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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

Mark your calendars: april 20, june 7

April 20, 2017 7p.m. – Renowned Jewish scholar, author, and speaker,  Rabbi Joseph Telushkin, to speak at Temple Israel.
Rabbi Telushkin was named by Talk magazine as one of the 50 best speakers in the United States. He was ordained at Yeshiva University in New York, and pursued graduate studies in Jewish history at Columbia University. He lectures throughout the United States, serves as a Senior Associate of CLAL (The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership), on the Board of Directors of the Jewish Book Council, and as spiritual leader of the Synagogue for the Performing Arts in Los Angeles. His two books (with Dennis Prager), The Nine Questions People Ask About Judaism and Why the Jews? The Reason for Antisemitism have been widely acclaimed as two of the most influential Jewish books of the past decade. His book, Jewish Literacy: The Most Important Things to Know About the Jewish Religion, Its People and Its History is the most widely selling book on Judaism of the past two decades. It has been hailed by leading figures in all the major movements of Judaism. A new edition was brought out in 2001. Jewish Literacy… has been the primary resource book for the Jewish Federation of Omaha’s “Exploring Judaism” class for many years. Read more.

For planning and security purposes, please RSVP to Mark Kirchhoff by email or phone (402) 334-6463 by April 19th.
The Jewish Federation of Omaha is proud to present this evening in support with Beth El Synagogue, Beth Israel Synagogue, Chabad, and Temple Israel. 

June 7, 2017, 7p.m. - Author Event with Janice Kaplan
Janice Kaplan is the author of thirteen popular books, including her latest New York Times bestseller, The Gratitude Diaries. She was the editor-in-chief of Parade magazine and the executive producer of the TV Guide Television Group, where she created and produced more than 30 primetime network television specials. She began her career as an on-air sports reporter for CBS Radio and went on to be an award-winning producer at ABC-TV's Good Morning America. She has written for just about every magazine in America and appears frequently on television shows including Today and Good Morning America.
Janice Kaplan's appearance is a Women's Philanthropy event.