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Ozzie NOGG n the early morning hours of Sunday, July 10, 2016, while walking back to his apartment in Washington, DC, 27-year old Omaha-native Seth Rich was fatally shot in what police described as a botched robbery attempt. The case remains unsolved. At the time of his death, Seth worked for the Democratic National Committee, developing computer programs that helped boost turnout by making sure voters in all counties in the nation knew their exact polling place locations. In honor of Seth, Beth El Syangogue re-named its existing scholarship fund The Seth Rich Memorial Camp Scholarship Fund. The first event to raise monies for the fund - Rising Stars of American Jewish Music: Banot Band and Noah Aronson - is scheduled for Sunday, March 26 at 4 p.m. at Beth El Synagogue. Recently, Rabbi Steven Abraham and Beth El’s President, Jim Zipursky, wrote the following statement. “When Seth was murdered, his synagogue family and the entire community wanted to do something to honor his memory. Seth loved camp. It was his second home. Every summer he would head to the Northwoods of Wisconsin to be with friends at Ramah who were as close

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Seth Rich, left, at his brother Aaron’s wedding in October of 2015. as family. We could think of no better tribute than to re-name Beth El’s Camp Scholarship Fund in honor of Seth, so that his memory would live on for generations to come.” Speaking for the Rich family, Joel Rich said, “My wife Mary and I, along with our son Aaron and his wife, Molly, were overwhelmed that Beth El recognized how highly all of us valued Jewish summer camp experiences. Seth’s values matured at the Synagogue and at Camp Ramah.

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MARk kiRchhOFF have a meal are asked to arrive no Program and Communications Assistant later than 11:45 a.m. to place an Friday, March 3 at Noon, Dr. order and have it delivered to the Aomar Boum, Asboard room prior sistant Professor in to the start of the Social Anthropollecture. The lecture ogy at UCLA will is open to the pubspeak in the Board lic free of charge Room of the Rose and is limited in Blumkin Jewish length to assist Home. In addition participants for to being a faculty their commitments member at UCLA, over lunch breaks. Dr. Boum is a FelDr. Boum delow with the scribes himself as United States “a socio-cultural anthropologist Holocaust Muwith a historical seum. With this bent concerned lecture event, a with the social and kosher meal will Dr. Aomar Boum cultural represenbe available tation of and political discourse through the Star Deli at particiabout religious and ethnic minoripant’s expense. Those desiring to ties in the Middle East and North Africa.” His topic for the day is Untold Stories: Vichy and the Internment of European Jews in Saharan Labor Camps. Dr. Boum explains that in the aftermath of Nazi occupation of France, many European Jews fled towards North Africa to seek refuge. However, a lot of them were captured by Vichy [name for France during the war] authorities See Dr. Aomar Boum page 3

Each year, camp helped Seth grow more independent and confident. The future leaders of our Jewish community will come from the young people who have the opportunity to attend a Jewish camp.” After Central High School, Seth Rich attended Creighton University where his love of politics grew. While still a student, he worked for the US Census Bureau and the Nebraska Democratic Party, and interned for Senator Ben Nelson.

After graduating from Creighton in 2012, Seth was hired by a national polling company, Greenberg Quinlan Rosner, and moved to Washington, DC. Two years later, he joined the Democratic National Committee, where he worked with data from every voter precinct in the country. After Seth’s murder, Florida Representative Debbie WassermanSchultz - then the Democratic National Committee chairwoman said, “Our hearts are broken with the loss of one of our DNC family members over the weekend. Seth Rich was a dedicated, selfless public servant who worked tirelessly to protect the most sacred right we share as Americans – the right to vote. He saw the great potential of our nation and believed that, together, we can make the world a better place.” Echoing these words, Rabbi Abraham said, “Seth was a man who believed that everyone in our country, no matter their economics, religion or the color of their skin, had the right to vote. There is no greater legacy to leave than to acknowledge that Seth left this world a better place than how he found it.” By all accounts, Seth Rich was a totally unassuming, fun-loving intellectual who knew very early on that he wanted go into politics, to See Seth Rich Scholarship Fund page 2

Moshe Gershovich: A life fully lived, lovingly recalled

JOAN LAtchAw he was a protective and wise influence in with LeONARD GReeNSpOON my life. Moshe cautioned my then fiancé Years ago a colleague asked me, “What that if anything happened to me the IDF is the definition of a mensch?” I rifled would be after him.” Of course, this through my mental “threat” was followed dictionary and reby hearty congratulasponded, “Someone tions to Kevin. who is responsible, Moshe’s gesture durethical, kind-hearted, ing this conversation and compassionate.” brought me to tears -But those traits, laudwhen he put his arm able as they are, around Kasey and said didn’t have the taam, she was truly a the spirit, the feel daughter. In fond recembodied in the Yidollection Kasey dish word. I finally mused, “Such was the gave up and named a manner of Moshe.” person we both Vision and passion knew. Instantly my inspired Moshe -- as colleague understood. an administrator, Moshe Gershovich teacher and reMoshe Gershovich was a quintessential searcher. His educamensch. I instinctually knew this long be- tional pedigree, a B.A. and M.A. from Tel fore we became friends. So many friends, Aviv University and Ph.D. from Harvard colleagues, and loved ones have expressed University, provided the foundation for a Moshe’s spirit. The following incident oc- distinguished career. Moshe continued to curred, just this year, in the Gershovich liv- build an impressive record after joining the ing room, where I was also a visitor. Kasey UNO History Department in 2001. He has De Goey, the Schwalb Center staff assis- held the Martin Professorship of History tant, recalls this visit to Moshe and his at UNO, taught courses in Israeli-Palestinwife Beth shortly after her engagement. ian conflict, Holocaust Studies, and U.S. She says, “In my time as staff assistant to and the Middle East; directed the Middle Moshe, our relationship blossomed to one East Project Fund; and was the driving like a father and daughter. In addition to force behind UNO’s popular Middle East giving me so many wonderful opportunities, See Moshe Gershovich page 3

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community Seth Rich Scholarship Fund

Continued from page 1 make a difference. It was at Camp Ramah that Seth learned how to be a leader, how to care for others and how to stand up for his beliefs. Seth brought creativity and initiative to his experience at Ramah, especially during his summer as the Director of Boating Education in 2011, a year before graduating from Creighton. “He was exceptionally thoughtful, very engaged, in his own way, in his Jewish identity,” said Jacob Cytryn, Director of Camp Ramah. “Seth’s zest for life put him at the center of so much that camp had to offer; his energy was frenetic and contagious, his curiosity for ideas and for people’s personalities, boundless. Seth was exceptionally bright. Even as a rising high school junior he displayed some of the interests that would lead him to his dual passions of public service and statistics, but he always seemed more at home in the games of adolescent boys, in planning elaborate pranks, on the sailboats and motorboats on Lake Buckatabon.” “Many people I encounter seem to assume that the ideal alumnus of Camp Ramah is a Rabbi or Jewish scholar,” Cytryn continued. “There is a much more powerful, compelling and historically accurate case to be made for someone like Seth. While his Jewish identity was central to who he was, it was but one part of his complex personality. Seth combined the great pillars of our camp: being a great friend, a lover of intellectual pursuits, committed to unabashed fun and an underlying allegiance to

the Jewish people. He was one of the great campers, an exuberant, roofball-playing, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle-dancing, light-and-sound-board-controlling plat-

Seth Rich at Judiciary Square, Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, D.C. on Dec. 31, 2015. inum blond kid from Omaha with a massive heart and a brain and a soul to match.” The outpouring of support in the days after Seth’s death clearly showed the impact Seth had on Ramah as well as the impact Ramah had on Seth. “On behalf of the hundreds of Ramahniks whom you touched during your summers here -- the staff who worked with you when you were a camper, fellow campers, and the campers and staff you influenced as a staff member, we

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Seth Rich in his customary July 4 get-up. mourn the loss of a great and true Ramahnik,” Director Cytryn wrote in remarks read at Seth’s funeral. “Here in a place you knew as a home, your memory is already blessing those of us who knew you and who will remember you this week and forevermore.” This year’s concert features rising stars of American Jewish music. “The Banot Band was co-founded by four women who are recent Berklee College of Music graduates,” said Beth El Hazzan Michael Krausman. “Their sound is derived from the worlds of

jazz, R&B, classical and folk, to name a few. The result is a unique pallet that sheds brand new light on long-loved classics. Noah Aronson is an energetic and soulful composer and performer whose unique musical style propels his music into communities across the country and in Israel. Noah’s music is sung in progressive communities and summer camps worldwide. We are extremely excited to have them perform at our Sunday, March 26 Seth Rich Memorial Camp Scholarship Fund Concert.” After Seth Rich was shot and killed, his family found a draft email that he never sent. “All my life, I’ve only wanted to make a difference so that I might be able to one day tell people that I mattered,” he wrote in that email. The name of Seth’s intended recipient is unclear. “Seth did what he loved,” Rabbi Abraham said. “He wanted to make a difference in the world around him and we owe it to his memory to finish the work Seth started. The kid was a mensch.” Individual tickets and sponsorship opportunities are found at http://bethel-omaha. org. All sponsorship levels include at least two concert tickets at no extra charge. Donations are tax deductible. Concert Chairs are Mary and Joel Rich and Pam and Bruce Friedlander. Look for more details on the Bonot Band, Noah Aronson and the Omaha kids who will benefit from Seth Rich Memorial Camp Scholarship Fund in upcoming issues of the Jewish Press.

