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 Seniors Wednesday Morning Programs RAPS
Classic Book Club  
Fresh Insights in Literature  
Screenwriting Course- Learn Plotting Techniques for film, novel, stage, t.v.  
Family music class for children American Citizen Services
Little Lotus Kids Yoga
JELLY Business Success Forum
  Navigational Series
  Volunteer with us!
  Senior Outreach
Employment Services Books & Brunch
  "Moving Forward" Action Forum
  Pre & Post Aliyah Sessions Information Sessions
  Professional Women’s Network
Amit - AACI Library
Chanukah Lights Photography Tour through Nachla’ot AACI DVD Library
Harvey Bordowitz Music Lecture Series 2017 AACI Kids Library
THANKSGIVING DINNER THEATER- A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving with AACI! AACI Library for the Visually Impaired
Yard Sale  
Isratransfer AACI’s J-Town Playhouse First City Improv  Show
Personal Financial Planning & Wealth Management Series. Charlie Brown
Tax Planning for Post 10 Years in Israel Ruby Tuesday
Blood Drive Support & Education for People who are HOH (Hard of Hearing) or Deaf
Exercise for 50+ Support Group for Women who are Caring for a Spouse with Dementia
Feldenkrais for Healthy Necks, Shoulders and Back Coping with the Loss of a Spouse or Loved One – A Workshop Series
  Strategies for Living with and After a Major Illness
Health & Wellness Programs  
Health & Wellness Networking Forum for Women & Men  
Nordic Walking Group  
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 - 7:30 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.
Classics reading group
Sunday, 13:30 – 14:30
November 26thGoodbye Columbus – by P. Roth.Forget the movie! Just read this long story, the title story in Roth’s debut collection, written in his 20’s
Sunday, December 31stNemesis – by P. Roth. This book was written near the last of Roth’s books – 50 years later.
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 

Monday, November 20th: Session 3 - Mysterious or Other-worldly The Ones Who Walked Away
from Omelas – Le Guin, A Voice in the Night – Millhauser, A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings
Marquez, The Birthmark – Hawthorne.

Monday, November 27th: Session 4 – Stories about Telling Stories: Happy Endings – Atwood,
Sex Education – Canfield, How to Tell a True War Story, The Kugelmass Episode – Woody Allen
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
Rolene Segal, Volunteer Librarian, Phone: 02-566-1181 ext. 323, email:amitaaci.library@gmail.com
Books & Brunch
New date to be announced

Join us for a fun new type of book club! For those of you who love to read and socialize as well . Here is a chance to share your opinions on different authors, as well as new and old books.
Bring your brunch and a book you’ve been reading for lively discussion and sharing with friends. Coffee, tea, and cookies provided.
Cost: NIS 15/ 10 AACI members

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

The Jerusalem AACI and the Financial Resource Network present: Critical Financial Issues Facing Olim
Personal Financial Planning & Wealth Management Series.
AACI Star Film Club
All the Presidents Men
Wednesday, November 15, 1900
Good Night, and Good Luck
Wednesday, December 27, 19:00

Suggested Donations: NIS30 / AACI members NIS20
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.

Nov 22
Tzirel Berger: From the Trash Piles of the Appalachias to the Chandeliers of Jerusalem – My Journey from Missionary College to Judaism
Nov 29
Yaffah daCosta-Sacks: Sepharad and the Negev ... Bnei Anousim (Forced Converts) Coming Home
Dec 6
Tamar Yonah: The Life of a Radio Talk-Show Host:  Sharing Some of My Favorite Interviews
Dec 13
Rabbi Michael Klein-Katz: Hanukkah: A Rededication, but for What?
Dec 20
Andy Luterman: Chanuka: The History Behind the Holiday
Dec 27
Mindy Weisel: Creating Light Out of Darkness: An Artist’s Journey
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
Screenwriting Course- Learn Plotting Techniques for film, novel, stage, t.v.
Mondays,  until November 27, 16:00-19:00

• Learn the 12 basic techniques for plotting a great story.
• Learn how to Sequence the Actions and the Reveals of your characters.
• Learn how to create Conflict and Narrative Drive with Hero/Opponents
• Together, we will craft a skeleton Short Film in class!
Register online for 1 class, 2 classes, or all 3 classes! http://jcad18.org/classes-at-jcad/classesinjerusalem/
Instructor: Ronnie Tharp Garber
AACI Blood Drive in cooperation with MDA  
New Date to be Announced
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
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
Harvey Bordowitz Music Lecture Series 2017

Following the popular success of his first four lecture series at AACI Jerusalem, conductor and music lecturer Harvey Bordowitz invites you to join him for the fifth season, to learn while enjoying the thrill of great music.  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.

