AACI Jerusalem Programs & Activities
Anyone Can Draw!
AACI Star Film Club The Sarah Peters Bridge Club
Seniors Wednesday Morning Programs RAPS
Screen Writing Course
Harvey Bordowitz Music Lecture Series
Jewish Aspects in Opera presents Conquer your Smartphone/Tablet fears
Family music class for children Pre & Post Aliyah Sessions Information Sessions
  Professional Women’s Network
Amit - AACI Library
Book Sale AACI DVD Library
Day Trip to Sharon Park and the Holon Design Museum AACI Kids Library
Ruby Tuesdays at AACI AACI Library for the Visually Impaired
Traditional Thanksgiving Luncheon THEATER
Yard Sale First City Improv Show
FINANCE Ruby Tuesdays
Financial Resource Network Seminars
Next to Normal
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. 
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.
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
October 25th – The Tenants (Malamud)
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
Mondays, 12:30-14:00
October 26 – Walt Whitman
Nov. 2, 9, 16, 23 – King Lear (please bring a copy of the play, as we will work close to the text.)
Dec. 7, 14, 21 – Crime and Punishment
Cost:  NIS 20 / NIS 10
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 
Dr. Oster, Volunteer Lecturer, email:  xo4@case.edu.
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.

Oct 7
David Young: Shakespeare and Me
Oct 14
Dr. Susan Weiss: Agunot, Mamzerim & Adultresses, and Other Good Reasons to Separate Religion and State in Israel
Oct 21
Raya Meltz: My Personal Journey as a North American Indian Jew 
Oct 28
Dani Barkai: Meet  Some of the Animals of Jerusalem’s Biblical Zoo: Zoology and Jewish Sources
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
Traditional Thanksgiving Luncheon
Coordinated by the RAPS and 55+ Groups
Wednesday, November 25th 12:30 – 14:30
Includes turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie (catering by Shockatino Catering)
Cost:  NIS 170 / AACI members NIS 150
*Live entertainment!
Pre-paid reservations only, before November 12th
For seating requests, please e-mail Belle Fine-Cohen at befinetoday@gmail.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
taught by Shoshanna Lederman
Mondays,, September: 21, October: 12, 19, 26 at 11am
Nov and dec
Mondays at 11am
November 2, 9,16,23
Wednesdays @12.15
November 4,11,18,25
No classes November 30- Dec 14
Mondays @11am
December 21, 28 
Wednesdays @ 12.15pm
December 16th, 23th, 30th 
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
Pre-registration required! Call AACI-to register, 02-566-1181
Shoshanna Lederman, Certified Feldenkrais practitioner, Israel certified yoga teacher-Wingate Institute, MA in Education, Bank Street College, NY
Call Shoshanna for details: 050-7526631.
Improve your Balance with Shoshana Lederman
Wednesdays at 12:00
October: 14, 21, 28
Safety, grace, and ease when you walk, stand, climb stairs, sit, carry loads, and get up and down.  Learn to move with your body in a free, strong, confident way.
Shoshana Lederman is a certified Feldenkrais practitioner and yoga teacher, MA in Education. 
Cost:  NIS 50 / students and AACI members NIS 40
For more details, please contact Shoshana; 0507-526-631
Where: AACI Dr. Max & Gianna Glassman Family Center
Pilates class – NEW!
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 10:45 beginning November 5th
Cost:  NIS 50 / NIS 40
Where: AACI Dr. Max & Gianna Glassman Family Center
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AACI Navigational Series
Wednesday October 14, 2015, at 17:00 
Demystify the complexities of service providers and infrastructure for your computers, cellphones, tablets and the internet.  We’ll review how it all works in Israel, who to call and what resources are available.  While designed for new Olim, all can benefit from this session.
Presenters:  Rochelle Gilbert and Paul “the PCGUY” Serkin.
Wednesday October 21, 2015, at 17:00 
Learn valuable information to assure that your wishes are known and respected in a legal way.
Presenter:  Russell D. Mayer, Adv. is a senior partner in the Jerusalem law firm of Livnat, Mayer & Co.
Wednesday November 11, 2015, at 17:00  
Learn about the Israeli consumer protection authorities; the conditions which have to be fulfilled in order to be protected by the Consumer Protection Act; the responsibility of the seller/manufacturer for products; various types of purchase transactions (store, phone and internet); and get useful advice on how to uphold and enforce your consumer rights.
Presenter: Advocate Kirill Shefer (www.shefer-law.com) has professional experience in business litigation, labor law, real estate and consumer law.
 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!
Screen Writing Course
Wednesdays,  Oct. 7 – Nov. 25,13:00 – 15:00
10 Weeks, 10 Classes! “Telling the Writer’s Story, One Page at a Time”
Topics include genre, plot, premise, character development, finding your writer’s voice, classic story structure.
Join JCAD (American Friends of the Jerusalem Center for Artistic Development) President Ronnie Tharp-Garber on how to develop your story into a Hollywood oriented screenplay. From story inception to finished product, create compelling stories for your novel, stage play, or documentary.

