November 10, 2017  |  21 Cheshvan 5778

2018 Annual Campaign Update
 A Day with the Jewish Federation
of Omaha
The Annual Campaign is in full swing. The Federation staff and its legion of volunteers continues to engage with our community; asking for input, sharing stories of the many people that benefit from the funds raised, and giving our community members the opportunity to support our vital programs and services through a Campaign pledge.  To date we have raised approximately
$1.9 million of our $3.3 million goal.  We have pledges from almost 700 people.  If we have not yet been successful in contacting you to participate in the Campaign, please either reach out to Steve Levinger at 402-334-6433 or Nate Shapiro at 402-334-6440. You can also click here to make your contribution online.
Also, THANK YOU to the Kehilla Cup Ambassadors for raising more than $125,000 for the 2018 Annual Campaign!  Click here to read more about this year's Kehilla Cup success.
The Jewish Federation of Omaha and the Institute for Holocaust Education (IHE) are pleased to present the 16th Annual Omaha Jewish Film Festival.

SHOWTIME: 7PM (for all screenings)
Tickets may be purchased online in advance or at the door.
No movie night is complete without something to munch on. Popcorn, snacks, and beverages will be available each evening.

NOTICE for those who purchased tickets for the November 5 cancelled showing of "THERE ARE JEWS HERE".
The movie has been rescheduled for SATURDAY, December 2nd. We have compiled a list of those affected and the list will be at the ticket table for all subsequent films. You may use your credit for any film. If you are unable to use your credit, a refund will be issued at the end of the Film Festival. Should you desire a more expedited refund, contact Mark Kirchhoff at (402) 334-6463 or
We apologize for last week's technical difficulties with the theater's audio-visual equipment. Some components were out for repair and we were reconfiguring the system to be able to show the film. While it initially worked well, it obviously did not when it needed to. The components have subsequently been repaired, returned, and re-installed. Everything has been thoroughly tested and all that is left is for you to join us for the following films:

"Dirty Wolves" | JCC Theater
 A Spanish drama released in
 2015 in French/German/Spanish with English subtitles. In 1942 a single mother, works in the Nazi mines in rural Galicia, Spain. The Allies are eager to make sure the strategic metal does not reach German factories.

"Rock in the Red Zone" | JCC Theater
An Israeli documentary released in 2015 in English/Hebrew with English subtitles that presents a personal view from the ground on the frontlines of an endless war, and a powerful exploration into the lives and art of musicians struggling to create in a conflict zone.

"There are Jews Here" | JCC Theater
A US documentary released in 2016 in English. The film presents untold stories of four once thriving American Jewish communities that are now barely holding on.

Project Dreamland - Saturday, Nov. 11
Meet this amazing group of young men and women who have a zest for life despite significant daily challenges with physical disabilities.  Group members will lead services, speak, and lead special youth programming throughout Shabbat. Morning services begin at 9:00 am followed by kiddush luncheon.  Afternoon classes at 4:00 pm followed by Seudah Shlishit and an epic musical Havdalah.
Leapin' Lizards! Annie tickets go on sale Monday, November 13
The JCC Theater is pleased to announce that ticket sales will begin Monday, Nov. 13  at 9 a.m.  for their much anticipated production: ANNIE!  General Admission tickets ($10 adult; $5 students) and Patron Tickets (reserved seating!) may be purchased in advance by calling 402.334.6419. Show times are Saturday, Dec. 16  at 7 p.m.  and Sunday, Dec. 17  at 2 p.m.  in the JCC Theater. Click here to read more.
Building Project Town Hall Meeting on Sunday, November 19

Bruce Friedlander, Alan Potash and Mark Martin are hosting a short town hall meeting to provide information regarding the current building project.  They will be available to answer questions and share information at 2 p.m. in the JCC Social Hall on Sunday, November 19.