Sunday, October 29th, 19:30
Women’s Night - entirely devoted to women, including heroines and villainesses, witches, murderesses, monarchs and mothers, seductresses and abandoned women: Madam Butterfly, Delilah, Tosca, the Queen of Sheba and the Queen of the Night, Evita and My Yiddishe Momme.

Sunday, November 12th, 19:30
The towering Russian composer Tchaikovsky wrote immortal works in every musical genre - operas, symphonies, ballets, choral and chamber works.  Ever tortured by his hidden homosexuality, even his death was a mystery. Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Eugene Onegin and so much more, are his enduring legacy.

Sunday, November 26th, 19:30
From Mount Olympus to the Black Forest, from Scheherazade to Hansel and Gretel, the stories which have formed the folk memory of entire peoples. Meet Sinbad, Orpheus, the Erl-King, and even Eliza Doolittle, in music by Schubert, Humperdinck, Weber, Offenbach, Mussorgsky and so many more.

Sunday, December 10th, 19:30
Meet the instruments that take center-stage in the orchestra, and touch our souls –the soothing flute, the clarion trumpet, the silken clarinet and the soulful French horn. We will come to know these instruments both as soloists in great masterworks and in their place within the orchestra in the symphonic repertoire.

Sunday, December 24th, 19:30
Love and death under the blazing Spanish sun. Fiestas and flamenco, and the seductive sounds of the guitar.  Hear Spanish music as written by native composers (Albeniz, Granados, De Falla and Rodrigo) and great foreign composers such as Bizet, Chabrier and Rimsky-Korsakov, who paid tribute to Spain’s music and passion.

Each lecture is approximately 2 hours with a coffee break
CALL AACI, 02-566-1181 to register or go to www.aaci.org.il
Cost of 5 Lectures when pre- booked:  NIS 250 / 225 AACI members
Individual lectures pre-booked NIS 55
Individual lectures at the at door NIS 65
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 10:00 and 11:30 and Wednesdays at 9:30-10:30
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 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.
Pilates class
 Tuesdays at 11:00 and Thursdays at 10:30 
Pilates is a fun way to help your body attain optimal health. Pilates helps with posture alignment and flexibility, helps with focus and provides body with more energy. After years of yoga and other forms of exercise, I truly believe in Pilates as a fun way to spend an hour that can relax your body into better shape you will see the changes.
Hodet Zeigler (hodetziegler@gmail.com 052-625-4461) has been dancing since she was 7 years old and trained in London, NY, and Israel. After a severe injury which left her in a wheelchair and unable to walk for year, she found the world of Pilates which helped her heal and stay in shape while recovering. 
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Health and Wellness Networking Forum for Women and Men
New date to be announced
Topic: Be calmer! Less stressed! More efficient! More effective! And Happier... In just a FEW MINUTES A DAY.
Learn powerful, proven ways to improve your health, your work, and your life. Be more focused, bounce back quickly from daily hassles, even sleep better - Using techniques that are simple and effective.
Speaker: Dr. Dina Wyshogrod a licensed clinical and medical psychologist based in Jerusalem, pioneered the approach known as mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) in Israel. 
Facilitator: Lesley Kaplan: HR & Organizational Consultant and Coach, Trainer and Group
facilitator. Founder & CEO of L.A.K. Creations & Consulting
Co-organizer: Belle Fine-Cohen: M.Ed, Gerontologist and Advisor: Enhancing Health and
Wellness. Founder of Be Fine Today

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 networking and discussion!
Refreshments provided. Look forward to seeing you!
Facilitator of networking events: Lesley Kaplan: HR & Organizational Consultant and Coach, Trainer and Group facilitator. Founder & CEO of L.A.K. Creations & Consulting

