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E-News - March 31, 2017

March 31, 2017  |  4  Nisan 5777

From our CEO...
We learned last week of the arrest of an Israeli-American teenager suspected of perpetrating bomb threats to Jewish institutions across the globe.  Let me assure you we remain vigilant in safeguarding our campus.  Hearing that the accused is an Israeli-American teenager has been troubling.  Many of us are questioning how an individual who is part of the global Jewish community could take these actions. There has been tremendous speculation in the media all week about this young man, about his family, about his thoughts and beliefs.  Unfortunately, his motivation will not be revealed for some time, if ever.
These events have given us many opportunities for growth - banding together to secure our community and expanding the scope of our work.  Samuel G. Freedman's book, Jew vs. Jew: The Struggle for the Soul of American Jewry examines conflicts within Jewish communities.  And though published more than 10 years ago, it is worth reading as a reminder to look for our similarities rather than our differences.  As a community it's important to remain open and civil as we continue these important and difficult dialogues. 

Shabbat Shalom,

Rabbi Joseph Telushkin
April 20, 2017  |  7pm  |  Temple Israel
Free and open to the community
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.

The Jewish Federation of Omaha is proud to present this evening in support with Beth El Synagogue, Beth Israel Synagogue, Chabad, and Temple Israel.

RSVPs appreciated by April 14th to or 402-334-6463

This event was made possible by the support of the Jewish Federation of Omaha Foundation Funds: Phillip & Terri Schrager Supporting Foundation, Shirley & Leonard Goldstein Supporting Foundation, Special Donor Advised Fund
IHE Week of Understanding
The annual "Week of Understanding" provided by the Institute for Holocaust Education (IHE) completed its activities on Friday. During the week, Holocaust survivors shared their stories to help educate others in how hate, prejudice, cruelty, and passivity in the face of evil can have devastating consequences. This year 9 survivors and liberators from the Omaha area and other parts of the nation participated.  The week focuses especially on bringing the message to middle and high school students. Liz Feldstern, Director of IHE, reported that approximately 5,600 students heard survivor stories.  

null The "Week of Understanding" dovetails with IHE's "Art and the Holocaust" program that encourages middle school art classes to study the Holocaust and make connections between that period of history and art. IHE works with art instructors and their students to produce works of art and narratives based upon their studies. Nine schools and over 700 students participated. More than 100 pieces of their art work will be on display in the JCC gallery throughout the month of April.
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

April 6, 6 pm - USY Chocolate Seder
April 11, 5 pm - Second Seder
Camel rides, music, dancing, and more! Register
April 15 - Passover Kiddush
Join us for Shabbat lunch following 9:30 am services
BETH ISRAEL - View Passover Calendar
April 11, Thinking Outside the Matzah (Box) - Celebrate Passover at Beth Israel 
7:30 pm - Seder Introduction with Interactive Learning/Salad and Fish
7:50 pm - Mincha/Maariv & Intermission
8:42 pm - Seder
The dinner menu will include matzo ball soup, tossed salad, brisket, baked chicken, mushroom farfel kugel, vegetables and dessert. Thanks to generous sponsors, the seder cost is $12 for adults, $6 for children 4-12 and $5 for those under four who will be eating. Reservations MUST be made by April 3. After April 3, prices increase to $22 for adults and $16 for children. Click here for reservations.
April 10, 7:00 pm - Chabad Family Seder
TEMPLE ISRAEL - View Passover Calendar
April 10, 4 pm - Erev Pesach Service
April 11, 9:30 am - Passover Breakfast
April 11, 10:30 am - Passover Service
April 11, 5:30-7:30 pm - Passover Family Seder: Let Us Make the Seder for You! Reservations required. Please contact the Temple office, 402-556-6536, by Monday, April 3, to reserve your seats.  Learn more.
April 17, 10:30 am - Concluding Passover Service & Yizkor

Wednesday, April 26 |  7:00 p.m.
Beth Israel Synagogue - 12604 Pacific Street

Featured speaker: Jeannie Smith
Daughter of Polish-Catholic Holocaust Rescuer,
Irene Gut Opdyke
*Irene's memoir - In My Hands: Memories of a Holocaust Rescuer 

For more information visit

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,
Mazel Tov
Congratulations to Toba Cohen-Dunning Executive Director of the Omaha Public Schools Foundation for receiving the UNO College of Public Affairs & Community Service Alumni Award for 2017.The individuals honored with the alumni award for excellence in public service demonstrate, through both their daily deeds and greatest achievements, the finest attributes of public and community service: integrity, stewardship, volunteerism, leadership, and a commitment to social justice and human dignity. Read More.

