SHARON/NETANYA Community Events • January 22: Lillian Unger and Angela Jenshil are together again, accompanied by pianist Dima Shecter with songs from Broadway shows, at the Ra’anana Bowling Club, 27a RehovYa’arah (Tzifman 15), 6:30 p.m. NIS 50, including light supper. Tickets Isobel, (09) 772-2343 or Louise (09) 771-3866. • January 22: Herzliya Chamber Orchestra performance of “Spanish Gold.”• January 25: Annual Book Sale and Reviews at New Synagogue Social Hall, Rehov MacDonald. Doors open 2:45 p.m. (Doreen (09) 862-8984 or Linda (09) 887-3569) • January 25: 3 p.m. Emunah Geula Afula Book Sale & Review.• January: 25. ESRA Film Showing. (Gill 077 5570145).• January 26: ESRA Ramat Hasharon lecture at 4 p.m., at Beit Malinov, 21 Sderot Bialik, Ramat Hasharon. Speaker will be Devora Baruch, on Yad Sara. More info: Gitty (03) 540-9256. NIS 25; ESRAcards NIS 20. • January 29: Shearim Netanya presents a sparkling evening in honor of the award-winning ensemble “Sounds of Music.” Rossini, Donizetti, Lehar, and more. 8 p.m. Social hall of Congregation Bet Israel, 19 Rehov Yehuda Hanassi, Netanya. Tickets: NIS 80 at door, or NIS 70 purchased in advance. Call Suzanne (054-619-5848) or Sid (09) 833-0542).•January 29: Winter Lecture Series at the New Synagogue. Rabbi Ian Pe’ar will be speaking about his book “The Accidental Zionist” at 8:30 p.m. in Netanya, 7 Rehov Macdonald, Netanya, 8:30 p.m. Free, open to all, includes refreshments. More info: Renie 098-616050.• January 29: Shearim & The Ministry of Absorption presents Gala Concert featuring Comic Opera and Operata. (Rabbi Birnbaum 834-0557).• January 26: AACI & Orly Markovich productions: Rustavi Ensemble of Georgia with the Israel Camerata Orchestra. Natalie Sher, violin; Avner Geiger, flute; Iris Globerson- Hirsh, harpsichord. Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in D Major; Ricercar. Anon.: Georgian prayers; Bardanashvili: “A Time to Love” from the Song of Songs; Folk songs, Miniatures. 8:30 p.m. at Heichal Omanuyot Habama, the Herzliya Performing Arts Center, 15 Rehov Jabotinsky, Herzliya. Free parking. Members: NIS 90; Non-members: NIS 100. Registration: (03) 696-0389.• February 8: Opportunity to participate in An Insight into ESRA seminar – a comprehensive review of community projects, an informative summary of social & cultural activities. 10 a.m. at Yad Lebanim Ahuza Street, Raanana. Please reserve space with Ingrid 09-950 8371.• February 9: Young Israel of North Netanya lecture on “Holding the BBC to Account” by Jonathan Turner, founder of UK Lawyers for Israel. Venue: YINN, 39 Rehov Shlomo Hamelech, Netanya. 8 p.m., free. Contact (09) 833-5954.• February 16: ESRA Trip to the Green Negev. Simcha Station, Kalaniot Hill, Ariel Sharon’s Shikmim Farm. Ruhama Badlands to see the spring flowers. Lunch at Kibbutz Dorot (kosher). Beduin Tarbin and Jewish Bar Hills. Pick ups at Tel Aviv: Arlozoroff Train Station 7 a.m.; Ra'anana: Mercaz Klita, 7:40 a.m. Reservations (09)-748 2957. NIS 190; ESRAcards NIS 160.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.• January 23: 10:30 am. AACI “Coffee and…” “Release the Banana” with Hadar Gadol, on anger management and identifying stress. Members NIS 10; Non-Members NIS 15.• January 24: 4-6:30pm. AACI Digital Phototography Course with Tom Langford. Last of 5 weekly sessions of 2 1⁄2 hrs. each. Members NIS 625; Non-members NIS 675.• January 24. 8:30 p.m. AACI Box Office outing to the Mann Auditorium, Tel Aviv for performance of “Spirit of the Dance.”• January 26: 8 a.m. AACI Tiyul “ Then & Now” to the new Israel Museum & Rockefeller Archaelo gical Museum in Jerusalem.