We gathered in Pisa (and yes, it does lean) ...
Natalia helped us register at the Hotel Duomo...
The guests assemble....
More family members descend
Equipment preparation -- no small matter!
The symposium begins with Gilbert Ghez's opening...
Alisa, always positive, always informative -- here, talking about her branch (Eugenia)
A captive audience...
Two sisters reunited for the event! (Mimi and Helena Ghez)
Each branch made a presentation
The man himself (and his wife, Rachele Herrera, too)!
So many children!
We're still looking for descendants of Giacomo's children by his first wife (name unknown)
Magda Halamit electrified us with her presentation
of the Eugenia branch
Where did we all land?
All over the world!
Gianfranco (Yonata) listens attentively ...
Others from Italy, the U.S., France, and Israel
pack the audience.
Forgotten stories were told --
Claude Ghez presents the Corinna line
Old photos were found!
All of us had our moment in the sun ...
Maurizio Galiera reveals yet another branch
of the family (Carlo)
Massimo di Castelnuovo at the microphone
Gabriele DiPorto talks about his branch (Pia)
Even government representatives make an appearance -- and the event is featured in the local newspaper, too!
Renato Bensasson lets us know Giacomo had a half brother named Levi Bensasson
Breaks between sessions were fun, too! Alan Finegold and Mimi Ghez enjoy a moment
Richard and Margalit Ghez enjoying the food and ambiance
The dinner winds down ... time for a gelato!
And then, there was food (and more food and then more food)
And wine, too! (Claude and Kay)
A family photo -- not so easy with so many!
Catching up ...
More family photos! Sandro Sciaky, Riccardo Sciaky and little Sciaky came to Pisa from Milan for the festivities...
What flavor would you like (tonight)?
Gelato for all ... yum!
The synagogue in Pisa
A special ceremony for Giacomo
Young ones participated, too ...
Getting to know each other.... Luciana Sciaky shares family memories with Helena Ghez
The Jewish cemetary in Pisa
Looking for our ancestors
The tombstone of our relative
Young ones came, too
Looking at the Portuguese tombstones ...
Gaia and Richard figure out who is who...
Bruno DiPorto talks about Giacomo's various accomplishments in both Italy and Tunisia
Giacomo was a researcher
(as presented by Bruno Lumbroso)
And a surgeon ....
And this is Tunis, where Giacomo settled for many years...
The port of Livorno -- where Giacomo was born
At the Livorno synagogue
Photo of the old Livorno synagogue after it was destroyed (as portrayed in the Jewish museum in Livorno)
The new synagogue in Livorno
We learned about the Jewish community in Livorno
At the synagogue, we are all attentive
Tales from Ofra
Helena and Mimi Ghez finding their roots
on via di Castelnuovo in Livorno
Alisa and Gilbert celebrating the wonderful reunion
we all shared in