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The news is out: after a robust search process, Jewish Federation of Omaha President Mike Siegel announced Friday, August 5, the hire of our new Chief Executive Officer. Bob Goldberg will start in his new position January 30, 2023. Bob and his wife Kim are no strangers to Omaha and are excit…

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Another Federation Campaign?  Yes, we’ve had a number of these with the ongoing capital campaign, the COVID relief fund, and the campaign for Ukrainian aid, but the needs are great, and we always step up to the plate. Now, we are launching a campaign to enhance security on our campus.  In pa…

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On behalf of the Jewish Federation of Omaha Board, I am pleased to announce that the Board has unanimously voted to hire Bob Goldberg as the next CEO of the Jewish Federation of Omaha.

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On August 18th the Dorothy Kaplan Book Discussion Group will gather for their monthly meeting.  Group members have the choice of meeting either in person in the Benjamin & Anna Wiesman Reception Room in the Staenberg Jewish Community Center, or via Zoom.  This month they will be discussi…

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The Mega Challah Bake and Boutique is soon coming to Omaha. Doors open on September 15th at 6:15 pm at the JCC for wine, socializing, and shopping. At 7pm, participants will learn how to mix, knead, and shape their own tasty challah bread.

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   Soon, it will be time for another Jewish Federation of Omaha Annual Campaign and with that, the involvement of dedicated volunteers. Year after year, the Omaha Jewish Community is privileged to have people step up and lead the Campaign with time, passion and hard work. This year, The JFO …

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The Jewish Federation of Omaha is pleased to offer the Staenberg Family Foundation “Anything Grants™” again this year. Based on a generous commitment from Michael Staenberg and the Staenberg Family Foundation, “Anything Grants™” will provide a broad range of support for Jewish organizations …

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The news has been full of stories about the difficulties faced by teachers over the past few years, as well as about the unprecedented rate at which teachers are leaving the profession. According to a 2022 Gallup study, K-12 teachers are more burned out than any other workers, with 52% repor…

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What better way to wind down the dog days of summer than with a little live music in the park? Now in its 11th year, The Staenberg Omaha JCC Backyard Concert Series has become a favorite tradition for community music lovers of all ages.

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Beth El Welcomes New Education Director Mark Kelln On Aug. 28, the 2022-2023 Beth El Synagogue Talmud Torah (BESTT) school year will begin with Mark Kelln at the helm. Few Beth El members will need to be introduced to Mark. He is an active congregant who has previously served on Beth El’s Bo…

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Chabad of Nebraska joyfully invites Omaha to an extra special, making-up-for-lost-time Mega Challah Bake & Boutique September 15, 2022 at the JCC at 7 pm. Doors to the beautifully remodeled JCC lobby will open at 6:15 for shopping, noshing and wine. Vendors will be selling everything you…

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The entire community is invited, as we wish Howard Epstein a happy retirement and show our appreciation for all he has done as Executive Director of the Jewish Federation of Omaha Foundation.

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With Howard Epstein retiring from the Jewish Federation of Omaha Foundation, we are pleased to welcome Amy Bernstein Shivvers as our next Executive Director.  Amy is a native Omahan.  She has returned from Chicago with her husband Eric and their beloved rescue dog Ace.  Her passions include …

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Tuesday, Aug. 2, from 10-11 a.m., the Jewish Federation of Omaha and the Jewish Press will host the next local author event. Our guest that day will be Ariel O’Donnell. Ariel will share how she became a poet, and talk about the place of femininity, Judaism and childhood trauma in her work. S…

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    During her initial visit to Krakow in May of this year, artist Suzanne Horwich met countless children and adults who had recently fled Ukraine.

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    On July 21, the Dorothy Kaplan Book Discussion Group will gather for its monthly meeting. Group members have the choice of meeting either in person in the Benjamin and Anna Wiesman Reception Room in the Staenberg Jewish Community Center, or via Zoom. This month, the group will be discuss…

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    In February of this year, Beth Israel Synagogue celebrated its “chai” year on Pacific Street. It likely seems quite odd, especially to newcomers to the community, to hear a Beth Israel congregant refer to it as the “new” building but compared to the prior location, it is indeed quite you…

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   It is our pleasure to announce that Margo Parsow, Engagement Associate, has joined our Jewish Federation of Omaha Philanthropy staff.  Her role is to help us achieve the strategic plan objective of transitioning the campaign engagement from transactional to relationship building.  She wil…

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   After almost ten years, Howard Epstein is retiring from his position as Executive Director of the Jewish Federation of Omaha Foundation.

