AACI Jerusalem Programs & Activities
Most AACI Jerusalem Programs require pre-registration by calling 02-5661181.
AACI Star Film Club Mah Jongg
Anyone Can Draw & Paint! Seniors Wednesday Morning Programs
Celebrating Books Event Ulpan La'Inyan
"Classic Book Book Club" Volunteer with us
Creative Workshop; Crochet & More  INFORMATIONAL
Fresh Insights Into Literature AACI Advice Sessions
Herb Keinon - French Fries in Pita American Citizen Services
Harvey Bordowitz Music Lecture Series 2014 DEMYSTIFYING YOUR iPhone, iPad/Android/Tablet
DAY TRIPS Navigational Series
Explore The Adumim Region AACI’s Employment Resource
  Travel Advice - Ophir Tours
Kids & Teen Art Exhibit Amit - AACI Library
Family music class for children from 4 months to five years old AACI DVD Library
EVENTS AACI Kids Library
AACI BOOK SALE AACI Library for the Visually Impaired
55+/ - Friendship Circle - Activities for Singles & Couples  
Thanksgiving Luncheon Hebrew Literature Course
Yard Sale IGRA
  Introduction to Israeli Cinema
FINANCIAL Jewish Philosophers:Torah &  way of the Land
Financial Resource Network Makeup Made Easy (with Andrea Simantov)
Baruch Labinsky Seminar Professional Women's Network Meeting
  Success Strategies for Women
HEALTH & WELLNESS The Work Workshop
Blood Drive Workshop: The Novel or The Screenplay 101: Writing Techniques and Guidelines
Exercise Class for 50+  AACI'S JTOWN THEATER
Feldenkrais Auditions for Thorton Wilder's 'Our Town'. 
Dead Man's Cell Phone
Tai Chi Class Ruby Tuesdays
First City Improv Troup
Pre-registration is required for all AACI classes, programs and events.  We reserve the right to cancel programs in the event of insufficient pre-registration.                                             
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.
Home Waterproofing Advice
Do your walls have moisture or water damage? Unable to find the source of the problem?
Call Rivka from Luzon Waterproofing Systems for a 15 minutes free telephone consultation on Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays from 10 – 12 Noon.
1-700-701-151 ext. 3 or e-mail rivka@luzon.co.il
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.
Philanthropic Consulting
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 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 ficti
on 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 AMIT Women and the AACI.
For your convenience we offer a multi-purchase card as a service to readers.
Rolene Segal, Volunteer Librarian, Phone: 02-566-1181 ext. 323 / 052-738-0270, 
Fresh Insights Into Literature
There are no programs during October
Time: 12:30 - 14:00
Cost:  30 NIS / 20 NIS AACI Members
Facilitator:  Dr. Judith Oster
Dr. Judith Oster, Professsor Emerita of English at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, is the author of Crossing Cultures:  Creating Identity in Chinese and Jewish American Literature, and Toward Robert Frost:  The Reader and the Poet. 
Classic Book Club:
Led by Dr. Judith Oster
Sunday, November 30, 13:30-14:30
A Passage to India
Cost:  5 NIS
Where: AACI Dr. Max & Gianna Glassman Family Center
Dr. Judith Oster, Professor Emerita of English at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, is the author of Crossing Cultures: Creating Identity in Chinese and Jewish American Literature, and Toward Robert Frost: The Reader and The Poet.  She has presented papers and lectures in the USA, Israel, France, China, Malaysia, Spain, and Greece. Dr. Oster has taught Shakespeare throughout her career, with special focus on the tragedies and the sonnets.  
For further details of each month's selected book please contact Dr. Oster at:  xo4@case.edu.
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 
Weekly Chapter Book Story Hour “Pleasure Without
For questions and sign-up, please contact
Rolene at 052-738-0270  or   amitaaci.library@gmail.com 
Rolene Segal, Volunteer Librarian, Phone: 02-566-1181 ext. 323 / 052-738-0270, 

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.

