AACI Jerusalem Programs & Activities
Anyone Can Draw!
AACI Star Film Club The Sarah Peters Bridge Club
Creative Workshop:  Crochet & More Seniors Wednesday Morning Programs RAPS
Harvey Bordowitz Music Lecture Series
  "Can Torah Speak to the Modern World?"
  Conquer your Smartphone/Tablet fears
Family music class for children Self Awareness / Krav Maga Class with Caliber 3
  Pre & Post Aliyah Sessions Information Sessions
  Professional Women’s Network
  Workshop for Parents on Handling Tough Situations with Troubled Teens and Young Adults
Amit - AACI Library
Book Sale AACI DVD Library
Ruby Tuesdays at AACI AACI Kids Library
Traditional Thanksgiving Luncheon AACI Library for the Visually Impaired
Yard Sale  
FINANCE AACI’s J-Town Playhouse First City Improv  Show
Financial Resource Network Seminars
Ruby Tuesdays
Retirement Planning in Israel Pride and Prejudice
Summary of 2015 in the financial markets, and a view + forecast for 2016  
THRIVE Your Retirement Finances  
Blood Drive American Citizen Services
Exercise for 50+ Navigational Series
Feldenkrais for Healthy Necks, Shoulders and Back Travel Advice - Ophir Tours
Health & Wellness Programs Volunteer with us!
Health / Wellness Networking Forum for Women & Men
Yang Long Form Tai Chi Class  
AACI Advice Sessions
Advice Sessions
The following professionals offer their time for free consultations for AACI members only. 
Building and Construction Advice
Whether you are building or buying your home or apartment, Ira Braverman P.E., registered civil engineer (California and Israel) offers individual guidance and information. Call Ira at 054-796-2725 or e-mail ira.braverman@gmail.com
Employee Rights and Labor Law Issues
Moshe Egel-Tal, CSPP, founder and CEO of Israpay, is a payroll professional with over 20 years experience in all facets of Israeli payroll in private and public sectors. For a 15 minute private and discreet consultation, e-mail Moshe at moshe.israpay@gmail.com with your full name, phone number and a brief and precise outline of the issue. www.israpay.com
Family Budget Counseling
David Litke of Bonus Family Budget Counseling will offer individual consultations on managing everyday finances, monthly budgeting and preparing for life’s emergencies. Free phone consultations of up to 30 minutes every Tuesday from 14:00 to 16:00. Call David at 050-535-1800.
Financial Planning Advice
Mark van Gelderen, Manager of the Financial Resource Network in Israel, has been helping olim for over 20 years to find reliable information to manage the financial events in their lives. By appointment only by calling Mark at 02-622-3065.
Insurance Advice
Meet with an agent from Goldfus Insurance, exclusive AACI agents, who have been in the business for more than 30 years dealing with the special needs of olim and English speakers. Call 02-561-2223 for consultations in Jerusalem, or 08-970-4003 in Modiin.
Investment solutions for non-resident USA citizens
FATCA and other new USA regulations are now making it very difficult to be an investor who is a U.S. citizen living in Israel.
If you would like to find out how you can benefit from personal, U.S. based investment solutions, please contact Katherine Lapidoth, US and Israel licensed Wealth Manager, at 09-961-1342 or 050-523-8360 for a free consultation. Katherine has been serving the American community in Israel for more than 27 years. Meetings can be arranged at AACI offices as well as additional locations.
Legal Orientation
Seeking a legal consultation in commercial matters, wills, employment issues,real estate and / or business? Call Russell Mayer of Livnat, Mayer & Co.
for a 10 minute free telephone consultation on Tuesdays at 02-679-9533 or e-mail mayer@lmf.co.il.
My Tech Tutor in Israel
Personalized training on your electronic devices.It's EASY when you know how!
Empowering people to use contemporary technology...Philanthropic Consulting
Bryna Lee Jacobson email:  bl@mytechtutoril.com. mobile:  050-7725767
Arnie Draiman has been advising individual donors and foundations for more than 13 years about how best to use their Tzedakah funds. Call Arnie at 050-515-6776 or e-mail ajdraiman@gmail.com for an appointment.
Tax and Investment Advice
Tax expert Alan R. Deutsch will answer your queries about taxes, filing U.S. tax returns, and overall financial planning. By appointment only by calling Alan’s office 02-999-2104 ext. 100 or 052-274-9999 alan@ardcpa.com  
Translation Advice
Need help understanding a bill or form? Come to AACI for help translating. This is not a notary or legal translation. By appointment only by calling the AACI front desk.
Travel Advice
Ophir Tours has been providing AACI members the best prices, service and options for all travel needs for over 21 years. For the latest information regarding air fares, cruises, car rentals and domestic tourism, call Henriette at 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
November 29th – Lost in Translation (Hoffman)
Dec. 27 – The Scarlet Letter (Hawthorne)
Cost:  NIS 5
INSIGHTS (Mondays 12:30-14:00)
Fresh Insights into Literature
Monday, Nov  23, December 7th, 14th & 21st, Crime and Punishment
Cost:  NIS 20 / NIS 10
For more information about the class only, contact Dr. Oster at 02-624-6256 jxo4@case.edu
To register, call the AACI front desk 02-566-1181
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.

