Maggie Conti, RBJH Director of Activities and Outreach Programs
December brings eight nights of Hanukkah. But for participants in Mainstreeters events, the entire month will be a festival of fun. Come join the activities. The days may be cold, but the atmosphere is always warm when you’re with friends.
A Free Afternoon at the Movies: Race, Friday, Dec. 2, 1 p.m. in the JCC Theater. Complimentary popcorn, warm and delicious, will be served. No reservations necessary. Invite a pal. Race is based on the incredible true story of Jesse Owens, the legendary athletic superstar whose quest to become the greatest track and field athlete in history thrusts him onto the world stage of the 1936 Olympics, where he faces off against Adolf Hitler’s vision of Aryan supremacy. Race is an enthralling film about courage, determination, tolerance and friendship, and an inspiring drama about one man’s fight to become an Olympic legend. Rated PG-13 for thematic elements and language, the running time is two hours and 14 minutes. If you would like to enjoy a Star Deli lunch in the Blumkin Home Auditorium before the movie, call Maggie Conti at 402.334.6521 to reserve a table. Lunch is on your own. The Star Deli opens for business at 11:30 a.m.
Bill Chrastil in a Community Concert: Wednesday, Dec. 14 at 1:30 p.m. in the Rose Blumkin Jewish Home Auditorium. No admission fee. Back by popular demand, Bill has been a full-time musician and entertainer since 1983. His high-energy performances are a salute to music legends Elvis Presley, Conway Twitty, Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Neil Diamond, Roy Orbison, Jerry Lee Lewis, Buddy Holly, Tom Jones and more. Bill holds the #1 spot on Branson’s Top 20 Artist Countdown. Come enjoy this award-winning vocalist, instrumentalist, entertainer, songwriter and producer! Bring a friend. Everyone is welcome. Join us for an ice cream social following the show.
Sunday, Dec. 18, 2 p.m. in the Jewish Community Center Theater. The JCC Musical: A Kidsummer Night’s Dream. A Kidsummer Night’s Dream, a musical adaptation of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, is a marvelous musical that explodes in a joyous celebration of Shakespeare’s classic comedy. Kidsummer is full of mischief and mayhem, misunderstandings and magic potion mix-ups, as kings and queens, humble workers and fairies all chase their dreams. This show is simply… MAGIC! There will be no assigned seating, so come early to get the best seat. Cost: $5 per person, a saving of 50% to Mainstreeters. This special discount is sponsored in part by the Ruth Riekes Richards Fund of the Jewish Federation of Omaha Foundation. Deadline for reservations is Monday, Dec. 12 (no reservations will be accepted after Dec. 12). Pick up your tickets the day of the show at Will Call. Make check payable to Jewish Social Services and send reservation with full payment to: Jewish Social Services, c/o Maggie Conti, 323 S. 132nd Street, Omaha, NE 68154. For questions call Maggie at 402.334.6521
Monday, Dec. 19, Hanukkah Lunch and music by John Worsham at 12:30 p.m. in the Rose Blumkin Jewish Home Auditorium. Join us for a Hanukkah Celebration with a performance of Legends of the Golden Oldies – Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Nat King Cole and more. For your entrees, select beef brisket or panko crusted cod. Both entrees come with Matzoh ball soup, potato Latkes, seasoned mixed vegetables, challah and Hanukkah cookies for dessert with a beverage of your choice. Cost is $10 a 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, Dec. 12.
Hanukkah Tea: Wednesday, Dec. 28, 1:45 p.m. in the Silverman Auditorium at the Rose Blumkin Jewish Home. No charge. As the song says, “Oh Hanukkah, oh, Hanukkah, come light the menorah. Let’s have a party; we’ll all dance the hora.” Anna Mosenkis at the piano will provide the musical inspiration for this joyous Hanukkah sing-along. Join us for an ice cream social following the performance. Everyone is invited, so bring a friend. If you have questions, call Maggie Conti at 402.334.6521.
It’s Communications Fee Time: 2017 is shaping up to be an exciting year with luncheons, movies, trips, great speakers, classes and more. This year’s Communication Fee — $5 per person or $10 per couple — is good from Jan to Dec. 2017. Please make your check payable to Jewish Social Services and mail to Mainstreeters c/o Dr. Jim Wax, 1103 No. 93rd Street, #350, Omaha, NE 68114.
Mainstreeters welcomes all Jewish residents of the Omaha area age 60 plus. The group offers a mixed bag of learning opportunities plus social and cultural events. There are no membership dues, but we very much appreciate everyone who helps us offset Mainstreeters’ communication costs for printing, postage, and mailing. Thanks in advance for your support.
Mainstreeters programs are supported in part by grants from the United Way of the Midlands and the Jewish Federation of Omaha.