Summer guests arriving

15 Jul

We are starting to have guests from the US. Our first guest of the Summer was Julia Smith. She is studying abroad in Germany and France. During her break, she stayed with us for around a week. The kids and … Read More »

Ron and Lara’s Wedding

23 Jun

On the evening of Saturday the 14th, I joined Ronnie (my brother) and Lara (his fiancé) for their wedding at the Metroplitan Building in Queens. At around 4 PM, Ronnie and I took a cab there for family pictures. It … Read More »

Going to NYC

16 Jun

Over the father’s day weekend, I flew to NYC for my brother’s wedding. We had met Ronnie (aka Ron or Eran) and Lara in Israel for Gabriel’s wedding. Only I came. Susie and the kids remained in England. They were … Read More »

Picture Albums from Israel

6 Jun

You can find postings of pictures of the trip, from various folks, below. I don’t know whether they require special access permissions, but enjoy. Bar Mitzvah Program (3.4mb) Video of Gabriel’s Torah Reading Mom and Dad’s Photos Sansom Photos Sharp … Read More »

Return from Israel

3 Jun

As with all my recent journeys to Israel, we stopped by Kibbutz Givat Haim to see the cemetary. My Saba Eliezar (aka Ludwig Friedlander), Savta Chay’la, Aunt Hagar, and Grandfather Tuvia are buried there. It is a very peaceful place … Read More »

The Galilee

1 Jun

The last portion of our trip to Israel was spent in the Galilee. Leora, Fred, Anne, David, and us stayed in some cottages in a village called Zippori. Each had a kitchen, living space, patio, private bedroom, bathroom with jaccuzzi … Read More »

Touring Jerusalem

27 May

We checked into The Little House in the Colony in the evening. We met up with Leora and Fred and my parent’s friends, Rob and Marlyn Walker. While waiting for others to join, we went next door to a bar/ … Read More »

Climbing Masada

26 May

The next morning, Ronnie, Lara, my father, Gabriel and I woke up at 5 AM to drive to Masada and hike up the snake path. We arrived a little before sunrise. At dinner the night before, my mom said it … Read More »

The Dead Sea and Ein Gedi

26 May

Before leaving Tel Aviv, I called Avis to find out if their Tel Aviv offices had a minivan like the one I ordered. One of the facilities did, so I exchanged the the massive nine passenger vehicle for what I … Read More »

Tel Aviv on the Med

25 May

We landed in Tel Aviv right on schedule. Susie and I planned our flights to come in around the time of our parents. Mom (Savta Yael) and Dad (Saba Paul) landed after us. Gabriel hid behind a column and surprised … Read More »

Banking capital of the world

24 May

Well we had an interesting time traveling to Israel. I had setup reservations with Swiss Airlines a few months back. When we arrived at Heathrow, the reservation was in place but the eTicket was not completed. Fortunately we arrived way … Read More »

Pearl ran away

18 May

Yesterday, Pearl and I made breakfast. She cooked the bacon and helped me make pancakes. She measured the flour, baking powder, sugar, and other ingredients. She also helped flip the pancakes. After getting the meal together, we sat down to … Read More »