AACI Jerusalem Programs & Activities
Anyone Can Paint!
AACI Star Film Club The Sarah Peters Bridge Club
Anyone Can Paint! Seniors Wednesday Morning Programs RAPS
Screen Writing Course
Harvey Bordowitz Music Lecture Series
Jewish Aspects in Opera presents IGRA
CHILDREN Pre & Post Aliyah Sessions Information Sessions
  Professional Women’s Network
Amit - AACI Library
A Full Day Tiyul in Jerusalem AACI DVD Library
Book Sale AACI Kids Library
Day Trip to Sharon Park and the Holon Design Museum AACI Library for the Visually Impaired
Ruby Tuesdays at AACI THEATER
Yard Sale First City Improv Show
FINANCE Ruby Tuesdays
Financial Resource Network Seminars
Announcing upcoming auditions for: The Inspector Calls
Blood Drive American Citizen Services
Exercise for 50+ Navigational Series
Feldenkrais for Healthy Necks, Shoulders and Back Travel Advice - Ophir Tours
Health & Wellness Programs Volunteer with us!
Yang Long Form Tai Chi Class
AACI Advice Sessions
Advice Sessions
The following professionals offer their time for free consultations for AACI members only. 
Advice for Small Businesses
Michael Horesh is an experienced and registered business mentor, who has helped many open up and move their companies forward. From services to food to retail or high-tech, Michael sets about understanding your vision in order to resolve your issues. For a ten-minute consultation on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month, call Michael at
052-344-8453, info@michaelhoresh.com.
Building and Construction Advice
Whether you are building or buying your home or apartment, Ira Braverman P.E., registered civil engineer (California and Israel) offers individual guidance and information. Call Ira at 054-796-2725 or e-mail ira.braverman@gmail.com
Employee Rights and Labor Law Issues
Moshe Egel-Tal, CSPP, founder and CEO of Israpay, is a payroll professional with over 20 years experience in all facets of Israeli payroll in private and public sectors. For a 15 minute private and discreet consultation, e-mail Moshe at moshe.israpay@gmail.com with your full name, phone number and a brief and precise outline of the issue. www.israpay.com
Family Budget Counseling
David Litke of Bonus Family Budget Counseling will offer individual consultations on managing everyday finances, monthly budgeting and preparing for life’s emergencies. Free phone consultations of up to 30 minutes every Tuesday from 14:00 to 16:00. Call David at 050-535-1800.
Financial Planning Advice
Mark van Gelderen, Manager of the Financial Resource Network in Israel, has been helping olim for over 20 years to find reliable information to manage the financial events in their lives. By appointment only by calling Mark at 02-622-3065.
Insurance Advice
Meet with an agent from Goldfus Insurance, exclusive AACI agents, who have been in the business for more than 30 years dealing with the special needs of olim and English speakers. Call 02-561-2223 for consultations in Jerusalem, or 08-970-4003 in Modiin.
Investment solutions for non-resident USA citizens
FATCA and other new USA regulations are now making it very difficult to be an investor who is a U.S. citizen living in Israel.
If you would like to find out how you can benefit from personal, U.S. based investment solutions, please contact Katherine Lapidoth, US and Israel licensed Wealth Manager, at 09-961-1342 or 050-523-8360 for a free consultation. Katherine has been serving the American community in Israel for more than 27 years. Meetings can be arranged at AACI offices as well as additional locations.
Legal Orientation
Seeking a legal consultation in commercial matters, wills, employment issues,real estate and / or business? Call Russell Mayer of Livnat, Mayer & Co.
for a 10 minute free telephone consultation on Tuesdays at 02-679-9533 or e-mail mayer@lmf.co.il.
My Tech Tutor in Israel
Personalized training on your electronic devices.It's EASY when you know how!
Empowering people to use contemporary technology...Philanthropic Consulting
Bryna Lee Jacobson email:  bl@mytechtutoril.com. mobile:  050-7725767
Arnie Draiman has been advising individual donors and foundations for more than 13 years about how best to use their Tzedakah funds. Call Arnie at 050-515-6776 or e-mail ajdraiman@gmail.com for an appointment.
Tax and Investment Advice
Tax expert Alan R. Deutsch will answer your queries about taxes, filing U.S. tax returns, and overall financial planning. By appointment only by calling Alan’s office 02-999-2104 ext. 100 or 052-274-9999 alan@ardcpa.com  
Translation Advice
Need help understanding a bill or form? Come to AACI for help translating. This is not a notary or legal translation. By appointment only by calling the AACI front desk.
Travel Advice
Ophir Tours has been providing AACI members the best prices, service and options for all travel needs for over 21 years. For the latest information regarding air fares, cruises, car rentals and domestic tourism, call Henriette at 02-539-8666 or drop in to AACI on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month from 12:00 – 15:00. 
The AMIT-AACI Lending Library
Library Hours:
Sun, Mon, Tues, Thurs: 9 am - 4:30 pm;
Wed: 9 am - 7:30 pm
The AMIT-AACI Library offers a wide selection of books—all donated. We have fiction from contemporary titles to the classics, including classic murder mysteries. You can also find biography, Holocaust, Judaism, science fiction/fantasy and more on our shelves.   
A charge of 5 NIS per borrowed book is requested. All proceeds from the library are equally shared between AACI and AMIT Women.
For your convenience we offer a multi-purchase card as a service to readers.
Classics reading group
Sundays, 13:30 – 14:30
August 30- Fugitive Pieces (Michaels) followed by film (if available)
October 25th – The Tenants (Malamud)
November 29th – Lost in Translation (Hoffman)
Cost:  NIS 5
Fresh Insights into Literature
Mondays, 12:30-14:00
September 7 – Emily Dickinson and Walt Whitman
October 26 – Walt Whitman
Cost:  NIS 30 / NIS 20
The AACI Childrens' Library is adjacent to the adult library. For further information please contact us: 02-566-1181 ext. 323, email: amitaaci.library@gmail.com 
Dr. Oster, Volunteer Lecturer, email:  xo4@case.edu.
Rolene Segal, Volunteer Librarian, Phone: 02-566-1181 ext. 323, email:amitaaci.library@gmail.com

