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.


Sessions: Wednesdays, 12:00 noon – 1:00 p.m.

Join us in-person in the Wiesman Reception Room in the Staenberg Omaha JCC. Nosh from Star Catering will be provided.

November 6, 2024
December 4, 2024
January 8, 2025
February 5, 2025
March 5, 2025
April 2, 2025
May 7, 2025
June 4, 2025

Drop in for one session, or become a regular attendee – everyone is welcome. Registering once allows you to participate in any or all sessions. Should you need assistance, contact Mark Kirchhoff at


Miss any of the previous sessions? Find them on YouTube here. Make sure to like, comment and subscribe!

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: September 12 – December 12, 2024

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

Thursday, September 12th 6:30-8:30pm
Thursday, September 19th 6:30-8:30pm
Thursday, September 26th  6:30-8:30pm
Thursday, October 10th  6:30-8:30pm
Thursday, October 17th  6:30-8:30pm
Wednesday, October 23rd 6:30-8:30pm
Wednesday, October 30th 6:30-8:30pm
Thursday, November 14th  6:30-8:30pm
Thursday, November 21th  6:30-8:30pm
Thursday, December 5th  6:30-8:30pm
Thursday, December 12th  6:30-8:30pm

Registration will open soon!

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.

Jill Idelman is a seasoned facilitator and leadership development trainer with over 25 years of invaluable experience in the Omaha Jewish Community. She’s been an active member of Temple Israel for 27 years, having served on the Temple Board. Jill’s dedication shines as she previously completed 17 years of teaching 2nd grade Hebrew and Judaica at Temple Israel, nurturing young minds in faith and tradition. Jill also has visited Israel on two occasions and loves to share her experiences from those journeys.

An integral part of Temple Israel Choir, Kol Rina, Jill’s passion for music and community harmonize effortlessly. Her commitment to personal growth extends beyond her community involvement, evidenced by her certification as a Gallup Strength Coach. In her profession, Jill is a Leadership Development Trainer, and has built her career at Medical Solutions for over 12 years.  With a keen eye for talent and potential, Jill has mentored numerous individuals in their career development journey, guiding them towards their full potential.

Jill’s multifaceted expertise and unwavering dedication make her a cornerstone of leadership within both her community and professional spheres.

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!