Conference Circuit

The Jewish Agency's Board of Governors opens its three-day meeting at the Inbal Hotel in Jerusalem. It will host a special plenary session on the final day to bid farewell to Prime Minister Ehud Olmert.

Sunday, February 22
  • THE JEWISH Agency's Board of Governors opens its three-day meeting at the Inbal Hotel in Jerusalem. It will host a special plenary session on the final day to bid farewell to Prime Minister Ehud Olmert. Monday, February 23
  • GREEN CIVIL Engineering is the focus of a conference to be hosted at the Beersheba campus of the Sammy Shamoun Academy for Engineering. A number of different projects within the scope of green civil engineering will be presented. Sessions will deal with green architecture and construction, water preservation, land conservation, renewable energies and green transportation. The all-day conference will begin at 10 a.m. For more information call (052) 390-0380.
  • THE ARAB Feminist organization Kayan will hold a lecture on sexual harassment prevention laws in the Shibli-Umm Al-Ghanam Local Council. This will be the organization's second lecture at the council and is for all council employees, men and women alike. The lecture will aim to raise awareness of sexual harassment and its prevention, as well as to inform the women in the group of their rights in sexual harassment cases. Kayan monitors Local Councils, ensuring they meet the law's requirement of appointing a woman to oversee sexual harassment issues. It has also approached the Industry, Trade and Labor Ministry, the Authority for the Advancement of the Status of Women and the Equal Employment Opportunities Commission, demanding that they expand enforcement of this law in Arab local councils. For more information call Shir Harel at (054) 245-7683. Tuesday, February 24
  • ETHICS IN the State Prosecutors Department is the subject of the upcoming meeting in the series on Ethics in Government Institutions sponsored by the Jerusalem Center for Ethics. Participants include Supreme Court Justice Edna Arbel and State Attorney Moshe Lador. The event will be held at the JCE in Mishkenot Sha'ananim at 5 p.m.
  • HARNESSING BIOENERGY is the subject of a symposium to be held at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Use of plants of various kinds to produce biofuels is a topic of ever-increasing importance in the world as a means to combat an energy crisis and to deal with increasing concern over atmospheric pollution from the use of fossil fuels. Scientists are involved in advanced research aimed at discovering and developing the most practical and cost-efficient plants for cultivation and conversion into fuels. Addressing the opening session at 9:30 a.m. on will be Avraham Arbib, deputy chief scientist and director of the division of research and development at the National Infrastructures Ministry. A full schedule of the symposium and a selection of symposium abstracts is available via e-mail by contacting Jerry Barach at (02) 588-2904, or Orit Sulitzeanu at (02) 588-2910 or (054) 882-0016. Wednesday, February 25
  • WEALTH MANAGEMENT for Peace, a conference organized by Fortress Capital Management to discuss investment opportunities in the Israeli and Palestinian economies, is the focus of the STEP Jerusalem Welfare Conference. It will focus on many of the issues faced by anyone wishing to invest in the Israeli and Palestinian economies. The conference is at the David Citadel Hotel in Jerusalem. It will examine a wide range of investment opportunities, including hi-tech and real-estate ventures, and discuss the viability and security of the supporting infrastructures. The Conference will be conducted in English. The conference program and other details can be found at
  • THE 2009 Knesset Elections: Political and International Implications will headline a special Ambassador's Forum at Bar-Ilan University, to be hosted by the Department of External Relations. Former ambassador to the UN Dan Gillerman will be the keynote speaker. The forum will be moderated by Prof. Shmuel Sandler. Panelists and topics include: Dr. Jonathan Rynhold, on Peace and Security in the Wake of the Elections; Prof. Eytan Gilboa, on US-Israeli Relations in the Obama Era; and Dr. Mordechai Kedar, on The Palestinian Aspect: The Arab Political System in the Aftermath of the Gaza Action.
  • ASYMETRIC WARFARE through Misuse of International Law is the subject of a lecture to be delivered by Elizabeth Samson, a Hudson Institute visiting fellow. It begins at 5.30 p.m. in the BESA Seminar Room, Physics Building (202), Room 216, Bar-Ilan University. The lecture is under the auspices of BIU's Social Studies Faculty. Thursday, February 26
  • A CONFERENCE on the Breast Cancer Gene, under the auspices of the Bracha organization, will be held at the Tel Aviv Medical Center at 7 p.m. In addition to a discussion on the subject, participants will see the premiere of In the Family, a moving documentary about a 27-year-old woman who discovers that she has the breast cancer gene. For more information call (072) 233-2974 or contact Friday, February 27
  • SHISHAGRIRUT, THE Friday lecture series at the Japanese Embassy, will feature Ayala Danon, who will speak on Japan: The Tourist Industry as Leverage to Developing Peripheral Areas. The event, co-sponsored by the Israel-Japan Friendship Society and Chamber of Commerce, will take place at 11 a.m. in the embassy's library, 19th Floor, The Museum Tower, 4 Berkowitz Street, Tel Aviv.