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The Kripke Jewish Federation Library is open during all the hours that the main entrance is open. Those standard hours are Monday through Thursday, 8 am – 9 pm, Friday, 8 am – 5 pm, and Sunday, 11 am – 5 pm. Assistance within the library is provided from 8 am - 6 pm Mondays through Thursdays. Friday hours are 8 am through 5 pm. The receptionists at the front desk in the lobby are available for your returning and checking out books. Access to the card catalogue may be accomplished through the patron computer in the library.

Welcome to the Kripke Jewish Federation Library

The Kripke Jewish Federation Library provides an attractive, comfortable and accessible research and study environment for the Omaha Jewish community. The Library's resources comprise a wide variety of Judaic materials with nearly 36,500 volumes, including Jewish periodicals, DVDs, CDs, Large Print Books, Talking Books, and Russian Language resources. In addition, the Kripke Library also offers a large imaginative children's area filled with books, puzzles, and toys. In 2011, the Kripke Library became the home of the Friedel Jewish Academy's library as well. A wireless network facilitates patrons' use of their laptop computers for accessing the internet from anywhere in the library. The knowledgeable library staff offer users specialized information assistance and services. The library regularly hosts programs and events like: Jewish Book Month, Exploring Judaism, Eye on Israel, Friday Learning Series, The Dorothy Kaplan Book Discussion group, and more. In 2000, the Kripke Jewish Federation Library won the Jane Geske Award (Nebraska Center for the Book). Materials listed in the card catalog having Store-# or RStore-# call numbers, are in storage and not on the shelves of our regular collection. Please feel free to ask for them. The Kripke Jewish Federation Library is open to the public. For more information call 402-334-6462 .


Card Catalogue

Click here to access the card catalogue.

Library Area Renovation

Thanks to Michael Staenberg and his vision for the future of The Jewish Community Center of Omaha (JCC), the facility has been experiencing dramatic improvements for the past 5 years. Michael and the Development Team of the Jewish Federation of Omaha have attracted more than one hundred generous donors to make the vision a reality. The campus, now named the "Staenberg Kooper Fellman Campus," stands as a testament to how the kernel of an idea can become a blossoming reality. But more than a building, the JCC is a vision for the 21st Century. It extends an invitation to the Jewish community to celebrate Jewish life. It offers the greater Omaha community a place to learn and share the rich social and educational experiences that are a part of the community.

As the campus is in the final phase of renovation, the Kripke Jewish Federation Library is being reinvented as part of a new Community Learning Commons. As visitors enter the space, they will experience an expansive, welcoming area perfectly designed for socializing, enjoying a cup of coffee and a good book, meeting friends, or waiting for children to finish one of their activities at the "J". A glorious glassed-in area – formerly the Library and the Riekes Museum – will certainly draw the attention of the visitor. This multi-functional area can accommodate pre-event receptions, small and large lecture areas for up to 100 participants, and quiet areas for activities such as reading and computer work.

The Community Learning Commons draws together the rich history of the Jewish community featuring items from the Riekes Museum, the Nebraska Jewish Historical Society, the Institute for Holocaust Education, and curated reading materials. And there is so much more that is "in the works." Learn more about these exciting developments.

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Dorothy Kaplan Book Discussion Group
The Dorothy Kaplan Book Discussion group is a long-standing group that is supported by the Jewish Federation of Omaha through the Kripke Jewish Federation Library. Learn more about this group, what they will be reading, and how you can join by clicking on this link:
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