AACI Jerusalem Programs & Activities
Most AACI Jerusalem Programs require pre-registration by calling 02-5661181.
 
ARTS & CULTURE HOBBIES/COURSES
Bridge
AACI Star Film Club Seniors Wednesday Morning Programs RAPS
"Classic Book Book Club" Ulpan La'Inyan
Creative Workshop; Crochet & More Volunteer with us
Explore the Adumim Region  
Fresh Insights Into Literature  INFORMATIONAL
  AACI Advice Sessions
  American Citizen Services
CHILDREN Navigational Series
Kids & Teen Art Exhibit AACI’s Employment Resource
Family music class for children from 4 months to five years old Travel Advice - Ophir Tours
   
EVENTS LIBRARIES
AACI BOOK SALE Amit - AACI Library
55+/ - Friendship Circle - Activities for Singles & Couples AACI DVD Library
Evenings with the Botanicals Gardens (at AACI) AACI Kids Library
Ruby Tuesdays at AACI AACI Library for the Visually Impaired
Yard Sale  
FINANCIAL SEMINARS & WORKSHOPS
FATCA Follow-up Are Smartphones Really Smart?
Financial Resource Network
 
  Conquer your Smartphone/Tablet Fears
  Growing Older
  Hebrew Literature Course
HEALTH & WELLNESS
Blood Drive Introduction to Israeli Cinema
Exercise Class for 50+ Jewish Philosophers:Torah &  way of the Land
Feldenkrais Living to tell the tale
Improving Your Balance METAPHORUS--knowing the poem as a person
Tai Chi Class Professional Women's Network Meeting
Yoga The Work Workshop
Zumba  
   AACI'S JTOWN THEATER
  First City Improv Troupe – February Blues Show!!!
 
Next to Normal - Auditions
  Ruby Tuesdays
  Remember My Name
 
Sentimental Journey
 
 
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.
 
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 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.
 
Classic Book Club:
Led by Dr. Judith Oster
Meets at AACI on the last Sunday of each month at 1:30pm.  
For details of each month's selected book please contact Rolene Segal  or  Dr. Oster
 
Fresh Insights in Literature:
Led by Dr. Judith Oster
Meets at AACI on Mondays 12:30 – 2 pm.  
For details of topics please contact Rolene Segal  or  Dr. Oster
 
The AACI Childrens' Library is adjacent to the adult library. For further information please contact us: 02-566-1181 ext. 323, email: amitaaci.library@gmail.com 
Dr. Oster, Volunteer Lecturer, email:  xo4@case.edu.
 
Rolene Segal, Volunteer Librarian, Phone: 02-566-1181 ext. 323, email:amitaaci.library@gmail.com
 
 

AACI The Star Media Library & Cinema Club

For AACI members ONLY!

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

How does it work?

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

Click here for the list of DVDs.

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

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

 

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

Chairperson: Marcia Lewison

 

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

 
Feb 18
Matti Rosenshine: Between Tradition and Renewal – The Story of the “New” Waldorf Astoria Hotel in Jerusalem
Feb 25
Jacob Richman: Personal Thoughts on the Past, Present and Future of Living in our Jewish Homeland
 
 
 
 
 
March 4
Rabbi Michael Klein-Katz: Things Are Not What They Seem, but Hang in There - Life Still Has Meaning, Even if Hidden Beneath the Surface.
March 11
Fourth Annual Health Day Program
March 18
Sylvia Dombey: Rodgers, Hart and Hammerstein in Words and Music
March 25
Dr. Arnold Kisch: Where the Road Divided - How the American People Lost Control of Their Government
April 1
Rabbi David Golinkin: Pesach Customs - East and West
April 8
AACI Closed for Pesach
April 15
Rabbi Tovia Ben-Chorin: House of One - Interreligious Center for the Three Monotheistic Religions in the Heart of Berlin
April 22
Michael Brandwein: Big Problems, Small Solutions - Bacteria in the Holy Land
April 29
Irwin Blank: A Short History of the Israeli Navy

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
 
Biodanza
Wednesdays til April 1, 12:15 – 13:15
With Genie Levin, certified with the IBF dance organization
 
Biodanza uses a combination of music, movement and expression to help people tap into their innate sense of joy, self esteem and self confidence, creating feelings of connectedness and love.  Everyone will leave the class with a renewed sense of vigor.
 
