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E-News - May 26, 2017

May 26, 2017  |  1 Sivan 5777

From our CEO...
Two weeks ago, I asked here if the Six Day war impacted your Jewish identity as it did mine.  As I anticipated, the bulk of the replies were yes.  (And thank you to those who responded!)  It is not just celebrating this 50th anniversary that sparks my reflections.  It is more the simple fact that this conflict  took our identify from victim to victor, from weakness to strength.  One of the most significant events in Jewish history took place in our lifetime.
As Hillel director at the University of Illinois, I co-taught a course on Black / Jewish Relations.  The class design included 50% African-Americans and 50% Jewish Americans (the class included two African-American Jewish students).  I still remember one African-American student saying the Jews came to power after the Six Day war while they were still waiting for theirs.  Remember this was well before Barack Obama became president.
The Israeli news media has featured numerous amazing and inspirational stories, videos and photo spreads over the last few weeks.  Here are a few links for you to check out.  Survival of a Nation: The Battle for Jerusalem - YouTube; Rabbi Sacks on Jerusalem: The 50th Anniversary of Reunification - YouTube; The Times of Israel
And a personal remembrance - when I was living on Kibbutz Sdot Yam I asked one of the older kibbutzniks about the Six Day war.  He was a little emotional as he responded it was one of the most important days of his life.  As a child, he and his family lived in the old city but were forced to leave in 1948.  As the army was getting close to entering the old city, he received orders to join a unit helping guide them through the maze of alley ways in the area.  He remembered it as both sad and exhilarating to enter into the old city he been barred from since childhood.  When he finished sharing this memory with me, I had a very different understanding of the reunification of Jerusalem. 

On June 7th at 1:00 p.m. you are invited to join the Federation and the ADL for a live streaming Celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Reunification of Jerusalem. See below for more information.

And I'm looking forward to seeing you all at the Jewish Federation of Omaha Annual Meeting June 5th at 7:00 p.m.
Shabbat Shalom,
The Federation Honors Community Members at Annual Board Meeting
Monday, June 5, marks the Jewish Federation of Omaha Annual Meeting. On this night, awards w ill 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!

Dr. Howard Gendelman
Humanitarian of the Year

Welcoming a Stranger: Beth El Synagogue
Community Service Award

Julee Katzman
Jody and Neal Malashock
Award for Professional Excellence
Cocktail Reception to Celebrate Young Leaders
The Federation invites you to raise your glass in honor of
 Shira Abraham, Danny Cohn, Jamie Meyerson and Troy Meyerson 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. RSVP Now
Community Shavout Event

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.  The 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 speak about how being grateful impacted her life. Cost to attend is $36. Please RSVP by May 26 to receive a free copy of The Gratitude Diaries.
Livestream broadcast of the  50th anniversary commemorating the reunification of Jerusalem
Please join the Jewish Federation of Omaha and the ADL-CRC and the Consul General of Israel in the Midwest, Aviv Ezra to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem on Wednesday, June 7th at 1:00 p.m.
This special livestream broadcast will include remarks by Ambassador Ron Dermer and Speaker of the House Paul Ryan as well as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Speaker of the Knesset Yuli Edelstein. Simultaneous supporting events will take place in each of the 50 states and will be broadcast behind the podium in Washington to reflect a "wall" of support for the US-Israel relationship and the recognition of Jerusalem as the unified capital of Israel.
Linking demonstrations of support for a united Jerusalem from all 50 states will result in a symbolic and powerful moment of connectedness between Israel and the US that you won't want to miss.   
This special event will be livestreamed in the Kripke Library of the Jewish Community Center at 1:00 p.m. June 7th.  Please call or e-mail Diane Stamp to reserve a seat. ( , or 402-334-6407).
Life and Legacy Celebrates 3rd year

