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E-News - Jan. 6, 2017

January 6, 2017  |  8 Tevet 5777

From our CEO...
Israel continues to be in the news - an archeological discovery, spy satellites, Netanyahu and that recent UN Security Council vote.  I tend to seek out positive inspirational and educational content about Israel to share.  The other day I listened to a podcast from the Commonwealth Club of California featuring Daniel Gordis.  Click here to listen to the podcast.  Danny, as many refer to him, was invited to speak about his latest book - Israel: A Concise History of a Nation Reborn.  It was an hour well spent.  Here is a short excerpt from the book "Israel is a tiny state and yet it has captured the world's attention, aroused its imagination, and lately, been the object of its opprobrium. Why does such a small country speak to so many global concerns? More pressingly; why does Israel make the decisions it does? And what lies in its future?"   It should be a great read.  Look for my review in the near future.   
We have a choice to make every day - focusing on the good in our world or pointing out all that is wrong.  There is so much good stuff happening right here on our campus - generous campaign supporters, engaged lay leaders, 100 BBYOers here last week, innovative programming, basketball tournaments, a community study, an increased census at RBJH.  I'm not suggesting burying our heads in the sand but rather balancing thought-provoking, sometimes difficult conversations with a buggy full of smiling CDC toddlers.

Shabbat Shalom,
Alan Potash
Scholarships and Grants available through the Federation
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.
Eye on Israel - January 9, 12:00 pm
UN Condemns Israeli Settlements - The Issues - The People
Since the first session of "Eye on Israel" on December 19 with Rabbi Shlomo Abramovich, Visiting Scholar at Beth Israel Synagogue, much has happened. A major topic for this second session will be the December 23 UN condemnation of Israeli settlements. The result has been a clash between the United States and Israel with intense debate about how to move a peace process forward. There is no shortage of opinions being expressed in both countries, and around the world. Rabbi Shlomo, with the help of experts, will lead a thoughtful, educational, neutral discussion of these opinions - including the implications of this vote when President-elect Donald Trump takes office.

While the UN vote is dominating the news and concerns, additional news-worthy topics are also occurring. Rabbi Shlomo will explore those as well. To find out what those are, attend - and attend with a friend on January 9 at 12 pm in the Kripke Jewish Federation Library. The community is welcome.
This event will be broadcasted LIVE on Facebook:
A New Year brings new Mainstreeters programs
Wednesday, January 11
1:45 p.m. | RBJH Auditorium
TriOmaha Concert featuring members from the Omaha Symphony Orchestra
Free and open to the community

Friday, January 13
1:30 p.m. | JCC Auditorium
Motivational speaker Rabbi Shalom Hammer will discuss "When I Grow Up, I Want to Be Old"
Free and open to the community

Monday, January 16
12:30 p.m. | RBJH Auditorium
Luncheon with Ruth Meints, Executive Director of the Omaha Conservatory of Music
Cost: $10
RSVP by Jan. 9 to Maggie Conti at

Friday, January 27
1:00 p.m. | JCC Theater
Afternoon at the Movies: Sully
Free and open to the community

These programs are supported in part by grants from United Way of the Midlands and the Jewish Federation of Omaha. To learn more about Mainstreeters contact Maggie Conti at
IHE and Omaha Performing Arts collaborate to bring Carolyn Dorfman Dance to Omaha
Lecture & Demonstration Event
Up Close and Personal with Carolyn Dorfman Dance 
Tuesday, January 17 
7:00 pm | JCC Theater
Join us as we celebrate the 38th anniversary of the Omaha JCC's incredible dance program, with an intimate lecture and demonstration event. A dessert reception will follow. This event is free and open to the community.

Performance Event
Carolyn Dorfman Dance  
The Legacy Project:  
A Dance of Hope
Thursday, January 19 
7:30 pm | Orpheum Theater
Tickets for the performance are available at
Use promo code "PRESS" for a $5 discount off PL
and PL2 tickets (by Jan 13).

