On our trip to America in September 2016
we met Anita Hock for the first time.
Anita was married to Doreen's 2nd cousin the late Morton Hock. (see Nochomovicz family tree
week Anita came to Israel with her son Jonathan and family. They came
for lunch and we were looking forward to meeting newly-found relatives
from New York. What we didn’t expect was meeting a delightful family,
making all of us sorry that we hadn’t met before.
Jonathan is an award-winning
documentary film maker
, mainly on sport. During the 2010 FIFA
World Cup he made a fascinating documentary on the African musician
Hugh Masekela. To quote Wikipedia: Masekela was
featured, with his son Selema
in a series of videos on ESPN.
The series, called Umlando
– Through My Father's Eyes,
was aired in 10 parts during ESPN's coverage of the FIFA
World Cup in
South Africa. The series focused on Hugh and Selema's travels through
South Africa. Hugh brought his son to the places he grew up. It was
Selema's first trip to his father's homeland
. We saw the film and were
particularly moved by Masekela’s reception at a local school, which
reminded us of our reception at Magqibagqiba in Zululand when we
donated a science lab in the late Fern Levy’s name.
When one thinks of family trees one usually thinks of generations and
generations going back in time. Our roots aren’t so deep but our family
tree now resembles a family forest!