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October 27, 2017  |  7 Cheshvan 5778

From our CEO
Did you see this article in the The Times of Israel earlier this week?  Tal Flicker and Gili Cohen both medaled (he won gold, she bronze) at the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam judo tournament.  Both had to celebrate their victories without the Israeli flag or national anthem because the emirate banned the display of Israeli symbols.  This is certainly not the first time Israeli athletes have been disrespected in international sports competitions. Several years ago, tennis superstar Venus William threatened to withdraw from a Dubai tournament when Shahar Peer was denied a visa to compete.  This is another reminder that now more than ever it is necessary to stand up for others when we witness injustice.

Going viral on the web is Tal singing Hatikvah to himself on the podium.

On a different note, following a Talmudic discussion, a group of rabbis could not come to agreement.  Their solution?  "We cannot come to an understanding so we will go and see what is happening in the streets."   I do not remember the source (if you do, please email me!) but the result has resonated with me since we embarked on our Community Study - learning what our community wants and needs and responding appropriately.  Since we released the Study results in August, there have been conversations and meetings, opinions and suggestions as how best to use the results.  We are initially focusing on the following -
  • Increasing synagogue membership
  • Generating more event participation
  • Engaging the community in Jewish education
  • Programming for young families including early childhood education and interfaith engagement
  • Re-engaging our teens
You are welcome to be a part of this exciting journey.  Email to get involved. 

Shabbat Shalom,
Jewish Book Month Author Luncheon

Thursday, Nov 9th | Noon
 JCC Auditorium
$12 payable at the door 
Reservations required by October 31
Contact or (402) 334-6463

Annabelle Gurwitch is a New York Times bestselling author who will speak at the 44th Annual Jewish Book Month luncheon featuring her recent book, WHEREVER YOU GO, THERE THEY ARE - Stories About My Family You Might Relate To, a collection of essays in which she asks, "Who is our family - our blood relations, the people we work with, pray with, our pets?" Read more  about the author and the luncheon.
30th Annual Symposium on Jewish Civilization
Free and Open to the Public.

The Klutznick Chair in Jewish Civilization (Creighton University), the Kripke Center for the Study of Religion and Society (Creighton University), the Harris Center for Judaic Studies (University of Nebraska-Lincoln), and the Schwalb Center for Israel and Jewish Studies (University of Nebraska-Omaha) announce their Thirtieth Annual Symposium, in Omaha, Nebraska, on Sunday, October 29 and Monday, October 30, 2017. Sessions will take place on the campuses of Creighton University and University of Nebraska at Omaha and also at the Omaha Jewish Community Center. See Schedule
Upcoming Events at Temple Israel
Temple Israel Jewish Summer Camp Fair - Sunday, Oct. 29,
10 a.m. - Noon

Religious School classes will visit with reps from each camp. At 11:45 a.m., students and families will meet in the Community Court for the $1,000 scholarship drawing to any Jewish overnight camp. Parents may register their child(ren) for the scholarship drawing by contacting Temple Israel, 402-556-6536, or click here. You must register by 3 p.m. on Friday, October 27.

Installation Weekend - November 3
On Friday, November 3rd at 7 p.m, Rabbi Stoller will officially be installed by Dr. David Ellenson, Chancellor Emeritus of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR). Hand picked by Rabbi Stoller as his mentor throughout rabbinical school, Rabbi Ellenson promises to unpack Rabbi Brian's educational history as a student, and provide insights as to why the synagogue is important as a place to discover meaning and purpose through Jewish ritual and tradition.  Click here to view the weekend schedule.
The Miriam Initiative - Thurs. Nov. 2
A new concept in women's programming at Beth El

Bus transportation from the Beth El parking lot will be available and will leave promptly at 7:00 pm. This event and bus transportation are free of charge. However, reservations are needed for both.   Click here to RSVP. If you have any questions, contact Sibby Wolfson at 402-305-8445 or
Upcoming Events at Beth Israel Synagogue
Sunday, November 5  |  11:30 am
Silent A uction,  Luncheon &  Style Show
Join your friends from the entire community at this popular annual event featuring an amazing array of silent auction offerings, a delicious lunch, and the latest fashions compliments of Dillard's. Contact the synagogue office at (402) 556-6288 for donor levels and reservations. Reservations needed by Monday, October 30. 

Project Dreamland Returns to Beth Israel
November 10-12
Join in the celebration of inner strength when a group of young men and women who cope daily with physical challenges or are fighting cancer will travel to Omaha from New York, Philadelphia, New Jersey, and California, St. Louis and Cleveland. Events include Shabbat dinner, group members speaking throughout the weekend, special JYE BI activities, learning sessions, a special Seudah Shlishit and musical Havdalah. Click here for dinner reservations. Contact the synagogue at (402) 556-6288 for additional information.
The Jewish Federation of Omaha and the Institute for Holocaust Education (IHE) are pleased to present the 16th Annual Omaha Jewish Film Festival.

