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March 3, 2017  |  5  Adar 5777

From our CEO...
Earlier this week we sent an update to the community on the current wave of bomb threats to Jewish institutions across the country.  We learned this morning an individual was arrested in Missouri on suspicion of generating at least 8 of the threats.  Here is a link to the report.  While these threats are still under investigation we are encouraged by this arrest.
On another note, I learned yesterday that David Rubinger, one of the most prolific, influential and inspirational photographers passed away this week.  Rubinger's work chronicled the creation of the state of Israel, covering many battles and historic meetings, accurately telling the story of Israel's challenges and achievements.  Rubinger's iconic image of the soldiers at the Western Wall just after entering the old city of Jerusalem during the Six Day War continues to resonate with me.  The Times of Israel put 12 photos on their website following his death.    
Shabbat Shalom,

Purim Happenings
Saturday, March 11
7:15 pm  Megillah reading and ice cream social following
8:30 pm  Megillah reading
Sunday, March 12
9:30 am  Megillah reading
2:00 am Megillah reading at the Blumkin Home
5:00 am  Megillah reading

Sunday, March 12 | 10:30 am
Purim Spiel and Service followed by the annual Purim Carnival

Saturday, March 11
7:15 pm - Megillah reading, all ages
8:15 pm - Adults only afterparty.  Childcare provided by registration only. Click here for more information and to register for childcare.

Sunday, March 12
Purim Extravaganza!
9:45 - 10:15 am - Breakfast
10:15 - 11:30 am - Family Megillah Reading & Costume Parade
11:30 am - 1:30 pm - USY/Kadima Purim Carnival -
Click here to purchase tickets in advance and save!
Click here to  sponsor a booth.

Saturday, March 11
7:30 pm -  Megillah reading
Sunday, March 12
4:00-8:00 pm - Purim in Persia
Eye on Israel: Religious Influence in the IDF - March 6, 12-1pm
Rabbi Abramovich reviews current events in Israel as reported by different sources. He then will present information on the many public discussions taking place regarding religion in the IDF. Eye on Israel sessions are held in the Kripke Jewish Federation Library and are open to the public free of charge.
JFO 2017 Annual Campaign
coming to a close
The Federation's Campaign staff and their team of faithful volunteers have been diligently trying to reach everyone in the community to allow the opportunity for you to support the great work of our Federation agencies:  providing food and medicine to fellow Jews in need, caring for our seniors, scholarships and grants for Jewish summer camps, fighting anti-Semitism and prejudice, fostering Jewish culture and heritage, and helping to ensure a Jewish future in Omaha and throughout the world.
If you haven't been given the chance to make your pledge...please feel free to:
1.  Click here and complete the online form
2. Contact either Steve Levinger at 402-334-6433 or OR Nate Shapiro at 402-334-6440 or

We will be acknowledging all of our donors in an upcoming insert in the Jewish Press.  To meet our publication deadlines, your pledge will need to be made by March 17th.
JFS delivers Project Tzedakah for Passover on Tuesday, March 28
If you know of a community member in need, please direct them to our Assistance Coordinator, Linda Cogen at JFS (402) 334-6493.
Upcoming Author Events
March 29, 2017 | 7:00 pm | JCC Social Hall
Jason Gewirtz is the author of Israel's Edge: The Story of the IDF's Most Elite Unit - Talpiot. In place of combat training, Talpiot are taught advanced level physics, math, computer science, and research and development skills. They have developed battle ready weapons known only to Israel's top military officers and political leaders. Following his service in the IDF, Gewirtz became an experienced field producer of news in the Middle East and Israel. He is currently an Executive Producer with CNBC. In his presentation, Gewirtz will provide amazing insights into the Talpiot.

April 20, 2017 | 7:00 pm | Temple Israel
Rabbi Joseph Telushkin, one of Talk magazine's 50 best speakers in the United States, lectures throughout the country. His book, Jewish Literacy: The Most Important Things to Know About the Jewish Religion, Its People and Its History is the most widely selling book on Judaism of the past two decades. His books, A Code of Jewish Ethics: Volume 2 and Jewish Wisdom: Ethical, Spiritual, and Historical Lessons from the Great Works and Thinkers have been the source texts for two classes presented by Rabbi Steven Abraham at Beth El Synagogue this winter. Rabbi Telushkin's speaking engagement is sponsored by Beth El Synagogue, Beth Israel Synagogue, Temple Israel, and the Jewish Federation of Omaha.

