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30th Dec. 2023
New Year's Eve 2024
Three generations with a 2024 cake

To try to overcome some of our depresion since October 7 and to express hopes for a much improved 2024 we decided to have a small party for some friends and family.
It was most successful - delightful company, terrific atmosphere and of course delicious food.

Here are some pictures.
  • 2023 started out well but is ending disasterly, not only for Israel but for many parts of the world.  We wish everyone  a very much better 2024
  • We've had a more than interesting 2023. Before the events of October 7th we enjoyed life and visited many places.
    •  New York - New Year 2023 in Times Square
    • London
    • Italy at Villa Ponziana with son Aviv and Limor.
    • Amsterdam and Veldhoven - twice
    • Morocco - Marrakech and Fez
    • Latvia and Estonia
    • Cyprus
  • Our children and grandchildren are all well and settled and also appear to be enjoying life.
  • We said goodbye to too many of our friends and family - Gail Nickel, Binny Blass, Jeff Geffen, Myra Simon, Dovvy Glassman, Claude Hakim, Orit Ron and Hans Reijzer.

23rd Dec. 2023
Hans Reijzer
Hans Reijzer

Our deepest condolences to the Reijzer family on the passing of Hans. Jose, David, Ezra, Rivka and family - ww are thinking of you and sharing your grief.

The Reijzers are like family to us, as close as possible to being family without sharing DNA. We first met Hans and Lottie at Ulpan in Israel nearly 60 years and there was an immediate bond between us which only strengthened with time.

Although the Reijzers went back to the Netherlands our friendship remained strong and we saw each other regularly, in Israel, in Amsterdam, on holiday together, skiing together, playing bridge together. We shared the pain of Lottie passing away 5 years ago, and now Hans too is gone.
Our children also maintain the close friendship - Jose and Vered ,and  Ezra and Aviv are in frequent contact. We too enjoy the contact with Hans's grandchildren some of whom live in Israel. Only a few months ago we were at the wedding of  Nadav and Asa, Jose and David's son. And three months ago we had our last visit with Hans in Amsterdam.

Hans was a clinical psychiatrist and wrote a book, Dangerous Legacy, which received good reviews and is available on Amazon. 

We have many pictures of us together - a few can be seen here.
  • We thoroughly enjoyed an original Israeli opera Theodor. It showed some aspects of the life of Theodor Herzl who is considered the father of the state of Israel. The opera was extremely well presented, the concept and  production were excellent and the music and singing surprisingly good. It was not only an enjoyable spectacle but also left us with food for thought, especially for Herzl's vision and what has happened now in Israel.
  • We wish all our friends celebrating Christmas a  merry and enjoyable Christmas, and wish them and all our relatives and friends a happy holiday season.

  16th Dec. 2023
59 Years ago - signing the Ketuba

Today is our 59th Wedding Anniversary. We celebrated with a 4 day visit to Cyprus.
Click for some more pictures of our wedding.

  • We are saddened by the death of our son-in-law's sister Orit Ron Shelach. Our thoughts are with her husband Moshe, her children Shachar and Oron Even-Tov and with the Ron family. Click for a picture of three generation: Orit with daughter Shachar and mother Tova at Tova's 80th birthday in 2002.
  • Daughter Vered Ron was in London at an event for local business people seeking to invest money in Israel. 
  • We celebrated our 59th wedding anniversary in Cyprus, relaxing and trying out some of Cyprus's excellent restaurants.

  9th Dec. 2023
29 reunion 1/3
29th Family (1/3) Reunion

As our planned 29th family reunion celebrating family milestones (our 59th wedding anniversary, 18th birthday of Lotem and of Amit, Aviv and Limor's Silver anniversary ) took place without the Eilatis, Doreen and I together with Maayan Segoli decided to go to Eilat the following week and have the second third of the reunion, this time with the Eilatis.
It was a lovely and successful event with an umpteen course dinner prepared by Limor and great family recollections based on the Bingo game.

  • Although Ilay had three friends visiting her at the same time as the reunion she found time to be with us for the dinner and "Bingo" parts of our celebration.
  • At the reunion dinner we tasted the hot peppers Ilay had prepared. They were excellent! Well done, Ilay.
  • We celebrated our 59th and Aviv and Limor their 25th at what is probably Eilat's oldest restaurant, the Last Refuge. The food is is still excellent. Picture.
  • The Segolis spent the weekend at Messada exploring the new ascent there. Pictures next week.


  2nd Dec. 2023
reunion 29
29th Family (2/3) Reunion
Unfortunately due to a last minute security concerns, the Eilatis did not participate

This Reunion celebrated family milestones: our 59th wedding anniversary, 18th birthday of Lotem and of Amit, Aviv and Limor's Silver anniversary (unfortunately in abstentia.). The Reunion was at the home of the Segoli family in Midreshet Ben Gurion (Sde Boqer)

The T-shirts showed "Together we make a family" on the front and a delightful picture of cousins Amit Levy and  Lotem Segoli as babies, who have recently celebrated their 18th birthdays.

  • Daughter in law Mikhal Segoli has initiated an educational project at the Midreshet campus of Ben Gurion University and showed and explained it to the Ron family.
  • The temporary truce with Hamas has ended and we anxiously await the fate of the hostages who still remain in Gaza.

  25 Nov. 2023
Aviv and Limor - Henna (חינה) Ceremony 25 years ago.

Congratulation to our son Aviv and daughter-in-law Limor on their Silver Wedding Anniversary tomorrow. We wish you many many years of happiness and love.

(Some more wedding pictures here.)
  • We are happy that some hostages have been returned to Israel but sad that there are many more remaining under Hamas control. There is a temporary cease-fire but the war goes on.
  • This last week we visited my relatives Sydney and Ari Lossin and Doreen's relatives Yaffa Loew and  Yaakov Bortenstein 
  • There are still many volunteers who provide help to soldiers and displaced victims. Some of our family's contributions are described in previous posts. This last week Doreen volunteered to prepare food for soldiers - see picture.
  • Those who have not yet read are invited to read Doreen's thoughts on the war, posted in her columns 62 - 65.
  • If all goes well we hope to celebrate our 29th Family Reunion, this time at the Segolis at Midreshet Ben Gurion in Sde Boqer. Pictures of previous reunions can be seen here.

18 Nov. 2023
Amit is 18
Amit is 18

Mazel tov to granddaughter Amit Levy who turned 18 yesterday. You're 'officially' an adult now! We're sure that you will continue to be the wonderful person that you are, and wish you success in whatever you choose to do.
  • Doreen visited  the Cultural Centre in Nes Ziona to see the life-sized figures cut out from  metal symbolizing the kidnapped hostages. Read her description in her column.
  • The Segolis came for the weekend and helped us pick about 30 of the almost last papayas and the avocados from our trees. Our avocado yield this year was smaller than usual but we still had many more than we could eat.
  • On the way to spending the weekend with us the Segolis went on a hike in the Judean Desert at Nachal Ashelim.
  • Like many of my friends and acquaintances I am addicted to the New York Times Wordle Puzzle, which I play every day. In addition, there are other copy-cat Wordle sites, including Wordle Unlimited, which I occasionally play.  Today the ultimate was achieved!

