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October 23, 2015  |  10 Cheshvan 5776

A return to the Past
Bea Karp returned to France recently to attend the official opening of the memorial museum of the Rivesaltes Camp. Karp was interned in Rivesaltes as a child during World War II before being rescued by the OSE (French Jewish Resistance).

The new museum, across the Pyrenees Mountains from Barcelona, Spain, commemorates all those interned there during the war. She was the only American survivor who was able to attend the opening and joined the French Prime Minister at a small reception.

Feedback is in: Campaign Cabaret a resounding success!
This multi-generational, magical musical revue brought together a 100 community member cast singing and dancing their hearts out for over 500 in attendance! It celebrated everything great about being Jewish in Omaha!   

Thank you to the cast that put in countless hours and to Joanie Jacobson, Andee Scioli and Beth Friedman for their incredible leadership and hours of planning. We are grateful to all of you for bringing our community together.   

If you missed the magic, not to worry. Join us on Sunday, November 15 at 7 pm in the JCC Theater to view the professional video of Campaign Cabaret. Watch family and friends take the stage and perform as only Jewish Omaha can!  

Your Federation released a 2-minute composite video of last week's Campaign Cabaret show. View Video.

Click here to order a full length video. View photos on the Federation facebook page.

Bon Voyage! 
The Women's Mission to Jewish Europe:
Warsaw, Prague, Vienna and Budapest
October 28 - November 4 
Chair: Kimberly Robinson   
Next Wednesday, the following 19 community members depart on the Women's Mission to Eastern Europe: Vicky Allely, Stacey Atlas, Beth Dotan, Darlynn Fellman, Katherine Finnegan, Jordana Glazer, Cindy Goldberg, Danielle Gordman, Dana Kaufman, Susie Lehr, Amy Nachman, Susie Noddle, Kimberly Robinson, Stacey Rockman, Teresa Ruback, Laura Schrager, Louri Sullivan, Stephani Tikalsky and Anita Lupow.    
We offer the Tefilat Ha'derekh, the Jewish prayer that asks for a safe journey.

May it be your will, Oh Lord our God, to guide us in peace, to sustain us in peace, to lead us to our desired destination in health, joy and peace, and to bring us home in peace. Save us from every enemy and disaster on the way, and from all calamities that threaten the world. Bless the work of our hands. May we find grace, love, and compassion in your sight. Praised are you, Lord, who hears prayer. 
March 28 - April 7, 2016
Monday, November 2  |  7 pm
Rose Blumkin Jewish Home Board Room

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, and take part in the P2G@20 Partnership2Gether Mega-Event, celebrating 20 years of Partnership2Gether.

Questions? Please contact Julee Katzman at  or Zoe Riekes at  or go to http://

MISSIONS TO ISRAEL CONTINUE despite recent violence, with not a single participant deterred. Last weekend, 21 Federation groups-including a new Fisher FLIGHT cohort and inaugural missions from El Paso, Virginia Peninsula and Northeastern Pennsylvania-were on the ground to show solidarity.

Click to download itineraries, flyers and applications for the PARTNERSHIPTRIP2Gether Mission to Israel
Janine & Charles D. Pulman
Philanthropists, community volunteers and passionate advocates for Israel join the Omaha Jewish community for two special engagements

Tuesday, November 10 | noon
Kripke Jewish Federation Library
Four Days On and Under the Israeli Border with Gaza
A first-hand account of their visit to Israeli communities along the Gazan border and their experience walking the Hamas terror tunnels.
Sponsored by the Henry and Dorothy Riekes Donor-Advised Fund of the Jewish Federation of Omaha Foundation

Wednesday, November 11 | 7 pm
JCC Social Hall
Why Israel Matters
Israel's accomplishments, innovations and contributions to the world stage within the context of recent events.
Especially timely for those considering the Spring PartnershipTrip2Gether community mission to Israel.
Beth El Synagogue hosts scholars in November
USCJ Scholar, Rabbi Chaya Rowen Baker will speak on Wednesday, November 18 at 7:30 pm. Her topic will be "Chosen or Choosing?" exploring how Jews continually redefine and reframe this notion.

Dan Ephron, author of Killing a King, will join us on Monday, November 30 at 7 pm. Ephron was a Newsweek reporter covering the Israeli government at the time of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin's assassination and his book chronicles key events, including the assassin's motivations. Click here for more information.
International Global Shabbat
The entire community is invited to join Omaha Jewish teens in celebration of BBYO's Global Shabbat, Friday, November 13, 6 - 8:30 pm at the JCC.

Planned, organized and led by local Jewish teens, the evening includes a pluralistic Shabbat service, led by Aleph Shliach Benjamin Brodkey, a pasta and salad dinner, remarks by Mid America Region Aleph Gadol Jordan Saag and N'Siah Rachel Hockfeld and an induction ceremony for new members of Aleph Zadik Aleph.

AZA and BBG Global Shabbat is a chance for teens to unite as a global Jewish community, and together, celebrate One Shabbat; illustrating a world-side communal strength for Judaism and its peoplehood.

