Volume XIII Number 22
Biweekly e-Newsletter
July 28, 2014/ 1 Av 5774
HONOR, PRIDE & PAIN

The AACI family stands proudly with our soldiers and citizens in defence of the State of Israel. We pray for the safety of all of them and extend our deepest gratitude and prayers for the soldiers who are defending us and for those who are recovering from their wounds. May they return from their missions safely.

Along with the people of Israel, we mourn the ultimate sacrifice paid by our soldiers who have acted with dignity, responsibility and ultimately devoted their lives to the eternal Jewish values we hold so dear. At this year's Annual AACI Memorial Ceremony (September 30, 2014) for members of the English-speaking community who have lost their lives either in service to the country or as victims of terrorism, we will sadly add the following names to the Memorial Plaques:

Sergeant Nissim Sean Carmeli, Texas
Naftali Fraenkel, Nof Ayalon
Staff Sergeant Oren Simcha Noah, Hoshaya
Sergeant Max Steinberg, California

May the Almighty comfort you among all the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem.
המקום ינחם אתכם בתוך שאר אבלי ציון וירושלים

WHEN CRISIS STRIKES, AACI IS HERE FOR YOU

AACI is here for you and your loved ones.  During this difficult time in our land, we urge you to reach out to us and let us help.  We've assembled important resources for English-speakers that include general information, important phone numbers and emergency centers that will make this difficult time less confusing.

  • AACI Emergency Handbook – (free download here):
  • Counseling for Soldiers & Families Free – Call 02-566-1181.  
  • Emergency Information provided by the Shira Pransky Health Project – click here
  • Soldiers Collection Point – At AACI Jerusalem you will find a large bin, ready to accept the following items for our troops at the front.  Please feel free to deposit: toothpaste & toothbrush, deodorant, sunscreen, boxer shorts, socks, army green t-shirts, moist-wipes and new towels.  Any of theses items will be deeply appreciated.
  • Donate to "Package from Home" providing soldiers with essential personal items as per the personal needs of either the soldier or his unit.  Packages costs from $30-$80. However, any and all donations toward this worthy project will accepted for the express use of the soldiers.  Shekel checks should be payable to “AACI” and marked, "Package from Home."   Payment methods include a) Bringing a check to an AACI office; b) mailing a check to: Association of Americans and Canadians in Israel (AACI),  Package from Home Project, PO Box 53349, Jerusalem, Israel, 91533; or c) Paying on line via 'General Contribution' To learn more about the project, go to: http://www.apackagefromhome.org
Branches
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
IN THIS ISSUE       Trips & Travel       Klitah Corner       English Press       Development News
AACI – Find us on Facebook
Connect with us daily. AACI – your home in Israel.
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's J-Town Playhouse- Improv Jam Mondays
Mondays at 19:30
Ever wanted to learn Improv? Don't have a huge budget for classes, or lots of time on your hands?
We have the perfect solution for you! 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's 2014-2015 Opera Package - New
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
Summer Programs at El Halev in Jeruslem
AACI members receive a discount when joining one of El Halev’s programs this summer. read more
AACI Jerusalem - Jack Cohen – Manifestations
On display until September 10, 09-16:00
Portraits * Landscapes * science * Mythical Creatures more details
AACI Southern Branch Library Office & Library Hours - New
Sunday through Thursday from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm.
AACI Southern Branch office and Library open for morning hours. However, if you cannot use stairs to descend to the bomb shelter (miklat) during a siren, please postpone your visit until the end of these hostilities.
Calling all Canadians – Solidarity with Israel Rally
Wednesday, July 30, 19:00
Any and all Canadians, ex-Canadians and philo-Canadians are hereby invited to participate in a solidarity with Israel rally, this Wednesday (July 30) at 7 pm at the David Citadel Hotel in Jerusalem. Bring your children, grandchildren and friends to strengthen Israel and pay tribute to Canada for its staunch support of Israel. No charge. A solidarity mission of Canadian members of parliament will be in attendance.
Please note: Programs are listed in date order
AACI Jerusalem - The Roots of Impressionism - New
Thursday July 31, 2014 at 17:00
Join us at AACI Jerusalem for a fascinating lecture on Impressionist art, given by art historian Dr. Margo Stroumsa-Uzan, scholar-in-residence for AACI’s upcoming kosher Tour of France in the footsteps of the French Impressionists. read more
AACI Jerusalem - Fresh Insights Into Literature - New
Mondays, August 4, 11 * 18,  12:45-13:45
Chaucer’s Canterbuy Tales: facilitator Dr. Judith Oster. read more
AACI 55+/ - Friendship Circle - Activities for Singles & Couples - New
Sunday afternoon, August 10
Join us for lunch at Marvad Haksamim Restaurant, 42 Emek Refaim, Jerusalem. read more
AACI Jerusalem -Ruby Tuesday Concert Series - New
Tuesday, August 12, 20:30
Singing sensation Aviella Trapido,Jerusalem's very own Soprano, takes a walk down Broadway. A fabulous selection of both the old and new. read more
AACI STAR Film Club - New
Wednesday, August 13, 17:00
The movie will be receded by an erudite introduction by Gary Levine, a long-time movie buff. read more
AACI Netanya – Titanic: Artifact Exhibition - New
Wednesday, August 13, 10:00 -14:00
Visit to Maxidom Pavilion, Exhibition to view the dramatic story of the RMS Titanic. On April 15, 1912, the Titanic, sank on its maiden voyage. This exhibition reconstructs this voyage with videos and potos with artifacts recovered from the sunken vessel. read more
AACI Netanya – Keeping Cool in Netanya - New
Monday, August 18, 09:20-13:30
Visit the Tempo plant and beer brewery  behind-the-scenes and look at production of the various beverages. There will be plenty of free beer and soft drinks to enjoy. read more
AACI Central - Speaker/Discussion Group - New
Tuesday, August 19, 19:00 - 20:15
Join us at our next meeting to discuss “Drawing on the RIght Side of the Brain” with guest speaker: Uri Dagan. read more
AACI Annual Memorial Ceremony 2014 - Save the Date
Tuesday, September 30, 2014 at 16:00
The Memorial Ceremony is held each year to honor the memory of those North Americans, or AACI members, and members of their immediate families who have fallen while in service to the State of Israel or as victims of terror.  Please mark your calendar and plan to join us for this significant ceremony.  Memorial Details
AACI Emergency Handbook
This important AACI resource which is available for free download for the English-speaking community will guide you through important and useful information for all emergency situations. Download here
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?
The Roots of Impressionism
Thursday July 31, 2014 at 17:00

