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Community Engagement and Education

The Jewish Federation of Omaha is firmly committed to engaging community members in meaningful and educational experiences on an individual and family basis alike. As Director of Community Engagement and Education, I devote my time and energy to making that commitment a reality for us all.

There are a variety of ways in which you can become involved. I'm introducing a few of them below. We are community of people talking, laughing, worshiping - and did I say eating? - together. Your involvement makes this community better. Please contact me at (402) 334-6445 or to share your ideas or learn more about current and future opportunities to connect. I'll even help you add your name to our email lists so that you will be among the first to know when events are happening.

Jennie Gates Beckman

In Moderation Series - January 23, February 27, March 26

7-9 pm | Kripke Jewish Federation Library
The series is open to the public free of charge. Reservations are not required. However, we request that you let us know you are coming by phoning (402) 334-6463 or emailing  Participants are encouraged to bring their best active listening skills, ready to enjoy an evening of intellectual stimulation and reflection.

In the fast-paced world in which we live, we often have little time to discuss and reflect on topics that are of particular interest and relevance to us. As soon as we begin focusing on one, it seems that another comes along. The “In Moderation” series, sponsored through the Phillip & Ethel Klutznik Chair at Creighton University in partnership with the Jewish Federation of Omaha, will offer three evenings of topics particularly relevant to the Jewish community in a manner that allows for the productive exchange of points of view and the opportunity for each person to examine his or her beliefs.

"American Perceptions of Israel"
Tuesday, February 27 | 7-9 pm | Kripke Jewish Federation Library
(Location within the JFO is subject to change
contingent upon number of respondents. )

"American Perceptions of Israel" will feature two panels of people who recently participated in two separate trips to Israel. The panels represent two different generations. Each will share thoughts on their experience. This is the second in a series of three moderated events, each presenting an evening of civilized discussion on topics of interest to the Jewish community.


Monday, March 26th, Topic to be Announced
7-9 pm | Kripke Jewish Federation Library

This is the third in a series of three moderated events, each presenting an evening of civilized discussion on a topic of interest to the Jewish community.

PREVIOUS: Session 1

January 23, "American Jews in the Time of Trump"

With an audience of nearly 70 people, Ari Kohen, Ph.D. (pictured on the left, presenting from a liberal perspective) and  Robert Evnen, Esq. (pictured on the right, presenting from a conservative perspective) discussed topics of interest to Jews in the time of Trump.  Moderator for the evening was Laura Alexander, Ph.D., (pictured in the middle)