With Brush and Pen – A Selection of Some of the Winning Entries

AACI Children’s and Teen’s Arts Exhibit

With Brush and Pen


Standing Room Only Crowd - Well, OK some kids were sitting in front of the stage too!

Standing Room Only Crowd – Well, OK some kids were sitting in front of the stage too!

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Children’s & Teen’s Art Show Opening Night was fabulous and the crowd was standing-room only!

View this gallery for images of many of the prize-winning entries and come to the AACI to see the exhibit in person for many more examples of inspiring creativity.

Even if you missed our opening night you can still come and see the show,

With Brush and Pen,

on display until June 13th at the

AACI-Dr. Max & Gianna Glassman Family Center

37 Pierre Koenig, 4th floor

 (corner Poalei Tzedek) in Talpiot neighborhood of Jerusalem

call 02-566-1181 for more information.

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Calling Children & Teens ages 5-18

If you live in Israel, and are age 5-18, you are eligible to participate in the AACI Children’s and Teens’ Juried Art Show, With Brush and Pen.

Your art, in any medium, or poetry/prose in English must be submitted this month (February 2013).

Click here to view all the details.

Don’t miss out! If you are an art teacher, please encourage your students to participate. No need to plan for a special project. Surely some of the work already completed is appropriate for the show.

Prizes to be awarding in categories by ages.

All participants will receive a certificate.

Opening night is April 11, 2013. Submit works by the end of February to AACI.

AACI Jerusalem – Dr. Max and Gianna Glassman Family Center
Pierre Koenig 37, corner of Poalei Tzedek 2 (across from Hadar Mall)
Talpiot, Jerusalem
Buses # 10, 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.

Rain: A Prize-Winning Poem

Mazal tov! Mazal tov!

AACI staffer Miriam Green, our counselor in the South Chapter (Beer Sheva),  just won a prize at JewishStoryWriting.com for her lovely poem, “Rain.” This is an evocative picture of an important aspect of life in Israel — our dependence on the  winter rains to supply us with water for the year.

We are pleased to share Miriam’s poem with you.


by Miriam Green

No, it doesn’t rain here
in the summer, I tell the tourist.
She is dazzled, expectant
on her first visit to the land,
her carefree American eyes
unconnected to God.
I want to explain how the year is split
between Succot and Passover;
how after a dry, hot season,
our prayers change in the autumn
supplicating He who makes the wind blow and the rains fall,
mashiv haruach u’morid hageshem;
how if it rains before then, it’s as if God, the master,
throws a glass of wine in the face of his servant;
how the land needs our prayers to survive;
how our toilets have two flush buttons
to minimize water use for small loads;
how, between lathering and rinsing,
we shiver under the shower with the water off;

shower like a soldier from http://www.eco-novice.com/2012/03/world-water-day-2012.html
photo courtesy Davey C while in Iraq

how the rain descends without warning,
drenching our hair, clothes, shoes;
how rare black irises bloom on the sand dunes near Netanya,
and flash floods form in the wadis;
how there are winter days where all you wear is a t-shirt;
how, sometimes, it snows in Jerusalem,
and if the eruv falls, they announce it on television;
how we dress in layers
because it’s colder inside the houses than out in the sun;
how, when it’s time, our prayers change
in the spring to morid hatal asking for dew.
NOTE: An eruv is a halachic boundary around homes and communities, often made of wires tied to poles, that allows carrying of items on the Jewish Sabbath.