AACI Jerusalem Programs & Activities
AACI Celebrates Jerusalem Beginners Mah Jongg
AACI  Gallery Exhibition Introductory Mah Jongg
AACI Star Film Club The Sarah Peters Bridge Club
Art Workshop for Adults Seniors Wednesday Morning Programs RAPS
Celebrate July 4th with Harvey Bordowitz!  
Classic Book Club  
Fresh Insights in Literature  
Painting on Glass & Ceramics  
Mosaic Flower Power Class  
Mixed Media Art Classes  
Family music class for children American Citizen Services
Little Lotus Kids Yoga Business Success Forum
  Navigational Series
  Pre & Post Aliyah Sessions Information Sessions
  Volunteer with us!
  Senior Outreach
Employment Services After Balfour: San Remo and the Path to Independence
  Business Success Forum for Men and Women
  Conquer Your Smartphone
  The Joys and Difficulties of Grandparenting
  Memoir Writing- Finish Your Memoir in 7 weeks!
  Professional Women’s Network
AACI Celebrates Israel at 70 Amit - AACI Library
AACI DVD Library
AACI's Giant Book Sale AACI Kids Library
AACI Celebrates July 4th and Canada Day! Frankly SINATRA
AACI Library for the Visually Impaired
Community Clean Up Day  
Zionist Salon- A Conversation with Professor Gil Troy  
Yard Sale  
  Ruby Tuesday Three-Part Series of Innocent Merriment with Gilbert & Sullivan
If I Never Saw Another Butterfly
AACI’s Annual Health Conference - What’s In Your Medicine Cabinet? Support & Education for People who are HOH (Hard of Hearing) or Deaf
Blood Drive Support Group for Women who are Caring for a Spouse with Dementia
Exercise for 50+ Coping with the Loss of a Spouse or Loved One – A Workshop Series
Feldenkrais for Healthy Necks, Shoulders and Back Strategies for Living with and After a Major Illness
Health & Wellness Programs Ulpanim
Health & Wellness Networking Forum for Women & Men talkcafé Hebrew Conversation Groups
Yang Long Form Tai Chi Class  
AACI Advice Sessions
Advice Sessions
The following professionals offer their time for free consultations for AACI members only. 
Building and Construction Advice
Whether you are building or buying your home or apartment, Ira Braverman P.E., registered civil engineer (California and Israel) offers individual guidance and information. Call Ira at 054-796-2725 or e-mail ira.braverman@gmail.com
Employee Rights and Labor Law Issues
Moshe Egel-Tal, CSPP, founder and CEO of Israpay, is a payroll professional with over 20 years experience in all facets of Israeli payroll in private and public sectors. For a 15 minute private and discreet consultation, e-mail Moshe at moshe.israpay@gmail.com with your full name, phone number and a brief and precise outline of the issue. www.israpay.com
Family Budget Counseling
David Litke of Bonus Family Budget Counseling will offer individual consultations on managing everyday finances, monthly budgeting and preparing for life’s emergencies. Free phone consultations of up to 30 minutes every Tuesday from 14:00 to 16:00. Call David at 050-535-1800.
Financial Planning Advice
Mark van Gelderen, Manager of the Financial Resource Network in Israel, has been helping olim for over 20 years to find reliable information to manage the financial events in their lives. By appointment only by calling Mark at 02-622-3065.
Insurance Advice
Meet with an agent from Goldfus Insurance, exclusive AACI agents, who have been in the business for more than 30 years dealing with the special needs of olim and English speakers. Call 02-561-2223 for consultations in Jerusalem, or 08-970-4003 in Modiin.
Investment solutions for non-resident USA citizens
FATCA and other new USA regulations are now making it very difficult to be an investor who is a U.S. citizen living in Israel.
If you would like to find out how you can benefit from personal, U.S. based investment solutions, please contact Katherine Lapidoth, US and Israel licensed Wealth Manager, at 09-961-1342 or 050-523-8360 for a free consultation. Katherine has been serving the American community in Israel for more than 27 years. Meetings can be arranged at AACI offices as well as additional locations.
Legal Orientation
Seeking a legal consultation in commercial matters, wills, employment issues,real estate and / or business? Call Russell Mayer of Livnat, Mayer & Co.
for a 10 minute free telephone consultation on Tuesdays at 02-679-9533 or e-mail mayer@lmf.co.il.
My Tech Tutor in Israel
Personalized training on your electronic devices.It's EASY when you know how!
Empowering people to use contemporary technology...Philanthropic Consulting
Bryna Lee Jacobson email:  bl@mytechtutoril.com. mobile:  050-7725767
Arnie Draiman has been advising individual donors and foundations for more than 13 years about how best to use their Tzedakah funds. Call Arnie at 050-515-6776 or e-mail ajdraiman@gmail.com for an appointment.
Tax and Investment Advice
Tax expert Alan R. Deutsch will answer your queries about taxes, filing U.S. tax returns, and overall financial planning. By appointment only by calling Alan’s office 02-999-2104 ext. 100 or 052-274-9999 alan@ardcpa.com  
Translation Advice
Need help understanding a bill or form? Come to AACI for help translating. This is not a notary or legal translation. By appointment only by calling the AACI front desk.
Travel Advice
Ophir Tours has been providing AACI members the best prices, service and options for all travel needs for over 21 years. For the latest information regarding air fares, cruises, car rentals and domestic tourism, call Henriette at 03-526-9424
The AMIT-AACI Lending Library
Library Hours:
Sun, Mon, Tues, Thurs: 9 am - 4:30 pm;
Wed: 9 am - 7:00 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.
NIS 15/10 AACI members
Classics reading group

