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25th July 2020
Solomon William - Ethel Levy: Married
on 18th August 1942
you know, I am a keen amateur genealogist and try to keep my family
updated as possible. For the "modern" additions I need help from
family members to send me updates. For the "historic" records I look
for information found in various archives (many of which are available
internet), search among old photos and listen and record family
But above all, I need LUCK! Take my late Aunt Ethel as an example.
Levy was the eldest sibling of my father. She was the second wife of
William, who owned a hotel in Pretoria. She married late in life and
I was 19 so I well remember her and Sol (who died before her). From her
gravestone I knew her date of death, and had some other information
documentation. I also had some details about her parents who were of
grandparents. That's about all I knew about her. I had no real
about her husband Sol.
contact with R.O. in USA about a genealogical question unrelated to
sheer chance it turned out that he was the grandson of Sol through
marriage, and had grown up regarding Ethel as a grandmother.R.O. and I
information about our respective families and could add details to our
trees. We were both interested in finding out more about Sol and
Ethel's marriage, but
had no information about where or when.
Now luck enters the picture.
luck: I found an old picture of a silver
tray presented to Ethel on the occasion of her marriage in
1942 so we knew she lived and worked in Cape Town and had married in
Try as we might, we could not find any extra information and it became
an obsession to find out! But we were unsuccessful and abandoned our
years passed. Cut to June 2020: Luck again. My cousin Joel found
from my uncle Eric to his sister Ethel sent from Egypt during his
WWII. The letter was addressed to Federal Hotel in Pretoria, and
names I did not recognize. I forwarded the letter to R.O. who
people as his relatives, one of them his mother. This rekindled our
Sol and Ethel's marriage.
Again we both looked in archives and found nothing.
if he had any further material on Ethel. With nothing much else to do
the Corona crisis he found the above picture of Sol and Ethel smartly
The original sender of the picture had written on the back 12/8/1942.
tentatively assumed this was the marriage date and with this vital
R.O. was able yesterday to locate their marriage certificate on the
So, as a result of various lucky discoveries along the way, I now can
of birth, place of birth, occupation, date of marriage and place of
(all with appropriate documentation) to my aunt Ethel's entry in my
We still don't know how they met, but that is another potential
See pictures of the gravestone, the
tray, the letter address and the marriage certificate.
- Last night we "sort of" completed our truncated family reunion when
the Segoli and the Ron families came
- As usual, granddaughter Zoe made sure that Joanie our dog was
part of the party, but also knew her place. See
- We wish daughter-in-law Limor well and a speedy painless recovery
from the surgery on her gums and teeth.
Week 10 Years Ago - On the City
Walls in Dubrovnik, Croatia
Covid-19 ensured that 2020 would be
a stay-at-home summer for Doreen and me. We look back on previous
years when "social distancing", "face masks" and "lockdown" were
words we knew were in dictionaries but had no inkling of their
10 years ago in summer we travelled to Aups in
France with Hans and
Lottie Reijzer in June, to Croatia and surroundings in July for
bridge and touring, and to South Africa with the family in
August. This year in summer we travelled to the supermarket and
occasionally to family and friends.
On this day 10 years ago we were in Dubrovnik Croatia having
spent some time in Zagreb, Opatija, Istria, Slovenia, Trieste,
Split and on our way to Plitivice Reserve. In Dubrovnik we went
to an open air performance of Carmina Burana where social distancing
meant trying not to sit one on top of another.
A picture in Dubrovnik was This Week's
Picture 10 years ago, and Doreen wrote a lovely account
of our time in Croatia with pictures.
So, while "home sweet home" is fine, travelling is fun. Of course,
sometimes it's even better fun remembering afterwards. I was reminded
when I read of our frustrating 5 minute
tram trip in Zagreb which took over an hour.
Birthday this week to: Dion
(19), Keren Stern (19), Yoav Shavit (19), Daniel
(20), Rossie Geffen (20), Suzanne Lazarus (20), Arie Bortz (21), Adam
Tal (22), Rachelle
Smith (22), Joel
(23), Shari Levy (24)
No Happy Anniversary this week
- Good news from South Africa. Cousin Cecile Cotton (Matz and Levy
in Johannesburg is recovering well from her operation.
