AACI Jerusalem Programs & Activities
 
ARTS & CULTURE HOBBIES/COURSES
Anyone Can Draw!
AACI Star Film Club The Sarah Peters Bridge Club
Booksale Seniors Wednesday Morning Programs RAPS
 
Creative Art Workshop INFORMATIONAL
American Citizen Services
Fresh Insights in Literature Navigational Series
Living To Tell The Tale Travel Advice - Ophir Tours
Safra Square and the Underground Prisoners Museum Volunteer with us!
IGRA LECTURES, SEMINARS & WORKSHOPS
  Conquer your Smartphone/Tablet fears
CHILDREN Jewish Ethics for a Modern World
Family music class for children On the Chocolate Trail
6th Annual Children & Teen Creative Arts Exhibit Pre & Post Aliyah Sessions Information Sessions
  Professional Women’s Network
   
EVENTS LIBRARIES
Amit - AACI Library
Book Sale AACI DVD Library
Ruby Tuesdays at AACI AACI Kids Library
Yard Sale AACI Library for the Visually Impaired
   
  THEATER
FINANCE AACI’s J-Town Playhouse First City Improv  Show
Conscious Money Matters First Date - A Musical Romantic Comedy
Financial Resource Network Seminars
 
Ruby Tuesdays
HEALTH  
Blood Drive  
Exercise for 50+  
Feldenkrais for Healthy Necks, Shoulders and Back  
Health & Wellness Programs  
Health / Wellness Networking Forum for Women & Men
 
 
Pilates  
Yang Long Form Tai Chi Class  
Yoga and Movement  
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 02-539-8666 or drop in to AACI on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month from 12:00 – 15:00. 
 
The AMIT-AACI Lending Library
 
Library Hours:
Sun, Mon, Tues, Thurs: 9 am - 4:30 pm;
Wed: 9 am - 7:30 pm
 
The AMIT-AACI Library offers a wide selection of books—all donated. We have fiction from contemporary titles to the classics, including classic murder mysteries. You can also find biography, Holocaust, Judaism, science fiction/fantasy and more on our shelves.   
 
 
A charge of 5 NIS per borrowed book is requested. All proceeds from the library are equally shared between AACI and AMIT Women.
For your convenience we offer a multi-purchase card as a service to readers.
 
Classics reading group
Sundays, 13:30 – 14:30
February 28 – The Price (Miller) | Cost: NIS 5 | No need to pre-register!
Cost:  NIS 5
 
INSIGHTS (Mondays 12:30-14:00)
 
Fresh Insights into Literature
Mondays, 12:30 - 14:00
February 15, 22 – Selections TBA from Milton’s Paradise Lost
Facilitator: Dr. Judith Oster jxo4@case.edu
For information about the content of the classes, call 02-624-6256.
Cost:  NIS 20 / NIS 10
For more information about the class only, contact Dr. Oster at 02-624-6256 jxo4@case.edu
 
 
The AACI Childrens' Library is adjacent to the adult library. For further information please contact us: 02-566-1181 ext. 323, email: amitaaci.library@gmail.com
 
Rolene Segal, Volunteer Librarian, Phone: 02-566-1181 ext. 323, email:amitaaci.library@gmail.com
 
 

AACI The Star Media Library & Cinema Club

For AACI members ONLY!

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

How does it work?

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

Click here for the list of DVDs.

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

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

 

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

Chairperson: Marcia Lewison

 

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

 
Feb 17
Tommy Waller: Hayovel: Christian Volunteers from All Over the World Serving Jewish Farmers in Israel
Feb 24
Sheila Bauman: CHINA, an AACI adventure!
March 2 Dr. Steve Sattler:  "Stamps and the Jews"
March 9 Rabbi yonatan Neril: "How can we make a Livable Planet for the Next Generation?
March 16 Reuven Kossover: "The Concept of Kulturkampf (Class of Cultures) and How It Affects Jewish Life"
March 23 Rabbi Hillel Millgram:  "Esther, Assimilation and the 'Jewish Problem:' The Making of a Heroine"
March 30 Sharon Simmer:  "SHEKEL: 'YES WE CAN.' What Happens When We Include People with Special Needs as a Vital Part of the Community"
Apr 6
Elisha Mizrahi: KKL:  Afforestation of the Negev and Global Warming
Apr 13
David Herman: The Best of Ben Reuven
Apr 20
Rabbi Klein-Katz: We were Slaves in Egypt and Now We are Free…or Are We?
Apr 27
Closed for Pesach
 
 
 
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
 
Creative Workshop:  Crochet & More
 
 
When:  Tuesday, 23 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
 
 
AACI Blood Drive in cooperation with MDA  
Sunday, April 10,th 16:00 – 19:00
 
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 eweisel@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 eweisel@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
Ext 324.
 
