Monthly Archives: June 2014


Tonight completes a vision of a project thought up close to a year ago. We had a vision of starting a chess charity and merging the mitzvah project between Phoenix and our destination bar mitzvah in Israel. After the Tempe sister cities run, Bennett looked up who our Phoenix sister cities was and found out we were connected to Ramat Gan, Israel. We did a lot of research and found the Etude chess club of Ramat Gan and started corresponding with FIDE master Dan Drori. Tonight, we went to Etude as they hosted a blitz tournament welcoming Bennett. It was so cute, the kids were saying in Hebrew, “who is the American.” Bennett said a few words at the start. It got translated with applause! So amazing! David and Bennett are there still playing he will present the check for $1000 at the end of the tournament. Soooo nice! The remainder of the money raised is going to pay for the chess club at the UMOM homeless shelter for families. We have 20 kids coming regularly to the club. How wonderful it is to see your son smile and be proud of his good deeds. 20140629-224125-81685240.jpg20140629-224124-81684900.jpg




Posted by on June 29, 2014 in Bar mitzvah, Travel, Uncategorized


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First day if touring in Israel. Our guide Elan picked us up and we want to the Ayelet bullet factory. This was a kibbutz that was to teach other pioneers how to live and run a kibbutz during the British mandate (prior to 1948). The Haganah (prior to the IDF) came up with an idea to have a top secret bullet factory under the laundry and bakery. We toured the 300 sq yard space where 45 young volunteers risked their lives every day making the bullets used for the war of Independence. Check it out.


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Posted by on June 29, 2014 in Israel, Travel, Uncategorized


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Express London

We were in and out but left with a desire to return. Bennett said he would like to come back for a semester of college in London. Brett loved the city, the trees, the grass, and the rain. Actually, we only had a little drizzle. He could do without the smokers. There were a lot of smokers. One thing that David and I talked about was the crazy amount of cranes. I felt like we were back in Boston during the “big dig”. Sign of a boom. It is so nice to emersse in the city’s hustle. We walked and walked and walked seeing do many national treasures. Learned a little bit along the way. Mimi conquered a fear of heights by riding on the London Eye. Definitely a highlight floating above the river. Bennett are fish and chips. A milestone in his history of food. Brett tasted a lot if new foods too. Proud of them both for just going for it. David and the boys split and did “clue quest” where they lock you up in a room and have to solve puzzles and find the clues to get out. You will have to ask them how they did. Where are they anyway? My mom, Mimi and I chose go shopping and to have a nice dinner at Harrods. Yesterday we met up with our cousin Jill who traveled 3 hours from Liverpool to meet us in person. You may remember me blogging about Jill over the past few years. Our history and lineage goes back to Seredzius, Lithuania. Amazing how genealogy takes you on these paths. We had such an lovely time chatting, connecting, and looking at documents dotting i’s and finding the t’s to cross. So happy she made the trip. We all felt a special bond. Blogging right now with my thumbs on our flight to Israel. I woke up Brett this morning saying, “we are going to the holy land, get up” lol! He was miserable. He finally has mellowed out. Excited to go to the beach today and walk around Tel Aviv tonight.

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Posted by on June 28, 2014 in Uncategorized



Getting excited for another overseas trip. England and Israel. Bennett’s bar mitzvah!

20140621-152411-55451442.jpg Practicing with the Torah at Temple Chai. Getting excited.

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Posted by on June 21, 2014 in Bar mitzvah, Israel, Travel, Uncategorized


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