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E-News - June 23, 2017

June 23, 2017  |  29 Sivan 5777

From our CEO...
I am not a big sports fan but I am a big supporter of Israel. Learning Robert Kraft, owner of the New England Patriots was taking a number of NFL Hall of Famers to Israel caught my attention and enthusiasm.  Rarely are these high profile trips without some controversy as we witnessed earlier this year when leaders of the BDS movement pressured a Ministry for Strategic Affairs and Public Diplomacy organized trip of NFL players post-Super Bowl.

18 'Hall of Famers in their Gold Jackets' joined Kraft in last week's visit, many calling it a life-changing experience.  JTA reported Dallas Cowboy legend and Vietnam War veteran, Roger Staubach  shared his experience in 1967, hearing on his walkie-talkie that Israel was about to be attacked.  He recalled his concern as he chatted with an Israeli paratrooper roughly the same age today as he was in 1967.

To learn more about this trip, check out these articles
here and here.
For the majority of the players, it was their first trip to Israel.  Many took the opportunity to be baptized in the Jordan River and to visit the Holy sites of Christians, Muslims, and Jews.
We know how important Israel is to American Jews - with our recent community study, we learned 87.9% of Jewish respondents have an emotional attachment to Israel.  And we know these days discussing Israel can have its challenges.  Goodwill trips like this one along with the many Birthright Israel trips help build a stronger connection to Israel.  
On another positive Israel note, Warren Buffett recently hosted two events in New York on behalf of Israel Bonds. He encouraged investors to purchase Israel Bonds. So far to date with the events in Omaha and New York he has raised $210 million for the State of Israel through Israel Bonds. When asked to give a message to the people of Israel, Buffett responded "On behalf of a boy from Omaha, I say, 'Thank you, Israel.' "  I say thank you, Mr. Buffett!  Check out the story in the Omaha World Herald.
Shabbat Shalom,
IHE presents: America and Refugees: From the Holocaust to Today
Featuring Dr. Rafael Medoff
Monday, June 26 at 7:00 p.m.
UNO Campus
Co-sponsored by: The Fried Fund, SPHRS, Inclusive Communities, Lutheran Family Services
Read More.
PJ Library Get-Together Grant

Here's a good idea. Get-Together with friends and organize an event that creates a Jewish experience for everyone and receive $150 to help make it happen. What have others already done? Eaten a delicious Shabbat meal. Hosted a themed brunch. Watched a classic Jewish-themed movie. Designed family-friendly art. There are many possibilities, use your imagination.
How it works: GET IDEAS, GET STARTED (APPLY FOR THE GRANT), GET APPROVED, GET TOGETHER, GET PAID.  Click here for more information and to begin. Contact Jennie Gates Beckman, or (402) 334-6445 with questions.
Got Jewish heritage? Got ideas?
Got a volunteer spirit?
The Omaha Jewish community, together with the Omaha Storm Chasers and thousands of others at Werner Park on Sunday, August 13th will be celebrating Jewish Heritage Day at a baseball game at which the Iowa Cubs will be placed back in their cages. We need your help with ideas, organizing activities, and providing opportunities to make this day truly special for all. Don't stretch your involvement until the 7th inning, step up to the plate and hit a homer in the 1st  by volunteering. Contact Jennie Gates Beckman, or (402) 334-6445 to help plan what will be happening.

Jewish Senior Outreach
It was Bette Davis who said "Old age ain't no place for sissies." I would guess that many of our community seniors agree. There are so many reasons to feel proud and fortunate as we grow older. If we are lucky we may have done work that was meaningful, raised families we are proud of, and found an opportunity to contribute to society.

But, along with the blessings of old age are the challenges that go with it. Many elders experience profound life changes--loss of their robust health, loss of a loved one or the loss of independence... to name a few.

Jewish Senior Outreach (JSO) is available to be supportive through these challenges. Our goal is to help keep our older adults living as independently as possible for as long as possible.  We are keenly aware that it is the desire of most everyone to make decisions about their own lives and stay in their own homes as long as they are able. JSO is here to be an advocate for our community elders and their families. To  learn more about JSO services contact Shelly Fox, Director of Admissions and Community Outreach, at 402-334-6532 or
Mainstreeters HOT July Programs
Mainstreeters never run out of ideas to improve your health or add fun to your days. Check out these July events and put them on your calendar.

Jewish Social Services and Interim HealthCare

Health Maintenance Clinic:
1st & 2nd Mondays of the month  |  9 a.m. - 3 p.m. 
Rose Blumkin Jewish Home Clinic Room
For a $10 fee, clients can have their toenails trimmed, get their weight checked, and have their vital signs monitored.

Mainstreeters Luncheon with Soulful
and Swinging Pamela Sue:
 July 1 | 12:30 p.m.  |  Rose Blumkin Jewish Home Auditorium

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

AARP Smart Driver Course
July 31  |  noon - 4 p.m.  |  RBJH boardroom.
It pays to refresh your driving skills.

Brownville Concert Series presents KT Sullivan and Mark Nadler- Almost Like Being in Love
Oct. 8  | 2 p.m. matinee
We will depart at noon at the main entrance of the JCC and return approximately by 5:30 p.m

Click here to learn more about these events.

Questions? Contact Maggie Conti, Director of Activities and Volunteer Services at 402-334-6521 or
JCC Summer Camp
If you think it is too late for your child to participate in JCC summer camps, it isn't. The  JCC Summer Camp has 7 more weeks of camp available. Campers make new friends, learn new skills and participate in specialized activities including arts, sports, singing, nature and science. Click here to sign up for Camp!

To keep you informed about camp, Jewish Press Intern Emma Hochfelder is writing a feature article every week. Emma has completed her first year at Sarah Lawrence College in New York, and after packing more into one year than can be imagined, she appreciates the opportunity to return to the Omaha and utilize her writing skills. Already she has reported on arts and crafts, outdoor activities, science, and sports. Premier Camps have included Icky Sticky, College All Stars Basketball, and Baking Bliss. Emma reports that Girl Power camp was created this year with activities for team building, developing self-confidence, and "girl things" - like doing nails and enjoying facials. Click here to read Emma's JCC Summer Camp Journal.

JCC Campers learn how to make challah.


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Upcoming Events
Beth El's
Saturday Evening Services    
June 24 |  8:45 pm
Please help us make a minyan
More information

TiYPE -Holla for Havdallah (21+)
June 24  |  6-9 pm
Welcome the summer with TiYPE for a nice service, followed by dinner, beverages, games, and movies!

Beth El's
Luther and the Jews    
June 25  |  2pm
More Information

IHE presents: America and Refugees: From the Holocaust
to Today
Dr. Rafael Medoff
June 26  |  7pm

B'nai B'rith Breadbreakers
June 28  |  12pm
RBJH Auditorium

Beth El's
Saturday Evening Services    
July 1  |  8:45 pm
Please help us make a minyan
More information

Beth Israel's Summer BBQ
July 2 | 5-8 pm 
The kosher menu includes: hamburgers, hot dogs, coleslaw, potato salad, chips, watermelon, dessert, and beverages. The event is open to entire community. The cost is $8 for adults, $5 for children ages 3-12, and is free of charge for those 3 and under. RSVP by June 27 to the Beth Israel. Register here

B'nai B'rith Breadbreakers
July 5  |  12pm
RBJH Auditorium

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.
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

Omaha Jewish Film Festival
October 15 - November 12
Would you like to help select the films? Contact Jennie ASAP,
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