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  15 July 2017
medal award
Silver Medal Under 16 - Israel

The European Junior Bridge Championships finished today. The Silver Medal for the under 16 category went to the Israel team and I was pleased to be able to award them the medals.  The ceremony took place in the luxurious cinema of the hotel.
The bridge results of  the Israel teams were very good: The Under 16 team took the silver medal (16 countries) - an excellent acievement. The Under 21 team started slowly but in an exciting nail-biting finish where the lead changed repeatedly also finished second (by 0.21 points!) out of 17 countries. Both the U16 and U21 teams qualified to be among the Europe representatives in their categories at the next World Youth Championship to be held in China in 2018.  The Under 26 team finished  a creditable 7th (28 countries) just missing out on qualifying for the World Championships.  There was no Israel team in the Women category.

THIS WEEK'S NEWS 
  • We're in Slovakia for the European Youth Bridge Competition in Samorin, a town near Bratislava. Tomorrow we return to Israel where we have a three week break until our next trip!
  • The conditions and facilities for these championships at the X-Bionic Sphere Complex are exceptionally good - among the best I have ever been to in my long bridge career. Some details and pictures here.
  • Grandson Itamar Levy has just completed the third and final stage for acceptance to the Odysseus Programme for Future Scientists and Inventors. The course was at the Ben Gurion University in Beer Sheva and we await the final results.
  • Amit and Ilai Levy spent the weekend with Aunt Vered, and met the Sde Boqer Segolis at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem. (see pictures)

  8 July 2017
enjoying the pool
Cooling off
l-r: Granddaughters Ilai Levy, Amit Levy, Zoe Segoli, Lotem Segoli

A nice cool pool is the best place to be in the very hot summer during the school holidays. And if it's with cousins who usually live far away it's even better.

THIS WEEK'S NEWS 
  • After a week in Israel we're off again. This time Slovakia for the European Youth Bridge Competition in Samorin, a town near Bratislava, with a two day visit to Vienna on the way.
  • We enjoyed our two day too-short Vienna visit. Doreen has written about it with some pictures.
  • Between our return from Italy and our trip to Slovakia I managed to get some time in at the Tel Aviv Bridge Festival. Doreen took some of our guests from overseas for tours - the President of the World Bridge Federation Gianarrigo Rona (with Cippi his wife and Carlotta their daughter), Ton Kooijman, Chairman iof the World Bridge Laws Committee and Irving and Jackie Gordon from Scotland. Some pictures here.
  • We also had time to attend an event of the Breaking the Silence movement (see Doreen's Column from last year)
  • Granddaughter Lior had great fun preparing for her school prom. See a picture of her with some classmates.
  • Granddaughter Dani is still working in USA and enjoyed a 4th of July dinner with some friends.
  • Daughter Vered's week was not her usual intense and high-powered week - she went to the Scouts camp that Lior was attending and helped with the cooking, and later she and Aviv enjoyed a weekend camping at  a beach

1 July 2017
Eitan's heritage
My Heritage according to DNA

Through "My Heritage" a Roots/Family Tree computer application, I sent a sample for DNA analysis. The results can be seen above.

THIS WEEK'S NEWS 
  • We're back in Israel after out trip to Italy. But not for long - in a few days we fly to Slovakia for the European Youth Bridge Competition in Samorin, a town near Bratislava. Beteewn these trip I'll be busy in Israel at the Tel Aviv Bridge Festival.
  • June is family birthday month. Doreen on the 11th, son Aviv on the 21st, and this week we celebrated daughter Vered's birthday. See pictures
  • Our grandchildren's attiitude towards animals always amazes me, both for their "likes" and "dislikes". There was another example this week: son  Moran found a small snake and brought it home. As you can see from the pictures, both grandaughters Lotem and Zoe were thrilled to entertain the little snake.
  • It's the end of the school year and both Lotem and Maayan have received their school report cards.
  • Apart from getting excellent grades, grandson Maayan keeps himself busy by cooking. See his latest effort at preparing stuffed delicacies.
  • Granddaughter Lotem make an amusing clip about a "split" or double Lotem. Click to view part of it.