 
Travel Advice – Ophir Tours
 
Have questions about Travel?
This is your opportunity to meet with Henriette Hertz, an agent from Ophir Tours who has been in the travel business for more than 18 years. Henriette will be available on Wednesdays at 12:00-4:00 pm at our Jerusalem office (37 Pierre Koenig). Get the latest information regarding air fares, cruises, car rentals, domestic tourism plus much more. For an appointment, please call Henriette at 02-5398666.
 
Health and Wellness Programs
(All our classes take place at AACI-Dr. Max & Gianna Glassman Family Center, 37 Pierre Koenig/Corner of Poalei Zedek 2, Talpiot.)
 
 
Exercise Class for 50+
 
Sunday mornings -10:15 – 11:15 and 11:30 – 12:30
Wednesday mornings - 09:30
NIS 55 / AACI Members 45 NIS / *660/540
The class is led by Marilyn Cohen, graduate of the Wingate Institute with a certification in Physical Activity for Seniors.
Please wear closed shoes and comfortable clothing.
 
For more information and to register, please call 02-5661-181
 
“Cartisiya” now available – pay for 12 classes, get one free!  Call AACI at 02-566-1181
 
 
Yang Long Form Tai Chi Class
Thursday afternoons 15:45 (beginners)
NIS 45 / AACI Members 35 NIS
 
Find your balance at AACI with Nacy Harel!  Almost everyone can do Tai Chi; it is done in slow motion with little joint stress, cleansing and rejuvenating the body and mind. Using flowing movements, a Tai Chi session moves through positions for strength and balance to integrate mind and body.  Please we
ar loose clothing.
 
 
 
Feldenkrais for Healthy Necks, Shoulders and Back
Plus  reduces stress
taught by Shoshanna Lederman
Mondays at 11am & Wednesdays at 12:15
Increase strength and flexibility and reduce aches and pains
In each Feldenkrais movement class, Shoshanna will guide students through a sequence of movements to discover ways of moving that are easier and give relief from aches and pains. The goal is to achieve greater flexibility, 
while reducing pain and limitations.
 
The cost is: 50 NIS /AACI Member 40 NIS /  *600/48
“Cartisiya” now available – pay for 12 classes, get one free!  Call AACI at 02-566-1181
Where: AACI – Dr. Max & Gianna Glassman Family Center
 
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
Thursdays, 10:00
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. 
 
 
When:  Tuesdays13:00
Cost:  NIS 50 / NIS 40
Where: AACI Dr. Max & Gianna Glassman Family Center
 
 
Movement, Yoga and Music
                                                        
When:  Wednesdays, 17:30
Cost:  NIS 50 / AACI member NIS 40
 
Generate energy, joy, awareness and connection to your body, mind and spirit and inner and physical strength to move through life with grace, flexibility and stability. 
 
Tzipporah Sarah Eisen is a passionate dancer, singer and performer who loves anything that involves movement. Certified through Yoga Alliance and Windgate (prenatal) she teaches people from all walks of life to connect through movement and breathe.
 
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AACI Navigational Series
 
Cost: NIS 20 / AACI members NIS 15
NEW! Free admission for Olim within the first 6 months after aliyah. Bring your Teudat Oleh with you.  Please pre-register by calling AACI’s front desk at 02-5661181.
 
Anglo Teen Challenges: Language, Culture, Self-esteem and Social Integration
Wednesday February 17th, 19:30
 
Presenter:  Joy Epstein MSW, Family Therapist has been a practicing psychotherapist for twenty years.  She is part of the Kav l’Noar therapy staff and has a private practice with offices in Jerusalem and Efrat.  She works with adolescents, young adults, couples and families helping them to address issues relating to adjustment, anxiety, depression, low self -esteem, abuse and trauma, in addition to leading . leads parenting groups that are psycho-educational and coaches parents of children with ADHD.
 
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Who is Licensed to Practice Eye Care in Israel?
Defining the relative roles of Ophthalmologists, Optometrists and Opticians.
Wednesday March 16th, 13:00
 
Presenter:  Professor Ariela Gordon-Shaag is Chairperson of the Department of Optometry and Vision Science at Hadassah Academic College in Jerusalem.  She completed her BA at Barnard College, Columbia University, magna cum laude, and earned her MSc and PhD at Hebrew University in in genetics and molecular biology.  Her interest in vision science developed during her post-doctoral training at the University of Washington and at the Hebrew University Medical School.  In 2007 she established the first and only MA program in Optometry at Hadassah Academic College, and was the Director of that program until 2013.
 
