Western Galilee College inaugurates new business school

City Notes

Western Galilee College (photo credit: WWW.WGALIL.AC.IL)
Western Galilee College
(photo credit: WWW.WGALIL.AC.IL)
The Western Galilee College was set to inaugurate its new business school this week, named after businessman Sir Harry Solomon. The building covers an area of 5,510 square meters, and according to the college, will provide students with a modern and advanced learning environment. The building is comprised of classrooms, workshops, study rooms, areas designed for business simulation exercises and two large auditoriums. There is also a cafeteria, an art gallery and an amphitheater, which can serve as a site for cultural events and is expected to significantly contribute to a vibrant campus life. The building was planned according to green construction principles, maximizing shade, light and natural air movement. NIS 53 million was invested in the new school, through a partnership between the college, the United Jewish Israel Appeal, the Rashi Foundation and the Council for Higher Education’s Planning and Budgeting Committee.
Ival Giladi, chairman of the Board of Directors of WGC, said the college was inaugurating the new school “with satisfaction and pride,” viewing it as a significant milestone for the institution’s growth. “I am convinced that generations of managers to come will come out of the school,” he said.
Set to participate in the ceremony were opposition leader Isaac Herzog, chairman of the Rashi Foundation and former chief of staff Lt.-Gen. (res.) Gabi Ashkenazi, Acre Mayor Shimon Lankri, local authority heads and other officials from the industry.
Two arrested for monkeying around Police arrested a 74-year-old man on Sunday on suspicion of stealing four monkeys from the animal corner of his kibbutz in the Carmel Coast region.
According to the Local website, police also suspected that he killed two other monkeys. A resident of Pardess Hanna was also arrested under suspicion of buying the four monkeys from the man, after police searched his home and found six monkeys.
He was released under restrictive conditions at the end of the investigation. Police said they expected to make more arrests in connection with the case.
Natal runs for victims of war Natal, Israel’s Trauma Center for Victims of Terror and War, is holding a run for the second year, to raise awareness of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as a result of terrorism and war in the country. The event, titled “Running in Color,” is co-sponsored by TLV In - ternationals, and will be held in Tel Aviv’s Ganei Yehoshua on Friday, November 14 from 8-11 a.m. The paint company Nirlat will be providing the colorful paints to sprinkle participants with during the run, a symbolic feature to draw attention to emotional dis - tress and wounds of war that are otherwise invisible.
There will be several short running courses to choose from: a 5K (for fun); a 5K (competitively); a 1.5K; and a 300-meter race for the less fit.
Runners may register for this year’s event via this link: http://natal.sportweb.co.il/Running_In_Color Even
Yehuda students win Unsung Heroes’ Discovery Award for telling survivor’s story Five students at Walworth Barbour American International School in Even Yehuda were set to be presented this week with the $10,000 grand prize for the 2014 international Lowell Milken Center (LMC) for Unsung Heroes’ Discovery Award competition. Their project, “Confronting Adversity through Secret Newspapers in Terezin,” tells the story of Holocaust survivor Pavel Weiner, who spent his childhood in the Czech Republic’s Terez - in ghetto. “We became witnesses,” said the students in their award-winning documentary.
The award was scheduled to be granted during ceremonies held at the school. Under the leadership of educators Diane Vahab and Marina Brodsky, the winning students include 7th graders Emma Halimi and Assaf Shrim, and 8th graders Yeun June Jang, Gabriel Mendiuk and Eduard Strebl.
Students at the school were expected to attend the ceremony, following which parents and community members were invited to an event show - casing the winning project. VIPs on the guest list included Holocaust survivors interviewed for the project, the educational director from Beit Terezin Museum, who aided the students in their research, and Even Yehuda Mayor Avi Harari.
“The Terezin project is an example of an unsung hero who impacts in a most unusual manner,” said LMC executive director Norman Conard. “Our heroes in history come from all sorts of situations and all kinds of scenarios. We salute the students from Israel and their teacher in this discovery of unsung greatness.”
The Discovery Award challenges US and international 4th to 12th grade students to work on projects showcasing lesser known “heroes” from history, with the aim of demonstrating the power one person has to positively impact the world. Projects can take the form of documentary/multimedia; performance or website.
Even Yehuda’s winning students told the story of Weiner, who documented his experiences of he Holocaust in a diary, with accounts, poems and drawings.
The project highlighted that despite watching his family and friends being taken away to concentration camps, he continued to hold out hope for a brighter future and maintained faith in humanity.
Negev dance group premiers in UK Ben-Gurion University of the Negev’s Pola Dance Company was set to perform in London and the coastal UK town of Brighton this week. The Zionist Federation and Szpiezak Productions announced that this would be the dance company’s first appearance in the UK, with its performance of La Karina .
The group was initially scheduled to perform in August at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, but it coincided with the launch of Operation Protective Edge, and the festival voiced concerns over the Pola Dance Company’s participation.
Alongside regular anti-Israel protests and a rise in anti-Semitism, the festival received a letter signed by various British artists that called for the Pola Dance Company to be uninvited, citing its funding by the Israeli government. The Edinburgh Fringe Festival advised the Pola Dance Company not to attend, implying that it could not guarantee the safety of the artists or their ability to perform free of harassment.
Now, the ZF, in partnership with Szpiezak Productions, decided to bring the group over for two nights this week.
Pola has been exploring international contemporary dance for the last six years, with artistic director Dedi Alofer at the helm.
The company is named after Paula Ben-Gurion, the American-born wife of Israel’s founding father and first prime min - ister, David Ben-Gurion. It is comprised of 12 students from various disciplines at BGU.
The soundtrack to La Karina combines Balkan, Ladino, Lebanese and classical music such as the Barber of Seville , along - side Greek, Middle Eastern and Flamenco-inspired Spanish music. The sets of the performance are courtyards of ancient cities.
Big Apple delegation visits Beersheba A special delegation from New York visited Beersheba in October, in order to meet with the young communities in the city, the Local website reported. The group was made up of some 40 representatives from the Jewish Federation of New York, a philanthropic organization. The meeting took place in the center of town in the presence of Beersheba Mayor Rubik Danilovich, CEO of the Shahaf Foundation Haya Gimshi and representatives of a number of the city’s communities.
The meeting focused on various projects going on in Beersheba for young people. The mayor emphasized the importance of educational and social projects for the city’s development and encouraged the Federation to continue to be partners in the endeavor.
“This is a coalition of victors,” he said. “It’s important that you continue to be part of it. This is a great victory for the Jewish people and the State of Israel.” Gimshi stressed that the communities were working to close gaps in education, welfare, economy and society between different populations in Israel.