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23rd May 2020
4 grandkids
Our first 4 grandchildren
Maayan, Lior, Itamar, Danielle 
from my OLD PICTURES collection.

Many old photos can be seen on the Old Photos page, which also contains a list of old photos appearing on other pages throughout my site.


16th May 2020
Cindy Berman 1945 - 2019   

I received the sad news that Cindy (Thelma) Berman passed away at the end of last year.  Cindy  was the principal factor that got me started on my work on the family tree when I came across a hand-drawn outline of the Levy tree. I had no idea who the author was, But I was impressed and used it as a basis for starting my own tree. When I contacted Joyce Bernstein for extra details for my  tree, she told me that Cindy was also interested in the family tree and it turned out that the hand-drawn tree was Cindy's. I contacted Cindy and that was the start of a long and fruitful exchange of information, including a visit to her in California in 1998 where the above picture was taken. Thank you, Cindy, you were an inspiration to me in keeping up the family tree.
I send my deepest condolences on their sad loss to her husband Kenneth and to her daughters Jennifer and Michelle.

Cindy wrote a brief history of the family in 2001 - see here for the introduction.

See Levy/Hirshovitz family tree.

9th May 2020
covid lunchcovid lunch
Family Meals

Following the easing of travel and meeting restrictions Doreen and I decided to visit Midreshet Sde Boqer and Eilat to meet the children and grandchildren we had not seen for so long. We decided it was best not to sleep over so that meant a return journey of 760 Kms. We drove to Eilat early in the morning, had a delicious barbecue lunch with Aviv and family, drove to Sde Boqer, had another delicious dinner, and then drove back to Netanya.
Although the long trip was tiring it was well worth it. We have seen daughter Vered and family a few times as they live about 20 kms from us, but we have not seen our other children for about 2 months, so it was wonderful making contact (visual only!) again.
We hope soon we'll be able to hug them again.


2nd May 2020
bday80 on zoom
My 80th Zoom Party

This week I turned 80. My planned large family birthday party was a victim of Covid19 and was cancelled and replaced by a Zoom meeting with my children and grandchildren, which was a surprise and much appreciated, as was a book of pictures and greetings (delivered to our door by daughter Vered.)
Doreen went out of her way and even managed to outdo her usual excellent cooking by preparing a gourmet birthday dinner.
Click here for some pictures.


25th April 2020
little Anthony
Yes, I once was young too

I turn 80 the day after tomorrow. My celebration has been cancelled due to Covid-19 restrictions but I don't really mind as I feel much younger.
The above pictures are to show my grandchildren that once I was very young too. The middle picture is of me with my grandfather, known to all his grandchildren as "oupa" - the Afrikaans word for grandfather. Below that is a picture of my mother with Fern and me.


18th April 2020
Our children - Aviv, Moran, Vered
Old Photo collection:
Our three children, taken about 35-40 years ago. Apart from the hair styles they haven't changed too much!


11th April 2020

Some pre-Covid19 Pesach (Passover) Seders

Normally for the Pesach seder we have large family get-togethers. We read the Haggadah (or at least some of it) and enjoy the delicious food prepared by the various families. This year the strict Covid-19 isolation restricions prevented us from gathering, so like thousands of others we celebrated "together" with the help of  Zoom. As the only option it was OK, but a Pesach table set for two (see picture) is not a very satisfying substitute for a real physical celebration. 


4th April 2020

po lice gym

At the Bahamas Police Gym 
(from Old Photo Collection)
Doreen is a gym and exercise addict. Even though confined by the Covid-19 lockdown she does exercises every morning and in the evening exercises on "Zoom" with grandchildren Danielle and Lior (see video from last week).
She has a subscription to the College Gym near our apartment and a few days ago tried Zumba dancing.
When we were living in the Bahamas she used to go regularly to the Police gym in Nassau and exercise with the cops (including weight exercises!). When daughter Vered visited us, Doreen took her along too.
  • We're still confined to our apartment so not much to report. Many of our activities are digital - plays, movies, bridge meeting - and going through long-neglected boxes of  material which in many cases bring back almost-forgotten memories.
  • Our usual family seder to celebrate Pesach - Passover - will this year be conducted on-line via Zoom and we will share the reading of the Haggadah between the us and the Rons, Segolis and Levys. Unfortunately we cannot share the se-uda, the meal. Our grandchildren will no doubt miss Doreen's delicious and tender kneidlach.
  • We were delighted to hear today that Donni Dvir, partner of our niece Yahel Braverman (see Nochimovitz/Nickel tree) is healthy and fully recovered from the Covid-19 virus. 
  • We wish all our family and friends  good health  during this  coronavirus crisis and hope that it will not be too long before we can all return to something approaching "normal."

