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21st March 2020
60th Birthday to Aviv Ron
Doreen and I prepared a short birthday
video for Aviv - click here or on the
picture above to see it.
Many happy returns
to son-in-law Aviv Ron on his 60th birthday. The planned family
celebration was cancelled due to the coronavirus emergency but Doreen
baked a cake and we drove to the Ron's house, waved to them through the
window, and left
the cake on an outside table to pick up after we left.
The coronavirus lockdown has kept us at home this week
except for some short walks with Joanie our dog and 'outings' to buy
food. Entrance to public spaces like parks is forbidden, even to the
small park opposite our building.
We've taken advantage of the lockdown to go through, sort and
discard much of the contents of the boxes in our storeroom. We have
been meaning to do this for the last 9 years since we moved to Kiryat
Hasharon in Netanya.
Schools are closed, children get bored, so the Segolis
Eilat to spend the time with the Eilat Levys. (see picture) For granddaughter Zoe
this was an opportunity to get to know another family dog, Oreo. (see
picture).The kids have on-line contact with their teachers
and 7 year old Zoe informed me that she was helping 15 year old Amit
with her homework!
Zoe in 2nd grade also had homework - read
about it here.
Israel relatives welcome Ali and
Shira Bacher on their visit to Israel.
were delighted that
Ali and Shira Bacher (see
Nochimovitz/Nickel Family trees
) could join
for dinner this week. It was a great opportunity for the some of the
Nickel descendants of siblings Rose, Gertie and Julius to get together,
and for many of the children to meet with Ali for the first time. We
the lovely atmosphere, the delicious food and the remembrances of
Louise, Doreen and Ali from their young days when they lived in
Cyrildene in Johannesburg. I said a few words and Ali movingly
recounted how "Uncle Yudel" (Julius) had influenced his youth, bought
him his first cricket bat and played an important role in his path to
as an international
Julius's wife Laura Nickel, with
sons Richard and Louis and daughter-in-law Eti and grandchildren
Gali, Amit and Assaf.
Gertie Glazer's daughters Louise Braverman and Doreen and son-in-law
Eitan Levy and children
Vered with her husband Aviv Ron and their children Danielle and Lior,
and Moran Segoli with Maayan, Lotem and Zoe.
Rose Bacher's son Ali and daughter-in-law Shira.
We're in the midst of the coronavirus crisis and have no
idea how long it will last. We have cancelled our planned trips to
Cyprus and Lausanne and are scrupulously following the medical
guidelines. Hand sanitizers are sold out, but while having lunch with
granddaughter Danielle Ron, I remembered that I had a degree in
Chemistry and bought the raw materials and made up our own.
Grandson Itamar Levy has just had his first army call-up for
medical and various other tests. Our grandchildren seem to be growing
up at a much quicker rate than we expected!
Due to the coronavirus situation Purim celebrations and costumes
were more subdued this year, but granddaughter Ilai Levy was happy to
dress up in an Anime costume. See
also last week's Adloyada and Purim
at Midreshet Sde Boqer.
The Segolis stayed on after the dinner with Ali and Shira and the
next morning I took Maayan (see picture)
and Zoe (see pictures) to the
local wall-climbing site.
Lotem has much artistic talent and Doreen took her to visit
friend and well-known artist Maureen Fain in Jerusalem (see picture).
Doreen's cousin (and Ali's older sister) Mushe Kirsh (see Nochimovitz/Nickel Family trees) has
just published a book detailing
the story of the Bacher and Kirsh
families. We have just received a copy and have found it extremely
intersting as it not only details the two families but also includes
much background on our common heritage as Jews from the Baltic and
Byelorussia who emigrated to South Africa.
The last few days have seen stormy weather in Israel,
particularly in the normally dry southern areas. Eilat experienced
high winds and seas, and son Aviv Levy reports much damage there,
including underwater to the corals. In the Negev desert the normally
dry riverbeds (wadis) became rivers. Many went to see the rare sights
of the flooded areas, among them son Moran Segoli and family who
by chance met relative Uri Haberman and family (see Goldberg family tree) who were
Maayan Segoli in the Sdeh Boqer Adloyada
The Festival of Purim1 will be
celebrated next week, but in Sde Boqer it was celebrated a few days
early, yesterday, Friday, with the traditional Adloyada1.
is a traditional carnival-like parade taking place in various cities in
Israel during the Purim
festival. This year almost all the parades were cancelled due to the
coronavirus precautions. The tradtional Adloyada
at Midreshet Ben Gurion
in the Negev, completely organized, prepared, constructed and staged by
school students at the School for Environmental studies there, was
"partly cancelled" as the onlookers were restricted to residents and
parents of residents. Doreen and I joined in the festivities and we
extremely impressed with the standard of the floats and the enthusiasm
of the high school participants.
