AACI Jerusalem Programs & Activities
AACI  Gallery Exhibition Beginners Mah Jongg
AACI Star Film Club The Sarah Peters Bridge Club
Memoir Writing Workshop
Contemporary Book Club Creative Crafts
Sports Art Exhibit Crochet and More
The Beat Goes On: Popular Music of the 50's, 60's & 70's Measure For Measure
  Street Photography Course
Family music class for children American Citizen Services
JELLY Navigational Programs
Little Lotus Kids Yoga Senior Outreach
Brush & Pen Pre & Post Aliyah Sessions Information Sessions
  Volunteer with us!
RAPS: Retired Active Persons
Yard Sale Professional Woman's Network
Pesach Walking Tours Editing Course
Grandparenting Workshop
Seniors Lunch and Chat at Greg Cafe  Focus Love Workshop
Amit - AACI Library Retiring In Israel
AACI DVD Library
AACI Kids Library Assess Your Health Coverage
AACI'S Sharon Woodrow Memorial E-Library  
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 Strategies for Living with and After A Major Illness
Feldenkrais Balance Senior Singles: Facing the Future
Life Strong, Live Long!  
Health & Wellness Programs THEATER
Health & Wellness Networking Forum for Women & Men Irena's Vow
Yang Long Form Tai Chi Class The Tempest
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.
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  
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

American Citizen Services

Embassy 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:


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.
The AACI Childrens' Library is adjacent to the adult library.
Children’s Library- Choose books to take out of the library or sit in and enjoy reading with your children! All books are in English. Children of all ages welcome.  
Hours- Same as the adult library above.
For further information please contact us: 02-566-1181 ext. 323, email: amitaaci.library@gmail.com
AACI'S Sharon Woodrow Memorial E-Library
Wednesdays, April 10, May 29, June 12, 11:00 - 12:00
Love to read? Visit AACI's libraries or download books and use the Sharon Woodrow Memorial E-Library. 
For individual in-person or phone consultations, call the AACI front desk ar 02-566-1181 to make your appointment. Please bring your fully charged device and your AACI membership number.
Please note: The E-library is NOT COMPATIBLE with a regular Kindle.
Facilitator: Rochelle Gilbert. www.never2late.co.il
Want to donate to the Sharon Woodrow Memorial E-Library? Contact the AACI development department ar 02-566-1181 ect.303 or 324.
-For further information about the library, go to www.aaci.org.il/elibrary.
Use your AACI membership number to login to http://aaci.freading.com/index.

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’S Library for the Visually Impaired
Hours: Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday 9:30 -  12:00 Tuesday 9:30 - 17:00
 Heard Any Good Books Lately?
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 02-5600912, or e-mail library@aaci.org.il
The AACI 55+ Friendship Circle is for singles and couples who enjoy socializing, meeting new people and making new friends. 

