Conference Circuit

No less than seven gov't ministers, including Prime Minister Ehud Olmert will be among the speakers at the Prime Minister's 2-day conference for the ULA that will take place in the Smolarsz Auditorium on the Tel Aviv University campus.

Sunday, May 27 HEAD OF the Delegation of the European Union Ambassador Ramiro Cibrian Uzal, did not come to the Knesset for the celebration of the 40th anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem, but he will be in Jerusalem for the two-day international conference on Approximation of Laws by Non-EU Countries with the EU Acquis being hosted by the Hebrew University's Leonard Davis Institute for International Relations at the Maiersdorf faculty Club on the HU Mount Scopus campus, which was inaccessible to Israelis for the 19 years that east Jerusalem was in Jordanian hands. The European Union, in recent years, has expressed its interest in enhancing its bilateral and regional relations with its neighboring countries, in general, and with the State of Israel, in particular. In return, the EU would expect, inter alia, its neighboring countries to align their legislation with its acquis communautaire. Such approximation of laws by the neighboring countries may bring them, their companies and citizens much benefit, but may, on the other hand, prove to be challenging, complex, problematic, and disadvantageous, in normative, legal, economic, political and practical terms. The purpose of this international conference is to examine this theme from interdisciplinary and comparative perspectives. The Leonard Davis Institute for International Relations, with the assistance of the Israeli Association for the Study of European Integration, has invited renowned scholars and practitioners from the EU, EFTA, UK, US, Switzerland, Spain and Israel to Jerusalem to share their views on this theme. "COINCIDENCE, FRIEND or Foe" is the title of the Hebrew lecture to be given at 5 p.m., in the Wise Auditorium, of the Hebrew University's Edmond J. Safra Campus at Givat Ram. The speaker will be HU Prof. Nathan Linial in the framework of the "Why?" series of lectures and musical programs sponsored by the Hebrew University Authority for Community and Youth. Admission is free of charge. For further information, call: (02) 658-6256. AN INTERNATIONAL two-day conference on "Criminality and Madness: Delinquency and Irrationality in Germany" will be conducted in English at the Goethe Institute, 15 Sokolov St., Jerusalem (May 27) and the Maiersdorf Faculty Club at the Mount Scopus campus (May 28) with speakers from Germany, the US, Israel and Britain discussing Justice, Criminology and Psychiatry; Adolf Hitler's Regiment in WWI; Crime, Gender and Sanity - Women Shoplifting; Drugs in the Third Reich; Mental Illness in Nazi Prisons; Berlin Newspapers and the Construction of the Criminal in Weimar Germany; and Art and Illegality on the Weimar Stage; under the auspices of the Richard Koebner Center for German History and Culture at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. For further details, call: (02) 588-0135, (050) 685-8652 or (054) 202-5262, or visit: Monday, May 28 THE JERUSALEM conference on social security will be conducted (in Hebrew from 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. at The Hebrew University's Senate Hall, Mount Scopus campus under the auspices of the Institute for National Insurance and the School of Social Studies and Social Welfare at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Confirmation of participation is required. For further details, call: (02) 588- 2192. CISCO EXPO 2007, a two-day. gigantic communications happening will take place at the Port of Tel Aviv with displays of state-of-the-art technology and a conference on the human components of modern technology. For full details, see "HOLOCAUST LEGAL Claims and International Law" is the title of a lecture to be delivered in English at 6:30 p.m. at the Maiersdorf Faculty Club at the Hebrew University's Mount Scopus campus under the auspices of the HU Faculty of Law. For further details, call: (02) 588-2528. "INSURANCE AGENTS why not invest a little in yourselves?" is the teaser for a conference co-hosted by Phoenix Insurance and Excellence Invest at Purple Prime in the Tel Aviv Fairgrounds, beginning at 8:30 a.m. The conference will discuss the direction in which Israeli and world economies are going; the influence of false reports on the economy; managing investments and mass communications and successful sales. The conference is intended wholly and solely for insurance agents. For further details, call Limor at Phoenix (03) 733-1819. THE CZECH Embassy is hosting a symposium at Beit Hatefutsoth to mark the 89th anniversary of the visit to the Land of Israel by the first Czech President Thomas Masaryk. Speakers will include Professors Shlomo Avineri, Yehuda Bauer, who was born and raised in Prague, and Hedva Ben-Israel. The moderator will be Czech-born broadcaster Tatiana Hoffman who is part of the Channel Two news team. The symposium has been organized