FOR YOUR INFORMATION Submissions for FYI should be typed or written clearly in English and include the name of the sponsoring organization, event type, date, time, location, cost, and a contact telephone number. Deadline for all FYI items and promotional materials – including photos – is 8 p.m. Thursday, the week before (eight days before the item is expected to appear in FYI). Please update details for all Ongoing Activities. E-mail: email@example.com. Metro can no longer accept faxed submissions.SHARON/NETANYA Community Events • March 1: FPF Luncheon , 1 p.m., King Solomon Hotel, Netanya. Speaker: Craig Keebler, M.D. on why vitimin D deficiency is one of the greatest public health concerns of our time.Members: NIS 65 Non-Members NIS 80. Contact Anne Silverman (09) 862-2243 or Bob Maharam (09) 884-5201 for reservations or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org • March 3: “South Pacific” by Rodgers and Hammerstein.A Light Opera Group of the Negev Production (see entry under Beersheba). In English with overhead translation in Hebrew and Russian. Heichal Hatarbut Kfar Saba.Tickets (08) 64-4081. See negevlightopera.com • March 4: WIZO Ra’anana English Speaking Group Coffee Morning at 10:30 a.m.Speaker: Werner Bachmann on “The Rescue of the Danish Jews in October 1943.” NIS 25. Wizo House, 3 Rehov Klausner, Ra’anana.• March 10: 7:30 p.m. Bet Israel Batya Fonda Lecture “Sisters & Brothers.”• March 10-11: Habonim UK Reunion. Meet Matthew Gould, Britain’s new ambassador to Israel, enjoy full program of activities renew contact with friends from the movement! Blue Bay Hotel, Netanya. Optional vsit to Hadera Power Station. Pre-registration required, transportation available.Full details at www.bogreihabonim.com or call Frank Farbenbloom at 052-815-7529 • March 1:. 8 p.m. ESRA Hand in Hand Food Pantry with Gil Shochat. (Nelly 0546-871685).• March 16: Keren WIZO Luncheon. Meet British Ambassdor H.E. Matthew Gould at 11:30 a.m. WIZO House, 13 Macdonald Street, Netanya. NIS 75, early booking essential. Tickets: Juliette 835- 4188, 0544 865711 or Hilary 861-7693. All proceeds to the WIZO Bar/Bat Mitzva Fund.Wheelchair access.• March 19: Bet Israel Purim Party (after Megilla reading) with HaYovel Dancers. Refreshments. • March 19. New Synagogue Supper & Purim Spiel (after Megilla reading) in Social Hall.(Betty 0778-690460).• March 29: 8 p.m. Emunah Geula Afula Fashion Show by Deborah at New Synagogue Social Hall. (Doreen (09) 862- 8984).• March 31: 7:30 p m. Willing Hands Lecture.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, between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.• March 1. AACI Box Office visit to Herzliya Chamber Orchestra Concert “Venice Masked Carnival.”Transportation from Netanya.• March 2: 9.30am.-12 noon.AACI Gura Family Memorial Library Book Sale, which will include a large selection of quality non-fiction books donated by member, Dr. Robert David Wolfe.History, political and social commentary, novels, mysteries, etc. at a fraction of retail cost. Donation: NIS 5. Coffee and cake.• March 5. AACI Box Office visit to Herzliya Chamber Orchestra Concert “Venice Masked Carnival.”• March 6: 10:30 a.m. AACI “Coffee and….” “Legal Updates” with Attorney Frank Kahn. NIS 10; Non-Members NIS 15.• March 8: 5 p.m. AACI & The Jewish Heritage Center at Netanya Academic College monthly lecture in English: Dr.Barry A. Feinstein on “Combating Terrorism through International Law.” Transport by regular sherut (Shai-li #22) is NIS 5.50. each way. Pre-registration and pre-payment essential. Members NIS 40; Non-Members NIS 50.• March 10: 9:30am.-12.00 noon. “Masking & Unmasking the Real Me,” interactive session of collage, art & mask making with Robin Zeiger. Pre-registration essential. Members NIS 50; Non members NIS 60.• March 13: 10: 30 a.m. AACI “Coffee and…” Leslie Portnoy will talk about the “Black Death.”Members NIS 10; Non-Members NIS 15.• March 14: 8 p.m. AACI Reunion meeting of Womens’ Awareness Group – “Where Was I Then, And Where Am I Now?” • March 16: 9:30 a.m. AACI Cinema Club presented by Irma Goodman of Beit Herut, who will select films on DVD not usually shown on the big screen, with time allotted for discussion.