11 Nov. 2023
Hammerhead Shark - Eilat 1970's

Hammerhead sharks are fairly common in the southern Red Sea but they can also be found in Eilat. One this size is much rarer. This picture was taken about 50 years ago and I remember it well. What I don't remember is what caused the death of the shark. It may have been killed by local fisherman although I doubt it (and hope not) or it may have been due to natural causes. Whatever the reason, it was a great photo opportunity.

From my old photo collection - colorized by My Heritage
  • We're proud that niece Denise Braverman has also joined those helping farmers in the war area pick their crops.
  • We went to a special market selling fruit and vegetables brought from the area affected by the war.  Among the vegetables were leeks. Doreen made a delicious Vichyssoise soup with them. See recipe.
  • As we reported previously we have a glut of papayas in our garden. We eat them in the traditional way - fresh with lemon, but the family has come up with new papaya ideas.  The Segolis prepared Cheese Fondue with papaya and son-in-law Aviv Ron prepared papaya with his extra spicy sauce. Aviv also made a soup from papaya and yellow peppers picked when volunteering. See his soup recipe here.

04 Nov 2023
Kyoto, Japan
I found this picture among some unsorted old photos while tidying up the mess in our storeroom. It was taken on a visit to Japan, probably in the late 1970's and we have many stories about this visit which took place before Japan became well known to Israeli tourists and before Japanese cuisine became known in Israel.
We were told not to miss Kobe steak and "sushi" and "sashimi". We had no idea what Sushi and sashimi were except that they were made from raw fish. We duly ordered  at a restaurant and were horrified to see a greenish streak on the food. We assumed the fish was bad but Doreen noticed that at the other tables people were eating the green streaked fish, so we also ate and enjoyed it. Only much later did we find out that this green was wasabi.

(This picture has been repaired and colourized)

  • This morning we attended a short concert at the Vera Solomons Centre where Doreen's sister Louise is living. The performers were two young army volunteers Itai Paz (violin) and Noa Kapelyushnik (piano) who delighted us with their excellent playing. After the concert there was a very moving homage to Israel and the army by the devoted Phillipine caregivers at the centre.
  • We received a welcome email from Vanessa (Glasser) Terazza updating us with news and pictures about her family. Belated congratulations to her daughter Micaela  who married Marco Balboni last December. We were also happy to get pictures of her daughter Cinzia Mulder's little girl Mia. The Glezer family tree has been updated.
  • Many of the Thai agricultural workers were killed or captured or have returned to Thailand and our grandchildren Maayan and Lotem are continuing with their volunteering, helping to pick farm produce.
  • Our friend Pam Bethlehem is not well and we visited her and Geoff in Haifa. We wish her a complete recovery.
  • In Haifa we also paid a visit to Doreen's cousin Louis Nickel who runs a 'Humusia' restaurant in the Talpiot market. (See Nochomovitz family tree.)
  • Doreen has expressed her thoughts in her columns on various aspects of the war  - The War, Musings on the War and Hostage Square.

28th Oct. 2023
A meal for 500

Doreen's cousin Yaakov Bortenstein helped organise a day of relaxation (יום כיף) for 500 soldiers in a battalion that had seen heavy action. Included was a steak meal for all - a tremendous undertaking involving among other thing a mobile meat smoking apparatus.
Two more pictures here.

  • The situation in Israel is still unclear and worrying. The country, so divided a few weeks ago, is now working together to alleviate the situation affecting so many. We are fortunate that our family is safe.
  • We hosted a 'lone soldier' this weekend.
  • Niece Denise Braverman and her running group organised an event on behalf of the release of hostages. See picture.
  • Granddaughter Lotem Segoli celebrated her 18th birthday this week.
  • Doreen has expressed her thoughts in her columns on various aspects of the war  - The War, Musings on the War and Hostage Square.

21st Oct. 2023
smoke from bomb

The Segolis visited us this weekend and on their way home today there was a 'red alert' siren warning. They lay on the ground and a bomb/rocket exploded near to where they were. Moran took a picture of the smoke some seconds after the explosion. Fortunately no one was hurt.

  • Doreen has written about our trip to Estonia 10 days ago. Events in Israel clouded our experience in Estonia but we were happy to meet Doreen's family again and visit places connected to her family's history.
  • The war here in Israel is still ongoing and the end doesn't look in sight.
  • The Segolis visited us this weekend and we learnt about their volunteering efforts in the south. We were happy to see grandson Maayan and to help granddaughter Zoe prepare cookies for soldiers.
  • We have had amazing success with our papaya (paw-paw) yield this year.

14th Oct. 2023

The Israeli flag on the Riga Parliament building

After attending the bridge workshop in Riga we left for Estonia on the day following the terrorist invasion of southern Israel without realisng the extent of Hamas terrorists' murderous attacks on innocent civilians, men, women, old women and babies. Our time in Estonia was clouded by the events back home and we weren't really in the mood for touring, but we were heartened by the letters of support from relatives and friends from all over the world inquiring about the safety of our families and expressing their support for Israel.  Both Estonia and Riga flew the Israeli flag from their parliament buildings.

In Estonia we spent time with the Drue family and learnt much about our family history there. We will write more about our visit another time.
When we returned to Riga we learnt that our flight home had been cancelled and after spending hours investigating how to get back we found a rather indirect flight path and finally got home early this morning.
 Our immediate family is safe but we mourn for all those murdered by the Hamas terrorists. We know of friends, acquaintances and family relatives who were victims and the first hand  reports we hear are heart breaking. We mourn all those who lost their lives in the surprise attack and  grieve for those taken as hostages into Gaza
Two of our grandchildren are in the army in non combat positions. We are proud of the actions of our family who are devoting their time and efforts for the relief of those affected by the hostilities. Here are just a few examples.


