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E-News - Sept. 16, 2016

September 16, 2016  |  13  Elul 5776

From our CEO...
We learned this week that Shimon Peres, former Prime Minister and President of Israel suffered a stroke.  We wish him a Rufach Shlamah, a speedy recovery.
This continues to be a great time for our campus and our community -
  • The JCC Pennie Z. Davis Child Development Center has been recognized by the "Reader's Choice Best of the Big O" a as the best preschool in Omaha! 
  • Omaha's own Rachel Shukert will join us Sunday as we celebrate our Jewish Day of Laughing.
  • Also Sunday is our final Backyard Concert of the summer featuring Lazerwolfe from 5 - 7 p.m. in the Pavilion.  There's no better way to end the weekend than relaxing on the lawn, schmoozing with family and friends, your favorite picnic fare, and good music.  I hope to see you there!
  • Thursday, September 22nd the Institute for Holocaust Education is partnering with Lutheran Family Services and the University of Nebraska at Omaha Political Science Department to host Voices of Survival, a panel discussion featuring survivors from three different refugee / genocide experiences.
  • Come to the Federation Fair - our Annual Campaign community event on Sunday, September 25th at Dave & Buster's.
  • And on Thursday, September 29th I am presenting this year's Rabbi Sidney and Jane Brooks Lecture at UNO.  I am honored to have been asked to join a long list of distinguished speakers in addressing the theme of social justice.  My talk is titled Believing Alone:  Religious Liberty in America.
Come and be a part of any or all of these terrific Jewish Omaha events.

Shabbat Shalom,
Alan Potash
Headliner Rachel Shukert is flying in from LA especially for this event.  She will be joined by Marty Shukert, Nate Shapiro, Ozzie Nogg, and Leonard Greenspoon. We are toasting Steve Riekes by highlighting one of his favorite topics, Jewish humor.  We will experience Jewish humor and think about what makes it distinctively "Jewish."  This is a wonderful chance to honor Steve by putting into action the type of educational event that he has championed for decades.  As is fitting, Steve will have the last word on Sept. 18.

We know you will be at the Jewish Day of Laughing this Sunday. This link will certainly help prepare you for laughing and learning.
Join us on Sept. 18 for the last concert of the series!
Sunday, September 18
Concert begins at 5:00 p.m. by the Pavilion! 
Relax in our backyard! Learn more.

Backyard Concert Series is made possible by Omaha Steaks, Anonymous Donor and the following Jewish Federation of Omaha Foundation funds: Karen Sokolof Javitch Music Fund and Special Donor-Advised Fund.
Free Women's Mission to Israel

We are thrilled to announce that the Jewish Federation of Omaha will once again partner with JWRP to sponsor an Omaha Jewish Women's Mission to Israel for mothers of children 18 and under in July of 2017.

On Thursday, September 22 at 11:45 am in the Kripke Jewish Federation Library, we will host an informational luncheon to hear from JWRP founder Lori Palatnik and the 2016 trip participants. Come learn more about this amazing opportunity.  Click here to RSVP for lunch.

If you are interested but unable to attend please contact Louri Sullivan, Senior Director of Community Impact and Special Projects at 402-334-6485 or
2017 Annual Campaign Major Donor Event - Sept. 22 at 5pm
On Thursday, September 22 at 5:00 p.m. the Jewish Federation of Omaha will host the 2017 Annual Campaign Major Donor Event with featured speaker Lori Palatnik and co-chaired by Denise and Jon Meyers.

Lori Palatnik  was named as one of the ten "Women to Watch" by Jewish Women International, in recognition of her contribution to Jewish women throughout the world, and Hadassah recently named Lori as one of the "Most Outstanding Jewish American Women of Our Time."

A minimum pledge of $1,800 (or $1,000 for those under 45 years of age) is required in order to attend the 2017 Annual Campaign Major Donor Event.

RSVP TODAY to Louri Sullivan, Senior Director of Community Impact and Special Projects at 402-334-6485 or
A Holocaust survivor and two modern-day refugees share their journeys to freedom
Three individuals of remarkable strength will take the stage together at the Strauss Performing Arts Center on the UNO campus on Thursday, Sept. 22  at 7 p.m.

The featured speakers will include Kitty Williams (a Hungarian Jew who survived the Holocaust, including time in Auschwitz), an asylum seeker from Syria and Dieudonne Manirakiza (a former refugee from Burundi). Each speaker will share their personal experience of persecution and dehumanization, and their eventual journey to a safe haven in the United States. While each story is entirely unique, listeners will find parallels in the experiences of loss, devastation, and maybe even hope. Read more.  
ADL-CRC host annual PEW workshop for local teens
On September 22, the Plains States Anti-Defamation League will hold its 30th Annual "Promoting Empowerment in our World" workshop (PEW) at Temple Israel.  PEW is a day-long, intensive event that brings together over 300 high school sophomores and juniors from over thirty Omaha-area schools to confront personal biases and make connections with people of diverse backgrounds. Learn More

While all spaces for the workshop have been filled, if you are interested in getting involved with the ADL-CRC or supporting programs like this one, please call the ADL offices at 402-333-1303 or email
Join us as we kickoff the
2017 Annual Campaign at the Federation Fair!
 The entire community is invited to celebrate together during the Federation Fair on Sept. 25  from 4 to 8 p.m.
 at Dave and Buster's. Games, prizes, food and fun for the whole family.

