AACI South - Programs & Activites
 
 
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Israel, 66 years. Beer Sheva
Update on counseling hours
Counselor Miriam Green is in her office on Sunday, Monday, and Thursday mornings from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Contact her now for an appointment to discuss your aliyah and Klitah at 08-643-3953 or mgreen@aaci.org.il. There is an NIS 75 fee for a counselor appointment for non-members. The fee will be waived if you join.
 

The 13th Hour - Poetry in the Library
Tuesday, January 17, 18:30

Long-time resident of Beer Sheva and prominent Yiddishist Zelda Kahan Newman will present poems from her translation of The Thirteenth Hour, poems in Yiddish by Rivka Basman Ben-Haim, a survivor living in New York.
 
Rivka Basman Ben-Haim was 14 when the Nazis took over her town, and 18 when WWII ended. She began composing Yiddish poems in the Vilna ghetto, and at 90 years, she is still writing poetry. She has won every award known to the world of Yiddish writers.
In addition to reading the poems in both Yiddish and English, Zelda will talk about how the book came about, who the poet is, how she got to know her and what it was like to tour with the book in the US.
Translator Zelda Kahan Newman, who formerly held the post of Judaic Studies at Lehman College/CUNY, is a linguist whose specialty is Yiddish, the language and its culture. For more than two decades, she has translated the Yiddish poetry of the Israeli poet, Rivka Basman Ben-Haim.
 
Where: AACI BeerSheva
RSVP to mgreen@aaci.org.il
Join us at the AACI Southern Branch Library on Monday, September 19, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m., to welcome new olim and new residents of the south. What better way to introduce them to Beer Sheva's English speaking community than in the hidden treasure that is the AACI Library. With more than 7,000 volumes on our shelves, and a substantial children's collection, this will also be an opportunity for all AACI members--and friends--to visit the newly refurbished Library. 
 
The Library is located in Matnas Yud-Aleph, 11 Mordechai Namir St., Beer Sheva. It is easily accessible by bus numbers 9 and 16. Hours are Sunday through Thursday from 10:00 a.m., to 12:00 p.m., and Monday and Wednesday from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.
 
The Library staff has worked hard over the summer to electronically catalogue the entire collection of books. This will allow patrons access to the titles in the collection from the comfort of their homes. Membership is NIS 70 annually and entitles you to borrow up to six books for a two-month period. The Library is closed in August.
 
 

Savings Plans in 2017: How to Save Effectively for Yourself and Your Children

Tuesday January 31, 7:00 PM - 9:30PM

Changing tax rates, an increase in minimum wage, higher pension contributions and a child savings plan are all new policies that will go into effect in January 2017.
 
Under the Child Savings Plan, every Israeli child under the age of 18 will receive monthly payments of NIS 50 to be saved until they are aged 18. What are the types of savings plans this money can be saved in? What are the pitfalls for US Citizens? How can we navigate the Israeli banking system to take advantage of what is being offered?
 
Join Danny Newman, Beit Shemesh Branch Manager for Goldfus Insurance, to hear how these elements may affect your banking in Israel.  
If you are interested in attending this program please contact AACI at mgreen@aaci.org.il or NBN at Mallory@nbn.org.il.
Cost: NIS 15.
Friendly English Meetings in Eilat
 
An English speakers’ group meets in Eilat at WIZO House on Jerusalem St., every Tuesday morning from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., to shmooze and share information about what’s doing in Eilat. Occasionally there are guest speakers or evening programs. If you would like to be informed of activities, send your email address to Arlan Wareham arlan.wareham@gmail.com. There is also a Facebook page for sharing information in the Arava region. Join the English Eilat Facebook page.
 
 
 
Ophir Tours Opens New Local Line for the Southern Branch
 
Ophir Tours now has a dedicated phone number for AACI members in the South. The Ophir Tours phone number is 08-8523138 and will actually ring in the Ophir office in Ra’anana where they have a staff of English speaking agents (with many years of experience) at your disposal. Ophir Tours looks forward to assisting the Southern Branch with the same excellent service and expertise we have been providing in the Central Branch. If you have any questions or if we can be of any assistance please do not hesitate to contact us. We are always looking for ways to improve service.
 
