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Looking for a concert? Or a lecture perhaps? Find out what is happening in your neighborhood this week, December 24th -January 1st.

Actor poses as Sherlock Holmes (photo credit: AP)
Actor poses as Sherlock Holmes
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SHARON / NETANYA Community Events • December 27: Chikorlia Band – Six artists with violin, viola, percussion, trombone & accordion, in a colorful & energetic program. Music from the Balkan countries. Brahms, Dvorak. Goren Bergovich (Serbia) – Scenes from the film “Black Cat, White Cat,” Czardas Monti, Hora Stakato and “Fiddler on the Roof.” 8:30 p.m., The Air Force Auditorium, next to Herzlia Performing Arts Center, 15 Jabotinsky, Herzliya. Free Parking. Members: NIS 70; Non-members: NIS 80. Registration essential: AACI (03) 696-0389.
• December 28: Emunah Geula- Afula, Netanya – “Do We Take Note of Our Dreams?” by psychoanalyst Judith Jackson, at 3.30 p.m. New Synagogue Social Hall, MacDonald St. (Doreen 09 862 8984 Shana 09 833 9985).
• December 28: Gourmet Tasting at MC2 Bitan Aharon, 7 p.m. FPF repeats a truly gourmet experience addressing both appearance and taste-vegetarian recipes. NIS 160, incl. service. Reserve before December 26: Anne Sliverman (09) 862-2243
• December 30: 8.30pm. Young Israel Culture Series with Ambassador Danny Ayalon.
• January 8: Hitachdut Olei Britannia (H.O.B.) invites you to its Annual Quiz. Quizmaster: Roger Kaye. 7:30 p.m. at Kehilat Hod V’Hadar, 4 Rehov Chish, Kfar Saba. Members NIS 60, non-members NIS 70, includes a light supper. Pre-booking essential. Note: Tables seat 8 participants. Call or email: Trish Martell: (03) 930-5327, 054- 5959548,, or Ellie Morris (08) 859-2620, 050- 727-9843 or
AACI NETANYA Upcoming Events Unless otherwise noted, AACI Netanya events take place at 28 Shmuel Hanaziv St., Netanya. Details and/or reservations (09) 833-0950.
• December 27: AACI Netanya. 4- 6:30 p.m. Digital Phototography Course with Tom Langford. First of 5 weekly sessions of 2 1⁄2 hrs. each. Members NIS 625; Nonmembers NIS 675.
• December 30: AACI Lecture with Stephen Kaplan “A Tale of Two Ghettos,” 10 a.m. Prepaid NIS 20; at door NIS 30.Sunday: Exercises for women with Orly Sasson. 8:45-9:30 a.m.
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
Second Tuesday of every month: Meet the Accountant/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: Language Exchange.
11– 12 p.m.
Thursday: Feldenkrais with Genie Levin. 8:30-9:30 a.m.
Thursday: Caregivers Support Group. 10-11 a.m.
ESRA 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 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 herzliyaoffice@ • December 26: ESRA Herzliya invites you to a music evening at 8 Herzliya Pituah. “Al Jolson’s Life and Songs” by Barbara Blum. NIS 60; NIS 50 ESRAcards. Reservations Ingrid: (09) 950 8371.
• December 27: ESRA at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, 10 a.m.
“Marc Chagall and the Bible: An Ongoing Romance of Love.”
Through his extensive work we will learn about his life, his love and his family. NIS 65: NIS 55 ESRAcards. Pre-paid reservations only: (09) 748-2957.
• December 29: ESRA Ramat Hasharon invites you to a lecture at 4 p.m. at Beit Malinov, 21 Sderot Bialik Ramat Hasharon.
Luba Zuk, Faculty of Medicine Tel Aviv University, will speak on: “Minimal Brain Dysfunction: ADHD, The Clumsy Child and Learning Disorders.“ NIS 25; ESRAcards NIS 20. Info: Gitty (03) 540-9256.
