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The mission of the Center for Jewish Life is to maximize involvement of Omaha's Jewish community in imaginative, compelling and meaningful Jewish experiences

Assaf Gavron Presents Israeli Cultural Arts

Assaf Gavron is a well-known Israeli author and current Schusterman Scholar at the Natan & Hannah Schwalb Center for Jewish and Israeli Studies at UNO.  As part of the Friday Learning Series through the Center for Jewish Life, he will be presenting a three part series of classes titled New Voices in the World of Israeli Cultural Arts.  Classes will be held on January 16, 23, 30 from 11 am - 12 pm in the Kripke Jewish Federation Library.  These classes  will provide a unique look at the new focus and new performers in the Israeli arts scene.  Assaf will cover the diverse and exciting offerings found throughout Israel and the impact of cultural arts in Israeli society.  Film, music, literature and more will be included.

Classes have begun.  You need not have attended previous classes in order to be fully involved in subsequent classes.  Fees will be adjusted accordingly. To register, call (402) 334-6463 or email

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Elinor A and Norman Whitman Book Appreciation Contest


The Center for Jewish Life is pleased to announce the annual Elinor A. and Norman Whitman Book Appreciation Contest.  The contest features separate categories.  Students in kindergarten through 2nd grade will use their imagination to design and create an original book jacket.   Those in 3rd through 6th grade will submit a book report giving a brief review of the book and write about an interesting incident, fact, or favorite character.

Find out all about the contest and obtain entry forms by clicking here.

Friday Learning Series Sunni vs Shiite

 Beginning February 6 and continuing on February 13th & 20th, Dr. Moshe Gershovich presents "Sunni vs Shiite: The Historical Cleavage in Islam and Its Impact on the Middle East Today."  The classes will examine the rift between the two factions throughout the ages and what it means in the region today - perhaps the single-most volatile factor in the region today.

Dr. Gershovich is Professor of History at UNO and Director of the Schwalb Center for Israel and Jewish Studies.  The sessions meet in the Kripke Jewish Federation Library on Fridays from 11 am - 12 pm.  The fee for the series 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 contact Mark Kirchhoff at (402) 334-6463 or

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2015 Klutznick Learning Series

Beyond the Big Ten - And We're Not Talking About Football

Last year, the Center for Jewish Life introduced a new program, the Klutznick Learning Series. That first series focused on the Ten Commandments and nearly 200 people attended over a six week period. Of unique interest – and great success - was the session format. Each commandment was first examined by a clergy member, from the religious view. That was followed by a presentation by a community member, focusing “real life” experiences and expertise regarding that commandment.  Based on the positive response to last year’s program, the Center for Jewish Life is delighted to announce the dates for the 2015 Klutznick Learning Series. Sessions will be held on Tuesday evenings, February 24, March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, 7-8:30pm in the Social Hall at the JCC.

The series is presented free of charge due to the generous financial support from the fund of the Klutznick Chair of Jewish Civilization at Creighton University. The Klutznick Governance Council includes Dr. Leonard Greenspoon, the Klutznick Chair, along with Bonnie Bloch, Steve Riekes and Marty Shukert.

It was decided that with 603 additional commandments on the books, continuing the investigation of more of the rules would be a good option. The five-sessions will follow the same format, taking a dual look at ten commandments not found in the of the traditional “Big Ten” lineup. Each unique commandment will be examined from both a religious side followed by a focus of the topic in today’s world.

While there is no cost, registrations are appreciated for planning purposes. Make reservations by calling (402) 334-6463 or

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.

Eye on Israel: Voices from Around the World


Tuesday, February 10, 12-1 pm | kripke jewish federation libray

Community Shaliach Eliad Eliyahu is connecting  with schlichim from several countries to produce a Skyped version of Eye on Israel.  The format will provide a diverse perspective on issues of interest to Israelis and others.  "I can't promise all the particulars yet" says Eliad, "but I want to make this very special and insightful." 

When Eliad knows, we will know, and you can find out by checking back periodically.

Eliad has informed us that that shlichim from Budapest, Hungary and Sydney, Australia will be participating.  Because of the time difference, the shaliach in Sydney will be providing a video rather than "Skyping."  A Jewish resident in Paris, France will also be a part of the session. 

The February Eye on Israel will truly provide perspectives from around the world.

Eye on Israel is open to the public and presented free of charge.  It is a regular featured monthly program of The Center for Jewish Life.