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E-News - Feb. 3, 2017

February 3, 2017  |  7 Sh'vat 5777

From our CEO...
Once again Jewish institutions across the country have been receiving bomb threats. To date all have been hoaxes. We have not received a call but remain committed to being prepared.  Last week, Sgt. Manhart, the head of the OPD bomb squad came in and reviewed our procedures and policies, toured the campus, answered questions, provided insight and helped organize trainings.  Bruce and I have daily conversations about current events and their impact on our community and our campus.  We will continue to be vigilant and keep you informed.

These and other current events continue to be daily conversations for us in the Jewish community. Reviewing the mission statement of the Jewish Federation of Omaha is an opportunity to look at what our responsibilities are to our community:  To build and sustain a strong vibrant Omaha Jewish community and to support Jews in Israel and around the world. Our core values are: Judaism, collective responsibility, community, education, health and well-being, integrity, leadership, and stewardship. Following our mission and core values provides opportunities to respond to a wellspring of issues that come up locally, nationally, and globally.

Several weeks ago I shared a link to a podcast of a Daniel Gordis talk focused on his newest book, Israel: A Concise History of a Nation Reborn. I plan to write a review for the Jewish Press. I do want to mention a takeaway that resonates with me as I read and watch current events.  Early on in the book, Gordis addresses a unique strength that Jews have developed over the years of moving from place to place - the ability to organize as a community.  A perfect example of this organizing and creating a communal structure is seen in the founding of Israel.  Faced with multiple opinions of how and what should be done, Ben-Gurion was able to create a space for dialogue and debate.

Shabbat Shalom,
Birthright summer trip registration opens on February 6 at 9:00 am

Fill out your application prior to registration to make the process easier. Learn more.
Friedel Community Open House Thursday, February 9

Tours at 10:00 a.m, 7:00 p.m and by appointment
402-334-0517  |
ADL's Words to Action
Parent Workshop February 9th
We invite parents of teenagers and college students to attend the ADL's Words to Action Parent Workshop on Thursday, February 9th from 7:00-8:00 p.m. in the Kripke Jewish Federation Library. Learn more.

Please RSVP to Louri Sullivan at 402-334-6485 or
Israeli Artist Workshops in Omaha February 22-23, 2017

Lisa Epstein will coordinate the visit of Israeli glass artist Batya Gil Marglit and wire artist Koby Sibony. The artists will present a free gallery talk the evening of February 22 and conduct workshops in the morning and afternoon of February 23. The visit is one of the many sharing experiences through Omaha's participation in the Partnership2GETHER program with the Western Galilee region in Israel. Click here for more details and to register for the workshops.

The Gallery Talk
Feb. 22  |  7pm  |  JCC Social Hall  |  Free

P2G Artist Workshop 1
Bird's Eye View with Koby Sibony
Feb. 23  |  9:30-10:30am  |  Kripke Library  | Cost: $5

P2G Artist Workshop 2
Glass Fusing: A Medium of Self-Expression  
with Batya Gil
Feb. 23  |  1-3pm  |  JCC Social Hall  | Cost: $5

Upcoming Events
Sunday, February 5  | 11am - 12pm
Philanthropy from a Jewish Perspective
All 7th & 8th grade student are invited to attend
Location: Beth El Synagogue                         
Tuesday, March 21 | 6:00 - 7:30pm
Special learning session with guest speaker philanthropist Michael Staenberg
Location: JCC
Tuesday, April 25  | 6:00 - 8:00pm
Year End Giving Shuk
Visit with a variety of non-profit organizations to learn about their needs. YJG account holders will be able to make contributions from their YJG donor advised fund.
Location: JCC
Events are open to the entire community.

