LATE AWARDS ANNOUNCED FOR BEST ACTRESS IN A DOCUMENTARY! A TIE!
|New Grandma and New Mother|
|Yael sleeping peacefully on Uncle Alexander's lap!|
A CELEBRATION IN RAANANA
Our kids hosted a party to celebrate our joint birthdays and anniversary. Although our 55th is not until next year, we both turn/ed 75 this year, Herbie in January and me in December. They invited most of our extended family from Hadera. Philippe and Jennifer took care of all the food and Philippe spent most of the evening in the kitchen making French sandwiches on the waffle maker! Everyone had a wonderful time and we even had greetings from some family members in the US, Herbie's sister Mona (Mark) and niece Jill (Brian). A wonderful time was had by all and we are indebted to the hosts and hostesses and the relatives who drove in the rain. The next day a few Raanana friends came over to either meet or greet us. What a delight to catch up with Judy (Balter) and Amos Seri Levy, Judy being Jennifer's pediatrician friend from the age of 13 and Phil Nadel, Jennifer's first boyfriend, she in high school and he the youth leader at Temple Sinai in Oakland. He and his family live one town over from Raanana and Jennifer is friends with his wife. A very small world indeed!
Jennifer and Philippe's home is lovely tho not quite finished. They have applied for a permit to put a small pool in the backyard. And they need more living room furniture but on the whole it is a very comfy home with a yoga studio in the basement. I'm sure things will come together by our next trip in the fall.
SHOE SHOPPING DAY 2
The first time out we did not accomplish everything so we had to tie up (pardon the pun) loose ends before the bat mitzvah! Twelve year old Talia, the bat mitzvah girl, brought her 7 year old sister and 4 year old brother on the bus and met us in the very religious neighborhood of Mea Sharim. In order not have to wear a skirt I wore my long raincoat over my pants tho the rain is over! It is very difficult to describe the scene except to say the streets are a sea of black: black clothes, black hats, long side curls, women and men pushing baby carriages with many others in tow and because it was nearly Purim, stores crammed with people and Purim baskets and costumes. When I spoke with Batya on the cell she suggested I pretend to be Margaret Meade doing research! Because the people, men in particular, do not like their pictures taken and hide their faces with their hats, I didn't take many.
TALIA BECAME A BAT MITZVAH ON PURIM (Thursday elsewhere, Friday in Jerusalem)
|Jennifer and Family with Talia|
Marc and Family-Alexander is the snowman
The Orthodox girls in Israel do not read from the torah nor do they do anything in a synagogue as they might do in other countries. The celebration lasted for three days, beginning with the birth of Talia's niece on Thursday. Talia was very relieved that the baby came before! Friday the Langs and us and some of the Hadera family with a few friends of Talia's and Ashira's gathered at the house in Purim costumes for pictures thus, as you can see, we are all looking rather silly! Ashira and her friend decorated the living/dining room to look like a winter wonderland and the family came as penguins! They rented the costumes from a friend who had sewn them and used them a prior year. Not knowing this ahead, we brought our penguin and polar bear hats from home and looked like the poor relatives! The Langs came as an Indian family and looked lovely. Since photos cannot be taken on shabbat, Talia's real birthday, there was no choice!
INTERNATIONAL ICE FESTIVAL
THAT ABOUT COVERS THE HIGHLIGHTS! NOW FOR SOME MORE FUN PICS!
|Proud Great Grandparents|
|Boys will be boys even on ice!|
|Great Great Aunt Bruria|
|Proud New Father|
|A penguin on a scooter?!|
|Even Chana Tsipora and Talia know how to use an iphone!|
And in parting, you may all have a good laugh on me! Every night I have been using my iphone as an alarm to get up for Ulpan. This morning we had to be there a half hour earlier so I set it for earlier. However, I keep both iphone and computer on CA time in order to keep my calendar straight. I bet I do not need to tell you what happened! I had no idea the time changed in CA and it took me about 10 minutes of looking at every clock in the house with a very grouchy husband complaining bitterly that he had been awakened at 5:45 until I finally went on line to check Jerusalem and finally CA!