• December 30: ESRA Rehovot outing to see “Not by Bread Alone” at 8:30 p.m., in which 11 deaf-blind actors take the audience into their inner world. (optional: first a light meal at Cafe Kapish, where the staff are all hearing-impaired). The Nalaga’at Center in Jaffa seeks to promote the needs and aspirations of deaf, blind and deafblind individuals. (English website) www.nalagaat.
Reservations: Annice (08) 945510.
• January 3: ESRA Olim Coffee Afternoon at 3 p.m. All new and recent olim invited to join us to meet other olim and vatikim, share experiences, shmooze over coffee, and listen to our guest speaker, new olah Ann Levin, talk about her experiences in SAR-EL army program Volunteers for Israel. To confirm attendance, call Linda (054) 7805290, Jennifer (052) 434- 1284 • January 3: ESRA and the Ra’anana Moadon Hazahav invite all English speakers to a series of lectures in English with Dr. Raphael Vago “Current Affairs” at 9 a.m. and Dina Heimann “The Wonders of China – the Cultural and Natural Assets of China” at 10:30 a.m.
Yad Labanim, Ra’anana. To register, call Tami (09) 761-0606.
• January 6: ESRA Kfar Saba “Starry Night” at 7 p.m.: An evening of entertainment featuring Roni Ginossar, rated in the top 10 of “A Star is Born” and up and coming pianist Yaniv Taubenhouse. Geula Cultural Center, 12 Geula St., Kfar Saba Tickets NIS 75; ESRAcards NIS 65. (09) 74-02957; (09)-748- 9798.
• January 7: ESRA’s Friday morning lecture in Ra’anana – Joanne Caras, from the US, will speak again about the book that she has created and promoted at 10:30 a.m. at Beit Fisher, 5 Klausner St, Ra’anana. Please register at the ESRA Office: (09) 748-2957. NIS 35; ESRA members NIS2
Ongoing • 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 problems 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 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, juniorhigh 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.
• ESRA Befrienders – a free service providing company for English speakers in the Sharon area. Tell us where you live, and we will match you with a friendly volunteer close by. Please call Glenis 054 773 4392 or email • Would you like to become a befriender? We are looking for both men and women to befriend housebound and lonely people in the Sharon area. Four training sessions will be held at the end of the summer. To register an interest, call Glenis 054 773 4392, or email gbertfield@ • 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. Email 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 highschool 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.
NETANYA Community Events Ongoing: • 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.
• Tuesday 7.00pm. Bet Israel Choir rehearsal. ( 862 4345 • Thursday, 7:30 p.m. Alanon/Naranon weekly meeting in English for Family & Friends of Drug or Alcohol Abusers at New Synagogue Hall. (09) 832-1574; 052-479-8285.
Self-Help • Netanya Slimming Group now has vacancies for new members. Meets Tuesdays 8:30 a.m. in members’ homes, under the guidance of a qualified clinical dietician. Call Rika: (09) 833- 9610 • Alcoholics Anonymous English meetings in Ra’anana. Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday 6:30-7:30 p.m. For details please call Uri: (050) 557-3697.
• Alanon/Naranon meetings for relatives and friends of alcoholics 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 - m a i l :
Other Activities • 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.torathayyim.o 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.
• Bet Israel Masorti Congregation: 19 Yehuda Hanassi St., Netanya: Religious Services: Led by Rabbi Hillel Yisraeli. Daily & Shabbat Shaharit, 8 a.m. Fri. evening service begins 5 minutes after candlelighting time.
Minha/Shiur/Ma’ariv/Havdala on Shabbat afternoon begins one hour before Havdala. Office: (09) 862-4345 Sun.-Thu. 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
• 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 air-conditioned 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.
TEL AVIV / CENTRAL • 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.
Upcoming Events • December 26: AACI: Lecture on health & nursing care services.
Speaker : David Pinkas , Doron Reuveni Insurance Agency ”The State of Israel vs Private Health and Nursing Care Insurance.” 5:30 p.m. AACI, 76 Ibn Gvirol, (1st floor) Tel Aviv.
