Sunday, April 15
* NEW FINDINGS that will help towards a better understanding of Obsessive Compulsive Disorders (OCD) will be discussed at a symposium organized by the Department of Psychology of Tel Aviv University's Faculty of Social Sciences, beginning at 8:45 a.m. in the Bar Shira Auditorium on the TAU campus. Payment is required. For further details, call (03) 640-6389.
* THE NETVISION Institute for Internet Research will host a Holocaust Memorial Day Seminar on "The Holocaust from the Perspective of Israeli Bloggers." The intergenerational participants will include Holocaust survivors as well as second and third generation survivors, academics and journalists. Discussions begin at 3 p.m. in Room 407 of the Recanati Building on the TAU campus.
* FOLLOWING THE official Holocaust Memorial Ceremony at Yad Vashem, there will be a seminar in the Yad Vashem auditorium commencing at 10 p.m. Based on the time honored Jewish injunction "And You Shall Tell Your Children" the seminar will focus on "The Story of the Shoah Between History and Remembrance." The moderator will be Ehud Graf, with the participation of Prof. Yehuda Bauer, Rabbi Dr. Benny Lau, the poetess Agi Mishol, Ronal Fisher, Adv. and Yad Vashem chairman Avner Shalev.
Monday, April 16
* KISUFIM, THE four-day Jerusalem Conference of Jewish Writers and Poets, will be held at Beit Avi Chai, 44 King George Street, (corner Keren Kayemet) Jerusalem. The conference will deal with Holocaust writings - those gleaned from memory and those fueled by imagination; Jewish identity in literature; the voice of the individual; wandering Jews and their languages of expression; the place of intellectuals in society; the presence of myths in literature; who is a Jewish writer and other related subjects. Participants will include well-known writers from Israel and abroad. There will be ample opportunities during discussion periods for audience participation. In addition to discussions there will be readings of Jewish works and specific discussion on those of Nobel Prize Laureate Shai (Shmuel Yosef ) Agnon. Admission is free of charge.
Tuesday, April 17
* THE JERUSALEM Institute for Israel Studies will host the Lisa Goldberg Memorial Conference on Jerusalem - "The Challenge: Are there options for settling the question of Jerusalem?" The event will be held in the JIIS's Teddy Hall, 20 Radak Street. Participation is by invitation only. To secure an invitation, call: (02) 563-0175. Presentations will be made by legal, diplomatic, academic and political experts including Palestinian researcher Dr. Nazmi Jube.
* THE ROTHSCHILD-Caesarea School for Communications, the Chaim Herzog Institute for Communication, Society and Politics and the Chaim Herzog Center at Ben-Gurion University will host a memorial symposium at Tel Aviv University to mark the 10th anniversary of the passing of Israel's sixth president. The topic to be discussed by academics and veteran journalist Rafik Halabi is: "The image of Arabs and Muslims as portrayed by the Israeli media." The discussion on the TAU campus will begin at 5 p.m.
* TEL AVIV Mayor Ron Hulda'i will be the final speaker in the day-long Yuval Neeman Tel Aviv workshop on Science Technology and Security. The overall topic for discussion in the workshop is Ballistic Missiles and Rockets. Hulda'i will discuss the threat from the perspective of the population. The workshop begins at 8.30 a.m. on the campus of TAU.
* THE ISRAEL Project together with the Truman Institute will hold a day-long conference on Iran, Hizbullah and Hamas in which speakers will explore Iran's global outreach as well as its impact on Hamas and the Palestinian Future. Participants will also discuss whether Hizbullah is an independent or an Iranian organization, and will present an in-depth look at global terrorism. The event begins at 8 a.m. in the Truman Institute;s Handler Auditorium on the Hebrew University's Mount Scopus campus.
