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E-News - July 21, 2017
July 21, 2017  |  27 Tamuz 5777

From our CEO...
Did you see the article in yesterday's New York Times on Operation Good Neighbor?  Over the last year, hundreds of sick Syrian children have been brought quietly into Israel for  care.  And tons of supplies - antibiotics, food, fuel, even baby formula have been taken into Syrian villages from Israel.  This aid began in June, 2016 and is reaching an area inhabited by about 200,000 Syrians, including roughly 400 displaced families living in tent encampments along the Israeli-Syrian boundary on the Golan Heights.
Now juxtapose this news with the clashes continuing in the Old City of Jerusalem over security measures put in place following last week's shooting of two Israeli police officers on the Temple Mount.  Metal detectors at the entrance gates and additional security cameras were added to focus on the safety of pilgrims and visitors to this holy site.
We learned in our community study that 95% of Jewish respondents agree with the statement "I am proud to be Jewish."  78% agree "I have  strong sense of belonging to the Jewish people."  And 85% of Jewish households donate to charity.  These two stories, despite how they are perceived around the globe, bring these sentiments home to me and reinforce what I have always known - our community is proud to be Jewish and we have a strong sense of belonging to the Jewish people and caring for those in need.
To learn more come to the JCC on Thursday, August 24 at 7:00 p.m. for the Community Study Forum.

Shabbat Shalom,
Alan Potash
The Jewish Federation presents Jewish 
Heritage Day at Werner Park
Every baseball fan knows the seventh-inning stretch song: Take Me Out to the Ballgame . On August 13 , it's time to head out to the ballpark and root for the Omaha Stormchasers during this inaugural Jewish Heritage Day at Werner Park. The day is presented by the Jewish Federation of Omaha (JFO) as the Stormchasers take on the Iowa Cubs beginning at 2:05 p.m. Read More

Welcome Rabbi Stoller
On July 7 over three hundred and fifty people were in attendance at Temple Israel for Shabbat services to welcome Rabbi Brain Stoller and his family to our community.

This weekend Temple offers more opportunities to meet Rabbi Stoller and his family.

Shabbat Morning Bike Ride
Saturday, July 22, 6:45 a.m. - 8:15 a.m.
Towl Park, 9310 W Center Rd
Join Rabbi Stoller to ride south on the Big Papio trail and connect to the Keystone trail toward Bellevue. After an invigorating ride, we can all go home and shower and meet again at Temple Israel for Shabbat morning service at 10:30 am for some spiritual invigoration!

Rosh Chodesh Kick-Off Event
Sunday, July 23, 4-6 p.m.
Home of Danielle Gordman
Please join Temple Israel's multi-generational women's group for our kick-off event! Join us poolside for wine, apps, and
chats as we welcome Karen Flayhart, wife of Rabbi Brian Stoller, into our community!

Holy Smokes Cigar Smoker with Rabbi Brian Stoller
Tuesday, July 25, 7 p.m.
We look forward to this men's only (21+) evening featuring cigars, spirits, beer and philosophical discussions of men's issues and perspectives from Jewish texts.

New Member Family Ice Cream Social
Sunday, July 30, 4 - 5:30 p.m.
Home of Rosie Zweiback & Mace Hack
Thank you for joining our Temple Israel Family! Rosie Zweiback, President of Temple Israel, and her husband Mace Hack invite you to a relaxing Sunday afternoon with ice cream and conversation. This will be a chance for new congregants who have joined in the last two years to get to know our Board of Trustees, the Membership Committee, the Temple Israel Staff and Clergy, including Rabbi Brian Stoller and his family.

RSVP are required for these events please contact Temple Israel at 402-556-6536.
Omaha kids experience Camp Sabra
Share your  photos with us. Email them to Louri Sullivan at

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.
Learn More.
Star Deli offers dairy deli on July 28
In observance of the Fast of Tisha B' Av, Star Deli will offer a DAIRY DELI on Friday July 28 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Come for the always popular Cheese Frenchies, the Grilled Salmon with Pineapple-Strawberry Salsa, Creamy Corn Chowder served in a Bread Bowl or the Deli's Famous Lox & Cream Cheese Fried Kreplach. Also: assorted Pizzas by the Slice or Whole Pie. For Dessert, try the Cheesecake or Chocolate Cream Pie. Plus much more... - at Star Deli.
Beth Israel Observance of Tisha B'Av
Tisha B'Av, a day of fasting, mourning and repentance, is a day we recall the destruction of the First and Second Temples and other tragic events in Jewish history which took place.  Tisha B'Av will the observed at Beth Israel Synagogue the evening of July 31 and throughout the day and evening on August 1. For full schedule and to learn more click here.
KC Kosher Co-Op High Holidays Order!
Beth Israel can help
Order Deadline: Thursday, August 10
Delivery Date: Wednesday, September 6
Click here to visit KC Kosher Co-Op's website to browse through the thousands of items available for purchase, to learn more about how the co-op works, to split items with other members and place an order.  Items sold through the
co-op are on average 33% less expensive than finding them in stores and provide a way to obtain kosher foods that are otherwise unavailable in Omaha.  Please contact KC Kosher Co-Op at with any questions about products and availability, or contact Jordana Kurtzman at if you need assistance navigating the website or using the split products page.
Holiday Honey sales available through Beth El
Order by July 24 for free shipping           
Click here for more information
Mainstreeters August Events
Jewish Heritage Day at Werner Park
Sunday, August 13
Transportation available sponsored by JSS.
Depart at 1:30 p.m. from the JCC

Luncheon with George and the Juniors
Monday, August 21, 12:30 p.m. |  RBJH Auditorium

A Free Afternoon Movie: The Zookeeper's Wife
Friday, August 25, 1:00 p.m. | JCC Theater

The Iowa Western Community Band
Tuesday, August 29, 7:00 p.m. | JCC Auditorium

To learn more about these events click here.

