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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…

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This is something my grandma, Frances Kraft, would make and now my mom, Joan Kraft, makes.  The grandkids, my son Alex included, request these often (and sometimes payment for chores is with cottage cheese pancakes).

   This is a near-weekly Shabbat standard at Saba’s house and a holiday wouldn’t be a holiday without it. No matter how many times I follow the recipe to the letter, it always comes out delicious, but not quite as good as Safta’s.

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   Our Rosh Hashanah table always features a wide array of fresh, simple and tasty salads. Sure to please the palate, these also add bright splashes of color to the table and contain symbolic foods meaningful to the Holiday. These are also easy to adjust up or down to fit the size of your ga…

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The Jewish Federation of Omaha is excited to share the next step of our campus renovation project as we expand the front entrance lobby and transition the Kripke Jewish Federation Library into our new Community Learning Commons.