Thursday, January 26 International Holocaust Day will be marked at Yad Vashem with a symposium beginning at 9:45 a.m. Speakers will discuss guilt, sin and punishment. It will be held in the lecture hall of Yad Vashem's School for Holocaust Education. A conference on "Providing Civil Legal Assistance in Israel" will be held from 4:00 to 6:30 p.m. in room 405, Maiersdorf Faculty Club, the Hebrew University, Mount Scopus campus. The conference is being held in connection with the publication of Zarkur, a position paper by Dr. Mimi Ajzenstadt and Barak Ariel of the study group on social policy at the Paul Baerwald School of Social Work of the Hebrew University. "The government has a responsibility to provide assistance for citizens who cannot afford to hire professional legal services," contends Ajzenstadt, who notes that, at present, only minimal funds are allocated for such service, which contradicts the principle of equal justice for all. Statistics to be presented at the conference will illustrate the growing demand for legal assistance, particularly by women who constitute the weakest economic sector among those seeking adjudication in civil matters. Conference participants will include senior figures from the School of Social Work as well as legal experts from the university and from the Ministry of Justice. For further information, call: Jerry Barach, Dept. of Media Relations, the Hebrew University (02) 588-2904, or Orit Sulitzeanu, Hebrew University spokesperson, (02) 588-2910 or (052) 260-8016. Saturday, January 28 Israel Elections 2006: Meet representatives of the parties. The Jerusalem Post in conjunction with AACI and the Great Synagogue will have a panel discussion with some of the candidates who will present their platforms and answer questions. The following parties are expected to be represented: Kadima: Dr. Dan Ben-David; Labor: MK Colette Avital; Likud: MK Uzi Landau; Meretz: Dr. Tzvia Greenfield; NRP: MK Shaul Yahalom; National Union: MK Benny Elon; Shas: Shira Leibowitz Schmidt; UTJ: Jonathan Rosenblum; Yisrael Beitenu: MK Yuri Shtern. Moderator will be David Horovitz, Editor-in-Chief of The Jerusalem Post. The event will begin at 8 p.m. at the Great Synagogue, 56 King George Street, Jerusalem. Sunday, January 29 The Fullbright/Israel/USIEF 50th anniversary two-day symposium on International Influences on National Legal Systems will be held at the Hebrew University on Sunday and the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya on Monday beginning at 9:45 a.m. The Hebrew University sessions will be held in Room 503 Maiersdorf Faculty Club, Mount Scopus campus and will deal with: Comparative Perspectives on Public Law; Administrative Law; International Law in Domestic Courts; and International Influences on National Legal Systems. The IDC sessions in auditorium 316, Ayalon School of Business will deal with Equality and Rights, Freedom of Expression and Judicial Review. Speakers will include Alan Dershowitz, Ruth Gavison, Supreme Court President Aharon Barak, Amnon Rubinstein and other legal experts. A symposium on the philosophy of non-mainstream thinker Prof. Yeshayahu Leibowitz will be held under the joint auspices of the Open University and Bar Ilan University. The symposium will begin will be held at 3:30 p.m in the Neudorfer Auditorium of the Open University, 108 Ravotzky Street, Ra'anana. (Entrance to the car park from Weizmann Street) Thinking about Liberty in Dark Times. Prof. Julia Kristeva of the University of Paris will lecture in English at 8 p.m., at the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute, 43 Jabotinsky St., under the auspices of the Lafer Center for Women's and Gender Studies at the Hebrew University and others. For further details, call: (02) 588-3455. Monday, January 30 A symposium on inheritance and estate laws will be held at 7:30 p.m. at Ono Academic College, 104 Tzachal Street, Kiryat Ono. Participants will include Supreme Court President Justice Aharon Barak, Labor Court President Justice Steve Adler and various academic experts. Advance registration is required. Call: (03) 531-1838. Tuesday, January 31 Byzantium and Judea: a Meeting of Cultures - conference sponsored by Scholion, the Center for Inter-disciplinary Research in Jewish Studies at the Hebrew University, and the Ben Tzvi Institute, 4:00-7:30 p.m., Yad Ben Tzvi, 12 Abarbanel Street. For further details call: (02) 588-1279. Wednesday, February 1 Women, Gender and Sciences is the central theme of the 14th Women and Gender Studies and Feminit Theorie Annual Conference of the NCJW Women Studies Forum at Tel Aviv University. The opening session is at 10 a.m. in Hall 496 of the Gilman Building on the TAU campus. For details call: (03) 640-6905. Thursday, February 2 A lecture on Life in Distant Worlds by Dr. Amri Wandel of the Hebrew University, will be held at 6 p.m., at Canada Hall, the Hebrew University Edmond J. Safra Campus, Givat Ram. It is one of a series of lectures open to the general public on space and astronomy under the auspices of the Authority for Community and Youth of the Hebrew University. For further details call: (02) 658-6256. Monday, February 6 The sixth Go4Europe conference will be held at the Hilton Hotel, Tel Aviv with the participation of acting Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, France's Minister of State and Interior Nicolas Sarkozy and Tibor Szanyl, Political State Secretary Hungarian Ministry of Economy and Transport. Subjects to be discussed at the conference include: Going European through mergers and acquisitions; Where to invest in Europe; Establishing new strategic alliances in Europe; The image of Israel in Europe; and Life sciences; the European-Israel Opportunity. For further information and registration, contact: Melanie Benattar (03) 695-0666. The 19th forum on media responsibility will be held in the premises of the Council for a Beautiful Israel, 80 Rokeach Boulevard, Tel Aviv. The forum's headline on this occasion is: Who's lowering the rating? Sessions begin at 10 a.m. Entry is free of charge but reservations must be made in advance by calling (02) 655-6244 or (052) 385-1010. Tuesday, February 7 Auschwitz Memorial Day will be marked by the Society of Danes in Israel, the Society of Norwegian Immigrants in Israel and the Israel-Sweden Friendship League by a lecture by Prof. Dina Porat, director of The Stephen Roth Institute for the Study of Anti-Semitism and Racism at Tel Aviv University. Prof. Porat will talk about the evolution of January 27 as Auschwitz Day and Holocaust Days in general. Other speakers include MK Rabbi Michael Melchior. The event will be held at 7 p.m. in Room 001 of the Webb Building on the TAU campus. For further details, call: (03) 640-8055.