• 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 • 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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org • Esra’s professionally trained counsellors offer confidential help with loss, transitions and life challenges.One-to-one/ telephone/ group support. Counselling is free and is open to all. Contact Susan: Email email@example.com 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 5: ESRA Karmiel welcomeS Gidi Friedman from the Misgav Local Council to talk on “Addicted to Plastic” at 8 p.m. Info (04) 998-2871. NIS 20; ESRAcards NIS 15.• March 6: ESRA Herzliya music evening 8p.m.in Herzliya Pituah. “Marlene Dietrich – Her Life, Her Loves & Her Songs” by Barbara Blum. NIS 60; NIS 50 ESRAcards. To reserve call Ingrid (09) 950-8371.• March 7: ESRA and the Ra’anana Moadon Hazahav invite all English speakers to a series of lectures in English, with Roi Aloni on “Who knows Yaakov Gershowitz?” at 9 a.m.and Dina Heimann on “The wonders of China – the natural assets of China” at 10:30 a.m.Yad Labanim, Ra’anana. To register, Tami (09) 761-0606.• March 13: ESRA Kfar Saba Open House welcomes back its favorite raconteur, Herb Hahn in an all-new programof nostalgia, musical anecdotes and humor. 10 a.m. in the miklat at 11 Rehov Nachshon, Kfar Saba. NIS 15, including refreshments.Info: Jean (09) 766-9223.• March 13: ESRA in Tel Aviv welcomes Michael Toben of Bar- Ilan University and the third chapter of his lecture “Jewish Immigrants’ Arrival in America at the turn of the 19th century.”Beit Ariela Public Library, 25 Shaul Hamelech Blvd.,10 a.m.refreshments; 10:30 a.m. lecture.NIS 35; ESRAcards NIS 30.Reservations: (09) 748-2957.• March 16: ESRA trip to the Bet She’an Valley. Picnic lunch in Australia Park – bring your own.Breakfast on the way, bring or buy.NIS 180; ESRAcards NIS 150.Reservations (09) 748-2957.Ongoing events • Esravision. Hungry Children in Israel; The IBCA annual Balfour Dinner; More than the eye can see – wedding traditions of the Bnei Yisrael Indian Jews.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: firstname.lastname@example.org • 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: ESRA.Adult.ADHD.Group@gmail.com or go to https://sites.google.com/site/esraad 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 NHS4BIsrael@yahoogroups.com.• 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 NHS4BIsrael@yahoogroups.com • 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 email@example.com • 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: firstname.lastname@example.org; 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.NETANYA Ongoing Events • 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. (09) 862 4345 Self-Help • 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: email@example.com 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: firstname.lastname@example.org, (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./www.torat-hayyim.org.il/ 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 ayyim.org.il:80/docs/mevasser.ht 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 www.farm4fun.com • 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 www.cyclenix.com • 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: email@example.com • www.oddjobs.co.il 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 candle-lighting 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. Join AACI Central e-mail program & information update list: e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org with “e-mail 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 6: 8 p.m. South Pacific by Rodgers and Hammerstein. A Light Opera Group of the Negev Production. In English with overhead translation in Hebrew and Russian. Givatayim Theatre. For ticets ) 077-4415071; (03) 7325340.• March 6: New AACI Tel Aviv Book Club first meeting at 11:30 a.m., AACI, 76 Rehov Ibn Gvirol, Tel Aviv. Discussion of Foreign Correspondence by Geraldine Brooks. Participants should read this book or others by the same author. RSVP and details: AACI (03) 696-0389.• March 7: AACI English guided tour of the new Dale Chihuly Exhibit in the Litvak Gallery at the Museum Tower, 4 Rehov Berkowitz, Tel Aviv at 4:30 p.m.Members: NIS 50; Non-members: NIS 55. Pre-payment & registration essential: AACI (03) 696-0389.