AACI Jerusalem Programs & Activities
AACI Celebrates Jerusalem Beginners Mah Jongg
AACI  Gallery Exhibition Introductory Mah Jongg
AACI Star Film Club The Sarah Peters Bridge Club
Art Workshop for Adults Seniors Wednesday Morning Programs RAPS
Classic Book Club  
Fresh Insights in Literature  
Painting on Glass & Ceramics  
Family music class for children American Citizen Services
  Business Success Forum
  Navigational Series
  Pre & Post Aliyah Sessions Information Sessions
  Volunteer with us!
  Senior Outreach
Employment Services Memoir Writing- Finish Your Memoir in 7 weeks!
  Professional Women’s Network
AACI Celebrates Israel at 70 Amit - AACI Library
Book Talk at AACI: Come Back for Me: A Novel by Sharon Hart-Green AACI DVD Library
AACI Kids Library
Yard Sale AACI Library for the Visually Impaired
  Books & Brunch
AACI’s J-Town Playhouse First City Improv  Show
Women, Wisdom & Wealth Ruby Tuesday
Blood Drive Support & Education for People who are HOH (Hard of Hearing) or Deaf
Exercise for 50+ Support Group for Women who are Caring for a Spouse with Dementia
Feldenkrais for Healthy Necks, Shoulders and Back Coping with the Loss of a Spouse or Loved One – A Workshop Series
  Strategies for Living with and After a Major Illness
Health & Wellness Programs  
Health & Wellness Networking Forum for Women & Men  
Yang Long Form Tai Chi Class  
AACI Advice Sessions
Advice Sessions
The following professionals offer their time for free consultations for AACI members only. 
Building and Construction Advice
Whether you are building or buying your home or apartment, Ira Braverman P.E., registered civil engineer (California and Israel) offers individual guidance and information. Call Ira at 054-796-2725 or e-mail ira.braverman@gmail.com
Employee Rights and Labor Law Issues
Moshe Egel-Tal, CSPP, founder and CEO of Israpay, is a payroll professional with over 20 years experience in all facets of Israeli payroll in private and public sectors. For a 15 minute private and discreet consultation, e-mail Moshe at moshe.israpay@gmail.com with your full name, phone number and a brief and precise outline of the issue. www.israpay.com
Family Budget Counseling
David Litke of Bonus Family Budget Counseling will offer individual consultations on managing everyday finances, monthly budgeting and preparing for life’s emergencies. Free phone consultations of up to 30 minutes every Tuesday from 14:00 to 16:00. Call David at 050-535-1800.
Financial Planning Advice
Mark van Gelderen, Manager of the Financial Resource Network in Israel, has been helping olim for over 20 years to find reliable information to manage the financial events in their lives. By appointment only by calling Mark at 02-622-3065.
Insurance Advice
Meet with an agent from Goldfus Insurance, exclusive AACI agents, who have been in the business for more than 30 years dealing with the special needs of olim and English speakers. Call 02-561-2223 for consultations in Jerusalem, or 08-970-4003 in Modiin.
Investment solutions for non-resident USA citizens
FATCA and other new USA regulations are now making it very difficult to be an investor who is a U.S. citizen living in Israel.
If you would like to find out how you can benefit from personal, U.S. based investment solutions, please contact Katherine Lapidoth, US and Israel licensed Wealth Manager, at 09-961-1342 or 050-523-8360 for a free consultation. Katherine has been serving the American community in Israel for more than 27 years. Meetings can be arranged at AACI offices as well as additional locations.
Legal Orientation
Seeking a legal consultation in commercial matters, wills, employment issues,real estate and / or business? Call Russell Mayer of Livnat, Mayer & Co.
for a 10 minute free telephone consultation on Tuesdays at 02-679-9533 or e-mail mayer@lmf.co.il.
My Tech Tutor in Israel
Personalized training on your electronic devices.It's EASY when you know how!
Empowering people to use contemporary technology...Philanthropic Consulting
Bryna Lee Jacobson email:  bl@mytechtutoril.com. mobile:  050-7725767
Arnie Draiman has been advising individual donors and foundations for more than 13 years about how best to use their Tzedakah funds. Call Arnie at 050-515-6776 or e-mail ajdraiman@gmail.com for an appointment.
Tax and Investment Advice
Tax expert Alan R. Deutsch will answer your queries about taxes, filing U.S. tax returns, and overall financial planning. By appointment only by calling Alan’s office 02-999-2104 ext. 100 or 052-274-9999 alan@ardcpa.com  
Translation Advice
Need help understanding a bill or form? Come to AACI for help translating. This is not a notary or legal translation. By appointment only by calling the AACI front desk.
Travel Advice
Ophir Tours has been providing AACI members the best prices, service and options for all travel needs for over 21 years. For the latest information regarding air fares, cruises, car rentals and domestic tourism, call Henriette at 03-526-9424
The AMIT-AACI Lending Library
Library Hours:
Sun, Mon, Tues, Thurs: 9 am - 4:30 pm;
Wed: 9 am - 7:00 pm
The AMIT-AACI Library offers a wide selection of books—all donated. We have fiction from contemporary titles to the classics, including classic murder mysteries. You can also find biography, Holocaust, Judaism, science fiction/fantasy and more on our shelves.   
A charge of 5 NIS per borrowed book is requested. All proceeds from the library are equally shared between AACI and AMIT Women.
For your convenience we offer a multi-purchase card as a service to readers.
“Meet” Harlan Coben
Monday, March 12, 14:00
Back by popular demand, out “meet” the author series continues! This time, we will be “meeting”
crime fiction author, Harlan Coben, ONLINE- interviewed in the prestigious Purdue Presidential
Lecture series.
NIS 15/10 AACI members
Classics reading group
Sunday, February 25th:
Madame Bovary by Flaubert
Cost:  NIS 20 / NIS 10
For more information about the class only, contact Dr.Oster at 02-624-6256
No need to pre-register!
Cost:  NIS 5
Fresh Insights into Literature 
We will be challenging ourselves with Faulkner’s The Sound and The Fury- this is difficult, but so worth it! Even if you were on board the last time we did this, it’s worth it to go through it again (and again)!
February 19th – Sections 3 and 4 – (Jason and Dilsey)
Cost: NIS 20/ 10 AACI members.
Leader: Dr. Judith Oster. for more information about the content of the classes, call 02-624-6256 or email jxo4@case.edu.
The AACI Childrens' Library is adjacent to the adult library.
Children’s Library Hours - Meet Librarian Helene Messinger, an expert on children’s books, who can help you choose books for your children! Choose books to take out of the library and sit in our children’s library and enjoy reading with your children! All books are in English. Children of all ages welcome.  12:00- 14:00 at the AACI Glassman Family Center, Pierre Koenig 37, Talpiot, 4th floor.
For further information please contact us: 02-566-1181 ext. 323, email: amitaaci.library@gmail.com
Books & Brunch
New date to be announced

