Sunday, June 24 KFAR BLUM, well known for its annual music festivals, is adding another string to its bow with a three-day festival of intensive, in-depth, Jewish-Israeli learning on culture, art and Jewish heritage as well as tours in the area to touch base with archaeology, ancient Israeli history and the beauty of nature. For reservations for the three days call: (03) 604-5000. Monday, June 25 THE SECOND Ben Gurion University interdisciplinary Vision Day under the auspices of the Lynne and William Frankel Center for computer Science at BGU evolved from a one-day workshop dedicated to vision-related original research by BGU researchers from different departments and schools. Vision is an intrinsically multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary research area in the different aspects of which several BGU researchers are involved. The success of the first workshop in 2006 led to a national seminar with presentations to be made by scientists from other universities in Israel in an attempt to facilitate interaction and cross-disciplinary collaboration between universities, and as a means of exposing students to the different facets of the field. The symposium will be held at the Saal Auditorium, Room 202, Alon Building for Hi-Tech, on the BGU campus. Lectures begin at 9.15 a.m. A TWO-day Print Internet Communication (PIC) conference will be held at the Dan Hotel, Hayarkon Street, Tel Aviv under the joint auspices of the Burda Center for Innovative Communication at Ben Gurion University, the Center for Educational Technology and the Center for the Information Society in Ramat Aviv. The conference, which will focus on the social and economic aspects of virtual communities, will be held at the Dan Hotel on June 25 and at the Center for Educational Technology on June 26. The conference will address economic issues resulting from the behavior of various online communities, among them communities based on common areas of interest, less-than-critical mass linguistic communities, and communities whose development revolves around the world of books and newspapers. Panel discussions will be held on the second day of the conference, following the presentation of three test cases. JEWISH IDENTITIES in ancient times: Teachers and vicissitudes, is the subject of an international three-day Menachem Stern memorial conference under the joint auspices of Yad Ben Zvi and the Hebrew University's Department of History of the Jewish People, and the HU's Mandel Institute of Jewish Studies. Sessions will take place at Yad Ben Zvi and the Hebrew University Mount Scopus. For further details, call: (02) 563 6091. TERRORISM AND extremism are the central themes of a Homeland Security and Networking seminar to be held at the King David Hotel, Jerusalem. Subjects and speakers include: Bioterrorism - Andrew C. von Eschenbach, MD. Commission of the US FDA; Issues of Islamic Terror - John Ashcroft, former US attorney general; The War on Islamic Extremism - Ambassador L. Paul Bremer, III, former presidential envoy to Iraq; Challenges faced along both the US and Israeli borders - Rick Perry, governor of Texas. There will also be a discussion on Penetrating the US Homeland Security Market. The seminar begins at 9.30 a.m. Participation fee of $100 per person includes seminar, lunch and networking reception. For further details and registration contact Maria Caraballo at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-212-245-0445. Registration closes on June 20. The seminar is sponsored by Global Capital Associates, Doheny Global Capital and Greenberg Traurig. Tuesday, June 26 THE INTERDISCIPLINARY Center Herzliya's Radzyner School of Law is delving into one of the most problematic issues in the business world with its annual two-day IP Law conference. Co-sponsored the Reinhold Cohn Group ,the conference brings together experts from across the law field with top members of academia and practitioners to debate issues raised in keeping intellectual property safe. The primary focus of the discussions will be the impact technology is having on the world of IP and will include experts from Canada, China, India, Israel, Nigeria, United Kingdom & the United States. Topics on the agenda include: Copyright & Access to Information, Patents and Rethinking the Boundaries of IP Protection. For further information including a complete program, log on to http://www.idc.ac.il/IPlaw. All lectures will be in English. Wednesday, June 27 THE SECOND Wealth Management Seminar - Entrepreneur Wealth Building will be held at 6 p.m. at Beit Ticho, 9 Harav Kook Street Jerusalem. Topics to be discussed are Valuing your business; Israeli taxation Implications of realizing wealth from your business; and Building Wealth outside your business. Speakers include Shimon Yarel, Rachel Ramat, Leon Harris and Philip Braude. For further details call (02) 9922-1519. CARDIOLOGY IN an era of advanced and sophisticated technology