Join us at AACI Jerusalem for a fascinating lecture on Impressionist art, given by art historian Dr. Margo Stroumsa-Uzan, scholar-in-residence for AACI’s upcoming kosher Tour of France in the footsteps of the French Impressionists

Where:  AACI Dr. Max & Gianna Glassman Family Center
Cost:  20 NIS/ AACI members 15 NIS.  Free for those registered for the trip to France September 2-10.

Dr. Margo Stroumsa-Uzan is a lecturer in the Arts Department of Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Shenkar College and the Open University.  She is a native French speaker who has a special interest in medieval art, in photography and in gender studies.


AACI's Kosher Tour of France -In the Footsteps of the French Impressionist
September 2-10, 2014

With scholar in residence Margo Stroumsa-Uzan.
Academic Advisor of: Judaism and the Arts at Bar Ilan University & Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies
Far more Impressionist paintings can be seen in the region covered by this tour than in any other territory of comparable size. Our AACI tour visits some key sites that are offered for the first time to our Kosher consumers. For more information read more
KLITAH CORNER     In This Issue      Trips & Travel      English Press      Development News
Free English War-Time Support Line - New
Three leading counseling organizations, Ligdol Veliphroach - Mercaz Rakefet (Child Development), Magen (Child Protection) and Lema'an Achai (Social Services) have teamed together to provide a War-Time Support Line in English, on a 24/6 basis. The service is confidential, compassionate and professional.
Contact details: 02-9999.678 (x1) email: Hotline@MagenProtects.org
Your Taxes: Operation Protective Edge – Tax Reporting and Compensation -New
Operation Protective Edge was launched by the IDF on July 7 in response to missile attacks. What are the fiscal and financial implications? read more
AACI Jerusalem Navigational Series: - Ulpan For Olim Students -New
Thursday, August 28, 14:00
What is the Jerusalem Ulpan for New Immigrant school students all about? Would it be the right choice for your child and family? What is taught and how do they work in coordination with your child’s regular school?  An opportunity to hear information and get answers to your questions. read more
Ulpan La-Inyan - Get Speaking Hebrew - New
New Summer 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 Annual Event for the Anglo Community in Israel - Save the Date
Thursday, August 14, 11:00-20:00
*Workshops. *Networking *Services all under one roof.  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
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AACI Emergency Handbook


For those who do not have a copy, AACI is offering the booklet as a free download. Click here.
(Feel free to share with other English speakers in Israel)

To stay current with Information provided by the Israeli government authorities, see the Home Front Command’s English website: http://www.oref.org.il/894-en/Pakar.aspx  You can enter your location to see instructions for your specific area, or call ‘104’ 24 hours a day.