This Navigational session is part of AACI’s 5th Annual Health conference Eye Care: Seeing the Future
 
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Preparing for IDF Army Service in Israel
An informational evening for parents and teens
Wednesday April 13th, 17:00
 
Presenter:  Rafi ___, of the IDF Induction Center (Lishkat HaGiyus) Jerusalem, and Ari Kalker of the Center for Lone Soldiers in Memory of Michael Levine.  Ari , was a friend of Michael Levines who has volunteered at the LSC from its inception. Ari is currently working on special projects for the LSC, and also the head pre-army adviser for the religious Anglo community. Ari served in a special forces infantry unit with distinction from 2004 thru the 2nd Lebanon war and continues to serve in the reserves today.
 
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AACI’S Employment Resource Center Invites you: How do I go back to work
A workshop for women re-entering the workforce.
Monday March 21, 11:30
 
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.
 
 
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, April 1, 08:30-12:30
 
Toys, games, clothing, kitchen and household wares, books and more.
A true bargain-hunter’s delight!
 
Where:  AACI-Dr. Max & Gianna Glassman Family Center,
37 Pierre Koenig, Talpiot, 4th floor
02-566-1181
 
Friday, April 1st 8:30 – 12:30
 
 
Creative Art Workshop
Thursdays,  March 3, 10, 17, 31 at 11:00
 
The workshop will include various activities using art, guided imagery and intuitive writing that are fun and expressive. These activities help participants gain insights, express feelings, connect with others and find release through art in a welcoming setting. 
No experience necessary!
 
Cost per class:  NIS 400 / AACI members NIS 375 
**Early bird special:  paid registrations by February 21st pay NIS 350**
 
 
Facilitator:  Yannah Popovitz M.A., Expressive Arts Therapist www.expressivetherapies.co.uk 050-304-0788 
 
Financial Resource Network Invites You
 
The 4 biggest legal and financial issues facing Olim
When:  Tuesday April 5, 18:30
  • Dealing with the legal problems of becoming incapacitated in Israel.
  • Maximizing Health & ‘Siudi’ insurance, plus other basic insurance coverage.
  • Managing savings & investment money given rapidly changing laws and conditions here, in the USA, Canada & Europe.
  • Preventing crime against the lonely, the elderly and others who do not have a strong social network.
Presenters: Jean Kauffmann and Mark van Gelderen, Financial Planners with the Financial Resource Network.
 
Do it Yourself (Local & International) Banking & Investing
When:  Wednesday April 6, 18:30 
  • An overview of how to do banking, savings programs and investing in Israel.
  • The big changes that have happened in the investment world that have recently revolutionized what the individual investor can do on his own.
  • International investing systems for good safe returns, without expensive help.
  • Factors to evaluate before starting that are more important than high investment returns.
     
Presenter: Mark van Gelderen, Wealth Advisor and Manager of the Financial Resource Network.
 
The unique Legal and Financial issues facing Single Olim
When:  Thursday April 7, 18:30
  • Bring your questions & issues to uncover possibilities that might not have been obvious.
  • Money management & budgeting when there is no one else to share the decisions and burdens.
  • Managing your affairs – Concierge services can solve major and unique problems.
  • Developing a ‘game plan’ for today, tomorrow, and after 120.
  • What happens if I am incapacitated and how to plan for this probability.
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    Presenters: Mark van Gelderen, Financial Planner, and David Litke, Budgeting Counselor.
     
    Cost:  40 NIS / AACI members 30 NIS
     
    For more information 02-580-7013 or info@isrenet.com.
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.
 
Wednesdays at 16:30
 
NIS 35 for one child, NIS 60 for two . Discount with a clip card.
 
Registration with Sharon at Sharon@musicwithsharon.com  054 5315990
Facebook Sharonmusicfun
 
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
Experienced players welcome
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Beginning Bridge
New 8 week sessions beginning October 14th
Wednesdays, 12:15 - 14:00
Come and join in the fun!
Cost: 150 NIS/ AACI members 120 NIS
 
AACI STAR FILM CLUB
 
The movies will be preseded by an erudite introduction by Gary Levine, a long-time movie buff. For more information contact Gary at gary@thelevines.org
 
 
 
Pre-registration suggested: 02-5661181
 
Where: AACI - Dr. Max & Gianna Glassman Family Center
 
Professional Women's Networking Forum
 
Thursday, February 18
Topic: Your Secret Weapon for Business Success: Marketing Planning and
Strategy - not just for the “big guys”
 
Many businesses do not succeed in the long term. Learn more about easy-to-use techniques to
help you plan your business & develop a winning strategy upfront, which will greatly increase
your chances of long term success!
 