- Son Moran Segoli has tested negative for Covid-19 and is no
longer in isolation.
Family Reunion - "The
best laid plans of mice and men oft go awry"
We carefully planned our 25th Family
Reunion taking into account all
the restrictiobns and problems due to the corona virus. We planned to
celebrate at our home, at daughter Vered's home and a grand finale
barbecue and swim at the lovely pool at our friends Ruti and Danny.
We started off well with great spirits, distributing the custom-made
25th Reunion masks and enjoying pizzas for lunch.
But then suddenly Covid-19 had the last word, and Moran and family had
to return home towards the end of the first day.
So our group picture above - planned originally for all 16 of us at
Vered's house - only shows 11 (us, the Rons, the Eilat Levys). The
picture on the right is of the Segolis, with Moran behind a window in
Doreen has written about the 2/3 Reunion ( including an unintended
midnight adventure) in her Column .
See a picture of our celebratory
r at the Nammos Restaurant.
the above picture without masks
4th July 2020
of our family reunions over the years
We try and have a family reunion -
children and spouses and grandchildren - about every year.
Sometimes we have added other family members. The five of us (Doreen,
I, and our 3 children) often visited different places together
but the holiday at Club Med in Chamonix France in 1996 when Aviv Ron
joined the family vacation is defined as our first family reunion. With
the addition of the spouses and granchildren over the years the
reunions have got bigger. We have had 24 reunions and the 25th, with 16
family members, is due next week. We usually have a special
t-shirt for each reunion, but this year we'll have something else.
The pictures of the past reunions (with links to descriptions) can be seen here
, and the pictures of
next week's reunion will wait for next week's homepage update.
- Grandsons Itamar and Maayan went diving in Eilat and send their
love to all the family. See picture.
- What we used to take for granted has become special. Last
Thursday evening we finally had friends (Colin and Louise Kessel, Pam
and Geoff Bethlehem, Levia Paswell) for dinner. It was so great
being able to meet again and we had a wonderful time and Doreen went
out of her way to prepare a fabulous meal.
Celebrating Aviv Levy's birthday
Eitan, Limor, Itamar, Doreen, Amit, Margalit Sadeh, Aviv, Ilai
Doreen and I went to Eilat for a few
days to celebrate our son Aviv's birtthday. We enjoyed a meal at a
local fish restaurant (alternatives for the vegans!) and the next day
Aviv celebrated his birthday by cooking on a barbecue in the Eilat 43
degree heat preparing hamburgers for us.
- Doreen 11th, Aviv 21st - tomorrow 28th we celebrate daughter
Vered's birthday - the third family birthday this month.
- Although Covid-19 infections are on the rise many restrictions
have been lifted, although we still need to wear masks. We have limited
our travel to family and restaurants in the open, but it seems as if
face-to-face bridge will probably be allowed soon and we will consider
whether to start playing again. I wonder how we'll adapt to this new
freedom with no zoom, opera (we saw over 30!), play or music in the
- Meanwhile, the outrageous actions of our politicians are only
getting worse, and I'm not only talking asbout political differences
which are legitimate nor the increasing anti-democratic trends.
In the midst
of all the financial hardships faced by millions of citizens, our
government decides to listen to the plea of the prime minister (whose
family wealth according to Forbes is worth US$14 million) and
supporters claim that he has difficulty making a living and feeding his
family and granted him a retroactive tax break worth about US$290,000.
This after the over-inflated appointment of a record number of
government members and "extra" members of Knesset is costing tens of
millions. So many citizens out of work, taking cuts in
salary - but not one agora cut from the parliamentarians salaries. To
cap it all, police arrested demonstrators agaist the income tax deal at
the Prime Minister's residence last night for "disturbing public
order". Doreen joined a protest at a road intersection this evening (see picture)
for free speech and demanding the release of those arrested, one of
whom is a retired Army
Itze-Ber Glezer 1844-1939 and his wife
Feige Blume 1845-1943
Itze-Ber and Faige-Blume are Doreen's
great grandparents. They lived in Moletai and Vilna in Lithuania. There
is a picture of the whole Glezer/Glazer/Glesser family taken in Vilna in 1929
father Maurice had by then emigrated to South Africa and is not in the
picture. Doreen's grandparents and many others in the
family were murdered by the Nazis during the Second World War.
