Shealtiel (one of several spellings) is a Hebrew name. You'll find it in the Bible. The first Shealtiel mentioned was a son of Jeconah, king of Judah. Much of the family remains Jewish although I am not. My great grandfather married a Christian and there ended Judaism in my line. I was one of many, born Saltiel, who thought they were alone in the world beyond our immediate relatives. An astronomical amount of work has been done to piece together our history and our ties. For years Ed Motola has worked tirelessly on our genealogy. http://www.shealtiel.com
RIP Vibeke Sealtiel Olsen, 1968-2012, we're sorry you missed this latest gathering of the clan. Vibeke had a personal passion to find her relatives and in so doing discovered Saltiels all around the world. At the tender age of 25 she spearheaded the first International Reunion in Amsterdam, August 1994, which Bill and I were unable to attend.
|Some Saltiels at the Statue of Liberty. Yes many of us are wacky!|
|With Miles at the Farewell Luncheon|
Attending their first international reunion were the Koebels; our daughter, her husband and their baby girl ...
|Laura, Adam, and 7.5 month old Amira on the Brooklyn Bridge|
I am provided with an opportunity to be with first cousins who live on the other side of Canada ...
|Virginia Saltiel Adams and Merle Saltiel Bell. We are daughters of brothers, Ernest, Gordon and John Saltiel.|
These reunions are really four-day conferences of epic proportions. A fascinating, stimulating mix of tours, meals, workshops, meetings and social interaction. Bill and I were delighted to have been at both the 1997 Salonika (Thessalonika) Greece and the 2000 Barcelona, Spain reunions.
|Cousins, Fran and Jay London, of the Phoenix area.|
Jay with Flor Saltiel, Rebecca Saltiel Busch and Victor Saltiel organized the New York extravaganza
|First International Family Association President, Herman Bredl (of Germany) with his wife, Ursula, and their daughter, Livya|
There is an unsurpassed richness to being a part of such a worldwide family that makes my heart swell. Bill and I are grateful for the Saltiels, around the globe, who have openly welcomed us into their homes. And we have been honoured in receiving relatives in ours. In future, we look forward to hosting other family members.
|At the Farewell Banquet (and throughout the reunion) Amira was well received by the family as the youngest attendee!|
|Moshe Shaltiel 2005 oil 24" x 36" Collection of "The Man"|
After the reunion, we stayed on in NYC for another week. More about the city, that wouldn't let me sleep, next time!