Volume XIV Number 12
Biweekly e-Newsletter
April 16, 2015/ 27 Nissan 5775
AACI Kosher Moscow & St. Petersburg – Last Seats
May 31 - June 11, 2015
the economic mega-center for one sixth of the planet 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.   Moscow is a study in culture-clash and tradition.
St. Petersburg One of the world’s most beautiful cities, where we will be staying for 8 nights including Shabbat 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 the world’s greatest literature, music, and visual art. Romance abounds in this magical city of White Nights. St. Petersburg charms and entices everybody. read more
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
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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 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
Wednesdays 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 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 Central - Join Our Book Club
We welcome new members! Monthly meetings in members' homes, Tel Aviv suburbs on Wednesday evenings at 8pm. For further details: AACI: 03-696 0389 
AACI Jerusalem – Health & Wellness Programs
Join our classes for Tai Chi, Exercise class for 50+,Feldenkrais, Zumba and, Improving your balance.  read more
Programs at El Halev in Jeruslem
AACI members receive a discount when joining one of El Halev's programs. read more
Please note: Programs are listed in date order
 AACI Jerusalem 2015-2016 Opera Package -Registration
We are happy to announce the operas for the coming 2015-2016 season. read more
AACI Netanya - The Human Face of Israel's Early Prime Ministers
Sunday, April 19, 20:00
Dr. Avraham Avi-hai writes a bi-weekly column for The Jerusalem Post and was on the staff of David Ben Gurion and Levi Eshkol and was recruited to government service by Teddy Kollek.read more
AACI Jerusalem - Follow your Passion! - New
Monday, April 27, 17:30-19:00 (Registration from 17:15.)
Join us for an inspiring evening with a panel of speakers who have all followed their passion and made a difference to their careers and lives.read more
AACI 55+/ - Friendship Circle - Activities for Singles & Couples - New
Tuesday, April 28
Meet for dinner at Soyo Restaurant (Kosher), 51 Emek Refaim.  Then join us at the AACI Glassman Family Center to see the play “Remember My Name read more
AACI North Counselor - Yanina Musnikow has office hours in Haifa - New
Wednesday, April 29, 11:00 – 17:00
At the Jewish Agency Information Center at 131 Sderot HaMeginim. (Aliyah Queries?  Bituach Leumi?  Social Security? Employment?) If you wish to make an appointment, email:ymusnikow@aaci.org.il.
AACI Haifa -The Specifics of Living Wills (Israeli Style) - New
Wednesday, April 29,  17:00
Ensure that your wishes are known, respected and conform to Israeli Law and practice. A Workshop Given by Yanina Musnikow, AACI  Counselor. read more
AACI Netanya - Conscious Aging Workshop - New
Wednesday, April 29, 20:00
This 8 session workshop will focus on listening to our own inner wisdom as well as the collective wisdom of the group through reflective writing activities, discussion circles and other practical activities. read more
AACI Central - Happy Hour - New
Thursday, April 30,  19:30
Meet old and new friends in different venues. read more
AACI Netanya – 'Waves of Freedom' - New
Sunday, May 3, 10:30
Murray Greenfeild (a founder of AACI) will be presenting ‘Waves of Freedom’ which is the dramatic story of the rescue of Jews from Europe at the end of World War ll by North American volunteers. read more
AACI Jerusalem – Biodanza - New
Mondays ongoing beginning May 4, 9:30 – 10:30
With Genie Levin, certified with the IBF dance organization. read more
AACI Southern Branch AGM with Herb Keinon, Author and Journalist  - New
Tuesday, May 5, 19:30
Guest Speaker, Herb Keinon has written two books; French Fries in Pita, his latest, a collection of his slice-of-life monthly “Out There” columns, which presents a humorous look at aliyah come be entertained. read more
AACI Jerusalem & the Global Trust Managers STM - New
Sunday, May 10, 17:00
The Institute of Cross Border Advisors Certified Financial Planner TM. invite you to attend a unique seminar by acclaimed global and local Professionals with practical solutions. Don’t wait for IRS to come and visit you FATCA? PFIC? Confused? Worried? Come listen. read more
 AACI Jerusalem - Zionism: A Love Story - New
Tuesday, May 12, 11:00
A discussion with author Jack Cohen. read more
Professional Women's Networking Forum - New
Thursday, May 14, 12:45
Topic: 5 Financial Steps to Making Your Business More Profitable" read more
AACI Jerusalem - Fresh Insights into Literature - New
Mondays, May 18 & June 1,  12:30-14:00
The Art of Reading Poetry – we will include a variety of poets and poems. read more
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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 – J-Town Playhouse presents – 'Remember My Name'
April. 19,, 27, 28,, 29 & May 5 and 7. 
Performances will begin at 8pm. 
Remember My Name: A Story of Survival in wartime France. Written by: Joanna Halpert Kraus, Directed by Raphael Poch and Dena Buckman. read more

