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Musical Theater Auditions: Annie

Sunday, August 20  |  1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Members and Non Members, ages 8+ are invited to join the Musical Theater Community Acting Group! The title of our upcoming musical will be announced on Friday, July 14th, at the end of our summer Musical Theater Camp performance. Ages 18+ will audition 1:00-2:00 p.m. Kids, ages 8-18, will audition from 3:00-4:30 p.m. Registration is required to audition. Click here for more information. Contact Esther Katz for details and required materials.

Backyard Concert Series
Sundays, Aug. 20th & 27th - Sept. 10th & 17th  | JCC Pavilion
Grab your lawn chairs and picnic blanket. Pack the cooler. Bring the family and invite your friends to the 7th Annual Backyard Concert Series! Enjoy the fresh air, funky tunes, and fun atmosphere. All concerts are FREE and begin at 5:00 p.m. in the Pavilion! Relax in our backyard! Learn more...

Allison Nazarian Speaking Tour
Allison Nazarian is the grandchild of Holocaust survivors and an award-winning copywriter. She will be speaking about her latest book, Aftermath: A Granddaughter’s Story of Legacy, Healing & Hope. The speaking tour is organized by the JFO, IHE, JFS, ADL-CRC, and Temple Israel. Books will be available for sale/signing at all events. Questions? Contact the IHE at or (402) 334-6576.

Adult Education Group
Wednesday, September 6 | 6:30 p.m. | Temple Israel
Nazarian will discuss, Growing up as the Grandchild of Holocaust Survivors: What Was it Really Like? This event is FREE and open to the public.

CEU Workshop: Inherited/Intergenerational Trauma
Thursday, September 7 | 10:00 a.m. | JCC Social Hall
90-minute workshop for mental health professionals. Registration required by Aug. 25. Book included. Register with Jewish Family Service at (402) 330-2024.

Dorothy Kaplan Book Discussion Group
Thursday, September 7 | 1:00 p.m. | Kripkie Library
This event is FREE and open to the public.

Public Lecture
Thursday, September 7 | 7:00 p.m. | JCC Theater
Public lecture by Allison Nazarian on The Legacy of Tragedy: Why Some Thrive, While Others Suffer. This event is FREE and open to the public.

Annual JCC Doggie Dive
Sunday, September 10 | 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Members are invited to bring their dogs in for a swim. Please enter through Member Services. All dogs must be on leash when walking in building. Learn more...

Holocaust Speakers at Omaha Libraries
Sept. 28, Oct. 5, 12, & 19 | 6:30 p.m. | OPL Locations
Local Holocaust survivors will share their testimonies at public libraries. Dates and locations are: September 28 at Elkhorn Branch, October 5 at Benson Branch, October 12 at the Main Branch, October 19 at the Swanson Branch. Presented by the IHE. For more contact or (402) 334-6576.

NJHS: An evening with the Heirloomist
Saturday, October 21 | Hot Shops Art Center
The Nebraska Jewish Historical Society will celebrate Jewish Omaha with An
Evening with the Heirloomist, a project of world renowned photographer and Omaha native, Shana Novak. The event will be held at the Hot Shops, 1302 Nicholas Street. Contact the NJHS at (402) 334-6442 or email

Omaha Jewish Film Festival
October 22, 26 & November 5, 12, 19 | 7:00 p.m.
The JFO and IHE presents the Omaha Jewish Film Festival. The October 26th film will be shown in partnership with Film Streams at the Ruth Sokolof Theater. All other films will be shown in the JCC Theater. Stay tuned for details.

Jewish Book Month Author Luncheon
Thursday, November 9 | 12:00 p.m. | JCC Auditorium
Join the JFO for a luncheon featuring actress & author Annabelle Gurwitch. Cost of the meal is $12 per person with reservations required by November 2nd. RSVP to Mark Kirchhoff at’t miss the evening event, Annabelle Gurwitch, Uncensored: An Evening of Comedy. Details coming soon.

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