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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.

There 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 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

In Moderation Series - January 23 & February 27, 2018

In the fast-paced world in which we live, we often have little time to discuss and reflect on topics that are of particular interest and relevance to us. As soon as we focus on one, another comes along. The “In Moderation” series, sponsored through the Phillip & Ethel Klutznik Chair at Creighton University in partnership with the Jewish Federation of Omaha, offered two evenings of topics particularly relevant to the Jewish community in a manner that allowed for the productive exchange of points of view and the opportunity for each person to examine his or her beliefs.

Session one

January 23, "American Jews in the Time of Trump"

With an audience of nearly 70 people, Ari Kohen, Ph.D. (pictured on the left, presenting from a liberal perspective) and  Robert Evnen, Esq. (pictured on the right, presenting from a conservative perspective) discussed topics of interest to Jews in the time of Trump.  Moderator for the evening was Laura Alexander, Ph.D., (pictured in the middle) 

session two

February 27, 2018, "American Perceptions of Israel"

Representatives from two groups who had recently traveled throughout Israel shared their perceptions of the experience.  Melissa Shapiro, Erica Parks and Amy Tipp spoke on behalf of the women’s "Jewish Women's Renaissance Group (JWRP). Representing the "Mega Teen Trip" were Isabella Wright, Julia Raffel and Josh Stern. The evening's discussion was moderated by Patrick McNamara, Ph.D., Director of International Studies, and Director of Schwalb Cednter for Israel. It was clear from the discussion that every one of the participants had positive impactful experiences that they will carry with them throughout their lives.