AACI The Star Media Library & Cinema Club

For AACI members ONLY!

DVDs are now available to rent at The Star – AACI DVD Library!

How does it work?

There is a collection of DVDS at the front desk. Come in, sign one out, and return it in two weeks. You can take out up to two DVDs at a time! Cost per DVD: 5 NIS. Late fee for returns: 2 NIS per day. Hours of the front desk: 8:30 am-4:30 pm.

Click here for the list of DVDs.

We are still collecting DVD donations to our DVD Library! Please either bring in your DVDs or mail them to us at:  AACI, P.O.B 53349, Jerusalem 91533.

Please address any questions directly to volunteer coordinator Gary at star@aaci.org.il


AACI Jerusalem Retired Active Persons (RAPS)
Wednesday Morning Programs begin at 11:00 a.m

Chairperson: Marcia Lewison


Programs are held at AACI - Dr. Max & Gianna Family Center, Jerusalem, 37 Pierre Koenig 37, corner of Poalei Tzedek 2, Talpiot.

August  26 Sondra Oster Baras: How Does an Anglo Olah Preach Zionism to Christians?
Sep 2
Rabbi Klein-Katz: Hagei Tishrei:  Days of Joy, Days of Judgement 
Sep 9
Herb Keinon: Discussing His New Book, French Fries in Pita, on the Quirks, Joys and Challenges of Life in Israel
Sep 16
Sybil Kaplan: Witness to History: Ten Years as  a Woman Foreign  Correspondent in Israel 
Sep 23
AACI Closed for Yom Kippur
Sep 30
AACI Closed for Succot
Oct 7
David Young: Shakespeare and Me
Oct 14
Dr. Susan Weiss: Agunot, Mamzerim & Adultresses, and Other Good Reasons to Separate Religion and State in Israel
Oct 21
Raya Meltz: My Personal Journey as a North American Indian Jew 
Oct 28
Dani Barkai: Meet  Some of the Animals of Jerusalem’s Biblical Zoo: Zoology and Jewish Sources 
Admission: NIS 10.
Further programs to be announced, and note some programs are subject to change.
A weekly update of RAPS programs is sent by email. To receive these, please e-mail
AACI Blood Drive in cooperation with MDA  
Next blood drive:  Monday, August 24th
Your donation can make the difference! We are giving a pint of Ben and Jerry’s ice cream for a pint of blood.  Want to have your favorite flavor at the next blood drive?  Become an ice cream sponsor and pick your flavor!  E-mail eweisel@aaci.org.il for more information.
Your donation can make the difference!
Donors must:
  • Be aged 18-65 (Those over 65 can donate with a doctor's note.)
  • Be of minimum weight 50 kg
  • Have not donated blood in the last 3 months
Those who have spent a total of 6 months in the UK between 1980-1996, received a blood transfusion or had an operation in the UK cannot donate blood. 
Magen David Adom appreciates all who came to donate on behalf of the individuals who will benefit from your donation.
AACI Jerusalem members benefit from blood insurance in case of need.
When you are hospitalized in Israel, it is a customary hospital procedure to request that someone donate pints of blood to the hospital blood bank. AACI Jerusalem offers blood insurance for our members, and our blood drives “bank” this blood on behalf of all our members.
AACI will now host a blood drive every four months.
If you’d like to get blood drive date reminders by email, please send your e-mail address to eweisel@aaci.org.il
AACI Book Sale
New dates to be announced.
Volunteer with us!
AACI is seeking a volunteer for office/computer work. Willing to train someone who has some knowledge of data entry, use of Microsoft excel. Looking for someone willing to commit to a few hours at a stretch, once or twice a week.
We are also seeking volunteers to help with social networking initiatives on media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, and YouTube. Individuals should have experience and confidence using these websites, as well as an ability to work independently coordinating information from a variety of sources. Individuals will create and modify unique content under (indirect) supervision on an as-needed basis. Workload will vary greatly from week to week, and sometimes be spread out over a variety of days. Most work can be completed remotely, if desired. Knowledge of spoken and written Hebrew is an asset.