Dec 2
Diana Lipton: Sweet Dreams? Food and Dream Interpretation in the Story of Yosef
Dec 9
Rabbi Yosef Kleiner:  Why is a Miracle the Core of Hannukah?
Dec 16
Dr. Susan Weiss:  Agunot, Mamzerim and Adulteresses, and Other Good Reasons to Separate Religion and State in Israel
Dec 23
Aryeh Wetherhorn: An American Rebel in King Neptune’s Court (My Life in both the American and Israeli Navy)
Dec 30
David Brownstein: I Never Metaphor I Didn't Like (or: A Brief Look at the Use of Figurative Language in Poetry)
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:  Tuesdays,  December 15th and 29th 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
Retirement Planning in Israel
When:  Sunday, November 29th at 17:00
•           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
•           How to deal with global financial instability and erratic markets
•           What role should the Israel financial markets play in your retirement investment decisions?
•           When to start bringing money over from your retirement savings abroad
Cost:  40 NIS / AACI members 30 NIS
Registration is essential as space is limited
Presenter: 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 and is licensed by the Israel Securities Authority as a portfolio manager
Contact AACI or Shelley to register at 054 724 1121 or shelley@labinsky.com
Summary of 2015 in the financial markets, and a view + forecast for 2016
When: Wednesday December 16th at 14:00 
Before 2015 ends, take a look at how the markets performed and the big stories of 2015, and hear Lehava Investment House forecast for 2016.
Presenter: Barak Horvitz is the CIO of Lehava Investment House (providing financial management services to AACI since 1996)
Cost:  40 NIS / AACI members 30 NIS
THRIVE Your Retirement Finances
Thursday, December 24th at 10:00
Money can be overwhelming and scary for people - we weren’t always taught how to manage it and don’t feel skilled at dealing with the emotions that surround it.  This is especially true when it comes to building and spending your retirement nest egg. Includes:
•           Seven Smart Steps to Securing Your Financial Future
•           Spending Down Your Savings – How much can you afford?
•           Communication – how to talk about money without that pit in your stomach
•           More Communication – what do you want your loved ones to know?
•           Living Wills and Durable Powers of Attorney
Make 2016 the year to do smart things with your money.
Presenter: Debbie Sassen, Financial Planner and Money Coach, specializes in advisory services for multi-national citizens living in Israel.
Cost:  40 NIS / AACI members 30 NIS
Pre-registration at the AACI front desk is recommended. 
For more information contact Debbie 077-533-4142, 054-842-7638 or Debbie@debbiesassen.com
AACI Blood Drive in cooperation with MDA 
Thursday, January 7th 16:15 – 19:30
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
AACI Book Sale
Thursday, January 7th 12:00 – 19:30
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 -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 Necks, Shoulders and Back
Plus  reduces stress
taught by Shoshanna Lederman
Mondays at 11am & Wednesdays at 12:15
No classes November 30- Dec 14

