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SHARON AACI NETANYA Unless otherwise noted all AACI events take place at 28 Shmuel Hanatziv Street, Netanya. Details and/or reservations: (09) 833- 0950. Netanya AACI Forum website:
AACI Ongoing Events • Sundays - Thursdays, 8:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. Gura Family Memorial Library • Sundays, 8:30-9.30 a.m. AACI Netanya – Exercises for women with Orly Sasson • Sundays, 4-6 p.m. AACI Hebrew Advanced Class with Atara Hadad • Mondays, 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m. AACI Netanya – Translation of documents from German to English or Hebrew • Mondays, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. AACI Netanya – Hebrew Class with Atara Hadad • Mondays, 11 a.m.-12 p.m. AACI Netanya – Translation of documents and reports • Mondays, 6:15-7:15 p.m. AACI Netanya – Exercises and Conditioning for Women with Irene Burg • Mondays & Tuesdays, 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m. AACI Netanya – Art with Gypsy Ron • Mondays & Thursdays, 10 a.m.- 12 p.m. AACI Netanya – Municipal Affairs with Moshe Shamir. 2 Solomon Street, Netanya.• Third Monday of the month, 8- 10 p.m. Netanya AACI – “Women’s View” monthly meeting • Tuesdays, 9:30-11:30 a.m. AACI Netanya – Meet the Lawyer
• Tuesdays, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. AACI Netanya – Welfare with Colin Keyes, social worker• Wednesdays, 9-10 a.m. AACI Netanya – Diet & Healthy Eating Group • Wednesdays, 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m. AACI Netanya – Travel Day with Sharon Bergman • Wednesdays, 2- 4 p.m. AACI Netanya – Philatelic Association • Wednesdays, 7- 9 p.m. Bridge lessons in Ra’anana. For those with basic knowledge of the game (advanced beginners). Join ongoing group meeting in private home, at no charge for first lesson, to determine if class suitable for you. Cost for course of 5 lessons. Members: NIS 200; Non-members: NIS 300. Limited availability. Registration and information: AACI (03) 696-0389, aacicentralregion@• First Wednesday of the month, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. AACI Netanya – Duplicate Bridge Competition with Michael Belkin • Thursdays, 9-10 a.m. Tai Chi with Tomehr Ben-Johanan. NIS 200 per month.• Thursdays, 10-11:30 a.m. Carers Support Group • Last Thursday of the month, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. AACI Netanya – Storytelling with Teddy.AACI Upcoming Events
• November 27: Sing-Along Lecture, “The Seasons.” By Batya Fonda. Lecture in English; songs in Yiddish and Ladino. With paintings by AACI Artists Membership. 7:30 p.m. Beit Israel Masorti Congregation, 19 Yehuda Hanasi Street, Netanya. Cost: NIS 25, with light refreshments. Preview:; Questions: Suzanne Goodman (054) 619-5848; Location: Beit Israel (09) 862-4345.• November 29: Israel Musicals – “Frankly, Sinatra.” The “Broadway Rabbi,” Yisrael Lutnick, and his band will take you on a journey to meet the real Ol’ Blue Eyes. Featuring special opening tribute to Louis Armstrong by ‘Dr. Jazz,’ Elazar Brandt. 8:30 p.m. Yad Labanim Auditorium, Ra’anana. Other show: December 5 in Tel Aviv. Members, seniors, students: NIS 70; Nonmembers: NIS 80. Booking fee: NIS 7. Reservations: (03) 696-0389 or Upcoming Events ESRA provides regular updates about its events, support groups, volunteering and activities. To receive updates, email Sandra at the Gan Rashal office with your name and email at herzliyaoffice@
• November 26: ESRA and Moadon Hazahav – Lectures. 9-10 a.m.: “Political Assassinations in the Movies,” by Ron Fogel. 10:30- 11:30 a.m.: “Benjamin Tamuz – The Swimming Race,” by Yael Guri. One lecture: NIS 21; Two lectures on same day: NIS 32. Registration for the entire year at Moadon Hazahav, 2 Opsterland St., Ra’anana. Cost per month: NIS 79; Ra’anana residents: NIS 63. Registration fee: NIS 16. Bring bank details and ID. Info: (09) 761-0606.• November 27: ESRA Ra’anana – Cinema Club, “One Day after Peace.” Can the means used to resolve the conflict in South Africa be applied to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Robi Damelin, who has experienced both conflicts firsthand, explores this in the film. Directors Miri and Erez Laufer will speak after the screening, which Damelin will attend. 8 p.m. Yad Lebanim. Members: NIS 50; Nonmembers. Reservations: ESRA (09) 748-2957.• November 28: ESRA Outing – Tefen and the Enchanted Garden at Julis. Last few places. Members: NIS 140; Non-members: NIS160. Reservations: ESRA (09) 748-2957.
