AACI South - Programs & Activites
Welcome Visitors               
Check out our new AACI presentation on Beer Sheva!
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.
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, Lea, and Ronit. 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.
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, please call Chaya Aft at 08-642-2915. 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 Chaya or Counselor Miriam Green at 08-643-3953 or mgreen@aaci.org.il  
Volunteers Welcome! AACI’s Soft Landing Project
Do you remember how overwhelming it was to arrive in your new country without family or language or an understanding of Israeli culture? At AACI we remember. That’s why AACI offers all new members a chance to meet with our volunteers.
We’re looking for volunteers to assist new olim with tasks like visiting the bank/post office/health clinic; shopping for the first time in an Israeli grocery store; making a doctor’s appointment; apartment hunting; visiting for Friday night dinner; or even getting to know a new city. If you have one or two hours a week/a fortnight/a month that you are available to volunteer, let us know. You might not be called on right away, but you’re helping both AACI and the new olim by allowing us to track your availability.
Rent Subsidies for Negev Dwellers Offered
A new program offering rental subsidies for up to two years, for a family buying a first-time apartment in the Negev is underway. Some of the requirements include:
  • The applicant must be a family unit, including single-parent families, and over the age of 21.
  • None of the family has ever owned an apartment.
  • Both the rental apartment and the purchased apartment must be in the Negev, in a city or municipality, and meet the criteria of Social Index 1-6, which includes all of the Negev, with the exception of Omer, Meitar and Lehavim, according to the following table: http://www.cbs.gov.il/hodaot2004/13_04_22t1.pdf
  • Both the rental and purchase must be apartments, in a building of at least 2 stories, and at least 4 apartments.
  • The apartment must be purchased in 2014, and must be no more than 4 rooms. The purchase price must be less than NIS 1,000,000 including VAT, and the family must have a mortgage of at least NIS 300,000 for at least 10 years, monthly payments of at least NIS 2,000.
  • You must provide documentation of all of the above.
  • The family must not be receiving any other government help with rental subsidy.
  • The subsidy offered is between NIS 1,000-1,200, depending on the community, for one year, with an option for a second year.
Here is the link to the official Hebrew document delineating the rights and obligations under this program: http://www.vpmo.gov.il/About/Tenders/Documents/RentNegev.pdf. The form and more information can be found here: http://www.negev.co.il/?p=2693. AACI member Bracha Goldman has offered to assist those members wishing to apply to navigate the application process. Please contact her at bracha.bz.goldman@gmail.com.
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!
AACI Offers a Warm Welcome To New Olim and American Visitors
AACI wishes a warm welcome to the new olim who have settled in Arad, Beer Sheva, Dimona, Eilat, Ketura, Meitar, Netivot, Omer, Revivim, Shokeda, Yerucham, Yotvata—your presence here is a spiritual boost to our humble communities. There are also many students who have recently arrived in the Negev. These include students in various BGU programs: the Columbia Medical School Program, the Overseas program, MAPMES (Masters of Arts Program in Middle East Studies), Desert Research, Sde Boker, and high school students at the Alexander Muss Negev Campus.
New olim and students who wish to meet long-time members of the community are welcome to contact Counselor Miriam Green mgreen@aaci.org.il or 08-643-3953.
The AACI Southern Branch Library
Below is a selection of the new books to welcome-in the New Year. Don't forget we also have many books for sale for NIS 10 each or five for NIS 25.  Come and browse, there is something for everybody! 
Open Sunday to Thursday from 10 am to 12 noon
Monday and Wednesday from 4 pm to 6 pm
(* from our 'For Sale' section)
We would also like to remind you that library dues should be paid now - still NIS 70 a year for six books at a time - the best bargain in Beer Sheva!
Last but not least, a big 'Thank You' to everyone who donated books to the library.
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
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 Sarah Greenberg: surieg@gmail.com.
There is also a Yahoo chat list for sharing information in the Arava region. Join the NegevEilat information group. Subscribe: NegevEilat-subscribe@yahoogroups.com
AACI 55+/ - Activities for Singles & Couples
AACI Art Exhibit
Jack Cohen - Manifestations
Gala Reception July 7, 18:00-20:00 details
AACI Memorial
September 30, 2014, 16:00
AACI Sukkot Walking Tours
Oct 6 - Oct 17, 2014
AACI Travel Program 2014    
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