7th Oct. 2023
Itamar and Maayan (in uniform)

A couple of weeks ago we reported that grandson Maayan Segoli, who is in a special programme which combines university education with basic army service (עתודאי), went off to start his basic training. Here he is in army uniform being wished well and given advice by his cousin and our grandson Itamar Levy who is doing his regular army servic. Both attended a musical performance in Tel Aviv, just days before the horror of the attacks from Gaza started.
  • We are in Riga and the news of the attack by Hamas is very disturbing. We hope our friends and family are safe. Mikhal Segolis sister Naama and family were visiting son Moran when hostilities started, and when a siren sounded they all went into the special strong room.  Click for a picture of Naama's husband Moishik, who is a yoga teacher, exercising yoga with the family in the strong room.
  • We are in Riga, Latvia for a bridge workshop. I was in charge of organising these bridge training events for the last 8 years and, as reported earlier, retired from this job last year. I was asked to come to this workshop to help my replacement take over the job.
  • This is our second visit to Riga. You can read what Doreen has written on this visit
  • Tomorrow we fly to Tallinn, Estonia to visit relatives Heini snd Tiina Drui and will return to Israel next week-end.
  • We're on holiday which means that our dog Joanie is also on holiday as can be seen in this picture of Joanie and friends.
  • Before we left for Riga Doreen prepared delicious poached trout. See her recipe for Truite au Bleu

30th Sep. 2023
Dani bday 2023
Danielle's Birthday September 2023

We celebrated granddaughter Danielle's birthday with her family, the Rons. Dani has recently returned from India and she wanted an Indian style dinner - vegan of course. My favourite Indian dish is spicy chicken or lamb curry but I enjoyed the delicious curry dishes prepared by the family.
Some  more pictures of the party here.
  • We spent Yom Kippur as usual in Eilat with the Levys. Fasting didn't prevent a scrabble challenge between grandson Itamar with two of his friends and Doreen with granddaughter Amit. Who won? doesn't matter! Picture here.
  • Raphael Cotton, son of my late cousin Cecile, is visiting Israel with Tamara his wife. They  are a lovely couple and have been staying with us for a few days. Tamara has a cousin who also lives in our building.  This evening we went for supper to relatives Joel and  Beryl Klotnick in their sukkah  As usual with the Klotnicks the food was excellent and the company wonderful. See Matz and Hershovitz/Levy family trees.
  • We were delighted that Selma and Lennie Cartoon could join us this afternoon for a sushi lunch from the sushi shop near us. We have known the Cartoons for many years but don't see them often enough. Lennie is a cousin of my late Aunt Malia.

23rd Sep. 2023
Tajine Dinner
Lior, Gal, Caroline, Doreen

The tajine we bought in Morocco arrived and Doreen decided to put into practice what she had learnt at the cooking class in Marrakech. Daughter Vered and Aviv Ron were away on a short break so we invited granddaughter Lior Ron and her friend Gal and friend Caroline Livneh for a vegetarian couscous dinner cooked in a tajine.
The vegetables were stacked over a mound of cabbage with added spices and broth, and the tajine heated over the stove for 1 1/2 hours.
Although quite tasty and an extremely eye-catching presentation we are not sure that it was worth the effort.
  • We wish those who fast on Yom Kippur tomorrow  "well over the fast" - גמר חתימה טובה.
  • Granddaughter Ilay Levy had expressed an interest in preparing the hot pepper pickles - a favourite of the family - that I make. .As she was with us during Rosh Hashanah we spent time together preparing a kilo or so for her and the Segolis to take home.
  • Grandson Maayan Segoli was off to army basic training this week. He is in a special programme which combines university education with basic army service (עתודאי). When he finishes his degree he will spend extra time in the army utilizing the skills he learned in his studies.
  • In addition to our tajine dinner (above)  we had a very pleasant dinner with bridge friends Finn and Ann Wardi from Finland and Jan Kamras the President of the World Bridge, and a lovely brunch at the home of Colin and Louise Kessel with Harry and Evelyn  Brand (whom we met for the first time) and good friends Basil and Noga Porter.

16th Sep. 2023
rosh hashana2
The Family - Rosh Hashanah Second Night

Rosh Hashanah 5784 - September 2023
Doreen writes:

As we celebrate  Rosh Hashanah 5784, it is with mixed feelings that we thought about sending greetings to family and friends.

This was only intensified when 3 days after an extensive stay in Morocco we read about the horrific earthquake devastating Marrakech, the area where we had spent the last few weeks. Some of the places we visited in Marrakech are now piles of rubble.

This has been a very difficult year, losing friends and family and seeing others disabled; life is becoming increasingly fragile and we realize that even if we are spared horrible diseases, falling is the enemy of old age.

We are experiencing changes in Israel that are turning the country we loved into a right wing ultra-nationalistic, messianic and undemocratic one. It is no longer possible to live in a bubble and not be affected by outside events.

In all of this, loving contact with family and friends becomes increasingly meaningful

We personally have had a very full year. Our small garden is full of papaya trees that Eitan has grown from seed; we have had delicious mangoes and look forward to the ripening of our avocados. Soon he will plant lettuces, peas and beans.

Eitan has continued to be involved in the World Bridge Federation and we have been overseas a number of times for Championships. I am an active volunteer in Road to Recovery, transporting Palestinians, mainly children from the West Bank, to hospitals in Israel and back. I continue to be involved in ESRA, giving support to people in need.

Happily we are still active and enjoy full lives. We wish the same for you; to enjoy health with the ability to enjoy life around you.

L’shana tova!

  • Apart from some preparations  and a couple of doctors' visits a quiet week leading up to Rosh Hashanah.
  • On the first evening of Rosh Hashanah we celebrated at the home of daughter Vered and Aviv together with the Eilat Levy family.
  • On the second evening we were joined by the Segolis for a mini family reunion. (see above and here.).
  • In addition to Doreen's delicious pepper filet steak, Maayan prepared "flaumen tzimis" from Doreen's cookbook. which he is going through and making her recipes.  Her  recipes are linked to family and friends' stories, and before each meal prepared from her book Maayan reads the associated story.

9th Sep. 2023
Saar Kasorla 
Barmitzvah of Sa'ar Kasorla
Ziva Boretenstein; Lital, Dvir,and  Sa'ar Kasorla; Sa'ar
Zahava and Rahel Karlsblad; Ya'ara Shavit; Yaffa Loew
Yaakov and Lior Bortenstein; Lital and Dvir Kasorla; Moriah and Gil Pashas, Rochelle and Moshe Kirshner

Mazal tov to Sa'ar Karsola on his barmitzvah this week. Congratulations too to parents Dvir and Lital and grandparents Yaakov and Ziva Bortenstein ( Schank family tree). It's always a pleasure to spend time with our "farm" family and especially when there is a celebration.

  • After a month overseas in The Netherlands and Morocco we're back home for a month before we're off again for 10 days to Latvia and Estonia.
  • Doreen has written extensively about our time in Morocco in Marrakech and about our visits to Fez and Chefchaouen and her visits to Rabat. and Casablanca. The pages have been updated and can be accessed from here.
  • Today we read about the disastrous earthquake that shook Marrakech yesterday. Although we are relieved that it took place after we left we are saddened by the loss of life there and by the destruction of many historical places.
  • Last night the Segolis and Rons joined us for supper and had to listen to accounts of our Moroccan trip.
  • We wish long-time friend Yael Paperna a speedy recovery from her fall.

2nd Sep. 2023
The Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca
The Hassan II mosque, a most impressive building, stands on a huge square. Google said it was the largest in Africa, the 7th largest in the world. The mosque not only stands by the sea but a third of it is over the Atlantic Ocean reflecting a verse from the Quran: “the throne of God was upon the water.”

