AACI Jerusalem Programs & Activities
In accordance with the latest instructions from the Ministry of Health AACI is closed and all activities are postponed until further notice
We encourage you to follow the Ministry of Health’s guidelines available in English on their website:
While our offices will not be open, professional staff will be working from home. Our counseling department will be available by phone and e-mail to answer your questions and concerns (write to info@aaci.org.il). AACI volunteer leadership will join in efforts to reach out to English speakers around the Country.
AACI  Gallery Exhibition Beginners Mah Jongg
Classic Reading The Sarah Peters Bridge Club
Contemporary Book Club Creative Crafts
Fresh Insights Into Literature  
Memoir Writing  
The Best of the Best of American Jewish Culture  
Parent Baby Workshop American Citizen Services
JELLY Navigational Programs
  Senior Outreach
  Pre & Post Aliyah Sessions Information Sessions
  Volunteer with us!
AACI Wednesday Lectures (RAPS)
AACI Blood Drive Professional Women's Network
Giant Book Sale Death, Dying and Dessert
AACI Library Everything to Know About Recieving or Leaving an Inheritance
AACI DVD Library How To Invest in Bonds for Safety and Income
AACI Library for the Visually Impaired  
AACI'S Sharon Woodrow Memorial E-Library  
Feldenkrais for Healthy Necks, Shoulders and Back Support & Education for People who are HOH (Hard of Hearing) or Deaf
Feldenkrais Balance Support Group for Women who are Caring for a Spouse with Dementia
Exercise for 50+ Strategies for Living with and After a Major Illness
Health & Wellness Programs  
Health & Wellness Networking Forum for Women & Men  
Yang Long Form Tai Chi Class  
AACI – The Association of Americans & Canadians in Israel does not accept any responsibility whatsoever for the content of the lectures offered, nor does it guarantee that this content will necessarily provide the participants with the information that they seek. The content presented to the participants is the opinion only of the lecturer and meant to be informational only.
AACI Jerusalem - New Payment Policy
As part of upgrading and improving service to our members, the following are in effect as of January 1, 2020:
1. Cash will no longer be accepted at AACI.  Payments to AACI can be made online, by credit card in the office or by check.  
2. Participants in exercise classes must purchase a cartisiya / punch card or pay for one month in advance.
3. Payment in full is required prior to the start of a course / series. 
4. There may be some changes in the prices of classes.
AACI Advice Sessions
Advice Sessions
The following professionals offer their time for free consultations for AACI members only. 
Mediation is a voluntary process which facilitates peaceful solutions to all types of disputes, eliminating the need for costly and prolonged litigation. Licensed To’enet Rabbanit Myrna Stawski Mann is trained in family mediation by the Gevim Group. Contact msm3057@gmail.com for an initial consultation by appointment. 
Travel Advice
Diesenhaus BTC Ziontours is the largest American owned Travel Agency in Israel. Our One Stop Travel center prides itself on its first class service with the highest level of professionalism. Our  travel consultants can handle all your travel needs: Airline Tickets, Hotel and Car Reservations, Cruises, Emergencies. We offer the best flight prices from Israel to anywhere. Call us at (02) 622-0000 and ask for your AACI travel consultant; for after hours emergencies, call us 24/7 364 days a year at 052 8614884 
Employee Rights and Labor Law Issues
Moshe Egel-Tal, CSPP, founder and CEO of Israpay, and fully bilingual, is a certified senior payroll professional with over 20 years’ experience in all facets of Israeli payroll and labor laws. Brief e-mail Q and A consultation is available; e-mail him at moshe.israpay@gmail.com. Note: this service is free, unless you are otherwise notified by return e-mail. This is not legal advice.
Investment Advice/Financial Planning
Jonathan Warshawsky (MBA), Licensed Investment Advisor (ISA). Financial Advice and planning for U.S citizens living in Israel. First meeting at your home free of charge. 054-478-8101, warshaw@zahav.net.il
Counseling for life, relationship, and family issues
Gershon Swimmer, MSc. is an experienced psychotherapist who works with couples and individuals. If you are feeling confused about how to move forward in your life, or have a relationship or a family issue that you would like to discuss. He can be reached at 052-772-4074 or gershonswimmer@gmail.com to set up an appointment. 
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.
Educational Advice for Parents
Esther Lapian runs an educational case manager service aimed at helping Anglo parents become advocates for their children and themselves. With extensive experience in the religious and pluralist sectors of the Israeli system, Esther advises parents on new or alternative educational environments, or parents of children struggling with challenges of learning issues, social integration and religious/spiritual turmoil. Receive a free consultation, up to 15 minutes, on alternative Tuesdays at AACI from 10:30-12:00, or by appointment. Esther: 054-447-3852.
Financial Planning Advice
Mark van Gelderen, Manager of the Financial Resource Network in Israel, helps olim to find reliable information to manage the financial events in their lives. By appointment only by calling Mark at (02) 622-3065.   
UK Legal Advice
Laurence Begner is available for free 30 minute consultations for AACI members. He can discuss the organization of your UK affairs relating to real estate, wills, enduring powers of attorney and any commercial matters. Meetings will take place at AACI. To make an appointment call 054-621-8095 or email Laurencebegner@gmail.com.
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. 
Advice for Small Businesses
Michael Horesh is an experienced and registered business mentor who has helped many open up and move their companies forward. For a 10-minute consultation on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month, call Michael at 052-344-8453, info@michaelhoresh.com
Legal Orientation
Seeking a legal consultation in commercial matters, wills, employment issues, real estate and/or business? Call Russell Mayer of Livnat, Mayer and Co. for a 10-minute free telephone consultation on Tuesdays at (02) 679-9533 or e-mail mayer@lmf.co.il
Legal Consultation And Advice
Attorney Ariel Novick and affiliates of the Israel Law Team are your “Oleh Advocates” and will guide you through the maze of Israeli bureaucracy and hold your hand through complex real estate transactions, writing a will, setting up a business, labor law and bankruptcy.  For a complimentary phone consultation call 052-353-0042 or email  Ariel.Novick@IsraelLawTeam.com. For further legal queries check out our Facebook group: “What’s the Law in Israel?”.
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  