• January 27: AACI Lecture “To Hear or Not to Hear – That Is the Question” by Dr. Shimon Schreiber – a primer on ears and hearing, hearing loss and how we can protect our ears from modern society’s many threats. Members NIS 15; Non Members NIS 25.• January 27: 8 p.m. AACI Box Office Concert “On Broad way with a Yiddish Ta’am” featuring Paul Salter, Robert Binder and guest artist Adina Feldman. Members NIS 70; Non- Members NIS 80.• January 30: 8 p.m. AACI Art Group Opening of new Exhibition entitled “Flowers.” AACI Ongoing Events: Sunday: Exercises for women with Orly Sasson. 8:45-9:30 a.m.Monday: Art with Gypsy Ron. 9.30-12 noon Monday: Hebrew Conversation with Atara Hadad. 9.30am-12.30pm.Monday: Conditioning Exercises for Women with Irene Burg. 6:15 -7:15 p.m.Monday & Thursday: 12-1. p.m. Municipal Affairs at 2 Solomon St. (Moshe Shamir) Tuesday: Art with Gypsy Ron. 9:30-12 noon Second Tuesday of every month: Meet the Accountant/Lawyer. 9:30-11:30 a.m.Tuesday: Translations of documents and reports. 9:30-11:30 a.m.Wednesday: Netanya Philatelic Association 2-4 p.m.Wednesday: Diet, Healthy Eating & Living Group 9-10 a.m.Wednesday: Language Exchange. 11– 12 p.m.Thursday: Feldenkrais with Genie Levin. 8:30-9:30 a.m.Thursday: Caregivers Support Group. 10-11 a.m.ESRA • ESRA provides regular updates about its events, support groups, volunteering and activities.Let us keep you up-to-date. Email Ingrid at our Gan Rashal office 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 • January 24: ESRA and the Ra’anana Moadon Hazahav invite all English speakers to a series of lectures in English, with Erela Keinan on “The emergence of the Jewish musical” at 9 a.m. and Allon Klebanoff on “Charles de Gaulle – The arrogant, controversial and most prominent leader of France” at 10:30 a.m. Yad Labanim, Ra’anana. To register, Tami (09) 761-0606.• January 24: ESRA Cinema Club – To highlight International Holocaust Remembrance Day, the Esra Cinema Club presents “A Film Unfinished” with English sub-titles. This film seeks the truth behind one of the most mysterious Nazi propaganda films ever shot inside the Warsaw ghetto, shaking our uncritical trust in the photographic image and the way we perceive historiy. 8 p.m. Cost: NIS 60, ESRAcards NIS 50. Reservation only (09) 748-295.• January 31: ESRA at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, 10 a.m. “Art Noveau,” – Alphonse Mocha, Aubrey Beardsley, Antonio Gaudi, Gustav Klimt and the Pre-Raphaelites.” NIS 65; NIS 55 ESRAcards. Pre-paid reservations only (09) 748-2957.Ongoing events • 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: email@example.com • 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.c om or go to https://sites.google.com/site/esraa dultadhdgroup/ • 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 firstname.lastname@example.org • 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: email@example.com; 052-698-9088, or call the ESRA office (09) 748-2957.• ESRA folk dancing and line dancing on Thursday mornings at Beit Fisher, 5 Klausner Street, Ra’anana. Join our easy movement, folk and line-dancing class for seniors. Folk dancing 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m.; line dancing for beginners and intermediate with experienced dance instructor Roni. ESRAcards: NIS 30; others: NIS 35. (09) 748-2957.• ESRA Duplicate Bridge Club meets at 8 p.m. every Monday in Ra’anana at Beit Fisher, 5 Klausner St. Info: Michael Belkin, 052-240-1383. NIS 25 per session.• Volunteers required in Ramat Hasharon – English for Schools, in which native English speakers chat to high-school pupils in preparation for their exams. Call Ingrid at (09) 950-8371.