Volume XIII Number 29
Biweekly e-Newsletter
November 27, 2014/ 5 Kislev 5775

The AACI family, together with the entire house of Israel, mourns the victims of the recent tragic and senseless murders.
We send our deepest condolences to the families of all the fallen and wish a speedy recovery to the injured.
The following North Americans will be remembered at the next annual AACI Memorial Ceremony in the fall of 2015:

Chaya Zissel Braun
Rabbi Aryeh Kupinsky
Rabbi Kaman Zeev Levine
Rabbi Moshe Twersky

May their memories be for a blessing
And may their families be comforted among the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem

Pilot Trips Seniors Visually Impaired Library Continuing Education Memorial Ceremony Study Vacations Legal Directory
AACI Links Scholarships Discounts for Members Loans and Mortgages AMIT-AACI Library Travel Experience Cemetery Program
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Join the AACI conversation on facebook and the AACI page to leave your comments on our wall, or liking the posts and comments. (click link labeled “comment” or “like” located underneath the message.
AACI Jerusalem – Jewish Philosopher: The Thought of Eliezer Berkovits
Tuesdays, 12:30
Our text will be God, Man and History (1965), in which Berkovits suggests that harmonizing faith and reason no longer occupies the mind of the modern Jew with Rabbi Avraham Fischer.  read more
AACI Jerusalem – Health & Wellness Programs
Join our classes for Tai Chi, Exercise class for 50+, Feldenkrais and, Improving your balance. read more
AACI Jerusalem - Family music class for children from 4 months to five years old
Mondays at 16:30
Enjoy 45 minutes of music with singing, puppets, percussion instruments and lots of ideas to enrich your child’s musical and English development. read more
AACI Seniors Programs
Enjoy a variety of fun and interested programs for retired active persons: Jerusalem   Haifa   Tel Aviv   Netanya  Beer Sheva
AACI Jerusalem - Hebrew Literature Course
Mondays, 11:00 – 12:30, 10 sessions
This course will focus on some of the prominent authors in Hebrew Literature, from the beginning of the 20th century until today.  read more
AACI Jerusalem - Demystifying Your Iphone, Ipad/Android/Tablet
Wednesdays, 13:00 iPhone/iPad/ 14:00 Android
Has technology passed you by? Join our series of classes offering step-by-step instruction in making the most of your iPhone, iPad, android or tablet. Each class will focus on one specific topic. read more
AACI Jerusalem's 2014-2015 Opera Package
Registration is now available to see an array of operas such as ‘The Barber of Seville’, ‘La Rondina’, ‘The Elixir of Love’, ‘Nabucco’ and ‘The Czar’s Bride’. read more
AACI Central - Spanish Classes
Tuesdays, 11.00 - 12.15
Grammar and conversation will be the focus of this class, conducted by an English/Spanish speaking teacher. Basic Spanish knowledge is necessary! read more
AACI Jerusalem – Zumba
Thursdays  9:30 - 10:10    Level 1 Zumba
Thursdays 10:15 - 11:00   High Energy Zumba
Zumba® Fitness is a feel-happy workout that combines a motivating fusion of Latin and international music with unique moves and dynamic combinations that allow participants to dance away their worries.   read more
Winter Programs at El Halev in Jeruslem
AACI members receive a discount when joining one of El Halev's programs this winter. read more
WITH BRUSH AND PEN 5th Annual Children and Teen Arts Exhibit
Coming in the spring 2015! volunteers needed to help organize and promote this project! Even If You Don't Live In Jerusalem - We Need Your Help! Write to Aaciart@Gmail.Com for more information!
Please note: Programs are listed in date order
AACI Central - Drawing Classes with Uri Dagan - New
Monday, December 1, 16:00-18:00 or Thursday, December 4, 10:00-12:00
First session will be an Introduction and "eye-hand coordination" exercises followed by four more sessions. read more
AACI Central - "Will you Outlive your Money?" - New
Wednesday, December 3, 19:00
Investment Strategies for the Low Interest Rate and Long Life-Span Environment. Guest speaker: Richard Gussow. read more
AACI Jerusalem – IGRA - New
Sunday, December 7, 18:30-20:30
Have you recorded your family story?  Wondering how to tackle this project?  Join The Israel Genealogy Research meeting. read more
 AACI Central & The Financial Resource Network Seminar – Dealing with Critical Financial Issues
*Sun, Dec 7  *Mon, Dec 8  *Wed, Dec 9 at 19:00
A 3 day seminar series dealing with critical Oleh financial issues here and Abroad. read more
AACI Jerusalem - FATCA updates - New
Are you being refused US investment service? Not sure whether to MOVE or SELL your US assets? Join our guest financial experts: Katherine Lapidoth,Felicia Seaton, Alan R. Deutsch. read more
AACI Jerusalem - STAR Film Club - New
Wednesday, December 10, 19:00
‘How Green was my Valley’ with Walter Pidgeon. The movies will be preceded by an introduction by long-time film buff Gary Levine. read more
AACI –J-Town Playhouse Theater Presents 'Dead Man's Cell Phone'
Performance: Dec 11,
This play explores the paradox of modern technology's ability to both unite and isolate people in the digital age. read more
AACI 55+/ - Friendship Circle - Activities for Singles & Couples - New
Thursday, December 11
Meet for evening dinner at Roza Restaurant,  2 Rahel Imenu (corner of Emek Refaim). read more
AACI Central in Conjunction with the Herzliya Lecture Group presents "A Jewish Narrative" - New
Thursdays, 11:00
A series of lectures on a wide range of biblical,historical, cultural and comtemporary issues in an informal and personal environment.  read more
AACI Jerusalem - Professional Women's Network Meeting - New
Thursday, December 11, 12.45 - 15:00
Topic:  Resilience and Women’s Business – Bouncing Back Better.
How we manage the inevitable challenges or bumps in our lives is a critical factor in our success.  Learn how to regain your balance! read more
AACI Jerusalem & The Financial Resource Network Seminar – Dealing with Critical Financial Issues - New
*Sun, Dec 14  *Mon, Dec 15 at 17:00
A 3 day seminar series dealing with critical Oleh financial issues here and Abroad. read more
AACI Libraries at your Service
AMIT-AACI Library Jerusalem    AACI Library for the Visually Impaired  
The AACI Southern Branch Library    AACI Netanya - Gura Family Memorial Library    The AACI Library for Kids
Did you know that AACI has a Blog?


