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5th October 2019

Segoli Machtesh
The Segolis hike the Ramon Crater Loop
During the Rosh Hashanah holidays Mikhal, Maayan, Zoe and Moran went on a four day trek on a new hiking path around the Ramon crater (Sovev Machtesh Ramon). 

Moran writes: "We had someone leave us water and supplies along the path. There were amazing views of the Machtesh crater and it was a lovely hike. We had a wonderful time.
It was a bit hot, so every day we rested a few hours in the shade – something that wasn’t the easiest thing to find.
On the way we saw gazelles and wild ass. I told the kids that I took care of the wild ass parents or grandparents  when I was a volunteer at the Hai Bar Rederve about 30+ years ago.

 

Click for some pictures.


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28th September 2019


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Rosh Hashanah 5780
לשנה טובה תיכתבו ותחתמו

The Jewish New Year - Rosh Hashanah -  falls this week on September 29th and 30th. May the coming year bring happiness and success to all our relatives and friends, and peace to our troubled region.

Click to read Doreen's New Year letter to family and friends.
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21st September 2019

Doreen chairman
Polling Station Chairman
I am proud of Doreen who spent hours as chairman of a polling station during the Israel elections ensuring that the voting was honest. Although "our side" won, things are still very unclear and we will need to wait to see  how things work out and whether there will be any significant changes.

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13-14th September 2019

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Haircuts - I'm front right.
From my Old Pictures collection:  This picture was taken 60 years ago at the Students' Residence at Witwatersrand University. We were a group of students from the most part different backgrounds but who got on well together and often did stupid things, like giving each other "mohawk" haircuts. I remember their faces and for the most part their ethnic origins but to be honest the only name I remember is mine! I wonder where they are today?

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7th September 2019

1991-surge
1991, Nassau Bahamas: : A wave surge "tsunami" destroys Coral Villas

We are deeply saddened by the devastation caused to parts of the Bahamas by hurrican Dorian, and hope that all our friends and aquaintances there are safe. During our stay in the Bahamas we experienced a hurricane, fortunately nowhere near as dangerous as Dorian, and also a tsunami or wave surge which ravaged the island and destroyed much of Coral World and Coral Villas (the attraction I was in charge of.). The damage depicted above was inflicted only by flooding - there was not a breath of wind, so one can imagine the damage caused by severe flooding and winds in excess of  250 Kph. The pictures on the various news sites give an idea of the devastation.

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31st August 2019

call-up Itamar
Itamar receives his 1st Draft Order

Living in Israel, you  know that when your grandchild receives the first army call-up draft notice. he/she is not really a child any more. Itamar Levy received his this week. He is our third grandchild to be called up, following granddaughters Danielle and Lior Ron. The first call-up is for basic check-ups so Itamar still has a couple of years to enjoy school (!) and pre-army life.

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24th August 2019

family hike
The family go on a seaside hike

This morning, Doreen with the Eilatis and Segolis and some friends from Australia went for an easy hike and swim along the coast a few kilometres north of where we stay.
Click for some pictures and details.
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17th August 2019

lba
Four Napoleans pose in front of a statue of THE Napolean on the Island of Elba where Napoleon was exiled.
(Alon Chananya, me, Morris Kahan, Barney Weiner)

We returned a few hours ago from a sailing trip from Sorrento in Italy to Villefranche on the French Riviera, so there's no time to prepare a full report with pictures.  Doreen will prepare a report of the trip - and more pictures -  for next week. In the meantime here are some pictures.  

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10th August 2019

Mongolia
The Segolis on their hike in Mongolia

Son Moran Segoli and famly have just finished their trip to Mongolia which included an 11 day trek  in Western Mongolia where they also climbed Malchin Peak (4050m). Moran reports that the hike was difficult - it was cold, there was hail and snow and a lot of rain - but the views were amazing and they all enjoyed it.
Tomorrow they fly to Moscow for a few days and then back home by the end of the week.
When he gets back Moran will organise the many pictures they took but in the meantime he sent me a few pictures (not only of views) which can be seen on the Miscellaneous page, and on the pages of Maayan, Lotem and Zoe.

