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Omaha jewish community Beit Midrash

Wednesdays, 7:30-8:30 p.m.


Join the JFO and our community’s clergy for in-depth study using traditional texts to uncover contemporary issues and values. Embracing our desire to be together and learn together, this exciting new weekly Beit Midrash (house of study) will give all of Jewish Omaha the opportunity to engage in spirited and challenging study on a variety of timely and thought-provoking topics.

Classes will be held weekly at 7:30 pm from October 2019 – May 2020, in venues across the community (see dates below for exact locations). The year of study will culminate with a Tikkun Leil Shavuot (evening-long study session) at Beth El. Sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Omaha, the Beit Midrash will bring us together to strengthen one another. Drop in for one session, or become a regular attendee – everyone is welcome. For more information on how this series was formed, read the Jewish Press article.

You are welcome to drop in to the regular weekly sessions without registration, but we’d love for you to RSVP for the Community Panels at the JCC (Oct. 23, Dec. 4, March 4, May 6). Contact Mark Kirchhoff for more details - (402) 334-6463 or mkirchhoff@jewishomaha.org. You may also email Mark to be added to a Beit Midrash distribution list notifying you if there is a change in topic or location.


Opening Celebration & Panel Discussion:

Giving Jewishly
Wednesday, October 23, 2019
7:30-8:30 p.m |  Kripke Jewish Federation Library
Featuring Rabbi Steven Abraham, Rabbi Ari Dembitzer, Rabbi Mendel Katzman and Rabbi Brian Stoller.

RSVP for the Community Panel Discussions at the JCC by contacting Mark Kirchhoff for more details - (402) 334-6463 or mkirchhoff@jewishomaha.org.



Giving Jewishly: Dignity, Compassion & Priorities in Tzedakah
Wednesdays, October 30, November 6, 13 & 20, 2019
7:30-8:30 p.m.  |  Beth El Synagogue
Rabbi Steven Abraham & Rabbi Brian Stoller



Panel discussion:

Ba-yamim Ha-hem Baz'man Ha-zeh: The Miracle & Meaning of Hanukkah, Then & Now
Wednesday, December 4, 2019
7:30-8:30p.m.  |  Jewish Community Center of Omaha
Featuring Rabbi Steven Abraham, Rabbi Ari Dembitzer, Rabbi Mendel Katzman and Rabbi Brian Stoller.


RSVP for the Community Panels at the JCC by contacting Mark Kirchhoff for more details - (402) 334-6463 or mkirchhoff@jewishomaha.org.



The December Dilemma: Navigating Family & Social Dynamics at the Holiday Season
Wednesdays, December 11 & 18, 2019
7:30-8:30 p.m.  |  Temple Israel
Rabbi Steven Abraham & Rabbi Brian Stoller



Study with Rabbi Dembitzer
Wednesday, January 15, 2020
7:30-8:30 p.m.  |  Beth Israel Synagogue
Rabbi Ari Dembitzer



“My House Shall Be a House for All Peoples”: Building Meaningful Interfaith Relationships
Wednesdays, January 22 & 29, 2020
7:30-8:30 p.m.  |  Temple Israel
Rabbi Steven Abraham & Rabbi Brian Stoller



Gender Roles and Identity in Modern Jewish Thought
Wednesdays, February 5, 12, 19 & 26, 2020
7:30-8:30 p.m.  |  Temple Israel
Rabbi Steven Abraham, Rabbi Brian Stoller & Cantor Joanna Alexander



Panel discussion:

“Who Knows, Maybe You Were Created for a Time Such as This”: Heroism, Courage & Faith in a Troubled World
Wednesday, March 4, 2020
7:30-8:30 p.m |  Jewish Community Center of Omaha
Featuring Rabbi Steven Abraham, Rabbi Ari Dembitzer, Rabbi Mendel Katzman and Rabbi Brian Stoller.

RSVP for the Community Panels at the JCC by contacting Mark Kirchhoff for more details - (402) 334-6463 or mkirchhoff@jewishomaha.org.



A Sacred Trust: Jewish Insights on Leadership & Choosing Leaders
Wednesdays, March 11, 18, 25 & April 1, 2020
7:30-8:30 p.m.  |  Beth El Synagogue
Rabbi Steven Abraham & Rabbi Brian Stoller/Rabbi Deana Berezin



Panel discussion:

The Omer: How to Slow Down and Make Every Day Count
Wednesday, May 6, 2020
7:30-8:30 p.m  |  Jewish Community Center of Omaha
Featuring Rabbi Steven Abraham, Rabbi Ari Dembitzer, Rabbi Mendel Katzman and Rabbi Brian Stoller.

RSVP for the Community Panels at the JCC by contacting Mark Kirchhoff for more details - (402) 334-6463 or mkirchhoff@jewishomaha.org.



Hello, Is There Anybody Out There?: God, Prayer & Spirituality in the 21st Century
Wednesday, May 13 & 20, 2020
7:30-8:30 p.m.  |  Temple Israel
Rabbi Steven Abraham & Rabbi Brian Stoller



Tikkun Leil Shavuot (Evening of study)

Thursday, May 28, 2020
Time TBA  |  Beth El Synagogue
Community Clergy