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E-News - Nov. 11, 2016

November 11, 2016  |  10 Cheshvan 5777

From our CEO...
In the last e-newsletter, I wrote about the niftiness of the Jewish calendar.  I hadn't planned on continuing with that theme but I was struck by several events that have gone relatively unnoticed.  My guess is the election may have been a contributing factor.  November 4th was the yahrzeit of the assassination of Yitzchak Rabin.  And November 9th was the anniversary of Kristallnacht (Night of Broken Glass).  These two events are uniquely marked on the psyche of the Jewish people.
As a people, our collective memory, like our calendar, is a tool that keeps us connected to our history.  Another great tool are books.  I discovered a book in our Kripke library that has sparked my interest in knowing more about the history of Jewish Omaha and how the course was set for who we are today.  This book, The Diary of Dr. Philip Sher is a collection of writings and stories about Dr. Sher's life, his work and his passion for this community.  Growing up in Omaha, I only knew the Dr. Sher Home for the Aged as the predecessor of the Rose Blumkin Jewish Home.  Dr. Sher was a driving force in our early community and his writing delves into his challenges with leadership, fundraising, and the needs of the community.  It is astounding to contemplate how our early leaders moved Omaha from a void of Jewish communal life to the infrastructure we enjoy today including organizations like AZA, the first and second Jewish Community Centers, the Dr. Sher Home and our Rose Blumkin Jewish Home, hospitals, synagogues, mikvahs, libraries, and schools.  We are tasked with continuing in Dr. Sher's footsteps for our children and grandchildren.
This week SSRS, the research firm handling our much anticipated community study, will begin making phone calls.  I am so excited to see this process begin and anticipate learning what our needs for the future might be.  If you get called, please take the time to answer the questions.  The results will help us plan for our future.  And if you have questions about the study, please do not hesitate to reach out to me.
Shabbat Shalom,
Alan Potash
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Professional callers are now contacting thousands of households so we can learn what programs and services are most needed. When you see "Count me Omaha" on your caller ID please take the call. Your answers are important to us and will shape the future of our vibrant Jewish community.

If you have questions, please contact us at 402-334-6421 or
Stanley Ginsberg discussing The Rye Baker at Jewish Book Month Luncheon
Author Stanley Ginsberg will be the speaker at the 43rd Annual Jewish Book Month Author Luncheon in the JCC Auditorium on Wednesday, Nov. 16 beginning at noon. The buffet luncheon is open to the community. Cost of the meal is $12 per person. While the reservation deadline of Nov. 9 has already passed, call or email today and we will have a meal for you. To make reservations, contact Mark Kirchhoff at 402-334-6463 or .
ADL-CRC presents "What Can We Do About Islamophobia?"
November 17, 7:30 - 9am
Lacey Studnicka:  Program Development Officer for Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska, Inc.
The ADL-CRC Educator Speaker Series will feature Lacey Studnicka on Thursday, November 17, 7:30 - 9:00 a.m. in the JCC Auditorium.
In recent months, anti- Muslim rhetoric has spiked across the country-including the rise of threats and attacks in schools, and also in the political realm. This trend is similar to the anti-Muslim attitude that escalated following the September 11th terrorist attacks. Over this past year, alone, the Omaha Islamic Center has been the target of several acts of vandalism and threats. Learn about what you can do and also ways to help students to be allies to peo­ple who are mis­treated, stereotyped and discriminated against.  Click here to register. 
Partnership2Gether offers  Trip to Eastern Europe
Join us on Nov. 17th from 7pm to 8pm at the RBJH board room to learn more about this exciting Partnership2Gether's Journey to Poland, Bratislava, and Budapest with optional extensions to Berlin, or our partner region in Israel.  Trip organizers Jan Goldstein and Zoe Riekes will be available to answer questions. Nate Shapiro, Director of Development for the Jewish Federation of Omaha will also be on hand to answer questions about Partnership2Gether, Israel programming, or The Jewish Federation Omaha. Contact Nate Shapiro (402) 334-6440 for any questions regarding this session.  Learn more.

Join us in the movement and celebrate giving on November 29th from 10am - 2pm in the JCC Social Hall. The Federation is putting the FUN into fundraising. Bring a personal hygiene product (toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo etc.)  to benefit the Jewish Family Services food pantry.  Make your campaign pledge, have a bite to eat and enjoy a chance to dunk a Federation staff member in our dunk tank!
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Engaging programs for you and your family
Kids Campaign - Sharing is Caring 
The Kids Campaign is an exciting initiative for children to learn about Tzedakah. Pick up a free Tzedakah can from the Federation and teach the Jewish tradition of giving  to your children at home. For more information contact Louri Sullivan at 402-334-6485.