In addition to the traditional parade, people dress in costume - "fancy
dress" - and in normal times the streets are full of villains and
princesses and various other representations of current personalities
Click here to see some pictures of
celebration and the
at Sde Boqer, and here for
a couple of pictures of Maayan
is a Jewish
commemorates the saving of the Jewish
people from Haman, ...... who was planning to kill all the
Jews as recounted in the Book
of Esther, whose plans were
foiled by Mordecai and Esther his niece and adopted daughter, who
had risen to become Queen of Persia".
Adloyada literally means
"until one no longer knows" (ad
de-lo yada, Aramaic:
עַד דְּלָא יָדַע. "The expression
comes from the Aramaic expression stated by Rabbah in the Babylonian Talmud,
Tractate Megilla: 'It is the duty of a man to mellow himself ... on
Purim until he cannot tell the difference between cursed be Haman and
blessed be Mordecai'. This means that people should drink on Purim
until he reaches a state of not being able to distinguish between the
evil Haman and the blessed Mordecai."
Next week we celebrate Purim. As noted above, it was
celebrated early this week in Sde Boqer (see pictures).
A special "happy birthday" wish to cousin Cecile Cotton who
celebrated her 60th this week. We are happy to see that Cecile is
responding favourably to treatment. She will start another round of
chemotherapy next week. Click for happy
picture. (See Matz and Hershovitz/Levy family trees.)
The results of the latest - 3rd round - of the Israel
parliamentary elections indicate we may be in for a fourth round! I
voluntered to to work on election day and was the chairman of a polling
station representing the Meretz-Labour party, whose results were for us
very disappointing - 7 seats instead of the 10 expected. See
Our dog Joanie
is still at
Midreshet Sde Boqer "on holiday" with grandchildren Zoe, Lotem and
Maayan. Next week he'll be back with us again, and missing all the
attention the children give him..
Granddaughter Zoe's class put on a
short show for the school, and Zoe stole the show as a fancy Society
We spent the weekend in Eilat with son Aviv and
family. We paid a visit to Coral world which is looking very attractive
indeed, and were happy to see the grandchildren. See a picture here.
On the way to Eilat we dropped off our dog Joanie at
Midreshet Sde Boqer where he will have a few days holiday with his girl-friend Zoe. While
we saw a show by Zoe's class - see picture above.
This week we've all been busy with coronavirus talk,
facts and rumours. Next week we'll be busy with Israel elections
And a "first" for this site. Since it first appeared
in January 2004 this is the first time it is dated 29th February. And
it also appears that no family member was born on 29th February.
falling in Majdal Shams
While we were dealing
interruptions on our trip to the UK (see last weeks Archives) Israel
also experiencing unusual conditions of very cold weather and even snow
in some places where snow doesn't usually fall. The Eilat Levys took
the opportunity to take a short break and travel north to see the snow.
They stayed in a B&B at Yavne'el Village and drove to Mt Hermon. Because
of heavy snow the roads and paths up the mountain were closed,
but they experienced falling snow in the village of Majdal
Shams by the foothills of Mt Hermon.
- We returned earlier this week
from our UK visit (see last weeks Archives)
on time in spite of storm Dennis. We're
busy with various arrangements, doctors' appointments and so on that
we've been postponing. Friday night dinner with the Rons and the
Segolis was welcome, and today we spent a lovely afternoon at the home
of friends Pam and Geoff Bethlehem with some long-time friends dating
from our South African days.
- Son Moran and the Segolis paid a visit to the Dead
area and were rewarded with views of colourful flowers covering usually
barren plains. Pictures here.
sprinkles tomato seeds on Fern's burial site
My sister Fern died in 2008, 12
ago, aged 65, in Wrexham, Wales. She was buried in a Woodland Burial
Site in St Asaph, Wales. Doreen and I caught a train to Chester this
week on our way to
visit her burial site. When I spoke to Fern a few
days before her death she told me that she hoped to be able to
eat tomatoes from the plants she had so carefully tended. Unfortunately
this was not to be. Instead of flowers, we placed
her tomato plants on her grave. On our visit this week we sprinkled
tomato seeds over her burial site. Perhaps they will grow.(more pictures)
Click here for the Memorial Site dedicated to
The Tournament Directors Workshop I organized in Belfast
was very successful. Click for a picture
of the staff .
