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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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   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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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.

Fasten your seat belts. The Miriam Initiative’s Coast-To-Coast Book Club is headed for Atlanta, home of former Omahan Susan Paley, who will take women in the Omaha Jewish community and beyond on a literary adventure they’ll long remember. They will be exploring the award-winning book Before …

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Ozzie Nogg Event benefits the Seth Rich Memorial Camp Scholarship Fund Beth El Synagogue’s annual Cantor’s Concert, scheduled for Sunday, March 26, will feature Rising Stars of American Jewish Music: Banot Band and Noah Aronson. The event begins at 4:00 p.m. and benefits the Seth Rich Memorial Camp Scholarship Fund. “This year’s concert is especially […]

10.14.16 Issue Curtis Hutt, UNO Religious Studies/Schwalb Center On Oct. 27, the Israeli film director Shimon Dotan will travel to Omaha for a showing of his recent provocative film The Settlers sponsored by the UNO Journal of Religion and Film and the Schwalb Center for Israel and Jewish Studies. The film will start at 7 […]

10.7.16 Issue Liz Feldstern, Executive Director, IHE The Institute for Holocaust Education’s mission is to engage people with information about the Holocaust and WWII. We do this in order to honor the legacies of what was and what was lost – and as a way to prevent future genocides. And in order to find new […]

By Victor Wishna KANSAS CITY, Kan. (JTA) – To find the world’s only known professional Jewish merman, you’ll need to look in the most unlikely of places. Here, more than a thousand miles from the nearest ocean — in one of the country’s most landlocked states, with one of the smallest Jewish populations — you’ll […]

7.29.16 Issue Ozzie Nogg Mainstreeters never run out of fun ideas to fill your calendar. Check out these August events. Community Concert with Bill Chrastil: Wednesday, Aug. 3, at 1:30 p.m. in the Silverman Auditorium at the Rose Blumkin Jewish Home. Sponsored by Jewish Social Services, there is no admission fee. Everyone is welcome. An […]

7.22.16 Issue Mark Kirchhoff The 15th Annual Omaha Jewish Film Festival begins Sunday, Aug. 7, with five movies to be shown throughout the month. The festival is presented by the Jewish Federation of Omaha and the Institute for Holocaust Education (IHE). Show time for each film is 7:15 p.m. in the JCC Theater. We extend […]

3.25.16 Issue by Diane Axler-Baum, for Omaha Chamber Music Society For its fifth annual concert at the JCC, Sunday, April 10, at 7 p.m., the Omaha Chamber Music Society will present the Amernet String Quartet, Ensemble-in-Residence at Florida International University, whose repertoire includes works by composers who were silenced or ignored because they were Jewish […]

3.18.16 Issue by Gary Javitch and Howard Borden, for Henry Monsky Lodge The B’nai B’rith is pleased to announce that David Feherty will be the keynote speaker at its May 19 62nd Annual Omaha Charity Sports Banquet. “Over the years, our banquet has produced 62 memorable programs that showcased some of the biggest national names […]

3.18.16 Issue by Annette van de Kamp-Wright, Editor, Jewish Press When we truly enjoy what we are doing, we often want to share that experience. Whether it is our career, going to a favorite restaurant, watching a movie or playing sports, there can be an added benefit if we do it with family members. Together, […]

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by Annette van de Kamp-Wright Jewish Press Editor I recently read Claire Flatowicz’ book, Seeing the World through Rose-colored Trifocals. After only a few pages, I already noticed a massive problem. As Claire speaks about getting older, being retired, having grandchildren… well, she’s obviously not talking to me. I am only 44 years old, so […]

12.25.15 Issue by Mary Sue Grossman, Center for Jewish Life Through Omaha’s Partnership2 GETHER program of the Jewish Agency for Israel, artists in the community are invited — and encouraged — to participate in the 2016 “Artist Workshops in the Western Galilee.” Noa Friedman Epstein, Arts and Community Coordinator for P2G explained, “The AIR program […]

by Sam Kricsfeld     No band has or ever will spark such a musical and cultural revolution like the Beatles did. The lives and music of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr became etched into modern culture at the spark of Beatlemania in the 1960s, and show no signs of fading […]

By Curt Schleier (JTA) — Writer and director Jill Soloway grew up in what she calls a “somewhat normalish, upper middle class Jewish household” in Chicago. Her mom was a public relations consultant (she worked for Mayor Jane Byrne) and her dad a psychiatrist. But she always sensed that “something was a little off,” she […]

by Annette van de Kamp-Wright Jewish Press Editor Writing memoirs can be a tricky business. What happens if you bare your innermost thoughts, only to find out the readers aren’t all that interested? Sure, your friends and family will love it; they share your memories and therefore are part of your story. Besides, they love […]