AACI Jerusalem - Giant Book Sale
Monday, April 20, 13:00-20:00 & Tuesday, April 21, 9:00-12
- All books in English, most books NIS 5!
Lots of current fiction, mysteries, biographies, children’s books, memoirs and more.
(Donated books in good condition will be accepted for this book sale until 12:00 on April 19) At AACI Glassman Family Center, 37 Pierre Koenig (across from Hadar Mall), Talpiot. For further information, call 02-566-1181

AACI Jerusaslem - "Pint For A Pint" Blood Drive
Monday, April 20, 16:00-20:00
A mitzvah never felt (tasted) so good! Every acceptable candidate for donation will receive a pint of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream! As per Magen David Adom, donors must be aged between 19-65, weigh a minimum of 50 kg, and must not have donated blood within the last three months. At AACI Glassman Family Center, 37 Pierre Koenig, Talpiot. Further information: 02-566-1181.

AACI Jerusalem – Children's Gala Opening
Thursday, April 30, 17:00
Please join us for a special event celebrating the young painters, sculptors, ceramicists, and artists in other media. During the evening there will be time to view the exhibit and a program featuring greetings from the organizers and the awarding of prizes. read more

A Magical Evening for Kids who Love to Write
Thursday, May 14, 17:00-19:00
Including he awarding of prizes in the English Writing Section of the exhibition. Featuring Rhonda attar, author of Elisha Davidson and the Letters of fire, plus other surprises. Reservations are required: Phone 02-5661181
KLITAH CORNER     In This Issue      Trips & Travel      English Press      Development News
AACI Jerusalem - Navigational Lecture Series - New
1.The Sandwich Generation – Intergenerational Dilemmas:  
Wednesday April 29 at 16:30
2.Navigating The Health Care System in Israel, & Addressing Obstacles Along The Way:
Wednesday, May 13 at 17:00  read more
AACI South - Navigational Lecture Series - New
1. Using the Israeli Health Care System: Are you receiving every health benefit you are entitled to?
Monday, April 20, 16:30
2. Israeli Taxes and Oleh Tax Exemptions
Monday, May 11, 16:30
How does the Israeli tax system work? How are taxes calculated? What are the oleh tax exemptions? read more
AACI Shira Pransky Health Project
AACI’s Shira Pransky Project has recently released important information about Living Wills, dealing with Legal issues in the health care system, Choosing Your Kupah’s “Higher Level” Plans. They have also distributed a short survey to help make healthcare more English accessible on behalf of the consumer advocacy organization Emun Hatzibur.
Ulpan La-Inyan - Get Speaking Hebrew
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 Central -
Hidden Treasures of Jerusalem Tour

Monday, April 20, 10:45-17:00
Tzidkiyahu's Cave, Rockefeller Museum and walking tour of Nachlat Shiva & Machaneh Yisrael neighborhoods.
read more
AACI J-Town Playhouse -
First City Improv Show 

