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jfo advances the shlichim Program for omaha

The Jewish Federation of Omaha participates with the Jewish Agency for Israel Community Shlichim program to welcome enthusiastic young emissaries from Israel to our community. These meaningful connections help bolster Jewish inclusiveness and unity throughout the global Jewish community.

Guided locally by the community leadership, the Community Shlichim plant the seeds of a secure Jewish future by implementing programs that are designed to increase Jewish awareness, knowledge, and pride; and to promote an understanding of Israel and its ideals.
Note about terminology
  • Shaliach is a male, and generic for male or female
  • Shlichah is a female
  • Shlichim is plural for both males and females


Ron Lugasy serving as Omaha's shlichah

Ron Lugasy joined the Omaha community in August of 2018. She comes to us from the Golan Heights in Israel. Her role in the community is to create connections between Omaha and Israel, by leading Israel-related programming for all sorts of ages across the entire community. Her office is housed in the Kripke Library at the JCC. Stop in and say “Shalom.”

Ron Lugasy, Community Shlichah
402-334-6420  |

The Shlichim Program is coordinated through the Western Galilee Partnership2Gether consortium. Over the past 20 years, Partnership2Gether (P2G) has become the Jewish Agency for Israel’s and the Jewish Federations of North America’s most successful and effective model for creating meaningful relationships between global Jewish communities and communities in Israel. It is the central platform for the promotion and development of deep connections among Jewish communities across the globe.

Israeli cooking workshop "taste of memories"

Sunday, May 19th, 4:30-6:30 pm at Beth Israel Synagogue.

5$ a person, 8$ couple.

This cooking workshop will be dedicated to the project “taste of memories”.

Taste of Memories was created by Eden Kohali, past Shlicha in Minnesota, to connect the Jewish community to Yom Hazikaron in Israel in a special way. The project includes “cooking sessions” of dishes which were chosen by families whose children will never come home again to eat their favorite dish. Participants prepare the food and hear the story behind the recipes of families who carry on without their loved ones who were lost during their army service or in terrorist attacks.

In our workshop we will cook 4 dishes of 4 different soldiers who lost their life in Israel’s wars.

Bar Rahav zl- filled bell peppers.

Sharon Chen zl- zalabia.

Ronen Hayun zl- burke

Daniel Shiran zl- cinnamon cake

Please RSVP here