ESRA Ongoing Events
• Mondays: ESRA Ra’anana at Beit Fisher – Duplicate Bridge Club. 8 p.m. 5 Klausner Street. NIS 25 per session. Info: Michael Belkin, 050- 523-2730.• Wednesdays: ESRA Ra’anana at Beit Fisher – Course: “Only Yesterday (’Tmol Shilshom) – Agnon’s novel of Israel. 2-4 p.m. Starts November 7. Six meetings of reading and experiencing Agnon’s world. Lecturer: Yudit Weil. 5 Klausner Street. Cost for whole course – Members: NIS 200; Non-members: NIS 260. Cost per session – Members: NIS 40; Non-members: NIS 50.Registration: ESRA office (09) 748- 2957; Susan Kershner, 054-439- 9288,• Thursdays: ESRA Ra’anana at Beit Fisher – Folk dancing and line dancing. Beginners: 9-10 a.m; Intermediates; 10-11:30 a.m. With Roni – an experienced dance instructor. Beit Fisher, 5 Klausner Street, Ra’anana. NIS 35; ESRA members: NIS 30. Information: (09) 748-2957.• Thursdays: ESRA Ra’anana at Beit Fisher – Mah Jong Group. Starts Nov. 15. First Thursday of month for beginners only. 12-2 p.m. Members: NIS 20; Non-members: NIS 25. If you would like to play, contact ESRA: (09) 748-2957.• Second Wednesday of month: ESRA Ra’anana at Beit Fisher – Israel Genealogy Research Association monthly meeting. Contact: Ingrid Rockberger (09) 745-0456;• ESRA Ra’anana at Beit Fisher – Support Group for Adults with ADD/ADHD. Fourth Thursday of month: Interactive program. 8:30 p.m.: Registration; 9 p.m.: Program begins. First & third Wednesdays of month: Peer coaching group. Contact: Nurit or Hayley, (03) 901-2841 or 054- 466-7657.• ESRAVISION – TV program for English speakers in Israel. New program – Guest of the month: ESRA Chairwoman Brenda Katten, produced by Renee Singer; Machal, the untold story, produced by Barbara Grant; Habayit Shel Benji – 6th Sponsored Walkathon, produced by Sally Halon and Marian Lebor; Gourmet Ice Cream in Israel & Spice Way, courtesy of Foreign Affairs Ministry.New broadcast times on the Community Channel – 98 digital on HOT and YES (or 25 analog on HOT): Tuesdays, 1 p.m.; Fridays 4:30 p.m. Also on METV (HOT 73, YES 109) alternate Thursdays, 3:30 p.m. (Nov. 29, Dec. 13, 27). YouTube channel: xt.YGhA&list=UUZ1/Rr31- cdoGVwHKW85D7A&index=3&fe ature=plcp – program begins after 1 minute.• ESRA Or Akiva Secondhand Bookshop. Open Sundays to Fridays 10 a.m.-12 p.m. For full details and map: akiva • ESRA’s professionally trained counselors offer confidential help with loss, transitions and life challenges. One-toone/ telephone/group support. Counseling is free and is open to all. Contact Susan: Email or 052-698- 9088; ESRA office (09) 748-2957.• ESRA Netanya – New social and support group for new and recent olim. Info: Gillian 054-726-5970.• ESRA Netanya – Volunteers needed at Bayit Cham Netanya. Project for teenage girls at risk. Need volunteers to play board games, whose hobbies/work might interest girls aged 12-16. Sundays and other days from 3-4 p.m. Please call: Esther 052-349- 3577 (not on Shabbat).• ESRA Ra’anana English Second- Hand Bookshop. Thousands of books in every category at low prices from only NIS 1 each. Service to book clubs: sale or return. Big selection of fantasy and science fiction and childrens’ books (also for school libraries). All monies go to ESRA’s community projects. Beit Fisher, 5 Klausner Street. Open Sun-Fri: 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m.. Information/Book reservations: (09) 748-0541.• ESRA Befrienders provide a listening ear and and home visits in the Sharon area to those who are housebound, elderly or lonely. We need more volunteers. If you can help, please call Glenis 054-773 4392 or• ESRA’s Community Cookbooks: Table Manna, Soups and Salads and Meatless Meals are on sale. NIS 50 plus postage. (09) 749- 2957 or (09) 950-8371.Upcoming Community Events
• November 24: Lecture: “Rethinking Palestine – What Sherlock Holmes Would Say.” With Dr. Martin Sherman, the Israel Institute for Strategic Studies.8:30 p.m. New Synagogue Social Hall, 7 Macdonald Street, Netanya. Cost: NIS 20, with refreshments.• November 24: Jerusalem’s Olim Artist Organization – “Neshama Yehudit” Concert by Tzlilei Hamusika group. In Jerusalem in honor of anniversary of UN Declaration of State of Israel on November 29, 1947. Will reflect the Jewish soul in music in a variety of languages and genres: Yiddish, Hebrew, English, Russian and more. 8 p.m. NIS 70. Beit Israel Masorti Congregation, 19 Yehudah Hanasi St., Netanya. Tickets (in advance only) and details: (052) 540-4970.• December 4: Forgotten People Fund – December Luncheon. Speaker: John Katten, born in Bamberg, Germany, will relate his personal memories of Kristallnacht, which devastated the Jewish community when John (then Hans) was only 10 years old. 1 p.m. King Solomon Hotel, Netanya. Reservations: Anne (09) 862-2243; • December 4: Emunah Netanya – Reception & Musical Soiree. Featuring clarinetist Yacov Yachnin, accompanied by pianist Tatiana Amstilslansky. 8:15 p.m. Young Israel Synagogue, George Goddard Hall. NIS 85. Info: Shana (09) 833-9985; Linda (09) 832- 3228; Roseruth (09) 861-5391; Betty (09) 862-5434.
