Conference Circuit

Jewish Agency chairman Zeev Bielski will speak on The Future of the Jewish People at the annual Goldman awards ceremony for research grants and scholarships.

Thursday, March 16 * To celebrate the launch of the Haifa and the North Branch of the Israel Management Center, the IMC together with the northern branch of the Israel Manufacturers Association will host a symposium on the economic platforms of the three major parties. The Labor viewpoint will be presented by Prof. Avishay Braverman, Kadima's position by Avigdor Yitzhaki and the Likud program by MK Israel Katz. The event will be held at Gan Hacongressim, Haifa from 6 p.m. For details and registration, call Anat at (04) 852-4202 * Jewish Agency chairman Zeev Bielski will speak on The Future of the Jewish People at the annual Goldman awards ceremony for research grants and scholarships hosted by Tel Aviv University's School for Government and Policy. The event will be held at 5 p.m. in the Naftali Building on the TAU campus. Sunday, March 19 * The Collective Memory and Second Generation in Kfar Etzion - a lecture in Hebrew by Prof. Amia Lieblich, Department of Psychology, the Hebrew University, will be held at 5 p.m. in the Wise Auditorium, Edmond J. Safra campus, Givat Ram. The event is part of the "Why?" series of lectures for the general public, organized by the Authority for Community and Youth of the Hebrew University. For further details, call: (02) 658-6256. Monday, March 20 * Thirty of the world's leading diabetes experts will convene at the Tel Aviv Hilton for a two-day conference on diabetes. Organized by D.Care - Diabetes Care in Israel, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Israel, the conference will highlight 25 years of JDRF research in its attempts to find a cure for diabetes. The conference will also review work being done in the field in different countries. * The Hebrew University Jerusalem, the Smart Family Communications Institute and the Swiss Center are sponsoring a conference on Film and Coping with Conflict. The conference with the participation of the Sam Spiegel Film School, Jerusalem, will be held from 9 a.m. at Beit Meirsdorf on the Mount Scopus campus of the Hebrew University. * The future of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and the Jewish people; Government and private investment in Jerusalem to enhance the status of the capital; the economic development of Jerusalem; the dialogue between the IDF and the religious Zionist community; the redefinition of the value of settlement; disengagement or uprooting; the place of the religious woman in the modern world are just some of the subjects tabled for discussion at the three-day Jerusalem Conference, taking place at the Regency Hotel, Jerusalem with the participation of rabbis, academics, politicians, army officers, representatives of the business community, communications experts and others. For further details and registration, call: (03) 918-5588. * Yeshiva University in Israel is hosting a Symposium on New Discoveries in the World of Medicine, featuring a lecture by Professor Susan Bressman on Dystonia, Parkinson's Disease, and Ashkenazi Jews and a presentation by Professor Avraham Steinberg on Halachic and Ethical Aspects of Screening for Jewish Genetic Disease. These presentations will be followed by discussion with opportunities for questions from the audience. Participants will include: Professor Susan B. Bressman, MD, Chair of the Department of Neurology at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York and Vice Chair of the Department of Neurology, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Yeshiva University; Professor Avraham Steinberg , Senior Pediatric Neurologist, and Director of the Medical Ethics Unit, at the Shaare Zedek Medical Center and Director of The Center for Medical Ethics at the Hebrew University-Hadassah Medical School. The symposium, which is part of a week-long Torah U'madda Colloquium being hosted by Yeshiva University in Israel, will be held at 8:00 p.m. in the auditorium of the Yeshiva University in Israel campus, 40 Duvdevani Street, Bayit Vegan, Jerusalem. For further information call the YUI Alumni Office: (02) 531-3015 or e-mail: Tuesday, March 21 * Literary View: Jews, Arabs and Viewing the 'Other' Following the 1967 War - a symposium in Hebrew in honor of 'Yasmin,' authored by Eli Amir, will take place at 3 p.m., at the Maiersdorf Faculty Club, Mount Scopus campus, Hebrew University. Participants include Prof. Amnon Cohen and Prof. Eli Podeh, the Truman Institute; Prof. Meir Bar Asher, the Hebrew University, and author Eli Amir. For further details call: (02) 588-2329. * Maariv Congresses in conjunction with Tamir Fishman will host a conference on The Business Network and Capital Markets on the Day after the Elections. Aimed primarily at investors, the conference will be held from 3:30 p.m. at Mishkenot Shaananim, Jerusalem. Given that so many prominent members of Israel's business community are investing in Israeli sports teams, the final session of the conference will be devoted to Israeli soccer. Is it just sport or part of the economic strategy of the oligarchs? For additional information and registration call: (03) 561-6600. Wednesday, March 22 * The Yaacov and Pnina Herzog Memorial Symposium on A Jewish State and Jewish Statehood will be held at the Yaacov Herzog Center for Jewish Studies at Kibbutz Ein Tzurim at 5 p.m. Transport is available from Jerusalem and Tel Aviv for NIS 40. To coordinate transport arrangements call: (02) 566-0414 or 566-2468. To register for the Symposium, call: (08) 850-1420. * Tel Aviv University is hosting a symposium on Universities, Colleges and the Labor Market at 9:30 a.m. in the Malka Brenner Auditorium in the Trubowitz Building. * Natural gas in Israel: Is the dream becoming a reality? Keynote speaker at a conference at Blue Prime, Gan Oranim, Tel Aviv will be Erhan Cetinok, CEO Zorlu Energy who will talk about the natural gas market in Turkey. For further details and registration, call: (03) 561-6600. Thursday, March 23 * The Kosher World conference and expo will open at the Anaheim Convention Center, California. Launched two years ago, Kosher World gives producers of kosher food products access to ever wider markets in addition to enabling restaurateurs, caterers, hotel food buyers, supermarket managers, etc to see what is new in kosher food. Jews are not the only people interested in kosher food. Muslims, Seventh Day Adventists and also prefer to buy products with kosher certification. Manufacturers of parve (non-dairy, non-meat) products have also discovered a huge market among the lactose intolerant. For further details and registration, contact: Penton Lifestyle Media, a division of Penton Media 1401 Pearl St. Ste. 200, Boulder, CO, 80302, USA. Wednesday, March 29 * Metuna, the organization that works towards the prevention of road accidents, is holding its seventh conference and the third in memory of Anthony Harris at the Dead sea Meridien Hotel. Titled a 'Thinking out of the Box' conference, it invites participants to share their thoughts on how to prevent road injury by changing attitudes. The conference will take a fresh look at the failure of Israel society to reduce road death and serious injury and why solutions which work in the majority of western countries are not adopted here. Participants will explore the reasons why society is seemingly resigned to the inevitable devastation of so many families every year. Within the framework of the three-day conference, Metuna will create a dialogue with media representatives, psychologists and public health officials who deal with trauma and the aftermath of vehicle collisions. Other participants in the dialogue will be families of victims and survivors of motor vehicle accidents. For full details and registration, contact the Metuna office (09) 884-4667 or