Volume XIV Number 5
Biweekly e-Newsletter
December 11, 2014/ 19 Kislev 5775
This is the last chance to register this week for the above trips.
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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
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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 - 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 Jerusalem - Demystifying Your Iphone, Ipad/Android/Tablet
Wednesdays, 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 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 – 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
Winter 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 Harvey Bordowitz: Beethoven – From Tragedy To Triumph - New
Jerusalem: Sunday,December 14, 19:30
Beethoven’s confrontation with his increasing deafness, and his bravery in adversity, gave rise to triumphant creations which stir our souls to this day. read more
AACI Netanya - Scandals In the Royal Family - New
Sunday, December 14, 10:30
Did you know that at least six English kings were probably gay and that Queen Mary was a kleptomaniac? This is just to begin with. Come listen to David L. Young, a scholar, historian and novelist. read more
AACI Jerusalem & The Financial Resource Network Seminar – Dealing with Critical Financial Issues
*Sun, Dec 14  *Mon, Dec 15 at 17:00
A 2 day seminar series dealing with critical Oleh financial issues here and Abroad. read more
AACI Central Happy Hour - Meet old and new friends - New
Motzei Shabbat, December 20, 19:30
Celebrate Chanukah at The Dancing Camel Pub and Brewery. read more
Music & Crafts Festival for the entire family - New
Sunday December 21 from 11:00 – until as late you like
The AACI family is invited to this festival in the community of Asaf Segal, guide on the recent China trip at the  village of Rotem located in the north Jordan Valley. read more
AACI Netanya - Infectious Diseases: Into the 21st Century - New
Sunday,December 21,10.30 
Following up on his informative and absorbing lecture in October on Traveling Safely in a germ-ridden world, Steve Berger is returning to focus on the outlook for the future. read more
AACI Central - Mastering Your Smartphone & Computer (Workshop 2) - New
Monday, December 22, 10.30
Come and join us on where we will show you how to make life easier, safer and enjoy the technology. Bring your phones, lap tops or tablets (ipad). read more
AACI 55+/ - Friendship Circle - Activities for Singles & Couples - New
Thursday Evening, December 18,
Join us on chanukah at the train station in Jerusalem:  Meet for dinner at Station 9 Asian Restaurant and afterwards enjoy the festivities:  Delicatesse: Culinary "Memulaim" Food Fair. read more
AACI Netanya - Celebrity Dr. Ellie Cannon: Health in the Media: Health Care or Health Scare? - New
Thursday,  December 24, 20:00
Join us to here guest speaker and celebrity doctor Ellie Cannon who is a media doctor and resident GP for a variety of publications in the UK, and has a regular health column in The Jewish Chronicle.  read more
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 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
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 Art Exhibit
Festive Opening January 5, 2015 18:00-20:00
My World - Paintings by Judith Segal Chironsky, Ruth Keusch & Merle Pincas.
Exhibit runs until March 27, 2015
(address & directions)
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!
KLITAH CORNER     In This Issue      Trips & Travel      English Press      Development News
Appointments Now Required For All Passport Renewals - New
To improve customer service, the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv introduces a new procedure for adult passport renewals using the DS-82 form. read more
Taxpayer Bill of Rights - New
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. Click here for more
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!
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 Jerusalem –
Health & Wellness Programs

Join our classes for Tai Chi, Exercise class for 50+, Feldenkrais, Zumba and, Improving your balance
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
DEVELOPMENT NEWS      In This Issue      Trips & Travel      Klitah Corner      English Press
Still Counting. . . . . on You!
While 2014 is rapidly drawing to a close, it is not too late to make a gift that is both tax-deductible for this year and vital to our on-going work.  Together, we will ensure that the English speaking community in Israel receives the recognition and services it so deserves. read more
Dial 1-800-AACI-NOW!
No, that is not a real phone number.  But it could be!  Because sometime in the middle of January, your phone will ring and a voice on the other end will announce, “Hello.  This is Mel/Sara/Harvey/Doris (or any other name) from the AACI.  Can we talk??”  
The annual Phonathon gives each one of us an opportunity to speak in real-time about how, together, we can get even better at what we do here at the AACI.
We're looking for volunteers to man the phones. But not just any volunteers; we want men and women with fun in their hearts who are able to passionately transmit the importance of what we do for our friends and members!  read more
TRIPS & TRAVEL      In This Issue      Klitah Corner      English Press      Development News
**AACI Members! Special offer**
200 US dollars per couple discount for new reservation on El Al flights to any destination. Available now for flight departures until December 31 only. Contact your local Ophir Tours agent.
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 & 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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Two UNIQUE a cappella choirs operate in the Gush Dan area. True - they may not be next door, but as they have no equivalent in the rest of the country, your interest in them is totally justified! If you have ever felt the urge to join a choir, now is the time to fulfill that dream! read more

THE ENGLISH PRESS     In This Issue      Trips & Travel      Klitah Corner      Development News
AACI Coping Workshops - New
This Normal Life: Resilience in the face of uncertainty What drew us to Israel in the first place? And what keeps us here even when adversity seems to be everywhere? read more
10% of US-Israelis in IDF become officers - New
A significant minority of American-Israeli soldiers who serve in the IDF go on to become officers. read more
Israeli banks to start using customers' biometric data - New
As Interior Ministry builds biometric database of citizenry, Discount and Leumi introducing smartphone apps. read more
Israel's first­time homebuyers not as young as they used to be - New
Lower wage earners increasingly squeezed out of property market in recent years. read more

Jonathan Pollard - 10612 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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