AACI Jerusalem Programs & Activities
AACI Advice Sessions
AACI Star Film Club American Citizen Services
Kid's & Teen Art Exhibition Navigational Series
"Classic Book Book Club" AACI’s Employment Resource
Art Classes with Marcia Lewison Travel Advice - Ophir Tours
Creative Workshop; Crochet & More  
Music Lecture Series with Harvey Bordowitz LIBRARIES
"What A Travel Agent We Have!" - Musical Amit - AACI Library
Focusing on art 1933 – 2014: The French Connection AACI Kids Library
CHILDREN AACI Library for the Visually Impaired
Kids & Teen Art Exhibit AACI DVD Library
Chapter Book Story Hour  
55+/ - Friendship Circle - Activities for Singles & Couples IGRA
Ruby Tuesdays at AACI Feminist Women and Nuns in Ancient Mesopotamia
Yard Sale Jewish Philosophers:Torah &  way of the Land
  Professional Women's Network Meeting
FINANCIAL Woody Allen: More Than Just Kvetching
Baruch Labinsky of Labinsky Financial Seminar: Retirement Planning in Israel  
Blood Drive
Exercise Class for 50+
Feldenkrais Improv Jam Mondays
Improving Your Balance
Tai Chi Class Master Acting Class
  Ruby Tuesdays
HOBBIES/COURSES Theater in the Rough
Bridge The Complete Works of Shakespeare Abridged
Mah Jongg  
Seniors Wednesday Morning Programs  
Ulpan La'Inyan  
Volunteer with us  
Pre-registration is required for all AACI classes, programs and events.  We reserve the right to cancel programs in the event of insufficient pre-registration.                                             
AACI Advice Sessions
Advice Sessions
The following professionals offer their time for free consultations for AACI members only. 
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. 
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.
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  
Philanthropic Consulting
Arnie Draiman has been advising individual donors and foundations for more than 13 years about how best to use their Tzedakah funds. Call Arnie at 050-515-6776 or e-mail ajdraiman@gmail.com for an appointment.
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
Advice for Small Businesses
Michael Horesh is an experienced and registered business mentor, who has helped many open up and move their companies forward. From services to food to retail or high-tech, Michael sets about understanding your vision in order to resolve your issues. For a ten-minute consultation on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month, call Michael at
052-344-8453, info@michaelhoresh.com.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Home Waterproofing Advice
Do your walls have moisture or water damage? Unable to find the source of the problem?
Call Rivka from Luzon Waterproofing Systems for a 15 minutes free telephone consultation on Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays from 10 – 12 Noon.
1-700-701-151 ext. 3 or e-mail rivka@luzon.co.il
The AMIT-AACI 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 ficti
on 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 AMIT Women and the AACI.
For your convenience we offer a multi-purchase card as a service to readers.
Fresh Insights Into Literature
Monday,    12:15 – 13:45
Cost:  30 NIS / 20 NIS AACI Members
Facilitator:  Judith Oster
Classic Book Club:
Led by Dr. Judith Oster
Last Sunday of the month at 13:30
Sunday, April 6 - The Woman Warrior by Maxine Hong Kingston
Sunday, April 27 - Maazel by Rebecca Goldstein
Cost:  5 NIS
Where: AACI Dr. Max & Gianna Glassman Family Center
Dr. Judith Oster, Professor Emerita of English at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, is the author of Crossing Cultures: Creating Identity in Chinese and Jewish American Literature, and Toward Robert Frost: The Reader and The Poet.  She has presented papers and lectures in the USA, Israel, France, China, Malaysia, Spain, and Greece. Dr. Oster has taught Shakespeare throughout her career, with special focus on the tragedies and the sonnets.  
For further details of each month's selected book please contact Dr. Oster at:  xo4@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 
Weekly Chapter Book Story Hour “Pleasure Without
AACI invites your children/ grandchildren to join….
Stories Galore!