Funding generously provided by: Slosburg Family Charitable Trust, Simon Family Charitable Trust, Bruce & Anne Shackman, Steve & Patty Nogg, and the Samuel & Bess Rothenberg Memorial Endowment Fund and the Ann Woskoff Shulman Memorial Fund (both of the Jewish Federation of Omaha Foundation)
JCC Challah Tots - January 19
10:00 am | Youth Lounge

Challah braiding and story time for ages 0-5
Free for JCC Members  | $5 for Non Members
RSVP at 402-334-6426 by January 17
All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Friday, January 20, 2017
Beth El Synagogue 
6:00 pm Kabblat Shabbat Services
Shabbat dinner immediately following
No charge for dinner, but registration
 is required by January 13.

Click here to register for dinner.
Babysitting will be provided during the presentation.
100 BBYO teens from Kansas City, St. Louis, Iowa, and Minnesota traveled to meet their BBYO friends in Omaha for the 2016 Winter Regional Convention.  It included four days of connecting, learning, celebrating, and making lifelong memories.
This, That, and the Other Thing
Is there no end to THIS? It is the incessant back and forth, back and forth. There must be a winner. It just has to be. Isn't that how things are? Click to learn more.
2016 THAT year in which 12 notable Jews were lost.  
Take a moment and celebrate the joy of song and dance with these young Israelis.

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
Eat, Pray, Schmooze (ages 22+)
January 7 | 10:30 am
Join TiYPE at Saturday morning services at Temple Israel. We will then be going to Swartz's Deli for a great knosh (appetizers are on us). Please RSVP to Aliyah Lasky by Tuesday, December 27.

Temple Israel Book Club
January 8 | 10am
"Orphaned on the Ocean"
by Richard Logan

Temple Israel Religious
School Classes Resume

 Jan.8 and Jan. 11

Temple Tots Sunday
 January 8  | 10:30am

Eye on Israel
January 9 | Noon
Kripke Jewish Federation Library

B'nai B'rith Breadbreakers
January 11 |  12pm
RBJH Auditorium

The Magic of Rituals
with Rabbi Berezin
January 12 | 10am
Temple Israel

Lecture & Demonstration Event
Carolyn Dorfman Dance
January 17  |  7pm
JCC Theater

Amsterdam, Prague and
Malta: A Jewish Journey
with Cantor Shermet
Thursdays, 10am
Jan.19 & 26 and Feb. 2-23
Temple Israel
Explore the sights and sounds of the Jewish communities visited last winter by Cantor Shermet.

Carolyn Dorf man Dance
The Legacy Project: A Dance of Hope
January 19  |  7:30pm
Orpheum Theater
Tickets can be purchased at  For more information contact Liz Feldstern at 402-334-6575.

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
At the December Board of Trustees meeting, the Senior Rabbi Search Committee recommended Rabbi Brian Stoller to be our new Senior Rabbi. The Board of Trustees voted unanimously in favor. Temple Israel by-laws require that the congregation ratify the Board's decision. To fulfill this responsibility, we invite you to attend a congregational meeting. We have invited Rabbi Stoller and his family to join us so that you can meet him in person and hear his vision for our congregation.

JYG at the Mark
January 22 |  12:30 pm
20902 Cumberland Rd, Elkhorn
Join our 7th and 8th graders for some great bowling, food and games. Cost is $20 and includes lunch and activities. Please RSVP to Aliyah Lasky, 402-556-6536, by Tuesday, January 17.

JCC Musical Theater Auditions
January 22 | 1:00 - 4:30pm
Registration is required to audition. Contact Esther Katz at for details and required materials.
Save the Date
Marjorie Ingall, Author
Mamaleh Knows Best

February 2 | 6pm
 Beth El Synagogue
Tablet Magazine columnist Marjorie Ingall blends historical texts, scientific research, humor and personal anecdotes to create a nuanced portrait of the Jewish Mother that smashes tired old sexist stereotypes.
Free appetizers for adults and babysitting and dinner for children with reservations. RSVP to

ADL presents Words to Action
Parent Workshop
February 9  |  7-8pm
Kripke Library

Visiting Israeli Artists
February 22 & 23
Join the community for art workshops and lectures with our visiting Israeli artists Koby Sibony & Batya Gil. Koby sculpts with wire and Batya works with glass. For more information or to join the team of art-lovers planning this visit, contact
Nate Shapiro - more details
will be released soon!

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.
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