Cost:  NIS 55 / AACI Members NIS 45
For more information, contact Genie at 052-316-5399 or reginivin@gmail.com
 
Hebrew Literature Course
Tuesdays, 10:30 – 12:00, beginning February 3rd / 9 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-Glick 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 (9 classes)
 
SHIFTING SANDS
The Latest FATCA news – What Next for U.S./Israeli Taxpayers?
Tuesday, February 17 at 19:00 (7:00 p.m.)
 
Topics covered by a panel of experts include:
*US income tax compliance laws
*Trusts and estate planning
*Israeli tax issues
*US investments for Israeli residents
*Willful blindness vs. negligence
*Why the IRS can take a second look at past reports
*Problems investing in Israeli mutual funds (PFICs and ETNs)
 
Cost: NIS 30 / AACI members NIS 20
Where: AACI Dr. Max & Gianna Glassman Family Center
Refreshments will be served.
 
Presented by Kaherine Lapidoth & Steven Feigenbaum of Pioneer Wealth Management.
 
Family music class for children Family Music Class
Enjoy 45 minutes of music with singing, puppets, percussion instruments and lots of ideas to enrich your child’s musical and English development.
New session starting April 15th
When: Wednesdays 16:30 – 17:15
 
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
www.musicwithsharon.com
Facebook Sharonmusicfun
          
 
 
Living to tell the tale
Tuesdays, through March 31s 10:30 – 12:00
Join in this interactive exploration into writing life stories. "Living" is a facilitated program in which participants collect the stories of their lives in prose and also through photographs, knick knacks and other visual cues. At the end of the year you will have an autobiography to share with loved ones or even publish. 
 
Cost:  NIS 25 / AACI members NIS 15 per week
 
Facilitator:  Carol Unger is a prize winning author and journalist and author of the forthcoming cookbook Jewish Soul Food. She has been conducting writing workshops for over five years at community centers in Jerusalem.
 
GROWING OLDER
Invitation to a Group Exploration
 
"Old men ought to be explorers''   TS Eliot
 
Did you ever imagine you would grow old?
How do we live this time of our lives?
Can we still grow?
 
When:  Thursday, February 19th    11:00 – 12:30
(open introductory meeting; the series will continue for 11 weekly meetings depending on registration)
 
Cost:  NIS 50 / AACI members NIS 35 (for first meeting)
Series:  NIS 500 / AACI members NIS 350
Pre-registration required
 
In this group we shall seek our own individual way, learning from each others' unique knowledge and experiences both on a personal and abstract level, exploring how we can still grow, delight in the present and create new meaning in life, whilst not avoiding issues of decline in health or faculties and its accompanying sadness. We shall address questions of health, finance, housing, mobility and personal relationships.    
 
Facilitator: Chava Morris, a psychotherapist and teacher of social work, is herself in her eighties and lives these questions daily. In her workshop she seeks to explore together with the participants the many layered facets of this period of life, hoping to generate new insights to experience, fully aware that they are traveling into an unknown future.
Chava Morris MSc; Analytical Psychologist (Member IAAP)
Tel.02 6411765 Mail eva67@netvision.net.il
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)
 
Volunteer with us!
AACI is seeking a volunteer for office/computer work. Willing to train someone who has some knowledge of data entry, use of Microsoft excel. Looking for someone willing to commit to a few hours at a stretch, once or twice a week.
 
We are also seeking volunteers to help with social networking initiatives on media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, and YouTube. Individuals should have experience and confidence using these websites, as well as an ability to work independently coordinating information from a variety of sources. Individuals will create and modify unique content under (indirect) supervision on an as-needed basis. Workload will vary greatly from week to week, and sometimes be spread out over a variety of days. Most work can be completed remotely, if desired. Knowledge of spoken and written Hebrew is an asset.
 