Speaker: Lois Liebowitz, Marketing Consultant has had many diverse roles, including marketing
management, sales and sales management, strategic planning and business development, both for
profit and non-profit and has helped companies transition from early to mid-stage. She has participated
in taking 3 privately held companies public. Lois has an MBA in Marketing & Finance from NYU.
 
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Thursday 10th March, 2016  
 
Topic: All businesses need low tech assistance too! Keep your business out of trouble: Protect your great ideas; ensure your rights & your employees’ rights; don’t get taken advantage of by anyone - and much, much more!

Speaker: 
Mindy Aber Barad is an Israeli attorney with over thirty years experience in assisting small businesses, with a special place in her heart for new olim and seniors. 
 
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Thursday April 7th, 2016  
 
Topic:
Pre-Pesach Decluttering and Organizing: If your life, home and office space will be more organized and clutter free, you will have more time to devote to your life and business.
·       Learn the difference between hoarders and clutterers
·       Learn ways to declutter your life
·       Discover steps to organize your home / office
Speaker: 
Ruchie Glattstein, MSW, works with hoarders and clutterers, and integrates therapy with her background as a professional organizer, textile-designer and art and antiques appraiser, to enhance clients' lives and enable them to move on through support groups, workshops and individual counseling. 
Facilitator: Lesley Kaplan
Founder & CEO of L.A.K. Creations & Consulting
054-4247628
 
Pre-registration (preferred) & info: lak.goals@gmail.com
Bring your business cards, brochures & marketing materials for networking!  Refreshments provided
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Health / Wellness Networking Forum for Women & Men
Wednesday, Febuary 24
 
Are you a health professional? Join our exciting group & expand your health network & clientele. Together we’ll promote and enhance the well-being of our clients and simultaneously grow our businesses
 | 17:30 – 19:30 (Registration from 17:15)
 
Topic: Getting Younger as you Age. You don’t have to lose quality of life as you age! Join us for a
discussion about taking charge and managing our physical selves as we grow older. Learn how to:
• Make exercise a part of daily life | Eat for maximum wellness | Drop excess pounds
• And...think young and think fun!
 
People take for granted that as we age, we are bound to see one or more of the “adult diseases”.
High Blood Pressure, Type 2 Diabetes, or High Cholesterol. We presume that weight gain will
creep up on us and that quality of life will become diminished. However, science has told us
that if we learn how to take care of ourselves, none of this needs to happen. As a matter of fact,
our bodies can actually IMPROVE as we age until age 85. Learn about proper exercise, eating,
keeping stress in check and all the other things we can do to have a healthier and happier life as
we age. And most importantly, how we can fit it into an already packed day!
 
Speaker: Alan Freishtat is an ACE certified Personal Fitness Trainer, Wellness Coach, and
Behavioral Change Coach. He is a Health and Lifestyle columnist and appears in HaModia
International Edition, Inyan Magazine, The Jerusalem Post, The Yeshiva World.com, and the OU
Shabbat Shalom Newsletter. He is the Director and Founder of 10 Weeks to Health.
 
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
 
Cost: NIS 40 / AACI members NIS 30 | Pre-registration (preferred but not essential) & info: lak.goals@gmail.com
Bring your business cards, brochures & marketing materials for networking!
Share with others who can benefit from this workshop! | Refreshments provided
 
Where: AACI - Dr. Max & Gianna Glassman Family Center
Cost: NIS 40 / AACI members NIS 30
Pre-registration (preferred) & info: lak.goals@gmail.com
 
Bring your business cards, brochures & marketing materials
Refreshments provided
 
Safra Square and the Underground Prisoners Museum
 Monday, February 22
Guide: Ruth S Frank, Licensed Tour Guide
Tour the classic buildings of the Russian compound built in the 19th century to accommodate pilgrims then see the large model built to scale of present day Jerusalem in City Hall. Visit the Underground Prisoners Museum dedicated to the fighters of the Etzel and Lehi. Learn about the prisoner’s Rabbi. and prisoners Moshe Feinstein and Meier Barazani who ended their life here.
 
