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Join AACI Netanya for a half-day trip entitled ‘People of Valor,’ visiting Kibbutz Beth-El.

Kibbutz Beth El 250 (photo credit: Courtesy)
Kibbutz Beth El 250
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Community Events
• March 19: Motzei Shabbat, Purim – Megilla Reading, followed by party at Bet Israel Masorti, 19 Rehov Yehuda Hanassi, Netanya, at 7 p.m. Singing led by Batya Fonda, and Israeli dancing by the Yovel Dance Troupe. NIS incl. hamantaschen & drink. Reservations: (09) 862-4345.
• March 19: Supper & Purim Spiel (after Megilla reading) in New Synagogue Social Hall. (Betty 0778-690460). Tickets NIS 50, available from office.
• March 20: Hadassah Vered Hasharon chapter at 2 p.m. at Telfed building, 19 Rehov Schwartz, Ra’anana. Mark Robbins, a personal historian who writes life stories, will conduct a workshop. Info: Helene (09) 950-3756.
• March 29: “Around The World In Two Hours” Cooking Class at 8 p.m. in Hod Hasharon. NIS 150 including full demonstration, recipe notes and full meal. Contact Lisa Brink (052) 621- 5851, or write to Also visit
• March 29: at 8pm – Emunah, Geula-Afula Fashion Show by Deborah’s Boutique. Beautiful collection of European Clothes for Spring & Summer. Entry by ticket only NIS 60, incl. refreshments & raffle. George Goddard Hall, Young Israel Synagogue. Doreen (09) 862- 8984, Linda (09) 887-3569.
• March 29: 8 p.m. Emunah Geula Afula Fashion Show by Deborah at New Synagogue Social Hall. (Doreen (09) 862-8984).
• March 29: Annual Bazaar at Bet Israel Masorti, 19 Rehov Yehuda Hanassi, Netanya from 4-7 p.m.; also March 30, from 9 12 noon.
• March 31: 7:30 p m. Willing Hands Lecture.
Upcoming Events
Unless otherwise noted, AACI Netanya events take place at 28 Shmuel Hanaziv St., Netanya. Details and/or reservations (09) 833-0950, between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.
• March 20: 8 p.m. AACI “Confessions of an ex-Purim Queen: one-woman show with humorist Shashi Ishai.
• March 22: 7 p.m.. AACI Box Office visit to the Israel Ballet’s performance of Tchaikovsky's “Nutcracker Suite” at Hechal Hatarbut, Netanya. Tickets: Members NIS 90; Non-Members NIS 100.
• March 24: 9 a.m.-12.00 noon. Follow-Up Session of Workshop “It’s All About The Spirit” with Hadar Gadol.
• March 24: 8:30 p.m. AACI Box Office hosts The American Drama Group Europe & TNT Theatre Britain’s professional production of “One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest” at Beit Yochanan, Netanya Cultural Centre. Seats NIS 125; AACI members NIS100.
• March 27: 10:30 a.m. AACI “Coffee and…” Members NIS 10; Non Members NIS 15.
• March 30: AACI Half-Day Tiyul “People of Valor” visiting Kibbutz Beth-El, a community of about 300 German speaking Christians who believe they have a responsibility to protect the Jews from experiencing another Holocaust. Also Atlit Immigrant Detention Camp, built as a British military camp and used as a temporary holding facility for thousands of illegal Jewish immigrants from 1939-1948. NIS 130.
• March 31: AACI Storytelling with Teddy.
AACI Ongoing Events:
Sunday: Exercises for women with Orly Sasson. 8:45-9:30 a.m. Sunday afternoon Hebrew Literature class (call for details) Monday: Art with Gypsy Ron. 9.30-12 noon Monday: Hebrew Conversation with Atara Hadad. 9.30am-12.30pm. Monday: Conditioning Exercises for Women with Irene Burg. 6:15 -7:15 p.m. Monday & Thursday: 12-1. p.m. Municipal Affairs at 2 Solomon St. (Moshe Shamir) Tuesday: Art with Gypsy Ron. 9:30-12 noon Tuesday : Meet the Lawyer. 9:30-11:30 a.m.Tuesday: Translations of documents and reports. 9:30-11:30 a.m.Wednesday: Netanya Philatelic Association 2-4 p.m.Wednesday: Diet, Healthy Eating & Living Group 9-10 a.m.Wednesday: Travel Day with Sharon Bergman 9 a.m. -12 noon Thursday: Caregivers Support Group. 10-11 a.m.
• ESRA provides regular updates about its events, support groups, volunteering and activities.Let us keep you up-to-date. Email Ingrid at our Gan Rashal office herzliyaoffice@ with your name and e-mail address.
• ESRA is looking for volunteers to form a computer committee who will consult and advise ESRA on its present and future hardware and software needs. If you have a background in information systems, or financial systems, or hardware configurations, and can spare a few hours for an occasional meeting, call Ingrid (09) 950- 8371) or send an e-mail to
• Esra’s professionally trained counsellors offer confidential help with loss, transitions and life challenges. One-to-one/ telephone/ group support. Counseling is free and is open to all. Contact Susan: Email or 052 698908; Esra office (09) 748- 2957.
• ESRA is planning the start of an English-Speaking Dementia Alzheimer Support Group. If you, as a family member, or as someone close to the family, is interested, please contact Ingrid 09- 9567098.
• March 21: ESRA and the Ra’anana Moadon Hazahav invite all English speakers to a series of lectures in English, with Nitsa Reich on “Cindy Sherman and Nikki S. Lee – women, masks and make-believe”at 9 a.m. and Dr. Moti Kedar on “An in-depth look at the Middle East” at 10:30 a.m. Yad Labanim, Ra’anana. To register, Tami (09) 761-0606.
