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2015 Klutznick Learning Series
Feb 24, Mar 3, 10, 17, 24 | 7:00 - 8:30 pm | JCC Social Hall

Last year, the Center for Jewish Life introduced a new program, the Klutznick Learning Series. That first series focused on the Ten Commandments and nearly 200 people attended over a six week period. Of particular interest – and great success - was the session format. Each commandment was first examined by a clergy member, from the religious view. That was followed by a presentation by a community member, focusing “real life” experiences and expertise regarding that commandment. Based on the positive response to last year’s program, the Center for Jewish Life is delighted to present the 2015 Klutznick Learning Series presented in the same format.

February 24
Session One: Lev 19:16

"Do not go about as a talebearer among your countrymen..."
With Rabbi Yaakov Weiss and Kenneth Freed
Session Two: Deut 22:9
"You shall not sow your vineyard with a second kind of seed..."
With Dr. Leonard Greenspoon and Betsy Goodman

March 3
Session One: Deut 22:11
"You shall not wear cloth combining wool and linen."
With Rabbi Ari Dembitzer and Shelly Lerner
Session Two: Lev 18:21
"Do not allow any of your offspring to be offered up to Molech..."
With Cantor Wendy Shermet and Teresa Drelicharz

March 10
Session One
Cursing the ruler
With Eliyad Eliyahu and Ari Kohen
Session Two
Killing the Sabbath breaker
With Scott Littky and Steve Riekes

March 17
Session One

Show deference to the elderly
Rabbi Mendel Katzman and Ari Riekes
Session Two
Blot out remembrance of Amalekites
With Rabbi Ari Dembitzer and Alan Potash

March 24
Session One

No consulting “ghosts”
Hazzan Michael Krausman, Patty Nogg and Zoë Riekes
Session Two
No interest when lending to the poor
With Rabbi Steven Abraham and Margo Riekes

To learn more about presenters and the topics, click on the links below to review the Jewish Press articles.
February 13 Article 
February 27 Article

The series is available free of charge thanks to the generous financial support from the fund of the Klutznick Chair of Jewish Civilization at Creighton University. The Klutznick Governance Council includes Dr. Leonard Greenspoon, the Klutznick Chair, along with Bonnie Bloch, Steve Riekes and Marty Shukert.

Registrations are appreciated for planning purposes. Call (402) 334-6463 or email Mark Kirchhoff at

Friday Learning Series Travel with Eliad

Beginning March 13 and continuing on March 20 and 27, Community Shaliach Eliad Eliyahu presents "Traveling with Eliad - No Passport Needed."  The classes will be like a relaxing vacation to Israel - a beautiful country that is the "soul of the Jewish people" according Eliad.  "I want people to come with me on this three-part journey of the Friday Learning Series and experience something that is joyful and uplifting." 

Eliad and his family arrived in Omaha on August 7, 2013.  In his role as emissary from Israel, he has been planting the seeds of a secure Jewish future by implementing programs that are designed to increase Jewish awareness, knowledge, and pride, and to promote an understanding of Israel and its ideals.

The sessions meet in the Kripke Jewish Federation Library on Fridays from 11 am - 12 pm.  The fee for the series is $26 reduced to $21 for those in good standing with their contribution to the Annual Campaign of the Jewish Federation of Omaha.

To register contact Mark Kirchhoff at (402) 334-6463 or

For more information, click here.

Eye on Israel: Elections Dominate Life in Israel


Tuesday, March 10, 12-1 pm | kripke jewish federation library

Political activity is the driving force in Israel at this time.  Community Shaliach Eliad Eliyahu will lead you through the flurry of activity.  To learn more, click here.

Eye on Israel is open to the public and presented free of charge.  It is a regular featured monthly program of The Center for Jewish Life. 

New Arrivals
Hustle on over to the Kripke Jewish Federation Library and check out the new arrivals as of February 10.  Click here to read all about them.

The library is available to the entire community.  If you haven't used the library before, stop by, register your name, address, phone number and email address and you are all set to enjoy library materials.  All we ask is that you bring them back.

Elinor A and Norman Whitman Book Appreciation Contest


The Center for Jewish Life is pleased to announce the annual Elinor A. and Norman Whitman Book Appreciation Contest.  The contest features separate categories.  Students in kindergarten through 2nd grade will use their imagination to design and create an original book jacket.   Those in 3rd through 6th grade will submit a book report giving a brief review of the book and write about an interesting incident, fact, or favorite character.

Find out all about the contest and obtain entry forms by clicking here.

Scholarships and Grants are Available

Did you know....

...that The Center for Jewish Life administers a wide variety of scholarship and grant funds that provide financial assistance for preschool, Jewish residential camps, Israel trips, youth group activities, Friedel Jewish Academy, adult education, undergraduate, graduate, vocational, technical, yeshiva and professional studies? 

Click here to learn more and to obtain application forms.