24 June 2017
bridge gala
At the Gala Dinner of the European Bridge League

THIS WEEK'S NEWS 
  • After nearly 3 weeks. tomorrow we leave Montecatini Terme and the bridge championships. We were happy that the Israel team won the gold medal in the Senior Teams event, and I had the opportunity to present them with the medals, but other Israel results were not so good.
  • We have some busy days ahead. On Friday the Festival of the Israeli Bridge Federation starts and on the Wednesday after that we travel to Slovakia for the Youth Championships.
  • We enjoyed ourselves in Montecatini. It's a charming town, conveniently situated and with many excellent restaurants. Doreen took advantage of  the excellent train system to visit Pistoia, Cinque Terre, Lucca and Florence. Click for some pictures.

17 June 2017
EBL Executive
The Executive of the European Bridge League
Marc de Pauw (Belgium), Radoslaw Kielbasinsk (Poland), Eitan Levy (Israel), Jafet Olafsson (Iceland), Sevinc Atay (Turkey), David Harris (England),
Yves Aubry (France- President), Josef  Harsanyi (Germany), Jan Kamras (Sweden), Eric Laurant (Netherlands), Paul Porteous (Ireland), Jurica Caric  (Croatia).
 Missing: Fillipo Palma (Italy)
This morning we had the 7th and last meeting of the Executive of the European Bridge League here in Montecatini Terme in Italy. I doubt that we solved all the problems of the bridge world, but we definitely made progress!.

THIS WEEK'S NEWS 
  • Doreen and I will be staying  in Montecatini for another week as I have specific durties connected with the European Open Championships being held here.
  • Doreen has been her usual active self while I have been attanding meetings. She has climbed the hill to Montecatini Alto, and visited the fairly close Tuscany towns of Pisa and Luca. We meet in the evenings for dinner and so far have only found very good and excellent restaurants. The bridge meetings are also an occasion for meeting old friends, some of whom we also visit outside of the bridge events. See pictures.
  • We were delighted to receive a message that granddaughter Lotem Segoli receive 97 for a project in Hebrew. Considering that a few years she could only speak and write in English this is a great achievement. See picture.

10 June 2017
Lior graduation
Aviv, Lior and Vered Ron
At last - no more high school! Granddaughter Lior Ron celebrated her last day at school with a party (see picture). Here, with her parents, she proudly displays her certificates at the ceremeny marking her last day of school.
THIS WEEK'S NEWS
  • We are in Montecatini Terme, in Tuscany Italy. The European Open Bridge Championships are being held here and we'll be here for just over two weeks. I've been busy the last  few days so pictures and comments will wait till next week.
  • Doreen celebrates her birthday on Sunday. We'll find a nice seafood restaurant and celebrate it there, but in the meantime make do with a pleasant breakfast outdoors at our hotel in Montecatini. Pictures here.

3 June 2017
Reijzers for dinner
Entertaining the Reijzers
Around the table clockwise: Lior, Vered and Aviv Ron; Ezra, Lottie and Hans Reijzer; Naftali and Gideon Keyson; Louise Braverman; Doreen
Our longtime friends, Hans and Lottie Reijzer (whom we visited a month ago in Amsterdam) are on a short vist to Israel. Their son Ezra and grandson Naftali accompanied them.  They came for Friday night dinner, and were joined by another grandson living in Israel, Gideon. Our daughter Vered and family and Doreen's sister Louise also joined us and we all had a delicious dinner. It was a lovely evening, described by Hans as "festive."

THIS WEEK'S NEWS 
  • We spent a couple of days in Rome (see pictures) after my meeting in Lucignano and returned home a few days ago tired and happy.
  • We have a very busy few days before we're off again to Italy, this time to Montecatini (also in Tuscany) for the European Open Bridge Championships.
  • Son Aviv Levy was again interviewed on TV, this time about a very big whale shark that "visited" Eilat. Click for a short extract from his interview.

27 May 2017
walk for ALS
Vered Levy-Ron and Denise Braverman

Daughter Vered and niece Denise took part in a 4Km walk to raise awareness and money for Prize4Life, a not-for-profit organization aimed at accelerating the discovery of treatment and cure for ALS. The organization was founded by a friend of Vered, Shai Rishoni, who years ago was diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig disease).  See more details in This Week's Picture archives.

