August 2, 2019  |  1  Av  5779    

A message from our CEO
Two weeks ago in this space, I provided an update on antisemitism and the Jewish Agency's definition. I will be revisiting this topic for a couple of reasons.

First, Omaha has seen a number of incidents of flyering across our community - some targeted here at our campus and at Beth El, others in the UNO and Aksarben areas. All are coming from the same organization. I am choosing not to the name that group here.

And second, our local ADL office is experiencing transition. You may not know this, but in the late 1940's Omaha was selected as a regional office for the ADL because Omaha had a history with B'nai B'rith leadership and a willing community. In the 1960's with the work of the JFO's Community Relations Committee on a similar track, bringing the two together was a natural fit. There have been 16 regional directors since the office first opened. Effective August 1, Mary-Beth Muskin has retired as Regional Director of the ADL-CRC Plains States Region. She has been a tremendous force in fighting hate and defamation and securing justice and fair treatment for all. Her hard work, commitment and dedication will be missed and we certainly wish her well.

On a slightly different note, have you seen the new study by the Pew Research Center: Religion in Public Life, 'What Americans Know about Religion"? As with most of the Pew studies, it is fascinating! Annette van de Kamp-Wright's editorial in this week's Jewish Press is also based on the study. I get excited by these findings because I am able to draw many (unscientific) conclusions - mainly, if Jews are so well viewed, why are we seeing an increase in anti-Semitic incidents? It only takes a small number of people to cause the greatest amount of impact when committing an act of hatred.

If you'd like to test your knowledge of other faiths, here is a shorter version of the quiz - U.S. Religious Knowledge Quiz | Pew Research Center.  Email me your score and I will share mine!
Shabbat Shalom,
2020 Annual Campaign Kickoff Event - September 16
featuring Joshua Malina 
Please join us for "A Night with the Stars" to Kick-Off
the 2020 Annual Campaign
We are excited to have Josh Malina as our featured guest. He is best known for co-starring on THE WEST WING as Will Bailey and as David Rosen on ABC's hit show SCANDAL, was recently on the final season of THE BIG BANG THEORY as President Siebert. Josh's film credits include the comedy A VIEW FROM THE TOP with Gwyneth Paltrow and Mike Meyers, IN THE LINE OF FIRE with Clint Eastwood and BULLWORTH with Warren Beatty and Halle Barry. Josh will share his life experiences in his talk, "How to make it in Hollywood and remain a Mensch". As a graduate of Westchester Day School, Josh has been active in Jewish affairs for some time through Federations, Hillels and even won $50,000 for Bet Tzedek on "Celebrity Jeopardy".
Watch you mail for event invitation and registration information. 
This event is open to all JCC and community members between 18-25 years old.
  You are welcome to bring a friend!

August 5 | 12 pm | Kripke Jewish Federation Library

Join Shlicha Ron Lugasy for her next session of Eye on Israel. Along with presenting current news from Israel, Ron is preparing a unique feature for August. Mark your calendar, set a reminder, and then attend.

Eye on Israel is a monthly program that brings the community up-to-date on a number of current Israeli news topics. Each session also features a more in-depth discussion on a topic chosen by Ron. All sessions are presented to the community free of charge. 
JCC Gallery Reception featuring Hadar Nachman
Monday, August 5th | 6:00-7:30 pm 

The UNO Goldstein Center for Human Rights is pleased to announce its first major exhibit, Shirley Goldstein's Immigrant Rights Legacy: Operation Exodus in Omaha. The opening reception will be held at UNO Criss Library on Aug. 9 from 4-6pm. Please RSVP for this event  by   email or by calling (402) 554-4067. 

This exhibit, curated by Dr. Jeannette Gabriel, examines the activist work of Shirley Goldstein and the Jewish community in Omaha that highlighted human rights abuses against Soviet Jews from the 1970's through the 1990's. The exhibit is based on the Shirley Goldstein Papers and additional archival materials from the Nebraska Jewish Historical Society. It will also feature oral histories that were collected from local Soviet Jewish emigres and community members who participated in Operation Exodus. 

