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.
 
You're Invited!
The AACI Southern Branch invites you to celebrate Thanksgiving evening wtih a turkey dinner with all the trimmings, and live music. As it's also David Ben Gurion Day, we'll celebrate our dual identities with some quintessential Israeli fare. 
Wednesday, November 22
Prices for the event are as follows:
Early Bird Special (before November 9): 
AACI Members NIS 95 / Non-members NIS 110
After November 9: AACI Members NIS 110 / Non-members NIS 125
Please consider helping to subsidize less fortunate members of our community. All donations are welcome. 
Register by replying to this email aacisouth@gmail.com and include your full name and date of aliyah plus the full names of all your guests.
 The dinner will take place in Mishan, 13 Alfasi St., at 7:30 p.m. Mishan is accessible by buses 3 and 18, and a short walk from the no. 9 stop on Rehov Golda Meir. There is a special price for Mishan residents. 
 Last date to register is Wednesday, November 15. If you cancel your reservation after this date, AACI will refund partial payment only. After registration, payment may be made at the door, or at the AACI Library on Monday and Thursday mornings or by special arrangement. We prefer cash for all payments. 
We are taking donations of canned goods for Beer Sova at the dinner. Please bring generously any canned goods for those in need.  
Support Group for English Speaking Caregivers to Form
 
AACI, in conjunction with Yad Sarah’s Yad L’Tomech program, hopes to create an English-speaking support group for spouses and children who are primary caregivers of their family members. The group will start right after the chagim.
 If you are interested in a confidential group directed by licensed social workers that will meet on a regular basis to provide caring insights and emotional support, please contact AACI Counselor Miriam Green atmgreen@aaci.org.il to register today. Our minimum number of participants is 12.
 

AACI Social Evening 

Interested in joining friends old and new for a cup of tea (a "cuppa"), light refreshments and a relaxing evening watching a film? We will let you know about our upcoming gathering. You may email (john@grabinar.com) or call 08-642-4879, to express your interest. 
 
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.
 
 
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
Wednesday, November 1 at 10:00-13:00
 
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
 
 
 
AACI eBook Library
 
 
AACI Kids & Teens Exhibt 2018 details
 
A Season for Rejoicing - Art Exhibit  details
 
AACI Travel Program 2018
   
 
 
 
 
 
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