• March 22: ESRA trip to the Michal Negrin Gallery and the Holon Design Center. “The World of Michal Negrin” includes a viewing of a film and a guided tour through the walls of the famed brand name; demonstrating all the stages of design. At the Holon Design Center we will see 2 exhibitions – 50 Years of Italian Design, and Post Fossil – a new generation of designers retrace their roots, refine their earth and research their history. Resevations (09) 748-2957. NIS 140; ESRAcards NIS 120.
• March 23: ESRA talk at 8 p.m. “An Alternative View to Staying Healthy” by Simeon Asher – The language of touch, an osteopathic perspective; and Jeremy Lange – East meets West; Chinese medicine vs Western medicne. The talk will be held in Raanana. To reserve call (09) 748-2957 NIS 35; ESRAcards NIS 30.
• March 23: ESRA Rehovot, 8 p.m. Michal Ifrah on“College For All,” an Israeli non-profit that operates unique educational centers in Israel’s economically distressed areas for children with academic potential. Info: Annice (08) 947- 5510 NIS 30; ESRAcards NIS 25.
• March 24: ESRA Karmiel/Misgav branch hosts Larry and Mindy duo singing songs of the ‘60s and ‘70s at 8 p.m., at the Karmiel Municipality Auditorium. Info: Frankie (04) 998-2871. NIS 40; ESRAcards NIS 35.
• March 28: ESRA Olim Coffee Group, 3 p.m. Judith Frank on “A Quantum Leap of Faith,” her unusual aliya from Australia. New olim welcome, light refreshments. Info and register with Linda (054) 780-5290, Jennifer (052) 434-1284.
• March 29: ESRA Ramat Hasharon Annual Concert at 8 p.m. at Migvanim, Eli Cohen, Rehov Yirmiyahu. Gertler Quartet plays Haydn, Mozart and Schubert. (09) 748-2957 NIS 80; ESRAcards NIS 70.
• March 28: ESRA at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, 10 a.m. “Expressionism – The Beginning of the Modern.” Lecture on Ludwig Kirchner and Emile Nolde (‘Der Bruke’), Wassily Kandinsky and Franz Marc (‘Der Blaue Reider’), Henri Matisse (Fouve) and Oskar Kokoschka and Egon Schile (Austrian Expressionism). NIS 65; NIS 55 ESRAcards. Pre-paid reservations only (09) 748-2957.
• March 30: “Pessah Made Easy” – ESRA Ra’anana Midweek Cookery Demonstration at 8 p.m. with Janine Levy. Limited space. Book (09) 748-2957. NIS 50; ESRAcards NIS 40, including light refreshments.
• March 30: ESRA Ramat Hasharon invites you to hear Maurice Collins, O.B.E. M.A., a man obsessed with bizarre antique gadgets. 4 p.m. at Beit Malinov, 21 Sderot Bialik, Ramat Hasharon. Info: Gitty (03) 540- 9256. NIS 25; ESRAcards NIS 20.
Ongoing events
• AACI is forming a New Ra’anana Book Club with a Difference. We will all read & discuss the same book & meet monthly in members homes If you're interested in coming to a planning meeting, call: AACI: (03) 696-0389 or e-mail:
• Esravision: TheArthur Murray Dance School; Authoress and neuroscientist, Rachel Langford, discusses her new book; The Tel Aviv Stock Exchange; Rappelling; Timna. Wednesday mornings at 8:30, Thursday evenings at 8. YES and HOT digital channel 98 (HOT analog channel 25) and on METV, alternate Thursdays at 3 p.m.
• ESRA Social Group for young adults with special needs: social activities, networking and support. Meetings once a month. Call Emma (052) 224-9069 or email:
• Difficulty focusing on your work or keeping organized? ESRA’s Adult ADD/ADHD support group can help inform, teach and coach adults with symptoms of the disorder. Contact us at: m or go to ultadhdgroup/
• A new online Internet group is starting to bring non-Hebrew speakers from the Americas, England, Australia, South Africa, etc together. The purpose of this group is to help new olim hadasheem to adjust to life in Israel through networking, advise and just having someone listen. It is also an effort to join all non-Hebrew speakers into one forum (versus dividing into AACI, ESRA, TELFED, CICLA, etc).
People interested in really helping one another and wanting to unite non Hebrew speakers and help make life nicer, please contact this group and email
• If you are Jewish and don’t have any problems proving you are Jewish, but are having with local misrad hapnim not taking all kinds of official documents from your host country, contact us at • English and Spanish conversational classes will be starting in November at Ohel Avraham and Sarah JCC in Rishon Lezion on Mohliver 16 Street. To register call (03) 950-7414 or write to the Sisterhood at SisterhoodOhelAvraham@gmail .com NIS 20 per person, per class. Times to be announced.
• Are you looking for cheap English books in good condition? Then come to the ESRA Charity Second- Hand English Bookshop in Ra’anana & help support ESRA's numerous projects. Unbelievable selection of 1000s of English books in every category incl. thrillers, general, chick-lit, sci-fi, Classics, non-fiction, Jewish, Israeli authors translated, auto/biographies, self help, travel, health/cookbooks, etc. etc.& huge selection of kids' books from tots to teens (suitable for school libraries), all at give-away prices. Sale of 100s of selected novels 3 for NIS10, 7 for NIS20, 12 for NIS30!! Buy 5 books @ NIS 8 each & get a 6th one FREE. Large selection of 2008/9/10 novels, also suitable for Bookclubs to take on sale/return. Book tokens. Happy to receive new paper backs in good condition. Open every day incl Friday 09.30-13.00. 5 Klausner St. (cnr Ahuza/Café Aroma), Ra’anana. More info and to reserve books, call (09) 748-0541.
