AACI Central Programs & Activities 

AACI Central Senior Programs


AACI Professional & Services Directory
AACI Career & Educational Guidance in Tel Aviv
Helen Har-Tal, the AACI Vocational Counselor has been assisting olim and AACI members for over 20 years in all aspects of employment and career needs. 
Employment services include personal counseling sessions tailored to the needs of each individual, employment workshops for both job seekers, 50+ and those re-entering the job market.
Helen Har-Tal with an M.A. in Vocational Counseling, provides career and educational guidance on Wednesdays (walk-ins between 10am and 1pm) and Thursdays (by appointment only).
AACI: 03 – 696 0389
AACI Klitah Counseling in Tel Aviv
AACI believes that excellent information counseling makes for successful "Klitah"  (absorption) in Israel. 
Our AACI Counselor, Yanina Musnikow, MSW, with over 20 years experience working with olim is up to date on the intricacies of the various rules and regulations and can provide information on a wide variety of topics related to all aspects of living in Israel. These include:
Army; Bituach Leumi; Business Loans and Self Employment; Customs and Shipping; Education / Higher Education; Employment and Job List; Housing; Legal Contacts; Medical; Oleh Rights; Senior Citizen Services, Social Security, Status in Israel; Taxes; Ulpanim; Volunteerism; Widowhood.
Counseling is available on Tuesdays by appointment only.
AACI: 03 – 696 0389
The AACI and the Financial Resource Network
Individual Financial Meetings with Mark Van Gelderen.
Free, no-obligation consultations on money management, investments, real estate, taxes, wills & trusts.
Contact : (02) 580-7013 or info@isrenet.com
on money management, investments, real estate, taxes, wills and trusts.
The AACI and the Financial Resource Network: All about the New Government Savings Grant for Children Seminar
Bituach Leumi has begun sending money for children under 18. 
  • How parents sign up if you have not been already notified.
  • How the program works.
  • Where is the money going?
  • What are the Pros and Cons for the different savings & investment options?
  • Is the program a problem for US taxpayers?
  • What happens at age 18?
  • What should parents do to help their teenage and older children make the best choices?
  • Why this program is a potential game changer for many young people and their parents.  
Mark van Gelderen, FiRN Financial Advisor, & Danny Newman, Financial consultant, Insurance Agent and Branch Manager at Goldfus Insurance & Investments. 
Tel Aviv When: Wednesday, February 15, 7:00 pm. Where: The AACI  – 94-A Allenby, (between Grusenberg & Montefiore).  Entrance "Aleph", on the Mezzanine floor - 1st floor up from the entrance. 
To register or for more information: 02 – 58 07 013, or info@isrenet.com or www.frnisrael.com/Contact_English.html 
Cost: (donation to the AACI) AACI Members NIS 20, Nonmembers NIS 30. 
Mark van Gelderen will be available before or after the class,  by appointment only, for free, individual, no-obligation consultations on money management, investments, real estate, taxes, wills & trusts, etc. 
AACI Central Senior Programs
Discussion group about the “The humor and humane attitudes towards the Jews by George Washington and Abraham Lincoln." Feb 22            
Mindele–London–Zweig: “The role of Jewish soldiers in the Finnish Army during World War II" March 1
“Purim  Party: Music by Charles Ronkin and his keyboard”
March 8
Visit to the Nachum Gutman Museum of Art March 15
Jocelyn Mojzes will lecture and present her children’s books March 22
Marc Shulman, reporter and educator:  “America-Israel Relations:  Two months into the Trump administration" March 29
Meetings:  Wednesdays 10.00am-12 Noon 
Yehuda Solter – brief Torah commentary
Donation: NIS 15, includeds light refreshments
AACI'S  OFFICE – 94 Allenby (entrance Aleph), (between Grusenberg and Montefiore), Entrance "Aleph", (Mezzanine floor), Tel Aviv
A Jewish Narrative
Herzliya Thursday English Lecture Series. Click here for PDF download
Poetry Meeting
February 16
Our monthly meetings take a roundtable format. Each participant who wishes to read, brings copies of one or two original English-language poems for the group, reads them out, and receives contructive criticism from the others.
It is also perfectly legitimate to show up and listen without offering poetry.
AACI Central, 94A Allenby, Tel Aviv
Cost : NIS 25
For more details: Mark : 054 - 444 8438 /  www.voicesisrael.com
Book Club
Venue: AACI, 94A Allenby, Tel Aviv.
Refreshments are always nice, so we’d like to suggest you bring something you like and we'll all share. 
A fee of NIS 10 is asked from each member for use of the room.
Looking forward to our meeting.
For details of the book to be discussed - please email Phyllis: pjajap@gmail.com
AACI: 03 – 696 0389 / aacicentralregion@gmail.com
Tel Aviv Storytellers Group
Meet at  AACI, 94 Allenby Street, Tel Aviv (Entrance Aleph). 
First floor up the stairs, or “O” if you go up by elevator.
You are welcome to come and tell stories, come and listen, and come and enjoy a couple of hours in good company.  No cover charge but we share the cost of the refreshments.
For additional information, please call Phella on 03-629-4117.
For beginners and experienced photographers who want to improve and take more creative pictures. Learn and practice how to take amazing pictures.
Friday, 17th February – 17th March : 10am – 12.30pm
5 weekly sessions.
Course Topics:
  • The 5 steps to taking good pictures. 
  • Essential camera settings, menus, modes, file types
  • Developing your "Eye" - fun exercises
  • Using your camera more creatively
  • Telling a story with your pictures
  • Using your imagination to improve a picture
  • How to judge the strengths and weaknesses of your pictures
  • Taking better pictures of children, tips and tricks
  • Making basic improvements to your pictures in the computer
  • Keeping track of your digital pictures
  • Sharing your pictures on the Web
There will be practical exercises during the course and fun assignments between sessions.
Any digital camera can be used, compact or SLR.
Venue: Private home in Raanana
Registration essential: AACI: 03-696 0389 or aacicentralregion@gmail.com
Cost: Members: NIS 650. Non-members: NIS 700
For further details - Tom: 052- 801 2817.
Tom Langford is a professional photographer and retoucher who enjoys passing on the skills and insights gained over the last 30 years. This course will give you a solid basis from which to develop your creativity.
“Good Things are Happening in 2017”
1.   Israel’s minimum wage has been raised to NIS 5,000 per month starting from the 1st of January. This is the third out of four increases of the Minimum Wage Agreement signed in December 2014. The final raise will come into effect at the end of 2017, when the minimum wage will be increased to NIS 5,300 per month.

