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E-News - July 7, 2017

July 7, 2017  |  13 Tamuz 5777

From our CEO...
We have seen many anniversary milestones recently - the 50th anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem, the 50th anniversary of the Six Day War, the 70th anniversary of the founding of the modern state of Israel next year, and recently the 41st anniversary of the raid on Entebbe.  I went to Israel the year following that operation - I remember because one of our Israeli leaders was involved in the planning.  This means it is the 40th anniversary of my first trip to Israel.  In 1977, 28 Omaha high school students went on a community organized trip to Israel, at that time, the largest group of Omaha teens to travel together.  Another Teen Trip to Israel is currently being planned for this winter.  And now, all these years later, some of those on my teen trip are sending their children to Israel!  In my opinion, this is one of the most important achievements of our community - giving our young adults their first Israel experience.
On that 1977 trip we were able to spend a day at the 10th Maccabiah Games.  Earlier this week I noticed the start of the 20th Maccabiah Games - 10,000 athletes from more than 50 countries competing in events held across Israel.  In the Jewish Press archives, I found a few stories in the June 3, 1977 issue.  One was about an Omahan competing in those 10th
Ben Belmont
Maccabiah Games, a young boxer named Ben Belmont.  The second story highlighted the preparation for the trip and ended with this line: "After the youths return, they will give talks and generally use the knowledge gained from the trip to benefit the Jewish community here."  I know this is true for me.
Shabbat Shalom
Israeli Delegation of Young Political Leaders visited Omaha
On June 29th, a delegation of young political leaders from Israel visited Omaha as part of an exchange with the American Council of Young Political Leaders. Nebraska State Senator Colby Coash worked with Jewish Federation Director of Development Nate Shapiro to plan the itinerary. Keep an eye out for an article in an upcoming edition of the Jewish Press for more information.
Rabbi Shlomo Abramovich offers educational sessions in July
Rabbi Shlomo Abramovich is the Scholar in Residence at Beth Israel Synagogue. The Jewish Federation of Omaha and Beth Israel Synagogue are offering his classes, which are listed below, free of charge to the community. All sessions stand as individual units. You will receive full benefit from each one you attend.
Eye on Israel: BtS and BDS
July 10, Noon - 1pm

Kripke Jewish Federation Library
This session will include current events in Israel followed by a discussion of the controversial Non-Government-Organization (NGO), Breaking The Silence (BtS). BtS's mission is to 'break the silence' of IDF soldiers who return to civilian life in Israel and discover a gap between their IDF experiences in the (occupied) territories, and the silence they encounter at home. Rabbi Abramovich will then discuss The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement (BDS) with the Skype participation of American historian, author, and professor Richard Landes. Read More.

  Friday Learning Series: Focusing on Jerusalem
July 14, 21, 28, 11:15 am - Noon

Kripke Jewish Federation Library
Rabbi Shlomo Abramovich presents a three part series on the city of Jerusalem. The timing of the series centers around the 17th of Tammuz and 9th of Av (July 11th and August 1st). These dates commemorate the two Temple destructions - a sorrowful time of reflection for the Jewish people around the world. The sessions will focus on the historical, social, economic, and political significance of the city. Read more.
"Talmudic Tales - The Wisdom of the Talmud"
July 17th, Noon - 1 pm
Beth Israel
The Talmud is the basis of all rabbinic literature, the heart of the Oral Torah, and the basis for Jewish philosophy. Participation in these continuing classes is a great way to get started in increasing your understanding of the Talmud. Registration is not required, but is appreciated for planning purposes. To register, click here or call (402) 556-6288.  Lunch from the Bagel Bin will be available for $5.
The Jewish Federation presents
Jewish Heritage Day at Werner Park

Jason Gewirtz Talk to be aired
on KIOS-FM - July 17
On March 29th of this year author Jason Gewirtz presented the story of the IDF's most elite unit, the Talpiot. Talpiot members are taught advanced level physics, math and computer science as they train with soldiers from every other branch of the IDF. Jason's presentation was recorded by KIOS-FM 91.5 Omaha Public Radio and will be broadcast at noon on Monday, July 17.
Friedel Jewish Academy Family
Day at the Zoo - July 23, 9am - 1pm
All families are invited to join Friedel for a family day at Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo.  Meet at the lion sculpture at 9:15 a.m.  It's going to be WILD!

For more information contact Beth Cohen at 402-334-0517 or

Use the TAGG App to give back to the Federation!
When was the last time you ate at Julio's or shopped at Four Sister's Boutique?  Now these and over 200 other businesses will donate 5% of your purchase price to the JFO when you use your TAGG app!
Upcoming Events
Beth El's Shabbat in the Park     
July 7 |  6pm
Zorinsky Lake, Shelter 2
No evening service at Beth El tonight. More Information
Concert Series with
College-Age TiYPE
July 8  |  5:30-10 pm
Join TiYPE for dinner at DJ's Dugout in Aksarben Village, followed by a concert at Stinson Park. RSVP to Aliyah Lasky by Monday, July 3.

Beth El's
Saturday Evening Services    
July 8  |  8:45 pm
Please help us make a minyan
More information
Beth El's Women's Book Group
July 11  |   5pm
Knowles Mercy Center
Dinner reservations due July 6
More Information

B'nai B'rith Breadbreakers
July 12  |  12pm
RBJH Auditorium

Temple Grief Support Group
July 18  |  7pm
If you have any questions about the Grief Support Group, please call the Temple Israel office, 402-556-6536.
Jewish Movie Nights
at Temple Israel
I am Shimon Peres
July 19  |  7pm
Movie followed by a discussion.

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.

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.

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.

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

Jewish Heritage Day
at Werner Park
August 13  | 2:05pm
To volunteer contact Jennie Gates Beckman at 402-334-6445.

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

Community Study Forum
August 24 
JCC Theater

Chabad Mega Challah Bake
September 5  |  7-8pm
Jewish Community Center

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 main entrance of the JCC and return approximately by 5:30 p.m

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
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