Join us for a fun new type of book club! For those of you who love to read and socialize as well . Here is a chance to share your opinions on different authors, as well as new and old books.
Bring your brunch and a book you’ve been reading for lively discussion and sharing with friends. Coffee, tea, and cookies provided.
Cost: NIS 15/ 10 AACI members
AACI Celebrates Israel at 70
Unexpected Israel
Sunday, April 22

Cost: NIS 50/40 (AACI members)

Storyteller Ruth Corman takes you on an audiovisual journey to learn of some aspects of Israel you may not have experienced - a boxing club in Jerusalem, a Leopard Shrine in the desert, and a mural at the Dead Sea Lido.

You will hear about Israel’s remarkable work with birds, research into ancient balsam, a dramatic tale concerning oranges and the growth of the caviar industry, as well as meet some extraordinary characters - a nonagenarian Ethiopian nun who composes piano music, Amnon the Cannon, the founder of the Matkot Museum, and Shlomo Hillel - a giant of a man who helped rescue Jews of Iraq, and others.  The book will be available for NIS110.

Writer, photographer and art consultant Ruth Corman divides her time between London and
Jerusalem. Her first major book, 60 Years Through My Lens (the life story of David Rubinger,
renowned Israeli photojournalist), was published in 2008, and 17,000 copies were sold in English,
Hebrew, and German. Unexpected Israel is her latest book. For this she travelled extensively in Israel, visiting lesser-known places and meeting some remarkable characters. Rather than writing about either politics or religion, she chose to concentrate on some of the many creative, positive, moving, and humorous aspects of daily life in Israel that she observed. Says Ruth, “The media today is full of depressing news − I feel that instead, if I can make someone, somewhere, smile by reading my stories, then I am happy.”
Join us for an exciting opportunity!
Meet the author at a Wine & Cheese Reception at 18:00
Cost: NIS 300/NIS 250 (Chai Society members)
Call AACI 02-566-1181 by April 15 to reserve your spot at the reception.

Price includes:
  • Wine and Cheese Reception with the author, Ruth Corman
  • Signed copy of Unexpected Israel
  • Two reserved seats for the presentation
The Little Dictator
Sunday, February 25, 18:00
We are delighted to invite you to a special screening of the award winning film by Nurith & Emanuel Cohn:
The film is in Hebrew with English subtitles and is 28 minutes long. After the screening, there will be a Q & A with the filmmakers.
Professor Yossi Kleinmann is a history professor lecturing on political leaders in totalitarian regimes. At a Sabbath weekend celebrating the 90th birthday of his wife's grandmother, a Holocaust survivor, Yossi suddenly finds himself in an unexpected situation which forces him to confront history, his family and himself.
THE LITTLE DICTATOR has so far been screened at over fifty film festivals worldwide and has won twenty awards, among them 1st prize at the Cleveland International Film Festival and at the Jewish Film Festivals in Jerusalem, Los Angeles, San Diego, Warsaw and Rome.
Cost: NIS 30/20 AACI members

AACI The Star Media Library

For AACI members ONLY!

