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E-News - October 28, 2016
October 28, 2016  |  26  Tishrei 5777

From our CEO...
In the beginning...
The Jewish calendar is magical.  Every year we get to start over again at the beginning.
I have always enjoyed Simchat Torah, not just the celebratory marching and dancing with the Torah, but also physically rolling the Torah back from the end to the beginning.  This is both a hypnotic and philosophic experience.  Watching the text roll past, it is easy to contemplate the past year with its joys and sorrows, accomplishments and challenges.  And when finished, the Torah is back at the beginning, ready for another cycle of reading and study.  This is where the symbolism hits me and I become self-reflective - this is an opportunity for us, individually and collectively, to look forward rather than back, to determine where we want the new year to take us rather than feeling stuck where we are.  The biblical images of Genesis / Berashet are inspiring ones - the seven days of creating our world and everything in it from nothing.  We create and accomplish, plan and achieve with new perspective each year, gaining insight and wisdom from the obstacles of the previous year.   
We are reminded at this time, as we turn from the past and seek the future, that we have the power to make needed changes, to bring more passion and thoughtfulness to our daily interactions.  Please join me as we continue to strengthen our Jewish community.
Wishing you success in the coming year
and Shabbat Shalom,
Alan Potash
29th Annual Symposium on Jewish Civilization - Oct. 30 & 31
The Bible and democracy. The rabbis and democracy. Israel and democracy. These are some of the many topics that presenters will address at the 29th Annual Symposium on Jewish Civilization, Is Judaism Democratic? Reflections from Theory and Practice Throughout the Ages. This year's Symposium takes place on Sunday, Oct. 30, and Monday, Oct. 31 Read more.

Click here
to see a complete program
of Symposium activities.
FED Event -  Nov. 5th, 8-11pm
Limited seating. Register Now!
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. Learn more. 
Friedel invites you to "Eric Carle: A Colorful Adventure"
Children ages two through five and their families are invited to join Brown Bear and The Very Hungry Caterpillar at Friedel Jewish Academy on Sunday, Nov. 6 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. as we explore the colorful world around us. The Omaha Children's Museum will lead us in an afternoon of fun as we mix up colors, make a rainbow, and learn about the life cycle of a butterfly and nature through the lens of colors and counting. A snack will be served. RSVP to
The Shabbos Project is here!

We are excited to announce that Omaha will be a part of the international program, "The Shabbos Project" on Nov. 11 and 12.  We will join over a million Jews world-wide in celebration of Shabbat. The Shabbos Project is a global grassroots movement that brings Jews from across the world together around our shared heritage of the Sabbath.

Omaha will feel the power of the multitudes observing this special and sacred day feeling the depth of connection between the Jewish people and Shabbat. We encourage everyone to celebrate as Beth Israel and Chabbad hold hands in unity to share this unique experience. Home hospitality will be available.

Friday, November 11 at Beth Israel
4:45 pm Candle lighting and Kabbalat Shabbat
Dinner ( $18 per family) and "The Power of Shabbos" class will follow.

Saturday, November 12
Services are at Beth Israel and the Chadad House and will be followed by Kiddush at the Chabad House at 11:30 am

To RSVP for dinner or home hospitality, contact the Chabad House, 402-330-1800 or Beth Israel Synagogue, 402-556-6288. 
NATAL CEO speaks at Beth El
The Omaha Jewish community will have the opportunity to learn about NATAL - Israel Trauma Center for Victims of Terror and War - during two presentations given at Beth El Synagogue by representatives from the organization. Special guest Orly Gal, Col. (Res.), NATAL CEO will speak on Friday, Nov. 11, at Shabbat dinner following services which start at 6:00 p.m.  On Sunday, Nov. 13, NATAL professionals will present Creating A Safe Place - Tools for Staying Calm in A Hectic World. Geared towards parents, grandparent and community members, this experiential workshop begins at 11:00 a.m. and offers strategies on how to talk to children about stress and the world in which we live. The NATAL presentations are open to the community.  Click here to make dinner reservations. 
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.

If you have questions, please contact us at 402-334-6421 or


Author of  The Rye Baker &
Co-Author of Inside the Jewish Bakery

Wednesday, November 16
Noon * JCC Auditorium
The buffet luncheon will feature
a sample of breads from The Rye Baker
$12 per person
Reservation by November 9 to
402-334-6463 or

