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E-News - May 27, 2016

May 27, 2016  |  19  Iyyar 5776

Omaha Gives!
Several years ago, the Omaha Community Foundation embarked on a new venture called Omaha Gives!, a 24 hour online donation challenge to benefit area nonprofits.  This event was built on the idea that people want to support organizations they are interested in and a little friendly competition is a great incentive!  Not many organizations participated that first year but those that did benefited greatly.  This community 'give-together' has developed into a very positive resource for the entire Omaha community providing a greater sense of community involvement, awareness of the wide variety of nonprofit organizations in Omaha, and a greater understanding that even small donations build momentum.  Looking through the list of participating nonprofits, it's hard not to find one to connect with.  Over the years, several of our Jewish organizations have joined in and taken advantage of this new and innovative way to reach donors.  Collectively, $8.8 million was raised in 24 hours to benefit 783 nonprofit organizations with 12 Jewish organizations raising a total of $213,025.98 from 604 donations.  Amazing!
Thank you all for supporting not only the Jewish community, but the Omaha community as well.

Shabbat Shalom,
Alan Potash 
Marty Party
On Wednesday, May 25, the community came together to thank Marty Ricks for his many years of service to the JFO and to extend best wishes for him in his retirement. Marty worked diligently throughout his career to secure gifts for the Federation. Always a generous giver himself, at his retirement reception he gave the gift of encouraging others to make a contribution to Omaha Gives! Computers were available to make giving convenient. Thank you Marty and best wishes in your retirement.
Click here to view more photos on Facebook.
Opening New Doors - Doing New Things
As several of our community members move on, we thank them for their service and wish them the best in their new endeavors.

Thank You Farewell for
Mary Sue Grossman
Tuesday, May 31 | 2-4pm
Kripke Jewish Federation Library

Mary Sue Grossman, Program Director for the Center for Jewish Life, has accepted the position of Executive Director for Beth Israel Synagogue in Omaha. "While it is very difficult to leave my work with the Jewish Federation of Omaha and the CJL, I am excited to accept this position with Beth Israel. It has been such a pleasure to use my abilities to help our wonderful Jewish community, and my new position will allow me to continue with that work in another way," she said.  Mary Sue's last day with the JFO is Tuesday, May 31. You are invited to join in thanking her for her work and encouraging her success in her new endeavor.

Todah Rabbah Eliad and Family
Wednesday June 8 |  7 - 8:30 pm
JCC Auditorium

Eliad Eliyahu Ben Shushan arrived in Omaha with his family on August 7, 2013 and is now completing his third year as Omaha's Community Shaliach. His wife Sara has been a teacher at Friedel Jewish Academy. They are the proud parents of son Nehoray, daughter Shilat, son Amitay and their youngest boy, Ittiel. Amitay has been attending the Pennie Z. Davis Child Development Center (CDC); Shilat and Nehoray attend Friedel Jewish Academy. The entire family has endeared itself to the community as they brought Israel to Omaha with energy and excitement. Please join us to wish the Ben Shu Shan family farewell as they prepare for their return to Akko, Israel on June 14.

Saying Goodbye to
Rabbi Josh Brown

Friday, June 10 | 6pm services
Temple Israel

Rabbi Josh Brown, his wife Carrie and their three children will be leaving Temple Israel to begin the next chapter in their lives. Beginning July 1, 2016 Rabbi Brown will assume the role of Senior Rabbi at Temple Israel in Akron, Ohio. According to Rabbi Brown "Our time in Omaha has been amazing, and we will miss the community and our friends, but with the move to Akron, we will have the opportunity to be closer to Carrie's family, who live in Cleveland."

On Friday, June 10 during  Shabbat evening services at Temple, there will be an opportunity to formally thank and say good-bye to Rabbi Brown and his family.

BBYO Beau & Sweetheart Dance
Sunday, May 29th
Sweetheart Candidates
Brooke Wilczewski
Raelyn Cherry
Rachel Hockfeld
Beau Candidates
Benjamin Brodkey
Benjamin Raffel
Nate Gendler
Honorary Beau Candidates
Jordan Saag
Brett Robinson
We invite families and community members to the BBYO Beau and Sweetheart Dance procession on Sunday, May 29 at 9:30 p.m. in the JCC Auditorium.  A dessert reception will follow the procession.

