AACI Jerusalem Programs & Activities
  Beginners Mah Jongg
The Sarah Peters Bridge Club
AACI Star Film Club Seniors Wednesday Morning Programs RAPS
American Citizen Services
Fresh Insights in Literature AACI Employment Resource Center & workshops
Memoir Writing Important Information For U.S. Citizens Receiving Federal Benefits
  Navigational Series


Travel Advice - Ophir Tours

CHILDREN Volunteer with us!
Family music class for children LECTURES, SEMINARS & WORKSHOPS
  Conquer Your Smartphone Fears
  Give Back - Clean Up!
  Maimonides: From Perplexity to Possibility
EMPLOYMENT RESOURCE CENTER Pre & Post Aliyah Sessions Information Sessions
Employment Services Professional Women’s Network
  Weekly Walking Group- Prepare For AACI’s Team Shira In The Jerusalem Marathon
Amit - AACI Library
Ruby Tuesdays at AACI AACI DVD Library
AACI’s Annual Canada Day / Independence Day Celebration AACI Kids Library
Yard Sale AACI Library for the Visually Impaired
  ebooks Library
Seven Critical Issues  AACI’s J-Town Playhouse First City Improv  Show
  Ruby Tuesdays
  Ordinary Days
Blood Drive  
Exercise for 50+  
Feldenkrais for Healthy Necks, Shoulders and Back  
Gental Yoga  
Health & Wellness Programs  
Health & Wellness Networking Forum for Women & Men  
Support & Education for People who are HOH (Hard of Hearing) or Deaf  
Support Group for Women who are Caring for a Spouse with Dementia  
Weekly Nutrition Group At AACI: Food Facts And Fads   
Yang Long Form Tai Chi Class  
AACI Advice Sessions
Advice Sessions
The following professionals offer their time for free consultations for AACI members only. 
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 03-526-9424
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
January 29 –  Great Gatsby
February 26 – Fitzgerald short stories (to be sent)
March 26 –      The Metamorphosis (Kafka)
No need to pre-register!
Cost:  NIS 5
Fresh Insights into Literature
Mondays, 12:30 - 14:00
January 16 – Prufrock
February  13, 20, 27 – Call it Sleep (Henry Roth)
March 20, 27 – Frankenstein (Mary Shelley)
Facilitator: Dr. Judith Oster jxo4@case.edu
For information about the content of the classes, call 02-624-6256.
Cost:  NIS 20 / NIS 10
For more information about the class only, contact Dr.
Oster at 02-624-6256 jxo4@case.edu
The AACI Childrens' Library is adjacent to the adult library.
Children’s Library Hours - Meet Librarian Helene Messinger, an expert on children’s books, who can help you choose books for your children! Choose books to take out of the library and sit in our children’s library and enjoy reading with your children! All books are in English. Children of all ages welcome.  August 21st, and August 28th- 12:00- 14:00 at the AACI Glassman Family Center, Pierre Koenig 37, Talpiot, 4th floor.
For further information please contact us: 02-566-1181 ext. 323, email: amitaaci.library@gmail.com
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.



Jan 18
Sybil Kaplan: Israeli Women Pioneers, First, Second and Third Aliyot
Jan 25
David Young: The Life and Untimely Death of Roderigo Lopez, Queen Elizabeth I’s Jewish Doctor
Feb 1
Seth Greenberg: The Problem of Face Recognition - Yet How It Explains the Jacob Narrative
Feb 8
Aaron Braunstein USFSO (Ret): Restoring the Jewish Mission to the Nations
Feb 15
Jo Milgrom, Artist: Turn It Over: Overturn It 
Feb 22
Sam Dershowitz: A Colorful Life