Meet at entrance to City Hall at 9:30 a.m. | Tour will end at 12:30.
Cost: NIS 55/ NIS 45 Pre-paid registration essential; tour will only take place with minimum
number of participants (02-566-1181).
 
American Citizen Services
Consulate General of the United States in Jerusalem
 
Phone: +972 (0)2-630-4000
Fax: +972 (0)2-630-4070
Street Address: 14 David Flusser, Jerusalem 93392
(Near the former Diplomat Hotel, now the Caprice Diamond Center)
 
Location via Google Maps 
 
Note from AACI: The map is not clear. David Flusser St. is a new street. An Egged bus #7a takes you to the Caprice Diamond Center. Look for the big flag mast and flag at the crossroads of Kfar Eztion, Klauzner and Yum HaMelech. By car, drive along Rechov Beitar and left on to Lankin Street.
 
Hours: 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM (UTC/GMT +2) Monday - Friday (Closed on American and local holidays.)
 
Make An Appointment Online:
 
Tips for Speeding Up Your Visit:
 
 
AACI 55+/ - Friendship Circle - Activities for Singles & Couples

 

Thursday, February 25  - Enjoy dinner at Ha'Tagine Restaurant (Kosher) at 15 Yad Haruzim followed by the musical romantic comedy First Date (more information in ​The Voice).   Please register by Tuesday, February 23​​

 
Tuesday, March 8 - Let's do lunch at Bardak Pizza Bar & Beer (Kosher) 38 Keren Hayesod. ​ Please register by Sunday, March 6 
 
Let's Celebrate Purim and the 5th Anniversary of 55+ Friendship Circle.​ 
March 24 - Let's have dinner and celebrate 55+ Friendship Circle now it's fifth year.  Come in your Purim cosumes.  Dinner at Cafe Rimon Ben Yehuda 4 Luntz, Ben Yehuda. Please register by Tuesday, March 22 

 

New starting March 4th! Brunch (or just a cup of coffee or tea) every Friday 10:00 am - 12:00 at The Coffee Bean & Tea, 34 Yaffo Street.
 
To register for any or all of the activities please contact Rachel Kneitel at 050-286-1832  email: kneitelr@yahoo.com
 
To receive emails regarding our activities, please subscribe to our group at: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/AACI_Fifty_Five_ish/ and click on the "Join Now!" link in the group description
 
 
 
Conquer your Smartphone/Tablet fears
 
Join Rochelle and Paul the PCGUY as they continue their highly acclaimed series of courses for users of smartphones (IPhones and Androids) and tablets (IPads/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. Basic understanding of your previously set up device is required.
 
When:  7 Mondays 18:30 – 19:30 January 18 – February 29
Series cost:   NIS 400 / AACI members NIS 350 (no option for individual classes)
Pre-paid registration required; class will be limited to 15 participants
(Call the AACI to register: 02-566-1181)
  
Topics:  Smartphone/Tablet basics, Communications, FACEBOOK , Photos and Videos,Waze, Moovit, News sources, etc.
 
Instructors:  Rochelle Gilbert (054-977-9994) and Paul Serkin – the PCGUY (054-943-6109)
 
 
New: OA - Meeting at AACI!
Do you worry about the way you eat? Overeaters Anonymous may have the answer for you. No weigh-ins. Everyone welcome!
 
An English-speaking Overeaters Anonymous meets on the first Wednesday of each month from 16:00 – 17:00. The meeting format will comprise reading, writing, and sharing. (Please bring paper and implement for writing.) Suggested donation: NIS 10 per meeting.
 
If you have questions, call Lorry at 058-484-4240 before 9 pm.
 
 
Jewish Ethics for a Modern World
Wednesdays until March 16
 
In a fast-changing world, ethical questions are at the forefront of life.
Join Dr. Elliott Malamet every Wednesday as we tackle the central ethical dilemmas of our time
and engage in open discussion and free exchange about Jewish and universal concepts of what
is the good life.
• What is good and evil and how can they be determined?
• Why be moral?
• Are moral values objective?
• Can ethics be determined by rationality alone?
• Is belief in God imperative for an ethical life (can we be good without God?)
• How does Judaism deal with Torah passages that seem irrational and even immoral
• What are the rights and responsibilities of the individual, and how do we balance our self-need
with our duties to others?
 
