Four hundred Ra'anana municipal employees recently attended a two-day seminar aimed at improving their skills in serving the public - at the upmarket Meridien Hotel at the Dead Sea, reports www.local.co.il. The public servants were taken on a tour of Jerusalem before heading off for two nights at the hotel, where they were given motivational lectures by a series of speakers, including one titled "The Impossible is Possible," by a woman who lost both legs in an accident. Another lecture was titled "Life Without Anger," and focused on how to remain calm and how to develop good relationships with others. A municipal employees' spokesman said the seminar had unified the workers and had enabled workers in different departments to get to know one another. But one Ra'anana resident said the city had wasted public money on a thinly disguised vacation. "It is possible to unify workers in a more modest way and not at a luxurious hotel," the resident said. "As residents of the city, we deserve to know where our tax money is going." A municipal spokesman said the city and the municipal employees' union had initiated the seminar for the "professional enrichment" of the city's workers, and their attendance would count as professional training.