For more information contact Danielle Gordman, Program Director of Young Jewish Giving at 402-334-6446 or
Scholarship and Grant Applications Due March 1st
The  Jewish Federation of Omaha administers a wide  variety of scholarship and grant funds that provide financial assistance for preschool, Jewish residential camps, JCC day camp, Israel trips, youth group activities, Friedel Jewish Academy, adult education, undergraduate, graduate, vocational, technical, yeshiva and professional studies.  Scholarships are awarded on a financial-need basis.  Grant programs have separate requirements which are listed on the grant application form and are not financial-need based.
Learn more.
Omaha Jews in the News
Ian Fried is one of our featured individuals for "Omaha Jews in the News."   Ian is an American screenwriter who was born in Omaha in May of 1986 and graduated from Westside High School in 2004. He studied filmmaking at the USC School of Cinematic Arts. Fried's first screenplay, a fairy tale mash-up entitled The Ever After Murders was featured on Franklin Leonard's compendium of 2010's best unproduced screenplays, the Black List. He is the screenwriter for the recent Netflix release, Spectral. The film is a sci-fi/thriller story centered on a special-ops team that is dispatched to fight supernatural beings. View the official trailer.
Michael Staenberg, born and raised in Omaha, builder by profession, president of The Staenberg Group (TSG), and philanthropist by choice, is giving time, talent, and treasures to the Omaha Jewish Community Center that will enhance the experience of its members for decades to come. According to the February 3, 2017 edition of the Jewish Press, "He believes in giving back, by funding projects, donating his time and energy and getting involved. When he visited his birth place for the Jewish Omaha Reunion in 2014, he toured the JCC and felt there was a job for him: 'I looked around and saw the JCC needed updates, to the gym, to the pool, to a number of other things. It makes me feel proud to come back to Omaha and be in a position to help out.'" Click here to share in the vision. Thank you, Michael Staenberg. Read more.

Adeev and Ezra Potash, are "Omaha Jews in the News" who are blowing not only their horns, but also Omaha's horn throughout the country. Adeev and Ezra were born and raised in Omaha, graduating from Westside High School in 2012. From an early age they were guided by jazz legend Wynton Marsalis. They were inspired to pursue a career in the performance and education of jazz. Following high school graduation, they moved to New York City to develop their skills. Adeev studied under the Dizzy Gillespie protégé Jon Faddis at SUNY Purchase, while Ezra received a full ride scholarship to Manhattan School of Music on Bass Trombone. They are labeled by NPR as the "Twin Horns of Joy" and are the hosts of Travel Channel's Southern Road Trip with The Potash Twins." Find out even more about these remarkable entertainers by visiting their Facebook page.
Want to see more "Omaha Jews in the News?"
Send us your suggestions and descriptions.
Now taking applications for part-time positions at the JCC!
The JCC has several job opportunities this spring and summer.  We encourage you to apply for the following positions. . .

After School Associate
Child Care for the Fitness Center
Camp Counselors for Summer Camp
Membership Services Associate 

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
Beth El Synagogue
World Wide Wrap
February 5 | 9:45 am
Learn more.
Beth El Synagogue
Women's TuB'Shevat Seder
February 5 | 4-5:30pm
Open to the entire community at no charge.  Join us for this meaningful and lovely celebration of the holiday.

Temple Israel's
Annual - Super Bowl Party!
February 5 | 4:30pm
Come watch Super Bowl LI with us on our big projection screens in the Social Hall! Appetizers and non-alcoholic drinks provided. (BYOB) Activities for kids and sitter service available. The suggested donation for the evening is $5 per person or $10 per family. Please RSVP to Temple Israel, 402-556-6536.

Beth El's
Sunday Speaker's Series

February 5 & 12 | 11:15am
Featured speaker is Joan Latchaw PhD who will teach the second and third of a 3-part series on the works of author Marge Piercy.
Learn more.
Holy Smokes
February 7 | 7pm
Copa Cabana - 17520 Wright Street, #108
We look forward to Emeritus Rabbi Aryeh Azriel leading this men's only (21+) evening featuring cigars, spirits, beer and philosophical discussions of men's issues and perspectives from Jewish texts.  Cost: $20 RSVP to Scott Littky, 402-556-6536, by Friday, February 3.