DVDs are now available to rent at The Star – AACI DVD Library!

How does it work?

There is a collection of DVDS at the front desk. Come in, sign one out, and return it in two weeks. You can take out up to two DVDs at a time! Cost per DVD: 5 NIS. Late fee for returns: 2 NIS per day. Hours of the front desk: 8:30 am-4:30 pm.

Click here for the list of DVDs.

We are still collecting DVD donations to our DVD Library! Please either bring in your DVDs or mail them to us at:  AACI, P.O.B 53349, Jerusalem 91533.

Please address any questions directly to volunteer coordinator Gary at star@aaci.org.il

The Jerusalem AACI and the Financial Resource Network present: Critical Financial Issues Facing Olim
Stayed tuned for new program
AACI Star Film Club
  42nd Street, March 21, 19:00                      Rose Marie, May 9, 19:00
The movies will be preceded by an erudite introduction by Gary Levine, a long-time movie buff. For moe information contact Gary at gary@thelevines.org
Pre-registration suggested: 02-5661181

AACI Jerusalem Retired Active Persons (RAPS)
Wednesday Morning Programs begin at 11:00 a.m

Chairperson: Marcia Lewison


Programs are held at AACI - Dr. Max & Gianna Family Center, Jerusalem, 37 Pierre Koenig 37, corner of Poalei Tzedek 2, Talpiot.

Feb 21  
Rabbi Ed Romm on "L'Chaim: Wine Gladdens the Heart"
Feb 28 Ram Rabby on "Stories of a Retired U.S. Diplomat"
March 7 Jenna Lewinsky on "Jacob's Sheep: Returning to the Land of Their Forefathers"
March 14 David Breakstone on "From the Kotel to Conversion: What Matters and What Doesn't?"
March 21 Prof. Leo Taubes on "Seize the Day – A Literary Tradition"
March 28 Rabbi Elan Adler on "Osteocharoses and Other Passover Curiosities"
Admission: NIS 10.
Further programs to be announced, and note some programs are subject to change.
A weekly update of RAPS programs is sent by email. To receive these, please e-mail
Elisheva Lahav lahavs@netvision.net.il.
Creative Workshop:  Crochet & More
When: Tuesdays
at 10:30 – 12:30
Take your skills to a higher level.  Bring your materials for knitting, crocheting or sewing and join in a pleasant, relaxed environment.
Facilitator: Gale Phaff made aliyah in 1993 and has an M.A. in Fibre Arts from Hunter College.  She teaches in various institutions and has exhibited her work in many places including the Brooklyn Museum.
Cost per week:  NIS 50 / NIS 40
AACI Blood Drive in cooperation with MDA  
New Date To Be Announced
Donate a pint of blood & Get a Pint of Ben and Jerry’s ice cream!
Your donation can make the difference! We are giving a pint of Ben and Jerry’s ice cream for a pint of blood.  Want to have your favorite flavor at the next blood drive?  Become an ice cream sponsor and pick your flavor!  E-mail mbarth@aaci.org.il for more information.
Your donation can make the difference!
Donors must:
  • Be aged 18-65 (Those over 65 can donate with a doctor's note.)
  • Be of minimum weight 50 kg
  • Have not donated blood in the last 3 months
Those who have spent a total of 6 months in the UK between 1980-1996, received a blood transfusion or had an operation in the UK cannot donate blood. 
Magen David Adom appreciates all who came to donate on behalf of the individuals who will benefit from your donation.
AACI Jerusalem members benefit from blood insurance in case of need.
When you are hospitalized in Israel, it is a customary hospital procedure to request that someone donate pints of blood to the hospital blood bank. AACI Jerusalem offers blood insurance for our members, and our blood drives “bank” this blood on behalf of all our members.
AACI will now host a blood drive every four months.
If you’d like to get blood drive date reminders by email, please send your e-mail address to mbarth@aaci.org.il
The Financial Resource Network presents:
The speakers will be available before or after the class, by appointment only, for free, individual,
no-obligation consultations on any related topic.
For more information 02 – 58 07 013 info@isrenet.com or www.frnisrael.com/Contact_English.html
Volunteer with us!

