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You and the CJL

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

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CJL Upcoming Events - May 25 Announcement
Upcoming Events
May 25, 2016 Distribution
A Thank You Farewell for Mary Sue Grossman
Tuesday, May 31 | 2 - 4 pm | Kripke Jewish Federation Library

Mary Sue Grossman, Program Director for the Center for Jewish Life, has accepted the position of Executive Director for Beth Israel Synagogue in Omaha. "While it is very difficult to leave my work with the Jewish Federation of Omaha and the CJL, I am excited to accept this position with Beth Israel. It has been such a pleasure to use my abilities to help our wonderful Jewish community, and my new position will allow me to continue with that work in another way," she said.  Mary Sue's last day with the JFO is Tuesday, May 31. You are invited to join in thanking her for her work and encouraging her success in her new endeavor.  Read more about Mary Sue's work with CJL by clicking here

Eye on Israel
This is your last opportunity to join Eliad for this series
Tuesday, June 7  |  12 - 1 pm  |  Kripke Jewish Federation Library

Community Shaliach Eliad Eliyahu  will conduct his final session of "Eye on Israel" on June 7 before returning to his home in Akko (Acre), Israel.  In addition to the usual format of bringing you current news from Israel as covered by various media sources, he will present follow-ups on 3 topics from the many he has presented over the past 3 years. Those attending last month's session voted on topics they would like to see revisited.  From those votes, Eliad made his selection for this final session.  Find out what those topics are.  Join Eliad.  

Eye on Israel is sponsored by The Henry and Dorothy Riekes Donor-Advised Fund of the Jewish Federation of Omaha Foundation.

Todah Rabbah Eliad and Family
Wednesday June 8 | 7 - 8:30 pm | JCC Auditorium

Eliad Eliyahu Ben Shushan  arrived in Omaha with his family on August 7, 2013 and is now completing his third year as Omaha's Community Shaliach.  His wife Sara has been a teacher at Friedel Jewish Academy. They are the proud parents of son Nehoray, daughter Shilat, son Amitay and their youngest boy, Ittiel. Amitay has been attending the Pennie Z. Davis Child Development Center (CDC); Shilat and Nehoray attend Friedel Jewish Academy. The entire family has endeared itself to the community as they brought Israel to Omaha with energy and excitement.  

You are invited to a farewell reception for the Ben Shu Shan's on Wednesday, June 8 from 7-8:30 pm in the JCC Auditorium.  This is an opportunity to express thanks and to wish the family well as they return to their home city of Akko (Acre), Israel.  

Martin Fletcher Broadcast
Mark your calendar
Monday, June 6  |  12 pm |  91.5 KIOS-FM

Martin Fletcher, news journalist with over 40 years experience, addressed the Omaha community at Beth El Synagogue on March 8, 2016.  He discussed his latest book, "The War Reporter," and his deep interest in understanding how people are able to emerge from horrific circumstances and get on with life.   Fletcher uses the genre of the historic novel to relate facts and to explore the thoughts and actions of his characters.  His talk that evening was recorded by 91.5 KIOS-FM radio station and is being broadcast on June 6 beginning at 12 pm.  Tune in to hear the presentation for the first time or listen again to refresh your memory.
Dorothy Kaplan Book Discussion Group June Selection
Thursday June 16 | 1-2 pm | Kripke Jewish Federation Library

Hal Fisher  (may he rest in peace), husband of Mil Fisher, an active participant in the book group, was a radio and television journalist for over 40 years. In November of 1997 he presented an address that served not only as a chronicle of his life's work, but also an insightful commentary on the history and state of broadcast media journalism at the time. That presentation carries observations pertinent to the production of news today.

Mil kindly made Hal's working script for his talk available to the Dorothy Kaplan Book Discussion Group who then chose this narrative as its June selection. The group meets the third Thursday of the month - June 16 for this month - from 1-2 pm in the Kripke Jewish Federation Library.  New participants are always welcome. A copy of the narrative can be obtained free of charge at the library.  

For questions about the group or the library, contact Shirly Banner, (402) 334-6462 or

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