MAAYAN LEVI SEGOLI
born: 26 December 2003 in Beer Sheva
May 2023 -
Maayan prepares tarte Tatin
hearing of a dinner where
Doreen had prepared a beetroot Tarte
Tatin (a kind of upside-down tart, see
Doreen's recipe) Maayan
decided to also try his hand. It was very successful.
Click on the pictures below to see the
Click here to see Doreen's recipe.
During pesach we celebrated
cousin Itamar's birthday. Maayan baked a cake
But when it was time to eat the cake Maayan was diving, so Itamar cut his own cake under the direction
his friend, May.
2023 - 28th Family Reunion
Click for pictures of the grandchildren Itamar,
Dani at the ceramic session.
More pictures on the 28th Reunion page.
- Maayan's 19th birthday
We knew that Maayan was keen on having a genuine Megalodon tooth and
he had looked everywhere for one, so he was absolutely delighted when
we gave him one in excellent condition (that we bought in
2022 - Maayan votes
in his first election.
finished high school and is seen here with his homeroom teacher and his
mother Mikhal. He hopes to study physics before doing his army service.
The pupils had to prepare a display of the things that represent their
past four years. We were deeply moved that Doreen's cookbook, A
Potpourri of Recipes, was among them.
May 22 -
tennis swith Granny
Recently Doreen set herself two short term
goals: (1) Take tennis
lessons and play tennis with grandson
Maayan Segoli, and (2) obtain diving
insurance which normally is not valid after age 75. This
many medical tests. This week she succeeded in both. Well done, Doreen
- your husband is proud of you!
Click here for another picture.
March 2022 - Adloyada
Maayan and Zoe enjoying the Adloyada
See here for other pictures
of the adloyada, and here for
a picture of Maayan's float.
2021 - Maayan's 18th birthday cake. A carrot cake baked in a bundt pan,
decorated with cream cheese frosting and chocolate worms by Zoe and
sugared carrots by Maayan/
See also here.
Maayan helping us picking papayas.
October 2021 -
27th Family Reunion
The Castle, Kerem Maharal
More pictures: Archives, 27th Reunion page, and the pages of Lior, Itamar, Amit,
August 2021 - a morning at the pool.
August 2021 - Glass blowing
The Segolis spent a weekend with us and the highlight was a glass
More pictures of the glass blowing on the pages of Lotem
and Zoe and Miscellaneous.
Maayan preparing tomatoes, basil, mozarella and balsamic pearls as an
appetizer and another plate without the mozarella balls for the
vegans. Nearest Maayan is a bowl of Doreen's delicious
conch-style salad. See recipe.
- Maayan's splinter
We looked after our Segoli grandchildren while Moran and Mikhal were
and daughter Vered and Aviv joined us for what was supposed to be
or two on their way home from a visit to Eilat.
grandson Maayan had stepped on a thorn and had a splinter in his foot.
Apparently when Maayan does something he does it all the way, for his
was embedded deep in his foot.
First I tried to remove it, then Vered dug some more, and even with
Aviv, Doreen and Zoe we were not succesful.
The local clinic was closed
so Vered took him to the clinic in Yeruham (30 minutes away) where they
also tried unsuccessfullly and sent them to the Emergency Room at
Soroka Hospital in Beer Sheva (40 minutes away) from where they were
directed to another clinic
There two nurses and a doctor removed the
large splinter. In the picture on the right the nurse is holding the
splinter in a surgical pincer. You can see how long it was. An x-ray
determined that there was no remaining
piece. After another stop to pick up the prescribed antibiotics Maayan
Now THAT'S a splinter!
2021 - Adloyada 2021 at
Midreshet Ben Gurion (Sde Boqer)
Purim this year was "business as usual" at Midreshet Ben
Gurion, where the high school students prepared and staged their
a carnival-like parade. Due to Covid restrictions this year
non-residents could not attend. The theme this year was "Dreams" (see the floats here) .
The adloyada is an
opportunity for the students to express their creativity and also to
let "their hair down" - see for example Maayan
see last year's Purim Adloyada
2021 - Maayan receives Covid Vaccine 1
December 2020 - Maayan's
Doreen and I, and Vered and Aviv Ron, went to Midreshet Sde Boqer
to celebrate Maayan's 17th birthday. Maayan celebrated it by preparing
dinner for us all! At least he didn't have to bake his birthday cake
which the Ron's brought.
2020 - 26th Family Reunion - 56th Anniversary Granny and Saba Eitan
On 16/12 we celebrated the 56th Anniversary of Granny Doreen and Saba
Eitan, together with the 26th Levy Family Reunion. There are more
pictures on the Events page, on This Weeks Picture Archives,
and on the pages of Danielle, Lior,
Itamar, Lotem, Amit,
Ilai and Zoe.
