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E-News - March 17, 2017

March 17, 2017  |  19  Adar 5777

From our CEO...
In the past few newsletters I have updated the community on the increase of bomb threats to Jewish institutions in North America.  Until this week we were not one of those communities.  On Wednesday morning, the Omaha JCC received a bomb threat.  We immediately implemented our security protocols and coordinated efforts with the Omaha Police Department, the OPD bomb squad and the FBI.  Following the incident I sent out an update to the community as soon as possible.  In the event an incident like this were to happen again and to guard against inaccurate information being shared on social media, please wait to post until after the Jewish Federation of Omaha has released an official statement.  The amount of information released is limited so as not to inspire copy cats.  This threat, like all the others that have targeted Jewish organizations recently, turned out to be a hoax.  Be assured we will always take threats seriously and respond in ways that safeguard the lives of our members, families and staff.  I want to acknowledge the attention and diligence the Omaha Police Department demonstrated in addressing this incident.  I also want to recognize the professional effort our employees make every day to create a safe and welcoming campus.

Should you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us. We have set up an email address dedicated to security concerns  -   
Shabbat Shalom,
Young Jewish Giving

Under the leadership of Young Jewish Giving (YJG) program director Danielle Gordman, 43 new donor advised funds have been established with a least $500 for Jewish middle school and high school students over the last seven months. The mission of YJG is to empower teens and college-aged students to make the world a better place by donating money to worthy causes engaged in meaningful work.

Young Jewish Giving is having an event on Tuesday, March 21 from 6-7:30 p.m. in the JCC Auditorium. Three Rabbis and a lot of Mitzvot will feature Rabbis Abraham, Azriel and Dembitzer. The lively discussion will begin following the 6 p.m. dinner. All Omaha Jewish teens in grades 7-12 are invited to attend, whether they have a Young Jewish Giving account or not. The event is free, but reservations are required for dinner. To RSVP email Danielle at by March 20. 
Reviving the Ben Gurion Society
The Jewish Federation of Omaha is reviving the Ben Gurion Society for the local Jewish community. This national society is one that recognizes young adults who make contributions of $1,000 or more to their local Jewish Federation as a sign of their commitment to leadership in the community. If you are between the ages of 25-45 and have an interest in the Ben Gurion Society, please join your hosts Danny Cohn and Andrew Miller for cocktails and appetizers. The event will be held at their home, 11330 Pine Plaza, on March 25 from 7:30-9:30 p.m.

RSVP to Louri Sullivan at or call 402.334.6485.

Author Jason Gewirtz to Present the Story of the IDF'S Most Elite Unit
In an age of increasing sophistication in technology and military weapons, boots on the ground, ships on the sea, and planes in the air is insufficient. To maintain a strategic edge, Israel has created a special, secretive IDF unit called Talpiot. On Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at 7 p.m. in the Social Hall of the Jewish Community Center, former IDF soldier Jason Gewirtz will share his insights into the workings of this specialized unit by discussing his recent book, Israel's Edge: The Story of the IDF's Most Elite Unit - Talpiot.
Save the date for these additional author events
April 20, 2017  - Rabbi Joseph Telushkin
 7 p.m. | Temple Israel
June 7, 2017 - Janice Kaplan
7 p.m. | Location TBA

ADL Plains States Region
Education Speaker Series
Educator Speaker Series: The Nebraska Foster System
Thursday, March 30
7:30 am | JCC  Auditorium

Join our featured presenter: Sarah Hayek (Project Coordinator, Nebraska Families Collaborative) to learn about the resources available for educators to assist their students that are a part of the foster care system. 
Learn more.

Comedian Keith Barany entertains
Sunday, April 2 at the JCC
The Meyers Family Legacy of Laughter Endowment Fund of the Jewish Federation of Omaha Foundation presents comedian Keith Barany.  Keith's been a contributing writer for Seinfeld, Gary Shandling and Jimmy Kimmel. Join us on April 2, at 1:30 p.m. in the JCC Auditorium for a FREE serving of healthy laughter-with a side of nuance and nosh.