PJ Library - FREE 
PJ Library sends free Jewish children's books to families across the world every month. We know that something magical happens when parents sit down together to read with their children. PJ Library shares Jewish stories that can help your family talk together about values and traditions that are important to you.  Sign up today and you will soon have books arriving in your mailbox.

unWINEd & Create
Saturday, November 19 | 5:30-8pm
Member: $30  |  Non: $38
Registrations due Nov. 16
Enjoy hors d'oeuvres and wine while creating a painting to take home at the end of the night. Class will be taught by local artist, Carl Dumicich. (All supplies are included. Must be 21. Limited to 20 people.) Contact Member Services at 402-334-6426 to learn more.

StoryWalk!™ - FREE
Nov. 28 - Jan. 1  |  Hanukkah Cookies With Sprinkles
StoryWalk!™You and your children are invited on an interactive  walking adventure with storybook pages posted along the route ! The StoryWalk trail is behind the JCC. Contact Megan Webb at 402-334-6409 to learn more.

JCC Hanukkah Walk/Run
Sunday, December 4  |  8:30am
Registration due Nov. 24 to receive a t-shirt
Members only:  $10 individual or $30 family
Contact Member Services at 402-334-6426 to learn more.

This is how we Roll Sushi & Sake
Thursday, December 8 |  7-9pm
Member: $35  |  Non: $40
Registrations due Dec. 2
The J is proud to partner with Kona Grill to bring you a special, one night only, sushi class and nosh. Join sushi chef, Chu Kim, from Kona Grill for an exciting hands on event where you will enjoy an evening of fun, fantastic food, and friends! (Must be 21. Limited to 30 people.)
Contact Member Services at 402-334-6426 to learn more.

Challah TOTS
Thursday, December 15 | 10am
Members: Free | Non: $5
Join us for a fun-filled morning of preschool-friendly challah making, story and time in preparation for Shabbat. Child must be accompanied by an adult.
Contact Megan Webb at 402-334-6409 to learn more.

View our  facebook page for more photos from FED 2016.
This, That, and the Other Thing
person likely has something to teach the other about weight lifting. Click here to meet the mentor. 
Flu season is upon us. Now THAT is something of concern. We have advice from a Jewish mother. Then we make an inquiry as to how THAT seat assignment on an El Al flight worked out. Click here.

RIP Leonard Cohen.
Who By Fire
Who By Fire live, with interview Leonard Cohen

Hallelujah, Live from London

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

The Shabbos Project
Friday, Nov. 11 - Beth Israel
4:45pm - Candle lighting
6pm - Shabbos dinner with song and spirit
Saturday, Nov. 12
10am - Shacharit at Beth Israel & Chabad
11:30am  - Festive Kiddush and farbrengen at Chabad
2:30pm - Mincha at Chabad
6:15pm -  Musical Havdallah and Melava Malka at Chabad
Followed by comfort food buffet, musical program, Youth Shabbos Drama
To RSVP for the Shabbos Project  please contact the Chabad House, 402-330-1800 or Beth Israel Synagogue, 402-556-6288.

Beth El Synagogue
welcomes NATA L
November 11 | 6 pm services
7pm Shabbat dinner
Speaker, Orly Gal, Col. (Res.), NATAL CEO
November 13 | 11am
Creating A Safe Place - Tools for Staying Calm in A Hectic World
Geared for parents, grandparents and community members. Click here for more information

Temple Israel -
Organ Donor Shabbat
November 11 | 6 pm
During Shabbat evening services, Jenn Tompkins Kirshenbaum will share with us her story as she awaits a liver transplant. Amee Zetzman, who donated one of her kidneys to her father, will also be in attendance and will be available after services to speak with anyone who would like information on becoming a kidney donor. For more information, please contact Program Director Scott Littky
at 402-556-6536.

Temple Israel Book Club
November 13  | 10 am
"The Other Wes Moore"
All are welcome to join our book club. For more information, please contact Program Director Scott Littky a 402-556-6536.

General Assembly 
November 13-15
Washington D.C.

Temple Tots Sunday
November 13 | 11:30 am
Beth El's Women's Book Group
November 14 |  7pm
Debi Kutler's home
This month's book is "The Bridal Chair" by Gloria Goldreich. Newcomers are always welcome. For more information. contact Darlene Golbitz at

B'nai B'rith Breadbreakers
November 16  |  12pm
RBJH Auditorium

OSRUI Camp Day
at Temple Israel
November 16
4pm - Grades 3-6
6pm - Dinner
6:30pm - Grades 7-12
7:30pm -  Camp Alumni and All School Bonfire and S'mores!

