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E-News - July 22, 2016

July 22, 2016  |  16  Tamuz 5776

From our CEO...
We are welcoming home, welcoming learning more about our community, and welcoming a new professional to our campus - it's been an exciting week.
Please join me in welcoming back to Omaha the ten participants on the Jewish Women's Renaissance Project trip to Israel.  Their eight day journey, MOMentum was uniquely designed for women with young children and provided community members an opportunity to explore and deepen their connection to Judaism, Israel, themselves and one another.  There is additional information on the trip in this newsletter.  
We are moving forward with our project to conduct a Jewish demographic study in Omaha. We had our first meeting to learn more about the process involved and examples of findings from other completed studies.  Lead researcher, Ira Sheskin spent Tuesday with representatives of the synagogues, community organizations, Jewish Federation of Omaha leaders and agency professionals to begin reviewing questions for our study.  The next meeting is scheduled for August 17 to finalize the questions.  We anticipate the telephone survey to begin the second week in November.  If you have questions or concerns or would like to be involved, please email
I am so pleased to announce Jennie Gates Beckman has accepted the position of Director, Community Engagement & Education for the Jewish Federation of Omaha.  She will be responsible for enhancing community engagement, promoting lifelong innovative Jewish learning, providing a connection to Israel, and collaborating with the synagogues and community organizations on programming options.  Jennie and her family recently returned to Omaha from Baltimore.  She will begin her new role on August 22.
Shabbat Shalom,
Alan Potash
Beth Israel bids farewell to Rabbi Weiss and Family
This weekend will be the final celebration of Shabbat for Rabbi Weiss and family at Beth Israel Synagogue. The family will be relocating  to Cherry Hill, New Jersey at the end of July. Rabbi Weiss will be teaching and developing the curriculum in order to grow a  brand new school in the Philadelphia area. As a special thanks for all they have done for the community, Beth Israel is hosting a special Kiddush lunch on Saturday, July 23 at the synagogue.  Thank you Rabbi Yaakov and Ilana and all the children too. We wish you the very best in your next endeavor.
Omaha Jewish Film Festival Begins Sunday, August 7th

is a comedy/drama in which two girls from nuclear towns in Israel and Iran spill their countries' most valuable secrets on Facebook while trying to prevent a nuclear crisis. The girls scramble to thwart war between their countries. Hebrew, English & Farsi with English subtitles | 93 minutes
August 7  |  7:15pm  |  JCC Theater
ADMISSION: $5 at the Door
Upcoming Films:
August 14: 50 Children
August 16: Rabin In His Own Words
August 21: Hummus! The Movie
August 28: The Blind Hero

Henry Monsky Lodge of B'nai B'rith, and the following Jewish Federation of Omaha Foundation Funds: Klutznick/Creighton Custodial Fund, Special Donor-Advised Fund, Frederick J. Simon Memorial Endowment Fund, Samuel & Bess Rothenberg Memorial Endowment Fund, and the Avy L. & Roberta L. Miller Film Fund by Lindsey Miller-Lerman
The Jewish Women's Renaissance Project

From July 10 - 19, ten Omaha women led by Louri Sullivan, JFO Director of Community Impact and Special Projects, participated in the Jewish Women's Renaissance Project's (JWRP) MOMentum trip to Israel. View the video above and hear how this trip made a lasting impact on these woman.

The Jewish Press will share a number of stories and photos about this experience over the next few months. 
Temple Israel's new Rabbis
The next page in the history of Temple Israel began on July 1 with the arrival of Interim Senior Rabbi Darryl Crystal and  new Assistant Rabbi Deana Sussman. They hit the pavement running by leading Shabbat services on Friday evening, July 1. Both Rabbi Crystal and Rabbi Sussman have enjoyed getting to know Omaha and the community at Temple Israel.  Please stop by Temple Israel to meet the new Rabbis.  
My Broken Doll by Bea Karp - August 18 & 21
by Bea Karp as told to Deborah Pappenheimer
Adapted for the stage by Ernie Nolan