AACI is looking to set up a database of volunteers who would be willing to undertake small freelance projects on an as-needed basis. We are looking for qualified individuals who are experienced with any of the following fields: blogging; photo editing; e-philanthropy; graphic design; internet communications; etc.
 
If you are an AACI member who works professionally in any of these fields, but would like to give back 5-10 hours per month on your own time, we encourage you to contact us!
membership@aaci.org.ilor 02-566-1181 ext 301
Ext 324.
 
 
Travel Advice – Ophir Tours
 
Have questions about Travel?
This is your opportunity to meet with Henriette Hertz, an agent from Ophir Tours who has been in the travel business for more than 18 years. Henriette will be available on Wednesdays at 12:00-4:00 pm at our Jerusalem office (37 Pierre Koenig). Get the latest information regarding air fares, cruises, car rentals, domestic tourism plus much more. For an appointment, please call Henriette at 02-5398666.
 
Health and Wellness Programs
(All our classes take place at AACI-Dr. Max & Gianna Glassman Family Center, 37 Pierre Koenig/Corner of Poalei Zedek 2, Talpiot.)
 
 
 
Exercise Class for 50+
 
Sunday mornings -11:00 - 12 noon.
Wednesday mornings - 09:30
NIS 55 / AACI Members 45 NIS / *660/540
The class is led by Marilyn Cohen, graduate of the Wingate Institute with a certification in Physical Activity for Seniors.
Please wear closed shoes and comfortable clothing.
 
For more information and to register, please call 02-5661-181
 
“Cartisiya” now available – pay for 12 classes, get one free!  Call AACI at 02-566-1181
 
 
Yang Long Form Tai Chi Class
Thursday afternoons 15:45 (beginners)
NIS 45 / AACI Members 35 NIS
 
Find your balance at AACI with Nacy Harel!  Almost everyone can do Tai Chi; it is done in slow motion with little joint stress, cleansing and rejuvenating the body and mind. Using flowing movements, a Tai Chi session moves through positions for strength and balance to integrate mind and body.  Please wear loose clothing.
 
 
 
Feldenkrais for Healthy Necks, Shoulders and Back
taught by Shoshanna Lederman
 
Increase strength and flexibility and reduce aches and pains
In each Feldenkrais movement class, Shoshanna will guide students through a sequence of movements to discover ways of moving that are easier and give relief from aches and pains. The goal is to achieve greater flexibility, while reducing pain and limitations.
 
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
 
Shoshanna Lederman, Certified Feldenkrais practitioner, Israel certified yoga teacher-Wingate Institute, MA in Education, Bank Street College, NY
Call Shoshanna for details: 050-7526631.
 
 
Feldenkrais for Balance with Shoshana Lederman
Thursdays,  11 – 12:00
 
Safety, grace, and ease when you walk, stand, climb stairs, sit, carry loads, and get up and down.  Learn to move with your body in a free, strong, confident way.
Shoshana Lederman is a certified Feldenkrais practitioner and yoga teacher, MA in Education. 
Cost:  NIS 50 / students and AACI members NIS 40
For more details, please contact Shoshana; 0507-526-631
Where: AACI Dr. Max & Gianna Glassman Family Center
 
Zumba
 Thursdays  9:30 - 10:10   
 
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
 
Yoga Basics
Sunday evenings for 1 hour at, 18:30
 
A slower paced class with focus on alignment, this 6 week series will introduce you to breathwork, common poses, sequences and modifications that will allow you to participate with greater safety, awareness and ease in the spectrum of yoga styles.
 
Where: AACI - Dr. Max & Gianna Glassman Family Center
Cost:  NIS 50 / students and AACI members NIS 40 or  270 NIS / 210 NIS
 
Shelley Shafran - Following years of personal exploration into holistic wellness and healing, Shelley is excited to be channeling these passions into professional opportunities using yoga to infuse our lives with restorative calm and harmony. Living in Israel since 2003, she completed yoga teacher training under Esther Elfassi in 2014.
 