• ESRA Netanya is looking for volunteers who would like to help out in elementary, junior-high and secondary schools in Netanya. The volunteer work entails sitting with small groups of pupils once a week for two hours and helping them with their spoken English. The work is important to the pupils and very fulfilling for our volunteers. Phone Ros Ben Ezra for details at (09) 834 0937.
• Would you like to become a befriender? We are urgently looking for both men and women to befriend housebound and lonely people in the Netanya, Ra’anana and Herzlyia areas. Call Glenis (054) 773-4392 or email
• ESRA new pre-schoolers Parents Group led by child psychologist Dr. Ornit Freudenstein in which parents can share their experience and concerns about parenting pre-school children: eating, sleeping habits, emotional difficulties, fears, aggression, social difficulties, psychological difficulties and more. Mondays 8 p.m. To register call Judy, (09) 748-2957, mornings only.
• ESRA support and counseling service for all English speakers affected by loss and difficulties. Counselors are trained and supervised by professionals and committed to confidentiality. E-mail Susan:; 052-698-9088, or call the ESRA office (09) 748-2957.
• ESRA folk dancing and line dancing on Thursday mornings at Beit Fisher, 5 Klausner Street, Ra’anana. Join our easy movement, folk and line-dancing class for seniors. Folk dancing 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m.; line dancing for beginners and intermediate with experienced dance instructor Roni. ESRAcards: NIS 30; others: NIS 35. (09) 748-2957.
• ESRA Duplicate Bridge Club meets at 8 p.m. every Monday in Ra’anana at Beit Fisher, 5 Klausner St. Info: Michael Belkin, 052-240- 1383. NIS 25 per session.
• Volunteers required in Ramat Hasharon – English for Schools, in which native English speakers chat to high-school pupils in preparation for their exams. Call Ingrid at (09) 950-8371.
• Volunteers required in Herzliya – English for Schools. Native English speakers chat to high-school pupils in preparation for their exams. Call 09-9571170, Marise.
• ESRA’s Community Cookbooks, Table Manna, Soups & Salads and Meatless Meals are on sale. NIS 50 plus postage. (09) 749-2957 or (09) 950-8371.
Ongoing Events
 • Bet Israel Masorti Congregation: 19 Rehov Yehuda Hanassi, Netanya: Religious Services Daily & Shabbat Shacharit 8 a.m. Friday evening Service begins 10 minutes after candle-lighting in Netanya (wintertime) and at 6 p.m. during summertime (from 1 April). Office: (09) 862-4345 Sun-Thu 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
• Monday & Thursday: Duplicate Bridge at Bet Israel, 19 Rehov Yehuda Hanassi, Mon. 9:15 a.m. and Thurs. 9:30 a.m. NIS 25, incl. refreshments. Info: (09) 862-4345.
• Sunday & Thursday: Israeli Folkdancing at Bet Israel, 19 Rehov Yehuda Hanassi, at 8 p.m., with Israel Amrani, in airconditioned hall. NIS 25, incl. refreshments (09) 862-4345.
• Wednesday: Women Only Israeli Folk-dancing at Bet Israel, 19 Yehuda Hanassi, at 9 a.m., with Hagar Leventhal, in airconditioned hall. NIS 25, incl. refreshments (09) 862-4345.
• Sunday to Thursday, 9:30 a.m. to 12 noon, Henry Koor Library General Judaica Collection. Also English Torah Tapes, plus video and music tapes all available on loan. Public invited. New Synagogue, 7 MacDonald St., Netanya.
• Sunday 8 p.m., Thursday 7:30 p.m. Beit Israel. Israeli Dancing. including refreshments. NIS 25. Sara (09) 862-4345.
• Sunday 9 a.m.–11 a.m.; Monday 10 a.m.-12 noon; Tuesday 2 p.m.-4 p.m.; Wednesday 10 a.m.-12 noon; Thursday 10 a.m.-12 noon. English Speaking Municipal Volunteer Group at 4 Stamper Street, 1st floor. Call first to check if there is a volunteer present.
• Monday She’arim Noon-time Concert. 11, Kikar Atzmaut Passage, next to Bank Hapoalimfirst floor. NIS 25. Doors open 11.00 a.m.(8840534).
• Monday. New Synagogue 7:30 a.m. Parshat Hashavua in English given by Dr. Yaakov Ulando.
• Monday 7 p.m. Natan-ya Congregation Bible Class with Jordan Helfman. NIS.15. (077- 422-5272; 054-998-0032)
• Monday 9:15 a.m. & Thursday, 9:30 a.m.. Hadassah Hadar & Beit Israel. Duplicate Bridge at Beit Israel. NIS25. Refreshments (Judy, 052-833-0488).
• Monday & Wednesday. 10 a.m. Laniado Ten Pin Bowling at the New Netanya Industrial Estate. Details Edith, (09) 861-6187.
• Tuesday. New Synagogue. Weekly study with Rabbi Katz. Details Felix (09) 862-2765.
• Tuesday, 5.15 p.m., Beit Israel. Learn to chant Haftara with Rabbi Hillel Yisraeli. (09) 862-4345.
• Tuesday, 6:30 p.m. Beit Israel “Judging Judges” class (in basic Hebrew) with Rachel Holman. (09) 862-4345.
• Alcoholics Anonymous English meetings in Ra’anana. For details please call Johnny 054 927-4133.
• Alanon/Naranon meetings for relatives and friends of alcholics and substance abusers. In Ra’anana Tuesday evenings at 7:30. For further info please call (052) 614-9035 or (09) 746-2008.