Time: 12:45 – 14:00
Cost: NIS 50 / AACI members NIS 40
 
Dr. Elliott Malamet lectures in Jewish ethics and philosophy at Yeshivat Machanaim in Efrat and in
English Literature at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
He taught Jewish ethics in Canadian universities for twenty years and received some of the highest teacher ratings possible, according to ratemyprofessor.com.
 
Living To Tell The Tale
Tuesdays, 10:30 – 12:00
 
“No more procrastinating. Let this be the year I write my memoir.”
Join a workshop on writing life stories led by prize winning author Carol Ungar.
 
“Living” is a facilitated program in which participants collect the stories of their lives in prose and also through photographs, knick knacks and other visual cues. At the end of the year you will have an autobiography to share with loved ones or even publish.
 
Cost: NIS 25 / AACI members NIS 15 per week
 
Facilitator: Carol Unger is the author of the forthcoming cookbook Jewish Soul Food. She has been
conducting writing workshops for over five years at community centers in Jerusalem.
 
 
Conscious Money Matters
Develop Awareness and Confidence with your Money, and Take Control of Your Financial Future. A 3-Part Seminar.
When: Mondays February 8th, 15th, and 22nd at 18:30
February 8th Cultivating Money Maturity: Exploring and Developing Your Emotional Responses to Money
  • Guilt, Shame, Ignorance, Anxiety? Understanding the impact of subconscious money messages and the way we deal with our finances
  • Dissolving Money Shame - Handle with care and compassion
  • Release yourself from the past, move forward, break through - developing Money Grace
    February 15th Establishing Healthy Money Habits
  • Time for a money date – with your spouse, with your partner, with YOURSELF
  • Know your numbers - Conscious Spending and Tracking Your Net Worth
  • Connecting with your money - developing intimacy, awareness and respect
    February 22nd Creating Your Money Map to Guide Your Financial Future
  • How do you want your money to serve you - Setting goals, planning for retirement
  • The Difference between Saving and Investing
  • “I have money and don’t know what to do with it”: a primer on investing essentials
 
Presenter: Debbie Sassen, Financial Planner and Money Coach, specializes in advisory services for multi-national citizens living in Israel.
Cost per class: 40 NIS / AACI members 30 NIS
Pre-registration is recommended.
To register or for more information contact Debbie at 077-533-4142, 054-
 
On the Chocolate Trail
Sunday, February 21 19:00
The next time you pick up a piece of chocolate, consider that you are partaking in an aspect of
Jewish history. This talk explores stories of Jews and chocolate, melding
a popularity of chocolate with a fascination about Judaism. Chocolate
treats will be available.
 
Cost: NIS 35 / NIS 20
Speaker: Rabbi Deborah Prinz
 
Rabbi Prinz lectures around the world about chocolate and Judaism. A
leader in the Reform movement and a congregational rabbi for over
30 years, she has consulted for the Hebrew Union College-Jewish
Institute of Religion and the Union for Reform Judaism. Her book “On the
Chocolate Trail” is in its third printing and will be available for purchase at
discounted prices at the program.
 
IGRA
The Israel Genealogy Research Association (IGRA) is renewing its activity following the 35th IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy that was held in Jerusalem this summer. 
 
Cheshvan is International Jewish Genealogy Month. Check the IGRA website (www.genealogy.org.il) for a full listing of our calendar. 
 
IGRA has a  dynamic, bi-lingual search engine on its website, http://genealogy.org.il/databases/!! Searches can be done with a variety of filters to bring you more accurate results. We have prepared and uploaded more than 65 databases and more will be appearing in the months ahead. The databases have materials relating to the Ottoman, British Mandate and Israeli Administration. There are voter lists, census material, different occupations, address books, candidates for various positions, delegates to Zionist Congresses and much more. Images of the scanned documents are being added to the search engine and will be available to members of IGRA.
 
AACI J-TOWN PLAYHOUSE PRODUCTIONS
& AUDITIONS
First City Improv Presents:
 
First City Improv is bringing you the best of improvised theater; both long form and
short from.
 
Thursday, January 28 at 20:00
Cost: NIS 30 for one and NIS 40 for two.
For tickets call: 02-566-1181 or show up at the door.
Bring a friend and have some fun!
Performers: Michael Herman, Shira Katz, Tobie Harris, Daniella Edelman, Hannah Ziring,
Helen Gottstein, Lauri Donahue, Josh Kaplan, Devorah Starr, and Raphael Poch
 
 
 
 
 
Ruby Tuesdays
New program to be announced
 
 
AACI eBook\eLibrary
 
AACI Art Exhibit
 
 
AACI Travel Program 2016
   
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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