Cost:  NIS 20 / NIS 10
For more information about the class only, contact Dr.Oster at 02-624-6256
No need to pre-register!
Cost:  NIS 5
Fresh Insights into Literature 
Programs will resume in May, details to be announced.
Cost: NIS 20/ 10 AACI members.
Leader: Dr. Judith Oster. for more information about the content of the classes, call 02-624-6256 or email jxo4@case.edu.
The AACI Childrens' Library is adjacent to the adult library.
Children’s Library Hours - Meet Librarian Helene Messinger, an expert on children’s books, who can help you choose books for your children! Choose books to take out of the library and sit in our children’s library and enjoy reading with your children! All books are in English. Children of all ages welcome.  12:00- 14:00 at the AACI Glassman Family Center, Pierre Koenig 37, Talpiot, 4th floor.
For further information please contact us: 02-566-1181 ext. 323, email: amitaaci.library@gmail.com
AACI's Giant Book Sale
Monday, May 7, 16:00-20:00
Tuesday, May 8, 09:30-14:00
Books just NIS 5! It doesn't get any better for book lovers.
Click here for directions
AACI Celebrates Israel at 70
Unexpected Israel
Sunday, April 22

Cost: NIS 50/40 (AACI members)

Storyteller Ruth Corman takes you on an audiovisual journey to learn of some aspects of Israel you may not have experienced - a boxing club in Jerusalem, a Leopard Shrine in the desert, and a mural at the Dead Sea Lido.

You will hear about Israel’s remarkable work with birds, research into ancient balsam, a dramatic tale concerning oranges and the growth of the caviar industry, as well as meet some extraordinary characters - a nonagenarian Ethiopian nun who composes piano music, Amnon the Cannon, the founder of the Matkot Museum, and Shlomo Hillel - a giant of a man who helped rescue Jews of Iraq, and others.  The book will be available for NIS110.

Writer, photographer and art consultant Ruth Corman divides her time between London and
Jerusalem. Her first major book, 60 Years Through My Lens (the life story of David Rubinger,
renowned Israeli photojournalist), was published in 2008, and 17,000 copies were sold in English,
Hebrew, and German. Unexpected Israel is her latest book. For this she travelled extensively in Israel, visiting lesser-known places and meeting some remarkable characters. Rather than writing about either politics or religion, she chose to concentrate on some of the many creative, positive, moving, and humorous aspects of daily life in Israel that she observed. Says Ruth, “The media today is full of depressing news − I feel that instead, if I can make someone, somewhere, smile by reading my stories, then I am happy.”
Join us for an exciting opportunity!
Meet the author at a Wine & Cheese Reception at 18:00
Cost: NIS 300/NIS 250 (Chai Society members)
Call AACI 02-566-1181 by April 15 to reserve your spot at the reception.

Price includes:
  • Wine and Cheese Reception with the author, Ruth Corman
  • Signed copy of Unexpected Israel
  • Two reserved seats for the presentation

AACI The Star Media Library

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 Star Film Club
  Rose Marie, May 9, 19:00
The movies will be preceded by an erudite introduction by Gary Levine, a long-time movie buff. For moe information contact Gary at gary@thelevines.org
Pre-registration suggested: 02-5661181

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.