• Alanon/Naranon meetings for relatives and friends of alcoholics and substance abusers. In Netanya Thursday evening at 7:30 p.m. For further info call: (052) 479-8285 or (09) 832-1574.
• Ra’anana: Overeaters Anonymous meetings in English. Monday mornings, 10:30-11:30, Rehov Har Sinai. Contact Allyson for specific address details. (052) 655-9076.
• Alzheimer’s English speakers support group meets every month. For more information please phone Paula: (077)324-0639.
• ESRA is planning to start an English-language support group in the Sharon area for people diagnosed with bipolar disorder and/or their families. A prominent psychiatrist/family therapist is willing to lead the group. If interested, please call Gill: (052) 465- 4650, Hylton: (052) 252-9437 or e-mail: Other Activities
• Services at Kehilat Yonaton, a Reform synagogue based in Hod Hasharon. Specially designed for children ages 3-10 and their families with Shabbat songs, Torah story and prayers, followed by a kiddush. Last Friday of each month 6 p.m. 1, Rehov Aliyat Hanoar, campus of Mosenson High School, Hod Hasharon. Details: 052-446-2112 or 09-746-3447.
• American C&W Line Dancing – Step-In Line™ returns to the dance floor after a hot, hot, hot August. Absolute Beginners 8 – 8:30 p.m.. Learn basic steps and very easy dances. Continuing with Beginners & Advanced, learning new dances 8:30 – 9:30 p.m. (approx). Everyone dancing old favorites 9:30-10 p.m.. NIS 30, payable on entrance. Kfar Vitkin, 10 mins. north of Netanya. Information: , (052) 545-7713
• The “Hebrew Order of David International” is recruiting Jewish gentlemen. We have Lodges in: Ra’anana, Netanya and Jerusalem. If you like: friendship, fellowship, social activities, formal meetings and charitable work – we want you! Michael: (09) 749-3293 or: (050) 594-6121 (Not Shabbat).
• Kehilat Torat Hayim: The Masorti (Conservative) Congregation of Herzliya. / Spiritual leader: Rav Ary Glikin. Merkaz Yom la-Kashish, Shammai 8, Herzliya. (Corner of Shammai and Bar-Ilan streets). Friday evening service starts at 6:30 p.m. in summer. Shabbat and holiday services begin at 8:45 a.m. Shabbat morning, after the service, members invite the congregation to Kiddush. Weekly newsletter (in English and Hebrew):Hamevasser:www.torath m. Activities: Preparation for bar and bat mitzva celebrations. Contact Rav Glikin for information: (052) 736-6386; special monthly youth Shabbatot; activities for children and youth; special holiday events; active participation on kehila committees; study groups: Mishnah: Mondays at 7 p.m.. in Bet Yom LeKashish. Alternate Sunday evenings, 8:30 p.m., Pirkei Avot group at the Nof Yam Matnas
• Every Wednesday from 6-8 p.m.– certified instructor Jessica Cohen teaches horses and ponies and their riders show jumping. Shaded picnic tables for visitors, free of charge. 5, Pardes Mesjoetaf St., Ra’anana. Phone (052) 598 7789
• Mountainbiking Group – Cyclenix – This is a social biking group riding regularly each Saturday. We also hold weekly mid-week night rides. All levels of riders are catered for and it costs nothing to join. Call (050) 942-2788 or visit our Web site
• Weight Watchers, now in English! Weight Watchers group for English speakers, Wednesday mornings at 9. At the Mishkan, 2 Hapalmah Street, Ra’anana. All discussions and materials in English. More information from leader Yehudit Levine: (050) 647-7395 (after 7 p.m., please)
• Anglo business networking group provides a forum for English-speaking businessmen in Israel, both established and new, to discuss and share their problems and air their new business ideas. Meets about once a month alternatively in Tel Aviv and Ra’anana. Details of next meeting:
• provides free job postings in English for those seeking odd jobs, and temporary, seasonal, work at home, overseas, and foreign-language positions. Feel free to visit and submit your postings or answer job leads free of charge.
• The Yad Yaakov center for Jewish Education is hosting a lecture series in English: Mondays at 9:30 a.m. – “Shivat Zion in the Eyes of Ezra and Nehemiah” with Rabbi Don Peterman; Wednesdays at 9:15 a.m. – Jeremiah and the Destruction of the Temple, both at 4 Kahan St., Kfar Saba. Fridays at 10 a.m. – “Footsteps through the Bible, discovering the Unfolding Redemptive History of Israel” with Rabbi Leibowitz at Ohel Moshe Synagogue, Herzliya Pituah. Info (09) 745-4126.
• Koleynu Choir meets Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. at Beit Issie Shapiro, Issie Shapiro Street, in Ra’anana. Men and women of all ages are welcome to join this mixed voice choir. Repertoire includes popular and traditional Western and Israeli music, vocal jazz, Broadway show tunes, gospel, light classics and more. Reading music is not required, just the ability to sing in tune and match pitches – and of course a commitment to learning your songs. For more information call Sharon: (050) 314-5255 or Patrick: (054) 660-7464.
• Klabberjas – Kfar Saba – weekly card game. Please call: Michael (09) 749-3293 / (050) 594-6121.
• Play in our Texas hold-em poker tournaments. Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday at 8 p.m. Info: (054) 482-1706
• Coffee and Torah: The study of Tanach and lively discussion on its contemporary relevance, with Rabbi Stewart Weiss, Wednesday mornings, 8:15-9:45 a.m. at Bread and Breakfast Cafe, Giron Center, Jabotinsky and Ahuza streets, Ra’anana. In English, no prior knowledge necessary. Call (052) 242-8508 for details.
