Conference Circuit

A lecture on "Preventing and Possibly Reversing Diseases Through Dietary Changes" will be given by Richard H. Schwartz.

Conference Circuit 88 (photo credit: Courtesy)
Conference Circuit 88
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MONDAY, APRIL 28 ALTHOUGH THE Holocaust took place largely in Europe, it took its toll on North African Jews as well, but their suffering has been overlooked at memorial ceremonies other than those conducted in communities in which the majority of Jews are of North African background. Yad Vashem, the Ben Zvi Institute, the Education Ministry and The center for the Integration of the Oriental Jewish Heritage have joined forces to organize an international three-day conference on North Africa during the Second World War. Participants in the conference will present new research that will be of interest to any student of Holocaust history. The conference is supported by the Hebrew University's Avraham Harman Institute of Contemporary Jewry, the World Sephardi Federation, the Foreign Affairs Ministry, the Goethe Institute Jerusalem, the Public Affairs Office of the US Embassy, the Israel National Commission for UNESCO and the German and French embassies. Subjects of discussion include the Historical Memory of the Second World War in North Africa; the Second World War and the Beginning of the End of Jewish Presence in North Africa; German propaganda in North Africa during the Thirties; and the Dynamics of Antisemitism in North Africa on the Eve of WWII. Participants include Prof. Michel Abitbol, Hebrew University of Jerusalem ;Dr. Irit Abramski-Bligh, Yad Vashem; Dr. Eli Bar-Chen, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, München; Prof. Guy Dugas, Université de Montpellier & Université de Sorbonne ; Daniel Haik, Director of the World Sephardi Federation; Isabelle Rohr, New York University; and Dr. Rachel Simon, Princeton University. The lectures will take place at Yad Izhak Ben-Zvi, 12 Abravanel, Rehavia, Jerusalem. For further information call: Tamar at Yad Yitzhak ben Zvi 02-539-8869; 02-539-8844 A LECTURE on "Preventing and Possibly Reversing Diseases Through Dietary Changes" will be given by Richard H. Schwartz, Ph.D under the auspices of the Root and Branch Association Jerusalem. The lecture which will deal with both ecology and health and will be preceded at 7 p.m. by a one-hour documentary film "A Sacred Duty: Applying Jewish Values to Help Save the World" produced by multi-award winning producer Lionel Friedberg. The film examines environmental threats to Israel and other countries and how Jewish values can be applied in responding. The film will be followed by a one hour discussion, led by Schwartz who was its associate producer. Richard Schwartz is Professor Emeritus, College of Staten Island and President of the Jewish Vegetarians of North America (J.V.N.A.) as well as author of a number of books including "Judaism and Vegetarianism" and "Judaism and Global Survival". The event will be held at the Israel Center, 22 Rehov Keren Hayesod, Jerusalem from 7-10 p.m. For further details call: 02-566-7787. THE JABOTINSKY Institute will host an evening in honor of Professor Menachem Levin to celebrate the publication of his autobiography which appears in Hebrew under the title 'Megilat Menachem' (The Menachem Scroll), which is a Jabotinsky Institute publication. Speakers will include MK Reuven Rivlin, Yoram Belizovski, Prof. Avi Domb, Dorit Dinur-Levin, Prof. Hillel Weiss and Prof. Arye Naor. The author will have the final word. The event will take place at 6 p.m. at the Jabotinsky Institute, 38 King George Street, Tel Aviv. Tuesday, April 29 SECOND IN a series of meetings organized by the Sami Shamoon College, aimed at encouraging more women to opt for careers in science and technology in general and engineering in particular will take place in Ashdod. These forums are run by women for women, and are supervised by the dean of the college's faculty of engineering Dr. Dorith Tavor. The three forums will comprise faculty staff and graduates; college students and high school students. The latter will be mentored by the former. The idea is to get high school and college students to understand that academic stereotyping is passé and that there are no longer subjects that he studies and subjects that she studies. People should study according to their abilities and preferences and not in accordance with their gender. While it may be true that women need to be more flexible because they are usually the ones saddled with responsibility for home and children, modern technology has made it possible for them to work from home using their computers to communicate their ideas. Many women have scientific and technological potential which in the past they may have been dubious about testing. By openly discussing opportunities, dreams and fears, they can get by the obstacles. The program is being run cooperation with the Derech Isha company which works towards women empowerment. The third meeting in the series will be held on May 21. To register for all meetings call 08-851-9032. Thursday, May 1 A DIFFERENT perspective of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising will be presented by Zuta Hartman one of the few survivors of the ZZW, the Polish abbreviation for the Jewish Military Organization that also fought in the uprising, but somehow was largely omitted from the history books. ZZW emerged from the ranks of the Polish Betar. Revisionist writers have attempted to correct the sin of omission, but their writings remained mainly within their own circles. It was not until former Foreign Minister and Defense Minister Moshe Arens took up the cause and began researching the subject, that a degree of historical balance was restored. Arens, who earlier this month accompanied President Shimon Peres to Poland, unveiled a plaque in the former Warsaw Ghetto honoring the memory of ZZW commander Pawel Frankel. He will address the subject of the anonymous soldiers in the uprising. The memorial event will take place at 4.p.m. at the Menachem Begin heritage Center, 6 Nahon Street, Jerusalem. THE YOSSI Berger Holocaust Study Center will hold its annual Holocaust commemoration at the Hazvi Yisrael Congregation, Hovevei Zion Street, Jerusalem. Guest Speaker will be David Hollander whose subject will be 'From Oppression to Redemption - a Survivor's Story.' The event will start at 4 p.m. A STATE of Israel without the Holocaust? The jury is still out. It could have taken much longer for the implementation of the Balfour Declaration, and before the Second World War, the Zionist Movement did not have nearly as many adherents as it had afterwards. Even if the state would have been created with the Holocaust no one can deny the impact that the Holocaust had on its development. Beth Hatefutsoth, the Museum of the Jewish Diaspora on the Tel Aviv University campus will host a special event 'The Holocaust and the State of Israel' at 7 p.m. in the Bnai Zion Auditorium. Speakers will be Prof. Rubinstein and Dr. Gadi Taub. Monday, May 5 TO MARK International Parkison Day, the Israel Parkinson Association will host a conference for Parkinson victims and their spouses. There are some 20,000 people in Israel who have been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease but only 1300 are members of the IPA, whose executive believes that more people could be helped to cope better if they joined up. The conference will be held at the Gaash Hot Springs near Kibbutz Gaash from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For further details call Michal 052-877-3038; Gideon 050-679-6000; or Danny 054-774-8412.