Dear Colleague,

On behalf of the Local Organizing Committee we take great pleasure in inviting you to join in Jerusalem in July 1996 for the 4th Congress of the World Association of Theoretically Oriented Chemists.

The purpose of the Congress is to bring together scientists interested in the development of various theoretical methods, including molecular modeling, and their application to organic, inorganic, organometallic, biochemical, and biomedical problems. The WATOC Congress is also intended to attract experimentalists who may wish to employ computational methods in their research.

We and our colleagues in the National Organizing Committee are proud to host this important international meeting, to take place in the unique setting of Jerusalem, spiritual center for three monotheistic religions. The city has a remarkable blend of the ancient - with its numerous holy and historical sites, and the modern - the beauty and convenience of a new city with the best tourist facilities. Jerusalem offers unforgettable views and visits to world-famous sites: the Western Wall, the Dome of the Rock, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and Via Dolorosa, as well as many more. This year Jerusalem celebrates its 3000th anniversary which is marked by many special events.

We hope that you will join us and take the opportunity to participate in an extensive scientific program, as well as to travel throughout this unique land. A specially-arranged program of tours will enable you to visit archaeological and holy sites throughout Israel, including Christian sites in the Galilee, as well as neighboring Egypt and Jordan. A visit to the Red Sea resort of Eilat offers remarkable choral reefs, water sports and relaxation, and a visit to the Dead Sea (the lowest spot on earth) and Masada is a unique experience.

We look forward to welcoming you to a stimulating meeting and wish you an enjoyable stay in Jerusalem and in Israel.

Y. Apeloig					A. Goldblum  
Chairman of Program Committee	        	Congress Chairman