Save the date for these evening author events:
February 2, 2017 - Marjorie Ingall (Beth El)
March 29, 2017 - Jason Gewirtz
April 20, 2017 - Rabbi Joseph Telushkin 
Rabbi Joseph Telushkin to
present in Omaha
The Jewish Federation of Omaha will welcome Rabbi Joseph Telushkin to Omaha for a community presentation on the evening of Thursday, April 20, 2017.
Rabbi Telushkin is known throughout the world as one of our most prolific and respected interpreters of Judaism. Many of his writings have served as guides to ethical living and ways to become a kinder, deeper person. His book, Jewish Literacy - The Most Important Things to Know About the Jewish Religion, Its People, and Its History, is a primary reference text for the JFO's "Exploring Judaism" class starting Oct. 31.
Rabbi Telushkin's visit will be a fitting capstone for Beth El Synagogue's 12-session fall 2016 adult learning series titled Ethics and Values: A Jewish Guide to Life's Most Difficult Questions. Click here for more details. The series begins Nov. 1st and is being taught by Rabbi Steven Abraham. It is based on Telushkin's A Code of Jewish Ethics, Volume 2: Love Your Neighbor as Yourself. 
This, That, and the Other Thing
Maybe you don't want to start the New Year by insulting people. Maybe you do. Maybe you want people to wonder whether or not they have just been insulted.  "Alter trombenik" Or, "Lign in drerd un bakn beygl!" Maybe even "Shmendrik." Perhaps THIS link will provide you with all the Yiddish insults and derogatory terms you need for 5777.  Click here.
THAT evening must have been very special. Who doesn't need something to celebrate? Here is a video clip
from 2009 when Jews and Gentiles gathered in Jerusalem to dance with the Torah scrolls. Go ahead, get up and dance as you join your hearts with those that were there that night.

What you write today might have importance in the future. A woman wrote a note on papyrus in the 7th Century BCE and attached it to two bottles of wine that were to be delivered. What she wrote may impact UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) in 5777 - 2016.

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

Fall into Fall with
OTYG 9th- 12th graders
October 29 | 6-9 pm
4316 S. 174th Ave
Enjoy dinner, storytelling, games, hot cocoa, Havdalah & s'more making!  Please RSVP to Aliyah Lasky, 402-556-6536

29th Annual Symposium
on Jewish Civilization
Is Judaism Democratic?
October 30-31
Free and open to the public

Temple Israel
Blessing of the Pets
October 30 | 11:45 am
Bring your pets for a blessing from the clergy!

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 & 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

Beth El's Adult Education class Ethics and Values - A Jewish Guide to Life's Most Difficult Questions taught by Rabbi Abraham
Tuesdays, 12pm
Nov. 1 -Jan. 24
Whole Foods
Wednesdays, 6:15 pm
Nov. 2 - Jan. 25
Beth El
Click here for more information & to register

B'nai B'rith Breadbreakers
November 2  |  12pm
RBJH Auditorium

Temple Israel's The Lost Art of Jewish Cooking!
Wednesdays, 6:30pm
Nov. 2 - Challah w/ Louri Sullivan
Nov. 9 - Kugel w/ Amy Rabinovitz
We all love traditional Jewish cooking. Each week we will learn and cook a Jewish recipe with different members of Temple Israel.

What's It All About God:
An Introduction to Jewish Mysticism with Rabbi Crystal
Wednesdays, 6:30pm
Nov. 2 & 9
Thursdays, 10am
Nov. 3 & 10

Temple Israel

Mainstreeters trip to
Durham Museum

November 4 |  10am
RSVP to Maggie Conti at 402-334-6521 or

Temple Israel First Friday Shabbat Service & Dinner
November 4
5:30pm -Candle lighting & 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.

Temple Israel art exhibit "Thoughts on Democracy: Reinterpreting Norman Rockwell's Four Freedom Poster"
November 6 | 10:30am
Discussion with Ari Kohen

The Omaha Children's Museum: Eric Carle: A colorful adventure
November 6 | 3:30pm
Friedel Jewish Academy

B'nai B'rith Breadbreakers
November 9  |  12pm
RBJH Auditorium
Save the Date
Play Shanghai at Beth El
November 10 | 1pm
Open to all in the community on the second Thursday of each month.
Click here for more information
Beth El Sisterhood
'Strudel School'

November 10  | 7pm
Beth El's Kitchen
Don't miss this master class in strudel making, taught by Pam Friedlander and Hanna DeBruin. Open to all at no charge, but space is limited, so register today.
Click here for more information and to register
Beth El Synagogue
welcomes NATAL
November 11 | 6 pm services
7pm Shabbat dinner
Speaker, Orly Gal, Col. (Res.), NATAL CEO,
November 13 | 11am
Experiential Workshop
Click here for more information and to register for dinner

General Assembly 
November 13-15
Washington D.C.
Register Now
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
Mainstreeters Special autumn piano concert by
Christi Zuniga

November 16 |  1:45pm
RBJH Auditorium

Jewish Book Month
Author Luncheon with
Stanley Ginsberg

November 16 | 12pm
JCC Auditorium
RSVP by Nov. 9 to

Beth El Synagogue
Minyan in the Round
November 19 | 9:30 am
Join us for this innovative service.  Not your typical Shabbat morning service!
Beth El Synagogue welcomes Gourmet Kosher Chef Laura Frankel
December 2 | 6pm services
7pm Gourmet Shabbat dinner
December 4 | 11am
Gourmet Kosher Cooking class
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