When it comes to turning an eye toward Israel, one can't help but notice that the country has been in a perpetual state of attempting to form a government for nearly as long as anyone can remember. Following this most recent election, Israel’s president Reuven Rivlin has turned to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and provided him with the opportunity to form a government from the country’s splintered parliament. In his announcement, Rivlin acknowledged that presently no party leader had the necessary support to form a majority coalition in the 120-seat Knesset, and so the challenges continue.

In turning his eye toward Israel for the "Eye on Israel" monthly series, Rabbi Yoni Dreyer of Beth Israel Synagogue is pondering whether going through this "one more time" is the best thing he could do with his hour program on Monday, April 12 beginning at 12:00 pm via Zoom. "Maybe we should just let that all unfold on its own and see what happens," said Rabbi Dreyer. "I think I would like to present results when they are finally available rather than presenting more of the on-going speculation that we all have had."

Rabbi Yoni promises to once again pick one or two topics that may be a bit out of the ordinary, likely to be unfamiliar, and certainly to be of interest as he prepares for the April session. "I always do my best to encourage participants to actively engage in each session," said Rabbi Yoni. "I have found that is the best way for people to learn from one another. I encourage everyone to come with their Zoom cameras on and their microphones open."

To join Rabbi Dreyer, go to the Jewish Federation of Omaha's website – – and from the sliding banners at the top of that page, click on "Eye on Israel." From there you will receive registration instructions.  Should you have questions or need assistance, contact Mark Kirchhoff at or (402) 334-6463.