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:  Thursdays at 10:00
Cost:  NIS 50 / NIS 40
Where: AACI Dr. Max & Gianna Glassman Family Center
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AACI Navigational Series
Wednesday December 16, 2015, at 17:00  
An overview of the Health System in Israel and the options available to you.
Presenter: Dr. Rafael Cayam is the Director of Medicine of Leumit Health Fund, Jerusalem District
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Heard Any Good Books Lately?
AACI’S Library for the Visually Impaired
What if your vision deteriorated so that you could no longer read the books you love? AACI prides itself in filling every possible niche in making life in Israel a wonderful experience and solving problems.
Located in the Jerusalem office of the AACI, this very extensive library is a lifeline for visually and physically impaired booklovers. It contains books on tape, CDs, MP3s and in large print, ranging from fiction, suspense and humor, to self-help, Judaica and biographies.
What could be easier than to request books by phone or e-mail, have them mailed to you free of charge, and return them in the same container postage free? This amazing library is utilized by English speakers of all ages from Naharia to Eilat, in cities and towns as well as on kibbutzim and moshavim.
The librarians are all volunteers who take great pride in knowing their dedication enriches the lives of so many. All of the “books” in the library have been donated or purchased with donated funds. Gifts of large print books or audiobooks can be sent postage free to the AACI, 37 Pierre Koenig, corner of Poalei Tzedek Talpiot, Jerusalem.  P.O. Box 53349, Jerusalem 91042
To find out how you can access the world of talking books, make a donation or work as a volunteer, call 02-560-0912, or e-mail library@aaci.org.il
AACI Yard Sale!
New date to be announced
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
Financial Resource Network Invites You
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.
When: Wednesdays at 16:30
Cost for session of 10 classes:  450 NIS /400 NIS AACI member
Sibling discount 650 NIS / 600 NIS for two children
Individual classes 50 NIS per child
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
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
Anyone Can Draw!
If you would like to learn drawing techniques in a lively, basic course, then this is the class for you.
When:  Tuesdays, October 13 – November 17 10:00 – 12:00
Cost:  NIS 280 / AACI members NIS 240
Payment for the course must be made prior to the first class.
Limited space!  Call AACI now to reserve your spot (02-566-1181).
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, December 17, 12:45 – 15:00

Topic: Five Things Every Small Business Website Should Have: Some of the Most Important Features and Types of Content to Put On a Website
Speaker: Miriam Schwab, of Illuminea is an expert at Wordpress and assists business owners in creating more of a web presence and advancing and promoting themselves.
Coaching  Corner
- Is not a matter of luck... it is a choice
- Is based on your decisions, actions & non-actions
- Involves positive thinking, managing your thoughts & emotions
- Means viewing a problem as a challenge to be overcome
- Seeing challenges as stepping stones rather than as stumbling blocks
Facilitator: Lesley Kaplan
Founder & CEO of L.A.K. Creations & Consulting
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Health / Wellness Networking Forum for Women & Men
Are you a health professional? Join our exciting new group & expand your health network & clientele.
Together we'll promote and enhance the well-being of our clients and simultaneously grow our businesses.
When: Wednesday, December 23rd
Time: 17:30 – 19:30 (Registration from 17:15 )
Topic: How to generate patients & educate them in State-of- the-Art benefits and services, using the best alternative / integrative health approaches
Speaker: Dr. Tova Goldfine is a practicing Doctor of Chiropractic & Rehabilitation, known for her "Gentle Chiropractic" approach, including various types of rehabilitation on land and in water. She uses many treatment methods, including core / lumbar stability, stretching / strengthening, enhancing better posture, sitting, standing & living with gravity.
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.
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
The Magical Musical Tour!
Harvey Bordowitz Music Lecture Series
Third Season at Jerusalem AACI
Following the popular success of his first two lecture series at AACI in Jerusalem,  conductor and music lecturer Harvey Bordowitz invites you to join him for a third season, to learn while enjoying the thrill of great music.
For more than three decades, Harvey Bordowitz has been esteemed as one of this country's most innovative and creative conductors and music directors, and has guest-conducted orchestras throughout the world. For 35 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.

19:30 Tuesday, November 3rd
From the revolutionary birth of the piano in 1711, music would never be the same again.  We will follow the development of the piano as it achieved super-stardom on the concert stage and hear masterworks by Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, Liszt, Rachmaninoff and others, in peerless performances by great virtuosi of the past and present.