Please RSVP to Tammy Johnson at 402-334-6430
or by Monday, September 19.

Birthright Alums needed at the Federation Fair!
We are looking for volunteers to share their Birthright experiences and stories with others at the Federation Fair on September 25 from 4-6pm. Please contact Louri Sullivan at 402-334-6485 or to sign up.
Federation host a unique dinning experience on November 5th
The FED event will be open to the entire Jewish community, with an emphasis on late 20s to early 50s. Cost is $50 per person. Watch your inbox for a dinner you won't want to miss!  To join the committee, to obtain more information or to serve as an event host with your name on the invitation, contact dannycohn@gmail.comRead more.
This, That, and the Other Thing
Headline: "World's oldest man, a Holocaust survivor in Israel, to celebrate bar mitzvah 100 years late"  Read more. 

If someone were to ask, "what photograph comes to mind that depicts the end of World War II?" a large percent of the population would likely respond, "the sailor and the woman kissing in Times Square, New York." THAT woman has died at the age of 92. Read the story behind the headline photo by clicking here.

With the passing of Gene Wilder many have taken the time to reminisce about his career in movies.  Most prominant one is "Blazing Saddles." THE OTHER THING this week is a brief documentary about the making of the film - led by none other than Mel Brooks himself.  Click here to enjoy the documentary.

You and Federation
Together with the  Jewish Federation of Omaha, you make our Jewish community more caring and connected. We've made a difference in the lives of so many by providing for those in need, building Jewish identity, and celebrating Jewish life.
Upcoming Events
Beth El's Cup of Coffee With God
September 17 | 9:30am
Innovative learning service.  Grab a nosh, fill your cup and munch during this unique learning service.  Questions and discussion welcomed throughout the service.
Temple Israel's Young
Couples Event

September 17 | 5-7 pm
Corkscrew in Rockbrook Village, 10924 Prairie Brook Road
Join us for drinks and appetizers

Beth El's Babies, Bigger Kids and Bagels
September 18 | 9:45 - 10:30 am
Parent /preschooler playgroup in the nursery. Adults enjoy coffee & bagel & conversation while the little ones play.
Temple Tots - Sunday Mornings
September 18 | 10:30 am
Children 4 and under (unless enrolled in PreK) and their families are invited to participate in a morning of stories, songs, crafts, and activities!

Jewish Day of Laughing
A toast to Steve Riekes 
September 18  |  1:30-4:30pm
JCC Auditorium

Backyard Concert Series
FREE & Open to the Community

September 18 |  5-7pm

Mainstreeters Luncheon meeting with Tom Becka
September 19  |  12:30pm
RBJH Auditorium

B'nai B'rith Breadbreakers September  21 |  Noon
RBJH Auditorium

Mishkan HaNefesh;
The New Machzor of the
Reform Movement
Inspiration, Tradition, Innovation - with Rabbi Crystal
September 21 | 6:30 pm
Temple Israel

2017 Annua l Campaign  
Major Donor Event
September 22  |  5pm*
*Time Change
Founders One Nine

"Stories of Survival"
September 22  |  7pm
UNO - Strauss Performing
Arts Center

Beth El' Selichot Services & Speaker to Usher in the High Holy Day Season
September 24 | 7pm
The evening will begin with Mincha/Ma'ariv, followed by author Rabbi Mordecai Schreiber speaking about his book, "Why People Pray: The Universal Power of Prayer." Selichot Services and a dessert reception will follow.
Temple Israel's S'lichot
Service & Program
September 24 |  7 pm
The program for the evening will be a musical concert presented by the Omaha Chamber Music Society. The evening will conclude with our annual chocolate oneg.

Temple TED Talks
September 25 | 11am
Justin Cooper will be presenting "Relooking at the American Justice System by Adam Foss." Newcomers welcome.
Mitzvah Project for
the High Holidays

September 25 | 1pm
Apple Picking for Stephen Center at Ditmars Orchard in Council Bluffs

2017 Annual Campaign Community Event:
Federation Fair

September 25  |  4-8pm
Dave & Buster's

My Israel: A Virtual Tour to Israel
September 28 | 6:30 pm
No time to visit Israel this year, no problem. This week we will learn a little traditional Israeli Folk Dancing with Ophir Palmon.

UNO Brooks Lecture
Alan Potash: "Believing Alone; Religious Liberty in America" 
September 29 |  6-8:30pm
UNO Alumni Center

RBJH Community Carnival
September 29 | 1-3:30pm

Beth El's Tot / Family Shabbat
September 30 | 6pm
Family Shabbat - A alternative type of Shabbat service especially for families led by BESTT 7th grade students. People with or without children will enjoy this lively service.
Tot Shabbat - Ages 0-6yrs Parent must accompany children.
A special Shabbat celebration led by "Miss Patty" Nogg filled with singing, movement and prayer.
Shabbat dinner following for all (reservations required for dinner)
Save the Date
Legacy of Laughter (LOL)
presents T. Marni Vos, Comedian, Educator & Speaker 
October 16  |  1:30pm
JCC Auditorium

FED Dinner
November 5
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