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april 20, 2016 | The sky is not falling | rabbi telushkin

On April 20, 2017 the Jewish Federation of Omaha in conjunction with Beth El Synagogue, Beth Israel Synagogue, Temple Israel, and Chabad House Center of Omaha brought Rabbi Joseph Telushkin, one of the foremost authors and Jewish scholars today, to Temple Israel for a presentation, “The Sky is Not Falling.” Rabbi Telushkin addressed the malaise of fears that have gripped tens of millions of Americans, starting with the severe recession that began almost ten years ago and continuing through the rancorous political climate that currently reigns. In his characteristically witty, entertaining, and educational style, Rabbi Telushkin offered tangible suggestions that can be immediately incorporated into listeners’ lives. Among the issues addressed were: What are you worth? - a spiritual, not a market, response, the prerequisite trait for being a happy person, the only asset you can never lose, the first thing in the Bible God declares not good.

Following the presentation, Rabbi Telushkin held a book signing, including his latest work, “Rebbe: The Life and Teachings of Menachem M. Schneerson, the Most Influential Rabbi in Modern History.”



March 29, 2017 | Former IDF Talpiot Soldier Jason Gewirtz

Former IDF soldier Jason Gewirtz shared his insights into the workings of an IDF unit called Talpiot. This specialized unit accepts a few soldiers each year who study advanced level physics, math and computer science so that they may train with soldiers from every other branch of the IDF in sophisticated warfare beyond “boots on the ground.”

Gewirtz is a former IDF soldier who served in this unit and has provided a detailed account of its workings in his book, Israel’s Edge: The Story of the IDF’s Most Elite Unit – Talpiot. Jason Gewirtz is currently an executive producer for the business network CNBC. He has worked as a producer at the network since 2001 and has covered Israel and Israeli business extensively for CNBC. He worked for the network from northern Israel during the Second Lebanon War in 2006.



November 16, 2016 | The Rye Baker | Stanley Ginsberg

Author Stanley Ginsberg spoke at the 43rd Annual Jewish Book Month Author Luncheon focusing his presentation on his recently released book, The Rye Baker. The book shares over 70 classic recipes that introduce bakers to the rich world of rye bread from both the old world and the new. His recipes span rye's many regions that lend to its varying characteristics. The luncheon featured a sample of breads from The Rye Baker. In addition to speaking of the breads themselves, Ginsberg shared how many of these breads were an integral part of his growing up and how they bind cultures together.

Apart from baking rye breads, Mr. Ginsberg characterizes his baking repertoire as eclectic, with a bias toward traditional Yiddish breads and pastries. He has spent the greater part of his professional career as a business and financial writer, with time out for a stint on Wall Street.