• Ra’anana Masorti (Conservative) Congregation. A warm, friendly synagogue with services Thur at 7 a.m., Fri at 6 p.m., Sat. at 8:30 a.m. Bar/Bat Mitzva, Community Services and Special Occasions. 8 Borochov Street, Ra’anana. For information call Colin Marks on (054) 720-1911.
• YINN Table Tennis Chug. Play on Sun., Wed. afternoons, 2:30-4:30. All welcome
• Netanya Congregation Bible Class with Jordan Helfman. Mondays, 7 p.m. NIS 15. (077) 422-5272; (054) 998-0032.
• Yad Yaakov center for Jewish Studies, weekly Tanach classes: Mon 9:30-11 a.m. “Kings & Prophets” with Rabbi Peterman; Wed 9:15-10:15 a.m. “The Classical Prophets” with Rabbi Leibowitz; Wed 10:30-11:30 a.m. “Kohelet-Wisdom Literature” with Rabbi Leibowitz Ohel Moshe Synagogue, 33 Aryeh Ben-Eliezer St., Herzliya Pituach: (09) 745- 4126. Gadi Hamburger gives a weekly shiur in English on interesting points in the weekly sedra. Wednesdays, 8 p.m. Men and women welcome – no fee. Venue: Becker Family, Rehov Ahad Ha’am 21/5, Ra’anana. Further info: Willie, (09) 741- 4632 or (052) 852-2029.
• Classes and study groups: Hebrew Reading Class, Sundays 11 a.m. at Beit Israel Masorti Congregation, with Rita Green and Miki Schwartz. Details: (09) 862-4345 / “Prayer and Song” class on Tuesdays at 6 p.m. at Beit Israel Masorti Congregation, with Rabbi Yisraeli. Learn how to lead and participate in prayer services, including the traditional melodies. We are egalitarian, this is for everybody. (09) 862-4345 / Torah Study and Discussion Group (English) on Wednesdays at 9 a.m., with Lenore Levin, at Beit Israel. (09) 862-4345 / “Philosophical Issues in the Weekly Parsha” on Tuesdays at 5:15 p.m. With Rabbi Yisraeli (of Congregation Beit Israel, Masorti, Netanya) at his home, 7/2 Ichilov St. Call office for details: (09) 862-4345.
• Weekly cultural activities: Duplicate Bridge at Beit Israel, Monday and Thursday mornings at 9:30 a.m. NIS 25, incl. refreshments. (09) 862-4345. Free English Lending Library on Wednesdays 3-5 p.m. at Beit Israel. Librarian; Shiphra Davis. Info: (09) 862-4345.
• Israeli Folk-dancing at Beit Israel, Sundays and Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., with Israel Amrani, in airconditioned hall. Incl. refreshments. NIS 25 (09) 862-4345.
• The Henry Koor Judaica Library houses 8,000 books of 800 CDs and cassette tapes of Jewish and general interest in English, and is open 9:30 a.m. – 12 noon, Sundays – Thursdays. 7 Rehov Macdonald, Netanya. Contact: (09) 884- 0458. There is also a program of monthly lectures.
• AACI Tel Aviv Events held at AACI offices unless otherwise specified: 76 Ibn Gvirol (1st floor), Tel Aviv. (03) 696- 0389 for information and registration. Join AACI Central e-mail program & information update list: e-mail: with “email list” in the subject heading.
• Tel Aviv Book Club forming to read & discuss books, meeting in members’ homes. Call AACI (03) – 696 0389.
Upcoming Events
• March 16: Don Shrensky & Co, CPAs, US tax experts invite US persons to a seminar on “The New 2011 US Tax Amnesty” 6:30 -9 p.m. at Beit America, 35 Shaul Hamelech, (8th floor), Tel Aviv. Pre-registration essential: or (02) 629-4272 Ext. 0.
• March 21: AACI Day Tiyul on Shushan Purim: “A Taste of Jerusalem” – Muslim, Jewish, Armenian and Christian quarters of the Old City; Holy Sepulcher and The Herodian Mansions. Pace will be leisurely up steep hill. Meeting 8:40 a.m. at the Savidor (Arlozorov) train station (on the platform), so that wecan catch the 8.54 a.m. train to Jerusalem; 11:15 a.m. at the Zio nGate, Jerusalem. Leaving Old Cit y from Jaffa Gate. Members: NIS 90;Non-members:NIS 100 (inclu des entrance fees, but not train jo urney). Around 4 1⁄2 hours, inclu ding half-hour. Registration & pre-payment essential: AACI (03) 696-0389 or guide Pamela Levene 03-741 9762.
• March 23: AACI visits the GINA Gallery of International Naïve Art, 255 Rehov Dizengoff, Tel Aviv, at 1 2 noon, guided by AACI member Dan Chill, founder and director of the gallery. (Note: No elevator to the lower-level exhibit) Members: NIS 20; Non-members: NIS 25 Pre-payment & registration essential: AACI (03) 696-0389.
• March 23: AACI & The Israel Chamber Orchestra ClassicPlus Concert, Conductor Roberto Paternostro (Austria). Mezzosoprano Orit Gavriel (Israel) Wiener:Serenade for small orchestra in F minor, op. 3 Mahler: Songs from “ Des Knaben Wunderhorn” Mozart:Symphony no. 41 in C major, K. 551 “ Jupiter.” 8: 30p.m Tel Aviv Muse um of Art, Shaul Hamelech Blvd., Tel Aviv.Members:NIS 85 Nonmembers: NIS 95 Registration essential: AACI (03) 696-0389.