AACI is seeking a volunteer for office/computer work. Willing to train someone who has some knowledge of data entry, use of Microsoft excel. Looking for someone willing to commit to a few hours at a stretch, once or twice a week.

We are also seeking volunteers to help with social networking initiatives on media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, and YouTube. Individuals should have experience and confidence using these websites, as well as an ability to work independently coordinating information from a variety of sources. Individuals will create and modify unique content under (indirect) supervision on an as-needed basis. Workload will vary greatly from week to week, and sometimes be spread out over a variety of days. Most work can be completed remotely, if desired. Knowledge of spoken and written Hebrew is an asset.

AACI is looking to set up a database of volunteers who would be willing to undertake small freelance projects on an as-needed basis. We are looking for qualified individuals who are experienced with any of the following fields: blogging; photo editing; e-philanthropy; graphic design; internet communications; etc.

If you are an AACI member who works professionally in any of these fields, but would like to give back 5-10 hours per month on your own time, we encourage you to contact us!

membership@aaci.org.il or 02-566-1181 ext 301

Health and Wellness Programs
(All our classes take place at AACI-Dr. Max & Gianna Glassman Family Center, 37 Pierre Koenig/Corner of Poalei Zedek 2, Talpiot.)
Exercise Class for 50+
Sundays at 9:15 and 10:45 and Wednesdays at 9:30
NIS 55 / AACI Members 45 NIS
The class is led by Marilyn Cohen, graduate of the Wingate Institute with a certification in Physical Activity for Seniors.
Please wear closed shoes and comfortable clothing.
For more information and to register, please call 02-5661-181
“Cartisiya” now available – pay for 12 classes, get one free!  Call AACI at 02-566-1181
Yang Long Form Tai Chi Class
Thursday afternoons 15:45 (beginners)
NIS 45 / AACI Members 35 NIS
Find your balance at AACI with Nacy Harel!  Almost everyone can do Tai Chi; it is done in slow motion with little joint stress, cleansing and rejuvenating the body and mind. Using flowing movements, a Tai Chi session moves through positions for strength and balance to integrate mind and body.  Please we
ar loose clothing.
Feldenkrais for Healthy Backs and Joints
Mondays at 11:00- Cost  NIS 50/ 40 AACI members
Discover your body’s natural ability to move with greater ease, releasing chronic tensions and learning to develop efficient and flexible movements. The students are guided through a sequence   of gentle movements, discovering new possibilities of movement with reduction of pain and stiffness.
Taught by Shoshanna Lederman (050-752-6631). certified Feldenkrais practitioner, M.A. education, Bank Street
Improve Your Balance with the Feldenkrais Method
Wednesdays at 12:15- Cost NIS 50/40 AACI members
Safety, grace, and ease when you walk, stand, climb stairs, sit, carry loads, and get up and down. Taught by Shoshanna Lederman (050-752-6631). certified Feldenkrais practitioner, M.A. education, Bank Street
Cost: 50 NIS /AACI Member 40 NIS /  *600/48
“Cartisiya” now available – pay for 12 classes, get one free!  Call AACI at 02-566-1181
Where: AACI – Dr. Max & Gianna Glassman Family Center
Shoshanna Lederman, Certified Feldenkrais practitioner, Israel certified yoga teacher-Wingate Institute, MA in Education, Bank Street College, NY
Call Shoshanna for details: 050-7526631.
Pilates class
 Thursdays at 11:15 - 12:15

If practiced with consistency, Pilates improves flexibility, builds strength and develops control
and endurance in the entire body. It puts emphasis on alignment, breathing, developing a strong
core, and improving coordination and balance. Join us in creating strong bodies.