We also went sand surfing on a high sand dune. Click on the picture
below to see a short video.
2020 - Master Cooking Class
The Segolis came for the weekend, and this was an opportunity for
Doreen to impart some of her experience to Maayan, by preparing poppy
seed crepes together.
Maayan loves cooking, and he has prepared many varied dishes. Just some
birthday cake, sausages,
dumplings, berry pie,
paella and stuffed
Lotem's 15th birthday
We made a quick return drive to Midreshet Sde Boqer to
celebrate granddaughter Lotem's 15th birthday. We ate Maayan's
delicious red velvet birthday cake covered with icing sugar with
Doreen's help, had a lovely meal and drove home again. Pictures here.
We took Joanie with us and she was rather too much interested in
Segolis guinea pig (Moses), hamster (Peaches) and rabbit (Ash).
Evidently it was also Ash's birthday.
See more pictures on the pages of Lotem and
Zoe, and miscellaneous
2020 - Outings and picnics during lockdown.
In this era of lockdowns and restricted movement living in
Midreshet Sde Boqer in the Negev Desert has its perks. While us city
dwellers are confined to our built up areas, the Segolis and some
friends can go to the nearby wide-open spaces without any fear of
contracting or spreading the Corona virus. Moran sent us some pictures
their extended desert picnics and outings.
Here Maayan is starting the twirling of burning steel wool for a
There are more pictures of the Segoli picnics on the Miscellaneous page and on the
pages of Lotem and Zoe, and another picture of Maayan's
- Wall climbing at "Monkeys" in Netanya
2020 - Purim Adloyada
Maayan ejoying the adloyada at Sde Boqer.
See also This Week's Archives
and more parade pictures here.
2020 - The Segolis ski and glide
The Segolis enjoyed their skiing holiday in Romania. While
there Maayan enjoyed the skiing and also loved the hang gliding.
Pictures on the pages of of Zoe, and Lotem (and also here).
2019 - Maayan prepares an English Breakfast
Grandson Maayan continues to amaze us with his culinary skills. This
time he prepared a full English Breakast: Eggs Benedict with
Hollandaise sauce, English muffins and sausages, which
of course he made himself!
2019 - Maayan prepares Dumplings
Maayan continues his adventures in cooking. Moran reports that
the dumplings Maayan prepared were delicious.
2019 - Segoli family trip to Mongolia and Moscow
See more pictures of the trip to Mongolia on the Miscellaneous page, and on the pages
of Lotem and Zoe.
- Moran navigating while diving
See another picture of Maayan diving
and of him diving with Itamar.
Reunion in Italy at the Villa Prato al Sole - April 2019
For more pictures of the reunion
2019 - still in Lisbon
poses in a guard station in the walls of the Palacio da Pena in Sintra
For more pictures of the Lisbon visit see below,
the miscellaneous pictures, the
pages of Lotem, and the Archive
2019 - A visit to Lisbon
Eating traditional foods was very much a part of our visit to Lisbon
and we stuffed ourselves on the different kinds of custard tarts. But
enough is enough and here Maayan is enjoying noodle soup and Happy
See more pictures on Lotem's page and
2019 - Maayan bakes his
While Moran was trekking we went to Midreshet Ben Gurion to help
with the children. Maayan, for his birthday, wanted to bake a special
cake. With a little help from Doreen he
baked a delicious 3 layered chocolate and orange birthday cake for
Ten years ago, when Maayan was five, inspired by animal books by Pini
Amitai he wrote a book for Pini. When we reported this in This Week's Picture (Dec
27, 2008) , we wrote -
Maayan was younger, he used to
sleep with books under his pillow to help him fall asleep. He used to
choose a page with an animal that is "strong" but not "bad", and sleep
with that page open so that if he had a bad dream the animal would help
When Doreen sent an email on his 15th birthday reminding him of
this, his father replied -
he sleeps with his phone and computer close by to keep him ‘safe’ from
boredom before he falls asleep and when he wakes up.
to see Maayan presenting his book to the author.
You can also read the book Maayan
wrote. (Use pgdn <down arrow> to go from page to page.)
Maayan doesn't only cook - he bakes as well. Here he is with his mother
and the berry pie he made for sister Lotem on her 13th birthday.
2018 - On the way
to school - first day high school
2018: Helping at the Reniala Lemur Rescue Center.
On their trip to Madagascar, the Segolis voluntered to help at the
Lemur Rescue Center. Read Moran's
See pictures of the children working at the center on the pages
of Lotem and Zoe.
Maayan cleaning the area.
- The Segolis visit Madagascar II
The Segolis are having a great time on their visit to Madagascar.
