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Community Engagement and Education

Eye on Israel has been a program embraced by the Omaha Jewish community since Shaliach Eliad Eliyahu Ben Shushan introduced the first session in 2013. Since then, each of the Omaha shlichim have continued to bring Israel to the Omaha community through this unique format.

With the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in March of 2020, Eye on Israel was paused for a period of time. We are pleased to welcome Rabbi Yoni Dreyer, Assistant Rabbi at Beth Israel Synagogue, as he revitalizes this popular program via Zoom. Eye on Israel will maintain its established format – general news from Israel followed by a featured topic.


Sessions will be on the first Monday of every month at 12:00 p.m. 

NOTE: Because of a scheduling conflict, the December 2020 session will be on the second Monday - December 14.


The zoom link obtained with your registration will be the only link required for any session.

This class is designed for anyone exploring Judaism for the first time, for Jews interested in refreshing their knowledge of Judaism, those in the process of conversion to Judaism, or folks of any background with a general interest in Judaism and a desire to learn more. Now that the class is available online, it’s a great way for parents (of any faith) raising children in the Jewish community to expand their own knowledge without having to leave the house around bedtime. A shorter way of saying all this is that if you landed on this page – this class is for YOU! As part of your learning process, the class includes a panel with several of our community’s rabbis in order to give you a sense of the different approaches among the local congregations.

The instructor for the course is Scott Littky, an experienced Jewish education instructor. He began his career in Jewish education in 1985 as a religious school teacher. From 1988 through 1997 he served the then Bureau of Jewish Education of Omaha as a Community Teacher. He taught at the Friedel Jewish Academy as well as afternoon religious school programs. Scott served 17 years as a Director of Education, first at Beth El Synagogue in Omaha, Nebraska followed by positions in Ann Arbor, Michigan and Alexandria, Virginia. In 2014 he returned to Omaha and was the Program Director at Temple Israel. Scott is currently the Executive Director for the Institute for Holocaust Education. He has been teaching Exploring Judaism since 2015.

For information about the classes and to preregister, email Mark Kirchhoff,, or phone (402) 334-6463.

Next classes begin in the fall of 2021

The Jewish Federation of Omaha is firmly committed to engaging community members in meaningful and educational experiences on an individual and family basis alike. As Director of Community Engagement and Education, I devote my time and energy to making that commitment a reality for us all.

There are a variety of ways in which you can become involved. I'm introducing a few of them below. We are community of people talking, laughing, worshiping - and did I say eating? - together. Your involvement makes this community better. Please contact me at (402) 334-6445 or to share your ideas or learn more about current and future opportunities to connect. I'll even help you add your name to our email lists so that you will be among the first to know when events are happening.

Jennie Gates Beckman

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