Instructor: Shira Reinhard is a licensed physical therapist and certified Pilates instructor.
Call Shira for details: 058-403-0513
Cost: NIS 50/40 AACI members
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Health and Wellness Networking Forum for Women and Men
Business Success Forum for Men and Women
Open to both male & female professionals who have either started a business or are thinking of starting one.
Bi-monthly seminars to take your business to the next level. Develop networking skills & take the opportunity to share ideas with others in a similar position to yourself
Tuesday, April 24, 18:30 – 20:30 
Topic: The Upside-Down Marketing Plan. Fast, Practical Marketing to Boost Your Business
Speaker: Debbie Benstein has worked on national & international marketing projects for small businesses, start-ups, entrepreneurs and non-profit organizations for the past 30 years. Debbie has a totally different take on marketing plans. She believes in learning how to figure out what marketing you should (and shouldn't!) be doing and how to get it all done on a shoestring budget without feeling overwhelmed. These days she spends her time advising clients on strategic marketing plans and teaching communication skills. She also designs, develops and runs her own Internet-based projects which include a series of marketing courses currently in production.
Facilitator: Lesley Kaplan: HR & Organizational Consultant and Coach, Trainer and Group facilitator. Founder & CEO of L.A.K. Creations & Consulting
Cost: NIS 40 / AACI members NIS 30
No pre-registration required. Email lak.goals@gmail.com for further info.
Bring your business cards, brochures & marketing materials for networking!
Share with others you feel could benefit from the discussion!
Refreshments provided. Look forward to seeing you!
Facilitator: Lesley Kaplan: HR & Organizational Consultant and Coach, Trainer and Group facilitator. Founder & CEO of L.A.K. Creations & Consulting Cost: NIS 40 / 30 AACI members No pre-registration required.
Email lak.goals@gmail.com for further info. Bring your business cards, brochures & marketing materials for networking! Share with others you feel could benefit from the discussion! Refreshments provided. Look forward to seeing you
Cost: NIS 40 / AACI members NIS 30
Heard Any Good Books Lately?
AACI’S Library for the Visually Impaired
What if your vision deteriorated so that you could no longer read the books you love? AACI prides itself in filling every possible niche in making life in Israel a wonderful experience and solving problems.
Located in the Jerusalem office of the AACI, this very extensive library is a lifeline for visually and physically impaired booklovers. It contains books on tape, CDs, MP3s and in large print, ranging from fiction, suspense and humor, to self-help, Judaica and biographies.
What could be easier than to request books by phone or e-mail, have them mailed to you free of charge, and return them in the same container postage free? This amazing library is utilized by English speakers of all ages from Naharia to Eilat, in cities and towns as well as on kibbutzim and moshavim.
The librarians are all volunteers who take great pride in knowing their dedication enriches the lives of so many. All of the “books” in the library have been donated or purchased with donated funds. Gifts of large print books or audiobooks can be sent postage free to the AACI, 37 Pierre Koenig, corner of Poalei Tzedek Talpiot, Jerusalem.  P.O. Box 53349, Jerusalem 91042
To find out how you can access the world of talking books, make a donation or work as a volunteer, call 02-560-0912, or e-mail library@aaci.org.il
AACI Yard Sale!
New dates to be announced
Toys, games, clothing, kitchen and household wares, books and more!
Delicious food, drinks, and challot will be for sale!
A true bargain-hunter’s delight!

Where:  AACI-Dr. Max & Gianna Glassman Family Center,

37 Pierre Koenig, Talpiot, 4th floor
Painting on Glass & Ceramics
Wednesdays, February 7th, 14th & 21st, 13:30-14:30
Learn a new technique each week!
Cost: NIS150 per person (sign up by January 28th) by calling Dana 054-788-3874
Art Workshop for Adults - Back by Popular Demand!
Thursdays, March 8, 15, 21, April 12, 12:30-14:00
Yannah Popovitz M.A. will guide you in discovering your inner artist using a creative/expressive approach. Engage in fun and relaxing art activities including drawing, artistic style exploration, portraits with a twist, “household art”, collage in a box, and a taste of creative writing. Learn innovative techniques and gain a new and exciting perspective on art.
No prior art experience necessary! The seasoned artist will benefit as well.
Cost: NIS 350/ 300 AACI members for the whole course (price includes all materials for the course)
Pre- registration required by calling 02-566-1181 before March 11th! Space is limited.

