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E-News - Jan. 20, 2017

January 20, 2017  |  22 Tevet 5777

From our CEO...
For the second time in as many weeks, Jewish Community Centers across the country have received bomb threats. Fortunately all threats were deemed hoaxes. Our JCC did not receive a call.  In both instances, CDC and Friedel parents were informed.  In addition, the ADL/CRC updated the synagogues.  We have used these incidents to educate our staff, especially those staff answering incoming calls on how to proceed should they receive such a call.  For more information on this issue click here.

Besides the ice storm, this week the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. was observed. I frequently use this as a time to reflect on the state of civil rights today - where the struggle began and where it is heading.  I have become acquainted with two leaders over the years - one in print, and one in print and conversation.  Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel has taught me his views of civil rights through a Jewish lens.  He was asked if he did much praying while marching with Martin Luther King, Jr. to Selma.  He responded "I did a lot of praying with my feet."  

The concept of praying with your feet resonates with me as it ties into one of the fundamentals of Judaism - action.  We cannot (do not?) rely on thoughts and prayers; action is required.  The Torah is filled with these teachings.  One of my favorite Torah portions is Shoftim (Judges) in the book of Deuteronomy 16:20

Our daily work should be focused on the pursuit of justice - in thought, action, and prayer.

Shabbat Shalom,
ADL Education Speaker Series Event on Jan. 26 at 7:30am
Gender is a continuum, not a box. What do educators need to know and how can they accommodate children who are opening up about gender identity?

The Anti-Defamation League Plain States Region and the Omaha School Foundation present another FREE Educator Speaker Series Event: The Gender Spectrum featuring Jessi Hutchins (Director, Gender and Sexuality Resource Center) on Thursday, January 26th from 7:30am-9:00am in the Jewish Community Center Social Hall. Breakfast will be provided.

RESERVE your FREE seat here.
Beth El Presents Acclaimed Author, Marjorie Ingall on February 2
Join us on Thursday, February 2 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. for an evening of noshing and fun at a round table presentation featuring acclaimed author of (among other writings) "Mamaleh Knows Best: What Jewish Mothers Do to Raise Successful, Creative, Empathetic, Independent Children."

If you're a parent-even one who gave birth before the really cool strollers were invented-you'll find infinite insight, brilliant advice, and plenty of laughter here. Ingall performs a high-wire act, blending history, personal anecdotes, theology, and high and low culture to illustrate strategies for raising children who are both accomplished and kind.

FREE Babysitting (with dinner provided) by reservation only, RSVP to or 402-492-8550.

This event is co-sponsored by Beth El Synagogue, PJ Library and the Jewish Federation of Omaha and made possible through the Jewish Book Council.
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.

This workshop will demonstrate skills and strategies to share with your teenager or college student on how to address bias and anti-Semitism in schools, on campus and in communities.

Please RSVP to Louri Sullivan at 402-334-6485 or
The Jewish Press is Digital!
We are pleased to announce The Jewish Press is now digital!  Each week, we will upload the latest issue, and you can read the entire edition online from your desktop, tablet or phone. Subscribe here.

Momentum Trip are FREE to participants, excluding airfare, $75 for tips and a $49 acceptance fee. Participants pay $360 deposit, which is fully refundable upon return from the trip. This trip is for women with children under 18 at home. 

Please contact Louri Sullivan at 402-334-6485 or with any questions.
JFO host Israeli Artists
The Jewish Federation of Omaha, through its Partnership2Gether platform, is proud to host Israeli artists Batya Gil and Koby Sibony for two days.

On Thursday, the artist will conduct two workshops for the community at the Jewish Federation of Omaha campus. Join us!  Each workshop cost only $5 per ticket.

The Gallery Talk
Feb. 22  |  7pm  |  JCC Social Hall  |  Free
Each artist will give a presentation of their work and then have an open discussion with the audience about being an Israeli artist, living in the periphery, and creating in the space between the two worlds of art and design.

P2G Artist Worskshop 1:
Bird's Eye View with Koby Sibony
Feb. 23  |  8-9am  |  Kripke Library  Cost: $5
Using 1mm wire, participants will learn how to make 2D birds using metal wire. Each bird, like its creator, will look different and will have its own special character.

P2G Artist Worskshop 2:
Glass Fusing: A Medium of Self-Expression
with Batya Gil

Feb. 23  |  1-3pm  |  JCC Social Hall
Cost: $5

Our time will spent using glass as a medium to encourage the fun and playfulness of creativity. You'll use window glass, colors and powders, copper wire and pieces of glass to create your own glass piece to be fused in a glass kiln.