 
AACI Central - Visit to the Olympic Experience Museum

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Wednesday, August 13, 11:00
Even though the Olympics are over, this interactive, innovative museum puts the visitor back in the
Olympic stadium !!
read more
DEVELOPMENT NEWS      In This Issue      Trips & Travel      Klitah Corner      English Press
Stay Tuned For 2014's Annual Campaign,"Count Me In !" - New
A New Year calls for new energy, renewed hope, fresh ideas and stronger commitment toward bettering the organization that means so much to so many.  Indeed, more than ever before, the AACI is counting on their friends to step-up to the plate and declare, "Count Me In!" for the future of AACI. read more
Rolling Out The "Roll-Ups"! - New
Thanks to the loving generosity of the indefatigable Belle Fine-Cohen, AACI is the recipient of two beautiful 'roll-up' banners which will grace our Jerusalem office as well as accompany our representatives to events and expos throughout the country. read more
Time Out For "Respite" - New
On Thursday, July 24, AACI was honored to co-host children and their mothers from the besieged south of Israel. read more
TRIPS & TRAVEL      In This Issue      Klitah Corner      English Press      Development News
AACI Study Vacation #149 - Roaming the Jerusalem Hills
September 8-11, 2014
Our September Study Vacation will focus on the history found in the nearby Hills surrounding the city of Jerusalem with guide: Mina Glatzer. read more
AACI Kosher Adriatic Cruise - Venice, Dubrovnik, Kotor, Chania, Corfu & Agios Nikolaos
October 19-31, 2014 / Scholar-in-residence Rabbi Shlomo Riskin
Touring Venice with her romantic canals and Gothic-Renaissance architecture. Kotor - Montenegro's most stunning bay and best preserved medieval town. Dubrovnik - the 'Pearl of the Adriatic’ with her enduring strength and beauty. Mythological Greece, visiting the breathtaking islands of Corfu, Chania and Agios Nikolaos. Our captivating land tours with rich Jewish history are combined with stimulating and varied lectures by our scholar. All inclusive. Cabins selling fast read more
AACI Kosher China - Few places remaining
October 26 – November 6, 2014
China, whose textured and ancient history seamlessly melds into a fascinating, modern country, brimming with breathtaking sights.  Our kosher and friendly group will explore the major cities of Beijing, Shanghai and Xian.
Featured attractions include a Golden Mask Performance, exploring the stalls of the famous Pearl Market, climbing the Great Wall of China and a visit to the site of the former Olympics. read more
AACI Kosher - Rome with a Jewish Flavor
November 9-13, 2014

Rome wasn’t built in a day, but you can expect Italy’s most popular destination to charm you in one. Rome is a fascinating fusion of old and new, from the lost empires and historical places to its modern treasures and mouth-watering Italian cuisine. The staggering range of landmarks in Rome and glories of Renaissance architecture make it one of the most visited cities in the world. read more
AACI Moroccan Kosher Tour with a Jewish Flavor
November 16-26, 2014

Experience the exotic and little-known Kingdom of Morocco. Populated by the fierce and indigenous Berbers and conquered by the Arabs 1300 years ago, Morocco is the bridge between Europe and Africa, the gate to Black Africa, a country where Jews and Muslims have flourished side by side for over 1,000 years. read more
AACI Netanya & National Kosher & Friendly Tiyulim/ Shabbat Galil Golan Experience
Thursday to Sunday, November 7-30, 2014

Join our unique adventure that combines three nights and a beautiful Shabbat at the charming Kibbutz & Resort Hotel Hagoshrim with three days of guided touring over Thanksgiving Weekend. 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
Road safety authority issues instructions in case of rocket sirens - New
The National Road Safety Authority reminded residents on Tuesday (8/7/14) to take specific precautions in case a siren sounds while driving. read more
Your Investments: Tips for playing retirement catch-up - New
Many pre-retirees have seen their investment portfolios drop in recent years, leaving them wondering what can be done to have money saved up to retire. read more
Israelis can now open bank accounts over the Internet - New
Israelis can finally open a bank account over the Internet, after the Bank of Israel published directives on Thursday (July 17) spelling out rules and regulations for online banking. read more
Jonathan Pollard - 10476 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’ and Bring Jonathan Pollard Home.
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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