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E-News - April 14, 2017

April 14, 2017  |  18 Nisan 5777

From our CEO...
We are in the midst of our Passover celebrations and I hope everyone is enjoying what I think of as the most interpretive of the Jewish holidays.  Passover/Pesach provides an opportunity for individuals, families, synagogues and other institutions to create meaning through the story of our Exodus from Egypt.  I enjoy sharing highlights and the evolution of Seders.  A particularly interesting story I read recently in the Forward centered around a Seder hosted in a diner.  "Why a diner? That's easy: New York diners serve matzah ball soup. But they're also relatively affordable and laid-back. Many have ample seating. And since diners aren't trendy, they're not prone to impatient customers waiting for your table, or a staff eager to move you out the door."   There are Seders at the White House, there are destination Seders on cruises and at resorts, there was even a Seder at Wrigley Field during a Cubs game!  Bringing people together to celebrate, discuss, eat, and create new traditions - it's no wonder attending a Passover Seder has been considered the most participated of all Jewish observances.
At the close of each Seder we recite "Next year in Jerusalem."  That sentence is an aspirational vision statement for the Jewish people.  We continue to work on the action plan for achieving this vision - which leads us to continue to observe and be creative with the Passover Seder.  As many people cleaned their homes in advance of Passover, we will be cleaning up matzah crumbs throughout the year.
Shabbat Shalom and Chag Samaech

April 20th at 7:00 p.m.  
Temple Israel - 13111 Sterling Ridge Drive 
 Free and open to the community  
RSVPs extended to April 19. or 402-334-646
We can't do it without YOU!
Thanks to the 1,400+ donors and 150+ volunteers, we are wrapping up another very successful Annual Campaign!  Only through your generous support of time, talent, and treasure (almost $3.2 million raised this year) are the Federation's agencies able to provide quality Jewish education, send our kids to Jewish summer camps and to Israel, care for our seniors and those with significant needs, maintain an active/vibrant campus, and assist fellow Jews in Israel and vulnerable regions around the globe.
We are incredibly appreciative of your generosity and thankful you are part of our wonderful Jewish Omaha community!

Wednesday, April 26 |  7:00 p.m.
Beth Israel Synagogue - 12604 Pacific Street

Featured speaker: Jeannie Smith
Daughter of Polish-Catholic Holocaust Rescuer,
Irene Gut Opdyke
*Irene's memoir - In My Hands: Memories of a Holocaust Rescuer 

For more information visit

Omaha Jews in the News
Roni Reiter-Palmon, Ph.D., has been awarded the Outstanding Research and Creative Activity Award from the University of Nebraska. The award recognizes individual faculty members for outstanding research or creative activity of national or international significance. Dr. Reiter-Palmon is Professor, Department of Psychology and Director of the Center for Collaboration Science at UNO. She has been teaching and conducting research at the University for more than 23 years. Her voice is at the forefront in the fields of collaboration and creativity. She received her B.A. with Honors in Psychology and Sociology from Tel-Aviv University in Israel. She undertook graduate studies at Georgia Institute of Technology and earned both an M.A. and her Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from George Mason University in Fairfax, VA. Dr. Reiter-Palmon served on the Executive Board Board of Beth El Synagogue and is presently on the Creative Board of KANEKO. She is also a professor in association with the Nathan and Hannah Schwalb Center for Israel and Jewish Studies at UNO.

Naomi Zipursky was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa at Emory University on March 28. Naomi is a Dean's List student and also President of Emory University Hillel. Before attending Emory,Naomi was a teacher at Beth El's Sunday school,  President of USY, and a camp counselor at JCC summer camps.

More about Roni and Naomi in the Jewish Press.
Tour Israel , Israel Bike Journey
 Enjoy our video clip from previous tours.

PARTNERSHIP2GETHER is offering a once-in-a-lifetime experience to discover Israel by bike -- from the northern border with Lebanon in the Western Galilee, to the eastern border with Syria along the Golan Heights to southern Israel in the Jordan Valley to Eilat, with Israelis.

This year we offer two tracks - a 4 or 7 Day track - The Tour  for 'Shabbat riders' is from Oct. 18-24, 2017  and for those up for a bigger challenge Trans  from Oct. 18-21, 2017  (not including travel time).