 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
Elisheva Lahav lahavs@netvision.net.il.
Creative Workshop:  Crochet & More
When:  Tuesdays  at 10:30 – 12:30
Take your skills to a higher level.  Bring your materials for knitting, crocheting or sewing and join in a pleasant, relaxed environment.
Facilitator: Gale Phaff made aliyah in 1993 and has an M.A. in Fibre Arts from Hunter College.  She teaches in various institutions and has exhibited her work in many places including the Brooklyn Museum.
Cost per week:  NIS 50 / NIS 40
AACI Blood Drive in cooperation with MDA  
New date to be announced
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 mbarth@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 mbarth@aaci.org.il
Conquer Your Smartphone Fears
Series cost:   NIS 450 / AACI members NIS 400
Pre-paid registration required; class will be limited to 15 participants
Call the AACI to register: 02-566-1181
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.
Weekly Walking Group- Prepare For AACI’s Team Shira In The Jerusalem Marathon
Wednesdays at 9:30
Did you ever feel that you wanted to be part of the marathon experience? 
Do you feel you are too old or old of shape to walk some of it? 
Well………here is your chance! 
Join a weekly walking group to prepare to participate in part (10k or 5k) of the Jerusalem Marathon with Team Shira!
The group will meet at 9:30 at AACI and prepare for the walk with stretches and exercises to strengthen your legs, arms and increase your flexibility. Then, the group continues on with the walking group outside – in bad weather walking will be done inside.  The group will meet for an hour weekly. 
Trainer: Shoshana Shinnar, a registered dietician in America, and is a certified personal trainer with a specialty in arthritis.  She has a private practice helping people with limitations due to age with simple exercises, done at home with little or no equipment. She has walked ten marathons in America and has participated in the Jerusalem Marathons since she moved here. 
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+
Sundays at 10:00 and 11:30 and Wednesdays at 9:30
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 we
ar loose clothing.
Feldenkrais for Healthy Backs and Joints
Mondays at 11:00- Cost  NIS 50/ 40 AACI members
Discover your body’s natural ability to move with greater ease, releasing chronic tensions and learning to develop efficient and flexible movements. The students are guided through a sequence                of gentle movements, discovering new possibilities of movement with reduction of pain and stiffness.
Taught by Shoshanna Lederman (050-752-6631). certified Feldenkrais practitioner, M.A. education, Bank Street
Improve Your Balance with the Feldenkrais Method
Wednesdays at 12:15- Cost NIS 50/40 AACI members
Safety, grace, and ease when you walk, stand, climb stairs, sit, carry loads, and get up and down. Taught by Shoshanna Lederman (050-752-6631). certified Feldenkrais practitioner, M.A. education, Bank Street
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
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
Shoshanna Lederman, Certified Feldenkrais practitioner, Israel certified yoga teacher-Wingate Institute, MA in Education, Bank Street College, NY
Call Shoshanna for details: 050-7526631.
Pilates class
 Tuesdays at 11:00 and Thursdays at 10:30 
Pilates is a fun way to help your body attain optimal health. Pilates helps with posture alignment and flexibility, helps with focus and provides body with more energy. After years of yoga and other forms of exercise, I truly believe in Pilates as a fun way to spend an hour that can relax your body into better shape you will see the changes.
Hodet Zeigler (hodetziegler@gmail.com 052-625-4461) has been dancing since she was 7 years old and trained in London, NY, and Israel. After a severe injury which left her in a wheelchair and unable to walk for year, she found the world of Pilates which helped her heal and stay in shape while recovering. 
Gental Yoga
Thursday mornings (starting January 5th), 9:30
 A relaxing morning Yoga class that gently strengthens and stretches the whole body. Focus on breath work and relaxation practices in addition to exploring a range of motion and muscular stability. Learn to connecting breath with movement, which can help to relieve pain and fatigue. Participants are able to sit during the entire lesson, coming out of the chair for portions of the class as appropriate. Participants with wheelchairs are also welcome.
Dahlia Purim (dahliapurim@gmail.com), has been practicing Yoga for over 15 years, and has over four years of teaching experience.
Cost: NIS 50/ 40 AACI members
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AACI Navigational Series
Cost: NIS 20 / AACI members NIS 15
NEW! Free admission for Olim within the first 6 months after aliyah. Bring your Teudat Oleh with you.  Please pre-register by calling AACI’s front desk at 02-5661181.
Health Advocacy: The Essential Guide For Managing A Sick Child At Home 
Wednesday, January 11, 19:30
 AACI’s Shira Pransky Project presents a unique workshop that will discuss:
* Various medications to treat fevers and other illness symptoms and when to use them.
* When to go to the doctor’s office, Terem, the ER, and when to just stay home.
* How and when should children’s pain be managed? t How to handle household accidents: burns, fractures, gashes, falls and poisons [oh, my].
* What every parent needs to know about the kupah, Bituach Leumi and private insurance when it comes to children’s illnesses.
* What every parent should know about routine children’s vaccinations in Israel.
Presenter: Aviva Yoselis MPH, founder and director of Healthadvize, health researcher, health educator, new Olah of 21 years, and mother of five. 
Maximizing Your Social Security Retirement Benefits: Advice From  A Lawyer On What To Know Before You File
Tuesday January 24, 19:30.
Valuable information for olim who:
* Are under age 70. t Worked in employment subject to Social Security tax (FICA or SECA) for at least 10 years.
* Have not yet applied for benefits or did so within the past 12 months.
Workshop will cover:
* How one becomes eligible to receive a benefit.
* The types of Social Security benefits that are available; (e.g., retirement, spousal, children’s, parents).
* How a benefit is calculated.
* Factors that serve to increase or decrease benefit amounts.
* The difference between Bituach Leumi and a pension based on non-covered earnings and how the latter can reduce benefits, and general strategies that people can use to increase their lifetime benefits.
Avram L. Sacks, Attorney-at-Law, is a Chicagobased attorney in private practice, concentrating on Social Security law and benefits. He is a former Assistant Regional Counsel for the Social Security administration, past editor of a Social Security law treatise for attorneys and the author of two books on Social Security law. A member of the National Academy of Elderlaw Attorneys and the National Organization of Social Security Claimant’s Representatives, Mr. Sacks frequently lectures on Social Security law and represents clients on a range of Social Security matters, including the maximization of Social Security benefits through optimal claiming strategies.
Health Advocacy: Five Common Mistakes New Olim Make When Navigating The Israeli Health Care System, And How To Avoid Them
Wednesday, January 25, 19:30
AACI’s Shira Pransky Project presents a unique workshop that includes how to: t Navigate the medical system at various stages in your life.
* “Shop” for the right doctor and communicate effectively to achieve a “successful” visit.
* Identify problematic health situations and rectify them, quickly and efficiently.
*  Feel empowered to make positive medical decisions for you and your family.
*  When to go to the doctor’s office, Terem, the ER, and when to just stay home.
* How to respond in one of the more common medical emergencies.
Presenter: Aviva Yoselis MPH, founder and director of Healthadvize, health researcher, health educator, new Olah of 21 years, and mother of five. After the formal sessions, Aviva will take individual questions.
Halachic Wills
Tuesday February 7, 19:30

