Conference Circuit

VON Israel 2007, an international communications conference, will be held over a two-day period at The Avenue Conference Center at Airport City.

October 14, 2007 08:22


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Sunday, October 14 JERUSALEM MAYOR Mayor, Uri Lupolianski will host the 25th Jerusalem Conference of Mayors, sponsored by the Council for World Jewry, in association with Israel's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Konrad Adenauer Foundation. Approximately 40 mayors of capital cities and metropolitan centers from around the world are expected to take part in the conference, which will be held between October 14 and 18. The theme of the conference is "The City as Capital and Metropolitan Center." Among the participants will be mayors and other representatives of Kiev, London, Dublin, Addis Ababa, Leipzig, Dortmund, Lima, Zagreb, Montevideo, Quito, La-Paz, Banja Luka, Tbilisi, Cincinnati, Baton Rouge, Providence, Rhode Island and Madison, Wisconsin. Participants, in addition to exploring the intercultural and economic challenges facing big cities, will have meetings with President Shimon Peres, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert (a former mayor of Jerusalem), Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni, Opposition leader Binyamin Netanyahu, Knesset Speaker Dalia Itzik (a former deputy mayor of Jerusalem ) and prominent Jerusalem business people. VON ISRAEL 2007, an international communications conference, will be held over a two-day period at The Avenue Conference Center at Airport City. VON stands for Voice Video Vision over the Net. Leading figures from Israel and around the world, who have become legend as a result of their expertise in these areas, will be among the conference participants. The conference is among the world's top showcases of the IP (Internet Protocol) technology currently steering the global telecom industry. The People Group, Israel's Anashim veMakhshevim and the Pulver Media Group head up VON Israel 2007. Participants include: Jupiter Research Analysts president David Schatsky; IPV6 Forum president and Internet Protocal authority Latif Ladid; Internet telephony guru Jeff Pulver; IBM's research executive for communications industries, Paul Bloom; Microsoft Exchange director Jeff Resler; hi-tech guru, SNOM founder and CEO Dr. Christian Stredicke; as well as Israel's Communications Minister Ariel Attias, the EU ambassador to Israel, Ramiro Cibrian, Yossi Vardi, and Trigger-Foresight co-CEO Shelly Tshuva. Management of technology research giant Gartner will attend as will industry leaders such as Nokia Siemens Networks, AudioCodes, Microsoft, Nortel, Polycom, Sky Vision, AVAYA, IBM, Cellcom, Tadiran Telcom, and Netvision 013 Barak. Emphasis will be placed on start-ups and venture capital funds seeking hi-tech community exposure. Eugene O'Reilly, leading the Multimedia Applications Group at Nortel EMEA, will discuss speech recognition, and Paul Rowe, head of enterprise solutions marketing at Nortel EMEA, will focus on Nortel's unified communications advanced solutions. For further information contact Golan Yossifon, VON Israel spokesperson, (052) 562-5135. Monday, October 15 THE ANNUAL Maala conference on business leadership and social responsibility will be held in Pavilion Number One at the Tel Aviv Fairgrounds. The keynote address will be delivered in English by Stanley S. Litow, Vice President Corporate Citizenship and Corporate affairs and President IBM International Foundation. Litow will speak on "The Globally Integrated Enterprise: At the intersection of business and society." In the course of the conference Social Affairs Minister Isaac Herzog will conduct a dialogue with Leumi CEO Galia Maor on National Social Policy and the obligations of the Business sector in Israel. The final session will be devoted to the Arab sector. At the conclusion of the closing session there will be a reception marking the launch of the Encyclopedia of Social Responsibility. For further details, call (03) 648-2579 or access THE TENTH Root & Branch Association Jerusalem Conference on the Noahide Covenant and Laws, chaired by Rabbi Yehoshua Friedman. Will take place on Monday, October 15 and Thursday, October 18. Keynote addresses will be "Identifying Mashiach" by Rabbi Ze'ev Leff 10:30-11:30 a.m. on Monday and, on Thursday, "Contributions of Torah Thought to Humanity" by Rabbi Yaakov Rozenberg (7:00 p.m.); "The End of