in conjunction with Beit Hatefutsoth and the Israel Friends of the Czech Republic. For further details, call: (03) 691-8282. Wednesday, May 30 A CONFERENCE on pension funds targeted at CEOs, CFOs, human resource managers, and comptrollers will be held from 8:30 a.m. at the Dan Hotel, 99 Hayarkon Street, Tel Aviv. Advance registration is required. Call: (03) 513-3650. NO LESS than seven government ministers, including Prime Minister Ehud Olmert will be among the speakers at the Prime Minister's two-day conference for the Union of Local Authorities that will take place in the Smolarsz Auditorium on the Tel Aviv University campus. Among the topics to be discussed are: Smart cities in the 21st century; Business partners in economic projects initiated by individual municipalities; the end of State-sponsored education; Environmental dilemmas; the co-operation of the citizenry in determining municipal budgets; the future of rural Israel; reviving and rehabilitating city centers; the role of local authorities in fighting poverty; the management crises in local authorities; the contribution of the Jewish Agency in the training of young leaders for roles in their respective municipalities; and many other related subjects with a huge array of speakers from many areas of public service. For registration and additional information, call (03) 561-6600. THE ANNUAL Carlson Wagonlit Travel Conference will take place at the Daniel Hotel, Herzliya, from 8 a.m. and will focus on business travel in an era of globalization, requiring suppliers to give better and faster service through the use of advanced technology. Participation fee is NIS 188. Registration is only via the Web site Sunday, June 3 A TWO-day conference on radio content, the permissible and the non-permissible, looking to the future at digital, cell and Internet radio has been jointly organized by the Haifa Municipality, Israel Radio, Army Radio, The Second Channel Television and Radio Authority, regional and educational stations, the communications schools at universities and colleges and the direct broadcasts from the Knesset. Some of the leading figures in the communications industry will be among the speakers as will Communications Minister Ariel Attias. The conference will be held at the University of Haifa. For full details call Oscar B. (03) 644-0271. Tuesday, June 5 THE FOREIGN Ministry, in conjunction with UNECE (United Nations Economic Commission for Europe), will host a two-day conference on advancing PPP (Public Private Partnership), BOT (Build Operate Transfer) and PFI (Private Finance Initiative). The conference will be held under the auspices of the law firm of Yehudah Raveh and Partners and Haaretz Conferences. For further details and registration, call Elinor at (03) 512-1748. Wednesday, June 6 A SYMPOSIUM in the series of an inward look on Palestinian Citizens of Israel will be held under the joint auspices of the Humphrey Institute and Ben-Gurion University of the Negev on Israel as a Jewish and Democratic State. The symposium will be held at 6 p.m. in room 201 of the Social Work Building on the BGU campus. Monday, June 11 THE 14th annual three-day conference for teaching and training in Israel will be held at Kfar Hamaccabiah. The theme will be "To value learning is to add to the value of the organization." Wednesday, June 13 GLOBALIZATION: HOW to do business and profit in a shrinking world is the theme of a capital markets conference to be held from 8:30 a.m. at the David Intercontinental Hotel with the participation of Governor of the Bank of Israel Stanley Fischer. AJEX ISRAEL will hold a General Meeting at 4 p.m. at the King Solomon Hotel, 18 HaMaapilim Street, Netanya. The main topic will be: "How can we keep AJEX-Israel alive? Who will remember the fallen after us?" There will a chairman's report, a financial report and a discussion on future plans. Tuesday, June 19 A ONE-DAY seminar for physicians focusing on the implications of the "Dying Patient Act" will take place at Mishkenot Shaananim Jerusalem under the auspices of Tishkofet, a non-profit organization providing educational and supportive experiences for patients, families and professionals dealing with serious illness and end of life. The seminar is being offered with a special grant from the Jerusalem Foundation and in cooperation with the Center for Aging of Shaare Zedek Medical Center and other local hospitals. Tishkofet is supported by UJA-Federation of New York as part of its spiritual care initiative in Israel. The Dying Patient Act was activated in December 2006, and attempts to regulate treatment of the dying patient. Physicians have been grappling with the dilemmas of the dying patient since the formal practice of medicine began. The new Israeli law places the doctor at the center of the storm. The seminar has been tailored to help physicians process this sensitive issue so that they can be true resources for patients and families during this stressful time. The seminar is free but places are limited. Reservations can be made by contacting (02) 631-0803, or