Conference Circuit

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.

Sunday, June 3 A Southern Summit Meeting hosted by Psagot Ofek to discuss revolutionary changes in the finance market will be held at 3 p.m. at the Nesspan Congress and Training Center, 1 Heil Hahandasa, Beersheba. For further details and registration, call: (03) 796-8999. THERE ARE many forces at work in the healing process of any illness, including life threatening illnesses such as cancer. Medicine is not the only force that can help people to overcome the effects of illness, if not entirely to the point of cure at least to recover sufficiently to resume a regular and normal lifestyle. How to discover these forces within oneself and to bring them to the surface will be discussed by Professor G. Zajicek, cancer researcher Hebrew University; Tamara Melnick, psychologist and senior couple and family therapist; and Vicky Lefelman, dance movement therapist and teacher of body-mind balance at 5 p.m. in the conference hall of the Yedidya Congregation, 12 Lifshitz Street, Baka, Jerusalem. The event is targeted at cancer patients. For further information, contact Vicky Lefelman or (02)672-1192. REFORM IN the securities market and banking is the subject of the Prof. Marshall Sarnat memorial conference to be held, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Prof Sarnat, was one of the senior figures in the Hebrew University's Jerusalem School of Business Administration. Many of the lecturers and participants in the conference were among his students and are today leading figures in the world of banking, including the Bank of Israel, academia and insurance companies. Among them are the former director-general of the Finance Ministry and head of the Bachar Committee, Dr. Yossi Bachar; the chairman of the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange, Saul Bronfeld; the director-general of Mizrahi-Tefahot Bank, Eli Yones; the chairman of the Migdal Group and former director-general of the Finance Ministry, Aharon Fogel; the former director-general of the Jerusalem Bank, David Blumberg; the former director-general of Mercantile Discount Bank, Shalom Hochman; and the deputy director-general of Clal Insurance, Danny Kahal. The conference will deal with the influence that reforms in the securities market and the banking sphere have had on various sectors of the economy and will examine whether these reforms have achieved their purpose, since there are differences of opinion on the subject. AN INTERNATIONAL all-day conference in English on "Feminism and Art History: Linda Nochlin's Legacy," will be held at the Van Leer Institute, 43 Jabotinsky St., Jerusalem, commencing at 9 a.m. Speakers include Prof. Linda Nochlin, feminist researcher from New York University, and other experts from Israel and abroad. The conference is under the auspices of the Department of History of Art at the Hebrew University Jerusalem, the Leifer Center for the Research of Women's Issues and the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute. For further details, call: (02) 588-3455. 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. Monday, June 4 THE HEBREW University's Center for the Study of Rationality, in conjunction with the Israel Democracy Institute, is hosting a four-day international conference on Democracy and Rationality in the Eilat Hall of the Feldman Building on the university's Safra campus at Givat Ram. Among the subjects to be discussed will be: "Democracy and the Problem of Collective Decision Making;" "Rational and Irrational Ignorance of Voters;" "Do New Threats offer New Opportunities for Democracy?" On Tuesday evening at 8 p.m., there will be a discussion panel on Israeli Democracy - Current Challenges and Rational Responses with the participation of Labor leadership candidate and former prime minister Ehud Barak and former justice and finance minister Dan Meridor. The panel discussion will take place at the Israel Democracy Institute. The Wednesday afternoon session will take place at Mishkenot Sha'ananim. For further details, call: (02) 658-4135. Tuesday, June 5 TO MARK the 25th anniversary of the outbreak of the first war in Lebanon, originally known as Operation Peace in the Galilee, the BESA Center for Strategic Studies in cooperation with the IDF History Department will hold a conference on The Lebanese Theater dealing with the war itself, the strategic mistakes in the Second Lebanon War and with Israeli involvement in Lebanon in general. Among the participants will be Maj. Gen. (res.) Eitan Ben-Eliahu who was in charge of Air Force operations in Lebanon in 1982 and Maj. Gen. (Res.) Emanuel Sakal who was in charge of the ground forces in Lebanon in 1982. The conference will begin at 2 p.m. in the Senate Hall of the Feldman Conference Center at Bar-Ilan University. 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. THE THREE-day Eilat Energy Conference aimed at finding new sources of energy for the development of the Eilat-Eilot region will be held at the Hilton Queen of Sheba Hotel. For full details, call: (08) 355-5802 or (054) 979-9153. "AFRICAN CITIES: The significance of the urban context past and present" will be examined in the course of a two-day conference commencing at 9 a.m. at the New Conference Room, Ground Floor, Truman Institute, Hebrew University on the first day, and at Tel Aviv University on the second day, under the auspices of the Harry S. Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Tel Aviv University and Ben-Gurion University. The event will feature speakers from Israel, Nigeria, South Africa, Eritrea, Germany, France and the United States. Sessions include: "Lagos Wife and Close: Interactive Journey into an Exploding City;" "Jerusalem: An African City?;" "African Churches in Urban Contexts;" "Post-Colonial Urban Development;" and "Inventing Legacies in Urban Muslim Africa." Entrance by invitation only. For further details, call: (02) 588-2329. 