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Beth Cohen Head of School, Friedel Jewish Academy ant to know how to design and build a strong bridge? A water filtration system? A windmill? A prosthetic knee? Ask a Friedel student! Every week, all Friedel students participate in Innovation Learning classes where they are currently studying engineering. Go to www.FriedelJewish to learn more about Friedel’s curriculum for kindergarten through sixth grade.

Moshe Gershovich

Continued from page 1 Forum, a monthly event that was always packed. After taking over the directorship of the Schwalb Center for Israel and Jewish Studies, Moshe’s vision and outreach extended even further -- and the Center’s with him. In that role, Moshe became a consummate collaborator, cosponsoring events with Black Studies, Islamic Studies, OLLAS (Office of Latino and Latin American Studies) and Medieval Studies. But the written record cannot capture the spirit, the taam, of an extraordinary life. Mark Scherer, a history colleague, said it best when he told me, “Moshe was a kind and gentle man who personified everything we aspire to be as dedicated scholars and teachers.” So many of his colleagues reiterated this sentiment. Curtis Hutt, a close colleague and friend commented, “It is difficult to underestimate the effect that an individual University professor can have on a campus.” For example, Curtis explained that UNO has experienced very few anti-Israel movements and anti-Semitism over the past five years. He believes Moshe’s presence was a major factor: “Who was not Moshe’s friend? In which college or department was Moshe not welcome? When representatives of the BDS movement wanted to hold an event on campus, Moshe invited them to his class so he could first make certain that both sides’ positions were accurately presented and to moderate, even change, their minds. After the recent election, while watching Moshe advise and comfort Muslim students from Saudi Arabia worried about Islamophobia in the United States, one of them said, ‘The only ones who care about Arabs in Omaha are Jews.’ The BDS movement at UNO never stood any chance with Moshe Gershovich in town.” Students flocked to Moshe because, in Jeanne Reames’ words, “he was a your-success- promotes-the success-of-us-all sort of person.” Moshe spent tireless hours mentoring graduate students and he “motherhenned them, even as he established high standards of research.” One of those students, Anthony Hughes, recognized that Moshe’s ancestry, homeland, and life experience was the force behind his success as a mentor. “One of Moshe’s greatest gifts was drawn from his own personal journey. Descended from Lithuanian and Polish Jews who made Aliyah to Israel, the Holy Land became his home away from home after moving to America. Moshe extensively researched and shared the experiences of fellow Jews in Morocco and Europe, while in the U.S. he provided a rich environment of learning to countless students. Moshe’s life was a microcosm of the Jewish experience in the late 20th and 21st centuries: bridging the different cultures through education and sharing in the common bonds of history to promote humanity.” Moshe built bridges in so many different directions. I [Leonard Greenspoon, ed.] knew Moshe, as a professional and personal colleague, since his arrival in Omaha. We became especially close when the Schwalb Center joined as a full partner in the annual fall symposium I sponsor as Klutznick Chair at Creighton. Whenever I couldn’t think of a topic or speakers, I’d panic and then call Moshe. In his calm collegial way, he invariably came up with outstanding ideas and worked with all of us to carry them out. Alan Potash, CEO of the Jewish Federation of Omaha, speaks for many when he assessed Moshe’s contributions: “My relationship with Moshe grew and evolved over the years. During my time with the ADL, we addressed anti-Israel activity in schools and participated in several debates with Palestinians. Moshe was passionate about partnering with the Federation to bring major speakers to Omaha. His enthusiasm for sharing his scholarship around Israel and the Middle East was often contagious. I will truly miss our time and our work together. He had so many ideas left to fulfill.” Martin Buber said, “In the beginning is the relation.” He meant that deep connections are creative, in that the self affirms to the Other his or her intrinsic value. As personal friends of Moshe and Beth, I can attest

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Dr. Aomar Boum

Continued from page 1 and sent to forced labor camps in the Saharan desert of Morocco and Algeria where they built trans-Saharan railroads. Following the American landing in Casablanca, many refugees were able to leave the camps, although a number were not able to survive the desert climate and Vichy treatment. This talk sheds light on this marginalized story of the war by highlighting the daily lives of a number of Jews who were interned in these desert camps. Thursday, March 2 at 7 p.m. at the Magnolia Hotel, 1615 Howard Street, Omaha, Dr. Boum will be the keynote lecturer for the Missouri Valley History Conference. This year’s conference theme is Remembering and Being Remembered: Monuments, Memorials, and Legacies. Dr. Boum’s keynote address is The Politics of Memory: Muslim Perception of Jews in Post-colonial Morocco. The evening begins with a reception at 6:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. This is the second consecutive year that the Schwalb Center and History Department at UNO has sponsored a speaker for the Missouri Valley History Conference. The Jewish Federation of Omaha readily accepted the offer to sponsor Dr. Boum for the Friday luncheon lecture. The Schwalb Center originally came to know Dr. Boum when Dr. Moshe Gershovich, of recent memory, met him while on a trip to Morocco. Moshe was impressed with his depth and breadth of knowledge and was the primary advocate for Boum’s coming to Omaha for this conference and lecture. Mark your calendar to attend either or both, the keynote address on March 2 at 7 p.m. at the Magnolia Hotel or the luncheon lecture at Noon on March 3 at the Rose Blumkin Jewish Home.

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all events held at the Jewish community center unless otherwise noted. This calendar does not include all community events. For a complete listing, visit the Federation’s website: www.jew (click on calendar). To keep calendar accurate, call Pat Anson at 402.334.8200. The Jewish Press is not responsible for the accuracy of the events.

Friday, February 24 Batya and Koby Israeli P2G artists, 9 a.m. Star Deli, 11:30 a.m. at RBJH Scholar-in-Residence Rabbi Robert Harris, 7 p.m. at Beth El

Saturday, February 25 Temple Tots Shabbat, 9 a.m. at Temple Israel Torah Study, 9:15 a.m. at Temple Israel Scholar-in-Residence Rabbi Robert Harris, 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at Beth El BESTT Junior Congregation, 10 a.m. at Beth El Mini-Minyannaires, 10:45 a.m. at Beth El Musical Theater Performance of Clue, 7:30 p.m. Sunday, February 26 BESTT Sunday School, 9:45 a.m. at Beth El Religious School, 10 a.m. at Temple Israel Torah Study, 10:15 a.m. at Beth El BESTT Torah Tots, 10:30 a.m. at Beth El TED Talk, 11 a.m. at Temple Israel Scholar-in-Residence Rabbi Robert Harris, 11:15 a.m. at Beth El Yachad Movie at the Majestic Musical Theater Performance of Clue, 2 p.m. Performing Arts Academy Class, 2 p.m. Friedel Jewish Academy - Kindergarten Round Up for Prospective Parents, 7 p.m. at Friedel Jewish Academy

Monday, February 27 Federation Board Meeting, 11:30 a.m. at RBJH Exploring Judaism Class, 7 p.m. tueSday, February 28 JSS Board Meeting, 11:30 am at RBJH Rabbi Abraham’s A Wisdom Tradition, Noon at Whole Foods

WedneSday, March 1 Friedel Jewish Academy - Kindergarten Round Up for Prospective Students, 10:30 a.m. at Friedel Jewish Academy B’nai B’rith Breadbreakers, Noon at RBJH Rabbis & Presidents Meeting, Noon at RBJH Religious School, 4 p.m. at Temple Israel BESTT Hebrew School, 4:15 p.m. at Beth El BESTT Hebrew High Dinner, 6 p.m. at Beth El Rabbi Abraham’s A Wisdom Tradition, 6:15 p.m. at Beth El Adult Education Class, 6:30 p.m. at Temple Israel BESTT Hebrew High, 6:45 p.m. at Beth El Hazzan Krausman’s Echoes and Reflections, 7:30 p.m. at Beth El thurSday, March 2 Women's Class, 9:30 a.m. at Beth Israel Adult Study with the Clergy, 10 a.m. at Temple Israel

Friday, March 3 Star Deli, 11:30 a.m. at RBJH Beth El Our Shabbat Tables, 6 p.m. First Friday Shabbat Service, 6 p.m. at Temple Israel

Saturday, March 4 Torah Study, 9:15 a.m. at Temple Israel BESTT Junior Congregation, 10 a.m. at Beth El Mini-Minyannaires, 10:45 a.m. at Beth El Sunday, March 5 BESTT Sunday School, 9:45 a.m. at Beth El Religious School, 10 a.m. at Temple Israel Torah Study, 10:15 a.m. at Beth El Speaker's Series: Musical Midrash, 11:15 a.m. at Beth El QPR Suicide Preventation Presentation, 11:30 a.m. Performing Arts Academy Class, 2 p.m. PJ Library Pre-Purim Bash, 5:30 p.m. at Omaha Children’s Museum Monday, March 6 Eye on Israel with Rabbi Abramovich, Noon Exploring Judaism Class, 7 p.m.

tueSday, March 7 Harold Gernsbacher Visit, All day event, TBD Rabbi Abraham’s A Wisdom Tradition, Noon at Whole Foods IHE Essay Contest 1st Round Judging, 5 p.m.