Our children Moran, Aviv and Vered are Itze-Ber's great great
grandchildren, and I was reminded of this when Moran and the Segoli family this week visited
another of Itze-Ber's great-great grandchildren, Yori Leshem. Moran and
Mikhal were colleagues and friends of third cousin Yori before they
knew they knew there was a family connection. They knew each other in
Israel, both studied at UC Davis in Sacramento and stayed in the same
complex there. On one of our visits to the Segolis in Davis, we met Yori and by chance discovered the
A few years ago, through this family site, I was contacted by Glenda
Cleaver, also a descendant of Itze-Ber, who wanted to pass on a family
heirloom that had belonged to her grandmother, Hinde Glasser wife of
one of Itze Ber's sons, Hershel. She gave the heirloom, a Magen David
necklace, to Yori and it now belongs to Yori and Michal's daughter,
Galya who Hinde's great great granddaughter and Itze-Ber's great great
great granddaughter! (See story and
See pictures of the Segolis visit this
See Glezer family tree.
my Old Pictures collection - thanks to Florence Levin
- We hope to join son Aviv in Eilat, celebrating his birthday this
- We get regular updates from my cousin Cecile Cotton who is
responding well to her cancer treatments.
- We wish close and longtime friend Terry Kessel a speedy and full
recovery from his medical problem.
Birthday this week to: Aviv
Brandon Glasser (21), Carl Thiele (21), Rivka Glasser (21) , Shoshana
Bortz (22), Nicole Blotnick (22), Efrat
Neill Glasser (24), Joel Thiele (25), Melissa Marcus
(25), Sheila Ezra (26), Donna
(26), Ethan Schochat (26), Jacob Gordon (26)
- Happy Anniversary this week to: Aviva
and Arie Schochat (22), Dina
and Jonathan Levy
(23), Tarryn and Stephen Marcus (23),
Talya and Ian Klotnick
Avram and Riva Bortenstein at work in
Riva Drue (a cousin of Doreen's father -
see Schank family tree
) lived in Estonia and after the war
Avram Bortenstein who had been released there after serving in the
Russian army in the fight against the Nazis. They moved to a town in
Poland near the Czechoslovakian border where
Avram had a grocery store and became active in the Zionist political
. One of his roles
was to identify Jewish children who had been placed in Catholic
institutions for protection from the Nazis and help in their
release and transportation to Palestine.
for a more detailed description.
In 1950 Avram and Riva relocated to
Palestine and lived in Kfar Mishar. There they farmed and in particular
had a large chicken coop mainly for producing eggs. We still remember
visiting them and their children Yaffa, Yaakov and
Rochele with our young children Vered and Aviv who loved to help
the eggs. Collecting the eggs was also a favorite with Rael and Denise
(our nephew and niece). On one occasion when the kids slept over Rael
went to bed fully clothed so he could wake up in the morning
ready to immediately begin collecting eggs.
Avram died in 1991 and Riva in 2007. Yaakov again lives in
the the same house - but without the chicken coop.
my Old Pictures collection - thanks to Yaffa Loew
- We celebrated Doreen's birthday this week. Being able to
celebrate properly, and not virtually or through Zoom, was something we
have waited for and the family took full advantage of this. Pictures here.
- We invited our two oldest grandghildren Danielle and Lior for
dinner on Friday evening when their parents were going away for the
weekend. Instead they insisted on inviting us and preparing a meal
us. They went out of their way to prepare a delicious feast (enough for
10 people!) of multiple dishes. We had a great time!
- With 5 vegetarian or vegan granddaughters Doreen has adapted many
recipes to vegan friendly. Her latest was a delicious vegan cheese cake without
cheese, baked for Shavuot.
