Volume XIII Number 27
Biweekly e-Newsletter
October 30, 2014/ 5 Cheshvan 5775

*Did you hear the sirens? 
*Did you spend time in a shelter? 
*Did you have a loved one in the IDF?
*Did you follow the news around-the-clock?

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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 15:30 & 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'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
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!
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
Please note: Programs are listed in date order
AACI Netanya - Cultural Encounters 1- The Kingdom of Bhutan - New
Sunday, November 2, 20:00
In the first of three November lectures anthropologist Dina Heimann will look at this underdeveloped country that has made remarkable moral decisions regarding its policies and plans for its people's future. read more
AACI Jerusalem – Writing Technique Workshop - New
Wednesdays, November 5 – 26, 13:00 – 15:00
The Novel or The Screenplay 101: Writing Techniques and Guidelines.Whether you are a writer or a "wannabe" writer, come for some fun and new concepts about technique and content or just plain critical analysis! read more
AACI Central -Cookies & Cream” A New Bi-Weekly Offering - New
Monday, November 10, 10:00
An Introduction to Mastering your Smartphone and Computer. Come and join us for a workshop on how to protect and enjoy your smartphones, tablets and computers. read more
AACI Jerusalem - Hebrew Literature Course - New
Mondays, 11:00 – 12:30, beginning November 3rd / 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 – Anyone Can Draw & Paint - New
Tuesdays, Beginning November 4 til November 9, 10:00-12:00
Learn techniques for drawing and painting in a lively basic course. read more
 AACI Jerusalem - Demystifying Your Iphone, Ipad/Android/Tablet - New
Wednesdays, beginning November 5. 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 - The Novel or The Screenplay 101: Writing Techniques and Guidelines - New
Wednesdays, November 5 – 26 13:00 – 15:00
Whether you are a writer or a "wannabe" writer, come for some fun using role play techniques and gain an appreciation of Novel and Screenplay Writing. read more
AACI's J-Town Playhouse Open auditions for Thorton Wilder's 'Our Town' - New
Thursday, November 6th & Sunday, November 9th from 17:30 until 20:30
To be directed by the one and only Leah Stoller. read more
AACI South - Meet the Author - New
Monday November 10, 19.30
Join us and meet Meryll Levine Page, one of the co-authors of the book that recounts the intertwined true stories of two women, Vera and Alisa,  who—in their struggles against the anti-Semitism and patriarchy of the Soviet regime. read more
AACI Jerusalem - Makeup Made Easy - New
Monday, November 10, 10:00–13:00 or 14:00–17:00
STOP feeling embarrassed that you never really learned how to apply makeup! In this 3 hour course, you will master the basics of makeup application and skin care. read more
AACI Jerusalem -Baruch Labinsky Seminar: Investing in Challenging Times - New
Monday, November 10, 19:00
Are you making any of the six deadly investment mistakes?  Learn how to spot and overcome conflicts of interest in investment advice. read more
AACI Jerusalem - Success Strategies for Women - New
Tuesdays, November 11, 18, 25, December 2, 9, 18:00-19:30.
Based on winning-secrets of entrepreneurs, this valuable five-week course offers practical tools for achieving success in your work and relationships. read more
AACI Jerusalem - Professional Women's Network Meeting - New
Thursday, November 13, 12.45-15:00
Topic: Money matters: Especially for Independent Women. Join us for a highly interactive, educational 40 minute presentation which helps women understand the art of investing and the differences between men and women when making money and investments decisions. read more
AACI 55+/ - Friendship Circle - Activities for Singles & Couples - New
Monday evening, November 17, 2014
Meet for early dinner at Gregs Café Restaurant,top floor, Hadar Mall, Jerusalem, followed by the New Olim Art Exhibit and New Olim Social at AACI acrros the street. read more
AACI Jerusalem - New Olim Get-Together - New
Monday, Movember 17, 19:30
Olim who arrived between 2011-2014 are invited to an informal get-together to meet AACI and each other after the new AACI art exhibit. Phone to pre-register 02-5661181
AACI Central - Mozart- Elvira Madigan - New
Tuesday, November 18, 20:30
Orly Markovich productions presents  Mozart: Piano concerto no. 21 in C major, K.467 Brahms-Variations on a theme of Haydn, Prokofiev- Symphony no.5. With the international pianist Alon Goldstein and The Symphonic Orchestra of Ramat Gan conducted by Dr Alex Wasserman. 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?