Members: NIS 20; Non-members: NIS 25. Registration essential: AACI (03) 696-0389.
• December 28: AACI walking tour of fascinating Bialik Street, guided by Yona Wiseman; ends with a visit to Haim Nachman Bialik’s restored home, 11 a.m.
Meet at Bialik Coffee Shop, corner Bialik and Allenby streets.
Cost: Members, NIS 40; Nonmembers NIS 50, plus NIS 15 entrance fee to Bialik’s home.
Registration: AACI (03) 696- 0389 or Yona: (03) 516-3387, 050- 326 7277.
AACI Tel Aviv.
• December 29: Join AACI for a guided tour of the recently renovated Israel Museum. Kosher restaurant for lunch (optional).
Non-seniors and AACI members NIS 60; non-members NIS 70.
Seniors: AACI members NIS 40; non-members NIS 50. Register by December 22: (03) 696- 0389.
Meet: Arlozorov Bus Terminal 8:45 a.m. Approx. NIS 20 return fare for seniors and approx. NIS 40 for non-seniors.
• December 29: AACI, TELFED, UJIA & H.O.B invite you to a seminar by Dr. Carron Cher – “All you need to know about the Israeli health system.” 5 p.m. at the Moadon Bayit Beyachad (Jewish Agency) 99 Rehov Hahashmonaim, Tel Aviv (first floor). NIS 10 per person. Preregistration essential or (03) 696 0389.
• January 13: “Hatikvah – from Herzl to Subliminal.” A journey, in Hebrew, around the world in the footsteps of “Hatikva,” including historical and contemporary performances of pieces by Mozart, Smetana and Chopin; screening of videos and presentation of rare documents, featuring concert pianist and musicologist Astrith Balstan.
8p.m. at Beit Hatefutsot, Tel Aviv University Campus, Gate 2, Rehov Klausner, Ramat Aviv.
Members: NIS 100; Non-members: NIS 110. Registration essential: AACI (03) 696-0389.
AACI Seniors • December 29: 10 a.m.
Marjorie Glick: “The Last Time I Saw Paris.” Also, brief Torah Portion by Yehuda Solter/ Exercise. Light refreshments. NIS 15NIS. Beit Tami in Sheinkin Park, Sheinkin St., Tel Aviv. (03) 696-0389.
Other Events • December 27: British Council’s Story Time for Children at the Dallal restaurant, 10 Rehov Shabazi in Neveh Tzedek. Jane Cohen reads “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” by Eric Carle for ages 6-8 at 4-5 p.m. and “Lost and Found” by Oliver Jeffers for ages 8-10 at 5-6 p.m. More info from Dallal at (03) 510-9292.
• December 28: The Voices Israel Group of Poets in English will be meeting at Beit Tami (behind the Sheinkin Street park in Tel Aviv) to read and discuss original poetry at 7:30 pm. NIS 15. Newcomer poets and just-listeners welcome. If you’d like to read, bring 2 original poems in at least 12 copies each. More info: Mark L. Levinson nosnivel@ (054) 444- 8438
• December 28: Archeology in Tel Aviv – IWC Group, Fall Semester 2010/11. Archeology of the Coastal Plain of Israel “Dor, an international port site: A fresh point of view of economic networks in the 2nd and 1st millennia B.C.E.,” 9-11:30 a.m. Lecturers: Paula Waiman-Barak and Yiftah Shalev. Cost: semester NIS 350 per person, NIS 650 per couple, Individual lecture NIS 50. Tel Aviv University, Webb Building, Room 001.