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3rd August 2019

Yaffa
Yaffa Loew (see Schank family tree) is a docent once a month at the local Museum of  Mishar where she lives. This morning Doreen, and friend Caroline Livneh. went to hear Yaffa's explanations and talks, and found it most interesting.
Also there was another relative, Yaffa's sister Rochelle. Click for a picture.

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27th July 2019

Paris breakfast
Breakfast in Paris

We're in Paris with granddaughters Ilai and Amit Levy; this is Ilai's batmitvah present. We are spending the week showing them around Paris.  Details next week.
There are pictures here, and on the pages of Amit and Ilai.

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20th July 2019

bowling
The girls (plus Moran) go bowling
Moran, Doreen, Ilay, Lotem, Amit, Zoe, Mikhal

While we were in Norway (see here) the Segolis looked after our dog Joanie. On our return Doreen went to Sde Boqer to pick up Joanie and spent a couple days there. Both granddaughters Amit and Ilay Levy were also there and all the girls enjoyed an outing bowling with Moran, Mikhal and Granny.

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13th July 2019

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The Participants at the European Junior Bridge Championships

Doreen and I are now in Oslo after spending 8 days in Stokke at the Oslofjord Convention Centre at the Championships. The Championships were very successful. We were particuarly happy that the U16 Gold Medal was won by Israel.
I was in charge of the event and was fortunate that the bridge staff are not only experienced but also excellent. At the prize giving, Doreen was roped in to sort the medals and hand them to the  person presenting them.(see picture).
See two more pictures.

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6th July 2019

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Scorpion at Sde Boqer

This weekend grandson Itamar Levy spent a few days with his cousins Maayan, Lotem and Zoe Segoli at Sde Boqer. They were joined by the children of two friends the Segolis met in Australia and who were visiting Israel. One night Moran took them to Ein Akev spring  near Sde Boqer where they live, to show them the desert night life. They were happy to see a scorpion which of course they took care not to touch.
Click here for another picture  of the children, this time in the pool.

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29th June 2019

Vered's birthday
Celebrating Vered's Birthday
Nearly the whole Ron, Levy and Segoli families celebrated daughter Vered Ron's birthday at her favourite restaurant. Happy Birthday!! June is also the month of the birthdays of Doreen and son Aviv so this is also a joint family celebration.
Two more pictures here.

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22nd June 2019

 EBL EC
The Executive Committee of the European Bridge League
Back row: EC members from Iceland, France,Germany, Slovakia, Ireland, Israel (me).
Front row: Belgium, Poland, Israel, Sweden (Jan Kamras president), Turkey, Netherlands, Norway

We are in Istanbul for the European Open Bridge Championships. Apart from the Championships which last just over two weeks, and at which I am an official, there were also meetings of the EBL Executive Committee over three days.

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15th June 2019

75 bday Doreen 
Doreen's 75th Birthday
This week Doreen celebrated her 75th birthay. Before going to an Opera we had dinner at a restaurant in the area. Our son Aviv Levy had arranged to join us without Doreen's knowing, and she was delighted and overwhelmed when he walked in at the beginning of the meal.
The next evening we went to an "Only Meat' restaurant in Jaffa to enjoy our steak and tartar. (see picture)

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8th June 2019

  Dani at Vegafest
Danielle at the Tel Aviv Vegafest

Granddaughter Danielle Ron is - and has been for many years - a vegan.* She works part-time for an organisation called Vegan Active. This week there was a special event at the Sarona Fair devoted to veganism. We aren't vegans but went to visit Dani who was running one of the organisation's stalls. We didn't think there would be many visitors and were very surprised by the large crowd (estimated at 40,000!) and the numerous and varied stalls and stands. We were also impressed by Dani's enthusiasm and abilities. (Click here for another picture.)


*Vegan: Persons who don't eat meat, eggs, dairy products
and all other animal-derived ingredients. Most vegans extend the definition of veganism to go beyond just food and will also avoid the use of all personal and household products tested on animals, and avoid purchasing and using all animal-derived, non-food products, such as leather, fur, and wool.
The Vegan Society defines it as "the doctrine that man should live without exploiting animals".

from Spruce-eats.com and Wikipedia
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And an extra special happy birthday on Tuesday to my wonderful wife Doreen!!
Happy Anniversary this week to: Bernice and Isidore Spector

1st June 2019

  ThenNow`0

THEN - Itamar Levy contemplates his new-born cousin Maayan Segoli                                                                        NOW - The cousins communicate

Two pictures this week - one from the "Old Photos" collection and the other from now.  The cousins are also very good friends (and even sometimes actually speak to each other.)

