Monday, October 22
The Institute for Policy & Strategy at IDC Herzliya together with the NATO Public Diplomacy Division and the Atlantic Forum of Israel will host the second NATO-Israel symposium. The event, to be conducted entirely in English, will take place October 22 and October 23. Topics on the agenda include: NATO's role in the Mediterranean and the broader Middle East; NATO-Israel Relations and the Mediterranean Dialogue: The Road Ahead and Common Challenges; NATO's Political and Military Transformation; and Israel's Perceptions of NATO. The event will also mark a year since the implementation of the bilateral cooperation program between Israel and NATO. Israel is the first country from outside of the European continent to have such a program in effect. Among the scheduled speakers are NATO Deputy Secretary, Amb. Claudio Bisogniero; Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni; Deputy Minister of Defense Matan Vilnai; Opposition Leader and former prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu; NATO's Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Regional and Security Affairs Dr. Patrick Hardouin; Deputy Prime Minister Shaul Mofaz; Chair of the Atlantic Forum of Israel Prof. Uzi Arad; and many more. The symposium will begin at the Daniel Hotel, Herzliya, and continue at the IDC campus.
Tuesday, October 23
NESS TECHNOLOGIES will host a conference on Technology and Business at the Speed of Change at the Hilton Hotel, Tel Aviv.
Wednesday, October 24
THE JEZREEL Valley Academic College will host the three-day Rosh Pina Festival 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 recently was 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."
THE JERUSALEM Institute of Jewish Law's semi-annual forum co-sponsored by the OU Center, Hazvi Yisrael Synagogue and the Jerusalem Great Synagogue will be held at 8 p.m. at the Hazvi Yisrael Synagogue, Hovevei Zion Street, Jerusalem. Speakers will be Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz who will discuss "The Accused Head of an Organization" and Rabbi Emanuel Quint whose topic is "The Ways of Pleasantness." The event will be moderated by Yochanan Elrom of IBA News. Admission is free of charge.
Thursday, October 25
THE OPEN University will host a symposium on Climatic Change and Global Warming. Entrance is free of charge but participants must register in advance by telephone (09) 778-1834. The event will be held at 5:15 p.m at the Open University Campus, 108 Ravutsky Street, Ra'anana.
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 www.journey.co.il. For further information call: (03) 654-4056.
Friday, October 26
GARDENERS WHO are not affected by Shmita prohibitions may be interested in learning more about how to care for their gardens in winter. The Givat Brenner Nurseries have organized a 10 a.m. meeting on everything you wanted to know about winter gardening with the participation of agronomist Aharon Berger. Admission is free of charge but pre-registration is required. Call (08) 944-3952.
Sunday, October 28
Tel Aviv University's Institute for Latin American History and Culture, together with the S. Daniel Abraham Center for International and Regional Studies, will host a lecture by Fernando Henrique Cardos, Former President of Brazil and Professor of Sociology, who will speak on "Trends in Brazil's Economy and Politics in the New Context of Latin America." The moderator will be Prof. Raanan Rein, Vice-Rector, Tel Aviv University. The event will be held at 6 p.m. in the Gilman Building, Room 496. Admission is free of charge. For further details call the S. Daniel Abraham Center for International and Regional Studies, (03) 640-6667/8 or check out the Web site http://www.tau.ac.il/humanities/abraham.
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 USS . 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 Israel 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 (TBC); 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.