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Who Shares the Jewish Federation of Omaha Campus?

The Nebraska Jewish Historical Society (NJHS)

The Society was founded 30 years ago in 1982 by Mary Arbitman Fellman and Oliver Pollak to collect, publish and display materials which pertain to the family, business and social histories of the Jewish Community of Nebraska and Council Bluffs.

Through the years, the Society has had many memorable exhibits including
Monsky/Flanagan-Men of Vision; Weddings and Brides; Jewish Women in Business, Memories of Jewish North 24th Street: and 100 years of Jewish Organizational Life which is now on exhibit in the auditorium of the JCC. The NJHS is constantly working and planning new exhibits.

The NJHS has many exhibits and displays in the corridors and on the walls of the Jewish Community Center. Also located at the JCC is the Dorothy and Henry Riekes Museum, an outstanding replica of the old Kapulier Synagogue. The Carl Frohm Archival Center is located in the NJHS office and grows daily with donated photographs, records, artifacts, and memorabilia of Jewish families, businesses, organizations, synagogues, etc. Tours of the NJHS are available by appointment.

For more information on the Nebraska Jewish Historical Society, please visit their website at or contact us at 402-334-6507 or

Friedel Jewish Academy (FJA)

Friedel plays a crucial role in educating and renewing our children's connection to our heritage, and in renewing each generation's commitment to repair the world today. Friedel was founded in 1964 by a small group of Omaha Jewish Community members who wanted to provide a superb education for their children in a pluralistic Jewish community - a mission we continue to honor.

Friedel is not affiliated with any denomination or movement, and welcomes the diversity of Jewish experience and tradition. The active participation of parents, many of whom bring an international flavor to the school, strengthens and enriches our community. Our facility is located on the site of the Jewish Community Center and is easily accessible to the community.

Friedel students benefit from a small student/teacher ratio and an unsurpassed general studies program. They consistently rank in the top percentiles in reading and math, as tested yearly by the national TerraNova Achievement Tests, and easily transition to middle school, where most
place in advanced classes.

We believe in learning by doing - fostering friendships from our Israeli 'twin' school, devising projects for our science fair or rehearsing for a statewide speech contest (come see our trophies).

We pursue rich learning opportunities outside the classroom, sometimes the best way to study rocket ships is simply to build one and send it off.

Friedel nurtures a positive Jewish identity that comes from strength and knowledge. We are accredited by the prestigious TaL AM Hebrew and Judaic Studies Program. Hebrew is taught in a total immersion program with movement, music, verbal and visual cues. We celebrate the 17 Jewish holidays, cultivate ethics and values of Torah, and connect with our brothers and sisters in Israel. We have fun!

With this approach, Friedel students become informed and active community members, committed to Tikkun Olam - perfecting our world.

Institute for Holocaust Education (IHE)

The Institute for Holocaust Education provides educational resources, workshops, survivor testimony, and integrated arts programming to students, educators and the public. The IHE provides support to Holocaust survivors in our community.

Our goal is to ensure that the tragedy and history of the Holocaust are remembered, that appropriate instruction and materials are available to students, educators and the public to enable them to learn the lessons of the Holocaust and that, as a result, we inspire our community to create a more just and equitable society.

Henry Monsky Lodge of B’nai B’rith International (BBI)

Founded in 1843, B’nai B’rith International is the Global Voice of the Jewish Community and is the oldest most widely known Jewish humanitarian, human rights, and advocacy organization.

For 170 years, BBI has worked for Jewish unity, security, continuity, and tolerance. The Henry Monsky Lodge is proud to continue that tradition.

For more information on B'nai B'rith, please visit the national site by clicking here.