Nov 5 Debbie Rubin Fields: The Long Goodbye: the Story of the Dudim Girls from Pinsk
Nov 12 Moshe Kahan: Understanding Chareidim Through Pashkevellim
Nov 19 Robert Binder: 'Annie Get Your Gun'
Nov 26 Speaker TBA, Thanksgiving Luncheon with Entertainment
Dec 3 Shira Twersky- Cassel: Legends of Wandering and Return; Bird Migrations of Israel and the Wandering Jew
Dec 10 Grace Rodnitzki: Ethiopian National Project (ENP): A Bright Future for Ethiopian-Israeli Schoolchildren
Dec 17 Shulamit Laderman: In the Light of the Menorah – Symbolic Images in Jewish Art
Dec 24 Rabbi Michael Klein-Katz: The Maccabees Did What?!?
  Eli Poch: The History of Wine in Eretz Yisrael
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
Anyone Can Draw & Paint!
Tuesday Mornings, November 4 - December 9, 10:00-12:00
Learn techniques for drawing and painting in a lively basic course. with Marcia Lewison
Cost: 280 NIS/240 NIS for AACI members.
Pre-registration required.  Call AACI now to reserve and get the list of materials: 02-566-1181
The Novel or The Screenplay 101: Writing Techniques and Guidelines
Wednesdays, November 5 – 26, 13:00 – 15:00
Whether you are a writer or a "wannabe" writer, come for some fun and new concepts about technique and content or just plain critical analysis!
Using role play techniques, hand-outs of screenplays and DVD clips, participants will gain an appreciation of Novel and Screenplay Writing including plot and character development, dialog, conflict and finding the inner story.
Cost:  NIS 35 / AACI members NIS 25
Facilitator:  Ronnie Tharp-Garber
Ronnie Tharp-Garber wrote her first illustrated short story at age five and the passion for all of the arts (ballet, music and art) has continued.  She studied writing at UCLA and NYU and teaches novel and screenplay writing at the Jerusalem Center for Artistic Development (JCAD). As president of this non-profit organization, she is devoted to promoting the literary arts in Jerusalem. She lived in California for 22 years and made aliyah in 1997. 
DEMYSTIFYING YOUR iPhone, iPad/Android/Tablet
Starting November 5 for 9 weeks (No class on Thanksgiving week)
We aim to teach a generation for whom technology passed by.
Rochelle Gilbert and Paul the PCGUY Serkin are offering a series of classes with step-by-step instruction in making the most of your iPhone, iPad, android or tablet.
  • Separate classes for iPad and Android users.
  • Bring your own phones and iPads/tablets – (fully charged!)
  • There will be a presentation followed by questions and answers and individual instruction.
  • Each class will focus on one specific topic, i.e., contacts, calendar, taking and sharing pictures      
Time:   13:00 for iPhone/iPad users
           14:00 for Android users
Cost:   NIS 350 / AACI members NIS 300 (complete course of 9 lessons)
            Individual classes NIS 60 / AACI members NIS 50
Space is limited (payment for individual classes will be accepted at the door according to availability. 
Rochelle Gilbert is a private tutor in computer skills.  For a number of years she has run her own Freelance Business giving one-on-one lessons.   Since making aliyah in July 2013, Rochelle has built up a clientele here in Jerusalem who are happy to give testimony to her skills and patience.
Paul Serkin – the PCGUY − has been serving the Anglo community in Jerusalem, all over Israel, and the world with professional service for PC systems, networks, printers, phones and tablets for over 5 years after a 30+ year career in the US in hi- tech.
Hebrew Literature Course
Mondays, 11:00 – 12:30, beginning November 3rd / 10 sessions
(The course will be conducted in easy Hebrew – level gimmel – daled and above)
This course will focus on some of the prominent authors in Hebrew Literature, from the beginning of the 20th century until today.We will also connect current events with the texts we read from
poems, short stories and short paragraphs from novels.
Facilitator:  Meira Stern has many years of experience teaching Hebrew as a second language in Ulpanim and Hebrew classes in online teaching and at the Hebrew University. She received her BA and MA in Hebrew and general Literature and Hebrew Language at the Hebrew University.
Cost:  NIS 40 / AACI members NIS 30 per class
Full session NIS 350 / AACI members NIS 250 (10 classes)
Success Strategies for Women
Tuesdays, November 11, 18, 25, December 2, 9, 18:00-19:30.
Based on winning-secrets of entrepreneurs, this valuable five-week course offers practical tools for achieving success in your work and relationships.  We will learn to manage our energy, gain clarity and 'remove' the mental and physical clutter that keeps us 'stuck.  The ensuing group-support will turn 'vision' into 'action'! 
This powerful course is geared toward new olim who are adjusting to the maze of living in Israel, as well as for 'veterans' who aspire to readjust their approach to business and personal life with a sure-fire formula. 
Class facilitator is Meira Golbert, of ConnectedLife - Healing from the Inside-Out.  Meira is both a motivational speaker and certified Life Coach who has also been a Complementary Health Practitioner for thirty years. She specializes in teach women how to heal from poor health and unhealthy relationships.
Coffee, tea and water will be available.
 This Chanukah, treat yourself to new outlook, successful interactions in all areas of your life and warmer, more satisfying relationships.   
When: Tuesdays, November 11, 18, 25, December 2, 9, 18:00-19:30.
Where: AACI –Glassman Family Center, 37 Pierre Koenig, Talpiot
Cost for full-program (no individual classes): 300 NIS/ AACI members 250 NIS.
Pre-registration required by November 9th.  Call 02-566-1181.
The modern city of Maale Adumim and Judean desert
Sunday, November 9th, 10:00-16:00
Meet at ammunition Hill (at the light rail stop and bus depot) and board our private bus.
Outing will include:
  • Light refreshments and welcome by city spokesperson and program coordinators at City Hill
  • Mitzpe Edna Lookout with explanation of biblical significance
  • Visit the Moshe Castel Museum of Art
  • Guided walk to Martyrius Monastery from the Byzantine era
