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The Institute for Holocaust Education was formed to be an institutional resource to ensure Holocaust education, survivor testimonies, and engagement opportunities were accessible to the broader community. One of the recent hallmark IHE programs is our Third Thursday Lunch and Learn Series, w…

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Community members, As many of you have likely already seen, the hostage situation in Texas is over, and all hostages were safely rescued. The hostage-taker died in the altercation between law enforcement when they breached the facility to rescue the hostages. Though we are greatly relieved b…

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   As residents continue to assess the damage and loss from the fires in Boulder and Jefferson Counties, JEWISHcolorado is reaching out to assist organizations serving those in need. A special Colorado mailbox has been opened to ensure that contributions flow to those most impacted.

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Please save the date for the 2022 Sokolof Lecture featuring Professor Eugene Kontorovich, George Mason University, on February 22, 2022

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Welcome to 2022! Many of you reading this know me already, and for those of you who don’t, I’d like to take this opportunity to introduce myself. My name is Phil Malcom, and I’ve worked at the JFO for nine years in several different roles, most recently as the Executive Director of Operation…

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    The Jewish Federation of Omaha is proud to introduce Stacy Feldman as its new philanthropy coordinator. Feldman, originally from New Jersey, recently moved to Omaha and is looking forward to meeting and engaging with the community.

If you have not already done so, mark your calendar NOW for a great evening to focus on you at a special Beth Israel event, just for Omaha’s wonderful community of Jewish women.  “Mind. Body. Soul – A evening of fun and wellness for women” will take place Saturday, January 29th, at 7pm at Be…

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On January 20th the Dorothy Kaplan Book Discussion Group will gather for their monthly meeting.  Group members have the choice of meeting either via Zoom or in person in the Benjamin & Anna E. Wiesman Reception Room in the Staenberg Jewish Community Center. They will be discussing The Mu…

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    Joseph ‘Joe’ Kirshenbaum passed away Dec. 11, just shy of his 102nd birthday. Much has been written throughout the years about Joe, as he loved reminiscing about Jewish life in Omaha. Below, we are reprinting Cantor Joanna Alexander’s eulogy.

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    Substantial scholarship grants (currently up to $15,000) are available to graduate students through the Benjamin and Elizabeth “Bess” Stern Scholarship Fund. The fund is administered by the Financial Aid Committee of the Jewish Federation of Omaha. These scholarship grants are available …

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After a year off, the JCC Maccabi Games® are coming back in 2022!  Team Omaha is looking to recruit some amazing athletes for this summer’s Games.  The JCC Maccabi Games® are an Olympic-style sporting competition held each summer and is the second largest organized sports program for Jewish …

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Over 90 students from Omaha and surrounding cities gathered together on December 12th for a fun shopping spree, held at Westroads mall. Sponsored by the Nebraska Foundation for the Visually Impaired, these students shopped with a high school volunteer, bringing their ‘lists’ along to buy pre…

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Beth El is excited to offer a series of three virtual Tai Chi classes on January 12, 19 and 26 at 3:15 PM led by Beth Staenberg.  The cost is $18 for the series of classes.  The $18 helps support the on-going virtual and physically-distant programming that Beth El continues to put on.  Beth …

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You have heard the words, read the articles, and viewed a variety of Facebook posts about the importance of taking care of oneself.  The mind, body, and soul are truly interconnected and there is solid science behind the concept of taking the time to focus on self.  Think not?  Then close yo…

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If you have a Jewish middle schooler in your family and they are looking to participate in some fun and engaging activities with other Jewish youth their age, then look no further!  BBYO Connect is the program for them.  BBYO Connect is a program for 6th-8th graders designed to introduce the…

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Recognizing the ever-increasing need for financial support for Jewish organizations, the Jewish Federation of Omaha Foundation Board voted at their June 15, 2021 meeting to budget $35,000 of the Foundation’s funds to create Foundation IMPACT Grants. 

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Crown Center for Senior Living has received a $1million donation from philanthropists Michael and Carol Staenberg to benefit Crown’s capital campaign to construct affordable housing for older adults, and a state-of-the-art community center to be named “Staenberg Commons”.

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Sivan Cohen, our Community schlicha will be the Friday night guest speaker at B’nai Israel on Dec. 10, beginning at 7:30 p.m. She is a connoisseur of Israeli wine and spirits and will host a wine tasting during the Oneg after services.

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   On Thursday, Dec. 9, the Ruby Platt Allyship Initiative (RPAI), in association with the Anti-Defamation League’s Plains States Region (ADL-CRC), the Jewish Federation of Omaha (JFO), Beth El Synagogue and Temple Israel, kick off Unraveling Racism with Adam Fletcher Sasse—a 4-day series of…

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   Hosted at The Mark Bowling alley in Elkhorn, 22 children and 16 parents from all over Jewish Omaha spent two hilarious hours bowling on a Sunday afternoon. For many it was a reunion of sorts, with some kids knowing each other from the ELC or from camp. For others, like Stacy Feldman, it w…

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 Ashley Barrow, Friedel’s new Director of Learning Initiatives, is a familiar face around school. Mrs. Barrow, who has a bachelor’s degree in Education with an Early Childhood Endorsement and a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction, is in her eleventh year at Friedel.