Cost per class: NIS 60 / AACI members: NIS 50
Facilitator: Ronnie Tharp-Garber wrote her first illustrated short story at age 5 and directed her first musical,
Peter Pan, at age 10. Earning an M.A. in English Literature and studying screenwriting at UCLA and NYU, she taught writing to university and adult students and helped many of them realize their personal writing dreams. Visit her  website: www.jcad18.org
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
Topic: Bootstrapping Your Digital Marketing: A guide for small business owners
Thursday October 15th, 2015 12.45 p.m. - 3.00 p.m.
Speaker: Kelli Brown, CEO and Lead Consultant of Pixel/Point Press, Ltd. Kelli assists clients with the building of websites and web development. Her expertise includes marketing strategy, analytics, advertising & search engine optimization.
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.
Tuesday, October 20th, 2015
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
Sukkot:  If you are interested in enjoying a meal (in a sukka of a restaurant) with live music, please call Susan Block Goldman at 02-579-7943  (not on Shabbat).  If no answer, please leave a clear message on her voice mail or email her at spbisrael@yahoo.com
Monday, October 12:  Day trip to the Sharon Park and the Holon Design Museum.  For more information, please click here. 
Wednesday evening, October 28:  Dinner and a Musical   Enjoy dinnr at Greg’s Café  (Kosher) in the Hadar Mall.  Then join us across the street at the AACI Glassman Family Center for the highly acclaimed musical “Next to Normal.”  For more information regarding “Next to Normal,” please click here.   Please register by Monday, October 26 by calling Susan Block Goldman at 02-579-7943  (not on Shabbat).  If no answer, please leave a clear message on her voice mail or email her at spbisrael@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:  7 Tuesdays 14:00 – 15:00 starting Tuesday, October 20th, 2015
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”
October 20th Smartphone/Tablet basics
Review basic and general information on how to use your device.
October 27th – COMMUNICATIONS – Part I
TXT/SMS Messaging, SKYPE, FACETIME, What’s App: What they are and how to use them.
November 3rd – COMMUNICATIONS – Part II
Continuation of above topics
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)
Day Trip to Sharon Park and the Holon Design Museum
October 12, 2015
The main attraction of the Ariel Sharon Park is the Hiriya recycling center. The mound is 60 meters high and affords a grand view of the Mediterranean via the cityscape of Tel-Aviv around to the Judean hills. This mound used to be an active landfill that closed in 1999, and now is the transfer point for all Dan region garbage.
In the visitors' center everything is recycled and there we can learn how to help protect and rejuvenate the environment. Some easy walking is required.
Holon Design Museum is part of a long-standing commitment to culture and education in the city of Holon. It opened in March 2010 and quickly established itself as one of the world's leading museums of design and contemporary culture. Housed in an iconic building by the internationally acclaimed architect Ron Arad, Design Museum Holon is a vital and dynamic resource for designers, students, creative industries and the general public.

The city of Holon is also unique for its public parks and storybook sculpture gardens and we shall try to glimpse some of them.
Further Details regarding time, cost, lunch venue, etc. To be announced.Registration and full payment by Oct. 9 is required,  via AACI front desk.  The trip will take place only with a minimum number of 35 participants.

Queries can be directed to Judy Cohen, tel: 02-6514392 or JudyAnnCohen@yahoo.com.
Jewish Aspects in Opera presents
Women from Tenach in Classical Music (part 1)
A fascinating audio-visual presentation including music from films and recordings of live performances featuring Eve, Delilah, Potiphar’s wife, Ruth and the Queen of Sheba.
With Rob Coopman & Andre Boers
When:  Wednesday, September 2nd, 19:30
Cost:   NIS 50 / AACI & Emunah members NIS 40  
In cooperation with the Lapidot chapter of Emunah
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:
New program to be announced.
Ruby Tuesdays
To be announced.
AACI eBooks\eLibrary
AACI Art Exhibit
AACI Travel Program 2015/16
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