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E-News - March 18, 2016
March 18, 2016  |  8  Adar  II  5776

Beliefs, Values & Happiness
The PEW Research Center released a new study "Israel's Religiously Divided Society" last week focusing on understanding global religion. The report makes comparisons between Israeli and American Jews.  And while there are deep bonds, there are also significant differences. For example, Israeli Jews are more religiously observant and political.  While U.S. Jews are more optimistic about the possibility of a peaceful two-state solution. Read the entire study here. This new study, the PEW's 2013 "A Portrait of Jewish Americans" and similar reports, provide an in-depth look at religious beliefs and values, social values, and political views of roughly 80% of the world's Jewish population. These studies are invaluable tools, made even more powerful when coupled with a current community / demographic study,  in determining how to move our community forward.   
In addition, the 2016 World Happiness Report has been released in advance of March 20, the UN World Happiness Day. The report is a measure of happiness published by the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network and uses key variables including real GDP (gross domestic product) per capita, social support, healthy years of life expectancy, trust, perceived freedom to make life decisions, and generosity.  Israel came in at # 11 with the U.S. close behind at # 13. You can read the entire World Happiness Report 2016 here.  It is my opinion that Israel scored a bit higher in part due to holidays like Purim, one of the most joyous and fun-filled days on the Jewish calendar.
This Sunday, coincidentally World Happiness Day, the Jewish Federation of Omaha is combining the jubilant spirit of Purim with a celebration of giving in our Community-wide Kids Campaign Purim Carnival from 12:00 - 2:00 p.m. in the JCC Gymnasium. The Kids Campaign provided our youngest community members the opportunity to learn the lessons of Tzedakah firsthand by being a part of the Jewish Federation of Omaha's Annual Campaign.  Pushkas were distributed earlier this year and our children have happily been busy filling those cans.  Sunday's event will celebrate their efforts and allow us to thank our newest donors.  Lunch will be available and the afternoon promises to be amazing with games for all ages, an inflatable, face painting and balloons.  Join me and be part of the festivities!  

Shabbat Shalom, see you on Sunday,
Alan Potash
Community Purim Celebrations!
Young Jewish Omaha (YJO)
Speakeasy Purim Party
Saturday, March 19  | 8-11pm
The Tradition Clubhouse
1250 S. 157th St.
$5 with costume
$10 without costume
Costume contest with prizes, traditional 20s cocktails

Kids Campaign
Purim Carnival

Sunday, March 20  | 12-2pm 
FREE  |  JCC Gym
Fun Treats, Games,
 Inflatable, and Raffles
Costumes Encouraged
Lunch available for purchase from Star Catering
The younger members of our community will be able to donate their Tzedakah as they enter the carnival. These participants will be eligible for the raffles. The raffles include: Flagship Commons $50 gift cards, Family Membership to the Omaha Children's Museum for 1 year, Nebraska Furniture Mart $100 gift card, Storm Chasers tickets, and Coco Keys tickets.

JCC Pennie Z. Davis Child Development Center
Purim Parade
Monday, March 21 | 11:15 am
JCC Theater

Beth El Purim Festivities
Wednesday, March 23  |  Buy tickets
4:15 - 6pm- Carnival & dinner for sale
6pm - Megillah reading
Learn more

Temple Israel Purim Carnival
Wednesday, March 23
4- 6pm - Purim Carnival
6pm - Hot Dog Dinner
6:30 pm- Purim Spiel & Megillah reading

Friedel Jewish Academy Purim Celebration
Thursday, March 24  |  All Day

Chabad - Purim in the Shtetl
Thursday, March 24  |  5pm
Join us for this lively event!  RSVP
Footprints, JCC Dance Training Company Concert
Sunday, March 20, 4 pm

If you haven't already made plans to attend the Footprints performance on Sunday, March 20th, tickets will be available at the door.
$5 for students   |  $10 for adults
See details by clicking here.
Institute for Holocaust Education Hosts  "Week of Understanding"
March 28- April 1 will be the sixth year for The Week of Understanding hosted by IHE. According to Executive Director Liz Feldstern, the program is based on a belief that "hearing testimony, bearing witness to these stories, and understanding the history of the Holocaust can change the way we act today.  Holocaust speakers and presenters strive to show how hate and discrimination can escalate to genocide if left unchecked; they ask listeners to be responsible for their actions, and to realize that one person can make a difference. " 
Join us for these community events:
The Mitzvah- One-man play and lecture
Monday, March 28th  |  7pm
Omaha Community Playhouse (6915 Cass St.)
FREE seats can be reserved at

 Hungarian Holocaust Survivor Testimonies
- an evening with Magda Brown and Agnes Schwartz
Tuesday, March 29th  |  7pm
Countryside Community Church (8787 Pacific St.)
No reservations needed

For more information email
Six13 - Beth El's Scholarship Cantor's Concert - Sunday, April 3
Six13 is a six-man vocal band with an unprecedented style of Jewish music.  Featuring songs ranging from hip-hop dance tracks to rock anthems, the group sound like a full band - while using nothing but their voices!   As a benefit for Beth El's Youth Scholarship Fund, Six13 will be performing on April 3 at Beth El Synagogue!

