15 July 2017
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
team took the silver medal (16 countries) - an excellent acievement.
The Under 21 team started slowly but in an exciting nail-biting finish
lead changed repeatedly also finished second (by 0.21 points!) out of
countries. Both the U16 and U21 teams qualified to be among the Europe
representatives in their categories at
the next World
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.
- 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
- 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
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.
- 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
- 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
- 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
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.
- 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
Lotem. Click to view part of it.
24 June 2017
the Gala Dinner of the European Bridge League
- 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
17 June 2017
Executive of the European Bridge
Marc de Pauw (Belgium),
Radoslaw Kielbasinsk (Poland),
(Israel), Jafet Olafsson (Iceland), Sevinc Atay (Turkey), David Harris
Yves Aubry (France- President), Josef Harsanyi (Germany),
(Sweden), Eric Laurant (Netherlands), Paul Porteous (Ireland),
Jurica Caric (Croatia).
Missing: Fillipo Palma (Italy)
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
- Doreen and I will be staying in Montecatini for another
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
- 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 and Vered Ron
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.
- We are in Montecatini Terme, in Tuscany Italy. The European
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
Around the table
Lior, Vered and Aviv
Ron; Ezra, Lottie and Hans Reijzer; Naftali and Gideon Keyson; Louise
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."
- 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
- 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
27 May 2017
Levy-Ron and Denise Braverman
Daughter Vered and niece Denise took
part in a 4Km walk to raise awareness and money for Prize4Life
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.
- 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
- 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
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.
- 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
(photo taken by Eitan
Patrick and Cushla (crew), Vered
Levy-Ron, Shuly and Michael 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
- We attended a few sessions of the Arthur Rubinstein International
Piano Competition and were amazed at the fantastic abilities and talent
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,
(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
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
concert in Tel Aviv. It looks like they, together with thousands of
others, had a great time.
- 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.
NOTE: The original
page was inadvertently deleted, and this is a rough reconstruction
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
Indian cuisine and he prepared samosas, butter chicken curry and naan
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.
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
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
Africa the Caribbean and in Israel.
more, and see a picture of a wooden candlestick carved by Leibe.
- 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
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.
Seder with the Levys from
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
have had in years: the Rons were in California and the Segolis with
Mikhal's family in Mevasseret Zion.
More pictures here.
- 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
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
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
- 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
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
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
- 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
- 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
- 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.
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
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
On Friday the annual Samsung Tel Aviv marathon took place. Among the
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.