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Happy Anniversary this week to: Sheila and Joel Ezra (3)

25th May 2019

 demonstration
At the Demonstration

Tonight we took part in a mass demonstration in Tel Aviv of tens of thousands of Israelis protesting the anti-democratic intentions of the Netanyahu government which is likely to be sworn in this week. In particular we demonstrated against the plans to over-ride and weaken the Supreme Court,  and to pass legislation to prevent the courts  from dealing with the corruption accusations against Netanyahu.

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No Anniversaries this week

18th May 2019

  Sara-Shuli-Eitan
Sara Olkienitski, Shuli and Eitan Haberman

Happy 96th birthday on Thursday this week to Sara Olkienitski (nee Goldberg), my mother's cousin. And happy birthday also this week to her grandson Uri Haberman. Pictures above are Uri's parents, Shuli (Sara's daughter) and Eitan.  Mazal Tov to  both of you. עד 120 - not far to go, Sara!

See Goldberg Family Tree.

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 Happy Anniversary this week to: Shimona and Avraham Tzukernik (21)

11th May 2019

underwater flag
Displaying Israel's Flag on Independence Day

This week we celebrated the 71st Israel Independance Day. The actual day is celebrated throught Israel by having barbecues, in parks, on the beaches and even on traffic islands. This year our son Aviv, curator of the Coral World Eilat, celebrated a little differently, hoisting our national flag underwater.  He and the dive staff at Coral World have often re-enacted some current events under water. for example: Seder Pesach/Passover; playing cards; sitting in a sukka (booth) during the Shavuot holiday; and celebrating the stage of the Giro d'Italia Cycle Race which took place in Eilat.

We are proud of the achievements of our country but at the same time worried by the anti-democratic tendencies that are becomimg more and more evident. An extra perk for us this year was the lighting of one of the 12 commemorative torches at Har Herzl in Jerusalem by Morris Kahn, our good friend and my former employer.

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No Anniversaries this week :

4th May 2019

Avram Bortenstein
Lital Bortenstein?, Yaffa Bortenstein Loew, Yaakov and Lior? Bortenstein, Vered Levy Ron, Avram Bortenstein
Picnicking somewhere, perhaps at the farm in Meishar

Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Memorial Day) was this week and as every year  we remembered family members and mourned all the innocent Jews murdered by the Nazis and their collaborators during the Shoah. This year Doreen would like to share with you the story of our dear relative Avram Bortenstein ז"ל who was in the Russian army and his efforts after the Shoah to help find and identify Jewish children who had been hidden in Poland during this period.
See Doreen's Column


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I was delighted to receive an email from Peter Royle this week. I have had very little contact with this branch of the family and was happy to be able to renew contact. Peter's family details have been updated in the Goldberg Family Tree and there is a picture of his immediate family here.
No Anniversaries this week :

27th April 2019

79th birthday
What? Only one candle for my 79th birthday?
(No, it's not Who Knows One - Echad Mi Yodea)

Doreen insists it is the most important candle - the one symbolizing  a year that will be of good health and life. We celebrated my 79th birthday at home last night, and were joined by Vered, Aviv and Danielle. Doreen went out of her way and prepared a delicious gourmet 4 course dinner. See some pictures here.  Two main courses: Roast Sirloin and Vegan Shepherds's Pie.

I received a delightful birthday card from Doreen - see here.
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Happy Anniversary this week to :Lauren and Hilton Meyerov (29)  MAY - Beth and Robert Jeffrey (2),  Maytal and Adam Tal (3)

20th April 2019

Who knows one?
Who Knows One? אחד מי יודע
The girls, with help from Rafael, perform their spirited version of "Echad Mi Yodea"

We had a most pleasant Passover Seder at the home of niece Yahel  Braverman and Donnie Dvir.  Good company, good food, good atmosphere, not too much haggadah - a perfect seder!
Rafael sang Ma Nishtenah and Chad Gadya for us - see picture.

