City Notes: October 9

IDF orphans come together in Succot camp.

Claude Lanzmann (photo credit: Wikimedia Commons)
Claude Lanzmann
(photo credit: Wikimedia Commons)
Some 200 IDF orphans from across the country attended Camp Otzma over the holiday, hiking, swimming, kayaking the Jordan River and toasting marshmallows.
The children were brought together in the North to share their stories and begin the path to healing after losing a parent in fighting for Israel.
Due to an influx of orphans from last year’s Operation Protective Edge, the IDF Widows and Orphans Organization opened its Succot camp to children as young as five. Until now the organization has run three annual camps – on Succot, Hanukka and Passover – for children aged eight to18, with six- to seven- year-olds joining for a limited program; this time, younger children were incorporated into the full fourday overnight camp.
“The Otzma camps enable the children to feel like children again, without being judged or watched by others,” said IDFWO chairwoman Nava Shoham-Solan, who lost her husband in the Lebanon War, becoming a single mother to two young children. “They can play, sing, joke and even cry with people that understand them and their unique background.”
Netanya promenade honors Claude Lanzmann
Netanya, a city many French speakers call home, honored French filmmaker Claude Lanzmann, naming a section of the southern promenade after him at a ceremony late last month. Mayor Miriam Feirberg said the decision was made in appreciation of the director’s “important work to perpetuate the history of the Jewish nation, with an emphasis on the evils of the Holocaust.” The area of the promenade that was chosen is located next to Beit Yad Lebanim, where a monument marking the victory of the Red Army over Nazi Germany stands.
The event, at the initiative of Ambassador to France Yossi Gal, was held in the presence of French ambassador Patrick Maisonnave and Prof. Moti Neiger, dean of Netanya Academic College’s communications school. Graduate students’ documentaries inspired by Lanzmann films were screened.
Feirberg personally invited Lanzmann to live in Netanya.
Police uncover Rishon Lezion drug lab
Rishon Lezion police arrested four people after finding hundreds of marijuana plants along with cash, fertilizer and drugs in a city apartment. Three of the suspects were given remand extensions.
Two others were arrested after police found another apartment with a drug-related hydro lab; they were also expected to be brought for remand extensions.
President’s ‘traveling succa’ lands in Yeroham
President Reuven Rivlin continued a tradition he began last year – the “traveling presidential succa” – and last week made his way to Yeroham with his tabernacle.
There, he was greeted by mayor Michael Biton and visited various succot around the city, also hosting hundreds of residents in his own succa and listening to songs by kindergarten-age children.
Rivlin began his succa tour in the city’s innovation center, where he surveyed a robotics display, presented by students who won an international robotics competition.
From there, the president went to a “designers’ succa,” where creators showed him samples of “Made in Yeroham” products. Other hosts included educators, “techies,” environmentalists and youth activists.
Rivlin’s introduction of the traveling succa tradition is in addition to the longstanding custom in which the president holds an open house at Beit Hanassi, his official residence, during one or two days of Hol Hamoed.
Man killed, 2 severely injured in Ashdod-area crash
A 62-year-old man was killed and two other people were injured in an accident on Road 3711 near Azrikam in the Ashdod area last week – involving a head-on crash between two trucks, one of which was towing a car.
Magen David Adom paramedics pronounced the man dead on the scene and treated the two other injured.
One man, about 25, was taken to Ashkelon’s Barzilai Medical Center; another man, about 22, was brought to Rehovot’s Kaplan Medical Center.