• 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 Non-members: NIS 95 Registration essential: AACI (03) 696-0389.• 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 9: AACI Seniors, 10 a.m.Mirry Kane on “Where Do You Fit into the Chinese Horoscope?” Also brief Torah Portion by Yehuda Solter ; Exercise ; Light refreshments,15NIS Beit Tami in Sheinkin Park, SheinkinSt., Tel- Aviv, Info: 6960389 Other Events • March 6: 8 p.m. “South Pacific” by Rodgers and Hammerstein. A Light Opera Group of the Negev Production (see entry under Beersheba). In English with overhead translation in Hebrew and Russian. Givatayim Theater. Tickets (08) 641-4081.See negevlightopera.com • March 8: Archeology in Tel Aviv: IWC Group – 2011 Spring Seminar: Prehistory of Israel “Life and death at the end of the Paleolithic in the Southern Levant (13.000 -11.000 BP)” 9-11.30 a.m. Lecturer: Dr. Leore Grosman.Cost: Semester NIS350 per person; NIS 650 per couple; individual lecture NIS 50. Room 001, Webb Building, Room 001, Tel Aviv University.• 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.• 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 email@example.com Walking Tours • March 13: History & architecture in the area of Rothschild Blvd., 11a.m.• 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 “new city” 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 (03) 74-2254 or email firstname.lastname@example.org • 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 email@example.com 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: firstname.lastname@example.org • 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: email@example.com • 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 English-speaking Community Theater in Tel Aviv welcomes new members.www.tact-theatre.com 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 Self-Help • Alcoholics Anonymous English meetings held daily in Tel Aviv.Details: 054 492-9242 or email firstname.lastname@example.org • 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. www.spca.co.il • English mother and baby group. Weekly meetings in Petah Tikva. Contact Tammy: (054) 303-2063 / e-mail: email@example.com • 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 firstname.lastname@example.org (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 www.israemploy.net.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: email@example.com • 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. firstname.lastname@example.org CENTRAL • March 8-9: The Ohel Avraham and Sarah Sisterhood resumes speed dating for English-speaking singles (must be legally divorced or widowed). NIS 50 per person, including refreshments. March 8: Singles aged 40-60; March 9: Singles aged 60-80. Ohel Avraham and Sarah JCC 16 Rehov Mohliver, Rishon Lezion. RSVP: KOhelAvrahamnSarah@gmail.com Include: Name, address, telephone and marital status. By reservation only, sorry no walk-ins, room for 30 people only.• 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 • March 9 & 10: 8 p.m.“South Pacific” by Rodgers and Hammerstein. A Light Opera Group of the Negev Production.In English with overhead translation in Hebrew and Russian.Beersheba Heichal Hatarbut.Tickets: 050-7623422.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: email@example.com To receive more information, e-mail www.musicwithsharon.com • 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.co.il/training/ 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: firstname.lastname@example.org, tel/fax (08) 946-9180 • Emotions Anonymous Ashkelon. Osnat (08) 673-1258; Moshe (08) 673-4086.ASHDOD • 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 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 • March 7:The English Speakers of Ashkelon Craft Chug. March 7 at 10 a.m. Info information call June (08)6782272.• March 8: The English Speakers of Ashkelon Spring wildflower walk, picnic and visit to ANZAC memorial at 10 a.m.Info Penny (08) 676-3427.•March 15: English Speakers of Ashkelon Movie Night at 8 p.m.Info: Rhoda (08)6843589.• 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 info.call (08) 671-1370/1 or email: email@example.com. Also see website: www.netzach-israel.org.il.