WedneSday, March 8 B’nai B’rith Breadbreakers, Noon at RBJH Religious School, 4 p.m. at Temple Israel BESTT Hebrew School, 4:15 p.m. at Beth El Rabbi Abraham’s A Wisdom Tradition, 6:15 p.m. at Beth El Adult Education Class, 6:30 p.m. at Temple Israel BESTT Hebrew High, 6:45 p.m. at Beth El Hazzan Krausman’s Echoes and Reflections, 7:30 p.m. at Beth El thurSday, March 9 Women's Class, 9:30 a.m. at Beth Israel Adult Study with the Clergy, 10 a.m. at Temple Israel IHE Essay Contest Judging (Snow Day), 4:30 p.m.

Friday, March 10 Star Deli, 11:30 a.m. at RBJH Shabbat Services Speaker Series, 7:30 p.m. at B'nai Israel - Council Bluffs

Saturday, March 11 Temple Israel TiYPE Program, 2 p.m. Torah Study, 9:15 a.m. at Temple Israel BESTT Junior Congregation, 10 a.m. at Beth El Mini-Minyannaires, 10:45 a.m. at Beth El Megillah Reading: Megilat Esther, 7:30 p.m. at Chabad Sunday, March 12 BESTT Sunday School, 9:45 a.m. at Beth El with Early Dismissal for Purim Carnival Religious School, 10 a.m. at Temple Israel Temple Tots Sunday, 10 a.m. at Temple Israel BESTT Torah Tots, 10:30 a.m. at Beth El with Early Dismissal for Purim Carnival USY Purim Carnival, 11:30 a.m. at Beth El Purim Carnival, 11:30 a.m. at Temple Israel Performing Arts Academy Class, 2 p.m. Chabad Purim in Persia, 4 p.m. Monday, March 13 IHE Governance Council Mtg, 11:30 a.m. Jewish Press Board Meeting, 5:30 p.m. Exploring Judaism Class, 7 p.m. FJA Board of Directors Meeting, 7 p.m.

tueSday, March 14 Rabbi Abraham’s A Wisdom Tradition, Noon at Whole Foods

WedneSday, March 15 B’nai B’rith Breadbreakers, Noon at RBJH Religious School, 4 p.m. at Temple Israel Training Company Concert Tech/Dress Rehearsal, 4 p.m. BESTT Hebrew School, 4:15 p.m. at Beth El Rabbi Abraham’s A Wisdom Tradition, 6:15 p.m. at Beth El Cantor-in-Residence Cantor Patti Linsky, 6:30 p.m. at Temple Israel BESTT Hebrew High, 6:45 p.m. at Beth El Hazzan Krausman’s Echoes and Reflections, 7:30 p.m. at Beth El thurSday, March 16 Women's Class, 9:30 a.m. at Beth Israel Cantor-in-Residence Patti Linsky, 10 a.m. at Temple Israel Middle East Forum, Noon at UNO Barbara Weitz Community Engagement Center Friday, March 17 Star Deli, 11:30 a.m. at RBJH Cantor-in-Residence Patti Linsky, 6 p.m. at Temple Israel

Saturday, March 18 Torah Study, 9:15 a.m. at Temple Israel BESTT Junior Congregation, 10 a.m. at Beth El Mini-Minyannaires, 10:45 a.m. at Beth El Kids Night Out, 5:30 p.m.

Sunday, March 19 BESTT Sunday School, 9:45 a.m. at Beth El BESTT Torah Tots, 9:45 a.m. at Beth El Speaker's Series: Musical Midrash, 11:15 a.m. at Beth El Training Company Concert, 4 p.m. Performing Arts Academy Class, 2 p.m. Monday, March 20 Mainstreeters Lunch, 11 a.m. at RBJH Exploring Judaism Class, 7 p.m.

tueSday, March 21 Rabbi Abraham’s A Wisdom Tradition, Noon at Whole Foods Board of Trustees, 7 p.m. at Temple Israel

WedneSday, March 22 B’nai B’rith Breadbreakers, Noon at RBJH BESTT Hebrew School, 4:15 p.m. at Beth El Rabbi Abraham’s A Wisdom Tradition, 6:15 p.m. at Beth El BESTT Hebrew High, 6:45 p.m. at Beth El Hazzan Krausman’s Echoes and Reflections, 7:30 p.m. at Beth El thurSday, March 23 Women's Class, 9:30 a.m. at Beth Israel Adult Study with the Clergy, 10 a.m. at Temple Israel Friday, March 24 Star Deli, 11:30 a.m. at RBJH Beth El BESTT Shabbaton Grades 3-7

Saturday, March 25 Beth El BESTT Shabbaton Grades 3-7 Temple Tots Shabbat, 9 a.m. at Temple Israel Torah Study, 9:15 a.m. at Temple Israel Mini-Minyannaires, 10:45 a.m. at Beth El FED Event, 7 p.m. at TBD

Sunday, March 26 Beth El Synagogue BESTT Shabbaton Grades 3-7 Edde Belgrade 3on3 Tournament, 7 a.m., Gym Book Club, 10 a.m. at Temple Israel Religious School, 10 a.m. at Temple Israel TED Talk, 11 a.m. at Temple Israel Speaker's Series: Musical Midrash, 11:15 a.m. at Beth El OTYG Meeting, Noon at Temple Israel Performing Arts Academy Class, 2 p.m. Musical Theater Rehearsal, 3 p.m. Cantor’s Scholarship Concert, 4 p.m. at Beth El Chamber Music Society Concert, 7 p.m. Monday, March 27 IHE ‘Week of Understanding’, 9 a.m. Exploring Judaism Class, 7 p.m.

tueSday, March 28 IHE ‘Week of Understanding,’ 9 a.m. JSS Board Meeting, 11:30 a.m. at RBJH Rabbi Abraham’s A Wisdom Tradition, Noon at Whole Foods IHE ‘Week of Understanding’ Public Event: Survivor Testimony , 7 p.m. at Countryside Community Church

WedneSday, March 29 IHE ‘Week of Understanding’, 9 a.m. B’nai B’rith Breadbreakers, Noon at RBJH Religious School, 4 p.m. at Temple Israel BESTT Hebrew School, 4:15 p.m. at Beth El Jewish Federation of Omaha Author Visit Jason Gewirtz, 6 p.m. Rabbi Abraham’s A Wisdom Tradition, 6:15 p.m. at Beth El Adult Education Class, 6:30 p.m. at Temple Israel BESTT Hebrew High, 6:45 p.m. at Beth El Hazzan Krausman’s Echoes and Reflections, 7:30 p.m. at Beth El thurSday, March 30 ADL Educator Speaker Series, 7:30 a.m. IHE ‘Week of Understanding’, 9 a.m. Women's Class, 9:30 a.m. at Beth Israel Adult Study with the Clergy, 10 a.m. at Temple Israel Love and Logic Spring Session, 6 p.m. Friday, March 31 IHE ‘Week of Understanding’, 9 a.m. Star Deli, 11:30 a.m. at RBJH Tot & Family Shabbat & Dinner, 6 p.m. at Beth El

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GaBBy Blair Come with us and visit an ancient and vibrant city, birthplace of where the whole ‘Megillah’ started. Join Omaha Chabad on an exotic journey through time and space, for a Purim experience unlike any other... ‘Purim in Persia!’ As always, Chabad’s Purim bash is open and free to the community. According to Shani Katzmann, Omaha Chabad Educational Director, “We are building on last year’s successful ‘Purim in the Shtetl’ that left folks asking for another authentic, organic Purim celebration. The ‘Shtetl Purim’ celebrated the history of the Ashkenazi community in Europe. ‘Purim in Persia’ invites us to explore and experience the rich traditions of Sephardic Jewry though music, food and ambiance, that dates back nearly 2000 years, to right after the destruction of the First Temple in Jerusalem.” Join your friends and bring your family for a few hours of fun, entertainment, activities, dancing, and of course, a legendary reading of the Megillah. Nosh on traditional Persian foods while enjoying the beauty of Persian music. There will be a costume contest for this event which is sure to delight folks of all ages. This unique community-wide celebration will begin at 4 p.m. Sunday, March 12 in the JCC Auditorium. There will be a raffle at the door for fabulous prizes and Legacy Circle members will be honored for their dedication and patronship which helps Chabad Omaha light the way into the future. If you have questions, would like to volunteer or provide a sponsorship for this event, please contact Rachel Schoenholtz-Shatil, Omaha Chabad Office Manager, at or 402.330.1800. For more information or to RSVP for this FREE event, please visit us at


