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Community Engagement and Education

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

The Friday Learning Series is an on-going program of the Community Engagement and Education arm of the Jewish Federation of Omaha. Guest educators present topics addressing various aspects of Jewish life. Topics may be presented in one, two, or three separate sessions. Classes are advertised in the Jewish Press and through emails. You may also call Mark Kirchhoff at (402) 334-6463 or email him at with your questions.

Recent topics include, The Hasidic Movement's Importance to Judaism, Big Cities and Unusual Places in Israel, Israel's First Leaders, Women in Israeli Society, We're Jews - What Do We Believe?

Course instructor Scott Littky has been an educator of Judaism since 1985.  He has taught on the grade school, middle school, high school, and adult levels in Omaha Nebraska, Ann Arbor Michigan and Alexandria, Virginia. Scott is currently the Executive Director for the Institute for Holocaust Education in Omaha.

The class is designed for those in the process of conversion, those interested in refreshing their knowledge of Judaism, and those with a general interest in Judaism. Contact Mark Kirchhoff for more details - (402) 334-6463 or

Schedule for 2020-2021
In keeping with CDC, WHO, and all state and local guidelines for safety precautions during the current covid-19 outbreak, it is very likely that we will be conducting virtual classes. As the time for the sessions to begin approaches, we will provide specific instructions for class participants. We know from our experiences over the past several months that this can be a very effective means of conducting a class.

Fall 2020 - Tuesdays beginning September 8 and ending November 24 | 7:00-8:30 pm
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Winter 2021 - Mondays beginning December 7, 2020 through March 15, 2021 | 7:00-8:30 pm
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