THIS WEEK'S NEWS 
  • We are in Lucignano in Tuscany, Italy. I am attending a meeting of the European Bridge League Council which is taking place at the beautiful villa of Fillipo Palma, a fellow committee member.  We were here last year as well - click here for a picture of the view from Fillipo's villa. We did a little touring on the way here, and will do more on the way back to Rome where we will spend a few days. We will bring back a few bottles of Fillipo's Palma Wine  and you are invited to share a bottle with us. 
  •  We return to Israel on Thursday and have a very busy few days before we're off again to Italy, this time to Montecatini (also in Tuscany) for the European Open Bridge Championships.
  • Grandson Maayan is continuing his efforts in preparing various dishes from different countries, and we understand that his latest effort was delicious!

20 May 2017
Eilat sand storm
Sand storm in Eilat

We lived in Eilat for many years and sand storms were fairly common but the sand storm that hit Eilat this week was exceptional. Thanks to son Aviv for sending this picture.

THIS WEEK'S NEWS 
  • We have returned from 4 days in Prague, where I organised a successful seminar to introduce the new laws of bridge to international bridge TDs (judges).
  • I didn't see much of Prague but Doreen did some sightseeing, including a bicycle tour. See picture
  • We're off again in a few days. This time to Tuscany, Italy to attend a meeting of the Council of the European Bridge Executive. After the meeting we'll spend 2 days in Rome.

13 May 2017
sailing with habermans
After the sail
Patrick and Cushla (crew), Vered Levy-Ron, Shuly and Michael Haberman, me, Doreen
(photo taken by Eitan Haberman)

Old Photo: Looking through old photos I found this one taken after a morning sail many years ago on a friend's yacht. Joining Doreen and I and daughter Vered were the Habermans, Eitan, Shuly and Michael. It's appropriate to post it now as Shuly (see Goldberg family tree) was the production manager for the highly successful Arthur Rubinstein Piano Competition (see below) - and it's also her birthday this coming Tuesday.

THIS WEEK'S NEWS 
  • We attended a few sessions of the Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Competition and were amazed at the fantastic abilities and talent of the pianists and the truly excellent organisation. We are proud that second cousin Shuly Haberman, the Production Manager, (see Goldberg family tree) contributed so much to its success. We enjoyed the performances and it was difficult for us to judge who was the best. Our choice of winner did not coincide with that of the judges, who chose a Polish contestant, Szymon Nehring, (our second choice) as winner. We thoroughly enjoyed the experience and are already looking forward to the next competition in 3 years time!
  • Next Monday we fly to Prague for 4 days. I am organizing a seminar for certified international bridge judges. The Laws of Bridge have just been revised and the seminar will be devoted to discussing the implications and implementation of these new laws.

 6 May 2017
beliebers
Beliebers
Cousins Amit Levy, Michael and Jonatan Gabintor and Ilai Levy  at a Justin Bieber concert

Granddaughters Amit and Ilai Levy went with Limor their mother and cousins Michael and Jonatan Gabitor to the Justin Bieber concert in Tel Aviv. It looks like they, together with thousands of others, had a great time.

THIS WEEK'S NEWS 
  • During their final day with us at the end of last week, the grandchildren went horse-riding, visited a turtle rescue programme and played Frisbe with Doreen in the adjacent park. Pictures here.
  • Congratulations to Tanya and Stephen Wood of London, England on the birth of their first child this week, Tallulah May. (Picture of the beautiful one-day old baby here). Congratulations too to grandmother Susan Nathan (nee Levy) on her third grandchild. (see Levy/Hershovitz family tree.)
  • The Arthur Rubinstein Piano Competition is taking place in Tel Aviv and Shuli Haberman (see Goldberg family tree), the Production Manager,  is very busy overseeing the successful organisation of the competition.  Doreen is due to take the judges on a day tour of Jerusalem later today.
  • Best of luck to granddaughter Lior who is busy with her final bagrut exams. She found time to entertain cousin Zoe while the kindergarden helpers were striking. Lior will spend the next year on a voluntary Public Service programme before beginning her compulsory army training.

29 April 2017:
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Aviv1212
Son Aviv Levy successfully participated in a course and is recognised as a paramedic of the 1221 Emergency Medical help organization.

We returned from a short trip to Amsterdam to visit friends Hasns and Lottie Reijzer. See last week note and some pictures here.
Grandson Maayan prepared  prepared a meal for the Apriljoin birthdays of IOtamasr Levy, Zoe Segoli and me. Maayan, aged 13, cooked the delicious meal. The theme was Indian cuisine and he prepared samosas, butter chicken curry and naan bread.
For pictures click here  and from there there are links to more pages.
We also had the pleasure of various grandchildren, at various times during the week, staying over with us.