Maayan went diving, Zoe ate chocolate and
Lotem went swimming. As can be seen by clicking here, life there is
not easy especially for Moran.
Maayan and dad Moran go diving
- The Segolis visit Madagascar
The Segolis are continuing their trip to Madagascar and seem to having
a fabulous time. It looks like a perfect place for the nature-loving
Segolis. See picture here and on
the pages of Lotem and Zoe.
Maayan befriends a local lizard.
July 2018 End of year school certificate
June 2018 - see the Segoli pyramid
May 2018 - Shavuot at the Midreshet Ben
There is a modern tradition at the school attended by gradchildren
Maayan and Lotem Segoli. Each grade prepares a typical dance of a
different decade. It is good fun and the children enjoy it very much.
See pictures here.
January 2018 - 23rd Levy Family
There are pictures of Maayan and all the family here.
- Cooking paella with Granny Doreen
2017 - Maayan helps his
Dad at work
- Maayan visits the spider webs of Nachal Soreq
The Soreq Creek near Jerusalem contains
nutrient rich water (from treated sewage) that attracts millions
of tiny non-biting midges that are an abundant food for
long-jawed spiders that spin large tapestry-like webs.
about this rare phenomenon in the Haaretz newspaper, and see more
pictures of the Segolis in the Archives
and on Lotem's page.
- Rosh Hashanah in Eilat
During the Rosh Hashanah long
weekendin Eilat, apart from eating most of the time we also had time
for some other
things, including a visit to Coral World Marine Park.
2017 - The Segolis trek the Dolomites
More pictures here, and on the
pages of Lotem and Zoe, and in the Week's Picture archives.
July 2017 - click for a
Maayan and cousin Itamar helping granny cook.
June 2017 - Maayan's end of year school
Maayan continues his cooking - this time stuffed items.
May 2016 -
Maayan grills chops
Grandson Maayan is continuing his efforts in preparing various dishes
from different countries, and we understand that his grilled Mongolian
pork chops were asbsolutely delicious.
2017 - The grandchildren go horseriding
See more pictures on the miscellaneous
page, and on the pages of Ilai,
Itamar, Zoe, and Lotem
Our immediate family has 3 April birthdays: Itamar Levy - April 4, Zoe
Segoli - April 24, me - April 27. This year we celebrated at daughter
Vered's house where there was a near full house of children
and grandchildren. What made the event extra special was that grandson
Maayan, aged 13, cooked the delicious meal. The theme was Indian
cuisine and he prepared samosas, butter chicken curry and naan bread.
Maayan tasting the meal he prepared - it was delicious!
More pictures on the pages of Itamar
and Zoe, and on the Miscellaneous page.
April 2017 :
A visit to Paris with Saba Avraham and Savta Yael and
traditional French breakfast of croissants
Go to Lotem's page and the miscellaneous page for more pictures.
2017 - Maayan's school hike
Maayan went on a school hike from Nachal Har Rehev (below) to Nahal Zin
March 2017 -
Maayan prepares Clam Chowder
Maayan is becoming an adventurous and acomplished chef. He prepared
clam chowder together with bread bowls for the family, who report
that the resuls were delicious.
Click here and here for
Maayan's previous successes.
- The Festival of Purim
Click here for pictures of
costume/fancy dress for the Festival of Purim.
2017 - End of term school report cards
Maayan and sister Lotem got excellent
report cards with high grades and excellent remarks about behaviour and
Maayan also received Certificates of Excellence for Achievement in
Mathematics, click here,
and Behaviour, Attitude and Helping others, click here.
2017 - Maayan's barmitzvah.
On the Thursday before the Shabbat
Maayan also read from the torah in the synagogue of his tutor.
Click here for a picture of
Maayan at the Barmitzvah ceremony.
For more pictures see the Events
page and also the pages of Itamar,
Ilai and Lior
December 2016 - Preparing for the barmitzvah.
December 2016 - Preparing Tiramasu
Maayan is continuing his food preparation activities. Here he
has prepared a delicious tiramasu.
(See previous meal prepared by Maayan.)
August 2016 - A visit to Sky Jump and the 3D
theatre with Granny
Maayan, Zoe and Lotem
enjoy the 3D theatre at Sky Jump.
July 2016 - A visit to the Galapagos Islands.
The Galapagos visit wasn't only about enjoying nature and the
Islands. Here Maayan is enjoying eating a lobster.
pretending to be a sea lion.