Stories, games and songs for 3 – 6 year olds
The Chapter Book Story Hour
An interactive program with chapter books, vocabulary building and art activities for kids
aged 6 to 9
Wednesdays  16:30 -17:30     Cost:  NIS 5 per child
Where: AACI Children’s Library – Glassman Family Center
4th floor, 2 Poalei Tzeddek corner Pierre Koenig, Talpiot
Tel: (02) 566-1181.
Rolene Segal, Volunteer Librarian, Phone: 02-566-1181 ext. 323, email:amitaaci.library@gmail.com
Chapter Book Story Hour
Wednesdays, 16:30 – 17:30
for 6 – 9 year olds (with Edie Gellman).
“Pleasure Without Pressure”
Cost: 5 NIS per child
To register, call the AACI front desk at 02-566-1181.

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.


April 9
Rabbi Uri Themal: Pesach: A Lesson in History
April 16
Closed for Pesach
April 23
Avraham Avi-hai: The Founding Prime Ministers of Israel
April 30
Yosef Begun: Refuseniks vs the KGB
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
Michael Lipiner presents:
Woody Allen: More Than Just Kvetching
Monday, May 19, 19:30
A deep discussion about Woody Allen's dark cinematic themes as a cynical misanthrope. This audio/visual-led presentation of Allen's films explores morality, existentialism, anti-American Bourgeois sentiments, sociopolitical messages, religion, relationships, family, revenge, murder, jealousy, love, depression, deceit, masculinity/femininity, pedophilia, and fantasy (among others). 
Cost:  NIS 35 / AACI members NIS 25
Where: AACI Dr. Max & Gianna Glassman Family Center.
37 Pierre Koenig, Talpiot. (click here for map)
Michael Lipiner is a doctoral student in film studies at The Hebrew University and teaches cinema and English Language Arts. A native New Yorker, he lives in northern Israel, and is a published author/playwright and professional musician.
AACI Blood Drive in cooperation with MDA  
New Date to be Announced
AACI - Dr. Max and Gianna Glassman Family Center
2 Poalei Tzedek
Your donation can make the difference! Donate a pint and get a pint of Ben & Jerry's icecream.
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. 
AACI Jerusalem members benefit from blood insurance in case of need.
If you would like to volunteer for the Blood Drive, please contact Elayna at 02-566-1181
Our March blood drive was a great success! Magen David Adom appreciates all who came to donate on behalf of the individuals who will benefit from your donation.
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
Baruch Labinsky of Labinsky Financial Seminar
Retirement Planning in Israel
Sunday, May 11, 19:00
  • Planning for peace of mind - complete a self-diagnostic exercise to evaluate your current financial situation
  • What you can expect from Bituach Leumi
  • Israeli pension savings products
  • Evaluating your insurance needs and their impact on your pension savings
  • What role should the Israel financial markets play in your retirement investment decisions?
  • When to start bringing money over from your retirement savings abroad
Where:  AACI Dr. Max and Gianna Glassman Family Center
Donation to the AACI   NIS 25 / AACI members NIS 15
Registration is essential as space is limited
Shelley at 054 724 1121 or shelley@labinsky.com
Baruch Labinsky, author of 'A Financial Guide to Aliyah and Life in Israel', is the founder of Labinsky Financial, a financial planning firm located in Ramat Beit Shemesh. Licensed by the Israel Securities Authority as a portfolio manager, Baruch specializes in working with olim, who are successfully transitioning their finances to Israel.  Baruch lectures in Israel and around the world on various crucial monetary issues, including retirement and financial planning, home finances, estate planning and investment management.
Feminist Women and Nuns in Ancient Mesopotamia
Wednesday, May 14, at 11:00
As an introduction to her novel She Wrote on Clay, Dr. Shirley Graetz will be lecturing about the spellbinding life of the nadītu, a class of monastic women who lived 3800 years ago in Mesopotamia. Dr. Graetz will present letters written by women which are the basis of her novel. In addition, she will introduce you to Iltani, the fascinating heroine of She Wrote on Clay.
Presenter:  Shirley Graetz.