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Rabbi Graetz honored at Masorti Gala nanCy COren successful drive to expand the Movehe Masorti Foundation for ment. Appointed president of the RabConservative Judaism is binical Assembly of Israel, he proud to honor Rabbi undertook the broadening of the MaMichael Graetz at the Twin sorti base by reaching out to likeCities Masorti 2017 Gala. minded American Jews affiliated with Rabbi Michael Graetz of Omer, Isthe Conservative stream. rael, was one of the In the words of founders of the MaRabbi Harvey sorti Movement in Meirovich, in an artiIsrael, and its first cle, The Shaping of Executive Director. Masorti Judaism in Born in Lincoln, Israel, “the success Nebraska, Michael stories of organized grew up as a member synagogue life were of Congregation the pioneering efforts Tifereth Israel. He of... Michael Graetz received ordination in Omer... a passionfrom the Jewish Theate believer that the ological Seminary in synagogue... had a 1967, making aliyah fruitful role to play in to Israel the same the evolution of a year. After serving as Jewish identity in Isan IDF chaplain durraeli society. Alrabbi Michael Graetz ing the Yom Kippur though... early efforts Credit: Karen Smull brought... regular War, he became rabbi of Magen Avraham congregation confrontation with Orthodox officialin Omer, serving as its rabbi for 31 dom... the ethos of the synagogue was years. He was also a teacher of Bible an attractive feature, not only for and Jewish Civilization at the Kaye American olim but also, given suffiState Teacher’s College in Beer Sheva. cient time and investment, for some Creating the Masorti Movement renative Israelis. For example, Graetz’s quired a true sense of mission and synagogue in Omer, which began with great perserverance. Rabbi Graetz pos- ten families after the 1973 Yom Kippur sessed both and in 1978, he launched a War, grew steadily, peaking at 150

families twenty-five years later. Rabbi Graetz was also founder and spiritual leader of Mercaz Shiluv Educational Institute in Omer and Beer Sheva, founded in 2000 to provide Israelis with a wider array of possibilities for spiritual enhancement than those currently available to them. His liturgical works include editing, translating and writing a commentary for a Passover Haggadah, published in English, Russian and Hebrew; and he was the chairperson of the Masorti Siddur Va-ani Tefillati, published in1998. His advocacy of pluralism, his love of Israel, and his devotion to the Jewish people are all to be recognized at the upcoming Twin Cities Masorti 2017 Gala. The purpose and mission of the Masorti Foundation for Conservative Judaism is to support the work of Israelis in building a Judaism that preserves observance and tradition while recognizing how modern life in Israel is lived. Members of Tifereth Israel feel extreme pride knowing that Rabbi Graetz has played such a major role in the development of Conservative Judaism in Israel. He will be a guest speaker during the Congregation’s upcoming Tour of Israel in June, speaking about his work in Beersheva with Ethiopian and Bedouin families as well as his work with the Masorti Movement.

The Omaha Section of the National Council of Jewish Women is seeking nominations for its 2017-18 Board of Directors. NCJW is a grass-roots organization that focuses on improving the lives of women, children, and families. Opportunities are available to be-

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ScoTT LiTTky Program Director, Temple Israel Top photo: rabbi Deana Sussman Berezin and Benjamin Brodkey lead a very energetic group of children and their parents in Shabbat song at Temple israel’s first old School Shabbat; middle: children from Temple israel’s kindergarten had a great time learning songs for Tu B’Shevat with rabbi Deana Sussman Berezin and Benjamin Brodkey and bottom: Members of Temple israel’s youth Groups, JyG and oTyG before their annual Spaghetti dinner!

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Dr. Mark ceLinScak Louis and Frances Blumkin Professor of Holocaust and Genocide Studies; Director, Sam and Frances Fried Holocaust and Genocide Education Fund; Department of History, University of Nebraska Omaha n Friday, March 3 at 4:25 p.m. the University of Nebraska Omaha welcomes Dr. Jake Newsome of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum to the Missouri Valley History Conference being held at the Magnolia Hotel in downtown Omaha. The theme of this year’s conference is Remembering and Dr. Jake newsome Being Remembered: Monuments, Memorials, and Legacies. Dr. Newsome will lead a workshop that will explore how states and citizens engage

Foundation update

“We sold a building recently, one that we owned for many years,” explained Marlon and Becky*. “We made a nice profit, as the building increased in value over the years. We want to give some of that profit to charity, plus our accountant suggested a charitable gift would help minimize the taxes we’ll pay.” “We’ve had some conversations with you during the past year, and we’d like to establish a charitable fund at the Jewish FederaHowarD epSTein tion of Omaha Foundation (JFOF). We want Executive Director, to support several charities, yet we’re not JFO Foundation ready to make any permanent, long-term commitments to only one charity just now. What do you recommend?” I explored many options for charitable giving with Marlon and Becky, and they decided to establish a Donor-Advised Fund at the JFOF. Why a Donor-Advised Fund? Their Donor-Advised Fund allows them to support our Jewish community as well as secular charities that are important to them. They achieved their charitable giving and tax planning goals. They received their charitable tax deduction last year when they made their gift and they may recommend disbursements from their fund anytime in the future. The JFOF invests the Donor-Advised Fund assets.Income is reinvested and grows tax-free. Marlon and Becky will receive quarterly reports of their Fund activity. Marlon and Becky may recommend distributions to qualified 501(c)(3) charities from their Donor-Advised Fund.Although the fund is the property of JFOF, they may recommend distributions to qualified charities, both Jewish and secular, from the fund at any time.

in dialogue over the meaning of the past through public debates, museum exhibits, governmental policies, and constructing memorials. Dr. Newsome is the Campus Outreach Program Officer at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum where he is responsible for developing the Museum’s enhanced, strategic outreach program for institutions of higher education throughout the United States. These programs take the lessons of the Holocaust beyond the Museum’s walls and inspire new generations of scholars, students, and leaders to engage with the history and contemporary relevance of the Holocaust in an increasingly interdisciplinary and multicultural world. This workshop is made possible by the Campus Outreach Lecture Program of the United States Holocaust Museum’s Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, supported by Jack and Goldie Wolfe Miller and the Sam and Frances Fried Holocaust and Genocide Education Fund. For further information, please see: -ofarts-and-sciences/history/news-and-events/mvhc. php.

They now have a personal charitable fund in their name without any of the distribution and reporting limitations and tax filings imposed upon private family foundations. They can engage and educate their children in charitable giving, and they have named their children as successor grant recommenders. At any time, they can establish a permanent endowment at the JFOF, transferring money from their donor-advised fund for initial funding. Please feel free to contact me at 402.334.6466 or by email at to learn more. *Names have been changed to protect confidentiality.

Tu B’Shvat in Lincoln

nancy coren Friday evening, Feb. 10, members of Congregation Tifereth Israel, Congregation B’nai Jeshurun, and UNL’s Hillel Organization gathered at Tifereth Israel for a Tu B’Shevat seder and Shabbat dinner. The evening brought individuals of all ages together as they participated in a kabbalistic seder dedicated to the theme of tikkun olam, repair of the world. The conversation promoted by eating various kinds of fruits centered around how we can “restore and protect the world of creation that G-d has entrusted to us.” The seder was led by Rabbi Craig Lewis and Spiritual Lay-Leader Nancy Coren. The feeling in the room was that the gathering was a wonderful way to bring 50 individuals of varied backgrounds together for a common experience.