Doreen Bungy Jump December 2001
<>Thursday this week is my lovely wife's
birthday. Going through our old pictures reminded me time and time
again of the wonderful life we and our children have enjoyed, and of
the so many ways Doreen has exploited the joy of living. The picture
above was taken in New Zealand on our Round the World trip in
2001-2002. The first bungy jumping operation in the world was from the
bridge over the Kawarau River just outside Queenstown, and when we were
in Queenstown it was obvious that this was something that Doreen
to see 'before' and 'after' pictures of the jump; and here to read Doreen's account,
written soon after the jump, of how she felt before, during and after
(For those with lots of time to spare, here is the link to our Round the World Trip.)
BIRTHDAY MY DARLING DOREEN!
Click her for a photo collage of some of Doreen's activities during the past
- We paid a long-overdue visit
to Sydney and Ari Lossin who
live about an hour's drive from us. Sydney's mother and my father were
cousins on the Matz side of the family. We had a most enjoyable
visit, and Sydney showed us some of her old photos of the Matz
family. Click for Matz family
tree (and for some old pictures of
- Thanks to Melly Braverman for sending us this delightful picture of his grandson Rafael enjoying
boating in Kfar Blum last month.
- Last night the Rons and Segolis came for dinner and Doreen outdid
herself preparing Paella (two versions: regular and Vegan) as well as
various salads and side dishes suitable for all ('normal', vegetarian,
vegan, "soft food only"). The Segolis slept over with Saba and Granny
and Joanie, and enjoyed the beach
the next morning.
Nickel Glazer ז"ל
died 31st May 1983 aged 69 years
Tomorrow is the yahrzeit - anniversary of her
death - of Gertie, Doreen's mother
This photo reflects her
beauty, delightful smile and grace. Although initially opposed to our
marriage, Gertie soon accepted me as a son.She died while we were
working in St Thomas Virgin Islands. A few days prior, Doreen
hiking on St. John had rubbed lemon juice on her arms to prevent the
swarms of mosquitos from biting. It may have helped the locals but
exposed to the direct sun rays Doreen got third degree burns on her
arms and flew to the funeral swathed in bandages. A very difficult time
for all of us.
- Although there has been a loosening of many restrictions we
are still wary of going to public places especially as most people seem
to be disregarding "social distancing" and the wearing of face masks.
Because of this we are not too optimistic that the low infection rates
will continue and fear that a second wave is in the offing.
- We are limiting ourselves to some supermarket shopping,
close friends and family - the Eilat family came for the weekend and we
all had dinner with the Ron family.
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.
- As if Covid-19 wasn't enough the last week has been the
May week ever recorded. I kept my plants well watered so
most of them
they quite enjoyed the heat and grew well. Inside we had
air-conditioning but going outside was quite unbearable. Melly
sent us this picture from Eilat with
the temperature showing an
incredible 49°C (120°F)
- Last week I mentioned a document sent by
ancestor Shaya Matz to his granddaughter in South Africa. Click to see a copy and read a brief
- By chance I received an email this week from a Jewish
history researcher who had found a "brilliant manuscript" in the
University of Cape Town Archives containing a Commentary on Pirkei Avot (Ethics of the
Fathers, a tractate of the Mishna)
written by the above mentioned Yeshayahu Avraham
"Shaya" Matz (my great-great grandfather). He wanted to know
whether this had ever been published. I had never even heard of this
manuscript and neither had two other g-g-grandsons (Robert Lewenson and
Gavin Matz, nor a granddaughter (Sydney Lossin). If anyone knows
anyting about this manuscript please let me know. More next week.
- If you missed it last week, Doreen has posted the recipe for
a Vegan Carrot Cake. And last
night we enjoyed Vegan Blueberry
Muffins baked by granddaughter Lotem Segoli. Both the cake and the
muffins were delicious and highly recommended.
Berman 1945 - 2019
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.
- Thanks to Gavin Matz I made contact with 2nd cousin Robert
Lewenson and his mother Ros and sent them a copy of a document sent by
his great great grandfather on the occasion of his grandparents
wedding. Robert sent me updates to his side of the tree and the updated
version of the Matz tree (including
some corrections by Gavin) is now on the internet.
Many thanks, Gavin and Robert.
