Grapevine: Dedication tour

This week's city affairs.

Sherwin Pomerantz (photo credit: JPOST STAFF)
Sherwin Pomerantz
(photo credit: JPOST STAFF)
■ THE STORMY weather forecast for next week doesn’t seem to bother members of the Sophie Udin Group of Na’amat, who have a memorial tour planned to honor the memory of their late member Janette Hirschman. The tour includes the dedication of a music corner and library corner at the Na’amat Day Care Center in the Har Hotzvim industrial and hi-tech center. The Na’amat center there, which operates from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., cares for children of parents employed in Har Hotzvim.
Most organizations that organize tours for their members usually do so to out-of-town places, and the truth is that the dedication ceremony could have been organized for early in the morning so that participants could go out of town, but they say that there is so much to see in Jerusalem itself that they prefer to stay closer to home.
The tour will include a visit to the Gottesman Family Israel Aquarium adjacent to the Jerusalem Biblical Zoo, lunch in a restaurant and a trained English-language guide who will point out places of interest with which many of the Sophie Udin members may not be familiar.
The trip is open to all. The bus will leave on Tuesday, November 20 at 9:30 a.m. from Beit HaHavera, 10 Shalom Aleichem Street. The cost including transport, restaurant and entrance to the aquarium is NIS 150.
■ HADASSAH CHAPTERS in Jerusalem are already planning not only for next month, but also for next year. First up on Wednesday, December 3, is a lecture by veteran businessman and development consultant Sherwin Pomerantz, who will speak about Israel’s economy in the context of global events. The meeting will take place at 10 a.m. at the Jerusalem Mediterranean Towers Retirement Home, 4 Daniel Yanovsky Street, Arnona.
Next is the Special Gifts event on December 26 at the Bible Lands Museum, with proceeds going toward the provision of electric beds for the Rehabilitation Department at Hadassah University Medical Center on Jerusalem’s Mount Scopus. On Thursday, January 3, at Ramat Zion in French Hill, there’s the screening of The Last Jews of Libya, and on January 8-9, there’s the 2019 Hadassah Israel Conference at the Yehuda Hotel.
The first two events are specifically for the Nechama-Tamar chapters, and the third is for nationwide chapters. The members of Nechama-Tamar certainly get around.
■ EMEK REFAIM is apparently not the only bone of contention when it comes to the development of light rail services in Jerusalem. According to a report in Bonus, the economic supplement of Yediot Yerushalayim, a letter written by Hebrew University president Prof. Asher Cohen to Transport Minister Israel Katz and Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon insists that plans for the construction of the infrastructure of the light rail route passing through the grounds of the university should not go ahead, because if they continue, the light rail will travel within 30 meters of extremely sensitive equipment and this in turn will be damaging to research and experimentation. Moreover, the route of the light rail interferes with existing parking facilities for faculty and students who may still find it preferable to drive their cars than to use the light rail.
■ GRECOPHILE RADIO man Yaron Enosh, who frequently commutes to Greece, told the story that another frequent flier is an Armenian-Greek businessman who manufactures frames for pre-fabricated buildings. When he felt that he knew Enosh well enough, he asked him to explain something to him about Israeli building contractors.
He supplies customers all over the region, he said, and every country has certain standards, and the people that he sells to sometimes have special requests. But the general request in Israel is for sub-standard merchandise – the more substandard the better. He found this bewildering, but it certainly explains the high ratio of deaths and maiming in Israel’s construction industry.