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E-News - April 27, 2016

April 27, 2016  |  19  Nisan 5776

Let us say THANK YOU 1,474 times!
Our  2016 Annual Campaign could not have happened without you! This year, we saw many "firsts" including our first Kids Campaign event  ever in Omaha!  Also, this was the year we reinvented Campaign Cabaret and hosted a new fundraising concept with the Omaha Kehilla Cup, and all with your support.

The gifts we give are making a profound impact on the lives of Jews here at home, in Israel and around the world and we are proud to be a part of this vibrant community that makes it happen!

We thank you all--donors, volunteers and leaders in our community . Because of you, we are able to provide quality Jewish education, send our teens to Israel, assist our seniors, show our support to Israel and maintain a vibrant and active campus with fantastic programming.

We ARE- Impacting today and imagining our tomorrow.

Jan Goldstein and Howard Kooper
2016 Annual Campaign Chairs

IHE Welcomes Renee Firestone
for the Community Holocaust Commemoration
"Swimming in Auschwitz"
Tonight - Wednesday, April 27 | 7 pm | JCC Theater
Renee Firestone - First return trip to Auschwitz-Birkenau in 1996.
Become familiar with Renee Firestone's story prior to her arrival in Omaha by attending this film. In the film, six women, all teenagers at the time, speak of their experiences in the camp.

Renee Firestone -
Live at the Durham

Tuesday, May 3 | 6:30 pm | Durham Museum
Renee's presentation is free for Durham members or included with the cost of museum admission, no registration required. (Truhlsen Lecture Hall)

Community Holocaust Commemoration -
Yom Hashoah

Wednesday, May 4 | 7:00 pm | Temple Israel
Featuring speaker Renee Firestone
JFS presents Amir Levine
Monday, May 9, the community is invited to a presentation by Dr. Amir Levine. His topic, Attached: The New Science of Adult Attachment and How It Can Help You Find - and Keep - Love, is the title of the book Dr. Levine co-authored with Rachel Heller, M.A. The program runs from 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m. in the JCC Theater and is open to the public at no charge.

The event is brought by Jewish Family Service with sponsorship provided by Special Donor-Advised Fund of the Jewish Federation of Omaha, the Sokolof Foundation, the Pennie Z. Davis Family Life Education Fund and the Paul and Joy Grossman Family Endowment.
Yom Hazikaron Observance
May 10 | 6:30 pm | JCC Social Hall
On Yom Hazikaron the entire country of Israel stands in silence in remembrance of those killed for their country. (Click on video above)

During the Omaha observance led by Community Shaliach Eliad Eliyahu, teens from the recent Mega-Teen Mission trip to Israel will read short texts written by soldiers and families. Eyal Ben Zeev, JAFI Fellow working in Chicago will present the importance of Yom Ha'zikaron in Israeli society with his talk, "And Soon We Will Become a Song."
Yom Ha'Atzmaut Festival - May 11
Free - Open to the Community

Children's Carnival  |  5:30 - 7:00 pm |  JCC Pavilion
Food from Star Catering will be available for purchase.

16th Annual B'nai B'rith Jewish Trivia Contest
6:15 - 7:00 pm | Green Space Across from Pavilion
For details please e-mail

Concert with Israeli Entertainer, Avi Dayan
7:00 - 8:00 pm  |  JCC Pavilion

This program is made possible with the support of the following Jewish Federation of Omaha Foundation Funds: Herbert Goldsten Trust, Special Donor-Advised Fund, & the Murray H. and Sharee C. Newman Supporting Foundation.
Jewish comedian Joel Chasnoff will perform at the JCC on May 11
Following the Yom Ha'Atzmaut activities on May 11th join us for a wonderful evening of humor by Joel Chasnoff. Joel will take the stage at 8:15 p.m. in the JCC Theater.

A Chicago native, Joel has performed on stage and screen in nine countries, including two off-Broadway shows, a USO comedy tour of Japan and Korea, more than 1,000 Jewish events in North America and Europe, and Israeli late-night TV.

This free event is made possible by the Jewish Federation of Omaha and Temple Israel.

