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The mission of the Center for Jewish Life is to maximize involvement of Omaha's Jewish community in imaginative, compelling and meaningful Jewish experiences.

Special Edition of
Eye on Israel
April 11th, 1-2 pm
Kripke Jewish Federation Library
Free and Open to the Community

Click on this link to watch an overview video.
Read more about how the program is coming to Omaha.



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 11, 18, 25  |  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. 

Call (402) 334-6463 or email
Can't make all the sessions?  Ask about the cost-saving "punch as you go" card.





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). 

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. 

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

Passport To Israel