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AACI Jerusalem Navigational Series: - Buying or Selling a Car - New
Thursday, December 11, 16:30   
Learn the ins and outs of buying or selling a car in Israel. Presenter: Ezra Benjamin of Zvi Cars.  read more
AACI Shira Pransky Health Project - New
AACI’s Shira Pransky Project has been chosen to be an official non-profit partner of the 2015 Jerusalem Marathon! If you'd like to run with Team Shira, support our runners, or the team in general, please check our brand new website for the marathon, by clicking here or email marathon@shirapranskyproject.org. More exciting details and updates to come!
News for Diabetics - New
As of December 1, 2014, the regulations for diabetics submitting a claim for General Disability Pensions or Work Injury Allowances from the National Insurance Institute (Bituach Leumi), as well as income tax exemptions from the Tax Authority will be changing.  To find out more about how these changes may effect you, check out: http://shirapranskyproject.org/diabetics-changes-to-benefit-regulations/.
Trade Fairs for New Immigrants – "The Voucher Project" - New
Tuesday, December 9, 11:00-16:00
The Ministry of Aliyah and Immigrant Absorption Employment Devision is holding three training fairs for new immigrants in three locations.  read more
Riding the Buses – Rav Kav - New
From December 1st, one must have a Rav Kav Card in order to receive a discounted price on bus and train rides.  It will still be possible to pay full fare for one ride on the buses and trains in cash.  The Rav Kav Card is free. read more
Attention New Immigrants and Returning Residents
The Ministry of Aliyah and Immigrant Absorption Announces New Assistance for Training Courses in Basic Computer Applications.
The level of assistance for a new immigrant/returning resident is up to a total of NIS 3,750 or up to 80% of the cost of the course, whichever is the lowest figure. read more
Ulpan La-Inyan - Get Speaking Hebrew
New Winter 2014
With a cozy class size and a friendly, top Ulpan teacher, you’ll feel right at home as you embark on your conversational Hebrew-learning journey. read more
The AACI Robert & Debbie Zober Loan Fund
Thanks to the generosity of Dr. Max and Gianna Glassman, AACI is pleased to announce the creation of a new interest-free loan fund for the purpose of assisting English-speaking immigrants find work in Israel by helping them retrain or to fund other work-related expenses. read more
The Ness Negev Business Loan Fund
To assist small businesses in the Negev, with the broader aim of creating jobs and accelerating economic activity in Israel's southern region. read more
$70,000 Small Business Loan Program
AACI is pleased to be in partnership with the Koret Foundation’s Israel Economic Development Fund (KIEDF) and to have established a small business loan program for AACI's members. read more
Business Mentoring Project
AACI is pleased to invite established professionals and business people to participate in a project of the Council of Olim Associations to mentor potential olim in their fields of business.  read more
Friday, January 16, 08:30-12:00