19:30 Tuesday,, November 17th
Vienna - capital of the Austro-Hungarian Empire - was once a city obsessed with grandeur, splendor and frivolity, balls and masquerades. There Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, Schubert and Johann Strauss thrived. The waltz was king, gaiety was the watchword, and nobody gave a thought about tomorrow.

19:30 Tuesday,, December 1st
Composers have always been enchanted by nature and have long depicted its spectacle through sound. Vivaldi, Handel, Haydn, Beethoven and so many more, have translated the splendors of heaven and earth into the musical works we love so well.  How did they do it?

19:30 Tuesday,, December 15th
Since the dawn of civilization our ancestors have danced, and from time immemorial dance and music have been inseparable. From ancient Greece through ballet to ragtime and swing, we will explore dance both folk and classical, stopping along the way for minuets, waltzes and much more.  Get on your dancing shoes, and be prepared to tap your toes.

19:30 Tuesday,, December 29th
The Jewish soul, in joy and sorrow, in devotion and ecstasy, has been given voice in music over the centuries. Jewish as well as non-Jewish composers fell under the spell of prayers, folksongs and chassidic niggunim. We will celebrate this Jewish music, from classic to klezmer.

Where:  AACI Glassman Family Center
When:  Tuesdays at 19:30
Each lecture is approximately 2 hours with a coffee break.
Cost of 5 Lectures: NIS 250 / AACI Members NIS 225
Individual lectures pre-paid:   NIS 55 (no discount for members)
Individual lectures at door:  NIS 65 (no discount for members)
Pre-registration and payment is absolutely essential.
Course will only take place with a minimum number of participants.
Harvey Bordowitz was the founding Music Director and Conductor of the Herzliya Chamber Orchestra. With an M.A. in Conducting and Musicology, the New York-born maestro conducted and directed operas and musicals in New York before his Aliyah in 1976. For more than three decades he has been esteemed as one of this country's most innovative and creative conductors and music directors. He has guest-conducted throughout the world. For 35 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.
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
Tuesday, December 22nd
Dinner at 18:00 and Pride and Prejudice at 20:00
Dinner at the Bagel Cafe (Kosher), 46 Emek Refaim , Jerusalem followed by the play Pride and Prejudice at the AACI Glassman Family Center.
Reserve your seat for the dinner by Sunday, December 20th by calling the AACI front desk at 02-566-1181.
Tickets for Pride and Prejudice can be purchased at AACI in advance or at the door .
Upcoming programs:
January 13, 2016 - Lunch 1:00 pm - place TBA
January 28, 2016 - Dinner 5-7 7:30 Improv at AACI (check time for Improv)
February 8, 2016 - Lunch at newly renovated Ticho House and tour of Ticho Museum after lunch
January 13, 2016 - Join us for lunch at Café de Paris (Kosher) at 1 Ben Maimon Street.  Please register by Monday, January 11 by calling AACI front desk at 02-566-1181 or email Rachel Kneitel at kneitelr@yahoo.com
January 28, 2016 - Dinner  and a night of Improv: 
Enjoy dinner at Gregg Caffe (Kosher) at Hadar Mall, then join us for a night of Improv at the AACI Glassman Family Center.  Please register by Tuesday, January 26 by calling AACI front desk at 02-566-1181 or email Rachel Kneitel at kneitelr@yahoo.com
February 8, 2016 - Lunch at the newly renovated Ticho House (Kosher) entrance from 10 Ha Rav Agan Street.  The historic Ticho House is now reopened to the public with refurbished galleries and a renewed permanent exhibition about the house and its former owners, as well as with new spaces for temporary exhibitions.  Please register by Friday, February 5 by calling AACI front desk at 02-566-1181 or email Rachel Kneitel at kneitelr@yahoo.com
For more information about 55+ Friendship Circle, contact Rachel Kneitel, at 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. Series will be limited to 15 participants. Basic understanding of your previously set up device is required.
When:  New session Jan 18 – Feb 29
Series cost:   NIS 360 / AACI members NIS 300
Pre-paid registration required; classes will be limited to 15 participants (Call the AACI to register: 02-566-1181)
After each session, Rochelle and Paul will be available for individual consultations.
Each consultation:
-          Will be 10 minutes long
-          Must be signed up for in advance by calling Rochelle or Paul
-          Will cost 25 NIS to be paid at the time
-          Rochelle or Paul will each be available for 4 consultations (between 3:15-4:15) following each session
Some comments from the previous series:
“I enjoyed the series very much”