• March 27: AACI seminar on ”Divorce, Child Support and Alimony in Israel” with Attorney Frank Kahn. AACI, 76 Ibn Gvirol, (1st floor), Tel Aviv. Members: NIS 25; Non-members: NIS 30 Registration essential: AACI: (03) 696-0389 or • March 29: AACI and the Financial Resource Network seminar on “Are there any legal tax shelters left?” with financial planners Mark van Gelderen and Debbie Sassen. Guest speaker: Leon Harris. 7:30 pm at AACI, 76 Ibn Gvirol, Tel Aviv.Call Shmuel to register (recommended) or set up meeting (02) 622-3065, info@isre AACI members NIS 25; Non-members NIS 30.
• March 29: AACI walking tour with Yona Wiseman – “The Boulevards of Tel Aviv.” Meet 10 a.m. at the kiosk, corner Rothschild Blvd and Rehov Mazeh. Come early, have coffee together. Members: NIS 40; Non-members: NIS 50. Registration: AACI: (03) 696-0389 or Yona: (03) 516- 3387 / (050) 326-7277.
• March 31: AACI & The Israel Chamber Orchestra, Italian Baroque, Conductor Elizabeth Wallfisch. Flute: Christiane Yehudin (Israel); Oboe: Omri Raveh (Israel). Geminiani: Concerto Grosso No. 12; “La Follia” Marcello. Oboe Concerto in D minor, Vivaldi; Flute Concerto in A minor, RV 108 Locatelli: Concerto Grosso in E flat major Op. 7 No. 6; Boccherini: Symphony in D monor Op. 12/4 “La Casa del Diavolo.” 8 p.m., Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Shaul Hamelech Blvd., Tel Aviv. Members: NIS 85 Non-members: NIS 95. Registration essential: AACI (03) 696-0389.
AACI Seniors
• March 23: AACI Seniors, 10 a.m. Valerie Green: “An Amazing Woman, Aunt Betty.” Also brief Torah Portion by Yehuda Solter; Exercise; Light refreshments, NIS 15. Beit Tami in Sheinkin Park, Rehov Sheinkin, Tel Aviv, Info: 696-0389.
Other Events
• March 19: Purim Party! Havurat Tel Aviv of the Masorti Movement invites you to the Megilla Reading and Festive Purim Party with Children’s Activities, Games and Prizes. 7:30 pm at Gymnasia Herzliya, 106 Rehov Jabotinsky Street (corner of Remez), Tel Aviv. Adults: NIS 20; children: NIS 15. Info: (050) 540-0172 or (057) 420-6823.
• March 19: Discover Tel Aviv – a walking tour, in English at 2 p.m: The Adloyada (Purim Parade. Walk along the Adleyada’s route and learn how it got incorporated into the city’s history and heritage. 2 to 2 1⁄2 hours. NIS 40. If raining, bring umbrella. To register: (02) 510-0337.
• March 19: E.S.O. (English Speakers Organization) Purim Trip to the Carmel on Shabbat March 19 visiting Kibbutz Bet Oren, Ein Hod (Artists Village), Makura Farm (Olive Oil and Organic Jams,etc.) and Daliat-el-Carmel (Druse Village). NIS120. Bookings: Audrey (03) 672-8653; Betty 0525-224914.
• March 23: Voices; The Israel English Poetry Assoc. – public reading of our 21st International Reuben Rose Poetry Contest winners & poems from our latest Voices Anthology. Venue. Bet Hasofer, 6 Rehov Kaplan, off Ibn Gvirol at 7.15 p.m. Discourse by the judge, Prof. Seymour Mayne, will be read. Entrance free. Info: Mike (04) 659-8329.
• March 27: The Israel Genealogical Society – Lecture in English by Billie Stein, member of the steering committee of the IGS Montefiore Census Project, on “The Montefiore Censuses of Eretz Israel.” The contents of the series of censuses, and the role that the Israel Genealogical Society has played in transcribing, translating and digitizing them. 7:30 p.m. at Beit Shalom, 2 Rehov Shir, Tel Aviv. IGS members: No charge; others: NIS 20.
• May 20-21: Hitachdut Olei Britannia (H.O.B.) Annual Convention, 2011 weekend at the Yitzhak Rabin Guest House, Givat Ram, Jerusalem. Guest speaker: British Ambassador, H.E. Matthew Gould. Also: Prof. David Newman of Ben-Gurion University and Prof. Sergio Della Pergola, Hebrew University. NIS 450 per person, NIS 99 single supplement. Non-members membership fee: NIS 50 (seniors, NIS 30). Booking and info: Ian Banks (02) 991-9056, 052- 438-1504 or Walking Tours
• March 20: Neveh Tzedek and its surroundings, Jewish urban development between Jaffa and Tel Aviv from 1887 to the present day, 3 p.m.
• March 27: Modernism in the White City, following UNESCO’s recognition of Tel Aviv as a World Heritage City for modernism. See the 1930s “newcity” of Tel Aviv around the Dizengoff area , 11 a.m.
Ongoing Events
• Public speaking and storytelling for everyone at the Oppenheimer English Storytelling Center in Tel Aviv on the first Friday morning of every month. Contact Dvora Shurman at 0547-665019 or email .
• The Educational Center for Games in Israel. Heritage Centre of Play. 32 Hatabor St. Tel Aviv. (near Nachlat Binyamin Mall). Play is not only for children. Lost Property: Mostly jackets. Please claim them. Visits to the center are by prior request. We continue with archiving our collections. If you would like to join in, give us a call, also to discuss which of our seminars and workshops are best for you. Contact or (054) 471-7314
• Ichud Olam Minyan invites you to a new lecture series every Wednesday evening at 8 p.m. Rabbi Nachman's Stories as an introduction to Hassidut, in English; 9 p.m.: Rambam’s Rationalist Thinking, in Hebrew, by Rabbi Dr. Raphael Shuchat of Bar-Ilan University. Pizza served. Ichud Shivat Zion Synagogue, 86 Rehov Ben Yehuda, Tel Aviv.