* THE UNION of Local Authorities together with the Union of Regional Councils and the South Sharon Council will host a half-day symposium, beginning at 8.15 a.m. on compensation with regard to damage to lands and the impact on Israel's development. The conference is based on Article 197 of the Public Planning and Construction Law. The symposium was spurred by the number of complaints lodged with local planning committees and institutions in relation to article 197 and deals with the question as to how these committees and institutions function, and their abilities to compensate those people who suffer losses or major inconvenience as a result of public construction and possible land appropriation. In essence, the symposium will weigh the rights of the individual against the needs to develop the country. The speaker-list at the conference is top-heavy with lawyers including Interior Minister Roni Bar-On who will speak at the opening session. Other participating ministers include Housing and Construction Minister Meir Sheetrit and National Infrastructure Minister Binyamin Ben-Eliezer. Participation fee is NIS 150. The symposium will take place at the South Sharon Cultural Center near Neveh Yarak. Call Etti or Nitza at (03) 928-6800.
* JUDAH BETWEEN East and West: The transition from Persian to Greek Rule (circa 400-200 BCE) is the subject of a three-day Israeli-British conference to be held at Tel Aviv University under the auspices of TAU's Faculty of Humanities, The Chaim Katzman Archaeology Fund, The Chaim Rosenberg School of Jewish Studies, the Sonia and Marco Nadler Institute of Archaeology and The Academic Group for Study of Israel and the Middle East (UK ).
Wednesday, April 18
* LEADING EXPERTS from Israel and abroad will participate in the two-day 54th Annual Meeting of the Israel Heart Society and the Israel Society of Cardiothoracic Surgery to be held at the David Intercontinental Hotel, Tel Aviv. Call Batya Ziv: (03) 612-2577 or (054) 634-6588.
* THE THIRD meeting in the series "Palestinian Citizens of Israel - an Inside Look" will take place at 6 p.m. in conference room 136, next to the Senate Hall, (Building 70) on the Ben-Gurion University campus. The purpose of the series that was organized by Prof. Jon. Anson and Dr. Achmed Saadi, is to provide an opportunity for listening to and entering into discussions with Israel's Palestinian citizens, many of whom are high achievers in their respective fields. The organizers believe that it is important to learn how the very fact that they are Israeli Palestinians has influenced and shaped their lives. Among the participants in the third meeting will be Salman Natour, editor of Madar, an Arabic language journal published by the Palestinian Forum for Israeli Studies in Ramallah and Director of the Emil Tuma Institute for Israeli and Palestinian Studies in Haifa. The event is being hosted by the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute for Social Research.
Friday, April 20
* Ora Zitner, Tammy Raveh, Zvi Yanai, Haim Erez and Zvi Salton will be the guests of Dr. Avi Becker at noon-time interview program at Tzavta, Tel Aviv, commencing at 12:30 p.m.
Monday, April 30
* Deloitte Brightman Almagor, Audit, Tax, Consulting and Financial Advisory together with Shiboleth Advocates and Notaries will host a conference on "China - Investment Opportunities and Challenges - Risks and Rewards." Speakers from China will include Chris Lu, Regional Managing Partner Eastern China, Deloitte; Zhou Yun, Zhong Lun Law Firm, China; James Z. Li Chairman and Managing Director E.J. McKay. Also coming in from abroad is Lawrance Chia, Partner Corporate Finance Service - National Management, Deloitte. The all-day conference will be held from 8:30 a.m. at Purple Prime in the Tel Aviv Fairgrounds. On Tuesday and Wednesday following the conference, Israelis interested in doing business with and in China in the fields of real estate, hi-tech, and financing will be able to meet on a personal basis with Chinese experts. Appointments must be arranged in advance as must pre-conference registration. To do so, call: (03) 608-5232 or (03) 608-5392.
Monday, May 7
* ENVIRONMENT 2020 - Challenges, innovation and regional cooperation is the subject of an in-depth conference to be held in the Prime Conference Hall at the Tel Aviv Fairgrounds. Topics to be discussed include socio-environmental responsibility of the business sector; environmental R&D in Israel; Business initiatives for the rehabilitation of polluted areas; challenges of environmental development as a springboard for regional cooperation. Participation fee is NIS 250. For further details, call (03) 696-4453.
Thursday, May 17
* A FULL day seminar on dreams will be hosted by the Jerusalem Friends of the Hebrew University at the Inbal Hotel.