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July 8, 2016  |  2  Tamuz 5776

Two current events this week have led me to a place of reflection - the death of Elie Wiesel and Prime Minister Netanyahu's visit to Entebbe.  Other than hushed whispers in synagogue, there was very little mentioned of the Holocaust when I was growing up in the 60's and 70's.  That changed for me when I visited Israel in 1977.  At both Yad Vashem and the Ghetto Fights Museum, the violence became real with the opportunity to speak with survivors, conversations that remain with me to this day.  Learning firsthand from one who survived the horrors of the concentration camps is one of the most valuable tools to preventing future genocides.  Elie Wiesel was a leader in this education.  We honor his memory by continuing this education and remembering the legions of survivors continues to diminish.  Soon only their writings and video testimonies will be available to study.
The hijacking of an Air France jet, the subsequent Raid on Entebbe and the death of Yonatan Netanyahu in 1976 were commemorated this week in Uganda.  The prime minister said at Entebbe airport, "I am touched to stand in this place, this very place, where my brother, Yoni, fell.  Entebbe is always with me, in my thoughts, in my consciousness, deep in my heart."   It is hard for me to not be reminded of these events with every airport or train station attack, with every jet blown up.  As the upcoming Olympics approach, it also brings to mind the Israelis killed in the 1972 Munich Olympics.
These events impacted the man I am today.  They represent the survival of Jews being attacked simply because they were Jews.  My place of reflection deepens as I continue to learn of more attacks on people this week simply because of who they are.  There is important work for us to do.  As we learned from Rabbi Tarfon, "It is not your responsibility to finish the work of perfecting the world, but you are not free to desist from it either."  Pirke Avot 2:21.
Shabbat Shalom,
Alan Potash
Movie Night at Temple Israel
On Wednesday, July 20, the movie Avalon will be shown at Temple Israel followed up with a discussion session. Avalon, the 1990 drama is based on the family history of director Barry Levinson. The movie portrays the struggles of a Jewish family trying to live the American dream while holding their family together. This program is open to the community. For more information contact
Scott Littky at 402-556-6536. 

7:15 pm  |  JCC Theater  |  $5
August 7: Atomic Falafel
August 14: 50 Children
August 16: Rabin In His Own Words
August 21: Hummus! The Movie
August 28: The Blind Hero

Watch your mail for more information! 
JCC Summer Camp L.I.T. Program
It's new this year, and to hear the leaders of tomorrow talk about it today, it is a resounding success for them, for the counselors, and most importantly, for the K-3rd grade J campers.  The teens in grades 8-10 who have been accepted to participate in a Leaders in Training Program (L.I.T.) with the JCC Summer Camps are discovering that there is much more to leading a camp than what first meets the eye. In the process, they are developing useful skills. Read more about this innovative program.
Supporting Israel and my son
When Joan and Charlie Shapiro packed their 12-year-old son Nathan off to Camp Young Judaea Midwest, they expected everything that all other parents do when their sons return - mosquito bites, a duffel full of filthy clothes, and a few wild stories about camp adventures.  But when Nate returned with a seed of commitment to Israel that had already sprouted and was growing rapidly, the entire family became involved.  Read the fascinating story by Joan Sudmann Shapiro in this week's Jewish Press about the special way she found to support Israel and her son.
Since arriving at the JFO in early May, Nate has become a value addition to the development team.  
BDS can be experienced anywhere
What is "BDS?" It is the Boycott, Divest and Sanction movement initiated many years ago with the mission to bring down the State of Israel as we know it.  It typically exists on today's college campuses, and often manifests itself as anti-Semitism targeting Jewish students.

BDS can be experienced anywhere, and this is often lost in the discussions and debates regarding it. It can follow Jewish students, children, and adults throughout their lives - in the work place, in their social circles, and apparently even on the roads.

Emily Newman, Jewish Press intern, shares a recent experience with BDS. Read her story by clicking here.

The ADL-CRC will be  hosting Words to Action training for high school seniors and college age students on July 25, 2016. This workshop is meant to help educate students on how to handle BDS incidents if they should encounter them. For more information or to report an incident of bias please contact the Omaha ADL-CRC office at 402-334-6570.
A match made in heaven
I'm a cat.  Quite frankly, I never thought I would have much use for the Jewish Press.  I never learned to read.  But when some forward-thinking, environmentally-oriented people came up with a creative idea of how left over papers could be put to use, the lives of my friends at the Nebraska Humane Society and the Nebraska Wildlife Rehab suddenly became like heaven on earth. Read More.  
On August 21 Satchel Grande kicks off the JFO Backyard Concert Series

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.

Click here for more information about the
Backyard Concert Series.
Rachel Zetzman and Monica Siegel on BBYO Passport to Israel trip
This, That, and the Other Thing
This is a list of 9 Iconic sites that celebrate American Jewish history.  Click here to take a virtual tour and find out why each is on this list.  

Imagine that.  A Rabbi competing on the popular Food Network show, "Chopped."
In May of 2015 seven photographers from the United States and one from Budapest, Hungary were selected for a special project through the Partnership2Gether program.  The task was to document the diversity of people in the Western Galilee region through photographs and interviews.  Mark Kirchhoff from the JFO participated in this effort and his work is among the thirty-two on display in the Okashi Art Museum in Old Acre, Israel beginning July 8. 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
Shabbat Services
at Temple Israel

July 8  |  6pm
Following services listen to the sounds of The George Walker Trio. Bring a picnic dinner or purchase food from 402BBQ Food Truck.

Shabbat at the Lake
July 8  |  6-8pm
Zorinsky Lake, Shelter #1
Families bring their own dairy or vegetarian picnic dinner, Beth El provides drinks and desserts.
No charge to attend, but please register so we have an accurate count for dessert.
6:45 Shabbat services at
the lake following dinner.
 Click here to RSVP

Reception for Rabbi Ari and Laura Dembitzer
July 10  |  4:30-6:30pm
Beth Israel
Click here to RSVP or call 402-556-6288.
Temple Israel Holy Smoke
July 12  |  7pm
Led by Rabbi Steven Abraham, this men's only evening will feature cigars, adult beverages and philosophical discussions of men's issues and perspectives from Jewish texts.
Click here to RSVP or call

B'nai B'rith Breadbreakers
July 13  | Noon
RBJH Auditorium

Play Shanghai at Beth El
July 14  |  1-4pm
We invite you to play with friends or learn to play.  Meets the second Thursday of each month.  Learn More.

Carlebach Style Kabbalat Shabbat at Beth Israel
with lively singing and dancing
July 15  |  7:30pm Mincha
followed by Kabbalat Shabbat and dinner.
To RSVP call 402-556-6288.
Movie & Discussion
at Temple Israel
July 20  |  7pm
The movie Avalon is about the struggle of a Jewish family to live the American dream while holding their family together.

Social Action Project at the Nebraska AIDS Coalition
July 22  |  11:30pm
Cooking/Serving Lunch
Learn More.

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

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

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
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