AACI is looking to set up a database of volunteers who would be willing to undertake small freelance projects on an as-needed basis. We are looking for qualified individuals who are experienced with any of the following fields: blogging; photo editing; e-philanthropy; graphic design; internet communications; etc.
If you are an AACI member who works professionally in any of these fields, but would like to give back 5-10 hours per month on your own time, we encourage you to contact us!
membership@aaci.org.ilor 02-566-1181 ext 301
Ext 324.
Travel Advice – Ophir Tours
Have questions about Travel?
This is your opportunity to meet with Henriette Hertz, an agent from Ophir Tours who has been in the travel business for more than 18 years. Henriette will be available on Wednesdays at 12:00-4:00 pm at our Jerusalem office (37 Pierre Koenig). Get the latest information regarding air fares, cruises, car rentals, domestic tourism plus much more. For an appointment, please call Henriette at 02-5398666.
Health and Wellness Programs
(All our classes take place at AACI-Dr. Max & Gianna Glassman Family Center, 37 Pierre Koenig/Corner of Poalei Zedek 2, Talpiot.)
Exercise Class for 50+
Sunday mornings -11:00 - 12 noon.
Wednesday mornings - 09:30
NIS 55 / AACI Members 45 NIS / *660/540
The class is led by Marilyn Cohen, graduate of the Wingate Institute with a certification in Physical Activity for Seniors.
Please wear closed shoes and comfortable clothing.
For more information and to register, please call 02-5661-181
“Cartisiya” now available – pay for 12 classes, get one free!  Call AACI at 02-566-1181
Yang Long Form Tai Chi Class
Thursday afternoons 15:45 (beginners)
NIS 45 / AACI Members 35 NIS
Find your balance at AACI with Nacy Harel!  Almost everyone can do Tai Chi; it is done in slow motion with little joint stress, cleansing and rejuvenating the body and mind. Using flowing movements, a Tai Chi session moves through positions for strength and balance to integrate mind and body.  Please wear loose clothing.
Feldenkrais for Healthy Necks, Shoulders and Back
taught by Shoshanna Lederman
Mondays, Aug. 17, 24, 31, September: 7, 21, October: 12, 19, 26 at 11am
Increase strength and flexibility and reduce aches and pains
In each Feldenkrais movement class, Shoshanna will guide students through a sequence of movements to discover ways of moving that are easier and give relief from aches and pains. The goal is to achieve greater flexibility, while reducing pain and limitations.
The cost is: 50 NIS /AACI Member 40 NIS /  *600/48
“Cartisiya” now available – pay for 12 classes, get one free!  Call AACI at 02-566-1181
Where: AACI – Dr. Max & Gianna Glassman Family Center
Pre-registration required! Call AACI-to register, 02-566-1181
Shoshanna Lederman, Certified Feldenkrais practitioner, Israel certified yoga teacher-Wingate Institute, MA in Education, Bank Street College, NY
Call Shoshanna for details: 050-7526631.
Improve your Balance with Shoshana Lederman
Wednesdays at 12:00
October: 14, 21, 28
Safety, grace, and ease when you walk, stand, climb stairs, sit, carry loads, and get up and down.  Learn to move with your body in a free, strong, confident way.
Shoshana Lederman is a certified Feldenkrais practitioner and yoga teacher, MA in Education. 
Cost:  NIS 50 / students and AACI members NIS 40
For more details, please contact Shoshana; 0507-526-631
Where: AACI Dr. Max & Gianna Glassman Family Center
Postponed. New date/time to be announced.
Zumba® Fitness is a feel-happy workout that combines a motivating fusion of Latin and international music with unique moves and dynamic combinations that allow participants to dance away their worries.  Fun and easy to do!  A mixture of body-sculpting movements with easy-to-follow dance steps, the routines are a combination of fast and slow rhythms that maximize caloric output, fat burning and total body toning.