Ongoing Events
• Mondays: Natan-ya Congregation Bible Class with Jordan Helfman. 7 p.m. NIS 15. Info: (077) 422-5272; (054) 998- 0032.• Mondays: New Synagogue – Parshat HaShavua by Dr. Yaakov Ulano. English.• Mondays: Beit Israel Masorti Congregation – “Meaning of Prayer” class with Lenore Levin. In English. 9:30 a.m. (following Shacharit). Info: (09) 862-4345 • Mondays: She’arim Noontime Concert. 11 Independence Square Passage, Netanya, next to Bank Hapoalim, first floor. NIS 30 incl. refreshments. Doors open 11 a.m. Info: Gene 054-920-5549.• Tuesdays: English-Speaking Chapter of Business Network International. Seven Stars Home, 138 Hanssi Yitzhak Ben-Zvi Street, Herzliya Pituah. 7-9 a.m. Visitors welcome. Information/reservations: Alan Gold 050-215-0697.• Tuesdays: New Synagogue – Weekly study with Rabbi Katz. 9:30 a.m. Information: Felix (09) 862-2765.• Tuesdays: Knitting Circle – Ra’anana. All items distributed to children and elderly people in need. May also knit at home – call Hilda (09) 744-9206. Beit Hanoar, Ra’anana. Info: Wendy (09) 774- 3176.• Wednesdays: Beit Israel Masorti Congregation – “Torah Text, Commentary & Discussion” class with Lenore Levin. In English. 9:30 a.m. (following Shacharit). Info: (09) 862-4345 • Wednesdays: American Flag Football in Ra’anana. Sponsored by AFI American Football in Israel and Ra’anana Municipality. Hasharon Middle School – 13 Dubnov Street. Grades 3-6: 6-7 p.m. Grades 7-9: 7-8 p.m. Weekly chug with monthly games. First time free. Information: Aviva 054- 565-1567; Nancy, • Sunday & Wednesday afternoons: Netanya Lawn Bowls Club at The Wingate Institute. Information: Henry (09) 885- 4232; Motke (09) 898-2584 • Sundays & Thursdays: Beit Israel Masorti Congregation– Israeli Folk Dancing. 8 p.m. With Israel Amrani. Refreshments. NIS 25. Information: (09) 862-4345.• Mondays & Wednesdays: Laniado Ten Pin Bowling. 10 a.m. New Netanya Industrial Estate. Information: Edith (09) 861-6187.• Mondays & Thursdays: Beit Israel Masorti Congregation, Netanya – Duplicate Bridge. Monday: 9:15 a.m.; Thursday: 9:30 a.m. 19 Yehuda Hanassi Street. NIS 25. Info: (09) 862-4345.• Wednesdays & Thursdays: Beit Knesset Ohel Ari, Ra’anana – Rabbanit Dr. Pnina Neuwirth will lead 10-part lecture series. 98 Ravutski Street, Ra’anana. Free. Info: (09) 744-6494; (052) 242- 8508.• Weds., 8:30 p.m., starts Nov. 14, in Hebrew: “From Here to Eternity; Olam Hazeh – Olam Haba.” What is a soul? What is the afterlife? In what form will the dead come back to life? Is reincarnation a Jewish concept? When will Moshiach come?• Thurs., 9 a.m., starts Nov. 15, in English: “The Powerful, Perplexing Personalities of the Torah.” Exploring fascinating characters such as the snake, Lilith, Bilam’s donkey and the two faces of Noah.• Sunday-Thursday, 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Henry Koor Judaica Library. English borrowing and reference library. Wide range of books, tapes and CDs. 7 Macdonald Street. Information: (09) 884-0458.• Netanya & Sharon’s Voices Israel Group of Poets in English meets once monthly. Join this forum to read your poetry and get a friendly critique. Info: Susan Olsburgh, • English Speaking Municipal Volunteer Group at 4 Stampfer Street, Netanya, 1st floor. Sun. 9 to 11 a.m.; Mon. 10 a.m. to 12 noon; Tues. 2 to 4 p.m.; Wed. 10 a.m. to 12 noon; Thur. 10 a.m. to 12 noon; (09) 860-3330. Call to check volunteer is present.• “Sun-Lite” summer-themed cooking and decor class. Focus on low-fat food and good health. English. In kosher kitchen in Hod Hasharon. Cost: NIS 160, includes full recipe notes and meal of 10 different dishes. Full class menu: . Reservations: Lisa Brink 052-621- 5851;• Kehilat Hod VeHadar – Friday evening and Saturday morning services. Friday services: 20 minutes after candle lighting in winter, 6:15 p.m. in summer. Shabbat services: 9:00 a.m. Offer Bar/Bat- Mitzvah preparation and adult education. Information: (09) 766- 2485;• Beit Israel Masorti Congregation, Netanya. Daily and Shabbat Shacharit services: 8 a.m. Friday evening Kabbalat Shabbat services: 10 minutes after candle-lighting (in winter). 19 Yehuda Hanasi Street, Netanya.
• For an online directory of organizations/ support groups for physical and mental health issues, bereavement, disability, family and more, link to ETZA Israel Self Help Center at: • Alcoholics Anonymous meetings in English. In Ra’anana. Info: David 054-784-4818 • Alanon/Naranon meetings for relatives and friends of alcholics and substance abusers. In Ra’anana. Tuesdays, 7:30 p.m. Info: 052-614- 9035 or (09) 746-2008.• Ra’anana: ACA English-speakers meeting for adult children of alcoholics and other dysfunctional families. Tuesdays, 6:00-7:15 p.m. Info: (08) 655-4956; 052-838-3148 • Ra’anana: Overeaters Anonymous meetings in English. Fridays, 9-10 a.m. Shelter at the end of Maccabi Street. Details: Allyson 052-552-9010.• Alzheimer’s English-speakers support group monthly meetings. Info: Paula 077-324-0639.• Weight Watchers group for English speakers, Mondays 6 p.m. and Wednesdays 9 a.m. Mishkan L’Omaniot, 2 Hapalmah Street, Ra’anana. Info: Yehudit Levin, 050-647-7395 (after 7 p.m.)