is the subject of a symposium to be held in the conference hall of the Cardiology Department of the Wolfsohn Medical Center. The symposium in memory of Prof. Yehezkiel Kishon will begin at 6 p.m. NORTEL WILL host a conference beginning at 8 a.m. to present its solutions designed to simplify the transformed enterprise and address the huge bandwidth needs and complex networking requirements of today's hyper-connected business environment. Leading organizations and telecommunication providers who will be among the conference participants will be acquainted with Nortel's new Business Optimized Networking strategy, focused on creating a network that seamlessly sustains and enhances the communications tools and applications that are the foundation of today's businesses. The event will take place at Purple Prime in the Tel Aviv Fair Grounds. Thursday, June 28 THE PERES Center for Peace, the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung and the Tel Aviv University Institute for Diplomacy and Regional Cooperation will host a symposium which will debate whether the perceived collapse of the Palestinian Authority is an internal crisis or a lose-lose situation. As the internal strife in the Palestinian Authority escalates and intensifies, questions are being posed as to whether the anarchy in the Gaza Strip will spill over into the West Bank, and beyond this, if such civil unrest poses a concrete and imminent danger of total collapse in the Palestinian Authority. An array of distinguished Israeli and Palestinian speakers will examine the current state of affairs in the Palestinian Authority. In particular, they will discuss how the strife impacts on Israel's security, political and social spheres, despite the belief of many that this is an "internal" Palestinian problem detached from domestic Israeli processes. 2007 marks the third consecutive year of cooperation between the Peres Center and the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung within the framework of the "Middle East in Transition" series. Through these public events, the Israeli public, diplomatic community and media are kept informed about transformations in the region and presented with diverse perspectives on issues related to the conflict. The symposium will begin at 5.30 in the Malka Brender Hall of Justice, Trubowicz Building, Tel Aviv University Campus. Lectures will be presented in Hebrew and English, with simultaneous translation. Entrance is free but pre-registration is required. Participation can be confirmed by calling 03-6406560/03-5680672 or e-mailing: email@example.com THE FOURTH Root & Branch Association Natural Healing Conference will be held at the Israel Center, 22 Keren Hayesod Street, Jerusalem, commencing at 10.30 a.m. Issues to be addressed by speakers include: The Challenge of Healing; Recreate Your Future; The Secret to Coping with a Medical Crisis; Yocheved Golani tells the remarkable story of a woman who has overcome five brain tumors through natural healing; Psych-K: Envision your Life exactly the way you wan it to be; The Missing Link to Healing; A Family's Journey to Raw Food and Healthy Lifestyle; The Life is in the Blood: Using Darkfield Live Blood Analysis for Diagnosis and Healing; and Natural Hormone Therapy. For further information, call: (02) 566-7787. Sunday, July 1 TOP BLOGGERS from around the world will converge on the Sammy Ofer School of Communications at the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya for the first annual Blogference. Overseas participants represent the faces of the ever-changing media world - and they're coming to Israel to meet with their counterparts and leading members of academia. The conference will address different aspects and issues raised by the growing blogosphere phenomenon. Blogference combines both the academic and practical aspects of blogging, addressing both the latest research and showcasing new blogging elements. The two-day event will host cyberspace celebrities such as Om Malik - creator of the technology blog, GigaOM, with a monthly audience of 500,000 and ranked as one of the top 50 blogs in the world; Garrett M. Graff - the first blogger to be invited to the White House press briefing and editor at large at the Washington Magazine; Micah Sifry - Co-founder and executive editor of the Personal Democracy Forum which focuses on the dynamic relationship between technology and politics; Andrew Michael Baron and Joanne Colan - Creator and host of the popular video-blog, Rocketboom; and Kent Alan Nichols and Douglas Shrine - Hosts of the Ask a Ninja video blog, which was winner of the 2007 Webby Film & Video awards. Registration is mandatory for journalists. To register, e-mail your details to firstname.lastname@example.org. For further information, contact IDC Herzliya Communications Office: Jeremy Ruden - deputy spokesman/foreign press officer (09)-9602754/317, Fax (09)-951-6696, or Email: PR@idc.ac.il.