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– Autism Study Enrollment –

Young Jewish Giving program expands by 35 new students

Annette VAn de KAmp WriGHt seemed encouraged to go out to the commuUnder the leadership of Young Jewish nity and do more good,� said Danielle. Giving (YJG) program director Danielle The last activity was a closing circle Gordman, 35 new donor advised funds meant to summarize what everyone learned have been established with at least $500 for from the day, but the first student augJewish middle school and high school stumented this exercise by stating first what dents over the last six months. The mission they were grateful for and then what they of YJG is to empower teens and collegelearned. Zev Gordman, a 7th grader at aged students to make the world a better Westside Middle School, was grateful for place by donating money to worthy causes “how fortunate we all are to be able to give engaged in meaningful and help others.� Maya work. Johnson, also a 7th grader Two educational events at Westside Middle were held to inspire and School, exclaimed “I liked educate students on their what I was taught about Sara Aoki, Zachary Atlas, Bradley potential to make a differtzedakah and about being Berman, Rebecca Denenberg, Lev Deence through philanthropy. kind to people. I can’t wait nenberg, Rose Friedland, Harper GordMost recently, on Super until the next event.� man, Zev Gordman, Maya Johnson, Bowl Sunday, 18 middle The third YJG event of Abigail Kaufman, Benjamin Kutler, schoolers from five area the year will be held next Jake Lucoff, Phoenix Mavropolous, middle schools and varimonth Tuesday, March 21 Sophia Mavropolous, Elizabeth Matz. for all middle and high ous synagogue affiliations gathered at Beth El to learn Meredith Matz, Samantha Matz, Ilana school students at the JCC about tzedakah, Rambam’s McNamara, Leora McNamara, Brady from 6 to 7:30 p.m. with Meyerson, Emma Miller, Aaron Norton, guest speaker philanthroladder of giving and how Leo Norton, Jordan Raffel, Oliver pist and real estate develmitzvot can be simple acts Rockman, Elena Rosenblatt, Josh oper Michael Staenberg. of kindness, like holding a Rosenblatt, Ari Saltzman, Dina Saltz- Michael will share his modoor open for someone or inviting a lonely student to man, Melanie Schwarz, Jack Scioli, tivations for giving and enMatan Shapiro, Tommy Sullivan, Ethan courage kids to use their join your table for lunch. Yaroch and Rebecca Yaroch. These can change a perYJG donor advised funds son’s entire outlook on life. to make their own mark After bagels and donuts, the morning on the community. Parents and philanstarted off with students sharing examples of thropic mentors are encouraged to attend various acts of mitzvot and tzedakah in this inspiring evening. Students will begin at which they engaged over the last year. Then, 6 with dinner. Parents and mentors are inDanielle provided a framework for what vited to a meet-and-greet in the library with philanthropy is, the impact it can have on Michael from 6-6:30 p.m. peoples’ lives and society in general, and our To sign up for a YJG donor-advised acresponsibility as Jews to fulfill this obligacount, contact Danielle Gordman at tion. Next, the students were tasked with 402.334.6446 or dgordman@jewishomcreating an inspiring message for themselves Or you can find the application to encourage their continued acts of kindonline at ness. These messages were then made into about/community-programs-and-events/ keychains as a daily reminder. “It was very young-jewish-giving/. There will be a raffle meaningful to see that the message of tikkun for 2 $25 Starbucks gift cards for new acolam resonated with them and they all counts opened between Feb. 8 and March 8.

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Researchers connected with Johns Hopkins and Harvard’s teaching hospital published research showing remarkable improvements in autistic individuals using a single simple and extremely safe over-the-counter supplement. With a recent Study in Omaha, the non-profit Therapeutics Research Institute (TRI) repeated the results of this break-through treatment. These results have also been published in a medical journal. TRI’s plan is to now expand this Study to up to 300 families. To learn more about this Study and TRI and how to enroll, go to the Study’s site Nothing is being sold and there are no costs at all to participate. For a copy of TRI’s recently published Study, email and put Autism Paper in the subject heading.

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Cantor Patti Linsky to visit Temple Israel SCott LittKy Program Director, Temple Israel Temple Israel is excited to announce the visit of Cantor Patti Linsky from Wednesday, March 15 through Friday, March 17. According to Cantor Wendy Shermet, “Cantor Linsky’s work and her personal story is one that I feel deeply needed to be shared in our community and I look forward to her visit.” Patti Linsky had been the Cantor at Temple Ahavat Shalom for over 24 years when a life-threatening condition derailed her plans and dreams for the future. FollowCantor Patti Linsky ing a lengthy recuperation,

Patti realized that a consequence of her surgery, which nearly took her life, was that her singing voice had been compromised and she would no longer be able to perform her duties as Cantor. In 2010, Patti became Cantor Emerita of her congregation -- in other words, she had no choice but to retire. She was forced to look within, “If I am not a Cantor, then who am I?” With that question, she embarked on her spiritual quest, searching for her next chapter. Patti actively chose to be open to every possibility. In doing so, she enrolled in a Woman’s Empowerment Course in which she was asked to write a bucket list. One of the ten items stood out and hit a resonant chord - she wanted to perform a onewoman show so that she could tell her story. This creation, she felt, would feed her soul, give her an opportunity not

only to explore her own path and find strength and vision, but also empower others to believe that they are “enough.” Being “enough” is pinnacle to Patti’s spiritual awakening. In 1996, Patti was in an automobile accident resulting in severe back and neck injuries. Soon after, she underwent surgery for a hernia. Her doctor accidentally cut a nerve in her leg. Following was a decade of descent into painkillers and alcohol in an effort to mask her physical and emotional pain. In 2007, Patti entered and remains in recovery: “It was the first time in years that I felt authentic, the first time I experienced real feelings.” Altar EGO is the creative, energetic and spiritual child of Patti’s extraordinary journey. This is a story of Patti’s passion for music and religious commitment. It is also a story of battling addictions, self-worth, recovery and ultimately redemption. As a singer/songwriter, Altar EGO is told through her very personal compositions and stories peppered with her unique humor, wisdom and zest for life. In addition to Patti’s one-woman show, she remains active in the Jewish community as a freelance Cantor officiating at services, Lifecycle events, performing in concerts, recording in the studio and as visiting Artist-in-Residence. Patti is currently Interim Cantor at Temple Beth Hillel and Leo Baeck Temple Minyan Cantor the 2nd and 4th Shabbat mornings of each month. Cantor Linsky will teach our Adult Education class Wednesday evening, March 15, 6:30 p.m., and Thursday morning, March 16, 10 a.m. along with giving the sermon during Friday, March 17 evening services at 6 p.m. All of Cantor Linsky’s classes and services are open to all who would like to attend. For more information contact, Program Director Scott Littky, 402.556.6536.

Sara Kohen Friedel Jewish Academy is hosting two events for prospective kindergarten students and their parents. First, parents who may be interested in their child starting kindergarten at Friedel this Fall are invited to learn more about the program and the application process at an information meeting Sunday, Feb. 26, from 7 to 8 p.m. Free babysitting will be available by reservation starting at 6:45 p.m. Then, on Wednesday, March 1, from 10:30 until 11:30 a.m., prospective kindergarten students are invited to

come to the school for Kindergarten Roundup. Students at the CDC will be escorted to and from Friedel by staff. This is a great chance for students to get familiar with the school and kindergarten teachers. Both events will take place at Friedel Jewish Academy, 335 South 132 Street. Please reserve your spot for each event by contacting the school at 402.334.0517 or friedelacad If you have questions, please feel free to contact Head of School Beth Cohen at 402.334.0517 or

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NCJW Omaha Section request for award nominations

At this time of the year, the National Council of Jewish Women-Omaha Section presents awards to those who have committed themselves to improving the lives of women, children, and families. NCJW is currently seeking nominations for these awards. The following awards are presented at the NCJW Omaha Section Board of Directors Installation in June. If you or someone you know meets the criteria of these awards, please contact Pam Friedlander at 402.334.8773 or email her at hannah G. SoLoMon aWarD: This National award is presented by NCJW to an individual who has changed the lives of others through leadership efforts and service; who has helped to change and expand the role of women and men in vital areas of community life; and whose leadership in areas of NCJW concern – improving the quality of life for people of all ages and backgrounds – has motivated others to fight for

change and has resulted in progress and enlightenment in the community. nCJW aWarD For eMerGinG SeCtion LeaDerS: This National award is presented by NCJW to a member who has potential for assuming future section leadership, understands and supports the NCJW purpose and programs, and demonstrates commitment to the section. The recipient must currently serve on the section board, having served fewer than five years, or currently chair a committee or serve as an officer. The recipient must also successfully complete assigned tasks and support section fundraising endeavors. nCJW oMaha SeCtion DiStinGUiSheD SerViCe aWarD: This award is presented to a member in recognition of outstanding years of service to and/or impact on NCJW Omaha Section. The recipient has demonstrated loyalty, commitment, dedication to the Section, and an overall awareness of NCJW; volunteering with a willingness to work at any level.