• December 26: The Israel Genealogical Society – Mathilde Tagger on “Sephardim and Sephardic Genealogy; Web Sources; Historical background of Jews in Spain, the development of their surnames, their expulsion and dispersion and genealogical sources on the Web.” 7:30 p.m., Beit Shalom, 2 Rehov Shir, Tel Aviv. White City Walking Tours
• January 3: The new restored train station area – the first train to Jerusalem left Jaffa in 1892. A tour of the restored building’s complex, its history and the story of the restoration process, including some surprising discoveries Monday. Meet at 4 p.m. Guide: Paule Rakower. Cost: NIS 60 per person, please book in advance (03) 5464917. Email: Most of these tours are suitable for the disabled. Mention your limitations.
• January 11: History & architecture in the area of Rothschild Blvd. The beginnings of Tel Aviv and its development, through stories and architectural styles. Meet at 2 p.m. (see booking info above).
Ongoing Events • 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 • 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 indepth 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 Self-Help • Tuesdays 8:30-9:30 a.m.
Overeaters Anonymous – weekly English meeting in Tel Aviv.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, low-cost 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: tamm y j a n e r e d n a l l • 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 onhand 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.
CENTRAL • 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.
SOUTH/OTHER LOCALES • December 25 (Also December 30 and January 1): The Old Barn Theater, Moshav Orot presents a production of you’ve never seen before! 8:30 p.m. NIS 40. Light refreshments after the performance.
Reservations: Ronit (08) 858- 1151, Stephen (052) 736-1355.
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.
– One-time 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@ourbestwords.
com Or go to www.technicalwriting. 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: adatshalom@, tel/fax (08) 946-9180 • Emotions Anonymous Ashkelon. Osnat (08) 673-1258; Moshe (08) 673-4086.
ASHDOD • The English Speakers’ Club of Ashdod (ESCA) gets together on Fridays at the Zohara Restaurant in the Ashdod Central 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 www.taichisusan.
com; 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.
ASHKELON • December 28: The English Speakers of Ashkelon Coffee, Cake and Conversation at Cafe Cafe at 7.30 p.m. Info: Vicky (08) 673-3742.
Ongoing • January 4: Play reading group at 7:30 p.m. Info: Jane (08)6732161.
• January 11: Craft chug at 10 a.m. Info: June (08)6782272.
• The English Speakers of Ashkelon weekly shiur with Rabbi Glueck is held in Afridar every Monday at 4 p.m. For information, call Margo (08) 684-3171.
• Kehillat Netzach Israel ( M a s o r t i / C o n s e r v a t i v e 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 e-mail: Also see website:
• Emotions Anonymous Ashkelon. Call Osnat (08) 673- 1258; or Moshe (08) 673-4086
BEERSHEBA • 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.
For venue and more information, call Ophelia: (052) 427 9502.
• Narcotics Anonymous, English meetings in Tel Aviv & Jerusalem.
Rabbi Gil Nativ (08) 646-0424; email • 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.
• Beersheba Hadassah meets the fourth Monday morning of each month, 9:30 a.m.-12 noon.
Ganei Ye’elim, Shchuna Heh.
Coffee, social, and always an interesting program/speaker. NIS 10. Info: Shirley, (08) 658-8262.
• The AACI Southern Region Library at Matnas Yud-Alef in Beersheba has more than 6,000 volumes of fiction and non-fiction.
Hours: Sun. through Wed.
from 10 a.m. to 12 noon; Sun.
Mon. and Wed. from 4 to 6 p.m.; and every 2nd and 4th Thursday from 5:30 to 7 p.m. 11 Mordechai Namir St. Info: (08) 643-3953.
• Beersheba Singles Club (25-45), beersheva–singles
EILAT • Tagel Arava Masorti Community Eilat. Shabbat Services: Fridays at 6 p.m. and Saturdays at 9:30 a.m. At former Allon School (in the caravans to rear of school). Please phone 050-579-3225 or (08) 633-4368 for more information.
• Eilat – Beit WIZO, Jerusalem St.
Tuesday mornings 10 a.m.-12 noon, English-speaking get together. For more information: Michelle – 054-546-9512 • ESRA’s unique Ethiopian embroidery products are on sale in Eilat. Kippot, mezuzot, hamsot embroidered on hand-towels; coasters, placemats; greeting and gift cards, all at reasonable prices. Proceeds go to the Ethiopian embroiderers. To view and purchase, call Fonda: (08) 633-2205.
