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Omaha jewish community Beit Midrash

Wednesdays, 7:00-8:00 p.m.

Omaha is blessed with a Jewish community whose members have deep affection for each other and for their spiritual leaders, regardless of which congregation they happen to belong to. Embracing our desire to be together and learn together, this exciting Beit Midrash (house of study) gives all of Jewish Omaha the opportunity to engage in spirited and challenging cross-denominational study with local rabbis and cantors. The year of study will culminate with a Tikkun Leil Shavuot (evening-long study session). Learn more...

Classes will be held virtually, via Zoom, until further notice. Drop in for one session, or become a regular attendee – everyone is welcome. Registering allows you to participate in any or all sessions.

For more information on how this series was formed, read the Jewish Press article.

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

class sessions:

Judaism & Glass Ceiling: Challenges Facing Modern Women & Families
January 6: Rabbi Deana Berezin, Rabbi Ari Dembitzer
January 13: Rabbi Deana Berezin, Rebbetzin Shani Katzman
January 20: Cantor Joanna Alexander, Rabbi Ari Dembitzer

One People, Many Voices: How Are the Various Denominations of Judaism Different?
January 27, February 3 & 10, 2021

Community Panel discussion:

So You Wanna Be a Rabbi, Huh?: Why We Love Judaism...and Why You Should, Too
February 17, 2021

The Promised Land?: Jewish Pluralism & Power in the State of Israel
February 24, March 3, 10 & 17, 2021

Community Panel discussion:

The Never-Ending Story: Slavery, Freedom & the Meaning of Pesach in the Modern World
March 24, 2021

The Future is Now: Re-Imagining Judaism for a Post-Pandemic World - Part II
April 21 & 28, 2021

“You Shall Surely Heal": Medicine & Health Care in the Jewish Tradition
May 5 & 12, 2021

Community Panel discussion:

Community Tikkun Leil Shavuot
Sunday, May 16, 2021

Previous class sessions:

The Jewish Vote: Torah, Civic Duty & the 2020 Election
October 21 & 28, 2020

October 21: facilitated by Rabbi Steven Abraham & Rabbi Deana Berezin
October 28: facilitated by Rabbi Deana Berezin & Rabbi Yoni Dreyer

Community Panel discussion:

Election Debrief: Where do We Go from Here?
November 4, 2020  |  7:00 - 8:00 pm

Featuring: Rabbi Steven Abraham, Cantor Joanna Alexander & Rabbi Duni Blotner
Moderator: Jennie Gates Beckman

In God's Image: Jewish Views on Race, Diversity & Justice
November 11  |  Facilitated by: Cantor Joanna Alexander and Rabbi Mendel Katzman
November 18  |  Facilitated by: Cantor Joanna Alexander and Rabbi Brian Stoller

The Future is Now: Re-Imagining Judaism for a Post-Pandemic World – Part I
December 2 & 9, 2020
Facilitated by: Rabbi Brian Stoller and Rabbi Steven Abraham

Community Panel discussion:

Digital Judaism?: Tradition, Change & the Next Rabbinic Revolution
December 16, 2020  |  7:00 - 8:00 pm

Featuring: Rabbi Ari Dembitzer, Rabbi Mendel Katzman, Hazzan Michael Krausman, Rabbi Brian Stoller
Moderator: Jennie Gates Beckman