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anneTTe van De KaMP-WRiGhT Editor of the Jewish Press t’s Sunday morning, time for my weekly editorial crisis. With politics the way they are in the United States today, it is becoming harder and harder to write an op-ed piece that goes beyond the headlines. There’s one upside: President Trump very specifically tweeted last Friday: “The FAKE NEWS media (failing @nytimes, @nBcnews, @aBc, @cBS, @cnn) is not my enemy, it is the enemy of the American People!” I guess I no longer have to read those sources, so that will save me tremendous time. Note: This came from the @realdonaldtrump twitter handle so we’re going to assume it’s not fake. Unless... if a real tweet is reported by any of the above news outlets, does that then make it fake? On Sunday, Feb. 19, Arizona Senator John McCain gave an interview to Meet the Press host Chuck Todd. Here’s part of the story as it ran in The Washington Post: “McCain told Todd that a free press was central to a functional democracy, even if news organizations’ stories challenged those being held accountable. “I hate the press. I hate you, especially,” he said to Todd, who laughed. “But the fact is, we need you. We need a free press. We must have it. It’s vital.” “If you want to preserve democracy as we know it, you have to have a free and, many times, adversarial press,” McCain added. “And without it, I am afraid that we would lose so much of our individual liberties over time. That’s how dictators get started.” Ouch. Of course, it was John McCain’s former running mate Sarah Palin who, in 2008, coined the phrase: “Lamestream Media.” Complaining about media is not new,

because the Senator is right: the role of the Free Press is to were it left to me to decide whether we should have a govchallenge those in power, to expose falsehoods and ask ernment without newspapers or newspapers without a govtough questions. It’s why places like North Korea, Myanmar, ernment, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter. Libya, Eritrea and Syria all make the top ten of most-cen- But I should mean that every man should receive those pasured countries. We don’t want to be on that list, do we? pers and be capable of reading them.” (Thomas Jefferson To be fair to Sarah, calling the to Edward Carrington, 1787) media ‘lame’ is not identical to It appears Thomas Jeffercalling the media ‘fake.’ It does, son’s words diametrically ophowever, pave the way for more pose what Trump has been bad treatment of journalists. doing. Discrediting the Free When Ami Magazine reporter Press is not what America Jake Turx asked the President needs right now. And I think for a response to the uptick in many journalists at many news anti-Semitism, the President outlets around the country are replied by saying “It’s not an getting very tired of the nevereasy question, not a fair quesending accusations that what tion. I am the least anti-Semitic they report is ‘fake.’ So what person you have ever seen your are journalists to do? entire life.” Then he got mad and The answer is straightforrefused to answer. Thanks to ward, just like Turx’ question. the journalists being in the room, The Press continues to report we all know what happened: and write about what happens. “Turx interrupted, saying he did It is not a journalist’s job to ask: not believe Trump was anti-SeWill my readers like this story? mitic, and Trump shouted him Will the government? It is a Thomas Jefferson, painted by Mather Brown journalist’s job to report what’s down: “Quiet, quiet, quiet.” “See,” Trump continued, “he (1761-10-07 - 1831-05-25) true, not what’s popular. Somelied about, he was going to get Photographer: cliff1066 via Wikimedia Commons times, it is even a journalist’s up and ask a straight simple question, so, you know, wel- job to offend and rile up. come to the world of the media.” ( The fact that the term ‘fake news’ has so quickly become Founding Father Thomas Jefferson said: part of our national, everyday discourse is worrisome. That “The basis of our governments being the opinion of the it is the leader of the free world who is first and foremost people, the very first object should be to keep that right; and responsible for making the term so popular is even scarier.

Jews must fight for the civil rights of Muslims

MaRc SchneieR great,’ King said. based on the principle of standing up for each JTA There is no question that Muslims in the other when either community is demonized or As we recently celebrated the birthday of MarUnited States are now facing similar struggles. discriminated against. tin Luther King Jr., American Jews should reflect According to an FBI report issued last November, At the outset of 2016, with Islamophobia on the epic struggle he led to free sharply on the rise, the foundation creAfrican-Americans from the shackles of ated #MASO (Muslims Are Speaking bigotry and take pride in the role played Out), a much-visited Facebook page by the Jewish community in support of that features American Muslims of all King and African-Americans. ages, ethnic backgrounds and walks of It is more important than ever for our life passionately expressing revulsion at community to reconnect with that upacts of extremism, terrorism and violifting chapter in American history half lence committed by supporters of the a century ago. We should do so not for Islamic State terrorist group. the purpose of self-congratulatory platiThankfully, our foundation has not tudes, but rather because we face a simibeen alone in these efforts. The Antilar moment of moral testing now. Just as Defamation League has taken a strong many Jews risked their very lives to go to stance opposing anti-Muslim bigotry, the South in the 1960s in support of our including discrediting legislative efforts African-Americans brothers and sisters, Pictured left: Rabbi Marc Schneier Credit: Foundation for Ethnic Understand- in state legislatures across the U.S. to Credit: Wikimedia Commons outlaw the ‘phantom threat’ of Sharia we must show similar courage and forti- ing, right: The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. tude today and stand up for American Muslims, hate crimes against Muslims shot up 67 percent in (Islamic) law, while the American Jewish Comwhose civil and human rights are under attack. 2015 to their highest levels since the aftermath of mittee recently joined with the Islamic Society of The history of the civil rights movement of the the 9/11 attacks in 2001. Throughout the recently North America to create a new body, the Mus‘60s shows vividly that when the civil rights of concluded year-long presidential campaign, we lim-Jewish Advisory Council. In recent weeks, any community are compromised, Jews feel the saw a worrisome uptick in expressions of bigotry, many rabbis and Jewish leaders have vowed that responsibility to speak out and take a stand of including Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, and anti- if the new administration institutes a Muslim moral conscience. As King declared: ‘Our Jewish Hispanic and anti-immigrant rhetoric, much of it registry, they themselves will be among the first friends have demonstrated their commitment to clearly in response to, or encouraged by, the dem- to sign up for it. the principle of tolerance and brotherhood, not agogic rhetoric in the campaign itself. While the American Jewish community has only in the form of sizable contributions, but in Since the election on Nov. 8, the number of made a good start in standing up for our Muslim many other tangible ways and often at great perhate crimes has soared. Mosques, synagogues brothers and sisters, we are aware that many sonal sacrifice. Can we ever express our appreciand other houses of worship across the country challenges lie directly ahead. ation to the rabbis who chose to give moral have been desecrated by swastikas and hateful American Jews in 2017 must resolve that we will witness with us in St. Augustine?’ He was referslogans, while in diverse cities, Muslim women continue to speak out openly and assertively in ring to 16 rabbis who were arrested in Florida in have been assaulted by bigots intent on tearing support of the principle that Americans of all faiths 1964 at a protest of Jim Crow segregation. off their hijabs. and ethnicities -- including Muslim Americans -King went on to describe the ‘awful beating’of I am proud that since the fall of 2007, when the must be accorded full civil rights and religious Rabbi Arthur Lelyveld of Cleveland by segregaFoundation for Ethnic Understanding initiated freedom as guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution tionists in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, that same the first Summit of North American Imams and and Bill of Rights. Like the Jewish heroes of the year and the deaths of two Jewish activists, AnRabbis in New York, the American Muslim and civil rights movement, we can do no less. drew Goodman and Michael Schwerner, who, Jewish communities have been working hard to Rabbi Marc Schneier, the president of the along with the black civil rights worker James build ties of communication and cooperation. Foundation for Ethnic Understanding, is the auCheney, were abducted and murdered in Hundreds of synagogues, mosques, and Muslim thor of Shared Dreams: Martin Luther King Jr. Neshoba County, also in Mississippi. and Jewish organizations across the U.S. have and the Jewish Community and co-author with ‘It would be impossible to record the contribu- taken part in twinning events, while grass-roots Imam Shamsi Ali of Sons of Abraham: A Cantion that the Jewish people have made toward the Jews and Muslims in a number of cities have did Conversation about the Issues that Divide Negro’s struggle for freedom -- it has been so formed Muslim-Jewish solidarity committees and Unite Jews and Muslims.

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synagogues B’nai iSrael Synagogue

618 Mynster Street Council Bluffs, IA 51503-0766 712.322.4705 email:

Beth el Synagogue

Member of United Synagogues of Conservative Judaism 14506 California Street Omaha, NE 68154-1980 402.492.8550

Beth iSrael Synagogue

Member of Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America 12604 Pacific Street Omaha, NE. 68154 402.556.6288

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An Affiliate of Chabad-Lubavitch 1866 South 120 Street Omaha, NE 68144-1646 402.330.1800 email:

Congregation B’nai JeShurun

South Street Temple Union for Reform Judaism 2061 South 20th Street Lincoln, NE 68502-2797 402.435.8004

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Capehart Chapel 2500 Capehart Road Offutt AFB, NE 68123 402.294.6244

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323 South 132 Street Omaha, NE 68154

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Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) 13111 Sterling Ridge Drive Omaha, NE 68144-1206 402.556.6536

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Member of United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism 3219 Sheridan Boulevard Lincoln, NE 68502-5236 402.423.8569

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Join us for our monthly Shabbat Speakers Series on march 10, at 7:30 p.m. with guest speaker David Alloy who will discuss The resurgence of the UNL Chapter of the Jewish fraternity Sigma Alpha Mu. Oneg to follow service. Everyone is always welcome at B’nai Israel! Our services are led by lay leader Larry Blass. For information on our historic synagogue, please contact any of our board members: Scott Friedman, Rick Katelman, Carole Lainof, Marty Ricks, Sissy Silber, Nancy Wolf and Phil Wolf.

