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E-News - August 18, 2017

August 18, 2017  |  26 Av 5777

From our CEO...
Standing up against anti-Semitism should not be a conversation we should be having today. But it is necessary now more than ever. I, like the rest of us, was shocked and horrified as I watched the coverage out of Charlottesville unfold last week. On behalf of the Jewish Federation of Omaha we strongly condemn the violence, hate, bigotry, anti-Semitism and xenophobic actions by white supremacists.  This has no place in America. We pray for the victims. We hold in our hearts the families of Heather Heyer, and Virginia State Troopers, Lt. H. Jay Cullen and Trooper Berke M.M. Bates.
During my years with the ADL and Hillel I monitored rallies and protests and am aware of the challenges of maintaining order during these hate-filled demonstrations. I have witnessed the intentional incitement by hate groups to create a reaction-that is their goal. We saw that in Charlottesville. I know there are lots of videos available of what took place. A popular video many have viewed is the HBO Vice coverage of the main group that protest (this video needs adult supervision). The New York Times has a collection of videos that addresses the neo-Nazi and white nationalist organizations that were there.

Mary-Beth Muskin, ADL-CRC Regional Director encourages the community to be prepared.  

"As young people head back to school and the national dialogue continues to unfold around the tragic events in Charlottesville, it is more important than ever to be prepared to address the questions that may arise as students continue to process what they are seeing online and in the media. We are urging people to stay calm and combat hate with vigilance-- not violence. If you see something, say something. Reporting incidents immediately and wherever they are encountered helps us connect the dots and keep a clear line of sight on organizations and individuals who espouse hate," she said.

The ADL-CRC has compiled helpful and relevant resources from their national website, including information about these hate groups. In addition ADL has great materials on how to speak to children, whether at home or school.

We must not allow this hatred to spread to our community. If it does we also need to be prepared to address it. In working with our local law enforcement agencies in the past I know they will take necessary precautions to prevent the violence that we saw in other communities.

During these challenging times we all are searching for ways to get involved to do more. The ADL and other organizations are putting plans in place. Check out the ADL website for up to date information.
Before we meet to reveal the community study come and meet the new Shaliach Yoni Doron.
On Monday we will be the much talked about Solar Eclipse. The Rose Blumkin Nursing Home will be having a Solar Eclipse party for the residents in the south parking lot in front of the South Entrance.  Please feel free to come and join the experience but don't forget to bring your solar glasses. If you are interested in learning more about the solar eclipse I found this very informative resource: from the National Science Teachers Association.

Shabbat Shalom,
Alan Potash
Backyard Concert Series begins on Sunday, August 20
Grab your lawn chairs and picnic blanket. Pack the cooler. Bring the family and invite your friends to the Jewish Federation of Omaha 7th Annual Backyard Concert Series! Enjoy the fresh air, funky tunes, and fun atmosphere. All concerts begin at 5:00 p.m. behind the JCC, next to the Pavilion! Relax in our backyard!

August 20th will feature FINEST HOUR!
Featuring the BroadBand Horns, Finest Hour is the premier cover/dance/party band in Omaha. They all love to play music, and the sheer joy and energy shines through during every performance.

-- Dante's Pizzeria Food Truck will be serving 3 pizza options, Margherita, Cheese and Veggie. Drinks will also be available for purchase. ** CASH ONLY **

-- Kona Ice of West Omaha will have over 50 flavors of shaved ice as well as 6 different types of novelty ice creams including Drum Sticks, Fudgebars, Klondike, Fat Boy, Haagendaz, and Cookie Sandwich available for purchase.

-- Omaha Temple Youth Group will have treats available for purchase as a fundraiser during the concert.

-- Jewish Family Service will be taking donations for their food pantry. The greatest need is for personal care items such as toilet paper, soap, shampoo, lotion, tooth brushes, and tooth paste. Canned meats such as chicken and salmon are also appreciated. Look for the blue bins! Please no expired items.

In case of inclement weather, the concert will be moved to the JCC Theater.

The JFO Backyard Concert Series is made possible by:
Omaha Steaks, All Makes Office Equipment Co, Fred & Eve Simon Charitable Foundation, and the following Jewish Federation of Omaha Foundation funds: Karen Sokolof Javitch Music Fund, Special Donor-Advised Fund
Welcome  Reception for Shaliach Yoni Doron on August 24
Yoni Doron arrived in Omaha on August 15th and is  meeting as many people as possible as he prepares for his first formal day of work on August 21.   Join the community in welcoming him at reception in the JCC Gallery from 6 - 7 pm this coming Thursday, August 24th. The reception is being held just prior to the Community Study Forum that begins at 7 pm
Be part of the discovery...CommunityStudyForum
The study is now complete and we are excited to share the findings with the community.

At 5,150 households, we're bigger than we thought!

Come explore the findings.  Learn about the incredible opportunities and challenges this study has discovered.

Thursday, August 24, 2017
6:00 p.m. - Welcome reception for the new Community Shaliach, Yoni Doron in the JCC Gallery
7:00 p.m. - Community Study Forum

Please RSVP by Monday, August 21 to
Friday Learning Series & Eye on Israel with Rabbi Abramovich
Friday Learning Series 
"Women in Jewish History" 
Kripke Library |  Aug 25 | 11:15 a.m. 
Rabbi Shlomo Abramovich has presented "Women of the Bible," and "The Unknown Women of the Middle Ages" in the first and second sessions of this Friday Learning Series. The final session will be "Women in the Hasidic Movement." Friday Learning Series sessions are designed so that each stands on its own content. They are open to the entire community free of charge.