Questions? Please contact Rachel Martin, BBYO/Teen Program Director, at 402-334-6404.
Meet the JCC Summer Camp Counselors
The JCC Summer Camp staff are counting the days until camp begins on Monday, June 6th!  We invite all campers and parents to meet the Summer Camp Counselors on Thursday, June 2 from 6:00-7:00 p.m. in the JCC Youth Lounge.  Campers will be able to pick up their camp t-shirt, and complete their summer swim tests so please bring a swim suit.

Questions? Please contact Megan Berlin, JCC Youth Director, at 402-334-6409 or
Partnership Delegation Visits Omaha to Create Professional Connections
Partnership2Gether SCM The Jewish Federation of Omaha is proud to host a delegation of 10 Israeli doctors, business leaders, and educators as part of the "Friends of the Partnership Delegation". The delegation will arrive June 2, and will meet with various members of the community to create business and professional connections. The delegation will also sample some of the area's most treasured attractions, including the Henry Doorly Zoo, the Durham and Joslyn Museums, and some of our local fine dining establishments. The delegation is also quite interested in the philanthropic aspect of our community and will tour the JCC .  They are looking forward to attending our JCC's production of "Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat". Please welcome our guests during their stay.
For more information, contact Nate Shapiro, Director of Development at 402-334-6440.
Tickets are going fast!
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
June 2, 7pm &
June 5, 2pm & 5pm
General Admission: $10  |  Child/Student Admission: $5
To purchase tickets, call Laura Wine at (402) 334-6419.

Click here to view award recipients.
Local Youth Participate in Taglit Birthright Israel

This summer 12 Omahans are participating in the Birthright Israel program:  Jonny Baker, Josh Sullivan, Jake Baron, Andrew Klein, Danny Coyle, Zane Zimmerman, Brenna Robinson, Sydney Robinson, Allysa Kirshenbaum, Nate Coyle, and Daniel Schlessinger.  Emily Glazer and Katie Zetzman have already participated and returned from their trip.

The gift of a trip to Israel from Birthright Israel is designed to offer an educational peer experience for participants between 18 and 26 who have finished high school by the time their trip departs. The trip is available to young Jews all over the world. To learn more about Birthright Israel, click here.

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.
This, That, and the Other Thing
Well, if you are going to be anti-Semitic, you might as well be creative about it.  Read THIS.
THAT decision to allow 89 year old Holocaust survivor Hermina Hirsch to perform "The Star-Spangled Banner" at the Detroit Tigers' baseball game on Saturday, May 21 may have resulted in the most profoundly emotional rendition you will ever hear.  When asked if she would be nervous performing the song, she said, "If I lived through the concentration camp, it couldn't be that bad. I don't want to die before I sing at a baseball game."  Watch the joy on her face as she practices for her performance .
Until now the choice has been clear.  In Israel you could be an observant Jewish child or you could play soccer.  You couldn't do both.  Until now.  Find out about THE OTHER THING.

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
Temple Israel Celebratory Shabbat for Rabbi Azriel
May 27 |  6-8pm
Temple Israel

Temple Israel Gala Evening for Elyce & Rabbi Azriel
May 28 | 6-9pm

BBYO Beau & Sweetheart Dance
May 29| 5:30-11pm
9:30pm Procession
of Candidates
JCC Auditorium

JCC OPEN on Memorial Day
Monday, May 30
Fitness Center: 9am - 5pm
Indoor Pool: 9am-12:30pm
Outdoor pool*: 11am-4:30pm
*Weather permitting

Thank You Farewell to
Mary Sue Grossman
May 31 | 2-4pm
Kripke Library

B'nai B'rith Breadbreakers
June 1 | Noon
RBJH Auditorium

Meet the JCC Summer
Camp Counselors
June 2 | 6-7pm
Youth Lounge

Scholar In Residence
Weekend with Debby Rapps

June, 3-4 |  Beth Israel 
Jewish Federation Annual Meeting & Award Night
June 6 | 7pm
JCC Theater

B'nai B'rith Breadbreakers
June 8 | Noon
RBJH Auditorium

Todah Robbah
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
Save the Date
15th Annual Omaha
Jewish Film Festival

August 7, 14 16, 21 & 28 7:15pm  |  JCC Theater 

IHE "My Broken Doll" 
August 18 | 7pm
August 21 | 3pm
JCC Theater

Backyard Concert Series
FREE & Open to the Community

August 21  |  5-7pm
August 28  |  5-7pm
Sept. 11  |  5-7pm
Sept. 18 |  5-7pm

JFS Ethics Workshop
August 26  |  9-11am
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