Shirley Graetz was born in Düsseldorf, Germany. In 2013 she received her Ph.D. in Ancient Near Eastern Studies from Ben Gurion University of the Negev. She teaches about the history of Ancient Israel and the Ancient Near East and is a licensed tour guide. She is married to Rabbi Tzvi Graetz and is the mother of three young children. Writing books combines both of the things she loves so much: researching history and telling stories. Copies of her book, She Wrote in Clay, will be available for purchase.
Cost: NIS 10
Where: AACI Dr. Max & Gianna Glassman Family Center
Focusing on art 1933 – 2014:  The French Connection
Sundays at 19:30
May 11th   Art on the screen: The train (1964), The Monuments Men (2012)
May 25th  Art in the news: lost and found
June 8th  Symbolism in art: Mordechai Ardon
June 22nd  Art and memory : Avigdor Arikha - Major /Minor a memoir by Alba Arikha
The general theme is the connection of Art and the Media from 1933 to the present.  We will explore the relationship of Art to Film, The Press, Biography and Symbolism. Specifically, in the first two lectures, we will be focusing on Nazi stolen art and the efforts until the present day of finding and restoring art to their rightful owners or their descendants. In the third lecture we will be concentrating on the artist Mordechai Ardon and his use of Symbolism in his work. Finally we will look at the work of Avigdor Arikha in his use of different media using the biography, “Major/ Minor” by his daughter Alba Arikha.
Individual lecture:  NIS 55 / AACI members NIS 45
Series:  NIS 200 / AACI members NIS 170
Where: AACI Dr. Max & Gianna Glassman Family Center
Speaker: Maxine Blendis
Maxine Blendis has a BA in Spanish and French from London University, UK and an MA History of Art from the University of Toronto, Canada.
Since 1978 she has taught courses in Holocaust Art, Biblical and Jewish Art and Israeli Art.  Maxine wrote monthly articles on Art for Lineas Directas con Israel y Medio Oriente and has been a Docent at Art Gallery of Toronto, a guide in the Department of Judaica, and a volunteer in Research Department of Israel Museum.
Creative Workshop; Crochet & More
Tuesdays ongoing, 15:30
Take your skills to a higher level in this weekly gathering for starting, finishing and dreaming of the next knitting, crocheting or sewing project.  Bring your materials and join in a pleasant, relaxed environment.  This class is appropriate for advanced beginners of all ages who enjoy creating fashionable clothing and accessories.
Facilitator, Gale Phaff made aliyah in 1993 with her family and has a M.A. in Fibre Arts from Hunter College.  She has created crocheted clothing, accessories, famed Challah Quilts, wall hangings and more. Her work has sold in boutiques and a museum gift shop, and is purchased by private collectors and by friends and family. She has taught in various institutions and has exhibited her work in many places including the Brooklyn Museum. 
Cost:  20 NIS / AACI members 15 NIS (pre-registration requested)
Where:  AACI – Glassman Family Center in Talpiot    02-566-1181
Volunteer with us!
AACI is seeking a volunteer for office/computer work. Willing to train someone who has some knowledge of data entry, use of Microsoft excel. Looking for someone willing to commit to a few hours at a stretch, once or twice a week.
We are also seeking volunteers to help with social networking initiatives on media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, and YouTube. Individuals should have experience and confidence using these websites, as well as an ability to work independently coordinating information from a variety of sources. Individuals will create and modify unique content under (indirect) supervision on an as-needed basis. Workload will vary greatly from week to week, and sometimes be spread out over a variety of days. Most work can be completed remotely, if desired. Knowledge of spoken and written Hebrew is an asset.
AACI is looking to set up a database of volunteers who would be willing to undertake small freelance projects on an as-needed basis. We are looking for qualified individuals who are experienced with any of the following fields: blogging; photo editing; e-philanthropy; graphic design; internet communications; etc.
If you are an AACI member who works professionally in any of these fields, but would like to give back 5-10 hours per month on your own time, we encourage you to contact us!
membership@aaci.org.ilor 02-566-1181 ext 301
Ext 324.
Travel Advice – Ophir Tours
Have questions about Travel?
