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August 4, 2017  |  12 Av 5777

From our CEO...
I came across an interesting op-ed in the Jerusalem Post putting conflict into perspective.  Michael Laitman, author of the piece quotes former Chief Rabbi of the UK, Lord Jonathan Sacks:  'We are ferocious arguers and that's part of our strength.  But, when it allows us to split apart, then it becomes truly dangerous.  Because no emperor on earth has ever been able to defeat us, but we have on occasion been able to defeat ourselves....Remember the ultimate basis of Jewish peoplehood.  All Jews are responsible for one another."   I am aware of the changes taking place every day across our vast Jewish world, both in ideology and demographics.
Just this Tuesday we observed Tisha B'Av, a day of mourning to commemorate the many tragedies that have befallen the Jewish people.  It is also one of the least observed - is this because it's considered the saddest day on the Jewish calendar?  Or because we are comfortable with who we are as Jews?   Why do I bring this up?  We know from our community study that we are a caring community and we are committed to one another.  We have also learned that we have an engaged community when it comes to non-religious activities.  Was this a conscious choice or are there other factors at work, factors keeping us from engaging religiously?
Shabbat Shalom,
Alan Potash
Jewish Heritage Day at Werner Park
Top 10 reasons to attend...
  1. Celebrate your family's Jewish heritage.
  2.  The JCC Dance Training Company performs at 1:30 pm
    (be there by 1:20 pm).
  3. Receive a special souvenir gift.
  4. Be among the first to know who from the Tipp family threw out the first pitch.
  5. Get the kids tired so you can get some rest later (they can run the bases after the game).
  6. Be amazed at the wild animals that will be on display.
  7. Avoid having to answer the question, "why weren't you there?"
  8. Bring your baseball mitt and prepare to catch a ball.
  9. Oh yes, watch a baseball game.
  10. It's the great American pastime...root for the home team!


Tickets can be picked up from the JFO offices from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday - Friday. Tickets can also be picked up from the JFO ticket table at the ballpark on the day of the event. To reserve tickets for groups of 10 or more please contact Mark Kirchhoff at (402) 334-6463 or email .
Shaliach arriving in a week and a half
Yoni Doron arrives in Omaha on August 15th to begin his slichut in the community. He is ready to "hit the ground running" with many ideas for programs for children and adults. If you don't happen to meet him right away, you can welcome him at a JCC Gallery reception from 6 - 7 pm on August 24 - just before the Community Study Forum.
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

Grab your lawn chairs and picnic blanket. Pack the cooler. Bring the family and invite your friends to our 7th Annual FREE Backyard Concert Series!

August 20 - Finest Hour
August 27 - Mitch Gettman
September 10 - Tara Vaughan
September 17 - CJ Mills

All concerts are from 5:00-7:00 p.m. near the JCC pavilion. In case of inclement weather, the concert will be moved to the JCC Theater.
The solar eclipse has special meaning for Jews
Beth Israel invites you to a special happening focusing on this topic on Shabbat, August 19th with guest speaker, Rabbi Dr. Joel Zeff.  Rabbi Zeff will give the morning sermon titled "The Meaning of Eclipse in Judaism."  He will also give a talk immediately after kiddush, "Jerusalem:  What's in a Name".  Shabbat services begin at 9am with the sermon at approximately 10:15am. Watch for the August 11th article in the Jewish Press for more details, including tracking the eclipse over Nebraska.
2018 Annual Campaign
The Jewish Federation of Omaha will kick off its Annual Campaign on September 5th, 2017.  The campaign theme, "For Every Generation, Federation," is especially fitting this year, as two generations within one family will be serving as the Annual Campaign Chairs.  Dana and Michael Kaufman, along with her parents, Ruth and Joseph Erman, will chair the 2018 Annual Campaign.

Community leaders and Federation staff have organized many events for the 2018 Annual Campaign. We hope you will join us at the following events:

August 31 | 6:00-9:00 pm | RBJH Auditorium
Kehilla Cup Kickoff
Kehilla Cup Commissioners Shane & Jessica Cohn

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

October 15  |  7:00 pm | JCC Theater
Free showing of the film "Denial"
"Denial" recounts Deborah Lipstadt's (Academy Award winner Rachel Weisz) legal battle for historical truth against David Irving (Cannes Award winner Timothy Spall), who accused her of libel when she declared him a Holocaust denier.
Chaired by Bob Cohen and Andy Ruback

October 18  |  7:00 pm | Marriott Regency
Community Event featuring Deborah Lipstadt
Chaired by Jill & Joe Goldstein and Andee & Anthony Scioli

December 10 | 2:00-4:00 pm | JCC Auditorium
Kids Campaign - Hanukkah Extravaganza

January 27 | 8:00 - 11:00 pm | Location TBA
FED Event
Chaired by Danny Cohn and Kari Tauber

More information about these events coming soon!
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 Shabbat Service
and Picnic
August 4 | 6 pm
Enjoy music from George Walker Trio. Please bring your own picnic to enjoy after service or the La Casa Food Truck will be here for those who wish to purchase a meal.
Temple Friday Shabbat
TiYPE Night
August 4 | 6 pm
Join our College age TiYPE for Shabbat services as Temple Israel, followed by picnic dinner at Temple!

Maj Jongg Tournament
August 6
Registration fee is $35 and includes continental breakfast, lunch and one raffle ticket.

Chesed Committee Visits Remington Heights
August 8 | 2:00 pm
Learn More

B'nai B'rith Breadbreakers
August 9 | Noon
RBJH Auditorium

Beth El Shanghai  
August 10 | 1:00 pm
Learn More

Beth El's End of Summer ShaBBQ          
August 11 | 6pm
Register by August 1   
Learn More

Kiddush in Honor of
Steve & Margo Riekes
August 12
Jewish Heritage Day
at Werner Park
August 13  | 2:05pm
Click here to buy tickets.

Temple Israel Golf Outing
 August 14 | Noon
Shadow Ridge Country Club
Please contact the Temple Israel office, 402-556-6536, to sign up!

Grief Support Group
at Temple Israel
August 15 | 7 pm
If you have any questions about the Grief Support Group, please call the Temple Israel office, 402-556-6536.

Deli Man Movie Day 
A Chesed Committee Event
August 17 | 12:00 pm
Open to Everyone
Learn More

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.
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

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

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

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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