Volume XIV Number 7
Biweekly e-Newsletter
January 7, 2015/ 16 Tevet 5775
Preparing for Snow.
Staying Warm, Staying Safe


AACI has compiled a number of information resources for your perusal to stay warm and safe during the next coming days.

AACI Office Status
During these coming days of severe weather conditions all AACI programs are subject to change. Please call the office before leaving home.If there is snow in Jerusalem the Jerusalem/National office will be closed.
AACI Jerusalem Famous Yard Sale
Friday, January 16, 2015 8:30 – 12:00

Hundreds of bargains you won’t want to miss! Free entry at the  AACI – Dr. Max & Gianna Glassman Family Center – 2 Poalei Tzedek, Talpiot (corner of Pierre Koenig, opposite Hadar Mall), 4th floor
*Your items can be donated for us to sell at the AACI table and must be brought to the AACI office  by January 11 – 15 from 8:30 – 16:00.  No pickup available.
Yard Sale tables for purchase
It’s time to sort through your
closets and sell your items off at our infamous yard sale.
Click here to purchase a table
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 – Art Exhibition: MY WORLD
Sundays – Thursdays, 9:00 – 15:30 til March 27th
Three artists presenting read more
AACI Jerusalem – Jewish Philosophers: 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 - 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 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 - Yoga Basics
Sundays, til February 8, 18:30 & 20:006
A slower paced class with focus on alignment, this 6 week series will introduce you to breathwork, common poses, sequences and modifications that will allow you to participate with greater safety, awareness and ease in the spectrum of yoga styles. read more
AACI Jerusalem – Health & Wellness Programs
Join our classes for Tai Chi, Exercise class for 50+,Feldenkrais, Zumba and, Improving your balance.  read more
Winter Programs at El Halev in Jeruslem
AACI members receive a discount when joining one of El Halev's programs. read more
WITH BRUSH AND PEN
5th Annual Children and Teen Arts Exhibit

In the spring 2015!  AACI will again present “With Brush and Pen”, an exciting exhibition of children’s creative works. Now in its 5th year, this is an opportunity to recognize and encourange all young people to send in their best efforts. On-line registration now open
Please note: Programs are listed in date order
AACI Netanya – Delights of Jerusalem
Monday, January 12, 08:00-18:00
Visit charming Nachlaot, Machane Yehuda Shuk which will delight all your senses – the sights, the smells, and tastes of the shuk. Visit the Tachana Rishona and hear stories past and present. read more
AACI Central -Feldenkrais For All
First class: Tuesday, January 13, 15:00-16:00
Moving mindfully reduces pain and stiffness, improves flexibility without painful stretches, and promotes relaxation and healing. read more
AACI Jerusalem - Living to Tell the Tale - New
Tuesdays, until – January 27, 10:30 – 12:00
Join in this interactive exploration into writing life stories. "Living" is a facilitated program in which participants collect the stories of their lives in prose and also through photographs and other visual cues. read more
AACI Jerusalem - Will You Outlive Your Money? - New
Tuesday January 13 at 14:00
Investment Strategies for the Low Interest-rate and Long Life-span Environment.  read more
AACI Jerusalem – STAR Film Club – 'How Green Was My Valley' - New
Wednesday, January 14, 19:00
The movie will be preceded by an erudite introducation by Gary Levine, a long-time movie buff. read more
AACI Netanya Harvey Bordowitz: Viennese Whipped Cream - New
Sunday, January 18, 19:30
Vienna – capital of the Austro-Hungarian Empire where Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, Schubert and Johann Strauss thrived. read more
AACI Jerusalem - Creative Workshop; Crochet & More - New
Tuesday, January 20, 15:00-16:30
Bring your materials and join in a pleasant, relaxed environment. read more
AACI Jerusalem - You and Your Pet - New
Tuesday, January 20, 16:30 – 18:00
Do you already own a cat or dog?  Thinking about getting one?  Join this workshop and learn about pet owning basics in Israel. read more
AACI Jerusalem Photography Workshop - New
Tuesdays for four sessions beginning January 20, 18:30-20:30
Creative development workshops, learning to make portraits with photographic portrait artist Max Richardson. read more
AACI 55+/ - Friendship Circle - Activities for Singles & Couples - New
Tuesday afternoon, January 20 – Let’s do lunch at Pomidou Restaurant, 19 Emek Refaim
Tuesday evening February 3 – Join us at the 55+ table for the Tu B’Shvat lecture and Seder. read more
AACI Central - Beginners/Improvers Photography course - New
Thursday, January 22, 09:00-11:30
For beginners and experienced photographers who want to improve and take more creative pictures.
5 weekly sessions. read more
AACI's J-Town Playhouse Open Auditions for 'Next to Normal' - New
January 21 & 22 from 19:00 until 22:00
This is a contemporary rock musical, with a story centers on one family’s struggle to cope with mental illness, loss, and heartbreak, as they strive to find a light in the dark. read more
AACI Central - "The Body's Ability to Heal Itself" - New
Monday, January 26, 10:30
Exploring the connections between the mind and the body with Devorah Kur Reflexologist and an associate in Logotherapy. read more
AACI Jerusalem - Conscious Money Matters with Debbie Sassen - New
Mondays, January 26, February 2 & 9 at 18:30
Develop awareness and confidence with your money and take control of your financial future. read more
AACI Central - "The Challenge of an American Teaching English in Israel"" - New
Thursday, January 29, 2015, 19:00
AACI Central region invites you to a very special winter evening. Our very own Coby Willner will speak about his experiences in an Israeli high school. read more
AACI Jerusalem Celebrating Tu B'Shevat - Journey through Jerusalem Flowers - New
Tuesday, February 3, 17:00
Dr. Ori Fragman-Sapir, Head Scientist at the Jerusalem Botanical Gardens will take us on a journey through the trees and flowers that adorn the city of Jerusalem followed by a Tu B’Shevat Seder with Rabbi Elan Adler at 18:00. read more
AACI Jerusalem and the Financial Resource Network Seminars - New
Monday, February 3, 18:30
What I have to do to stay out of Tax Trouble? For Olim beyond their tax holiday, regardless of country of origin, reviewing key new developments and issues. read more
AACI Jerusalem - Together, Against the Odds - New
Wednesday, February 5 & Thursday, February 6 at 20:00
When a naïve South African, Methodist boy meets a sassy Israeli, Jew-ish girl, fun is sure to follow. Join us for a comedic musical that tells the story of two people who meet, marry and journey from the Land of Gold to the Holy Land. read more
AACI-Cohen Library Good News!
The AACI-Cohen Library, Jerusalem is now open to the general public! The Library has thousands of audiobooks on CD, MP3 and tape, as well as large-print books with a wide variety of subject.  Phone Number: 02 560-0912.
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We accept all credit cards. Contace Carole Kremer at 02-5661181 ext 310 or email ckremer@aaci.org.il
AACI reserves the right to refuse certain advertisements.
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 - Remembering Ilan Ramon Examining the Remains of Ilan Ramon's Diary after the Loss of the Space Shuttle Columbia
Monday, February 16 at 18:30    Pre-registration required!

