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3.29.13 Issue

by Ozzie Nogg

Spring is in the air and Mainstreeters have a spring in their step, eager to take part in these April activities. The community is invited to join the fun.

Live from NY’s 92nd Street Y. Tuesday, April 9, 7 p.m. in the JCC Theater. No admission fee. In honor of the ADL’s Centennial Year, a panel of distinguished guests takes a behind-the scenes look at some of the battles the Anti-Defamation League has fought and won over the years, and asks, even in a more tolerant America, “Why does anti-Semitism still exist?” Please note that this is an ADL event. Our very special thanks to the Ruth Frisch & Oscar S. Belzer Endowment Fund and the Ann Woskoff Schulman Memorial Fund for their continued financial support of the 92 Street Y. live broadcasts. The Jewish Federation of Omaha encourages all seniors to participate in this free program, part of the 92nd Street Y. 2013 new spring schedule.

The Future of God: The Merging of Science & Religion, Sunday, April 14, 7:15 p.m. in the JCC Theater. No admission fee. Must science and religion always be opposing and irreconcilable forces? Looking at recent trends in theoretical physics and the response of contemporary theologians to scientific theories, this panel discusses whether science and religion can, in fact, be seen as complementary ways of understanding our world. Moderated by Dr. Reza Aslan, a Wallerstein professor at Drew University’s Center on Religion, Culture and Conflict, panelists are Andrew Zolli, the co-author of Resilience: The Science of Why Things Bounce Back, and David Eagleman, a neuroscientist and writer at Baylor College of Medicine, where he directs the Laboratory for Perception and Action and the Initiative on Neuroscience and Law. Eagleman is a New York Times bestselling author whose work is published in twenty-seven languages.

Shake, Rattle & Roll with Rick Tomasso: Monday, April 15, 12:30 p.m. Lunch in the Rose Blumkin Jewish Home Auditorium. Enjoy Rick’s repertoire of standards, classics and popular songs from the 1950s, 60s and 70s. Remember Jerry Lee Lewis, Frankie Avalon and Gladys Knight? This musical program will take you back to the doo-wop days. For your entree, choose either seared yellow fin tuna over mixed salad greens with raspberry vinaigrette, or marvelous meatloaf with mashed potatoes and gravy plus roasted mixed vegetables. Both entrees also come with hearty vegetable soup, challah, beverage and cookies. Cost is $11.50 a 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, April 8. If you have questions call Linda Abrams Tederman at 402.468.4939.

A Search for Heritage: Genealogy Class with Sue Millward. New, rescheduled date is Wednesday, April 17, from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the Rose Blumkin Jewish Home Board Room. No charge. Are you researching your family tree but don’t know where to start? You start with what you know and go from there. And that’s what we’ll be doing in this new Mainstreeters Class. Sue Millward, an amateur genealogist and President of the Nebraska Jewish Historical Society, will show you how to begin researching your family tree. We’ll explore the U.S. Census and Immigration records of your ancestors and learn how basic information can be gathered from these documents. At a time when technology is changing the face of genealogy, there are many resource sites to go to. We’ll share the most popular ones with you. Please call Maggie Conti at 402.334.6521 and reserve your spot by Wednesday, April 10. For information, call Rocky Stern 402.393.4952

A Free Afternoon at the Movies: Lincoln, winner of two Oscars including Best Actor, Daniel Day-Lewis, Friday, April 26, 1 p.m. in the JCC Theater. Complimentary popcorn — warm and delicious — will be served. No charge. No reservations necessary. Invite a friend. Steven Spielberg directs a revealing drama that focuses on the 16th President’s tumultuous final months in office. In a nation divided by civil war and the strong winds of change, Lincoln pursues a course of action designed to end the war, unite the country and abolish slavery. With the moral courage and fierce determination to succeed, his choices during this critical moment will change the fate of generations to come. If you have any questions, or would like to enjoy a Star Deli lunch at the Blumkin Home before the show, call Maggie Conti at 402.334.6521 to reserve a table. Lunch is on your own. The Star Deli opens for business at 11:30 a.m.

Mainstreeters welcomes all Jewish residents of the Omaha area age 60 plus. The group offers a mixed bag of social events and learning opportunities that give participants the chance to meet new people, exercise their brains, take part in new activities and continue enjoying life to the fullest. Maggie Conti, Director of Activities and Outreach Programs at the Rose Blumkin Jewish Home, said: “Mainstreeters continues to offer diverse programs every month, and we invite community members to join the April excitement.”