April 25 Avraham Schlissel on "Laugh Your Way to Good Health"
May 2 Robert Binder on "How Jewish Was Hans Christian Andersen?"
May 9 Moshe Kahan on "The Strange Pilgrimage of Warder Cresson (A Story of Jerusalem)"
May 16     David Golinkin on "Shavuot Customs from East to West"
May 23 Elana Rozenman on "TRUST WIN (Women's Interfaith Network): Building Trust Among the Religions"
May 30
 Aaron Braunstein on "Creating a Bible Art Center on Mount Zion"  
Admission: NIS 10.
Further programs to be announced, and note some programs are subject to change.
A weekly update of RAPS programs is sent by email. To receive these, please e-mail
Elisheva Lahav lahavs@netvision.net.il.
Creative Workshop:  Crochet & More
When: Tuesdays
at 10:30 – 12:30
Take your skills to a higher level.  Bring your materials for knitting, crocheting or sewing and join in a pleasant, relaxed environment.
Facilitator: Gale Phaff made aliyah in 1993 and has an M.A. in Fibre Arts from Hunter College.  She teaches in various institutions and has exhibited her work in many places including the Brooklyn Museum.
Cost per week:  NIS 50 / NIS 40
After Balfour: San Remo and the Path to Independence
Tuesday, April 24th, 11:00
The Balfour Declaration was translated into international law but a mere 3 years after the monumental public recognition and support for Jewish nationalism and the re-establishment of sovereignty in our ancestral homeland
 As we near the celebration of Israel's 70th birthday, and as we continue to fight the fallacy of Zionism as colonialism, we shall trace the processes that altered the course of history and demonstrate the global awareness of Jewish rights at that time when the resolutions of the San Remo conference were included as part of the Treaty of Sèvres (August 1920). Adopted and signed unanimously by all 51 countries of the League of Nations, the path to independence and the steps toward statehood should be celebrated alongside the elation over the birth of the State of Israel. 
Speaker: Dr Elana Heideman
Dr. Elana Heideman is the Executive Director of The Israel Forever Foundation where she has transformed the face of the personal Israel connection providing endless opportunities for engagement, activism and celebration for Diaspora Jews.  The visionary behind the Balfour Initiative, her unique approach to the transmission of history and memory aids efforts to facilitate dialogue and support for the rights of the Jewish People.  A passionate educator, independent lecturer and educational consultant, Elana's expertise in Jewish history, Antisemitism, Zionism, Holocaust studies, and Jewish identity enable her to build bridges and facilitate dialogue between the past, present and future.
Cost: NIS 20/ free AACI members
Register by calling AACI, 02-566-1181
At AACI Glassman Family Center,
37 Pierre Koenig Talpiot
AACI Blood Drive in cooperation with MDA  
Wednesday, May 16,17:00-20:00
Donate a pint of blood & Get a Pint of Ben and Jerry’s ice cream!
Your donation can make the difference! We are giving a pint of Ben and Jerry’s ice cream for a pint of blood.  Want to have your favorite flavor at the next blood drive?  Become an ice cream sponsor and pick your flavor!  E-mail mbarth@aaci.org.il for more information.
Your donation can make the difference!
Donors must:
  • Be aged 18-65 (Those over 65 can donate with a doctor's note.)
  • Be of minimum weight 50 kg
  • Have not donated blood in the last 3 months
Those who have spent a total of 6 months in the UK between 1980-1996, received a blood transfusion or had an operation in the UK cannot donate blood. 
Magen David Adom appreciates all who came to donate on behalf of the individuals who will benefit from your donation.
AACI Jerusalem members benefit from blood insurance in case of need.
When you are hospitalized in Israel, it is a customary hospital procedure to request that someone donate pints of blood to the hospital blood bank. AACI Jerusalem offers blood insurance for our members, and our blood drives “bank” this blood on behalf of all our members.
AACI will now host a blood drive every four months.
If you’d like to get blood drive date reminders by email, please send your e-mail address to mbarth@aaci.org.il
The Financial Resource Network presents:
The speakers will be available before or after the class, by appointment only, for free, individual,
no-obligation consultations on any related topic.
For more information 02 – 58 07 013 info@isrenet.com or www.frnisrael.com/Contact_English.html
Born on the 4th of July!
Celebrate July 4th with Harvey Bordowitz!
Thursday, June 28, 19:00

Come and celebrate American Independence Day with a program by our
music lecturer Harvey Bordowitz.

The event will include film clips and historical photos, quizzes on history,
famous people and nostalgia, old newspaper front-pages, and a singalong of
the old American folksongs we all grew up on and love to this day!

For more than three decades, Harvey Bordowitz has been esteemed as one of this
country’s most innovative and creative conductors and music directors, and has
guest-conducted orchestras throughout the world. For 40 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.
Cost: NIS 55 when pre- registered- call 02-566-1181
NIS 65 at the door
AACI Celebrates July 4th and Canada Day!
Sunday, June 17th, 19:00

Frankly SINATRA is much more than just a concert.
It’s almost like a personal meeting with the most famous singer of the 20th century. His entire
story is told, his heartwarming connections to Israel are revealed, and his music is brought to life.

Young at Heart, My Way, and Fly Me to the Moon are just some of the great Frank Sinatra songs you will enjoy in “Frankly SINATRA,” starring Broadway-voiced tenor Yisrael Lutnick and conducted by pianist Haim Tukachinsky. This is much more than just a concert. It’s almost like a
personal meeting with the most famous singer of the 20th century. His entire story is told, his heartwarming connections to Israel are revealed, and his music is brought to life.

This unique storytelling concert features more than 20 of Sinatra’s greatest songs performed live, and the story is enhanced with slides and vintage movie clips. In the style of a musical, Sinatra’s fascinating stories and anecdotes bring Frank Sinatra to life in a way that you may not have experienced before!

Yisrael Lutnick is a Broadway style tenor hailing from New York. He has appeared on radio and
television both in Israel and in America. Yisrael trains with veteran Broadway coach Kimberly Vaughn, and regularly performs in New York’s theater district. In addition to his life performances, he is a writer and composer. Yisrael created the Israel Musicals theater company in 2007, with the production of his own work, If I Could Rewrite the World. His stage roles include Don Quixote
(Man of La Mancha), John Adams (1776), Gus the Theater Cat (CATS), and Juan Peron (Evita). His oneman shows, performed extensively in Israel and in America, include The Broadway Rabbi, Frankly SINATRA, and Rosenblatt & Gershwin.

