City Notes: To the Technion and beyond

A round-up of news from around the nation.

Making a Tattoo (illustrative) (photo credit: REUTERS)
Making a Tattoo (illustrative)
(photo credit: REUTERS)
Launching the summer space studies program
The Technion – Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa will hold its annual international space studies program from July 12 to September 1.
The program, dubbed International Space University, will feature various public events, forums and speeches, including panels on Israeli space exploration, a panel with international astronauts and a lecture by astronaut and professor Jeff Hoffman.
Renowned former astronaut Buzz Aldrin, who was the second man to walk on the moon in the 1969 Apollo 11 mission, is also due to give a guest address as part of the program.
Other events in the 29th annual Space Studies Program include a robotics competition on July 28 and a model rocket launch on August 19. Most events are open to the public upon registration.
White City celebrates White Night
Revelers in Tel Aviv on Thursday celebrated the annual all-night White Night festivities that marks the city’s designation as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The White Night celebrations featured dozens of events that simultaneously took place throughout the city – both outdoors and at cultural centers – starting early in the evening and ending in the wee hours.
Among the highlights were a headphones party in Rabin Square; an urban art display titled “Street Art Europa” presented by the European Union; a Greek celebration in Jaffa; a plethora of musical performances at Sarona Market; and a rooftop party at the municipality.
Since the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization made the declaration in 2003, the Tel Aviv-Jaffa Municipality has held the series of White Night events.
Tattoo conference takes Tel Aviv
A three-day conference on tattoos is scheduled to culminate today in Tel Aviv.
The event included lectures and exhibitions on the perceptions surrounding tattoo culture throughout the world and Jewish society from ancient times to today.
The organizers of the “Unframed”’ conference said the forum aims to offer a “view across time and cultures into a rich and diverse realm, combining artistic statement and self-expression with cultural and social aspects – in the most intimate space of all.”
Headlining the conference was Anna Felicity Friedman, a body art historian, writer and editor of the book World Atlas of Tattoo. She gave a keynote speech on the historical development of tattoo art and influence.
Other lectures included “Body Marks in Jewish Sources” by Bar-Ilan University professor Meir Bar- Ilan and “Marking the Body, Tattooing the Soul” by Ben-Gurion University professor Haim Maor.
Fringe Festival brings fun to Beersheba
Hundreds of artists and performers from Israel and across the globe are due to bring an onslaught of creativity and culture to Beersheba from July 5 to 7.
This year’s sixth annual festival is slated to feature 240 leading artists in the fields of theater, dance, music and creative art. The festival’s program presents unique works, original productions, international premiere performances in an outdoor setting suitable for all ages.
International artists participating in the festival hail from countries such Romania, Germany and Poland. The events of the three-day festival will be held throughout seven complexes in Beersheba’s Old City.
Admission prices vary for theater and musical performances. Package deals are also available at
Tragic end for missing Ashdod woman
The search for an Ashdod woman who had been missing for six days ended on June 26 when was she found dead in an apparent suicide inside a car in the city.
Thousands of people had engaged in sweeps to locate Esther Weinstein before emergency teams received a call about a woman’s body found locked in a vehicle near the city’s Arches Beach. Weinstein was reported as a missing person after a note addressed to her family and friends was found that read: “I gave birth to my daughters in this city, and I died in this city because of my daughters.”
Paramedics who arrived at the scene said the approximately 50-year-old had been dead for a few days before she was found.
Weinstein’s daughter Tammy Montague told Radio 103FM on Sunday that she and her mother had left the haredi community seven years ago. She explained that Weinstein had been deeply pained by the fact that her six other daughters, who remained in the hassidic community, were estranged from their mother.