There are more pictures of the
Segolis in the Galapogos on the pages of Zoe and
Lotem, and on the 2016 Events page, and in the 2016 archives
June 2016 - The Segolis in
Moran wanted to photograph Maayan and Lotem with caribou (moose?)
horns. It didn't take too long before the children showed why this deer
May 2016 - Maayan's
It's that time of the year -
the summer break - when Israeli schools organize school trips for their
pupils. Grandson Itamar's trip was to the Negev desert (see pictures). Maayan's trip
was connected with his age group's
barmitzva year and was mainly
to the Jerusalem area.
left above, Maayan re-creates a famous picture of Theodor Herzl,
the founder of the modern Zionist Movement.
May 2016 - Maayan's first
Maayan is the latest family
member to finish an underwater diving course. The Segolis are in
Eilat for the
weekend and Maayan made his first dive after the course with Dad Moran,
who reports that Maayan dived very well and was very calm in the water.
He certainly looks very calm in the water. Congratulations,
April 2016 - Maayan at
April 2016 -
Maayan and his class at the Education Fair
We visited Maayan at the Education Fair in Netanya
The Education Department, together with the Netanya Municipality
and other organisations, organised an open-air congress and fair where
various non-conventional teaching and learning meithods were presented
by the pupils themselves. Among the participants was Maauyan's class
which presented their model of learning in groups by personal
In brief, this is a model that was developed with the full cooperation
of Class 6
pupils at Zin School, Sde Boqer Campus. The pupils receive tasks
with core learning. They have to fulfil these tasks, working in a
while determining and controlling time, method of work, what to
emphasise, obtaining suitable learning equipment and so on.
This is a fuller description in Hebrew:
March 2016 -
שם היוזמה: למידה באחריות אישית
בית ספר: צין, מדרשת שדה בוקר
מודל שפותח בשיתוף מלא עם תלמידי כיתה ו'. הם מקבלים משימות
שנוגעות ללימודי הליבה וממלאים אותן תוך שליטה מלאה על חלוקת הזמן, אופן
העבודה, דגשים, השגת חומרי לימוד, ועבודת הצוותים. המורה משמשת כמנחה
המייעצת בנושאים הללו ויוצרת אינטגרציה בין היוזמות השונות. לאחרונה החלו
התלמידים להביא גם את המשימות עצמן ולא לחכות לקבלתן מהמורה. המודל נועד
לעודד ולפתח אחריות אישית של כל תלמיד ללמידה. בכנס יציגו הילדים את
מקורות המידע שמהם שאבו השראה לפיתוח המודל, ואת אופן עבודתם.
Maayan and Lotem pick lettuces
March 2016 - Adloyada
in Sde Boqer
the festival of parades and fancy dress, is here again, and
the traditional adloyada (parade)
festivites took place at Midreshet Sde Boqer,
where the Segolis live. Click for a picture Zoe
at the celebration.
I presume this is Maayan!
March 2016 - 1st
prize Mind Olympics
Congratulations to Maayan on 1st place in the local Mind
Olympics! Next month he will represent his district in the Negev
Regional Mind Olympics. Good luck, Maayan!
February 2016 - Maayan
and cousin Itamar visit London with Saba and Granny.
With "Elvis Presley" at Madame
Tussauds Wax Museum; and enjoying mussels at Granny's favourite
a selfie on the plane from Tel Aviv to London
A talk on Stonehenge; and cooking his own steak on a hot stone.
December 26, 2015 -
Maayan's 12th birthday
November 2015 -
Getting to know Twitter
See some more pictures here, and here, and on the pages of Itamar, Ilai, Lotem,
Lior and Zoe,
and a video here.
For some pictures of the grandchildren on Rosh Hashanah see the pages
of Lior, Itamar,
Ilai and Zoe
September 2015 -
Controlling the traffic
September 2015 - Maayan
prepares a meal.
Moran defrosted two chicken
and legs and gave Maayan a project to prepare supper. Maayan looked up
various cookbooks (in Hebrew and English) and chose crispy chicken,
with rice, peas and two salads (one with cherry tomatoes with basil and
pinenuts, and one a special cucumber salad for sister Zoe.).
He cooked ands prepared everything himself, with no advice or help
(except for Moran removing the ready chicken from the hot oven.)
Moran reports that everything was absolutely wonderful and tasty.
See Archives for a picture of
2015 - A visit to Technoda
Our Segoli grandchildren enjoy a visit to the Technoda Science museum
and Planetarium. Click for
pictures of Lotem and Zoe at the museum.
August 2015 - some
activities with Granny and Saba Eitan
More pictures on the Miscellaneous
pages and on the pages of Itamar,
Amit, Ilai, Lotem, Zoe and
June 2015 - Decorating
birthday cakes for Aunt Vered and Uncle Aviv
There are more pictures on the pages of Itamar,
Ilai and Zoe;
and the activities page.
June 2015 - A
visit to the Tzippori National Park
There are more pictures on the
pages of the children Itamar, Amit,
and Zoe and also on the Miscellaneous Activities page.