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Services conducted by Rabbi Steven Abraham and Hazzan Michael Krausman. friday: Lunch at Nebraska AIDS Coalition, 11:30 a.m.; Kabbalat Shabbat, 6 p.m.; Shabbat Dinner, 7 p.m., featuring Scholar-in-Residence Rabbi Robert Harris. Saturday: Morning Service, 9:30 a.m. Rabbi Robert Harris will present D’var Torah; Shabbat’s Cool (Grades K-7), 10 a.m.; Mini-Minyannaires, 10:45 a.m.; Shabbat Lunch, noon, featuring Scholar-in-Residence Rabbi Robert Harris; Mincha/Ma’ariv, 6 p.m. Weekday SerViCeS: Sundays, 9:45 a.m. & 5:30 p.m.; weekdays, 7 a.m. & 5:30 p.m. Sunday: BESTT Classes, 9:45 a.m.; Torah Study, 10:15 a.m.; Torah Tots, 10:30 a.m.; Adult Education, 11:15 a.m. featuring speaker Rabbi Robert Harris on From Charlemange to Rashi: The Re-Invention of Reading during the 12th Century Renaissance; USY/Kadima Purim Carnival Prep & Lunch, 12:15 p.m. tueSday: Rabbi Abraham’s A Wisdom Tradition -- An Inside Look at Ethical, Moral and Spiritual Lessons of Judaism, noon at Whole Foods. WedneSday: BESTT Classes, 4:15 p.m.; USY Board Meeting, 5:30 p.m.; Hebrew High Dinner, 6 p.m.; Rabbi Abraham’s A Wisdom Tradition -- An Inside Look at Ethical, Moral and Spiritual Lessons of Judaism, 6:15 p.m.; Hebrew High Classes, 6:45 p.m.; Hazzan Krausman’s Echoes & Reflections - A Multimedia Approach to the Holocaust, 7:30 p.m. Our Shabbat Table, friday, march 3, 6 p.m. Shanghai, thursday, march 9, 1-4 p.m. All classes and programs are open to everyone in the Jewish community.

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Office hours: Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and Friday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Services conducted by Rabbi Ari Dembitzer. friday: Shacharit, 7 a.m.; Mincha/Ma’ariv & Kabbalat Shabbat, 5:51 p.m.; Candle Lighting, 5:51 p.m. Saturday: Shacharit, 9 a.m.; Torah Parade, 9:45 a.m.; Kiddush, 11:30 a.m.; Insights in the Weekly Torah Reading, 4:50 p.m.; Mincha/Seudah Shlishit, 5:35 p.m.; Havdalah, 6:52 p.m. Sunday: Shacharit, 9 a.m.; Bagels and Beit Medrash, 9:45 a.m. monday: Shacharit, 7 a.m.; Reb Nachman Class with Rabbi Shlomo, noon; Rosh Chodesh Group, 7:30 p.m.; Hebrew America Class-Level II, 7:30 p.m. tueSday & WedneSday: Shacharit, 7 a.m. thurSday: Shacharit, 7 a.m.; Ethics Class with Rabbi Ari, 7:45 a.m.; Woman’s Class with Rabbi Ari, 9:30 a.m.; Lunch and Learn with Rabbi Shlomo, noon at UNMC.

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Office hours: Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and Friday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Services conducted by Rabbi Mendel Katzman. friday: Shacharit, 7 a.m. followed by coffee, treats, study and shmoozing. Saturday: Shabbat Morning Service, 9:30 a.m. followed by a festive kiddush luncheon. Sunday: Shacharit, 8:30 a.m. followed by Sunday Secrets: Jewish Fun Facts class at 9:15 a.m. WeekdayS: Shacharit, 7 a.m. followed by coffee, treats, study and shmoozing. monday: Personal Parsha class, 9:30 a.m. with Shani. WedneSday: New Tanya Series -- The Anatomy of Your Soul: Who Are You?, 9:30 a.m. with Rabbi Mendel Katzman. thurSday: Advanced Talmud Class, noon with Rabbi Mendel Katzman. Purim Megillah Reading: Megilat Esther, Saturday, march 11, 7:30 p.m. Purim in Persia, Sunday, march 12, 4 p.m. at the JCC. Fun, food, games, music, costume contest and prizes for all! All programs are open to the entire community.

Congregation B’nai JeShurun

Services conducted by Rabbi Craig Lewis. friday: Candlelighting, 5:55 p.m.; Pre-neg, 6 p.m. hosted by Sara Friedman; Sha-ba-ba-bat Family Dinner, 6 p.m. followed by Family Service; Shabbat Evening Service, 6:30 p.m. Saturday: Shabbat Morning Service, 9:30 a.m.; Torah Study, 10:30 a.m. on Parashat Mishpatim; Game Night and Potluck Dinner, 6 p.m. Questions? Contact Deb Swearingen at 402.476.7528 or; Havdalah (72 Minutes), 7:26 p.m. Sunday: LJCS Gan through Grade 7, 9:30 a.m. at Tifereth Israel; LJCS Gesher, 10 a.m. at South Street Temple; LJCS Parent/Teacher Conferences, noon at Tifereth Israel; Purim Spiel Rehearsal, 2 p.m.; Winter Lecture Series, 7 p.m. at Unitarian Church: Making Sense of the 2016 Elections: Was it Economic Inequality? with Dona-Gene Barton, Assistant Professor, Political Science from University of Nebraska-Lincoln. tueSday: Kochavim Rehearsal, 6:45 p.m. WedneSday: LJCS Hebrew School, 4 p.m. at TI. thurSday: Purim Spiel Rehearsal, 7 p.m. adult eduCation tueSday: Intro to Judaism, Session #10, 6:30 p.m. led by Rabbi Lewis. WedneSday: Intro to Prayer Hebrew, 6 p.m. President’s Office Hours, Sunday mornings, 10 a.m.– noon at SST. If you have any Temple business you would like to bring before the Board of Trustees, potential programs, or new ideas, please let us know! Call for an appointment at the Temple at 402.513.7697. Or if you prefer, email David Weisser at

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friday: Services, 7:30 p.m. every first and third of the month.

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Saturday: Services, 9:15 a.m. led by Yoni Schwab (grandson of Cantor and Annette Fettman). Services will be held in the Chapel. Members of the community are invited to attend.

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friday: Shabbat Service with Kol Rina and Saint Paul United Methodist Choir, 6 p.m. Come enjoy the combined choirs sing this weekend with the theme of Unity. On feb. 24, The Rev. Scott Shreve from Saint Paul United Methodist Church will be speaking during services at Temple Israel. On feb. 26, Rabbi Berezin will be speaking at Saint Paul United Methodist Church. Saturday: Temple Tots Shabbat, 9 a.m. All children and their families are invited to participate in a morning of stories, songs, crafts, and activities! We are looking forward to a year full of fun and Jewish learning with our youngest members and their families; Torah Study, 9:15 a.m.; Shabbat Morning Services, 10:30 a.m. Bat Mitzvah of delaney graham, daughter of Melinda and John Graham. Sunday: Grades PreK-6, 10 a.m.; Hamentashen Baking, 10 a.m. Volunteers are needed to help bake hamentashen for Purim. Please contact Program Director Scott Littky, 402.556.6536; Temple Israel TED Talk, 11 a.m.; Kol Rina and Saint Paul United Methodist Choir, 11 a.m. at Saint Paul United Methodist Church, 5410 Corby St. Come enjoy the combined choirs sing this weekend with the theme of Unity. Rabbi Berezin will be speaking at Saint Paul United Methodist Church.

WedneSday: Grades 3-6, 4 p.m.; School Dinner, 6 p.m.; Grades 7-12, 6 p.m.; Family School, 6 p.m.; Jewish Influences in Mondern Comic Books, 6:30 p.m. with Barry Grossman. thurSday: Meanings with Meanings, Stories within Stories: Uncovering the Wisdom of the Torah, 10 a.m. with Rabbi Crystal. March First Friday, friday, march 3: Candle Lighting and Kiddush in the Simon Community Court, 5:30 p.m., Service featuring the First Friday Band, 6 p.m., dinner following services. Cost is $5 per person, max $20 per family. Please RSVP to Temple Israel, 402-556-6536, by Wednesday, march 1. Come Meet Omaha's Candidates for Mayor!, Sunday, march 5, 10 a.m. Heath Mello will visit Temple Israel to share his vision for the city and to respond to questions from congregants. Mayor Jean Stothert has been invited to visit later in March. Cantor in Residence, Cantor Patti Linsky: From Depression and Addiction to Recovery: A Cantor’s Personal Journey on Wednesday, march 15-friday, march 17. Cantor Patti Linsky will share with us her personal journey through addiction and depression. She is Cantor Emerita of Temple Ahavat Shalom in Northridge, California. (See ful story on page 8.) Services conducted by lay leader Nancy Coren. Office hours:

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monday-friday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. friday: Services, 6:30 p.m. Saturday: Shabbat Morning Services, 10 a.m. followed by a Kiddush Luncheon. Sunday: LJCS Gan through Grade 7, 9:30 a.m. at Tifereth Israel; LJCS Gesher, 10 a.m. at South Street Temple; LJCS Parent/Teacher Conferences, noon at Tifereth Israel. tueSday: Ladies Lunch Group, noon at Misty’s, 6235 Havelock Ave. Please contact Deborah Swearingen with any questions. WedneSday: LJCS Hebrew School, 4 p.m. at TI. Join us for our Pasta Shabbat Dinner, friday, march 3, 6:15 p.m. we will celebrate our February and March birthday. This gathering will allow participants to enjoy one another's company as we welcome in Shabbat. There will be no Friday evening service following the dinner but there will be some words of Torah expressed at the dinner. For those who remember Shelley, Stephie, and Leslie Schaffer who grew up here at Tifereth Israel, you will want to join us so you can see them at this dinner. Purim Extravaganza, Saturday evening, march 11 at the Coren Home. Join us for a light dinner beginning at 6:15 p.m. followed by a reading of the Megillah for adults and teens and entertainment for the younger children and pre-teens (starting at approx. 7 p.m.) The evening will end with storyteller, Pippa White, (8-8:30 p.m.) joining us all. Please RSVP by calling the office 402.423.8569 or emailing Nancy at corenancy@gmail. com by march 5 so we can plan on the amount of food. needed. Wear a costume...bring a noisemaker (if you want) ... Join the Women's Study Group on march 7, 10:45 a.m.noon where we will provide a look at various themes in the Book of Esther (Megillat Esther). This timely topic will add depth to your celebration of Purim which will follow at the end of that week. Individuals who want to go out to lunch afterwards will join together to do so. The date of the Tifereth Israel Annual Meeting has been changed from June 4 to may 21 at 3 p.m. Please mark your calendar and plan to attend.

Welcome to JCC Summer Camp!

In the spring of 1926, the Jewish Community Center of Omaha opened its doors and introduced the city to a new type of community center. It was a place where members of all kind were given the unique opportunity to associate with each other through social, cultural, recreational, and educational programming. The popularity of the JCC grew rapidly. In 1974, we moved our facility from its original 20th and Dodge location, to an expansive area “out west” that would accommodate the growth of future generations. Thousands of campers later, the Jewish Community Center of Omaha Summer Camp has evolved into one of the premiere programs in the city. Our safety protocol, Camper-to-Counselor ratio, and professional staff all adhere to the highest level of standards possible, which is why we were awarded certification by the American Camp Association.

Our staff completes over 25 hours of training, including American Red Cross Safety, CPR, and First Aid workshops. Our programs have been voted “Best of Omaha” and we continue to expand and develop our services every summer. We adhere to the mission of providing a positive Jewish environment in which members of all kinds can experience a variety of programming, and we look forward to the future by welcoming new generations. Now it’s your child’s turn to experience the programs that have provided so many with lifelong memories and friends. For more information, please contact Megan Webb, Director of Youth Programs at 402.334.6409 or email mwebb@ or visit us on the web at http:// www.jew You can alos download our camp brochure there.

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zAChAry evAn AtLAS

Zachary Evan Atlas, son of Stacey and Brett Atlas, will become a Bar Mitzvah on Saturday, March 4, at Temple Israel. Zach is a seventh-grade honors student at Westside Middle School and is a participant in the Duke University Talent Identification Program. He received the Westside Middle School “Knight of Honor” award for overall academic achievement and leadership. His interests include baseball, skiing, and Credit: Stacie Kinney hanging out with family and friends. For his mitzvah project, Zach collected stuffed animals for Completely Kids as well as volunteered in their after school program. He has a brother, Noah, and a sister, Marley. Grandparents are Zoë and Carl Riekes, Ellen and Don Israel of Wheeling, IL, and Lauren and the late Ron Atlas of Wilmette, IL.

Leo JoSePh KohLL

Leo Joseph Kohll, son of Janet and David Kohll, will become a Bar Mitzvah on Saturday, March 4 at Beth Israel Synagogue. Leo is a seventh-grade honor roll student at Beveridge Magnet Center and is a participant in the Duke University Talent Identification Program. He plays baseball and basketball and runs cross country and track. For his mitzvah project, Leo volunteered at the Rose Blumkin Jewish Home, and he is sharing his love of sports by donating sports equipment to the Boys & Girls Club. He has a sister, Anna, and three brothers, Sam, Max and Jack. Grandparents are Sandra and Marvin Kohll, and Chester Stefanski and the late Virginia Stefanski.

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Former Omahan Martin (Marty) Louis Warren of Chesterfield, MO passed away on Feb. 13 at age 83. Services were held Feb. 16 in The Schrager Memorial Chapel at Temple Israel Cemetery, 6412 North 42 Street (42nd and Redick Avenue). He is survived by wife of 56 years, Marilyn Dvorkin Warren, sons and daughters-in-law, Marc and Barbara Warren, Mitchell Warren and Alice Kriz, all of New York; grandchildren: Luke, Sarah, Rachel and Benjamin; nieces and nephews: Randi and Michael Poscover of Chesterfield, MO, Robyn Wolper of Ballwin, MO, Rikki and Alon Mor of Denver; great-nieces and great-nephews: Rebekah, Jacob and Zachary Poscover, Yarden, Maya and Tali Mor, Benjamin and Jonah Wolper; and brother-in-law, Mel Epstein of Phoenix. Marty loved his family, was an avid golfer and a passionate Big Red fan. After he graduated from the University of Vermont, Marty served in the First Radiological Safety Support Unit measuring fallout at both the Nevada Test Site and in the Eniwetok and Bikini atolls. Marty and Marilyn met in Omaha shortly after his arrival as a sales rep in Nebraska and Iowa. Following 11 years of traveling, Marty decided upon a more settled life and in 1969 began his 36-year career in retailing, relocating to Chesterfield in 1989 when he joined Dillards Department Stores Midwest Corporate office. While in Omaha, Marty was active at Temple Israel where he served two terms on its board. Memorials may be made in Marty’s memory to Congregation Temple Israel, 13111 Sterling Ridge Dr, Omaha, NE, 68144; Harvey Kornblum Jewish Food Pantry, 10950 Schuetz Road, St. Louis, MO, 63146 or Congregation Shaare Emeth, 11645 Ladue Road, St. Louis, MO 63141.


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community Money trees

With funding support from the Special Donor-Advised Fund of the Jewish Federation of Omaha Foundation, JFS’s Yachad Group and RBJH residents celebrated the holiday of Tu B’Shevat by planting “money trees” and decorating their potted trees with flowers, faces or butterflies. A special thank you to

Rabbi Abraham and Naama for attending the event to share with the group the special meaning of Tu B’Shevat. In addition to being Tu B’Shevat, February is National Inclusion Month for those with Disabilities. A big Thank You to those who collected 2-liter bottles for this project. We couldn’t have done it without you!

Jewish women in Iowa Jeannette GabrIel Please join the Sioux City’s, Beth Shalom Sisterhood, in a regional Jewish history symposium at the University of Iowa on May 2-3. ere will be a tour of the Jewish Women in Iowa Project at the Iowa Women’s archives, academic presentations from Jewish scholars and social events. Events will be held at the Iowa Women’s Archives, Hillel and Agudas Achim synagogue in Iowa City. Members of Jewish communities throughout the region, including Minneapolis, Omaha & Kansas City, will be attending this special regional gathering in recognition of the Jewish Women in Iowa Project. e Jewish Women in Iowa Project has been a three year project to document and preserve the history of Jewish families who spent time in Iowa. e wide breadth of the collections documents family stories prior to their arrival in Iowa, their experiences throughout the state, and what became of those who le. e collections tell Holocaust stories, document day-to-day experiences in small towns, and document Jewish religious and civic activism. Local, regional and national scholars have expressed interest in this very special set of collections. By setting up collections, family members can feel confident their important documents will be protected, preserved, and used by future generations to tell new stories of our past. A block of rooms has been reserved at a special conference rate ($115/night for two queens) at the River Landing Marriott in Coralville. Call Anna Riffe at 319.688.4026 and please mention the Beth Shalom Sisterhood group rate. Folks will be arriving at Noon on Tuesday, May 2 and will be staying through mid-afternoon on Wednesday, May 3. Please regis-

ter now for the event and we will send you a complete schedule in advance! e symposium will be a special opportunity to recognize the significance of preserving and documenting our rich history and creating opportunities for future scholarship. It will also be an opportunity to meet with Jewish families who will be coming in from all over the region. For more information and for a registration form, please contact Jeannette Gabriel at e Jewish Women in Iowa Project. Jeannette will be in Omaha the week of March 6 and is setting up appointments with families who are interested in being part of the Jewish Women in Iowa Project. You can reach Jeannette at: Jeannette-gab or 319.335.5068 or visit and

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