Monday, October 23
Israel in the Aftermath of War is the theme of this year's Israel Management Center conference to be held at the David Intercontinental Hotel. In addition to many leaders in different fields of Israel's business community, speakers will include Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, Defense Minister Amir Peretz and Industry and Trade Minister Eli Yishai. For registration and further details, call (03) 671-1911/29/50.
Wednesday, October 25
Tourism Minister Isaac Herzog, who was one of the key Israeli spokespeople during the recent conflict in Lebanon, will address the International Forum and the English Speaking Friends of Tel Aviv University on "Defending Israel in Real Time." His lecture will be held at 6 p.m. in room 003 of the Naftali building on the TAU campus.
Thursday, October 26
Beit Hatefutsoth, in conjunction with the Polish Institute, will hold a memorial tribute to Polish hero Jan Karski, who smuggled himself out of Europe to try to alert the leaders of the free world to the threat of Nazi terror. He had twice been smuggled into the Warsaw Ghetto as well as into a concentration camp and he could give eye-witness testimony about what was being done to the Jews but hardly anyone, including Jewish leaders in the US and England, believed him. After the war, he settled in the US and taught at Georgetown University for 40 years. He visited Israel several times. In 1982, a tree bearing his name was planted in Yad Vashem's Avenue of the Righteous among the Nations and in 1994, he received honorary Israeli citizenship. Shortly before his death six years ago, he visited Israel again and spoke to a full house at Yad Vashem about his wartime experiences. A new book about Karski is about to be released. The symposium is being held in conjunction with its publication. Speakers will include Dr. Elzbieta Frister, director of the Polish Institute; Prof. Dina Porat, head of the Stephen Roth Institute for the Study of Contemporary Anti-Semitism and Racism; Dr. Piotr Setkiewicz, of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum who will speak about Karski as a Polish underground wartime emissary; and Dr. Laurence Weibaum of the World Jewish Congress who was a student of Karski's at Georgetown will speak about Karski the man and the hero. The evening will conclude with a Polish film 'My Mission.' The film has Hebrew subtitles. The event begins at 6 p.m.
Ninth Root & Branch Association Jerusalem Conference on the Noahide Covenant and Laws. All lectures and discussions will be in English. The conference begins at 5 p.m. at the Israel Center, 22 Keren Hayesod Street, Jerusalem. Israel Center Non-Members NIS 25, Israel Center Members NIS 20, Students NIS 10, Journalists and Israel Center Life Members Free.
Tuesday, October 31
The Jaffee Center for Strategic Studies on the campus of Tel Aviv University will hold a study day in memory of the late General Aharon Yariv on the topic "The War in Lebanon and its After Effects."
Thursday, November 2
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem's Cherrick Center for Study of Zionism, the Yishuv, and the State of Israel will host an international symposium to mark the 50th anniversary of the Sinai War. The symposium at the Maiersdorf Faculty Club on the Mount Scopus campus of the Hebrew University will comprise four sessions. The first will deal with military decisions and the campaign; the others will focus on international diplomacy, the Arab world and the non-aligned group; and the Canadian perspective. For further details and registration, call: (02) 588-2867.
Monday, November 6
The Second Lebanon War and its Aftermath is the theme of a conference organized by the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies. Topics will include: Strategic Miscalculations, Problems in the Conduct of the War, Mistakes in Preparing the Ground Forces for War, What Did Iran Learn from the War? The Aftermath of the War; What Does the Hizballah Really Want? The View from Washington: From Disappointment to Disillusion, The Arab World Following the War and The Political System in Israel After the War. The conference will begin at 2 p.m. in the Senate Hall, Feldman Building, Bar-Ilan University, with simultaneous English/Hebrew translation.
More than 200 participants from over 30 countries are expected to participate in an international conference on "Deserts and Desertification: Challenges and Opportunities," to be held in Sde Boker under the auspices of the Jacob Blaustein Institutes for Desert Research at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification - Annex IV nations (UNCCD). This is the first time that a UN General Assembly resolution has welcomed an Israeli initiative on an issue that is high on the global agenda and it comes as an acknowledgement of the State of Israel's leadership role in the worldwide battle against desertification. The conference will consider the effectiveness of different initiatives employed to combat desertification and to share a variety of opportunities available for ensuring the quality of life and sustainable livelihoods in the drylands. In addition, the conference will attempt to assess different domestic policies and strategies in countries affected by desertification. Leading international experts will come together with practitioners to discuss and present recent findings on a range of issues and controversies associated with desertification. Expected participants include Ambassador Gregoire de Kalbermatten; Deput General Secretary of the UNCCD; Dr. David A. Mouat, Chair, UNCCD Group of Experts, Desert Research Institute, Reno, Nevada; Dr. Vandana Shiva of India, who is a leading environmentalist in the developing world; Minister of the Environment Gideon Ezra; and Vice Prime-Minister Shimon Peres who will represent the Israel government.
