|Later Period (1950's )|
Rafi Dobrin ( Machal 1957 ) Recalls . . . .
But it was only years later as a more mature person, that I realized more clearly, how deeply Simie Weinstein had cared about his boys and girls spread out all over Israel, some enduring spartan conditions on a border kibbutz, within rifle range of enemy combatants, while others were at training camps, learning the hazardous skills of warfare, using materials that could blow one to smithereens. He cared for us and he cared about us. At a moment’s notice he would head uncomplainingly for some distant spot to handle an emergency. It was no surprise that many ex-machalniks subsequently asked Simie to officiate at their weddings.
Perla and I had met while we were serving in Nachal in 1956 . On my discharge in 1958 we were
married at the Telfed Hostel in Tel Aviv in a military ceremony officiated by Simie Weinstein.
( see above photograph )
The army organized the wedding at their expense.
The Hostel was packed with many recently discharged soldiers, a group from