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E-News - May 13, 2016
May 13, 2016  |  5  Iyyar 5776

Celebrating Our Community!
On behalf of Jay Noddle and myself we invite the entire community to the Federation Annual Meeting and Award Night on Monday, June 6 at 7:00 p.m. in the JCC Theater.

We will share our accomplishments, give a glimpse into the coming year, and honor this year's Federation award winners. Click here to see the 2015-2016 award winners.

In addition, the new board slate will be voted on, and we will say thank you to our outgoing President, Jay Noddle, and welcome our incoming President, Bruce Friedlander.

Please join us, we have great things to celebrate!

Shabbat Shalom,
Alan Potash 
Women's Philanthropy Event featuring author and speaker
Dafna Michaelson Jenet
Could you do what Dafna Michaelson Jenet did?  As a 36 year old single mother of two, she was so fired up to travel throughout the country to seek out stories from ordinary people making a difference, that she ventured forth on just such a journey.  Come hear the stories of her crazy travels to 50 states in 12 months.

Women's Philanthropy Event
7:00 p.m.  |  Wine & Cheese  |  $36
Swanson Towers - Sans Souci Room
8405 Indian Hills Drive | Omaha, NE 68114
RSVP to Louri Sullivan at 402-334-6485 or

Yom Ha'Atzmaut: Carnival, Contest, Concert, Comedian

62nd Annual Charity Sports Banquet
May 19  |  5:45 pm
CenturyLink Center
Presented by B'nai B'rith
Featured Speaker - Dave Feherty, Professional Golf Commentator
Comedic Emcees - The Sklar Brothers

The success of this event greatly benefits Omaha's Jewish community as B'nai B'rith donates a portion of the proceeds for scholarship and program funding to several local Jewish organizations.
Please purchase your ticket - or a table - at  Ticket prices are:  Patron $125, VIP $200, Patron Table of 10 $1,250 and VIP Table of 10 $2,000.  For sponsorship information, please call Howard Shandell, banquet chair at (402) 861-0565 x 103.  For more event details, click here.
Honoring Marty Ricks
Please join us to honor and thank Marty Ricks for his many years of service as a Federation professional on Wednesday, May 25th from 4-6pm in the JCC Gallery.
In lieu of any gifts, Marty has requested that you consider honoring him by participating in Omaha Gives! that day and making a gift to your favorite Omaha Jewish organization(s). Staff and computers will be available to help make Omaha Gives! tribute gifts.
We are excited to be a part of the metro area's charitable holiday - Omaha Gives! on May 25!  Learn more at and get ready to prove how generous Omaha can be!

Want to make your Omaha Give! donation ahead of time?
You can NOW schedule gifts at!
Get involved in YJO!
Young Jewish Omaha (YJO) is an important initiative of the Jewish Federation of Omaha that engages young professionals at the beginning of their careers and encourages them to make Omaha their home base for long-term involvement in the community.

Our YJO President Ben Taxman and board members have planned a variety of events this year. Click here to view the YJO calendar. Follow YJO on facebook to receive more information about upcoming events.

Join us for these events in May:
YJO & TiYPE Wine Tasting & Havdallah
with Cantor Shermet

Saturday, May 14  | 8:30 pm
Must be 21+
Cellar 426 - 1402 Dennis Dean Rd, Ashland, NE 68003
RSVP to Aliyah at 720-347-5064

Lag B'Omer Bonfire
Saturday, May 21 | 7:30 pm
The Grossman's Residence - 12920 N 47th St, Omaha, NE
Tickets are Now on Sale!

June 2, 7:00 p.m.
June 5, 2:00 & 5:00 p.m.
General Admission: $10  |  Child/Student Admission: $5
To purchase tickets, call Laura Wine at (402) 334-6419.
This, That, and the Other Thing
After 68 years of existence is there anything special about Israel?  Take a look at THIS.
The new Han Solo is Jewish - and he was discovered at a bat mitzvah.  Imagine THAT.
The other thing is that Americans have their own way of sampling Israeli food.

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
Community Sheimot Burial
May 13 | 11:30am 
Beth Israel Cemetery

Retirement Party for Betty Bader
May 13 | 2pm 
Beth Israel Synagogue

YJO & TiYPE Wine Tasting & Havdallah with Cantor Shermet 
May 14 | 8:30 pm
Cellar 426 (Must be 21+)
1402 Dennis Dean Rd,
Ashland, NE 68003
Click here to RSVP

Babies, Bigger Kids & Bagels 
May 15  |  9:45 - 10:30 am
Beth El
More Than A Joke: A Jew, a Christian, and a Muslim Walk Into a Pub: Faith & Politics (Tri-Faith Initiative) 
May 15 & 22
Sundays |  5-6:30pm
Sean O'Casey's Irish Pub,
2523 South 140th Ave
Women's Philanthropy Event
May 17 |  7pm | $36
Swanson Towers
RSVP required

B'nai B'rith Breadbreakers
May 18 | Noon
RBJH Auditorium

Beth El's Women's Book Group
May 18 | 7pm
Darlene Golbitz home
Newcomers are always welcome. For questions or directions, contact Darlene at

The Writings of Maimonides with Rabbi Azriel
May 19 | 10am
Temple Israel

BESTT Graduation & Teacher Appreciation Shabbat 
May 20 | 6pm services
7pm dinner

Beth El
Click here to register for dinner 

Friday Night Dinner
at Beth Israel
May 20 | 7pm Services
Reservations to synagogue
office by 12pm, May 18

62nd Annual
Charity Sports Banquet
May 19  |  5:45pm
CenturyLink Center

Omaha Gives!
May 25 | Midnight - Midnight

B'nai B'rith Breadbreakers
May 25 | Noon
RBJH Auditorium

Marty Rick's Retirement Party
May 25 | 4-6pm
JCC Gallery

Friedel Jewish Academy Graduation
May 25 | 6:30pm
JCC Theater

Keshet Meeting
May 25  | 5-6pm
Beth El
A safe space for LGBTQ Teens and Allies to talk listen, share and learn in a Jewish environment.
Save the Date
Scholar In Residence
Weekend with Debby Rapps

June, 3-4 |  Beth Israel 
Learn more.

Jewish Federation Annual Meeting & Award Night
June 6 | 7pm
JCC Theater

Toda Robah
Eliad  & Family

June 8  |  7pm
JCC Auditorium

Life & Legacy
2nd Year Celebration

June 14 |  6:30pm
JCC Theater
The keynote speaker will be Barbara Shaiman, educator, businesswoman and social entrepreneur. RSVP to Margo Parsow at 402-334-6432 or
Community Calendar
Check out what's happening
in Jewish Omaha on the Community Calendar. View
all kinds of upcoming events happening around town.

Have an event and want
to get the word out?

Remember, this is just a sampling from Jewish Omaha! To stay informed,
join our Twitter feed, check out our website, and the community calendar and watch for Federation's bi-monthly e- newsletter in your inbox. Then, most importantly, let us hear from you. We appreciate your feedback and we'll add your Jewish news to the mix.


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