AACI Jerusalem Programs & Activities
 
ARTS & CULTURE HOBBIES/COURSES
AACI Celebrates Jerusalem Beginners Mah Jongg
AACI  Gallery Exhibition Introductory Mah Jongg
AACI Star Film Club The Sarah Peters Bridge Club
Art Workshop Seniors Wednesday Morning Programs RAPS
Classic Book Club  
 
Fresh Insights in Literature  
Mosaic Workshop  
Painting on Glass & Ceramics  
 CHILDREN
INFORMATIONAL
Family music class for children American Citizen Services
JELLY
  Business Success Forum
  Navigational Series
  Volunteer with us!
  Senior Outreach
EMPLOYMENT RESOURCE CENTER LECTURES, SEMINARS & WORKSHOPS
Employment Services Books & Brunch
  Pre & Post Aliyah Sessions Information Sessions
  Professional Women’s Network
EVENTS LIBRARIES
Amit - AACI Library
Chanukah Lights Photography Tour through Nachla’ot AACI DVD Library
Harvey Bordowitz Music Lecture Series 2017 AACI Kids Library
Yard Sale AACI Library for the Visually Impaired
   
FINANCE THEATER
  AACI’s J-Town Playhouse First City Improv  Show
Women, Wisdom & Wealth Ruby Tuesday
HEALTH
 
SUPPORT GROUPS
Blood Drive Support & Education for People who are HOH (Hard of Hearing) or Deaf
Exercise for 50+ Support Group for Women who are Caring for a Spouse with Dementia
Feldenkrais for Healthy Necks, Shoulders and Back Coping with the Loss of a Spouse or Loved One – A Workshop Series
  Strategies for Living with and After a Major Illness
Health & Wellness Programs  
Health & Wellness Networking Forum for Women & Men  
Nordic Walking Group  
Pilates  
Yang Long Form Tai Chi Class  
AACI Advice Sessions
 
Advice Sessions
The following professionals offer their time for free consultations for AACI members only. 
 
Building and Construction Advice
Whether you are building or buying your home or apartment, Ira Braverman P.E., registered civil engineer (California and Israel) offers individual guidance and information. Call Ira at 054-796-2725 or e-mail ira.braverman@gmail.com
 
Employee Rights and Labor Law Issues
Moshe Egel-Tal, CSPP, founder and CEO of Israpay, is a payroll professional with over 20 years experience in all facets of Israeli payroll in private and public sectors. For a 15 minute private and discreet consultation, e-mail Moshe at moshe.israpay@gmail.com with your full name, phone number and a brief and precise outline of the issue. www.israpay.com
 
Family Budget Counseling
David Litke of Bonus Family Budget Counseling will offer individual consultations on managing everyday finances, monthly budgeting and preparing for life’s emergencies. Free phone consultations of up to 30 minutes every Tuesday from 14:00 to 16:00. Call David at 050-535-1800.
 
Financial Planning Advice
Mark van Gelderen, Manager of the Financial Resource Network in Israel, has been helping olim for over 20 years to find reliable information to manage the financial events in their lives. By appointment only by calling Mark at 02-622-3065.
 
Insurance Advice
Meet with an agent from Goldfus Insurance, exclusive AACI agents, who have been in the business for more than 30 years dealing with the special needs of olim and English speakers. Call 02-561-2223 for consultations in Jerusalem, or 08-970-4003 in Modiin.
 
Investment solutions for non-resident USA citizens
FATCA and other new USA regulations are now making it very difficult to be an investor who is a U.S. citizen living in Israel.
If you would like to find out how you can benefit from personal, U.S. based investment solutions, please contact Katherine Lapidoth, US and Israel licensed Wealth Manager, at 09-961-1342 or 050-523-8360 for a free consultation. Katherine has been serving the American community in Israel for more than 27 years. Meetings can be arranged at AACI offices as well as additional locations.
 
Legal Orientation
Seeking a legal consultation in commercial matters, wills, employment issues,real estate and / or business? Call Russell Mayer of Livnat, Mayer & Co.
for a 10 minute free telephone consultation on Tuesdays at 02-679-9533 or e-mail mayer@lmf.co.il.
 