  • Lunch (bring your own or option to buy)
  • Drive through Mishor Adummim Industrial Area (site of Soda Stream Factory)
  • Visit Mevaseret  Adumim, also known as E-1; learn of its strategic importance
  • Return to Ammunition Hill
Pre-paid registration essential! Cost: NIS 120/AACI members NIS 110
Baruch Labinsky of Labinsky Financial, invites you to a unique seminar on
Investing in Challenging Times
Monday, November 10th, 2014 at 19:00
  • Are you making any of the six deadly investment mistakes?
  • Learn how to spot and overcome conflicts of interest in investment advice.
  • Ensure that you're not being robbed when investing in Israeli retirement savings plans, kranot  hishtalmut and other long-term investment plans.
  • Where to hold your assets and how to approach building a solid investment portfolio in Israel.
Donation to AACI  NIS 25 / AACI members NIS 15
Registration is essential as space is limited
Shelley at 054 724 1121 or shelley@labinsky.com
Baruch Labinsky, author of 'A Financial Guide to Aliyah and Life in Israel', is the founder of Labinsky Financial, a financial planning firm located in Ramat Beit Shemesh. Licensed by the Israel Securities Authority as a portfolio manager, Baruch specializes in working with olim, who are successfully transitioning their finances to Israel and lectures in Israel and around the world on various crucial monetary issues.
Family music class for children
Enjoy 45 minutes of music with singing, puppets, percussion instruments and lots of ideas to enrich your child’s musical and English development.
When: Mondays at 16:30 (family class - up to 5 year olds)
Nov. 3, 10, 17, 24, Dec. 1
Cost: First child NIS 400 / AACI members NIS 430
Sibling discount! NIS 600 / NIS 630 for two children
Individual classes NIS 55 / 45 per child
Registration with Sharon at Sharon@musicwithsharon.com
Or call 054 5315990
AACI Blood Drive in cooperation with MDA  
Monday, April 20, 2015 16:30 - 20:00
Your donation can make the difference! We are giving a scoop for a pint.
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. 
If you would like to volunteer for the Blood Drive, please contact Elayna at 02-5661181 ext 307
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
Monday, April 20th (book sale 13:00 – 20:00, blood drive 16:00 – 19:30)
Tuesday, April 21st (book sale 9:00 – 12:00)
Creative Workshop; Crochet & More
Take your skills to a higher level for starting, finishing and dreaming of the next knitting, crocheting or sewing project.  Bring your materials and join in a pleasant, relaxed environment.  This class is appropriate for advanced beginners of all ages who enjoy creating fashionable clothing and accessories.
Facilitator, Gale Phaff made aliyah in 1993 with her family and has a M.A. in Fibre Arts from Hunter College.  She has created crocheted clothing, accessories, famed Challah Quilts, wall hangings and more. Her work has sold in boutiques and a museum gift shop, and is purchased by private collectors and by friends and family. She has taught in various institutions and has exhibited her work in many places including the Brooklyn Museum. 
When:  Tuesday, November 18 and December 30 15:00 – 16:30
Cost:  25 NIS / AACI members 15 NIS
Where:  AACI – Glassman Family Center in Talpiot    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.
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 Backs and Joints
Two Feldenkrais Classes!
taught by Shoshanna Lederman
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.
Mondays 11:00.
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
Advanced program available on request. Call Shoshanna for details: 050-7526631.
Shoshanna Lederman, Certified Feldenkrais practitioner, Israel certified yoga teacher-Wingate Institute, MA in Education, Bank Street College, NY
Advanced classes available- call Shoshanna 050-752-6631
New! Improving Your Balance with Shoshana Lederman
Thursdays,  11 – 12:00
Cost:  50/40
Shoshana Lederman is a certified Feldenkrais practitioner and yoga teacher, MA in Education. 
For more details, please contact Shoshana; 0507-526-631
Tamar ben Shaul is a certified Feldenkrais and Reflexology practitioner.
Where: AACI Dr. Max & Gianna Glassman Family Center
Thursdays  9:30 - 10:10    Level 1 Zumba
Thursdays 10:15 - 11:00   High Energy Zumba
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
AACI Navigational Series
How does the mortgage system work here?  What is the point system?  How can a Mortgage Broker help in the process, as compared to going directly to a bank?
When:  Wednesday, November 5th 16:30 
Where: AACI Dr. Max & Gianna Glassman Family Center
Cost: 20 NIS/ AACI members 15 NIS
Presenters: Chaim Friedman, Managing Director & Tzvi Shapiro General Manager are co-founders of First Israel Mortgages www.firstisrael.com.  Prior to founding the company, Chaim was a senior mortgage banker and operations manager in the U.S., and Tzvi served in numerous managerial and operational roles spanning the banking and financial industries.
Trying to make sense of your rights and obligations?  Finding the bureaucracy confusing?  Sheila will explain so you can go ahead and do it! 
When:  Wednesday November 19th at 16:30   
Presenter: Sheila Bauman is AACI’s counselor in Jerusalem.
Learn the ins and outs of buying or selling a car in Israel
When:  Thursday, December 11th at 16:30   
Presenter: Ezra Benjamin of Zvi Cars www.zvicars.com
Pre-registration essential!
Cost: 20 NIS / AACI members 15 NIS
Free admission for Olim within the first 6 months after aliyah.  Bring your Teudat Oleh with you.
Pre-registration required!  Please call AACI at 02-566-1181 to sign up
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Modi’in residents – save the date!
Sunday, January 4, in cooperation with the Absorption Department of the Modi’in municipality
Presenter:  Gabe Pransky is the founder of AACI’s Shira Pransky Project
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
The Work Workshop: Making Work Work For You When Things Aren't Working Out The Way You Thought
Monday December 29, 17:00 – 20:00