Other Activities
• The “Hebrew Order of David International” is recruiting Jewish men. 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).• Anglo business networking group provides a forum for English-speaking businessmen in Israel to discuss and share their problems and air their new ideas. Meets once a month alternately in Tel Aviv and Ra’anana. Info: • Services at Kehilat Yonaton, a Reform synagogue in Hod Hasharon. Designed for children ages 3-10 and their families with Shabbat songs, Torah story and prayers, followed by a kiddush.Last Friday of each monthm 6 p.m. 1 Aliyat Hanoar Street, campus of Mossenson High School, Hod Hasharon. Details: 052-446- 2112; (09) 746-3447.• Kehilat Torat Hayim: Masorti Congregation of Herzliya. Spiritual leader: Rav Ary Glikin. Merkaz Yom L’Kashish, 8 Shamai Street, Herzliya. Friday evening services, 6:30 p.m. in summer. Shabbat and holiday services, 8:45 a.m.Shabbat morning kiddish after services. Weekly newsletter (in English and Hebrew): mevasser.htm. Bar/bat mitzva preparation; monthly youth Shabbatot. Info: Rav Glikin 052- 736-6386; Study groups: Mishna – Mondays at 7 p.m. in Beit Yom Lekashish. Pirkei Avot group – Alternate Sunday evenings, 8:30 p.m at the Nof Yam community center.• Mountain biking group – Cyclenix – A social biking group that rides every Saturday. Also weekly midweek night rides. All levels of riders welcome. Free. - 050-942-2788 or • Koleynu Choir meets Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. Beit Issie Shapiro, Issie Shapiro Street, 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, show tunes. Reading music not required, just ability to sing in tune and match pitches. Info: Sharon 050-314- 5255 or Patrick 054-660-7464.• Klabberjas – Kfar Saba – weekly card game. 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, Wednesdays, 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. Info: 052- 242-8508.• Ra’anana Masorti Amitai Combined Congregations. Friendly family synagogue. Friday evening services: 5:45 p.m. Saturday mornings: 8:45 a.m. Bar/bat mitzva preparation, community services and special occasions. 2 Opsterland Street and 8 Borochov Street, Ra’anana. Information: Sam Turecki 050-525-3626 • Young Israel of North Netanya – Table Tennis Chug. Sundays & Wednesdays, 2:30-4:30 p.m. All welcome. Coordinator: Jaques Broch. Info: • Netanya Congregation Bible Class with Jordan Helfman. Mondays, 7 p.m. NIS 15. Information: 077-422-5272; 054- 998-0032.• Yad Yaakov Center for Jewish Studies, Mondays at 9:30 a.m.– The Yavneh Community and the Bar Kochva Revolt; Wednesdays at 9:15 a.m.– The Prophet Jesikiel; Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. – Talmud Massechet Brachot.Contact Raquel: 050-721-4176.• Weekly cultural activities: Duplicate Bridge at Beit Israel, Monday and Thursday mornings at 9:30 a.m. NIS 25, incl. refreshments. (09) 862-4345.• Beit Israel Masorti Congregation, Netanya: Folk Dancing with Israel Amrani in airconditioned hall. incl. refreshments. Sun. and Thurs. 8 p.m. NIS 25. Info: (09) 862-4345.• Beit Israel Masorti Congregation, Netanya: “Meaning of Prayer” class with Lenore Levin. Mondays at 9:30 a.m. (following Shacharit). 19 Yehuda Hanassi Street, Netanya. Info: (09) 862-4345.• New Synagogue – Parshat Hashavua in English given by Dr. Yaakov Ulando. Mon., 7:30 a.m.• She’arim Noon Time Concert. 11 Atzmaut Square Passage next to Bank Hapoalim-First Floor. NIS 25. Mon., doors open 11 a.m. For more informatin call Gene 054- 9205549 • Natan-ya Congregation Bible Class with Jordan Helfman. NIS.15. Mondays, 7 p.m. Information: 077-422-5272; 054- 998-0032 • Laniado Ten Pin Bowling at the New Netanya Industrial Estate. Mon. and Wed., 10 a.m. Details – Edith, (09) 861-6187 • New Synagogue – weekly study with Rabbi Katz. Tues. Details Felix, (09) 862-2765
Events held at AACI offices unless otherwise specified: 94 Allenby Road, entrance “alef,” mezzanine floor, Tel Aviv. Contact (03) 696- 0389 or for information and registration. Join AACI Central e-mail program and information update list: e-mail: with “e-mail list” in the subject heading.**Note that AACI Central office is closed Thursdays.
AACI Upcoming Events
• November 27: Legal Seminar – Special Evening Program for US Citizens in Israel. Attorney Frank Kahn will discuss critical issues involving the IRS, Treasury, banks. 7 p.m. Members: NIS 25; Nonmembers: NIS 30. Registration essential.• November 28: AACI Tel-Aviv Seniors – “Napolean and the Jews.” 10 a.m. Ongoing features: Commentary on the Torah by Yehuda Solter; exercise; light refreshments. NIS 15.• December 3: Israel Chamber Orchestra – Classical Concert. Conductor: Jan Cucera; Violin: Thomas Albertus Irnberger. 8:30 p.m. Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Recanati Auditorium, 27 Shaul Hamelech Blvd.,Tel Aviv. Members: NIS 100; Non-members: NIS 110. Registration & prepayment essential.• December 4, with November 27 registration deadline: AACI – Yiddishpiel Theater, “Yiddishpitz!” Dudu Fisher on stage with Kobi Arieli, creating a one-time Jewish experience of humor, emotion, music and storytelling. With Hebrew and Russian captions. 8:30pm. Beit Lessin, 101 Dizengoff, Tel Aviv. Members: NIS 100; Non-members: 110.• December 5: Israel Musicals – “Frankly, Sinatra” in Tel Aviv. The “Broadway Rabbi,” Yisrael Lutnick, and his band will take you on a journey to meet the real Ol’ Blue Eyes. Featuring special opening tribute to Louis Armstrong by ‘Dr. Jazz,’ Elazar Brandt. Members, seniors, students: NIS 70; Non-members: NIS 80. Booking fee: NIS 7. Reservations: (03) 696-0389 or• December 12, with December 3 registration deadline: Full-Day Hanukka Tiyul – “Wined, Dined and Bathed in Light.” Visit Barkan Winery, a fascinating sculpture garden, ancient remains and a modern synagogue. Will conclude with candle-lighting in the Land of the Maccabees. Kosher, organic farm lunch included. Departure: Arlozorov, Tel Aviv at 8:15 a.m. Returning: app. 5 p.m. Members: NIS 195; Non-members: NIS 210. Registration and pre-payment essential.
AACI Ongoing Events
• Mondays from 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m.: Spanish class for beginners. No previous knowledge of Spanish necessary. Everyone is welcome. Cost: Members: NIS 140; Non-members: NIS 160. Register at: AACI office (03) 696- 0389.• Wednesday from 7 p.m.-7:45 p.m, starting November 14: New Course - Laughter Yoga. Learn the essential techniques to add more laughter and joy into your life and that of others. All ages. Dress comfortably. Bring yoga mat or thick towel. Members: NIS 25/session; Non - Members: NIS 30/session Registration essential.• Tuesdays from 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m: Spanish advanced class (diverse levels). Anyone with knowledge of Spanish can join this class. Cost: Members: NIS 140; Non-members: NIS 160. Register at: AACI office (03) 696- 0389.• Sundays from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Art classes with professional artist Anna Volchok. Learn the necessary techniques for creative, realistic representation of life in art. Academic drawing – still life, human structure; Painting with oil and watercolor; Composition through ages and styles. The course is suitable for art lovers of any skill level, as well as for beginners. You can join the class at any stage. Anna Volchok is a professional visual artist, exhibiting in Israel and Europe. Members: NIS 100/session; Non-members: NIS 110/session. Registration Essential. Details: Anna 054-228 6570 • Dust off your Hebrew. Get Talking with Ulpan La-Inyan, which will have you speaking Hebrew from your first class. Join our friendly, state-of-the-art courses, in cooperation with AACI. For further information, please visit Test your level, check us out our schedules, price details and discounts at, or contact us on 073-796-2228 or• Computer Courses: Basic & Intermediate – Wordpress, creating websites and digital graphics. Begins December 2.
