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E-News - Dec. 9, 2016

December 9, 2016  |  9 Kislev 5777

From our CEO...
Our community study is currently underway with the professional surveyors hard at work. While the results are not yet comprehensive, we are learning a lot from the responses we have received so far. I have fielded several phone calls from people who are unsure about the survey and have hung up on the callers. If you, or people you know, have received the call and not completed the survey because of concerns, please understand that this is a survey sponsored by the Jewish Federation to understand our community's demographics, wants and needs. The survey is confidential and the JFO does not receive any personal information, only the cumulative data.
In addition, we have determined that not all of the calls are coming from recognizable phone numbers or caller-IDs. The caller ID should be "Count me Omaha", but depending on the phone service, this is not always the case. Instead, the caller ID has occasionally been "Survey-Tech" or "SSRS." If you have received a call but did not answer the phone because you were unsure of the caller please call me 402-334-6574 or my assistant, Diane Stamp 402-334-6407 and I will instruct you on how to set up a time to be called back.

Responding to the call and completing the survey will help us better serve our community and plan for future needs. The survey will take about 15 minutes depending on your responses.  Again please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.
On another note, the ADL/CRC and the Jewish Federation of Omaha were contacted by the University of Nebraska at Omaha about a recent racist and anti-Semitic incident on the UNO campus. Both Mary-Beth Muskin and I have been working with the university about this incident.  Here is a link to the statement by the university which has also been published in the Omaha World Herald.
Shabbat Shalom,
Alan Potash
JCC offers new programs
There are lots of exciting things happening at the J!
In the Fitness Center we are beginning new Teens N' Training (TNT), Golf Conditioning, and Operation Transformation. For families we are starting new programs like StoryWalk, Sunday Family Story Time and Challah Tots! For adults we are offering a series of "night out" events like the Sushi & Sake NIght and Unwine & Create.

On December 8 the JCC held a Sushi and Sake event. Click here to view more photos on Facebook.
JFS is collecting plastic bottles for Yachad project
Please clean and rinse out
2-liter bottles thoroughly.
Beginning Monday, Dec. 12, JFS NEEDS YOUR HELP to collect 60 empty 2-liter plastic soda bottles for a project that Yachad will be working on with the residents of RBJH to celebrate Tu B'Shavet .  All volunteers are welcome to join us at the actual activity on Sunday, February 12 at 1:30 p.m., where we will be helping the residents plant small trees in the 2-liter bottles and decorate the bottles with faces.
JFO Staff surpassed goal during #GivingTuesday Event
On November 29th the Federation Staff participated in #GivingTuesday with fun, food, giving and a dunk tank! Alan Potash, Steve Levinger, Nate Shapiro, Richard Goedeken and John Schreck were eached dunked multiple times by the strong pitching arms of the JFO employees.
We are excited to announce that we surpassed our $5,000 goal!  We raised $5,477.58 to be exact. On behalf of the JFO, Alan offers his thanks to employees for exceeding last year's total by more than 50%. True to his word, it will be "off with the beard" (part of his persona since 1977) when a barber from Dennison Dahlman puts the razor to his face to carve out a new look. Please join us on Friday, December 16 at 3:00 p.m. in the JCC Auditorium to cheer the shaving and a new look for our CEO.
The JCC Musical Theater Community Acting Group presents
The JCC Musical Theater Community Acting Group welcomes you to their next performance. A Kidsummer Night's Dream, the junior version of William Shakespeare's famous play, will be presented in the JCC Theater Saturday, December 17 at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, December 18 at 2:00 p.m.

There are secret meetings in the woods, tangled love affairs, magic potions and a play within a play. Overbearing parents try to deal with disobedient children, someone's turned into a donkey and there are fairies and forest folk. What's not to like?  Read More.

General admission tickets are $10; child/student admission is $5. To purchase tickets call Laura Wine at 402-334-6419.

Click here to learn more.

For more information about the Kids Campaign or Hanukkah Extravaganza contact Louri Sullivan at 402-334-6485.
Eye on Israel Returns to the JFO
on December 19
Rabbi Shlomo Abramovich, Visiting Scholar at Beth Israel Synagogue will resume the Eye on Israel series in the Kripke Jewish Federation Library on Monday, December 19 at 12 pm. Rabbi Abramovich will present some of the many ways Israelis are reacting to the presidential election in the United States and how they think this will affect Israel. Rabbi Abramovich said "I have the honor to host two prominent experts: Professor Ari Kohen - an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Nebraska Lincoln, and via Skype, Uri Bank - a Legislative and Foreign Affairs advisor to a member of the Knesset, Yehudah Glick. Save the date. Come and join us!" Click here for more information.
Lend you Menorah for Kripke Library Display
This Hanukkah season the Jewish Federation of Omaha is inviting you to bring one of your Menorahs to the Kripke Jewish Federation Library where a special area has been prepared for a Hanukkah display from December 12 through 19th. This is a great way to share the light from your Menorah not only with your neighbors, but also with the entire community. And since your Hanukkiah will have special significance for you, please bring with it a very brief - no more than three sentences - written description about your Menorah. Read more.

