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E-News - March 4, 2016

March 4, 2016  |  24  Adar  1 5776

Community Connections
This week through the annual "Historical Jewish Omaha Tour" we shared the history of Jewish Omaha with 5th and 6th graders from Friedel Jewish Academy, Beth El Synagogue, Beth Israel Synagogue, Temple Israel, and other Jewish students not currently affiliated with a synagogue. This is a great opportunity for our children to identify and connect with the Jewish community of Omaha and all of Nebraska.  These kinds of connections are important for they foster understanding, excitement and involvement. The most recent estimate of the number of Jews in  Nebraska is approximately 6,000. This number has been used regularly since the Omaha Jewish community did the first demographic study in 1975.  But it is more than a number.  It is a representation of the potential for all of us to enjoy our heritage and connect with one another through our common bond - our Judaism.  I encourage all of us to become involved and to stay involved in all that this community has to offer.

Shabbat Shalom,
Alan Potash
Beth EL Kabbalat Shabbat Dinner honoring Rabbi Azriel
Friday, March 18, 6pm
Beth El welcomes the entire community to this very special evening. This event is co-chaired by Sandy & Jeff Passer and Sherry & Jeff Taxman.

"He has made a lasting impact on Temple Israel, the Omaha Jewish Community and the city of Omaha," commented Beth El Rabbi Steven Abraham. "Actually, we are honored that Rabbi Azriel is letting us honor him! I think it says a lot about a Rabbi when another congregation wants to pay its respects and honor him for commitment to our community."

Friday night services begin at 6 pm, followed by remarks from Rabbi Abraham, the evening's co-chairs and Rabbi Azriel. The evening concludes with a Shabbat dinner in Rabbi Azriel's honor. For Shabbat dinner reservations, call the Beth El office, 402-492-8550.
UNO Religious Studies Department & The Goldstein Lecture on Human Rights Present
Temple Grandin
Thursday, March 10
On March 10, Dr. Temple Grandin will give the 2016 Leonard and Shirley Goldstein Lecture on Human Rights at UNO in the Strauss Performing Arts Center beginning at 7 pm.  Prior to that, at 2 pm the film "Temple Grandin" will be shown in conjunction with activities by community partners addressing the challenges of autism. For additional information, click here.
Footprints, JCC Dance Training Company Concert
Sunday, March 20, 4 pm
Photo credit Julian Adair.  Pictured Lizzie Wine.
The JCC Dance Training Company provides the opportunity for dancers between the ages of 12 and 18 to learn choreography, refine technique, and to enjoy and share the art and love of dance through performance.  The Company has been working hard since August to put together a stunning concert for all to see.  Dance & Cultural Arts Director Esther Katz invites you to "Join us so we can share our hard work with you. Our dancers love to learn and love to perform - dance is to be shared and they are excited to share with you."  Following the concert there will be a dessert reception in the Gallery to celebrate the beautiful dance photography of JL Williams and Julian Adair.  Their work is currently on display in the Gallery for the entire month of March.  Now would be the perfect time to enjoy what they have created.

Tickets are on sale now - $5 for students and $10 for adults.  Patron tickets are also available.  Please contact Esther Katz for more details, or 402-334-6406.   Click here to learn more.

12:00-2:00 p.m.  |  JCC Gymnasium 
The younger members of our community will be able to donate their Tzedakah as they enter into the community-wide Purim Carnival at the JCC on March 20.

For more information please contact Louri Sullivan at  or 402-334-6485.

Kids Campaign Tzedakah cans are available at the Jewish Community Center, Friedel Jewish Academy, the Jewish Federation of Omaha office, Beth El Synagogue. Beth Israel Synagogue, Temple Israel, and the Chabad House.
Beth El Synogogue
Purim Carnival & Megillah Reading
Wednesday, March 23
Carnival 4:15 pm 6 pm - Games, raffle tickets, silent auction and dinner available for purchase.

Megillah Reading begins at 6 pm in the Sanctuary. Morah Caryn Scheer leads a Tot PURIM with crafts and a puppet from 6-6:30 pm, followed by a kids costume parade in the sanctuary. 

Dinner reservations and reduced priced carnival tickets available online.
Register now for JCC Summer Camp! Early bird discount runs through March.

Click here to view the 2016 Summer Camp Brochure.
In the Athletic World
JCC Eddie Belgrade Memorial 
3 on 3 Basketball Challenge

Registration deadline for the April 3 event is March 21.
For tournament rules and registration form, click here.
Don't want to play but want to sponsor? Click here.

JCC Athletic "Wall of Fame" Award
Nominations for the 2016 "Outstanding Jewish High School Athlete of the Year" and "JCC Athletic Wall of Fame" awards are due FRIDAY, APRIL 29th.
For full details and to download an application, click here.

Outstanding Jewish High School
Athlete of the Year Award

The "Outstanding Jewish High School Athlete of the Year" award recognizes the achievements of Omaha's elite Jewish athletes in high school.
All nominations are due by FRIDAY, APRIL 29th.
For full details and to download an application, click here.
Omaha Yachad Chapter and Jewish Family Service meet the goal for assembling care packages for IDF soldiers
Joining with 15 other Yachad chapters in the United States and Canada, "little Omaha" was challenged to produce 100 care packages, and with the help of the community, they did it.  Read about who was involved and what they did for this worthwhile project by clicking here .
'Son of Saul' wins Oscar for best foreign film
"LOS ANGELES (JTA)... " 'Son of Saul', the Hungarian Holocaust drama from first-time feature director Laszlo Nemes, won the Academy Award for best foreign language film.

"Even in the darkest hours of mankind, there might be a voice within us that allows us to remain human. That's the hope of this film," Nemes said in accepting the award at the annual Oscar ceremony Sunday night in Los Angeles.  Read this News Brief to learn more.
This, That, and the Other Thing
Jewish Ritual Objects Quiz
How much do you know about Jewish ritual objects?  How willing are you to test that knowledge?  Have some fun and maybe learn some things from THIS quiz "MyJewishLearning".  Ready, set, click.

When it comes to the IDF, everyone has something to contribute.
If you believe that every person has worth, every person has worth.  According to a daily video from "Arutz Sheva," the IDF is harnessing skills of autistic soldiers for army service.  Watch THAT in action by clicking on this video.

What do UCLA students know about Israel?
This random "street survey" on the campus of UCLA provides insight into how much this group of students knows about Israel.  Is this true for all college students?

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.
2016 Annual Campaign
As of February 29, we have reached 94% of our goal totaling $3,096,260.

Thank you for supporting our mission. 

Upcoming Events

Project Dreamland: External Disability vs Internal Strength
March 4-6
Beth Israel Synagogue

Eye on Israel with Eliad Eliyahu
March 8 |  Noon
Kripke JFO Library

An Evening with Author,
Martin Fletcher

March 8 7pm
Beth El Synagogue

The Goldstein Lecture on
Human Rights featuring
Temple Grandin

March 10 7pm
UNO CEC Center Room

Omaha Community Playhouse -Caroline or Change
 March 13 | 2- 5pm
Omaha Community Playhouse

Friedel Jewish Academy Kindergarten Party
March 13 | 2:45 - 4:15pm
Pump It Up

"Footprints" - JCC Dance Training Company Performance
March 20 |  4pm
JCC Theater

JFO Kids Campaign Community-Wide Purim Carnival
March 20 |  12-2pm

JCC 3 on 3 Basketball Challenge

March 21

Beth El Purim Carnival & Megillah Reading
March 23 |  4:15 -6pm
Beth El Synagogue

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
Save the Date

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

Heritage, Chamber music
from Prague to Terezín
April 10 |  7pm

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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