- Picking vegetables in Saba
There are more pictures on the pages of Itamar, Amit,
and Zoe, and also on the Miscellaneous and Archives pages.)
May 2015 - Shavuot
holiday - a long weekend in Eilat
At the Extreme Sports
with cousin Itamar
For more pictures of the Shavuot weekend
in Eilat see also the year's Activities
page and the pages of Itamar, Lotem,
Amit, Ilai and
March 2015 -
Good Deeds Day
The Segolis grandchildren's school organized a fair to raise money for
Holocaust victims, as part of their observance of "Good Deeds Day".
Lotem sold drawings she had done (click here)
, amd Maayan sold coffee and bread he had baked (see above). The
children were very excited about the project and started preparing days
2014 - Maayan's 11th birthday
Maayan celebrated his 11th birthday in Netanya with all his Levy
cousins, and the next day they and Maayan's Segoli cousins all visited
the Superland Amusement Park.
Before dinner all are busy with their
digital appliances (except for Flopsy), with a break to give everyone a
chance to prepare a birthday cookie.
One-blow Segoli has no trouble blowing out all his candles, but he does
look a little nervous high up there.
December 27 - A
visit with all his cousins to the Superland
Maayan and Itamar enjoying the TV
2014 - Picking a clementine with Lotem and Saba Eitan
to the Billabong Animal Reserve in Townsville
See also the pages of Lotem and
2014 - The Red Centre - continued
Enjoying pancakes at the campground, and holding a thorny devil by the
side of the road.
more pictures click here, and
also see the pages of Lotem and Zoe.
April 2014 The Red Centre of Australia
with Saba Eitan and Granny Doreen
For more pictures click here, and also see the pages
of Lotem and Zoe.
April 2014 -
Maayan learns Karate.
While Moran and Mikhal are hiking the Larapinta Trail Doreen and I have
been looking after our Segoli grandchildren. Taking Maayan to his
karate class and watching him was one of the enjoyable experiences.
March 2014 -
preparing Muffins with Granny Doreen
See also the pages of Lotem and Zoe.
Click here to see purim pictures of Maayan and
the rest of the family.
Three in a tub - the three Segoli
children, Lotem, Zoe and Maayan, enjoying a bath with lots and
lots of foam.
This picture reminded me of an earlier picture compare with "Five
in a Tub" from 6 years ago. Maayan and Lotem were also in that bath.
2014 - visit to Thailand
On the way back from Israel to Australia the Segolis
stopped over in Thailand and had a wonderful time. You can read a
little about it and see some fantastic pictures on the Segoli site
or in English.
2013 - Celebrating Maayan's 10th birthday
at the Family Reunion at Ein Gedi.
- 19th Family Reunion
celebrated the Segoli visit to Israel with a family reunion at the
desert resort of Ein Gedi, and also welcomed Zoe to the family.
climbed Massada, went on
a tour of the Dead Sea Salt Works, hiked in Nahal David, and most
important of all had a
great time together.
On the way to Ein Gedi Maayan and sister Lotem stopped for a camel
ride, and posed at the "sea level" sign.
More pictures of our Ein Gedi weekend are on the pages of Dani, Lior,
and the Miscelleaneous Activities page.
June 2013 - A
trip to Lamington National Park and Fraser Island
More pictures here and on the pages
of Lotem. and Zoe
June 2013 -
Maayan's school project on the Bush Stone Curlew (a land bird endemic
The Bush stone Curlew has good camouflage
which makes it hard to see in its natural habitat. They are active at
feed and wander around. They have grey bill, yellow eyes and long neck.
knees can fold backwards while sitting and have no hind toes
The bush stone curlew lives in grasslands
with grass shorter then themselves, at day they shelter themselves
trees on timber. Their uncommon habitat is sandy creeks, coastal
2 eggs are given birth to about 2 days
apart and are no bigger then a chooks egg. The eggs hatch between 22
days too 4
weeks. When just about to hatch the chicks make a small sound and the
answer back. Baby curlews can stand when there just born
Curlews eat most animals with exoskeleton
and some molluscs and small amphibians.
Their threats are mostly foxes, people
causing logging and loss of habitat.
Predator proof fencing protects curlews
from larger predators. Zoos protect them and help them breed.
Bush stone curlews do loud calls at Night
- Looking after
Maayan looking after the kangaroo joey that his dad found at work.
More details here.
More pictures on the pages of Lotem and
2012 - Moran's rainforest poem.
This is the poem Maayan wrote for a school project.
