Volume XIII Number 16
Biweekly e-Newsletter
April 10, 2014/ 10 Nissan 5774

The Officers, Board & Staff of AACI wish all our members, friends & the entire House of Israel a Chag Pesach Semeach

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Tuesday, April 22nd 2014
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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 Central - Spanish Course
Tuesdays 11.00 to 12.15.
Advanced Class (Diverse levels).  read more
AACI Jerusalem –Jewish Philosopher: Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch
Tuesdays, 12:30
Rabbi Artie Fischer presents, in a clear and accessible way, Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch's philosophy of Torah im Derech Eretz (Torah and the way of the Land). read more
AACI Central - Gentle Yoga for all Bodies
Thursdays from 11:00- 13:00
Core strengthening, breathing exercises, easy stretching  for all  joints. read more
AACI Seniors Programs
Enjoy a variety of fun and interested programs for retired active persons: Jerusalem   Haifa   Tel Aviv   Netanya  Beer Sheva
Please note: Programs are listed in date order
AACI-JTown Playhouse; Master Acting Class - New
Tuesays, April 22-June 10, 19:00-20:30
Learn how to improve your acting skill set to become more confident, more aware of yourself and an all round better actor or presenter with actress and teacher Yael Weiss. read more
AACI Netanya - What the Dickens - New
Wednesday,April 23, 20:00
Charles Dickens' work is as famous for the gloriously bizarre characters he created as for the labyrinthine plots of his novels. The evening program with Bonita Posen will feature a ramble with some of these personalities, the works themselves - and our memories. read more
AACI Jerusalem - Classic Book Club led by Dr. Judith Oster - New
Sunday, April 27,13:30
We will be discussing Maazel by Rebecca Goldstein. read more
AACI Netanya – From Darkness to Light - New
Tuesday, April 29, 07:45-18:30
A guided tour of Yad Vashem to view state-of-the-art exhibits then on to Boys Town for a visit and lunch. read more
AACI 55+/ - Friendship Circle - Activities for Singles & Couples - New
Wednesday, April 30:
Meet us for dinner at Greg’s Café in the Hadar Mall.  Then join us to see the play “Kindertransport” across the street at the AACI Glassman Family Center. read more
AACI Special Family Trip In Honor of Israel's 66th Independence Day! - New
Friday, May 2, 10:00 
In cooperation with the Jewish National Fund – Keren Kayemet L’Yisrael, AACI presents a special English-language family outing which will highlight the stories of some of the fallen who are listed on the AACI Memorial Site near Shaar Hagay.  The will last for 3 hours, including a brief stop for lunch.  Bring your own sandwiches, water for each person, and don’t forget a hat and sunscreen!  Exact details will be given only with registration!  Registration from April 22nd  Phone AACI 02-5661181 to register!!
AACI Jerusalem - Professional Women's Network Meeting - New
Thursday, May 8,  2014
How to Realistically Set, Achieve & Maintain your Business, Personal and Career Goals". Speaker:  Lesley Kaplan, Founder & CEO of L.A.K. Creations & Consulting read more
AACI Central - The Body's Ability to Heal Itself - New
Sunday, May 11, 11:00
Devorah Kur is passionate about the body’s innate ability to heal itself and expresses this through her work with Reflexology, Logotherapy, Reiki and Indian Head Massage.read more
AACI Jerusalem - Labinsky Financial Seminar Retirement Planning in Israel - New
Sunday, May 11, 19:00
Planning for peace of mind - complete a self-diagnostic exercise to evaluate your current financial situation With Baruch Labinsky. read more
AACI Jerusalem - Focusing on art 1933 – 2014: The French Connection - New
Sundays May 11 & May 25 at 19:30
We will explore the relationship of Art to Film, The Press, Biography and Symbolism. 
May 11th   Art on the screen: The train (1964), The Monuments Men (2012)
May 25th  Art in the news: lost and found. read more
AACI Central - Producing Your Memoirs - New
Tuesday, May 13 - June 10, 10:30-12:30
Learn the basics of lean the basics of story boarding, filming and editing will be learned through a hands on experience. A perfect course for those interested in producing their memoirs or any other type of TV production. read more
AACI Jerusalem - Art with Marcia! - New
Tuesday, May 13 – June 24,19:00-12:00
Marcia's Art Courses are a perennial favorite! read more
AACI Jerusalem - Feminist Women & Nuns in Ancient Mesopotamia - New
Wednesday, May 14, at 11:00
Shirley Graetz will be lecturing about the spellbinding life of the nadītu, a class of monastic women who lived 3800 years ago in Mesopotamia. read more
AACI Jerusalem - "What A Travel Agent We Have!" - An amusing and moving musical - New
Wednesday, May 18,18:00
The history of the Jewish people from the Patriarch Abraham to the establishment of the modern State of Israel. “[The songs are] well-crafted, Broadway-style show-stoppers."  -- Jerusalem Post. read more
AACI 55+/ - Friendship Circle - Activities for Singles & Couples - New
Wednesday, May 18:
Meet for dinner at the meat restaurant in the food court of the Hadar Mall.  Afterwards, walk across the street to the AACI Glassman Family Center and enjoy the moving and amusing musical "What A Travel Agent We Have!" read more
AACI Jerusalem - Woody Allen: More Than Just Kvetching - New
Monday, May 19, 19:30
Michael Lipiner presents a deep discussion about Woody Allen's dark cinematic themes as a cynical misanthrope. read more
AACI Jerusalem - STAR Film Club: "I Know Where I'm Going" - New
Wednesday, May 21, 19:00
The movie will be preceded by an erudite introduction by Gary Levine:read more
AACI's Annual General Meeting
Sunday, June 29, 19:00
The AGM will be held at AACI’s Dr. Max & Gianna Family Center
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?
AACI Jerusalem Presents Harvey Bordowitz: A special music lecture on Aida, Carmen & Turandot
Tuesday, May 20, 19:30
 