Please wear athletic shoes and comfortable clothes.
Leah Stern is a recent olah from Long Island, New York and is a certified zumba instructor. In addition to Zumba, she participates in dance and theater productions. She teaches Zumba in her ulpan machzor at Ulpan Etzion.
Cost:  NIS 50 / students and AACI members NIS 40
Anyone Can Paint!
with Marcia Lewison
If you would like to learn painting techniques in a lively, basic course, then this is the class for you.
When: Tuesday mornings, 10:00 – 12:00, July 7 – August 11 (6 classes)
Where: AACI – Dr. Max & Gianna Glassman Family Center
Cost: NIS 280 for non-AACI members / NIS 240 for AACI members
LIMITED SPACE! Call AACI now to reserve and e-mail Marcia at marcialewison@gmail.com to get the list of materials.
Open House at AACI Dr. Max and Gianna Glassman Family Center!
Monday August 24, 13:00 – 16:00
ALL English-speakers (tourists, olim and not-so-new olim) are warmly invited to join AACI in our Jerusalem Center, for an opportunity to discover all our resources and meet our caring staff and terrific volunteers.  Learn everything you wanted to know about AACI and our many activities.
Refreshments will be served, & a warm welcome is guaranteed.  Children of all ages welcome.
Free!  No pre-registration – just show up!
AACI Navigational Series
Wednesday September 9, 2015, at 17:00
An overview of the Shira Pransky project, and an opportunity to learn about your rights in the health care system in Israel, and how to find the information you need to navigate effectively.
Bring your own laptop or tablet if you have one.
Presenter:  Gabe Pransky is the founder of AACI’s Shira Pransky Project. http://shirapranskyproject.org
Wednesday October 14, 2015, at 17:00 
Demystify the complexities of service providers and infrastructure for your computers, cellphones, tablets and the internet.  We’ll review how it all works in Israel, who to call and what resources are available.  While designed for new Olim, all can benefit from this session.
Presenters:  Rochelle Gilbert and Paul “the PCGUY” Serkin.
Wednesday October 21, 2015, at 17:00 
Learn valuable information to assure that your wishes are known and respected in a legal way.
Presenter:  Russell D. Mayer, Adv. is a senior partner in the Jerusalem law firm of Livnat, Mayer & Co.
Wednesday November 11, 2015, at 17:00  
Learn about the Israeli consumer protection authorities; the conditions which have to be fulfilled in order to be protected by the Consumer Protection Act; the responsibility of the seller/manufacturer for products; various types of purchase transactions (store, phone and internet); and get useful advice on how to uphold and enforce your consumer rights.
Presenter: Advocate Kirill Shefer (www.shefer-law.com) has professional experience in business litigation, labor law, real estate and consumer law.
 Wednesday December 16, 2015, at 17:00  
An overview of the Health System in Israel and the options available to you.
Presenter: Dr. Rafael Cayam is the Director of Medicine of Leumit Health Fund, Jerusalem District
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Heard Any Good Books Lately?
AACI’S Library for the Visually Impaired
What if your vision deteriorated so that you could no longer read the books you love? AACI prides itself in filling every possible niche in making life in Israel a wonderful experience and solving problems.
Located in the Jerusalem office of the AACI, this very extensive library is a lifeline for visually and physically impaired booklovers. It contains books on tape, CDs, MP3s and in large print, ranging from fiction, suspense and humor, to self-help, Judaica and biographies.
What could be easier than to request books by phone or e-mail, have them mailed to you free of charge, and return them in the same container postage free? This amazing library is utilized by English speakers of all ages from Naharia to Eilat, in cities and towns as well as on kibbutzim and moshavim.
