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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.

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Wine Tasting, Pirkei Avot, Eye on Israel
Upcoming Events
February 3, 2016
Israeli Wine Tasting, Saturday, February 6, 7:30 pm
Beth El Synagogue
Reservation Deadline Today

Join wine enthusiast Steve Kerbel as he introduces attendees to a variety of choices during a special program co-sponsored by Beth El Synagogue, Beth Israel Synagogue, the Center for Jewish Life and Temple Israel. The cost is $12 per person. 

Make reservations by emailing or by calling (402) 334-6463.  For more information click here.
Klutznick Learning Series Begins
Monday, February 8, 7-8:30 pm
JCC Social Hall

This year's Klutznick Learning Series, sponsored by the fund of the Klutznick Chair of Jewish Civilization at Creighton University, is titled Pirkei Avot: Ancient Wisdom in the Modern World. S essions will be held on February 8, 15 & 22.   Each evening will feature two topics from Pirkei Avot.  Each topic will include two 15-minute discussions: a clergy member will lead the first section, followed by a discussion on the same topic by a lay member of the community.  A Q & A time will follow.   Snacks will be available.

Cantor Hazzan Michael Krausman of Beth El Synagogue and Dr. Aryeh Epstein who is currently enrolled in the M.D. Ph.D. Scholars Program at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in the field of neuroscience lead off the series at 7 pm with a discussion of Pirkei Avot 2.2: "...Fitting is learning in Torah along with a craft, for the labor put into the two of them makes one forget sin..." Cantor Krausman will discuss the topic from a religious perspective. Dr. Epstein will share his perspective on the critical melding of education and hands-on in the world of medicine, specifically in the UNMC MD/PhD program.

The second half of the evening's  sessions will begin at approximately 7:45pm with Rabbi Mendel Katzman, Executive Director of Chabad-Lubavitch opening a discussion on Pirkei Avot 4.13 - "Rabbi Simeon says: There are three crowns - The crown of Torah, the crown of priesthood, and the crown of sovereignty - But the crown of a good name transcends them all." Rabbi Katzman will be followed by Jacob Kahn, Health Educator with Planned Parenthood of the Heartland focusing on social media and how it can affect the good names of teens, adults, and businesses. 

To learn about subsequent sessions in the Klutznick series click here. 
Eye on Israel with Community Shaliach Eliad Eliyahu
Tuesday, February 9, 12-1pm
Kripke Jewish Federation Library

In this month's "Eye on Israel" Eliad will examine the BDS movement. Joining via Skype will be Hillel shlichim in North America who have faced struggles with the BDS movement opposing Israel. They will bring their experiences with the movement. Emily Newman, former president of the "Students Supporting Israel" group at the University of Nebraska at Omaha will provide her assessment of the situation on the UNO campus.  Her discussion is sure to provide interesting insights specifically related to the Omaha area.  For more information, click here.
The mission of the Center for Jewish Life is to maximize involvement of Omaha's Jewish community in imaginative, compelling, and meaningful Jewish experiences.
Call (402) 334-6463 with questions.

2016 Artist workshops in the western galilee

Through Omaha’s Partnership2GETHER program of the Jewish Agency for Israel, artists in the community are invited – and encouraged – to participate in the 2016 “Artist Workshops in the Western Galilee.” Noa Friedman Epstein, Arts & Community Coordinator for P2G explained, “The AIR program is the flagship program of the Arts and Community Task Force..."   To learn more about the program and to obtain application forms, click here.

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The Center for Jewish Life develops programs throughout the year.  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