April 24, 2015  |  5 Iyyar 5775

Ensuring Community Safety
A year ago this past week a shooting incident occurred on the Jewish Community Center campus in greater Kansas City.  This was not the first time a Jewish institution was the target of such an attack and, unfortunately it won't be the last. A frequent question I am asked is, "What are we doing in Omaha to address these types of incidents?"  

Recently, we began installation of an access control system to insure that community members who work, visit and volunteer on our campus have authorization while in the building.  In the event of an emergency, we will have the ability to identify those present in the building and account for every one of our employees and guests. Tornado shelter signs are now posted across the campus identifying safe areas.   An overhead paging system has also been installed and upgrades to surveillance cameras, both inside and outside the building are also taking place. New ID badges with security provisions will be issued.

We hope you agree that while even the best prevention and preparedness cannot guarantee protection against every conceivable disaster, it was incumbent upon us to ensure we do everything possible to make our community and all those who enjoy and participate in campus programs and services as safe and prepared as possible. Please see this week's Jewish Press for the full story.

Shabbat Shalom,
Alan Potash
Chag Sameach
Congratulations to the Beth Israel team in last night's B'nai Brith trivia contest. Great job Adam Goldberg, Shirly Banner, Jordana Kurtzman, David Silver, Isaac Kurtzman and Yaakov Weiss! Thanks to B'nai B'rith for a great event.
Our community celebration of Israel's 67th birthday was last night and included a children's carnival, the B'nai B'rith Trivia contest and the Sokolof Lecture featuring Ari Shavit, who also spoke the previous evening at Temple Israel.

"There's no future for North American Jewry without Israel and there's no future for Israel without North American Jewry," said Shavit during his presentation at Temple Israel. "While we did nation-building, you did community building. What the American Jewish diaspora built in the last 100---120 years, is nothing short of miraculous." Thank you to all those involved for bringing this important Israeli voice to Jewish Omaha.
Soldiers in Town
Two experienced combat veterans from the Israel Defense Force were in town last week, presenting at an Eye on Israel, a B'nai B'rith Breadbreakers luncheon, engaging with BBYO and meeting with members of Students Stand for Israel on the UNO campus.

Matan Katzman, a 3rd year law student at Bar-Ilan University described clearing a Gazan home of weaponry and said, "I wish for the day when I never have to be called to reserve duty again."
Hen Mazzig, the son of Iraq and Tunisia immigrant parents explained, "My hope is that one day, my children won't be in the army because the State of Israel won't need an army."
Yom HaZikaron
Jewish Omaha observed Yom HaZikaron the evening of April 21 with Community Shaliach Eliad Eliyahu, BBYO and Henry Ginsburg, former Israeli Defense Forces lone soldier.  The following day, Friedel Jewish Academy students held their own ceremony.

ADL & Omaha Storm Chasers
ADL and the Omaha Storm Chasers partnered for a No Place for Hate anti-bullying game day on April 22.  Nearly 5,000 metro-area students took a stand against bullying when they signed the Resolution of Respect-promising to treat others fairly and report bullying in their school communities.

DID you KNOW...
The Center for Jewish Life distributed almost $250,000 this year in scholarships to Omaha Jewish students ranging in age from 2 to 22. The scholarships support learning opportunities ranging from our Pennie Z. Davis Child Development Center to graduate school studies!

Project Tzedakah at Jewish Family Service completed its Passover holiday delivery in which 56 low income or isolated community families received baskets of matzos, matzo ball soup, gefilte fish, Passover candy, macaroons, sparkling grape juice, candles, & a Haggadah. Thank you to all the volunteers who made this mitzvah possible!
o    Arnold (Tuffy) Epstein
o    Judy Farber
o    Kate Kirshenbaum
o    Nikki Kirshenbaum
o    Wendy Manvitz
o    Hilary Moshman
o    Alan Nogg
o    Susan Rothholz
o    Dorothy Spizman
o    Nancy Burkhardt & 14 of her
      Burke High School students

The Jewish Family Service Friend's Campaign began April 13 and continues through June 30. The 2015 goal is $14,241. Like you, the people JFS helps want a life of safety, security and independence; but a crisis or life-changing event challenges their resources and capacity to resolve the situation themselves.  Please help by making a contribution today. Call JFS at (402) 330-2024.
Gallup Reports on Obama and Jews
The non-partisan Gallup organization has released a poll suggesting that President Obama's support among American Jews has been trending downward over the past nine months.  A possible weakening of U.S. Jewish support for Obama has been the focus of news media attention in recent months.  Read more
Pew report: Muslims to Overtake Jews as 2nd largest non-Christian religion in the U.S.
Islam will grow faster than any other religion and if demographic trends continue, Muslims will nearly equal Christians by 2050. Among the additional findings, Jews are expected to grow 16% from slightly less than 14 million in 2010 to 16.1 million worldwide in 35 years.
View the full report
We wish to express our sympathies to a valued colleague, Federation Associate Executive Director Julee Katzman, on the death of her father, Cecil Tillman.
 
What's Happening
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in Jewish Omaha on the Community Calendar. View
all kinds of upcoming events happening around town.

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Upcoming Events
Ethical Wills: Words from the Jewish Heart Dr. Eric Weiner
April 30  |  7pm
RBJH Auditorium

8th Yale Richards Professional Education Seminar

May 1  | 8am-4:15pm
Boys Town Conference Center
www.jfofoundation.org

Jewish Omaha
Major Donor Reception  

with Eitan Wertheimer
May 1  |  3pm
JCC Gallery 

Jewish Omaha
"Under 45" Donor Event
"Health Care Innovations
from Israel"
May 5  |  7:30pm
Location: The home of
Jeff and Danielle Gordman

Friedel Jewish Academy's
Annual Plant Sale
May 7 & 8
9:30am - 4:30pm
Federation Campus

Beauty & The Beast, Jr.
May 28  |  7pm
May 31  |  2pm & 5pm
Tickets on sale May 4

B'nai Brith Charity Sports Banquet featuring Nebraska football head coach Mike Riley May 14
Tickets: 402-334-6443 or www.omahasportsbanquet.com
 
Federation Annual Meeting
and Awards Night
June 1  |  7pm
JCC Theater
Reminders
Links Worth Reading
Around Jewish Omaha
The Omaha Symphony Chamber Orchestra Presents: Our Biblical Heritage
April 30  |  7pm | Free Concert
Temple Israel

Temple Israel Poker Tournament
May 5
6pm - Dinner
7pm - Tournament
Cost $50
Call 402-556-6536 for reservation

Beth El Cantor's Concert  
"Divas on the Bima"
May 7  |  7pm
Fundraiser for the Youth Scholarship Fund
Chairs: Bruce and Pam Friedlander
www.bethel-omaha.org
New to Jewish Omaha?
We'd love to meet you!
Contact Louri Sullivan to find out about all the programs and services we offer. Become a part of one of the most vibrant and active Jewish communities in the country. 

Louri Sullivan
Director of Community
Impact & Special Projects
402-334-6485 
  lsullivan@jewishomaha.org


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