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Monday,  June 7, the Jewish Federation of Omaha’s Annual Meeting and Awards Night will celebrate two deserving volunteers. Abigail Kutler will receive the Lois Jeanne Schrager Memorial Young Leadership Award and Shane Cohn has been named as the recipient of the Bruce Fellman Memorial Young L…

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New York, NY, April 27, 2021 … Antisemitic incidents remained at a historically high level across the United States in 2020, with a total of 2,024 incidents of assault, harassment and vandalism reported to ADL (the Anti-Defamation League). While antisemitic incidents declined by 4 percent af…

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     As spring turns into summer, PJ Library Omaha, the Jewish Federation of Omaha and Friedel Jewish Academy are combining efforts to facilitate our “Green Up the Park!” On May 23, 2021, we will partner with Keep Omaha Beautiful to clean up Hefflinger Park. The experience will begin with fa…

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    The Robert and Ellen Gordman Jewish Teen Leadership Award annually honors two local teens who have demonstrated exceptional commitments to our community. Criteria for nomination includes active participation and demonstrated leadership ability in local youth groups, strengthening their o…

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    The Bennett G. Hornstein Memorial Scholarship for aspiring or current law students was awarded to Alejandra Ayotitla Cortez for the 2021-2022 academic year. From Lincoln, Cortez graduated from the University of Nebraska Lincoln, majoring in Psychology, with minors in Political Science an…

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    Wendy Goldberg, Executive Director of the Tri-Faith Initiative will be the B’Nai Israel speaker via Zoom on May 14th. She will speak on "Building a model for peaceful co-existence that delivers on America’s promise of religious freedom.” Wendy Goldberg has spent 15 years working with var…

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   If you were to ask me what qualities I would ascribe to the ideal Cantor for the 21st century I would say that first on the list would be a passion for Jewish Music, Jewish liturgy and Jewish tradition. Also important is a warm and engaging personality with the ability to reach out and co…

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    The Robert and Ellen Gordman Jewish Teen Leadership Award annually honors two local teens who have demonstrated exceptional commitments to our community. Criteria for nomination includes active participation and demonstrated leadership ability in local youth groups, strengthening their o…

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    The March 23 Israeli election is over – but it is not over. It remains to be seen how this saga will play itself out. To continue visiting the ongoing story of Israeli elections, the JFO will again present a webinar on the topic. All are invited to once again welcome Herb Keinon, 36-year…

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    Every 7-10 years an organization should develop a strategic plan so their investors know the vision and direction it is heading. With the beautiful transformation of our building and the end of COVID in sight, your JFO Board decided the timing was perfect to embark on developing and impl…

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The University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) Alumni Association will bestow its Citation for Alumni Achievement award upon UNO graduate Sandy Friedman, a longtime successful business entrepreneur, generous supporter of numerous organizations and a community servant, during the university’s May …

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There are still spots available to schedule your Covid-19 vaccine at Beth El tomorrow, FRiday April 16 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. This appointment will be for the first dose of the Moderna vaccine and is open to any Nebraska resident age 18 and older. Click here to schedule your vaccine.

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   Editor’s note: This article about Emerge, the Jewish Federation of North America’s new Women’s Philanthropic initiative, was published in our print edition as a two-part series. We have combined them for our website.

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    Mark your calendars for a pre-Shabbat Lag B’ Omer party at Chabad House (1866 S. 120th Street) on Friday, April 30 from 4-7 p.m.

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What you are about to read is not meant to be a response to the recent Temple Israel d’var Torah by Ellen Platt, but a statement of support. Ellen eloquently spoke about the impact of the incident that took place on a Jewish community Israel trip. A trip that is supposed to give our teenager…

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Over one year ago, a young Jewish girl was victimized on a youth school trip in Israel. Among teens she should have felt safe with, the most exposed and vulnerable part of her—her skin—was casually targeted... for a laugh. White kids singing and repeating a word with no meaning to them outsi…

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Editor's note: This is the text of the speech Sarah Kutler gave on Wednesday, April 7. Ms. Kutler was the featured speaker at the Omaha Yom HaShoah commemoration, hosted by the Institute for Holocaust Education. For more information about the IHE, please visit www.ihene.org.

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When the Rose Blumkin Jewish Home closed its doors to the public on March 8, 2020, no one could have anticipated how long it would be before Residents could be physically reunited with their families.

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You may want to read that headline again. ‘E.L.C.’ stands for Early Learning Center, and it is the new name for what we have known for 20 years as the Childhood Development Center, C.D.C. for short. The first part of the name, Pennie Z. Davis, will stay the same.

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We are losing an entire generation of first-hand survivors at a time when hearing their stories couldn’t be more important. Extremism and misinformation dominate social media, Holocaust denial and antisemitism are at record highs, and the topic of Holocaust Education is once thrust in the sp…

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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 Mini…

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Jewish Family Service would like to invite all members of the community to join us on April 6, 2021 from 7- 8 PM for a free Zoom event featuring Dr. Jeremy Goldberg as he presents “Are You Thriving or just Surviving? What is YOUR next step to living well?”

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Governor Pete Ricketts announced April 2 that Eric Dunning, formerly the director of Government Affairs for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska has been named as the next leader of the Nebraska Department of Insurance. Eric is the husband of Toba Cohen-Dunning and they are the parents of …

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When the Pennie Z. Davis Early Learning Center (formerly Child Development Center) reopened in June, 2020, we knew that we would be missing out on the community feeling that is so much a part of our school.   

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Sunday, March 21, the Shirley and Leonard Goldstein Community Venue was the stage for an official celebration of our Campus Transformation. The event came complete with a ribbon cutting. Tom and Darlynn Fellman, Don Goldstein, Marsha and Milton Kleinberg, Howard Kooper, Nancy and Joel Schles…

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Reserve your calendars for Sunday April 11 at 1 p.m., when Beth El, Temple Israel and the Jewish Federation of Omaha invite you to virtually attend Yom Ha’atzmaut Across America.

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“By definition, rabbi means teacher. It is clearly intended to convey the thought that there are no magic qualities associated with the word rabbi. A rabbi is merely a humble teacher who shares knowledge and information on what he believes to be the most important area of human life – the se…

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    Two leading Jewish educators present a blueprint for how to create an educational culture that informs, motivates, inspires and shapes character steeped in Jewish values and “advanced placement” kindness in Raising A+ Human Beings: Crafting a Jewish School Culture of Academic Excellence …