Grab your lawn chairs and picnic blanket. Pack the cooler. Bring the family and invite your friends to our 7th Annual FREE Backyard Concert Series!

During each concert, a local youth group will be selling desserts as a fundraiser.

Jewish Family Service will be taking donations for their food pantry. The greatest need is for personal care items such as toilet paper, soap, shampoo, lotion, tooth brushes, and tooth paste. Canned meats such as chicken and salmon are also appreciated. Look for the blue bins! Please no expired items.

All concerts are from 5:00-7:00 p.m. in the pavilion! In case of inclement weather, the concert will be moved to the JCC Theater.
Use the TAGG App to give back to the Federation!
With just 7 community members, so far, we earned $27 from the last reporting period.  If we had 70 people using the app, that would equate to $270 or about $3,000 for the year...enough to fund 3 Jewish Experience Grants to help families send their kids to Jewish summer camps.  Thanks to our "early TAGG adopters". 

Download  the TAGG app and the next time you shop at any of the 200+ TAGG businesses they will  donate 5% of your purchase price to the JFO!
Upcoming Events
Rosh Chodesh Kick-Off Event
July 23  |  4-6 pm
Home of Danielle Gordman
Please join Temple Israel's multi-generational women's group for our kick-off event! Join us poolside for wine, apps, and chats as we welcome Karen Flayhart, wife of Rabbi Brian Stoller,  into our community! Please RSVP to Temple Israel, 402-556-6536, by July 14.

Pizza, PJs and Prayers
July 23 | 5 pm
Temple Israel

Holy Smokes Cigar Smoker with Rabbi Brian Stoller
July 25  |  7pm
We look forward to this men's only (21+) evening featuring cigars, spirits, beer and philosophical discussions of men's issues and perspectives from Jewish texts.

B'nai B'rith Breadbreakers
July 26 | Noon
RBJH Auditorium

Nebraska AIDS Coalition Luncheon          
July 28 | 11:30 am     
Learn More

Star Deli - DAIRY DELI
July 28 |  11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Beth El's A Wing and a Prayer July 28 | 5:30 pm     
Learn More

Friday Shabbat TiYPE Night
July 28  |  6-9 pm
Join TiYPE for Shabbat services as Temple Israel, followed by dinner at Hector's! Appetizers are on us! RSVP to Aliyah Lasky by Monday, July 24.

Mainstreeter's Afternoon at the Movies: A Dog's Purpose
July 28 |  1 pm
JCC Theater
Complimentary popcorn will be served. No reservations necessary. Invite a friend.

Beth El's Saturday
Evening Services         
July 29 | 8:30 pm
Please help us make a minyan.     
Learn More

Temple's New Member Family Ice Cream Social
July 30 | 4 - 5:30 pm
Home of Rosie Zweiback
& Mace Hack

Dinner at the Stephens Center     
July 30 | 5:30 pm     
Learn More

Mainstreeter's AARP Smart Driver Course
July 31  |  noon - 4 pm
RBJH boardroom
It pays to refresh your driving skills.

Tisha B'Av at Temple 
July 31 | 7pm

Tisha B'Av at Beth El   
July 31            
Ma'ariv & Eicha - 8:00 pm
August 1
Morning Minyan - 7:00 am
Mincha - 2:00 pm
Evening Minyan - 5:30 pm

Beth Israel Observance
of Tisha B'Av
July 31 - August 1
Learn More

B'nai B'rith Breadbreakers
August 2 | Noon
RBJH Auditorium
Chesed Committee Visits the Blumkin Home     
August 3 | 2pm

Maj Jongg Tournament
August 6
Registration fee: $35 Registration deadline is Friday, July 28. To register, please call the Temple Israel office, 402-556-6536.

Beth El's End of Summer ShaBBQ          
August 11 | 6pm
Register by August 1   
Learn More

Jewish Heritage Day
at Werner Park
August 13  | 2:05pm
Click here to buy tickets.

Backyard Concert Series
August 20 & 27
Sept. 10 & 17
Free  | 5-7pm
Located behind the JCC

Community Study Forum
August 24 

Save the Date
Bret Stephens, New York Times Columnist 
Sponsored by Beth El & AIPAC    
Tuesday, August 29 | 7pm 
Chabad Mega Challah Bake
September 5  |  7-8pm
JCC Auditorium

2018 Annual Campaign Women's Major Donor Event featuring Dr. Sima Goel 
September 12 | 11:30 am
Happy Hollow Country Club

2018 Annual Campaign Men's Major Donor Event fearturing Sgt. Benjamin Anthony
September 13 | 5-7pm
Beacon Hills

Mainstreeter's Brownville Concert Series presents KT Sullivan and Mark Nadler- Almost Like Being in Love
Oct. 8  | 2 pm matinee
We will depart at noon at the JCC and return by 5:30 pm

Omaha Jewish Film Festival
October 22- November 19
Five films will be selected. Watch for information coming soon!

2018 Annual Campaign Community Event featuring Deborah Lipstadt
October 18 | 6-8pm

Nebraska Jewish Historical Society presents
An Evening with the Heirloomist
October 21, 2017
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