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11.2.12 Issue

by Ozzie Nogg

           From concerts to classes to luncheons and lectures, the Mainstreeters’ November activities schedule offers a slew of appealing programs. Check out these events, put them on your calendar and say bye-bye to boredom.

The Brownville Concert Series presents Taxi Driver: A Musical Ride, Sunday, Nov. 11. Seven musicians will take you on the Concert Series’ second excursion into the world of rock music. The band features Sarah Girres, Nicole Kountze and Michelle Irions (vocals); Cory Kountze (guitar); Andrew Neely (bass); Miles Loretta (drums); and Al Irions (keyboard). They will thrill you with the music of the 50s to the present — Classic Rock, Motown, Country, Dance, and New Hits. Cost: $17 per person including show admission plus Deluxe Coach Transportation  sponsored by Jewish Social Services. Bus leaves the JCC at noon — please be at the main entrance by 11:45 a.m. — and returns at approximately 7 p.m. Dinner, on your own, is available after the show at the Greek Islands. Ticket reservations are needed by Thursday, Nov. 1. Please make checks payable to Jewish Social Services and mail to: Mainstreeters c/o Maggie Conti, 323 South 132 Street, Omaha, NE 68154. Questions? Call Rose Pitlor at 402.558.5144. Note: bring your own snacks and water for the ride.

Fused Glass Project with Artist Larry Budwig: Monday, Nov. 12, 1: p.m. – 3 p.m. in the RBJH Board Room. Back by popular demand, this one day workshop with Larry Budwig of Kind Designs Glass Studio will teach you what fused glass is all about, and help you create the gift of your choice: a 6” plate and piece of jewelry — $20; a 5” x 1” clear base mezuzah and piece of jewelry — $30; a 12” x 7” platter  and piece of jewelry — $40. Each would make the perfect one-of-a-kind Hanukkah present for yourself or a loved one. The price includes instruction and all materials plus firing. Deadline for reservations is Friday, Nov. 2. Please make checks payable to Jewish Social Services and mail to: Mainstreeters c/o Maggie Conti, 323 South 132 Street, Omaha, NE 68154. But beware… working with fused glass is addictive!

A Novel Lunch with Brian Bogdanoff: Monday, Nov. 19, 12:30 p.m. in the RBJH Auditorium. You’ll be spellbound as Brian Bogdanoff discusses his novel, Three Bodies Burning. Now retired from the Omaha Police Department, award-winning  homicide detective Bogdanoff holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from the University of Nebraska at Omaha and graduated from the Omaha Police Academy. Before becoming a homicide detective, Bogdanoff was a member of one of the most successful undercover narcotics units in Omaha. This is the true story of his blockbuster case. For your entree, choose either a Hot Turkey Sandwich with mashed potatoes, gravy and cranberry sauce; or Panko Crusted Perch filet over rice pilaf. Both entrees come with roasted mixed vegetables, challah rolls, pumpkin pie and a beverage. Cost: $11.50 per plate. Make checks payable to Jewish Social Services and send full payment to: Mainstreeters c/o Maggie Conti, 323 So. 132 Street, Omaha, NE 68154. Reservations are appreciated by Monday, Nov. 12. Further information is available from Maggie Conti at 402.334.6521.

Live from NY’s 92nd Street Y: Wednesday, Nov. 28 at 7 p.m. in the JCC Theater: What Is Jewish Culture? This special lecture features Amos Oz, Daniel Libeskind, Deborah Dash Moore, Fania Oz-Salzberger and James E. Young. Come hear the presenters explore the words at the heart of Jewish culture, and make the case that Jewish continuity depends on written words and an ongoing conversation between the generations. Please join us for the post-broadcast dessert reception, hosted by Young Jewish Omaha. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Live from NY’s 92nd Street Y: Thursday, Nov. 29 at 7 p.m. in the JCC Theater: Science, Religion & the Search for Meaning: Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks with Ira Flatow. There have been ages when religion tried to dominate science. And there have been ages when science tried to dominate religion. Take a fascinating look at the interdependence of religion and science with former Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks and host of NPR’s popular “Science Friday” Ira Flatow, as they explore the ways in which they complement each other in our lives. Please join us for the post-broadcast dessert reception, sponsored by Beth Israel Synagogue. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Join Us at the Movies: People Like Us, Friday, Nov. 30, 1 p.m. in the JCC Theater. No charge for the film or for unlimited bags of warm, delicious popcorn. No reservations necessary. Invite a friend. People Like Us (from DreamWorks Pictures, the studio that brought you The Help) is a smart and witty drama featuring an all-star cast, including Chris Pine (Star Trek), Elizabeth Banks (The Hunger Games), award-winning Michelle Pfeiffer and Olivia Wilde. Sam (Pine) is a twenty-something, fast-talking salesman whose latest deal collapses the day he learns his father has suddenly died. Against his wishes, Sam is called home to put his father’s estate in order and reconnect with his estranged family. While there, he uncovers a startling secret that turns his entire world upside down — he has a 30-year-old sister he never knew existed. Complete with bonus material that reveals how people like us became People Like Us, this is an inspirational and touching movie everyone can relate to. If you want to have lunch at the Star Deli before the show, call Maggie Conti at 402.334.6521 to reserve a table. The cost of lunch is not included in the program. The Star Deli starts serving at 11:30 a.m.

Mainstreeters welcomes all Jewish residents of the Omaha area age 60 plus. “Tell your friends and join us for all our programs,” said Maggie Conti, Director of Activities and Outreach Programs at the Rose Blumkin Jewish Home. “Monthly luncheons, live theater, all kinds of classes, movies, and the Brownville Concert Series are just a few of our diverse activities. And,” Conti continued, “for those of you who haven’t yet sent in your Communications Fee, here’s a friendly reminder. Please help us offset the cost of printing and postage through June of 2013, by contributing $5 a person or $10 per couple. Just make your check payable to Jewish Social Services and mail it to Mainstreeters c/o Dr. Jim Wax, 1103 North 93 Street. #350, Omaha, NE 68114. Thanks in advance for your support.”