The librarians are all volunteers who take great pride in knowing their dedication enriches the lives of so many. All of the “books” in the library have been donated or purchased with donated funds. Gifts of large print books or audiobooks can be sent postage free to the AACI, 37 Pierre Koenig, corner of Poalei Tzedek Talpiot, Jerusalem.  P.O. Box 53349, Jerusalem 91042
To find out how you can access the world of talking books, make a donation or work as a volunteer, call 02-560-0912, or e-mail library@aaci.org.il
AACI Yard Sale!
Friday, September 4th, 08:30-12:30
Toys, games, clothing, kitchen and household wares, books and more.
A true bargain-hunter’s delight!
Where:  AACI-Dr. Max & Gianna Glassman Family Center,
37 Pierre Koenig, Talpiot, 4th floor
Financial Resource Network Invites You
The 3 biggest legal and financial issues facing Olim
When: Tuesday September 1, 18:30
• legal problems of becoming incapacitated in Israel
• Health & ‘Siudi’ insurance, plus other insurance coverage
• Managing savings & investment money
• Israeli law: Who is in charge? Loved ones, former spouses, the state, other countries?
• Preventing crime against the lonely, the elderly and others who do not have a strong
social network.
Featuring: Jean Kauffmann and Mark van Gelderen, Financial Planners with the Financial
Resource Network.
The unique Legal and Financial issues facing older single Olim
When: Wednesday Sept. 2, 18:30
• Overview of the Israeli system: Banking, Benefit Programs, Healthcare, Savings, Investing, Long term
care, Special Needs, etc.
• Managing your affairs
• Developing a ‘game plan’
• Common Mistakes that can cost you financial security during retirement.
• Bring your questions
Featuring: Jean Kauffmann and Mark van Gelderen, Financial Planners with the Financial
Resource Network.
Do it Yourself (Local & International) Banking & Investing
When: Thursday September 3, 18:30
• Banking, Savings programs and Investing in Israel.
• Big changes in the investment world that have revolutionized what individual investors can do
• International investing systems
• Factors to evaluate
Featuring: Mark van Gelderen, Financial Planner and Manager of the Financial Resource Network,
and Moshe Jonas, one of Israel's most experienced asset managers.
To register or for more information: 02-5807013 or info@isrenet.com | Cost: NIS 40 / AACI
members 30 NIS
Pre & Post Aliyah Sessions Information Sessions
(Valuable information on rights, bureaucracy, & more…)
 held at:
AACI Dr. Max & Gianna Glassman Family Center
37 Pierre Koenig, corner of Poalei Tzedek
Talpiot. Directions
Tel: 02-5661-181
Please call in advance (02-561-7151) to confirm and to sign up.
In addition, AACI also offers:
"HOT LINE" Counseling with Sheila Bauman by phone, for short questions only!
Daily (Sunday – Thursday):  12:15 pm – 1:15 pm. Call 02-5661-181.
DROP-IN Counseling for AACI members
Either 9:00 am – 10:45 am or 2:00 pm – 3:45 pm. Call 02-5661-181 the day before or same day to confirm time and counselor availability.
Advice Sessions for AACI members, given by qualified volunteers.
Call 02-566-1181 to make an appointment for: Travel, Tax and Investment Advice; Banking Advice; Building and Construction Advice; Insurance Advice; Shipping Advice and/or Advice on Money Management – investments, real estate, wills and trusts abroad. By appointment only!
Screen Writing Course
Wednesdays, Sept. 2, 9, Oct. 7 – Nov. 25,13:00 – 15:00
10 Weeks, 10 Classes! “Telling the Writer’s Story, One Page at a Time”
Topics include genre, plot, premise, character development, finding your writer’s voice, classic story structure.
Join JCAD (American Friends of the Jerusalem Center for Artistic Development) President Ronnie Tharp-Garber on how to develop your story into a Hollywood oriented screenplay. From story inception to finished product, create compelling stories for your novel, stage play, or documentary.