Thursday, August 18
7:00 pm  |  JCC Theater

Talk back with Survivor Bea Karp and Director Fran Sillau

Sunday, August 21
3:00 pm  |  JCC Theater

Talk back with Institute for Holocaust Education Director Liz Feldstern and Jewish Family Services  therapist Teresa Drelicharz

Tickets will be available on August 1.
$10 adults   |    $7 students/seniors/military   
Tickets available from Eventbrite or through the IHE at or 402-334-6576. 
On August 21 Satchel Grande kicks off the JFO Backyard Concert Series
Concert dates and bands:
Sunday, August 21 - SATCHEL GRANDE
Sunday, August 28 - SOUL DAWG
Sunday, September 11 - HECTOR ANCHANDO
Sunday, September 18 - LAZERWOLFE

Grab your lawn chairs and picnic blanket. Pack the cooler. Bring the family and invite your friends to our 6th Annual Backyard Concert Series! Enjoy the fresh air, funky tunes, and fun atmosphere. All concerts begin at 5:00 p.m. by the Pavilion!  Relax in our backyard!

Backyard Concert Series is made possible by the following Jewish Federation of Omaha Foundation funds: Karen Sokolof Javitch Music Fund, Omaha Steaks, Special Donor-Advised Fund, and an Anonymous Donor.

The Best of Omaha voting is happening now through the end of August.
The Jewish Federation of Omaha is a full service organization serving the Jewish and Omaha community. We provide services and programs for all ages from early childhood education (Pennie Z. Davis Child Development Center) to a long term skilled care nursing home (Rose Blumkin Jewish Home). In addition, we have one of the finest fitness centers (Jewish Community Center) in Omaha, yearlong youth programming (Summer Camps, Youth Athletics, Dance, Musical Theater), a 300 seat theater, a public art gallery, a weekly newspaper (The Jewish Press), meals on wheels, counseling services (Jewish Family Service), and community advocacy (ADL-CRC).

We have so many great services and programs here on campus - VOTE FOR US!
This, That, and the Other Thing
THIS Tulsa synagogue is baking its way to a better world. Learn more.

Developing a "chickenless chicken?" What? THAT is for real.

THE OTHER THING is, what would you do with barley seeds that are 6 millennia old? 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
JCC Dance Open House
July 24  |  1-3pm
Dance Lobby

ADL-CRC host
Words to Action Workshop
July 26  |  RSVP
1st Session: 2-4:30pm
Dinner Reception: 4:30-5:30pm
2nd Session: 5:30-8pm

Location: No More Empty Cups
1502 S. 10th St. NE 68108  
B'nai B'rith Breadbreakers
July 27  | Noon
RBJH Auditorium

Social Action Project at the Stephen Center
July 31  | 5:30pm
Cooking/Serving Dinner
Learn More.

B'nai B'rith Breadbreakers
August 3  | Noon
RBJH Auditorium

Project Seed
August 4-16
Beth Israel Synagogue

Tot Shabbat Picnic
at JCC Pavilion
August 5  |  5:30pm
Activities and services are both led by "Miss Patty" Nogg
6:30 pm - dinner
Families bring their own dairy or vegetarian picnic dinner, Beth El provides drinks and desserts.

Omaha Jewish Film Festival
7:15 pm
August 7, 14, 16, 21, 28

JCC Theater

Women's Book Club
at the home of Judith Barnes
August 10
Newcomers are welcome!
 Learn More

IHE "My Broken Doll" 
August 18 | 7pm
August 21 | 3pm
JCC Theater

L.O.V.E. Game Day
August 21  | 12:30pm
RSVP by Aug. 12 to Linda Cogen at 402-334-6519.
RBJH Auditorium

Backyard Concert Series
FREE & Open to the Community

August 21  |  5-7pm
August 28  |  5-7pm
Sept. 11  |  5-7pm
Sept. 18 |  5-7pm

JFS Ethics Workshop
August 26  |  9-11am
Save the Date
End of Summer Festival
September 5  |  11am-3pm
Beth El Synagogue

2017 Annual Campaign
Major Donor Event

September 22

2017 Annual Campaign Community Event
September 25
Dave & Busters
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