Welcome to the Jewish Federation of Omaha’s 2024 Annual Campaign. A longstanding celebration of hope, resilience and the power of giving.
Here, families gather to create lasting memories and traditions are passed down through the generations. Behind this vibrant tapestry lies an unseen network of support—the Jewish Federation of Omaha.
An important part of our mission is to build bridges of understanding with our neighbors, strengthening the bonds that make Jewish Omaha a welcoming and inclusive home for all. But we cannot do this alone. Your support is the driving force behind every life touched, every family uplifted, and every dream realized.
Donations like yours fuel the heart of our community. Together, we can create lasting change for generations to come.
Thank you for joining us in building a bright tomorrow by donating to the Jewish Federation of Omaha’s 2024 Annual Campaign today.
View our 2022-2023 Impact Report here.
2024 Annual Campaign Chairs
Marilyn and Steve Tipp
Sonia and Alan Tipp
Campaign Community Event Chairs
Major Gifts Chairs
Melissa & Michael Shrago
Pearl Society Chair
Ben Gurion Chairs
Jess & Shane Cohn
Ambassador Circle Chair
Paul and Sandy Epstein
Mike Siegel, Co-President
Nancy Schlessinger, Co-President
The Jewish Federation of Omaha Women’s Philanthropy engages Jewish women in the fulfilling work of making the world a better place. We have the power to be change-makers and community-shapers and play an integral role in building and supporting Jewish life today and for generations to come.
The Jewish Federations of Omaha offers many opportunities for donors who dedicate substantial philanthropic resources to the Federation campaign to take part in distinctive events along with peers from across the continent who share their passion for doing good.
Learn more about how your support to the Jewish Federation of Omaha is making a difference in Omaha and around the world.
According to Jewish tradition, the highest form of tzedakah or charity is giving to a central campaign or community fund or kupah.
Girl Holding Metal Tzedakah Box Throughout Jewish history, in small towns and large cities, within both Israel and the Diaspora, it was the custom of Jewish communities to create an address for centralized giving. This guaranteed the privacy and dignity of the poor as well as the successful maintenance of communal “agencies.” Today, the kupah (literally translated as community fund) is the annual campaign of the Jewish federation.
The gift to the communal kupah, or centralized campaign, is a noble expression of devotion to the entire Jewish people. It demonstrates a love of community which is without limitation – a proud statement of commitment to our individual communities and to every individual Jew.
There are those who maintain that the most “Jewish” way to give is to bypass the centralized campaign and give directly to those in need. In fact, the Talmud insists that the contribution to the centralized fund is the highest form of tzedakah, for it is the best way of ensuring the anonymity of both donor and recipient. Moreover, the general community fund is best prepared to meet the challenges of emergency issues which require a united front, such as responding to anti-Semitism or organizing rescue missions for Jews in danger.
Tzedakah derives from the Hebrew tzedek, denoting justice or righteousness. Tzedakah is based on the sense that justice requires sharing.
While a designated gift may satisfy the desires of a particular donor and the recipient agency or cause, it is the gift to the centralized campaign which works towards satisfying the needs of all—transcending specific institutions or projects. The centralized campaign is concerned with the entire community – its continued viability and vibrancy – and the dignity of all of its members, including our brothers and sisters who may live thousands of miles away, but are no less precious to us than those who live next door.
Participation in the centralized campaign is a statement about Jewish values. As Jews, we count on the ability of individuals to uplift the entire collectively, and we treasure our historic desire to be full participants in a community’s welfare. A donation to the federation annual campaign is an investment by the donor in his or her community; it is a statement by the donor that he or she belongs to the Jewish people.
The Annual Campaign embodies the values and traditions of the North American Jewish community more than anything else we do. It says that we care about people, not about their politics or religious practices. It says that we will as a community address critical, often life-threatening issues.
Everything from domestic abuse to public health problems to hunger and disaster relief and more.
The impact of the continuing and unparalleled philanthropic success of the annual campaign is priceless. Millions of lives saved, cared for, reached out to and rebuilt; centuries-old Jewish traditions and values preserved for future generations.
Based on the thoughts and writings of Arna Poupko Fischer, Judaic Consultant
Each year, the Jewish Federation of Omaha as a registered 501(c)(3) social service organization, runs a Campaign to raise funds to support the many agencies, programs and services provided under their organizational umbrella. Help us continue to serve our community and become a Friend of the Federation!
Thank you so much for taking time to reach out to our community members on behalf of the Annual Campaign. It is this personal touch that makes our Annual Campaign so successful and the “philanthropic backbone” of Jewish Life in Omaha.