Ongoing Friday Brunch:
Join us every Friday at Café Joe for a casual Friday Brunch!
Reservations required no later than noon on Thursday. Please call or send a text message: Martin Silbermann 058-636-1108.
Visit to Shalva Center- Tuesday, May 28th, 12:15
Come meet us in the lobby of Shalva to tour the facility, which includes the various therapies that are offered on an ongoing basis. This includes inclusive educational frameworks, sports and wellness activities as well as a respite and family support.
After the tour, we will have an optional meal as a group at their superb restaurant.
For reservations, questions and directions please contact Gilda Tesser by noon, Sunday, May 26th. Gilda can be reached at: gildatesser@hotmail.com or 054- 544-5451.
Tuesday, June 18th, 14:00 - Guided Tour of the Bible Lands Museum Jerusalem
Cost: NIS 35/ 30 AACI members -please bring exact change.                            
Meet at the Bible Lands Musuem- Easy walking, handicapped accessibility.   
Register by noon, Friday, June 14th with Gilda Tesser: 058 544 5451
Follow in the Footsteps of the Patriarchs! Come on a journey through the fascinating world of the ancient lands of the Bible, tracing history from the dawn of civilization through the roots of monotheism and early Christianity. The Bible Lands Museum collection draws from a vast geographic area and helps us understand the cultures and events from which Judaism emerged. The tour of the museum will include a visit to the new mini-exhibit: Highway through History This new exhibition presents artifacts discovered during a rescue excavation of Tel Beit Shemesh.  Plans to expand Route 38 led to excavations near Beit Shemesh which are causing scholars to re-write history.  Evidence of the existence of an impressive settlement dating to the final decades of the biblical Kingdom of Judah (7th century BCE) overturns accepted understanding of the history of our forefathers under the Assyrian Empire. 
Sunday May 12, 19:30-21:30
Cost: 40 NIS/ 30 NIS AACI members 
Focus is the new Sexy in relationships.... How to be Mindful in Love
Join us for a light discussion about focus, relationships and Mindfulness
Micki-Lavin-Pell, MSc, MA Marriage Therapist and Relationship Coach www.mickilavinpell.co.il
Hazel K. Brief , MSW Professional Certified ADHD Coach Teens/Adults www.mindful-adhd-coaching.com
RSVP: 02-630-4000 
Contemporary Book Club
Tuesday, May 21, 18:00
Cost: NIS 10
Are you interested in joining a monthly book club that will give you the chance to read and discuss great contemporary reads by outstanding authors such as Fredrik Backman, Tana French, Kate Morton, Celeste Ng, etc? (Genres being considered: fiction, historical fiction, memoir, etc.)
Then this is the club!
This book club will be a casual gathering and we want this to be where book lovers feel comfortable and at home to express their thoughts and opinions and simply share their passion for books.
 People with all reading backgrounds and interests are welcome! 
If interested please email Stevie Lynn at stevie@seedsofhope.org or Rolene Segal at amitaaci.library@gmail.com . Once a group is formed we will decide on a day/time best for everyone to meet. 
Sunday, May 19, 12:30-14:00
AACI joins with Shakespeare in the Rough to enjoy Measure for Measure.
The director, Beth Steinberg will speak to us on her plans for the production, how the text will be used, decisions they make.
Sunday, June 2, 18:00 - 20:00
Topic:  Logotherapy - Your inner strength revealed
Every day we have opportunities to find meaning in whatever is going on in our lives despite whether they are good or bad. Logotherapy encourages and guides people to find this meaning and to do something to make that potential for meaning real. Logotherapy doesn’t ask “why” things happen, but helps and encourages one to find answers to “what now”. Dr. Viktor Frankl (1905-1997) author of Man’s Search for Meaning , a psychiatrist and neurologist who lived in Vienna both before and after WWII has helped millions of people through his teachings to overcome lifes difficulties. You are invited to explore some of these stories and lessons, and become inspired.  
Speaker: Devorah Kur is a Reflexologist, Bereavement Counselor and an Academic Associate in Logotherapy. She is passionate about helping people through their illnesses, challenges and struggles in life. She combines her expertise to empower people to wellbeing of their mind, body and soul. Devorah runs an Integrative Wellness clinic providing treatments, wellness workshops, online counseling & is an international motivational speaker.
Tuesdays, 10:30-11:30 Cost: NIS 50/ 40 AACI members
Join us for a full body exercise for 60+ adults focusing on stretching, strengthening, and weights. Instructor: Michael Berezin, Fitness Therapist/ Trainer, earned his fitness certification and his specialty” in Exercise Therapy” and “Specialized Training for Older Adults” from the International Sports Sciences Association
Thursday afternoons at 15:00 - Beginners | 15:45- Intermediate/Advanced
Cost: NIS 45 / NIS 35 AACI members
Almost everyone can do Tai Chi; it is done in slow motion with little joint stress, cleansing and rejuvenating the body and mind. Using flowing movements, a Tai Chi session moves through positions for strength and balance to integrate mind and body. Please wear loose clothing.
Find your balance at AACI with Nancy Harel 02-5333493
Mondays at 10:45 |
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.
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.
Sundays at 09:00 and 10:15 and Wednesdays at 08:30 and 09:45
Cost per class: NIS 55 / NIS 45 AACI members
This is a program tailored to the needs of the mature adult, including exercises for strength, bone density, flexibility, balance and coordination. The class is conducted standing near a chair, or sitting.
Marilyn Cohen (050-224-0191) is a fitness instructor with certification from Wingate Institute
Tuesday, May 14-28
Cost: NIS 180/150 AACI members for the course
Pre- registration required by calling AACI- 02-566-1181
Join acclaimed photographer Kevin Unger in an exciting street photography course!
Bring a camera of any kind, including your smartphone! No prior experience necessary.
Tuesday, May 14th,, 11:00-12:00 (meet at AACI)- Learn the skill: delve into  key points and tips for better shooting
Tuesday, May 21st, 11:00-14:00 (meet at Shuk Machane Yehuda by Marzipan Bakery on Agripas)- Use the skills you learned last week by taking street photos in the Machane Yehuda Market with instruction
Tuesday, May 28th, 11:00-12:00 (meet at AACI)- Learn the basics of editing photos- how to take a good picture and turn it into a striking photograph
Instructor: Kevin Unger is a retired photojournalist who covered many of conflicts and uprisings for several of the world’s major newspapers and magazines.  Since his retirement he has turned his photography skills to the digital world and is a prominent street photographer.  He also specializes in preserving and restoring old family and historical photographs.
Tuesday, April 30, 10:00
Are your parents visiting for Pesach?  Are they thinking about aliyah?  A workshop for retirees considering whether aliyah is the right move for them, and if so, what to think about and useful information on how to go about it.  Adult children welcome!
Presenter:  Sheila Bauman is AACI Jerusalem’s klitah counselor.
When:  Wednesday, May 15, 19:00
Learn valuable information to assure that your wishes are known and respected in a legally enforceable way both while you are alive and after.
A revolution in Israeli law now allows you to plan for the future by determining who will legally assist you in handling your affairs once your cognitive abilities start to diminish (the Ongoing Power of Attorney); who would be appointed as your guardian once you are no longer able to care for yourself (Designation of Guardian); and how you can determine who can make healthcare decisions on your behalf if you are temporarily unable to do so due to surgery, etc. (Healthcare Proxy).  Russell will also address end of life decisions which you can make in advance now when you are healthy (Living Will/Advanced Care Directives) and information regarding Wills.
Presenter:  Russell Mayer is a senior partner in the Jerusalem law firm of Livnat, Mayer & Co.
Wednesday, June 19, 19:00
Learn about the interactions among/ between Israeli supplementary health insurance, Bituach Leumi coverage, and private policies from Israel and abroad.  There have been changes to legislation regarding insurance, both national & private that impact the overlaps in coverage.
Presenter:  Ronen Goldman is Director of Customer Relations at Goldfus Insurance. https://goldfus-ins.co.il/en/home/
Support & Education for People who are HOH (Hard of Hearing) or Deaf
Mondays, April 8, May 13, & June 17 14:00
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.
At AACI Glassman Family Center, 37 Pierre Koenig, Talpiot.
Programs 2019
Wednesdays at 11:00 am –12 noon
At the AACI - Dr. Max & Gianna Glassman Family Center
For more information call AACI (02) 566-1181
Apr 17 Rabbi Ed Romm: Pesach Is Brought to You by the Number Four
Apr 24 Closed for Pesach
May 1 Rob Binder: American Pirates of the High C's
May 8 Reeva Simon: What Really Happened in Casablanca?
May 15 Moshe Sonnheim: If You Could Change the Ending: New
Endings For Old Fairy Tales and The Jewish Bride (double
book launch)
May 22 Fred Casden: We’re Morocco Bound!
May 29 Rebeccca Bitterman: Jews in China and Chinese Jews
June 5 Rabbi Elan Adler: Shavuot: Take Two Tablets and Call Me
June 12 Dina Elenbogen: Drawn from Water: an American Poet, an
Ethiopian Family, an Israeli Story (book discussion)
June 19 David Breakstone: Those We’ve Left Behind…(in Ethiopia)
June 26 Sheldon Rice: Numerology: Getting to Know You from Your
Name and Birthday NOTE: this talk will be until 12:30 PM
Nominal charge of NIS 10, which includes beverages and cookies
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
Support Group for Women & Men who are Caring for a Spouse with Dementia
Group meets every other Sunday. Call 025661181 for details
Ellen Sucov Phd invites 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 twice a month at AACI Glassman Family Center, 37 Pierre Koenig,Talpiot. Please call for further details 02-5661181.
Strategies for Living with and After a Major Illness
Monday May 6 & June 3
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.
On the first and third Wednesday of each month at 12:00, all seniors are invited to come to a social lunch group that takes place at Greg Café at the Hadar Mall which is totally handicapped accessible.