Haim Tukachinsky, musical director and pianist, is an award-winning musician. His theater credits
include conducting many musicals, including many AACI J-Town playhouse productions. In Frankly SINATRA, Haim conducts the five piece Israel Musicals Ensemble.
Cost: NIS 95/ 80 AACI members, registered in advanced. NIS 100 at the door.
Register by calling AACI- 02-566-1181
Six Session “Business & Self-Development Workshop

Once a week | Morning or Evening sessions
Morning Workshops – Women only- June 3rd- July 15th
Evening Workshops - Men & Women- June 11th-July 23rd

If you are a small business owner or are planning to start a business… This workshop series is for you! Many businesses are started without proper pre-planning or thought. By participating in
this series of workshops, you will develop business & personal skills which will make a noticeable
difference to the effective functioning of your business, no matter how long you’ve been in
business, or whether you’re just getting started.

Workshops are comprised of a small, intimate group of participants and include activities, selfexamination tools & exercises, group discussions, distribution of training materials, video clips, tips & resources and networking opportunities.
Cost for 6-session workshop: NIS 390/ 290 AACI members (Program is highly subsidized)
Pre- Paid registration required by calling AACI, 02-566-1181

Facilitator: Lesley Kaplan, Founder & CEO of L.A.K. Creations & Consulting, HR & Organizational
Development Consultant and Coach, Trainer, Group facilitator, BSc., MA (Summa Cum Laude)
Industrial & Organizational Psychology (Coaching & Consulting).
Lesley has over 30 years experience in sales, marketing, consulting, coaching & product development.

Before founding L.A.K. Creations & Consulting, she serviced clientele in retail management &
sales, and in HR recruiting & mentoring, empowering clients with skills for job interviews, resume
preparation, as well as matching suitable employees with companies & organizations.
For further information regarding exact dates, times & details of the program:
Contact Lesley at lak.goals@gmail.com
Volunteer with us!

AACI is seeking a volunteer for office/computer work. Willing to train someone who has some knowledge of data entry, use of Microsoft excel. Looking for someone willing to commit to a few hours at a stretch, once or twice a week.

We are also seeking volunteers to help with social networking initiatives on media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, and YouTube. Individuals should have experience and confidence using these websites, as well as an ability to work independently coordinating information from a variety of sources. Individuals will create and modify unique content under (indirect) supervision on an as-needed basis. Workload will vary greatly from week to week, and sometimes be spread out over a variety of days. Most work can be completed remotely, if desired. Knowledge of spoken and written Hebrew is an asset.

AACI is looking to set up a database of volunteers who would be willing to undertake small freelance projects on an as-needed basis. We are looking for qualified individuals who are experienced with any of the following fields: blogging; photo editing; e-philanthropy; graphic design; internet communications; etc.

If you are an AACI member who works professionally in any of these fields, but would like to give back 5-10 hours per month on your own time, we encourage you to contact us!

membership@aaci.org.il or 02-566-1181 ext 301

Health and Wellness Programs
(All our classes take place at AACI-Dr. Max & Gianna Glassman Family Center, 37 Pierre Koenig/Corner of Poalei Zedek 2, Talpiot.)
Exercise Class for 50+
Sundays at 9:15 and 10:45 and Wednesdays at 9:30
NIS 55 / AACI Members 45 NIS
The class is led by Marilyn Cohen, graduate of the Wingate Institute with a certification in Physical Activity for Seniors.
Please wear closed shoes and comfortable clothing.
For more information and to register, please call 02-5661-181
“Cartisiya” now available – pay for 12 classes, get one free!  Call AACI at 02-566-1181
Yang Long Form Tai Chi Class
Thursday afternoons 15:45 (beginners)
NIS 45 / AACI Members 35 NIS
Find your balance at AACI with Nacy Harel!  Almost everyone can do Tai Chi; it is done in slow motion with little joint stress, cleansing and rejuvenating the body and mind. Using flowing movements, a Tai Chi session moves through positions for strength and balance to integrate mind and body.  Please we
ar loose clothing.
Feldenkrais for Healthy Backs and Joints
Mondays at 11:00- Cost  NIS 50/ 40 AACI members
Discover your body’s natural ability to move with greater ease, releasing chronic tensions and learning to develop efficient and flexible movements. The students are guided through a sequence   of gentle movements, discovering new possibilities of movement with reduction of pain and stiffness.
Taught by Shoshanna Lederman (050-752-6631). certified Feldenkrais practitioner, M.A. education, Bank Street
Improve Your Balance with the Feldenkrais Method
Wednesdays at 12:15- Cost NIS 50/40 AACI members
Safety, grace, and ease when you walk, stand, climb stairs, sit, carry loads, and get up and down. Taught by Shoshanna Lederman (050-752-6631). certified Feldenkrais practitioner, M.A. education, Bank Street
Cost: 50 NIS /AACI Member 40 NIS /  *600/48
“Cartisiya” now available – pay for 12 classes, get one free!  Call AACI at 02-566-1181
Where: AACI – Dr. Max & Gianna Glassman Family Center
Shoshanna Lederman, Certified Feldenkrais practitioner, Israel certified yoga teacher-Wingate Institute, MA in Education, Bank Street College, NY
Call Shoshanna for details: 050-7526631.
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Health and Wellness  Forum for Women and Men
Tuesday 1st May, 2018
18.30 - 20.30
Topic: Organ Donation in Halacha
Join us for a fascinating presentation on medical & halachic issues surrounding brain-death and organ donation and hear about the latest controversial Israeli legislation on organ donation. 
Robert Berman, Founder & Director of the Halachic Organ Donor Society (www.hods.org). Robert received an MPA from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, an MBA from the Zicklin School of Business at Baruch College, and his BA from Yeshiva University. He is also a graduate of Gruss Kollel and Yeshivat Hakotel and was previously a freelance journalist (published in New York Magazine, the Jerusalem Post, Jewish Week, Moment Magazine, Jerusalem Report, etc).