Co-organizer: Belle Fine-Cohen: M.Ed, Gerontologist and Advisor: Enhancing Health and Wellness. Founder of Be Fine Today 
Where: AACI Jerusalem - Dr. Max & Gianna Glassman Family Center. Cnr Pierre Koenig & Poalei Tzedek Street, Talpiot (opp Kanyon Hadar)
(Entrance through passage on the left of Bazaar Strauss. Take the elevator to the 4th floor).
Buses: 34 & 15
Cost: NIS 40 / AACI members NIS 30
Business Success Forum
Monday, November 27, 18:30-20:30
Join us for a new monthly evening business networking group open to both male & female professionals who have either started a business, or are thinking of starting a business. Monthly seminars to take your business to the next level -Develop your networking skills -Opportunity to share ideas & network with others in business.
Topic: Setting goals for the coming year: It's relatively easy to set goals. Reaching and maintaining them is a lot harder. Join this hands-on, practical session where you'll set your goals, learn to identify and balance conflicting goals and discover easy-to- follow, practical steps to ensure you reach them. This workshop will assist you with both your business and personal goals, and how to align them in reaching your long-term vision.
Cost: NIS 40 / AACI members NIS 30
Tax Planning for Post 10 Years in Israel
 Monday December 4, 19:30
When the 10 year tax allowance granted to Olim expires, you need to re-examine your current financial arrangements. This talk will discuss many of the issues that arise once your 10 years are finished and will present some solutions too. You will also be able to ask questions and one-on-one meetings will be offered for the week following the talk.
Presenters:  Binyamin Radomsky is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in Israel, and an Associate Chartered Accountant (ACA) in the UK. Binyamin is a partner in Aboulafia Avital Shrensky & Co., specializing in Israeli & UK tax planning and compliance.
Ron Zalben is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in the USA and Israel. Ron is a partner in Aboulafia Avital Shrensky & Co, specializing in US and Israeli tax planning and compliance.
Cost:  40 NIS / AACI members 30 NIS
Women, Wisdom & Wealth
Take Charge of Your Money – Take Charge of Your Life
 Wednesday December 6, 18:30
Women: Life expectancy and divorce statistics teach us that you are likely to spend many years managing your money on your own. Do you know where to start? Do you understand financial jargon? How do you get information you can trust?
Join us and learn valuable tools to help you take control and make smart choices with your money.
•           3 Keys to managing your money better
•           The difference between saving and investing
•           “I have money and don’t know what to do with it”: a primer on investing essentials
•           Protecting your assets
•           Overcoming under-earning – practical steps to help you earn what you’re worth
•           Create a financially empowered future
Speaker: Debbie Sassen, Financial Planner, and Certified Coach, has 30+ years of experience in financial services, and combines practical financial knowledge with a kinder, more conscious and deeply wise way of doing money.  Debbie also runs a popular online money class called Smart Women Build Wealth.
Cost:  40 NIS / AACI members 30 NIS
Registration is recommended.To register or for more information contact Debbie at 054-842-7638, 054-471-2833 or Debbie@debbiesassen.com  
THANKSGIVING DINNER THEATER- A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving with AACI!
Thursday, November 23, 17:00

Join us for an elegant Thanksgiving dinner at La- Golanda (Yad Hachrutzim 22, Talpiot), st

Thanksgiving dinner includes turkey, traditional side dishes, Israeli dishes, desserts, beer and wines. Enjoy great friends, great food, and music, and then a show!
After dinner, we will head down to the AACI Glassman Family Center (37 Pierre Koenig Talpiot) for a showing of AACI J-Town Playhouse’s You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown ( the show starts at 20:00).

