News in Brief

MKs okay bill meant to help prevent kids from being forgotten in cars

The Knesset Wednesday approved a bill in preliminary reading that is aimed at reducing the number of children forgotten by parents in their cars. It would require teachers and daycare workers to call parents any time a child fails to show up in the morning and find out why they are absent. MK Orly Levi-Abekasis ‏(Yisrael Beiteinu‏) who cosponsored the bill along with Likud MK Yariv Levin, said the bill was a response to over 180 cases in the last five years in which children were forgotten in cars or school buses. In 11 of these cases, including one last week, the child died. The bill passed by a vote of 67-0. ‏(Jonathan Lis‏)

Be’er Sheva fringe theater festival to include four premieres

The third B7 Fringe Theater Festival will take place in Be’er Sheva on July 23-25. The three-day festival will feature 27 theater performances, including four premieres. It will also include three musical performances. Among the most noteworthy productions are “Son of the Last Jew,” a play based on Yoram Kaniuk’s novel “The Last Jew”; “Article 7,” which will be the maiden performance in Hebrew of an Arabic-language play originally staged by Rahat’s Almahabash Theater; and Emanuella Amichai’s “Me’abed Mashma’uto.” ‏(Tamar Rotem‏)

Herzliya choir takes home two gold medals in international music competition

The Li-Ron Choir of Herzliya came home with two gold medals from the Musica Sacra a Roma competition, which ended this week. The annual competition for sacred choral music is run by Interkultur, an organizer of international choir competitions and festivals, and is held in a different country each year. This year, it featured 21 choirs from 14 countries. The Li-Ron girls’ choir, under the baton of founder Ronit Shapira, won one of its medals in the contemporary music category − where it actually came in second, but in this competition, second place also merits a gold medal. Shapira related that afterward, one of the judges said he was moved to tears by Li-Ron’s performance. ‏(Haggai Hitron‏)