Click here to learn more about building project.
Omaha Yachad &  
KC Kollel's Ahoovim Present: A Winter Shabbaton hosted by Chabad of Omaha

Join Chabad and guests on December 2 to partake in tasty challah baking, lively Shabbat services, fun Shabbat activities, entertaining magic, and a tour of the zoo!  Learn more at

Sunday, December 3, 2017  
1:30 PM  |  JCC Auditorium
  •  1st - 4th prizes are applicable to college tuition, an approved trip to Israel or an approved camp or educational program sponsored by a Jewish organization.
  • Participants can prepare on their own, (i.e. read the book) OR
  • Contact a synagogue or religious educator to join a study group

TO REGISTER, email your contact info to by November 29, 2017


Quiz questions are based on: DEUTERONOMY

Questions? Call Steven Riekes at (402) 333-8498 or the B'nai B'rith office at (402) 334-6443 or email
Be a part of the Mitzvahs happening at the Hanukkah Extravaganza
The Jewish Federation of Omaha and the JCC along with this year's dedicated event chair families, Dina and Jason Cisler, Laurie and Jason Epstein, Sara and Ari Kohen, Emily and Nick Ray and Lauren and Tommy Tam, are excited to invite you to attend the Hanukkah Extravaganza on Sunday, Dec. 10 from noon-2 p.m. in the JCC Auditorium.

The Hanukkah Extravaganza is free to attend and open to the community; however, attendees are asked to BRING TZEDAKAH as our community is raising funds for 'Hanukkah for Houston'! This year's hurricane season has been catastrophic. Houston's Jewish community was hit especially hard during Hurricane Harvey and experienced destructive flooding, from which it is still struggling to recover. As we prepare to celebrate Hanukkah, let's remember that even though the headlines have faded, there are still those in need of our help. Please bring cash and coins to help fill our electric counting pushka that will be set up in the JCC entrance and let's show Houston how much Omaha cares!

New this year, Hanukkah Extravaganza attendees of all ages will also have the opportunity to work on a fun, hands-on mitzvah project called "Wish for Wheels" (, which provides 25 new bikes and helmets to Omaha's Mercy Housing children in grades K-2nd. Thank you to Michael Staenberg for generously underwriting this project.  If you are interested in volunteering to help facilitate this activity, please contact Louri Sullivan at

You can now support the Annual Campaign from your cell phone  
or other device!
Join the Discovery!
We are excited to share the complete report, methodology and findings of the 2017 Jewish Federation of Omaha Population Study:
A Portrait of the Omaha Jewish Community. Learn More.
Upcoming Events
Temple Israel - Camp-Style Friday Night Service  
November 10 | 6 pm
Project Dreamland
November 11 | 9am 
Beth Israel  

Temple Israel -Lunch Parlor Meeting with OSRUI 
November 11 | 12:30 pm
Home of Rabbi Brian and Karen Stoller
OSRUI Alumni Event 
November 11 |  7:30 pm
Home of Rabbi Aryeh and Elyce Azriel

OSRUI at Temple Israel's Religious School 
November 12 |  11 am 
JFNA General Assembly
November 12-14
Los Angeles, CA

16th Annual Omaha
Jewish Film Festival
Nov. 12  | 7pm | JCC
Dirty Wolves
Nov. 19  | 7pm | JCC
Rock in the Red Zone
Dec. 2  | 7pm | JCC
There are Jews Here
 Learn more. 

B'nai B'rith Breadbreakers
November  15 |  Noon
RBJH Auditorium

Beth El Synagogue Book Club with Rabbi Abraham, at Whole Foods
Nov. 21, 28, Dec. 12, & 19 at 12:00 pm
Learn more.

B'nai B'rith Breadbreakers
November  22 |  Noon
RBJH Auditorium

Thanksgiving morning
with Rabbi Ari
November 23  | 9am
Join Rabbi Ari for a great Thanksgiving morning.  Shacharit begins at 9am followed by the class "Thanksgiving the Jewish Way."  Then it's outside for "Football Madness" to burn off some calories to make more room for turkey and pumpkin pie.
Save the Date
A Winter Shabbaton hosted
by Chabad of Omaha
December 2 
B'nai B'rith Bible Quiz 
December 3 | 1:30pm 
JCC Auditorium 
Hanukkah Extravaganza!
December 10 | 12-2pm
JCC Auditorium  
Jewish Business Leaders  
Bagels & Business featuring Todd Simon  
January 17 | 7:30 -8:30 am
Champions Run
Generation Now!
FED Event featuring Molly Yeh  
January 27,2018
Pella in Blackstone  
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