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E-News - April 1, 2016

April 1, 2016  |  22  Adar  II  5776

Experiencing Israel
Beginning on March 28 and coming to a close on April 7, Jewish Omaha is joining 13 other Jewish communities to visit our Partnership region in the Western Galilee. The trip has been inspired by a celebration of the 20th year of existence of Partnership2GETHER. It has been a great experience for first-timers and returnees alike. In addition to the wonderful hospitality and programs we experienced with our Central Area Consortium partners and visiting the beautiful Western Galilee, one of the many highlights was touring the northern borders of Lebanon and Syria with Colonel Kobi Marom (retired). He spent his military service commanding troops who were protecting Israel in the North.

In his retirement, Col. Marom continues to serve as one of the leading experts on security and counterterrorism. We were quite fortunate that he was available to meet with us and lead a tour and provide a historical account of the area. He briefed us on the situation in Lebanon with Hezbollah and discussed the current fighting in Syria as it impacts Israel. He also spoke of the recent nuclear agreement with Iran and the potential problems it poses for Israel. (Dennis Ross will also give his opinion on the nuclear agreement with Iran on Tuesday at UNO. Please join us...see below for additional details).

When we visited the Western Galilee Medical Center, we learned that the hospital has treated over 1,000 wounded Syrian refugees. They were transported into Israel by the Red Cross and received medical attention before being transported back to Syria. The Western Galilee Medical Center is one of three hospitals in Israel treating these refugees. Sadly, this humanitarian effort is rarely acknowledged by the outside world.

Your generosity through our Annual Campaign has supported this vital facility for many years. In fact, some of you may recall that, following the second Lebanon War in 2006, the Federation's Israel Emergency Fund raised dollars to help build an underground hospital at the Medical Center. As the hospital is less than 5 miles from the border with Lebanon, they are now fully prepared to continue providing necessary services even when under attack.

Today (April 1) acclaimed Jerusalem Post journalists Gil Hoffman and Khalid Abu Tomaeh briefed us on their view of the American, Israeli, and Palestinian political climate of the area. Following the talk the group toured Yad Vashem and Mahane Yehuda. We ended the day by bringing in Shabbat at the Kotel (Western Wall). We look forward to sharing additional stories and photos upon our return.

Shabbat Shalom from Jerusalem!
Alan Potash
Ruth & Phil Sokolof Annual Lecture Series
Keynote Speaker Dennis Ross
Tuesday, April 5, 7:30 pm

Distinguished diplomat and author Dennis Ross will be the keynote speaker for the Ruth & Phil Sokolof Annual Lecture Series Tuesday, April 5, 2016 at 7:30 pm at the Thompson Alumni Center on the UNO Campus.  Throughout his prestigious career Ross has focused on Middle East Policy.  His topic for the evening is "U.S.-Israeli Relationship from Truman to Obama." 

The Schwalb Center and the Jewish Federation of Omaha are pleased to welcome Ross to Omaha through the support of the Sokolof Family Foundation, Phillip & Terri Schager Supporting Foundation, and Shirley & Leonard Goldstein Supporting Foundation.  The lecture is open to the public free of charge.
Scholar in Residence at Beth Israel
Chaim Silberstein, former president of "Im Eskachech - Keep Jerusalem", a public policy and advocacy organization, will be the Scholar in Residence at Beth Israel Synagogue on April 1 & 2.  Highlighting the events will be his Shabbat Sermon "Whose Jerusalem is It? Who Does Jerusalem Belong to...Historically, Morally, and Under International Law?"  For a full list of events, click here.
Community Happenings on
Sunday, April 3rd

3 on 3 Basketball Challenge JCC Eddie Belgrade Memorial
3 on 3 Basketball Challenge
JCC Gym | 8am
Cheer on your team at the JCC one-day
3 on 3 basketball tournament .

Pinwheel Garden for April Child Abuse Prevention
JCC front lawn | 1pm
Child Abuse Prevention April is Child Abuse Prevention Month, and Jewish Family Service joins Prevent Child Abuse Nebraska's Pinwheels for Prevention® campaign to promote healthy child development and positive parenting. To read more about the Pinwheel Garden, click here.