2. The plastic bags act - from the 1st of January a 10 agorot fee will be charged on nylon bags. This levy is intended to reduce the use of plastic bags and the proceeds from their sale will be transferred to a special fund in the Ministry of the Environment.  Local grocery stores and markets will be exempt.

3. A Savings Plan for each child.  Bituach Leumi  (National Insurance Institute) will implement from the 1st of January the program of "savings for each child,"  Each month, Bituach Leumi will put aside NIS 50 for each child under the age of 18. This NIS 50 is in addition to the child allowance that the parents receive on a monthly basis. Parents can choose whether the NIS 50 will be paid into a Kupat Gemel (Provident Fund) or invested in a saving scheme at the bank.  The child will have access to this money at the age of 18. 

 4. Extra vacation days for salaried employees. Each employee will be entitled to two extra days off per year. The first vacation day was previously added in July 2016, and on the 1st of January an extra vacation day will be added. This law applies to workers with seniority of up to four years in the workplace who work five days a week, so they will be entitled to 12 vacation days a year, instead of 10 days.  Employees who work six days a week will receive 14 days of vacation, instead of 12 today.

5. The tax rate levels - from the 1st of January the changes in income tax rates are as follows: people earning up to NIS 20,000 gross will pay less in taxes.  People who earn NIS 60,000 per month and more will pay more taxes. The monthly tax savings for low and medium wage will vary from NIS 30 to NIS 150. Salaries above NIS 60,000 per month will pay an extra NIS 200 per month in income tax.
Disclaimer:  All information in this Klitah Corner was accurate - to the best of AACI’s knowledge - at the time of publication.  AACI cannot take responsibility for changes in policies, implementations or laws that may affect the accuracy of this information. 
It is often said that in order to write well you must first have the courage to write badly. Then having written some unrefined stuff and some refined stuff, you must persevere to hone your craft.
This workshop provides guidance and a safe environment for both processes. We will explore the craft of writing by doing in-class exercises, by sharing aloud, and by discussing. What works? What needs more attention? Whether you want to write fiction or nonfiction, short or long stories, blog posts or feature length pieces, this course will give you the tools and the courage to realize your ideas with precision and grace.
SESSION DATES:  Mondays 10:30am-12:30pm 
                             March 20, 27,  April 3, 24,  May 8, 15, 22, 29
Jennifer Lang: Since receiving a MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts last summer, she has been working on her first memoir. She lives in Ra’anana, Israel, where she teaches writing and yoga. Find her at israelwritersalon.com
 Full payment required in advance. Class will run with six people minimum, ten people maximum. 
 Email jennifer@langonline.com if you have questions.
 Payment and Cancellation policy: 
  • All classes must be paid in full by the first day of class.
  • If a student cancels with less than five days before the start date and the space cannot be filled, he/she will be refunded 20% of the class cost.
  • No refunds will be issued after the first class.
  • Failure to attend classes is not a basis for refunds.
REGISTRATION ESSENTIAL – AACI – 03-696 0389 –aacicentralregion@gmail.com
With Michal Ben-Reuven, M.A., C.F.T.
February 7th – March 28th, 2017 from 3 – 4pm.
AACI, 94A Allenby, Tel Aviv
Members: NIS 400, Non-members: NIS 480
Cost per session:  Members NIS 55, Non-members: NIS 65               
Posture, Balance and Bone Strength are the objectives of this unique series.
Short and fun exercises, and movement explorations that are specially designed to help you --
* Improve your posture and Balance
* Improve the function of your legs and hips
* Stand, walk, jog with greater power and ease
