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You and the CJL

Watch for emails and Jewish Press articles providing you with details for these upcoming events:

June 26  Jewish Press article featuring the Artist in Residency (AIR) program through Partnership2GETHER and participant Mark Kirchhoff’s observation of the program and his first trip to Israel.  To read the article, click here.  To learn more about the Partnership2GETHER program and the 2015 AIR project, click here.

July 14
Eliad Eliyahu Ben Shushan returns from his duties in Israel to share his most recent observations about his beloved country as Eye on Israel returns.  To see other topics that have been the focus of the series, click here.

July 16
The Dorothy Kaplan Book Discussion Group discusses Susan Jane Gilman's nonfiction book, Undress Me in the Temple of Heaven in which she relates the story of her bold trek in 1986 with a classmate, backpacking throughout China - soon finding themselves hungry and disoriented.  Ms. Gilman was the speaker at Omaha's celebration of the 41st Jewish Book Month in November of 2014.

July 17, 24, 31 Friday Learning Series - Human Rights: Controversy and Clarity
Over the past several weeks eyes around the state, in addition to eyes around the country, have been focused on human rights in Nebraska.  It is certain that the media has reported the practical aspects of the death penalty, the legal aspects of importing lethal drugs, and the use of the penalty as an alleged deterrent to crime.  The death penalty from a human rights perspective and a number of other human rights topics will be the focus of a three-part Friday Learning Series, "Human Rights: Controversy and Clarity" taught by Dr. Ari Kohen, Schlesinger Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.  "Human rights are always a topic of interest, and one that inevitably leads to much discussion and controversy.  People are often firm in their convictions and beliefs," commented Ari. Mark your calendar for July 17, 24, 31 from 11am - 12pm in the Kripke Jewish Federation Library.  Tuition is $26, reduced to $21 for those in good standing with their contribution to the Annual Campaign of the Jewish Federation of Omaha.  To register, call (402) 334-6463 or email  To read more about additional topics to be discussed in this series, click here.
August 2, 9, 11, 16, 23
The Omaha Jewish Film Festival presents five nights of entertaining and thought-provoking film.  Now a collaboration of the Center for Jewish Life and the Institute for Holocaust Education, the series presents a range of works that highlight the best of contemporary Jewish film.  Check your mailbox and inbox soon for a detailed list of this year's films and talk-back events.

August 7, 21, 28
You may not realize the beauty of Israel and the diversity of the ethnic groups living there in harmony with one another, but Eliad Eliyahu knows it very well.  He is always delighted to tell the story of his homeland and he invites you to share with him in three one hour sessions of the Friday Learning Series to hear and see all about it.

August 21

The Dorothy Kaplan Book Discussion Group discusses Tapestry of Fortunes, a novel by Elizabeth Berg.  Remember that new members are always welcome to the group.  Contact Shirly Banner at (402) 334-6462 or for more information.

October 12 extending weekly through March 7
Scott Littky, Program Director at Temple Israel, will teach Exploring Judaism for 2015-2016. This is a 20 session course divided into four major sections:
      • Judaism as a Religion
      • Judaism as History
      • Judaism as a Way of Life
      • Judaism as it is Practiced
Exploring Judaism was originally designed to provide basic information about Judaism to those considering conversion. In recent years the course has been modified and enhanced to also provide a great opportunity for anyone in the Jewish community to revisit the principles of their faith and the richness of the practices of Jewish living. Over the past year, Scott Littky has evaluated and added materials to help ensure that each topic is covered in a comprehensive manner.

Scott began his career in 1985 as religious school educator. From 1988 until 1996 he served the (then) Bureau of Jewish Education of Omaha as a Community Teacher. He has taught at Friedel Jewish Academy, and served a total of 17 years as an Education Director in Omaha, NE, Ann Arbor, MI and Alexandria, VA.

Classes are held at the Jewish Community Center in the Kripke Jewish Federation Library. They are from 7-8:30 pm. Classes are free for those contributing to the Annual Campaign of the Jewish Federation of Omaha, tuition is $180 for all others. Contact Mark Kirchhoff at (402) 334-6463 or for additional information and to register. Click here to obtain a copy of the brochure. You may complete the registration section and return it to the address indicated. You may make payment at any time. Full payment is due by the first class.

Exploring Judaism is presented through the Center for Jewish Life whose mission is to maximize involvement of Omaha's Jewish community in imaginative, compelling and meaningful Jewish experiences. There are several more months before the end of the year, and the Center for Jewish Life has even more programs being developed. Visit this web page, read the Jewish Press, and watch your inbox for information. If you are not currently on our email list and would like to sign up, contact Mark Kirchhoff at (402) 334-6463 or

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There is a lot of time before the end of the year, and the Center for Jewish Life has many more events and classes planned.  Our mission is to maximize involvement of Omaha's Jewish community in imaginative, compelling and meaningful Jewish experiences. If you have any questions about our programs or would like to be added to our email list, contact Mark Kirchhoff at (402) 334-6463 or 

New Arrivals
Hustle on over to the Kripke Jewish Federation Library and check out the new arrivals as of February 10.  Click here to read all about them.

The library is available to the entire community.  If you haven't used the library before, stop by, register your name, address, phone number and email address and you are all set to enjoy library materials.  All we ask is that you bring them back.

Scholarships and Grants are Available

Did you know....

...that The Center for Jewish Life administers a wide variety of scholarship and grant funds that provide financial assistance for preschool, Jewish residential camps, Israel trips, youth group activities, Friedel Jewish Academy, adult education, undergraduate, graduate, vocational, technical, yeshiva and professional studies? 

Click here to learn more and to obtain application forms.