CENTERResidents of Ra’anana’s Ahuzat Habayit retirement home have built the biggest hanukkia in the world made from recycled bottles. The hanukkia was made out of 1,000 plastic bottles and is about two meters high.Participants in the environmental project spent over two months building the hanukkia, a project that was documented and will be sent to Guinness World Records for the world’s largest menorah made from plastic bottles. At the end of Hanukka it will be dismantled and sent for recycling.Rishon Lezion marks 50 years of Jerusalem-Berlin relationsThe Rishon Lezion Municipality and the city’s College of Management Academic Studies hosted an event this week to mark 50 years of diplomatic relations between Israel and Germany.The event took place at the auditorium located on campus. Among the guests were ambassadors from Germany, Honduras and Nigeria; Rishon Lezion Mayor Dov Zur; College of Management president Prof. Asher Tishler; Grisha Alroi-Arlozer, CEO of the Israel- Germany Chamber of Commerce; Foreign Ministry spokesman Emmanuel Nahshon and a number of academic researchers.Tel Aviv rally calls for end to violence against women A rally protesting violence against women was set to be held this week in Tel Aviv as part of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.The event is a collaboration between the Tel Aviv Crisis Center for Victims of Sexual Assault, the Women’s Spirit NGO and the Tel Aviv Municipality.As part of an awareness-raising digital campaign, women from around Israel were asked to mark on a map the areas of the country where they had been harassed or sexually assaulted.The march was set to begin at Rabin Square and to end at the Tel Aviv Museum, capped with a ceremony.NORTHPeki’in car crash claims threeThree people were killed in an accident between a car and a minibus in the Druse town of Peki’in this week. The victims were aged 27, 32 and 35, all residents of the village of Rama. Eleven injured victims of the crash – between the ages of 29 and 62, all residents of the Druse village of Beit Jann – were taken to the Galilee Medical Center in Nahariya. Two were injured moderately and the rest lightly.Police said that in one of the vehicles involved in the crash they found goods that appeared to have been stolen from a nearby store.Short circuit causes Tiberias apartment to go up in flamesA fire broke out in an apartment in Tiberias this week due to a short circuit.The apartment suffered heavy damage and the owner and her son were forced to flee their home.Police and municipal inspectors provided the family with basic equipment that they required immediately after the incident and called on members of the public to mobilize to help the family in their time of need.SOUTH Sderot Conference for Society held at Sapir College The Sderot Conference for Society was held this week at Sapir Academic College, attended by President Reuven Rivlin, ministers and senior public officials.The aim of the conference was to bring the socioeconomic debate to the center stage of the public and media, emphasizing its tremendous importance for a strong Israel.The conference was conceived in April 2003 as a joint venture of Sapir and the Council for Social and Economic Security headed by Maj.-Gen. (res.) Uzi Dayan.The location and name of the conference were chosen to convey a clear message: The current public discourse in Israel centered on two main meeting points, the Herzliya conference and the Caesarea conference – which together represent the political-security-economic approach – completely neglects the third main focal point: socioeconomic issues. These are at the heart of the Sderot Conference, which has emerged as the third main annual public conference in Israel.Topics covered this year included housing; differential education, legalization of cannabis, reducing gaps in local authorities, and the boycott against Israeli products.Pollution-prevention exercise launched in Eilat BayThis week the Environmental Protection Ministry launched a naval exercise in the Gulf of Eilat simulating a fuel leak upon the unloading of a ship in the Red Sea.Staff from the ministry’s marine unit cooperated with the navy and the Nature and Parks Authority to arrange air and sea patrols.The ministry said that a year ago it managed to avoid serious pollution in the Red Sea by treating oils that leaked from an Eilat- Ashkelon Pipeline Company pipeline in the Evrona Nature Reserve.