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August 14, 2015  |  29 Av 5775

Shabbat Shalom Jewish Omaha! We have so much local news to report this week, let's just get right to it.
Have a peaceful Shabbat,

Alan Potash  

AZA #1 

No, this picture isn't from the Middle East. The men of BBYO's Mother Chapter are in the cornfields near Louisville about to engage in hotly contested rounds of paintball as they begin the 2015-16 programming year. The 3rd annual outing has become a "right of passage" of sorts for incoming Freshman and the anticipation begins as early as Spring Regional Convention. BBYO's first meeting of the calendar year is August 18, but so much is happening before that. Yesterday, Mother Chapter Aleph Gadol, Jordan Saag, left for the North American Executives Conference in Pennsylvania and this Sunday, BBYO'ers will be selling desserts as a fundraiser at the August 16 Backyard Concert. If you are planning to attend, don't forget to buy dessert and support BBYO programming!  The Fall Regional Convention, on October 9-11, begins regional activities.  For more information, please contact Rachel Martin.

And speaking of...
Rachel Martin, BBYO Director and JCC Camp Awesomeness counselor extraordinaire traveled to Dallas along with athletes Max Kohll and Jared Murray for the annual JCC Maccabi Games. Rachel reports competition began the very first day with Kohll swimming in two races and Murray competing in a baseball double-header. The evening program included a visit to Top Golf, a triple-level driving range.
All good things...
No one wanted JCC Camp Awesomeness to end!
Last week marked the end of the JCC's summer day camp sessions.  We've all enjoyed seeing the campus hallways and grounds filled with laughter and fun. As you can see, our campers did not want to see their counselor leave either!
Yom Huledet Same'ach
Top left: Eadie Tsabari with nephews Ellie and Max 
Top right: Shalom Beneda  Bottom left: Shmuel Shyken 
Bottom right: The Friedlander Family

More than 130 kids, parents and grandparents enjoyed fun-filled evening on August 5 with face-painting, a bounce house, custom balloon creations, a bouncy obstacle course, music and yes, food, at the first ever PJ Library Birthday Party!  "This is absolutely great" said Lisa Lucoff who attended with daughters, Mikayla and Kori. "The girls are having such fun!"
Update: Iran Nuclear Agreement 
Tom Fellman, Rep. Brad Ashford
and Jerry Slusky

Congressman Brad Ashford, just returned from a 1 week fact-finding trip to Israel (his first!) and spoke to community members at a joint B'nai B'rith-AIPAC luncheon on Wednesday.   He referenced his long-term relationship with community member Evie Zysman (z'l) when he told the audience of 130 that the Iran Nuclear Agreement, "is not good enough."

  • Iran's goal is to push itself to the Mediterranean; a goal they've held for 3000 years. Iran will take advantage of the current Middle East political vacuum to finally achieve this goal.
  • Iran is dangerous in part because its powerful Guard exists for no other reason than to export Iranian nationalism across the entire region . It will use soon-to-be released dollars to achieve this objective: the export of terrorism.  
  • His visit to Yad Vashem reminded him to never  disengage. "Our friends in the region implored us to not turn our backs on them."
  • Ashford told the audience this is the most important decision he will probably ever be involved in.
In separate appeals last week, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Barack Obama continued to promote their positions on the Iran nuclear agreement.  Netanyahu has been a leading opponent and outspoken critic of the agreement, as has been Isaac Herzog, the leader of Israel's political opposition and a Netanyahu foe.

Standing: Lloyd and Debbie Roitstein, Rabbi Katzman and  Gary Javitch
In a JFNA-sponsored   webinar on August 4, in which more than 16,000 took part, Netanyahu claimed the nuclear deal with Iran doesn't block Iran's path to the bomb, grants Iran's nuclear program full legitimacy, and gives Iran a massive infusion of cash to fund its aggression in the region and its terrorism around the world. Pictured is the community viewing at the Kripke Jewish Federation Library.

Obama, in an impassioned speech given the following day at American University, urged support for the deal, claiming "the choice we face is ultimately between diplomacy and some form of war."

To provide more information, JFNA offered an additional webcast with U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz on Thursday, August 13.
Jewish Kehilla
Announcing the Kehilla Cup Challenge in Omaha - a sports-style competition that pits teams of Annual Campaign solicitors in a friendly race for a good cause; fundraising for the Annual Campaign. Guided by Chief Development Officer Steve Levinger, team captains gathered last week at Zio's to choose "draft" cards and learn about scoring points, in a similar format to fantasy football.  The winning team gets bragging rights and their names engraved on the Kehilla Cup, pictured here.

The official "kick-off" is August 26th and until then, Captains will be scouting teammates for mental toughness, charm, salesmanship and perseverance. "You have to be willing to go the distance," said Levinger, "and every community member is fair game." Sign up for the game!