  • We were saddened to receive the news that Claude Hakim passed away. We extend our deepest condolences to his wife Roslyn (see Nochomovicz family tree) and his sons Daniel and Jean Marc. We fondly remember  our trip to Australia where we spent some time with Claude and Ros.
  • Our third and final week in Marrakech, Morocco. Doreen has written extensively about our time so far in Marrakech and about our visits to Fez and Chefchaouen and her visits to Rabat. and Casablanca.
  • The World  Bridge Championships ended today. The are 3 categories: Open, Women, Seniors and Mixed. I am proud that the new Women World Champion is Israel. The team consists of 6 young women who overcame challenges from 23 other countries.
  • It's back to school time. Good luck to all our grandchildren.
  • Daughter Vered Ron met with two friends from her school days who are visitng Israel - Simona Gringart from Australia and Patisa Rasmussen from Denmark.

26th Aug. 2023
Argan oil 
Preparing Moroccan Argan oil - with help from Doreen

When we were in Fez we bought some of the famous Moroccan argan oil which has - or is supposed to have - positive cosmetic effects effects on hair and face among other properties. On an outing from Marrakech to the Atlas Mountains we stopped at a local centre where the women extract the oil from the kernels of the argan tree which is indigenous to Morocco. 

  • We are still in Marrakech, Morocco. Doreen has written extensively about our time so far in Marrakech and about our visits to Fez and Chefchaouenon. You can access her pages from here.
  • We have still over a week in Morocco and our pages and pictures will be updated as necessary.

19th Aug. 2023
 Jewish Cemetery
Our guide, Arabi, at the entrance to the Jewish Cemetery, Fez.

We are in Marrakech, Morocco, for the World Bridge Championships. I will be officiating there and Doreen will be resting and touring.
We arrived 5 days ago and spent the first four days in Fez and and the "blue city" Chefchaouen. In Fez we had a wonderful and knowledgeable guide, Arabi. We visited many sites closely connected with the long Jewish presence there. Of particular interest was the large Jewish Cemetery.
Next week Doreen will write about our visits to Fez and Chefchaouen with some of the many pictures we took.


12th Aug. 2023
 Joanie Shelly
Joanie on holiday with Shelly

It's the first time I've had a dog as This Week's Picture but Joanie deserves it. Two weeks in Netherlands, 3 days at home, 21 days in Marrakech for a total of 38 days that we needed to send Joanie "on vacation". We are fortunate that Nurit the dog sitter and family love Joanie and that Joanie loves Nurit and her family and her dogs, especially Shelly the poodle. From reports it appears that Joanie is quite happy with the arrangement and that perhaps we miss her more than she misses us.

  • After 3 days at home on Monday we fly to Morocco. We will spend a few days in Fes, and then go to Marrakech for the World Bridge Championships, the most prestigious of the World Bridge events. I will be officiating there, and will stay there for nearly 3 weeks.
  • While I was in Veldhoven for the World Youth Championships (see last week) Doreen spent part of the time in Amsterdam, where our good friends the Reijzers live. Doreen visited Hans Reijzer and had dinner with his daughter Jose and family. Hans's son Ezra and Rivka also met with her. (see picture)
  • After the bridge event I joined Doreen for a couple of days in Amsterdam. As usual my highlight of a visit to Amsterdam is eating haring which I did a few times at the lively Albert Cuyp market. (pictures).
  • During the time we were away our garden continued to grow but we couldn't enjoy the fruits of our efforts. But the next best thing was that daughter Vered Ron and family came to our house and picked the ripe produce which they thoroughly enjoyed. (see pictures). We came back to find  another ripe papaya and many ripe mangoes. We'll eat a few and the Rons will enjoy the rest.
  • Son Moran and the Segolis are returning today from a trip to Bulgaria where they had a fantastic visit. See what Moran has written with pictures.
  • To round out the family travels son Aviv Levy is sailing and diving in the Mediterranean (Greece and Italy) and granddaughter Danielle Ron is in Hungary for a short visit.
  • Our good friend Maureen Fain sent us a picture taken well over 60 years ago of  Doreen in tennis outfit at the courts of the Durban Jewish Club.

5th Aug 2023
Doreen enjoying a visit to Utrecht
We are in the Netherlands for the World Bridge Federation Youth Championships taking place in Veldhoven, about 1 1/2 hours by train from Amsterdam. Yesterday Doreen went to Amsterdam and I will join her there for a few days later this week.
While I was busy with bridge, Doreen visited the nearby city of Eindhoven, the Veldhoven village and also Utrecht.

  • In Utrecht Doreen was surprised to find a place that was a pub 6 days a week, and on Sunday was a church with services. See picture.
  • The World Youth Bridge Championships take place every second year. There are five categories from Under 16 to Under 31. This year 36 countries took part.  Clich here for a picture at the opening ceremony.
  • We return home on Thursday, 3 days to do washing, pack, hopefully eat a ripe papaya from our tree and anything urgent (like trying to get my computer working properly) and then on Monday off to Morocco for another bridge event, the World Bridge Championships.

29th July 2023

 back from India
Back from India
This week son Moran Segoli and his friends returned from trekking in India. By all accounts they enjoyed it very much.
Some pictures taken on the trek can be viewed here.

It's been a busy month for the 'wandering Levy family'. Daughter Vered Levy-Ron in USA and London, granddaughter Dani returning from a long stay in India, granddaughter Lior in USA and the Eilatis Itamar, Amit and Ilay in Athens.

Earlier today we arrived in the Netherlands, where we will be at a Youth Bridge Competition for about two weeks.

  • Mazal Tov to daughter-in-law Limor Levy on her 50th birthday this week.
  • We were happy to receive an email from Melodie Nathan, daughter of Doreen's cousin Lucille Melamed. Melodie and Mark and their daughter Gabriella visted London where they experienced the sights and attractions and also met with their Ginsberg relatives. Click for pictures and more.  (see Nickel family tree).
  • The fast-food chain KFC is opening branches in Israel. As KFC is my favourite fast food restaurant I was delighted that there is now a KFC in Netanya, a 10-minute drive from our home. Of course I couldn't wait to go there, together with half the population of Israel who apparently also like KFC. The staff was a bit overwhelmed but we managed to receive our meal without too long a wait. Doreen's salad came without a fork or spoon (sorry we don't have any) so we returned it but the rest of the meal was good. As always, the family looks for KFC's in the various countries they visit and send me photos - the latest from Moran in New Delhi India. See pictures of Netanya and New Delhi and links to some previous family KFC visits.
  • Our papaya trees are bountiful this year and there are tens of papayas waiting to ripen and fall down. Unfortunately we will be away and most of the papayas wiill fall into the street below and splatter. So we designed a papaya trap to catch the falling fruit. See here. Some will fall while we are away- daughter Vered will be happy to come and pick those up.

Levys return22nd July 2023
Back from Greece
Our 3 Eilati grandchildren, Ilay, Amit and Itamar, flew to Greece for a short stay, mainly to see a performance of the group Arctic Monkeys. They stayed in a B&B and despite the hot weather had a great time.