June 7, 2017 | Time and location TBA
Janice Kaplan is the author of thirteen popular books, including her latest New York Times bestseller, The Gratitude Diaries. She was the editor-in-chief of Parade magazine and the executive producer of the TV Guide Television Group, where she created and produced more than 30 primetime network television specials. She began her career as an on-air sports reporter for CBS Radio and went on to be an award-winning producer at ABC-TV's Good Morning America. She has written for just about every magazine in America and appears frequently on television shows including Today and Good Morning America.

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,
Omaha Jews in the News
From the February 20, 2017 edition
of the Omaha World Herald:
"When a star looks good on set, this Omah a native takes a bow
Omaha native Alexa Newman has one of those movie industry jobs you wouldn't think of but is absolutely essential: She dresses the stars."
This Omaha Jew in the News combined her interest in the performing arts, fashion, and art to carve out her niche in Hollywood. Read More.
Want to see more "Omaha Jews in the News?"
Send us your suggestions and descriptions.

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
Come Meet Omaha's
Candidates for Mayor!
March 5 | 10 am
Heath Mello will visit Temple Israel to share his vision for the city and to respond to questions from congregants. Mayor Jean Stothert has been invited to visit later in March.

JFS Suicide Prevention Training
March 5 | 12:30pm
JCC Social Hall

PJ Library Pre-Purim Bash
March 5 | 5:30-7:30 pm
Omaha Children's Museum

Musical Midrash
March 5, 19 & 26 | 11:15 am
Beth El Synagogue

Eye on Israel
March 6 | 12-1pm
Kripke Library

Beth El Synagogue Adult Education Classes
March 7-29
Tuesdays, 12pm &
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 8 | 12pm
RBJH Auditorium

Temple Israel - Jewish Influences in Modern Comic Books - with Barry Grossman
March 8 | 6:30 pm
An overview of how Jewish comic book writers and artists influenced the comic books which are a major part of pop culture in the U.S. today through books, movies, and television.

Temple Israel - Meanings within Meanings, Stories within Stories: Uncovering the Wisdom of the Torah with Rabbi Crystal
Thursdays, 10am
March  9, 23 & 30 and April 6

Beth El's Shanghai
March 9 | 1- 4pm

Chabad's Megillah Reading
March 11  | 7:30pm

Beth Israel Synagogue
Purim Megillah Readings
March 11 | 7:15pm
Megillah reading and ice cream social following
8:15 pm - Megillah reading

Beth El Synagogue
Purim Party
March 11 | 7:30 pm
Megillah reading, all ages
8:30 pm - Adults only 21+ afterparty.  Childcare provided by registration only.
Click here to register

Beth Israel Synagogue
Purim Megillah Readings
March 12 | 9:30am & 5pm

Beth El Synagogue
Purim Extravaganza!
March 12 | 9:45am - Breakfast
10:15am - Family Megillah Reading & Costume Parade
11:30 am - USY/Kadima Purim Carnival - purchase tickets in advance and save!
Click here for more information

Purim at Temple Israel
March 12 | 10:30 am
Purim Spiel and Service followed by the annual Purim Carnival

Chabad's Purim in Persia
March 12  | 4-8pm

Temple Israel's
Grief Support Group
March 12 | 11am
Spring dates for grief group will be Sundays, March 12 and April 23, 10-11 a.m. If you have any questions about the Grief Support Group, please call the Temple Israel office, 402-556-6536.

Megillah Reading
at the Blumkin Home
March 12 | 2pm

B'nai B'rith Bread breakers
March 15 | 12pm
RBJH Auditorium

Temple Israel - Cantor in Residence Patti Linsky -
From Depression and
Addiction to Recovery: A Cantor's Personal Journey
March 15 - 17
Cantor Patti Linsky will share with us her personal journey through addiction and depression. She is Cantor Emerita of Temple Ahavat Shalom in Northridge, California.
Learn More

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

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

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

IHE Week of Understanding
March 27-31
Learn More

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

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

March 31 - April 2
Learn more.
Save the Date
Legacy of Laughter
presents Keith Barany
April 2 | 1:30 pm

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

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

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