Jewish Book Month
Author Luncheon with
Stanley Ginsberg

November 16 | 12pm
JCC Auditorium

The Lost Art of Jewish Cooking!
Nov. 16 & 30 |  6:30pm
We all love traditional Jewish cooking. Each week we will learn and cook a Jewish recipe with different members of Temple Israel. This week will feature Gretchen Radler making Rugalach.

Beth El's Scholar-in-Residence
Rabbi David Ebstein
November 16 | 7:30pm
Rabbi Ebstein will speak on the topic: "Under the Knife (Intifada): The Desire for Revenge, A Measured Response to Unforgivable Acts of Cruelty." A dessert reception follows his talk. Click here for more information.

Camp Ramah Information Night
November 17 |  7 pm
Join us at the home of Jay and Allison Gordman to learn about how your children can have the most amazing summers of their life!

The Magic of Rituals with
Rabbi (Sussman) Berezin

Thursdays | 10am
Nov. 17,  Dec. 1-15 & Jan.5-12
Ritual is one of the cornerstones of Judaism, becoming the way in which we mark significant, transitional moments in our lives.

Movie Night at Temple Israel: 
A Borrowed Identity
November 17 | 7 pm
Post-screening discussion with Dr. Moshe Gershovich, Director of the Schwalb Center for Israel & Jewish Studies.

Installation of Rabbi
Deana Berezin
November 18 |  6pm - Services Followed by an Oneg

Beth El Synagogue
Minyan in the Round
November 19 | 9:30 am
Don't miss the return of this lively, fast-paced Shabbat alternative service. Services will be followed by a light Kiddush Lunch.

Temple TED Talk
November 20 | 11 am
Dan Gilbert will be discussing "Can You Tell if a Kid is Lying" by Kang Lee.

Jewish Summer Camp Fair
Herzl, JCC Omaha, Sabra
and Shwayder
 November 20 | 10 am
Temple Israel

Interfaith Thanksgiving Service
 November 20 |  5pm
St. Margaret Mary Church
6116 Dodge Street
Rabbi Crystal, Rabbi Berezin, Cantor Shermet and the Kol Rina Choir will represent Temple Israel and participate in the Annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Service along with First Christian Church, First United Methodist Church, St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church, Underwood Hills Presbyterian Church, Hanscom Park United Methodist Church and members of the Muslim community. Following the service, there will be a reception with baked goods provided by each congregation.

B'nai B'rith Breadbreakers
November 23 |  12pm
RBJH Auditorium

A Taste of Talmud: The Most Important Rarely Studied Text in Reform Synagogues
Wednesdays, 6:30pm
Nov. 30 & Dec. 7
Temple Israel
Beth El Synagogue welcomes Gourmet Kosher Chef Laura Frankel
December 2 | 6pm services
7 pm - Gourmet Shabbat dinner prepared by Frankel
December 3 |  9:30am services 
12 pm - Kiddush lunch
Frankel will speak after lunch about how we express our love and faith through food.
December 4 | 11 am
Gourmet Kosher Cooking class taught by Frankel
Click here for more information and to register for dinner and/or class.
Save the Date
The JCC Musical Theater Community Acting Group presents A Kidsummer Night's Dream
December 17 | 7pm 
December 18 | 2pm
JCC Theater
Tickets go on sale Nov. 14:
$10/ adults & $5 children / students. Call Laura Wine, JCC Registrar, at (402) 334-6419 to purchase.

Hanukkah Extravaganza December 19 | 5- 7pm
JCC Auditorium
Families and kids of all ages are invited to join us for the annual Hanukkah Extravaganza! This event is FREE and open to the entire community. There will be games, prizes, an inflatable, face painting, balloon art, dreidels and stories, latkes for sale and much more!

Friedel Jewish Academy
Annual Hanukkah Play
December 20 | 6:30pm
JCC Theater
The public is invited to the annual Hanukkah play presented by the students of the Friedel Jewish Academy. A sufganiyot (jelly donut) reception will follow the performance. For more information contact Beth Cohen at (402) 334-6001.

Carolyn Dorfman Dance
Legacy Project
January 19 | 7:30pm
Orpheum Theater
The Institute for Holocaust Education and Omaha Performing Arts present Carolyn Dorfman Dance The Legacy Project: A Dance of Hope at the Orpheum Theater.
Tickets can be purchased at  For more information contact Liz Feldstern at 402-334-6575.

JCC Musical Theater Auditions
January 22 | 1:00 - 4:30pm
Registration is required to audition. Contact Esther Katz at for details and required materials.

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