City Notes: Mizra Hospital to get women’s ward

Sajur man arrested for shooting into the air; masked men steal weapons from IDF base in North.

children's wing at kaplan hospital (photo credit: Courtesy Kaplan Medical Center)
children's wing at kaplan hospital
(photo credit: Courtesy Kaplan Medical Center)
After longtime efforts to secure a renovated facility, the closed women’s ward of Mizra Psychiatric Hospital in Acre began the process of relocating to a new building last week, the Local website reported.
The building was designed in line with guidelines that the Department of Human Engineering and the Architecture Faculty at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology developed jointly.
The design emphasizes both patients’ common spaces and bedrooms, according to Local. Patients will benefit from living accommodations of up to three women per room, with new furniture and equipment. Common spaces were designed as places of enrichment and include work areas, family visiting areas, and seating for watching television, listening to music and reading, according to the report.
In addition, the facility will include a “green wall,” a high wall completely covered in vegetation.
Bringing plants into the facility brings a natural sense of beauty and contributes to the well-being of patients, Local cited the hospital as saying.
“Improving living and sleeping conditions of those staying at the Mizra Hospital is one of many renovations taking place at the hospital, along with construction and procurement of new wards,” the site quoted hospital administrator Naomi Assulin as saying of the project. She added that the hospital staff was studying further enriching the ward’s environment.
Sajur man arrested for shooting into the air
Police arrested a 39-year-old resident of the Sajur village near Acre over the weekend on suspicion of shooting into the air during a fight that broke out in the city. The police said the fight occurred between two families in the village after a dispute between children came to the adults’ attention. No injuries were reported. Police sought a remand extension for the suspect at the Nazareth Magistrate’s Court.
Masked men steal weapons from IDF base in North
Four masked individuals infiltrated the IDF’s Naftali base near the Golani junction in the North early Friday morning and stole four weapons. The infiltrators tied up the soldier on guard duty, stealing his and three other weapons before escaping.
According to Army Radio, military police investigating the incident believe the infiltrators received assistance from within the base. Authorities launched a search for the suspects.
Gan Yavne gives ancient welcome to new babies
The town of Gan Yavne, for the third year in a row, is holding its “first step in the community” welcoming event for newborn babies and their parents, offering a welcome, a blessing and a gift to the new families.
“We do not have a Temple in our generation, so we miss out on the experience Jews in earlier times knew well – families coming to the Temple to give thanks for their offspring with a pair of doves or another sacrifice,” Sarit Kakon, a volunteer in the program, said of the initiative. The goal of the event, she continued, “is to create in our modern reality a communal experience that invites babies and their parents to a meeting with wide participation where we give thanks for the abundance and good that befalls us with these tiny, sweet figures.”
The event, which is scheduled to take place next Friday, will include a breakfast and a main ceremony in which the local council head will bless the parents and babies, blow a shofar, and place the infants under prayer shawls while parents give them a traditional priestly blessing. All of the babies will receive a modest gift from the local council, while parents can attend a variety of workshops on child development, baby massage, sibling jealousy, birthing and more.
Government declares Sarona Templer Colony heritage site
The state recognized the Sarona Templer Colony in Tel Aviv as a national heritage site last week, six months after it filed an application seeking the designation.
The new status helps ensure the site is funded for proper preservation and gives it exposure throughout the country.
The Sarona compound was first established in 1871 by German Templers, and it emptied of its inhabitants during World War II. According to the Tel Aviv Municipality, the site is of national value in three ways: It is a symbol of the Zionist struggle, the creation of Jewish defense forces, and the establishment of Hebrew sovereignty.
The complex is undergoing advanced development and restoration work and is expected to open to visitors in the spring of 2013. Thirty-three buildings are planned for public and commercial use in the site, including a visitors’ center and a film screening center.
Sarona site director Mairav Shaul praised the designation and the funds that came along with it, saying it would allow visitors to see what each building was like in the past, via videos and other technologies. “The project is currently in the planning phase,” Shaul said. “Our aim is that we will succeed in preparing the [visitor] stations in the park so that they will open this coming spring, together with the park.”KKL-JNF plants tree to honor Sobibor uprising leader Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael-Jewish National Fund held a treeplanting ceremony at the Nahshon Forest last week honoring Alexander Pechersky, the leader of the uprising at the Sobibor extermination camp. His granddaughter Natalia Ladichenko participated in the ceremony, which took place on the annual memorial day of the uprising.
“It is a great honor for me to stand on the ground of the Land of Israel and plant a tree here in the memory of my heroic grandfather,” she said. “I hope all the trees here will grow and become a great forest.”
Also attending the ceremony was KKL-JNF fund-raising and projects coordinator Eran Zabadi, who called it a privilege to plant a tree in the Land of Israel, “where the trees themselves are heroes. In this land, which was desolate for so long, KKLJNF has planted forests, and many of the planters were themselves refugees who had escaped to the forests of Eastern Europe.”
Noting that her grandfather had never visited Israel, Ladichenko said he had loved the country and been interested in what was happening here. “I am sure he would have been very proud if he could have been with us today,” she said.
Petah Tikva man in serious condition after beating
Paramedics found a seriously wounded man on Petah Tikva’s Pinsker Street Saturday night. Magen David Adom paramedics evacuated the man to Beilinson Medical Center in the city. MDA said the man was likely wounded in an attack.
Eilat cracks down on illegal villa rentals The Eilat Municipality recently began securing court orders to shut down the rental of some villas in the city to tourists, following continued noise complaints and the use of the villas for one-day parties – a use that goes against zoning restrictions.
The four properties in question, the municipality contends, are being used illegally for commercial purposes and are a menace to the residential neighborhoods in which they are located. The city began legal proceedings against the owners of two of the villas, in addition to receiving injunctions against them.
The court action was part of efforts by Eilat and its mayor, Yitzhak Meir Halevy, to crack down on one-day rentals for the purpose of throwing parties, and general unlicensed property rentals to tourists. The municipality said it planned to take additional action against other villa owners who were violating zoning laws.Kibbutz Wine Festival debuts at Zikim For the first time, kibbutzim will hold a festival to showcase wines produced in the communal agricultural settlements.
Along with the wine tastings and showcase presentations, guests and participants will be able to enjoy live jazz performances and stands offering sushi, dairy products, pastries, ice cream and olive oil at Kibbutz Zikim in the Hof Ashkelon Coast Regional Council.
“The kibbutzim are centrally involved in the wine production industry, and some of them are symbols of it,” said council head Yair Farjoun. “Therefore, it was only natural to give Kibbutz Zikim the stage to host the festival showcasing the best collective wineries. The Kibbutz Wine Festival is the beginning of of an annual tradition.”
Among the participating wineries are Ortal, Ramot Menashe, Ya’acov Shikui Ga’aton, Snir, Ye’elim, Anatot and Bezek. The event will take place next Thursday at 7 p.m. Entry is NIS 35 per person, which entitles participants to a free wine glass and unlimited tastings.