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E-News - August 19, 2016

August 19, 2016  |  15  Av 5776

From our CEO...
It has been a busy week on our campus filled with activities emphasizing the uniqueness that is our Omaha Jewish community.
Last night was the premier of 'My Broken Doll' in our JCC Theater.  This play was adapted from Bea Karp's book about her childhood experiences surviving the Holocaust.  Under the direction of the Institute for Holocaust Education, this production  exemplifies how special our community is.  Omaha's survivors of the Shoah have dedicated their lives to sharing what they went through because of prejudice and hatred.  Many have written memoirs that you can find in our Kripke Library collection.  These will be significant resources as our window to learn firsthand from survivors narrows and finally closes.  Thank you to everyone involved in bringing this production to life.
And this Sunday we have another full day of excellent cultural opportunities:
  • L.O.V.E is hosting their annual Game Day at the Rose Blumkin Jewish Home registration at 12:30 p.m. games begin at 1:00 p.m.
  • There is a second showing of 'My Broken Doll' in the JCC Theater beginning at 3:00 p.m.
  • The first Backyard Concert begins at 5:00 p.m. and features Satchel Grande.
  • The fourth film in our 15th Annual Jewish Omaha Film, "Hummus! The Movie" begins at
    7:15 p.m. in the JCC Theater
Dr. Ira Sheskin, our Community Study consultant from the University of Miami, was here Wednesday for two more meetings with committee members.  We continue to refine our survey questions and anticipate the telephone interviews to begin just after the election in November.  You will begin to see the "Count Me Omaha" logo around campus.  Please email if you have any questions.
Wednesday saw the first day of school for Friedel Jewish Academy students.  The Pennie Z. Davis Child Development Center will host their Back to School Meet & Greet Open House this evening from 5:00 - 6:30 p.m. with preschool classes starting Monday.
There really is something for everyone here.  A sincere thank you to everyone involved in these programs and events.  I look forward to seeing you on campus.
Shabbat Shalom,
Alan Potash
My Broken Doll by Bea Karp - Adapted for the Stage
My Broken Doll by Bea Karp as told to Deborah Pappenheimer has been adapted for the stage by Ernie Nolan had it's premier performance on August 18th. The second performance will be on August 21st at 3:00 p.m. in the JCC Theater.  A  discussion with Institute for Holocaust Education Director Liz Feldstern and Jewish Family Services  therapist Teresa Drelicharz will follow the performance. Click here for full details and ticket information. 
Satchel Grande kicks off the JFO Backyard Concert Series - August 21

Concert dates and bands:
Sunday, August 21 - SATCHEL GRANDE
Sunday, August 28 - SOUL DAWG
Sunday, September 11 - HECTOR ANCHONDO
Sunday, September 18 - LAZERWOLFE

All concerts begin at 5:00 p.m. by the Pavilion!  Relax in our backyard! Learn more.

Backyard Concert Series is made possible by Omaha Steaks, Anonymous Donor and the following Jewish Federation of Omaha Foundation funds: Karen Sokolof Javitch Music Fund and Special Donor-Advised Fund.
Hummus! The Movie
Sunday, Aug 21 | 7:15 pm | JCC Theater | $5

The fourth film of the 15th Annual Omaha Jewish Film Festival is Hummus! The Movie. In the Middle East, everybody loves hummus. This light-hearted movie portrays  the manner in which hummus brings  Jews, Muslims, and Christians together. This film is in English, Arabic and Hebrew with English subtitles and runs 72 minutes. To watch the trailer, click here.

The final film in the series will be on Sunday, August 28th with the showing of the inspirational film, A Blind Hero: The Love of Otto Weidt." For a brief synopsis and to watch the trailer, click here.

Henry Monsky Lodge of B'nai B'rith, Rich & Fran Juro and the following Jewish Federation of Omaha Foundation Funds: Klutznick/Creighton Custodial Fund, Special Donor-Advised Fund, Frederick J. Simon Memorial Endowment Fund, Samuel & Bess Rothenberg Memorial Endowment Fund, and the Avy L. & Roberta L. Miller Film Fund by Lindsey Miller-Lerman

Monday, September 5th
Beth El Synagogue invites you to join them for the ultimate Jewish community block party on the grounds of Beth El, with family fun for the young and the young at heart. There will be something for everyone including great food vendors, inflatables, a photo booth, community shuk and so much more. Mark your calendars now and to learn more about the party, click here.
Jewish Day of Learning Laughing
With a Toast to Steve Riekes
Sunday, September 18 | 1:30 - 4:30 pm
JCC Auditorium

Featuring Rachel Shukert with Marty Shukert, Nate Shapiro, Ozzie Nogg, and Leonard Greenspoon
Master of Ceremonies Rabbi Steven Abraham

Headliner Rachel Shukert is flying in from LA especially for this event.  We are toasting Steve Riekes by highlighting one of his favorite topics, Jewish humor.  We will experience Jewish humor and think about what makes it distinctively "Jewish."  This is a wonderful chance to honor Steve by putting into action the type of educational event that he has championed for decades.  As is fitting, Steve will have the last word on Sept. 18.
2017 Annual Campaign begins
in September!
The Jewish Federation of Omaha's Annual Campaign begins in September and the Campaign Team is delighted to announce that Jaime and Brian Nogg are the 2017 Campaign Chairs.  Our community leaders have planned many events and activities for this year's campaign, please mark your calendars for the following events.

