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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


The Whipping Man: Poignant Play with Jewish Theme

Mark your calendar for Sunday, November 9 to join the Mainstreeters from  Jewish Senior Services and other community members for the 2-4 pm showing of “The Whipping Man” at the Omaha Community Playhouse. This is a compelling drama by Mathew Lopez set in the post-Civil War South. Jewish Confederate soldier Caleb is returning to his plantation home, now in ruins, while two of the former slaves remain there waiting for the family’s return. What follows is a tale about redemption and forgiveness, about the lasting scars of slavery, and the responsibility that comes with freedom. For additional information about the play and the event click here.

Through the generous support of Marty and Iris Ricks, tickets for the play are available at a reduced rate of $20. The number of tickets is limted and reservations are required by Wednesday, October 23, by contacting Maggie Conti (402) 334-6521 or Mark Kirchhoff (402) 334-6463.

The 2014-2015 version of "Introduction to Judaism” has been expanded and renamed "Exploring Judaism" to better represent the scope of the sessions. Originally designed to provide basic information about Judaism to those considering conversion, curriculum enhancements will provide an opportunity for anyone in the Jewish community to revisit the principles of their faith and the richness of the practices of Jewish living. Classes begin on Monday, October 20, 2014 from 7 – 8:15 pm in the Kripke Jewish Federation Library and will continue on subsequent Monday evenings through March 23, 2015. (Classes will not be held on November 24, December 22, and 29).

Exploring Judaism is being taught by Scott Littky. Scott is a seasoned Jewish professional. He began his career in Jewish education in 1985 as a religious school teacher. From 1988 until 1996 he served the then Bureau of Jewish Education of Omaha as a Community Teacher. He taught at Friedel Jewish Academy in addition to afternoon religious school programs. Scott later served 17 years as a Director of Education beginning at Beth El Synagogue in Omaha. He later was with Beth Israel Synagogue in Ann Arbor, MI and then at Agudas Achim Congregation in Alexandria, VA. During the summer of 2014, Scott returned to live in Omaha where he is now working as the Program Director at Temple Israel.

“I’m looking forward to both being able to be in a classroom setting to teach and also to help people to engage in increasing their knowledge of Judaism on both religious and secular levels,” commented Littky.   Click here to see weekly topics.

The course is free of charge to members who are in good standing with their contribution to the Annual Campaign of the Jewish Federation of Omaha. The fee for all others is $180 per person. Required texts for the class are the JPS Tanakh and Jewish Literacy (2008 edition) by Joseph Telushkin and are not included in the tuition fee. Information on purchasing the books will be provided at the time of class registration. To view the full class schedule, visit and click on the drop down menu for the Center for Jewish Life. You may also call (402) 334-6463 or to obtain a brochure with the course registration form included. Checks are to be made payable to “The Center for Jewish Life” and sent to The Jewish Community Center, ATTN: Mark Kirchhoff, 333 S. 132nd Street, Omaha, NE 68154. Pre-registration is required. The deadline for registration is October 15. Exploring Judaism is presented through the Center for Jewish Life whose mission it is to maximize involvement of Omaha's Jewish community in imaginative, compelling and meaningful experiences.  Click here to see brochure with registration form.