Many families end up in endless legal fights and emotional distress as a result of disputes that originate in differences regarding the distribution of their parents’ estates.
By writing a proper halachic supplement to the legal will, this conflict can be avoided ahead of time. Learn what a Halachic supplement is, how it works, and get all the halachic information you need to know in order to protect the unity of your family.
Presenter: Rabbi Menachem Copperman is the founder of Kadat V’Kadin, a Certified Dayan and expert in Monetary Jewish Law, and the Rabbi of Kehilat Ahavat Tzion, Ramat Bet Shemesh. Kadat V’Kadin supplies halachic information and assists in drafting a halachically compliant supplement for your legal will. Yakov (Thomas) Greiff is a Harvard trained lawyer practicing in Ramat Beit Shemesh. He is a member of the bar of Israel, New York, and California, and specializes in estate planning for Israelis and Anglo immigrants and specializes in corporate, property, defamation and transportation law. 
Bituach Leumi - Know Your Rights (And Don’t Miss Out On Your Government Benefits)
Wednesday February 22, 19:00
It is all too common that olim have rights from the government that they aren’t fully aware of. If you want to clear up the confusion about the benefits that you qualify for from Bituach Leumi regarding unemployment, maternity leave, army reserve duty, and more, then join attorneys Ariel Novick and Tzvika Graiver “The Oleh Advocates” for this workshop. They will help you to avoid any trouble with Bituach Leumi by understanding your responsibilities, and give support.
Presenters: “The Oleh Advocates” Ariel Novick Adv. and Tzvika Graiver. Ariel is a Jerusalem lawyer specializing in supporting olim through employment law, property and corporate law. Tzvika is the co-founder of the KeepOlim non profit, and runs their “Legal Consulting Program” for Olim in their first year in Israel. He is also a legal practitioner practicing law in Tel Aviv, who has a passion for litigation and specializes in corporate, property, defamation, and transportation law.
Maimonides: From Perplexity to Possibility
Tuesdays, January 10 - February 28, 12:00
Through close textual study of the Guide of the Perplexed, we will explore Maimonides’ contribution to our understanding of God; mitzvah; prophecy and providence; creation and miracles; Jewish belief; miracles; law and morality; prayer and the challenge of religious language; the purpose of the Torah; the messiah and the goal of life. We will also address in what ways this giant from the 12th century can speak directly to the religious concerns of modern Jews.
Dr. Elliott Malamet lectures in Jewish ethics and philosophy at Yeshivat Machanaim in Efrat and in English Literature at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He taught Jewish ethics in Canadian universities for twenty years and received some of the highest teacher ratings possible, according to ratemyprofessor.com.
 Cost: NIS 50/ 40 AACI members
The movies will be preceded by an erudite introduction by Gary Levine, a long-time movie buff. For more information contact Gary at gary@thelevines.org
Pre-registration suggested: 02-566-1181  Suggested donation 30 NIS / AACI members 20 NIS
January 18, 19:00                                            February 15, 19:00 
Health and Wellness Networking Forum for Women and Men
Monday  January 30,  17.30 p.m. - 19.30 p.m. (Registration from 17.15 p.m.) 
Topic: Nordic Walking for your Posture - A better way to walk in general, burn more calories, strengthen your hips and knees, and more. This special form of Nordic Walking can help seniors with balance and flexibility. It is a better workout than the gym!
Speaker: Dr. Tova Goldfine, Doctor of Chiropractic & Rehabilitation for 30 years. Dr. Tova is a well known teacher of Aquatic Exercise and Rehabilitation, as well as a Certified Nordic Walking coach. Dr. Tova also studies and counsels patients on losing weight with behavior modification, & helps chronic pain with mind body medicine.
Facilitator: Lesley Kaplan: HR & Organizational Consultant and Coach, Trainer and Group facilitator. Founder & CEO of L.A.K. Creations & Consulting
Where: AACI Glassman Family Center
Cost: NIS 40 / AACI members 30