- We wish David Rothschild, married to Frankie Klaff (see Goldberg Family Tree), a quick
recovery from his kidney stones problems.
- Many of the Covid-19 restrictions have
been relaxed and last night daughter Vered and the Ron family came for a most enjoyable dinner. The
dinner was capped off with a delicious vegan carrot cake. See recipe.
- One of the few (only?) advantages of this virus is that the
traditional bonfires on the Lag B'Omer festival this week were
prohibited saving who knows how many tons of wood being burnt, and
saving us from the usual clouds of blanketing heavy smoke which
made breathing so very uncomfortable .
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.
- Congratulations to Dikla (Segoli) and Pini Cruchi on the
birth of their
daughter, sister to Mili and Tal. Dikla is a sister of our daughter in
law, Michal Segoli. (see picture)
- Our long-time very good friend Caroline Livneh celebrated
her birthday today. We invited her over for a cup of English tea and a
birthday cake. (pictures here.)
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.
- This week we commemorated Remembrance Day and then
Independence Day. A complete lockdown over these days prevented the
usual mass gatherings on these days and we spent a lot of time in front
of the TV.
- The ban on gatherings on Remembrance Day for Fallen Soldiers
meant Yaffa Loew (Schank family tree)
could not visit son Guy's gravesite for the first time since his death
20 years ago. A short while before the commemorating siren, soldiers
from Guy's army unit, a local police officer, neighbors and friends
gathered in the road outside Yaffa's home (observing distancing) and
stood in silence with her while the siren sounded. It was a truly
emotional moment for Yaffa. Click for a
- Some schools and classes will be re-opening tomorrow, which
is good news I suppose for grandchildren Zoe (2nd grade) and Itamar
(11th grade). The rest will have to wait a little longer.
- Amongst other things, I'm continuing with the job of
organising the Old Pictures pages on
this site. Some family pictures have already been partly organised - you can access them by family branch from here.
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
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.
- Thanks to Ros Hakim for sending us a picture of the Barnett
Nickel family and to her cousins Sheryl Zadok Kavin and Michelle
Kirstein for sending pictures of the portraits of our common ancestor,
Pinhas Aaron Nochomovicz. These
pictures are posted here. (also see Nochomovicz/Nickel family tree
which has been updated thanks to Sheryl.
- We celebrated granddaughter Zoe's 8th birthday on Zoom. We
also used Kahoot, an online quiz game with questions set by Zoe.
Good fun! Zoe got a guinea pig for a present, and is also looking after
a bunny during the corona period. See
- Slowly I'm beginning to organise the Old Pictures pages of
this site. Some family pictures have already been partly organised - you can access them by family branch from here.
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!
- Isolation continues so not much new to write about. As I
write this on Saturday morning I can hear, for the first time for a
long time, the sounds of children playing and laughing outside.
apparently people are becomong more and more frustrated and are
starting to ignore the social distancing guidelines. The fact that our
leaders have on occasions ignored their own advice doesn't help.
- We don't have the problem of having children and keeping
occupied. Granddaughter Ilai found something useful to do. She
sand-papered their outside wood table and repainted it See picture here. We've got
lots of work for you to do at our apartment, Ilai!
- On Shabbat eve we again had kabbalat shabbat with our family
led by Aviv Levy, via ZOOM. A few weeks ago we had never heard of ZOOM
but now it is an integral part of our restricted lives.
- Passover has passed over, but for next year here is another pesach kosher recipe - Easy
pre-Covid19 Pesach (Passover)
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.
- I repeat what I wrote last week - we're still confined
to our apartment. We continue our digital activities such
as lectures, plays, opera and movies. Going through long-neglected
boxes of material continued, this week concentrationg on scanning
hundreds and hundreds of old photos before discarding them.
- While looking for pictures for the photo collage above I
found this delightful video from
Pesach 5 years ago with granddaughters Danielle and Lior singing
the traditional "Who Knows One" with Doreen who completely loses it
half way through.
- Pesach brings with
it special recipes and
food. Here is Doreen's recipe for 'kosher for passover' pancakes made with matzo flour. They're really very
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.
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
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 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."
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.
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
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
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.
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