My Tech Tutor in Israel
Personalized training on your electronic devices.It's EASY when you know how!
Empowering people to use contemporary technology...Philanthropic Consulting
Bryna Lee Jacobson email:  bl@mytechtutoril.com. mobile:  050-7725767
 
Arnie Draiman has been advising individual donors and foundations for more than 13 years about how best to use their Tzedakah funds. Call Arnie at 050-515-6776 or e-mail ajdraiman@gmail.com for an appointment.
 
Tax and Investment Advice
Tax expert Alan R. Deutsch will answer your queries about taxes, filing U.S. tax returns, and overall financial planning. By appointment only by calling Alan’s office 02-999-2104 ext. 100 or 052-274-9999 alan@ardcpa.com  
 
Translation Advice
Need help understanding a bill or form? Come to AACI for help translating. This is not a notary or legal translation. By appointment only by calling the AACI front desk.
 
Travel Advice
Ophir Tours has been providing AACI members the best prices, service and options for all travel needs for over 21 years. For the latest information regarding air fares, cruises, car rentals and domestic tourism, call Henriette at 03-526-9424
 
The AMIT-AACI Lending Library
 
Library Hours:
Sun, Mon, Tues, Thurs: 9 am - 4:30 pm;
Wed: 9 am - 7:30 pm
 
The AMIT-AACI Library offers a wide selection of books—all donated. We have fiction from contemporary titles to the classics, including classic murder mysteries. You can also find biography, Holocaust, Judaism, science fiction/fantasy and more on our shelves.   
 
 
A charge of 5 NIS per borrowed book is requested. All proceeds from the library are equally shared between AACI and AMIT Women.
For your convenience we offer a multi-purchase card as a service to readers.
 
Classics reading group
Sunday, December 31st
Nemesis – by P. Roth. This book was written near the last of Roth’s books – 50 years later.
 
Sunday, January 28:
The Plauge (La Peste) by Camus
 
Sunday, February 25th:
Madame Bovary by Flaubert
 
Cost:  NIS 20 / NIS 10
For more information about the class only, contact Dr.Oster at 02-624-6256
 
No need to pre-register!
Cost:  NIS 5
 
Fresh Insights into Literature 
 
We will be challenging ourselves with Faulkner’s The Sound and The Fury- this is difficult, but so worth it! Even if you were on board the last time we did this, it’s worth it to go through it again (and again)!
February 5th – Section 1 (Benjy)
February 12th– Section 2 (Quentin)
February 19th – Sections 3 and 4 – (Jason and Dilsey)
 
Cost: NIS 20/ 10 AACI members.
 
Leader: Dr. Judith Oster. for more information about the content of the classes, call 02-624-6256 or email jxo4@case.edu.
 
 
The AACI Childrens' Library is adjacent to the adult library.
 
Children’s Library Hours - Meet Librarian Helene Messinger, an expert on children’s books, who can help you choose books for your children! Choose books to take out of the library and sit in our children’s library and enjoy reading with your children! All books are in English. Children of all ages welcome.  12:00- 14:00 at the AACI Glassman Family Center, Pierre Koenig 37, Talpiot, 4th floor.
 
For further information please contact us: 02-566-1181 ext. 323, email: amitaaci.library@gmail.com
 
 
Books & Brunch
New date to be announced


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

AACI The Star Media Library & Cinema Club

For AACI members ONLY!

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

How does it work?

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

Click here for the list of DVDs.

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

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

 
The Jerusalem AACI and the Financial Resource Network present: Critical Financial Issues Facing Olim
 
Stayed tuned for new program
 
AACI Star Film Club
 
Journalism
 
 
Good Night, and Good Luck
Wednesday, December 27, 19:00

Suggested Donations: NIS30 / AACI members NIS20
 
The movies will be preceded by an erudite introduction by Gary Levine, a long-time movie buff. For moe information contact Gary at gary@thelevines.org
Pre-registration suggested: 02-5661181
 
 
 
 

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

Chairperson: Marcia Lewison

 

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

  
Dec 20
Andy Luterman: Chanuka: The History Behind the Holiday
Dec 27
Mindy Weisel: Creating Light Out of Darkness: An Artist’s Journey
   
 
 
 
January 3                                           Reuben Liebman on "How the Exodus, 1947, Helped Bring About the Birth of Israel"
January 10                                         Tuvia Brodie on "Breaking News, or Broken News. Is the World Falling Apart?"
January 17                                         Irwin Blank on "Haganah, Palmach, Irgun, and Lehi: Which One Would YOU Join?"
January 24                                         David Young on "Over 1,000 Years of Scandals in the British Royal Family"
January 31                                         Jacqueline Rose of the Jerusalem Green Fund on "The Potential Power of the City as an
                                                                  Environmental Leader: the Case of Jerusalem"
                   
Admission: NIS 10.
Further programs to be announced, and note some programs are subject to change.
A weekly update of RAPS programs is sent by email. To receive these, please e-mail
Elisheva Lahav lahavs@netvision.net.il.
     