• Pregnancy support in Eilat – Birth preparation, active birth, yoga and relaxation. Support after birth: mother and baby, help with breastfeeding, baby massage, yoga and relaxation.
Small groups. Tues mornings.
Alison (08) 633-5024; 052-835- 1182.
• Shirat Hayam Masorti/ Conservative Synagogue – Beit Wizo, Jerusalem St., Eilat. Fri at 6 p.m. Michelle, 050-421-1591.
• Eilat – Kalooki players South African rules. Kaleen (08) 753- 30705 or 050-529-1925 • Eilat English Speakers – Tue, 10 a.m.-12 noon, WIZO House, Jerusalem St. Refreshments. NIS 5. Need volunteers to help students through English enrichment program. Fay, (08) 637- 2344; Sarah, (08) 633-1566 • Shira Hadasha (Masorati/ Conservative) in Arad – Friday (according to candle lighting time), most of the winter 4:30 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m. Lior, 052- 545-3436. “What’s Up?” – An educational mobile observatory sets up our telescope every night on or near the promenade, showing passers-by the planets and the moon with detailed explanations and handout sheets. Info 052-535-2933; 054- 481-9973.
• Arts and crafts market – Locally made leather goods, jewelry, ceramics, paintings, etc. Fridays 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Park Hayovel, near Imax. Artists and street performers welcome to join (upon committee approval). Billie, 054- 584-1282; • Le Leche League Israel – Support for breastfeeding mothers.
Monthly meetings throughout the country. 1-599-525-821 • Scopus: The Center for Matchmaking in the Jewish World for singles age 20-45, across the observance spectrum.
(02) 532-8435;; Web site:
HAIFA & NORTH • December 31: Wilfrid Israel Museum at Kibbutz Hazorea, off Route 66, near Yokneam – Lecture & Sound & Light Performance: Ceremonies & Rituals in Israel. 11 a.m. Lecturer: Harel Stanton. NIS 50 per person.
Registration: (04) 9899566.
• December 21: Hadassah Israel – Oren Chapter, Haifa monthly meeting at 3:30 p.m. at the Moadon, 8 Sinai Avenue, Ahuza, Haifa. Speaker: Dr. Michel Allon, an expert in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) on “Post-Trauma: Symptoms and Treatment” NIS 10 (includes light refreshments).
Please remember to bring food for the needy. Information: Leah.
(04) 837-5929.
Ongoing Events • HaMinyan HaMishpachti, Kfar Vradim. (Egalitarian, Masorti /Conservative Congregation) Kabbalat Shabbat Services 6:15 p.m.; Shabbat Morning Services 9:00 a.m. at Eshkol HaGanim “Gefen,” Kfar Vradim. Bar/Bat Mitzva preparation, HALOM after-school program for ganhova and elementary-school children; NEW Youth Group for teenagers, on-going Adult Educational Programs. Contacts: Rabbi Zvi Berger 052-4753870; Galit Haim (052) 688-1083; Ofer David 052-3793448.
• AACI Library – English Language, 55 Shimshon St, corner Moriah St Mon., Wed. 9 a.m.-12 a.m.; Tues.
3-5 p.m.. Rayla, 8374744.
• AACI is starting an English-speaking mothers and babies/toddlers group in Haifa. Casual chat, a place where your baby/toddler can play with others. Contact Rebecca, 052-749-0227, or email:
• An English-speaking singleparents group in Haifa. A social get together sharing ups and downs of life in Israel. Interested? Contact:
• Haifa Anglo Seniors – Donate your no-longer-needed clothes, blankets, towels, etc., all in good condition, for the needy in Haifa.
Info: Rose Bloch (077) 424-5010, or Ruth Singer (04) 852-2016.
Self-Help • Haifa AA Group meets every Thursday at 7:30 p.m. Call Jon at 052-379-0741 for more details.