Family music class for children from 4 months to five years old

Enjoy 45 minutes of music with singing, puppets, percussion instruments and lots of ideas to enrich your child’s musical and English development.
Tuesdays, starting on November 1st at 10:15 and
Wednesdays starting on November 2nd  at 16:30
Cost: NIS 30 for one child, NIS 50 for two . Discount with a clip card.
Registration with Sharon at Sharon@musicwithsharon.com  054 5315990
Facebook Sharonmusicfun
Support & Education for People who are HOH (Hard of Hearing) or Deaf
Do you live with hearing loss? Have you felt isolated? Do you have trouble communicating with others- in person, or on the phone? You’re not alone! Facilitator:Ronnie Kaufman. 14:00
At AACI Glassman Family Center, 37 Pierre Koenig, Talpiot.
Pre & Post Aliyah Sessions Information Sessions
(Valuable information on rights, bureaucracy, & more…)
 held at:
AACI Dr. Max & Gianna Glassman Family Center
37 Pierre Koenig, corner of Poalei Tzedek
Talpiot. Directions
Tel: 02-5661-181
Please call in advance (02-561-7151) to confirm and to sign up.
In addition, AACI also offers:
"HOT LINE" Counseling with Sheila Bauman by phone, for short questions only!
Daily (Sunday – Thursday):  12:15 pm – 1:15 pm. Call 02-5661-181.
DROP-IN Counseling for AACI members
Either 9:00 am – 10:45 am or 2:00 pm – 3:45 pm. Call 02-5661-181 the day before or same day to confirm time and counselor availability.
Advice Sessions for AACI members, given by qualified volunteers.
Call 02-566-1181 to make an appointment for: Travel, Tax and Investment Advice; Banking Advice; Building and Construction Advice; Insurance Advice; Shipping Advice and/or Advice on Money Management – investments, real estate, wills and trusts abroad. By appointment only!
AACI Navigational Programs
Inheritance Law, Israeli Wills, Advanced Care Directives and Power of Attorney for Healthcare
Learn valuable information to assure that your wishes are known and respected in a legal way.
In cooperation with The Klitah Department of the Municipality of Modi’in, Maccabim-Reut.
When: Sunday March 18th at 19:30
Where: Modi’in, Maccabim-Reut Municipality, 20 HaIrusim, Reut
PresenterRussell Mayer is a senior partner in the Jerusalem law firm of Livnat, Mayer & Co.
Setting up a U.S. Non Profit
Do you have a dream to help/aid/assist and better the world?! The non-profit area has special challenges. 
Learn what you realistically need to set up a US non-profit.  What are the steps involved?  What are the costs?  What type of non-profit? What do I need to set up a Board of Directors?  And more.  Become aware of the many factors necessary to achieve your dream organization!
When: Wednesday March 14th at 19:00
Where: PICO, along the 4th floor corridor, past AACI’s Dr. Max & Gianna Glassman Family Center,
Presenter: David Garber, an experienced IRS Enrolled Agent, is an AACI member who made aliyah in 2001 after a career in financial planning, investment and insurance brokerage.  He serves U.S. olim clients on all phases of individual, non-profit, and business taxation and planning, and has assisted scores of 501 C 3 non-profit organizations with set-up, launching, operations, board conduct, and IRS 990 Annual Tax Returns.  www.7thfloortaxservice.com
Bringing Your Parents To Live In Israel: Is Aliyah The Right Decision For All Of You?
For adults and/or their parents who are considering aliyah.  What do we need to know?  Is this the right move?  Where do we start?  Learn useful information so you can make good decisions on housing, health care and more
When:  Wednesday April 11th at 10:00
PRESENTER:   Sheila Bauman, AACI Jerusalem Klitah Counselor
The Sarah Peters Bridge Club
Monday afternoons from 13:00-16:00
Experienced players welcome
Beginners Bridge
Wednesday, 22 at 12:30- 14:15

Cost: NIS 80 for the whole course
Pre- registration required by calling AACI- 02-566-1181
Limited number of participants.
Learn to play one of the most popular card games worldwide! In this eight week course, you’ll
learn card playing, bidding, and maybe even winning!
Bring a note pad and pen to take notes!
Instructors: Mary Thompson & Lionel Josman
Ongoing Mah Jongg Club
Sundays,  16:00- 18/;00
Whether you’re just starting out, honing your skills or an advanced player, this club is for you!
NIS 10 per week.
Pre- Registration is encouraged by calling AACI, 02-566-1181. At AACI Glassman Family Center, 37 Pierre Koenig,Talpiot.
Professional Women's Networking Forum
Thursday, March 8,  13:00 – 15:00
Special program & Le'Chaim for International Women's Day!
“Beyond the Resume: Looks DO Count!”
Superior credentials, reputation and work history might get us in the door... But looking the part can be the ‘clincher’, because, like it or not, we live in a society where appearance plays a major role. In the competitive world of business, putting our ‘best face forward’ is often a factor in landing the desired job or client.  Every woman can enhance her appearance, project a can-do attitude and wear her confidence both on the inside and out.
Image & Beautfy Consultant Andrea Simantov will talk about looking good, feeling great and radiating the professionalism that we’ve worked hard to develop and wish to project. Andrea is the founder of Great Cuts and Makeovers by Andrea (formerly Jerusalem Bride). She is a writer for several magazines and hosts a weekly radio show on Israel News Talk Radio called “Pull Up a Chair.” Offering both private and group sessions for almost 20 years, Andrea has taught women to look their ‘personal bests’, promoting beauty and every stage of life.
Thursday, April 12, 13:00 - 15:00
"Facebook and Content"
There are new rules, new tricks and tips, in order to enhance your Facebook existence. Discover how to make sure you are reaching your audience, and how to adapt your strategy to make Mark happy! 
Shari Wright Pilo has over 20 years in marketing. As a blogging pioneer, she brings with her a plethora of proven experience offline and online. She specializes in social media channels, including creation and implementation of digital strategies and campaigns by utilizing blogs, blogger outreach, and social media network management. Shari has consulted & mentored hundreds of small businesses and entrepreneurs to help them reach their marketing goals and grow their customer base.
Coaching Corner
Believe in yourself! Have confidence in your abilities!
There is no-one exactly like you!
Follow your Truth and your Passion
Facilitator: Lesley Kaplan: HR & Organizational Consultant and Coach, Trainer and Group facilitator. Founder & CEO of L.A.K. Creations & Consulting