Eye on Israel
"The Governing Process in Israel"
Kripke Library|  Sep 11 | Noon 
Rabbi Shlomo Abramovich will explain the intricacies of how the government of Israel operates. He will discuss the strong points and the weaknesses of its functionality. The session begins with the standard presentation of current news items in Israel.

First Jewish Heritage Day at Werner Park a sold-out success
Excitement for Jewish Heritage day continued to grow as the date approached, and by noon on Friday before Sunday's Stormchasers baseball game, all 312 tickets were sold and arrangements were made to make more seats available in the special seating section at the ticket office. From the energizing pre-game performance by the JCC Training Company Dancers, to the hurling of the first pitch by ____, to the souvenir bandannas, the kosher hot dogs, and the variety of small animals on display, the day exceeded expectations. As a bonus, the Stormchasers beat the Iowa Cubs. 
2018 Annual Campaign
Major Donor Events
September 12 | 11:30 am - 1:00 pm | Happy Hollow
Women's Philanthropy - Major Donor & Jewel Luncheon*
Chaired by Judy and Betsy Baker
Featured speaker Dr. Sima Goel

September 13 | 5:00 - 7:00 pm | Beacon Hill
Men's Major Donor Event*
Chaired by David Gilinsky and David Kohll
Featured speaker Sgt. Benjamin Anthony

Questions? Contact Louri Sullivan at 402-334-6485 or

*The minimum campaign gift to attend event is $1,800 or $1,000 if under age 45.

Use the TAGG App to give back to the Federation!
With just 7 community members, so far, we earned $27 from the last reporting period.  If we had 70 people using the app, that would equate to $270 or about $3,000 for the year...enough to fund 3 Jewish Experience Grants to help families send their kids to Jewish summer camps.  Thanks to our "early TAGG adopters". 

Download  the TAGG app and the next time you shop at any of the 200+ TAGG businesses they will  donate 5% of your purchase price to the JFO!
Upcoming Events
Temple Israel Book Club
August 20 | 10 am
This month's book will be Aftermath: A Granddaughter's Story of Legacy, Healing & Hope by Allison Nazarian.
Temple Israel Religious  
Aug. 20 | 10am-PreK-6th Grade
Aug. 23 | 4pm - Grades 3-6
Aug. 23 | 8pm - Grades 7-12
Aug. 30 | 6pm - Family Night
No Religious School on Sept. 3, Oct. 1 & Sept. 20

Temple Tots Sunday Mornings 
August 20 | 10:30 - 11:30 am 
All children and their families are invited to participate in a morning of stories, songs, crafts, and activities! We are looking forward to a year full of fun and Jewish learning with our youngest members and their families. Enjoy stories, songs, crafts (and bagels, of course!) with your child, while connecting with our Temple Israel community.
Tri-Faith Picnic
August 20 | 12:30 pm
Hosted by the American Muslim Institute (AMI)

Backyard Concert Series
August 20 & 27
Sept. 10 & 17
Free  | 5-7pm
Located behind the JCC

B'nai B'rith Breadbreakers
August 23 | Noon
RBJH Auditorium

Community Study Forum
August 24 | 7pm
6pm - Welcome Reception
for Yoni Doron
7pm - Forum

Temple TEDTalk
August 27 | 11 am-Noon

Rosh Chodesh Yoga Event
August 29 | 7 pm
Please join acclaimed yoga teacher Katherine Finnegan and other Temple Israel Yogis for a yoga session that is accessible for all levels of practice, including beginners. Wear comfortable clothes and bring a mat if you have one. Plan to stay for post-yoga wine and nosh! Hosted by Rosie Zweiback. Please RSVP to Temple Israel, 402-556-6536, by Thursday, August 24.

B'nai B'rith Breadbreakers
August 30 | Noon
RBJH Auditorium

Guiding Principles for our Temple Israel with
Rabbi Stoller, Rabbi Berezin & Cantor Shermet
Aug. 30 - Sept. 13, 27 | 6:30 pm
Using material prepared by Rabbi Stoller on the Daily Amidah our clergy will help guide us to a better understanding of Temple Israel today and as we move forward.

Save the Date
Bret Stephens, New York Times Columnist 
Sponsored by Beth El & AIPAC    
Tuesday, August 29 | 7pm 
Chabad Mega Challah Bake
September 5  |  7-8pm
JCC Auditorium

Free Public Lecture featuring
Allison Nazarian: The Legacy
of Tragedy: Why Some Thrive, While Other Suffer
September 7 | 7pm
JCC Theater

2018 Annual Campaign Women's Major Donor Event featuring Dr. Sima Goel 
September 12 | 11:30 am
Happy Hollow Country Club

2018 Annual Campaign Men's Major Donor Event fearturing Sgt. Benjamin Anthony
September 13 | 5-7pm
Beacon Hills

Mainstreeter's Brownville Concert Series presents KT Sullivan and Mark Nadler- Almost Like Being in Love
Oct. 8  | 2 pm matinee
We will depart at noon at the JCC and return by 5:30 pm

Omaha Jewish Film Festival
October 22- November 19
Five films will be selected. Watch for information coming soon!

2018 Annual Campaign Community Event featuring Deborah Lipstadt
October 18 | 6-8pm

Nebraska Jewish Historical Society presents
An Evening with the Heirloomist
October 21, 2017
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