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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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
April 20, 2017 7pm – Author Event with Rabbi Joseph Telushkin
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.