City Notes: Kinneret’s Shikmim Beach becomes disabled-friendly

Immigration and Absorption Minister Ze’ev Elkin at The Jazz Festival in Eilat (photo credit: Courtesy)
Immigration and Absorption Minister Ze’ev Elkin at The Jazz Festival in Eilat
(photo credit: Courtesy)
Shikmim Beach at Lake Kinneret is newly accessible to people with disabilities, after the recent completion of work on a new NIS 8,000 complex built by the Tourism Ministry, the National Insurance Institute and the Kinneret Towns Association.
The complex has handicapped parking spaces next to a renovated building that now includes ramps, accessible taps, toilets, showers and changing rooms. The parking spaces are connected to five shaded picnic areas by disabled-friendly paths. The area is also equipped with two beach wheelchairs that may enter water.
The project is unique in that if offers an entire complex for people with disabilities that allows access right down to the water, with the aim of providing an equal vacation experience for all at the Kinneret (Sea of Galilee).
MDA bids farewell to Gilboa regional director
Magen David Adom threw a sendoff for Gilboa regional director Yossi Goren, who retired after having been active in the lifesaving organization since 1975. Among other roles, Goren served as an emergency medic and as an ambulance driver in Beit She’an, before working as regional director for the past 28 years.
Staff said goodbye to the newly retired medic at an event in Tel Aviv last week, where emotional thanks were exchanged between Goren and his colleagues.
MDA director-general Eli Bin delivered a special tribute, praising his achievements and humility: “It can be said with confidence that you retire at your peak, leaving behind you a flourishing area, thriving and full of accomplishments – including new dispatch points and medical intensive care units, excellent service and personal achievements that will be engraved in MDA’s history.”
Young musicians sound jazzy note at Eilat festival
The Young Jazz Workshop was held in Eilat for the second consecutive year, a week ahead of the city’s jazz festival, which ended last week. Forty- two young musicians who excel in jazz attended the event, drawn to the city from all over Israel, accompanied by seven artists from the festival. Every day the students met with the artists for musical composition classes, workshops and nightly jam sessions.
At the same time, the festival plaza’s opening stage showcased a variety of young Israeli ensembles, who opened festival gigs and played during intervals between main performances.
Immigration and Absorption Minister Ze’ev Elkin attended the festival as a government representative and stated, “The jazz festival has been going on for nearly three decades, and puts not only the city but all of Israel on the world jazz map. Eilat is a jewel in the crown.”
Reefer madness in Negev field
Police this week uncovered a marijuana field in a Tze’elim firing zone; 300 marijuana plants were found in various stages of growth, as well as 100 kg. of cannabis-type drugs. Police arrested a Segev Shalom resident at the site, taking him in for questioning on suspicion he is connected to the property.
Hapoel Tel Aviv crowdfunding for Jaffa youth handball teams
The Hapoel Tel Aviv handball team recently launched a NIS 100,000 crowdfunding campaign on the Headstart website for the benefit of Jaffa youth, noting that “more than 150 children are part of the association in Jaffa. Religious alongside secular, new immigrants alongside migrants who came from hell in their countries, Muslims alongside Christians, those with tzitzit and those with the New Testament – they all put their hands in the air and shout for Hapoel.” The campaign is seeking funding for sports equipment, use of pitches, training and transportation to away games.
Five youths arrested in Rishon Lezion beach brawl
Police arrested five young people on Sunday night for alleged involvement in a brawl on a Rishon Lezion beach. An investigation found that the fight broke out between two groups of youths, during which they hurled glass bottles, chairs and other objects at one another. A woman sitting at a nearby restaurant was hurt by a bottle and was evacuated to the hospital.
The suspects included two 17-year-old city residents and three 16-year-old boys from Be’er Ya’acov and Ashdod. They were expected to be brought for a remand extension.
Bicyclist dies in crash near Rosh Ha’ayin
A man in his 60s died late Sunday night after a vehicle collided with his bicycle at the Kesem interchange on Route 444, near Rosh Ha’ayin. MDA paramedics pronounced him dead at the scene.