This is your opportunity to meet with Henriette Hertz, an agent from Ophir Tours who has been in the travel business for more than 18 years. Henriette will be available on Wednesdays at 12:00-4:00 pm at our Jerusalem office (37 Pierre Koenig). Get the latest information regarding air fares, cruises, car rentals, domestic tourism plus much more. For an appointment, please call Henriette at 02-5398666.
Health and Wellness Programs
(All our classes take place at AACI-Dr. Max & Gianna Glassman Family Center, 37 Pierre Koenig/Corner of Poalei Zedek 2, Talpiot.)
Yang Long Form Tai Chi Exercise Class with Nancy Harel Thursday afternoons from 2:30-3:30pm (advanced) & 3:45-4:45pm (beginners)
Find your balance at AACI! Tai Chi is a gentle physical and mental discipline that has been practiced in China for about 400 years in its current form, and has been gaining a world following. Based on martial arts training, Tai Chi exercises the body and uses breathing and relaxation techniques to let go of tension and release blocked energy.
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.

Cost:   NIS 45/ AACI members NIS 35 540/420*
“Cartisiya” now available – pay for 12 classes, get one free!  Call AACI at 02-566-1181
Exercise Class for 50+
Sunday mornings -11:00 - 12 noon.
Wednesday mornings - 09:30
NIS 55 / AACI Members 45 NIS / *660/540
The class is led by Marilyn Cohen, graduate of the Wingate Institute with a certification in Physical Activity for Seniors.
Please wear closed shoes and comfortable clothing.
For more information and to register, please call 02-5661-181
“Cartisiya” now available – pay for 12 classes, get one free!  Call AACI at 02-566-1181
Yang Long Form Tai Chi Class
Thursday afternoons 15:45 (beginners)
NIS 45 / AACI Members 35 NIS
Find your balance at AACI with Nacy Harel!  Almost everyone can do Tai Chi; it is done in slow motion with little joint stress, cleansing and rejuvenating the body and mind. Using flowing movements, a Tai Chi session moves through positions for strength and balance to integrate mind and body.  Please wear loose clothing.
Feldenkrais for Healthy Backs and Joints
Two Feldenkrais Classes!
taught by Shoshanna Lederman
In each Feldenkrais movement class, Shoshanna will guide students through a sequence of movements to discover ways of moving that are easier and give relief from aches and pains. The goal is to achieve greater flexibility, while reducing pain and limitations.
Mondays and Thursdays at 10:30.
The cost is: 50 NIS /AACI Member 40 NIS /  *600/48
“Cartisiya” now available – pay for 12 classes, get one free!  Call AACI at 02-566-1181
Where: AACI – Dr. Max & Gianna Glassman Family Center
Pre-registration required! Call AACI-to register, 02-566-1181
Advanced program available on request. Call Shoshanna for details: 050-7526631.
Shoshanna Lederman, Certified Feldenkrais practitioner, Israel certified yoga teacher-Wingate Institute, MA in Education, Bank Street College, NY
Advanced classes available- call Shoshanna 050-752-6631
New! Improving Your Balance with Shoshana & Tamar
Wednesdays, 16:00 – 17:30
Learn to maintain balance on the bus, get up and down more easily and improve your walking on uneven surfaces.
Cost:  85 NIS/ 75 NIS per session
Shoshana Lederman is a certified Feldenkrais practitioner and yoga teacher, MA in Education. 
                                     For more details, please contact Shoshana; 0507-526-631
Tamar ben Shaul is a certified Feldenkrais and Reflexology practitioner.
Where: AACI Dr. Max & Gianna Glassman Family Center
AACI Navigational Series
Keeping Our Families Safe Online
When: Wednesday April 9, 16:30
Presenter: Aryeh Eisenberg
We depend on the Internet as one of the most important tools of our lives, for virtually everything we do. The ever-developing new technologies bring new capabilities as well as new risks and dangers.  In order to use the Internet and technology in general both safely and productively, we must make sure that we create a safe user environment. In this workshop we will examine some of the risks that both children and families face when using technology, see how we can make sure that all of our homes remain as safe as possible, and allow time for questions and advice.
