AACI South - Programs & Activites
In accordance with the latest instructions from the Ministry of Health AACI is closed and all activities are postponed until further notice
We encourage you to follow the Ministry of Health’s guidelines available in English on their website:
While our offices will not be open, professional staff will be working from home. Our counseling department will be available by phone and e-mail to answer your questions and concerns (write to info@aaci.org.il). AACI volunteer leadership will join in efforts to reach out to English speakers around the Country.
AACI – The Association of Americans & Canadians in Israel does not accept any responsibility whatsoever for the content of the lectures offered, nor does it guarantee that this content will necessarily provide the participants with the information that they seek. The content presented to the participants is the opinion only of the lecturer and meant to be informational only.

Our office has moved
The AACI Southern Branch Library and office has moved! Thankfully, we have not moved very far. In fact, we're moved to a space that's in the same building but on the lower floor.
Our address and phone number will remain the same: 11 Mordechai Namir St., Matnas Yud-Alpeh, Beer Sheva, Tel: 050-797-3766 
We're gearing up for a whole new look and a new space for meetings, book talks, and social events. 
You can also contact us at info@aaci.org.il or via our daily Hot Line that is staffed by our counselors. Hot Line hours are Mondays through Thursdays from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m., at 02-566-1181, for quick answers to quick questions.
AACI takes this opportunity to thank the city of Beer Sheva and Kivunim for their unfailing efforts to accommodate us as we strive to provide support to our olim and vatikim and to create community-focused events. 
AACI Library
The AACI Beer Sheva library is now in its new and renovated home.  On the lower floor of Yud-Alef Community Centre,
11 Namir Street, Yud Alef, Beer Sheva.
Opening hours: Sunday – Thursday 10 am to noon, and Mondays & Wednesdays, 4 – 6 p.m
Please note that the new AACI Library and office are fully handicapped accessible. We're on the number 9 and 16 bus routes.
Contact: aacisouthlibrary@gmail.com.  050-797-3766 
Monthly Cultural Discussion Group

Join AACI Member Mark Shapiro once a month to enjoy coffee and discuss cultural events happening in Israel. Mark is a freelance translator and editor who has worked translating copy for several Israeli newspapers. The group will meet at Cafe Cafe at the Grand Canyon at 9:00 a.m. Apart from coffee (and maybe even cake), there will be no charge for the first meeting, which will be held tentatively during the 3rd week of January. Contact Mark at markellnet@gmail.com to RSVP.
AACI Games Morning
New Dates To Be Announced
Come to an informal morning of coffee and games with all your friends. Rummicube, Scrabble, puzzles and brain teasers and other popular games. Cost to cover refreshments: NIS 10. For more information, comment below or send an email to aacisouth@gmail.com
Announcing the launch of
- Emotional First Aid for English-speakers in Be'er Sheva in Times of War.
This project is a partnership between Get Help Israel, Olim Department of Be'er Sheva, and AACI South.
Olim in Be'er Sheva who are experiencing an extreme level of stress and need to speak with a mental health professional to help restore a sense of calm and stability may receive telephone support from a qualified therapist.
This is NOT a service for those having a mental health emergency. If you're experiencing symptoms that need immediate attention, please go to the Emergency Room at the Mental Health Center of Be'er Sheva (HaTzadik M'Yerushalim 29) or Soroka Hospital.
In order to access this service, please contact Megan at 058-4597010 (sending a what's app is fine too) for a short intake. Megan is available between 7:00-22:00. Please note: due to the sensitive security situation, Megan may not be available to respond immediately. You will be asked to complete a short questionnaire, and you'll be paired with a mental health professional for a free one hour telephone session to discuss your feelings connected to the situation and to restore a sense of calm.
We want to thank the GHI members who are volunteering their time to assist the Olim in Be'er Sheva! 👏👏👏
We also thank the organizers of this program.
Megan Turner, Miriam Green, Josie Arbel, Tanya Prochko, AACI Jerusalem
AACI Counseling
AACI offers counseling via our daily Hotline from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m., at 02-566-1181, or via our info@aaci.org.il email address. We are happy to discuss many topics related to the klitah of olim and vatikim in the Negev, including army service, apartment rentals and purchases, rights, driving and car purchases, health issues, and more.
If you are not already a member of AACI, visit our website at www.aaci.org.il. Join now to receive membership and support AACI’s activities in the South.
Support Group for English Speaking Caregivers to Form
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. 
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.

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.
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