Upcoming Events
• November 26: Voices Israel Group of Poets in English – Meeting. 7:30 p.m. Beit Tami (behind Sheinkin St. park in Tel Aviv). NIS 15. Newcomer poets and just-listeners welcome. If you’d like to read, bring 1 or 2 original poems with at least 12 copies each. Info: Mark (09) 955-2411;• November 27: Archaeology in Tel Aviv, IWC Group – Lecture, “The Changing World of the Philistines: A Case in Immigrant Adaptation to a New Land.” Speaker: Dr. Joe Uziel. 9-11:30 a.m. Part of 2012 Autum/Winter semester on “Peoples of the Ancient Near East.” Tel Aviv University, Gilman Building, room 282. Cost per semester: NIS 350/person; NIS 650/couple. Cost per lecture: NIS 50.• November 28: Green Energy Project of the Middle East, Israel Green Chamber of Commerce – Meeting. Muslim/Jewish attempt to forge a green Middle East peace with life-cycle cost, economic programs. Agenda will include: Activist planning for AACI/Jerusalem Post election debates. 6:30 pm. Central Region AACI office, 94A Allenby Street, Tel Aviv. Details: Daniel Berger (08) 920 7432; Info:; • November 30: Gal-On Gallery Talk. 12:30 p.m. Will be discussing Raya Bruckenthal’s Heebrid, which will be on display along with Tzahit Goldman’s Inverted Sky, two artists who portray different aspects of the same coin. Curator: Yehudit Matzkel. Gal-On Gallery, 79-81 Yehuda Halevi St. Info: (03) 560-3222;; • December 5: ESRA’s Volunteer Award Evening – Lecture, “Challenges Facing Israel in a Changing Region. Speaker: Former IDF and government spokeswoman Col.(Res.) Miri Eisin. 5 p.m. Free. Early registration essential: (09) 748-2957.
Ongoing Events
• First Sunday of month: ESRA Books ’n’ Chat, Tel Aviv. Information: Gill (03) 602-1008.• First Monday of month: ESRA South African-style book club. Information: Gill (03) 732-0194.• First Friday morning of month: Public Speaking and Storytelling for Everyone. Oppenheimer English Storytelling Center, Tel Aviv. Information: Dvora Shurman at 054-766-5019;• Mondays: ESRA Short Story Discussion Group. Members: NIS 20; Non-members: NIS 25. Information: Noah (03) 648-5575.• Tuesday mornings: Women’s English-Speaking Study Group – Parshat Hashavua and Tefillot. Petah Tikva. Information: Barbara (03) 921-8579 or Paula 077-324- 0639 • Tuesdays: Singers with notereading ability are welcome to join new classical chamber ensemble rehearsing in central Tel Aviv. 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Information: gefen–; 052-534- 2984.• Tuesdays: Torah study group with Rabbi Aharon Levin for men and women. Subject: Jewish philosophy and law. Refreshments. Sponsors: Ahvah, Aish Hatorah. 8:30 p.m. Devorah Hotel, 2nd floor, 87 Ben-Yehuda Street, corner Gordon Street, Tel Aviv. Info: Esther Rubinstein 052-738-9447 or Betty (03) 523-1831.• Wednesdays: Ichud Olam Minyan – Lecture Series. 8 p.m.: “Rabbi Nachman’s Stories – An Introduction to Hassidut.” English 9 p.m.: “Rambam’s Rationalist Thinking.” Hebrew. Speaker: Rabbi Dr. Raphael Shuchat of Bar- Ilan University. Pizza served. Ichud Shivat Zion Synagogue, 86 Ben- Yehuda Street, Tel Aviv.• Wednesdays: Tanach Study Group. 9:45 a.m. In-depth study of Bible with Rabbi Avraham Fischer of Yad Ya’akov. Non-members: NIS 50; Members: NIS 45. Registration necessary. Information: Noah (03) 648-5575.• Wednesdays: Calling women of all ages, with or without experience: American flag football team for women will play in Sportech. 6:30 p.m. Free. Information: Esti 054-737-4841; • Thursdays: ESRA College at Tel Aviv Museum of Art 2012-2013 Season. 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Lectures and guided tours. Starts November 29. Cost for series: ESRA members NIS 300, nonmembers NIS 360. Museum: 27 Shaul Hamelech Blvd., Tel Aviv (short walk from Tel Aviv Merkaz railway station). Info: Early registration suggested – limited seating. Reservations for entire series only: (09) 748-2957.• Rutgers University Israeli Alumni Club. General meetings will begin in December. All Israelis who are Rutgers graduates, family members of graduates, or graduates from other countries doing business in Israel are invited to join. Will combine social action with socializing. Info: Daniel Berger-RC '71 at (08) 920 7432; danielberger1949@• GLBT English-speakers group. Meets twice monthly for social activities and outings, based in Tel Aviv. Free. Info: english_speakers@ or
• For an online directory of organizations/ support groups dealing with physical and mental health issues, bereavement, disability, family and more: ETZAIsrael Self Help Center at • Alcoholics Anonymous English meetings held daily in Tel Aviv. Details: 054-492-9242 or email • AlAnon/ NarAnon meetings in English for relatives and friend of alcoholics and substance abusers. Friday mornings at 10:45 a.m.. For information call David 054- 477-1734 or e-mail • Overeaters Anonymous – weekly English meeting in Tel Aviv, Tuesdays 8:30-9:30 a.m. For venue and more information, call Ophelia, 052-427-9502.• Narcotics Anonymous, English meetings in Tel Aviv and 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.• English mother-and-baby group. Weekly meetings in Petah Tikva. Contact Tammy: 054-303-2063, • 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 is looking 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 alternately in Tel Aviv and Ra’anana. Details of next meeting: • The Institute for the Advancement of Education in Jaffa seeks volunteers to help Jaffa schoolchildren 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. Devorah Hotel, 87 Ben-Yehuda Street, Tel Aviv. Margalit: (03) 551-6652.• Play4Elderly meetings at The Educational Center for Games, 32 Hatavor Street, Tel Aviv (near Nahlat Binyamin mall) are part of our Grandparenting Institute. Info: 054-471-7314, (03) 629-4151; • Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Israel) 159 Herzl Street, 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. • Support group being formed for seniors with/without family in Israel, to discuss and plan for the future. Contact: Valerie (03) 602- 0665.