For Every Generation....Federation
Campaign chairs Jan Goldstein and Howard Kooper are grateful and thrilled to see young adult leaders join the Campaign with fresh ideas and enthusiasm.  Jeff Kirshenbaum is chairing Pacesetters with his dad, Joe. Jeanie Neff and Laurie Epstein are chairing Women's Major Gifts, Brian Nogg heads the Kehilla Cup challenge, Campaign Cabaret event chairs Betsy Baker and Stacey Rockman and the October Women's Mission to Europe is overseen by Kimberly Robinson. Jeff, Brian and Laurie feel strongly about their Omaha Jewish roots and are passionate about sharing how they feel with their peers.
ADL Plain States Region Hires Regional Director 
The Federation campus welcomed Mary-Beth Muskin this week when the ADL appointed her its new Regional Director of the Plains States Region of the Anti-Defamation League. Mary-Beth brings a well-rounded background in social justice and education.  She holds degrees from the University of Nebraska, Johns Hopkins, and a Ph.D from the University of Nebraska.
Her daughter, Emily Muskin, is the Associate Project Director of Education in the ADL's Cleveland Regional Office and Mary-Beth's grandfather, I.G. Goldbarg was an active member of the ADL family. You can connect with Mary-Beth directly at or 402.334.6437.
Eye on Israel
On Tuesday, Eye on Israel facilitator, Community Shaliach Eliad Eliyahu, spoke on "Operation Protective Edge, One Year Later." Follow this link to an uplifting story on the growth of one Israeli town on the Gaza border that will not allow rockets to determine its destiny.
Jewish News....Off the Radar
Exhibit on Lincoln and the Jews opens in Springfield, IL

In Alonzon Chappel's 1967 painting, Charles Lieberman is one of the bearded physicians staring down to the left of Lincoln on his deathbed.
Lincoln's relationship with Jews is the inspiration for a groundbreaking exhibit, "With Firmness in the Right: Lincoln and the Jews," which opened Monday at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield, IL.

Based on the book "Lincoln and the Jews: A History," by Jonathan D. Sarna and Benjamin Shapell, the exhibit opened at the New York Historical Society earlier this year.  

It's just a short 7 hour drive from the Federation campus!
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.

Omaha Jewish
Film Festival
The Omaha Jewish Film Festival is seeing record attendance with hundreds enjoying the first two films of the Festival. Next up is The Last Mentsch, this Sunday, August 16 at 7:15pm in the JCC Theater. Tickets are $5.

Lone Soldier
Izzy Ezagui
On Wednesday, September 9 Izzy will speak to Jewish Omaha teens at 6:00 pm at the JCC. All Jewish teens are invited to attend and a pizza dinner will be served. The following day, Izzy will join a Federation Next Gen group for lunch and Thursday evening Izzy addresses the community's major donors at a 2016 Annual Campaign event.
Upcoming Events
Backyard Concert Series
Sundays, 5-7PM
August 16  | Velvet Crush
August 23  |  Pancho & the Contraband
August 30  |  Josh Hoyer & Soul Colossal 

B'nai Brith Breadbreakers
August 19  | Noon - 1PM
Rose Blumkin Jewish
Home Auditorium
Hilary Adams, Director of the Omaha Community Playhouse and Jim Boggess, musical director highlight the upcoming season

JCC Musical Theater Community Acting Group:
Gershwin's "Crazy For You" Young Performers Edition Auditions  
Sunday, August 30
Advanced registration required. Call (402) 334-6419
or click here to register.  
Rehearsals begin Sept. 13 Performances: Dec. 19 & 20
in the JCC Theater.  
Jewish Federation of North America General Assembly 2015
November 8-10
Washington, D.C.
Links Worth Reading
For those of us who appreciate great political satire, last Thursday marked the end of an era when Jon Stewart retired from hosting "The Daily Show" on Comedy Central.
 Read a fitting Jewish tribute.
What's Happening
Check out what's happening
in Jewish Omaha on the Community Calendar. View
all kinds of upcoming events happening around town.

Have an event and want
to get the word out?

Campaign Cabaret
2016 Annual Campaign Community Kick-off
Campaign Cabaret 
Sunday, October 11 

  JOIN the CAST!  
* Singers & Dancers
* Costume Chair
* Prop Chair
* Photo collection chair

Rehearsals start this week with Production Advisors Joanie Jacobson and Andee Scioli with Beth Friedman as Production Coordinator.

Old family photographs / documents  depicting the "immigrant experience" to America. Submissions due today to Louri Sullivan.

Do you want to get involved?  
Contact Louri Sullivan

Director of Community
Impact & Special Projects

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