Group leaders: Shimrit, social work student intern and Belle Fine-Cohen, Jerusalem Branch Volunteer Chairperson.
Please make your reservation by contacting the Front Desk at AACI,
02- 566- 1181.
2nd Generation Holocaust Survivors
Are you a second generation holocaust survivor? The Jerusalem Municipility would love to hear from you. the jerusalem municipility is setting up for a 2G group for second generation English speakers. if you are interested in participating or just receiving the e-mails to see what's going on, be in touch!
Send your name and email address to: 2GEnglishSpeaker@gmail.com or shdebbie@jerusalem.muni.il and you will be added to the mailing list.
For more information call Debbie on 0525774736
Creative Workshop:  Crochet & More
Tuesdays, April 30, May 7, 21, June 11, 25, 10:00 – 12:00
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
Ongoing classes:
Kids Mixed Media–
15:45—16:45 For KIDS grades 3 & up-
For kids who just want to CREATE! We get a taste of many different types of art ...from mosaics & stained glass, sewing, string art, landscape painting, glass painting, fimo, to edible art and spa month (where we make our own lip balms, soaps, bath salts, face masks) and more...      
Adult Mosaics-
Mondays, 10:30-12:30 & Wednesdays, 16:45-18:45-
Create your own Mosaics…from beginners to the more experienced…we’ll help u realize your potential. Each participant will create their own unique mosaic. The most enjoyable 2 hours of your week! No prior experience 
To register/ for more information for the above classes: Call Dana, 054-788-3874 www.creativecrafts4u2.com or Email: creativecrafts4u@gmail.com
Make your own Mosaic Tabletop:
Mondays, May 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th, 12:30-14:00
Cost: NIS 400 (includes all materials)
Create a beautiful mosaic tabletop – perfect for your mirpeset (or anywhere in the house).
No previous experience required!
Coffee Filter Roses for Shavuot (2 chances to come):
Monday, June 3rd: 12:30-14:00
Wednesday. June 5th: 14:00- 15:30
Cost: NIS 60 (all materials included)
Make this beautiful project- special for Shavuot!
ALSO SPORTING EVENTS - Olympics, World Series, Super Bowl, NCAA, Marathon races, World Cup, Wimbledon   --  even your children or grandchildren winning a medal in school!

