The mission of the Center for Jewish Life is to maximize involvement of Omaha's Jewish community in imaginative, compelling and meaningful Jewish experiences.
Eye on Israel
Find out what Shaliach Eliad Eliyahu is keeping his EYE on this time... (and it is not the United States). The next session in the series will take place on March 11 from 12-1 pm in the Kripke Jewish Federation Library. Once Eliad is done looking around, we'll post what his EYE found that will be the focus of the session. Check back! No charge and open to the public.
Klutznick Learning Series
March 10 -- Session 3 of 6
7:00 - 8:15 pm
JCC Social Hall
What is it About the Ten Commandments? is the focus of a series of discussions led by clergy and community members each Monday from February 24 through March 31.
Dr. Leonard Greenspoon, Professor & Klutznik Chair in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations in the Department of Theology at Creighton University.
5 Honor thy father and mother.
Rabbi Aryeh Azriel
Rabbi Azriel has been the Senior Rabbi at Temple Israel since 1988. Born and raised in Tel Aviv, he was invited to be a counselor at OSRUI, a Reform Jewish summer camp in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, in 1973. Rabbi Azriel received his ordination and Master of Arts in Hebrew Letters in 1983 from Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati. He served as an Associate Rabbi at the Baltimore Hebrew Congregation in Baltimore, Maryland, until 1988.
Shelly is the Director of Admissions for the Rose Blumkin Jewish Home and the Director of Community Outreach Services for Jewish Social Services. Shelly will focus on the fragile balance between respecting our elders' independence and honoring our obligation to insure appropriate care.
1 I am the Lord thy God, who brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.
Rabbi Mendel Katzman
Rabbi Katzman has served as the Executive Director of the Chabad Center of Nebraska since 1987. He received his education from Central Yeshiva Tomchei Tmimim Lubavitz, Yeshiva Guedolah de Venzuela, and Rabbinical College of America.
Andy Greenberg is a radio personality, private speaker, business consultant and Jewish educator. He will talk about the leadership lessons found in the first commandment and their validity in today's world.
The Klutznick Learning Series is sponsored by the fund of the Klutznick Chair of Jewish Civilization at Creighton University. and presented by the Center for Jewish Life whose mission it is to maximize involvement of Omaha's Jewish community in imaginative, compelling and meaningful Jewish experiences.
The kripke jewish federation library and the center for jewish life are pleased to announce the 2014 elinor a. and norman Whitman book appreciation contest.
This contest started in 1991 and is made possible by the Elinor A. and Norman Whitman Book Appreciation Fund of the Jewish Federation of Omaha Foundation and the Kripke Jewish Federation Library and supported by Beth El Synagogue, Beth Israel Synagogue, Friedel Jewish Academy and Temple Israel.
The contest is divided into two categories: Book Jackets for kindergarten through 2nd grade students and Book Reports for 3rd through 6th grade students. The submission deadline is March 31, 2014.
For more information and contest forms, click here. For a suggested book list, click on the books in this section.
Friday learning series
"The CELESTIAL PROMISE TO JACOB: EXPLORING FOUR SITES IN ISRAEL
The history and unique culture of four points in Israel: Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Akko, the Negev
Presented by Dr. Anat Gilboa, Visiting Scholar with the Schwalb Center for Israel and Jewish Studies at the University of Nebraska at Omaha
April 4, 11, 13 | Kripke Jewish Federation Library
11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Dr. Anat Gilboa turned toward Genesis 28, verse 14 for the inspiration of her class “The Celestial Promise to Jacob: Exploring Four Sites in Israel.” The verse describes G-d promise to Jacob that “…thy seed shall be as the dust of the earth, and thou shalt spread abroad to the west, and to the east, and to the north, and to the south. And in thy seed shall all the families of the earth be blessed” and provides a four-compass point basis for a refreshing look at Israel. Read more.
Class fee is $26 reduced to $21 for donors to the Annual Campaign of the Jewish Federation of Omaha.
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Center for Jewish Life Programs. A number of programs and classes are sponsored directly through the administrative offices of CJL. These include adult education, teacher training, Special Needs education, the Jewish Film Festival, Jewish Book Month and more.
The Klutznick Learning Series is presented by the Center for Jewish Life whose mission it is to maximize involvement of Omaha's Jewish community in imaginative, compelling and meaningful Jewish experiences.
LOCAL RABBIS AND CEO FOR THE JEWISH FEDERATION OF OMAHA
DISCUSS IMPLICATIONS OF THE RECENT PEW REPORT.
America’s Jewish population is declining, and religion is becoming less important to overall Jewish identity. Those are just two of the fascinating conclusions reached in a Pew Research Center’s Religion and Public Life Project study, “A Portrait of Jewish Americans,” released in early October of 2013. The study analyzed data to uncover some revealing trends and insights - all of them thought provoking, many of them disquieting. Watch the video to discover how this panel views such findings as a 58% intermarriage rate; 66% of Jews not attending a synagogue; 25% of Jews not believing in G-d. Seated left to right in video: Rabbi Aryeh Azriel, Rabbi Steven Abraham, Rabbi Mendel Katzman, Rabbi Josh Brown, Rabbi Jonathan Gross, Mr. Michael Silverman, and Mr. Joel Alperson (moderator).
Passport to Israel is a program available to families with children in Kindergarten through the 8th Grade for the purpose of saving funds for the child to make an educational trip to Israel. Families make annual contributions to a dedicated account which are matched by the Jewish Federation of Omaha and the local synagogue to which the family is affiliated.
Jewish Stuff provides quick links to Jewish educational and reference sources as well as current news sources. More
Kripke Jewish Federation Library. The Kripke Jewish Federation Library houses one of the largest collections of Judaic material in the Midwest. The collection is over 40,000 volumes and includes books, film, music, journals and magazines. holds one of the largest collections of Russian material outside the East Coast. The library is open to the public and is free of charge. More
PJ Library. YES! There are Jews in Omaha! We are a thriving Jewish community and PJ Library is one way you can connect to all the community has to offer. In addition to your children receiving wonderful books each month, you'll be invited to a variety of programs throughout the year where you can meet other families with young children. Sign up today and tell your friends. PJ Library books will soon start arriving in your mailbox. More
Omaha Jewish Connections. OJC brings together Omaha's Jewish Youth Groups as a community to learn, create, and explore. More
Partnership 2Gether is a program of the Center for Jewish Life promoting people-to-people relationships between Israel and communities throughout the world. Omaha is one of 14 cities in the U.S. partnering with the city of Akko and the Matte Asher region in northern Israel, sharing cultural, social, medical, educational and economic programs. More