I hope that you are already feeling better than on the day we saw you last. We just arrived a few hours ago, and I use this moment to send you a few words. Thank you and thanks to all other family members that have done to give us this wonderful meeting and time in Berlin! I remember you thought that the meeting would apparently be with not enough contents, but I am sure that you yourself now also recognize that these worries were with no real basis but just natural feelings of a person in charge of a meeting. I hope you enjoyed it as we did, and I hope to see you again somewhere, in this or the other frame.
I remember your request to get the text of Rivka and me on "Open circles", you will soon receive it.
I will send a few words to the other meeting organizers, both your sons, but I would like to ask you to forward our warm greetings to all the other branches in Berlin.
Have a full and fast recovery form the flu, enjoy a relaxing weekend,
Banini & Rivka
We just arrived a few hours ago in Israel, and I use this moment to send you a few words. Thank you and thanks to all other family members that have done to give us this wonderful meeting and time in Berlin! We did not go to Breslau, but I am pretty sure those who went enjoyed it, and you will hear some feedback in this spirit too. The Berlin part of the reunion was wonderful and we returned home with plenty experiences and memories we will carry with us and enjoy remembering in the future years to come. Finally, now you can relax and enjoy the weekend, you deserve it. Thank you for all what you have done for us, whether in the program in big or in the small details. I hope you enjoyed being with the wider family circles as well, and I hope to see you again somewhere, in this or the other frame. Last but not least, through you also many thanks to Robert as well.
All the best,
Banini & Rivka
Dear Family - (oh, that has a nice ring to it!)
Welcome back home to all of you who have been travelling; we hope you found only good news upon your return. And thanks again to each and every one of you for the warm welcome and new friendships you gave us in Berlin, as part of the extended STEINITZ family. We hope that the Breslau trip went well and we want to wish Reni a refuah-shelema --a speedy and complete recovery -- plus kind greetings to all. Special words of gratitude to all of the Berlin-Steinitzens, once again, for their local hospitality and superb organization.
We want to reiterate our warm welcome to anyone who wants to visit Namibia. Local travel arrangements can be made through us and/or through our friends Brian and Marie Harlech-Jones (at no additional cost to you, the traveler) at
www.sandscapes-namibia.com. This is a great website, but we can guarantee that your real-life experiences in Namibia will be even better. In addition, we shall be glad to organize a family reunion in 2008 or beyond (assuming we are still in-country, as we now expect to be) -- but don't wait to visit until then, especially since we hear the reunion may end up being planned for Israel instead (which is also a wonderful choice).
Below you have an example of our periodic diary entries that we send out -- this last one dedicated to the reunion. If any of you want to "get on our mailing list," feel free to let us know. We send out mailings every few weeks (in English) -- sometimes about HIV & AIDS issues, sometimes around wildlife experiences, and sometimes about the family.
Lehitraot -- see you again -- and shalom to all,
Lucy and Bernd
Dear Reni, Jan, Danni and Robert
We are both now back together in London and wanted to write to say how very much we enjoyed the family reunion that you so brilliantly organised in Berlin. It was particularly lovely to spend time with the family and to meet far flung members and "candidates". Its wonderful to actually like one's family and make them your friends. And for both of us Berlin was a great discovery. What a wonderful city!
We really really appreicate the work you have all put into this. The organisation, hospitality, transport, food - everything.
Hoping to see you next Chez Nous.
Ilana & Crispin