Interesting, unique newspaper articles dealing with sports would also be welcome. 
Please write to Donna Grushka with a description and samples of what you would like to exhibit     aaciart@gmail.com
Classics Reading Group
April – Pesach vacation (no meeting in April)
Sundays 13:30 - 14:30
May 26 - The Age of Innocence (Edith Wharton)
June 30 - Ethan Frome (Wharton)
For more information about the class only, contact Dr.Oster at 02-624-6256
No need to pre-register!
Cost:  NIS 5
Sundays 12:30- 14:00
Cost: NIS 20/ 10 AACI members
May 5, 12, and 19
Measure For Measure by William Shakespeare
Great Poetry by great poets-including Donne, Shakespeare, Frost, Hopkins
Art Workshop for Adults
New dates to be announced
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 collage, artistic style exploration, “household art”, multimedia experience, and a taste of creative writing. And more! Learn innovative techniques and gain a new and exciting perspective on art.  Connect with others in a welcoming setting. No prior art experience necessary! The seasoned artist will benefit as well.
Cost: 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. Space is limited.
New Dates To Be Announced

Cost: NIS 160/ 100 AACI members for the course
Pre-registration required by calling AACI- 02-566-1181
Passion for the written word? Great language skills? Interested in learning about all kinds of topics and getting paid for it? Then academic editing is for you.
Helene Hogri, with 40 years of editing experience, is keen on passing on her knowledge and finding job opportunities for promising students.
Tuesday, April 9, 30, May 7, 21, June 11, 25 10:00 - 12:00
Cost: NIS 30/25 AACI members per workshop
Pre- registration required- call AACI 02-566-1181 to register.
Coffee & Memoirs!
Telling your story--make this the year you write your memoir.
Enjoy a cup of coffee and a lesson in writing your memoir / memory book.
It’s finally time to write your personal story and memories in a warm, supportive environment. Opportunities for creative writing as well. No writing experience required.
It’s finally time to write your personal history and memories! In these two hour workshops, learn the basics of writing your memoir in a warm, supportive environment. No writing experience required.
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 Womens' Writers' Seminar. 

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

Tuesdays 10:15 
Wednesdays 16:30
Enjoy 45 minutes of music with singing, puppets, percussion instruments and lots of ideas to enrich your child’s musical and English development.
Cost: NIS 35 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
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!
The Sarah Peters Bridge Club
Monday afternoons from 13:00-16:00
Cost: 15 / 10 NIS AACI members
Experienced players welcome
Beginners Bridge
Mondays, 12:30- 13:00
Advanced, beginner-intermediate level players are welcome to come and improve their bridge skills! We will discuss various topics in bidding, declarer play and defense. 
Ongoing Mah Jongg Club
Sundays,  15:30-18:00
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 16th, 13:00 -15:00 

Handling “Customer Drama” with Grace: Customer Service with Emotional Intelligence to Keep Your Clients Happy in Intense Situations.
Speaker: Adena Mark Kapon is the Founder and CEO of A to Z Events Israel, a boutique event planning firm specializing in elegant events in Israel for those visiting from abroad. Adena uses her creative flair and years of experience to create unique, personalized weddings, Bar and Bat Mitzvahs, and more. She uses her life experience and emotional intelligence to make every family member feel relaxed, included and moved during these special milestone celebrations. 

