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June 24, 2016  |  18  Sivan 5776

This week the Mississippi Attorney General officially closed the murder case of three civil rights workers killed 52 years ago.  

Almost two weeks ago, a mass shooting occurred at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida.  Our campus flags were at half-staff for a week as a sign of national mourning. 

The United Way of the Midlands hosted a community forum last week, titled "Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis".  The keynote speaker, Robert Putnam addressed the continuing challenges of poverty and education in our country.

What do these three events have in common?  The same two important Jewish teachings came to mind when I read about the first, heard about the second, and attended the third - Tikkun Olam and Tzedek,Tzedek, TirdofTikkun Olam is defined by acts of kindness performed to repair the world while Tzedek Tzedek Tirdof means "justice, justice, you shall pursue".  Both teachings address who we are as individuals and how we deal with one another.  

As individuals and as a community we need to be more engaged, more willing to embrace and celebrate our differences, more willing to help one another, and less willing to accept any action motivated by hate or fear.  We have the tools to improve our personal and community discourse - we simply have to make the commitment to use them and pursue it. 

Shabbat Shalom 
Alan Potash 
JCC Dance/Cultural Arts Department adapts "Dance for PD"
for new class offering
July 7 - August 25
Thursdays, 12:30-1:30pm

JCC - Studio A - 333 S. 132 St.
$64 for JCC Members  |  $80 for Non Members

Dance classes are modeled, in part, on the "Dance for PD" (Parkinson's  disease) program developed by the Mark Morris Dance Company in Brooklyn, NY. Participants will work on balance, strength, movement, and coordination to engage the mind and body.  Classes begin with a sitting warm up followed by standing work and ending with movement phrases across the floor.  All movement can be done in a chair and/or with use of a walker/cane. No experience with dance needed. Everyone is welcome!

"Dance for PD" program by the Mark Morris Dance Company.

Payment is due on the first day.  Pre-registration is appreciated and can be done by calling Laura Wine at 402-334-6419.
Family, friends, and caregivers may accompany participant at no charge.
6th Annual Backyard Concert Series
Sundays, 5:00-7:00 pm  |  FREE
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!

Concert dates and bands:
Sunday, August 21 - SATCHEL GRANDE
Sunday, August 28 - SOUL DAWG
Sunday, September 11 - HECTOR ANCHANDO
Sunday, September 18 - LAZERWOLFE

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.

Questions? Contact Esther Katz, JCC Cultural Arts Director, at (402) 334-6406 or
JSS Meals on Wheels (MOW) for Seniors: for you or someone you know
Jewish Senior Outreach delivers hot kosher meals on a daily basis to Jewish community members.  In addition to making nutritionally sound kosher meals available, the program offers the benefit of a specially-trained driver arriving daily who notices when the participant may need some additional service and relays that information to a JSO Social Worker.  Mind, soul and body are all nourished through the program.   Any member of the Jewish community,  including those who have been recently hospitalized or are recovering from an illness, may request services by contacting Shelly Fox at 402-334-6532 for more information. 
United Way of the Midlands Announces Support for Jewish Programs
The United Way of the Midlands has awarded a total of $35,722 to programs of the Jewish Federation of Omaha.  The Jewish Family Service Mental Health Care program will receive $15,000, and the Jewish Senior Outreach Geriatric Counseling program will receive $8,000.  The Jewish Federation of Omaha will receive an additional $12,722 in designated gifts from the United Way's 2015 Campaign.  Karen Gustafson, Executive Director for JFS reports that this award is the first of a two year cycle.  The two programs named will receive equal amounts for 2017.
Summer is a great time to become a JCC Member!
The JCC is busy with activities for everyone of all ages! Check out these upcoming events and programs.

Sunday, July 3 |  12-4pm
Fun for the entire family: Music, games, prizes, and inflatables. Learn more.

Parent/ Youth Boot Camp - Saturdays, 10:15 am
Boot Camp - Wednesdays, 5:30 am & 6:00 pm
MixxedFit - Mondays, 9:15 am
Core Extreme - Thursdays, 12:00 pm
Learn more.

Bagels, Beverages & Buddies Fun Runs -
August 28 - October 30  Learn more.
Sundays, 8am and Wednesdays, 5:30pm  |  Cost $50
Summer Challenge to Change - July 11 - October 3
Registrations due July 7. Learn more.

JCC summer programming runs until August 5.
Learn more.

Contact Tracy Modra at 402-334-6427 to schedule a tour
and become a JCC Member.
Omahans participate in the "Birthright Israel" program this summer.
Brenna and  Sydney Robinson with cousins
Alex and Brandon Stuchen.
This, That, and the Other Thing
Bidding on this item begins at $700. (Not everyone will be bidding.)  

Children know that Jews and Arabs can live together. Perhaps the children will be our future.
The Other Thing is, never let anyone pull the wool over your eyes.

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
B'nai B'rith Breadbreakers
June 29  |  Noon RBJH Auditorium

Shabbat Services
at Temple Israel
July 1 |  6pm
Come meet Rabbi Crystal
& Rabbi Sussman
Oneg after services to smooze with our new Rabbis.

JCC Annual Pool Party 
July 3  |  12-4pm
Free to JCC Members 
Summer BBQ at Beth Israel
July 3  |  5pm
Click here to RSVP or call 402-556-6288.

ADL-CRC presents 2016 Annual
Supreme Court Review
July 6  |  11am-12:30pm
JCC Auditorium

B'nai B'rith Breadbreakers
July 6 | Noon
RBJH Auditorium
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.

Beth El Shabbat Picnic
July 8  |  6-8pm
Zorinsky Lake, Shelter #1
Click here to RSVP
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

Shanghai at Beth El
July 14  |  1-4pm
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.
Save the Date
IHE "My Broken Doll" 
August 18 | 7pm
August 21 | 3pm
JCC Theater

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

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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