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Happy Anniversary this week to : Efrat and Gal Shabtay (24), Bracha and Avraham Bolel (26)

13th April 2019

family reunion Italy
24th Family Reunion in Italy, at Pisa

Doreen and I are celebrating our 55 years of marriage (a little early) at the 24th Family Reunion in Italy. We have rented a refurbished farmhouse in Tuscany, Villa Prato al Sole,  in the village of San Pancrazio near Monte San Savino. So far the 15 family members (Lior is in the army and couldn't join us) are having a great time. More next week.

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Happy Anniversary this week to : Vered and Aviv Ron (14), Katherine and Dorran Galp (18)

6th April 2019

Hayman Rose Anthony
My father, me, Aunt Rose

from my old photo collection:
That's me on the beach somewhere (Port Elizabeth?) in the early 1940's with my father Hayman and Aunt Rose (my mother's sister and Viv Klaff's mother)

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Happy Anniversary this week to : Roslyn and Claude Hakim (11)

30th March 2019

Hayman-Queenie-Fern
My parents Hayman and Queenie with my sister Fern

from my old photo collection:
To the best of my recollection this picture of  my parents and Fern as a flower girl was taken at the wedding of my father's cousin Louis Hurwitz to Avie Woolfson in Durban in 1948. (see Matz family tree).

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Happy Anniversary this week to : 31/3 - Alana and Saville Stern   1/4 - Ruth and Joel Geffen     4/4 -  Shira and Ali Bacher,  Haley and Adam Bacher,

23th March 2019 

EBL EC Meeting
A short break in the EBL Executive meeting
Peter (Slovakia), Philippe (France), Sevinc (Turkey), Gilad (Israel), Japhet (Iceland), Marc (Belgium), Eric (Netherlands),
Catherine (Secretary), me (Israel), Jan (Sweden), Paul (Ireland), Igor (Poland), Kari-Ann (Norway). Missing - Josef (Germany)

This last week we were in Lausanne, Switzerland for six days.  I attended a two-day meeting of the European Bridge League Executive Committee. We stayed with our wonderful friends Pierre and Francois Collaros who entertained and fed us royally, and also lent us their car.

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Happy Anniversary this week to : 24 - Tamar and Ari Taback   27 - Buna and Mula Friedman  28 - Racheli and Avi Gilad    29 - Shirley and Nathan Kansky

16th March 2019 2019

lior-stripes
Lior and Granny Doreen sewing on Lior's stripes

Granddaughter Lior Ron has finished her basic and special training in the army (see last week) and she has two stripes to show for it.  Corporal Lior enlisted Granny Doreen to help sew her  insignia on her uniform.

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9th March 2019 

Itamar Robotics
Itamar with the Robot built at his school

Grandson Itamar  took part in the FRC Robotic Championship held this past week in Haifa. Participating schools are given a task to be performed by a robot, and the students have 70 days to plan and build a suitable robot. This year the task was to build a robot that could pick up a ball, move to the "goal" area and shoot the ball into a tunnel whose rear end had been previously blocked by the robot to prevent the ball coming out of the tunnel. In addition, there were 3 robots on the field, and a robot could block another robot from scoring. After scoring the robot had to climb on a dias or platform (different heights of the dias earned different points).
92 schools took part, and Itamar's robotic class were placed 10th and reached the quarter finals.
Itamar reports that this was a fantastic experience. The combination of planning and building the robot, then taking part, and meeting other people who all had a common interest and a passion for robots and success was amazing- as he puts it "we were all on an extended high the whole time."
We're very proud of you, Itamar. This was a terrific achievement and we congratulate you on the result and on the experience.
(Another picture on Itamar's page)

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2nd March 2019 2019

Lior swearing in
Lior after the Swearing-in Ceremony
Granddaughter Lior Ron has finished her Basic Training and is now a regular soldier in the Israel army, assigned to a unit. Her parents Aviv and Vered and sister Danielle attended the Swearing-In Ceremony and were very moved. We congratulate Lior on getting through the hard basic and specialised courses .

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23rd February 2019

at the western point

Lotem, Maayan and Doreen at Boca do Roca

We're in Lisbon - see This Week's News below. Doreen took the grandchildren to Boca do Roca, the westernmost point of Europe. It was fun  thinking there was nothing between them and the Americas except the Atlantic Ocean.

