Adult Jewish Education

Beit Midrash

Omaha is blessed with a Jewish community whose members have deep affection for each other and for their spiritual leaders, regardless of which congregation they happen to belong to. Embracing our desire to be together and learn together, this exciting Beit Midrash (house of study) gives all of Jewish Omaha the opportunity to engage in spirited and challenging cross-denominational study with local rabbis and cantors.
Omaha Beit Midrash has also become a popular learning platform for Jews in different locations throughout the country thanks to the use of Zoom. The 2021-2022 sessions welcomed 242 registrants with an average of 36 participants every week. As we work our way through the challenges of the pandemic, this year’s series will encourage increased in-person participation while maintaining the convenience and availability of Zoom.
Sessions: Wednesdays, 7:00 -8:00 p.m. Nov. 9 – May 17 with breaks for holidays and other programming.

Sessions will be Hybrid: Join us in-person in the Wiesman Reception Room in the Staenberg Omaha JCC OR via Zoom. In-person participants are also asked to register.

Drop in for one session, or become a regular attendee – everyone is welcome. Registering allows you to participate in any or all sessions.

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Miss any of the previous sessions? Find them on YouTube here.

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For more information on how this series was formed, read the Jewish Press article.

Contact Mark Kirchhoff for more details (402) 334-6463 or

Intro to Judaism


Shalom is a wonderful Hebrew word that means hello, goodbye, AND peace. With all three of these definitions, we are delighted to welcome you to “Intro to Judaism” a course brought to you by the Jewish Federation of Omaha.

In this class you are encouraged to ask questions, interact with other learners, consider multiple perspectives, and discover what is meaningful to you in Judaism. We’ll explore Jewish holidays and life-cycle ceremonies, beliefs, values, prayer, Jewish texts, Israel and the American Jewish experience.

Intro to Judaism includes opportunities to experience Jewish locations in Omaha, including synagogues and the Jewish Community Center.  You can learn from professionals who deal with a variety of areas related to the religion. The course will culminate with a panel discussion with the community’s rabbis and clergy who will each provide a perspective on Judaism through the lens of their respective congregations.

This 12-session, sequential course is suited for interfaith couples, those raising Jewish children, individuals considering conversion, and anyone who wants to gain a deeper understanding of Jewish life, no matter faith tradition, cultural background or religious upbringing.

Sessions: October 15, 2023 – January 28, 2024

Most sessions will be held at the Staenberg Omaha Jewish Community Center, but a few community experiences will be noted!

Sunday, October 15 | 10:30 am-12:00 pm
Welcome-Intro to course and each other, denominations and diversity

Sunday, October 22 | 1:30-3:00 pm
People of the Books

Sunday, November 12th | 10:30 am-12:00 pm
What do Jewish People Believe? (Held at Ovation Heartwood Preserve)

Friday, Nov 17th | 5:45 -7:30pm
Synagogue tour and Shabbat Service (Held at Temple Israel Synagogue)

Sunday, November 19th | 10:30 am-12:00 pm
Jewish Life and Home – Marriage, Partnership, Jewish Homes

Sunday, December 3 | 10:30 am-12:00 pm
Raising Jewish Children – lifecycle events (Held at Beth El Synagogue)

Sunday, December 10 | 10:30 am-12:00 pm
Death and Mourning – Holocaust overview

Sunday, December 17 | 3:30-5:00 pm
Jewish Time – Calendar of the year, history, lifecycle

Sunday, January 7 | 10:30 am-12:00 pm
Major Holidays – Institute for Holocaust Education Speaker

Sunday, January 14 | 10:30 am-12:00 pm
Festivals – Anti-Defamation League Speaker

Sunday, January 21 | 10:30 am-12:00pm
Israel – biblical and modern day, secular life, culture

Sunday, January 28 | To Be Announced
Conclusion! Q&A panel with Clergy from all Denominations of Judaism in Omaha



The instructor for ‘Intro to Judaism’ is Naomi Fox.  Naomi grew up in Omaha and began her education career teaching Hebrew and Jewish studies to elementary aged students in religious school.  She earned her Bachelor’s in Education from Indiana University, and her Master’s Degree in Education from the University of Nebraska at Omaha.  Until recently, she has been teaching English learners in elementary, middle, and high schools in Omaha Public Schools.  Throughout this time, she continued to teach religious school twice a week and mentored students studying for their Bar or Bat Mitzvahs (Jewish coming of age ceremony).  Naomi joined the Jewish Federation of Omaha in July of this year and is loving working on community programming for her city. 

Updated information will be provided on this page, The Jewish Press and JFO E-News. If you have questions about this class, would like help in accessing the Jewish Press, or would like to receive the JFO E-News, contact Naomi Fox at or Mark Kirchhoff at or call (402) 334-6463.

Eye on Israel

Eye on Israel is an on-going program that has been embraced by the Omaha Jewish community. The program is a presentation/discussion format traditionally led by the Community Shaliach or Shlicah. Each month the program focuses on the most current news topics in Israel and a selective educational and/or entertaining topic. These hour-long sessions are held on the first Monday of every month beginning at 12:00 p.m.

Eye on Israel sessions are open to the public free of charge.

Check back for upcoming dates!