Cost for both dinner & the show: NIS 240/ 220 AACI members
Cost for just the dinner: NIS 175/ 150 AACI members
Call 02-566-1181- Pre-paid reservations only before Wednesday, November 8th. All reservations are final and cannot be refunded. Please indicate if you are making reservations for the dinner and show, or just for the dinner. Seating requests can be made with the AACI office at the time of your reservation.
Art Workshop
Thursdays, November 16th- December 7th, 12:30-1:30
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, mandala art making, portraits with a twist, origami, color exploration and a taste of creative writing, and more! Learn innovative techniques and gain a new and exciting perspective on art.
No prior art experience necessary! Seasoned artist will benefit as well.
Cost: 240/200 AACI members for the whole course (price includes all materials for the course)
Pre- registration required by calling 02-566-1181 before November 12th! Space is limited.
Chanukah Lights Photography Tour through Nachla’ot
Tuesday, December 19 16:30-18:30
Tour Guide/ Master Photography Teacher: Yehoshua Halevi
Meeting Spot: The tour begins in front of the Marzipan Bakery on Aggripas Street
Don’t rely on miracles to take great pictures! Learn the secrets of using fire to create your next masterpiece. We’ll blaze a path through the quiet alleys of Nachla’ot to photograph glowing chanukiot and the rituals of the Festival of Lights, while discovering new techniques for lighting and composing your holiday images.
This workshop is appropriate for all skill levels, including those using cellphone cameras. A tripod is recommended for this tour, but not required.
Cost: NIS 100/80 AACI members
Pre-paid registration required by calling AACI- 02-566-1181 – registration required by December 12th.  LIMITED TO 12 PEOPLE
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 dates to be announced
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!

Where:  AACI-Dr. Max & Gianna Glassman Family Center,

37 Pierre Koenig, Talpiot, 4th floor
Mosaic Workshop
Wednesday, November 15, 12:15- 2:15
Pre- registration required by November 10th, by contacting creativecrafts4u@gmail.com or by calling 0547883874.
Create a fabulous mosaic in only 1 class! Come with your spouse, your child, your parent, your grandchild, your friend/ neighbor, or even (Yikes…an actual DATE!) or just bring your “inner artist” out for a date - you decide!
Cost: NIS 125 for an individual/ NIS 240 per “couple” (working on the same project). The price includes ALL materials.
In the course of this 2 - hour event you will create a mosaic, either individually or having the option to work together with your “DATE”, it’s all up to you.
Instructor: Dana Ernstoff, Creative Crafts
Little Lotus Kids Yoga
Tuesdays, until December 5, 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 150/ 120 AACI members for the series, NIS 40/35 AACI members per session

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
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
Aging at Home Part III
Wednesday, November 22, 14:00
What services are available to enable seniors to stay at home safely and with peace of mind?
Kehilla Tomechet.is a project available in many Jerusalem neighborhoods that seeks to provide quality of life in the community for seniors.  What is it?  Who is it for?  How does it work?  Might it be a good option for me?  Come hear more and get answers to your questions!
Presenter: AACI’s Shira Pransky Project collects, organizes and publishes information about navigating the Israeli heath and support system.  They work with Israeli health and support institutions to make their programs more accessible for English speakers, and demonstrate that English speakers in Israel are a community that deserves attention and assistance.  http://shirapranskyproject.org/
Wednesday November 15, 18:15

Learn about Currency Exchange with the Experts from IsraTransfer
Currency Exchange is likely to affect many members of the AACI, whether you need to convert
funds to pay for a property purchase or to bring over money for other purposes, such as a
pension. But what changes the value of your foreign currency? What can you do to protect
yourself from these moves that are probably affecting your spending power in Israel?
• What makes the exchange rate move
• What can I do to protect themselves from movements in the exchange rate
• Details of the AACI Foreign Exchange program
Followed by a short Q and A (questions and answers) session
Presenters: Daniel Engelsman, IsraTransfer’s Head of Trading, has over 15 years of experience in the
currency exchange markets. www.isratransfer.com
Cost: NIS 20/15 AACI Members, FREE admission for Olim within the first 6 months of Aliyah.
Bring your Teudat Oleh with you!
Wednesday December 27, 14:00
Join us for a review of what culture shock is, and a conversation about how we can overcome the challenges and feeling Israel is now our home.
Facilitators: Sheila Bauman is AACI’s Jerusalem counselor.  Sharni Brodesky (M.Sc.Med) is a qualified therapist specializing in coping with transitions, adjustments and Aliyah difficulties.
The Sarah Peters Bridge Club
Monday afternoons from 13:00-16:00
Experienced players welcome
Beginners Bridge
Wednesdays,  November 8, 15, 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!
Instructor: Susan Kirshner-Sheldon is a third-generation  Mah Jongg player and has been playing both competitively and for fun for 15 years.
NIS 10 per week.
Pre- Registration is encouraged by calling AACI, 02-566-1181. At AACI Glassman Family Center, 37 Pierre Koenig,Talpiot.
Introductory Mah Jongg
Tuesdays, November 14-28, 14:15-16:15