• Emotions Anonymous Ashkelon.Call Osnat (08) 673-1258; or Moshe (08) 673-4086 BEERSHEBA • March 9 & 10: 8 p.m. “South Pacific” by Rodgers and Hammerstein. A Light Opera Group of the Negev Production.The action of this romantic musical takes place in the South Pacific during WWII and includes the songs “Some Enchanted Evening,” “I’m Going to Wash That Man Right Out of My Hair,” “Bali Hai” and “There’s nothing like a Dame.” In English with overhead translation in Hebrew and Russian. Heichal Hatarbut Beersheba. Tickets 050-762-3422.See negevlightopera.com • 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. www.groups.yahoo.com/group/NegevEilat.• 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 firstname.lastname@example.org • 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 email@example.com • 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 @hotmail.com 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 English Speakers WIZO group meet at WIZO House, Jerusalem St. 10-12 a.m.Tuesdays. Winter Program incl.speakers (all welcome to submit request to speak on career, hobby etc.) Refreshments. NIS 10. Contact: Anne (08) 6330323/Fay 08-6372344.• 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 • 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; firstname.lastname@example.org • 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; email@example.com; Web site: www.scopus.org HAIFA & NORTH • March 12: Flute and Piano Recital of classical duets and solos at 8 p.m. by Kathy Karr, first flute of the Louisville Orchestra, and concert pianist Irit Rimon-Neidorf. Proceeds to the adult education programs of Kehillath Emet ve Shalom.Beit Yad Lebanim, Nahariya.Tickets 50 NIS. Info and reservations Norman 050-788-7797 or Marcos 050-863-5160 • March 18-19: ASCENT of Safed presents The Ultimate Purim Party – a spiritual getaway with Shabbat hospitality.Married or single adults of all ages welcome. Full Board: NIS 290, students NIS 245. Ascent of Safed, 2 Rehov Ha-Ari, Safed (04) firstname.lastname@example.org www.ascentofsafed.com Ongoing Events • The Karmiel English Speakers’ Club is open every Monday through Friday from 10am. to 12.30 am. Library, tea and coffee, board games, or just chat. For confirmation of ocasional Saturday evening opening, 7 pm.till throwout time, phone Gwenn at (04) 998-1925. Location: below the hotel, opposite the main post office.• Two New ESRA Branches in the North, for English speaking activities, lectures and volunteering. For the Karmiel/Misgav area, please contact Frankie (04) 998-2871 or email email@example.com.For the Nahariya/Northern Coast areas, contact Tonielle 054-787-1452 or email north.coast.esra.@gmail.com • Kehillat Emet VeShalom Nahariya (Reform/Progressive Synagogue) – Kabbalat Shabbat Services on Fridays at 5:30 p.m.(winter time) (6:30 p.m. summer time) with Rabbi Israel Horowitz in Matnas Mifal Hapayis, Rehov Keren Hayesod, Nahariya.Bar/bat mitzvah preparation, weddings, conversion, holiday and communal activities; study groups and courses. Information, call office at 108 RehovWeizman, Nahariya Tel/Fax: (04) 992-9723; or email: Emet-eShalom@googlegroups.com; website: http://evsnewsletter.googlepages.com/home • 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 gan-hova 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 Englishspeaking 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 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.• An English-speaking singleparents group in Haifa. A social get together sharing ups and downs of life in Israel.Interested? Contact: email@example.com.• 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.• 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: email@example.com • 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 firstname.lastname@example.org along with your name and email address.• Kehillat Moriah Synagogue Masorti / Conservative.7 Horev Street, Ahuza, Haifa.Kabbalat Shabbat Egalitarian Services: winter 5 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. www.moriahaifa.022.co.il. Office: (04) 825- 1495 – Orit. Office hours: Sun- Thurs 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.Wed. 10 a.m.-6 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 e-mail: email@example.com • 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.• 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.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.