This week in Jerusalem 498320

Peggy Cidor’s round-up of city affairs.

Retired justice Elyakim Rubinstein will give a talk about the Supreme Court in the fabric of Israeli society (photo credit: JUDICIAL AUTHORITY OF ISRAEL/ WIKIMEDIA COMMONS)
Retired justice Elyakim Rubinstein will give a talk about the Supreme Court in the fabric of Israeli society
The war on the dumps
Less than half a year after strong opposition by residents prevented the authorities from installing a dump for construction waste near French Hill and Isawiya, the same is apparently happening in Har Homa. Last week, following similarly strong opposition from the residents, Deputy Mayor Ofer Berkowitz (Hitorerut) announced that the plan for the construction waste dump has been suspended (by a decision of the Construction and Housing Ministry) until a better location is found.
Interestingly, in this case as in the case of the French Hill dump project, a joint protest by the Jewish and Arab residents of Har Homa with Anata and Sur Bahir enabled the civil opposition to attain a positive result. It is not clear what the next step will be or where the dump will be located, but one thing is certain: The next plan will have to take into consideration the health interests of the residents.
No rubber stamp
A bad surprise for Ariel, the municipality’s subsidiary: The local Finance Committee has decided not to approve Ariel’s management of the Pais Arena. Ariel, one of the city’s largest subsidiaries, has been in charge of all of the city’s cultural and leisure events, including those held at the arena. Ariel wanted to obtain official approval to manage the arena for the next 24 years, claiming, among other things, that only such a long period would allow for proper planning and bring in profits for the benefit of the city.
But that was exactly what bothered most of the committee members, who didn’t feel comfortable with the idea that the municipality would lose total control over the arena for such a long period without any possibility to change the situation.
The committee head, Deputy Mayor Hagit Moshe (Bayit Yehudi), accepted the members’ opposition and, to the surprise of the Ariel representatives, did not act as a rubber stamp but limited Ariel’s management period to five years. During those five years, Ariel will pay the municipality an annual 5% of all its income from the arena events; at the end of the five years, a new decision will be made regarding the terms between the parties.
Not so kosher
Are you considering buying a “kosher” smartphone? If so, you might want to check the list of kosher smartphone dealers that are known to be reliable. The list was created as the result of repeated complaints indicating that some of the phones were not really kosher according to the rules of the rabbinate, for the use of electronic devices and the limits on the use of Internet for working purposes only. Following these findings, the rabbinical committee organized in-depth investigations, which resulted in a list of stores where one can purchase “strictly kosher” smartphones.
Law and order
Want to learn more about Jewish law, the Supreme Court and all the aspects of the relationship between church (synagogue) and state? Shabbat Iyun on the portion of Parashat Hukat, tomorrow morning at the Yedidya Congregation, is the right address. Recently retired Supreme Court justice Elyakim Rubinstein will give a lecture titled. “The Supreme Court in the fabric of Israeli society in relation to Jewish law and the issue of church and state.”
12 Lifshitz Street, from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., right after Musaf
A dream come true
Magen David Adom has a wonderful project designed to fulfill the wishes of seriously ill people. Last week, the Jerusalem branch of MDA took Rina, a teacher suffering from cancer, to the end-of-year celebration of her class (which she cannot teach anymore), and from there to a night of touring Jerusalem, which included a visit to the Western Wall. All the coordination and medical preparation were done by project staff, and Rina had one of her fondest dreams fulfilled after more than six months of being housebound due to her condition.
‘Iceland’ events
Maccabiah on ice and a performance of international acrobats on ice – all this and more awaits viewers at the Pais Arena from July 7 to August 20. The wide range of ice competitions feature international ice artists who will display their skills on 1,800 square meters of ice. A sum of €1 million was invested to make the arena suitable for such an event.
Shabbat, rural style
Mitzpe Neftoah, now saved from intensive construction plans, is offering the opportunity to welcome Shabbat in the countryside. Every Friday between 2 and 5 p.m., there will be jam sessions, a craft market and workshops for children, as well as free guided tours of the area. Residents of the neighborhood and others are invited to bring their musical instruments and something to eat and take part. Parking is available nearby at 70 Hahoresh Road.
Nutritious and delicious
For the first time in Israel, nutritionists will follow up with young couples and families from the day they start to receive the services of baby clinics. The project, initiated by the municipality and the Health Ministry, aims to give young parents the tools to provide the healthiest nutrition for their babies and toddlers.
At schools, community centers, municipal institutions and almost anywhere they can be found, young parents will have an opportunity to hear about healthy nutrition and learn how to include it in their daily regimen. Starting at the baby clinics is a powerful way to help parents and their children adopt these healthy habits from the earliest stage.
At the weekly meetings, parents will get tips, and learn how to change poor eating habits and add healthier ingredients to their meals. The ultimate aim is to reach the entire population, with special emphasis on seniors, to dispel bad habits and create a healthier lifestyle.