22 April 2017
egg cups
Egg Cups carved by Leibe Nochomovicz in early 1900's
Grandson Maayan Segoli needed to do a small project on an item that has been passed down in the family. He chose to write about some egg cups, carved by his great great grandfather in the early 1900's

The cups were carved by his great great Grandfather Leibe. They were passed down to great grandmother Gertie Glazer, and then to Granny Doreen Levy. They will be passed down  to Doreen’s children, including father  Moran and from him to Leiba’s great great grandchild, Maayan, and from him ..........

The cups have “lived” in Byelorussia, South Africa the Caribbean and in Israel.

Read more, and see a picture of a wooden candlestick carved by Leibe.

THIS WEEK'S NEWS 
  • Children, grandchildren - all back from their overseas visits and back to their routines. As expected, they all had a wonderful time.
  • Now it's our chance:| Doreen and I will be flying to Amsterdam this week. It's only a four day visit, to see long-time friends Hans and Lottie Reijzer. Lottie is not well and we hope our visit will cheer them up a little. We have been close friends with the Reijzers since learning Hebrew with them on an ulpan in 1965. We see each other often, in Israel or Holland, and have a couple of times been together with them on a holiday, for example in Aups about 7 years ago.
  • Sad news. Adam, the son of Melly Braverman our ex-brother-in-law, was found dead in a pool in Singapore where he was touring together with other fans of the Rugby 7 International Tournament there.  We extend heartfelt condolences to Mellie, to mother Fenella Bishop, to sister Tamara  and to half-sisters Denise and Yael Braverman. Click for pictures of Adam and Melly on a visit to Petra, and of Adam with sisters Tamara and Denise in Eilat. (see Glasser family tree).
  • Cousin Shirley Kansky and Nathan, and friends Dani and Ruti Erez, came for lunch and Doreen experimented successfully with a new (for her) chicken recipe - spatchcock chicken. Read her instructions for preparing this delicious and easy recipe on the family recipe page.

15 April 2017
Pesach seder
Passover Seder with the Levys from Eilat
We had a very enjoyable seder with the family from Eilat and good friend Caroline Livneh. The seder was fairly traditional (but with lots of "passing over" ) with singing, excellent food and some Pesach related clips from the internet. All the grandchildren helped cook, preparing gefilte fish, vegetarian and real chopped liver and traditional Pesach cakes.
This was the smallest seder we have had in years: the Rons were in California and the Segolis with Mikhal's family in Mevasseret Zion.
More pictures here.
THIS WEEK'S NEWS 
  • After the seder the Eilatis said goodbye and returned to Eilat and Mikhal and Moran and Zoe Segoli said hello. Mikhal and Moran went on a three day hike (see pictures) while we looked after granddaughter Zoe.
  • This is the first time Zoe has not been in the company of her parents or siblings and we were surprised that she only rarely showed signs of "homesickness." Probably a visit to the local Luna Park (see picture) and a play about a lonely dog helped, but almost unlimited TV played a large role! At one stage she complained of a sore throat. Doreen offered her various remedies which were refused. Doreen asked what  she thought would help her sore throat. "Watching television" was the reply.
  • Grandchildren Maayan and Lotem Segoli are in Paris enjoying a visit with the Segoli grandparents, Yael and Avraham. From the pictures we have received they are having a great time.
  • The Rons Vered, Aviv and Lior were excited at seeing daughter/sister Danielle in Sacramento and enjoyed the seder with her and friends.  They then went on a short skiing holiday and by all accounts had a wonderful time. (pictures here)
  8 April 2017
grsndkids with challot
Itamar, Lotem, Maayan, Zoe, Amit and Doreen with the challot.
While the grandchildren were with us (see below) Doreen gave them a challah baking lesson. They prepared and mixed the dough (see Lotem's picture), weighed and divided the dough into three, then divided each portion into three and braided the bread. As can be seen in the picture the braiding was excellent. Shabbat dinner was enhanced with the addition of the 3 delicious challot.

