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AMSTERDAM (JTA) — A disoriented teenage girl lies on Anne Frank’s bed as people swarm the family house. But these people are not Nazis; they’re modern-day tourists. And the girl on the bed isn’t Anne, but Kitty — the imaginary friend to whom she addressed her now world-famous diary.

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(Washington Jewish Week via JTA) — Brood X, the once-every-17-years emergence of cicada swarms across much of the Midwest and Eastern U.S., has again left its mark, with trillions of the insects clogging many major metropolitan areas (and serving as unlikely parenting models). As of late Jun…

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“It’s been two years since I started my Shlichut,” Ron Lugasy wrote last August. She was about to leave Omaha during what had been a challenging last phase of her time here. Her mission was to create meaningful connections between the community of Omaha and Israel: “from lectures to activiti…

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Among the Abrahamic faiths of the world, Judaism, Christianity and Islam, one book occupies the same central position. Some call it the Holy Bible or simply the Bible, some prefer to call part of it the Old Testament, and some in a more historical manner call it the Five Books of Moses. But …

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   In coordination with HIAS, the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, Beth El Synagogue will be a proud participant in HIAS’ Refugee Shabbat, during which Jews in the United States and around the world will take action for refugees and asylum seekers.

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Beth El Synagogue continues to cook delicious, worldly inspired cuisine and kosher meals for not only Beth El members, but for the entire Omaha community. Beth El’s Kitchen, led by Chef and Catering Manager Mike Newell, continues to serve more than 100 meals for holidays and just to provide …

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   This week, I made latkes for the first time in ten years.

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   Located in the green space near the JCC Membership entrance stands a sculpture in steel and bronze, titled Connection Point. Created by internationally renowned artist Jennyfer Stratman, it was placed on our campus by Michael Staenberg as part of the building renovation. Jennyfer is origi…

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    When you ask David Patterson about his paintings, the overwhelming response is joy. David loves art, loves talking about art and loves it when his creations make others happy. This is good for us, because, thanks to Michael Staenberg, two of David’s paintings grace the walls of the Staen…

LOS ANGELES (JTA) — It is indicative of the reverence still held for Simon Wiesenthal, who hunted some 1,100 war criminals to the ends of the earth, that a play on his life can now be viewed simultaneously all over the globe.

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   It was a joy to catch up with former Omaha artist Carole Greenberg a few weeks back. For many years, Greenberg served as the Assistant Director and beloved artistic muse for the Pennie Z. Davis Child Development Center where she began working as a part-time employee in 1990.

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When Michael Staenberg initiated the renovation of our campus, it fairly quickly became clear he doesn’t just focus on bricks and mortar; he considers the atmosphere he wants to create for those who use the building. When walls go up, are refinished and painted, they don’t stay unadorned. It…