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Jewish Business Leaders


Jewish Business Leaders of Omaha brings together the Jewish business community to showcase the entrepreneurs, founders, and change-makers in our community while creating opportunity to connect, teach and leverage each relationship.

Welcome to the Jewish Business Leaders of Omaha. Your involvement will give you opportunities to network and create valuable connections to help grow your organization. The Omaha community has a long history of successful Jewish business leaders. Be part of JBL and help us continue this legacy. Generation to generation, L’dor V’dor.

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Upcoming Event:

Bagels & Business Breakfast
July 25, 2018  |  7:30-8:30 AM
Happy Hollow Country Club - 1701 S 105th Street
Featured speaker Rachel Jacobson, Executive Director at Film Streams

Rachel Jacobson is the Founder and Executive Director of Film Streams, a nonprofit organization devoted to enhancing the cultural environment of Omaha through the presentation and discussion of film as an art form. Rachel moved back to her home town of Omaha in 2005 after 5 years of working for arts and media organizations in New York City to start Film Streams. She has cultivated relationships with dozens of area nonprofit organizations, developed Film Streams’ board of advisers and board of directors, and overseen the design, build out, and launch of the Ruth Sokolof Theater, which has seen more than 500,000 visitors since opening on July 27, 2007. She currently manages the organization’s strategic direction, finances, fundraising, and programming. She recently led the organization’s $9 million campaign and building project to renovate and reopen Film Streams’ second venue, the historic Dundee Theater. Film Streams has attracted great media attention to Omaha, including a profile in The New York Times and mentions in Wired Magazine, The New Yorker, on NPR’s Morning Edition, CNBC, and airings of two of Film Streams’ Feature programs on PRI’s “Studio 360.” Rachel currently volunteers on several local boards: the Nebraska Cultural Endowment, Boys and Girls Club of the Midlands, the Advisory Board of Opera Omaha, and the Board of Trustees of the Business Ethics Alliance. She has also served three times on the Film Television and Media Panel for the National Endowment for the Arts. She has been honored by the Midlands Business Journal 40 Under 40 (2006), the Women’s Center for Advancement Tribute to Women (2009), the Nebraska Appleseed Good Apple Awards (2012) and participated in National Arts Strategies’ Chief Executive Program. 
Photo courtesy of Laurie & Charles Photography.
Event Sponsor: Kutak Rock

This event is free with membership. For more information regarding JBL events please contact:
Steve Levinger   |  402-334-6433   |
Alex Epstein  |  402-505-7720  |

Past Events:

Bagels & Business Breakfast
April 18, 2018  |  7:30-8:30 AM
Happy Hollow Country Club - 701 S 105th Street
Featured speaker Harley D. Schrager, retired President, Chief Operating Officer/co-owner of The Pacesetter Corporation

Omaha native Harley Schrager is recognized for his excellence in both business and community service and has made significant contributions to Omaha and the greater metropolitan area. Becoming President of the Pacesetter Corporation at age 29, he successfully directed its growth into the nation’s largest, independent, direct sales home improvement company, employing more than 2,000 people.  In 1988 he founded and sponsored the Pacesetter Youth Baseball Organization, a city-wide, select, professionally coached baseball experience for youth.  Harley’s dedication and passion for sports and baseball continued as he served on the Omaha Sports Commission (Pres. and Chr. of 2008 and 2012 Olympic Swim Trials), and CWS of Omaha, Inc., (Exec. Committee), for 25 years. In 2001 the Omaha Chamber of Commerce honored Harley for his achievements by making him, at that time, the youngest inductee in its Business Hall of Fame. Harley has also served on the Boards of many not-for-profit organizations, including Children’s Hospital, Children’s Museum, the Jewish Federation Foundation (President), and Girls, Inc., (President). For these efforts and others, he has received numerous awards including National Council of Christians and Jews (NCCJ) Humanitarian of the Year.
Event Sponsor: Broadmoor

Bagels & Business Breakfast
January 17, 2018  |  7:30-8:30 AM
Champions Run - 13800 Eagle Run Drive
Featured speaker Todd Simon, Senior Vice President, Omaha Steaks

Todd Simon is a fifth generation owner of the Omaha Steaks® group of companies, serving as Senior Vice President of Omaha Steaks International, Inc., President of OSSalesCo, Inc., and Vice-Chairman of, Inc. In his various roles, Mr. Simon is responsible for consumer sales and marketing of Omaha Steaks branded products and services. Mr. Simon joined the family business over 25 years ago after graduating from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He carries on the strong commitment Omaha Steaks and the Simon Family have always had toward community philanthropy. Mr. Simon is extremely involved in shaping his family's leadership in supporting the arts as well as social and human services agencies and programs. He has been active on the boards of a number of philanthropic organizations including Jewish Family Service, the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, the Omaha Community Foundation and the Young Presidents' Organization.
Event Sponsor: Harley Schrager