SHOWTIME: 7PM (for all screenings)
Tickets may be purchased online in advance or at the door.
No movie night is complete without something to munch on. Popcorn, snacks, and beverages will be available each evening.

"There are Jews Here" | JCC Theater
A US documentary released in 2016 in English. The film presents untold stories of four once thriving American Jewish communities that are now barely holding on. 

"Dirty Wolves" | JCC Theater
 A Spanish drama released in
 2015 in French/German/Spanish with English subtitles. In 1942 a single mother, works in the Nazi mines in rural Galicia, Spain. The Allies are eager to make sure the strategic metal does not reach German factories.

"Rock in the Red Zone" | JCC Theater
An Israeli documentary released in 2015 in English/Hebrew with English subtitles that presents a personal view from the ground on the frontlines of an endless war, and a powerful exploration into the lives and art of musicians struggling to create in a conflict zone. 
Calling All High School Students
Young Jewish Giving Event
Tuesday, November 7
6-7:30 pm
JCC Auditorium
Free Kosher dinner
Join us to learn about Jewish Values and your role as a Jewish adult.
* Make your own personal mission statement.
* No YJG account necessary to attend.
Note: This event will take place in collaboration with BBYO and will be in place of weekly chapter meetings.
RSVP to by November 3rd.
2018 Annual Campaign Events
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As part of our continual goal of improving the quality of our organization, we'd appreciate your feedback on some of our recent events. The results of this survey will help us to identify things that we are doing right and areas where we could improve.
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JFNA General Assembly - Nov. 12-14
The GA brings together Federation volunteer leaders and professionals from across the continent, and those engaged in the business of Jewish philanthropy from around the globe.
At GA 2017, we'll venture further into the future of Jewish education, philanthropy, and our community - taking The Federation Movement farther than ever before. Join us for this seminal event. Register Now!
Interested?  Please talk to Steve Levinger or Louri Sullivan to join the Omaha group.

You can now support the Annual Campaign from your cell phone  
or other device!
Join the Discovery!
We are excited to share the complete report, methodology and findings of the 2017 Jewish Federation of Omaha Population Study:
A Portrait of the Omaha Jewish Community. Learn More.
Upcoming Events
Beth El Scholar-in-Residence  
Dr. Stephen Arnoff
Oct. 27 - 28
Learn more. 

30th Annual Symposium on Jewish Civilization
October 29 - October 30
Free and Open to the Public.

Temple Israel Jewish Summer Camp Fair: Camp Young Judea Midwest, Herzl, JCC Omaha, Sabra, and Shwayder
October 29 | 10 a.m. - Noon

Temple Ted Talk
October 29 | 10:30 - 11:30 am
Media Center

OTYG Meeting
October 29 and November 5
Noon - 1 pm

Vala's Pumpkin Patch with JYG
October 29 | 2 - 5 pm

Beth El Synagogue Cooks Dinner at the Stephen Center
October 29  |  5:30 - 7pm
Learn more. 

Beth El Synagogue Women's Book Group
October 30  | 7pm
Learn more.

Beth El Synagogue Book Club with Rabbi Abraham, at Whole Foods
Oct. 31, Nov.  7, 21, 28, Dec. 12, & 19 at 12:00 pm
Learn more.

B'nai B'rith Breadbreakers
November  1 |  Noon
RBJH Auditorium

Beth El Synagogue The Miriam Initiative "Opening Night"
November 2 | 7:30 pm
Blue Barn Theater  


16th Annual Omaha
Jewish Film Festival
Nov. 5  | 7pm | JCC
There are Jews Here
Nov. 12  | 7pm | JCC
Dirty Wolves
Nov. 19  | 7pm | JCC
Rock in the Red Zone
  Learn more.
Beth El Synagogue Baking Days 
November 5  |  9am
November 6  |  10am
Learn more.

Eye On Israel #2: The Falafel Strikes Back 
November 6 | 1pm
Kripke Library
Jewish Book Month Author - Annabelle Gurwitch 
November 9 | 12pm
Temple Israel - Camp-Style Friday Night Service 
November 10 |  6 pm

Temple Israel -Lunch Parlor Meeting with OSRUI 
November 11 | 12:30 pm
Home of Rabbi Brian and Karen Stoller

OSRUI Alumni Event 
November 11 |  7:30 pm
Home of Rabbi Aryeh and Elyce Azriel

OSRUI at Temple Israel's Religious School 
November 12 |  11 am 
JFNA General Assembly
November 12-14
Los Angeles, CA

B'nai B'rith Breadbreakers
November  15 |  Noon
RBJH Auditorium
Save the Date
Hanukkah Extravaganza!
December 10 | 12-2pm
JCC Auditorium  
Jewish Business Leaders  
Bagels & Business featuring Todd Simon  
January 17 | 7:30 -8:30 am
Champions Run
Generation Now!
FED Event featuring Molly Yeh  
January 27,2018
Pella in Blackstone  
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