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May 12, 2017  |  16 Iyyar 5777

From our CEO...
Next month marks the 50th anniversary of the Six Day War - a conflict for Israel's survival and a major turning point for American and world Jewry.  As a young man in the sixties, the Six Day War has been a focal point of my identity with Israel.  Growing up with a grandmother who was an early fundraiser for Israel, the 1967 victory seemed a miracle.  My sense of pride in being Jewish increased tenfold with the victory.  The prevalent feeling was we are now a strong and mighty nation and people.  And the Israeli military was not just an army for Israel but an army for the Jewish people.  Think of Entebbe.
It is hard to imagine anyone predicting how successful Israel would become in those 50 years.  Despite being the victor in a war in a very small neighborhood, Israel has seen some amazing advancements in technology, education, economics, and military strength.  I am including a link to an interesting article by Ben Sales, How the Six Day War changed American Jews that is well worth reading.
If you remember the Six Day War, answer this question for me:  Did the Six Day War have an impact on your Jewish identity?
Shabbat Shalom
The Friday Learning Series
Goes to War
Fridays, May 19, 26, June 2 11:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 
Kripke Jewish Federation Library
Rabbi Shlomo Abramovich will lead a three-part series discussing the 1948 War of Independence, the Six-Day War in 1967, and the 1973 Yom Kippur War. These sessions will go beyond the event history and reviewing the facts. Rabbi Shlomo will discuss the ways in which these wars have shaped Israeli society. These stand-alone sessions are open to the community free of charge. Click for more information. 
Organizations in the Jewish community participating in Omaha Gives! are the Jewish Federation of
Omaha, Friedel Jewish Academy, the Institute for Holocaust Education, the Anti Defamation League/Community Relations Committee, the Nebraska Jewish Historical Society, Beth El, Beth Israel, B'nai Israel, Temple Israel, Chabad and the National Council of Jewish Women-Omaha Section.

The Jewish Federation of Omaha Foundation has made arrangements to assist community members who wish to give directly from their donor advised funds. Contact Laurie Peatrowsky at or Howard Epstein at or call 402.334.6498 if you need assistance.

Omaha Gives! Is an initiative of the Omaha Community Foundation as part of a nationwide effort to increase charitable giving. For more information, visit, or contact Steve Levinger at the Jewish Federation of Omaha by calling 402.334.6433 or emailing

The Federation Honors Community Members at Annual Board Meeting
Monday, June 5, marks the Jewish Federation of Omaha Annual Meeting. On this night, awards will be given to community members who went above and beyond, volunteering their time and efforts to making this community better. Congratulations to our award recipients!

Sharon Kirshenbaum and Jon Meyers
Phil and Terri Schrager Spirit of Federation Award

Jamie Meyerson
Lois Jeanne Schrager Mem
orial Young Leadership Award

Troy Meyerson
Bruce Fellman Memorial
Young Leadership Award

Mikayla Langdon and Emily Kutler
Robert and Ellen Gordman Jewish Teen Leadership
The Federation is excited to introduce "Generation Now!".  Generation Now! will develop events for Gen X and Millennials that are designed to spark conversations and inspire community involvement.

Shira Abraham, Danny Cohn, Jamie Meyerson and Troy Meyerson will be honored at a Federation hosted  cocktail reception at Trio & Company following the Federation Annual Meeting on June 5th. Community Generation Xers and Millennials are invited to participate in this initial Generation Now! event.  Learn More. 
Happenings at the CDC
Congratulations to Kristin Hogan, who was awarded the Eileen S. Erman Educator of the Year Award during Family Shabbat on May 5th at the Pennie Z. Davis Child Development Center!  Kristin has been a Lead 3 yr old Teacher for the past 3 ½ years, and does an excellent job in planning educational yet fun activities for the children in her care, and making sure that they are ready to move up to the PreK classrooms at the end of the year.
The Pennie Z. Davis Child Development Center still has some openings for 4 year olds on either a full time or part time basis.  Please contact Jeanine Huntoon, Director, at 402-334-6415 or for more information about enrolling your child in our fabulous, NAEYC accredited program!
Women's Philanthropic Event features speaker Janice Kaplan
Wednesday, June 7 at 7 p.m. there will be a wine and cheese reception at One Pacific Place Clubhouse, 1365 S. 101st Street. This Jewish Federation of Omaha Women's Philanthropic Event is chaired by Lisa Lucoff, Jamie Meyerson and Melissa Shapiro. Th event features speaker Janice Kaplan, author of 13 popular books including her latest New York Times Bestseller, The Gratitude Diaries.

Don't miss the opportunity to hear from Janice Kaplan directly how being grateful impacted her life. Cost to attend is $36; if you RSVP to Louri Sullivan at by May 26, you will receive a free copy of The Gratitude Diaries.
Rabbi  Abraham's insights shared in The Times of Israel
In a recent article published in
The Times of Israel
, Rabbi Steven Abraham of Beth El Synagogue shares his insights on two topics that have challenged him most over his past 6 years in the rabbinate: (1) same-sex marriage and (2) intermarriage. Framed in his love and passion for teaching Judaism, Rabbi Abraham asks, "What have we, as Conservative Jews, learned over the past 40 years?"

Call Tracy at (402) 334-6426 or e-mail

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Upcoming Events
Beth El's USY PreNeg
Installations & Shabbat Dinner
May 12 | 5pm
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Temple's 10th Grade Confirmation 
May 12 | 6 pm

YJO Lag B'Omer Bonfire
May 14  |  7-9pm
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Beth El's Board Meeting
May 16 | 7:30 pm

B'nai B'rith Bread Breakers
May 17 | 12 pm
RBJH Auditorium

Friday Learning Series
May 19, 26, June 2
11:15am -12pm
Kripke Jewish Federation Library
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Beth El's Last Day of BESTT
May 21 | 9:45 am - 12:15 pm
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Beth El's Last Torah Tots
May 21 | 10:30 am - 12:10 pm
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Beth El's Annual Meeting
May 21 | 12:30 pm
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Temple Israel's Annual Meetin g
May 23 | 6:30 pm 

Omaha Gives!
May 24
B'nai B'rith Bread Breakers
May 24 | 12 pm
RBJH Auditorium

Beth El Nebraska AIDS Luncheon
May 26
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Beth El Shavuot Learning
with Beth Israel
May 30
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JFO Annual Meeting
June 5 | 7pm
JCC Th eater

Women's Book Event 
Janice Kaplan 
June 7 | 7pm
One Pacific Place Clubhouse
Save the Date
Life & Legacy
3rd year Celebration

June 15 | 6:30 pm
JCC Theater

Jewish Heritage Day
at Werner Park
August 13  | 2:05pm

Omaha Jewish Film Festival
October 15 - November 12
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