RSVP by May 31st to Margo Parsow, Life and Legacy Coordinator at or 402-334-6432.
Dead Sea Scrolls course in June
Professor Leonard Greenspoon is offering a course on the Dead Sea Scrolls as part of Creighton University's program in ancient history and religion.  The 3-credit course (CNE/THL 520) will meet on the Creighton campus on Mondays and Thursdays throughout the month of June from 5:45 - 9:45 pm.  For further information, including details about the class and registration, contact Greenspoon at or 402-960-4137.
IHE presents: America and Refugees: From the Holocaust to Today
Featuring Dr. Rafael Medoff
Monday, June 26 at 7:00 p.m.
CEC - OPPD Community Dialogue Rooms
Co-sponsored by: The Schwalb Center, The Fried Fund, SPHRS, Inclusive Communities, Lutheran Family Services
Read More.
Sophia Mavropoulos wins first place in oration contest
Sophia Mavropoulos, a 6th grader at Friedel Jewish Academy, has won first place in the district competition of the Modern Woodmen of America Oration contest.  Fifth and sixth grade teacher Mrs. Denise Bennett initiated Friedel's participation in the contest in 1998.  Since then, Friedel students have won five state titles and a national title awarded to 2015 graduate Danny Denenberg who rose to the top of over 90,000 orators.  This year's national topic was, "What does it mean to be a hero?"  Sophia's speech was about her role-model and the youngest-ever Nobel Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani schoolgirl who stood up to the Taliban and defended her right to an education.
Local Youth Participate in Taglit Birthright Israel

Jewish Omaha youth are currently participating in the Birthright Israel program:  (Top photo)  Gavin Rogers, Michael Militzer, Brandon Idelman, Jacob Klein, (Right photo) Brett Robinson and friend Alex.

The JFO would like to hear from any other Birthright participants from Omaha not included above. To share your Birthright experiences contact Louri Sullivan at 402-334-6485.

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Upcoming Events
Temple Tots Shabbat
May 27 | 9 am

Beth El Sunday Morning Minyan Summer Hours Begin       
May 28 | 9:30 am
More Information

Beth El Torah Study
Summer Hours Begin 
May 28 | 10am
More Information
Celebrate Shavuot at Beth Israel
May 30  |  7:30pm
Beth Israel Synagogue invites you to be a part of a community celebration of Shavuot. See "Community Shavout Event" in the e-news. To learn about additional Shavout events at Beth Israel,  click here.

Beth El Shavuot Day 1
May 31
Morning Services 9:30 am
Evening Services 5:30 pm

Temple Shavuot Service
and Yizkor

May 31 | 10:30 am
If you would like to have the names of your loved ones read during Yizkor.

Beth El Shavuot Day 2
June 1
Morning Services 9:30 am
Mincha will follow morning services

Temple First Friday Shabbat Service & Picnic
June 2 | 6 pm
Please bring your own picnic to enjoy after service or the 402BBQ Food Truck will be here for those who wish to purchase a meal.

Beth El Shabbat Morning Speaker - Jeremy Bouman      
Executive Director, Defy Ventures Nebraska
June 3 | 9:30 am
More Information

JFO Annual Meeting
June 5 | 7pm
JCC Theater

Cocktail Celebration for
Young Jewish Leaders

June 5 | 8pm
Trio Cocktails and Company

B'nai B'rith Breadbreakers
June 7 | 12pm
RBJH Auditorium

Women's Book Event
Janice Kaplan
June 7 | 7pm
One Pacific Place Clubhouse

Beth El Shanghai       
June 8 | 1pm
More Information

Temple Old School Shabbat
June 9 | 5:45 pm
Looking to make friends at Temple Israel or reconnect with folks you already know? In partnership with PJ Library, we invite you to join us for an Old School Shabbat dinner & songs. Dinner is included as well as fun activities to keep the kiddos busy. Cost: $5 per child, $7 per adult, max $25 per family. RSVP to Temple Israel, 402-556-6536, by June 6.

YOUNG ADULTS @ TEMPLE - Friday Shabbat TiYPE Night
June 9 | 6-9 pm
Join our college-age TiYPE group for Shabbat services at Temple Israel, followed by dinner at Hunan Fusion! Appetizers are on us! RSVP to Aliyah Lasky by Monday, June 5.

Beth El Shabbat Speaker - Malakal Goak       
Executive Director, Caring People Sudan
June 10 | 9:30 am
More Information
Temple's Grief Support Group
June 13 | 5:30 pm
If you have any questions about the Grief Support Group, please call the Temple Israel office, 402-556-6536.

Life & Legacy 3rd year Celebration
June 15 | 6:30 pm
JCC Theater

IHE presents:
America and Refugees: From the Holocaust to Today
Dr. Rafael Medoff
June 26 | 7pm
CEC - OPPD Community Dialogue Rooms
Save the Date
Jewish Heritage Day
at Werner Park
August 13  | 2:05pm

Omaha Jewish Film Festival
October 15 - November 12
Would you like to help select the films? Contact Jennie ASAP,
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