CENTRAL Upcoming Events
• T.E.A.M. – Rehovot. Social, cultural club for English speakers. Swiss Havayot Community Center, 52 Sereni Street, Rehovot. Admission: NIS 20. Beit Café for refreshments and socializing: 9:30 a.m. Lecture: 10:30 a.m. Information: Ellen Lax: (08) 931- 0710; November 26: Trip to Jerusalem with guided tours of the Israel Museum and Bank of Israel. Please sign up by Nov. 19.- December 3: “An Active Morning to Promote Good Health.” TEAM will be marking International Senior Citizen Month with the general community. NIS 10. Tickets and schedule: Ellen (info above).-December 10: Hanukka Party and Fun Auction.Ongoing Events
• ESRA Herzliya – Golden Friendship Social Club. Mondays at 3:45 p.m. Beit Juliana, 22 David Raziel St., Herzliya. Info: Judy (09) 950-2403.• ESRA Herzliya – Golden Friendship Club. Mondays at 3:45 p.m. Beit Juliana in Herzliya Tzeira. 60+. Speakers, birthday and festival celebrations. Info: Judy (09) 950-2403 • ESRA Rehovot – Book Group. Second Tuesday of month. In private homes. Contact: Rosalie (08) 949-4851 • ESRA Holon/Bat Yam – new branch. Information: Susan 054- 613-7626.• ESRA Rishon Lezion – Knitting Circle. In private home. Garments made by knitters donated to immigrants and disadvantaged families all over Israel. Contact: Shirley (03) 958-0556.• Rishon Lezion English Speakers Assocation holds monthly social meetings, coffee shop morning meetings and excursions. Details: (03) 969-5693.• Rishon Lezion Masorti/Conservative shul and community. Everyone interested in being part of a truly egalitarian community with observance of Jewish traditions invited. Send email for mailing list. Kabbalat Shabbat services at 6:30 p.m. (summer hours); Shabbat morning service at 9 a.m. Visit or call (03) 950-7414.• Modi’in/Beit Shemesh: Voices Israel Group of Poets in English meets monthly. Details: Joanna Chen 054-522-2156.• Efrat/Gush Etzion: Voices Israel Group of Poets in English meets monthly. Details: Mindy Aber- Barad 052-466-7936.• Lod: Middle East Israel Green Chamber of Commerce – an economic- oriented green group that is forging a revived green economy and a green Middle East peace – seeks members to help bring responsible and life-cycle cost green policies to Israel and the Middle East. Membership meetings will resume in November. Office in Sakhnin as well. Info: Daniel (08) 920-7432; • Israel Export Institute – New Course. Discount to members of Israel Community of Designers. Info: 12E5C40AC288390B228E304792 C2183B24C22032CEA4771EC49 6BE6/show.aspx • Rehovot’s Voices Israel Group of Poets in English meets once monthly. Join this forum to read your poetry and get a friendly critique. Info: Ricky Friesem,
• 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. Cost per child, full course: NIS 400 members; NIS 450 non-members 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; For more information,
Ongoing Events
• For an online directory of organizations/ supportgroups dealing with physical and mental health issues, bereavement, disability, family and more link to ETZA Israel Self Help Center at • Scrabble Club in Kfar Vradim Library. Friendly but serious game, using dictionary and aids. NIS 10. Information: Leonie (04) 957- 5403.• Shabbat services (Fri. 5:30 p.m. winter, 7 p.m. summer, Sat. 9 a.m.) at Adat Shalom Emanuel, 6 Miller Street, Rehovot. We are a Masorti (Egalitarian) congregation with a vibrant bar/bat mitzva program, youth activities program (Noam), a choir, as well as a lecture and discussion series under the direction of our Rabbi Rubin. E-mail:, tel/fax (08) 946-9180 ASHDOD
• English Speakers’ Club of Ashdod – Weekly get-together at new venue. Bariba on ground floor of Sea Mall, on City Hall level. Information: Anita 054-465- 1327 or Chana (08) 855-7116.• Etz Haim Conservative Synagogue in Ashdod. Friday services: 20 minutes before sundown; Saturdays: 8:30 a.m. Public Shelter No. 25, Yitzhak Hanassi Street, Ashdod. Info: Refael (08) 864-2482 or Anita 054-465-1327.• Tai Chi Chuan & Chi Kung in Ashdod. 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. Info:; Susan 054-237-5512.• Parkinson’s Support Group Ashdod (and surrounding areas) meets Wednesdays 4:30-7 p.m. at the Beit Avot Ashdod, entrance at 17 Harav Nissim Street, next to Ashdod police station. Info: (08) 855-1051. Amutat Parkinson 077- 418-1900; English (08) 858-1151.• For an online directory of organizations/ supportgroups dealing with physical and mental health issues, bereavement, disability, family and more link to ETZAIsrael Self Help Center at
• English Speakers of Ashkelon monthly craft chug, book club, movie night, drama workshops, play reading group, coffee, cake and conversation meetings and special events. Info: June (08) 673- 2161 or Vicky (08) 673-3742.• Kehillat Netzach Israel – Masorti/Conservative congregation, led by Rabbi Gustavo Surazski. Services: Fridays, 5 p.m; Saturdays, 9 a.m. Bar/bat mitzva courses, Talmud/Torah classes, adult education, NOAM youth group, pre-school day care center. Info: (08) 671-1370/1;; www.netzach-• Weekly Tanach Study Group led by Rabbi Moshe Benisti on Tuesday at 10 a.m. Info: 077-424-6459.• Emotions Anonymous Ashkelon. Osnat (08) 673-1258 or Moshe (08) 673-4086.• For an online directory of organizations/ supportgroups dealing with physical and mental health issues, bereavement, disability, family and more link to ETZA Israel Self Help Center at BEERSHEBA