The teens of BBYO will also be unveiling their Stand Up initiative, a national platform that empowers teens to identify a cause that inspires them, and develop their own campaign to affect positive change in their local and global community. Rooted in Jewish obligation and BBYO tradition, Stand UP is a new understanding of the old practice of Tikkun Olam - repairing the world around us.
For more information, call Mother Chapter vice president Nate Gendler at (402) 957-0877
In the News....
Federations across the country expressed disappointment in UNESCO's draft resolution that would strip the Jewish people of their connection to the Western Wall; UNESCO has since dropped the clause in the draft after it was condemned by the Israeli government and major Jewish organizations worldwide. JERUSALEM MAYOR NIR BARKAT briefed nearly 1,000 listeners, including CEO Alan Potash, during a Federation teleconference earlier this week. He assessed the situation on the ground in Israel amid three weeks of escalated violence and his administration's actions to bolster security. Listen here.

IN SOLIDARITY WITH ISRAEL, Federations are sharing an image of support on social media. You can, too. Share the image on your Facebook and Twitter accounts.

JEWISH AGENCY FOR ISRAEL'S FUND FOR THE VICTIMS OF TERROR has begun granting immediate financial aid of ($1,038) to Israelis affected by the recent attacks, and will present each family recognized as victims with supplemental aid of up to $6,489. Made possible in part by the Jewish Federation of Omaha, the fund has distributed more than $30 million to more than 6,000 families since 2002.
What We're Reading and Watching
Larry David's spot-on impersonation of Bernie Sanders on SNL last weekend.

Forbes magazine covers the 21st Century synagogue for millennials.

Israel's SpaceIL is leading the race for Google's Lunar XPrize, which will be awarded to whoever is the first to land a privately funded unmanned spacecraft on the moon.

Radio personality Howard Stern spoke out against musician and BDS supporter Roger Waters after Waters wrote an open letter criticizing fellow rocker Jon Bon Jovi for performing in Israel on Oct. 3.

Jerry Seinfeld will perform stand-up comedy in Israel for the first time on Dec. 19.

Actor James Franco became a bar mitzvah last weekend at the age of 37. The ceremony was a promotion for actor Seth Rogen's charity variety show event raising awareness and funds for Alzheimer's disease.
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BBYO in the news!
Let's welcome Phil Sokolof, the newest member of Mother Chapter AZA #1 to Mid-America Region: Omaha Council BBYO!!!

Max Goldberg and Josh Militti are program directors for a BBYO Chanukah extravaganza on Sunday, December 6. To join in on the fun, contact BBYO Director Rachel Martin, 402-334-6404.

2016 Annual Campaign
To Date Campaign Results:
$908,802 Total
140 Gifts
4% Increase, card for card
9 new Gifts
Around Jewish Omaha
OTYG and BBYO join forces for a Haunted Havdalah!
October 24  |  5:30pm
Bellevue Berry Farm and Pumpkin Ranch

Beth El Synagogue
Guest Speaker Leonard Greenspoon
October 24  |  9:30am
Join us Shabbat morning when we'll hear from Leonard Greenspoon, who will speak about the upcoming Klutznick Symposium.

Twenty-Eighth Annual
Klutznick Symposium

October 25-26
On the campuses of Creighton, UNL, UNO and the Jewish Community Center.
Presented by:
The Klutznick Chair in Jewish Civilization (Creighton University) the Kripke Center for the Study of Religion and Society (Creighton University), the Harris Center for Judaic Studies (University of Nebraska-Lincoln), and the Schwalb Center for Israel and Jewish Studies (University of Nebraska-Omaha)

Schwalb Center presents a special screening of A Borrowed Identity
October 27  |  7-9:30pm
Film Streams' Ruth Sokolof Theater
Panel discussion by Israeli author and screenwriter, Sayed Kashua and Israeli author, Assaf Gavron. The discussion will be moderated by Dr. Curtis Hutt.
To purchase your tickets,  click here.  

B'nai B'rith Breadbreakers
October 28  |  Noon
ACLU Executive Director Danielle Conrad
"How Gay marriage became the Law of the Land"
Oh! The Places We'll Go!  
November 1 |  3:30 - 4:30pm
Friedel Jewish Academy,
Omaha Children's Museum's resident "Seussical Scientist" will bring Dr. Seuss's classics to life with science experiments and silliness.
For ages 2-5 & their families. Please RSVP to

B'nai B'rith Breadbreakers  
November 4  | Noon
Seth Siegel, lawyer
and activist
"How Israel can save the world with reclaimed water technology"

 CDC Scholastic Book Fair
November 4 - 6 |  7am-6pm 
CDC lobby
Cash, check, credit.
(402) 334-6413 for more information.

Jewish Book Month
Author Event with Diana Bletter

November 4  |  6pm

The Bookworm
JFNA General Assembly
GA 2015

November 8-10
Washington, D.C.

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

JCC Galley & Theater

Jewish Book Month 
Luncheon with Pam Jenoff
November 12  |  Noon

JCC Social Hall

Beth El Holiday Boutique
is BACK!

November 15  |  10am-3pm
Beth El Synagogue
40 Craft Vendors, Bake Sale, USY Used Books Sale and
20% off in the Gift Shop

Global Day of Jewish Learning
Keynote Speaker Ron Wolfson
November 15  |  1pm
JCC Auditorium

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

Beth El Synagogue  

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