  • We are proud that our daughter Vered and the Ron family are taking part in the March to Jerusalem to protest the government's undemocratic attempt of "judicial overhaul".
  • Moran is still hiking in India. He sent us some  pictures  which we have added to last week's pre-trek pictures. When we get more we'll add them too.
  • Last week we posted a picture of granddaughter Lior visiting the Metropolitan Opera for a performance of Swan Lake. This reminded us when we took Danielle her sister, then about 7 years old, to the same place and the same ballet. She loved it so much she tried to emulate the dancers. See picture.
  • And while in reminiscing mood I read this in a number of newspapers this week and remembered our trip to Fraser Island in 2002: " Two tourists in Australia have been fined AU$2,300 each for posing with dingoes to get “selfies and videos.” It comes after 23-year-old Sarah Peet, was attacked by three or four of the Australian native dogs on Monday as she jogged along a beach at Queensland state’s K’gari (Fraser Island), the world’s largest sand island. Ms Peet, from Brisbane, was flown by helicopter to a mainland hospital in a stable condition, with rescuers saying the attack could have been fatal. Visiting the island in the wake of the mauling, Environment Minister Leanne Linard said two women aged 29 and 25 had been fined after posting snaps of themselves with the dingoes. One of the women had videoed three sleeping dingo pups."  When Doreen and I visited  Fraser Island in 2002  we were warned about the ban on interaction with dingoes but we were lucky to get a picture of one observing our camp.  Here is a picture (without a dingo!) of the Segolis when they visited  Fraser Island.
  • Yesterday marked 15 years since the death of my sister Fern.  Here are  the links  to her memorial page and to the dedication of a chemistry laboratory in her name.

15th July 2023
10 year scrapbook
Last week  was the 20th anniversary of son Moran and Michal Segoli. Moran was on a trek to India on the day of their anniversary, but before he left he prepared a book with pictures, one page for each month, from the last 10 years of their marriage.


1st July 2023
surprise Dani
Surprise!Surprise! Welcome home, Dani

Granddaughter Danielle Ron was vacationing in India and was only due to come home mid-July at the earliest. She decided to come home earlier but to keep it a surprise. First, Dani's sister Lior had the first surprise when her friend Gal (who was in on the secret) asked her to accompany him to the airport to meet a friend. You can imagine Lior's surprise when the 'friend' turned out to be her sister Dani. They then decided to surprise Mom and Dad and you can see the rersult by clicking on the picture or here for a short video.


24th June 2023
Caryn Klaff
Caryn and Rhetick Sangupta with Vered

Daughter Vered Ron was in Seattle in USA and met with her second cousin Caryn Klaff and her husband Rhetick Sangupta. Caryn is the daughter of Frankie and my late cousin Vivian Klaff. Doreen was at Caryn and Rhetick's wedding in 2009 but since then we have not been in direct contact with her so Doreen and I were happy that she and Vered met up. We are always delighted when next generation family are in touch.
See Goldberg family tree.
  • We are deeply saddened by the passing of Dovvy Glassman. Dovvy was a friend and a colleague at Coral World where we both worked. We enjoyed many shared experiences (for example our trip to Sinai many years ago) with Dovvy and his wife Ziona, Doreen's close friend for over 50 years. We send her and Dovvy's sons our heartfelt condolences.
  • Congratulations to grandson Itamar Levy on his promotion to Sergeant in the Israel Army.
  • We and the Segolis had a most enjoyable visit with the Levys in Eilat this weekend. This time, apart from the usual enjoyable meals together, there was ice skating and a family dive. Pictures here.

17th June 2023
Doreen and fish
The Fisherwoman

Friend Caroline Livne  found this picture on her phone. Neither Doreen nor I remember the picture or the occasion or the location.  Peles, the family dog is in the picture so it must be from around 1980. The fish look like palamida (Spanish mackerel), common in Sinai, so we think that the picture may have been taken on a visit to the fishing village in Nuweiba Sinai owned by our friend Harry Brodie. We visited there occasionally on our trips to Sinai when we lived in Eilat, but the background does not look like a Sinai background so we are not sure, but where else could Doreen have carried (caught?!) so many fish.

  • We renewed our contact with Micky Gur with whom I worked  during my time at Coral World in St Thomas and the Bahamas..On Friday night he and his wife Yael joined us together with Colin and Louise Kessel and  our daughter at dinner. Doreen didn't disappoint us with a delicious seafood paella served after excellent focaccia bread (see recipe)
  • I was sad to learn from Micky that the tower in the Bahamas of which we were so proud is now a rusty structure. Its only value now is as an interesting item attracting drone photography. See pictures and links here.

10th June 2023

June bdays
Some June Birthdays

Jonty and Dina Levy (anniv. 23rd); Vanessa Tarazza (30th ); Doreen (11th)
Katherine Levy (19th); Aviv Levy (21st); Sue Glasser (1st)

Vered Levy-Ron (28th); Ruth Kansky (12th); Efrat Shabtai  (23rd)

June is birthday month for my immediate family. Doreen was born on the 11th and children Aviv and Vered were born on 21st and 28th respectively. In addition there are some other close relatives born in June - the collage above shows some of them.
  • Son Moran Segoli with family and friends went rappelling down a salt cave in Sodom. See the pictures.
  • Daughter Vered and Aviv Ron invited us to dinner last night. At the end of the meal we were surprised when the Ron's brought out a cake and candles for Doreen's birthday.
  • Two of Doreen's friends also have birthdays round about this time, and Doreen, Caroline Livne and Ruti Erez celebrated at a nearby coffee shop.
  • Another celebration - a wedding. Nadav Keyson and Asal Reyhanian married in a lovely ceremony last Sunday. Nadav is the son of  David and Jose Reijzer Keyson. Our close relationship with the Reijzer family goes back nearly 60 years. See picture of wedding.
  • Son Moran Segoli was part of a delegation to Jordan from the Volcani Institute  to explain the use of phosphorous waste to enrich agricultural fertilizers.
  • Second cousin Susan Nathan is making a good recovery after her operation and is now out of her wheel-chair and walking. Picture.
  • We are delighted that a sushi shop has opened at the mall a 3 minute walk from our apartment.. Of course we had to try it out (on the opening day) and very much enjoyed our sushi lunch there.

3rd June 2023
yaris accident

Doreen was slowly traveling on the main double lane road through the Netanya Industrial area in moderate traffic when she suddenly heard a big bump. A car had crashed into our car from the back. As can be seen there is a lot of damage and it appears that the other driver is not insured. We are still dealing with it.
This is the third time in the last year that a car has rammed us from the back: once when our car was stopped at a traffic light, once when our car was stationary on a main highway during a traffic jam and now when driving slowly on a double lane road. Very frustrating to say the least.