American Citizen Services

Embassy 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.

#78a bus goes directly to the US Consulate in Talpiot. Stops right in front of building. American Citizen Services Consulate General of the United States in Jerusalem Email:JerusalemACS@state.gov 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) 

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.)

Hours: 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM (UTC/GMT +2) Monday - Friday (Closed on American and local holidays.)

Make An Appointment Online:


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The AACI Lending Library
Library Hours:
Sun, Mon, Wed, Tues, Thurs: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
The 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.   
Attention readers returning books: 
You may return library books when the library is closed by leaving them on the desk in the library. Please DO NOT leave books to return at the front desk of the AACI.
A charge of 5 NIS per borrowed book is requested.
For your convenience we offer a multi-purchase card as a service to readers.
AACI'S Sharon Woodrow Memorial E-Library
Please note that the E-library is NOT COMPATIBLE with a regular Kindle.
For assistance, please contact the consulatant, Rochelle Gilbert. www.never2late.co.il
Want to donate to the Sharon Woodrow Memorial E-Library? Contact the AACI development department ar 02-566-1181 ect.303 or 324.
-For further information about the library, go to www.aaci.org.il/elibrary.
Use your AACI membership number to login to http://aaci.freading.com/index.

AACI The Star Media Library

For AACI members ONLY!

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

5 NIS per DVD

Click here for the list of DVDs

Please address any questions to info@aaci.org.il  

AACI’S Library for the Visually Impaired
Hours: Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday 9:30 -  12:00 Tuesday 9:30 - 16:00
 Heard Any Good Books Lately?
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
The AACI 55+ Friendship Circle is for singles and couples who enjoy socializing, meeting new people and making new friends. ON-GOING FRIDAY BRUNCH:  
Join us every Friday at Café Joe for a casual Friday Brunch! Reservations required to later than noon on Thursday. Please call: the front desk at (02) 566-1186 (8:00-16:00) or Martin Silberman at 058-636-1108.
Lively and active seniors who would like to be part of our Planning Committee
Belle Fine-Cohen by email at bfine2day@gmail.com for more details.
Sign up to be put on our mailing list by writing to aaci.55ish@gmail.com. Please include your e-mail address and phone number.
On your e-mail accounts, please add the 55+ email address: aaci.55ish@gmail.com to your contacts list, so that the emails will not go to your spam folder.
WATCH FOR OUR PLANNED ACTIVITIES IN OUR E-MAILS and come to our AACI Thanksgiving Bash!, and take note of the other interesting events.
Our Facebook page is now live. Please like our page, called “AACI55ish” so you can be up-to-date on 55+ activities. 
AACI's May 19th blood drive has been postponed due to the current Corona situation.  We encourage you to give blood at one of the other MDA locations (for details click here https://www.mdais.org/en/contactus ). 
We hope to see you again soon and wish you good health.
Contemporary Book Club
Tuesday, March 31: "The Masterpiece" by Fiona Davis
Tuesday, May 5: "Where the Crawdads Sing" by Delia Owens
Cost: NIS 15
Are you interested in joining a monthly book club that will give you the chance to read and discuss great contemporary reads by outstanding authors such as Fredrik Backman, Tana French, Kate Morton, Celeste Ng, etc? Then this is the club!
This book club will be a casual gathering where book lovers feel comfortable and at home to express their thoughts and opinions and simply share their passion for books.
 People with all reading backgrounds and interests are welcome! 
If interested please email Stevie Lynn at stevie@seedsofhope.org or Rolene Segal at amitaaci.library@gmail.com 
We will meet on the following days from 13:30 - 14:30:
Cost: NIS 15
New Dates To Be Announced
We will meet on the following days to discuss Hamlet by Shakespeare from 12:30-14:00.
No Classes in March
Cost: NIS 40 / NIS 30 AACI members
Pre-registration is required
Please contact facilitator, Carole Ungar for further information.
tzirelchana@yahoo.com or 02-534-0484
Instructor: Carole Ungar is a prize-winning facilitator. She's taught at the AACI as well as local community centers. She presented a workshop on teaching memoir writing at the Jewish Women's Writers Seminar.
New Dates To Be Announced
* Open to men & women in the health field or who are interested in the topic
Facilitator: Lesley Kaplan: HR & Organizational Consultant and Coach, Trainer and Group facilitator. Founder & CEO of L.A.K. Creations & Consulting