AACI Jerusalem & Central-
Harvey Bordowitz: Beethoven –
From Tragedy To Triumph

Tel Aviv Central: Wednesday December 10, 19:30
Jerusalem: Sunday, December 14 at 19:30, 19:30  
Beethoven’s confrontation with his increasing deafness, and his bravery in adversity, gave rise to triumphant creations which stir our souls to this day.
AACI Jerusalem  / AACI Central
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Still Counting. . . . . on You!
The annual, all-inclusive “Count Me In!” Campaign appears to have struck a positive note with both newcomers and long-time friends of the AACI.  Donations are still coming in and we in the Development Department are frequently moved by the warm notes that accompany the gifts:
*“Keep up the good work!  The programs are getting better and better!”
*“My husband is addicted to your book sales.  We have no more room on the shelvesJ.”
*“The coping workshops saved my sanity.  With two grandsons in the IDF, I nearly lost my mind this past summer but, thankfully, gained a healthy perspective on how the war affected me, my family and the rest of our country.  Thank you, AACI!”

Every day we work hard at determining what programs, activities, seminars and trips will make your life richer and more meaningful.  “Count Me In!” allows us to both plan and provide.  Indeed, this campaign is all about ‘partnership’ and that is why we rely on your open-handed generosity.

While 2014 is rapidly drawing to a close, it is not too late to make a gift that is both tax-deductible for this year and vital to our on-going work.  Together, we will ensure that the English speaking community in Israel receives the recognition and services it so deserves.
Dial 1-800-AACI-NOW!
No, that is not a real phone number.  But it could be!  Because sometime in the middle of January, your phone will ring and a voice on the other end will announce, “Hello.  This is Mel/Sara/Harvey/Doris (or any other name) from the AACI.  Can we talk??”  
The annual Phonathon gives each one of us an opportunity to speak in real-time about how, together, we can get even better at what we do here at the AACI.
We're looking for volunteers to man the phones. But not just any volunteers; we want men and women with fun in their hearts who are able to passionately transmit the importance of what we do for our friends and members!  Of course, there will be some training before we let you start dialing.  But you can only ‘sell’ a product that you believe in.  We love the ‘AACI-product’ and are looking for a winning ‘sales-team’!
Are you the man/woman the job?  If so, please contact Meira Golbert in the Development Department at mgolbert@aaci.org.il or call her directly at 02-566-1181 Ext. 319.
TRIPS & TRAVEL      In This Issue      Klitah Corner      English Press      Development News
Remembering Livia Berman
It is with deep sadness that we said a final farewell to our colleague and friend Livia Berman of Ophir Tours Travel who passed away November 13th after a long battle with cancer.  Livia had worked closely with the AACI Travel Program for over 20 years as a dedicated professional to AACI members and friends. read more
**AACI Members! Special offer**
200 US dollars per couple discount for new reservation on El Al flights to any destination. Available now for flight departures until December 31 only. Contact your local Ophir Tours agent.
AACI Netanya – Day trip to The Weizmann Institute
Monday, December 8, 08:45-17:30
Visit the levinson Visitors Center of the Weizmann Institue of Science and glimpse into the wonders of the unique multi-media and interactive exhibits. read more
AACI Study Vacation #150 - Human Interaction in the Desert: Ancient, Present - Wait Listed Only
January 12-15, 2015
We are once again wending our way to the Arava for an exciting 4 day experience at Kibbutz Ketura to hear about, see, meet and learn what happened yesterday, what is happening today, and what is planned for tomorrow in this part of the country. read more
AACI Kosher & Friendly ‘Go Arava’
Monday to Wednesday, February 2-4, 2015
Join us on our unique journey that combines wonderful vistas and colors. We shall meet the people of the arava who have used their imagination to overcome the dryness and harsh living conditions of this land. Enjoy two nights at he charming Keren Kolot Guest House at Kibbut Ketora and athree days of guided touring. read more