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The Nebraska Jewish Historical Society invites the community to the second program of its Archives Uncovered Series on Holocaust and Refugees in the Benjamin & Anna E. Wiesman Family Reception Room of the Jewish Community Centre on Tuesday, July 12th at 7:00 pm.  This event will showcase…

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Due to the popularity of last year’s 2022 OJAA Charity Topgolf Outing, the Omaha Jewish Alumni Association is excited to bring this event back! On August 14, 2022, OJAA will be holding the fundraiser again at Topgolf Omaha at 908 N 102nd St, Omaha, NE 68114 from 12:00 P.M. to 3:00 P.M. 

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The Jewish Federation of Omaha is very excited to announce, after a long absence due to COVID, our quarterly Jewish Business Leaders Bagels & Business Breakfast events are back!  Our first in-person event in almost a year will be held on July 27th, at 7:30 A.M. at the Staenberg Omaha Jew…

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The Sokolof Awards reception was held Tuesday, June 14 in the Shirley and Leonard Goldstein Community Engagement Venue of the Staenberg Omaha JCC.  The reception honored the 2022 recipients of the Sokolof awards:

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The Jewish Federation of Omaha is pleased to announce Sharon Brodkey as the new Executive Director of the Community Relations Council (CRC).

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This idea started with the conversation, as is often the case. Jewish Federation of Omaha Foundation Executive Director Howard Epstein and I were walking out of a Jewish Business Leaders of Omaha Bagels & Business breakfast, back in 2019.I mentioned my family has benefited from a variety…

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We invite you to join us for the third installment of our Local Author Series, June 21 from 10-11 a.m. We will welcome Harold Mann to share his published works with us, and it promises to be an engaging conversation! Whether you choose to attend via Zoom or in person, we ask you to rsvp. For…

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One day about a year ago, 9-year-old Taylor Nogg was going through a roughpatch with his baseball skills. Taylor’s mom (Jaime) asked Taylor’s oldest brother (Jordan) if his friend (Joe Scioli) would come over and the two older boys could work with Taylor to get his game back.

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   In late May, the camp of Josephus’ force was discovered at the convergence of Kela Valley and the Jordan River by a team from the Bethsaida Excavations Project of the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO).  For many years, Dr. Carl Savage (Northwind Seminary) had noted the presence of a s…

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Due to the rise in active COVID-19 cases in Douglas County, we have decided to reschedule our Billy McGuigan Concert to May 7th of 2023. If you've bought tickets, placed an ad or are volunteering, we understand and appreciate the disruption this rescheduling may cause. We are concerned with …

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   For the sake of transparency, I’ll admit: we have a problem at the Jewish Press. As I’m writing this, it’s May 17. Normally, at this time, we have filled our summer intern position and are looking forward to working with someone who, we know, will bring exciting ideas and enthusiasm to ou…

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Every once in a while, a story finds us just when we need it the most. Such was the case when Suzanne Horwich told us about her plans to travel to Krakow, Poland. She created the program ‘Artists Giving Back,’ in an effort to elevate the spirit and lift the energy of the Ukrainian refugees i…

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The Financial Aid Committee of the Jewish Federation of Omaha is pleased to announce Jack Scioli was selected as the 2022 recipient of the David Keiser and Lillian Keiser Stoms Foundation Education Endowment Fund for Academic Excellence Scholarship. This is the only merit-based scholarship g…

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From May 2nd to May 4th, I had the privilege to travel to Cleveland and represent the Omaha Jewish community at the JPro22 Conference. 

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Dear Friends,Earlier this week, the clergy shared with you our alarm and deep concern in hearing that the Supreme Court is moving toward overturning Roe v. Wade. We know that many of you share our fears. The overturning of this landmark case would deprive women of autonomy over their own bod…

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    The Jewish Federation of Omaha (JFO)currently is looking for our next Director of Engagement and Education. The Director of Engagement and Education for the JFO leads the team tasked with inspiring Jewish connections, promoting lifelong innovative Jewish learning and contributing to comm…

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    On May 19th 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 Windy C…