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September 1, 2017  |  10 Elul 5777

From our CEO...
In the wake of the Houston devastation I wanted to communicate with you some of the important efforts that the Jewish community is organizing. On behalf of the Jewish community the Jewish Federation of Omaha pledged $10,000 through the Jewish Federations of North America 100% of our contribution will be directed to the Houston relief. Locally, I have heard from Temple Israel, Beth-El, Beth Israel and Chabad with the ways they are supporting the relief efforts.
A lot of information is coming out of Houston regarding their needs. I have spoken with several area organizations and have learned that two-thirds of the Jewish population in Houston were affected, the shelters are at maximum capacity and they are seeking ways to help shelter those in needs.  I also learned that logistically it is a challenge for truckloads of supplies to be brought into the area because of road flooding and other traffic concerns. The emergency centers are asking that monetary donations be made as they are more effective right now versus gifts of clothing, water, and other personal.  

Below are just a few organization and a link to make a contribution if you would like to do so on your own.
Chabad is working with others to send a shipment to Houston. Contact them for details.
United Way of Greater Houston
Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund, administered by the Greater Houston Community Foundation
Houston Food Bank and the Food Bank of Corpus Christi are asking for donations
To assist with animals affected by the disaster, visit the Houston Humane Society or the San Antonio Humane Society
We will continue to monitor the situation and help in any way that we can. Please let me know if you have any questions or thoughts on how to help.
Thank you for your support.

Shabbat Shalom,
Alan Potash

Backyard Concert Series continues on September 10 featuring Tara Vaughan
Tara Vaughan is a two time Omaha Entertainment and Arts Awards Songwriter of the Year nominee. The Nebraska native released her debut full length album Dandelion Wine in 2016, which includes songs about mistakes and self-discovery in her trademark honey-thick vocals and bouncy piano pop style, and shines with complex arrangements and the addition of atmospheric guitars.

-- Are you between the ages of 21-45? Stop by the Jewish Federation of Omaha's Generation NOW! tent!

-- Kona Ice will have 50+ flavors of shaved ice, plus 6 types of novelty ice creams available for purchase.

-- Mosaic Pickle Food Truck will have Thai Noodles, Southwest Bowls, Quesadillas, Pasta, Greek Salad, and cheesy potatoes available for purchase.

-- Jewish Youth Experience at Beth Israel (JYE BI) will have treats for purchase as a fundraiser.

-- Jewish Family Service will be taking donations for their food pantry. The greatest need is for personal care items such as toilet paper, soap, shampoo, lotion, tooth brushes, and tooth paste. Canned meats such as chicken and salmon are also appreciated. Look for the blue barrel! Please no expired items.

In case of inclement weather, the concert will be moved to the JCC Theater.

The JFO Backyard Concert Series is made possible by:
Omaha Steaks, All Makes Office Equipment Co, Fred & Eve Simon Charitable Foundation, and the following Jewish Federation of Omaha Foundation funds: Karen Sokolof Javitch Music Fund, Special Donor-Advised Fund
The governing process in Israel
Eye on Israel
Kripke Library  |  Sept. 11 | Noon  
Rabbi Shlomo Abramovich will explain the intricacies of how the government of Israel operates. He will discuss the strong points and the weaknesses of its functionality. The session begins with the standard presentation of current news items in Israel.
JYE BI Kickoff Event - dynamic programming for youth of all ages
Sunday, September 10, 3-5pm
Beth Israel Synagogue
It's the exciting kickoff event for JYE BI - the Jewish Youth Experience at Beth Israel. Learn the details of Beth Israel's innovative, dynamic new avenue to provide programming for youth of all ages. JYE BI includes classes, a wide array of activities, expanded participation in NCSY, volunteer programs, and more. Meet Faige and Yaakov Jeidel who will be spearheading the excitement. Lots of fun, music, and food to kick-off a fabulous year of learning, activities, and much more. Click here to register. For a recent article on JYE BI, click here and go to Page 8. Call the synagogue office (402) 556-6288 for more information.
2018 Annual Campaign Kehilla Cup
The 2018 Annual Campaign's Kehilla Cup kicked off last night with dozens of Ambassadors attending a launch meeting that provided insight into the Federation's operation and training tips on soliciting generous donors from our community.  The KCup will run through the end of October with hundreds of personal calls made on members of Jewish Omaha.  If you receive a call, please give with your heart!  Our Federation's agencies count on you to provide the programs and services so vital to sustaining Jews in Omaha and around the world.
2018 Annual Campaign Major Donor Events
September 12 | 11:30 am - 1:00 pm | Happy Hollow
Chaired by Judy and Betsy Baker
September 13 | 5:00 - 7:00 pm | Beacon Hill
Chaired by David Gilinsky and David Kohll
Questions? Contact Louri Sullivan
at 402-334-6485 or

Dr. Deborah E. Lipstadt will speak at the 2018 Annual Campaign Community Event on October 18th
Dr. Deborah E. Lipstadt is the Dorot Professor of Modern Jewish and Holocaust Studies at Emory University in Atlanta.Dr. Lipstadt is the author of  "The Eichmann Trial and History on Trial: My Day in Court with a Holocaust Denier" which tells the story of her libel trial in London against David Irving, who sued her for calling him a Holocaust denier. The judge found David Irving to be a Holocaust denier, a falsifier of history, a racist, an anti-Semite and a liar.  Her legal battle with Irving lasted approximately five years.  In July 2001, the Court of Appeals resoundingly rejected Irving's attempt to appeal the judgment against him.  A film based on the book "Denial" was released on September 30, 2016. A free showing of the movie "Denial" will be shown on October 15, 7:00 p.m. in the JCC Theater.