62nd Annual Charity Sports Banquet
May 19  |  5:45 pm
CenturyLink Center
Presented by B'nai B'rith
Featured Speaker - Dave Feherty, Professional Golf Commentator
Comedic Emcees - The Sklar Brothers

The success of this event greatly benefits Omaha's Jewish community as B'nai B'rith donates a portion of the proceeds for scholarship and program funding to several local Jewish organizations.
Please purchase your ticket - or a table - at  Ticket prices are:  Patron $125, VIP $200, Patron Table of 10 $1,250 and VIP Table of 10 $2,000.  For sponsorship information, please call Howard Shandell, banquet chair at (402) 861-0565 x 103.  For more event details, click here.
Honoring Marty Ricks
Please join us to honor and thank Marty Ricks for his many years of service as a Federation professional on Wednesday, May 25th from 4-6pm in the JCC Gallery.
In lieu of any "gifts", Marty has requested that you consider honoring him by participating in Omaha Gives! that day and making a gift to your favorite Omaha Jewish organization(s). Staff and computers will be available to help make Omaha Gives! tribute gifts.
We are excited to be a part of the metro area's charitable holiday - Omaha Gives! on May 25!  Learn more at and get ready to prove how generous Omaha can be!

Want to make your Omaha Give! donation ahead of time?
You can NOW schedule gifts at!
From the Los Angeles Times:
"The Jewish story is under assault"
Who are the Jews? A religion? A people? The question has taken on a special urgency in our time.  On Passover we celebrate the birth of the Jewish people through our escape from Egypt.  It's the beginning of a coherent historical narrative...  Read this insightful op-ed piece in its entirety by clicking here.
This, That, and the Other Thing
Is it too soon to ask if you are tired of matzah?  We think not.  This list of some tasty toppings will provide you with some great ideas from around the world.  Click here.
During the  "Eye on Israel" session on  April 12, Navonel Glick (Voni), Deputy Director and COO for IsraAID discussed the agency's work. Days later  the earthquakes struck.  To learn about how IsraAID is in the forefront of relief efforts
The other thing is that Israeli President Rivlin has been recognized for his efforts to help those with disabilities. The amazing results of a survey prompted him to do something about a real need. Read this article from The Jerusalem Post to find out more.

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
The Writings of Maimonides with Rabbi Azriel
April 28-May 19
Thursdays | 10am
Temple Israel

OTYG Lock-In 
April 29  | Temple Israel

Confirmation Graduation 
April 30   | Temple Israel 

Tot Shabbat 
April 30  |  9 am 
Temple Israel 
Nebraska State Holocaust Commemoration
May 1  |  3 pm
Capitol Ro tunda, Lincoln, NE

More Than A Joke: A Jew, a Christian, and a Muslim Walk Into a Pub: Faith & Politics (Tri-Faith Initiative) 
May 1 - 22
Sundays |  5-6:30pm
Sean O'Casey's Irish Pub,
2523 South 140th Ave

B'nai B'rith Breadbreakers
May 4  |  Noon
RBJH Auditorium

Friedel Plant Sale
May 5 - 6  |  9am-5pm
JCC Front Lobby

Informative Presentation
with Dr. Amir Levine

May 9 |  7pm
JCC Theater

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

B'nai B'rith Breadbreakers
May 11  |  Noon
RBJH Auditorium

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

Jewish Comedian
Joel Chasnoff 

May 11  |  8:15pm
JCC Theater

Sokolof Awards Night
May 12 | 7-9pm
RBJH Auditorium

JCC Pennie Z. Davis Child Development Graduation
May 13 |  10am
JCC Theater
Save the Date
Women's Philanthropy Event
Featuring Author Dafna Michaelson Jenet
Honoring Patty Nogg, Kipnis-Wilson/Friedland Award Recipient
May 17 |  7pm | $36
Swanson Towers
RSVP required

62nd Annual
Charity Sports Banquet
May 19  |  5:45pm
CenturyLink Center

Omaha Gives!
May 25 | Midnight - Midnight

Marty Rick's Retirement Party
May 25 | 4-6pm
JCC Gallery

Jewish Federation Annual Meeting & Award Night

June 6 | 7pm
JCC Theater

Farewell Reception for Community Shaliach
Eliad Eliyiahu & Family

June 8  |  7pm
JCC Auditorium

Life & Legacy
2nd Year Celebration

June 14 |  6:30pm
JCC Theater
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