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.

AACI To Visit CDI Labs TBA

Join AACI for an exciting tour of the new CDI Innovation Lab for Healthy Aging in March. Date to be announced. Not only will we learn about on-going projects, but we will take part in a meeting to share and brainstorm about types of issues seniors deal with that can be solved through technology.
We will met at the Innovation Lab in the Advanced Technologies Park, time to be announced.
This project, which was opened in December 2017, is jointly sponsored by the Center for Digital Innovation (CDI) Negev, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU), the National Insurance Institute of Israel, the Beersheva municipality, the Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) and the Amal & Beyond Group.
To reserve your place on the tour, sign up via the AACI South website athttps://www.eventbrite.com/e/cdi-tour-tickets-42413914159.
From left, CDI Negev CEO Ziv Ofek, Amal & Beyond CEO Dalia Korkin and BGU President Dr. Rivka Carmi at the Innovation Lab for Healthy Aging launch in December 2017 at the Advanced Technologies Park in Beersheva. Photo by Dani Machlis/BGU

AACI Purim Party!
Saturday night, March 3, 20:00

Wear a funny hat and be prepared to tell a funny story
Meet new residents of Beer Sheva
Games, Refreshments
Music with Marty Flam
Cost: AACI members NIS 15; non-members NIS 20
Newcomers to Beer Sheva (less than one year): Free
8 Mishol Smamit (adjacent to the Kipa Synagogue)
Purim's Hidden Texts
Decoding an old Yiddish Poem
Monday, March 12, 19:30
When Yiddish scholar Zelda Newman translated a poem that was found in Oxford University library in manuscript form, she, along with her Hebrew-speaking colleague, proved that the poem was about Purim, despite the fact that the holiday is never mentioned.
Join Zelda at the AACI Southern Branch Library to learn how the culture in which the poem is rooted aids the hidden meaning of the poem's author.
The AACI Southern Branch Library is located in Matnas Yud-Aleph, 11 Mordechai Namir St., Beer Sheva. Accessible by buses no. 9, 16, and 18.
Cost: AACI Members NIS 20
"Unto Every Person There is a Name."

Yom Hashoah, Moadon B'Salon

Join AACI and NBN as we remember the six million who perished in the Holocaust through the lens of one person's survival.
We will meet on Wednesday, April 11, at 7:30 p.m., at the Lauder Center, 37 Hativat HaNegev St., Beer Sheva, to hear the story of Dr. Celia Romm Livermore and her father. Though she was born in Haifa, Celia spent much of her career abroad as a university professor of Business Administration and Information Systems Management in universities in Israel, Australia, and the US. 
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
new dates 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.

AACI Southern Branch Library Sale!

With winter arriving, we are sure our books will keep you warm. Lots of new books were catalogued and shelved during 2017 including many non-fiction volumes. In addition to our great collection on loan, books on our sales shelves will be sold for NIS 5 each from December 12 to January 31.
Membership: For membership of only NIS 70 per year, you can borrow up to 6 books per visit. A family fee of NIS 100 allows each child in the family to borrow 3 additional books. We also have a home delivery service for the housebound for NIS 100 per year.
Volunteers: If you have two hours to spare once a month/fortnight/week, we want you to enhance our dedicated team. Please contact Frieda (050-797-3766) if you are interested.
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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