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Fall Session: September 2 - December 2

Winter session: December 13, 2021 - March 7, 2022


Shalom is a wonderful Hebrew word which means hello, goodbye, AND peace. With all three of these definitions it is my pleasure to be among the first people to welcome you and explain a bit more about the “Exploring Judaism” class we offer through the Jewish Federation of Omaha. This class is designed for anyone exploring Judaism for the first time, for Jews interested in refreshing their knowledge of Judaism, those in the process of conversion to Judaism, or folks of any background with a general interest in Judaism and a desire to learn more.

Over the past year, participants have appreciated the convenience of  virtual sessions fitting their early evening schedules. We are continuing with virtual classes in 2021 and 2022, with some face-to-face classes incorporated as they fit with the curriculum. As part of your learning process, the class includes a panel with several of our community’s rabbis who will each provide a perspective on Judaism through the lens of their respective congregations.

The instructor for the course is Scott Littky, an experienced Jewish education instructor. He began his career in Jewish education in 1985 as a religious school teacher. From 1988 through 1997 he served the then Bureau of Jewish Education of Omaha as a Community Teacher. He taught at the Friedel Jewish Academy as well as afternoon religious school programs. Scott served 17 years as a Director of Education, first at Beth El Synagogue in Omaha, Nebraska followed by positions in Ann Arbor, Michigan and Alexandria, Virginia. In 2014 he returned to Omaha and was the Program Director at Temple Israel. Scott is currently the Executive Director for the Institute for Holocaust Education. He has been teaching Exploring Judaism since 2015.

If you have interest in either of these class sessions, email Mark Kirchhoff at or call (402) 334-6463.

If you are looking to make more connections to Jewish life in Omaha beyond religious life, I encourage you to contact me. Most of the programs, classes and activities offered by the Jewish Federation of Omaha are open to the entire greater Omaha community (or beyond, for programs on Zoom), and part of my job is to connect folks with the resources that are most meaningful to you. Be in touch.

Jennie Gates Beckman
Director of Community Engagement & Education
(402) 334-6445