Interested? Get more information visit

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.
Upcoming Events
Beth El's Passover Schedule
April 15 - 9:30 am - Shacharit
12 pm - Passover Lunch
7:45 pm - Mincha/Ma'ariv
April 16 - 9:45 am - Shacharit
5:30 pm - Mincha/Ma'ariv
7:48 pm - Candle Lighting
April 17 - 9:30 am - Shacharit
5:30 pm - Mincha/Ma'ariv
8:50 pm - Candle Lighting
April 18 - 9:30 am - Shacharit
Mincha following Morning Services
8:51 pm - Yom Tov Ends

Temple's Passover Kiddush
April 15 | 9:30 am

Temple's Concluding Passover Service and Yizkor
 April 17 | 10:30 am

Young Adults @ TEMPLE - TiYPE: Breaking of Pesach
April 17 | 5:30-7:30 pm
17551 Pinkney Street
Enjoy a night with TiYPE and the breaking of Pesach. There will be all of the delicious foods for your heart's desire and great movies, games, and fun involved.

B'nai B'rith Bread Breakers
April 19 | 12 pm
RBJH Auditorium

Straight Outta BESTT
USY, Kadima and 6th Grade
April 19 | 5:15-6:15 pm
Learn more.

A Taste of Talmud II with Rabbi Darryl Crystal
April 19 & May 3 |  6:30 pm
The premise of the class is that the Talmud is the standard upon which modern Jewish life is based. Learn more.
Music of Today as Prayer and Prayer of Today as Music: What's it all About? with Scott Littky
Thursdays, 10 am
April 20 & 27 and May 4-18
Often when we hear a new song it seems to grip us and cause us to look for a deeper meaning. We also see this in worship. Why is this? Can contemporary music serve as Prayer?

Meanings within Meanings, Stories within Stories: Uncovering the Wisdom of the Torah with Rabbi Crystal
April 20 | 10 am
Author Event with
Rabbi Joseph Telushkin
April 20 |  7 pm
Temple Israel

Temple Tots Shabbat
April 22 | 9 am

Beth El's Torah Tots
April 23 | 9:45 - 11:00 am
Learn more.

Temple's Grief Support Group
April 23 | 10 am
For many, support groups are also important in the grief process.  If you have any questions about the Grief Support Group, please call the Temple Israel office, 402-556-6536.
Temple Israel Book Club
April 23 | 10 am
The Year of Living Biblically: One Man's Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible

Beth El Kindergarten Roundup
April 23, 11:15 am - 12:15 pm
Learn more.

Sunday Speaker, Dr. Mark Celinscak
April 23 | 11:15 am - 12:15 pm
Lear more.

Young Jewish Giving
Year End Giving Shuk
April 25  | 6-8:00 pm
JCC Auditorium

B'nai B'rith Bread Breakers
April 26 | 12 pm
RBJH Auditorium

Omaha Community
Holocaust Commemoration
Yom HaShoah
April 26  |  7pm
Beth Israel Synagogue

Ruth & Phil Sokolof Annual Lecture Series featuring
Dr. Jonathan Adelman
April 27 | 7:30pm

Yale Richards Professional Education Seminar
April 28, 2017
Boys Town Conference Center

Scholar-in-Residence - Rabbi Levi Weiman-Kelman
April 28 - 30
Rabbi Levi Weiman-Kelman is the founder and leader of Congregation Kol HaNeshama in Jerusalem, Israel.  Rabbi Weiman-Kelman is a much sought after scholar who promises to provide us with a very enlightening weekend. Learn more.

Beth El's Shabbat Morning Speaker, Ivan Gilreath
April 29 | 9:30 am
Learn more.

JCC Spring Sprint
April 30 | 1:30pm

Celebrate Israel!
Yom Ha'Atzmaut Festival
May 1
5:30 pm- Carnival
6 pm - Trivia Contest
7 pm - Israeli Movie & Street Food Reception
Save the Date
JFO Annual Meeting
June 5 | 7pm
JCC Theater

Women's Book Event
Janice Kaplan 
June 7

Life & Legacy 3rd year Celebration
June 15 | 6:30 pm
JCC Theater
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