This is a fun, experiential opportunity for new and veteran olim who have difficulty either in finding satisfying work, or in successfully navigating their way through the Israeli work environment, even though they've been doing "all of the right things"; to explore together what issues are underlying their experience; and to learn about helpful tools and techniques that can make work work.
Where:  Dr. Max & Gianna Glassman Family Center
Cost:  100 NIS/AACI members 75 NIS includes light (dairy) meal
Preregistration required!  Workshop is subject to sufficient registration
Facilitated by Mike Lowy, an Independent People Development Consultant who has been in the people business for over 40 years in Israel and the English-speaking world.
This is one of a series of Winter Workshops that Mike is developing in Jerusalem, drawing on his experience in teaching, training, managing, consulting, mentoring and coaching.
Celebrating Books              
Tuesday, November 25
9:30 David Levin-Kruss
Life is Literature, Literature is Life
This interactive session will introduce you to "My Open Book", a methodology that uses the books we read to teach us more about ourselves and uses that knowledge to facilitate us to become more effective. If you like, bring along a favorite passage to share with others.
11:00 Pamela Peled, Tzippi Sha-ked, Danit Shemesh
Three Ladies, Three Lattes:  Percolating Discussions in the Holy Land
A percolating ride through the complicated permutations of living in Israel, and a roadmap to understanding the other.
12:30 Judith Segal
METAPHORUS--A poem is a person
In this workshop, participants will read poetry as expressions of feeling and, in turn, create their own poems as responses to those feelings. This is not for experienced poets, nor poetry writing nor probing poetic, but about using the emotions and images we perceive in poems for creative self insight and development.
15:30 Eliyahu Adam Berkowitz
Join masterful writer and compelling speaker, Eliyahu Berkowitz, as he colorfully describes the impending Jewish literary revolution blossoming in Jerusalem – and why you need to be a part it.  And be sure to pick up your copy of his praiseworthy novel, The Hope Merchant (Leviathan Press, 2013): "Intelligently written and adeptly crafted, and built around compelling and believable characters, this book keeps you guessing through the last page."
17:00 Danny Verbov
Forget-Me-Not – Telling Your Stories
for Generations to Come
Danny Verbov crafts family legacy books, preserving parents' stories, memories and values for their grandchildren, great grandchildren and beyond, and invites you to bring a historical family object about which you can tell a story.
All the above daytime programs are free
Herb Keinon - French Fries in Pita
When:  Tuesday, October 26, 18:30
Plop Dave Barry down in Jerusalem.  Add a dash of Jewish wit and a veteran immigrant’s keen insight into day-to-day life in Israel, and you have the best of Herb Keinon’s 25-year running “Out There” column in The Jerusalem Post.
Herb Keinon, the diplomatic correspondent at The Jerusalem Post, moved to Israel from Denver some 30 years ago. He has been at the Post since 1985, and has covered a wide range of beats since them. Keinon has a BA in political science from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and an MA in Journalism from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. He is the author of Lone Soldiers: Israel's Defenders from Around the World and French Fries in Pita.
Cost:  NIS 45 / NIS 30
Books will be available for sale.
AACI Yard Sale!
January 16th 2015.
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!
Jewish Philosophers - The Thought of Eliezer Berkovits
 with Rabbi Artie Fischer
Is faith compatible with reason? Is belief by its very nature irrational?
Rabbi Dr. Eliezer Berkovits (1908-1992) was a profound and prolific modern-Orthodox Zionist thinker, whose ideas influenced generations of educatiors and policy-makers. His writings deal with faith, pirituality, morality, halacha and history in the confrontatin between religion and modernity.
Our text will be God, Man and History (1965), in which Berkovits suggests that harmonizing faith and reason no longer occupies the mind of the modern Jew. "Through the encounter Judaism first learned of God, who is almighty and yet cares for man, Supreme Lord and yet a friend."
Copies of the new edition of the book will be available for purchase (NIS65).
When: Tuesdays, 12:30, ongoing
Where: AACI – Dr. Max and Gianna Glassman Family Center
Cost: 50 NIS / AACI members 35 NIS
Mah Jongg
Tuesdays, 12:00-13:00
Learn to play with a pro! With Marcia Gardner
This class is NOT intended for people who already know how to play.
The Sarah Peters Bridge Club
Monday afternoons from 13:00-16:00
Come and join in the fun!
Cost: 15 NIS/ AACI members 10 NIS
Introduction to Israeli Cinema; A historical and generic overview
Mondays, 19:00-21:00 (4 meetings beginning Monday, November 24th )
Israeli cinema is a relatively young art-form in the Israeli cultural landscape. From its modest, slow narrow-themed beginning in the 1950s to its developed, sophisticated broad-subject form in the 21st century, Israeli cinema has greatly evolved in the aspects of cinematography, themes, acting styles, cultural growth, creativity and general universality formerly reserved for other, more established, global filmmaking traditions.
This course will overview, identify and observe the evolvement of the Israeli cinema from its young-state days to its current, mature form.
It will include exemplary clips from a large myriad of Israeli movies, and the viewing of full feature films, with an introduction to the film and its director, and a discussion with Q & A at the end of each film.  
Cost:  NIS 40 / NIS 25 per week
Where: AACI-Dr. Max & Gianna Glassman Family Center
Instructor: Noa Wahrman
Noa Wahrman is a Sabra who has lived 26 years in The U.S. and the United Kingdom. She has a B.A. in Hebrew and Comparative literatures, an M.A. in Film and TV Studies, and an M.A. in Library Sciences. Noa has taught various courses in Israeli film, literature and culture and was in charge of the Judaica collection at Indiana University Herman B. Wells Library for 14 years.
AACI Star Film Club

