Volume XIII Number 21
Biweekly e-Newsletter
July 10, 2014/ 12 Tammuz 5774

AACI Emergency Hand Book

For over 60 years AACI has been with you during the good times and not-so-good times.

Being prepared is crucial for safety. Last year we sent The AACI Emergency Handbook to over 10,000 member households. We highly recommend you review it with the entire family.

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.

Need assistance? Contact an AACI Counselor:
Jerusalem    Tel Aviv    Beer Sheva    Netanya & Haifa

The AACI Community hopes and prays for the safety of all Israel’s citizens and soldiers during this conflict and recommends calmness and unity during this crisis.

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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
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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'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
The AACI family mourns the passing of David Joshua Azrieli, a dear friend and supporter.  We are proud to have assisted him with the research of his notable 2008 memoir, "Rekindling the Torch”, the story of Canadian Zionism. While much has been written about Azrieli-the-philanthropist, developer and architect, he will remain forever in our hearts as David-the-mensch.

Our heartfelt condolences go to his wife Stephanie and beloved children, Rafael, Sharon, Naomi and Danna.  May his memory always be for a blessing.
Hamakom yenachem etchem b'toch she'ar avelai Tziyon Vi'yerushalayim ."May God comfort you among the other mourners of Zion and Jerusalem."
Please note: Programs are listed in date order
AACI Netanya -IBA News: The World's Window to Israel - New
Sunday July 13, 20:00
Steve Leibowitz, chief editor of IBA News in English will be sharing his experiences in Israel since making aliyah in 1974. read more
JNF (Jewish National Fund) / KKL – Keren Kayemet LeYisrael Evening Tiyul! - New
Sunday July 13, 20:30
As on going partners with the AACI Memorial Ceremony, KKl invites AACI members to join their tiyl to the Maayan (water spring), by moonlight. A Tiyul to Emek Ha Maayanot in Park Ayalon Canada. read more
AACI North Counselling hours - New
Wednesday July 16, 09:30–12:30
Aliyah Queries? Bituach Leumi?  Social Security? Looking for Employment? For an appointment to meet with AACI counselor, Yanina Musnikow, please email: ymusnikow@aaci.org.il
AACI Jerusalem - Book reading: Fields of Exile - New
Monday July 14, 2014 at 14:00
‘Fields of Exile’ has already received enthusiastic advanced praise from Irwin Cotler, Phyllis Chesler, Alice Shalvi and others. Come meet the author. read more
AACI Jerusalem - Professional Women's Network Meeting - New
Thursday, July 17, 12:45
Have you ever wondered why you don't make the sale? Why customers aren't running after you, or why your proposals get passed over? Speaker: Miriam Lottner. read more
AACI Jerusalem - Makeup Made Easy - New
Sunday, July 20, 10:00 – 13:00 or 14:00 – 17:00
In this 3 hour course, you will master the basics of makeup application and skin care.  
Guaranteed to be filled with useful information and a LOT of friendship, fun & laughter. read more
AACI Netanya – Hidden Gems in Tel Aviv - New
Sunday July 20, 15:30
Visit the Museum of Jewish Yemenite Art and Culture then stroll through the artists’ Quarter of Jaffa before making our way to Joseph Bau House on Rothschild Boulevard.  read more
AACI Jerusalem - Fresh Insights Into Literature - New
Monday, July 21, 12:15–13:45
‘Yeats’ facilitated by Dr. Judith Oster. read more
AACI Jerusalem & the Financial Resource Network Seminars - New
Dealing with Oleh Legal, Tax and Financial Issues regarding your “other” nationality
Monday, July 21 – America   Tuesday, July 22 – British/Commonwealth   Wednesday, July 23 - Canadaread more
AACI Central -Take a Break at the Coca Cola Center - New
Monday, July 21, 14;00  & Thursday, August 7, 14:00   
Join us and find out how they put the bubbles into the world's favorite drink. read more
AACI Jerusalem - Bible Lands Museum "Book of Books" - New
Tuesday, July 22, 10:30–12:00
Join AACI for a private guided tour in English of this exciting new exhibition displaying the most important biblical texts ever to be seen in Israel. read more
AACI Central - Happy Hour at Kakao Bistro Café - New
Tuesday, July 22, 19:00
Join our special combined session of our Discussion Group and “Happy Hour.” BRAZIL NUTS!! Music, lecture and storytelling all rolled into one great show with folksinger, Judy Cohen. read more
AACI Jerusalem - Classic Book Club - New
Sunday, July 27, 13:30-14:30
We will be discussing ‘A Gesture Life’ by Chang Rae Lee led by Dr. Judith Oster. 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?
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 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
read more

AACI's Kosher Tour of France -In the Footsteps of the French Impressionist
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. 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
AACI Jerusalem Navigational Series: Aging At Home - Follow Up
Wednesday, July 23, 14:00
Following the response to the “Aging at Home” presentation in May, there will be an opportunity to review what was discussed and for participants to share what they have explored and learned following the presentation.  New participants welcome.  read more
Ulpan La-Inyan - Get Speaking Hebrew This Summer! - New
New Summer 2014 classes start July 28th!
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 Jerusalem - Jack Cohen - Manifestations


On display until September 10, 09-16:00
Portraits * Landscapes * science * Mythical Creatures
 more details
 
AACI Central -
Walking Tour in Sarona


Wednesday, July 23,18.30
Join us as we follow the footsteps of the German pioneers, learn about their life and achievements.
read more
DEVELOPMENT NEWS      In This Issue      Trips & Travel      Klitah Corner      English Press
Make a Difference by Giving! - New
Donating to the AACI in celebration of a life-event or to honor the memory of someone special allows the giver to respectfully acknowledge an important occasion while recognizing the important role we play in improving the klitah experience for thousands. read more
AACI-The Shira Pransky Project - New
The project has recently been promoting critical information related to children and adolescents in the healthcare systemand important committee recommendations that may change the healthcare system as we know it. The project published an article on these recommendations in The Times of Israel, as well as an article about the emotional health of English-speaking olim. If this information was helpful to you, please enable us to help others by supporting the project: www.shirapranskyproject.org/donate/
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 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 Kosher & Friendly Tour -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
Supportive communities offer respectable alternative for the elderly - New
The program aims to reduce the need for the elderly to move to special housing and to instead receive services directly at their homes. read more
Your Investments: Financial tips after losing a spouse - New
It’s hard enough to deal with the loss of a spouse on an emotional level. Add to that having to sort out all the financial issues, and it can be overwhelming. read more
Israel, US sign tax information pact - New
The Israel Tax Authority will report to the US IRS on accounts held by Americans in Israel. read more
Bank of Israel warns of risk to banks as household debt surges - New
Mortgages have led growth in borrowing, but household indebtedness still low by Western standards. read more
Jonathan Pollard - 10458 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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