Carolyn Dorfman Dance
The Legacy Project: A Dance of Hope 
Thursday, January 19, 2017 | 7:30 pm 
Orpheum Theater, Slosburg Hall
Click here to purchase tickets.
This, That, and the Other Thing
Baby boomers are paying back the millennials
by enjoying THIS throwback with Madeline Kahn
& George Burns.

And if THAT isn't enough to make those millennials go running to their fancy-shmancy Google searches, here's a look back at the real George Burns and Gracie Allen - with some Jack Benny for good measure. (A long clip - a sampling might satisfy you).


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.
Upcoming Events
B'nai B'rith Breadbreakers
December 14 |  12pm
RBJH Auditorium

The Magic of Rituals
with Rabbi Berezin
Thursdays, 10am
December 15 & January 5-12
Temple Israel
Learn More

Temple Israel Book Club
December 11, 10am
Media Center
"The Madonnas of Leningrad" by Debra Dean
Temple Tots Sunday Morning
December 11 | 10:30 am

B'nai B'rith Breadbreakers
December 14 |  12pm
RBJH Auditorium

Challah TOTS
December 15 | 10am
Members: Free | Non: $5
Learn More

The JCC Musical Theater Community Acting Group presents A Kidsummer Night's Dream
December 17 | 7pm 
December 18 | 2pm
JCC Theater
$10/ adults & $5 children / students. Call Laura Wine, JCC Registrar, at (402) 334-6419 to purchase.

YJO Hanukkah Party
December 17 | 7-11pm

Beth El Synagogue Torah Tots Chanukah Party
December 18 | 10:30 am
For all kids in the Jewish community ages 0-5 and their parents and grandparents.
Click here for more information and to RSVP
Beth El Synagogue Gift Shop Chanukah Sale
December 18 - 26
On December 18 only,
all items 20% off
Click here for more information

Hanukkah Extravaganza December 19 | 5- 7pm
JCC Auditorium
This event is FREE and open to the entire community.

Friedel Jewish Academy
Annual Hanukkah Play
December 20 | 6:30pm
JCC Theater
The public is invited to the annual Hanukkah play presented by the students of the Friedel Jewish Academy. 

B'nai B'rith Breadbreakers
December 21 |  12pm
RBJH Auditorium

Beth El Synagogue Switch Day at Blumkin Home
Volunteers relieve the staff at the Blumkin Home so that they can spend Christmas Day with their families.
December 25 | 8am - 2:30 pm
Click here for more information and to volunteer
Beth El Synagogue Congregational Chanukah Dinner
December 25 | 6pm
Join us for delicious food and family entertainment. Bring your menorah and candles so we can light together.
Click here for more information and to register

Chinese Food & A Movie
December 25 | 6pm
Join us at Temple Israel for a catered Chinese dinner and a
family movie. The cost is $8 and children under 13 are free.
Please RSVP to Temple Israel, 402-556-6536, by
Wednesday, December 21.
Save the Date
YJO Candle lighting
December 28 | 5:30pm
Remington Heights
Temple Israel's Chanukah Service & Dinner
December 30
 5:30 pm - Candle lighting
and Kiddush in the Simon Community Court
6pm - Services
Dinner immediately following
Join us for a special, family-friendly, interactive Chanukah service, followed by dinner and games for all ages.
Bring your favorite family menorah to decorate your holiday table!
Cost:  $10 /adults; $5/children
no charge for kids under 2nd grade. RSVP, 402-556-6536 or, by Tuesday, December 27.

Carolyn Dorfman Dance
Legacy Project
January 19 | 7:30pm
Orpheum Theater
The Institute for Holocaust Education and Omaha Performing Arts present Carolyn Dorfman Dance The Legacy Project: A Dance of Hope at the Orpheum Theater.
Tickets can be purchased at  For more information contact Liz Feldstern at 402-334-6575.

JCC Musical Theater Auditions
January 22 | 1:00 - 4:30pm
Registration is required to audition. Contact Esther Katz at for details and required materials.
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