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October 9, 2015  |  26 Tishrei 5776

Jewish Federations of North America CEO Jerry Silverman reported earlier this week that its Washington D.C. office has been in communication with South Carolina Jewish communities in the wake of severe flooding and compromised dams. Offers of assistance have been made to Federations in Charleston and Columbia, as well as to network communities in the Carolinas.
The network communities have reported no major damage. Federations in Charleston and Columbia will not know the full impact until after the chag, but report Jewish communal professionals working in those cities are safe.
Coordination and communication will remain moving forward.

Three yeshiva students from Israel find themselves trapped by South Carolina floodwaters.

Travel to Israel this Spring on a Community Mission to Israel. In conjunction with the 20th Anniversary of our strategic partnership with the Western Galilee, Jewish Omaha will join together with 13 other stateside Jewish communities.
MARCH 28-APRIL 7, 2016

Monday, November 2  |  7:00 p.m.  |  JCC Auditorium
Led by Alan Potash, Zoe Riekes and Jan Goldstein

The Nebraska Jewish Historical Society Annual Meeting 
Annual Meeting
Sunday, October 18, 2-4 pm
JCC Auditorium
Open to the community

The Mary Fellman Award, presented to a person or group for outstanding commitment to the NJHS will be awarded to the Herbert Goldsten Trust of the Jewish Federation of Omaha Foundation.
In recognition of her remarkable dedication, Rocky Stern will receive the Volunteer of the Year Award.

Sukkot at Beth El 

 The Men's Club built the sukkah, the BESTT kids decorated it and every day Kiddush was enjoyed following morning and evening minyan. Rabbi Steven and Shira Abraham invited the congregation to dessert in their home sukkah. Last Saturday night, Beth El Men's Club and Sisterhood sponsored a Jews 'n Brews/Dames and Drinks in Hazzan Michael and Laurel Krausman's home Sukkah.
Federations support the National Holocaust Survivor Initiative  
Last week the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services awarded the Jewish Federations of North America $12 million over 5 years, pending the availability of federal funds, to advance supportive services for Holocaust Survivors.

North American Federation fundraising raised $22 million for the National Holocaust Survivor Initiative and these dollars met criteria for the match required by the government to access this grant.

The National Holocaust Survivor Initiative (NHSI) links support from Jewish Federations, foundations, private citizens, and federal, state and local governments to help aging Holocaust survivors live their final years with dignity and security in the comfort of their communities.
What We're Reading and Watching:
4 Jews Win Macarthur Genius grants. Meet them.

For those who came of age in the 80's when the Polo-insignia overtook the Lacoste alligator as the status symbol of choice, Ralph Lauren ends an era. Read more.
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
B'nai Israel Shabbat
Speaker Series
Friday, October 9th 
7:30 pm
Guest Speaker: Alan Potash, CEO of the Jewish Federation of Omaha 
Yossi and Pirhiya Apter - Scholars In Residence
Saturday, October 10
All Day
Beth Israel Synagogue
Yossi and Pirhiya Apter will share personal stories about their son's dedication to Judaism, to Israel, and its people.

Campaign Cabaret
Sunday, October 11
5:30 pm
Joslyn Art Museum
Tickets still available at  
During this event you will have the opportunity to make your annual gift to the Jewish Federation of Omaha

Kibitz with the Rabbis
Sundays, October 11 & 25
11:00 am
Temple Israel
What's on the mind
of our Rabbi's?
Every other week either Rabbi Aziel or Rabbi Brown will lead a discussion of topics that they feel need addressing!

Eye on Israel
Tuesday, October 13
Noon - 1 pm
Kripke Jewish
Federation Library
Would Israel's Rabbinic Council call you a Jew?
Special Guest: Yonatan Sacker, Jewish Agency for Israel

Bully Prevention Program
Sunday, October 11
4:00 pm
JCC Aerobics Studio
The JCC is partnering with Omaha ATA Martial Arts Black Belt Academy for FREE child safety seminars open to JCC Members in K-6th grade together with their parents. Learn more.

Beth El Holiday
Boutique is BACK!

Sunday, November 15
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Beth El Synagogue
The shopping extravaganza returns to Beth El with an amazing array of handcrafted wares from over 40 local artisans! A bake sale and used book sale round out the fun afternoon.

Jewish Federation of North America General Assembly 2015
November 8-10
Washington, D.C.
What's Happening
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