Professional Women's Network Meeting
Topic: Money matters: Especially for Independent Women
Thursday, November 13, 12.45 - 15:00
Join us for a highly interactive, educational 40 minute presentation which helps women understand the art of investing and the differences between men and women when making money and investments decisions.

We will also discuss:
- How to make financial decisions during times of change: divorce, career change, death of spouse, etc.
- Setting investment goals and objectives
- Retirement planning
- Basic financial terms
- Types of investments

Speaker:  Katherine Lapidoth
Katherine is one of Pioneer International Group's founding financial planners and a Senior Wealth Manager with Pioneer Wealth Management for the past 27 years. Katherine specializes in helping women build wealth through their investment choices. Katherine is licensed both in Israel & in the U.S. and has an MBA from Drexel and UCLA.
Where: AACI – Dr. Max & Gianna Glassman Family Center
Cost:  NIS 40 / AACI members NIS 30
Refreshments provided
Bring a friend & she participates for free at the first meeting
"The best way to predict your future is to create it" (Abraham Lincoln)
Facilitator: Lesley Kaplan
Founder & CEO of L.A.K. Creations & Consulting
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Makeup Made Easy
Monday, November 10, 10:00–13:00 or 14:00–17:00
STOP spending your hard-earned money on products that are overpriced and contain the same ingredients as comparable and more-affordable items, and stop feeling embarrassed that you never really learned how to apply makeup!
In this 3 hour course, you will master the basics of makeup application and skin care.  
Guaranteed to be filled with useful information and a LOT of friendship, fun & laughter. (PLUS, you'll receive a GREAT GIFT!)
Where:  AACI – Dr. Max and Gianna Glassman Family Center
Cost:  120 NIS / AACI members 100 NIS (pre-paid registrations only)
Pre-paid registration required!  02-566-1181
Facilitator:  Andrea Simantov of Jerusalem Bride is a professionally trained makeup artist and hair stylist and has been making women beautiful for more than a decade.  A mother of six and grandmother of ten, she recently appeared on Israel's Amazing Race and is a frequent inspirational speaker for various organizations. www.jerusalembride.com
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
Monday evening, November 17 -- Meet for early dinner at Gregs Café Restaurant, top floor, Hadar Mall, Jerusalem, and then go across the street to the AACI Glassman Family Center for the opening of the New Olim Art Exhibit and New Olim Social.   Let’s support oli
m artists and welcome new olim!  Please click here for more information about the Opening and the Social.  Please register by Sunday, November 15th for the dinner. 
Wednesday afternoon , November 26, Thanksgiving Lunch – Traditional and
delicious (same caterer as last year that we all raved about) Thanksgiving Lunch at the AACI Glassman Family Center with the acclaimed Hazel Street String Band.  For more details, please click here.  If you would like to sit at the 55+ tables, when you register please tell the person answering to leave your name and phone number for Belle.  Please register by calling the AACI by November 12th.
Tuesday evening, December 9 -- Meet for  dinner at Roza Restaurant,  2 Rahel Imenu (corner of Emek Refaim),  Jerusalem and then join us at the AACI for "They Can’t Take That Away From Me,” a performance by The Bridge of Strings Trio.  This program will take you back to your childhood with nostalgic songs and duets by the world's biggest composers of the twentieth century, including Aaron Copland and Benjamin Britten, Samuel Barber, Viktor Ullmann, Leonard Bernstein, George Gershwin, Kurt Weil and many more.  Please click here for more information about the performance.  Please register by December 7th for the dinner.
For further information and registration for the above activities, please call Susan Block Goldman at 02-566-1662 (not on Shabbat).  If no answer, please leave a clear message on her voice mail or email her at susangoldman9@012.net.il   
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.
Harvey Bordowitz Music Lecture Series 2014
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 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.
Sunday, November 2, at 19:30
The New World – America!
How did American music break free of the old European molds? How did ragtime, jazz, swing and spirituals make America the sassy new kid on the block? The New World in all its passion, pain and. glory.
Sunday, November 16th at 19:30  
Who Needs Conductors, Anyway?
An insider’s look at the strange and wondrous profession of the conductor. What is a conductor? What happens in rehearsals? In the concert? The audience will be invited to compare and judge different recordings.
Sunday, December 14th at 19:30
Beethoven: from Tragedy to Triumph
Beethoven's confrontation with his increasing deafness and his bravery in adversity gave rise to triumphant creations that stir our souls to this day, and that single-handedly ushered in the 19th century – the Romantic Era. Hear the Eroica Symphony, No. 3, the Fate-Symphony No. 5 and the mighty Ninth – an ode to freedom, courage and human dignity.
Sunday, December 28th at 19:30
With Strings Attached – All About String Instruments
Some of music’s most thrilling works have been written for string instruments. We will learn about the legendary violin makers, sample towering masterpieces by Bach, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Tchaikovsky, Elgar and Brahms, in unforgettable performances by Heifetz and Casals, Jacqueline du Pré, and the newest generation of brilliant young virtuosi.
Each lecture is approximately 2 hours with a coffee break.
Cost of 4 Lectures: NIS 250 / AACI Members NIS 200
Individual lectures pre-booked    NIS 55
Individual lectures at door NIS 60
Pre-registration and payment is absolutely essential.  Course will only take place with a minimum number of participants.
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: Sunday,  December 7, 18:30-20:30