Co-organizer: Belle Fine-Cohen: M.Ed, Gerontologist and Advisor: Enhancing Health and Wellness. Founder of Be Fine Today 
No pre-registration required. Email lak.goals@gmail.com for further info.
Bring your business cards, brochures & marketing materials for networking!
Share with others you feel could benefit from the networking and discussions!
Refreshments provided. 
Weekly Nutrition Group At AACI: Food Facts And Fads
Wednesdays from 10:45-11:45 
A how-to weekly session on eating well for better health and liking it - with answers to today’s pop questions about diet and nutrition in the media and the internet. Led by Dr. Esther Offenbacher, a nutrition educator and research scientist with many years of experience communicating scientific findings in nutrition to both university students and the public at large in the U.S. Esther is a member of the American Society for Nutrition, the American Society for Clinical Nutrition and, before retiring, the American Dietetic Association. 
Suggested NIS 10 donation 
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!
New date to be announced
Toys, games, clothing, kitchen and household wares, books and more. A true bargain-hunter’s delight!

The yard sale will be inside  the AACI.


Where:  AACI-Dr. Max & Gianna Glassman Family Center,

37 Pierre Koenig, Talpiot, 4th floor

Family music class for children from 4 months to five years old

Enjoy 45 minutes of music with singing, puppets, percussion instruments and lots of ideas to enrich your child’s musical and English development.
Tuesdays, starting on November 1st at 10:15 and
Wednesdays starting on November 2nd  at 16:30
NIS 30 for one child, NIS 50 for two . Discount with a clip card.
Registration with Sharon at Sharon@musicwithsharon.com  054 5315990
Facebook Sharonmusicfun
Support & Education for People who are HOH (Hard of Hearing) or Deaf
Do you live with hearing loss? Have you felt isolated? Do you have trouble communicating with others- in person, or on the phone?  You’re not alone!  Ronnine Kaufman, a highly trained speech pathologist who is deaf, has offered to lead a support and education group for people who are HOH or deaf. Ronnie has over 20 years of experience in the speech and audiology field. If you’re interested in this group, please call AACI, 02-566-1181 to put your name down, or stop by the front desk. 
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!
Financial Resource Network
The Sarah Peters Bridge Club
Monday afternoons from 13:00-16:00
Experienced players welcome
Beginning Bridge
New 8 week sessions beginning October 14th
Wednesdays, 12:15 - 14:00
Come and join in the fun!
Cost: 150 NIS/ AACI members 120 NIS
Beginners Mah Jongg
Sundays, January 8-29, 16:30- 17:30
 In this class, you will learn how to play this classic game! Learn how to identify the tiles, build hands, and play strategically. 
Instructor: Susan Kirshner-Sheldon is a third-generation mah jongg player and has been playing both competitively and for fun for 15 years.
Cost: NIS 100/ 80 AACI members
Pre- Registration required: Call AACI 02-566 1181.
Professional Women's Networking Forum
Thursday, January12
13:00 - 15:00 (Registration from 12:45)

Topic: How to respond resourcefully & respectively and not get triggered when criticized, or when someone expresses disappointment, frustration, or anger towards you.
Speaker: Chaya Sara Brand, LMSW

Chaya is a psychotherapist, mentor, coach and consultant.  Her areas of specialty and interest includes: “changing unconscious beliefs”, in order t o reach one’s goals, heal the inner child, heal trauma, transform anger, and forgive. She has over 40 years of international experience in running support groups and growth workshops. Her work is eclectic and holistic. 