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This year's bible quiz will be special.  After all, it is the thirty-fifth contest that B’nai B’rith has sponsored. And over the last five years, the number of participants and the audience size has increased dramatically. The scholarship prizes have grown, too.

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In our November 12 edition, we introduced the commjunity to Adam Fletcher Sasse, who will facilitate an intensive workshop from Dec. 9-12. Titled Unraveling Racism, this multi-day experience will offer participants countless opportunities to learn about both present-day racism in Omaha, as w…

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The 19th Annual Omaha Jewish Film Festival opened on November 20th with the documentary, They Ain’t Ready for Me, the story of Tamar Manasseh, a black rabbinical student who leads a fight against gun violence on the streets of southside Chicago. On November 22nd the Institute for Holocaust E…

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Earlier this month, the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum unveiled the first  Bobble Menorah and Bobble Dreidel. The Bobble Menorah features nine bobbling flames and comes in three color patterns. The dreidel is on a gelt-shaped base, each side inscribed with the dreidel’s Hebrew l…

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With the renovation of our beautiful Staenburg Kooper Fellman JCC almost being complete, we can wonder: what else is Michael Staenberg up to? One place his focus is on is a place called ‘The District.’

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   “Our lives are over in a blink,” Brett Atlas said. “At the end, we’ll want to know we accomplished what we wanted. If I can inspire anyone to make even the smallest change, my writing will have been worth it.”

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    While the Jewish Holidays always come right on time as scheduled, this year everything seemed to happen earlier than expected. As the days are getting shorter and the air grows chilly, Hanukkah is no exception; the first night arrives on Nov. 28 and the holiday concludes on Dec. 6.

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    The Jewish Federation of Omaha Foundation, in collaboration with the Omaha Jewish Alumni Association, is thrilled to announce that we are eCreamery’s Community Partner of the Month for December. eCreamery will ship a special Holiday 4-pack of homemade ice cream pints to your relatives, f…

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   After a hiatus due to the pandemic, the ADL-CRC hosted the 34th Annual Promoting Empowerment in Our World (PEW), the anti-bias workshop for high school students across the Omaha Metro, on Wednesday, Oct. 27 at Temples Israel. One hundred and ten sophomore high school students with diverse…

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Washington, D.C. – The office of Rep. Don Bacon will host a Veterans Burial Benefits Seminar at the Jewish Community Center (JCC) on November 9, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. CT. Representatives from the Omaha National Cemetery, Nebraska Department of Veteran’s Affairs (NDVA), and Douglas County Vetera…

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The Jewish Federation of Omaha and PJ Library are set to host their annual Hanukkah Extravaganza at the Jewish Community Center of Omaha on Sunday, Dec. 5 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. 

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The 19th Annual Omaha Jewish Film Festival is nearly here, so mark your calendars for November 20, 22, 29, and December 4. All films will be shown at 7 pm in the Alan J. Levine Performing Arts Theater on the Staenberg Kooper Fellman Campus. Tickets for the festival are soon to be available o…

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    As L.O.V.E. prepares to mark its 50th year of service to Rose Blumkin Jewish Home Residents, the League of Volunteers to the Elderly has been keeping busy and have some big announcements to make!

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    The Institute for Holocaust Education is pleased to announce our upcoming Lunch and Learn Series speakers and topics. Through the Lunch and Learn Series, IHE works to engage the community with material and presenters that are pertinent to Holocaust education and history. These events cre…

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   Monday November 8 at 7:00 pm, the community is invited to Temple Israel to meet Jewelry designer Freida Rothman. The event is co-sponsored by Beth El’s Miriam Initiative, Women of Beth Israel, Women of Chabad, the Institute for Holocaust Education, The Jewish Press, the Jewish Federations…

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    PJ Library will be partnering with Temple Israel to host a community-wide program geared towards families with children ages 0-4 (open to siblings of all ages) from 4-5:30 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 31. Many Jewish institutions avoid any association with this day (which for those unfamiliar wi…

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The Jewish Federation of Omaha is proud to announce Sharon Kirshenbaum is the recipient of the Kipnis-Wilson/Friedland Award. For a number of years, the Jewish Federations of North America have honored lay leaders with the Kipnis-Wilson/Friedland Award. This year’s recipients will be celebra…

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    The 2020-2021 series of Beit Midrash took place with robust “Zoom” participation for each session. It concluded with considerable praise from the community for its content, clergy-led discussions, community participation, and the back-end organization to make it all come together. Not un…

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The Institute for Holocaust Education is pleased to announce this program in conjunction with the 2021 Portraits of Survival exhibit. Through these events, IHE seeks to continue supporting educationally enriching and historically relevant programming for the broader community.