Traditional Thanksgiving Luncheon 
Wednesday, November 26, 12:30–15:00
Includes turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce & pumpkin pie.
Cost: NIS 170 / AACI members NIS 140.
*Live entertainment by the Hazel Hill String Band*
Pre-paid reservations only, before November 12th. 
Call: 02-566-1181
For seating requests, please email Belle Fine-Cohen at befinetoday@gmail.com

November 17-December 31, 2014
Festive Opening:
November 17, 18:00-20:00

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AACI Kosher South Africa - New
January 18 - 29, 2015
The Rainbow Nation has it all: vivid and proud cultures, breathtaking landscapes, magnificent wildlife and a mellow lifestyle. The pages of National Geographic come alive with game drives through the vast Kruger National Park, stunning coastline travel along the famed Garden Route and the best penguin and whale watching in the world!  South Africa - an unparalleled gem in the world of travel. read more
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AACI Jerusalem Navigational Series: - The Mortgage System In Israel - New
Wednesday, November 5, 16:30 
How does the mortgage system work here?  What is the point system?  How can a Mortgage Broker help in the process, as compared to going directly to a bank?  read more
AACI North Counseling Hours - New
Counselor, Yanina Musnikow has office hours in the afternoon in Haifa on Thursday November 6 at the Jewish Agency Information Center at 131 Sderot HaMeginim and in Zichron Ya'acov on Thursday November 13 at Beit Gil Paz / Beit HaTishbi, Rehov HaNadiv. Please email for an appointment: ymusnikow@aaci.org.il
AACI Shira Pransky Health Project - New
Even with the new year just beginning, AACI's Shira Pransky Project is already hard at work helping English-speakers navigate Israeli healthcare, having published a new portal with all essential information about the Mobility Benefit, as well as promoting a new website aimed at helping people with disabilities find employment and integrate into the workforce.
Attention New Immigrants and Returning Residents - New
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
Did you know? 24 Hour Internet News - New
Israel has a new 24 hour internet news channel broadcasting in English (also French and Arabic) from Tel Aviv.  -http://www.i24news.tv/en/tv/live  It is a 24 hour news feed (from the Israeli perspective) which covers world news but also has a specific Israel news section.
“Free to the Old City” Shuttle Bus! - New
There is now a free shuttle service from the First Station to the Old City of Jerusalem.  Shuttles leave from the First Station parking lot every 20 minutes and the route include stops in the Jewish Quarter, the Kotel, Dung Gate and the City of David before returning back to the First Station.  During the week the shuttle runs from 7:00 or 8:00 until 20:00; on Friday until an hour before Shabbat and Saturday they resume one hour after Shabbat ends until midnight.
Ulpan La-Inyan - Get Speaking Hebrew
New Autumn 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
AACI-UIA Canada Scholarship Fund - Now Open
AACI and UIAC scholarship fund is intended for Israeli citizens holding Canadian citizenship as well, who are studying towards a Bachelors Degree at recognized universities and colleges in Israel. 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
AACI Jerusalem –
Explore The Adumim Region

Sunday, November 9, 10:00-16:00 Explore the modern city of Maale Adumim and Judean desert. Visit the Moshe Castel Museum of Art and a guided walk to Martyrius Monastery from the Byzantine era. Enjoy a drive through Mishor Adummim Industrial Area (site of Soda Stream Factory) and visit Mevaseret Adumim, also known as E-1; learn of its strategic importance. read more
AACI Jerusalem & Central- Harvey Bordowitz Music Lecture Series 2014

Jerusalem: Beginning Sun, November 2, 19:30
Tel Aviv Central: Beginning Wed, November 12, 19:30
Harvey Bordowitzwill begin his new music series back by popular demand. Registration now open:
AACI Jerusalem  / AACI Central
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"Count Me In!" To Help AACI
New energy!  New hope!  Fresh ideas!   Our commitment to you for the coming year is to ensure that we remain the vital, relevant organization that makes life better for English speakers in Israel.  In turn, we ask that you answer the call by declaring, "Count Me In!" for the future of AACI.
Please return the pledge forms you received in the mail with your generous donation.  And we're anxious to hear your ideas about how you envision the AACI in the year ahead.    Shanah Tovah!
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AACI Netanya & National Kosher & Friendly Tiyulim/ Shabbat Galil Golan Experience
Thursday to Sunday, November 27-30, 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 Netanya – Day trip to The Weizmann Institute - New
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
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 Portugal - Jewish Heritage Tour ‘In the footsteps of Portugal`s Secret Jews’ - New
February 18-26, 2015
From the Golden Age of Discovery to the Inquisition, Portuguese Jewry went from the heights of wealth and success to the depths of anguish and despair. The history of Portuguese Jewry is like that of many other places, where success and sadness go hand in hand. Walking along Lisbon’s streets, remnants remain of Portugal’s rich Jewish life. Sparks of Portugal’s past can be found in the remote mountain villages, where the some of the last remaining 'Conversos' communities can still be found practicing Jewish rituals behind closed doors, fear of persecutions still looming. read more
AACI Kosher & Friendly ‘Go Arava’ - New
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 - New
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 - New
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 - New
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 - New
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.
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Foreigners in Israel find themselves ensnared in U.S. tax crackdown - New
Israeli banks are freezing accounts of foreign residents who refuse to sign tax declarations. read more
Israelis learn to live with falling prices - New
Israeli consumer prices fell 0.3% in the 12 months through September, a phenomenon economists call deflation. Many are predicting that in the coming months deflation will remain a feature of economic life. read more

Jonathan Pollard - 10570 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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