27th May 2023
Shavuot dinner

This weekend we celebrated the festival of Shavuot and were happy to welcome the Segolis and Rons to a typical multi-course DDD (Delicious Doreen Dinner). The highlight of the dinner were the vegan shrimps (!) prepared by Maayan with help from Doreen. A good time was had by all!


20th May 2023
family and friends
(Clockwise from left) Morris Kahn, Aviv Ron, Caroline Livne, Louise Braverman, Doreen, Me
(Vered Ron, taking picture)

We returned this week from our holiday in Italy and decided with some family and friends to enjoy the bottle of Brunello di Montalcino we had bought there.
Doreen went out of her way and as usual prepared a great meal. She included Italian bread sticks (grissini - see recipe), Cannalloni and lasagna, and also a delicious onion soup and a very successful tarte tatin (see pictures).

13th May 2023
Villa Poliziana

Together with son Aviv and Limor we are in Italy, staying at the Villa Poliziana in Montepulciano,Tuscany.
Before going to the Villa we spent a few days in Rome and then drove north. On the way we visited Lake Bolsena (a first for us) and Pitigliano (see pictures), where we have been a few times, the last with granddaughter Dani Ron a few years ago.

Aviv and Limor returned to Israel yesterday and we go back.
(Click here for a report on our visit with pictures.)
  • Apart from our trip to Italy and worries about the situation in Israel, nothing to report this week!

6th May 2023
Rome - Dinner at Restaurant AL34

We are in Rome (see pictures), on our way to a stay at Villa Poliziana near Montepulciano in Tuscany. Rome is always interesting even when visited many times. On all our visits to Rome  we have always enjoyed a meal (and the atmosphere) at the fabulous AL34 Restaurant near the Spanish Steps that we discovered by chance on our first visit to Rome many many years ago. The waiter who seated us remembered Doreen and even where we sat (!) on a visit 5 years ago with our children Vered Ron, Aviv Levy and Moran Segoli when we celebrated Aviv's 50th birthday. We also remembered him, and on the chance that he was in a photo we had taken then. I accessed my site and lo and behold there was. We were all thrilled on seeing the photo. We'll look out for you, Renzo, on our next visit to AL34.


29th April 2023
shark dive
Doreen Dives with the Sharks

Doreen's diving insurance expires soon and as she is not sure whether it will be renewed she decided that her (perhaps) last dive should be  dive with the sharks (and of course with son Aviv).
See some more pictures here.
  • This week was Israel's 75 Independence Day (Yom Ha-atzmaut) and we celebrated as always at the home of  Terry and Carol Kessel. It was lovely to see old friends again and of course to enjoy the food and the special Kessel hospitality.
  • Yom Ha-atzmaut is celebrated by torch lighting ceremonies. Apart from the central ceremony there are also local ceremonies. We were very proud that granddaughter Lotem Segoli was invited to light a torch together with two team-mates of her victorious Robotics team.
  • This week was my 83rd birthday. The dates of Jewish festivals are in accordance with a lunar calendar. I was born during Passover but this year year my birthday corresponded to Israel's Independence Day (actually a day later). On my birthay eve Doreen prepared a fantastic delicious meal and the next day daughter Vered Ron organised a dinner for me and granddaughter Zoe decorated a cake. The family surprised me by showing up and we had a virtual one night family reunion.
  • After my birthday dinner the Segolis and Eilatis slept over at our apartment. Despite the squashing in of so many in our small apartment the grandchildren are always delighted to be together. The youngest Zoe was especially happy to be with Joannie.
  • We were delighted to meet relatives on our Levy side. Dan Nathan and his sister Tanya (Nathan) Wood came on a short visit to Israel to visit their mother Susan (my second cousin) who is recuperating after a heart operation. We were glad they managed to meet some of our children and grandchildren who were staying with us. (see picture). We wish Susan a speedy recovery. See Hershovitz/Levy tree.
  • Daughter-in-law Mikhal Segoli is in USA doing some research at the University of Minnesota. (Picture)
  • Next week we will be on holiday with son Aviv and Limor in Italy.

22nd April 2023
Lotem-announcing alliance
Lotem presents her robotics alliance

As we reported last week granddaughter Lotem Segoli and her Fata  Morgana team, after winning the Israel Championships, are in Houston at the World Robotics Championships.
The contestants are distributed into four sections of 48 teams in each section. The winning team in each section (after semi- and final playoffs play against the winners of the other 3 sections for the "World Champion" title.
The team achieved excellent results in the qualifications winning 9 of their 11 matches (and losing 2 by one point only). They ended up in third place in their section. For the next stage they had to choose an "alliance", 2 non-qualifying teams to be their partners competing against the alliance of the 2nd ranked team. It's not easy deciding whom to choose and the team, under Lotem's direction, studied the performances and form of the possible partners. (see picture).
After deciding, the teams report their alliances - see picture above of Lotem making her announcement. Fata Morgana won their semi-final match but unfortunately lost in the finals.
So the team did not advance to the final stage. It was a big disappointment but Fata Morgana are ranked among the top 8 robotics teams in the world.
Congratulations, Lotem and you team. You achieved a fantastic result that you can proud of.

  • We spent the weekend in Eilat. Doreen wanted to dive but the weather was not good - perhaps she'll have a chance tomorrow. Last night we went to Greco Restaurant for a family meal.  
  • Son Aviv was one of the organisers for a sea "clean-up" in Eilat today when divers removed nearly a ton of debris from the sea floor.
  • Cricket is the national sport of India, and while in India Dani of course decided to see what it was like with a cricket bat.
  • Congratulations to Danielle Glasser in Melbourne on her wedding today to Luke Walker. Mazal tov also to parents cousin Mark and Sue. See Glasser family tree.

15th April 2023
Me, Doreen, Simona (Edri) Grinnart, Nurit (Cohen) Yehuda, Vered Levy-Ron

The Mimouna celebration is a traditional Maghrebi Jewish custom held on the eve of and on the day after Passover, where the first hametz is eaten. (see Wikipedia).
We have on occasion taken part and this year we were invited by Cecila Lugasi and her family to her home. Celia is the sister of Vered's close friend (and classmate) Simona . The Edri family lived in Eilat when we were there and Simona is visiting her family in Israel. (She lives in Australia and on our round the World Trip we visted her and her husband Eyal). We were happy to see her again, and also another close friend of our daughter, Nurit (Cohen) Yehuda.
As expected there was a wide array of traditional Moroccan favourites to enjoy, including of course moffletta, a type of sweet crepe. Click for a picture of Celia preparing mofletta.

  • The Segolis have returned from their trip to Sinai. It looks amazing - see some pictures here.
  • The travelling Rons: Aviv is back from India, and Lior and Gal are back from Istanbul (see pictures)
  • Granddaughters Amit and Ilay Levy came up north to us for a couple of days and enjoyed Tel Aviv. They didn't enjoy the trip home - a 5 1/2   trip home to Eilat took over 9 hours due to the roads being flooded.
  • Uri Jeremias' restaurant was burnt down during the last riots. After reading about Uri Jeremias  and his unwavering belief in co-existence,  Doreen and I drove to Uri Buri, his rebuilt restaurant in Acre, and enjoyed a meal there.
  • Good luck to granddaughter Lotem Segoli and her robotic group Fata Morgana. Today they flew to USA to take part in the FIRST World Robotics Championship.
  • We visited 2nd cousin Susan Nathan in hospital after her heart surgery. We wish her a speedy recovery.