• Volunteers required in Herzliya – English for Schools. Native English speakers chat to highschool pupils in preparation for their exams. Call 09-9571170, Marise.• ESRA’s Community Cookbooks, Table Manna, Soups & Salads and Meatless Meals are on sale. NIS 50 plus postage. (09) 749-2957 or (09) 950-8371.NETANYA Ongoing Community Events 3Ongoing: • Sunday to Thursday, 9:30 a.m. to 12 noon, Henry Koor Library General Judaica Collection. Also English Torah Tapes, plus video and music tapes all available on loan. Public invited. New Synagogue, 7 MacDonald St., Netanya.• Sunday 8 p.m., Thursday 7:30 p.m. Beit Israel. Israeli Dancing. including refreshments. NIS 25. Sara (09) 862-4345.• Sunday 9 a.m.–11 a.m.; Monday 10 a.m.-12 noon; Tuesday 2 p.m.-4 p.m.; Wednesday 10 a.m.-12 noon; Thursday 10 a.m.-12 noon. English Speaking Municipal Volunteer Group at 4 Stamper Street, 1st floor. Call first to check if there is a volunteer present.• Monday She’arim Noon-time Concert. 11, Kikar Atzmaut Passage, next to Bank Hapoalimfirst floor. NIS 25. Doors open 11.00 a.m.(8840534).• Monday. New Synagogue 7:30 a.m. Parshat Hashavua in English given by Dr. Yaakov Ulando.• Monday 7 p.m. Natan-ya Congregation Bible Class with Jordan Helfman. NIS.15. (077- 422-5272; 054-998-0032) • Monday 9:15 a.m. & Thursday, 9:30 a.m.. Hadassah Hadar & Beit Israel. Duplicate Bridge at Beit Israel. NIS25. Refreshments (Judy, 052-833- 0488).• Monday & Wednesday. 10 a.m. Laniado Ten Pin Bowling at the New Netanya Industrial Estate. Details Edith, (09) 861- 6187.• Tuesday. New Synagogue. Weekly study with Rabbi Katz. Details Felix (09) 862-2765.• Tuesday, 5.15 p.m., Beit Israel. Learn to chant Haftara with Rabbi Hillel Yisraeli. (09) 862- 4345.• Tuesday, 6:30 p.m. Beit Israel “Judging Judges” class (in basic Hebrew) with Rachel Holman. (09) 862-4345.• Tuesday 7.00pm. Bet Israel Choir rehearsal. ( 862 4345 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: firstname.lastname@example.org Other Activities • American C&W Line Dancing – Step-In Line™ returns to the dance floor after a hot, hot, hot August. Absolute Beginners 8 – 8:30 p.m.. Learn basic steps and very easy dances. Continuing with Beginners & Advanced, learning new dances 8:30 – 9:30 p.m. (approx). Everyone dancing old favorites 9:30-10 p.m.. NIS 30, payable on entrance. Kfar Vitkin, 10 mins. north of Netanya. Information: email@example.com, (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.torathayyim.or g.il:80/docs/mevasser.htm.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: firstname.lastname@example.org • 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.Upcoming Events • January 21: Come join AACI at 11a.m. for a guided tour of one and a half hours around the Rubin Museum and its fascinating new exhibition “Resonance Boxes” – over 60 works, almost all painted on or created from o ld violin cases. see www.rubinmuseum.org.il Members: Nonseniors, NIS 35; Seniors, NIS 20. Non-members, Non-seniors, NI S 40; Seniors, NIS 25. Registrati on essential: (03) 696-0389.• January 24: AACI & The Israel St age Orchestra – ”Fantasy for Orchestra – Thoughts of a monkey.” Conductor: Roni Pora, with actor Emmanuel Hanun as the chimp, and the Israel Stage Orchestra. 8:30 p.m., Tel A viv Museum, 27, Sd., Shaul Hamelech, Tel Aviv.Members: NIS 70; Non-members: NIS 80. Registration essential: (03) 696-0389.• January 27: AACI walking tour of the Yemenite Quarter – including tastings – with Yona Wiseman. Meet 10 a.m. at the Hachovshim Coffee Shop, 46 Hachovshim, cor. Nehemia. NIS 55 AACI members (includes tastings); NIS 65 for Non-members.Call AACI (03) 696-0389 or Yona (03) 516-3387, 050 326-7277 to register.