10.9.15 Issue by Beth El Publicity The Boutique is Back! The popular shopping extravaganza returns after a multi-year hiatus and takes place at Beth El Synagogue on Sunday, Nov. 15 from 10 a.m to 3 p.m. An array of vendors selling handcrafted jewelry, housewares, Judaica, embroidered baby clothes, painted shoes, glass and metal decor and […]

10.9.15 Issue by Annette van de Kamp-Wright, Jewish Press Editor On Oct. 15, 16 and 17 at 7 p.m. and Oct. 18 at 2 p.m., Westside High School brings a familiar musical to the stage. Community members Ben Brodkey, Elijah Marburg, and Max Goldberg are among the cast of 43 that will bring Fiddler on […]

8/7/15 issue   by Sara Cohen Artwork from Lila Ferber, a  junior at the Kansas City Art Institute, and fellow local emerging artist Le Drake, will appear in a featured exhibition this month at Omaha’s Connect Gallery on 39th and Leavenworth. The exhibition, entitled “Intrepidity,” contains an eclectic compilation of pieces from the portfolios of […]

8.7.15 Issue by Mark Kirchhoff, Center for Jewish Life The second week of the 14th Annual Jewish Film Festival will feature two films – 24 Days on Sunday, Aug. 9 and Besa: The Promise on Tuesday, Aug. 11. Show times are 7:15 p.m. in the JCC Theater. Admission cost is $5 for Sunday’s film; Tuesday […]

7.31.15 Issue by Mark Kirchhoff, Center for Jewish Life The 14th Annual Omaha Jewish Film Festival begins this coming Sunday, Aug. 2 with the showing of Dough, a 2014 release from the United Kingdom. Show time is 7:15 p.m. in the JCC Theater. Admission cost is $5 at the door. This year’s reduced ticket cost […]

By Penny Schwartz BOSTON (JTA) —Most days, a little-known 19th-century portrait of Abraham Lincoln by Solomon Nunes Carvalho (1815-1895) is tucked away in archival storage at Brandeis University’s Rose Art Museum. But on April 28, the deeply allegorical portrait, painted in 1865 by the American-Jewish artist, made a rare public appearance, the first in a […]

By Tom Tugend LOS ANGELES (JTA) — “You survive, you honor us by living,” said Martin Greenfield, now a New York master tailor, recalling his father’s words after he was liberated from the Buchenwald concentration camp. The quote could easily be taken as the theme of “The Jewish Journey: America,” a PBS documentary tracking the […]

By Anthony Weiss LOS ANGELES (JTA) — The idea for “Aya” began with a daydream: What if you were waiting for someone at the airport and instead you picked up a total stranger? What then? That wisp of a fantasy, dreamed up by Mihal Brezis many years ago while waiting with a friend at Tel […]

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Sundance’s Jewish fare: a preview By Anthony Weiss LOS ANGELES (JTA) — Although it’s now well entrenched in the Hollywood ecosystem, the Sundance Film Festival remains a venue for some of the film industry’s more offbeat voices and still largely unknown talent — and a place for boldfaced names to redefine themselves. Jewish subjects and […]

By Batya Ungar-Sargon (JTA) — Looking for a Hanukkah gift for the bibliophile in your life? Here are some 2014 Jewish-themed selections spanning fiction, memoir and essay collections. “All I Know and Love” (William Morrow) By Judith Frank In the tradition of the great 19th-century domestic novels, Judith Frank brings us the tale of Matt […]

By Debra Nussbaum Cohen (JTA) — Surely the Torah’s redactors never imagined that their Dinah — voiceless daughter of Jacob and Leah, rape victim avenged by her brothers — would one day be portrayed on the small screen as a lusty young midwife’s apprentice who takes her romantic fate into her own hands. Anita Diamant’s […]

10.3.14 Issue Native Omahan Suzanne Horwich has been named as Curator of the new Chabad JCC Aspen Colorado Gallery. Suzanne Horwich, or as Some of you may remember her as Barn Girl, for her infamous Barn Girl Art shows which were held at the Omaha JCC Gallery. Suzanne single-handedly led the way in putting the […]

By Julie Wiener NEW YORK (JTA) — The last time New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie spoke at a venue attended by Sheldon Adelson, he alienated the Republican Party mega-donor and other hawkish pro-Israel Jews by referring to the West Bank as “the occupied territories.” Sunday night at a gala awards program in Manhattan honoring Adelson […]

  OMAHA (April 25, 2014)– Jerry and Christy McGlothin, Executive Producers of “A Long Way Off,” today announced that Omaha NE has been selected as the city of choice to premier their movie,  a modern retelling of the story of the Prodigal Son.   The premier exhibition  is on May 16, 2014 at 7:00 pm […]

Sunday March 9 at 2:15 p.m., the Omaha Film Festival is showing Trunk’d, an unapologetic road-trip comedy that involves four men driving from Nebraska to Texas to dispose of the body of a dead call girl found unresponsive the morning after a bachelor party. Marilyn Tipp portrays the role of Mary, the Catholic mother of […]