You will be transported far and wide, to ancient Egypt, imperial China, and torrid Spain, without ever leaving your seat.

(See the operas live at the magnificent Roman Amphitheatre in July on AACI’s Kosher trip to Verona)

Verdi's grand opera Aida portrays the conflict between love and duty, honor and patriotism. An eternal lovers' triangle set out against the Pyramids. Puccini's last opera pits the cruelty of the Ice Princess Turandot against the power of love. And an empire hangs in the balance. And in Bizet's Carmen we meet the sultry, seductive Gypsy heroine, fiercely independent of spirit. She lives free and dies free, beholden to no one! read more

AACI's  2nd Kosher Verona Opera Festival & Shabbat in Turin
July 06-14, 2014
3 Operas: Aida, Carmen & Turandot
Verona, besides setting the scene for Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, is also home to the "Arena di Verona" where you will enjoy three world famous operas: Aida, Carmen & Turandot performed in the magnificent ancient Roman Amphitheatre. The ambience of the arena and the sheer joy of experiencing these great performances will make your heart soar and take you to new heights in the world of opera.
During the day we will also tour in and around Verona visiting the Ghetto, Lake Garda as well as other beautiful and interesting Italian sites. We then head for Turin where we will tour this beautiful city and spend a restful Shabbat. We end our magical visit in the region of Piedmont with all it’s Jewish History. read more

AACI Kosher Adriatic CruiseArticle PhotoVenice, 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 riskinarchitecture. 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
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KLITAH CORNER     In This Issue      Trips & Travel      English Press      Development News
AACI Jerusalem Navigational Series - New
Wednesday April 23, 16:30
Keeping my Home in Israel in “Tiptop” Condition – with a panel of experts
Wednesday April 30, 16:30
Insuring Your Children's/Grandchildren's English Language Literacy.   read more
AACI Jerusalem & Tel Aviv with Ulpan La-Inyan
Beginning April 26th, 2014
Our language learning method teaches grammer and vocabulary intuitively to get you speaking Hebew happily and confidently. read more
OU Job Fair in Jerusalem - New
Tuesday, May 13, 15:00-19:00
This is a well-regarded resource for employers seeking to fill job openings in and beyond the Jerusalem area. English speaking jobs prominent. 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
Gala Opening on May 8th with
Brush and Pen


The AACI Children and Teen Arts Exhibition 
At the AACI-Dr. Max & Gianna Glassman Family Center
18:00    Reception and Viewing of the Exhibition
18:45  Program. read more
 
AACI-JTown Playhouse Presents Kindertransport 


Special Yom Hashoah Ceremony & Performance
Sunday, April 27, 19:00

Further performances from April 28 through May 15 all performances begin at 20:00
Written by Diane Samuels, Directed by Raphael Poch.
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DEVELOPMENT NEWS      In This Issue      Trips & Travel      Klitah Corner      English Press

In addition to its marathon activities and a featured op/ed in the Times of Israel, the project has been promoting useful information on reasonable provision of healthcare, the basics of supplementary health insurance (SHABAN), helpful advice on changing kupot cholim, and little known info about gov't funding for mobility, rehab and walking devices.

