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Join us on as we celebrate Israel's 70th Birthday!

Join us on Wednesday, April 18th the 2018 Yom Ha'Atzmaut Festival. From the children's carnival to an Israeli film and reception, there is something for everyone! All events are FREE and open to the community. For more information please contact Esther Katz at

Children's Carnival
5:30 – 7:00 p.m. | JCC Gymnasium

Head to the JCC Gymnasium for games, inflatables, face painting, tattoo artist, henna artist, and balloon art while winning prizes along the way. Food from Star Catering will be available for purchase.

B'nai B'rith Jewish Trivia Contest

6:00-6:45 p.m.  |  JCC Auditorium
Join us for the 18th annual B’nai B’rith Jewish Trivia contest. Registration requested. Email to register. Call Steve Riekes at (402) 492-9800 for details.

Israeli Film, Lecture, & Reception
7:00 p.m. | JCC Theater

Featured Film: Ben Gurion, Epilogue

Select footage from a six-hour interview with David Ben-Gurion emerges from the obscurity of an archive where it has lain unrecognized for decades. Based on archive material, this film reveals the final years of Israel's founder, David Ben-Gurion. The film finds Ben-Gurion, at 82 years old, living in the desert, remote from all political discourse, which allows him a perspective on the Zionist enterprise, and a surprising vision for the future of Israel.

Lecture with Elan Ezrachi & Naamah Kelman
Stay after the film for an engaging discussion with Israel scholars, Elan Ezrachi & Naamah Kelman.
Naamah Kelman is currently the Dean of Hebrew Union College in Jerusalem. She is the first woman to be ordained as rabbi in Israel and one of the leaders of the Israeli Reform movement.

Elan Ezrachi is the founding CEO of Masa – Israel Journey. He is an educational specialist in the area of Jewish peoplehood and Israel engagement, a community activist in Jerusalem, and the recent author of Awakened Dream – 50 Years of Complex Unification of Jerusalem (in Hebrew).

Reception Featuring Israeli Inspired Snacks
Stick around after the film and lecture for a reception in the JCC Gallery featuring delicious Israeli street food refreshments.


This program is made possible with the support of the Herbert Goldsten Trust, the IAC, and the following Jewish Federation of Omaha Foundation Funds: Special Donor Advised Fund, the Shirley and Leonard Goldstein Supporting Foundation and the Murray H. and Sharee C. Newman Supporting Foundation.