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 No Anniversaries: 

16th February 2019

Devra Hock bday
Devra Hock celebrates her birthday

We were delighted to hear some months ago from Devra Hock, a relative on the Nochomovitz side, who would be in Israel  to attend a meeting of a Museum Research Group as part of her studies for a Ph.D in paleontology.  We have never met her or her parents but have met quite a few other Hock relatives (for example, see here.) . Over the weekend we got to know her as friendly and articulate. Her visit culminated in a Friday night family dinner, before her flight back home to the States. As it turned out, the timimg was excellent, as we could also celebrate her birthday! Doreen baked a delicious chocolate cake (vegan of course for our granddaughters) seen in the picture above. You can see the recipe here.
Click for some pictures of the family dinner.

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9th February 2019
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Participants at the Course
We are on the way back from Antalya Turkey where I organized the 11th European Bridge League Tournament Directors' Course. In bridge, the Tournament Director's job, in addition to activities concerened with organizing competitions, is also the judge during the course of the competition. There were 64 participants  from 27 different countries, and 17 participants received accreditation as International Bridge Directors (=judges)

Click for a picture of the Tutors grading Entry test papers.
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  • I was busy during the time in Antalya and only managed to see a little of the city during the last afternoon, but Doreen had time to get around and see some more of the area. Click for some pictures.
  • We received a lovely picture of our eldest granddaughter Dani in Hawai.
  • After last week's family supper the Eilat Levys went on a short visit up North to the Golan and granddaughter Ilai took some pictures. See one of them here.
  •  Happy Anniversary this week to:  9 - Sharlene and Steven Klotnick  11 - Rhona and Abraham Neimann  14 - Lori and David Hock, Neta and Lior Bortenstein 

2nd February 2019
moran-ilai-bday
A mini family reunion
Two days separate granddaughter Ilai's birthday (28 Jan) from son Moran's (30 Jan) and Doreen decided to invite the whole clan for Friday night dinner last night. 14 of the 16 (both AvivR and Dani are overseas) came from Herzliya, Sde Boqer and Eilat and enjoyed being togethert and a really exceptional 5 course dinner cooked over 3 days by Doreen.

Click for more pictures here and on Ilai's page.
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 26th January 2019
Vered in basoc training
Doreen and I with Vered on her enlistment many years ago

Now that granddaughter Lior Ron is doing her compulsory army service, (see for example her enlistment), I thought she might like to see her mother when she was in the army.

From my collection of  "Old Photos"
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  19th January 2019
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The Levy and Edelstein families gather for the barmitzvah of Charles Levy February 1963

I recently received this picture from cousin Sharon Leibowitz. It was taken in Upington at the bar mitzvah of Charles, son of Eric Levy and Winnie (nee Edelstein).  Members of both families are present, but surprisingly Charles is apparenty not in the picture!

Back 2 rows: David L, Benny E,  Joe L, Hayman L,  Winnie  L,  Sasha E,  Abe L, Malia L,  Sheila  E, Ilana E, Irma E, Fanny E, Eric L
Front rows: Sophelia E, Lynette E, Cecile L, Sharon L, Jonathan L, Tony E, David E, Maurice E with Dunne E, Sheryl E, Hacky E 

From my collection of  "Old Photos" - thanks to cousin Sharon
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12th January 2019
with GFrankie and Dave
A fish meal in London
Dave Rothschild and Frankie Klaff with Doreen and me

We are in London for a week's visit, and return to Israel on Tuesday. We shopped, visited, saw "Macbeth" and enjoyed spending some time with Frankie (see Goldberg Family tree) and Dave who were visiting from USA.

Click for a picture of Frankie and Doreen in ChinaTown just before a delicious roast duck lunch.

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  5th January 2019

gelada selfie
Moran takes a selfie of himself with a gelada monkey.
(Moran is the one on the right with the sunglasses)

Son Maayan Segoli returned this morning from a six day trek with 2 friends in the Simien Mountains of Ethiopia. He reports a wonderful experience, including seeing the unique Gelada monkey ("bleeding heart monkey")  found only in Ethiopia.
Click here for some more pictures.

In 2004 Doreen went on a 4 day trek in the Simien Mountains - you can read her report and pictures here.

We'll wait to see more pictures on his site in due time. In the meantime you can enjoy the amazing pictures of his familt trip to Madagascar ( in Hebrew or in English.)

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