I can see
Beautiful big river
Lots of animals easting plants
Rain drops splashing and animals shiver
The tiny crawling Army Ants
I can feel
The cold mud oozing through my feet
Warm wet water splashing
The big Bell birds going to tweet
The fruit falling and squashing
I can smell
All kinds of delicious ripe fruit
The sticky yellow palm sap
Moldy mud building in my boots
The big white electricity zap
can see beautiful river
of animals eat my plants ...........
Maayan wrote a poem which was well received. Unfortunately
he lost it, but he has reconstructed the first two stanzas. Click here to read his poem
in his handwriting. <Later: See above for
the full poem>
2012 - dressed in Annandale State School school uniform in Townsville.
Note the hats, a compulsory part of the uniform to guard against the
strong sun and the "ozone hole" inn the area. Click here for another picture (with
Lotem wearing her hat!)
August 2012 -
17th Family Reunion
Oh oh, I'll have to jump to my right to get the ball
For more pictures of the Levy Family Reunion see the pages of : Daniel,
17th Family reunion, Picture of Week archives
Davis - May 2012. (More pics on the pages of Zoe
April 2012 -
congratulastions to Maayan on obtaining his Proficiency in English
December 2011 - Maayan celebrates his 8th birthday in Eilat.
October 2011 - Granny Doreen and
Saba Eitan visit San Francisco with Maayan and Lotem
September 2010 - Eitan's visit to
Pictures etc are on the Events page for
2010 - the start of school
Maayan at the welcome door of his new class.
See Lotem's page and 2010 pictures page for more
- Maayan discovers Scrabble
Lots of dictionary looking, and more a cooperative than a competitive
game, but I'm sure they're enjoying Scrabble just the same.
2010 - Purim
Lotem (front left) and Maayan (back right), in fancy dress, listening
to the reading of the megilla -
the Purim story as recounted in the Book of Esther.
2010 - Maayan and Lotem visit the Monterey Aquarium.
2010; The Segolis have some new pets - a boa constrictor called Licky (see This week's Picture and Lotem with the boa) and a tarantula. Who
could ask for nicer pets? Enjoy, Maayan and Lotem. We'll stick to
Flopsy and Lopsy.
Maayan and Lotem with their pet tarantula
- Rock climbing at the Davis Farmers' Market
For Maayan, the highlight of a visit to the Davis Farmers' Market was
the rock climbing. He scaled the rock with no apparent fear, and then
repeated it twice!
(More pictures of the Farmers Market - Lotem
August 2009 -
Changing a flat tire on a California road.
- 1st day at an American school.
Maayan's initial excitement gave way to worry about new friends and new
language. It'll be hard at the beginning but he'll be speaking English
like a native in a few weeks. See also This
Week's Picture of 29 August 2009.
December 2008 - Maayan's 5th birthday party
Maayan's birthday is on December 26th, and when we phoned him to sing
"Happy Birthday" he pointed out that it was only his "date" not his
birthday. His birthday would be the next day - the day of his party.
We assured him that we would also sing him "Happy Birthday" the next
day at the home of Saba Avraham and Savta Yael in Mevaseret .
Most of Maayan's cousins were there - Nitzan, Rotem, the twins Ido and
Amit, Dani, Itamar (see Itamar's page)
and Amit (see Amit's page)
and they all enjoyed the special dinosaur cake that Granny Doreen and
Dani (see Dani's page) had baked
.friend Peri was also there with Alma and Eviatar
Cousin Rotem had her birthday a few days ago so we also sang "Happy
Birthday" to her, and lifted her and Maayan 5 times .
- A visit to Pini Amitai
Maayan's visit to Pini Amitai, author of numerous books on animals, was
full of interesting things
like furry spidersand even snakes
Click here to see the book that Maayan
wrote for Pini. (Press the PgDn
key there to go from page to page )
2008: Chanukah at Maayan's
Maayan's kindergarten celebrated
Chanukah a bit early this year. Maayan had a wonderful time - in
the show they presented he had two roles -
He was a Maccabi soldier
ALSO a candle!
This year, the parents also put on a play, and Maayan was proud that
his father was one of the actors.
Maayan is in the front row, second from the right.
Maayan also wants us to know that in addition to the show he also ate sufganiot (doughnuts) and levivot (traditional potato
2008 - Stretching exercises with granny Doreen.
A great thing about granny Doreen sleeping over at Sde
Boqer is the exercises in the morning. (see here also)
2008 - A family trip to Makhtesh Ramon - the Ramon Crater
August 2008 -
Welcome to the Yaniv twins
Maayan gives a congratulations kiss to Aunt Naama, who is holding one
of her new-born twins.
See also: This Week's Picture
(23 August 2008), Lotem's page,
Welcome to the Yaniv Twins.
June 2008 - End
of year party at Maayan's kindergarten.
