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The Jewish Federation of Omaha and the Jewish Press are excited to announce a new local author series in 2022! Every other month, we will host a local writer who will introduce their work to the community.

Hosted on Zoom, the local author will engage in a moderated conversation with Annette van de Kamp-Wright of the Jewish Press, Rachel Ring, JFO Director of Development, and Margo Parsow, JFO Engagement Associate.

upcoming AUTHORS

Tuesday, December 13  |  10:00 - 11:00am
Wiesman Family Reception Room & Via Zoom

Ari Kohen, professor of political science, Schlesinger professor of Social Justice and Director of the Harris Center for Judaic Studies at UNL. Together with Gerald J. Steinacher, he is the author of Antisemitism on the Rise: the 1930s and Today.

The Local Author Series is FREE to attend and open to all. Light refreshments will be available.

Register using the button below or email or directly.

We also welcome you to submit questions ahead of the event at

previous featured AUTHORS

Brett Atlas |  February 1, 2022

discusses his book
Three Things Matter Most, which was published last year.


“This book began as a collection of Post-it notes, journal entries, and emails,” he writes in the introduction. “I wanted to develop a repository of generational wisdom for my kids to have... Also, I wanted to write it to see if I could do it—and I hope it inspires people to think.”

Watch the Zoom recording HERE.

Jan Schneider Lund  |  April 5, 2022

Jan discusses her book Sari and Cass, a story of an intense friendship between two college girls coming of age in the '60's and their adventures traveling and living in Paris, and their subsequent lives back in the States.

Watch the Zoom recording HERE.

Harold R. Mann | June 21, 2022

Harold R. Man is the author of the series of children’s books about Marvin The Golf Caddy Dog. After retiring from a food processing company as a President/CEO, Harold Mann turned his hobby into a new career. Combining his love for the game of golf and his true talent of storytelling, he has composed a series of children’s golf books - which he describes as “his true passion.”

Watch the Zoom recording HERE.

Ariel O'Donnell

 |  August 2, 2022

Ariel will shared how she became a poet, and talked about the place of femininity, Judaism and childhood trauma in her work. She will also do a poetry reading.

Preorder her newest collection of poetry and prose, Amaranthine, here