Creative Workshop:  Crochet & More
 
When: Tuesdays
at 10:30 – 12:30
 
Take your skills to a higher level.  Bring your materials for knitting, crocheting or sewing and join in a pleasant, relaxed environment.
 
Facilitator: Gale Phaff made aliyah in 1993 and has an M.A. in Fibre Arts from Hunter College.  She teaches in various institutions and has exhibited her work in many places including the Brooklyn Museum.
 
Cost per week:  NIS 50 / NIS 40
 
AACI Blood Drive in cooperation with MDA  
 
Wednesday, February 14th, 17:00-20:00
Donate a pint of blood & Get a Pint of Ben and Jerry’s ice cream!
Your donation can make the difference! We are giving a pint of Ben and Jerry’s ice cream for a pint of blood.  Want to have your favorite flavor at the next blood drive?  Become an ice cream sponsor and pick your flavor!  E-mail mbarth@aaci.org.il for more information.
Your donation can make the difference!
 
Donors must:
  • Be aged 18-65 (Those over 65 can donate with a doctor's note.)
  • Be of minimum weight 50 kg
  • Have not donated blood in the last 3 months
Those who have spent a total of 6 months in the UK between 1980-1996, received a blood transfusion or had an operation in the UK cannot donate blood. 
 
Magen David Adom appreciates all who came to donate on behalf of the individuals who will benefit from your donation.
  
AACI Jerusalem members benefit from blood insurance in case of need.
 
When you are hospitalized in Israel, it is a customary hospital procedure to request that someone donate pints of blood to the hospital blood bank. AACI Jerusalem offers blood insurance for our members, and our blood drives “bank” this blood on behalf of all our members.
 
AACI will now host a blood drive every four months.
 
If you’d like to get blood drive date reminders by email, please send your e-mail address to mbarth@aaci.org.il
 
 
Volunteer with us!
 
AACI is seeking a volunteer for office/computer work. Willing to train someone who has some knowledge of data entry, use of Microsoft excel. Looking for someone willing to commit to a few hours at a stretch, once or twice a week.
 
We are also seeking volunteers to help with social networking initiatives on media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, and YouTube. Individuals should have experience and confidence using these websites, as well as an ability to work independently coordinating information from a variety of sources. Individuals will create and modify unique content under (indirect) supervision on an as-needed basis. Workload will vary greatly from week to week, and sometimes be spread out over a variety of days. Most work can be completed remotely, if desired. Knowledge of spoken and written Hebrew is an asset.
 
AACI is looking to set up a database of volunteers who would be willing to undertake small freelance projects on an as-needed basis. We are looking for qualified individuals who are experienced with any of the following fields: blogging; photo editing; e-philanthropy; graphic design; internet communications; etc.
 
If you are an AACI member who works professionally in any of these fields, but would like to give back 5-10 hours per month on your own time, we encourage you to contact us!
membership@aaci.org.ilor 02-566-1181 ext 301
 
Harvey Bordowitz Music Lecture Series 2017
THE MAGICAL MUSICAL TOUR IS BACK!

 
Following the popular success of his first four lecture series at AACI Jerusalem, conductor and music lecturer Harvey Bordowitz invites you to join him for the fifth season, to learn while enjoying the thrill of great music.  For more than three decades, Harvey 
Bordowitz has been esteemed as one of this country’s most innovative and creative conductors and music directors, and has guest-conducted orchestras throughout the world.  For 40 years he has lectured in both Hebrew and English on a vast range of musical topics, with humor, erudition and a deep love of music.

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

Each lecture is approximately 2 hours with a coffee break
CALL AACI, 02-566-1181 to register or go to www.aaci.org.il
Cost of 5 Lectures when pre- booked:  NIS 250 / 225 AACI members
Individual lectures pre-booked NIS 55
Individual lectures at the at door NIS 65
 
 
Health and Wellness Programs
(All our classes take place at AACI-Dr. Max & Gianna Glassman Family Center, 37 Pierre Koenig/Corner of Poalei Zedek 2, Talpiot.)
 