April 2008 -
a week in Hofit
After the seder, Moran and Mikhal went back to Sde Boqer, and we
offered to look after Maayan and Lotem for the week. We had a most
enjoyable (and tiring!) time with them. Considering their ages (4 and
2) and that they were away from their parents, they behaved wonderfully
with a minimum of crying and moaning. They were kept busy
Doreen cook (they made special passover muffins, see Recipe of the Month), going to a
musical, helping in the garden (picking ripe loquats), picking
mulberries from some wild trees in the area, playing games, watching
TV, and listening
and singing to children's passover songs over and over again. They
enjoyed the petting and playing with Flopsy, and kept their distance
from Lopsy, who is too old to have any patience for kids (and who was
being "dogsat" while the Rons were overseas.). See also This Week's Picture and the
page of Lotem..
2008 - A hike in the Arava near Kibbutz Yahel
The Segolis - Moran, Mikhal, Maayan and Lotem - went on a two day hike
in the Arava desert in the region of kibbutz Yahel. The highlight was
the bulbusim (limestone
nodules) that are found in the area. These round rocks, called bulbusim
in Hebrew after an Aramaic word for potato, consist of limestone
containing unoxidized organic matter, and are dark in colour. When
broken (which you are not allowed to do as they are protected) they
give off the "rotten egg" smell associated with sulphur compounds.
There are some more pictures on Lotem's
pages, and in the archives of
This Week's Picture.
2008 - Playing in the snow in the desert
An unusually cold winter spell in Iasrael at the end of January caused
lots of damage to agriculture. The bright side was the rare snow that
fell in many places. Many Israelis have never, or only very rarely,
seen snow, and the white attraction drew many visitors. Jerusalem even
had a Snowman competition. The above pictures of Maayan with some
friends and their snowman was
taken in, of all places, the middle of the Negev Desert, in Mitzpeh
See picture of Lotem in the snow.
2008 A visit to a petting zoo with granny.
While Mikhal was overseas at a conference in Hungary, Moran stayed over
on his way up north with the kids. (see archives of This week's Picture).Doreen
took the opportunity of taking them to a petting zoo at kibbutz Givat
Haim. There are
also some pictures on Lotem's page.
2008 - Maayan's 4th birthday party
Maayan blew out his candles at the kindergarten on his birthday, but
the family celebrated his 4th birthday during a weekend in Sde Boqer.
Friday night was Sushi night, with everyone trying their hand at
rolling sushi; on Saturday we went for a hike in Nachal Zin and then
had lunch together.
Click here for more details and
lots of pictures., and here for This Week's Picture of 5
cousins bathing together.
There are also pictures on the pages of Danielle,
2007 - Segoli Housewarming party in Sde Boqer
May 2007: A hike by Nahal Kina (near Arad)
a long hike, a cool dip in the pool. And when you're tired, you can
April 2007 - A visit
to Hofit, and to the Golan with
Granny, and waving the flag on Independence Day
2007 - Passover week
The Segolis stayed
over on 2nd Passover eve and Maayan poured the wine into our new "wine
The next day we had a lovely
Caesaria with the Segolis and Danielle and Lior. This picture is typical of Maayan. While
Dani, Lior and of course Lotem (with her big cousins) were
getting interested in an ancient column converted ibnto a water basin,
Maayan (at the back of the picture) was busy looking at either some
plants or most probably some ants or other insects. ( See also the pages of
Lior and Danielle, and the picture of the week.).
Although here he is playing "Noah's Ark" with his cousins, Maayan's
view of animals is not restricted to the usual 3 year old view. With both parents involved
in ecological studies with emphasis on invertebrates the
following story should
therefore come as no surprise:
Maayan, like all children, loves animals. The other evening
when Maayan was having difficulty falling asleep, Moran told him to
giraffes, zebras and hippos and so enjoy sweet dreams. "No Abba," replied
Maayan, " I want to think about millipedes, isopods, spiders, ants and
the tiny ones" (referring to the very small harvester spider).
2006 - Maayan Segoli's 3rd birthday party.
We celebrated Maayan's 3rd birthday today
at Kibbutz Dvir. For an account and pictures click here.
2006 - A visit to Ramat Hanadiv
During the Sukkot holidays, Maayan went with Lotem, Abba, Granny and
Saba Eitan to visit Ramat Hanadiv. We had a nice walk, saw birds being
ringed, saw the ruins of an old bathhouse, and walked in the water of
an aqueduct that has been in use for over 2000 years, from the
time of the Romans. (See Lotem's page
for another picture.)
- Yom Kippur
Here are some pictures of Maayan from the "Yom Kippur" long
the end of September. For more pictures see the sites of
On the way down to Eilat, the Segolis stopped at Yotvata and met
Granny, Saba Eitan and cousin Itamar there for lunch. Maayan and Itamar
had fun together.
