AACI Jerusalem Programs & Activities
Most AACI Jerusalem Programs require pre-registration by calling 02-5661181.
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
Tu B’Shevat Seder with Rabbi Elan Adler 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
55+/ - Friendship Circle - Activities for Singles & Couples AACI DVD Library
Remembering Ilan Ramon AACI Kids Library
Ruby Tuesdays at AACI AACI Library for the Visually Impaired
Yard Sale  
Conscious Money Matters
Celebrating Tu B’Shevat - Journey through Jerusalem Flowers
Financial Resource Network Growing Older
FATCA update Hebrew Literature Course
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 Professional Women's Network Meeting
Tai Chi Class The Work Workshop
  First City Improv Troup
Next to Normal - Auditions
  Ruby Tuesdays
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 4
Caron Greenblatt: Discover Jerusalem Through the Eyes of Its Artists
Feb 11
Andrea Simantov: Personal Reinvention: Discovery, Adventure and Embracing New Challenges!
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
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
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)
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:  NIS 450 / AACI members NIS 400
(Two siblings cost:  NIS 650 / AACI members NIS 600)
Individual class:  NIS 55 / NIS 45
Registration and information Sharon@musicwithsharon.com or 054-531-5990
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
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.
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:  postphoned. New date to be announced.
(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)
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, January 20, 15:00 – 16:30
            (Classes will resume in January)
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 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
 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
6 class series beginning January 4th - February 8th,
Sunday evenings for 1 hour at two times, 18:30 and 20:00
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
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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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
AACI Yard Sale!
New Date to be Announced
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!
Remembering Ilan Ramon
Examining the Remains of Ilan Ramon’s Diary after the Loss of the Space Shuttle Columbia
When:  Monday, February 16 at 18:30    Preregistration required!
Cost:  30 NIS / AACI  members: NIS 20
Speaker:  Sharon Landau Brown came on Aliya from London, England in 1981. She did a year of sherut leumi in Sha'are Zedek hospital, after which she studied for her first and second degree in chemistry at the Hebrew University, Jerusalem. Sharon has worked at the questioned documents lab at the Israel Police's division of identification and forensic science since 1989 and is the head of the lab for the last three years.
The son of Holocaust survivors, Ilan Ramon, a fighter pilot in the Israeli Air Force, was the first Israeli astronaut.  He was the space shuttle payload specialist of the fatal mission of Columbia, in which he and six other crew members were killed in a re-entry accident on February 1, 2003. Ramon is the only foreign recipient of the United States Congressional Space Medal of Honor, which he was awarded posthumously.
After the disaster some pages of Ramon’s journal were recovered, having miraculously survived the heat of the explosion and the cold of space.  Eventually they were brought to the Forensics Laboratory of the Israel National Police where chemist Sharon Brown was part of the team which spent four years deciphering the remains.  Hear the incredible story of this painstaking task from Sharon herself and learn what the experts found in the reconstructed diary.
A light supper (additional charge of NIS 15) will be available at 17:30 for those who order it at the time they pre-register!
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 18th
Come and join in the fun!
Cost: 15 NIS/ AACI members 10 NIS
AACI Star Film Club
Professional Women's Networking Forum
Thursday February 12th, 2015
Topic: Stop Doubting & Start Doing! 
Learn practical tools for building real self-confidence, overcoming self-doubt, and getting proactive in your life.  The workshop is hands-on and experiential, with
participants gaining practical tools they can implement right away.
Speaker: Jenny Sassoon, LMSW, is a Professional Life & Relationship Coach, specializing in helping professional gain confidence & direction in their life, career and relationships. www.BuildBetterRelationships.com
Time:  12:45 – 15:00
Cost:  NIS 40 / AACI members NIS 30
"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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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 evening February 3 – Join us at the 55+ table for the Tu B’Shvat lecture and Seder.  For more information about the program and registration, please click here.  When you register, please be sure to tell them you want to sit at the 55+ table.
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. She is a great entertainer.  Ask anybody who has watched her perform.  For more information about Sandy Cash and her show, please click here.   For further information and registration 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    Please register for the dinner by Sunday, February 22nd.
