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
Mark your calendars
Three author events
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.
Rabbi Telushkin's appearance is made possible through the combined support of the Jewish Federation of Omaha, Beth El Synagogue, Beth Israel Synagogue, and Temple Israel.
June 7, 2017, 7pm - Author Event with Janice Kaplan
Janice Kaplan is the author of thirteen popular books, including her latest New York Times bestseller, The Gratitude Diaries
. She was the editor-in-chief of Parade
magazine and the executive producer of the TV Guide Television Group, where she created and produced more than 30 primetime network television specials. She began her career as an on-air sports reporter for CBS Radio and went on to be an award-winning producer at ABC-TV's Good Morning America. She has written for just about every magazine in America and appears frequently on television shows including Today
and Good Morning America.
Janice Kaplan's appearance is a Women's Philanthropy event.