• The Western Galilee Serenity AA Group has begun new meetings at Kehillat Emet VeShalom, 108 Weizmann Street, Nahariya.
Meetings are every Tuesday, 7 p.m., in the back room of the synagogue. Contact: (052) 306- 7082.
• Codependents Anonymous English meeting, every Wed evening at 6:10 p.m. at the Karmiel English Speakers’ club.
Info: (04) 980-0329. No charge.
The only requirement for membership is a desire for healthy and loving relationships.
• Karmiel: English meeting of Overeaters Anonymous, every Thursday at 6 p.m. at the Karmiel English Speakers Club. For more information, call (04) 980-0329.
• Emotions Anonymous – Safed chapter. Dan (04) 692-1092; (050) 553-2890.
• Emotions Anonymous in Pardess Hanna, evenings. Tina: (052) 640-2010.
Other Activities • Gitit Choir, the veteran Haifabased a capella mixed choir, is looking for new singers.
Rudimentary music reading helpful, Rehearsals: Tuesdays 7:00 – 10:30 p.m. at the Reali Elementary School in Ahuza. Call Yarden 054-7943333.
• Carmel Choir (founded by Rhoda Keyson) a warm and friendly group, olim and vatikim, for amateurs and accomplished singers. Rehearsals Wednesdays 7:30-9:30 p.m. at The Dunie Weizman Conservatory of Music.
For information call Annette (04) 825-1984 or Eve (04) 834-5572 e-mail
• Hadera: Learn quilt making, for English speakers. Call Darlene at (050) 724-9770.
• The Safed English Library – a one-of-a-kind lending library serving readers throughout Israel. Includes best-sellers, classics, health, magazines, nature, travel, Judaism, audio-books, DVDs and more. Extensive children’s library. We welcome good condition and unique books.
Open Sundays (9-11:30 a.m.), Mondays (7-9 p.m.), Tuesdays (2-4:30 p.m.), Fridays (9-11 a.m.). (04) 692-1592. E-mail: • Valleys – Amakim notice board.
Join the new e-mail network for residents of Jezreel Valley, Beit She’an Valley, Jordan Valley, Nazareth, Migdal Ha’emek, Afula, Beit She’an, kibbutzim, Kinneret region. You may post Events, Offers, Advice, Personals, Services, Buy, Swap, Sell, etc.
Send subscription request to along with your name and email address.
• Kehillat Moriah Synagogue Masorti / Conservative. 7 Horev Street, Ahuza, Haifa. Kabbalat Shabbat Egalitarian Services: winter 5:30 p.m. / summer 6 p.m. Light music until 15 minutes before Shabbat. Shabbat morning egalitarian services 9 a.m. Bar/Bat Mitzva preparation; Noam Masorti Youth Group; ongoing adult educational programs.
Contacts: Rabbi Dubi Hayun – (050) 438-9802.
Office: (04) 825-1495 – Ruthie.
Office hours: Sun-Thurs 2 p.m.-5 p.m.
• Voices Israel Group of Poets in English meets 3rd or 4th Tuesday each month in Haifa. Bring your own poems for discussion.
Annual Anthology, workshops.
For monthly newsletter or details, contact Susan (04) 838- 1218 or Ezra (04) 982-8887 or email: • Haifa Chamber Choir – Tues. at 8 p.m. Cati (04) 633-1876 • Quilt Exhibit – Illusions.
O’Sheehan Gallery, the only gallery in Israel dedicated solely to the art of quilting. Moshav Bustan Hagalil, near Acre. Every Saturday 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Call ahead to schedule a weekday visit. No charge. Maureen Nachmani – 054-472-3176.
• Anglo bowling league in Karmiel – I’m looking to start one. Anyone interested please contact me by e-mail: shelleys@ • Do you enjoy performing? The Haifa English Theater is looking for new talent – both onstage and backstage. Call Bertha at 052-365-6161 for more information.