Let us do the work!  PASSOVER TO GO
Please place orders by Thursday, April 6

For more information contact Mike Aparo at 402-334-6522 or
Yale Richards Professional Education Seminar
On April 28, 2017, The Jewish Federation of Omaha Foundation in conjunction with Boys Town and Union Bank is sponsoring the 9th Yale Richards Professional Education Seminar.  The seminar features nationally known speakers and the opportunity for lawyers, accountants, insurance professionals, and financial advisors to earn continuing education credits.
The Foundation is now taking advance registrations on the Foundation's website,
JCC Spring Sprint - April 30
Lace up your running shoes and join us for the JCC Spring Sprint! This event will be an outdoor fun run, offering a 5k and a 1 mile walk/run. Event proceeds will go into the Jake Lucoff Sleep Away Camp Scholarship Fund through Young Jewish Giving at the Omaha Jewish Foundation. As part of his Bar Mitzvah project, Jake wants to give all kids  the opportunity to attend a sleep away summer camp, like he did. Funds raised will be distributed to individual families identified in the Jewish community and also to Camp For All Kids, an organization that helps inner-city youth attend camp.

Spring Sprint: 5K & 1 Mile Fun Walk /Run
Sunday, April 30 | 1:30 p.m.
Adults: $30  |  Children: $10 (age 15 and under)

To register contact Member Services at (402) 334-6426 or Laura Wine at (402) 334-6419. 

This, That and the Other Thing
When you think of Israel and sports, you obviously think of THIS
THAT Jewish guy everyone seems to embrace is on tour once again. Here's the story and a brief Q&A in that is characteristically Billy Crystal.
Even Moses couldn't believe it.

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
Beth El's Sunday Morning Speakers Series
Musical Midrash taught
by Marty Shukert
March, 19 & 26
Sundays, 11:15 am
An examination of various Jewish composers and songwriters and their works, centered on specific themes.

Beth El Synagogue Adult Education Classes
March 21-29
Tuesdays, 12 pm &
Wednesday, 6:15 pm
A Wisdom Tradition taught by Rabbi Steven Abraham
Learn more
Wednesdays, 7:30 pm
Echoes and Reflections taught by Hazzan Michael Krausman
Learn more

B'nai B'rith Bread breakers
March 22 | 12 pm
RBJH Auditorium

Temple Israel - Meanings within Meanings, Stories within Stories: Uncovering the Wisdom of the Torah with Rabbi Crystal
Thursdays, 10 am
March 23 & 30 and April 6

Young Jewish Giving Event
March 21 | 6-7:30 pm 

B'nai B'rith Bread Breakers
March 22 | 12 pm
RBJH Auditorium

JCC Eddie Belgrade Memorial
3 on 3 Basketball Tournament
March 26 | 8 am

Rising Stars of
American Jewish Music
A Concert to Benefit the Seth Rich Memorial Camp Scholarship Fund 
March 26  |  4-6 pm
Beth El Synagogue 

Temple Israel Book Club
March 26 & April 23
Sundays, 10 am

Omaha Chamber Music
Society presents Voices
March 26  | 7 pm
Admission Free
Reception following
JCC Theater

IHE Week of Understanding
featuring Marion Blumenthal Lazan
March 28 | 7 pm
Countryside Community Church

Women's Book Group
March 28 | 7-8:30 pm
"The Rhythm of Memory" by Allyson Richman, with a special opportunity to speak with the author. Newcomers are always welcome to attend. For more information, contact Darlene Golbitz. 

Author Event with
Jason Gewirtz
March 29 |  7 pm
JCC Social Hall

ADL Educator Speaker Series: The Nebraska Foster System
March 30 | 7:30 am
JCC  Auditorium

Beth El Synagogue
Weekend:  JewAsian
Featuring authors Helen Kim
and Noah Leavitt

March 31 - April 2
Learn more.

A Tri Faith Prayer Retreat:
A weekend of going deeper
into our own spiritual roots, while encountering the sacred
in the other.

March 31 - April 1
The program is experiential - centering on the reading of sacred texts, music, prayer methods, and storytelling.
Learn more.

Legacy of Laughter
presents Keith Barany
April 2 | 1:30 pm
Save the Date
Beth El's Shanghai
April 13 | 1- 4pm

Author Event with
Rabbi Joseph Telushkin
April 20 |  7pm
Temple Israel

Young Jewish Giving
Year End Giving Shuk
April 25  | 6-8:00 pm

Yom HaShoah
April 26  |  7pm
Beth Israel Synagogue

Ruth & Phil Sokolof Annual Lecture Series featuring
Dr. Jonathan Adelman
April 27 | 7:30pm

Yale Richards Professional Education Seminar
April 28, 2017
Boys Town Conference Center

JCC Spring Sprint
April 30 | 1:30pm
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