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7.18.14 Issue

by Mary Sue Grossman, The Center for Jewish Life

Eliad Eliyahu Ben Shushan, Omaha’s Community Shaliach, along with his wife Sara and their children, Nehoray, Shilat and Amitay, returned to Omaha on July 9 after a visit in Israel. Shortly after arriving at Ben Gurion Airport, the sirens sounded and the family found themselves heading to what Eliad described as “the largest bomb shelter he had ever seen.” While not at all an amusing situation, this picture – taken by his son, Nehoray – shows Eliad by the shelter sign, trying to make the children less afraid.  While at the airport, they also saw Efrat Srebro, who many in Omaha know through her work in the Partnership2GETHER Hava Nagila Gan program. Another friend, Michelle Korin, a Partnership lay leader from Indianapolis, joined them as well. Eliad commented “the best part of waiting in the airport that day was seeing old friends who found themselves ‘Praying2GETHER’ for better days in Israel.”

Eliad was in Israel during the kidnapping and murder of the three Israeli teens and the subsequent escalation of tensions and fighting. Hear about his experiences and learn more about the media coverage of the events at his Eye on Israel session on Tuesday, July 22 from noon-1 p.m. in the Kripke Jewish Federation Library. “Eye on Israel”, the Community Shaliach program and Partnership2GETHER are programs of the Center for Jewish Life. The mission of CJL is to maximize involvement of Omaha’s Jewish community in imaginative, compelling and meaningful Jewish experiences. For more information, please call 402.334.6463 or email