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    Friedel Jewish Academy Head of School Beth Cohen calls last year “a school year like no other” that “taught us powerful life lessons about being flexible and adapting to changing situations.” Despite the challenges of the pandemic, Friedel students were able to learn in-person, five days…

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    Hazon(www.hazon.org), the largest faith-based environmental organization in the United States, just announced its intention to merge with another strong Jewish environmental organization, Pearlstone Center, www.pearlstonecenter.org, headquartered outside of Baltimore. Until June 30, I ha…

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Jewish Family Service is hosting a team for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s (AFSP) Out of the Darkness Walk on Saturday, September 18, 2021. To register and join our team, please go to https://supporting.afsp.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=register.start&eventID=7509&teamI…

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    Reprinted with permission from the Nebraska Jewish Historical Society.

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The Omaha Jewish Alumni Association proudly presents our first ever fundraiser! On August 15, 2021 OJAA will be holding a fundraiser at Topgolf in Omaha at 908 N 102nd St, Omaha, NE 68114 from 12:00 P.M. to 3:00 P.M. Tickets for the event are $54.00 per adult and $36.00 per child.  This incl…

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On Friday morning, Aug. 13, Jewish Business Leaders (JBL) will be hosting its first in-person Jewish Business Leaders (JBL) event since January 2020, featuring prominent nationally known attorney and former Omahan, Jason Itkin. We are so very excited to see everyone again. The breakfast meet…

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    After deaths of loved ones, the Jewish people have always found consolation in prayer. Through Kaddish, Yizkor, and Yahrzeits, prayers help not only to connect us to G-d, but also to elevate the souls of our deceased loved ones.

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The Institute for Holocaust Education is pleased to announce the upcoming lineup for our Third Thursday Lunch and Learn Series. The Lunch and Learn Series is an opportunity for community members to engage with pertinent topics regarding Holocaust education.

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Not many buildings in Council Bluffs have the amount of history as the one on the 500 Block of West Broadway. Originally built in 1903 by Storz Brewing Co, the building was best known for being the home to Iowa Clothes from 1930 to 1996.

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Ask anyone who has been on a Momentum trip (formerly JWRP) to Israel, and they will tell you it was an amazing and transformative once-in-a-life time experience. Action packed and informative from the moment you land in Israel to the time you board the return plane home, these trips are open…

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    It’s all quite plain and simple, you know. G-d spent six full 24-hour days working fingers to the bones, barely able to make it into the next 24-hour period, but finally completing the work of creation at the end of the sixth day, settling into the recliner, lighting a candle or two, eat…

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    Let me introduce you to Beth Kujath, our new part-time therapist. Beth is an Omaha native. She did her undergraduate work at University of Nebraska-Omaha with a degree in Education and Human Service. Following graduation, she worked at the Salvation Army in Early Head Start. During that …

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The Rose Blumkin Jewish Home, along with all other long-term care providers, is surveyed by the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services- at least annually- and undergoes the Nebraska Fire Marshalls Life Safety Code Inspection yearly during this process. Additional surveys conducted …

I’ve been blessed, blessed to teach at one of the finest high schools in the country, blessed to teach in a diverse community, and blessed to have made the friends I did early in my career. I began teaching at Central High School in 1998, and by the 2000-2001 school year, I was teaching seni…

On Thursday, July 8th from 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM, ADL will once again partner with The National Constitution Center in Philadelphia to present its Supreme Court Review, an opportunity to unpack the decisions handed down by the justices and discuss the ramifications of those decisions. As the c…

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Families from across the community joined Friedel Jewish Academy and PJ Library Omaha for two recent outdoor programs. These programs were designed to connect families and provide fun, hands-on learning opportunities for children.

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On a picture-perfect Sunday morning in June, with nothing but clear blue skies above, 40 people came together at the little synagogue off Broadway in Council Bluffs for a special event.  The event was the B'nai Israel Synagogue Poker Run to benefit Life & Legacy organizations of the Jewi…

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Cantor Leo Fettman passed away on April 22 at age 96. He is survived by his wife, Annette; children Jack, Aviva, Renana, and Rachel; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

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   Naomi Fox is the worthy recipient of this year’s Sokolof Outstanding Jewish Teacher Award. Naomi has been described as a “highly dedicated educator,” going “above and beyond,” and with a “smile that inspired us (students) to learn more.” Naomi has 12 years of teaching experience in Omaha …

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    I’m back! After a productive and fun summer as the Jewish Press’s intern in 2020 and a whirlwind of a senior year at college, I am grateful to return as the 2021 Summer Intern.

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The Jewish Federation of Omaha invites the community to our Awards Night and Annual Meeting, Monday June 7 at 7 p.m. Current CDC guidelines will be followed. We are excited to welcome you to the beautiful new Alan J. Levine Performing Arts Theater.

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Shaare Zion Synagogue served as a vibrant hub of Sioux City communal Jewish life beginning in 1927 until the early 1990’s when the Congregation merged with the reform temple to form the current Beth Shalom congregation.

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The Jewish Federation of Omaha is delighted to announce Marty Ricks as the 2020 Humanitarian of the Year. This award is given to an individual who has performed an outstanding service to humanity. Marty will be honored at the JFO Awards Night and Annual Meeting, which will be held June 7 at …

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    Get your virtual passports ready and join us as we travel to Shanghai (June), South Africa (July), and Greece (August)! Passport to Shabbat is a joint collaboration of synagogue engagement directors from across the country to bring our communities a variety of fun, new and meaningful pro…

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   A Staenberg Family Anything Grant was awarded to the Ted Seldin Cemetery Grounds Enhancement Project, an initiative of Oak Hill/Bikhor Cholim Cemetery. Long-time Board member Ted Seldin, of blessed memory, was a great supporter of the Jewish cemetery in Council Bluffs and continually enco…

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You are invited to "Stories of Survival," an evening of storytelling and resilience with speakers who have faced migration as a result of genocide and violence. This virtual event will provide an opportunity for our community to hear from three remarkable speakers who will share their and th…

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The Jewish Federation of Omaha is pleased to announce that Jamie and Ted Friedland, who were 2021 Annual Campaign Chairs, have been named the Spirit of Federation award recipients. The Phil and Terri Schrager Spirit of Federation Award is given annually to honor one man and one woman who hav…

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    Mark your calendars; the JCC Theater program will present The Trial of the Big Bad Wolf on Thursday, May 20th and Sunday, May 23rd.

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As I shared on Tuesday, the events in Israel are continuing to unfold beyond my imagination. We support the government of Israel and the IDF as it undertakes its sacred work to protect and defend our beloved Jewish State. We stand with the people of Israel who are under attack. We mourn thos…

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   The Jody and Neal Malashock Award for Professional Excellence is presented annually to a professional in the Omaha Jewish Community who has shown exemplary performance in advancing the mission of their organization. The Jewish Federation of Omaha Board of Directors is pleased to announce …

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    PJ Library and National Women’s Philanthropy (NWP) invite you to join the second part of a discussion on Jewish women. The conversation continues Tuesday, May 11, 11 a.m.-noon central time. These meaningful conversations are moderated by journalist Abigail Pogrebin and offer learnings ab…

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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…