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COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT & EDUCATION

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 jbeckman@jewishomaha.org 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




PARTNERSHIP2GETHER Artist Workshops Program
Israeli artists with the Partnership2GETHER program will be at the Omaha Jewish Community Center on February 22 and 23rd. Their visit will include a display of their artwork, a gallery discussion, and workshops.  Click here for more information.


Dr. Aomar Boum to Lecture on Jewish Refugees in Saharan Labor Camps
On Friday, March 3 at 12:00 pm, Dr. Aomar Boum, Assistant Professor in Social Anthropology at UCLA will speak in the Board Room of the Rose Blumkin Jewish Home. In addition to being a faculty member at UCLA, Dr. Boum is a Fellow with the United States Holocaust Museum. With this lecture even a kosher meal will be available through the Star Deli at participant’s expense. Those desiring to have a meal are asked to arrive no later than 11:45 am to place an order and have it delivered to the board room prior to the start of the lecture. The lecture is open to the public free of charge and is limited in length to assist participants in arriving and leaving over their lunch breaks. Read more about Dr. Boum and his topic for March 3.



Chag Sameach! It's a pre-Purim Bash at the Omaha Children's Museum on Sunday, March 5 from 5:30-7:30 pm. The event is open to Omaha's young famiies raising Jewish children of PJ Library age - six months to eight years. Other siblings and grandparents are welcome as well. Read more details by clicking here.

March 29, 2017, 7 pm - Author Event with Jason Gewirtz presenting
Israel’s Edge: The Story of the IDF’s Most Elite Unit - Talpiot
Jason Gewirtz is the author of Israel's Edge: The Story of the IDF's Most Elite Unit — Talpiot. Instead of being trained to fight, the few soldiers each year selected for Talpiot are taught advanced level physics, math and computer science. In order to join this unit they have to commit to being in the army for ten years. Talpiot men and women become research and development experts. Talpiots have developed battle ready weapons that only Israel's top military officers and political leaders know about. Following his service, Gewirtz has become an experienced field producer of news in the Middle East and Israel. He is currently an Executive Producer with CNBC. Without divulging secret information, Jason Gewirtz will provide amazing insights into this elite unit.


April 20, 2017 7pm – Author Event with Rabbi Joseph Telushkin
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. The Jewish Federation of Omaha is proud to welcome this highly acclaimed author for this event.