Last week in Belfast, at the end of the Workshop I wrote
"tomorrow we fly to London where we will spend a few days". Alas storm
Ciara made us change our plans as our flight was cancelled shortly
before we were due to take off and we had to join the thousands of stranded passengers
trying to find alternate arrangements. After two days (!) we finally
flew from Belfast to London to spend a "very" few days there.
Two of our "London days" were spent in Chester, from where
we went to visit my sister Fern's
burial site. (see also This Week's Picture above.) Chester was
delightful - see some pictures here.
The cancelled flights meant we missed the Opera we had booked for
Tuesday, but fortunately there were seats available on Thursday and we
were able to exchange our tickets and see a truly fantastic performance of Puccini's La Boheme.
On one of the extra days in Belfast we decided on the spur of the
moment to actually eat at a KFC and not only
photograph the entrance. We'll be returning to photographing in the
I shouldn't really write it, but we are due to fly to Israel
tomorrow. There are already warnings about storm Dennis approaching. Am
I tempting fate?
has a tummy tickle (click here
or on the picture)
The Rons have given their new dog a
name - Alma, but we prefer Puppy. Although tiny in size she's highy
active, and knows how to growl and bark. She loves a "tummy tickle" as
the picture above shows. Click on the picture for a short video.
- We're in Belfast, Northern Ireland, where I am organizing a
workshop for tournament directors. This is my fifth visit here in the
last 3 years. See some pictures here.
- Granddaughter Lotem's report card for
the first semester is a joy to see.
- Son Moran was in Berlin, Germany for a conference. He saw a
KFC and of
course wanted to eat there. This was vetoed by his companions and his
disappointment is clear from this
- Tomorrow we fly to London where we will spend a few days
1st February 2020
and Eitan in Prague
We are spending a few days in
Prague - me at a bridge seminar. It's my 8th visit to Prague but I
couldn't resist the temptation to visit the old city. In spite of the
many times I have been there I still enjoy the walk through this
marvelous and beautiful city (see here,
for example of a previous visit.).
Of course while in Prague we took our mandatory family
KFC (another one, for example!).
Although its my favourite fast food restaurant we hardly ever eat there
did not eat there this time either. We did have a meal at our usual
"Blue Duckling" Restaurant - a truly fabulous restaurant with atmoshere
and great food.
Doreen took some of the wives to see the more conventional views of the
- The Segolis are back from their skiing holiday in Romania.
While there grandchildren Zoe, Lotem and Maayan enjoyed the skiing and
Maayan and Lotem they also loved the hang gliding. Pictures are here, and on the pages of Zoe, Lotem and
- Tomorrow we return home, where we'll be for two days before
flying to Belfast, N. Ireland where I am organizing a Workshop for the
training of bridge Tournament Directors. After the Workshop we will
spend a few days in London. (although Brexit happens today I understand
that travel to Britain will not be affected in any way for the time
receives Certificate of Excellence
Congratulations to grandson Itamar
Levy who received a Certificate of Excellence at his school. This
Certificate is awarded to one pupil per class based on teachers'
recommendations. Way to go, Itamar. We're all proud of you.
- Both the Ron and Levy families came to us for Shabbat dinner
(see picture). We celebrated
Itamar's school achievement (see above) and granddaughter Ilai's birthday. Today we
joined the Levys and went for shabbat cholent
lunch to the Rons. (see
- We also had the opportnity of meeting the Ron's new cutest dog - an toy poodle
without a name yet.
- The Segolis are in Rumania skiing. We haven't had any
pictures yet except for this one taken
on the plane to Romania.
- Cousin Cecile Cotton (Hershovitz/Levy
and Matz family trees) seems
to be reacting well to her chemotherapy although there are up and
downs. We are kept regularly informed and wish her a speedy recovery.
- Towards the end of the week we are flying to Prague for 3
days to attend the European Bridge League Officers' Seminar.
releases an Electric Ray after treatment
Son Aviv Levy, the Marine Director
of the Underwater Observatory, has often appeared on
TV giving news or explanations of various matters concerning the marine
life in Eilat. A few days ago he was interviewed on Channel 11 (Kann
TV) describing how he and his staff at the Eilat Underwater Observatory
treated an injured electric ray (Torpedo) while avoiding the dangers of
Aviv's performance was excellent as you can see by viewing
the interview (in Hebrew, but you can still enjoy the video even if
you don't understand.)