Thursday June 20th,  13:00 – 15:00 
“What’s your Bucket list? Get it done!”
Speaker: Abby Dishi, a lawyer and personal coach  by training,  has lived in Israel for 26 years. Abby’s background and experience spans law, Jewish education & coaching  both in Israel and in the States. Her business “ Creative Coaching” focuses on  maximizing potential through Torah, makeup, and creative mediums. Abby’s creative and interactive methodology empowers and generates movement and progress. Her motto is “ Get It Done.”
Born on the 4 of July! Celebrate July 4 with Harvey Bordowitz!
Thursday, July 4, 19:30
Cost: NIS 55 when pre- registered- call 02-566-1181
NIS 65 at the door
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, memorable movies and TV shows, 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.
The Joys and Challenges of Grandparenting Workshop
Trial class: Tuesday June 4 11:00
Dates for Workshop: June 11, 18, 25 and July 2, 11:00
Cost: NIS 250/200 AACI members
Register by calling AACI, 02-566-1181
Pesach is approaching and with it, more time with family. If you’re looking forward to spending time with young grandchildren, this workshop will introduce you to ways of grand-parenting in a clam and effective way based on Dr. Emmi Pikler’s path breaking work.
Presenter: Ruth Mason is a journalist who has written extensively about child-rearing, including the weekly column, Parenting, in the Jerusalem Post. She is a certified parent educator and a RIE® Associate. A Los Angeles native born to Bukharian immigrant parents, Ruth is married to Bob Trachtenberg, a lawyer, and has three grown children and one grandchild. She lives in Jerusalem, works as a writer, is the producer/director of the documentary These are my Names and the founder of the Ethiopian Children's Scholarship Fund at the Jerusalem Conservatory Hassadna. 
Senior Singles: Facing the Future
Be a part of this very special discussion group that will explore the challenges and opportunities of being single in our senior years (60+).  The group itself will set the agenda for the discussion of issues, concerns and hopes at this time of life and our sessions will be facilitated by Chana Schleicher a psychotherapist with more than 40 years of experience in mental health and an expert in guiding people of all ages through life’s challenges. Our first meeting will be a free introductory trial session on: Tuesday, March 5th from 15:00-16:15, at AACI. After the trial session, you will have the option of registering for the six-week series. Questions or comments? Please contact Joanne Doades, email: jdoades@aol.com, phone: 058-637-4008. We hope to see you there!
May 29, 19:00
June 19, 19:00
With Howie Kahn
Cost: NIS 40/30 AACI members per session 
Register by calling AACI- 02-566-1181
Learn the informative and entertaining stories behind the many musical selections of the 50's, 60's and 70's! Each session will focus on a different genre of music.
Thursday, May 30th    19:30 - And the Oscar for Best Song Goes to ..... – Music in the Movies
Wednesday, June 26th    19:30 - Two by Two:  Great Musical Duos from the Everly Brothers to Simon & Garfunkel
The multi-media "behind the music" presentation will include singing along to the origional tunes, with lyrics provided on PowerPoint. At the end of the evening, there will be live piano accompaniment to a number of the songs. 
Howie Kahn has been a professional entertainer for more than fifty years. He worked in the music buisness in the USA both in New York as well as Los Angeles. Howie has performed all around the world and is presently working as the "Entertainer in Residence" on Kosher River Cruises in Europe. He also Entertains regularly in Jerusalem and throughout Israel.
"A splendid time for all."
AACI Yard Sale!
Friday, May 24th, 8:30 – 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!
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.
Online registration ONLY: Click here to register
* Your items can be donated for us to sell at the AACI table and must be brought to the AACI office May 19th-23rd from 8:30- 16:30.
Where:  AACI-Dr. Max & Gianna Glassman Family Center,
37 Pierre Koenig, Talpiot, 4th floor
AACI Blood Drive in cooperation with MDA  
Tuesday May 28, 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
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

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.
Community Clean Up Day

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 J-Town Playhouse

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