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by Mary Sue Grossman, Program Coordinator, The Center for Jewish Life

Last year, the Center for Jewish Life introduced a new program, the Klutznick Learning Series. That first series focused on the Ten Commandments, and nearly 200 people attended over a six week period. Of unique interest – and great success – was the session format. Each commandment was first examined by a clergy member, from the religious view. That was followed by a presentation by a community member, focusing “real life” experiences and expertise regarding that commandment.

Based on the positive response to last year’s program, the Center for Jewish Life is delighted to announce the dates for the 2015 Klutznick Learning Series. Sessions will be held on Tuesday evenings, Feb. 24, March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, 7-8:30 p.m. in the Social Hall at the JCC.

It was decided that with 603 additional commandments on the books, continuing the investigation of more of the rules would be a good option. Based on this, the 2015 theme is Beyond the Big Ten – And We’re Not Talking Football.  The five sessions will follow the same format, taking a dual look at ten commandments not found in the traditional “Big Ten” lineup. Each unique commandment will be examined from a religious side followed by a focus of the topic in today’s world.

The series is available free of charge due to the generous financial support from the fund of the Klutznick Chair of Jewish Civilization at Creighton University. The Klutznick Governance Council includes Dr. Leonard Greenspoon, the Klutznick Chair, along with Bonnie Bloch, Steve Riekes and Marty Shukert.

“We were very pleased with the success of last year’s Klutznick Learning Series,” commented Dr. Greenspoon. “We had a great cross section of presenters and participants who provided a unique way of examining the commandments.” This year is presenters were given a list of 20 commandments, prepared by Greenspoon, from which to choose. “It was a bit daunting to make the list,” said Dr. Greenspoon. “My goal was to find commandments that would create interest and lively discussions.”

Bonnie Bloch, who serves on both the Klutznick Governing Council and is president of the Center for Jewish Life board, is looking forward to the series. “It was great to have involvement by so many in the community last year,” she stated. “I feel the format of the series provides a fresh and distinctive style of learning and I encourage everyone to attend.” She noted that the stand- alone nature of each week does not require one to attend all five sessions to participate.

Sessions will be held Tuesday evenings, Feb. 24, March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, 7-8:30 p.m. in the Social Hall at the JCC. Each presenter will have a 15-minute time slot, and a short break will be included during the session. Future publicity will provide complete details on presenters and weekly topics.

While there is no cost, registrations are appreciated for planning purposes. Make reservations by calling 402.334.6463 or The series is presented by the Center for Jewish Life whose mission it is to maximize involvement of Omaha’s Jewish community in imaginative, compelling and meaningful Jewish experiences. Watch for more information coming soon.