8th April 2023
Pesach 23 seder
Passover Seder 2023
at the home of Aviel and Bar Amar

We celebrated the passover seder in Eilat with daughter-in-law Limor's mother Margalit Sadeh and many of her family.  Daughter Vered and Aviv Ron, grandchildren Maayan and Lotem Segoli, Lior Ron and us joined son Aviv and Limor Levy and our grandchildren Itamar, Amit and Ilay for the celebration at the home of Limor's niece Bar and Aviel Amar. Although there were some special Moroccan traditions the seder was basically the same as our Ashkenazi seders and symbols. The food, especially the salads, was Moroccan style but the big difference for us was that it was a fully traditional seder not an abbreviated version that we usually have.
Thank you Aviel for conducting the seder, and Bar and Aviel for opening up your house so generously to the 30 participants. Thanks too to the Sadeh family for making sure we had plenty of tasty food and for inviting us.

1st April 2023
Glaxer marriage
Marriage Certificate -Maurice Glazer - Gertie Nickel

Last week I posted the marriage certificate of my parents, and this week here is the certificate of Doreen's parents who were married in Johannesburg on January 10th, 1937. The place of marriage is not listed. Maurice's occupation is 'shop keeper' and Gertie's 'shop assistant'. We know that they had their own shop (see Doreen's account in her column) but we're not sure whether Maurice owned the shop or whether he worked in a shop before they married. The addresses are 104 Plein street and 106 Plein street - were they neighbours or living together or was this the address of their shop?
(For both the country of birth is listed as Poland although Maurice was born in Lithuania and Gertie in Belarus. At that time these countries see-sawed between independence and 'belonging' to Russia , Poland or other empires. My grandfather was listed as born in 'Russia' even though he was born in Lithuania.)
Doreen's family trees:
On her father's side - Gordon/Glasser  and  Schank
On her mother's side - Nochimovitz/Nickel
  • Eleanor Pines, Doreen's close friend from school days in South Africa, is visiting Israel with her companion  Dennis Feinberg (see picture) and we met twice for lunch. Doreen and Eleanor were close friends in South Africa and my first memories of  Doreen are of her being always with Eleanor. Eleanor lives in South Africa but we have met a few times, in Israel and South Africa and once even in London.
  • We wish all our friends and relatives a very happy pesach - Passover. We will celebrate the seder in Eilat with our Eilat Levy family and with daughter-in-law Limor's family. Some of the Segolis and Rons will also join us.

25th March 2023
marriage Hayman queenie
Marriage Certificate - Hayman Levy + Queenie Shapiro

Last year I relinquished most of my positions in the European and World Bridge Federations. I still retain a few, but I have more time on my hands which I am spening on updating and expanding our family trees. This week I found the marriage certificates of my parents (above) and Doreen's parents (to be posted later).
I had assumed that my parents were married in Port Elizabeth where I knew they lived (and where I was born) but the certificate shows they they married in Kimberley where my mother's parents lived. I also now know that my mother's occupation was stenographer. My parents married in 1931 and (so I was told) soon after their marriage they had a motor cycle accident where my mother broke her hip bone and as a result she wouldn't be able to have children. However 10 years later I was born and soon after that my sister Fern. I was told that there was also a still-born boy after Fern.
My family trees:
On my father's side - Matz and Hershovitz/Levy
On my mother's side - Goldberg
  • We celebrated cousin Shirley Kansky's birthday at a restaurant with her daughter Wendy. There is a two year age difference between Shirleuy and me and we share a lot of memories.
  • Doreen and daughter Vered visited the Levinsky market in Tel Aviv - see Doreen's column.

18th March 2023
David and Wendy Ginsberg, Doreen and I

On our London trip we had a serendipitous meeting with Doreen's cousin Wendy Ginsberg. On our penultimate day in London Wendy and Dave (who live in Capetown South Africa) arrived in London to visit their daughter Natalie and Ryan Smith. There was an underground strike but we took a train and spent a pleasant afternoon with them. Different countries limit contacts, and Doreen (and I) rarely see our cousins who live in South Africa and Australia so it is always an extra pleasure to see them. By chance, it seems that we and the Ginsbergs might be in the Netherlands in July at the same time so another meeting is possible.
See Nochimoviz/Nickel family tree.
  • We're back in Israel after our enjoyable trip to London. In addition to the two operas we saw we went to see the revival of the musical Oklahoma (good but a little disappointing despite the excellent cast) and a play Unfriend which was hilarious, enjoyable and well acted.
  • We're very happy to hear that my cousin in Australia, Sharon Leibowitz and husband Joe are very much better and making speedy recoveries. Thanks to their son Joshua for keeping us up to date.
  • The Ron's dog Alma ate rat poison and is in serious condition and is being treated in hospital.

11th March 2023
Borough Market
Borough Market - London Bridge

We are enjoying a short vacation in London. We've visited London many times but this was the first time we went to the Borough Market, in London Bridge. We've also seen many markets in various places in the world, and this one is on a par with the best of them. The variety at the market is amazing and I recommend anyone going to London to take a morning to visit.
The market, and also London,  is almost entirely "cashless" - even a bottle of water can only be bought using a credit card.  At Tesco we paid  54 cents for 2 bananas - by credit card!


4th March 2023

Doreen as a Pirate, a British Lady, an Astronaut
Doreen - Purim

Eitan, as a Viking, a Renaissance Scholar, a Greek Warrior
Eitan - Purim
PURIM 2023

This week we celebrate the happy festival of Purim, commemorating the saving from death of Jews in the 5th Century BCE as described in the Book of Esther. The festival is marked by Purim parties and dressing up in fancy dress and costumes and during Purim the streets are filled with a variety of  people in a variety of costume. Years ago the main Purim attraction was an Adloyada Parade through the streets of  Tel Aviv, and this tradition is still retained in some locations, for example in Midreshet Ben Gurion where the Segolis live. We usually attend this parade (see here for example) but this year we are giving it a pass.
Instead of finding or arranging special costumes this year we took the easy way by utilizingf the "Time Machine" app of  My Heritage to show how we might have been and might have looked in the past. And while we were about it we asked the app to show how we might have looked if van Gogh had painted us.

  • Doreen was thrilled to meet up with Hilary (Diner) Kahn, one of her best friends from school days. See more and picture here.
  • We are going through troubling times in Israel. both of us are alarmed at the anti-democratic path that the new government is taking. Here's a picture of Doreen demonstrating against the proposed legislation.
  • Granddaughter Danielle Ron is in India where she intends to spend a few months. Have a great trip!
  • In a few days time we will fly to London for a week's holiday .