Kehilla Cup Competition Kickoff
August 31  |  6:30pm  |  JCC Auditoruim

Major Donor Event
September 22  |  5:30pm  |  Founders One Nine

Community Event - Federation Fair
September 25  |  4-8pm  |  Dave & Busters

NextGen Event - FED: Unique pop-up dining experience with a philanthropic twist
November 5

Watch for more details about these upcoming events. Looking to get involved in Federation? Contact Louri Sullivan, Senior Director of Community Impact and Special Projects at or 402-334-6485 to learn about opportunities to volunteer. 
Your contributions to the Federation are helping many people
Because of you, we are able to make a difference in the lives of those that need it the most. Here are a few of the areas where your gifts made a positive difference in 2015-2016:
  • $37,734 of direct financial assistance was provided to the 208 requests received
  •  1820 therapy sessions were provided to 188 clients
  • 21 children were served in our Back-to-School program
  • 70 families received parenting education
  • $300,000 in scholarships and grants assistance was provided to recipients for education, summer camps and Israel experiences.
  • 6,500 nutritious meals were delivered to local Jewish seniors.
Vote for the Best of Omaha now through the end of August.
The Jewish Federation of Omaha is a full service organization serving the Jewish and Omaha community. We have so many great services and programs here on campus - VOTE FOR US HERE!

On Sunday August 14th, Young Jewish Omaha (YJO) hosted a back-to-school pool party at the Broadmoor Hills apartment complex. Attendees enjoyed a Kosher grill-out experience and enjoying an evening of swimming, card games, music, comradery, and general merriment. YJO is welcome to all adults in the community that Identify as Young and Jewish and their friends and significant others. For information about upcoming YJO events, please look up Young Jewish Omaha on Facebook or contact Nate Shapiro at
This, That, and the Other Thing
With last week's unfounded and insensitive speculation regarding the slaying of Seth Rich, DNC staffer and beloved son of the Joel Rich family, THIS from "The Times of Israel" is an important read. Click here.  

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil - In a world awash in religious and sectarian tensions, the three Olympic victors in the women's all-around gymnastics competition delivered a multi-faith mosaic on the medals podium Thursday in Rio, with a Christian, a Jew and a Muslim taking gold, silver and bronze respectively."    To read more about THAT in The Times of Israel article click here.

THE OTHER THING is that our Partnership city, Acre (Akko), Israel - home of Eliad Eliyahu Ben Shusan, our most recent shaliach - was featured in the August 13 edition of The Times of Israel. To find out why, click here.

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.
Baton Rouge Flood Relief Fund
Jewish Federations across North America are raising funds to support the Jewish Federation of Greater Baton Rouge as they meet urgent needs. One hundred percent of your donation to will go to the Baton Rouge Flood Relief Fund.
  Click here to make a donation.
Upcoming Events
Temple Israel's First Sunday
of Religious School
PreK-6th Grade
August 21 | 10 am- Noon
Temple Israel's Book Club!
August 21 | 10 am
For more information contact
Scott Littky at 402-556-6535.
Temple Tots Program
August 21 | 10:30-11:30 am
All children 4 & under (unless enrolled in Pre-K) 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.

IHE "My Broken Doll"  
August 21 | 3pm
JCC Theater

L.O.V.E. Game Day
August 21  | 12:30pm
RSVP by Aug. 12 to Linda Cogen at 402-334-6519.
RBJH Auditorium

Backyard Concert Series
FREE & Open to the Community

August 21  |  5-7pm
August 28  |  5-7pm
Sept. 11  |  5-7pm
Sept. 18 |  5-7pm

Omaha Jewish Film Festival
August  21 &  28 | 7:15pm
JCC Theater

KC Kosher Co-Op
High Holidays Order

Order Deadline:  August 25
Delivery Date:  September 21
An online resource for ordering a wide variety of kosher foods.
Learn More

JFS Ethics Workshop
August 26  |  9-11am

Beth El / Red Cross Blood Drive
August 28  |  8am-1pm
Learn More & Register

Kehilla Cup Competition Kickoff
August 31  | 6:30pm
JCC Auditoruim

Beth El End-of-Summer Festival
September 5  |  11am-3pm
The ULTIMATE Jewish community block party with 3 bands, a fun zone, face painting, Velcro wall, bounce houses,  bungee run, food vendors & so much more! Learn More
Save the Date
RBJH Grandparents Celebration
September 11

Jewish Day of Laughing
A toast to Steve Riekes 
September 18  |  1:30-4:30pm
2017 Annua l Campaign  
Major Donor Event
September 22  |  5:30pm

"Stories of Survival"
September 22  |  7pm
Hear the personal accounts
of a Holocaust survivor, Rwandan genocide survivor,
and a Syrian refugee
UNO - Strauss Performing
Arts Center

2017 Annual Campaign Community Event
September 25  |  4-8pm
Dave & Busters

FED Dinner
November 5
Community Calendar
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