* Strengthen your bones
Michal Ben-Reuven, M.A., CFT. Certified Feldenkrais® practitioner, certified ABM for children with special needs. Michal has academic degrees in psychology and counseling, and 15 years of dance training. Michal has applied this expertise since 1989 to help people regain pain-free movement, calmer mind, positive outlook and reach their full potential.
Happy Hour!!
WHEN: to be announced
WHERE:Rochela, 120  Ben Yehuda,, Tel Aviv.
               Kosher  Dairy Menu.
REGISTRATION ESSENTIAL:  AACI – 03-696 0389 or aacicentralregion@ gmail.com
Tai Chi
Starting from 29th January   14:30-15:30
The tradition of body mind work has crystallized in China for centuries. It is described and revered as  ‘internal martial art’.
  • Recognized as a no. 1 ‘stress killer’
  • Improves posture  
  • Improves balance   
  • Enhances breathing 
  • Tones muscles
It is not hard to do. No previous experience is needed. Everybody is invited.
Cost for the 7-week course – NIS 350 Members, NIS 420 Non-members
Danna Shibolet is an active dancer and researcher in movement studies. She graduated and taught at the Rubin Academy of Dance and specializes in movement analysis, Chinese internal martial arts and Feldenkrais..
REGISTRATION ESSENTIAL:  AACI – 03-696 0389 or  aacicentralregion@ gmail.com
Bridge Lessons In Ra’anana
Bridge lessons for those with basic knowledge of the game (Advanced Beginners)
Wednesday evenings 7-9pm in Ra’anana
Join ongoing group meeting in private home, at no charge for first lesson, to determine if class suitable for you.
Cost for course of 5 lessons: Members: NIS 200.  Non-members: NIS 300. Limited availability.
Registration and Further Information: AACI 03–696 0389
Planning For the Future – Wills & Incapacity in the US & Israel
When:    Monday, 27th February, 2017
Time:      17:00
Venue:    AACI Central Office, 94A Allenby, Tel Aviv
Cost:      Members: NIS 25. Non-members: NIS 30.
  • Do I need an Israeli Will? A US Will? Both?
  • What is a trust? Do I need one? 
  • What is a Guardian (in Hebrew "Apotropos")? When would I need one and how is he or she chosen? 
  • I've been putting off writing a Will. Why should I do it now? 
If you have minor children, if you own anything in the US, or if you don’t have a Will yet, come learn about your options!
You will hear the information you need to make important decisions for your family.
Felicia M. Seaton, Esquire - Attorney with 20 years’ experience advising dual citizens, Israelis & green card holders having anything to do with the US and US tax, renunciation of US citizenship/green cards
https://ssl.gstatic.com/ui/v1/icons/mail/images/cleardot.gifAdv. Caroline Walsh is dual-qualified as both an Israeli lawyer and an English solicitor and has been working in Israel for over 20 years. Caroline specializes in residential property work and trusts and estates, in particular advising people with assets or family in more than one country.
Registration essential AACI: 03-696 0389 or aacicentralregion@gmail.com
All books remain at a reduced price of NIS 10 each, hardbacks: NIS  15 each
3 for NIS 25.
…..We're also accepting more books in good condition…...
Looking forward to seeing you !!
AACI, 94 Allenby, (Between Gruzenberg and Montefiore), Entrance "Aleph", Mezzanine floor,
Tel Aviv.  Bus nos: 14, 18, 24, 25, 61, 62 and 82.
**Join us in helping to arrange interesting, fun and varied programs for AACI.
We would welcome your input and ideas.
Please e-mail: aacicentralregion@gmail.com with “volunteers” in the subject line
and we can arrange a meeting**
AACI Tel Aviv Senior's Cookbook

Welcome to our AACI Tel Aviv Senior's Cookbook with delectable recipes including chicken/papaya soup, eggrolls, salmon/asparagus tart, buckwheat pancakes, Shanghai chicken, orange mousse, fudgy carob brownies, pumpkinchiffon pie and marin torte.

To order a copy, please call AACI: 03 - 696 0389 or
e-mail :

Pre-payment essential.

Cost: NIS 35 (to pay in cash in the office)
          NIS 45 (includes mailing)

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