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June 10, 2016  |  4  Sivan 5776

Forty-nine years ago this week, Jewish communities around the world nervously watched as Israel's very existence was being threatened. Within days, Israel went from potentially being wiped off the map to becoming a country with one of the most powerful citizen armies in the world, transforming the perception of Jews as being weak to being powerful.  And yet again this week Israel is threatened.  We saw the results of terror as gunmen opened fire at a popular market killing 4 Israelis. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families and to Israel.
Saying good-bye
This week we say goodbye to two phenomenal Jewish leaders: Temple Israel Assistant Rabbi Josh Brown and Jewish Agency for Israel shaliach Eliad Eliyahu Ben Shushan.  Rabbi Brown stepped into his role with enthusiasm, compassion, wisdom, and humor. Listening to his teaching elevated one's thoughts on the texts. And Eliad was so much more than his shaliach job description.  He and his family became active members of the Omaha Jewish community, making an everlasting impact with each interaction.  Love and admiration poured out for him at his going away party earlier this week. Tonight, Temple Israel will celebrate Rabbi Brown and his family. Both the Browns and the Ben Shushans will be missed. We wish them a heartfelt thank you and the best of luck in their next roles.

Shabbat Shalom -  Chag Sameach,
Alan Potash 
Celebrating Shavuot


Shavuot evening service & study session
with Dr. Baruch Felstern
June 11  | 8:30 - 11:30pm
Join us for Mincha (followed by Ma'ariv and Havdallah). Following services we will have a special Shavuot study session with Dr. Baruch Feldstern as well as delicious Shavuot treats. A resident of Jerusalem, Dr. Feldstern was ordained by the Jewish Theological Seminary of America in 1972. In 1992 he received his PhD in Midrash, and a year later he began teaching Talmud in the Rothberg School for Overseas Students at the Hebrew University. From 1991-2013 he taught at the Pardes Institute in Jerusalem.
Shavout morning service, Shavout Day 1
June 12  | 9:30am

Shavout morning service, Shavout Day 2; Yizkor will follow the Torah service.
June 13  | 9:30am
Join us for a dairy lunch following services.  Mincha will follow.  There will be no evening service that night.

Click here to see the Beth El Shavuot activities flyer.

June Simcha Kiddish Shabbat
Jun 11  | 11:30am
Saturday night dinner and learning for Shavuot
June 11  | 9:55pm
All Night Learning
June 12  | 12:30am
Dairy Lunch along with Family Feud
June 12 | 11:30am


Erev Shavuot service
June 11 | 6 - 7pm
Join us for pizza, prayer and a piece of cake as we celebrate Shavuot. We will discuss the current refugee crisis in the world as we remember the story of Ruth joining our people as a stranger and becoming the key to our future.

Shavuot morning service
June 12 | 10:30 am

JCC Holiday Hours
June 11 | Closing at 6pm
June 12 | Closed
Life & Legacy's Annual Celebration
On Tuesday, June 14,  at 6:30 p.m. in the JCC Theater, the Jewish Federation of Omaha Foundation and our nine community partner organizations will recognize and thank the members of our Omaha Jewish community who have generously made a commitment to leave a legacy gift through the LIFE & LEGACY program of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation. We are delighted to present as part of our celebration, Barbara Greenspan Shaiman as our key note speaker who will share her thoughts and expertise with us on "Living Your Legacy Now." Read More. 
We've almost reached
our financial goal

Help us reach our Jewish Family Service (JFS) Campaign goal for this year.  The campaign ends  June 30 - still time to contribute, but please hurry.   For more than a century, Jewish Family Service of Omaha has provided crucial aid and support to the community. Our mission is to strengthen and preserve life in the Jewish community and the community at large through every stage of the life cycle. JFS relies on your financial support to accomplish this mission. 

Please visit our webpage to find out more, and to make a donation by clicking the "Donate" button in the left margin of the page.  Thank you for your participation in this most worthy cause.
Israeli Business Leaders visit Omaha
Top photo: Yair and Hava Levin, owners of an aluminum extrusion business in Israel, toured Valmont to explore possible business partnerships. Community member and Valmont Group President Steve Kaniewski led the tour along with Mark Seebaum.
Bottom photo:  Dick and Terri Zacharia with the delegation from Israel at Henry Doorly Zoo's newly opened African Grasslands exhibit.  

From June 1 through June 6, 2016, Israeli business leaders, as part of the Partnership2Gether  (P2G) Program from the Western Galilee region of Israel, made a visit to the Jewish Federation of Omaha. P2G exists to promote enduring and meaningful partnerships between global Jewish communities and communities in Israel. The focus of this visit was to create business connections  while demonstrating the crucial role of philanthropy in creating and maintaining a robust Jewish community.

The JFO would like to extend its sincere thanks to the members of the Omaha Jewish community that met with the delegation, hosted meals, attended meals, assisted with transportation, and took the time to say hello. The delegation felt very welcomed by our community.
If you are interested in being involved with P2G, please contact Nate Shapiro, Director of Development,
Longtime Beth El executive director takes on new role as retiree
Larry DeBruin is ready to change up his fashion sense. As Beth El Synagogue's executive director for the past 24-plus years, he has worn multiple hats - many of them at the same time - to keep the facility running smoothly and attend to congregants' needs. That all changed several weeks ago as he packed those hats away and retired from his longtime job. Read More. 

The community will honor Larry DeBruin at a special tribute dinner at Beth El on Friday, June 17, 7pm for details or to RSVP, visit, or contact the synagogue office at 402-492-8550.
This, That, and the Other Thing
Sand and water become accessible to those in wheelchairs if they have THIS.

THAT day, June 5, 1967 was the first day of what has been called the greatest victory in modern history took place.

"California Girls," "I Get Around," "Shut Down," "Little Deuce Coupe" and "Surfer Girl," all have something in common with Ra'anana and Tel Aviv.  That's THE OTHER THING.

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 Service - Farewell Celebration with Rabbi Brown and Family
June 10 | 6- 7 pm
Temple Israel

Kiddush and Tribute to
Eliad Eliyahu & Sara Ben Shushan and family
June 13 | 11:30am
Beth Israel

Life & Legacy
2nd Year Celebration

June 14 |  6:30pm
JCC Theater
The keynote speaker will be Barbara Shaiman, educator, businesswoman and social entrepreneur.

B'nai B'rith Breadbreakers
June 15 | Noon
RBJH Auditorium

Special Tribute Dinner
for Larry DeBruin

June 17 | 7pm
Beth El
Click here to RSVP

B'nai B'rith Breadbreakers
June 22 | Noon
RBJH Auditorium
Save the Date
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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