• JNF tour of Beersheba’s 1,700 acre River Park project (2 times the size of Central Park). Visit cultural and historic sites including underground bullet factory from the War of Independence and a fortified indoor playground. Tours led by professional guides and JNF representatives. Depart 8 a.m.; return 5 p.m. from Jerusalem, every Wednesday except holidays (possible departure from other areas). Itinerary subject to change due to weather and timing. Cost: $50 per person, including lunch. Registration required. Details: (212) 879-9305. extension 991 (in the U.S.) or (02) 502-5007 (in Israel). Info:• Day Tour of Northern Negev. Tours depart every Wednesday from Jerusalem. Sites include Ayalon Institute, Sderot, Beersheba, Givot Bar. NIS 200/$50 per person, including lunch. Tickets, questions or group pickup from outside of Jerusalem: (02) 502-5007; • 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.• Does a relative or a friend have an addiction problem to drugs and alcohol? Help is available - Naranon/Alanon meetings for relatives and friends of alcoholics and substance abusers. Tuesday nights. 8 p.m. In Hebrew. Call: 050-584-5886 • Omer, Magen Avraham (Conservative) Congregation: Friday 5:30pm; Saturday 8:30am; Bar/Bat Mitzva courses, adult study, after-school program. Rabbi Jonathan Sadoff; (08) 646- 0424; • The Flying Camels Ultimate Frisbee team invites you to join them on Wednesdays at 8:30 p.m. at the sports field next to Shomron Street in the Neot Lon neighborhood of Beersheba. Info: Noam 054-773-9954, • 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 every month, 9:30 a.m.- 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 Yud-Alef community center in Beersheba has more than 6,000 volumes of fiction and nonfiction. 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 Street. Info: (08) 643-3953.• Beersheba Singles Club (25-45), beersheva– • For an online directory of organizations/ supportgroups dealing with physical and mental health issues, bereavement, disability, family and more link to ETZAIsrael Self Help Center at • Beersheba’s Voices Israel Group of Poets in English meetz once monthly. Join this forum to read your poetry and get a friendly critique.Info: Miriam Green, EILAT
• ESRA’s unique Ethiopian embroidery products have arrived. To purchase: Fonda (08) 633-2205.• 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). Info: 050- 579-3225 or (08) 633-4368.• Eilat English Speakers WIZO group meet at WIZO House, Jerusalem Street. 10 a.m. to 12 noon, Tuesdays. Winter program incl. speakers (all welcome to submit request to speak on career, hobby etc.) Refreshments. NIS 10. Anne (08) 633-0323; Fay (08) 637-2344.• 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 Street, 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 (Masorti) in Arad – Friday (according to candle lighting time), most of the winter 4:30 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m. Lior, 052-545-3436.• For an online directory of organizations/ supportgroups dealing with physical and mental health issues, bereavement, disability, family and more link to ETZAIsrael Self Help Center at HAIFA AND NORTH Upcoming Events
• November 25: ESRA North Coast – Meet the Author, Dr. Ayelet Abraham. Discussion and reading from her first novel, “Evanescent Bloom.” 7:30 p.m. 25/17 Shai Agnon Street, Nahariya. Cost: NIS 10, with coffee and cake. Info: Andrea (054) 783-2966. Advance book orders, for NIS 50 plus postage: Ayelet (052) 660-0765.Ongoing Events
• Three new ESRA Branches in the North for English speaking activities and volunteering.- Karmiel-Misgav area: Frankie (04) 998-2871, - North Coast-Nahariya area: Andrea Fredericks 054-783-2966, - Haifa-Krayot area: Marsha 050- 228-0755,• Sunday afternoons: Basic Judaism Discovery Course for Women. 2 p.m. English. Topics include core Torah concepts, meaning of prayers and rituals.Free and sponsored by Chabad of Nahariya. Info: • Sundays: Master Class – Art of Creating. Understanding the creative space through different media. 5-8 p.m. 20 sessions; first session on October 21. Cost: NIS 3,600. Instructor: Farid Abu Shakra. Wilfrid Israel Museum, Kibbutz Hazorea. Registration: Museum (04) 989-9566; Ruth Oppenheim 050-640-2808.• First Sunday of the month, starting Nov. 4: ESRA Caesarea/Zichron Ya’acov – “Dance the Night Away” evening for 50+. Featuring DJ Mark Yudell. 9 p.m. Location: Albatross Restaurant, Caesarea Golf Club. Members: NIS 50; Non-members: NIS 65. Includes glass of wine/beer or hot/cold drink. Registration: (09) 748-2957. Info: Jane Krivine 054-740-5047;• Mondays: Course – Empowerment of Young Women. Grades 7-9: 6:00-7:15 p.m. Grades 10-12: 7:30-8:45 p.m. 12 sessions; first session on November 12. Cost: NIS 900. Wilfred Israel Museum, Kibbutz Hazorea. Details & registration: Chana -052-379-3599; chanagiser@ Museum (04) 989- 9405; Ruth Oppenheim 050-640- 2808;• Mondays: Course – The Nature of Painting. Workshop of 4-6 people. 6-8 p.m. 30 sessions. Instructor: Ayelet Hashahar Sela. Wilfrid Israel Museum, Kibbutz Hazorea. Information: Registration: (04) 989-9566.• Mondays: Course – Chinese for Beginners. Children in 4th & 5th grades: 5-6:30 p.m. Adults: 7:30-9 p.m. Cost: NIS 850 for 12 sessions. Instructor: Ofra Weinstein- Arbel of Haifa University. Wilfrid Israel Museum, Kibbutz Hazorea. Registration: (04) 989-9566.• Tuesdays: Course – Sketching. 7- 8:30 p.m. 10 sessions; first session on October 31. Cost: NIS 80 per session. Instructor: Orit Goldberg Zamir of Bezalel Academy. Wilfrid Israel Museum, Kibbutz Hazorea. Registration: Museum (04) 989- 9566; Ruth Oppenheim 050-640- 2808.