Israel Trip: April 2006
KESSOUS FAMILY TREE or how to negotiate around and among the Israel 2006 Pictres
Mother of the Tribe - Ruby - Eli Father of the Tribe (Deceased) They have 8 Children:
1. Mordechai marries Georgie - They have 4 Children: Tali, Galit, Yoney (Groom), Ronit
2. Laurette marries David - They have 2 Children: Ofer, Lea (not at weddiing)
3. Shlomo marries Clairey - They have 4 Children: Nadav, Aviyad, (Eran and Efi not at wedding)
4. Haim marries Sherril - They have 2 Children: Rachel, Jeremy (not at wedding)
5. Avraham marries Leorka - They have 4 Children: Dafna, Yael, Yoav, Bosmat
6. Yehuda - He has 1 Child: Ayellet
7. Aliza loves Gidon - She has 2 Children: (Yael and Karene not at wedding)
8. Yosey marries Smadar
Ruby has two brothers. One, Yehoshua (deceased) and Maurice Sebag who marries Nicole
First Shabbat Dinner at Ruby's house,(as per Blog on 4/8/06 Entitiled On the Seventh Day..... Oh the Polyglotness Of It All)
Yael (who doesn't love having her picture taken) and Smadar
Haim (Ruby's brother,Yoshua's son) and David
Smadar, Ruby and Yosey
Restaurant Salvador on the Outskirts of Beersheva...."Taim M'od"....Very tasty.
L to R - Laurette, Georgie, David, Simona, Ofer, Mordechai, Ziko, Haim
Even a roller coaster found at the Bedouin Market
Kids eating pizza after school outside of pizza place.
Small local supermarket
Corner of Rotem and Tamar (type of tree and Dates)
Self-Service for Workers (ATM)
We drove from Beersheva to Hertzeliah to stay the night of the wedding.
Our hotel in Hertzeliah and a walk along the Mediterranean shore.
And Finally The Wedding..Ruby Greets Guests, as Ofer looks On
Rachel Alongside Her Grandmother (Meme)
Dov, Haim, Shlomo and Clairey
Sherril (Sharona), Alizza and Leorka
Galit and Family
Laurette, Ruby and AlizaRuti, Dov, Yael, Avraham, baby, Bosmat
The Chuppah is in the Middle of this Gorgeous Pool
Flower Girl is Neta, Tali's Daughter (Groom's Neice)
Tali's Blond Curly Hair, Galit and baby
Just After Glass was Broken
A Beaming Proud Mother, Georgie and Maurice & Nicole
Nadav's Girlfriend, Nadav, Aviad, Yael and Rachel
Bride (Galit) and Groom (Yoney)
Rachel and Ronit
Ronit and Moran
Rachel, Ayellet, Haim and Ayellet's Fiancee
Bosmat and Rachel
Mother of the Groom and Groom
JERUSALEM OF GOLD
Rachel, David, Laurette and Ofer
I shove my prayers in the crack...I've got nothing to lose, no one to answer back
All these years I've brought up for review...Wasn't taught this, but I learned something new
And to answer the distant call...At the Western Wall
I've got a heart full of fear...And I offer it up on this altar of tears
Red dust settles deep in my skin...I don't know where it starts and where I begin
It's a crumbling pile of broken stones...It ain't much but it might be home
If I ever loved a place at all...It's the Western Wall
I don't know if God was ever a man...But if she was I think I understand...Why he found a place to break his fall
Near the Western Wall
The Old City of Jerusalem as Entered by the Jaffa Gate
This Being the Arab Quarter
Rachel and Merchant - The is where we bought the SheshBesh (BackGammon) game for my son, Jeremy
That night we stayed with Haim's nephew, Yoav, in his home up in the hills surrounding Jerusalem. We took the bus down to the city and the next few pics are taken from the bus as we wind our way down.
As we walk down Strauss street in the new city of Jerusalem, we come to the corner of Strauss and Ha Nevaim and I felt a complete sense of deja vu; the buildiing in front of us was ever so reminiscent of the place I stayed on my first trip to Israel at age 16, in 1968. I was with a group called "The Bar Mitzvah Club", so called because it was given as a Bat Mitzvah gift to me in lieu of a big party and it occured three years after the Bat Mitzvah (it was supposed to be two years after, but world events sometimes get in the way. 1967 was the year of The Six Day War.) In six weeks we travelled the breadth and depth of Israel, but always returned to our home base in Jerusalem, a place I thought I remembered being called Zev Hospital. This reminded me exactly of that. At the time, in 1968, it was not operating as a hospital, but rather as the home base of our group. As it happens this was Ziv (not Zev), but today it is called Bikur Cholim Hospital. If the Blogger gods are with me, I will post the pics from here in 1968.
A LOOK BACK...
The Four Jerusalem Nymphs, circa 1968
What I remembered well, when trying to decide if this was the same place, was this little shop where we would buy gum and ice cream and other such necessities. It was across the street and down the street just a tad. When my daughter and I came upon this kiosk, I was 100% certain that I was "home"! When in my frenzy of nostalgic excitement, I explained to the proprietor why I was taking pictures in front of his kiosk, he told me that this was here in 1968 and so was he!!!
Kiosk - 1968 Wonderful nostalgia.
Kiosk - 2006
Another View of Jerusalem
Security Post Close to the Dung Gate into The Old City
On Road Toward Dung Gate
The Dung Gate into The Old City
Stalls on the Other Side of The Gate
The Gold Dome of the El Acqusa Mosque or The Dome of the Rock is Ever-Present
The road to the Jewish Quarter of the Old City. The other two quaters are the Christain and Armenian
The Jewish Quarter
Note the Montefiore Windmill on upper left of picture.
Mordechai carries the traditional Seder Plate, holding it above the heads of the bride and groom
Zeke has the best seat in the houseNeta sings the Four Questions, as her proud Abah (daddy) looks on.
Ma-Nishtana Ha-Layla Ha-Zeh....Why Is This Night Different Than All Other Nights?
Have accordion will travel. The family can always count on Gidon to bring music and song to every occassion. The songs went way beyond Dayenoo and Ma-Nishtana. It was a delight.
Outside of the Museum were Caves from Hellenistic times, before and beyond.
On the road again
It is hot and dry in the desert A Forest in the midst of the desert Gas is twice the price of what we pay in the US
A Bedouin Mosque on Our Drive in the Negev
The UBIQUITOUS Symbol, Even Here in the Negev Desert
We arrive at our second destination, MAMSHEET, an Archeological Dig
Also a Bedouin Market
Hey, Diane, this is the man who sold me your wood camel. The Peace Plate is from the Jerusalem Old City Market
A more modern Bedouin Dwelling
And back to Omer
Neta became my good pal.
Laurette, Smadar, Ruby - Last Shabbat Meat at Ruby's
First Day of Passover - Meal at Georgie and Mordechai's House...of course!
At last a chance to rest; right? I can rest now, yes?
While conversation inside the house continues...politics, religion, war, peace, agriculture, water, ...all subjects, nothing barred.
THE KESSOUS FAMILY
Originally posted on 6/26/06 on Sherril's Myriad of Musings