Exercise Class for 50+
 
Sundays at 10:00 and 11:30 and Wednesdays at 9:30-10:30
NIS 55 / AACI Members 45 NIS / *660/540
 
The class is led by Marilyn Cohen, graduate of the Wingate Institute with a certification in Physical Activity for Seniors.
Please wear closed shoes and comfortable clothing.
 
For more information and to register, please call 02-5661-181
 
“Cartisiya” now available – pay for 12 classes, get one free!  Call AACI at 02-566-1181
 
 
Yang Long Form Tai Chi Class
Thursday afternoons 15:45 (beginners)
NIS 45 / AACI Members 35 NIS
 
Find your balance at AACI with Nacy Harel!  Almost everyone can do Tai Chi; it is done in slow motion with little joint stress, cleansing and rejuvenating the body and mind. Using flowing movements, a Tai Chi session moves through positions for strength and balance to integrate mind and body.  Please we
ar loose clothing.
 
 
Feldenkrais for Healthy Backs and Joints
Mondays at 11:00- Cost  NIS 50/ 40 AACI members
Discover your body’s natural ability to move with greater ease, releasing chronic tensions and learning to develop efficient and flexible movements. The students are guided through a sequence   of gentle movements, discovering new possibilities of movement with reduction of pain and stiffness.
Taught by Shoshanna Lederman (050-752-6631). certified Feldenkrais practitioner, M.A. education, Bank Street
 
Improve Your Balance with the Feldenkrais Method
Wednesdays at 12:15- Cost NIS 50/40 AACI members
Safety, grace, and ease when you walk, stand, climb stairs, sit, carry loads, and get up and down. Taught by Shoshanna Lederman (050-752-6631). certified Feldenkrais practitioner, M.A. education, Bank Street
 
Cost: 50 NIS /AACI Member 40 NIS /  *600/48
“Cartisiya” now available – pay for 12 classes, get one free!  Call AACI at 02-566-1181
Where: AACI – Dr. Max & Gianna Glassman Family Center
Shoshanna Lederman, Certified Feldenkrais practitioner, Israel certified yoga teacher-Wingate Institute, MA in Education, Bank Street College, NY
Call Shoshanna for details: 050-7526631.
 
Pilates class
 Tuesdays at 11:00 and Thursdays at 10:30 
 
Pilates is a fun way to help your body attain optimal health. Pilates helps with posture alignment and flexibility, helps with focus and provides body with more energy. After years of yoga and other forms of exercise, I truly believe in Pilates as a fun way to spend an hour that can relax your body into better shape you will see the changes.
 
Hodet Zeigler (hodetziegler@gmail.com 052-625-4461) has been dancing since she was 7 years old and trained in London, NY, and Israel. After a severe injury which left her in a wheelchair and unable to walk for year, she found the world of Pilates which helped her heal and stay in shape while recovering. 
 
 
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Health and Wellness Networking Forum for Women and Men
Tuesday, January 16, 17:30-19:00
 
Topic: 6 Steps to outsmart yourself and your busy life so you can live up to your health and exercise potential
 
Speaker: Juliet Vesely is passionate about helping people use their health and wellness to maximize their happiness and purpose in life. She completed her Bachelor of Sports Science with Honors in Sydney, Australia & for over 10 years has dedicated herself to helping people transform their lifestyle and health. She is the owner and Director of 'Find a Trainer', as well as the head female lecturer at 'Fitness Professionals Academy'. She is constantly looking for new and exciting ways to bring high standard professionals together in order to serve their community. 
 
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
Cost: NIS 40 / AACI members NIS 30
No pre-registration required. Email lak.goals@gmail.com for further info.
Bring your business cards, brochures & marketing materials for networking!
Share with others you feel could benefit from the discussion!
Refreshments provided. Look forward to seeing you!
 

No pre-registration required. Email lak.goals@gmail.com for further info.
Bring your business cards, brochures & marketing materials for networking!
Share with others you feel could benefit from the networking and discussion!
Refreshments provided. Look forward to seeing you!
 