Agents in Ra’anana: Marcelle, Iris, Lea, and Mati. Hours: Sunday-Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.


 
 

Need Help Translating your Bills?

Are you having trouble reading your mail? Are your Hebrew bills incomprehensible? AACI now offers weekly translation assistance to help you understand your Hebrew letters and bills. The service, free of charge to AACI members, will take place on Thursdays at the AACI Southern Branch Library from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. To make an appointment, contact Counselor Miriam Green at mgreen@aaci.org.il.
 
AACI Southern Branch Seniors -Young at Heart

The AACI Southern Branch Seniors is our most active group, planning monthly trips for their members and parties for all occasions. If you have suggestions for places to visit or interesting activities to organize.
 
Past outings have included visits to Kibbutz Yad Mordechai’s Honey Workshop, the Israel Museum, Yad Vashem, Kibbutz Urim Art Center, and more. If you know of English speakers in the community who might be interested in joining the AACI Seniors, please contact AACI counselor Miriam Green at 08-643-3953 or mgreen@aaci.org.il  
 
US Embassy Consular Services in Beer Sheva
 
New date to be announced.
 
US Consular Services representatives will be in Beer Sheva to assist US citizens with passport renewal and reports of birth abroad. We will take registration at the beginning of October 2016. To register, send your name, email, phone no., and requested service (i.e., passport renewal, 1st time passport, report of birth abroad) to mgreen@aaci.org.il
Informal Conversations about Aliyah 
 
AACI Aliyah Conversations for Olim in the Absorption Process
New Program to be announced.
 
Please RSVP to AACI Counselor Miriam Green at mgreen@aaci.org.il. The sessions are geared towards olim within their first 5 years in the country, but we’re happy to make exceptions. We’ll meet at Merkaz Klitah Ye’elim on Rehov Ye’elim in Shechunah Hey, Beer Sheva. Entrance through the parking lot behind the “Gesher.” There is now a ramp for wheelchair access to Merkaz Klitah Ye’elim. Take the no. 9 bus!
The AACI Southern Branch Library
 
Library Reopens: New Books and New Outlook
During the next few months, the AACI Southern Branch Library Team will computerize the Library’s catalogue of books. Once this is accomplished, a link to the complete catalogue will be updated monthly and sent to Library and AACI members. This will allow you to check whether a book you want is on our library shelves. At NIS 70 per year, with the ability to borrow 6 books for up to 2 months, the Southern Branch Library is a bargain by any standards. Located in Matnas Yud-Aleph, 11 Mordechai Namir St., our hours are Sunday through Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., and Monday and Wednesday from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.
 
 
In addition, these new books will be on the shelves when we open in September.
 
 
Finding Work for Olim and Vatikim a Priority
 
 
The Association of Americans and Canadians in Israel (AACI) is dedicated to the successful absorption of North American olim into Israeli society. To that end we have established an Employment Club in Beer Sheva to assist both new and veteran olim successfully find work. Our participants include accountants, lawyers, teachers, bankers, nurses, and writers. As part of a new initiative, we want to create a Referral Service to advertise actual positions to our participants. The goal of our efforts is to introduce prospective employers and employees to each other. 
 
How can you help? When you notify our office of openings in your company or organization, we will seek to inform appropriate candidates to make contact with you, according to your needs and direction. When you volunteer to act as a mentor in your field, we’ll connect you with an appropriate oleh or vatik candidate in your profession.
 
Please note that the AACI Employment Referral Service is not an employment agency. We can refer reasonably suitable candidates to you, but the responsibility to screen and interview remains up to you.

What we need from the employer
  • Job description
  • Requirements
  • Hours, salary range
  • Location
  • Contact information
What information we have about the Jobseeker
  • Resume
  • Career objective
  • Contact information
     
Campaign for Overseas Members

AACI is conducting a campaign to increase our overseas membership. We urge our members to help us by informing us about potential overseas supporters. Please send us names of relatives and friends who might join AACI as overseas members. Your support, and that of your family and friends, will enable AACI to continue to provide its vital Aliyah and Klitah services and to maintain its high level of programming. Please email membership@aaci.org.il
 
 
 
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