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November 6, 2015  |  24 Cheshvan 5776

Remembering Rabin 
This week marks the 20th anniversary of the assassination of Yitzak Rabin.  Everybody remembers where they were or what they were doing at pivotal moments in history. JFK's assassination or 9/11.  I remember where I was when I heard the news of Rabin's shooting; I was close to my short wave radio, CNN and any news feed coming through my dial-up modem, hoping to hear of his recovery, but that was not to be.

This week, over 100,000 people gathered in what is now Tel Aviv's Rabin Square. Several years later I visited the site. The graffiti tributes surrounding the square were being preserved and an eternal flame was installed.

  While in Israel in 2000, we visited Kibbutz Sdot Yam, to reconnect with people I was close to while living there.  One, in particular, was the artist Yael Artsi, a prolific sculptor of very large and beautiful marble shapes. She showed us a few things she was working on- but I confess, if I find myself in someone's studio, I tend to look around on m y own -- and I noticed sketches similar to Rabin's memorial.  When I asked her about the sketches, she said "I did it", but she didn't want to talk about it. Instead, she shared the following words from the dedication: 

"Each stone expresses my despair, anguish, horror and lack of personal safety. Using interplay of light and shadow, and an appropriate texture, I created an internal movement in each stone and breathed life into the geometrical Basalt. Some of the stones reflect my memories of the great man: his softness and strength, while others evoke my emotions at the time of the murder. That is why I gave each stone a different texture, a different character."

Public access to Israeli prime ministers and leaders was forever changed after Rabin's assassination. Prior to 1995, they were accessible to the average person and on several impromptu occasions in both North America and Israel I have either shaken hands or, literally, bumped into Rabin, Sharon, Peres and Barack. Not once did a security detail appear or prevent the subsequent hand shake or conversation.

Several of these occasions occurred at JFNA's General Assembly, the annual gathering of Jewish leaders that begins this Sunday, Nov. 8. Several Omaha leaders will be in attendance and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is scheduled to speak.  We plan to report back and share all that we learn with our community.     

Shabbat Shalom,
Omaha to Remember Yitzhak Rabin on November 30 
The community will remember the life and legacy of Yitzhak Rabin 20 years after his assassination by hosting journalist Dan Ephron, author of "Killing a King" on November 30 at 7 pm at Beth El Synagogue. A book signing and dessert reception will follow. The evening is sponsored by Beth El, The Jewish Federation of Omaha and the Center for Jewish Life as part of Jewish Book Month.

Please join us for a teen-led Shabbat service and dinner
Friday, November 13, 2015
Service will include AIT inductions,
awards and teen speakers

We invite the entire Jewish community to celebrate with us!
RSVP to Nate Gendler, Omaha Council S'gan,

Adults $7  |  Teen & Children $5  |  Under 5 Free
Contributions support Jewish teen programming
Global Day of Jewish Learning
November 15 
The 2015 Global Day of Jewish Learning, presented by the Center for Jewish Life and sponsored by the Klutznick Chair of Creighton University, will be held Sunday, November 15 beginning at 1pm at the Jewish Community Center. This year's theme, "Love: Devotion, Desire and Deception," will be the focus of the keynote address and the afternoon breakout sessions.

The Global Day keynote address will be given by Dr. Ron Wolfson talking about his latest book, "The Best Boy in the United States of America: A Memoir of Blessings and Kisses". When told the Global Day theme, he commented that it fits perfectly with the book which he describes as being about the power of family love to shape identity and memories.

For more information, click here.

Community Mission to Israel
March 28 - April 4, 2016

Celebrate Israel 2016

Tuesday, November 17  |  7 pm
Kripke Jewish Federation Library

Chairs: Pam and Bruce Friedlander
National Partnership Chair: Zoe Riekes
Federation CEO: Alan Potash

Travel to Israel this Spring on a community mission to Israel. Jewish Omaha will join together with 13 other Jewish communities to travel the country, visit our partnership region in the Western Galilee.

Extend your trip with an optional three day add-on and take part in the P2G@20 Partnership2Gether Mega-Event, celebrating 20 years of Partnership2Gether.

Subsidies Available

Questions? Please contact Julee Katzman at  or Zoe Riekes at

Ground Report from the Women's Mission to Europe 
Nineteen community members departed on Oct. 27 for the Women's Mission to Europe, chaired by Kimberly Robinson and staffed by Director of Community Impact and Special Projects, Louri Sullivan.
Read more.

NFTY and BBYO youth groups unite for a Haunted Havadalah held at the Bellevue Berry Farm on October 24th.
What We're Reading and Watching
Ben Taxman, Young Jewish Omaha President, featured in the Omaha World Herald

The Jewish Bernie Sanders only Vermonters know

A hummus restaurant in Netanya, Israel recently started offering 50 percent off to Israeli and Arab diners who eat together.

As part of Oct. 23'rds global Shabbos Project initiative, bakers at the Great Big Challah Bake in Brooklyn, one of 126 such events held around the world this week, made the Guinness Book of World Records with a 20-foot braided challah.

How a Holocaust legacy helped launch the Kind Bar brand

NY federation to guarantee $1.4M in emergency loans for Jerusalem businesses
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Around Jewish Omaha
Eye on Israel
Janine & Charles Pulman 
Four Days On and Under the Israeli Border & Gaza
November 10  |  Noon 
Kripke Jewish Federation Library

Richard Evnen & independent filmmaker, Kalyanee Mam, present a special evening of art and discussion
November 11  |  6pm

JCC Galley & Theater

Community Speakers 
Janine & Charles Pulman 
Why Israel Matters
November 11  |  7pm  
JCC Social Hall 

Jewish Book Month 
Luncheon with Pam Jenoff
The Last Summer at
Chelsea Beach

November 12  |  Noon

JCC Social Hall

RSVP due 11-10-15

Lew Groner for "A Rabbi's Son Returns Home"  Scholar-in-Residence weekend 
November 13 |  6pm
Shabbat dinner
RSVP due 11-9.
Call 402-556-6288
November 14
Morning Services
Beth Israel Synagogue

Beth El Holiday Boutique
November 15  |  10am-3pm
Beth El Synagogue

Temple Israel
Jewish Summer Camp Fair

November 15  |  10am-12:30pm
Temple Israel

Campaign Cabaret
Community Video Screening

November 15  |  7pm
JCC Theater  |  Free

Keys to Kindergarten
November 15  |  7-8pm
JCC Social Hall

Masorti Rabbi Chaya
Rowen Baker
"Chosen or Choosing?" Jews continually redefine and reframe this notion. 
November 18  |  7:30pm
Beth El Synagogue

Jewish Book Month
Author Event with Dan Ephron
November 30  |  7pm

Beth El Synagogue 

FEDERATIONS are encouraged to nominate a LOCAL VISIONARY 
for the 2016 Charles Bronfman Prize, which, for over a decade, has annually recognized one young Jewish humanitarian working to create global change.
Learn more and submit a nominee for the annual $100,000 award by Dec. 15.
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