 
AACI Navigational Series
 
PROTECTING YOUR CONSUMER RIGHTS
When: Wednesday February 25, 2014 16:30
Presenter: Kirill Shefer, Advocate  
Learn about the existing Israeli consumer protection authorities and their functionality, the conditions which have to be fulfilled in order for you to be protected by the consumer protection act, the responsibility of the seller/manufacturer for his products, various types of purchase transactions (store, phone and internet) and get useful advice on how to uphold and enforce your consumer rights.
 
Advocate Kirill Shefer (www.shefer-law.com) has both national and international education in law and economics, and extensive professional experience in business litigation, labor law, real estate and consumer law.
 
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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Navigating Bikur Cholim: Practical Advice And Vignettes For Visiting The Sick
How do we respond when a friend gets ill? What thoughts and feelings does it raise about our own health and future? How can we support them while maintaining our own sense of comfort? Practical skills and an open conversation.
 
When: Wednesday March 18 at 16:30
 
Presenter:   Rabbanit Aliza Pilichowski.   Rabbanit Aliza Pilichowski is an experienced chaplain, with years of experience helping the sick and homebound in LA and South Florida, and is associated with Kashouvot: Advancing Pastoral Care in Israel.   www.kashouvot.org
 
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Assess Your Health Coverage
The interactions among/ between Israeli supplementary health insurance, Bituach Leumi coverage, and private policies from Israel and abroad.  There will be changes to insurance, both national & private, due to legislation being implemented in May 2015.
 
When: Wednesday April 15 at 16:30
Presenter:   Avner Goldfus of Goldfus Insurance
 
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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The Sandwich Generation – Intergenerational Dilemmas
 
When: Wednesday April 29 at 16:30
 
Presenter:   Esther Parnes, MSc.  Esther Parnes, lecturer and teacher, is a gerontological consultant, helping families navigate the challenges faced by their aging loved ones (health issues, providing support and maximizing available benefits). Ms. Parnes is a teacher in varied disciplines, including lecturer to senior citizens, college students, and high school students.
 
Cost: 40 NIS / AACI members 30 NIS
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METAPHORUS--knowing the poem as a person
Wednesdays, March 4th – April 22nd 10:30 – 12:00
 
In this workshop, participants will read poems as voices of feelings, feelings they often share. The discussion will be not "What does the poet mean?" but what does this poem mean to me? Discussion will turn to creating poems as responses to those feelings. Not the place for poetic critique or learning poetry composition but about using the emotions and images we pereceive in poems for creative self insight and development.
 
Cost:  NIS 35 / NIS 25
 
Judith Segal
050-604-4464
 
Dr. Segal (050-604-4464), a librarian and library director was trained in the art of poetry therapy and has conducted numerous groups in writing poems for healing and self-development.
Heard Any Good Books Lately?
AACI’S Library for the Visually Impaired
 
What if your vision deteriorated so that you could no longer read the books you love? AACI prides itself in filling every possible niche in making life in Israel a wonderful experience and solving problems.
 
Located in the Jerusalem office of the AACI, this very extensive library is a lifeline for visually and physically impaired booklovers. It contains books on tape, CDs, MP3s and in large print, ranging from fiction, suspense and humor, to self-help, Judaica and biographies.
 
What could be easier than to request books by phone or e-mail, have them mailed to you free of charge, and return them in the same container postage free? This amazing library is utilized by English speakers of all ages from Naharia to Eilat, in cities and towns as well as on kibbutzim and moshavim.
 
