Kehilat Middlesbrough Newsletter No 15 October 2002 page 4
Once again I find myself stuck with having to resort to email and general letters – but this year has been another challenging year for us. I try to put it in perspective and think of the events on Sept 11th 2001 and problems affecting others all over the world, in comparison our troubles are small but irritatingly time consuming.
Family news: Zelick is a ‘stay at home’ dad and Abigail is thriving. She is now 21 months old and is a tall, young lady with pale golden blonde ringlets. She has a mind of her own and is a real risk taker. She is also an active young being and she sleeps very little. She goes to bed at 9 or 10pm is usually awake in the night and then bright and breezy around 6am and ready for another day! As you can image Zelick and I are permanently exhausted! She understands both English and Ivrit calling Zelick ‘Abba’ and me ‘mummy’!
David has finished the BA part of his architectural training. We went to his degree ceremony in July and it was quite something to see him in his gown. My parents would have been so proud to see him graduate. David is now working in Sheffield with a firm of architects on his next stage of training. He seems to be enjoying life, shares a flat with a mate who is also studying architecture and by may he has to plan his post graduate training – so who knows where that will take him.
Rachel starts a new university course - Communications Studies – in Sheffield - just after Rosh Hashonna and is really looking forward to it. She was staying here for a bit and when we are out with Abigail it’s quite clear that people think she’s Abigail’s Mum and we’re the grandparents!!!! Scary stuff!
Zelick children were here for 3 weeks in the summer – Itai hopes to start university in Israel in October and Anat is still at school.
The stone setting for my parents was quite a milestone and at last I am starting to feel as if I can move on. I am starting full-time regular work next week as a Senior Practitioner in Social Services so life will once again be full of change and adjustments. I have also been doing a university course but have had to ask to submit next year, as I can’t cope with doing it right now.
I hope that we will at last find a rhythm to life – the house is a real time consumer and takes energy just getting it back to a reasonable state. We still have a lot to do and then we will be able to think of selling and moving on. We are isolated from Jewish life here and I find that very difficult but Zelick loves being so near the sea and so does Abigail.
We miss our friends and family and I’m sorry that I don’t have time to write to you all individually but wish you all a happy, healthy and fulfilling year. Michelle, Zelick, Abigail, David and Rachel Bournemouth, England
If you happen to be in the area of Columbia University - New York - I have been chosen by a juried show to exhibit on : "THE ART OF the TORAH " opening 17 October 2002,and winning prize presentation 2nd November.
I have three pieces on exhibit and I am very excited to finally have entered the American market with two more shows on the horizon in 2003.
Of course you have all heard I m retiring shortly so this could be my swansong!
Thanks again for this wonderful and most enjoyable site Carole Smollan London, England
I thought you may be interested in hearing about a coffee morning held recently by my brother David Simon at his home in Stokesley.
All the remaining members of the Middlesbrough Community were invited. We had a lovely morning meeting up with friends and talking over old times. David had collected lots of articles for everyone to look at, and it was agreed that we had all enjoyed a good time. Betty Levinson Hartlepool, England