  • 28th March 2020

    Friday night dinner

    Friday night dinner  - a screen shot courtesy of Zoom
    Friday night - Erev Shabbat - is important. Families gather to welcome the Shabbat and enjoy a delicious dinner. We are not religious; although we do light candles and say the kiddush. We do not regard it primarily as a religious ceremony. For us iit is a moment in the week that brings family together to share an ancient tradition while stressing family ties. We all are busy and have activities that tend to separate families and family members. At least for the Friday night meal we are all together, whether within our own homes or in our larger family groups.
    Covid-19 made meeting for dinner impossible, so we utilized "Zoom" and together celebrated Erev Shabbat and kiddush. It was very emotional to see how happy everyone was to see each other and 'be together.'

  • The Coronavirus Covid-19 lockdown continues. As shown above, we are finding other ways to keep together while observing social distance. Our two oldest granddaughters Danielle and Lior Ron decided that exercising together with Granny Doreen was an appropriate activity. Click here for short videos.
  • Congratulations to Raphael Cotton on his marriage to Tamar Gralnick in Johannesburg South Africa. (see pictures). Mazel Tov too to parents Cecile and Raymond Cotton. (See Matz and Hershovitz/Levy family trees.).  Covid-19 restricted the number of participants but Cecile reports that there was a wonderful relaxed atmosphere at the wedding. Cecile is continuing her new set of treatments and we wish her a speedy and full recovery.
  • Granddaughter Zoe is utilizing the break from School to scan some of her dad's old photo slides. She has sent some to us.  Here is an example. I'll be using some of her other pics in future issues of this site.
  • We've still going through the contents of the boxes in our storeroom, and have discarded much once considered essential and now considered junk. We have been meaning to do this for the last 9 years since we moved to Kiryat Hasharon in Netanya.

  • 21st March 2020
    Aviv Ron 60th
    Happy 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 went to 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.

  • 14th March 2020
    Bacher visit
    The Israel relatives welcome Ali and Shira Bacher on their visit to Israel.

    We were delighted that Ali and Shira Bacher (see Nochimovitz/Nickel Family trees) could join us 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 enjoyed 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 great success as an international sportsman..
    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 also there. (see picture).

  • 7th March 2020


    Grandson 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.
    The Adloyada 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 the high 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 were 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 and events.

    Click here to see some pictures of our celebration and the parade at Sde Boqer, and here for a couple of pictures of Maayan in the parade.

    from Wlkipedia:

    (1) "Purim is a Jewish holiday that 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".  

    (2) 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 picture.
  • 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..

  • 29th February 2020


    A Society Lady

    Granddaughter Zoe's class put on a short show for the school, and Zoe stole the show as a fancy Society Lady.

  • 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 there 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 (again!).
  • 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.

  • 22nd February 2020

    snow near Tiberius

    Snow falling in Majdal Shams

    While we were dealing with the interruptions on our trip to the UK (see last weeks Archives) Israel was 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. 


    15th February 2020

    at Fern's grave

    Doreen sprinkles tomato seeds on Fern's burial site

    My sister Fern died in 2008, 12 years 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 Fern.

  • 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 future!
  • 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?

  • 8th February 2020

    new puppy

    Puppy 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.

    1st February 2020

    prague 2020

    Doreen 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 picture of KFC (another one, for example!). Although its my favourite fast food restaurant we hardly ever eat there and 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 old city.
    Pictures here.


    25th January 2020
    itamar certificate

    Itamar 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.


    18th January 2020

    Aviv on TV
    Aviv 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 electric shock.
    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.
    11th January 2020
    (Due to circumstances beyond our control this site was not updated between 21st December 2019 and 10th January 2020)

    Lior in hospital
    Lior Ron after her operation
    Granddaughter Lior, who has been suffering 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 for a rachete-like metal support to be attached  to her vertebral column.  Grandaughter Ilai Levy, Lior's younger cousin, had a similar back problem requiring a different operation about two and a half years ago.
    The operation last week was successful but recovery, mobility and freedom from 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 January 2020