TRIPS & TRAVEL      In This Issue      Klitah Corner      English Press      Development News
AACI Kosher Ireland - Few places remaining
May 14-22, 2014
It isn't called the "Emerald Isle" for nothing! Journey through Ireland’s lush meadows and wild woodlands, observing every shade of green imaginable.  The weeklong Ireland travel adventure includes some of the Emerald Isle's most notable places. Explore the County of Wicklow ("The Garden of Ireland”), the Cliffs of Moher, Blarney Castle and the Book of Kells.  Escorted by Carole Kremer. read more
AACI Netanya – The Lower Galil
Wednesday & Thursday, May 14 & 15, 2014
The spacious Jezreel Valley in the lower Galil offers many attractions for settlers and travelers. Our 2 day tour will take us through biblical stories and modern heroes, different ethnic and cultural groups in this region. read more
Study Vacation #148- Nazareth and Surroundings - Wait Listed
May 19-22, 2014

We’ve been South and we’ve been to the Western Negev. Now we’re moving on to points in between and nearby. Our guide will be Ilan Levin. read more
AACI Kosher Scandinavia
June 11-24, 2014
Experience the magnificent beauty of the rugged Fjords and rainbow-hued Waterfalls. Discover a wonderland of villages so charming that they look as if they came straight from the pages of children’s storybooks. Scandinavia offers you a world of romantic contrasts. Escorted by David London. read more
AACI's Fun & Kosher 5 Night Cruise to Rhodes & Kos/Greece - Back by Popular Demand
June 29-July 4, 2014
Enjoy Rhodes, the largest, and most popular of the Dodecanese Islands. Legend has it that Apollo blessed this isle with sunshine and beauty. Kos is known as the home of Hippocrates, father of medical science. The town is an archeological repository of Archaic, Classical, Hellenistic, and Roman ruins. read more
AACI Kosher Russia
June 22 – July 3, 2014
After two sell out trips in 2013, we offer you a chance to join this amazing trip to Moscow and St. Petersburg in all their glory. Visit these two cities that define Russia’s past, present, and future. We will enjoy these special cities, rich with Jewish Heritage, whose turbulent history will be fascinating to encounter! read more
AACI's 2nd Kosher Verona Opera Festival & Shabbat in Turin, Italy
July 6-14, 2014
Verona, besides setting the scene for Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, is also home to the "Arena di Verona" where you will enjoy three world famous operas: Aida, Carmen & Turandot performed in the magnificent ancient Roman Amphitheatre. During the day we will also tour in and around Verona visiting the Ghetto, Lake Garda as well as other important and interesting Italian sites. We then head for Turin where we will tour this beautiful city and spend a restful Shabbat. We end our magical visit in the region of Piedmont with all its Jewish History. read more
AACI's Kosher Tour of France -In the Footsteps of the French Impressionist - New
September 2-10, 2014

With scholar in residence Dr. Shula Laderman.
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. This should be no surprise, as this is the region where Impressionism was born and where it was most practiced. Our AACI tour visits some of the key sites and for the first time offered to the Kosher consumer. read more
AACI Kosher Italy Tour Exploring Tuscany with a Jewish Flavor
September 7-16, 2014
Florence, Siena, Pisa, Livorno, Lucca, Volterra, Monte San Savino, San Gimignano & Pitigliano
Spending Shabbat in Beautiful Florence. Imagine spending three enchanting nights in Florence at the deluxe 5* Regency Hotel, including Shabbat services at the magnificent Florence Synagogue. Experience Tuscany region full of Jewish sights and so much more. read more
AACI Kosher China
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 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
Banks compete as new checking account rules go into effect - New
New regulation requires banks to let customers execute 10 activities on their own plus one teller-executed activity per month. read more
Knesset puts all laws passed since 1949 online - New
The database is the first part of a new Knesset project, meant to make all laws and their amendments over time readily available for free online. read more
Open Skies pact boosts number of flights to and from Israel - New
El Al has boosted the number of its flights by 15%, while Israir will be operating 30% more flights than the comparable period last year. read more
Jonathan Pollard - 10366 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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