Rocky Mountain Jewgrass
JCC Auditorium | 1:30pm
Hear Kosher classics like: "Jews Don't Camp", "The Yom Kippur Blues", and "Saying Kaddish at the Roadkill Cafe". This event is free and open to the community. Sponsored by the Meyers Family Legacy of Laughter Endowment Fund of the Jewish Federation of Omaha Foundation.

Six13 In Concert

Beth El Synagogue | 4-6pm
Six13 is a six-man vocal band with an unprecedented style of Jewish music. Featuring songs ranging from hip-hop dance tracks to rock anthems, the group sounds like a full band - while using nothing but their voices.  The performance is a benefit for Beth El's Youth Scholarship Fund.
Register for JCC Summer Camp!
Click here to view the 2016 Summer Camp Brochure.
This, That, and the Other Thing
According to Jewish Law, you must prepare yourself for the High Holidays 30 days in advance.  Take THIS Passover Quiz to help your preparations.

Community Shaliach Eliad Eliyahu is a reliable source of information for current events in Israel.  He is also well-versed in the history of the Jewish people.  He shared with us some speculation of what it would be like if Moses were living in the 21st Century - Moses clicking on the keyboard.   Think about THAT.

And while Passover is familiar and practiced by Jewish people everywhere, THE OTHER THING is that it can be a bit of a mystery for non-Jews.  As a reminder about Passover for Jews and an overview of the holiday for non-Jewish E-NEWS subscribers, here is a brief video.

You and Federation
Together with the  Jewish Federation of Omaha, you make our Jewish community more caring and connected. We've made a difference in the lives of so many by providing for those in need, building Jewish identity, and celebrating Jewish life.
2016 Annual Campaign
As of April 1, we have reached 95% of our goal totaling $3,165,598.

Thank you for supporting our mission. 
Upcoming Events
The Jewish Federation &
The Schwalb Center brings Dennis Ross to Omaha 
April 5  |  7:30pm
UNO Thompson Alumni Center

April 6  |  Noon

Women's Community-wide Celebration  
April 7  | 7pm
Chabad Center

JCC Kids NIght Out 
April 9  | 5:30pm
JCC Youth Lounge

Omaha Chamber Music Society presents Amernet String Quartet
April 10
11:30am - Temple Israel
7pm - JCC Theater

JFS Project Tzedakah
April 11  | 6:30pm

April 13  |  Noon

Art and the Holocaust Exhibit Artist Reception
 April 14  |  JCC Gallery
Over 100 works of art will be on display for the month of April in the JCC Gallery, all created by Omaha middle school students based on their studies of the Holocaust.

Scholar-in-Residence -
Danny Maseng
April 15-17
Temple Israel

Beth Israel Special Pesach
Class & Dinner
April 17 |  5pm 
Dinner - 6pm

April 20  |  Noon
RBJH Passover Seders
April 22  |  4pm
April 23  |  4pm 
Beth Israel Second Seder
April 23  |  7:45pm
Reservations are due April 18

Beth El Passover Seder
April 23 |  6:30pm

Temple Israel Second Night Passover Seder
April 23  | 5:30pm

April 27  |  Noon
Screening of the film, "Swimming in Auschwitz"
 featuring Renee Firestone
April 27  |  7pm
JCC Theater
Free, no registration required
Save the Date
Nebraska State Holocaust Commemoration
May 1  |  3 pm

Renee Firestone -
Live at the Durham
May 3 | 6:30 pm
Durham Museum

Omaha Community Holocaust Commemoration with featured speaker Renee Firestone
May 4  |  7 pm
Temple Israel

Informative Presentation
with Dr. Amir Levine

May 9 |  7pm
JCC Theater

Yom Hazikaron Commemoration
May 10  | 6:30pm
JCC Social Hall

Yom Ha'Atzmaut  Festival
May 11  |  5:30 - 8pm
JCC Pavilion
Carnival, B'nai B'rith Trivia Quiz & Avi Dayan Performance
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