Facilitator: Lesley Kaplan: HR & Organizational Consultant and Coach, Trainer and Group
facilitator. Founder & CEO of L.A.K. Creations & Consulting
Co-organizer: Belle Fine-Cohen: M.Ed, Gerontologist and Advisor: Enhancing Health

Cost: NIS 40 / AACI members NIS 30

No pre-registration required. Email lak.goals@gmail.com for further info.
Bring your business cards, brochures & marketing materials for networking!
Share with others you feel could benefit from the discussion!
Refreshments provided. Look forward to seeing you!
Business Success Forum for Men and Women
Open to both male & female professionals who have either started a business or are thinking of starting one.
Bi-monthly seminars to take your business to the next level. Develop networking skills & take the opportunity to share ideas with others in a similar position to yourself
Tuesday, April 24, 18:30 – 20:30 
Topic: The Upside-Down Marketing Plan. Fast, Practical Marketing to Boost Your Business
Speaker: Debbie Benstein has worked on national & international marketing projects for small businesses, start-ups, entrepreneurs and non-profit organizations for the past 30 years. Debbie has a totally different take on marketing plans. She believes in learning how to figure out what marketing you should (and shouldn't!) be doing and how to get it all done on a shoestring budget without feeling overwhelmed. These days she spends her time advising clients on strategic marketing plans and teaching communication skills. She also designs, develops and runs her own Internet-based projects which include a series of marketing courses currently in production.
Facilitator: Lesley Kaplan: HR & Organizational Consultant and Coach, Trainer and Group facilitator. Founder & CEO of L.A.K. Creations & Consulting
Cost: NIS 40 / AACI members NIS 30
No pre-registration required. Email lak.goals@gmail.com for further info.
Bring your business cards, brochures & marketing materials for networking!
Share with others you feel could benefit from the discussion!
Refreshments provided. Look forward to seeing you!
Facilitator: Lesley Kaplan: HR & Organizational Consultant and Coach, Trainer and Group facilitator. Founder & CEO of L.A.K. Creations & Consulting Cost: NIS 40 / 30 AACI members No pre-registration required.
Email lak.goals@gmail.com for further info. Bring your business cards, brochures & marketing materials for networking! Share with others you feel could benefit from the discussion! Refreshments provided. Look forward to seeing you
Cost: NIS 40 / AACI members NIS 30
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 25, 08:30-12:30
Toys, games, clothing, kitchen and household wares, books and more!
Delicious food, drinks, and challot will be for sale!
A true bargain-hunter’s delight!
Toys, games, clothing, kitchen and household wares, books and more!
Delicious food, drinks, and challot will be for sale!
A true bargain-hunter’s delight! 
Cost per table:
AACI members:  NIS 150 use AACI table / NIS 125 Bring your own table
Non- members:  NIS 175 use AACI table / NIS 150 Bring your own table
Where:  AACI-Dr. Max & Gianna Glassman Family Center,
37 Pierre Koenig, Talpiot, 4th floor
* Your items can be donated for us to sell at the AACI table and must be brought to the AACI office May 20th-24th from 8:30- 16:30.              
Mosaic Flower Power Class
Wednesdays, April  25th, May 2nd
Cost:250 NIS (includes all supplies)
Register before Pesach ( April 1st) to ensure that you have a spot in the class!
To register, either:
Email  creaticecrafts4u2@gmail.com
Or you can scan this code using your smartphone>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
Create Flowers to MOSAIC out of GLASS!
In this 3 part colorful, fun and funky workshop you will learn how to cut and shape glass to create various gorgeous flowers…which you will then use to create a mosaic project of your choosing.
This class is intended for beginners and advanced students alike!
Looking forward to CREATING with you!
Mixed Media Art Classes
For Young Artists, Grades 1-12 | Wednesdays, 15:00-16:15

What’s mixed media? At Creative Crafts this means that we are never bored!. We get a taste
of many different types of art ...from mosaics & stained glass, to working with wax and candle
making to sewing, landscape painting, glass painting to edible art and spa month (where we
make our own lip balms, soaps, bath salts, face masks) and even more!
Register by calling Dana Ernstoff at 054-788-3847, or emailing creativecrafts4u@gmail.com
Art Workshop for Adults - Back by Popular Demand!
Thursdays  12:30-14:00
Yannah Popovitz M.A. will guide you in discovering your inner artist using a creative/expressive approach. Engage in fun and relaxing art activities including drawing, artistic style exploration, portraits with a twist, “household art”, collage in a box, and a taste of creative writing. Learn innovative techniques and gain a new and exciting perspective on art.
No prior art experience necessary! The seasoned artist will benefit as well.
Cost: NIS 350/ 300 AACI members for the whole course (price includes all materials for the course)
Pre- registration required by calling 02-566-1181 before March 11th! Space is limited.