• Calling women of all ages, with or without experience: An American flag football team for women is being organized to play in the Sportech every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.. Free of Charge. Call Esti at (054) 737-4841 or email:
• Home singing circle in central Tel Aviv, to meet once weekly. Male and female singers welcomed. Repertoire: classical – including Israeli. Please state note-reading ability and preferred weekday evening from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.. Email:
• TACT (Tel Aviv Community Theatre) – Want to act in English? Help backstage? Smell the greasepaint? Hear the applause? TACT is the group for you. Oldest established Englishspeaking Community Theater in Tel Aviv welcomes new members. or call Glenda: (052) 525-8812 or Linda: (052) 230-8833.
• ESRA Books ’n’ Chat, first Sunday of the month. Information Gill 602-1008.
• ESRA South African-style book club in Tel Aviv, first Monday of month. Info: Gill (03) 732-0194.
• ESRA Short Story Discussion Group, Mondays. NIS 25; ESRAcards NIS 20. Info: Noah (03) 648-5575.
• Tanach (Bible) Study Group, Wednesdays 9:45 a.m. An in-depth study of the Tanach with Rabbi Avraham Fischer of Yad Yaakov. NIS 50; ESRAcards NIS 45. Pre-registration necessary. Noah (03) 648-5575.
• Support group being formed for seniors with/without family in Israel, to discuss and plan for the future. Please contact Valerie at (03) 602-0665
• Alcoholics Anonymous English meetings held daily in Tel Aviv. Details: 054 492-9242 or email
• Tuesdays 8:30-9:30 a.m. Overeaters Anonymous – weekly English meeting in Tel Aviv. For venue and more information, call Ophelia: (052) 427 9502.
• Narcotics Anonymous, English meetings in Tel Aviv & Jerusalem. Hotline: (054) 211-7452.
• Rediscovering Hunger: Conquering your Negative Body Image and Overcoming Emotional Eating. Offered in Tel Aviv. Info: Nomi (052) 858-1028.
• AACI Translation Service: An excellent translation service is available to all AACI members. We offer help with translating bills, driving licenses, telephone applications, Kupat Holim literature, bank communications and many other items. Service not available for medical reports and legal contracts. Mondays: 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Call AACI for an appointment: (03) 696-0389.
• Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Israel) Herzl 159, Tel Aviv-Jaffa. (03) 513-6500. Healthy cats and dogs available for adoption, daily veterinary service, lowcost spaying. Strays and abandoned animals accepted at no charge. Open daily till 8 p.m., Fridays until 2 p.m., Saturdays 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
• English mother and baby group. Weekly meetings in Petah Tikva. Contact Tammy: (054) 303-2063 / e-mail:
• TACT play-reading: every Monday at 7:30 p.m. in Beit Ariella. We prepare, read and discuss Shakespeare plays. On alternate Mondays we read other plays. Please call Mike: (03) 641- 5878 or Ida: (09) 955-0089
• Ramle Tissan Airmodel Club: English-speaking airmodeler looks for control-line airmodel enthusiasts to help found a club. Teaching kids and teens how to build and fly C/L, sailplanes, rubber-powered planes is also among greatest goals. Already has support from Ramle City Hall. Please call Eron Silva at (08) 930-1161, ext. 113, or (08) 920-6408 (home), or write (preferable)
• Israemploy is a non-profit organization that helps new and veteran immigrants find work in Israel. Almost 2,000 new job postings each month, many of them with a requirement for English at a high level. For more information, please visit us at Nominal fees required of users.
• Anglo business networking group provides a forum for English speaking businessmen in Israel, both established and new, to discuss and share their problems and air their new business ideas. Meets about once a month alternatively in Tel Aviv and Ra’anana. Details of next meeting:
• The Institute for the Advancement of Education in Jaffa seeks volunteers to help Jaffa school children with English. Volunteers work with groups of 2- 3 children aged 10-12 once a week, for an hour and a half in the mid-afternoon. Materials and on-hand guidance provided, no experience necessary. Marc Schoen, 054-755-2014, 077-330-6788 (evenings)
• Free Torah lessons in English. Sundays, 8:30 p.m. Hotel Devorah, Ben Yehuda 87, Tel Aviv. Margalit: (03) 551-6652.
• Play4Elderly meetings at The Educational Center for Games, 32 Hatabor Street, Tel Aviv. (Near Nachlat Binyamin Mall) are part of our Grandparenting Institute. Info: 054-471-7314. (03) 629- 4151.
• April 5 & 6: Ohel Avraham and Sarah will be hosting two special speed dating evenings for Englishspeaking singles (legally divorced or widowed) looking for companionship, long-term relationship, true love, soul-mate maybe even a holy sidduch. NIS 50 per person, including snacks and drinks. April 5: Ages 40-60; April 6: Ages 60- 80, both at 7 p.m.Ohel Avraham and Sarah JCC, 16 Rehov Mohliver in the downtown area, Rishon Lezion. RSVP including name, address, telephone and marital status. By reservation only. Sorry, no walk-ins.
• RESA Rishon Lezion English Speakers Assocation holds monthly social meetings; coffee mornings in a beit cafe and excursions to places of interest. For details please contact (03) 969-5693.
• Yes, there is a Masorti /Conservative shul and community in Rishon Lezion! Everyone interested in being part of a truly egalitarian community with observance of Jewish traditions invited. Please send us your email address for our mailing list.
