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
Jewish Book Month and upcoming author events
2015 was the 42nd year of the national celebration of Jewish Book Month. It is an annual
event of the Kripke Jewish Federation Library and the Jewish Federation of Omaha. This celebration of Jewish books is promoted by the Jewish Book
Council. Jewish Book Month has its origins in 1925 when Fanny
Goldstein, a librarian at the West End Branch of the Boston Public
Library, set up an exhibit of Judaic books and used it as a focus of
what she called Jewish Book Week. The event was later adopted and
expanded to a month by communities around the country.
was featured author on November 4, 2015 as she discussed her novel, A Remarkable Kindness,
which traces the lives of four American women who become part of the Chevrah Kadisha, the Jewish burial society. Through the experience they learn to appreciate much about life.
was the featured luncheon speaker on November 12, 2015 as she presented her recent novel, The Last Summer at Chelsea Beach.
She weaves the tale of mixed religion marriages, well-meaning people whose efforts go astray, war, and tragedy. Following the luncheon she spent time with the Dorothy Kaplan Book Discussion Group enjoying the discussion of authors, books, and sharing experiences.
Jewish Book Month activities are open to the community.
November 16, 2016 Jewish Book Month Luncheon featuring
Stanley Ginsberg and his recently released book, The Rye Baker
Brooklyn, New York native, Stanley Ginsberg learned how to cook and
bake at a young age from his grandmother. He has continued ever since.
True rye bread - the kind that stands at the center of northern and
eastern European food culture - is something very special. With over 70
classic recipes, The Rye Baker introduces bakers to the rich world of
rye bread from both the old and the new world. His book has been
acclaimed as a valuable resource for home bakers and professionals
alike. Enjoy a luncheon and be fascinated by a man who can present the
story of rye bread in an informative and entertaining way.
March 29, 2017, 7 pm - Author Event with Jason Gewirtz presenting
Israel’s Edge: The Story of the IDF’s Most Elite Unit - Talpiot
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.
The Jewish Federation of Omaha offers programming to enhance community engagement, promote lifelong innovative Jewish learning, and provide a connection to Israel.
- Friday Learning Series
- Exploring Judaism
- Klutznick Learning Series
- Monthly Eye on Israel
-Dorothy Kaplan Book Discussion Group
-Jewish Book Month events
-Kripke Jewish Federation Library
-Omaha Jewish Film Festival
-Special Needs Tutoring