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E-News - Sept. 30, 2016

September 30, 2016  |  27  Elul 5776

From our CEO...
We lowered our flags on campus Thursday and Friday in tribute and in memory of Shimon Peres, former Prime Minister and President of Israel.  Peres died Wednesday at age 93.  His funeral was this morning in Jerusalem and was attended by leaders of 70 countries.  Presidents Obama and Clinton both spoke at the funeral.  Here are links to President Obama's and President Clinton's eulogies.  As the last of one of the founding leaders of the modern state of Israel, the passing of Shimon Peres concludes a generation of leaders that built the country we admire and love today. Our thoughts go out to the Peres family and to the people of Israel.
As we celebrate the new year, let's take time to look over the mistakes of the past year, ask for and give compassion and forgiveness to others, listen to the shofar, dip our apples in honey and enjoy time with family and friends.    
L'shanah tovah!
Alan Potash

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JFO Kehilla Cup Competition
The 2017 Annual Campaign Kehilla Cup competition is off and running. Our dedicated community volunteers have formed fundraising teams. They are now participating in a friendly competition and engaging our donors in support of the JFO.  Points are earned for a variety of activities that lead to donor giving. The team with the highest point total earns bragging rights and will have their names engraved on the Kehilla Cup. Competition began on August 31 and ends on November 30. First quarter point totals are listed below.

Team Campaign Cabaret All Stars presents a music video
Team Campaign Cabaret All Stars presents
a music video "Federation Omaha"
Your Voice Matters, Because Our Community Counts!
In November, professional callers will contact thousands of households so we can learn what programs and services are most needed. Your answers will shape the future of our vibrant Jewish community.

So when you see "Count Me Omaha" *
on your phone, please...
  • Answer the call and stay on the line.
  • Or ask to reschedule, and we will call back at your convenience.
All telephone numbers are randomly selected and answers
will be treated anonymously. Interviewers will not know
or ask your name or address. This is not a solicitation.
*The caller id "Count Me Omaha" will only display on landlines.

If you have questions, please contact us at 402-334-6421 or
Register Now!
Exploring Judaism Class 
October 31  |  7:00-8:30 pm
The Exploring Judaism class begins October 31, 2016. The class is designed for those in the process of conversion, those interested in refreshing their knowledge of Judaism, and those with a general interest in Judaism. There are 21 class sessions meeting on Monday nights. Contact Mark Kirchhoff for more details. (402) 334-6463 or
Federation host a unique dining experience on Nov. 5th, 8-11pm
FED is a Jewish Federation of Omaha food-focused event designed to engage the next generation of Jewish community members, leaders and philanthropists. The event intertwines food, community building and philanthropy in an innovative way to highlight the work of the Jewish Federation of Omaha.  Picture a pop-up restaurant in an unexpected space showcasing modern twist Jewish comfort food, with limited seats available, for one night only. That's FED.

Come take a seat at our communal table-we can't wait to see you in November.  Register Now!

FED Event Chairs: 
Danny Cohn & Andrew Miller

FED Event Host: 
Amy Dvorin, Jimmy and Sophie Friedlander, Dusty and Candice Friedman, Andy and Amy Isaacson, Donny and Ellie Novak, Jed and Maggie Ortmeyer, Dave and Shiri Phillips, Brandon and Kari Tauber, Alan and Sonia Tipp, Matt and Leora Werner
Thank you all--donors, volunteers and leaders in our community!

Visit the JFO facebook page to view more photos from the Major Donor Event and Federation Fair.
Holly Weill and Jill Idelman attend JWRP Leadership Conference
Holly Weill and Jill Idelman from Omaha participated in the Jewish Women's Renaissance Project (JWRP) Leadership Conference.

The JWRP Leadership Conference, held in collaboration with Israel's Ministry of Diaspora Affairs, gathered Jewish women from across the world to hone their leadership skills and create a global Jewish women's movement. The annual conference was launched in 2013 with 65 participants from the U.S., Canada and Mexico, and has grown to include some 300 people from nine countries, including Australia, Cuba, Greece, Israel, Panama, Russia, Spain, South Africa and the U.S., this year.  Read more.