Click here for tickets

**As an added bonus, the group will conduct a beatbox workshop from 3:15-3:45pm day of show.  The workshop, funded by the Joanie Jacobson Jewish Cultural Arts Fund, is available free of charge to Kindergarten through 12th grade concert ticket holders ($5 per ticket).  What's more, workshop participants will make a cameo appearance with "Six13" in the concert!
Bluegrass and Jewish music combined for some foot-stomping pickin' and grinnin'
Director of Activities and Outreach Programs for the Blumkin Home, Maggie Conti, tells us to save the date of  Sunday, April 3, 2016 when a group of Jewish Bluegrass musicians, Rocky Mountain Jewgrass! comes to the JCC Auditorium at 1:30 pm.  This FREE performance is for one and "y'all"!  They'll bring some bluegrass and Jewish music combined with foot-stomping pickin' and grinnin'. Sponsored by The Meyers Family Legacy of Laughter Endowment Fund of the Jewish Federation of Omaha Foundation. 

Hear them sing Thank God for being a Jewish Boy
Dennis Ross Speaks in Omaha
Distinguished diplomat and author Dennis Ross will be the keynote speaker for the Ruth & Phil Sokolof Annual Lecture Series Tuesday, April 5, 2016 at 7:30 pm at the Thompson Alumni Center on the UNO Campus.

Throughout his prestigious career  Ross has focused on Middle East Policy.  His topic for the evening is "The U.S.-Israeli Relationship from Truman to Obama."  The Jewish Federation of Omaha and the Schwalb Center are pleased to welcome him to Omaha through the support of The Sokolof Family Foundation, Phillip & Terri Schager Supporting Foundation, and Shirley & Leonard Goldstein Supporting Foundation.  The lecture is open to the public free of charge.  For additional information, click here.
Omaha Jewish Community Mission to Israel for Women - July 10-19, 2016
We are thrilled to announce that the Jewish Federation of Omaha is among the newest JWRP ( Jewish Women's Renaissance Project) partners and will be sponsoring an Omaha Jewish Community Mission for women who have children at home under the age of 18.

We have the opportunity to bring 9 women committed to the work of the Jewish Federation of Omaha to experience Israel with a focus on learning, leading and community.  The JWRP "Momentum" Trip is FREE to the participant, excluding airfare, $75 for tips and a $49 acceptance fee. Participants pay $360 deposit, which is fully refundable upon return for the trip.

If you have questions please contact Louri Sullivan at
JCC Eddie Belgrade Memorial 3 on 3 Basketball Challenge
Get your team together! Registration deadline is March 21 for the April 3 event.
For tournament rules and registration form, click here.
Don't want to play but want to sponsor? Click here.
Register now for JCC Summer Camp! Early bird discount runs through March.

Click here to view the 2016 Summer Camp Brochure.
This, That, and the Other Thing
In the last E-NEWS you had the opportunity to test your knowledge of Jewish ritual objects.  This time, test your knowledge about Israel.

If you like eating and you like writing, you can't be the first person to win a Pulitzer Prize for writing about food - but you might be the next.  Johnathan Gold's quest to tell the story of Los Angeles through its food has recently been made into a film. "Tablet " tells us that story.

(JTA) These men just might be who they say they are, "America's proudest Shabbos goys."  They are doing business in the middle of an Orthodox section of New York and are observing the Sabbath in their own special way.  Click here to read the full story.
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Upcoming Events
JCC 3 on 3 Basketball Challenge
March 21

Temple Tot Shabbat
March 26  | 9am

IHE Week of Understanding
The Mitvah

March 28 |  7pm
Omaha Community Playhouse

IHE Week of Understanding
Hungarian Holocaust Survivor Testimonies

March 29 |  7pm
Countryside Church

Parenting the Love & Logic Way
March 31, April 7, 14, 21 |  6pm

JFS Pinwheel planting
Child Abuse Prevention Month

April 3 |  1pm
Please join us in planting our "Pinwheel Garden" at the JCC

Rocky Mountain Jewgrass
FREE for one & y'all!
April 3  |  1:30pm
JCC Auditorium

Six13 - Beth El's Scholarship Cantor's Concert
April 3  |  4-5:30pm
Beth El Syngogue

JCC Eddie Belgrade Memorial
3 on 3 Basketball Challenge
April 3

The Jewish Federation &
The Schwalb Center brings Dennis Ross to Omaha 
April 5  |  7:30pm
UNO Thompson Alumni Center

The Writings of Maimonides with Rabbi Aziel  
Thursdays  |  10am
April 7-May 19

Temple Israel

Heritage, Chamber music
from Prague to Terezín
April 10 |  7pm
Save the Date
Beth El Passover Seder
April 23 |  6:30pm
Learn more

Yom Hashoah Community Holocaust Commemoration
May 4 |  7pm
Temple Israel

Informative Presentation with Dr. Amir Levine
May 9 |  7pm
JCC Theater

Yom Hazikaron Commemoration
May 10  | 6:30pm
JCC Social Hall

Yom Ha'Atzmaut  Festival
May 11  |  5:30 - 8pm
JCC Pavilion
Carnival, B'nai B'rith Trivia Quiz & Avi Dayan Performance
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