City Notes: ‘Ramadan Nights’ regaling the North

A round-up of news from around the country.

Works from the ‘Troubled Spaces’ exhibition (photo credit: YAEL ENGELHART)
Works from the ‘Troubled Spaces’ exhibition
(photo credit: YAEL ENGELHART)
Various Israeli-Arab communities in the North opened their doors this week to visitors for a culinary and cultural journey as part of the Ramadan Nights campaign.
Launched on June 6 – the first day of the month-long fasting and feasting – it will run until the month ends on July 5.
The Ramadan Night tours take place in four regions: the Lower-Western Galilee, the Jezreel Valley-Nazareth Hills, Wadi Ara and the southern Sharon region. Organized by the Sikkuy and Crossroads organizations for Jewish- Arab regional tourism, the Ramadan Nights initiative offers a variety of activities and tours to enable the Israeli public to become more accustomed with Arab society, traditions, smells, sounds, cooking and people.
The project holds particular meaning as hospitality is considered a good deed during Ramadan. As the Ramadan fast is held during the daylight hours, the Ramadan Nights events begin in the afternoon, to allow visitors a glimpse of the preparations leading to the iftar break fast, and last until after-meal hours.
During the tours, participants are also invited to meet local residents, visit traditional markets, partake in festive meals and visit mosques.
Five win Holon’s biennial literature award
The Holon Municipality has awarded two authors and three poets its biennial award for literature.
The contest will honor the literature winners, Sami Berdugo and Tamar Marin, along with the poetry winners Elhanan Nir, Diti Ronen and Tzipi Shahrur, at an award ceremony in Holon on the evening of June 19.
The prize’s judiciary committee chose the winners from more than 140 entries for prose writing and more than 120 poetry entries. The city’s prize is awarded every two years in cooperation with the Hebrew Writers Association.
Holon Mayor Motti Sasson lauded the literature award as “an important part of cultural activities carried out in Holon.”
Birthright launches TA innovation center
Taglit-Birthright has kicked off the summer session of its Excel business leadership program along with a new entrepreneurship and innovation center in the White City. In cooperation with the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange, Birthright held an opening ceremony for the center on June 1.
The center is designed to operate in a multilingual format, with a program in French, English, Spanish, Russian, Chinese and Hebrew. Some 13,000 Birthright participants are slated to visit the State of Mind center over the summer months.
“Birthright Excel as well as the opening of the center introduce Israel as a superpower start-up, the land of the leading entrepreneurs and groundbreaking technological developments,” Birthright CEO Gidi Mark said at the event.
‘Troubled spaces’ inhabit the White City
Artist  Ami Shinar recently launched a solo exhibition, “Troubled Spaces,” at the Montefiore Gallery in Tel Aviv. Curated by Ahuva Israel, it presents three different acrylic-on-canvas painting series that Shinar created over the past few years.
The works explore the relevance and decay of physical, cultural and political spheres in a highly critical expression.
The exhibition will run until June 17, and is open daily from Monday to Thursday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Fridays from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m.
BGU bestows honorary degrees on 6 Diaspora Jews
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev bestowed honorary doctorates on Tuesday on six prominent Jews from the Diaspora during the university’s 46th Board of Governors meeting in Beersheba.
The six were international human rights lawyer Prof. Irwin Cotler, public health researcher Prof. Harvey V. Fineberg, tuberculosis researcher Prof. Valerie Mizrahi, businessman and philanthropist Ernest Scheller Jr., astronomer Prof. Silvia Torres-Peimbert and computer scientist Prof. Jeffrey D. Ullman.
The six were honored during the fiveday meeting, which consisted of lectures, dedications, festive receptions, art exhibitions and guided tours in the surrounding desert region.
Sderot revives legendary Chen Cinema
The legendary Chen Cinema in Sderot announced June 6 that it has reopened its doors after 25 years of inactivity. The revived movie theater held a special screening Monday of the biopic Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story.
Culture and Sport Minister Miri Regev and Sderot Mayor Alon Davidi attended the opening event, which was held in conjunction with the Southern Cinema Festival organized by the local Sapir College. The festival took place at the cinematheque until Thursday and featured other films such as Rana Plaza, The Untouchables and Gett.