THIS WEEK'S NEWS 
  • It's pre-Passover school holidays and five of our grandchildren are staying with us. Son Moran is also here for a few days to help. Doreen and Moran took them to the Holon Children's Museum where the older children experienced Dialogue in the Dark and Zoe the Enchanted Forest.. They played football in the local park, visited Caesaria and will go to a movie tomorrow. See pictures.
  • What about the other 3 grandchildren who are not in Netanya? Ilai Levy is at a Scout's camp and will join us next week, with parents Aviv and Limor, for a few days when we celebrate the Pesach seder. Lior Ron is on her way (with Dad Aviv) to  California to visit sister Danielle who is working there.
  • Daughter Vered Ron has just spent a week in Germany and France on business trips and by the time you read this she will also be in California with husband Aviv and daughters Danielle and Lior.
  • Grandchildren Itamar Levy and Maayan Segoli also went on school hikes earlier this week. Click on the names for pictures.
  • I spent a couple of days in Larnaca Cyprus checking a possible venue for a 2018 Bridge Workshop.

1 April 2017
Elma Hotel and Arts Center
Doreen and I and Louise in the gardens of the Elma Hotel
Yesterday we attended an opera "The Judgement of Paris" and today an organ recital at the impressive Elma Arts Complex and Hotel in Zichron Yaakov.  The hotel has galleries and its corridors feature works of art. There is also a concert hall (with excellent acoustics) where regular performances are held. Louise joined us today for an organ concert. In addition to a clear view of the the organ and organist, a view of the organist's hands - and feet - was projected onto a large screen. This made for a fascinating experience. Although we have been to organ concerts before this was the first time we could appreciate the impressive talents of an organist. 

THIS WEEK'S NEWS 
  • Congratulations to grandson Itamar Levy on being selected to the second stage toward acceptance to the special Odysseus Programme for Future Scientists and Inventors. This is a special programme of the Education Department  and the Universities to promote and develop gifted youth through parallel learning in school and university.
  • We're back from our most enjoyable visit to Lausanne. On our last day there Pierre and Francoise took us to a cafe in Morges where we bought some special chocolate - Doreen describes it in her column.
  • Next week I will spend two days in Cyprus investigating a venue for the 2018 Bridge Workshop while our grandchildren come to spend time with us in preparation for Pesach..
  • It's the beginning of spring and our garden and community allotment show it. See pictures of sample pickings.
  • Ros and Claude Hakim ( see Nochimovicz/Nickel family tree) of Australia sent us a lovely picture of themselves enjoying the view on their holiday in Cape Town South Africa.

25 March 2017
dhsved by charlie
Shave and Haircut
I have always been a great fan of Charlie Chaplin who in my opinion is one of the greatest movie artists.  On a visit to Lausanne this week I was delighted to visit the wonderful Chaplin's World in Vevey next to Lausanne. There were constant film clips of all his movies with studio recreations of some of his iconic scenes. One of my favourite scenes from his movies is the barber scene acted to Lizt's music, from "The Great Dictator", so an opportunity to be shaved by this great artist was not to be missed!
Click here for a picture of Doreen in the ramshackle hut in "The Gold Rush."
Don't miss a visit to Chaplin World if you're ever in the vicinity of Geneva or Lausanne.

THIS WEEK'S NEWS 
  • I attended a meeting of the European Bridge League Executive yesterday in Lausanne Switzerland and Doreen and I took the opportunity to spend a few days there as the guests of good friends Pierre and Francoise Collaros who are wonderful hosts and spoilt us!
  • We visited  Chaplin's World,  Vevey and the vineyards, Bern, Gruyere,  and the Museum de l'Art Brut. With Pierre and Francoise we visited the amazing Rolex Learning Centre and took a boat trip from Nyon across Lake Leman to the French medieval village of Yvoire. See pictures here.
  • Meanwhile back in Israel, grandson Maayan Segoli was perfecting his culinary skills and produced a clam chowder which we undersatand was delicioius. Daughter Vered, in Doreen's footsteps, baked challah for Shabbat meal.
  • Granddaughter Amit Levy joined the "Levy diving club" and went on a successful dive with dad Aviv.

  18 March 2017
Moran in Peter Pan
Moran performs in "Peter Pan"

The Theatre Group of Midreshet Ben Gurion put on a special performance of Peter Pan for the Purim holiday. Among the actors was son Moran Segoli (left in picture above).
For a picture of Moran in a previous performance of the group), click here.

