12.19.14 Issue

by Mary Sue Grossman, Center for Jewish Life

A picture of the wide diversity found in the Western Galilee was shared by four accomplished women from the Western Galilee  Diana Bletter, Dr. Janan Farraj-Falah, Kineret Hadar and Galit Aviram-Cohen, along with Noa Friedman-Epstein, visited Omaha on Dec. 9th through the Partnership2GETHER program.

Their day was packed with a combination of individual meetings and community presentations.  Diana, an author, led a writer’s workshop for the Friedel 5th and 6th grade students, met with Dr. Leonard Greenspoon’s senior seminar class at Creighton University and talked to students in Ron Azoulay’s Hebrew class at UNO. Janan, the first Druze woman in Israel to earn a Ph.D., joined Eliad Eliyahu for “Eye on Israel.” Later in the day, Janan, along with Galit, both of whom work with various women’s groups, visited the Women’s Center for Advancement.  Kineret, the legal advisor for the city of Akko, met with attorneys in the City of Omaha’s legal department and later visited the Omaha Small Business Network. In the evening, the four, were members of a panel led a discussion titled “The Rich Tapestry of the Western Galilee.”

Partnership2GETHER, a program of the Jewish Agency and the Jewish Federations of North America, is an extraordinary global platform connecting some 550 communities around the world in 47 partnerships.  Omaha is one of 12 U.S. Jewish communities partnering with the city of Akko and the Matte Asher area in the Western Galilee through cultural, educational, social, medical and economic programs. Omaha’s Partnership2GETHER programs are coordinated by the Center for Jewish Life. For more information, call 402.334.6445.