The librarians are all volunteers who take great pride in knowing their dedication enriches the lives of so many. All of the “books” in the library have been donated or purchased with donated funds. Gifts of large print books or audiobooks can be sent postage free to the AACI, 37 Pierre Koenig, corner of Poalei Tzedek Talpiot, Jerusalem.  P.O. Box 53349, Jerusalem 91042
 
To find out how you can access the world of talking books, make a donation or work as a volunteer, call 02-560-0912, or e-mail library@aaci.org.il
 
 
AACI Yard Sale!
Friday, May 29th
More details to follow
 
 
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
 
 
The Sarah Peters Bridge Club
 
Monday afternoons from 13:00-16:00
 
Beginning Bridge
Wednesdays, 12:15
new 8 week session beginning February 25th
 
Come and join in the fun!
Cost: 15 NIS/ AACI members 10 NIS
 
AACI Star Film Club
Suggested donation: 30 NIS / AACI Members 20 NIS
The movies will be preceded by an erudite introduction by Gary Levine, a nice man and long-time movie buff. For more information contact Gary at gary@thelevines.org
Pre-registration suggested: 02-5661181
 
Bring Your Grandchildren
 
Capatin Courageous
Wednesday, March 18, 19:00
National Velvet
Wednesday May 13, 19:00
Meet Me In St. Louis
Wednesday, June 24, 19:00
 
Films are shown at the AACI-Dr. Max & Gianna Family Center
Conquer your Smartphone/Tablet Fears
Join Rochelle and Paul the PCGUY as they expand their highly acclaimed course offerings for users of smartphones (IPhones and Androids) and tablets (IPads/Androids). Come to any or all of the following classes at the AACI. Be sure to bring your fully charged device as well as your Apple Password (for apple products) and any other passwords you might need such as email accounts). Classes will be limited to 15 participants.
 
When:  Wednesdays 13:00 – 14:30
Cost per class:  NIS 60 / AACI members NIS 50
Pre-paid registration required; classes will be limited to 15 participants (02-566-1181)
 
February 25th Smartphone/Tablet basics
Review basic and general information on how to use your device.
March 4th FACEBOOK
Learn the differences between the mobile Facebook and the PC version.   Learn the dos and don’ts of “Facebooking”. 
March 11th Photos and Videos
How to take photos and videos from your device and share them using email, WHATS APP, FACEBOOK and other methods.
March 18th Communications 
Learn all about email, TXT Messaging, What’s App, etc. for other ways to communicate using your device. 
 
Instructors:  Rochelle Gilbert (054-977-9994) and Paul Serkin – the PCGUY (054-943-6109)
 
Professional Women's Networking Forum
Thursday March 12th (rescheduled from January)12.45– 15:00
Topic:  You opened a business! Congratulations. Now, how do you get clients? 
Content marketing is a revolution - it gives small businesses a voice that can rival the biggies. It empowers individuals to have a say, make a mark & establish yourself as an innovator and thought leader. 
 
Learn the tactic of content marketing, make it work for you too, & give yourself a powerful voice.  Everywhere you look, you're being asked to "like" this and "share" that. Why? Because it's one of the best ways to get your potential clients to subscribe to your content. The more relevant, quality content that makes it to your potential client, the better. Social media is one of the ways in.
 
Speaker:
Hilary Faverman believes in the power and purpose of passionate, clear, invigorating content. She has spent the past 15 years in corporate communications. A perennial overachiever, Hilary is a published writer and springboards her expertise in content marketing and social media into deploying successful digital marketing campaigns for her entrepreneur clients. 
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April
We will not be meeting this month due to Pesach & Yom Ha'atzmaut. 
See you in May!
 
Facilitator: Lesley Kaplan
Founder & CEO of L.A.K. Creations & Consulting
054-4247628
 
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Evenings with the Botanicals Gardens (at AACI)
            
Monday, March 9th
The Shemitta Experience: Its Economic, Social, and National Messages
The Shemitta year is not only a year of agricultural rest, but a year which calls into question societal norms, economic policies and models, and the relationship between the Jewish people and the land of Israel. This lecture/ presentation will explore these messages. 
Facilitator:  Rabbi Binyamin Zimmerman, The Halacha Education Center
 
Monday, March 23rd
Bible Plants
Ever wonder about the connection between "spring blossoms" and "spring cleaning"? You are invited to take a virtual stroll across Israel's beautiful landscape to explore the connection between Passover and springtime plants.  
Facilitator:  Malka Abuloff, Certified national tour guide and expert guide at the Botanical Gardens.
 