AACI Kosher & Friendly Deluxe Amsterdam & Surrounding Villiages
March 15 - 20, 2015
Peppered with charming lanes and intriguing, hidden corners, Amsterdam is a cultural delight.   Spend two days exploring a quixotic Dutch countryside that includes Zaanse Schans in the north, famous for its magnificent windmills and Delft, south of the city and known for its blue-and-white and tin-glazed pottery.  Must-see visits to The Hague - seat of the Dutch Parliament – and exploration of the Plantage region of the city’s center will offer a broad understanding of life in the Netherlands.  A comprehensive walking tour of the Jewish will touch upon critical milestones of Dutch Jewish history amidst the richly colorful area referred to as Mokum – Yiddish for ‘The Place.’ read more
AACI Kosher & Friendly Budapest in Style
May 11 - 15, 2015
A visit to the Pearl of the Danube was never so inspiring.  Explore the majestic synagogue designed by Austrian architect Otto Wagner; ample time has been slotted for critical landmarks of Jewish culture and history including archaeologically-rich neighborhoods that will transport us back in time  and visits to museums that record the Jewish Hungarian presence both pre-and-post Holocaust. Traverse the Castle District and tour Budapest’s most exclusive residential districts.  And, indeed, no tour would be complete without a romantic cruise upon the Danube River! read more
AACI Kosher Poland
April 27- May 4, 2015
A critical journey that has the power to change one forever.  Seven powerful days that allow us to ‘revisit’ the thousand year-old religious and cultural cradle of European Jewish history and reflect upon that which has evolved into a post-Holocaust historical consciousness. This beautifully constructed tour will focus upon the brief six-year period that resulted in the utter destruction of Polish Jewish life; at the same time, we will explore the unexpected burgeoning Jewish Renaissance movement that has been evolving over the past two decades! read more
AACI Kosher Moscow & St. Petersburg
May 31 - June 11, 2015
Moscow is the economic mega-center for one sixth of the planet in a country that encompasses more than 120 ethnic groups and nationalities. This passionate and vibrant metropolis boasts an eccentric mélange of traditional Russian architecture and post-Soviet quirkiness.   Discordantly-youthful while steeped in history, Moscow is a study in culture-clash and tradition.
One of the world’s most beautiful cities, St. Petersburg has it all including art, striking architecture and exciting nightlife; this is in addition to the robust history and rich cultural traditions that have inspired much of world’s greatest literature, music, and visual art. Romance abounds in this magical city of White Nights, opera, ballet and cutting-edge adventure.   St. Petersburg charms and entices everybody. read more 
AACI goals are to support the successful klitah (absorption) of new olim while providing a variety of social and professional programs that enhance the lives of Israel's English speaking community.  The AACI Travel Experience generates much needed income for our programs. We hope you feel pride in knowing a small portion of your travel fare goes to be used for a wonderful purpose.
THE ENGLISH PRESS     In This Issue      Trips & Travel      Klitah Corner      Development News
Sharp Rise in Additional, Private Health Insurance Costs - New
The cost of health insurance, both private and public, hits 2% mark of household income for the first time; health minister hopes government will take action to restrict it. read more
Israel's cabinet approves plan to ease licensing for immigrant professionals - New
New immigrants to Israel will be able to obtain recognition for their professional qualifications before they even arrive in Israel, under new measures that were approved by the cabinet. read more

Jonathan Pollard - 10598 Days in Prison
AACI has been empowered by its membership to assist in the efforts on behalf of Jonathan Pollard to be released from prison. Please check the following website: ‘Justice for Jonathan Pollard’.
AACI continues to pray for the good health, the safe and speedy return of our missing MIA's: Ron ben Batya Arad, Zachary ben Miriam Baumel, Yehuda ben Sarah Katz, Zvi ben Penina Feldman, and Guy ben Rina Chever.

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