Sometimes boys' play can be a bit rough.
"O dear, Moran saw us, we'll have to stop, and listen to a lecture
we shouldn't fight.."
Yom Kippur was spent at Coral World. There Uncle Aviv had to feed and
look after the animals, while the kids had a good time running around,
playing and swimming. Itamar and Maayan also helped Aviv. They
cleaned the turtles, and fed lettuce to them and to the fish. It was
lucky Itamar and Maayan were there - who else would have carried the
lettuce from place to place.
Blowing bubbles in the water
June 2006 -
with baby sister Lotem.
Reading a story to her; feeding her; and making her laugh.
April 2006 - Maayan visits
Istanbul with dad, saba Eitan and Granny
See report and pictures here.
See Moran's page here.
Greeting an ibex, and hiding!
2005: Maayan's 2nd
birthday party (at
Maayan is becoming an expert scooter driver.
Dani took this picture of Maayan petting a beetle, while Itamar looks
cousins Nevo and Itai
Nickel: "Smile for the camera"
Yom Kippur October 2005
It's now a tradition: This is third Yom Kippur we have spent at Coral
World, keeping Aviv company while he fed the fish, patrolled and
made sure everything was running smoothly. The three M's, Moran, Mikhal
and Maayan joined us and we had a lovely relaxing time. Unfortunately,
Limor couldn't be with us as she was in hospital under observation.
Yom Kippur, in the absence of traffic, the streets are taken over by
Coral World was taken over by tricyclists. Itamar rode his most of the
day, whereas Maayan was more interested in the animals.
Reading a postcard from Granny and Saba, and putting it on the fridge
with the other postcards.
In the Raanana playground with cousin Danielle, and with Auntie Vered
in the Monkey Park.
Picnic and sleeping on the beach in Eilat, June 2005
Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Is it Superman?
No, it's Maayan!
After all that flying, it's good to relax on the lawn at Perry's.
April 2005 - A visit to the Agamon Reserve and
Rosh Pina, with the Rons and Saba and
April 2005: In Eilat, on the beach with cousin Itamar.
January 1st 2005: Maayan celebrated his first birthday (he was born
on 26/1203) at the Lahav Forest with family and friends. There are some
more pictures on Moran's Maayan
December 2004: Maayan's first steps; and an interesting conversation
cousin Lior at Saba Eitan's and Granny's house.
In Hofit with Daddy; babysitting Lior, Itamar and me.
Another hike - this time to Gishron Elyon on Mount Yoash, with
Mommy, Daddy and Granny. Can't they just let me play quietly with
or stones or sand or something?
End of October 2004
Here in Israel the rains have started. Flooding, and roads washed
away, in the south, up where we live just some light rain so far.
For Maayan it was the first time he's seen rain, and he was fascinated
Oh, well. The
fun has to end. Getting ready
first day at the day-care centre.
A busy month: a hike to Mount Karkom in the Negev (see my father's
pictures), and a first visit to Jerusalem and the Western Wall
About that hot desert sun when hiking in the desert: it
doesn't bother me!
Saba Eitan and Granny dropped in to say hello on their way back from
Eilat. Maayan wasn't feeling too well (he had a fever) but he was quite
happy to let Granny feed him and provide a soft spot for a sleep.
Maayan went on a trip up north with mommy and daddy and Uncle Aviv,
Auntie Limor and Itamar. On the way they popped in to Hofit (Granny and
Saba Eitan were in USA) and sampled the fruit and vegetables that
and Saba grow, especially the delicious passion fruit.
Then he went for a dip at Hamat Hadar hot springs
cousin Itamar and Uncle Aviv (who was on his way to get alligators for
There are some lovely pictures taken by Moran on Maayan's
In May 2004, Maayan, together
with his parents, moved from the
on the Sde Boqer campus to more comfortable student
accommodation. There there is much more space for playing .....
playing with Mommy
playing with daddy
playing with toes (and Alma, Perry and
and even playing with nose and eyes!!
...... and there's so much room to read those scary stories like
and the three bears .........
I'm really happy in my new home!
We know that
his first Purim party (he loved the
and the sights and sounds, but slept during the dancing) as did the
M amd M's.
With so much attention being paid to Maayan on his
visit to Hofit (end
of March 2004), and the corresponding neglect of Flopsy, it looks like
Flopsy has decided: "If you can't beat 'em for affection, join 'em."
seem very satisfied with the arrangement.
at Timna with Daddy at the family reunion.
With proud parents, Mikhal and Moran. Age: 3 hours
With Saba Eitan and Granny
1 week old with Saba
and with Saba Eitan
a relaxing massage (4 weeks)
Maayan's family tree
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