“Thank You – Very helpful sessions”
“You have given me the confidence to continue learning on my own”
“I am no longer afraid of my smartphone”
November 10th - FACEBOOK 
Learn the differences between the mobile Facebook and the PC version.   Learn the dos and don’ts of “Facebooking”. 
November 17th – Photos and Videos
Taking pictures and videos and sharing them.
November 24th – Other Apps – Waze, Moovit, News sources, etc.
December 1st OPEN FORUM
Ask any additional questions from any of the previous sessions, new topics and general comments.
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!
A new English-speaking Overeaters Anonymous meeting is scheduled to begin at AACI on Wednesday, November 4, from 16:00 – 17:00. We will meet regularly on Wednesdays at that time  going forward. The meeting format will comprise reading, writing, and sharing. (Please bring paper and implement for writing.) We will begin precisely on schedule, so please be prompt. Suggested donation: NIS 10 per meeting.
If you have questions, call Lorry at 058-484-4240 before 9 pm.
"Can Torah Speak to the Modern World?"
Dr. Elliott Malamet and Dr. Avivah Zornberg in Conversation
When:  Sunday, November 29th 19:00 – 21:00
Cost:  NIS 55 / NIS 45
Refreshments will be served.
Combining everything from classical rabbinic commentary and Hasidic writings to postmodern literary criticism, art history, and psychoanalysis, Dr. Avivah Zornberg's writings on the Bible are now known and admired around the world by diverse audiences and faith communities. In this free ranging conversation with Dr. Elliott Malamet, Dr. Zornberg discusses her background of deep Jewish learning and secular knowledge; her unique approach to the Torah and the relevance of an ancient text for contemporary Jews.
How can the Torah speak to the modern reader in ways that can transform our understanding of Judaism and of ourselves? Don't miss this fascinating evening, the first of four interviews with contemporary writers and scholars by Dr. Malamet (co-founder of Torah in Motion).
Workshop for Parents on Handling Tough Situations with Troubled Teens and Young Adults
  • How do we handle our teens and young adults when they won't listen to us?
  • How do we communicate with our kids in a way where we are really heard?
  • How do we recognize red flags that indicate our kids need help?
When: Wednesday, December 16th at 18:30
Where:  Dr. Max & Gianna Glassman Family Center
Cost:  NIS 20 / AACI members NIS 15
Tracey Shipley is a Jerusalem Post columnist and teen/ young adult Counselor and Addiction Specialist helping youth and their parents for over 25 years.
To learn more about Tracey visit her website at: www.jerusalemteencounseling.net
Self Awareness / Krav Maga Class with Caliber 3
Thursday, December 24th 18:30 – 21:30
The course is divided into 2 parts and participants can sign up for and attend one or both.
1.  Awareness and Security (2 hours)
*Overview of current situation
*Dealing with a dangerous situation in your house, neighborhood, or road
*Identifying/profiling suspicious people
*Suspicious object
*Response scenarios
Cost:  NIS 70
2.  Krav Maga (1 hour) – Limited to the first 24 who pre-register AND pre-pay
*General concepts
*Defense against knife and bat attacks
*Utilization of pepper spray
Cost:  60
Cost for parts one and two:  NIS 120 / AACI members NIS 110
Cost for part one:  NIS 70
Cost for part two:  NIS 60
Pre-paid registration essential for the Krav Maga section of the class.  Register at the AACI front desk 02-566-1181.
About Caliber 3
Caliber 3, located in Gush Etzion is the premier academy for security and counter terror in Israel.  In addition to being contracted by the Army, Government, and private security firms, Caliber 3 provides various forms of self-defense and security training to private citizens.
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. 
November 9, 2015 we will be meeting at 17:30 at Yad Ben-Zvi, 14 Ibn Gabirol for our Cheshvan Event. We will hear about the holdings of Yad Ben-Zvi and the finer points of digitizing photographs. Our volunteers are also recognized at this special event. For further information and to reserve a spot please send an email to: saftacarol@gmail.com
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.
First City Improv Presents:
AACI’s J-Town Playhouse brings you two fantastic nights of Improvisational Theater:
First City Improv Show
When:  December 31st at 20:00
You know us, you love us. Come on out and see us again!
Cost: NIS 30 for one and NIS 40 for two.
Bring a friend and have some fun!
Performers: Michael Herman, Shira Katz, Tobie Harris,
Daniella Edelman, Hannah Ziring, Helen Gottstein, Lauri Donahue, Mike Mintz, and Raphael Poch
Ruby Tuesdays

This diva duo is back together for one night only!

