Sunday, July 2
Truth and falsehood about the health of leaders is the subject of a symposium to be conducted by the Jerusalem Center for Ethics at Mishkenot Shaananim. Sparked by the illness of former prime minister Ariel Sharon, reports about the psychological problems of former prime minister Menachem Begin and the knowledge that former prime minister Golda Meir was being treated for cancer, the symposium will be addressed by journalists and medical and security experts including Prof. Shlomo Mor Yosef, the general manager of Hadassah, who became a television celebrity while Sharon was hospitalized there. The symposium begins at 2 p.m. To register, telephone: (02) 629-2206.
The World Congress of Jews from Egypt will be held from July 2 - 6 with the cooperation of the University of Haifa and the participation of Egyptian Ambassador Assem Ibrahim Mohamed. Sessions will be held at the Nof Hotel, the University of Haifa and the Dan Carmel Hotel Haifa. Full details are available at www.wcje.net. Of the 250 people who have registered, half are from abroad, providing an opportunity for reunions of members of a once glorious community that has diminished in numbers to only a few elderly Jews still living in Egypt.
The 10th International Conference - From Jahiliyya to Islam, opening at 7:30 p.m., will continue until Friday, July 7, under the auspices of the Institute for Advanced Studies, the Hebrew University. Sessions include The Byzantine-Islamic transition in the Negev: an archaeological perspective; Making sense of the Qurashi leather trade; The structure and content of al-Waqidi's history of the conquest of Syria; and Literary theft in classical Arabic prose. Sessions will be held in English at the Institute of Advanced Studies, Feldman Bldg, Room 130, Hebrew University Edmond J. Safra Campus, Givat Ram. For further details, call: (02) 658- 4735.
Hidden Energies: Knowledge, Praxis and Agencies in Near Eastern Culture, a lecture in Hebrew under the auspices of the Hebrew University's Institute for Advanced Studies, will be held at 5 p.m. in the Feldman Bldg, Edmond. J. Safra Campus, Givat Ram. For further details, call: (02) 658-4735.
Monday, July 3
The Public Affairs department of the US Embassy in conjunction with the Justice Ministry's department for Equal Rights for People with Disabilities will host a bi-national conference based on legislation and realities for people with disabilities in the US and Israel. Justice Minister Haim Ramon and US Ambassador Richard Jones are scheduled to attend the conference, which begins at 9:15 a.m. at Machon Mofet, 3 Shoshan Persitz Street, Tel Aviv. Advance registration is required. Fax: (02) 654-9566 or e-mail email@example.com.
Tuesday, July 4
Guest speaker, Prof. Arlene Kanter will speak on "From Charity to Societal Change: Disability Rights with the Human Rights Framework" at an all-day conference on Social Responsibility in an Era of Human Rights: People with Disabilities at the dawn of the 21st Century. The subject will be discussed from legal, sociological, religious and economic perspectives. Beginning at 9 a.m., the conference will be held at Machon Mofet, 3 Shoshan Persitz Street, Tel Aviv. Advance registration is required. Fax: (02) 654-9566 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.