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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

Please join Ron Lugasy, Community Shlichah, to learn how to make your own Shuk market food, fresh fruit shakes, sabich, sambusak, spicy carrot salad and learn about Israeli cooking traditions.

Sunday, March 31, 2019
4:30-6:30pm  |  Beth Israel Synagogue
Individual $5    |    Couple $8

Space is limited. Register by Tuesday, March 26th.
Participants must be 21 or older. Although price is per meal made, all attendees must register.

Questions? Contact:
Ron Lugasy, Community Shlichah   |   (402) 334-6420

religious freedom:

Myth or Reality?

During this event we will examine the Place of Religion in the United States and Israel.

Take your place at the table and be part of the conversation as we revisit the 4 cups of the Passover Seder and discuss the different aspects of religious freedom in the US and Israel. Each table will have a moderator. Snacks and wine provided.

Sunday, April 7, 2019
5:00-6:30pm  |  JCC Auditorium
No Cost to attend but please RSVP by April 3, 2019

Questions? Contact:
Ron Lugasy, Community Shlichah   |   (402) 334-6420