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
OTYG Youth Service:
PJs and Prayers with OTYG!
March 31 | 6:15 pm
Inviting all 9th-12th graders to join OTYG for an intimate youth group service in the sanctuary. Wear your PJs!  Please RSVP to Aliyah Lasky, 402-556-6536.

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.

Healing the Spirit, Transforming the Mind, Deepening Love with Rabbi Shefa Gold
April 2 | 10 am
 In this workshop, we will explore the power and magic of Hebrew Chant as we transform the words of prayer into spiritual practice.

Pre - Passover  Bagel Breakfast sponsored by Sisterhood
April 2 | 10:15 am
following minyan
Legacy of Laughter
presents Keith Barany
April 2 | 1:30 pm

Eye on Israel
April 3 | 12 pm
Kripke Library

Archaeology at Treblinka presentations by Dr. Caroline Sturdy Colls
April 3 |  7:30 pm at UNL
April 4 | 7:30 pm at Creighton
April 5 | 4 pm at UNL
For more information, contact Leonard Greenspoon at  or 402.280.2304.

JCC Challah Tots
April 5 | 10 am
Register by noon on April 4
Youth Lounge

B'nai B'rith Bread Breakers
April 5 | 12 pm
RBJH Auditorium

Finding God in Music
with Scott Littky
April 5 | 6:30 pm
We will examine Leonard Cohen's, Hallelujah and a couple of other pieces to learn how they serve as a stepping stone to spirituality.

USY Chocolate Seder at the home of Eadie Tsabari
 April 6 | 6 pm
Let Beth El help you make your home a Chametz - free zone!
April 6 - Sell & donate chametz.
April 10 |  7 am - Burn your Chametz through us.
Learn more.

Meanings within Meanings, Stories within Stories: Uncovering the Wisdom of the Torah with Rabbi Crystal
April 6 | 10 am
Temple Israel

OTYG Babysitting Night
April 8 |  5-8:30 pm
TEMPLE ISRAEL FAMILIES: Looking for a babysitter for a night out? OTYG is offering to babysit your kids ages 2-11 at Temple Israel! Cost is $20, then $5 per additional child, and includes dinner and activities. Proceeds go to Camp Rainbow. For more information contact Aliyah Lasky at 402-556-6536.

Temple Erev Pesach Service
 April 10 | 4 pm

Temple's Passover Breakfast 
April 11 | 9:30 am
10:30 am - Service

Temple's Passover Family Seder: Let Us Make the Seder for You!
April 11 | 5:30 - 7:30 pm
Reservations are a must! Please contact the Temple Israel office, 402-556-6536, by Monday, April 3, to reserve your seats.

Beth El Second Passover Seder
April 11 | 5:30 pm
Camel rides, music, dancing
and more!".
Learn more.

Chabad Family Seder
April 10 |  7pm

Thinking Outside the Matzah (Box) - Celebrate Passover at Beth Israel
April 11 | 7:30 pm
Reservations MUST be made by April 3. After April 3, prices increase to $22 for adults and $16 for children. Click here for reservations.

Beth El's Shanghai
April 13 | 1- 4pm

Temple's Passover Kiddush
April 15 | 9:30 am
For more information

Temple's Concluding Passover Service and Yizkor
 April 17 | 10:30 am

B'nai B'rith Bread Breakers
April 19 | 12 pm
RBJH Auditorium

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

Young Jewish Giving
Year End Giving Shuk
April 25  | 6-8:00 pm
JCC Auditorium
Save the Date
Omaha Community
Holocaust Commemoration
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

Celebrate Israel!
Yom Ha'Atzmaut Festival
May 1 | 5:30 pm- Carnival
6 pm - Trivia Contest
7 pm - Israeli Movie & Street Food Reception
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