The son of Holocaust survivors, Ilan Ramon, a fighter pilot in the Israeli Air Force, was the first Israeli astronaut.  He was the space shuttle payload specialist of the fatal mission of Columbia, in which he and six other crew members were killed in a re-entry accident on February 1, 2003. Ramon is the only foreign recipient of the United States Congressional Space Medal of Honor, which he was awarded posthumously.

After the disaster some pages of Ramon’s journal were recovered, having miraculously survived the heat of the explosion and the cold of space.  Eventually they were brought to the Forensics Laboratory of the Israel National Police where chemist Sharon Brown was part of the team which spent four years deciphering the remains.  Hear the incredible story of this painstaking task from Sharon herself and learn what the experts found in the reconstructed diary. read more

KLITAH CORNER     In This Issue      Trips & Travel      English Press      Development News
AACI South – Understanding New US Tax Laws
Monday, January 12, 19:30
What are FBARS and FATCA? Who needs to file US Taxes? Why are Israeli banks asking US Citizens to sign forms? This is a priority for all dual US-Israeli citizens. With Steven Ettinger, CEO of MasAmerica at Mishan, 12 Elfasi St., Beer Sheva
AACI Jerusalem – Navigational Series - New
Inheritance Law, Israeli Wills, Advanced Care Directives and Power of Attorney for Healthcare
Wednesday, January 14, 16:30
Learn valuable information to assure that your wishes are known and respected in a legal way.
Understand Your Rights As An Employee
Wednesday January 28 at 16:30  
What are the employer’s obligations towards employees?  What are the employee’s obligations towards the employer? read more
Taxpayer Bill of Rights
The  U.S. Internal Revenue Code (IRC) provides dozens of real, substantive taxpayer rights. However, these rights are scattered throughout the Code and are not easy to find. Most taxpayers have no idea what their rights are and therefore can't take advantage of them.
Since 2007, the National Taxpayer Advocate has repeatedly recommended adoption of a Taxpayer Bill of Rights (TBOR). The Internal Revenue Service has recently adopted such a Taxpayer Bill of Rights.  For more information  Taxpayer Bill of Rights (TBOR): Adopted by the IRS
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!

AACI’s Shira Pransky Project has just released important information for stroke victims and anyone with serious illness interested in a new expedited disability pension claim process.
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 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's J-Town Playhouse
Ruby Tuesday Events Presents:
Battle of the Divas


Thursday, January 29, 20:00
What happens when two sopranos collide?
In an epic evening filled with humor, wonderful music and fabulous dresses, these two femme fatales will be claiming their rightful fame!
read more
 
Plant a Tree in Israel
in Honor of Tu B'Shvat

 


Tree certificates make a beautiful gift for all occasions.
By purchasing JNF terees through AACI, you help to support
AACI’s Memorial Forest and Annual Memorial Ceremony. read more
DEVELOPMENT NEWS      In This Issue      Trips & Travel      Klitah Corner      English Press
Facing Tomorrow – Together! - New
Positive feelings come from being enthusiastic about what you do.  Looking back on the past year with honesty and a commitment to grow even better, we’re excited about what the future holds for our membership.  Indeed, at AACI, we accentuate the positive! read more
Because Feelings Count: The AACI Gift Card
AACI offers a wonderful way in which to say: *Congratulations. *Mazal Tov. *So sorry for your loss. *Thinking of you 
or ANYTHING YOU WISH in order to convey the feelings of your heart. read more
TRIPS & TRAVEL      In This Issue      Klitah Corner      English Press      Development News
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 Portugal - Jewish Heritage Tour
In the footsteps of Portugal`s Secret Jews
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 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.
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Film Screening in gratitude to Tzahal: Beneath The Helmet.
Motzei Shabbat, January 24, 19:30

The Israel branch of RCA – The Rabbincal Council of America, has invited the AACI family to a screening of this film. An inspiring coming –of-age film about five Israeli soldiers. read more

THE ENGLISH PRESS     In This Issue      Trips & Travel      Klitah Corner      Development News
Click here for all snow details appearing in the English press

Jonathan Pollard - 10639 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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