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

Enjoy 45 minutes of music with singing, puppets, percussion instruments and lots of ideas to enrich your child’s musical and English development.
Tuesdays, starting on November 1st at 10:15 and
Wednesdays starting on November 2nd  at 16:30
Cost: NIS 30 for one child, NIS 50 for two . Discount with a clip card.
Registration with Sharon at Sharon@musicwithsharon.com  054 5315990
Facebook Sharonmusicfun
Little Lotus Kids Yoga
Tuesdays, 16:30-17:30
Come learn yoga poses while having a blast! We combine music, dance, and games with classic yoga poses to encourage kids to stretch, strengthen, balance, and relax their bodies. We end each class with breath work, massage, and relaxation time. Parents and kids have a chance to practice yoga together and share this wonderful experience. 
Cost: NIS 40/35 AACI members per session
Support & Education for People who are HOH (Hard of Hearing) or Deaf
Do you live with hearing loss? Have you felt isolated? Do you have trouble communicating with others- in person, or on the phone? You’re not alone! Facilitator:Ronnie Kaufman. 14:00
At AACI Glassman Family Center, 37 Pierre Koenig, Talpiot.
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!
AACI Navigational Programs
Wednesday May 9, 14:00

How does it all work?  Why all the fees?  How is it different?  Should I shop around?  Come learn relevant and useful information!
Presenter:  Chana Lapid recently retired from a career at Bank HaPoaolim where she was most recently a senior investment advisor.
Why do you need it?  What do you need? How does it work?
Wednesday May 23, 14:00
Presenter:  Ronen Goldman is Director of Customer Relations at Goldfus Insurance. https://goldfus-ins.co.il/en/home/
FUN IN JERUSALEM – for children of all ages!
Wednesday June 27, 14:00
Summer is here, and kids are off from school… Looking for new ways to entertain your kids or grandkids, & just have some fun this summer? What resources are out there and how can we navigate the “Fun in Jerusalem” to find interesting, educational and/or fun activities?
Presenter:  Joanna Shebson is the founder and FUN Expert at Fun In Jerusalem.  She started a web-based business and grew a mommy blog into a thriving tourism business. www.funinjerusalem.com.
PRESENTER:   Sheila Bauman, AACI Jerusalem Klitah Counselor
The Sarah Peters Bridge Club
Monday afternoons from 13:00-16:00
Experienced players welcome
Beginners Bridge
Wednesday, 22 at 12:30- 14:15

Cost: NIS 80 for the whole course
Pre- registration required by calling AACI- 02-566-1181
Limited number of participants.
Learn to play one of the most popular card games worldwide! In this eight week course, you’ll
learn card playing, bidding, and maybe even winning!
Bring a note pad and pen to take notes!
Instructors: Mary Thompson & Lionel Josman
Ongoing Mah Jongg Club
Sundays,  16:00- 18/;00
Whether you’re just starting out, honing your skills or an advanced player, this club is for you!
NIS 10 per week.
Pre- Registration is encouraged by calling AACI, 02-566-1181. At AACI Glassman Family Center, 37 Pierre Koenig,Talpiot.
Professional Women's Networking Forum
Thursday, May 10, 13:00 -15:00
Topic: How to Motivate Yourself to be More Productive
Do you find it hard to stay focused? Are you unmotivated and find yourself procrastinating? Come and learn some simple techniques to help you stay focused and be more productive.
Speaker: Helen Abelesz, Life Coach. Helen has helped many clients to figure out their goals and work towards achieving them. She specializes in helping people feel calm and gain clarity in what they want, enabling them to come up with a plan that empowers them to achieve these goals and stay motivated.
Thursday, June 7th, 13:00 - 15.00
Topic: Video Marketing: Great Marketing is Not about the Products That You Sell But the Stories That You Tell!
Learn the basics of video marketing. Why is it so important? How is the content more memorable? Why does it work across social media? The play button is the most compelling button on the Internet. Just click, experience the story, take the journey and then share it. Be where the eyeballs of your customers are. Be easy to connect with. Be inspired to start filming now and go viral!
Speaker: Marketing Expert Esther Ohayon: Esther is a results oriented, B2C and B2B, senior marketer with extensive experience in brand development and marketing strategy for a fortune 200 company. She drives sales and profits across all customer touch points (digital, social, and traditional). She has created marketing tactics which resulted in over 20% sales growth year after year.
Coaching Corner
Continual self-evaluation & being open to learning new ideas... 
Is what will lead to your success! 
He who thinks he knows it all... stays where he is. 
Do you want to move forward or stay where you are?
If so... Do more of what's working... And change what's not!
Facilitator: Lesley Kaplan: HR & Organizational Consultant and Coach, Trainer and Group facilitator. Founder & CEO of L.A.K. Creations & Consulting

Refreshments provided. | No pre-registration required
Cost: NIS 40 / AACI members NIS 30 | www.achieveyourgoals.co.il
For more information: : 054-4247628 | lak.goals@gmail.com
Bring your business cards, brochures, products, and marketing materials.
Share with others whom you feel could benefit from the networking and
discussions. Bring a friend who will participate for FREE the first time.
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AACI’s Jerusalem Branch Council- Annual Health Conference - What’s In
Your Medicine Cabinet?

