AACI VLOG – See You On July 4th in Jerusalem! – S01E08

AACI’s Annual July 4th/Canada Day Celebration & Yard Sale in Jerusalem!

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On July 4, 2013 16:00-19:30 at the Courtyard of Beit Yehudit, 12 Emek Refaim, in the German Colony Neighborhood of Jerusalem
Free parking and accessible by bus.
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Party Time! A Week of Celebration with AACI

They say the world is divided into two types of people – those who think the world is divided into two types of people and those who don’t.

This same theory could be applied to people living in Israel. There is one ideology that says we are all Israelis, and that immigrants should make every effort to fit in, by single-mindedly adopting the majority language and culture. Others believe that we olim can be committed to our chosen country, while still fondly remembering our former places of residence and some of our old customs.

It is in the spirit of the second school of thought that AACI is offering a week of exciting events to celebrate two national birthdays, Canada Day (July 1) and American Independence Day (July 4).

What an interesting line-up! Advertised as offering “something for everyone,” the celebration certainly lives up to its billing.

Sunday, July 1, Irwin Cotler, Justice and Human Rights critic for the Canadian Liberal party is speaking on “Freedom of Expression.”  What does a Canadian politician have to do with Israel? Well, for starters, his wife, Ariela, is a native Jerusalemite. In addition, Cotler has been working against anti-Semitism for years. In a speech before the Canadian House of Commons earlier this month, he called for a moment of silence at this summer’s Olympic Games in memory of the Israeli athletes z”l who were murdered at the 1972 Olympics in Munich.

Monday, July 2, we will celebrate the festive opening of a new art exhibit by Glen Shear, as part of AACI’s ongoing program of exhibitions in our Jerusalem headquarters, the Max & Gianna Glassman Family Center. His work crackles with the energy and color of American pop culture, featuring an occasional Israeli twist. http://www.gotshear.com

Tuesday, July 3 (note new date),  HaHafuch, Israel’s premier English-speaking comedy troupe, will present their zany take on the lighter side of living in Israel. A group of olim from around the world, these improv artists live their philosophy, “Israel is funny.”

Wednesday, July 4, is American movie night, with a screening of the classic Frank Capra film, “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.” Starring that quintessentially American actor, Jimmy Stewart, this film, which describes one citizen’s effect on the American political system, was highly controversial when it was first released in 1939. Gary Levine will provide an informative introduction.

All events will be held at the AACI Jerusalem Max & Gianna Glassman Family Center.

For full details of times and prices, click here.

Well, it’s quite an eclectic schedule, but isn’t that as it should be? After all, we Israelis, olim and Sabras alike, are a very eclectic group — not just two types of people but many, all jumbled together in a colorful mosaic . And that’s what can make life in this country so much fun.

AACI Jerusalem – Dr. Max and Gianna Glassman Family Center, Pierre Koenig 37, corner of Poalei Tzedek 2, Talpiot    MAP
Buses # 21 & 49 stop on Pierre Koenig across from AACI; 71, 72, 74 & 75 stop  at Tzomet Habankim, a 10-minute walk away.
For information, please call (02)566-1181.

Yom HaAtzma’ut: Israel’s Independence Day

Independence is a strange concept. We human beings tend to crave it, and one of the signs of healthy maturing is a child’s increasing quest for independence.

And yet …
Last night my twenty-something firstborn paid me a visit. This son of mine has been happily living on his own, with roommates, for the past year. Now he’d like to move, but there are a few loose ends to be tied up first. It’s not easy for him to communicate with his current landlord, who speaks French almost exclusively. In addition, he wasn’t sure how to show that he had paid his share of the bills. Plus, he’d been too busy with packing up his belongings to eat anything yesterday. So my son — who was educated in Israel and laughs at my stumbling Hebrew as he casually peppers his conversation with slang like “achi” and “sababa” — turned to French-speaking, bill-paying, home-cooking Mom for some assistance.
We all want to be independent, but sometimes each of us needs a helping hand, especially as olim in this beautiful, yet often baffling, country. That’s where AACI comes into the picture. AACI can act as our protekzia, explaining rules and opening doors for us as we learn to live in Israeli society.  In the beginning, we may rely heavily on counseling to assist us with housing, jobs, legal issues and so on. As we move from being olim chadashim and enter the more independent vatikim category, AACI can become a home base, a social network that we use to relax and connect with other English speakers.
Independent, but connected. That’s a good place to be as we prepare to celebrate the State of Israel’s 64th anniversary of independence.
Enjoy Yom HaAtzma’ut!

YOM HAZIKARON: On Yom HaZikaron, the eve of Yom HaAtzma’ut, we at AACI honor the memory of Israel’s fallen, and pray for a time when there will be no more victims of war or terrorism.


Yom HaAtzma’ut – Independence Day
Achi –  lit. “my brother,” similar to English “man” or “dude”
Sababa – awesome
Protekzia –  connections, influence
Olim –  immigrants to Israel
Chadashim – new (plural)
Vatikim – veteran (plural)
Yom HaZikaron – Memorial Day

AACI Jerusalem – Dr. Max and Gianna Glassman Family Center, Pierre Koenig 37, corner of Poalei Tzedek 2, Talpiot    MAP
Buses # 21 & 49 stop on Pierre Koenig across from AACI; 71, 72, 74 & 75 stop  at Tzomet Habankim, a 10-minute walk away.
Telephone (02)566-1181.

Funky magic at the AACI

The Great Shmoolonzo (he's the one on the left:) )

The main program hall of AACI was packed with over 100 people who came out to celebrate the 4th of July here in Jerusalem. Grandparents, grandchildren, parents and children – not only different age groups but different nationalities too – were mesmerized by Shmoolonzo the Great’s interactive magic show. Despite living in Israel, new and veteran olim alike seem to maintain a strong connection to their American roots. Or at least they’re open to an excuse to watch an exciting magic show.

The last magic student of the great and venerable Doctor Wang Master Magician wows the AACI.