Facilitator of networking events: Lesley Kaplan: HR & Organizational Consultant and Coach, Trainer and Group facilitator. Founder & CEO of L.A.K. Creations & Consulting

Co-organizer: Belle Fine-Cohen: M.Ed, Gerontologist and Advisor: Enhancing Health and Wellness. Founder of Be Fine Today 
 
Where: AACI Jerusalem - Dr. Max & Gianna Glassman Family Center. Cnr Pierre Koenig & Poalei Tzedek Street, Talpiot (opp Kanyon Hadar)
(Entrance through passage on the left of Bazaar Strauss. Take the elevator to the 4th floor).
Buses: 34 & 15
Cost: NIS 40 / AACI members NIS 30
 
Business Success Forum
 
Join us for a new monthly evening business networking group open to both male & female professionals who have either started a business, or are thinking of starting a business. Monthly seminars to take your business to the next level -Develop your networking skills -Opportunity to share ideas & network with others in business.
 
Topic: Setting goals for the coming year: It's relatively easy to set goals. Reaching and maintaining them is a lot harder. Join this hands-on, practical session where you'll set your goals, learn to identify and balance conflicting goals and discover easy-to- follow, practical steps to ensure you reach them. This workshop will assist you with both your business and personal goals, and how to align them in reaching your long-term vision.
 
Cost: NIS 40 / AACI members NIS 30
 
Women, Wisdom & Wealth
 New dates coming soon
 
 
Speaker: Debbie Sassen, Financial Planner, and Certified Coach, has 30+ years of experience in financial services, and combines practical financial knowledge with a kinder, more conscious and deeply wise way of doing money.  Debbie also runs a popular online money class called Smart Women Build Wealth.
 
Cost:  40 NIS / AACI members 30 NIS
 
Registration is recommended.To register or for more information contact Debbie at 054-842-7638, 054-471-2833 or Debbie@debbiesassen.com  
 
Art Workshop
Thursdays, November 16th- December 7th, 12:30-1:30
 
Yannah Popovitz M.A. will guide you in discovering your inner artist using a creative/expressive approach. Engage in fun and relaxing art activities including drawing, mandala art making, portraits with a twist, origami, color exploration and a taste of creative writing, and more! Learn innovative techniques and gain a new and exciting perspective on art.
No prior art experience necessary! Seasoned artist will benefit as well.
 
Cost: 240/200 AACI members for the whole course (price includes all materials for the course)
 
Pre- registration required by calling 02-566-1181 before November 12th! Space is limited.
 
Chanukah Lights Photography Tour through Nachla’ot
Tuesday, December 19 16:30-18:30
 
Tour Guide/ Master Photography Teacher: Yehoshua Halevi
Meeting Spot: The tour begins in front of the Marzipan Bakery on Aggripas Street
 
Don’t rely on miracles to take great pictures! Learn the secrets of using fire to create your next masterpiece. We’ll blaze a path through the quiet alleys of Nachla’ot to photograph glowing chanukiot and the rituals of the Festival of Lights, while discovering new techniques for lighting and composing your holiday images.
 
This workshop is appropriate for all skill levels, including those using cellphone cameras. A tripod is recommended for this tour, but not required.
 
Cost: NIS 100/80 AACI members
Pre-paid registration required by calling AACI- 02-566-1181 – registration required by December 12th.  LIMITED TO 12 PEOPLE
Heard Any Good Books Lately?
AACI’S Library for the Visually Impaired
 
What if your vision deteriorated so that you could no longer read the books you love? AACI prides itself in filling every possible niche in making life in Israel a wonderful experience and solving problems.
 
Located in the Jerusalem office of the AACI, this very extensive library is a lifeline for visually and physically impaired booklovers. It contains books on tape, CDs, MP3s and in large print, ranging from fiction, suspense and humor, to self-help, Judaica and biographies.
 
What could be easier than to request books by phone or e-mail, have them mailed to you free of charge, and return them in the same container postage free? This amazing library is utilized by English speakers of all ages from Naharia to Eilat, in cities and towns as well as on kibbutzim and moshavim.
 
The librarians are all volunteers who take great pride in knowing their dedication enriches the lives of so many. All of the “books” in the library have been donated or purchased with donated funds. Gifts of large print books or audiobooks can be sent postage free to the AACI, 37 Pierre Koenig, corner of Poalei Tzedek Talpiot, Jerusalem.  P.O. Box 53349, Jerusalem 91042
 
To find out how you can access the world of talking books, make a donation or work as a volunteer, call 02-560-0912, or e-mail library@aaci.org.il
 
AACI Yard Sale!
New dates to be announced
 
Toys, games, clothing, kitchen and household wares, books and more!
Delicious food, drinks, and challot will be for sale!
A true bargain-hunter’s delight!
 