Aryeh Eisenberg is the director of special projects for Bonim B’Yachad, an organization working with Jewish schools to develop online educational programs.  Previously he was the founding director of Tomorrow’s Genius which provided online education to Jewish students around the world.  In addition, Aryeh runs computer safety and computer proficiency workshops for groups all over Israel and the US.
Pre-registration essential by Sunday April 7!
Keeping my Home in Israel in “Tiptop” Condition – with a panel of experts who will share useful information and tips
When: Wednesday April 23, 16:30
Presenters: Cliff Keller - Certified Professional Home Inspector, registered engineer, certified insulation contractor and licensed residential building contractor; Yoni Kremer - licensed electrician with 30+ years of experience; and Sean Goldman, a plumber with over 15 years of experience.

Insuring Your Children's/Grandchildren's English Language Literacy
When: Wednesday April 30, 16:30

Speaking and Reading English at Home are Not Enough!
Presenter: Lilly Cantor, Ed.M

Lilly Cantor, Ed.M is a veteran teacher and principal who made aliyah from the US over a year ago.  As a master teacher and teacher supervisor who has worked closely with parents for over forty years, she offers much insight into improving English language literacy

When: Wednesday, May 7, 16:30
An opportunity to learn about how your employer got to the bottom line!  What are the employer’s obligations towards employees?  What are the employee’s obligations towards the employer?
Presenter:  Moshe Egel Tal, CEO and Founder of Israpay: Making Payroll Simplified
When: Wednesday, May 21, 2014, 16:30
Let’s explore whether staying at home or moving to assisted living (diyur mugan) is the best option for you.  What do you need to know?  What support services are available if you choose to stay at home?  Get started gathering necessary information and resources!
Presenter:  Sheila Bauman, AACI counselor
When: Wednesday, June 11, 16:30
Learn how to take responsibility for managing your expenses and living with a balanced family budget.  Get tips on teaching your children of all ages to save and spend responsibly.  Put your personal and family finances in order.  Eliminate the stress of calls from your bank manager about insufficient funds to cover checks you wrote or having gone over your overdraft limit.
Presenter:  Marsha Krieger, QA professional at IBM and a Jerusalem volunteer at Pa’amonim.
Note:  This workshop is subject to sufficient pre-registration!  Sign up essential by Sunday June 8.
When: Wednesday, June 25, 16:30
Learn the basics of rental contracts and consider why you should use a lawyer. 
Presenter:  Deana Fein, Advocate.
Where: AACI Dr. Max & Gianna Glassman Family Center
Cost: 20 NIS/ AACI members 15 NIS
NEW! Free admission for Olim within the first 6 months after aliyah. Bring your Teudat Oleh with you.
Heard Any Good Books Lately?
AACI’S Library for the Visually Impaired
What if your vision deteriorated so that you could no longer read the books you love? AACI prides itself in filling every possible niche in making life in Israel a wonderful experience and solving problems.
Located in the Jerusalem office of the AACI, this very extensive library is a lifeline for visually and physically impaired booklovers. It contains books on tape, CDs, MP3s and in large print, ranging from fiction, suspense and humor, to self-help, Judaica and biographies.
What could be easier than to request books by phone or e-mail, have them mailed to you free of charge, and return them in the same container postage free? This amazing library is utilized by English speakers of all ages from Naharia to Eilat, in cities and towns as well as on kibbutzim and moshavim.
The librarians are all volunteers who take great pride in knowing their dedication enriches the lives of so many. All of the “books” in the library have been donated or purchased with donated funds. Gifts of large print books or audiobooks can be sent postage free to the AACI, 37 Pierre Koenig, corner of Poalei Tzedek Talpiot, Jerusalem.  P.O. Box 53349, Jerusalem 91042
To find out how you can access the world of talking books, make a donation or work as a volunteer, call 02-560-0912, or e-mail library@aaci.org.il
AACI Yard Sale! 
 Friday, May 9 from 8:30 – 12
Tables are 200 NIS/ 150 NIS
On-Line table registration:
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!