Cost per class: NIS 60 / AACI members: NIS 50
Facilitator: Ronnie Tharp-Garber wrote her first illustrated short story at age 5 and directed her first musical,
Peter Pan, at age 10. Earning an M.A. in English Literature and studying screenwriting at UCLA and NYU, she taught writing to university and adult students and helped many of them realize their personal writing dreams. Visit her  website: www.jcad18.org
The Sarah Peters Bridge Club
Monday afternoons from 13:00-16:00
Beginning Bridge
Wednesdays, 12:15
new 8 week session beginning February 25th
Come and join in the fun!
Cost: 15 NIS/ AACI members 10 NIS
The movies will be preseded by an erudite introduction by Gary Levine, a long-time movie buff. For more information contact Gary at gary@thelevines.org
Pre-registration suggested: 02-5661181
Where: AACI - Dr. Max & Gianna Glassman Family Center
Professional Women's Networking Forum
Thursday, September 3rd, 12:45-15:00
Topic: Conflict Resolution. 
Interactive, hands-on session where you will assess & reflect on your own conflict style & discover causes stages & consequences of conflict. We will discuss conflict management styles & constructive strategies of conflict resolution.
Speaker: International guest speaker Wendy Jocum’s expertise lies in all areas of people development, at individual, team and organizational levels. Wendy is based in Sydney and has been working in the HR, training & coaching field for the past 25 years, in both South Africa and Australia.
Coaching  Corner
- Is not a matter of luck... it is a choice
- Is based on your decisions, actions & non-actions
- Involves positive thinking, managing your thoughts & emotions
- Means viewing a problem as a challenge to be overcome
- Seeing challenges as stepping stones rather than as stumbling blocks
Facilitator: Lesley Kaplan
Founder & CEO of L.A.K. Creations & Consulting
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Full Day Tiyul in Jerusalem
 “And Inscribe Us in the Book of Life”
A glimpse into the many different aspects of books, the writers and the messages
With guide Esti Herkowitz
When:  Postponed. New date to be announced
Where to meet:  The bus will leave from AACI at 8:45 a.m. (meet at the bus stop in front of Super Sol)
Some of the highlights may include:  a visit Agnon’s house, Yad Ben Tzvi’s home and library, the National Library of Israel, Shrine of the Book at the Israel Museum, the street of synagogues and more!
Cost:  NIS 200 / AACI members NIS 175
Pre-paid registration essential
The Magical Musical Tour!
Harvey Bordowitz Music Lecture Series
Third Season at Jerusalem AACI
Following the popular success of his first two lecture series at AACI in Jerusalem,  conductor and music lecturer Harvey Bordowitz invites you to join him for a third season, to learn while enjoying the thrill of great music.
For more than three decades, Harvey Bordowitz has been esteemed as one of this country's most innovative and creative conductors and music directors, and has guest-conducted orchestras throughout the world. For 35 years he has lectured in both Hebrew and English on a vast range of musical topics, with humor, erudition and a deep love of music.

