Conference Scene

BANK OF Israel Governor Stanley Fischer will be the keynote speaker at the closing session of the two-day annual High-Tech and Venture Capital Conference organized by the Israel Venture Association at the David Intercontinental Hotel, Tel Aviv.

Sunday, June 10 BANK OF Israel Governor Stanley Fischer will be the keynote speaker at the closing session of the two-day annual High-Tech and Venture Capital Conference organized by the Israel Venture Association at the David Intercontinental Hotel, Tel Aviv. Other speakers at the conference will include leading entrepreneurs and CEOs who have established and led the largest and most successful international companies in a variety of fields, among them are Shay Agassi, Israel Makov and Dov Moran. Many other well known company founders and CEOs will deliver addresses, as well. Conference sessions will deal with building large companies and what this means to Israeli entrepreneurs; communications, software, Internet, web 2.0 and beyond, life sciences, networking and seed investment financing. 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 of The International Association of Jewish Lawyers and Jurists in conjunction with the School of Law at the Academic College of Management. 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 that begins at 6:30 p.m. will be Justice Minister Daniel Friedmann, retired Supreme Court Justice Prof. Yitzhak Zamir, College of Management Law School Dean Dr. Tamar Gidron and IAJLJ President Alex Hertman. HAREDI WOMEN in Israel - the image, the myth and the reality is the subject of a day-long conference to be held in the Feldman Building on the Bar Ilan University campus from 9 a.m. Subjects to be discussed include religious feminism and its influence; the place of women in media and literature; image and reality in the Israeli context; dilemmas in the face of real challenges. For further information, call: (03) 531-8286. THE INFLUENCE of technological fertilization on parenthood is the subject of a symposium to be held at the Netanya Academic College, University Street, Kiryat Yitzhak Rabin, at 10 a.m. Participants will include representatives of the Justice Ministry, private lawyers and physicians. "THE OTHER opinion - liberal discourse in the Middle East" to mark the publication Dr. Meir Hatina's book, "Identity politics in the Middle East: Liberal thought and Islamic challenge in Egypt" is the title of a Hebrew seminar to be held from 4-8 p.m., room 503, of the Hebrew University's Maiersdorf Faculty Club, on the Mount Scopus campus. There will also be a session on Arab liberalism and Islam in the State of Israel. The event is under the auspices of the Nehemia Levtzion Center for Islamic Studies and the Harry S. Truman Institute for the Advancement of Peace. For further details, call: (02) 588-1156. HEBREW AUTHOR Meir Shalev will talk about "The laughing destiny" at 5 p.m. at the Wise Auditorium, Edmond J. Safra campus at Givat Ram. The event is under the auspices of the Hebrew University Authority for Community and Youth Admission is free of charge. For further details, call: (02) 658-6256. "COLLECTIVE IDENTITIES, States and Globalizations" is the subject of a two-day conference in English at the Maiersdorf Faculty Club, on Hebrew University's Mount Scopus campus. The conference is part of the Holberg Workshop under the auspices of the European Forum at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in cooperation with the Faculty of Social Sciences and the Department of Sociology and Anthropology in honor of Prof. S.N. Eisenstadt. Sessions include: "Collective identities and political regimes," "Reconstruction of collective identities in the era of globalization," "Collective trauma and national retrenchment" and "Immigration and crises of integration of the modern state." Monday, June 11 The International Institute for Counter-Terrorism (ICT) at the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzliya will host a two-day conference on Mideast security under the title "The Threat of Terrorism to the Stability of the Middle East." The conference is a joint venture of the Embassy of Italy in Israel, the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs and ICT. The Italian Ambassador to Israel, Ambassador Sandro De Bernardin, will open the conference, which will emphasize Rome's increasing role in the region. As of today, Italy has troops deployed both in Gaza and Southern Lebanon. 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 household 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." "THINKING FUTURE" on the Future of Israel, its vision and the role of its institutions is the title of a Hebrew Conference to be held from 9 a.m.- 3:45 p.m. at the Rabin Auditorium, Mount Scopus campus, the Hebrew University under the auspices of the Zionist Council in Israel, the New Spirit Council and the Federmann School of Public Policy at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Speakers include journalist Carmit Guy, member of Jerusalem Municipal Council Nir Barkat, Rabbi Dr. Binyamin Lau and a number of other academics and well known figures. For further details, call: (02) 588-1193. BYNET CONVERGENCE Week, an innovative technology conference, will be held from June 11-14 at Kripton Business and Convention Center, Kfar Hayarok, Ramat Hasharon, where numerous solutions for small groups will be demonstrated via mobile advanced video contact centers. The various solutions are geared towards the public sector, local authorities, health, IDF, defense industries, regular industries, education at academic levels, finance, etc. There are two sessions daily from 8:30 