Jewish Philosophers - Torah im Derech Eretz (Torah and the way of the Land).
 with Rabbi Artie Fischer
Jewish Philosophy: Hirsch's Nineteen Letters: Rabbi Avraham Fischer -- Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch (1808-1888) presents, in a clear and accessible way, his philosophy of Torah im Derech Eretz (Torah and the way of the Land).  Framed as an exchange of letters between two former classmates who have gone in different directions religiously, this slim volume explores the confrontation between Jewish tradition and modern, secular society, as well as the challenges of Jewish education in a changing world.  Copies of the book will be available for purchase.
When: Tuesdays, 12:30, ongoing
Where: AACI – Dr. Max and Gianna Glassman Family Center
Cost: 50 NIS / AACI members 35 NIS
Art with Marcia!
Marcia's Art Courses are a perennial favorite!
May 13 – June 24
Tuesdays from 19:00-12:00
If you want to learn techniques for water-based painting (water color & acrylic) in a lively basic course, this is the class for you.
Where: AACI – Dr. Max & Gianna Glassman Family Center
Cost: 280 NIS / 240 NIS for AACI members
LIMITED SPACE! Call AACI now to reserve and get the list of materials: 02-566-1181
Mah Jongg
Tuesdays, 12:00-13:00
Learn to play with a pro! With Marcia Gardner
This class is NOT intended for people who already know how to play.
The Sarah Peters Bridge Club
Monday afternoons from 13:00-16:00
Come and join in the fun!
Cost: 15 NIS/ AACI members 10 NIS
AACI Star Film Club

Harvey Bordowitz presents:
A special music lecture on Aida, Carmen & Turandot
April 6th has been postponed.  It will now take place on TUESDAY, MAY 20th at 19:30 at AACI in Jerusalem
You will be transported far and wide, to ancient Egypt, imperial China, and torrid Spain, without ever leaving your seat.
Verdi's grand opera Aida portrays the conflict between love and duty, honor and patriotism. An eternal lovers' triangle set out against the Pyramids.
Puccini's last opera pits the cruelty of the Ice Princess Turandot against the power of love.  And an empire hangs in the balance.
And in Bizet's Carmen we meet the sultry, seductive Gypsy heroine, fiercely independent of spirit. She lives free and dies free, beholden to no one!
(The operas will be seen live in the magnificent Roman Amphitheatre in July on AACI’s Kosher trip to Verona. Click here to view trip details)
NIS 60 / AACI members NIS 50.  2014 Verona Tour participants:  No charge
Where: AACI Dr. Max & Gianna Glassman Family Center
Pre-registration with payment required.  Tickets at the door, according to availability, NIS 70 / AACI members NIS 60.
Click here for information on all AACI tours.
Harvey Bordowitz is one of Israel’s most innovative and exciting conductors. Born in New York, he received his MA in Conducting and Musicology at the Brooklyn College of the Performing Arts and, following advanced opera studies, went on to conduct operas and musicals. Since making his home in Israel in 1976, Harvey has been actively involved in conducting and teaching. In 1981, he founded the Herzliya Chamber Orchestra and led it for more than 30 years.  He has served as senior guest lecturer and conductor at the Haifa Technion, conducted master classes for symphony orchestras and has been much in demand as a lecturer on music. Harvey has appeared as guest conductor in the United States, German, Russia, Slovakia, Romania, Poland, Turkey, Hungary, Ukraine, England, Wales and China.
"What A Travel Agent We Have!" - An amusing and moving musical
 Wednesday, May 18,18:00
The history of the Jewish people from the Patriarch Abraham to the establishment of the modern State of Israel. 
“[The songs are] well-crafted, Broadway-style show-stoppers."  -- Jerusalem Post 
The original songs are peppered with humorous dialogue between an angelic travel agent and successive heroes from Jewish history:  Abraham, Jacob, Moses, Jeremiah, Ezra, etc.
This 4000-year global tour of the Jewish People stars Leib Yaacov Rigler and Yisrael Rohn Rigler.
Cost:  NIS 50 / AACI members NIS 40
Where: AACI Dr. Max & Gianna Glassman Family Center
Professional Women's Network Meeting
Thursday, May 8, 12:45
Topic:   "How to Realistically Set, Achieve & Maintain your Business, Personal and Career Goals".
