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Sessions are held twice a year - fall and winter

Shalom is a wonderful Hebrew word that means hello, goodbye, AND peace. With all three of these definitions we welcome you and are pleased to introduce you to the “Exploring Judaism” class we offer through the Jewish Federation of Omaha.

In this class you are encouraged to ask your questions, learn multiple perspectives, and discover what is meaningful to you in Judaism. We’ll explore Jewish holidays and life-cycle ceremonies, beliefs, values, prayer, Jewish texts, Israel and the American Jewish experience.

Exploring Judaism includes a panel discussion with the community’s rabbis and clergy who will each provide a perspective on Judaism through the lens of their respective congregations. An opportunity to view the mikvah located in the Rose Blumkin Jewish Home is also a part of the class.

This 12-session course is wonderfully suited for interfaith couples, those raising Jewish children, individuals considering conversion, spiritual seekers and anyone who wants to gain a deeper understanding of Jewish life, no matter faith tradition, cultural background or religious upbringing.

As we emerge from the restrictions of COVID-19, we look forward to opening up for in-person classes to the extent that it is possible. We will always adhere to all safety precautions from the CDC and local agencies. 

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 2014.

Program Assistant for the course is Mark Kirchhoff. Mark has twenty-nine years of experience at Father Flanagan’s Boys’ Home (Boys Town) serving in different capacities over time: direct care, program supervision, business management, and direct mail fundraising. He was the Director for Refugee Residential Placement at the Southern Sudan Community Association (now the Refugee Empowerment Center) for six years. Mark began work at the Jewish Federation of Omaha in 2011 and has worked side-by-side with Scott since Scott began teaching the course in 2014.

2022 Fall Session
Thursdays, 7:00-8:30 pm    Sep 8 - Dec 1
Registration Closed

2022-23 Winter Session - Call or email to register     
Tuesdays 7:00-8:30 pm    Dec 13- Feb 28

Updated information will be provided on this page,The Jewish Press and JFO E-News. If you have questions about these classes, would like help in accessing the Jewish Press, or would like to receive the JFO E-News, contact Mark Kirchhoff at or call (402) 334-6463.