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E-News - December 18, 2015

December 15, 2015  |  5 Tevet 5776

This coming Sunday, 35 Jewish Omaha teens will join 35 other teens from our Partnership's consortium on a teen mission trip to Israel.  They will share time with Partnership teens in the Western Galilee and then spend 4 days touring the Golan Heights, Jerusalem and the Sinai. This trip is a collaborative effort lead by JFO staff and the synagogues to strengthen our ties to Israel. The teens will be accompanied by Cantor Wendy Shermet, Rabbi Steven Abraham and Rabbi Ari Dembitzer.
We want to thank those in our community who made this opportunity possible. The Shirley & Leonard Goldstein Supporting Foundation, The Herbert Goldsten Foundation, The Lois Jeanne Schrager Memorial Fund, the Phillip & Terri Schrager Supporting Foundation, the Carl Frohm Memorial Foundation, the Jewish Federation of Omaha, Beth El Synagogue, Beth Israel Synagogue and Temple Israel.
We wish everyone a meaningful trip.
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Take Advantage of Recent IRA Rollover Legislation
For the past several years there has been legislation allowing significant charitable tax benefits when funds have been transferred from an IRA to a charitable organization. Both the House and Senate voted this week on legislation that makes the IRA charitable rollover retroactive from January 1, 2015, and permanent going forward. President Obama is expected to sign the bill into law. If you are age 70 ½ or older, you may transfer up to $100,000 this year directly from your  individual retirement accounts to qualified public charities, such as the Jewish Federation of Omaha, and double your impact by transferring up to $100,000 again beginning in January 2016. This does not include donor advised funds.
Otherwise taxable amounts rolled over are free from federal income tax and count toward your required minimum distribution. You may not make direct distributions to donor advised funds, supporting organizations or split-interest trusts or in exchange for gift annuities.

Do not delay! Rollovers for 2015 must be completed by December 31. If you are eligible, it is a wonderful opportunity for you to use your IRA to accomplish your philanthropic goals.

After consulting with your financial advisor, we encourage you to use these funds to:
  • Make a gift to the Annual Campaign or create an endowment to perpetuate your Annual Campaign gifts.
  • Make a lifetime gift to community organizations through the Life & Legacy™ program.
  • Establish an endowment fund to support your favorite program or institution, like the Jewish Federation of Omaha.
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Alan Potash, CEO
Chanukah Overseas
Chanukah celebrations in Ukraine, supported by your Federation through our overseas partner, JDC, drew thousands of revelers, including many of the 9,000 Jews caught in or displaced by ongoing conflict.  The Jewish Federations of North America  Ukraine Assistance Fund provides you with an opportunity to help.

JDC's network of Hesed social welfare centers, JCCs, and youth groups helped Jews in the beleaguered nation celebrate Chanukah. Here's a sampling:
Top left photo: The elderly celebrate Chanukah at a traditional meal in Dnepropetrovsk.  Top Right photo: Jewish children in Kharkov celebrate Chanukah at a JDC-supported JCC.  Bottom photo: Chanukah concert, Beit Grand JCC, Odessa

Don't miss the December 18 edition and facebook photos of the Jewish Press to share in the local Chanukah scene.

Please give generously to our 2016 Annual Campaign. If you've already done so, Todah Rabah - Thank you!  Your kindness and generosity touch Jews at home, in Israel and around the world.
Rabbi Azriel on National Radio Broadcast
Rabbi Aryeh Azriel of Temple Israel joins other leaders of the Omaha-based Tri Faith Initiative on an edition of NPR's All Things Considered. Listen to the short podcast or read the transcript here.
"The Jewish Nobel"
Itzhak Perlman has been selected as the 2016 Genesis Prize Laureate. The $1 million prize is awarded annually to individuals achieving extraordinary professional success, making a significant contribution to humanity, and inspiring others through their engagement and dedication to the Jewish community and the State of Israel.

Dubbed by Time magazine as "The Jewish Nobel", the award was given to New York Mayor and philanthropist Michael Bloomberg in 2014 and Academy-award winning actor, producer and peace activist Michael Douglas in 2015.
For your consideration, an Oscar Contender

Called "the antithesis of nearly every Holocaust movie ever made", The Son of Saul won the Grand Prix at Cannes this year and is Hungary's entry for the Oscars. Listen to a Tablet podcast about the film 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.
2016 Annual Campaign
As of December 18, we have reached 63% of our goal totaling $2,079,524

Thank you for supporting our mission. 

Jewish Family Service
Mazel Tov to Karen Gustafson, Executive Director, on 15 years of unparalleled service and dedication to Jewish Family Service. May you go from strength to strength!

Jewish Family Service would greatly appreciate the following items as donations to the JFS Pantry:   toilet paper, dish detergent, deodorant, facial tissue and size 4 diapers.  Items can be dropped off at the JFS front desk. Thank You!
With $17.5 billion in assets under management in endowments, Federations depend on these funds for their present and future stability. Federation leaders continue to lobby Congress and Treasury to ensure that endowment vehicles, such as donor-advised funds and supporting organizations, remain flexible charitable grant-making entities.
Upcoming Events

Crazy for You: Young Performers' Edition

Dec. 19   |  7:30 pm
Dec. 20   |  2 pm

JCC Theater

B'nai B'rith Breadbreakers
Dec. 23  |  12-1pm
RBJH Auditorium

Beth El Synagogue
Shabbat Chinese Dinner

Dec. 25  |  7pm
Beth El Synagogue

Temple Israel Chinese
Food and A Movie

Dec. 25  |  7-10pm
Temple Israel

Beth Israel Shabbat
Chinese Dinner

Dec. 25 |  6-9pm
Beth Israel Synagogue

A Celebration of  
PJ Library Fun
Dec. 26  |  6-9pm
Omaha Children's Museum

B'nai B'rith Breadbreakers
Dec. 30  |  12-1pm
RBJH Auditorium
JCC Matzah Ball
Father-Daughter Dance

Jan. 30 | 6:30-8:30pm
Registrations due Jan. 15
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