Kabbalat Shabbat services at 6:30 p.m. (summer hours); Shabbat morning service at 9 a.m. Come and visit or call (03) 950-7414.
AACI Southern Branch
• Sundays – “Your Baby Needs Music” – AACI Music Class for babies and children up to age 5. 4-4:45 p.m. “Music Together,” a parent-child class in English for infants, toddlers and preschoolers up to age 5 on Sundays, at 5-5:45 p.m. With Sharon Meisels.– Onetime demonstration class on October 24, cost NIS 45,followed by 9 weekly sessions. All classes will take place at location TBA.
Cost per child, full course: NIS 400 members; NIS 450 nonmembers Cost per 2nd child, full course: NIS 375 members; NIS 425 non-members.
Accompanying book and CD: NIS 170, cash only. Register at (02) 993-8147 or (054) 531-5990.
Send an e-mail to this address: To receive more information, e-mail
• Technical Writing Course to be offered in Beersheba, starting November. If you write well in English, are computer literate and enjoy learning and training others, this course is for you. Dates and times to be announced. Cost: NIS 9,000 or NIS 8,000 for AACI members, including those who join upon registration.For more information contact Our Best Words at (02) 656-3369 or (050) 529-0775 (evenings) or training@ Or go to tech-writing-course/
• Religious singles 60+ Group forming for social and cultural activities. More info (02) 560-9110 Ongoing Events
• Join us for Shabbat services (Fri. 5:30 p.m. winter, 7 p.m. summer, Sat 9 a.m.) at Adat Shalom Emanuel, 6 Miller Street, Rehovot. We are a Masorti (Egalitarian) congregation with a vibrant bar/bat mitzva program, youth activities program (Noam), a choir, as well as a lecture and discussion series under the direction of our Rabbi Rubin. E-mail:, tel/fax (08) 946-9180
• Emotions Anonymous Ashkelon.Osnat (08) 673-1258; Moshe (08) 673-4086.
• March 20: “Don a costume and join the English Speakers Club of Ashdod (ESCA) for its annual Purim partyat 6 p.m. Pizza party at the home of Avner and Marilyn Rothschild of Ashdod. NIS 10 per person. To reserve and for info call Anita: 054-4651327.
• The English Speakers’ Club of Ashdod (ESCA) gets together on Fridays at the Zohara Restaurant in the Ashdod g Bus Station from 12 noon to 2 p.m. Info: Anita, 054-465-1327, or Chana (08) 855-7116.
• The Conservative Synagogue “Etz Haim” in Ashdod assembles on Fridays for Erev Shabbat devotional services (20 minutes before sundown) as well as on Saturday mornings at 8:30 a.m. The Etz Haim Synagogue is located at Public Shelter No. 25 on Rehov Itzhak HaNasi Street in Ashdod. Info: Refael David, (08) 864-2482, or Anita Raymond, 054-465-1327
• Tai Chi Chuan and Chi Kung in the Ashdod area. Exercise for fun, balance, strength, energy. Wednesdays 9 a.m., 7 p.m. Classes in the park in good weather, sheltered area in rainy weather. Susan; 054-237-5512
• Parkinsons Support Group Ashdod (and for surrounding areas) meets Wednesdays 4:30-7 at the Bet Avot Ashdod, entrance Harav Nissim, 17, next to Ashdod police station. Infomation 08- 8551051. Amutat Parkinson 077- 4181900; English 08-8581151.
• March 24: English Speakers of Ashkelon Purim Party. Info: Vicky (08)6733742.
• March 27: English Speakers of Ashkelon Book Club at 8 p.m. For further information call Renee 0547-718423.
• March 29: English Speakers of Ashkelon Coffee, Cake and Lecture at 10 a.m. with Merle Guttman, founder of ESRA. Info June (08) 678-2272.
• April 5: English Speakers of Ashkelon Play Reading Group at 8 p.m. Info Jane (08)673-2161.
• Kehillat Netzach Israel (Masorti/Conservative Congregation) - Services: Fridays at 5 p.m. and Saturdays at 9 a.m. Bar/Bat Mitzva courses, Talmud/Torah classes, Adult Educational lectures, NOAM youth group, Pre-School Day Care Center and ongoing cultural activities. Rabbi Michael Ben David; for (08) 671-1370/1 or email: Also see website:
• Emotions Anonymous Ashkelon. Call Osnat (08) 673-1258; or Moshe (08) 673-4086
• Negev, Eilat, South e-mail list advice, events, what’s on, Eilat, Beersheba, Mitzpe, Arad and Ein Gedi. Festivals, theaters, concerts, find car rides, jobs available, jobs wanted, flat-hunting, business promos.
• Omer, Magen Avraham (Conservative) Congregation: Friday 5:30 p.m.; Saturday 8:30 a.m. Bar/Bat Mitzva courses, adult study, after-school program.Rabbi Gil Nativ (08) 646- 0424; e-mail
• The Flying Camels Ultimate Frisbee team would like to invite you to join them on Wednesdays at 8:30 p.m.. Venue: the sports field next to Shomron St. in the Neot Lon neighborhood of Beersheba. For details, call Noam: 054-7739954
• Beersheba, Eshel Avraham (Masorti/ Conservative) Congregation – Fri 5:30 p.m., Sat 9 a.m. Torah classes (Hebrew, English, Russian and Spanish). Talmud classes, activities, bar/bat mitzva, Noam youth, kindergarten ages 1-6. Israeli folkdance. (08) 642-1424; (08) 642-0989.
• Beersheba English speaking Seniors Social Club – Thursday 4-6 p.m.. (08) 642-2915; 627-2593.