19:30 Sunday, November 3rd
From the revolutionary birth of the piano in 1711, music would never be the same again.  We will follow the development of the piano as it achieved super-stardom on the concert stage and hear masterworks by Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, Liszt, Rachmaninoff and others, in peerless performances by great virtuosi of the past and present.

19:30 Sunday, November 17th
Vienna - capital of the Austro-Hungarian Empire - was once a city obsessed with grandeur, splendor and frivolity, balls and masquerades. There Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, Schubert and Johann Strauss thrived. The waltz was king, gaiety was the watchword, and nobody gave a thought about tomorrow.

19:30 Sunday, December 1st
Composers have always been enchanted by nature and have long depicted its spectacle through sound. Vivaldi, Handel, Haydn, Beethoven and so many more, have translated the splendors of heaven and earth into the musical works we love so well.  How did they do it?

19:30 Sunday, December 15th
Since the dawn of civilization our ancestors have danced, and from time immemorial dance and music have been inseparable. From ancient Greece through ballet to ragtime and swing, we will explore dance both folk and classical, stopping along the way for minuets, waltzes and much more.  Get on your dancing shoes, and be prepared to tap your toes.

19:30 Sunday, December 29th
The Jewish soul, in joy and sorrow, in devotion and ecstasy, has been given voice in music over the centuries. Jewish as well as non-Jewish composers fell under the spell of prayers, folksongs and chassidic niggunim. We will celebrate this Jewish music, from classic to klezmer.

Where:  AACI Glassman Family Center
When:  Tuesdays at 19:30
Each lecture is approximately 2 hours with a coffee break.
Cost of 5 Lectures: NIS 250 / AACI Members NIS 225
Individual lectures pre-paid:   NIS 55 (no discount for members)
Individual lectures at door:  NIS 65 (no discount for members)
Pre-registration and payment is absolutely essential.
Course will only take place with a minimum number of participants.
Harvey Bordowitz was the founding Music Director and Conductor of the Herzliya Chamber Orchestra. With an M.A. in Conducting and Musicology, the New York-born maestro conducted and directed operas and musicals in New York before his Aliyah in 1976. For more than three decades he has been esteemed as one of this country's most innovative and creative conductors and music directors. He has guest-conducted throughout the world. For 35 years he has lectured in both Hebrew and English on a vast range of musical topics, with humor, erudition and a deep love of music.
American Citizen Services
Consulate General of the United States in Jerusalem
Phone: +972 (0)2-630-4000
Fax: +972 (0)2-630-4070
Street Address: 14 David Flusser, Jerusalem 93392
(Near the former Diplomat Hotel, now the Caprice Diamond Center)
Location via Google Maps 
Note from AACI: The map is not clear. David Flusser St. is a new street. An Egged bus #7a takes you to the Caprice Diamond Center. Look for the big flag mast and flag at the crossroads of Kfar Eztion, Klauzner and Yum HaMelech. By car, drive along Rechov Beitar and left on to Lankin Street.
Hours: 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM (UTC/GMT +2) Monday - Friday (Closed on American and local holidays.)
Make An Appointment Online:
Tips for Speeding Up Your Visit:
AACI 55+/ - Friendship Circle - Activities for Singles & Couples
Wednesday, Sept. 9: Let’s do lunch at Station 9 Asian Restaurant (Kosher) at The Old Train Station.  For more information and registration, please call Susan Block Goldman at 02-573-7349 (not on Shabbat).  Please register by Sunday, September 6.  If no answer, please leave a message on the Voice Mail or email spbisrael@yahoo.com
Sukkot:  If you are interested in enjoying a meal (in a sukka of a restaurant) with live music, please call Susan Block Goldman at 02-579-7943  (not on Shabbat).  If no answer, please leave a clear message on her voice mail or email her at spbisrael@yahoo.com
Monday, October 12:  Day trip to the Sharon Park and the Holon Design Museum.  For more information, please click here. 
Wednesday evening, October 28:  Dinner and a Musical   Enjoy dinnr at Greg’s Café  (Kosher) in the Hadar Mall.  Then join us across the street at the AACI Glassman Family Center for the highly acclaimed musical “Next to Normal.”  For more information regarding “Next to Normal,” please click here.   Please register by Monday, October 26 by calling Susan Block Goldman at 02-579-7943  (not on Shabbat).  If no answer, please leave a clear message on her voice mail or email her at spbisrael@yahoo.com
To receive emails regarding our activities, please subscribe to our group at: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/AACI_Fifty_Five_ish/ and click on the "Join Now!" link in the group description
Day Trip to Sharon Park and the Holon Design Museum
October 12, 2015
The main attraction of the Ariel Sharon Park is the Hiriya recycling center. The mound is 60 meters high and affords a grand view of the Mediterranean via the cityscape of Tel-Aviv around to the Judean hills. This mound used to be an active landfill that closed in 1999, and now is the transfer point for all Dan region garbage.
In the visitors' center everything is recycled and there we can learn how to help protect and rejuvenate the environment. Some easy walking is required.
Holon Design Museum is part of a long-standing commitment to culture and education in the city of Holon. It opened in March 2010 and quickly established itself as one of the world's leading museums of design and contemporary culture. Housed in an iconic building by the internationally acclaimed architect Ron Arad, Design Museum Holon is a vital and dynamic resource for designers, students, creative industries and the general public.