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

37 Pierre Koenig, Talpiot, 4th floor
02-566-1181
 
 
Mosaic Workshop
Sign up by Jan. 1st 2018: by calling Dana at 054-788-3874
 
Mirror, mirror on the Wall, YES, YOU are the Craftiest of them ALL! Come & create a beautiful mosaic mirror.
 
Cost: NIS 125 for an individual/ NIS 240 per “couple” (working on the same project). The price includes ALL materials.
 
Painting on Glass & Ceramics
Wednesdays, February 7th, 14th & 21st, 13:30-14:30
Learn a new technique each week!
Cost: NIS150 per person (sign up by January 28th) by calling Dana 054-788-3874
 

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

Wednesdays
 
Enjoy 45 minutes of music with singing, puppets, percussion instruments and lots of ideas to enrich your child’s musical and English development.
Tuesdays, starting on November 1st at 10:15 and
Wednesdays starting on November 2nd  at 16:30
 
Cost: NIS 30 for one child, NIS 50 for two . Discount with a clip card.
 
Registration with Sharon at Sharon@musicwithsharon.com  054 5315990
Facebook Sharonmusicfun
 
Support & Education for People who are HOH (Hard of Hearing) or Deaf
UPCOMING DATES:
 
Do you live with hearing loss? Have you felt isolated? Do you have trouble communicating with others- in person, or on the phone? You’re not alone! Facilitator:Ronnie Kaufman. 14:00
 
At AACI Glassman Family Center, 37 Pierre Koenig, Talpiot.
Pre & Post Aliyah Sessions Information Sessions
(Valuable information on rights, bureaucracy, & more…)
 held at:
AACI Dr. Max & Gianna Glassman Family Center
37 Pierre Koenig, corner of Poalei Tzedek
Talpiot. Directions
Tel: 02-5661-181
 
Please call in advance (02-561-7151) to confirm and to sign up.
In addition, AACI also offers:
 
"HOT LINE" Counseling with Sheila Bauman by phone, for short questions only!
Daily (Sunday – Thursday):  12:15 pm – 1:15 pm. Call 02-5661-181.
 
DROP-IN Counseling for AACI members
Either 9:00 am – 10:45 am or 2:00 pm – 3:45 pm. Call 02-5661-181 the day before or same day to confirm time and counselor availability.
 
Advice Sessions for AACI members, given by qualified volunteers.
Call 02-566-1181 to make an appointment for: Travel, Tax and Investment Advice; Banking Advice; Building and Construction Advice; Insurance Advice; Shipping Advice and/or Advice on Money Management – investments, real estate, wills and trusts abroad. By appointment only!
 
AACI Navigational Programs
 
CULTURE SHOCK – A CONVERSATION
Wednesday December 27, 14:00
 
Join us for a review of what culture shock is, and a conversation about how we can overcome the challenges and feeling Israel is now our home.
 
Facilitators: Sheila Bauman is AACI’s Jerusalem counselor.  Sharni Brodesky (M.Sc.Med) is a qualified therapist specializing in coping with transitions, adjustments and Aliyah difficulties.
 
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A Beginners Guide To The U.S. Tax System
Wednesday January 10 at 14:00
 
A short summary of (almost) everything you need to know about the US tax system, what you need to file, and how to avoid (some) of the fines and penalties for not doing your tax return. Session will include:
  • Basic concepts in US taxation
  • What is the tax system now?
  • What do I need to do to comply?
  • What if I skip my filing obligations?
  • What documents and data do I need to file my taxes?
  • Can I do my taxes myself?
Presenter: David C. Garber, IRS Enrolled Agent (E.A.), IRS Certified Acceptance Agent (CAA) is based in Jerusalem where he operates 7th Floor Expat Tax, Tax Services for U.S. Expats. 
 
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Health System In Israel – Part 1.  An Overview
Wednesday January 24 at 14:00
 
An explanation and overview of the Israeli Health System
 
Presenter:  Dr. Tanya Cardash is the Deputy Medical Director – Shfela and Jerusalem Region, Maccabi Healthcare Services. She studied medicine at University College London medical school before her aliyah, and has a Masters in Health Administration from Ben Gurion University, and recently completed a second specialization in medical management.  She gets great satisfaction from the combination of a managerial position with clinical work.  Her responsibilities include managing the Health Performance Indices for her region, recruiting new primary care doctors and overseeing the education of the trainees in family medicine.
 