Click here to sign up!
Kripke Jewish Federation Library Announces Expanded Hours
The Kripke Jewish Federation Library is about to give you more of a great thing. Effective February 1, 2017 the library will be open for patron usage during all the hours that the main entrance is open. Those standard hours are Monday through Thursday, 8 am - 9 pm, Friday, 8 am - 5 pm, and Sunday, 11 am - 5 pm. The receptionists at the front desk in the lobby have all been trained in the procedures for the location, checkout, and return of books and are available to assist during those times in which a staff person is not in the library. This all comes as good news to so many who have requested expanded hours. Learn more.
This, That, and the Other Thing
THIS is some good news regarding Palestinian and Israeli relations. Learn more.

If you have not yet heard about THAT place, read a recent review from the Omaha World Herald. Learn more. 

The OTHER THING is, if you want a real treat, you can't go wrong here. Learn more. 

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
Sisterhood Shabbat
January 21  |  9:30am
Join us as the women of Beth El conduct Shabbat morning services.  Services will be followed by a Kiddush kugel.
Temple Israel
Family Bingo Night,
Havdalah & Dinner!
January 21 | 5 - 8pm
We will begin with Havdalah together to end Shabbat, followed by a soup, salad and potato bar. Please bring a dessert to share. Afterwards we'll enjoy an evening of Bingo! Cost is $5 per person or $15 per family.  Please RSVP to 402-556-6536.

Temple Israel
Congregational Meeting
January 22 | 11:30 am
We invite you to attend a congregational meeting and meet Rabbi Stoller and his family.

Grief Support Group with
Marla Cohen, MS, NCC, LMHP

January 22, 10 am
Temple Israel
For those who have suffered the loss of a loved one.

Let's Meet our Tri-Faith Neighbors
Wednesdays, 6:30 - 8 pm
January 25 & February 1
Temple Israel

Amsterdam, Prague and Malta:
A Jewish Journey with
Cantor Shermet
Thursdays, 10am
January 26 & February 2-23
Explore the sights and sounds of the Jewish communities visited last winter by Cantor Shermet.

Beth El Synagogue
Retirement Reception
January 27 | 5:00 - 6:00 pm
Click here for information.
Beth El Synagogue
Tot/Family Shabbat
January 27 | 6:15 - 6:45 pm
Shabbat dinner for the entire congregation follows services,
by reservation only. Click here for more  information.

Temple Israel's Scholar-in-Residence - Bob Wolfson
January 27 - 29
Learn More.

Beth El Synagogue
Welcoming the Stranger
Kiddush Lunch
January 28 | 12:00 pm
Featured speaker is an asylum seeker from Syria who will describe her journey to the United States, fleeing persecution and ending up in Omaha. Learn More

Beth El Synagogue Young Adult Group night out at Pitch and Funny Bone
January 28 | 7pm
Pitch at Village Pointe
Learn More

Beth El Synagogue Sunday Speaker's Series
January 29 | 11:15am
Featured speaker is Joan Latchaw who will teach a 3-part series on the works of author Marge Piercy.
Learn More 

Beth El Synagogue BBQ & Basketball with Tefereth
Israel in Lincoln
January 29 | 12:15pm
Join us for a BBQ lunch with Tifereth Israel congregants prior to the UNL/Purdue Men's basketball game in Lincoln.
Learn More
Beth El Synagogue
Women's Book Club
January 30 | 6:3 pm
The group is celebrating their 2nd anniversary with a dairy potluck dinner at Debi Kutlert's home.
Beth El Synagogue
Adult Education Classes

Beginning January 31
Tuesdays, 12pm &
Wednesdays, 6:15pm
A Wisdom Tradition taught by Rabbi Steven Abraham
Click to Register
Beth El Synagogue  
Adult Education Classes
Beginning February 1
Wednesdays, 7:30pm
Echoes and Reflections taught by Hazzan Michael Krausman
Click to Register

Marjorie Ingall, Author  
Mamaleh Knows Best
February 2 | 6pm
Beth El Synagogue

ADL presents Words to Action
Parent Workshop
February 9  |  7-8pm
Kripke Library
Save the Date
Visiting Israeli Artists
The Gallery Talk
Feb. 22  | 7pm  |  JCC Social Hall
Workshop 1 - Metal Wire Art
Feb. 23 | 8am | JCC Social Hall
Workshop 2 - Glass Art
Feb. 23 | 1pm | JCC Social Hall

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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