Speaker:  Lesley Kaplan, Founder & CEO of L.A.K. Creations & Consulting   
Thinking about your goals is often the easier part. Achieving & maintaining them is a lot harder. Join us for a practical hands-on seminar on how to set, achieve AND maintain realistic business & personal goals. You will learn how to plan your day so as to avoid procrastination and concentrate on the tasks that most support and &  will lead to your short and long-term goals. Take home strategies you'll be able to work on from the next day.
Thursday, June 12,  12:45
Topic: “Watching a mommy blog grow into adulthood”
Speaker: Joanna Shebson, Founder of "Fun In Jerusalem" blog and website   
Joanna Shebson a mother of three, who made aliya with her husband in 2007 from Los Angeles, began a mommy blog in 2009. The blog, Fun In Jerusalem, has turned into a thriving tourism website. Fun in Jerusalem is dedicated to bringing you the most up-to-date information about activities, attractions, events and FUN for families in the Jerusalem area. Tourists and English-speaking Israelis can easily find reliable information that will inspire them to enjoy Jerusalem with their families. Joanna enjoys inspiring family fun in Jerusalem.
Where: AACI – Dr. Max & Gianna Glassman Family Center  -- 
Cost:  AACI members  NIS 30 / non-members NIS 40
Bring your own lunch – coffee provided.
Facilitator: Lesley Kaplan
Founder & CEO of L.A.K. Creations & Consulting
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American Citizen Services
Consulate General of the United States in Jerusalem
Phone: +972 (0)2-630-4000
Fax: +972 (0)2-630-4070
Street Address: 14 David Flusser, Jerusalem 93392
(Near the former Diplomat Hotel, now the Caprice Diamond Center)
Location via Google Maps 
Note from AACI: The map is not clear. David Flusser St. is a new street. An Egged bus #7a takes you to the Caprice Diamond Center. Look for the big flag mast and flag at the crossroads of Kfar Eztion, Klauzner and Yum HaMelech. By car, drive along Rechov Beitar and left on to Lankin Street.
Hours: 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM (UTC/GMT +2) Monday - Friday (Closed on American and local holidays.)
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AACI 55+/ - Friendship Circle - Activities for Singles & Couples
Wednesday, April 30:  Dinner and Play.  Meet us for dinner at Greg’s Café in the Hadar Mall.  Then join us to see the play “Kindertransport” across the street at the AACI Glassman Family Center.   For further information and registration for the dinner, please call Susan Block Goldman at 02-566-1662 (not on Shabbat). If no answer, please leave a clear message on her voice mail or email her at susangoldman9@012.net.il   *Please register by Monday, April 28.  Click here for more information about the play.
Sunday evening (Erev Lag B’Omer), May 18 – Meet for dinner at the meat restaurant in the food court of the Hadar Mall.  Afterwards, walk across the street to the AACI Glassman Family Center and enjoy the moving and amusing musical "What A Travel Agent We Have!" This is the history of the Jewish people from the Patriarch Abraham to the establishment of the modern State of Israel.  For further information and registration for the dinner, please call Susan Block Goldman at 02-566-1662 (not on Shabbat).  If no answer, please leave a clear message on her voice mail or email her at susangoldman9@012.net.il     Please click here for more information about the musical.  Please register for dinner by Thursday, May 15th.
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Have you recorded your family story??  Wondering how to tackle this project?  The Israel Genealogy Research Association (IGRA) invites you to join us at the AACI Glassman Family Center.
Plan to be with IGRA at our meeting on April 6, 2014.  Our lecture will be: "Rohaytn - Challenges and Issues in Preserving Jewish Memory"  Rohatyn, a typical Galician town in Western Ukraine.  The lecture will discuss the ongoing Jewish heritage projects in the town, the challenges and work to preserve memory in a town where no Jews live today.    
Marla Raucher Osborn, a lawyer and genealogist, has traveled and written extensively on issues of Jewish genealogy and methodology, European research and resources, and Jewish hereitage preservation all with a particular emphasis on Galicia and her ancestral Galician town of Rohatyn.