The exhibit will be open at UNO Criss Library's Osborne Gallery from August 9th through November 10th.

"Miss Beth" ready to rock the J 
Is there a dinosaur, knocking on your door? Do you have that Shabbat feeling? Most importantly, are you ready to rock? PJ Library and the Pennie Z. Davis  Child Development Center invite the greater Omaha community to come and enjoy a special concert at the JCC Theater at 9:30 a.m. on Aug. 15.  If your kids, grandkids, nieces, nephews, etc. are attending the CDC, they'll already be there - join us! The concert is free and open to all families with young children; PJ Library will host a small reception with "the band" afterwards for non-CDC attendees. Learn more.
Annual Backyard Concert Series begins August 25 
The JFO Backyard Concert Series is made possible by:

And the following Jewish Federation
of Omaha Foundation funds:

Grab your lawn chairs and picnic blanket. Pack the cooler. Bring the family and invite your friends to our 9th Annual Backyard Concert Series! Enjoy the fresh air, funky tunes, and fun atmosphere. All concerts begin at 5:00 p.m. in the Pavilion! Relax in our backyard! Food will also be available for purchase from local food trucks.

Sunday, August 25
Lazer Wolfe 
Sunday, September 8
The 9's
Sunday, September 15
Rex Granite Band Feat. Sarah Benck
Sunday, September 22
Josh Hoyer & Soul Colossal

Questions? Contact Esther Katz, JCC Performing Arts Director, at (402) 334-6406 or
 Upcoming events at Beth Israel  

Visit Beth Israel's facebook page to learn more.

Click   here to see full page from The Jewish Press

Fall 2019 and winter 2020 sessions are available for registration
Scott Littky, Executive Director for the Institute for Holocaust Education will once again be the instructor for the Exploring Judaism classes. 

Fall classes are on Tuesdays, 7:00 - 8:30 pm, September 3 - December 17.
Winter classes are on Mondays, 7:00 - 8:30 pm, January 6 - March 30

Click here to view brochure Contact Mark Kirchhoff at (402) 334-6463 or with questions or to register..

Rabbi Shlomo Abramovich in August
Dr. Leonard Greenspoon in September and October
11 am - 12 pm | Kripke Jewish Federation Library
Due to a change in schedule, Rabbi Shlomo Abramovich and his family will be departing from Omaha later than anticipated. He has eagerly agreed to be the substitute teacher for himself to present the Friday Learning Series on  August 16, 23, 30. These classes will explore the question, "What does the richness of Judaism have to say about contemporary topics?" To see which topics those are, please join Rabbi Shlomo.

The FLS is a cooperative effort with Community Engagement & Education of the JFO and Beth Israel Synagogue

Save September 6, 13, 20, 27, and October 4 as dates to join Dr. Leonard Greenspoon  as he presents this 5-part series, "Jews in Cartoons:  Usually Humorous, Often Insightful, Sometimes Inciteful"

Each session has much to offer. You are encouraged to attend all - or as many as possible. All sessions are presented to the community free of charge. 
OJAA host Rosh Hashanah Tailgate
The Omaha Jewish Alumni Association invites the community to a tailgate gathering to celebrate the new year!

Friday, September 27  | 4-5:30 PM
JCC Gallery - 333 S. 132nd Street

Food and cocktails will be served. Please RSVP to Margo Parsow at 402-334-632 or
Upcoming Events
Beth El Synagogue
Kabbalat Shabbat
August 2 | 6pm  
Learn More 
Temple Israel
Shabbat Evening Service with
Guest Sermon: Robert Osborne
August 2 | 6pm  
Beth El Synagogue Shabbat Morning Services 
August 3 | 9:30am
Learn More