Tuesday, May 29, 9:30- 14:00

Cost for the whole conference: NIS 75/ 50 AACI members
Register no later than May 24th by calling AACI, 02-566-1181
Schedule of the day:
  • 9:30- Registration
  • 10:00-Andrew David Shiller, M.D. -Integrative Medicine: The Art and Science of Optimal Healing
  • 11:00- Nilli Grutman, B.S. Bio Chemical Nutrition- Foods and Nutritional Supplements vs Rx Medicine
  • 11:45- Lunch break & Networking (lunch will be for sale at AACI)
  • 13:00- Juliet Vesely, BS.c Hn- If Exercise Were a Pill, it Would be the Most Widely Prescribed Pill in the World
The Joys and Difficulties of Grandparenting
Tuesdays, May 15th- June 5th, 10:00-12:00

Grandparents are very important in the lives of our children and grandchildren. We offer our
families our life experience, enthusiasm, attention and love- but grandparenting should be a
source of joy and not just unending giving.

In each meeting, grandparents will share the joys and difficulties of grand parenting; discuss
the importance of intergenerational relations in the family, both for the grandchildren and the
grandparents, learn to solve problems that arise between them and the parents, difficulties
with daughters–in-laws and the other grandparents and learn to listen and play with their
grandchildren in order to build strong connections that last a lifetime.

Instructor: Naomi Raz has nearly 40 years of experience in early childhood education as a teacher, early childhood education director, and facilitator of groups for teachers, parents, grandparents and families. Her approach is based on the understanding that a strong connection between parents and children is essential for children to thrive
Cost: NIS 450/ 400 AACI members for the course
Pre-paid registration required by calling 02-566-1181

Class may be cancelled for insufficient registration
Zionist Salon- A Conversation with Professor Gil Troy
Sunday, June 10th, 19:00
NIS 20/ Free AACI members
In 1959, Arthur Hertzberg published The Zionist Idea -- and it quickly became not just the classic Zionist anthology but the Zionist Bible. Generations of Jews and non-Jews first encountered the great Zionist thinkers by reading Hertzberg's book.
 This spring, in honor of Israel's 70th Birthday, the Jewish Publication Society just released Gil Troy's update -- The Zionist Ideas. He added the "s" to note that broadened Zionist conversation. With 168 entries, more than four times Hertzberg's number, what has already been hailed by the  Jerusalem Post  and others, updates the Zionist conversation, brings in many missing voices, male and female, religious and non-religious, left to right. 
 Professor Troy is spearheading an initiative encouraging people to host Zionist Salons, asking what Israel and Zionism mean to me in the 21st century. This Zionist Salon, sponsored by AACI, will be a model inviting all participants to then go home and host their own!

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.

#78a bus goes directly to the US Consulate in Talpiot. Stops right in front of building. American Citizen Services Consulate General of the United States in Jerusalem Email:JerusalemACS@state.gov Phone: +972 (0)2-630-4000 Fax: +972 (0)2-630-4070 Street Address: 14 David Flusser, Jerusalem 93392 (Near the former Diplomat Hotel, now the Caprice Diamond Center) 

An Egged bus #7a takes you to the Caprice Diamond Center. Look for the big flag mast and flag at the crossroads of Kfar Eztion, Klauzner and Yum HaMelech. By car, drive along Rechov Beitar and left on to Lankin Street. Hours: 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM (UTC/GMT +2) Monday - Friday (Closed on American and local holidays.)

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

Make An Appointment Online:


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Employment Services
New program to be announced.
Presenter:  Helen Har Tal, MS Vocational Counseling/Human Resource development, has been a job developer, vocational counselor and employment counselor at AACI for over 25 years.
Cost:  30 NIS / AACI members free
AACI’s job-hunting members may schedule a personal consultation by
appointment with vocational/employment counselor Helen Har-Tal, in Jerusalem on Mondays,
(call 02-5661181 for appointments) or at AACI’s Tel-Aviv office (call 03-696-0389 for times and
AACI 55+/ - Friendship Circle - Activities for Singles & Couples
The AACI 55+ Friendship Circle is for singles and couples who enjoy socializing, meeting new people and making new friends. 
Tastes of Shuk Machne Yehuda
Tuesday, April 24, 12:30

We are delighted to invite you to a food tasting tour of Machne Yehuda. Come experience the Shuk. It’s wonderful sights and sounds and appetizing aromas.
Tova Knecht, an experienced guide who lives in Jerusalem, will lead the tour.
Cost: 100 NIS/125 NIS non-members. This is a non-refundable fee.
Registration: Please call Rochelle Gilbert, 054-977-9994 for more information. ( no later than 18th April.)
The tour is limited to 12 people 
On-Going Friday Brunch: 
Join us every Friday at Café Joe (corner Keren Hayosed and Jabotinsky) for a casual Friday Brunch! Reservations required to later than noon on Thursday.
Please call: Martin Silbermann 058-636-110O to reserve your place.
55+ Online
Our Facebook page is now live. Please like our page, called “AACI55ish” so you can be updated on 55+ activities.
On your e-mail accounts, please add the 55+ email address: aaci.55ish@gmail.com to your contacts list, so that the emails will not go to your spam folder.
talkcafé Hebrew Conversation Groups
Free trial class: Monday, May 7th- 10:30-11:30

talkcafé is coming to the AACI, so now you can start chatting in Hebrew just like you have always
wanted to do. Small groups focus on talking real, everyday Ivrit for your everyday needs.