The second night of Chanukah is your opportunity to enjoy the musical talents of David Djemal and Miri Fraenkel, accompanied by Jeff Rosenschein, as they perform a mix of songs from both classical and modern musicals.

Come one come all on Monday Dec. 7th at 8pm and share in this one time opportunity!

Tickets cost 40 NIS. Book them early before they are all gone!
Call 02-566-1181 for tickets.

A bit about the performers:

Miri Fraenkel
Miri was born in London and moved to Israel in 2003. She has been participating in Jerusalem English-speaking theatre for several years. Miri is currently finishing a degree at the Hebrew University.

Credits include: The Sound of Music (Liesl) Grease (Sandy), Carousel (Julie), Les Miserables (Eponine), My Fair Lady (Eliza), Aida (title role), A Chorus Line (Cassie), Oliver (Nancy) and Annie Get Your Gun (Annie Oakley).

She has originated roles in two musicals: Ah! Jerusalem (performed at the Tower of David) and DAnGEr and has choreographed two shows: 13 the Musical and Second Star to the Left.

Miri completed a musical theatre course at the New York Film Academy in 2013.

David Djemal
Royal Academy of Music, London (2015)
The Yoram Lowenstein Studio for Performing Arts in Tel Aviv (2013)

David was born and raised in Jerusalem. He moved to London in 2014 to study at the Royal Academy of Music where he graduated with distinction. He is now auditioning for several projects there. He is represented by Loftus Burton at Evolution Talent. Follow him on Twitter @DavidDjemal

London credits include: How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (City of London Festival), Charles Guiteau in Assassins, and Dan in Closer. He was also a soloist in the Musical Theatre Department of the Royal Academy of Music's 20th Anniversary Concert last year, and has participated in masterclasses with noted performers and directors such as Dame Angela Lansbury and Jeremy Sams.

Jerusalem credits include: A Chorus Line (Paul), Aida (Radames), Company (David), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Mitch Mahoney), My Fair Lady (Freddy), West Side Story (Riff), Les Misérables (Jean Valjean), and Romeo and Juliet (Tybalt).

David has participated in several workshops of new material in both London and Jerusalem and has acted as assistant director on Starcatcher and Encore!'s production of A Chorus Line in 2014.
Adapted for the stage by Jon Jory, 
Directed by Yael Valier
Assistant Director: Yardena Buxner
Stage Manager S L MO Kovalski (Shlomit Kovalsky)
Costumes by: Liron Rubin 
Set Design by Faygle Train
Properties management: By Sara Newman

Starring: Elisheva Giventer, Evan Gadol, Amanda Keehn, Nachum Hackett, Chagit Moriah-Gibor, Yael Abramowitz, Channah Barkhordari, Chana Singer,David Golinkin, Jonathan Cohen, Yardena Buxner, Andrea Katz, Lauri Donahue, Uriel Weisz, and Raphael Poch 

About the show: 
Pride and Prejudice is a romantic comedy-drama set in early 19th century England which follows the story of Elizabeth Bennet. Elizabeth is young, clever, and attractive. She and her four sisters are in dire need of financial security and escape from their lives at home, and each is seeking a husband from a good familiy. Their mother, on the other hand, is less than acceptable in high society. 
The arrival of the amicable Mr Bingley and the arrogant Mr Darcy in the neighbourhood turns all their lives upside down in this witty comedy-drama of friendship, rivalry, enmity and love.

Tickets cost 70 NIS, with a discount of 20 NIS for students, soldiers, b'not sheirut, children and Members of AACI. 

Schools and groups of 10 people or more can order specially priced group tickets by emailing israeltheatersource@gmail.com
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