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E-News - October 14, 2016
October 14, 2016  |  12  Tishrei 5777

From our CEO...
As we leave the sacred space of Yom Kippur and Rosh Hashanah, we have examined the past year and planned for the new.  How are we moving forward?  What is the Jewish journey that you/we are on?
I have written in the e-newsletter and in the Jewish Press of how unique our community is.  I observed this yet again on Yom Kippur.  Attending services at Temple Israel, Beth Israel and Beth El, I was warmed by how welcoming each congregation is to those exploring and celebrating their Jewish journey.
On Sunday, we will welcome Sukkot.  The sukkot we will build and the recent devastation of Hurricane Matthew are both reminders of the fragile nature of our world.  As we spend time enjoying meals and guests in our sukkah, let's think of the bond and connection of our community and the support we can offer one another.
The Jewish Federations of North America have set up a help line for those communities hit by Hurricane Matthew.  To make a donation, click here.  In addition, our partner organization, the Joint Distribution Committee is on the ground in Haiti; to make a donation, click here.  A crew from IsraAID (Israeli aid workers) is also bringing relief to the devastated areas.  They have been in Haiti for more than six years, arriving just after the January 2010 earthquake.  What an amazing journey they are on, sharing tikkun olam, repairing the world. 
Yesterday's vote by UNESCO in a vote of 24-6 denied any connection of Jerusalem and the Temple Mount to Judaism. This is yet another vote by the UN and its organizations that continues to marginalize Israel's existence.  This does not have to be a setback but can be used to strengthen our journey and our community.
Following the election on November 8, you will have the opportunity to continue your Jewish journey when you are called by our research team to participate in our community study.  If you see "Count Me Omaha" on your landline caller ID, please answer the phone and provide your feedback.
Shabbat Shalom
Alan Potash
The Joy of Laughter
Lincoln native T. Marni Vos will perform at the next Joy of Laughter Live Comedy Series on Sunday, October 16, at 1:30 p.m. in the Jewish Community Center Auditorium. Ms. Vos is a stand-up comic, humorist and keynote speaker who has made her living from the stage for the last 25 years.
T. Marni Vos Humor Sampler
Is Judaism Democratic?
The Klutznick Chair, the Kripke Center, the Harris Center and the Schwalb Center present the 29th Annual Symposium on Jewish Civilization "Is Judaism Democratic? Reflections from Theory and Practice Throughout the Ages" October 30-31, 2016.
Click here to see the list of presenters.

9am-11:30 - Presentations
UNO - College of Public Affairs &
Community Service, Room 132D
Noon - 5pm - Presentations
Jewish Community Center
7:30pm - Keynote Lecture, Dr. Lenn Goodman
Jewish Community Center

8:30am - 1pm - Presentations
Creighton University - V.J. and Angela Skutt Student Center, Mutual of Omaha Ballroom
NJHS honors Ann Ronell
The Nebraska Jewish Historical Society is sponsoring a special musical tribute to renowned songwriter, lyricist and musical director of films by the late Ann (Rosenblatt) Ronell on Sunday, Oct. 23  at 2 p.m. The event will be held in the JCC Auditorium and is open to the entire community. Ronell was born in Omaha in 1905 into the Rosenblatt family and was a Central High School graduate. She was inducted into the Central High School Hall of Fame in 2011. She is best known for her hits Willow Weep for Me  and Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?   The program will feature many of her musical hits and an insight into her life in Omaha interpreted by Helen Waring Johnson.  Read More.
Israeli film director Shimon Dotan comes to UNO
On Oct. 27, the Israeli film director Shimon Dotan will travel to Omaha for a showing of his recent provocative film The Settlers sponsored by the UNO Journal of Religion and Film and the Schwalb Center for Israel and Jewish Studies. The film will start at 7 p.m. on the UNO North Campus in CPACS 130/132. Following the screening, the director Shimon Dotan will answer questions and take part in a panel discussion led by Dr. Curtis Hutt (Religious Studies/Schwalb Center). Joining Shimon Dotan will be Dr. Bill Blizek (founder of the Journal of Religion and Film) and Rabbi Shlomo Abramovich (Visiting Scholar, Beth Israel Synagogue). Read More
Your Voice Matters, Because Our Community Counts!
In November, professional callers will contact thousands of households so we can learn what programs and services are most needed. Your answers will shape the future of our vibrant Jewish community.

So when you see "Count Me Omaha" *
on your phone, please...
  • Answer the call and stay on the line.
  • Or ask to reschedule, and we will call back at your convenience.
All telephone numbers are randomly selected and answers
will be treated anonymously. Interviewers will not know
or ask your name or address. This is not a solicitation.
*The caller id "Count Me Omaha" will only display on landlines.

If you have questions, please contact us at 402-334-6421 or
Federation host a unique dining experience on Nov. 5th, 8-11pm
FED is a Jewish Federation of Omaha food-focused event designed to engage the next generation of Jewish community members, leaders and philanthropists. The event intertwines food, community building and philanthropy in an innovative way to highlight the work of the Jewish Federation of Omaha.
Limited seating.  Register Now!