Thursday, May 21st at 20:00
Mayday! Mayday!! Calling all audience members!!!
First City Improv show will be happening again!
read more.
DEVELOPMENT NEWS      In This Issue      Trips & Travel      Klitah Corner      English Press
AACI Goes Primetime with "Zionist National Quiz" - New
The Zionist Council in Israel - Anglo Division hosted first rounds of the Zionist Quiz at AACI branches around the country.  Lo and behold, the AACI Jerusalem Team won the Anglo Quiz. Israeli TV Channel 10 will screen the final round of The Zionist Quiz on Yom HaAztmaut-Independence Day, Thursday, April 23. read more
"Be In It To Win!" - New
It’s Raffle time of year at AACI in Jerusalem. *First Prize: Two Round Trip Tickets from Israel to New York City (courtesy of Ophir Tours). *Second Prize: 32" Flat Screen Television. *Third Prize: One night for a couple in a beautiful hotel here in Israel. The drawing will take place during the AACI Annual July Celebration.  One need not be present to win!   Prices for the tickets are: One ticket-25 NIS, five tickets-115 NIS and ten tickets - 200 NIS. To order tickets, call 02-566-1181 or email frontdesk@aaci.org.il
TRIPS & TRAVEL      In This Issue      Klitah Corner      English Press      Development News
AACI Kosher & Friendly Budapest with Mozart Concert - Last Seats
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 - The Best of Japan: Modernity & Tradition - Departing Soon
May 10-21, 2015
More than any other country, the Japanese have managed to integrate ancient traditions and leading-edge technology harmoniously into their daily lives, with a perfect mix of new and old.  In this excellent introduction to Japan, you won’t miss anything a first-time visitor to Japan should see. You will enjoy a colorful mix of large cities like Tokyo and Osaka, quaint and traditional Takayama, the historically significant ancient shrines and temples of Kyoto and Nara, the testament to peace of Hiroshima, the natural beauty of Hakone, the thermally-heated valley of Owakudani and much, much more.
AACI's Kosher Greek Islands Extravaganza 7 Night Cruise
June 7-14, 2015
Historical Athens, the capital and largest city of Greece. Stunning Volos, Captivating Mykonos with her alluring blue sea and hypnotic white buildings. Santorini with picturesque villages and beautiful beaches. read more
AACI Jewish Piedmont and Milan Expo
June 17 - 24 2015
Piedmont's regal cities and charming villages offer the culturally inclined visitor unending visual delights as well as a window into the region’s rich Jewish history. Delight in Turin, the former capital of Italy. Visit breathtaking synagogues in villages of Piedmont including Casale Monferrato, Racconigi and Saluzzo,that tell a tale of the importance of the Jewish community of the region. Plus a visit to the Milan Expo. read more
AACI Netanya – New Study Day Bible Lands & Israel Museums
Tuesday 14 July, 2015
A opportunity to visit two exceptional museums and a guided tour of the ‘By the Rivers of Babylon’, a new exhibition at the Bible Lands and a tour of ‘The Shrine of the Book at the Israel Museum. read more
AACI Kosher Verona Opera Festival
August 10-18, 2015
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, Don Giovanni, and Nabucco performed in the magnificent ancient Roman Amphitheatre. Enjoy Shabbat in Trieste & a full day visit of Venice. read more
AACI Jewish Heritage tour of Central Europe/Slovakia
August 31 – September 06 2015
General cultural touring will be woven into the Jewish touring, bringing the rich culture of this beautiful region to life. In Bratislava, visit the synagogue, as well as museums and other Jewish cultural sites including the grave of the great Chatam Sofer and the holocaust memorial site. Explore the Bratislava Castle perched on a scenic hilltop with views of the Danube and the old city. read more
AACI's Highlights of the 14 Night Mediterranean Cruise
October 06-20, 2015
Seven AmazingPorts of Call-Chania, Tuscany, Rome, Naples, Sicily & Agios Nikolaos
Scholar-in-resident, Rabbi Dr. Aharon Adler. Escorted by Executive Director David London, you will enjoy the company of a warm and diverse English-speaking group from Israel and around and the world with days at sea where you can relax with new and old friends. read more
AACI China Experience: Beijing, Xian & Shanghai
October 19-29, 2015
In Beijing, try to absorb the enormity of Tiananmen Square, the largest in the world, before exploring the Forbidden City. Ride a rickshaw through the neighborhood maze of old Hutongs. Climb the Great Wall of China and see the Olympic sites. Fly to Xian where ancient history comes alive. We then fly on to Shanghai to discover the old town, stroll along the grand colonial waterfront promenade, the Bund and the Jewish Quarter. read more
AACI China In-depth: Hong Kong, Guilin, Shanghai, Xian, Beijing
October 25-November 08, 2015
China’s textured and ancient history seamlessly melds into a fascinating, modern country, brimming with breathtaking sights.  This in depth tour will open up this vast and wondrous country to the traveler-and will leave no stone unturned. read more
AACI - Discover Jewish Prague - 4 days of touring
November 15-19,  2015
The City of a Thousand Spires has seen it all. Centuries of Bohemian kings, classical composers, invading Nazis, Soviet tanks and Velvet Revolutionaries have passed over Prague's cobblestones; the spires survived it all, creating one of Europe's most romantic and beautiful skylines. 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
Israel's Finance Ministry mulls plan to take over National Insurance's Budget - New
Plan aims to make social-spending budget more transparent and highlight demographic challenge Israel faces. read more
Insurers' bonanza: One-seventh of Israeli household spending goes to premiums Budget - New
The average family of four spends up to $610 a month on insurance policies of various kinds, a consumer group says. read more

Jonathan Pollard - 10738 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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