 
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Health System In Israel – Part 2.  Navigating On The Internet
Wednesday February 7 at 14:00

 
We will visit the websites of the kupot cholim and discuss the differences between the English and Hebrew sites and the further differences between those sites and your log-in accounts. How can you use these kupah sites, and what further information can you find on shirapranskyproject.org, kolzchut.org/en and the rest of the internet?
 
Presenter:  Gabe Pransky is the founder of Shira Pransky Project. http://shirapranskyproject.orgSPP collects, organizes and publishes information about navigating the Israeli heath and support system; work with Israeli health and support institutions to make their programs more accessible for English speakers; and demonstrate that English speakers in Israel are a community that deserves attention and assistance.
 
The Sarah Peters Bridge Club
 
Monday afternoons from 13:00-16:00
Experienced players welcome
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Beginners Bridge
Wednesday, 22 at 12:30- 14:15

Cost: NIS 80 for the whole course
Pre- registration required by calling AACI- 02-566-1181
Limited number of participants.
Learn to play one of the most popular card games worldwide! In this eight week course, you’ll
learn card playing, bidding, and maybe even winning!
Bring a note pad and pen to take notes!
Instructors: Mary Thompson & Lionel Josman
 
Ongoing Mah Jongg Club
Sundays,  16:00- 18/;00
Whether you’re just starting out, honing your skills or an advanced player, this club is for you!
 
Instructor: Susan Kirshner-Sheldon is a third-generation  Mah Jongg player and has been playing both competitively and for fun for 15 years.
 
NIS 10 per week.
 
Pre- Registration is encouraged by calling AACI, 02-566-1181. At AACI Glassman Family Center, 37 Pierre Koenig,Talpiot.
 
 
Professional Women's Networking Forum
Topic: Facing & Overcoming Specific Challenges when Running our Businesses
 
New dates to be announced
 
 
Join us for a round table open discussion where you'll have the opportunity to present your challenges & gain tips and feedback from the group.
 
Speaker: YOU & ME! Bring your business challenges and questions to the table. Together- an experienced, warm group of female small business owners similar to yourself will assist you, and guide you towards finding solutions to your challenges. 
 
Facilitator: Lesley Kaplan: HR & Organizational Consultant and Coach, Trainer and Group facilitator. Founder & CEO of L.A.K. Creations & Consulting
 
Coaching Corner
Are you satisfied with being "good" or do you strive to be "great"?
Did you know that "good" is the enemy of "great"? 
Being satisfied with only "good" prevents you improving...
What one / two steps of action can you implement right NOW to start becoming "great"...
 
Facilitator: Lesley Kaplan: HR & Organizational Consultant and Coach, Trainer and Group facilitator. Founder & CEO of L.A.K. Creations & Consulting

Refreshments provided. | No pre-registration required
Cost: NIS 40 / AACI members NIS 30 | www.achieveyourgoals.co.il
For more information: : 054-4247628 | lak.goals@gmail.com
Bring your business cards, brochures, products, and marketing materials.
Share with others whom you feel could benefit from the networking and
discussions. Bring a friend who will participate for FREE the first time.
 
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American Citizen Services
Consulate General of the United States in Jerusalem
 
Phone: +972 (0)2-630-4000
Fax: +972 (0)2-630-4070
Street Address: 14 David Flusser, Jerusalem 93392
(Near the former Diplomat Hotel, now the Caprice Diamond Center)
 
Location via Google Maps 
 
Note from AACI: The map is not clear. David Flusser St. is a new street.
#78a bus goes directly to the US Consulate in Talpiot. Stops right in front of building. American Citizen Services Consulate General of the United States in Jerusalem Email:JerusalemACS@state.gov Phone: +972 (0)2-630-4000 Fax: +972 (0)2-630-4070 Street Address: 14 David Flusser, Jerusalem 93392 (Near the former Diplomat Hotel, now the Caprice Diamond Center) 
An Egged bus #7a takes you to the Caprice Diamond Center. Look for the big flag mast and flag at the crossroads of Kfar Eztion, Klauzner and Yum HaMelech. By car, drive along Rechov Beitar and left on to Lankin Street. Hours: 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM (UTC/GMT +2) Monday - Friday (Closed on American and local holidays.)
 