Days and the Noahide Laws" by Rabbi Yoel Schwartz (8:00 p.m.); "How to be more Jewish without being less Human" by Rabbi Yehoshua Friedman (9:00 p.m.). The conference will be held at the Israel Center, 22 Keren Hayesod, Jerusalem. For further information, call: (02) 566-7787. Tuesday, October 16 BACTOCHEMICAL LABORATORIES is hosting a conference on vitamin and mineral enrichment of foods. The conference, which will be held from 9 a.m., at the International Conference Center of the Ashkelon Academic College will focus on whether food products are correctly labeled, and whether the public is being misled with regard to vitamin and mineral content. For further details, call Oria Oren at (052) 611-7362. Wednesday, October 17 THE ANNUAL Aharon Yariv Memorial Conference on the State of the Nation will take place under the auspices of The Institute for National Security Studies in the Bar Shira Auditorium on the Tel Aviv University campus. For full details e-mail THE BIBLE Lands Museum Jerusalem together with the Center for the Study of Christianity, Hebrew University and the Nehemia Levtzion Centrer for Islamic Studies will host a symposium on "The Concept of One God." The symposium is being held in conjunction with the exhibition "Three Faces of Monotheism." The symposium begins at 5 p.m Friday, October 19 OPEN HOUSE, a major architectural event will be held in Jerusalem on the weekend of October 19 and 20 as part of the city's celebrations of the 40th anniversary of its reunification. More than 100 unique buildings will be open for visits, tours and discussions. Open to the public will be private houses, public and governmental buildings, synagogues, churches, monasteries and special gardens. Activities for children will be offered free of charge. There will be an open house at the Austrian Hospice in the Old City; architect Ziona Gerstein and her husband the artist Dudu Gerstein will open their home; there will be an open house at the reception hall of the Greek Patriarchy; a behind the scenes tour of the Jerusalem Theater; guided tours in the Mormon University; the interior of the King David Hotel will be open for inspection, as will the new Foreign Affairs Ministry building, and the construction site of the Calatrava bridge and more. The opening of the event, in the presence of Jerusalem Mayor Uri Lupolianski, ministers, architects, representatives of construction companies and of the various sponsors of this weekend will be held at the Rockefeller Museum on Thursday, October 18 at 6:00 p.m. for invited guests only. The overall event is also suitable for those who observe Shabbat. Wednesday, October 24 THE JEZREEL Valley Academic College will host the three-day Rosh Pina Festival, which is aimed primarily at members of the communications industry. The theme of the conference "The Forty-Year Crisis" was chosen in relation to the 40th anniversary of television in Israel. The conference will be chaired by veteran journalist and broadcaster Moshe Shlonsky, who was recently appointed to the faculty of the College. JVAC President, Professor Aliza Shenhar, says the college is an ideal venue for a conference of this kind because JVAC boasts one of the country's leading schools of communications. THE 10th annual National Businesswomen's Conference will take place at the Dan Carmel Hotel in Haifa. All women entrepreneurs or prospective entrepreneurs are welcome to come and meet colleagues and successful businesswomen from Jewish and Arab communities and towns around Israel. The event is being planned by the Center for Jewish-Arab Economic Development and Jasmine - the National Businesswomen's Association, launched in 2006, in partnership with the Konrad Adenauer Foundation. The theme of the conference is: "Women's Power in the Economy and Business." Thursday, October 25 THE 11TH Ernst & Young Journey Conference will take place at the David Intercontinental Hotel, Tel Aviv with a series of lectures and workshops. The subject matter of the conference will relate to the journey from start-up to market leader with discussions on trends, exits, private equity, clean tech, technological communications, and capital markets. The keynote address will be on the topic: "Sometimes things change - Driving effective innovation with curiosity, confidence and courage." Participation fee is NIS 490. Participants can register via the Internet at For further information, call: (03) 654-4056. Monday,October 29 THE BESA Center will host a