THIS WEEK'S NEWS 
  • We were saddened this week by the death of good friend Dalia Lamdani after a long illness. Dalia was a world-reknowned food historian and a former editor of the Food section  of "La Isha", Israel's leading women's magazine. We have been friends for a long time and shared many experiences. We have written about her on this site, see for example Doreen's Column, or this 2015 event or our This Week's Picture of  the Stuffed Camel meal. There are further links from the above links.
  • The festival of Purim was celebrated at the beginning of the week.Traditionally, the children walk around the whole day in costume, while the adults enjoy the costume parties at night. See some pictures here.
  • As part of the Purim festivities at her school, Lotem gave a demonstration of special effects makeup..

11 March 2017
Flopsy
Flopsy
Sadly, our dog Flopsy had to be put to sleep this week. Aged about 17, his health had deteriorated markedly during the last two months.
Click to see pictures and read what Doreen has written about him, and the other dogs we have had.

THIS WEEK'S NEWS 
  • Doreen is still guiding an American Christian group that she has guided several times before and is looking forward to renewing friendships and travelling around the country. She had a free day today and daughter Vered, Aviv and Lior  and I joined her for lunch and a walk along the Southern Walls of Jerusalem. See picture
  • Granddaughter Danielle took a day off from work in Sacramento to visit nearby San Francisco. See picture.
  • Itamar and Aviv took part in the re-enactment of Operation Uvda in the War of Independence. Pictures here.
  • It's Purim, the festival where children ,and many adults, go around in costume. Please send pictures for next week's update.

4 March 2017
Jimmy Rabinowiz
Jimmy Rabinowitz ז"ל
We were shocked and deeply upset to hear the news a few days ago that old friend Jimmy Rabinowitz had died in a work accident in Togo, West Africa. My friendship with Jimmy, and his wife Tamara goes back to our activities in South Africa in the Habonim Youth Movement. Tamara (nee Gordon) is also a second cousin of Doreen (see Gordon/Glasser family tree). Jimmy was one of those "extra energy" people (Tamara too)  busy and active and always willing to help others.  After their son Idor died in an army accident they joined the joint Jewish-Palestinian Bereaved Parents Forum. In addition Jimmy was a volunteer to Road to Recovery. We extend our deepest condolences to Tamara and their two daughters Nina and Maya, and grandchildren.
See picture taken a few months ago.

THIS WEEK'S NEWS
  • Doreen left today on a 10 day tour guiding an American Christian group that she has guided several times before and is looking forward to renewing friendships and travelling around the country..
  • Grandson Maayan received a school certificate for Behaviour, Attitude and Helping others.  click here.
  • Our vegetable patch at the Municpal allotment is showing improvement - broccoli, lettuces, cauliflower. Our strawberry yield has doubled in the last month - see picture.
    Click for  March birthdays and anniversaries.

25 February 2017
Raz Rishoni
Raz Rishoni with his book "Daddy Lost His Strength"
This week we pay tribute to Shai Rishonim who has inspired us with his incredible bravery and determination. Shai was a commercial pilot who had trekked the Himalayas, been an Ironman Triathlete who had competed in marathons and other endurance and strength events.  Five years ago he was diagnosed with ALS ("Lou Gehrig disease) and his degeneration of muscle use was rapid. Today he is almost totally paralysed (except for eye movement) and ventilated, yet he is the driving force behind, and functions as the CEO, of Prize4Life, a not-for-profit organization aimed at accelerating the discovery of treatment and cure for ALS. Every year he organizes a fund-raising event for the organization. This year it was a concert featuring a popular Israel band, and there we bought a book written by his son  who gives a moving account of adapting to an ALS impeded father. We are proud that our daughter, Vered, is on the board of this organization.
On Friday the annual Samsung Tel Aviv marathon took place. Among the 40,000 participants was Shai who decided that he would "run" the marathon with the help of volunteers who would take turns pushing him. It couldn't have been easy for him being pushed and jolted for something like 5 hours without a break, but his determination and courage ensured that he was successful. See a picture of Shai in the marathon here.