Co-organizer: Belle Fine-Cohen: M.Ed, Gerontologist and Advisor: Enhancing Health and Wellness. Founder of Be Fine Today 
Cost: NIS 40 / NIS 30 AACI members
No pre-registration required. Email: lak.goals@gmail.com for further info.
Open to men & women in the health field or who are interested in the topic.
Refreshments are provided. Look forward to seeing you!
Thursday afternoons at 14:45 - Beginners | 15:30- Intermediate/Advanced
Cost: NIS 540/ NIS 420 - Payment by cartisa only (punch card).
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.
Find your balance at AACI with Nancy Harel 02-533-3493
Mondays at 10:45
Cost: NIS 600/ NIS 480 - Payment by cartisa only (punch card).
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.
Wednesdays at 12:15 
Cost: NIS 600/ NIS 480 - Payment by cartisa only (punch card).
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.
Sundays at 09:00  and Wednesdays at 09:00
Cost: NIS 660/ NIS 540 - Payment by cartisa only (punch card).
This is a program tailored to the needs of the mature adult, including exercises for strength, bone density, flexibility, balance and coordination. The class is conducted standing near a chair, or sitting.
Marilyn Cohen (050-224-0191) is a fitness instructor with certification from Wingate Institute
A cross-border investment expert, Douglas Goldstein, CFP®, draws on over 25 years of experience in the financial world to explain
  • What you need to do after you receive an inheritance (the money doesn't just magically appear in your account)
  • The process of moving accounts into an heir's name
  • How to invest the assets to build wealth
  • What you need to do in order to make it easy for your heirs to receive an inheritance. Get handouts of checklists to simplify the process.
The Inheritance Book will be available for sale after the seminar.
Cost: NIS40/NIS30
When: Tuesday, June 9 at 11:00
Learn how bonds can provide income during retirement. Topics to be covered include
  • What is a bond and how does it provide income?
  • What are the benefits and risks of investing in bonds? 
  • What is the relationship between interest rates and bond prices?
  • Can bonds give your investment portfoliothe boost it needs?
Cost: NIS40/NIS30
Navigational Programs 
Free for new Olim and members/ NIS20 for non-members
Presenter: Ariel Novick, Adv.
Where:  AACI Dr. Max & Gianna Glassman Family Center
4th floor, 2 Poalei Tzedek/corner of 37 Pierre Koenig, Talpiot, Jerusalem
Cost: 20 NIS / Free for AACI members and olim within the first 6 months after aliyah.
Pre-registration requested! 
Programs 2020
Wednesdays at 11:00 am –12 noon
At the AACI - Dr. Max & Gianna Glassman Family Center
For more information call AACI (02) 566-1181
During the month of April, RAPS will be taking a break.
Nominal charge of NIS 15, which includes beverages and cookies
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
Support Group for Women & Men who are Caring for a Spouse with Dementia
Group meets every other Sunday. Call (02) 566-1181 for details. 12:30-14:00
Ellen Sucov Phd invites 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.
Meetings are twice a month at AACI Glassman Family Center, 37 Pierre Koenig,Talpiot. Please call for further details 02-5661181.
Monday June 1, 11:00-12:00
AACI member Chaya Weinberg has offered to facilitate a forum to hear the strategies, and coping skills that she has incorporated into her lifeto learn to accept, grow, thrive, and even smile along life's journey. 
Chaya Weinberg (02) 652-3232 is a cancer survivor, who has much experience helping others cope with loss.
Monday, June 15 14:00-15:30
Do you live with hearing loss? Have you ever felt lonely and/or isolated? Do you have trouble communicating with others - in person or on the phone? You're not alone! Join our monthly group sessions and learn new skills and tricks to navigate through our quieter world.
Facilitator: Ronnie Kaufman is a highly trained speech pathogist who is deaf and has offered to host 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.
Tuesday, May 5, 13:00
Death is often a taboo subject surrounded by fear and discomfort. Join me for an opportunity to explore and discuss any aspect of this natural transition. Ideally, this will lead each of us to become more empowered in the lives we live today.
Desserts will be served.
Facilitated by Naomi Neustadter, LMSW