Granddaughter Lior Ron is recuperating from her back operation. There is a
big improvement in her walking and moving but she is still experiencing
a lot of pain. Doreen bought her a knitting loom to help her pass the
time (see picture) and I'm waiting
for my present of a scarf.
- Ex brother-in-law Mellie Braverman has recovered nicely from
bad fall and sounded like his old self when I spoke to him.
- Other news this week concerns food and eating - apparently
Levy family's favourite pastime!
- Doreen and the Segolis visited Microsculpture - the
amazing exhibition of insect
photographs by Levon Bliss now being exhibited at the Natural
History Museum of Tel Aviv University. (Read about it
here). After the visit they had lunch at the currently very
popular vegan restaurant Meshek
Barzilai. see picture.
- The Segolis are in Eilat for the weekend. Click for a picture of last night's
Shabbat dinner there.
- One of my favourite dishes is curried fish. Doreen prepares it
based on her Aunt Laura's recipe and it is delicious! She prepared it
this week, and agreed to put the recipe
on this site.
(Due to circumstances beyond our control this site was not updated
between 21st December 2019 and 10th January 2020)
Ron after her operation
LAST FOUR WEEK'S NEWS
Granddaughter Lior, who has been
severe backache for some time due to scoliosis was
physically unable to continue as a combat soldier. She was
released from the
army (see picture here
) to speedily
enable a back operation.. She needed a major operation
rachete-like metal support to be attached to her vertebral
Grandaughter Ilai Levy, Lior's younger cousin, had a similar back
problem requiring a different operation
about two and a half years
The operation last week was successful but recovery, mobility and
pain will take some time. She is improving slowly every day and as
expected by those knowing Lior she is in good spirits.
We all wish you a speedy and full recovery!
Due to circumstances beyond our
control this site was not updated between 21st December 2019 and 11th
- I know it's a bit
late, but we hope all our friends and
family enjoyed a happy Channuka or Christmas, and we wish you all a
Happy New Year and may 2020 be a healthy, happy and successful year.
- We were thrilled that Lior felt well enough to join us for
Shabbat dinner last night (10/01/20) together wirth the Segolis. See pictures.
- We wish a speedy recovery to ex brother-in-law Mellie Braverman
who had a bad fall in Eilat .
- We paid a visit to New Kirshner Farm (Meshek Kirshner Hadash),
the 'direct to consumer' fruit and vegetable market operated by Moshe
Kirshner, the husband of relative Rochelle (nee Bortenstein, (see Schank family
tree) and were very impressed. To understand why we were so
impressed, click here.
- At the beginning of last December we travelled to Amsterdam for
the unveiling of Lottie Reizer's stone, and while there enjoyed a
Friday night dinner with Lottie's daughter Jose and the Keyson clan (see picture). We
were delighted when we had another opportunity to be with them on their
visit to Israel at the end of December when Daughter Vered Ron had
them over for dinner. See picture.
- As every year, we enjoyed the Channukah gathering at the home of
Shuly and Eitan Habernan. It's always a pleasure to be with this branch
of the family.(see Goldberg family tree).
Unfortunately Shuly's mother
96 year-old Sarah Olkienitski (my mother's cousin) couldn't
attend, but we visited her last week in Tel Aviv.
- Granddaughter Danielle has begun her studies (Sustainability and
Government) at the Herzliya Interdisciplinary Centre and is finding it
interesting but hard.
- News from Frankie Klaff (see Goldberg
family tree), late cousin
Vivian's wife, has kept us up to date swith news of the successes of
her two sons. Oren published his second book Flip the Script a few months ago
and it has been an Amazon best seller, as was his his first book, How to Pitch Anything. Tamir, a
geologist by profession has started making sculptures from discarded
metal - click to see two of them
and to access his site.
Birthday this week to:
Kirsh, Orianna Royle
, Daniel Kirsh, Sarah Cleaver (12th), Asaf Karlsbad, Maayan Shavit (14th), Shaun Glogauer,
Dylan Thiele (15th), Itay Gur, Ryan Smith (17th)
- Happy Anniversary this week to: Melissa and Shaun