's sister Louise and Mellie, is also in this
period. He and Fern were buried on the same day. Click to
link to Rael's Memorial Page
Netanya Municipality has just made 100 small plots or patches available
to residents for planting vegetables. We registered for a plot and on
opening day the area was filled with mainly families planting seedlings
supplied by the municipality. Later we will plant our own seeds.
The watering is done automatically so that's one thing we don't have to
worry about when we're away.
This is a nice addition to our fruit trees, peppers and vegetable patch
- I regret to announce that Joe Woolwich, a second cousin, passed
away on 13 June in Manchester, England. He had not been well for some
time. Joe was a frequent visitor to Israel and we saw him fairly often.
- Granddaughter Dani has again had her hair cut and donated for
wigs for needy cancer sufferers.
- The Segolis are still in California. Mikhal is working in Davis,
and Moran and the children are doing some touring with long-time friend
23 July, 2016
Recovery concert conducted
by Maestro Zubin Mehta
writes: "We have all attended concerts that
were wonderful, inspiring or delightful; not often does one have the
of attending a concert that moves people to tears. Such was the benefit
held this week at the Elma Arts Complex in Zichron Yaakov with Maestro
Mehta to raise funds for Road to Recovery, the organization that
transports very sick children
from the West Bank and Gaza to hospitals in Israel for treatment. Like
organizers and volunteers in the organization, everyone donated their
the success of the evening, including Mehta, the orchestra, comperes,
choir, the Elma Arts Complex hotel and the list goes on."
Continue reading Doreen's impressions in her column.
to see a video of Zubin Mehta and the organization Road to Recovery
. Highly recommended
- We're back in Israel after our trip to Moscow and Liepaja,
Latvia. On the way back we
spent a day in Riga, the capital of Latvia. It was very interesting and
we regretted that our stay there was so short.
- The Segolis have left the Galapagos (more
pictures added here) and for the next two weeks or so will be
visiting friends in Californias. Mikhal will also be doing some work
during this time.
16 July, 2016