Refreshments provided. | No pre-registration required
Cost: NIS 40 / AACI members NIS 30 | www.achieveyourgoals.co.il
For more information: : 054-4247628 | lak.goals@gmail.com
Bring your business cards, brochures, products, and marketing materials.
Share with others whom you feel could benefit from the networking and
discussions. Bring a friend who will participate for FREE the first time.
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Book Talk at AACI: Come Back for Me: A Novel by Sharon Hart-Green
Tuesday February 20, at 14:00
Join us for the Israel launch of this book!
Loss, trauma, memory, and the impenetrable ties of family are the elements that weave together Sharon Hart-Green's panoramic debut novel Come Back for Me (New Jewish Press; 304 pages). Set in the aftermath of World War II, it is the gripping story about the redemptive power of love and self-understanding. Published in Canada in June, 2017, the novel is now available in the U.S. and abroad. Reviews have appeared in the Jerusalem Post, Times of Israel, Canadian Jewish News, and The Jewish Week; it was recently chosen as an Editors' Pick by the Historical Novels Society.
Come Back for Me tells the story of two young Jewish characters; one is a Hungarian Holocaust survivor on a desperate search for his beloved sister, after having been separated during the war. His journey takes him to Israel, where he falls in love with a young woman who still bears the scars of her own tragic past in Germany.
Intersecting the tale is that of a young woman of Hungarian-Jewish origin whose tranquil life in 1960s Toronto is shattered by her uncle's sudden death. As she struggles with her aunt's growing depression and her parents' collective secrecy, she gropes for answers to her unanswered questions while being drawn into a troubled relationship with a young musician.
The stories come together in Israel following the Six-Day War, arriving at the connections between generations. Come Back for Me deals evocatively with the scars left by tragedy and the possibilities for healing.
Sharon Hart-Green is a Canadian novelist and literary scholar whose debut novel, Come Back for Me, was chosen as the inaugural fiction offering of The New Jewish Press. She received her Ph.D. from Brandeis University and taught Hebrew and Yiddish literature at the University of Toronto. She is the author of Not a Simple Story about Shai Agnon, and Bridging the Divide, featuring her translations of the Hebrew poems of Hava Pinhas-Cohen. Hart-Green's short stories, translations, and reviews have appeared in numerous publications such as The Jewish Review of Books and The Jewish Chronicle.
Cost: NIS 20/Free for AACI members

American Citizen Services

Consulate General of the United States in Jerusalem


Phone: +972 (0)2-630-4000

Fax: +972 (0)2-630-4070

Street Address: 14 David Flusser, Jerusalem 93392

(Near the former Diplomat Hotel, now the Caprice Diamond Center)

Location via Google Maps

Note from AACI: The map is not clear. David Flusser St. is a new street.

#78a bus goes directly to the US Consulate in Talpiot. Stops right in front of building. American Citizen Services Consulate General of the United States in Jerusalem Email:JerusalemACS@state.gov Phone: +972 (0)2-630-4000 Fax: +972 (0)2-630-4070 Street Address: 14 David Flusser, Jerusalem 93392 (Near the former Diplomat Hotel, now the Caprice Diamond Center) 

An Egged bus #7a takes you to the Caprice Diamond Center. Look for the big flag mast and flag at the crossroads of Kfar Eztion, Klauzner and Yum HaMelech. By car, drive along Rechov Beitar and left on to Lankin Street. Hours: 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM (UTC/GMT +2) Monday - Friday (Closed on American and local holidays.)

Hours: 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM (UTC/GMT +2) Monday - Friday (Closed on American and local holidays.)