Monday, April 13th
Composting at Home:  Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
When preparing fresh produce to eat what do you do with the discarded peel that likely attracted you to it in the first place? During this fallow (Shemitta) year, composting is the perfect way to save waste and give back to the land, to return nutrient-rich organic matter to the soil. We will learn about the many advantages of composting (which even include water conservation!) and ways to do it at home.
Facilitator:  Amanda Lind, coordinator of community gardens and Garin Dvash, The society for the Protection of Nature, and co-coordinator of the Botanical Gardens' 55+ program.
 
All programs will be 18:30 – 20:00
 
 
Where:  AACI Glassman Family Center
Cost:  NIS 35 / AACI and Botanical Gardens Members NIS 25
For more information and to register call 02-566-1181
 
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 Americ
 
an and local holidays.)
 
Make An Appointment Online:
 
 
Tips for Speeding Up Your Visit:
 
 
AACI 55+/ - Friendship Circle - Activities for Singles & Couples
 
Tuesday, February 24 – Join us for dinner at Greg’s Café at the Hadar Mall (top floor) across from the AACI Glassman Family Center.  Then see Sandy Cash perform at the AACI’s Ruby Tuesday. Click here for  more information about Sandy Cash and her show.   Please register for the dinner by Sunday, February 22.
 
Monday afternoon , March 9 – Let’s do lunch at Mulino Dairy Bistro (Kosher), 38 Keren Hayesod.   Please register by Saturday night,  March 7.
 
Wednesday, March 25 – Meet for dinner at Avazi Restaurant (Kosher),  14 Yad Harutzim.  After dinner, walk down the hill to the AACI Glassman Family Center  for a special musical show,  “A Sentimental Journey.”  For more information about the show,  please click herePlease register for the dinner by Monday, March 23.
 
Monday, April 13 – Let’s do lunch at Maalot Restaurant (Kosher), 7 Ha’Maalot St.  Please register by Saturday night, April 11. 
 
Tuesday, April 28 -  Meet for dinner at Soyo Restaurant (Kosher), 51 Emek Refaim.  Then join us at the AACI Glassman Family Center to see the play “Remember My Name.”  For more information about the play, please click here.   Please register for the dinner by Sunday, April 26. 
 
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.
IGRA
 
Have you recorded your family story??  Wondering how to tackle this project?  The Israel Genealogy Research Association (IGRA) invites you to join us at the AACI Glassman Family Center.
 

Next meeting: to be announced

 
IGRA has a new dynamic, bi-lingual search engine on its website, http://genealogy.org.il/databases/!! Searches can be done with a variety of filters to bring you more accurate results. We have prepared and uploaded more than 65 databases and more will be appearing in the months ahead. The databases have materials relating to the Ottoman, British Mandate and Israeli Administration. There are voter lists, census material, different occupations, address books, candidates for various positions, delegates to Zionist Congresses and much more. Images of the scanned documents are being added to the search engine and will be available to members of IGRA.
 
Are Smartphones Really Smart?
Tuesday, February 24, 13:30 – 15:00
 
With some plain English explanations and examples about how to use your Smartphone for your convenience, peace of mind, efficiency and pleasure, you can gain new appreciation for that little gadget tethered to your hand. When it comes to technology, mastering it is like trying to hit a moving target, so you can be sure that even if you are an experienced smartphone user, there will be some new tidbit just for you. 
 
Cost:  NIS 55 / AACI members NIS 40
 
Facilitator:  Bryna Lee Jacobson (050-7725767) made aliyah in 2009 from Chicago/ Skokie and has a background as a CPA.  She was an early adopter of personal computer technology, portable computing and began using an​ HTC​windows smartphone before the iPhone was even released. Loving technology and wanting to share knowledge, competence and confidence is what My Tech Tutor is all about.
 
