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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..