• February 8: AACI two-hour visit starting 10.30 a.m. to the Israeli Museum at the Yitzhak Rabin Center at 14 Rehov Chaim Levanon, Ramat Aviv. English-speaking guide; only suitable for children over 10. AACI M embers: NIS 65; NIS 45 Seniors. Non-members NIS 70, NIS 50 Seniors. Reservations necessary. Call (03) 696-0389. Registration deadline: January 30. Please arrive 15 minutes early and wait at the museum entrance.• February 16: AACI English guid ed tour of the new Dale Chihuly Exhibit Museum Tower at 11 a.m. 4 Rehov Berkowitz, Tel Aviv. Members: NIS 50; Non-me mbers: NIS 55. Pre-payment & registration essential. Children: 6+. Call AACI (03) 696-0389.Other Events • January 25: The Voices Israel Group of Poets in English will be meeting at Beit Tami (behind the Sheinkin Street park in Tel Aviv) at 7:30 p.m. to read and discuss original poetry. Admission NIS 15. Newcomer poets and just-listeners welcome. Like to read? Bring two original poems in at least 12 copies each. More info: Mark L. Levinson email@example.com 054-444-8438 • January 30: Professional genealogist Michael Goldstein, president of the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies on “Breaking through brick walls” at 7:30 p.m. Beit Shalom, 2 Rehov Shir, Tel Aviv. E-mail descriptions of brick walls you would like tackled at the meeting to firstname.lastname@example.org Israel Genealogical Society IGS members: No charge; others: NIS 20. Map: http://www.ge nealogy.org.il/telaviv.htm Walking Tours • February 5: With “Discover Tel Aviv,” in English, at 2 p.m. Walk through Neve Tzedek, follow the founders of the 1887 Jewish Quarter through their stories and their houses. About 2 to 2 1⁄2 hours. Cost: NIS 40. To register: (03) 510-0337.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 email@example.com • 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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: email@example.com • 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: firstname.lastname@example.org • 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 email@example.com • 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, 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. www.spca.co.il • English mother and baby group. Weekly meetings in Petah Tikva. Contact Tammy: (054) 303-2063 / e-mail: tammyjanerednall@ yahoo.co.uk • 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 • 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 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/techwriting- 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 • The English Speakers’ Club of Ashdod (ESCA) gets together on Fridays at the Zohara Restaurant in the Ashdod Central Bus Station from 12 noon to 2 p.m. Info: Anita, 054-465-1327, or Chana (08) 855-7116.• The Conservative Synagogue “Etz Haim” in Ashdod assembles on Fridays for Erev Shabbat devotional services (20 minutes before sundown) as well as on Saturday mornings at 8:30 a.m. The Etz Haim Synagogue is located at Public Shelter No. 25 on Rehov Itzhak HaNasi Street in Ashdod. Info: Refael David, (08) 864-2482, or Anita Raymond, 054-465-1327 • Tai Chi Chuan and Chi Kung in the Ashdod area. Exercise for fun, balance, strength, energy. Wednesdays 9 a.m., 7 p.m. Classes in the park in good weather, sheltered area in rainy weather. Susan www.taichisusan.com; 054-237-5512 • Parkinsons Support Group Ashdod (and for surrounding areas) meets Wednesdays 4:30-7 at the Bet Avot Ashdod, entrance Harav Nissim, 17, next to Ashdod police station. Infomation 08-8551051. Amutat Parkinson 077-4181900; English 08-8581151. ASHKELON • January 23: English Speakers of Ashkelon book club at 8 p.m. Info: Vivien (08) 671-7831.