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.
AACI's J-Town Playhouse Ruby Tuesday Events proudly present:
The Bridge of Strings Trio - "They Can’t Take That Away From Me"
A new program that will take you back to your childhood with nostalgic songs and duets by the world's biggest composers of the twentieth century, including -
Aaron Copland and Benjamin Britten, Samuel Barber, Viktor Ullmann, Leonard Bernstein, George Gershwin, Kurt Weil and many more.
The Bridge of Strings Trio - Shira Bitan (soprano), Shachar Shamai (baritone), Guy Frati (piano), have created unique performances that range from classical arias and Operas to musicals in a variety of languages.
The trio has performed in the "Anna Ticho house", "The Israel Museum, "Heichal Hatarbut Rishon Le-Zion", "Teatron Bahatzer", and "Hebrew University".
Performance will be December 9th at 8:00pm at AACI – Dr. Max and Gianna Glassman Family Center.
Tickets will be 40 NIS and 30 NIS for member, soldiers and students.
Cost: NIS 30
At it Again – December 4th Performance
That's right, we are at it again.
Our not quite monthly show is back. More laughs, more fun, and more beer! 
Bring your family, bring your friends, and come on out to enjoy the laughter and fun of completely unscripted Improv. 
Bringing the best of long and short form improvisational theater in English to the city of Jerusalem. 

