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9.2.16 Issue

Annette van de Kamp-Wright, Editor of the Jewish Press

The Jewish Federation of Omaha (JFO) is delighted to announce the official start of our next Annual Campaign. As of Sept. 1 (today, if you’re reading this on Thursday), we are up and running! The 2017 Annual Campaign relies both on JFO staff and on numerous lay leaders who will generously donate their time and energy to make this year a success. The Kehilla Cup is making a comeback, as is the Kids’ Campaign.

Our entire community will celebrate together during the Federation Fair on Sept. 25 from 4 to 8 p.m. at Dave and Buster’s. Bring your whole family for food and free games.

“Coming together as a community is an integral part of Campaign,” says Steve Levinger, JFO Chief Development Officer. “In 2015, we brought back Campaign Cabaret and it was a great event. This year, with a focus on “every generation,” we have reserved the entire Dave and Buster’s complex. What a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon and evening with family and friends. And it’s a free event!

This year’s Campaign Chairs, Jaime and Brian Nogg, are definitely looking forward to the Fair:

“This event is an excellent time to see your Jewish community, see all the families and see the future,” Brian said. “We get to educate ourselves about what each agency is up to; it will be a very memorable event.”

“Our kids are really looking forward to it,” Jaime added.

“Marking the Annual Campaign with a big community event makes sense,” Levinger said. “It is crucial that we raise funds to keep our community going, while at the same time reminding ourselves why we love Omaha so much. We have a lot to be proud of, and we should celebrate that together.”

We’ve kept the 2016 theme, “For Every Generation, Federation” intact, because it accurately describes why we do what we do. The Jewish Federation of Omaha touches all of us, from infants at the Pennie Z. Davis Childhood development Center and students at Friedel Jewish Academy to dancers and actors at the JCC Cultural Arts Department. Maybe you have a family member at our excellent Rose Blumkin Jewish Home, or you regularly participate in Mainstreeters, or you enjoy our annual Jewish Film Festival. Perhaps you come to the J for your daily workout, are a member of the book club, receive Meals on Wheels or receive scholarships — Federation and our Campaign touches us all in so many ways each and every day!

“I am eagerly anticipating this year’s campaign as we have an engaged team of lay leaders, a refreshed leadership team, an enthusiastic development team and a theme connecting generations,” says JFO CEO Alan Potash. “I anticipate this year’s campaign focusing more on community engagement and meeting people where they are. We are all here together and we have a community of which we can truly be proud.”