We will be available from 6:30 pm for assistance with your family research.  The lecture begins at 7 pm.  
AACI members, 15 NIS; guests, 20 NIS; free for IGRA members.
IGRA has a new dynamic, bi-lingual search engine on its website, http://genealogy.org.il/databases/!! Searches can be done with a variety of filters to bring you more accurate results. We have prepared and uploaded more than 65 databases and more will be appearing in the months ahead. The databases have materials relating to the Ottoman, British Mandate and Israeli Administration. There are voter lists, census material, different occupations, address books, candidates for various positions, delegates to Zionist Congresses and much more. Images of the scanned documents are being added to the search engine and will be available to members of IGRA.
The Complete Works of Shakespeare Abridged
Directed by Raphael Poch
37 Plays, 154 sonnets, 3 actors, in under 110 minutes.
Don't think we can do it? Come find out!
When: Wednesday, April 3 at 20:00 and
           Saturday night, April 5 at 20:30
Where: AACI – Dr. Max and Gianna Glassman Family Center
Cost for advance tickets: 60 NIS and 40 NIS for members students and soldiers
Cost for tickets at the door: 70 NIS and 50 NIS
For advance tickets call 02-566-1181 or purchase them online:
 "Written by Adam Long, Daniel Singer and Jess Winfield")
AACI's J-Town Playhouse Theater Project is proud to announce
Written by Diane Samuels
The play will be performed  to commemorate the week of Yom Hashoah with performances form April 27th until May 1st.
More details to follow
Improv Jam Mondays
Ever wanted to learn Improv? Don't have a huge budget for classes, or lots of time on your hands?
We have the perfect solution for you!
AACI's J-Town Playhouse invites you to come participate in our weekly drop-in Improv Jam, led by Artistic Director Raphael Poch.
This Jam will be led by us and by you! While we will be working on different skills and techniques each week, we will also ask the participants to bring in what you know and share your ideas, all while doing improv!
From introducing the basics of how to perform long-form improv, to finding "The Game" of the scene, honing short form improv skills, participants will learn how to think on your feet, use "yes-and," how to play at the top of your intelligence, active listening and support to create comedic environment for the game or improvised scene and get you to be a better improviser. Just wanna come and improvise –no problem – the sessions will be half learn, half play! 
WHEN: Monday evenings, at 19:30, all summer long!
WHERE: AACI - Dr. Max and Gianna Glassman Family Center
COST:  Minimum 10 NIS drop in fee, but if you like the class and want to give more, all the better!
For More Information please email: israeltheatersource@gmail.com
To Register call: 02-566-1181
AACI and J-Town Playhouse are proud to present our new Improv comedy team:
First City Improv!
Thursday, May 29, 20:00
We may not historically be the first city, but we may historically be the most important city, so we are going with it. Our Improvisational comedy team specializes in long form as well as short form improv. Throw out suggestions and see what our extremely talented improvisers will do with what you throw at us. Keep us on our toes and you'll be laughing in your seats!
COST: NIS 30; Beer will be available for purchase. 
WHERE: AACI – Dr. Max and Gianna Glassman Family Center
Call 02-566-1181 ext 311 for tickets and information.
Ruby Tuesday Concert Series
Mozart's Impresario & Excerpts from the Magic Flute
OPEN AUDITIONS for Stephen Sondheim's
Directed by Aviella Trapido
Musical Director - Nir Cohen
From the theater and the Director who brought you Stephen Sondheim's COMPANY: looking for performers (actors & singers) between the ages of 20 and 65 as well as one special young lady to play the part of a 15 year old for our upcoming production of Sondheim's "A Little Night Music" (performance dates August 24th – September 11th). Please prepare a song, preferably Sondheim, and a short monologue. Being a classically trained singer is a plus but not a necessity.
When: Auditions will take place on April 23rd (Wednesday) and April 24th (Thursday) from 18:30-21:30
Where: AACI - Dr. Max and Gianna Glassman Family Center
AACI 55+/ - Friendship Circle - Activities for Singles & Couples
AACI Yard Sale
May 9, 09:00-12:00
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