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.
Conscious Money Matters
Develop Awareness and Confidence with your Money and Take Control of Your Financial Future
February 2nd, and February 9th at 18:30
2. February 2nd - Establishing Healthy Money Practices
  • Time for a money date – with your spouse, with your partner, with YOURSELF
  • Know your numbers - Conscious Spending and Tracking Your Net Worth
3. February 9th - Creating Your Money Map to Guide Your Financial Future
  • How do you want your money to serve you - Setting goals, planning for retirement
  • The Difference between Saving and Investing
Guest Speaker: Debbie Sassen, Financial Planner and Money Coach, specializing in advisory services for multi-national citizens living in Israel
Cost per day: NIS 40 /AACI Members NIS 30 per class
Cost for all 3 classes:  NIS 100
Registration is recommended.
To register or for more information contact Debbie
077-533-4142, 054-842-7638 or Debbie@debbiesassen.com
You are NOT behind. The time to start taking charge of your financial future is NOW.
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.
Celebrating Tu B’Shevat - Journey through Jerusalem Flowers
Tuesday, February 3, 17:00
A talk with Dr. Ori Fragman-Sapir, Head Scientist at the Jerusalem Botanical Gardens (the first in a series of four talks:  Shmita March 9th, Plants of the Bible March 23rd, Compost April 13th)
Dr. Fragman-Sapir will take us on a journey through the trees and flowers that adorn the city of Jerusalem - from shy cyclamens in the rocks and a peculiar succulent in the Valley of the Cross to the exciting story of the olive tree and the amazing plants growing on the Old City walls and the Wailing Wall.
*This talk is appropriate for children over age 10.  Younger children are invited to participate in special activities related to gardening, trees and flowers.
18:00 Tu B’Shevat Seder with Rabbi Elan Adler
A fun and educational experience for the whole family; we will use all 5 of our senses to appreciate our land, its produce, and its spiritual blessings. We'll eat, and share, and sing and get to know a little about ourselves too. Together we'll have a fantastic experience!
Cost for Tu’B’Shevat Seder (light snacks will be served):
Pre-paid registration per person:  NIS 40 / NIS 30 for AACI & Botanical Garden members
Children under 10 NIS 20
Cost at the door:  NIS 50 / NIS 40 per person
Children under 10 NIS 25
Are Smartphones Really Smart?
Tuesday, February 23, 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
Bring your friends, bring your family. Heck bring ours. 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. 

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, Ofer Ravid, Tobie Harris and Raphael Poch 
February Fun 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.
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, Ofer Ravid, Tobie Harris and Raphael Poch 
When:  Thurs. Feb. 12th at 8pm  
Where: AACI - Dr. Max and Gianna Glassman Family Center, 37 Pierre Koenig, corner of Poalei Tzedek St. 4th floor.
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
Together, Against the Odds
A musical comedy by Grant Crankshaw and Daniella Roman
Wednesday, February 4 & Thursday, February 5 at 20:00
Together, Against the Odds is a two-man comedy show loosely based on the lives of Grant Crankshaw and Daniella Roman, whose romance with the stage and love for each other has kept them creatively distracted throughout their years together. In this lighthearted comedy, the audience gets a glimpse of the unusual and often hilarious adventures of this entertaining pair as they stumble through life. From coming out at drama school as a heterosexual couple and the trauma of converting to Judaism to making Aliya and surviving Israeli plumbing and gas masks, the two keep the audience laughing with their amusing approach to life.
The entertaining skits and stories are interspersed with well-known songs, marking the milestones in their lives together.
Cost:  60 NIS regular/ 40 NIS for AACI members, soldiers and students.
For tickets and information call: 02-566-1181 or email israeltheatersource@gmail.com
AACI Yard Sale
Friday, January 16, 8:30-12:00
MY WORLD: Art Exhibit
Jan 5 - March 27, 2015
5th Annual Childrens & Teens Art Exhibition 2015
AACI Travel Program 2015    
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