THIS WEEK'S NEWS
  • We renewed acquaintance with relative Susan Nathan a few months ago (see picture) and today we drove to the village of Tamra to visit her. (see picture) .  See also Levy/Hershovitz family tree.
  • In looking for ways to utilize the large amount of lemons from our lemon tree, Doreen prepared a delicious lemon mousse which has been, and is being, enjoyed by our various guests. Read her recipe here. 
  • This week Doreen enjoyed taking a small group of business people to Jerusalem, the Old City and Machaneh Yehuda market. She was accompanied by our daughter Vered. See picture here.
  • Doreen is participating in a free online course sponsored by FutureLearn about the Holocaust lead by outstanding lecturers from Tel Aviv University and Yad Vashem. . She says that it is one of the best courses she has taken and whole heartedly recommends their courses on a large variety of subjects. Read about them here.

18 February 2017
Club Daintree
Club Daintree, Cape Kimberley, Queensland, Australia

Shirley Poluck, an old friend from our first days in Israel when we were both learning at the Hebrew ulpan, came for lunch. We meet fairly often both in England where she lives and in Tel Aviv where her daughter lives. (for example, see here with her late husband Gordon, and here.). At some stage she mentioned that she would like to visit Australia and I told her the story about out "hat-judging" experience, and here it is direct from Doreen's diary:

"..... Then a magical experience started, reminding us why travelling in a motorhome is so special. When we drew up to the river we saw that the ferry had just left. Since it was 6.00pm at a ferry crossing to nowhere, we thought we’d just missed the last ferry for the day. After a short walk about we saw there was a vehicle parked behind us. The driver said the ferry continued until midnight. We asked if we crossed now could we reach a place to stay before dark. He directed us to Cape Kimberley; it had no power but was very pretty, only 5 km along a dirt road that was steep, but do-able in first gear. With that we just managed to jump into our motorhome and drive onto the ferry and in a few seconds we were crossing the Daintree River. A few minutes later we were being urged to drive off the ramp and get going. 
We arrived at Club Daintree at Cape Kimberley, a low-key resort with tall palm trees, ginger plants, grass, wooden huts and a glimpse of the sea through the trees. They even had powered sites although the generator switched off at midnight. They were having a hat party that night and we were invited. We parked on the grass and in the last light of the day we walked along the beach, which was lined with coconut palms. No swimming: stingers in the water and in the curve of the bay there were mangroves with crocodiles lurking. Although Annie had assured us that a crocodile hadn’t been seen for years, we’d seen the crocodile sign by the river as we drove up. Locals brushed aside our worries saying the mosquitoes had already eaten the crocodiles. 
We dressed up in clean clothes, put on our hats and went to the bar. There were about 10 people, all from the area and they greeted us happily, inviting us to join them. Some of them were obviously already quite potted. A few hours and a lot of drinks down the line, Eitan and I were appointed judges for the Best Hat Competition. Both Eitan and I groaned, as we didn’t want to have to decide between them. Well, we first asked for a parade of hats and with explanations how they came about their hats and what they wanted to be when they grew up. Then they each had to sing for us. And finally they had to tell a joke. Things were pretty uproarious by then and everyone, including us, was having a great time. Finally the time of judgement arrived. The only way out of the dilemma was to exercise a little diplomacy and give everybody a prize – the best hat, the best joke, the crudest joke, the best performance etc. They didn’t mind the silly titles and were delighted that everybody was mentioned.
Then there was music and we danced and talked some more. I spoke to Wayne who lived next door who told me about a 6 foot monitor lizard in his garden, an amethystine python whose head he had cut off as it was making his way through a wire fence, wild pigs, huge crocodiles and other delights of living in the wild. We learnt that a tourist at the Daintree Village campsite, where we had decided not to stay, was foolish enough to swim in the river despite warnings. He was never seen again! Horror stories........"
THIS WEEK'S NEWS
  • Oh dear! Granddaughter Lotem has broken her arm - again. A ball hit her arm while she was goalkeeper (and scored a goal!). This is the third time she has broken an arm! See her page.
  • In looking for ways to utilize the large amount of lemons from our lemon tree, Doreen prepared a delicious lemon mousse which has been, and is being, enjoyed by our various guests. Read her recipe here.

11 February 2017
Michal and Iris
Mikhal Segoli admires an iris in the desert
Moran and Mikhal went on the 18 Km "Hatzav Droch" desert hike starting early morning from the gravel in Wadi Droch and ending in late afternoon at Wadi Zinn near Midreshet Ben Gurion where they live. On the way they saw impressive views and this beautiful iris flower blooming in the harsh desert.