conference on "Violence in the World of Islam: An academic look at unconventional warfare, terrorism, civil wars and low intensity conflicts in the Islamic world." The event will be held at 11 a.m. at the Feldman Conference Center, Bar-Ilan University. Tuesday, October 30 ONE OF the most unifying periods in contemporary Jewish history was the Struggle for Soviet Jewry in which Jews around the world from all religious streams and from all shades of political opinion joined forces to urge the Soviet authorities to "Let My People Go." This year marks the 40th anniversary of the rise of the Jewish National Movement in the USSR. The anniversary will be marked by an exhibition and reminiscences at Beth Hatefutsoth at 6:45 p.m. Coincidentally, the opening speaker is Natan Sharansky who became the most internationally well known of the dissidents and Prisoners of Zion. He subsequently became an Israel government minister and is today chairman of the Board of Directors of Beth Hatefutsoth. Other speakers will be Zeev Bielski, chairman of the Jewish Agency and the WZO; MK Rabbi Michael Melchior, chairman of the Knesset Committee for Education Culture and Sports; Aba Taratuta, chairman of the Remember and Save Association; and Prof. Irwin Cotler, a leading human rights activist, currently a Canadian MP and formerly Minister of Justice and Attorney General in Canada. THE 4TH International Water and Environmental Technologies Conference and exhibition will be held at the Israel Fairgrounds and Convention Center. WATEC 2007 is being held in Israel because it has the largest RO Desalination Plant; the world's most developed irrigation methods, the world's highest rate of reused water; the world's most advanced national water management system; the world's most advanced solar technologies; effective solutions for municipal solid waste; and the best technology to reduce air pollution. Top level water experts from Israel and abroad will participate in the conference. Among those attending will be Bambos Charalambous, manager of Urban Water Systems Specialist Group, Cyprus; Mary Ann Dickinson, executive director Alliance for Water Efficiency, USA; Christopher Gasson, Global Water Intelligence, UK; Timothy Holding, Minister for Water, Victoria, Australia; Karlene Maywald, Minister for Water Security, South Australia; Craig Wallace, Minister for Natural Resources and Water, Queensland; and Nathan Rees, Minister for Water Utilities, New South Wales; Hu Siyu, Deputy Minister the Minister of Water Resources, China; and numerous other dignitaries and senior executives of water-focused enterprises. Thursday, November 1 THE PRIME MINISTER'S Conference for Export and International Cooperation will be held in Tel Aviv with the participation of President Shimon Peres, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni, Finance Minister Ronnie Bar-On, Industry and Trade Minister Eli Yishai, Bank of Israel Governor Stanley Fischer and many other prominent public figures and business leaders from Israel and abroad. Overseas notables include: Angel Gurria, Secretary General, OECD - Organization for Economic Cooperation & Development; Gunter Verheugen, Vice-President, European Commission in charge of Enterprise and Industry; Herve Novelli, Minister of Enterprises & Foreign Trade, France; Jacques Rogozinski, General Manager, Inter-American Investment Corporation, USA; Geddel Vieira Lima, Minister of National Integration, Brazil; Sir Ronald Cohen, Chairman, The Portland Trust, UK; Greg Brown, President & Chief Operating Officer, Motorola Inc., USA; Eliot Spitzer, Governor, State of New York; and Bassem Awadallah, Director of the Office of His Majesty, King Abdallah II. For details and registration, call: (03) 514-2877. TO MARK the 90th anniversary of the Jewish Legion and the Zion Mule Corps as well as that of the Balfour Declaration, the Jabotinsky Institute will host a symposium under the title "This is your task." Speakers will be Prof. Yehuda Lapidot, Prof. Yigal Ilem, General (Res), Doron Almog. Moderator will be Yossi Ahimeir, the director of the Jabotisnky Institute. The event will be held at 6 p.m. at 38 King George Street, Tel Aviv. Monday, November 5 THE ISRAEL Management Center Conference on Transparency, Management and Long-Term Planning will take place at the David Intercontinental Hotel, Tel Aviv. in the presence of Prime Minister Ehud Olmert. For details, call 1-700-700-246.

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