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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 Jewish Federation of Omaha Foundation.
 
Drivers and their passengers enjoyed a beautiful drive through the Loess Hills of Iowa, with stops in Crescent, Beebeetown, Neola, Underwood and finishing back at the synagogue. After completing the drive, teams gathered in the social hall to be dealt 5 cards for a game of Draw Poker. The top ten best poker hands were awarded $500 each, plus a Joker card donated by the Jewish Federation Foundation valued at $100. 
 
Each team was given the opportunity to donate their winnings towards a Life & Legacy organization. Jewish Family Services Yachad, Institute for Holocaust Education, and B'nai Israel Synagogue were the chosen organizations who received donations from the event. It was a fun time bringing people together after being apart for over a year.