2018 Annual Campaign Community Event
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Patron Reception: 5:30 pm
Cash Bar Opens: 6:00 pm
Dinner & Lecture: 6:30 pm
Regency Marroitt
General Admission: $36 per person
Patron Level: $100 per person
Register online at
Eclipse Gazing on Campus
On August 21, RBJH residents, Friedel students and campus staff participated in the once in a life time opportunity to view the solar eclipse.

Friedel Students return and discover a new Innovation Lab
When the students of Friedel Jewish Academy headed back to school this week, they had their first chance to see the new Innovation Lab. This space is dedicated to fostering a collaborative environment as students engage in the weekly Innovation Learning class. The Innovation curriculum capitalizes on the challenges of discovery and gives students the opportunity to think deeply to become innovators, researchers, and nimble problem-solvers. Critical thinking skills and design thinking skills are cultivated through a curriculum with a focus on STEM - Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.  For more information about Friedel's curriculum, contact Head of School Beth Cohen at

Join the Discovery!
We are excited to share the complete report, methodology and findings of the 2017 Jewish Federation of Omaha Population Study:
A Portrait of the Omaha Jewish Community. Learn More.
Upcoming Events
September 2 | 4-7 pm
Temple Israel

Chabad Mega Challah Bake September 5  |  7-8pm
JCC Auditorium

B'nai B'rith Breadbreakers
September 6 | Noon
RBJH Auditorium

Temple Israel Religious School
September 6
4-6 p.m. Grades 3-6
6-6:30 p.m. School Dinner
6:30-8 p.m. Grades 7-12 and Family School

First Day of Beth El's BESTT Midweek Classes
September 6 | 4:15 - 6:15 pm

First Day of Beth El's BESTT Hebrew High - Dinner & Classes
September 6 | 6:15 pm - Dinner
6:30 - 8:00 pm - Classes
More information

Allison Nazarian presents Growing up as the Grandchild of Holocaust Survivors: What was it Really Like?
September 6 |  6:30 pm
Temple Israel

P reparing our Hearts for the High Holidays with Rabbi Stoller
September 7 | 10 am
As we prepare to enter the High Holy Day season, Rabbi Stoller will guide us in exploring the themes of forgiveness, atonement, and renewal, and help us ready our hearts and minds to come before God in t'shuvah.

Beth El's Chesed Committee Visits the Blumkin Home  
September 7 | 2:00 pm
More information

Free Public Lecture featuring
Allison Nazarian: The Legacy
of Tragedy: Why Some Thrive, While Other Suffer
September 7 | 7pm
JCC Theater

Beth El Tot Shabbat/
Family Shabbat    
September 8 | 6:00 pm  
More information

Beth El's Annual Blood Drive   
September 10 | 8:00 am - 1pm
More information
Back to Beth El BESTT
Breakfast & Classes    
September 10 | 9am - Breakfast
9:30 am - 12pm - Classes

B eth El's Torah Tots
Breakfast & Class    
Sept. 10 | 10am - Breakfast
10:30 am - 12pm - Class
More information

Backyard Concert Series
September  10 & 17
Free  | 5-7pm
Located behind the JCC

2018 Annual Campaign Women's Major Donor Event featuring Dr. Sima Goel 
September 12 | 11:30 am
Happy Hollow Country Club

B'nai B'rith Breadbreakers
September 13 | Noon
RBJH Auditorium

2018 Annual Campaign Men's Major Donor Event fearturing Sgt. Benjamin Anthony
September 13 | 5-7pm
Beacon Hills

Guiding Principles for our Temple Israel with
Rabbi Stoller, Rabbi Berezin & Cantor Shermet
Sept. 13, 27 | 6:30 pm
Using material prepared by Rabbi Stoller on the Daily Amidah our clergy will help guide us to a better understanding of Temple Israel today and as we move forward.
Save the Date
Kever Avot Services
Sunday, September 17 
12:00 pm - Golden Hill 
1:00 pm - Beth Israel/Mt. Sinai
Mainstreeter's Brownville Concert Series presents KT Sullivan and Mark Nadler- Almost Like Being in Love
Oct. 8  | 2 pm matinee
We will depart at noon at the JCC and return by 5:30 pm

Omaha Jewish Film Festival
October 22- November 19
Five films will be selected. Watch for information coming soon!

2018 Annual Campaign Community Event featuring Deborah Lipstadt
October 18 | 6-8pm

Nebraska Jewish Historical Society presents
An Evening with the Heirloomist
October 21, 2017
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Use the TAGG App to give back to the Federation!
With just 7 community members, so far, we earned $27 from the last reporting period.  If we had 70 people using the app, that would equate to $270 or about $3,000 for the year...enough to fund 3 Jewish Experience Grants to help families send their kids to Jewish summer camps.  Thanks to our "early TAGG adopters". 

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