Association of Americans and Canadians in Israel's offices in Jerusalem.
Association of Americans and Canadians in Israel's offices in Jerusalem. Photo by Google Street View
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The 35,000-member-strong Association for Americans and Canadians in Israel will increase its membership rates, effective September 1, an organization official has confirmed.

The annual membership rate for a single immigrant will jump to NIS 150 from NIS 115, an increase of 30 percent, while the annual family membership will be raised to NIS 250 from NIS 200, a hike of 25 percent. "We haven't raised our prices since 2005," said Carole Kremer, the organization's director of operations and communications. "And we haven't raised them greatly."

The 61-year-old organization - with branches in Jerusalem, Netanya and Be'er Sheva, as well as an information center in Haifa - offers a range of services, from professional counseling and small business loans to informational seminars and support groups. It has a staff of about 20 and a membership that numbers 35,000, according to Kremer.

Card-carrying members are entitled to an unlimited number of 45-minute sessions with AACI's vocational counselors and social workers - a perk Kremer says is particularly valuable to newer immigrants and their families. "That's nothing compared to what you would pay to go see a professional for 20-30 minutes," Kremer said. "It's pretty cheap when you look at it that way."

About 200 new members had signed on ahead of the rate hike - more than doubling the results of last summer's membership drive, according to Kremer.