• Wednesdays: Fun Art Class – Parents/Grandparents with Children. 6-7:30 p.m. For children 4-6, with parent or grandparent. 10 sessions; first session on October 10. Cost: NIS 350 for child and adult, including materials. Instructor: Orly Josephson of Beit Berl College of Art. Registration: Museum (04) 989- 9566; Ruth, Training Coordinator 054-640-2808.• Tuesdays: Ongoing Class in English for Women in Nahariya – The First Book of Samuel, free and open to public. 7:30 pm. Sponsored by Chabad of Nahariya, for further information, contact Goldie 054-674-5966.• Dunie Weizman Conservatory of Music – Course: Electronic Music. Led by composer Amos Elkana. Necessary equipment: Laptop and headphones. NIS 2,000 for 30 sessions.Info: (04) 862-6014.• The Karmiel English Speakers’ Club is open every Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. Library, tea and coffee, board games, or just chat. For confirmation of ocasional Saturday evening opening, 7 p.m. till throwout time, phone Gwenn at (04) 998-1925. Location: below the hotel, opposite the main post office.• Kehillat Emet VeShalom Nahariya (Reform/Progressive/Egalitarian Synagogue affiliated with the Israel Movement for Progressive Judaism). Kabbalat Shabbat Services on Fridays evenings at 5:30 p.m. winter time, 6:15 p.m. summer time, with Rabbi Israel Horowitz in Community Center, 1 Keren Hayesod Street, Nahariya (behind the Egged bus station). Bar/bat-mitzvah preparation, weddings, conversion, holiday and community activities; study groups and courses. For information, call office at Miklat 723, next to 12 HaMeginim Street, Nahariya. Tel/Fax: (04) 992-7293; mobile: 054-680-7720; e-mail: emet.veshalom.nahariya@gmail.c om, or find us on Facebook at: Kehillath Emet ve Shalom, Nahariya (Open Group — • Haminyan Hamishpachti, Kfar Vradim. (Egalitarian, Masorti /Conservative Congregation) Kabbalat Shabbat Services 6:15 p.m.; Shabbat Morning Services 9 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, ongoing Adult Educational Programs. Contacts: Rabbi Zvi Berger, 052- 475-3870; Galit Haim, 052-688- 1083; Ofer David 052-3793448.• AACI Library in Haifa – English Language, 55 Shimshon Street, corner Moriah Street. Mon., Wed. 9 a.m.-12 a.m.; Tues. 3-5 p.m. Rayla, (04) 837-4744.• An English-speaking single parents’ group in Haifa. A social gettogether sharing ups and downs of life in Israel.• Gitit Choir, the veteran Haifabased a capella mixed choir, is looking for new singers. Rudimentary music reading helpful, Rehearsals: Tuesdays 7–10:30 p.m. at the Reali Elementary School in Ahuza. Call Yarden, 054- 794-3333.• 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• 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; • 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. 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 third or fouth Tuesday of the month. Bring two of your own poems for discussion. See monthly newsletter posted at the website for details of meetings, workshops and poetry submissions to annual anthology and Reuben Rose International Competition. Contact: Susan Rosenberg (04) 838-1218, for Haifa, and the Northern group. For an Upper Galil group, contact: Tommy Berman (04) 690-9476.• Haifa Chamber Choir – Tues. at 8 p.m. Cati (04) 633-1876 • 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.• Childbirth preparation, lactation support and information on local resources for expectant and new parents. Haifa area. Israel Childbirth Education Centre. Wendy Blumfield (NCT.UK) (04) 837-6820 • ESRA Nahariya – Volunteers needed, male and female, for tutoring high School students in oral English. No experience or Hebrew needed. Good support network. Info: June (04) 900- 1182;• Haifa and the North’s Voices Israel Group of Poets in English meets once monthly. Join this forum to read your poetry and get a friendly critique. Info: Haifa: Susan Rosenberg: Upper Galil: Tom Berman:; Western Galil: Phyllsie Gross: • Wilfrid Israel Museum – Volunteers needed. For museum functions: reception, training exhibitions, maintenance and more. Volunteers will be invited to participate in training intended only for museum employees, as well as lectures held at the museum, and will get a discount on classes. At Kibbutz Hazorea. If interested, call to make appointment: (04) 989- 9566.Self-Help
• Pardess Hanna Overeaters Anonymous meetings in English. Mondays, 7-8:15 p.m. Malben (Geriatric Center) Auditorium. Info: Dina (052) 450-9937.• Pardess Hanna Emotions Anonymous evening meetings. Info: Tina (052) 640-2010.• Haifa Self-Help Coaching Group – English-speaking group weekly meetings. For mutual support in discovering one’s life vision in health, relationships, work, finances and spirituality. Guided and facilitated by a volunteer life coach. Info: Adi (054) 564-8645.• Haifa AA Group meetings. Thursdays, 7:30 p.m. Info: Jon (052) 379-0741.• Karmiel Codependents Anonymous meetings in English. Wednesdays, 6:10 p.m. At Karmiel English Speakers’ Club. Info: (04) 980-0329. Free. Only requirement for membership is a desire for healthy and loving relationships.• Karmiel Overeaters Anonymous meetings. Thursdays, 6 p.m. At Karmiel English Speakers Club. Info: (04) 980-0329.• Nahariya AA recovery group. Info: (054) 631-5682.• Safed Emotions Anonymous. Info: Dan (04) 692-1092; (050) 553-2890.• For an online directory of organizations/ supportgroups dealing with physical and mental health issues, bereavement, disability, family and more link to ETZA Israel Self Help Center at