Hours: 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM (UTC/GMT +2) Monday - Friday (Closed on American and local holidays.)
 
Make An Appointment Online:
 
Tips for Speeding Up Your Visit:
 
 
Employment Services
 
New program to be announced.
 
Presenter:  Helen Har Tal, MS Vocational Counseling/Human Resource development, has been a job developer, vocational counselor and employment counselor at AACI for over 25 years.
 
Cost:  30 NIS / AACI members free
AACI’s job-hunting members may schedule a personal consultation by
appointment with vocational/employment counselor Helen Har-Tal, in Jerusalem on Mondays,
(call 02-5661181 for appointments) or at AACI’s Tel-Aviv office (call 03-696-0389 for times and
appointments).
 
AACI 55+/ - Friendship Circle - Activities for Singles & Couples
 
Friday Brunch- will be in full swing now that we have all settled down after the high holy days. Reservations for our Friday Morning Brunch have to be booked directly with Martin Silbermann,  054 636 1108, no later than Thursday at noon.
 
Please note that all meals ordered have to be paid for in cash, including tip, to the activity leader of the event on the day.
 
If you wish to join the mailing list of 55+, please send an email to Rochelle at: aaci.55ish@gmail.com
 
Support Group for Women & Men who are Caring for a Spouse with Dementia
UPCOMING DATES: Sunday, new dates to be announced, 13:00- 14:00
Rena Meriash-Levine and Ellen Sucov invite women and men who are caring for a spouse with dementia to a bi-monthly support group.
 
The main focus of the group will be dealing with the challenges of caring for a spouse with dementia, and helping each other find solutions.
 
Meetings are free of charge. Sunday at 13:00 at AACI Glassman Family Center, 37 Pierre Koenig,Talpiot.
 
 
Coping with the Loss of a Spouse or Loved One – A Workshop Series
Sunday, December 17, 13:00-14:30
    
One of the many challenges associated with grieving the loss of a loved one is adjusting to the new reality of living in the absence of the loved one. In this workshop series, we will introduce/expound upon the process of grief, the development of new routines, envisioning of new futures, and the possibilities of adopting a new sense of identity with individuals who have all had similar experiences. With Gershon Swimmer, MSc. is an experienced psychotherapist who works with couples and individuals.
 
He can be reached at gershonswimmer@gmail.com.
 
With Gershon Swimmer MSc
 
One of the many challenges associated with grieving the loss of a loved one is adjusting to the new reality of living in the absence of the loved one.
In this workshop series, we will introduce/expound upon the process of grief, the development of new routines, envisioning of new futures, and the possibilities of adopting a new sense of identity in a supportive setting with a group of individuals who have all had similar experiences.
 
Cost: NIS 150/ 120 AACI members for the whole series
        NIS 25/20 per session
 
Gershon Swimmer, MSc. is an experienced psychotherapist who works with couples and individuals. He can be reached at gershonswimmer@gmail.com
 
Strategies for Living with and After a Major Illness
 
AACI member Chaya Weinberg has offered to facilitate a forum to hear the strategies and coping skills that she has incorporated into her life to learn to accept, grow, thrive, and even smile along life’s journey.

Chaya Weinberg (02-652-3232) is a cancer survivor, who has much experience helping others cope with loss.
 
Senior Outreach

The AACI Jerusalem Senior Outreach project continues to make calls to our members 60 years of age and older. Most members report that all is well; many are busy with work and/or family or as volunteers. Others would like periodic telephone calls or visits from Committee volunteers.
We would appreciate volunteers who could visit our homebound members, to play cards or games, or just make conversation to enhance their quality of life. Volunteers also distribute gift baskets at Rosh Hashanah and Purim.

If you feel you would find satisfaction in helping others in this way, please leave your name, telephone number and e-mail address at the front desk so Stefanie can return the call and discuss how your skills and interests can contribute to the Outreach Project’s work. Or e-mail her at sblack@amir.org.il

Stefanie Black, MSW, Project Coordinator.
 
 
 
 
AACI eBook Library
 
 
AACI Kids & Teens Exhibt 2018 details
 
A Season for Rejoicing - Art Exhibit  details
 
AACI Travel Program 2018
   
 
 
 
 
 
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