10.14.16 Issue

Renee Corcoran, Executive Director, Nebraska Jewish Historical Society

The Nebraska Jewish Historical Society is sponsoring a special musical tribute to renowned songwriter, lyricist and musical director of films by the late Ann (Rosenblatt) Ronell on Sunday, Oct. 23 at 2 p.m. The event will be held in the JCC auditorium and is open to the entire community. Ronell was born in Omaha in 1905 into the Rosenblatt family and was a Central High School graduate. She was inducted into the Central High School Hall of Fame in 2011. She is best known for her hits Willow Weep for Me and Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf? The program will feature many of her musical hits and an insight into her life in Omaha interpreted by Helen Waring Johnson.

Mrs. Johnson will present a power point presentation about Ann Ronell’s childhood in Omaha, schooling, interests and accomplishments throughout her life. Ann Ronell is a musical treasure to Omaha.

Also on the program will be a special tribute to Oliver Pollak, NJHS co-founder for his many years of support and dedication to preserving the history of our Jewish community.

A dessert reception in the JCC gallery will follow with the music of Ann Ronell and others of her era performed by Tuffy Epstein and Dan Cerveny.

The event is underwritten by the Special Donor Advised Fund of the Jewish Federation of Omaha Foundation.