No charge for this discussion.
Space is limited. Please RSVP to naomineu1@gmail.com
Adult Mosaic Workshops:
Join us and learn the art of glass mosaics & complete a project in one class as you observe our weekly students working on their masterpieces.
Mondays: 10:00-12:00
Wednesdays: 14:30-16:30
To register/for more information for this class: Call Dana: 054-788-3874 or e-mail her at Creativecrafts4u@gmail.com for more details.
Pre-registration required: creativecrafts4u@gmail.com
Cost: NIS 100  per workshop
RIE® Parent-Baby Class for crawlers and new walkers 
Visiting veteran RIE® teacher, Wendy Kronick, will introduce parents to the RIE® respectful parenting approach in a “loving laboratory,” where parents observe babies in a quiet, relaxed and safe environment while they show us their magic, intelligence, creativity and capabilities. We’ll have time for discussion and questions.
Please register at AACI: (02) 566-1181
The parents infant class new session dates to be announced, for 8 weeks from 11:00 – 12:00.
Cost: AACI members NIS 360; non-members NIS 440.
Classes will be limited to roughly eight parent-baby pairs.
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
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!
Monday – Thursday:  12:15 pm – 1:15 pm. Call 02-5661-181.
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!
The Sarah Peters Bridge Club
Monday afternoons from 13:00-16:00
Experienced players welcome
Cost: NIS 120 - Payment by cartisa only (punch card).
Beginners Bridge
Mondays, 12:30- 13:00
Advanced, beginner-intermediate level players are welcome to come and improve their bridge skills! We will discuss various topics in bidding, declarer play and defense. 
Ongoing Mah Jongg Club
Sundays, 13:00-16:00
Whether you’re just starting out, honing your skills or an advanced player, this club is for you!
NIS 10 per week.
Pre- Registration is encouraged by calling AACI, 02-566-1181. At AACI Glassman Family Center, 37 Pierre Koenig,Talpiot.
Professional Women's Networking Forum
Small business owner? Thinking of starting a business? Looking to grow or scale your small business? Seeking assistance with strategy, identifying/reaching your target market and more?
Back by popular demand and highly subsidized by AACI Jerusalem! Two seperate tracks are here...
  • Six session "Boost your Business Workshop" for Women. Practical, hands-on workshop with support and discussions amongst other business owners. Group forming after Passover.
  • New! Highly subsidized individual business coaching sessions. Ideal for existing small business owners or wanna-be owners (women/men)
Inquire and reserve your session now.
  • Limited places available
  • Flexible hours
Info for individual and group sessions:
Lesley Kaplan: lak.goals.@gmail.com
The Best of the Best of American Jewish Culture
How have Jews contributed to American culture? We'll look at the fiction, paintings, films, plays, and music through which American Jews made special contributions.
Presenter: David Benkof is a Jerusalem-based teacher whose presentations at Jewish institutions around the world analyze Jewish cultural products – fiction, poetry, musicals, films, lyrics, art. His other hats include Jewish historian, political analyst, seven-language polyglot, essayist, theater enthusiast, and trivia buff.
Cost: NIS15
Phone to register 02-5661181
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.il or 02-566-1181 ext 301

Senior Outreach

The AACI Jerusalem Senior Outreach project continues to make calls to our members 60 years of age and older. Most members report that all is well; many are busy with work and/or family or as volunteers. Others would like periodic telephone calls or visits from Committee volunteers.
We would appreciate volunteers who could visit our homebound members, to play cards or games, or just make conversation to enhance their quality of life. Volunteers also distribute gift baskets at Rosh Hashanah and Purim.

If you feel you would find satisfaction in helping others in this way, please leave your name, telephone number and e-mail address at the front desk so Stefanie can return the call and discuss how your skills and interests can contribute to the Outreach Project’s work. Or e-mail her at sblack@amir.org.il

Stefanie Black, MSW, Project Coordinator.
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