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9.27.13 Issue

by Sherrie Saag, Communications, Jewish Federation of Omaha

We are throwing a party and you’re invited! Join your family and friends and celebrate the 2014 Annual Campaign with a B’nai Mitzvah Party for the Jewish Federation of Omaha.

The JFO is celebrating Jewish Omaha with a party that emulates all the best of B’nai Mitzvah celebrations. Music, great food, dancing, videos, a community slide show and plenty of schmoozing are on the agenda. Complimentary kosher dinner and endless fun for the entire community is practically guaranteed.

Cindy Goldberg and Kimberly Robinson are co-chairing the event and have been hard at work as chief party planners. Throughout the planning process, both Robinson and Goldberg have been adamant that this community celebration be accessible to everyone. “We want everyone, absolutely everyone, to join us. Come celebrate Jewish Omaha. Join us and just have fun!” said Robinson.

According to Jewish law, when a child becomes a Bar or Bat Mitzvah they agree to assume responsibility for Jewish ritual, law, tradition, and ethics. They are able to participate fully in all areas of Jewish community life.

B'nai Mitzvah Photos webLearning how to become a committed and involved Jewish community member involves more than one’s Bar or Bat mitzvah service and congregational community. It should include the larger Jewish community of which the child is a part. “The Jewish Federation of Omaha is an important partner in this process. The programs and services funded in part by the Annual Campaign – the Pennie Z. Davis Child Development Center, The Kripke Library, camp and Israel experience scholarships, BBYO and Friedel Jewish Academy –

work together to create committed and involved Jewish community members,” stated Goldberg.

Of course, a community B’nai Mitzvah must find a way to include everyone in the festivities and this party is no exception. Plan to participate in the “Blast from the Past” slideshow! Submit a photo from YOUR Bar/Bat Mitzvah and we’ll include it in a community-wide slideshow extravaganza.

Remember plaid suit jackets, ruffled tuxedo shirts, wide lapels? How about blue eye shadow and perms? Do you think you can identify Mike Silverman with a full head of hair? Join in the fun as we identify our family and childhood friends in truly vintage Bar and Bat Mitzvah photos.

You won’t want to skip this priceless opportunity to share your 13-year-old self with the community and it’s easy to do. Email your photo to or stop by campus and ask for Margie Utesch in the Marketing Department. She’ll be happy to scan your photo on the spot.

So where to have a stereotypical B’nai Mitzvah Party? Dave and Busters, of course. The party begins at 5 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 20. Just call Zach Spooner, JFO Development Associate, at 402.334.6431 and let him know you are coming or send a quick email reservation to