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Employment Services
New program to be announced.
Presenter:  Helen Har Tal, MS Vocational Counseling/Human Resource development, has been a job developer, vocational counselor and employment counselor at AACI for over 25 years.
Cost:  30 NIS / AACI members free
AACI’s job-hunting members may schedule a personal consultation by
appointment with vocational/employment counselor Helen Har-Tal, in Jerusalem on Mondays,
(call 02-5661181 for appointments) or at AACI’s Tel-Aviv office (call 03-696-0389 for times and
AACI 55+/ - Friendship Circle - Activities for Singles & Couples
February 2018:
Come lunch with us at Café Paris followed by a guided tour in English at BEIT LEVI ESHKOL, Tuesday, February 27th at noon
BEIT LEVI ESHKOL only, Sunday, February 25, 2018 at 10 am.
Reservations are limited to 12 people for the museum and Café which is within a short walking distance; OR 20 people for the museum only.
Admission: Beit Levi Eshkol is 10NIS AACI members
                                                 20NIS non-members
Exact change is required, payable to the AACI activity leader.
Cafe Paris: prices vary per menu and each person is responsible for their own meal including the tip.
For more information and registration call: Helen Freedman: 058 480 3457
NOTE: individuals are responsible for getting to each location on their own in January and February. 
Join us at Cafe Joe
Address – corner of Jabotinsky and Keren Hayesod, (opposite the Inbal Hotel) 
Reservations required no later than noon on Thursday. Please call:
Martin Silbermann 058 636 1108
Our Facebook page is now live. Please click on the link below to follow and like us!
If you wish to join the mailing list of 55+, please send an email to Rochelle at: aaci.55ish@gmail.com
Memoir Writing- Finish Your Memoir in 7 weeks!
March 6, 13, 20, 27, April 10, 17, 24, 10:30-12:30
You know you have stories to tell. You know that if you don't write them down they'll be forgotten and yet you just don’t. Here's the solution: Carol Ungar's  Memoir Writing for Everybody is A seven week crash course for writers and non-writers guaranteed to produce a memoir.
 No homework. All writing is done in class and at the end of seven weeks you have your life story written down. 
 Week 1. The world before me  Genealogy, significant  family history,  family lore  that preceded you.
Week 2: Mom and Dad. Who were they. What they did. How they raised you and how did your relationship continue into your life
Week 3: Childhood, school days, friends adn early years
Week 4: Coming of age, picking a profession.  Working life
Week 5: Partnership. Spouse, marriage or not. Raising a family or not.
Week 6: Significant challenges and how your faced them
Week 7: My life now
Week 8: My legacy. Life lessons. What I want to leave to future generations.
Cost: NIS 250 for the whole course. Pre- registration required by calling AACI, 02-566-1181.
Carol Ungar is a prize winning author and memoir workshop facilitator. She's taught at the AACI, local community centers and she presented a workshop on teaching memoir at the Jewish Women’s' Writers' Seminar
Support Group for Women & Men who are Caring for a Spouse with Dementia
Group meets every other Sunday at 12:30
Rena Meriash-Levine and Ellen Sucov invite women and men who are caring for a spouse with dementia to a bi-monthly support group.
The main focus of the group will be dealing with the challenges of caring for a spouse with dementia, and helping each other find solutions.
Meetings are free of charge. Sunday at 13:00 at AACI Glassman Family Center, 37 Pierre Koenig,Talpiot.
Coping with the Loss of a Spouse or Loved One – A Workshop Series
New date to be announced
One of the many challenges associated with grieving the loss of a loved one is adjusting to the new reality of living in the absence of the loved one. In this workshop series, we will introduce/expound upon the process of grief, the development of new routines, envisioning of new futures, and the possibilities of adopting a new sense of identity with individuals who have all had similar experiences. With Gershon Swimmer, MSc. is an experienced psychotherapist who works with couples and individuals.
He can be reached at gershonswimmer@gmail.com.
With Gershon Swimmer MSc
One of the many challenges associated with grieving the loss of a loved one is adjusting to the new reality of living in the absence of the loved one.
In this workshop series, we will introduce/expound upon the process of grief, the development of new routines, envisioning of new futures, and the possibilities of adopting a new sense of identity in a supportive setting with a group of individuals who have all had similar experiences.
Cost: NIS 150/ 120 AACI members for the whole series
        NIS 25/20 per session
Gershon Swimmer, MSc. is an experienced psychotherapist who works with couples and individuals. He can be reached at gershonswimmer@gmail.com
Strategies for Living with and After a Major Illness
Monday, February 5th, 12:00
AACI member Chaya Weinberg has offered to facilitate a forum to hear the strategies and coping skills that she has incorporated into her life to learn to accept, grow, thrive, and even smile along life’s journey.

Chaya Weinberg (02-652-3232) is a cancer survivor, who has much experience helping others cope with loss.
Senior Outreach

The AACI Jerusalem Senior Outreach project continues to make calls to our members 60 years of age and older. Most members report that all is well; many are busy with work and/or family or as volunteers. Others would like periodic telephone calls or visits from Committee volunteers.
We would appreciate volunteers who could visit our homebound members, to play cards or games, or just make conversation to enhance their quality of life. Volunteers also distribute gift baskets at Rosh Hashanah and Purim.

If you feel you would find satisfaction in helping others in this way, please leave your name, telephone number and e-mail address at the front desk so Stefanie can return the call and discuss how your skills and interests can contribute to the Outreach Project’s work. Or e-mail her at sblack@amir.org.il

Stefanie Black, MSW, Project Coordinator.
AACI eBook Library
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Studioworks - Art Exhibit  details
J-Town Playhouse: Assassins   details
AACI Travel Program 2018
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