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Hello! It is my pleasure to be among the first people to welcome you to the “Exploring Judaism” class. This class is designed for those exploring Judaism for the first time, for those beginning a conversion process, and for those Jews who wish to refresh their knowledge of a wide range of topics relating to Judaism. As part of your learning process, the class includes a panel with several of our community’s rabbis. It is a good way to establish your first contact for what we hope will become many in the future. The Jewish Federation of Omaha also offers programs and activities that are open to the entire community. As the Director of Community Engagement & Education I encourage you to contact me so that I may assist you in making more connections to Jewish life in Omaha.

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

Instructor: Scott Littky

Scott Littky is an experienced Jewish education professional. He began his career in Jewish education in 1985 as a religious school teacher. From 1988 until 1997 he served the then Bureau of Jewish Education of Omaha as a Community Teacher.  He taught at the Friedel Jewish Academy in addition to afternoon religious school programs. Scott served 17 years as a Director of Education beginning at Beth El Synagogue in Omaha, followed by Beth Israel Synagogue in Ann Arbor, MI, and Agudas Achim Congregation in Alexandria, VA. During the summer of 2014, Scott returned to live in Omaha and served for three years as the Program Director at Temple Israel. Currently Scott is the Executive Director of the Institute for Holocaust Education.

2020 Fall Schedule

September 8 - November 24, 2020
Tuesdays  |  7:00-8:30 pm

Fall schedule is closed and registration is closed. Please see the Winter Schedule.

2020-2021 Winter Schedule

December 7, 2020 - March 15, 2021*

Mondays  |  7:00-8:30 pm

Download full schedule here.

*No class on 12/28, 1/11, 1/18

All classes will be conducted virtually via Zoom in accordance with CDC and all best health guidelines. The Zoom link will be provided by the instructor prior to the first class.

Instructor will provide links to all class material and recommended additional reading throughout the course.

Tuition for Exploring Judaism is $180 per person.
Payment is due the first week of classes. The Jewish Federation of Omaha (JFO) presents the class as a gift, free of charge, to current contributors to the Annual Campaign of the JFO, active congregants of an Omaha synagogue, and JFO employees.

Questions? Contact Mark Kirchhoff for more details - (402) 334-6463 or

Interested? Contact us!

If you have interest in either of these class sessions - even if you are not sure - let us know and we will put you on the "interested list". We will make sure you receive information about the class as it gets near. Email Mark Kirchhoff or call (402) 334-6463.