a.m-12:30 p.m. and from 1-5:30 p.m. Participation is free of charge but pre-registration is required via BETWEEN CONVENTIONAL and Unconventional Terror is the subject of a conference hosted by the Political Science faculty of the Ashkelon Academic College. The conference will begin at 2 p.m. in Hall C of the Conference Center on the college campus, 12 Yitzhak Ben Zvi Street, Ashkelon. Admission is free of charge. For further details, call (08) 678-9222. Wednesday, June 13 GLOBALIZATION: HOW to do business and profit in a shrinking world is the theme of the annual 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. For details and registration, call: (03) 513-3650 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. MIGRATION AND refugees: Flows from the developing to the developed world will be discussed under the auspices of The Hebrew University's Leonard Davis School for International Relations Beit Meirsdorf, Mount Scopus Campus from 4-8 p.m. The event will be chaired by Prof. Alfred Tovias director of the Leonard Davis Institute. Major international migration trends and economic development in the LDC will be discussed by Prof. Serge Feld Department of Economics, University of Liege, Belgium. The politics of demography and migration of the European Union will be examined by Prof. Gallya Lahav of the Political Science Department, State University of New York at Stony Brook and the discussant will be Prof. Sergio DellaPergola of the Hebrew University's Avraham Harman Institute of Contemporary Jewry. THE ISRAEL Association for Byzantine Studies will hold a two-day conference in Hebrew from 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday and 8 a.m. on Thursday at Yad Ben Zvi, 12 Abarbanel Street, Rehavia, Jerusalem; Lectures will be on subjects related to Judaism, Christianity and Islam under the auspices of the Center for Land of Israel Studies and in cooperation with Yad Ben Zvi and the Hebrew University. Thursday, June 14 RETIRED SUPREME Court Justice Itzhak Zamir will preside over a Public Trial to be conducted at the Netanya Academic College, 1 University Street, Kiryat Yitzhak Rabin on the extent to which the High Court of Justice is authorized to overrule and annul laws enacted by the Knesset. Other participants will include former government minister and Hebrew University Law Professor Shimon Sheetrit, Prof. Yaffa Zilbershatz, Ron Gazit, Advocate Lippa Meir, Ben Dror Yemini and Moshe Hanegbi. The trial will begin at 5 p.m. Monday, June 18 THE ISRAEL Trade Fairs & Convention Center presents Technology 2007, the International Exhibition for Industrial Technology at the Tel Aviv Fairgrounds. The 19th exhibit of its kind, Technology 2007 is Israel's largest and most prestigious technology exhibition. The current exhibition will be the largest to date, demonstrating Israel's world acclaimed achievements in hi-tech and science-based industries alongside those of scientists and technologists from around the globe. Rapid technology developments of the past decade have placed Israel as a hi-tech attraction in the Middle East, making Technology 2007 a "summit meeting" of trade people, manufactures and buyers and offering excellent opportunities for business exchanges information and the establishing of new contacts. More than 60,000 visitors are expected to attend. Technology 2007 will include seminars and business meetings, as well as an executive business club at which exhibitors can get together and network. The Exhibition will be open to the public from Monday, June 18 to Thursday, June 21 from 11:00 a.m. to 9 p.m. each day. THE FORUM for Policy and Strategy of the Institute for Zionist Strategies will convene at 7 p.m. at the Institute for Zionist Strategies offices, 14 Sderot Eshkol 11th floor (front door entry code: 7770#) Ramat Eshkol, Jerusalem, to listen to television military commentator Maj. Gen. Yaakov Amidror (res) who will analyze the challenge of "An Immediate Military Solution to the Missile Attacks on Sderot." Gen. Amidror has been one of the most prominent advocates for confronting challenges head-on rather than hiding behind excuses, and his remarks and responses to questions promise to be interesting, stimulating, and provocative. The presentation and discussion will be in English. Tuesday, June 19 AWARE THAT many cancer patients suffer difficulty and discomfort during the course of treatment, The Kiryat Shmona and Upper Galilee branch of the Israel Cancer Association will hold a symposium on "Quality of Life During the Treatment Period." Issues to be discussed include marital intimacy, tiredness and sleep disorders during chemotherapy, group therapy and support networks. The symposium is free of charge and will be held at 4 p.m. at Tikvateinu Community Center, 32 Trumpeldor Street, Kiryat Shmona. For further information, call Sara at (04) 851-1712/5 from 8 a.m. -3 p.m. 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 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 psycho-social 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. Wednesday, June 20 THE FIRST in a series of wealth management conferences presented under the auspices STEP - Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners will take place in the Beit Ticho Gallery, 9 HaRav Kook Street, Jerusalem, at 6 p.m. and will be devoted to estate planning and estate management. Don Shrensky will speak on Understanding US Estate Duty; Chaim Katz will discuss Estate Planning in Israel; Philip Braude will talk about Effective Management of Estates; Jeremy Cohen will deal with Taxation of Testamentary Trusts and Alon Kaplan will relate to the Use of Testamentary Trusts in Israel.