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. Contact Louri Sullivan at to learn more. 
This, That, and the Other Thing
For Jews all over the world, the High Holy Days are a time for closure and new beginnings. Not for Jacques Stuzalft, an 84-year-old Holocaust survivor from France. Haunted by his experiences on the eve of Rosh Hashanah when he was 10 years old, he relives his narrow escape from death each time the Jewish New Year comes around. But Stusalft may now be finding closure. To find out how, click here to read the article in JTA. 

Shanah Tovah is the traditional greeting on Rosh Hashanah which in Hebrew means "A Good Year." L'shanah tovah tikatevu meaning "May you be inscribed for a good year" is also traditional. THAT is what the words mean. Take a moment and be inspired by scenes from the documentary film Beneath the Helmet, with the message, "Let's overcome our challenges together!  Shana Tova from Jerusalem U."  Click here.  [Beneath the Helmet is an Israeli documentary that follows a group of new IDF enlistees.]

THE OTHER THING from the Israel Video Network:
"Prayers for forgiveness begin around a week before the Jewish New Year. These are the special prayers we begin to say every day leading up to the High Holy Days, when we take a serious look upon our past year, ask for forgiveness, and work on ourselves to be better for the new year ahead."

This video is beyond chilling and powerful for this time of year. May this year bring only blessings and happiness to all!  Published: September 22, 2016

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
Temple Israel Erev Rosh Hashanah Evening Service
October 2 | 7:30pm
Remember to pick-up a grocery bag for the High Holiday Food Drive: Fill a Bag, Feed a Family.

Temple Israel Rosh Hashanah Temple Tots Service
October 3 | 9am | Chapel
This child-friendly service with Rabbi (Sussman) Berezin is for families with children from preschool-age to kindergarten.

Temple Israel Rosh Hashanah
for 1st - 4th Grade
October 3
9am | Child-friendly Service
10:15 am | Meet Director of Youth & Young Adult Engagement Aliyah Lasky & participate in Rosh Hashanah programming led by our Religious School Madrichim.

Temple Israel Rosh Hashanah Morning Service
October 3 | 10:15 am
Temple Israel Tashlich
October 3 | 12:30 pm
Following our Rosh Hashanah service we will gather at the Amphitheatre for Tashlich, which means "cast away." We will throw our transgressions into the creek behind our building and begin the new year cleansed of our sins and misdeeds.
Beth El Synagogue Tashlich
at Boys Town Lake
October 3 | 4:45 - 6pm
Experience a moment of community and prayer as we toss bread crumbs into the water symbolizing ridding us of our sins. Meet at the synagogue at 4:45 pm and walk to the lake together, return to Beth El afterwards for refreshments.
Beth El Synagogue
Babies, Bigger Kids & Bagels
October 9 | 9:45 am - 10:30 am
Join us for this fun, monthly playgroup especially for anyone younger than Kindergarten and their parents. Adults can enjoy coffee & bagel & conversation while the little ones play, sing songs and hear stories.  No registration necessary, no charge to attend.
Beth El Synagogue Kever Avot Memorial Service
October 9 | 11am
Beth El Cemetery
In the spirit of remembrance, we conduct a special service at our cemetery on the Sunday between Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur.

Beth Israel Tashlich and BBQ
October 9 | 4:30pm
Meet at Trendwood Park for tashlich then to the synagogue for hot dogs, chips, salad, fruit and dessert.  $8 for adults, $4 for ages 4-12; free for 3 and under.  Reservations to or call (402) 556-6288.

Break the Fast at Beth Israel
October 12 | 7:30pm
Light dairy dinner.  $8 for adults, $4 for ages 4-12; free for 3 and under.  Reservations to or call (402) 556-6288

Legacy of Laughter (LOL)
presents T. Marni Vos, Comedian, Educator & Speaker 
October 16  |  1:30pm
JCC Auditorium

Lunch in the Sukkah
at Beth Israel
October 17 | 12pm
Turkey, challah dressing, roasted vegetables, fruit, dessert.  $12 for adults, $6 for ages 4-12; free for 3 and under.  Reservations to or call (402) 556-6288.

FED Dinner Event
November 5  | 8-11pm
David Radler Photo Studio
2553 Leavenworth St.
Save the Date
General Assembly 
November 13-15
Washington D.C.
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