Israel Telecom 2006 will be held from November 6-8. Exhibits will focus on Israeli IT and telecommunications industry, including wireless, communications security, technologies, infrastructure, content, Internet, software and start-ups. There will also be an International Exhibition in which the world's major producers and leading service providers will participate. In addition to the exhibits there will be professional interdisciplinary conferences, comprised of key note speeches, panels, discussions and workshops, with the guidance of the Steering Committee and participation of leaders in the world telecommunication community, annalists and regulators.
Tuesday, November 7
The first Global Rabbinic Task Force Conference convened by Sephardi Chief Rabbi Shlomo Amar in conjunction with the International Council of Jewish Women to try to find solutions for Agunot (women anchored in marriage by the disappearance of husbands or the refusal of husbands to grant a bill of divorce) will be held over a period of two days at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs (JCPA).
Wednesday, November 8
The Prime Minister's Conference for Export and International Cooperation will take place at the David Intercontinental Hotel with the participation of hundreds of business leaders from around the globe, including some of the Israel Telecom participants who will stay on to move from one conference to the other. The Prime Minister's Conference will focus on R&D, initiative technology, sustainable development of energy and water resources, professional services in the global market, and financial conditions for international business. In addition to Prime Minister Olmert and various government ministers, the conference will be addressed by representatives of foreign governments including Australian Communications Minister Helen Coonan. For further information and registration, call: (03) 644-0271.
Sunday, November 12
Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni will deliver the keynote address at the opening plenary of the four-days United Jewish Communities General Assembly at the Los Angeles Convention Center. The session will deal with the effects of the recent war on Israel, how Jewish communities responded and what more needs to be done. Livni is part of a large Israeli contingent led by Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, who towards the end of the GA will discuss Israel's foreign policy challenges. Among the other Israelis participating are Opposition Leader Binyamin Netanyahu, Education Minister Yuli Tamir, Tourism Minister Isaac Herzog, Governor of the Bank of Israel Stanley Fischer, Bank Leumi CEO Galia Maor, business tycoon and philanthropist Eitan Wertheimer and other leading figures representing Israeli organizations and institutions. The GA attracts more than 4,000 leaders from around the Jewish world. Beyond the regular topics focusing on Jewish education, the prevention of assimilation, fostering Jewish identity, fighting anti-Semitism and dealing with Jewish communities in crisis, this year's GA will be heavy with Israel-related discussions. The comprehensive agenda includes the integration of Ethiopian immigrants; in the footsteps of Ben-Gurion towards the strategic development of the Negev; the volunteer sector and Israeli philanthropy throughout the war; fighting Hizbullah - a new kind of warfare; media coverage of Israel; how Israel looks to the average American; Israel on the North American campus; making the case for Israel; women on the frontline; investing in Israel; the challenges of radical Islam; US-Israel relations; what's next for Israel and the Palestinians; the Iranian threat; anti-Zionism as the new anti-Semitism, the United Nations and other related subjects. Concurrent with the GA, the Ben-Gurion Society, a philanthropic organization for people in the 25-45 age group will hold a National Young Leadership conference in Los Angeles to mark the 120th anniversary of the birth of Ben-Gurion and to discuss what remains to be done to realize his vision for the Negev.
Monday, November 13
The Fifth Annual David Bar-Illan Media Conference will be held at the College of Judea and Samaria where it was inaugurated and where it is held each year. The full day academic forum is held in memory of former Jerusalem Post Editor-in-Chief and senior Israel government spokesman David Bar-Illan. Topics on the agenda for this year's forum include: Foreign News Reporting during the 2006 Lebanon conflict; The Propaganda War: Israel vs Hizbullah; and Political Satire and its Impact on Israeli Society. For registration and further information, Telephone: (052) 451-4011 or E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wednesday, November 22
The national business conference for members of the construction and real estate community will take place at Meridian Hotel on the Dead Sea over a three-day period during which participants will hear lectures on new trends and developments and will be able to network with a view to doing business. A special session will be for CEOs and CFOs. For details and registration, call Tasya (09) 951-8061, ext. 147.