The city of Holon is also unique for its public parks and storybook sculpture gardens and we shall try to glimpse some of them.
Further Details regarding time, cost, lunch venue, etc. To be announced.Registration and full payment by Oct. 9 is required,  via AACI front desk.  The trip will take place only with a minimum number of 35 participants.

Queries can be directed to Judy Cohen, tel: 02-6514392 or JudyAnnCohen@yahoo.com.
Jewish Aspects in Opera presents
Women from Tenach in Classical Music (part 1)
A fascinating audio-visual presentation including music from films and recordings of live performances featuring Eve, Delilah, Potiphar’s wife, Ruth and the Queen of Sheba.
With Rob Coopman & Andre Boers
When:  Wednesday, September 2nd, 19:30
Cost:   NIS 50 / AACI & Emunah members NIS 40  
In cooperation with the Lapidot chapter of Emunah
Have you recorded your family story??  Wondering how to tackle this project?  The Israel Genealogy Research Association (IGRA) invites you to join us at the AACI Glassman Family Center.

Next meeting: to be announced

IGRA has a new dynamic, bi-lingual search engine on its website, http://genealogy.org.il/databases/!! Searches can be done with a variety of filters to bring you more accurate results. We have prepared and uploaded more than 65 databases and more will be appearing in the months ahead. The databases have materials relating to the Ottoman, British Mandate and Israeli Administration. There are voter lists, census material, different occupations, address books, candidates for various positions, delegates to Zionist Congresses and much more. Images of the scanned documents are being added to the search engine and will be available to members of IGRA.
First City Improv Presents:
Improv Yourself! At our Super Summer Improv Shows! 
We are continuing our tradition of bringing you the
best of English Improvised Theater in Jerusalem.

Come join us for some laughs. We promise you a
night of fun, laughter and completely unscripted
Improvised Theater that you will never see again
anywhere! Cupcakes, donuts, B&W cookies as well as some of the finest Israeli local brewed beer will be on sale.

Starring: Michael Herman, Rafi Di, Tobie Harris, Hannah Z, Mike Mintz, Lauri Donahue, Daniella Edelman, Helen Gottstein, Shira Katz, Devorah Starr and Raphael Poch. When: Thursday, August 27th at 20:00
Special discount because we love our audience members!
Cost: 30 NIS for one person, 40 NIS for two.
For more information or to order tickets please call 02-566-1181 or email:
Singing Sensation Aviella Trapido
Coming back for her three-peat at AACI, after two previously sold out summer performances. You’ve probably seen her on stage before in any number ofmusical theater productions here in Jerusalem and around the country.
Join Aviella Trapido, Jerusalem’s very own Soprano, as she takes a walk down Broadway, bringing with her many musical memories. A fabulousselection of both the old and new music – feel free to sing along.
When: Tuesday, August 18t at 20:00
Cost: NIS 30
Announcing upcoming auditions for: The Inspector Calls
To be Directed by the one and only Leah Stoller
Parts that are being cast: 
Inspector Goole of J. B. Priestley's An Inspector Calls is looking for two young men, ages 20-30's to take part in his interrogations about the suspicious suicide of a young woman, in London.
About the performance:
Auditions will be held on Tuesday, July 21st and Thursday, July 23 from 6-8:30. Native Brits and/or Anglos with a Brit accent will be most seriously considered, but all men of an appropriate age range are invited. Auditions will take place at the AACI 37 Pierre Koenig st. 4th floor.
About the performances: 
The performances will take place in various schools throughout the winter of 2015-2016 as well as some performances at AACI most likely in January or March 2016.
Your opportunity to appear in this mystery morality play by one of England's greates playwrights and novelists. 
For more info - call or e-mail Leah, who will be assisting Goole in his interrogations-
642-0908 054-750-1303 lstoller@netvision.net.il
AACI eBooks\eLibrary
AACI Yard Sale!
Friday, September 4th, 2015
AACI Art Exhibit
AACI Memorial Ceremony
Sunday, September 20, 2015
AACI Travel Program 2015/16    
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