Tickets are 1 for 30 NIS, or 2 for 40 NIS, with saving like these you can come every month! 

When: Thursday December 4th at 8pm. 
Where: AACI - Dr. Max and Gianna Glassman Family Center, 37 Pierre Koenig, corner of Poalei Tzedek st. 4th floor.
For tickets call 02-566-1181 or show up at the door.
AACI's J-Town Playhouse is proud to announce upcoming open auditions for
Thorton Wilder's 'Our Town'. 

To be directed by the one and only Leah Stoller. 
Assistant Director - Abbie Krissman

Auditions will be held on Thurs. Nov. 6th and Sunday Nov. 9th from 5:30pm until 8:30 pm. 
at AACI. 
Please prepare a short monologue to audition with. 
Auditions are open to people from ages 11 - 70 and will be held at the AACI offices in Talpiyot. 

Dr. Max and Gianna Glassman Family Center, 37 Pierre Koenig, fourth floor, Talpiyot Jerusalem. 

For more information please call 052-689-7624 or email israeltheatersource@gmail.com

Performances will be held throughout the month of February.
AACI Coping Workshops:
"Developing Reslience"
Ingathering: Art Exhibit
Nov 17 - Dec 31, 2014
AACI 55+/ - Activities for Singles & Couples
AACI Thanksgiving Luncheon
November 26, 12:30-15:00
AACI Travel Program 2015    
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