In this class, you will learn how to play this classic game! Learn how to identify the tiles, build
hands, and play strategically.
*This class is for people who do not have a background in the game. If you have experience,
please join our Mah Jongg Club on Sundays at 16:00.
Instructor: Susan Kirshner-Sheldon is a third-generation mah jongg player and has been playing
both competitively and for fun for 15 years.
Cost: 100/ 80 AACI members for the whole series
Pre- registration required! Limited space available. Call 02-566-1181
Professional Women's Networking Forum
Topic: Facing & Overcoming Specific Challenges when Running our Businesses
Thursday, December 7th, 13:00 – 15:00, (Registration from 12:45)
Join us for a round table open discussion where you'll have the opportunity to present your challenges & gain tips and feedback from the group.
Speaker: YOU & ME! Bring your business challenges and questions to the table. Together- an experienced, warm group of female small business owners similar to yourself will assist you, and guide you towards finding solutions to your challenges. 
Facilitator: Lesley Kaplan: HR & Organizational Consultant and Coach, Trainer and Group facilitator. Founder & CEO of L.A.K. Creations & Consulting
Coaching Corner
Are you satisfied with being "good" or do you strive to be "great"?
Did you know that "good" is the enemy of "great"? 
Being satisfied with only "good" prevents you improving...
What one / two steps of action can you implement right NOW to start becoming "great"...
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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"Moving Forward" Action Forum 
Wednesday 29th November: 5.30 p.m. - 7.30 p.m.
Could you benefit from a monthly supportive group in moving forward with a personal or career goal? Do you set goals with enthusiasm & sometimes have difficulty advancing or achieving them? Do you feel successful but need a bit of a "push" getting going? Are you afraid of taking the next step? Do you feel "stuck"? Join a positive - orientated, "safe" environment with activities, discussions & exercises to assist you in moving forward. Small, intimate group setting. The group is open to all ages, all professions and to both male & female participants. Full confidentiality. 
Facilitator: Lesley Kaplan, HR & Organizational Development Consultant and Coach, Trainer, Group facilitator, BSc., MA (Summa Cum Laude) Industrial & Organizational Psychology (Coaching & Consulting). Founder & CEO of L.A.K. Creations & Consulting
Cost: NIS 40 / AACI members NIS 30

Details or to receive updates for future meetings: lak.goals@gmail.com 
American Citizen Services
Consulate General of the United States in Jerusalem
Phone: +972 (0)2-630-4000
Fax: +972 (0)2-630-4070
Street Address: 14 David Flusser, Jerusalem 93392
(Near the former Diplomat Hotel, now the Caprice Diamond Center)
Location via Google Maps 
Note from AACI: The map is not clear. David Flusser St. is a new street.
#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:
Tips for Speeding Up Your Visit:
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
Friday Brunch- will be in full swing now that we have all settled down after the high holy days. Reservations for our Friday Morning Brunch have to be booked directly with Martin Silbermann,  054 636 1108, no later than Thursday at noon.
Please note that all meals ordered have to be paid for in cash, including tip, to the activity leader of the event on the day.
Thanksgiving 2017: Please note that there will be a reserved table at our newly inaugurated AACI Dinner Theatre which will be held, Thursday, November 23rd. Kindly make your reservation  with Chaya Weintraub, 02 566 1181 x 311 and tell her you want to sit with 55+.
If you wish to join the mailing list of 55+, please send an email to: aaci.55ish@gmail.com
Support Group for Women & Men who are Caring for a Spouse with Dementia
UPCOMING DATES: Sunday, new dates to be announced, 13:00- 14:00
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 free of charge. Sunday at 13:00 at AACI Glassman Family Center, 37 Pierre Koenig,Talpiot.
Coping with the Loss of a Spouse or Loved One – A Workshop Series
Sundays, November 26- December 17, 13:00-14:30
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.
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