THIS WEEK'S NEWS
  • We are back from our trip to Athens. Click to see some pictures from there.
  • We were very proud to see the end of term school report cards of our grandchildren. In addition to the excellent grades and remarks they also received Certificates of Excellence. See the pages of Ilai, Amit, Maayan and Lotem.

04 February 2017
Athens
Athens: Doreen poses with a soldier
We are in Athens. I am organising a workshop for bridge Tournament Directors (judges) and Doreen is seeing some of Athens she missed on our last trip.
Some pictures here.


 28 January 2017
Hayman-Gertie-family
The family at the beach
from my Old Photos collection:
My father Hayman, Moran, Doreen, Aviv, Vered, Doreen's mother Gertie enjoying the sun at the beach (Caesarea?) about 1974

THIS WEEK'S NEWS
  • Doreen and I will fly to Athens this week for 6 days. I am organising a workshop for bridge Tournament Directors (judges) there.
  • There a quite of lot of family birthdays within a few days, including a granddaughter, nephew and son. Click for some pictures of granddaughter Ilai's birthday today.

21 January 2017
Dani and Moran in Sacramento
Danielle and Moran in Sacramento
Son Moran Segoli took the opportunuty while on a skiing holiday in USA to pay a short visit to granddaughter Danielle Ron who has just started a job in Sacramento near Davis, where Moran had studied at the University there. (See  picture on Dani's page.
THIS WEEK'S NEWS
  • We had a pleasant lunch with Doreen's aunt Laura Nickel and sister Louise. The food was good and we caught up on family matters. Picture here.
  • Son Moran Segoli has returned from his short ski vacation in USA with long-time friend Ran Kagan. See pictures.
  • Yesterday we watched the inauguration of President Trump. To put it mildly we're not exactly fans and we worry about the effect he will have on the USA and the world, and of course on the Middle East.

14 January 2017
Levy Segoli
The Levy and Segoli Families at Maayan's Barmitzvah
After Maayan's barmitzvah ceremony (see last weeks "This Week's Picture") the Segoli and Levy families enjoyed themselves at the Sand Dunes activity opposite Shifta in the Negev Desert..

THIS WEEK'S NEWS
  • We all wish good luck to granddaughter Danielle who has just arrived in Sacramento USA to begin working there. Danielle is a US citizen and wants to try her luck there before making a final decision on what she wants to do. Good luck, Dani!
  • Son Moran Segoli is also in the USA enjoying a skiing holiday with friend Ran Kagan.
  • I am back from a short trip to Italy checking arrangements for the European Bridge Championships which will take place in Montecatini in June.
  • While Moran and I were away, Doreen helped Mikhal Segoli with the grandchildren. Doreen arrived back home yesterday with even more points earned for the title Grandmother of the Year!
  • As promised last week, there are more pictures of  Maayan's barmitzvah . Also check out the links there to the grandchildren pages. (Special thanks to photographer Aviv Ron.)

7 January 2017
maayan barmitzvah
Maayan Segoli Barmitzvah
Today we celebrated the barmitzvah of our grandson, Maayan Segoli. It was a family affair - dinner on Friday night, synagogue and breakfast on Saturday morning, and a special sand dune desert experience with lunch on Saturday afternoon.
The focus of course was on Maayan's traditional singingof his part of the weekly torah reading in synagogue, which he did impecably. Correctly reading Hebrew text directly from a torah scroll is not easy even for a native Hebrew speaker and Maayan's performance was outstanding. It was hard to believe that only two years ago he could hardly read simple vocalized Hebrew on his retutn  from 6 years in USA and Australia. A truly commendable achievement. Well done, Maayan.
There are some pictures here, more will be posted next week when I receive them from the various photographers.

THIS WEEK'S NEWS
  • We all wish good luck to granddaughter Danielle who is off to the USA later this week to begin working there. Danielle is a US citizen and wants to try her luck there before making a final decision on what she wants to do. She will start work in Sacramento as a sales representative. Good luck, Dani!
  • Straight after Maayan's barmitzvah his Dad Moran will fly to USA for a short skiing holiday. He will also visit Davis University where he and Mikhal did post-docs some years ago.
  • While Moran is away we'll stay on to help  in Sde Boqer with the Segolis  - Doreen till the end of the week, me until Tuesdasy when I fly to Italy for a short visit for a meeting concerning the forthcoming European Bridge Championships.



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