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 THE PORTER School of Environmental Studies, Tel Aviv University will host a two-day conference on Green Chemistry: Applications, Research and Policy. Participants will convene in the Britannia Hall of the Faculty of Life Science at Tel Aviv University on the first day of the conference and in the Daniel Rowing Center in Hayarkon Park on the second day. Among those greeting participants will be Dame Shirley Porter, who heads the Porter Foundation. The keynote address on the first day will be delivered by Prof. Richard L. Smith Jr., Tohoku University, Japan, who will speak on "Developing Green Chemical Processes with Supercritical Fluid Technology." The keynote addresses on the second day will be delivered by Dr. David Henton, NatureWorks LLC, USA, who will speak on "Development of plastics based on polylactic acid: technological aspects and commercial barriers;" Prof. Terry Collins, Carnegie-Mellon University, USA, who will speak on "Green Chemistry: Sustaining a High Technology Civilization;" and Prof. Peter Sundin, Uppsala University, Sweden, whose topic will be "Swedish national chemical policy for a Ptoxic-free environment." Thursday, June 7 THE COFFEE shop and restaurant scene in Jerusalem is continually growing with new establishments opening up every week in downtown and suburbia, and existing chains spreading in more directions. Maintaining a diet in the face of all these temptations is difficult, but for those who are interested, "Dieting in Jerusalem" is the subject of discussion at the next meeting of the Seeds Caf at 6 p.m. at the YMCA, 26 King David Street, Jerusalem. Speakers will be Judith Besserman and Emily Budick authors of "The Jerusalem Diet: Guided Imagery and Personal Path to Weight Control," and Suha Khoury, Clinical Dietician Clalit Health Services, Sheikh Jarrah Clinic. Professor Budick will discuss how we can use our imagination to help lose weight and maintain weight loss. Dr. Besserman will lead the audience in guided visualizations that locate reasons for overeating and move us toward the objective of losing weight. Ms. Khoury will discuss adjusting therapeutic approaches to Arab cultural trends regarding weight loss treatment. A HEBREW seminar to mark the launch of a Internet site on the Nuremberg Makhzor, handwritten in the Middle Ages, will commence at 7:30 p.m. at Wintburg Hall, Hebrew University, Edmond J. Safra campus at Givat Ram. The evening will feature a series of lectures by experts on the subject For further details, call: (02) 658-5039. Sunday, June 10 INTERNATIONALLY acclaimed human rights activist Prof. Irwin Cotler, a member of the Canadian Parliament and a former Justice Minister and Attorney General of Canada, will deliver the annual Justice Haim Cohn Memorial lecture under the auspices pf The International Association of Jewish Lawyers and Jurists in conjunction with the School of Law at the College of Management Academic. The lecture "Pursuing Justice and Confronting Injustice: A critical perspective on the Rights Agenda," will be delivered at The College of Management, 7 Yitzhak Rabin Boulevard, Rishon Lezion. Other speakers at the event, which begins at 6:30 p.m., will be Justice Minister Prof. Daniel Friedmann, retired Supreme Court Justice Prof. Yitzhak Zamir, College of Management Law School Dean Dr. Tamar Gidron and IAJLJ President Alex Hertman. Monday, June 11 ISRAEL IS reaching for the sky as residential and office complexes loom increasingly higher. The biannual meeting of the Forum of the Development of Construction and Real Estate in Israel will discuss Israel's towering objectives at the Sheraton City Tower Hotel from 8:30 a.m. Particular focus will be given to the trend towards prestige high rises and whether they are within the financial limits of the Israeli householder or only for the very rich. In some parts of the country luxury housing complexes have quickly become ghost towns occupied primarily during the major Jewish festivals when foreign owners opt to vacation in Israel. These and other issues such as marketing, financing, group acquisitions, etc. will be discussed. For information and registration call Limor at (03) 671-1979. 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 Stanley Fischer, Governor of the Bank of Israel. 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 be 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 Sha'ananim 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 calling (02) 631-0803 or The program will feature Prof. Mordechai Halperin, head of ethics in the Ministry of Health who has been appointed to oversee the administration of the law. The seminar will also provide experiential learning workshops for participants to comprehend the ethical, moral and psychosocial issues brought about by this law. A panel discussion will feature Prof. Tamar Peretz MD (Chair-Dept Oncology, Hadassah Medical Hospital, Ein Kerem), Dr. Nathan Cherny MD (Director of Oncology and Palliative Care Medicine, Shaare Zedek Hospital) and Dr. Shaya Wexler (Director of Metabolic Disorder Clinic, Hadassah Medical Hospital, Mt. Scopus), among others. Thursday, June 21 THE RESPONSIBILITY of the office bearer from government to board of directors will be debated at a conference organized by the Israel Management Center at the Sheraton City Tower Hotel, commencing at 8 a.m. Participants will include Iris Stark, chairperson of the Board of Directors of the Ashdod Port Company; Danny Goldstein, chairman of the Association of Publicly Traded Companies; members of Knesset; senior representatives of government companies and the Israel Broadcasting Authority; heads of law firms; and key partners in accountancy practices will discuss issues such as relations between the justice system and the business world; personal and national responsibilities; financial stability in Israel and many other related subjects. For further details and registration call: (03) 671-1902.