L’Briut! — Women’s Health Day


UPDATE:  Did you see the coverage about AACI’s Women’s Health Day in the newspaper? Click here to read it! Thanks Haaretz!

Go to the AACI website  and type “health” into the search box. You will be surprised at the number of results that show up!

AACI is committed to promoting healthy lifestyles for our members and the general public. We offer:

  •  ongoing exercise classes several times a week, including Tai Chi, Feldenkrais and exercise for 50+
  •  information for new olim on the various kupot cholim (health funds) in Israel
  •  blood drives (the next one is coming up on March 25)

Now, in honor of International Women’s Day,* AACI is cooperating with Hadassah Medical Organization, Jewish Diabetes Association, Efrat Women’s Health Center, Bishvilaych and Ha’aretz to present an entire day dedicated to women’s health.
High-level experts, including physicians and researchers, will speak in English on a wide range of topics geared toward women of all ages.


9:30-10:15       Heart Disease Prevention in Women, Tzipi Morris, MD, Director, Efrat Women’s Health Center

9:30-10:00      Feldenkreis, Shoshanna Lederman

9:30-16:30       Reflexology, Rolene Segal, 15 minutes; every hour and ½ hour

10:30-11:15     Self Care in Health Care: Whens & Whys of Screenings & Check-Ups,

Elisheva Langer, PhD, Director of Research and Education at Bishvilaych

11:30-12:15     Fitness for All Ages and Stages, Harriet Scher, Exercise Director of YMCA Great Shape

11:30-12:00    Feldenkreis, Shoshanna Lederman

12:30-13:15    Healthy Lifestyle, Part I: Prevention & Awareness for Diabetes Health & Related Issues

Nechama Cohen, Founder & CEO: Jewish Diabetes Association, Naturopath and Nutrition Coach

12:30-13:15    Intro to Journey, Meira Golbert, MS, Certified Journey Practitioner, Polarity Therapist

12:30-13:15     Osteofit, Harriet Scher, Exercise Director, YMCA/Great Shape

13:15-14:30    Healthy Lifestyle, Part II: Pesach Cooking Demonstration & Discussion,

Nechama Cohen and Chef Udi (to be confirmed)

13:30-14:15    Pelvic Floor Exercises for Incontinence, Marilyn Cohen, Certified Fitness Instructor

14:30- 15:15    Genetic Testing and Counseling, Michal Sagi, PhD, Senior Genetic Counselor, Department of Human Genetics & Metabolic Diseases, Hadassah University Medical Center

14:30-15:15    Lecture on Tai Chi, Nancy Harel

15:30-16:15   Menopause: Taking Charge of Changes, Tzipora Wolff, MD, Women’s Health Physician

15:30- 16:00    Feldenkreis, Shoshanna Lederman

16:30-17:15    The Latest in Plastic Surgery, Michael Feinerman, MD

16:30-17:15    Fitness Design for Life, Rena Sered, Health & Wellness Director, International YMCA

16:30-17:15    Fusion Strength Training & Pilates, Di Katz, Group Exercise Instructor & Personal Trainer

17:30-18:15    The Sandwich Generation, Daniel Sullum, MD, Board Certified in General & Geriatric Pyschiatry

18:30-19:15    Skin Care: From the Inside and Outside, LeeOna Fisher, MD

19:30-20:15    Questions & Answers You Always Wanted to Ask Your Gynecologist, Michal Rambau, MD

20:30-21:15    Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Your Pelvic Health, David Shveiky, MD

20:30-21:15    Birthing Options in Israel, Nancy Novik, Nurse Midwife, Hadassah Hospital

The price is very modest – admission for the whole day is only NIS 50 for AACI members/NIS 60 for non-members. Individual sessions are NIS 30 for members/NIS 40 for non-members. Payment by cash or check only.

AACI is conveniently located across the street from Canyon Hadar, in the center of the Talpiot shopping & restaurant district, with plenty of dining options.  MAP

Bring a friend and make a day of it! Gentlemen are also welcome.

Women’s Health Day
Monday, March 12, 09:00-21:00
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 more information, please call (02)566-1181.

* International Women’s Day honors the social and political achievements of women worldwide. Though it is normally marked on March 8, this year we are celebrating a little later in Israel, to avoid conflict with Purim.


Women, Wisdom, and Wealth

Part II

Originally published in the September-October edition of AACI’s VOICE

In the last issue of the Voice we discussed how women frequently lack confidence and feel insecure and when it comes to financial planning and investments. We also identified five key risks that women face as they move through their retirement years, including (i) Outliving Assets due to longevity, (ii) Loss of Spouse, (iii) Decline in Functional Status, (iv) Rising Healthcare and Medical Expenses, and (v) Inflation.

Against this background, I strongly urge women to become active participants in their financial lives in order to increase their chances of having a comfortable retirement. Here are five steps you can take:

  1. Educate yourself. I cannot emphasize enough the importance of reading books and articles, attending seminars and speaking with knowledgeable professionals in order to increase your financial aptitude and confidence.
  2. Identify your goals. If you are like most women, you have goals, but haven’t really thought about what it would take to achieve them. Think them through and write them down. The more concrete your financial goals, in terms of magnitude (how much money you need) and timing, the more likely you are to achieve them.
  3. Develop and implement a long-term financial and investment plan. No rational traveler would take a trip to a far-off location without a road map and directions. Similarly, no rational investor should jump in without spending time and effort developing a plan to meet her financial goals. The plan provides you with a framework, discipline and accountability. If you are married and your spouse hasn’t taken the lead in formulating your family plan, run with it yourself and involve him as much as possible. The plan should be tailored to your life expectancy, your standard of living, your risk profile and your unique financial goals.
  4. Understand the risks. Women tend to err on the side of caution when investing, preferring to avoid short-term loss rather than achieve long-term gain. The erosion of purchasing power due to inflation is one of the major financial risks faced by women. Conservative bank deposits, which will not keep up with inflation, can often be more damaging to your financial well-being than the partial (and often temporary) loss of your investment values due to market volatility. Currency risk, especially for those individuals with income and/or assets in more than one country, must also be considered.
  5. Reassess, Rebalance, Reallocate. Even the best financial plan needs to be revisited once a year to ensure that you are still on track to meet your goals. Adjustments should be made and the plan should be tweaked as necessary. And if you have experienced a major life change – the death of a spouse, a divorce, the loss of a job, an inheritance – your plan should be re-worked to reflect your new situation. Planning is not a one-time exercise. As your priorities and goals evolve with time, your financial plan should evolve along with you.

Women are different from men, and historically, have been less exposed to the financial world. But that’s no excuse!  Educate and empower yourself to take control of your financial life. Financial security is not something that just happens – it is something you work toward. And with HaShem’s help, you can succeed.

Debbie Sassen is an independent Financial Planner and Licensed Investment Advisor (US) with the Investment Advisor Alliance, RIA. With over 25 years of experience in the financial services industry, Debbie uses her broad background to help people, in particular women, to organize their financial lives, identify their financial goals, and implement strategies to achieve financial freedom. She can be reached at Debbie.Sassen@yahoo.com or 054 842 7638.

Note: The above article is not, nor should it be a substitute for, financial advice relating to any individual’s specific needs.