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13 May, 2012

Celebrate Jerusalem Day with English tours and talks at the Hebrew University on Thursday May 17
Events are free, advance registration is required

Visit the Einstein Archives with Jerusalem Day ''Journeys of the Mind''
Visit the Einstein Archives with Jerusalem Day ''Journeys of the Mind''

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem is inviting the public to celebrate Jerusalem Day with two English-language events, as part of a special initiative called ''Journeys of the Mind'':

—''The Albert Einstein Archives: Thirty years in Jerusalem,'' a tour and talk by Einstein Archives curator Dr. Roni Grosz. In English, at the Einstein Archives, home to Einstein’s private library including his books on philosophy, literature and Judaism. (Thursday, May 17 at 4:30 p.m., on the second floor of the Levi building on the Edmond J. Safra Campus; map )

—''Campus of Sanctuary: A Walking Tour,'' a fascinating and inspiring look at the history of Jerusalem and Israel from the unique vantage point of the Hebrew University's Mt. Scopus campus. In English, led by Haim Aronovitz from the Hebrew University's Melton Centre for Jewish Education. (Thursday, May 17 at 5 p.m.; at the main gate of the Mt. Scopus campus; map).

Events are free. Participation is conditional upon pre-registration with the Department of Media Relations at the Hebrew University, by calling 02-5882811.

According to Hebrew University President Prof. Menahem Ben-Sasson, ''Jerusalem Day is a great opportunity for the public to experience different aspects of the Hebrew University, from exploring our botanical gardens and animal collections to learning about the intertwined histories of the Hebrew University, Jerusalem and Israel. I invite the public to spend a magical morning or afternoon experiencing the University's many scientific, architectural, botanical and artistic offerings.''

A list of Hebrew events is available at http://bit.ly/hu_siyur.

Among the Hebrew tours:

—Dr. Boaz Shaham, one of Israel's foremost experts on reptiles and amphibians, will lead a special tour for families, ''Reptiles: truth or legend.'' Dr. Shaham will address controversies such as whether a lizard can grow a new tail after double amputation, whether one can get high by licking a toad's skin, and whether water snakes live near water.

—Dr. Rivka Rabinovich will lead the tour and lecture ''On elephants, monsters and people: biological and archaeological perspectives.'' Tour participants will encounter the fossils of ancient animals that lived million of years ago and learn about the relationship between humans and animals in the pre-historic era.

—“Start-up University” will provide a fascinating look at the way scientists go from idea generation to product development. Led by Prof. Shy Arkin, Vice-President for Research & Development of the Hebrew University, and Prof. Avi Domb from the School of Pharmacy, who currently serves as Head of the Forensic Science Department in the Israel Police and developed the MAZE water purification system installed in many homes in Israel. After the talk, participants can explore “Innovators Way,” which documents commercially available inventions of Hebrew University researchers.
—Prof. Hanoch Gutfreund, former president of the Hebrew University and the academic head of the Albert Einstein Archives, will present a tour of the Archives and the lecture ''Albert Einstein visiting the Land of Israel and Hebrew University.''

—Doctoral student Neta Bodner, of the Hebrew University’s Department of Art History and the European Forum, will discuss ''How does a place becomes holy? The sanctification of Jerusalem in Christianity: An artistic and architectural perspective.'' She will explain why Jerusalem is such an attractive destination for artists and show reproductions of the city's fine art works.

—The university's Mt. Scopus Radio studio, directed by Moti Barakan, will open its doors to parents and children ages 7-10, to experience the practical side of working in radio and to record stories and experiences that can be heard on the radio’s website.

—And many more.

 

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