B'nai B'rith Bread breakers
February 8 | Noon
RBJH Auditorium

Beth El Synagogue Adult Education Classes
Runs through March 29
Tuesdays, 12pm &
Wednesday, 6:15 pm
A Wisdom Tradition taught by Rabbi Steven Abraham
Learn more.
Wednesdays, 7:30 pm
Echoes and Reflections taught by Hazzan Michael Krausman
Learn more.

Amsterdam, Prague and Malta: A Jewish Journey with Cantor Shermet
Thursdays, 10am
February 9-23
Explore the sights and sounds of the Jewish communities visited last winter by Cantor Shermet.

ADL presents Words to Action
Parent Workshop
February 9  |  7-8pm
Kripke Library
Old School Shabbat
February 10 | 5:45 pm
Bring the entire family for Shabbat dinner & songs for all ages. Dinner is included as well as fun activities sponsored by PJ Library to keep the kiddos busy. The evening will cost $5/person or a max of $20/family. Please RSVP to Temple Israel, 402-556-6536, by Tuesday, February 7.
Temple Israel
Shabbat Shira

February 10 | 6pm
Shabbat Shira marks the celebration of our freedom from slavery in Egypt. To honor this Shabbat Cantor Shermet and Karen Sandene, bassoonist with the Lincoln Symphony, will present  selected pieces of music from a number of unlikely sources.

Beth El Synagogue
Celebrates Shabbat Shira
February 11 | 9:30 am
Shabbat morning services
Learn more.
Beth El Synagogue
Welcoming the Stranger Shabbat Kiddush Lunch
February 11 | 12pm
Learn more.

OTYG Spaghetti
Dinner & Auction
February 12 | 5 - 8 pm
Cost is $10 for adults, $4 for children ages 6-12 and no charge for children five and younger. RSVP to Temple Israel, 402-556-6536, by Friday, February 3.

Eye on Israel
February 13 | 12-1pm
Kripke Jewish Federation Library

B'nai B'rith Bread breakers
February 15 | Noon
RBJH Auditorium

Beth El Synagogue presents
Cup of Coffee With God
February 18 | 9:30am
Join Hazzan Krausman for another session of this innovative learning service.  Enjoy a nosh during services and nourish your body and your spirit. Learn more.
Taste of Tri-Faith
February 19 | 12:30-2:30pm
Countryside Community Church
8787 Pacific St.
Members of the three faith communities and their guests are invited to share an afternoon of brunch, desserts and stories. Please bring a brunch item or dessert that is a meaningful part of your family's holiday traditions. Learn more.
Beth El's Sunday Morning Scholar Series:
Humanitarians at War
February 19 | 11:15am
Featured speaker is UNO professor Dr. Gerald Steinacher speaking on The Red Cross during the Holocaust

Visiting Israeli Artists
The Gallery Talk
Feb. 22  | 7pm  |  JCC Social Hall
Workshop 1 - Metal Wire Art
Feb. 23 | 9:30am | JCC Social Hall
Workshop 2 - Glass Art
Feb. 23 | 1pm | JCC Social Hall
Kol Rina and Saint Paul United Methodist Choir
February 24 | 6 pm
at Temple Israel
February 26 | 11am
at Saint Paul United Methodist Church, 5410 Corby Street
Beth El Synagogue Scholar-in-Residence, Rabbi Robert Harris
February 24 | 6pm
Kabbalat Shabbat services, followed by dinner.
February 25 | 9:30am
Shabbat morning services, followed by Kiddush lunch and text discussion
February 26 | 11:15am
Sunday Speakers Series
Open to the entire community at no charge. Learn more.
Save the Date
Pre-Purim Bash
March 5 | 6-8 pm
Omaha Children's Museum (OCM)
PJ Library is hosting our big event at the OCM in March this year, right before Purim! We'll have special Purim-themed crafts and all the amazing museum activities for families to enjoy. Contact us if you are interested in joining the planning committee to add your input to this fun evening out.
More info: Email Jennie or call 402-334-6445.

Yale Richards Professional Education Seminar
April 28, 2017
Boys Town Conference Center
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