Thursday 9th February
13.00 p.m. - 15.00 p.m. (Registration from 12.45 p.m.)

Topic: "Effective self presentation, networking tips and how to make effective small talk "Speaker: Helen Gottstein, Communications Coach. 

Helen Gottstein is the owner of Loud and Clear, a communication training business with a focus on effective messaging, public speaking and pitching. She taught Public Speaking for four years at Bar Ilan University, trained with Dale Carnegie and is a judge for Debating Matters in Israel. Her current clients include Members of the Knesset, the JDC, the National Library, business owners, fundraisers, managers and CEOs.
Coaching Corner: A bit of humor, but it’s actually not that funny...  We all make mistakes! Make sure you learn from the mistake and don’t keep going back to it! Make that change now & move forward!
13:00 (Registraion from 12:45).
Cost: NIS 40/ 30 AACI members
at AACI Glassman Family Center, 37 Pierre Koenig Talpiot. 
Facilitator: Lesley Kaplan (lak.goals@gmail.com)
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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:
Employment Services
New program to be announced.
Presenter:  Helen Har Tal, MS Vocational Counseling/Human Resource development, has been a job developer, vocational counselor and employment counselor at AACI for over 25 years.
Cost:  30 NIS / AACI members free
AACI’s job-hunting members may schedule a personal consultation by
appointment with vocational/employment counselor Helen Har-Tal, in Jerusalem on Mondays,
(call 02-5661181 for appointments) or at AACI’s Tel-Aviv office (call 03-696-0389 for times and
AACI 55+/ - Friendship Circle - Activities for Singles & Couples
Wednesday, January 25, 2017 - Dinner and live music at the restaurant Piccolino.  To register, call Rachel Kneitel at 050-286-1832 or email aaci.55ish@gmail.com
February activities TBA
Every Friday at 10:00 am.  Join the 55+ Friendship group every Friday morning for breakfast, coffee or tea.  Starting December 30, 2016, we will meet at Kitchen First (дожреп) in the First Train Station.  Space is limited, pleaste register by Thursday. Call Martin Silbermann at 058-636-11108 or email aaci.55ish@gmail.com
To register for any or all of the activities please contact Rachel Kneitel at 050-286-1832
In order to serve you better, members of the group will now receive a program notice by e-mail and reminders of up-coming events. new members can sign-up at the front desk to join the group and receive program information. This address can also be used to contact: Rachel Kneitel, 55+ program coordinator. Please enter this e-mail address in your contacts so that it goes directly to your in-box: aaci.55ish@gmail.com
Memoir Writing
Tuesdays, 10:30 – 12:30
New 8 week course beginning December 6
This will be the year that you will write your memoir.
Finally the perfect course for anyone who has ever dreamed of writing a memoir!  Together we will explore our lives decade by decade using techniques developed by Julia Cameron (Artists Way and It's Never too Late to Start Again) Open to anyone who wants to take a deep look at where they've been. No writing experience required. 
Cost: NIS 200/ 120 NIS for the course
Taught by Carol Ungar, the author of the forthcoming cookbook, Jewish Soul Food. She has been conducting writing workshops for more than five years at community centers in Jerusalem.
Pre-registration required. Call AACI 02-566-1181 to register
Support Group for Women & Men who are Caring for a Spouse with Dementia
Sunday, January 15th
Rena Meriash-Levine and Ellen Sucov invite women and men who are
caring for a spouse with dementia to a bi-monthly support group. The main focus
of the group will be dealing with the challenges of caring for a spouse with
dementia, and helping each other find solutions.
Please pre-register with AACI if you plan to attend. 02-566-1181. Meetings are free of charge. Sunday at 13:00 at AACI Glassman Family Center, 37 Pierre Koenig,Talpiot.
Give Back - Clean Up!
Thursday, January 26th from 15:00-17:00
Join us for a two hour community clean up project in conjunction with the Jerusalem Green Fund and the Pardes Institute.
Come meet new people, have fun, and help make Jerusalem beautiful!
Meet at AACI at 15:00 for refreshments, and then head out to the cleaning site (in Talpiot) as a group.
Gloves and trash bags will be provided.
Please call AACI if you plan on joining- 02-566-1181. 
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7h Annual Children & Teen Creative Arts Exhibit 
AACI Art Exhibit
AACI Travel Program 2017
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