Source: (2002) VOMA Connections no. 11 (Summer): 5.In early May 2002 Ron Claassen, Director of the Center for Peacemaking and Conflict Studies at Fresno Pacific University (Fresno, California), was a guest speaker at the First Restorative Justice Conference held in Tel Aviv, Israel. Martin Wright of England was the other guest speaker. In this article Claassen reports on the conference and his participation in it. Prior to the conference Claassen and Wright led workshops on the theory and practice of restorative justice, with a focus on the significance of restorative justice to the Israeli criminal justice system. The conference itself extended the same emphases on restorative justice theory and practice in relation to Israeli criminal justice. Participants included prosecutors, police, judges, attorneys, and law school and social work faculty and students.