• The English Speakers of Ashkelon weekly shiur with Rabbi Glueck is held in Afridar every Monday at 4 p.m. For information, call Margo (08) 684-3171.• January 24: Coffee, Cake & Conversation at 10 a.m. Info: Vicky (08)6733742.• 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 e-mail: 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 • 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 – Beit WIZO, Jerusalem St. Tuesday mornings 10 a.m.-12 noon, English-speaking get together. For more information: Michelle – 054-546-9512 • ESRA’s unique Ethiopian embroidery products are on sale in Eilat. Kippot, mezuzot, hamsot embroidered on hand-towels; coasters, placemats; greeting and gift cards, all at reasonable prices. Proceeds go to the Ethiopian embroiderers. To view and purchase, call Fonda: (08) 633-2205.• Pregnancy support in Eilat – Birth preparation, active birth, yoga and relaxation. Support after birth: mother and baby, help with breastfeeding, baby massage, yoga and relaxation. Small groups. Tues mornings. Alison (08) 633-5024; 052-835-1182.• Shirat Hayam Masorti/ Conservative Synagogue – Beit Wizo, Jerusalem St., Eilat. Fri at 6 p.m. Michelle, 050-421-1591.• Eilat – Kalooki players South African rules. Kaleen (08) 753- 30705 or 050-529-1925 • Eilat English Speakers – Tue, 10 a.m.-12 noon, WIZO House, Jerusalem St. Refreshments. NIS 5. Need volunteers to help students through English enrichment program. Fay, (08) 637-2344; Sarah, (08) 633-1566 • Shira Hadasha (Masorati/ Conservative) in Arad – Friday (according to candle lighting time), most of the winter 4:30 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m. Lior, 052-545-3436. “What’s Up?” – An educational mobile observatory sets up our telescope every night on or near the promenade, showing passers-by the planets and the moon with detailed explanations and handout sheets. Info 052-535-2933; 054-481-9973.• Arts and crafts market – Locally made leather goods, jewelry, ceramics, paintings, etc. Fridays 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Park Hayovel, near Imax. Artists and street performers welcome to join (upon committee approval). Billie, 054-584-1282; 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 • January 23: Men’s Torah portion shiur in English with Rabbi Butman on Parshat Yitro at 7 p.m. at the Chabad shul, Hagil’ad and Chanah Senesh streets, Nahariya. More info (052) 798-8616. Free, beginners are welcome.• February 8: CoHaV – Coalition of Hasbara Volunteers – lecture “Holding the BBC to Account” by Jonathan Turner, founder of UK Lawyers for Israel. Free, 8 p.m. For venue, call (04) 825- 7805, or email firstname.lastname@example.org Ongoing Events • 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 • 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 5:30 p.m. / summer 6 p.m. Light music until 15 minutes before Shabbat. Shabbat morning egalitarian services 9 a.m. Bar/Bat Mitzva preparation; Noam Masorti Youth Group; ongoing adult educational programs.Contacts: Rabbi Dubi Hayun – (050) 438- 9802. www.moriahaifa.022.co.il. Office: (04) 825-1495 – Ruthie. Office hours: Sun-Thurs 2 p.m.-5 p.m.• Voices Israel Group of Poets in English meets 3rd or 4th Tuesday each month in Haifa. Bring your own poems for discussion. Annual Anthology, workshops. For monthly newsletter or details, contact Susan (04) 838-1218 or Ezra (04) 982-8887 or 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.