25th February 2023
28 Reunion
28th Family Reunion

This weekend we celebrated Moran's 50th birthday and our 28th Family Reunion at Selina Glamping in Mizpe Ramon. It was a most successful gathering enjoyed by the whole  family. Unfortunately Limor and Ilay were not well and couldn't join us.

There is a description of the Reunion with pictures and links on the 28th Reunion page.

  • We had lunch this week with cousin Shirley Kansky  and second cousin Joel and Beryl Klotnick. Last week we saw the Geffens and Sydney Losin, so it's been a family week for us.

18th February 2023
Champion Lotem
Israel Robotics Champion!

Congratulations to granddaughter Lotem Segoli on leading her school team to 1st place in the  FIRST Israel Robotics Championships. Lotem and her team will go to Houston, Texas in April  to compete in the FIRST International Robotics Championships.

See more on this week's Miscellaneous page and on Lotem's page.

11th February 2023
Anthony and Doreen are engaged!
Melly Braverman, Gertie Glazer, Louise Braverman, Hayman Levy, Ray Brower Levy, Me, Maurice Glazer, Doreen, Dave Zolty  (best man), Fern Levy

This coming Tuesday is Valentine's Day. I don't remember celebrating Valentine's Day when we were young but the above picture shows that despite no cards we did celebrate our love.
Although originally a religious holy day today Valentine's Day has become an important commercial event with billions of greeting cards actual or digital. In Israel secular Jews celebrate both Valentine's Day and the Jewish version "Tu B'av" as a holiday of love.
  • I was very sad to hear of the passing of my second cousin Jeffrey Geffen.  Jeff stayed in our home while studying as a pharmacist in Durban. He was about 13 years older than me and I looked upon him as a big brother. I have many fond memories of him and his keen sense of humour. He was a keen sportsman until tubercolosis curtailed most of his sport activities. Jeff and his wife Doreen (Altshuler) made aliyah to Israel and lived in Ashdod. He founded and developed the sport of Badminton in Israel. Click here for a picture in badminton outfit.  See Levy family tree.
  • My cousin Sharon (Levy) Leibowitz in Australia is not well. We all wish her a speedy recovery and a return to her active life.

4th February 2023
Moran 50
Moran on his way to 50

Congratulations to our youngest child Moran on his 50th birthday this week. We'll be celebrating it with Family Reunion #28 in a few week's time.
Here are some pictures of his younger days.

28th January 2023
From Zelig Goldberg to Isaac Shapiro  

    Belopolye, 26 January 1915
    8 February1

    Dear children

    We are all in good health thank God and thank God it is quiet here. Mother is good health thank God too, also in Zeimelis the children are all in good health.
    Your letter of December we have received, thank God you are in good health. Unfortunately I have lost my job due to the closure of the brewing factory and I still 
     have no other job. Send a bow2 to your children.
    Father Goldberg.

This is one of the 11 postcards written in the Ukraine by my great grandfather Zelig Goldberg to my grandfather Isaac Shapiro in Kimberley South Africa.  I received them from my mother's cousin Sarah (Goldberg) Olkienitski. (see more here.).
Four of the postcards mention money sent from South Africa through Wissotsky. During this time the Jewish owned tea company Wissotsky was the largest tea company in the worfld. (see Wikipedia article). Apparently Isaac  gave money to Wissotsky representatives in South Africa and Wissotsky Russia paid Zelig the equivalent amount. Wissotsky is Israel's largest tea company and I told them about the postcards. They were thrilled to see this example of  the Wissotsky family's help to Jews during this difficult period, and asked whether they could have the 4 postcards for their Historic Archive Collection. Zelig's three living great grandchildren (Shula Haberman, Racheli Gilad and I) agreed and this week I met with the Curator of the Archives and donated the 4 postcards together with some background notes. 

There is a page about these postcards on this site. It includes pictures of all the 11 postcards, the translations, some notes on the backround of the postcards, and the letter of thanks from Wissotsky.

See also a note on the family in the  Jewish Genealogy site.

Translator notes:
1.  On many documents of the Russian Empire from the late 19th Century both the Julian and Gregorian calenders appear.
2.  send a bow:  Russian expression meaning 'send my greetings'

  • We also had lunch with Maxine (Konigsfest) Freed, sister of good friend Maureen Fain. We have not seen Maxine for about 60 years (!) but but we see Maureen regulary (for example) and she  has kept us updated. By chance Maxine mentored daughter Vered and husband Aviv during their orientation period at Columbus University.

21st January 2023

Glazer fam
Gertie, Louise, Maurice and Doreen Glazer

This January marks 50 years since the passing of Doreen's father Maurice on 16th January 1973.
 See Doreen's column.

  • Daughter Vered Ron returned this week from USA and now all our children and grandchildren are in Israel
  • We were saddened this week by the passing of Tirza Naor whom Doreen had befriended for a number of years.
  • Tiina Drui (see Schank family tree) is a very talented artist. Her painting of her husband Heini acurately depicts him. This painting and some more of Tiina's artwork can be seen here.
  • Last week we saw pictures of the Segolis in Tromso viewing the Northern Lights. It looks like an amazing sight. That's something we've never experienced or even come close to. Our visits to the far north were all in summer. At least we did see the midnight sun in Tromso and had lunch and bought a tee shirt at the Northern Lights Inn in Labrador!
  • Granddughter Lotem Segoli's robotics team took first place in the Israel Robotic Competition preliminaries. We're proud of her team and of Lotem who was also nominated for the FIRST Dean's List for excellence. FIRST is an international not-for-profit organisation that sponsors mentor-based programs that build science, engineering and technology skills for high school students. 
  • Like father like son: About 50 years ago the Chief Rabbi of Israel Ovadia Yosef visited Coral World and I showed him around the site. This year his son, Chief Rabbi Yitschak Yosef visited Coral World and my son showed him around the site. Click for pictures

14th January 2023
northern lights
Moran and Mikhal Segoli view the Northern Lights
Son Moran writes:

For my 50th birthday, we went to see the Northern Lights in Tromso, Norway

We climbed a mountain to see the ‘almost’ sunrise (the first sunrise this winter is on the 21/1), went on snow-shoe hike with a sledge dog puppy, warmed up with a fire on the ice, went whale watching and saw Killer whales and Humpback whales.

The weather wasn’t good – cloudy and snowing but on our last day we managed to see the Northern Lights in the one hour that the clouds cleared up.

For more pictures click here

See Wikipedia article on the Northern Lights

7th January 2023
balldrop new year eve
New York - - Welcome 2023 - The Ball Drop at midnight.

We're in New York, and thanks to Daughter Vered's friend Meaghan Coffey, we had a bird's eye view of the pre-midnight festivities and a direct ground level view of the tradional ball drop signalling the beginning of the year. Click on the picture or here to see the final 5 second countdown. To see more pictures and Doreen's account of the occasion click here..