FED Event Chairs: 
Danny Cohn & Andrew Miller

FED Event Host: 
Amy Dvorin, Jimmy and Sophie Friedlander, Dusty and Candice Friedman, Andy and Amy Isaacson, Donny and Ellie Novak, Jed and Maggie Ortmeyer, Dave and Shiri Phillips, Brandon and Kari Tauber, Alan and Sonia Tipp, Matt and Leora Werner
Kids Campaign - Sharing is Caring

The Jewish Federation of Omaha Kids Campaign  initiative began on September 25th. This initiative is focused on teaching the importance of Tzedakah and giving back to your community.  Louri Sullivan, JFO Senior Director of Community Impact and Special Projects, together with a committee of dedicated lay leaders, is leading the 2017 Kids Campaign. Chairing the committee are Stephanie, Matthew, Shalom, Judah and Eliyana Beneda; Crystal, Aryeh, Nina and Josie Epstein; Lisa, Chuck, Makayla and Kori Lucoff; Jamie, Troy, Ainsley, Aiden and Audrey Meyerson; Melissa, Matt, Joshua, Evan and Lea Shapiro; Sonia, Alan, Adria and Asher Tipp.

Fill your Tzedakah can and bring them to the JCC Hanukkah Extravaganza event on December 19 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. to celebrate!

Kids Campaign Tzedakah cans are available at the Jewish Community Center, Friedel Jewish Academy, the Jewish Federation of Omaha office, Beth El Synagogue. Beth Israel Synagogue, Temple Israel, and the Chabad House.
This, That, and the Other Thing
At times it seems like politics and conflicting opinions on topics permeate everything. That said, scenes like THIS are always joyous.  

Racism is no joke, but "That's Racist!" with Mike Epps provides a humorous way to debunk the stereo-types. Are Jews cheap? Check THAT out by clicking here
THE OTHER THING might be that you are looking for a little inspiration for your next sukkah. This YouTube video from September 2010 presents the finalists of the Sukkah City design competition in New York's Union Square. Both locals and tourists rubbed shoulders to get a closer look at the ritual huts, which transformed the downtown park into an architectural showcase.

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
What's It All About God:
An Introduction to Jewish Mysticism with Rabbi Crystal
Thursdays, 10 am
Oct. 13-27 & Nov. 3 & 10
Temple Israel

Legacy of Laughter (LOL)
presents T. Marni Vos, Comedian, Educator & Speaker 
October 16  |  1:30pm
JCC Auditorium

Temple Israel Erev Sukkot Service, Dinner and Bonfire
October 16, 4:30 pm - Services
6 pm -dinner & bonfire  
The entire congregation is invited. Bring your family!

Temple Israel Sukkot
October 17
 9:30am - Breakfast
 10:30 pm - Services

Lunch in the Sukkah
at Beth Israel
October 17 | 12pm
Turkey, challah dressing, roasted vegetables, fruit, dessert.  $12 for adults, $6 for ages 4-12; free for 3 and under.  Reservations to or call (402) 556-6288.

B'nai B'rith Breadbreakers
October 19  |  12pm
JCC Auditorium

The Lost Art of Jewish Cooking!
Wednesdays, 6:30pm
Oct. 19 & 26 & Nov. 2-16 & 30
Temple Israel
We all love traditional Jewish cooking. Each week we will learn and cook a Jewish recipe with different members of Temple Israel.

The Art of Writing a Torah Scroll: Majesty and Meaning
with Rabbi Crystal
October 19 | 6:30pm
Temple Israel

Nebraska Jewish Historical Society sponsors a Musical Tribute to Ann Ronell
October 23 |  2pm
JCC Auditorium

Temple Israel Erev Simchat Torah Service & Consecration
October 23 | 4:30 pm
An Oneg enlivened by the music of Tuffy Epstein will follow the worship service. The entire congregation is invited. Bring your family!

Beth El Synagogue Soup-er Lunch in the Sukkah
October 24
Morning services & lunch
Click here to register for lunch
Temple Israel Simchat Torah Morning Service & Yizkor
October 24 | 10:30 am
If you would like to have the names of your loved ones read at the Yizkor service, contact the Temple Israel office, 402-556-6536, by Oct. 19.

Beth El Congregational Simchat Torah Celebration
October 24 | 5:30pm
We'll sing and dance with the Torah, enjoy yummy snacks and beverages, and join our annual "Scroll Roll" to see the entire Torah scroll unrolled.
Click here to register

Beth El Synagogue Tot Shabbat & Family Shabbat & Congregational Shabbat dinner
October 28 | 6pm
Congregational Shabbat Dinner follows for all.
Click here to register for dinner

29th Annual Symposium
on Jewish Civilization
Is Judaism Democratic?
October 30-31
Free and open to the public
Beth El Synagogue Young Adult Group goes to Vala's Pumpkin Patch
October 30  | 5pm - Dinner
Come early to enjoy Vala's attractions and meet at 5 pm at campsite #20
Dinner is $5 per person with an $18 max per family. Children 5 and under are free. (Admission to Vala's is on your own)
Click here to register for dinner

Exploring Judaism
Mondays, 7-8:30pm
Oct. 31 - March 27

Kripke Jewish Federation Library
For details: (402) 334-6463

Temple Israel First Friday Shabbat Service & Dinner
November 4
5:30pm -Candlelighting & kiddush
6 pm - Services
RSVP for dinner by Nov. 2:  402-556-6536 or

FED Dinner Event
November 5  | 8-11pm
David Radler Photo Studio
2553 Leavenworth St.
Save the Date
Temple Israel art exhibit "Thoughts on Democracy: Reinterpreting Norman Rockwell's Four Freedom Poster"
November 6 | 10:30am
Discussion with Ari Kohen

Rabbi Ari Dembitzer and Rabbi Mendel Katzman announce Omaha's participation in THE SHABBOS PROJECT, a global, grassroots movement that brings Jews from across the world together around our shared heritage of Shabbat
November 11
4:45pm - Candle lighting
5pm - Kabbalat
6pm - Shabbat Dinner
Located at the JCC
Nov. 12 - Shabbat services will continue on Saturday at Beth Israel and the Chabad House.

General Assembly 
November 13-15
Washington D.C.
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