by Ozzie Nogg
The main events in September and October for the Jewish community are, of course, the High Holidays — and Mainstreeters has scheduled three autumn programs that won’t interfere with your attendance at services, so mark the dates on your calendars.
Have lunch with Jeff Koterba, Omaha World Herald cartoonist: Monday, Sept. 15, 12:30 p.m. in the Rose Blumkin Jewish Home Auditorium. Jeff Koterba is a cartoonist, writer, and musician. Since joining the Omaha World- Herald in 1989, he has been a finalist for Editorial Cartoonist of the Year from the National Cartoonists Society. His memoir, Inklings, was named a Chicago Tribune Favorite Nonfiction book of 2009. To help celebrate 25 years ofemployment, the Omaha World-Herald will soon publish a collection of some of Jeff’s best work from the past. Actor Rainn Wilson (of The Office) says, “Jeff Koterba is super funny and smart and creative in many different ways. Plus, his cartoons have been in space and he was even hit by lightning. What’s not to like?” Come hear Jeff explain those remarks. For your entree, choose either a Cheese Frenchee with fries and cole slaw or a Cream Cheese Veggie Sub on multi grain bun with chips and cole slaw. Both entrees include cream of broccoli soup, challah roll, cookies and choice of beverage. Cost: $10 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, Sept. 8. For transportation or answers to questions, call Maggie Conti at 402.334.6521.
Join us at the Movies: Arranged, Friday, Sept. 19, 1 p.m. in the JCC Theater. No charge for the film or for unlimited bags of fresh popcorn. No reservations necessary. Invite a friend. (We promise you’ll be out in time for Shabbat dinner.) Arranged centers on the friendship between a young Orthodox Jewish woman (Rochel) and a young Muslim woman (Nasira) who meet as first-year teachers at a public school in Brooklyn. Both find themselves culturally out of place in 21st century New York, as they try to live within the traditions of their faith while struggling with their own feelings. In particular, Rochel and Nasira bond over the fact that both are expected to enter into arranged marriages, Nasira with a wary optimism and Rochel with a great deal of trepidation. This delightful, optimistic film shows how two women bridge the Jewish-Muslim gap. If you’d like to have lunch at the Star Deli in the Rose Blumkin Home Auditorium before the movie, call Maggie Conti at 402.334.6521 to reserve a table or to answer your questions. Lunch is on your own. The Star Deli starts serving at 11:30 a.m. For questions call Maggie Conti at 402.334.6521.
Whoops – Gotta Go! Learn self-help tips and life style changes to relieve bladder control issues, Monday, Sept. 22. 1:30-2:30 p.m. in the Rose Blumkin Jewish Home Board Room. Jewish Social Services and the Visiting Nurse Association realize the importance of being proactive about your health. This educational workshop will be of specific interest to seniors who want to learn more about taking charge of their well-being and relieve bladder control symptoms. The class will be presented by Alicia Birky, a physical therapist with the Visiting Nurse Association. Alicia holds a master’s degree in physical therapy and has biofeedback certification for pelvic muscle dysfunction. She has worked specifically with patients of all ages with bladder control issues. The class is free. To RSVP, please call Maggie Conti at 402.334.6521 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Brownville Concert Series presents Carole J. Bufford, Sunday, Oct. 12. Carole J. Bufford is one of the most sought after young performers in the New York cabaret and jazz scene. According to the Wall Street Journal, “Sophie Tucker was not, in fact, the last of the Red Hot Mamas. That title can now be claimed by the young Ms. Carole Bufford.” The New York Times describes her “as an earthier, more acerbic, 21st. century Barbara Streisand.” Carole J. Bufford hails from Lincolnton, GA where she grew up on healthy doses of Liza Minnelli, Judy Garland, Patsy Cline, Dinah Washington and Bessie Smith. She is a firm believer in honoring, celebrating and teaching the Great American Songbook, both material written yesterday and today. Cost: $20 per person includes show admission. Transportation by deluxe coach is 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 5:30 p.m. Concert reservations are needed by Friday, Sept. 19. 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 Jim Wax 402.393.4442. Note: bring your own snacks and water for the bus ride.
According to Maggie Conti, Director of Activities and Outreach Programs at the Rose Blumkin Jewish Home, “Mainstreeters main goal is to offer activities and programs that give area residents — age 60-plus — the chance to participate in new experiences, meet new people and enjoy life to the fullest. Tell your friends. We invite you to join us in the New Year.”
Mainstreeters programs are supported in part by grants from the United Way of the Midlands and the Jewish Federation of Omaha.