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10.28.16 Issue

Mark Kirchhoff

The Jewish Federation of Omaha will welcome Rabbi Joseph Telushkin to Omaha for a community presentation on the evening of  Thursday, April 20, 2017.

Rabbi Telushkin has written more than 15 scholarly books, including The Book of Jewish Values, the most widely read book on Judaism of the past two decades. Rabbi Telushkin is a senior associate of CLAL, the National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership, serves on the board of the Jewish Book Council, and is the rabbi of the Los Angeles-based Synagogue for the Performing Arts. He lives with his family in New York City and lectures regularly throughout the United States. In addition to his scholarship and writings, Rabbi Telushkin is recognized as one of the top 50 speakers in the United States.

The Jewish Federation of Omaha seeks to bring nationally recognized speakers to our community on an annual basis. The JFO presents this exciting opportunity for an exceptional Jewish learning experience at no cost to the community.

Rabbi Telushkin is known throughout the world as one of our most prolific and respected interpreters of Judaism. He has become known as America’s tutor on all things Jewish. Many of his writings have served as guides to ethical living and his work is filled with hundreds of ways to become a kinder, deeper person.  His book, Jewish Literacy – The Most Important Things to Know About the Jewish Religion, Its People, and Its History, is a primary reference text for the JFO’s “Exploring Judaism” class.

Rabbi Telushkin’s visit will serve as a fitting capstone for Beth El Synagogue’s 12-session fall 2016 adult learning series titled Ethics and Values: A Jewish Guide to Life’s Most Difficult Questions (complete details are on Beth El’s website The series, which begins Nov. 1st and is being taught by Rabbi Steven Abraham, is based on topics covered in Telushkin’s A Code of Jewish Ethics, Volume 2: Love Your Neighbor as Yourself. The coupling of these two programs will expand the impact of Rabbi Telushkin’s visit throughout the entire year.

Mark your calendar for Thursday, April 20, 2017 and watch for details on Rabbi Telushkin’s visit through The Jewish Press, the Jewish Federation’s E-NEWS, and communications through your synagogue. This is definitely an event you will want to attend!