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It would be nice to hear who also met their future partner while at Matzuva??
It would be interesting to hear if Matzuva was the location/catalyst for other Ulpan students, Volunteers,members, candidates etc. who beside Roland met the love of their life while on the kibbutz.
I know of some at Matzuva but it's not for me to say but there must be many such cases over the years since 1967 with hundreds and hundreds of working guests spending their younger days at Matzuva.
As I work part time at the Matzuva Archives it would be nice to collect "romantic" data about your stay and destiny at Matuva by contributing to our message board!
Best wishes to all
Baruch, would you like to hear about couples who met in Matzuva and are still together or also of those who have since parted ways.?
I think initially it would be nice to hear of "matches made in heaven" with Matzuva being the "matchmaker". Couples or partners who met on the kibbutz and went on
to raise families telling their kids/grandchildren how
they met each other at Matzuva when they were young themselves way back in time.
Beyond that broken relationsHIPS are sometimes not so pleasant.
What I think we seek is reading about positive and joyful experiences of young people who found their stay at Matzuva as a defining period in their later lives.
We look forward to reading of such momentous personal events on this Message Board!
I came to Matzuba with a guy that I would eventually marry and have my child with.
While I can't say that Matzuba brought us together in a match made in heaven, I can say that because of our being together there we were able to move on to have a wonderful, bright, empathetic and challenged little boy.
I still think so fondly of my times at Matzuba and would move back there in a heartbeat, given the opportunity. Hah...looking for new members?
Take care to all, especially Baruch for keeping us all posted.
Hi I'm Natasja Meeuwissen from the Netherlands. I met my husband at matsuba! I worked at matsuba as a volunteer from june 1999 up to january 2000. And fell in love with Nirmal Babu Guestworker. We are married for 12 years now and have 2 kids toghether!
a Matsuba love-story!
We met at Matzuva summer 1976 in the banana fields. Matzuva will always hold a special place in our hearts for being the conduit that allowed us to spend the last 36 years (and counting) together in married bliss.
Bruce (Baruch), you could have been the love of my life. I had a crush on you, but you were busy with Donna H.
Which Bruce/Baruch was this?
Absolutely! I met Laurie Neuman in the Fall Ulpan of 1968.
We actually got together in October that year after I had a conversation with Laurie through the window of the sick room. How more romantic can it get than that? Yup, we fell in love... What to do? Long story short; I left all my possessions in Matzuva and traveled to Holland during Passover 1969 so that I could introduce her to my parents.
We traveled through Italy on my Honda 50 moped. Lots of interesting stories about that trip!
After arriving in Bussum, Holland, Laurie stayed a few weeks and then left to go home to California.
I got her to come back to Bussum in August of 1969. We were married on December 29, 1969 with her family and some of the Dutch ulpanicks in attendance.
We made it to California in January 1970 where we had our Chupah. We are now in our 45th year together and are still two crazy kids madly in love. It doesn't get better than that.
My advice through all those years for people looking for that special person: Go to Matzuva! That is the place where you will find your soul mate.
We are still in touch with people that were in Matzuva in 1963, 1965 and of course 1968-1969.
Matzuva is always in our thoughts.
In the Spring of 1968 I met the love of my life, Chuck Petler. Sorry I let him go, he married another. Loved Bruce Kadmon too.
Chuck married another, but also divorced the other.
I met the love of my life under your careful Ulpan watch! Jennifer and I had an exceedingly impulsive get-together--mainly my fault--that was appropriate for our tender ages in the second half of 1991. Yet, as the immaturity peeled away, we discovered that the chemistry really was there. To be sure, the charm of the kibbutz (shabbat dinners, dancing in the pub, our cozy accomodations, nature walks, spending time with our kibbutz families, ...), encouraged our romance. Almost 25 years later, we are proud of the relationship we have nurtured over the past quarter-century as well as our two children (who bring us much nachas)!
Kibbutz Matzuva, we think of you often with much nostalgia and fondness!
Baruch, likewise, we fondly remember your kindness and generosity!!!
Last December we celebrated our 46th anniversay and still going strong!
Sandi and I celebrated our 38th year (40 years together) of marriage last January. Who else besides Leo van Esschoten and us have been together happily so long since meeting at Matzuva?
Laurie Neuman van Esschoten z"l
It is with great sadness that I have to report the passing of Laurie van Esschoten.
She passed away August 8, 2016.
We would have celebrated our 47th wedding anniversary in December.
On behalf of the members and residents at Kibbutz Matzuva please accept our sadness at the untimely bereavement of your lifelong partner Laurie Neuman van Esschoten ז"ל who passed away on August 8, 2016
We extend to you our sincere condolences and wish you well.
Leo, so sorry to hear about your loss. May her memory be a blessing.
Steve & Sandi Selby.
Matzuba will forever be in my heart.
Life for me started in Matzuba in 1963 and ultimately resulted in my meeting Laurie there in 1968.
Such sweet memories...
Dear Steve and Sandy,
Thank you so much.
May you have many years together.
This past June 24th would have been Laurie's 70th birthday.
To mark that occasion I sent the following text to family and friends:
So, today we celebrate Laurie's birthday for the first time without her. To mark this event I sponsored the Oneg Shabbat last night and today's Kiddush.
Last night our Vice President somehow found the most touching words to express Laurie's impact on the congregation, their love for her and their sharing the grief of her loss to me and my family.
I have said it before, Temple Sholom is my home away from home.
Once more we will, today or tomorrow, celebrate the life of Laurie. A life that I have had the privilege to share with her albeit for too short a time.
My love to you all with the wish that you in your own way will celebrate her birthday with me.
No matter how difficult, make this a day of joy for having known her.
I have no idea if anyone still stumbles upon these pages. For those that chance to arrive here, I have posted many pictures of Matzuva in the 1960s and many pictures of Laurie.
Just search Facebook for Leo van Esschoten and send a Friend request.
Are you the one from manchester ?
I met betty in 77 and we are still married since 40 years
She was in the ulpan and i was on the way to become a member
She was called ''the parisian''and brought me out back to France where we are still living
Hi Nimrod, yes it’s me Steve from Manchester. So nice to hear from you. Sandi and I remember you fondly. We hope you and your family are well. Maybe we can get together one of these days? Much regards.
Dear Leo, I just found out about Laurie’s passing..I am so sorry to hear! She was such a wonderful warm joyous person! So filled with life, fun and creativity. I grieve with you. I don’t know if you remember me but I always enjoyed my chats with you when Laurie was busy. I hadn’t spoken with her in a long time but she told me she had gotten sick again when we last spoke. I have always kept you both in my prayers and will continue to do so with you. I will miss her. I am sure that your son and his family are a great comfort for you. I wish you long life and good health and all blessings. Be well, Rev. Shelby Hammitt
I know this is not the proper place to put this note to Leo but if anyone knows how to forward it to him I would be very grateful. If you need to reach me my email is: firstname.lastname@example.org. If you or Leo would like my phone number please let me know. If you know another way to reach him I would appreciate it. Thanks!