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E-News - Sept. 2, 2016

September 2, 2016  |  29  Av 5776

From our CEO...
Congratulations to Mark Martin, Jeanine Huntoon and the entire team at the Pennie Z. Davis Child Development Center for earning the coveted NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children) accreditation, the mark of quality in early childhood education.  Mark shared his pride in his staff, the parents and the children of the CDC.  I want to thank everyone involved for the hard work and diligence behind this achievement.   
The 2016 Jewish Omaha Film Festival concluded last Sunday with the film Blind Hero.  This second year collaboration between the Jewish Federation of Omaha and the Institute for Holocaust Education expanded the reach of both films and participants with over 550 people attending the five films.  Great films are being released each year.  If you would like to recommend a film or join the selection committee, please feel free to contact either Liz Feldstern or me.
Before several of the films, I introduced a survey to gather information to assist us in planning for the future.  If you attended any of the films or have suggestions to make, please use this link on either your phone or computer to complete a survey.  The session key is 890424.  I do appreciate your thoughts.
The Backyard Concert Series is taking this Sunday off but will be back on Sunday, September 11th.  I hope to see you there.
Have a safe holiday weekend.

Shabbat Shalom,
Alan Potash

Monday, September 5th
11:00 am - 3:00 pm 
Beth El Synagogue invites you to join them for the ultimate Jewish community block party on the grounds of Beth El, with family fun for the young and the young at heart. There will be something for everyone including great food vendors, inflatables, a photo booth, community shuk and so much more.  Learn more about the party, click here.

The Jewish Federation of Omaha is excited to be participating in Beth El's End of Summer Festival! Stop by our booth.  Don't miss the performances by the JCC Dance Training Company and Musical Theater campers at 11:45 a.m.
Temple Israel host Scholar-in-Residence Harold C. Pachios September 9 & 10
Harold Pachios  has a distinguished law career of over 30 years. He is a Founding Partner of Preti Flaherty and is listed in Woodward-White's 2015 edition of The Best Lawyers in America. Learn more.

Backyard Concert Series continues in September

Concert dates and bands:
Sunday, September 11 - HECTOR ANCHONDO
Sunday, September 18 - LAZERWOLFE

All concerts begin at 5:00 p.m. by the Pavilion!  Relax in our backyard! Learn more.

Backyard Concert Series is made possible by Omaha Steaks, Anonymous Donor and the following Jewish Federation of Omaha Foundation funds: Karen Sokolof Javitch Music Fund and Special Donor-Advised Fund.

Headliner Rachel Shukert is flying in from LA especially for this event.  She will be joined by Marty Shukert, Nate Shapiro, Ozzie Nogg, and Leonard Greenspoon. We are toasting Steve Riekes by highlighting one of his favorite topics, Jewish humor.  We will experience Jewish humor and think about what makes it distinctively "Jewish."  This is a wonderful chance to honor Steve by putting into action the type of educational event that he has championed for decades.  As is fitting, Steve will have the last word on Sept. 18.
2017 Annual Campaign
The Jewish Federation of Omaha (JFO) is delighted to announce the official start of the 2017 Annual Campaign. The Kehilla Cup kicked off on August 31st and our volunteers have started making their calls to reach out to many of you. The Kids' Campaign will kickoff at the Community Event on September 25th and conclude December 19th at the JCC Hanukkah   Extravaganza. We could not do any of these activities without our amazing volunteers.
The entire community is invited to celebrate together during the Federation Fair on
Sept. 25  from 4 to 8 p.m.  at Dave and Buster's. Games, prizes, food and fun for the whole family.

We've kept the 2016 theme, "For Every Generation, Federation" intact, because it accurately describes why we do what we do. The Jewish Federation of Omaha touches all of us, from infants at the Pennie Z. Davis Childhood Development Center and students at Friedel Jewish Academy to dancers and actors at the JCC Cultural Arts Department. Maybe you have a family member at our excellent Rose Blumkin Jewish Home, you regularly participate in Mainstreeters, or you enjoy our annual Jewish Film Festival. Perhaps you come to the J for your daily workout, are a member of the book club, receive Meals on Wheels or receive scholarships - Federation and our Campaign touches us all in so many ways each and every day!
Visionary Lori Palatnik speaks at the 2017 Annual Campaign Major Donor Event on Sept. 22
On Thursday, September 22 at 5:00 p.m. the Jewish Federation of Omaha will host the 2017 Annual Campaign Major Donor Event with featured speaker Lori Palatnik and co-chaired by Denise and Jon Meyers.

