Summer’s here! The sun is shining, school’s out, Jerusalem’s bustling streets and quaint alleyways are filled with tourists. Maybe your parents or children are visiting from abroad Sounds like everything should be hunky-dory, as we used to say in the Old Country.
But summer in Israel also means that temperatures are soaring (although 40 degrees C may not sound as hot as 104 F, it sure feels hot and sticky), schedules are disrupted and if you have to go to work as usual, you may not be able to provide full-time entertainment to guests.
AACI’s attractive, air-conditioned Max & Gianna Glassman Family Center is open throughout the summer, and offers an interesting calendar of activities.* There are lectures, advice sessions and entertainment galore, at minimal prices. Does a painting class, gentle exercise session or aliyah counseling appeal to you or your guests? AACI has them all. For sheer fun, try a game of mah jongg, a movie night or a Spontaneous Combustion theater evening. How about brushing up on your Hebrew with a special summer ulpan?
Senior olim and visitors may especially enjoy our ongoing RAPS (Retired Active Persons) series every Wednesday morning, with talks on a wide variety of fascinating topics. These are a great chance to learn, and also socialize and make new friends. Under-65s are welcome as well.
Offsite, AACI hosts a leisurely one-hour tour of the Machane Yehuda farmers’ market every second Monday morning. Learn the ins and outs of the shuk with food writer and cookbook author Sybil Kaplan. Pre-registration is a must; just call (02)566-1181. Or visit the historic Tower of David Museum in the Old City – the Aliyah Absorption Authority of the Jerusalem Municipality and the Ministry of Immigrant Absorption are subsidizing a special comprehensive guided tour for new olim Tuesday, August 7, 9-11 AM. Cost for AACI members is only NIS 10! Non-members pay NIS 15.
Reading is one of summer’s traditional pleasures, and AACI has not one but three English-language libraries, including the Amit-AACI English Library, a children’s library and the AACI-Cohen Library for the Visually Impaired and Homebound. Open to AACI members (and Amit members in the first case), the libraries may also be able to make arrangements for non-members to borrow books or audio materials. As a regular user of the Amit-AACI Library, I can personally vouch for the high quality of its up-to-date fiction selection, and the friendly, helpful attitude of its staff. You may also purchase used books for a reasonable price.
Last but not least, there are plenty of opportunities to help out by volunteering at AACI. You’ll get back as much as you give, in both friendship and a feeling of personal satisfaction.
Now that you’ve tasted a little of the panorama of services and entertainment AACI has to offer this summer – and all year round – it’s a great time to join or renew your membership. Prices are going up September 1, so act now and be a part of the vibrant AACI community!
* NOTE: Preregistration is required for many of the events. Please call (02)566-1181.
Unless otherwise specified, all programs above are held at:
AACI Jerusalem – Dr. Max and Gianna Glassman Family Center
Pierre Koenig 37, corner of Poalei Tzedek 2 (across from Hadar Mall)
Buses # 21 & 49 stop on Pierre Koenig across from AACI; 71, 72, 74 & 75 stop at Tzomet Habankim, a 10-minute walk away.
(02) 566-1181 for more information about any programs or to register.