An experienced moderator will help you actually get talking and chatting in Ivrit.
Ten, hour long sessions start on May 14, with three different levels from beginners to advanced, with a maximum of up to eight participants per group so that you really have a chance to talk, whatever your level.

See talkcafe in action and asses your Hebrew level!

Course dates: Mondays, May 14th- July 16th
  • Advanced- 9:30- 10:30
  • Intermediate 10:45-11:45
  • Beginners 12:00-13:00
Cost: NIS 650 / NIS 600 AACI members for the course
For more information and to register call Miriam on: Tel: 02-5661181 ext. 307
Course webpage: www.talk.org.il/aaci-talkcafe
Memoir Writing- Finish Your Memoir in 7 weeks!
April 17, 24, 10:30-12:30
You know you have stories to tell. You know that if you don't write them down they'll be forgotten and yet you just don’t. Here's the solution: Carol Ungar's  Memoir Writing for Everybody is A seven week crash course for writers and non-writers guaranteed to produce a memoir.
 No homework. All writing is done in class and at the end of seven weeks you have your life story written down. 
 Week 1. The world before me  Genealogy, significant  family history,  family lore  that preceded you.
Week 2: Mom and Dad. Who were they. What they did. How they raised you and how did your relationship continue into your life
Week 3: Childhood, school days, friends adn early years
Week 4: Coming of age, picking a profession.  Working life
Week 5: Partnership. Spouse, marriage or not. Raising a family or not.
Week 6: Significant challenges and how your faced them
Week 7: My life now
Week 8: My legacy. Life lessons. What I want to leave to future generations.
Cost: NIS 250 for the whole course. Pre- registration required by calling AACI, 02-566-1181.
Carol Ungar is a prize winning author and memoir workshop facilitator. She's taught at the AACI, local community centers and she presented a workshop on teaching memoir at the Jewish Women’s' Writers' Seminar
Support Group for Women & Men who are Caring for a Spouse with Dementia
Group meets every other Sunday at 12:00
Rena Meriash-Levine and Ellen Sucov invite women and men who are caring for a spouse with dementia to a bi-monthly support group.
The main focus of the group will be dealing with the challenges of caring for a spouse with dementia, and helping each other find solutions.
Meetings are at AACI Glassman Family Center, 37 Pierre Koenig,Talpiot.
Coping with the Loss of a Spouse or Loved One – A Workshop Series
New date to be announced
One of the many challenges associated with grieving the loss of a loved one is adjusting to the new reality of living in the absence of the loved one. In this workshop series, we will introduce/expound upon the process of grief, the development of new routines, envisioning of new futures, and the possibilities of adopting a new sense of identity with individuals who have all had similar experiences. With Gershon Swimmer, MSc. is an experienced psychotherapist who works with couples and individuals.
He can be reached at gershonswimmer@gmail.com.
With Gershon Swimmer MSc
One of the many challenges associated with grieving the loss of a loved one is adjusting to the new reality of living in the absence of the loved one.
In this workshop series, we will introduce/expound upon the process of grief, the development of new routines, envisioning of new futures, and the possibilities of adopting a new sense of identity in a supportive setting with a group of individuals who have all had similar experiences.
Cost: NIS 150/ 120 AACI members for the whole series
        NIS 25/20 per session
Gershon Swimmer, MSc. is an experienced psychotherapist who works with couples and individuals. He can be reached at gershonswimmer@gmail.com
Strategies for Living with and After a Major Illness
AACI member Chaya Weinberg has offered to facilitate a forum to hear the strategies and coping skills that she has incorporated into her life to learn to accept, grow, thrive, and even smile along life’s journey.

Chaya Weinberg (02-652-3232) is a cancer survivor, who has much experience helping others cope with loss.
Senior Outreach

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

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

Stefanie Black, MSW, Project Coordinator.
Conquer Your Smartphone
Wednesdays, May 16th- June 20th 10:00-11:00

Join Rochelle Gilbert as she continues her highly acclaimed series of courses for users of smartphones
(IPhones and Androids). 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.

Course Outline:
Week 1- Basic usage of your smart phone - swiping, tapping, operation of various buttons etc.
Week 2- Contacts - how to add, edit & more
Week 3-Apps - how to ‘buy’ them, explanation of purpose of them & examples
Week 4- WhatsApp- how to use this useful communication tool!
Week 5- Emails and messaging on your phone
Week 6- Pictures and videos on your phone
Cost:NIS 450 / AACI members NIS 400 for the whole course
Pre-paid registration required; limited space available. Call the AACI to register: 02-566-1181
Upon registration, please indicate whether you have an Iphone or an Android.

Instructor: Rochelle Gilbert, computer and cell phone teacher, www.never2late.co.il, 054 977 9994
Community Clean Up Day
Sunday, May 6th at 10:00 (Meet at AACI)

Please register by calling AACI- 02-566-1181
Does litter on the streets bother you?

Join the Jerusalem Green Fund & AACI in a community cleanup of Talpiot!
Meet at the AACI, and then head to the streets to collect trash and beautify the neighborhood.
Gloves and trash bags will be provided.
AACI eBook Library
AACI Gala Luncheon
June 15, 2018  details
AACI Travel Program 2018
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