Temple Israel Torah Study 
August 3 | 9:15 am

Temple Israel Shabbat  
Morning Service 
August 3 | 10:30 am 
Watch Live

Temple Tots Havdalah with Cantor Alexander and Ben Mazur 
August 3 | 4:30pm 
Learn More

Jewish Family Service  
Suicide Prevention Talk
Specifically for 18-25 year olds
- welcome to invite a friend
August 4 | 1-2:30pm
Sozo's Coffee House

Temple Israel 
Habitat for Humanity
Team Build
August 4 | 8:30am - 2pm
Beth El Synagogue Torah Study 
August 4 | 10am
Learn More   
Temple Israel
Rosh Codesh: Temple Tea Party Welcoming Cantor Alexander
August 4 | 2:30pm
  Learn More    
Eye on Israel 
August 5 | 12pm
Kripke Library 
JCC Art Gallery Reception 
August 5 | 6-7:30pm
JCC Art Gallery 
Beth El Synagogue Women's Book Group  
August 5 | 7pm
Learn more
Beth El Synagogue Mahjong 
August 6  | 1pm
Learn More 

B'nai B'rith Breadbreakers   
Speaker: Gov. Pete Ricketts 
August 7 | 12pm
RBJH Auditorium 
Beth El Synagogue  
Brachot & Breakfast  
August 8 | 7am
Learn More
Beth El Synagogue Shanghai 
August 8  | 1pm 
Learn More

Shabbat Comes to You at The Heritage Sterling Ridge 
August 9 | 4pm
Shirley Goldstein's Immigrant  
Rights Legacy: Operation  
Exodus in Omaha 
August 9 | 4-6pm
UNO Criss Library
RSVP here

Temple Israel Shabbat  
Evening Service 
August 9 | 6pm 
Watch Live
Beth El Synagogue College Send-off Shabbat  
August 9
5:30pm -  PreNeg
6pm - Kabbalat Shabbat
Learn More

Temple Israel Torah Study 
August 10 | 9:15am
Beth El Synagogue Shabbat Morning Services     
August 10 | 9:30 am
Learn More

Temple Israel Shabbat  
Morning Service 
August 10 | 10:30am 
Watch Live

Temple Israel Tisha B'Av Service 
August 10 | 7pm 
Learn More
Beth El Synagogue Tisha B'Av     
August 10 | 8:30 pm
August 11  | 9:30am & 1pm
Learn More

Temple Israel Golf Outing 
August 12 | Noon 
Beth El Synagogue Mahjong 
August 13  | 1pm
Learn More

B'nai B'rith Breadbreakers    
Rachel Jacobson 
August 14 | 12pm
RBJH Auditorium
A Special Concert with Miss Beth
August 15  |  9:30am
JCC Theater 

Beth El Synagogue  
Brachot & Breakfast  
August 15 | 7am
Learn More 
Friday Learning Series with 
Rabbi Shlomo Abramovich 
August 16, 23, 30  | 11am
Kripke Library
Beth El Synagogue Welcome Back & Six String Shabbat  
August 16 | 5:30 pm
Learn More
Beth El Synagogue Shabbat Morning Services - D'var Torah by Steve Riekes  
August 17 | 9:30 am
Learn More

B'nai B'rith Breadbreakers    
Andee Hoig 
August 21 | 12pm
RBJH Auditorium  
Beth Israel presents  
Israeli Style Kiddush 
August 24 | 11:15 am
Free of Charge 

Backyard Concert Series 
August 25 |  5-7pm 
Save the Date
Beth Israel presents: An Evening of Music and Inspiration with the Weinreb Bros
August 28 | 6-7:30pm
Light Refreshments

Friday Learning Series
with Dr. Leonard Greenspoon
Sept. 6, 13, 20, 27, Oct. 4
Kripke Library

Backyard Concert Series
Sept. 8 | 5-7pm
Sept. 15 | 5-7pm
Sept. 22 | 5-7pm

2020 Annual Campaign Kickoff Event featuring Josh Malina 
September 16 | 6pm
Temple Israel
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