Explore the Adumim Region
 
Tuesday, March 24, 2015 10:00 – 16:00
 Meet at Ammunition Hill (at the light rail stop and bus depot) and board our private bus. 
Outing will include (schedule subject to change): 
-       Light refreshments and welcome by city spokesperson and program coordinators at City Hall
-       Mitzpe Edna Lookout with explanation of biblical significance
-       Visit The Moshe Castel Museum of Art 
-       Guided walk at 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
 
 
AACI J-TOWN PLAYHOUSE PRODUCTIONS
& AUDITIONS
AACI's J-Town Playhouse Ruby Tuesday Events Presents:
Sandy Cash
Tuesday, February 24, 20:00
 
Sandy Cash (www.sandycash.com) is a musical storyteller and one of Israel’s most popular English-language entertainers. With a background in opera and theater (Jerusalem audiences will remember her performances as Anna in “The King and I” and Desiree in “A Little Night Music”), Sandy’s original songs employ drama and humor to describe her life as an American immigrant to Israel, and as a citizen of the changing and challenging Middle East. At the same time, Sandy’s songs shine a light on the life of a mom trying to raise relatively sane children in a crazy part of the world. Sandy has recorded four albums, and her most recent disc was named one of the top 25 folk releases of 2012 by the hosts of NPR affiliate radio show The Back Porch.
 
Where: AACI – Dr. Max and Gianna Glassman Family Center
Cost: 30 NIS
Info: 02-566-1181 or check out our website at www.aaci.org.il
 
AACI's J-Town Playhouse is proud to announce Open Auditions
 
 
 
First City Improv Troupe – February Blues Show!!!

Welcome to winter. Well the last bits of it. We're gonna lift your spirits with an all new show.

(In Improv all of our shows are all new, that's the fun of it.) 

This time we are bringing cupcakes, black and white cookies, and donuts! (From the wonderful Coney Island Knish Bakery - Kosher under rabbanut Yerushalayim, and Mehadrin Matte Yehuda).

We will also have beer! 

So come on out and join us for night of laughs and fun of completely unscripted Improv. 

Bringing the best of long and short form improvisational theater in English to the city of Jerusalem. 

With a special discount because we love our audience members! 

Tickets are 1 for 30, or 2 for 40. So come on out and enjoy two nights of fun, laughter, good cheer and good beer. And bring a date. Who knows we may even pull you or her up on stage to join us. 

Starring: Michael Herman, Rafi Di, Shira Katz, Devorah Starr, Shalom Tzvi Shore, Tobie Harris and Raphael Poch 
We will also be introducing our newest team members, Hannah ZMike Mintz,Lauri DonahueHelen Gottstein, and Daniella Edelman!

When: Laughing away the February Blues – Thurs. Feb. 12th at 8pm
Where: AACI - Dr. Max and Gianna Glassman Family Center, 37 Pierre Koenig, corner of Poalei Tzedek st. 4th floor.

For more information please call 02-566-1181 or email israeltheatersource@gmail.com
 
Remember My Name
 
The Association of Americans and Canadians in Israel's J-Town Playhouse Theater Project proudly presents: 
Remember My Name: A Story of Survival in wartime France. 
Written by: Joanna Halpert Kraus, 
Directed by Raphael Poch and Dena Buckman
There will be a special Yom Hashoah ceremony beginning at 7pm on April 15th. The ceremony will be followed by a performance. 
 
Continuing performances will take place on Apr. 16th, 19th, 27th, 28th, 29th and May 5th and 7th. 
These performances will begin at 8pm. 
Cost: 70 NIS or 50 NIS for members of AACI
To order tickets please call 02-566-1181 or email israeltheatersource@gmail.com
You can also visit our website at www.aaci.org.il
Performances will take place at AACI - Dr. Max and Gianna Glassman Family Center. 
 
 
 
 
    
AACI Yard Sale
Friday, January 16, 8:30-12:00
 
MY WORLD: Art Exhibit
Jan 5 - March 27, 2015
details
 
5th Annual Childrens & Teens Art Exhibition 2015
 
AACI Travel Program 2015    
 
 
 
 
 
 
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