Lori Palatnik is a writer and Jewish educator, who has appeared on television and radio, and is the author of several books. In 2014, Lori was named as one of the ten "Women to Watch" by Jewish Women International, in recognition of her contribution to Jewish women throughout the world; and Hadassah recently named Lori as one of the "Most Outstanding Jewish American Women of Our Time."

A minimum pledge of $1,800 (or $1,000 for those under 45 years of age) is required in order to attend the 2017 Annual Campaign Major Donor Event.

For more information contact Louri Sullivan, Senior Director of Community Impact and Special Projects at 402-334-6485 or
This, That, and the Other Thing
THIS is an article about a man who was photobombing long before "selfies" and whose Judaism provided him with a true sense of community and identity. Read more. 

What do you know about Haifa?  You can find out about THAT by clicking here.

There are at least 30 ways in which living in Israel can absolutely ruin your life. If you are adventuresome, find out what those are by clicking here.

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 End-of-Summer Festival
September 5  |  11am-3pm
The ULTIMATE Jewish community block party with 3 bands, a fun zone, face painting, Velcro wall, bounce houses,  bungee run, food vendors & so much more! Learn More

B'nai B'rith Breadbreakers
September  7 |  Noon
RBJH Auditorium

My Israel: A Virtual Tour to Israel
Wednesdays | 6:30pm
Sept. 7 - Henry Ginsburg
Sept. 14 - Women's Israel Trip participants
No time to visit Israel this year, no problem. Each week during this course, we will take a virtual tour of major cities, everyday life and archaeology dig just to name a few with members of our community who have recently traveled or lived in Israel.

Elul Prep with Rabbi Crystal & Rabbi (Sussman) Berezin
Sept. 8 | 10 am
Sept. 15 | 10 am
Temple Israel

Harold C. Pachios
September 9-10
Temple Israel

Temple Israel Book Club
Sept. 11 | 10 am
"The Book of Stone" by
Jonathan Papernick
Media Center

RBJH Grandparents Celebration
FREE & Open to the Community 
Sept. 11 | 1-3pm  

JCC Doggie Dive 
Sept. 11 | 2-4pm
The outdoor pool is closing for the season, but before it does, it's going to the dogs! JCC members are invites to bring their dogs in for a dip. 

Backyard Concert Series
FREE & Open to the Community
September 11  |  5-7pm
September 18 |  5-7pm

Temple Israel's Holy Smokes
September 13 | 7pm
Led by Rabbi Dembitzer, this men's only evening will feature cigars, adult beverages and philosophical discussions of men's issues and perspectives from Jewish texts.
or 402-556-6536, by Sept. 8.

B'nai B'rith Breadbreakers
September  14 |  Noon
RBJH Auditorium

Take Me Out to the Movies -
The Lemon Tree
September 15 | 7 pm
Co-sponsored with the Schwalb Center we will view the Israeli movie The Lemon Tree. After the movie, Dr. Moshe Gershovich, PhD, will conduct a conversation about the issues raised in the movie.

Jewish Day of Laughing
A toast to Steve Riekes 
September 18  |  1:30-4:30pm
JCC Auditorium

Mainstreeters Luncheon meeting with Tom Becka
September 19  |  12:30pm
RBJH Auditorium
Save the Date
2017 Annua l Campaign  
Major Donor Event
September 22  |  5pm*
*Time Change

"Stories of Survival"
September 22  |  7pm
Hear the personal accounts
of a Holocaust survivor, Rwandan genocide survivor,
and a Syrian refugee
UNO - Strauss Performing
Arts Center

2017 Annual Campaign Community Event:
Federation Fair

September 25  |  4-8pm
Dave & Busters

UNO Brooks Lecture
Alan Potash: "Believing Alone; Religious Liberty in America" 
September 29 |  6-8:30pm
UNO Alumni Center

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

FED Dinner
November 5
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