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ANNeTTe vAN de kAmP lan Noddle and Joe KirEditor, Jewish Press ANd shenbaum. In the early GABBy BlAiR years the tone for the company was really set by Staff Writer, Jewish Press Nancy and Harlan and n Oct. 17 at Maxine and Joe. “My dad Happy Holset a great example. He low, Noddle had this way about him C ompanies that exuded strength of will be incharacter and a certain ducted into the JBL Hall of wisdom. To this day, peoFame. Jewish Business ple come up to me and talk Leaders of Omaha brings about the impact he had. together the Jewish busiHe stripped away the ness community to showbaloney and could get to case the entrepreneurs, the heart of the matter founders and changevery quickly. His advice makers in our community and guidance was really while creating opportuvery sound. He showed me nity to connect, teach and that you can find yourself leverage each relationship. Jay Noddle “Being successful in in tough situations, but if business,” Jay Noddle said, “is all about ethics, character and you have your character and your ethics in line; you can integrity. There is so much you can learn from just watch- handle almost anything. My sister Susie has also been a part ing how others conduct themselves, how ethical they are in of the family business over the years, working on developtheir business dealings, how they show respect. It’s not ment projects and continues to work on special projects.” about telling or being told; it’s about showing and being “Along the way,” Jay continued, “there have been many shown. We all learn through exposure; if you don’t have who have given Noddle Companies a chance. During our almost 50 years in business, Noddle Companies has been ethics and character, nothing else falls into place.” Jay’s biggest role models are, he said, his own father, Har- See Noddle Companies page 3
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GABBy BlAiR Staff Writer, Jewish Press The Jewish Federation of Omaha is excited to announce that the 2018 Backyard Concert Series is set to kick off Sunday Aug. 5, from 5-7 p.m. in the JCC’s Back-
yard Pavilion, located in the field just behind the JCC’s fabulous new Goldstein Family Aquatic Center. As always, this super relaxed, family-friendly event is free and open to the community. In case of inclement weather, the concert will be moved indoors to the Jewish Community Center Theater. Now in its eighth year, the Backyard Concert Series has become a highly anticipated end-of-summer tradition. Pack your coolers and picnic baskets or enjoy noshing on the fare offered by this week’s food truck vendors; Kona Ice and Dante Pizza. Please consider packing a little love and kindness as well; large blue bins for Jewish Family Services will await your See Backyard Concert page 2
Fran Boarding the Riverboat
FRAN ANd RiCh JuRO Our friend Brian, who conducts safaris in Zimbabwe and Uganda, and now leads dangerous antipoaching teams in Southern Africa, told us: “I’ll never land in the Kinshasa Airport again. The last time we lost a good part of our luggage and money, and we were in fear for our lives.” Our friend Munro, who lives in Capetown, South Africa, and has travelled extensively, stated: “The
Congo is the last place I’d visit.” The Advent of the Adventure We were running out of countries in our quest to go to all 195 or so nations. Yemen and Afghanistan are still too dangerous for us to visit, and the small West African nations were just getting free of the deadly Ebola epidemic. We would be flying into Kinshasa, the capital city of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The See ABC’s of a Congo visit page 2
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Continued from page 1 We circled the edge of the lagoon to get nearer. We were DRC, as the big Congo is known, is a large country in Central separated from the bonobos by only a wire mesh. Tasty fruits Africa, rich in minerals and other resources, but near the bot- were tossed over or handed through. Particularly entrancing tom of the world list in helping its people become safe, secure, was the baby that clung to her mother’s back. Suzy told us the and lead a decent and happy life. alpha female was named Samander and bossed all the others Our decision to head to the DRC was firmed up when we around, whether female or male. I told Suzy that Fran’s name met Professor Paul Williams of was Samander too, which Suzy the University of Nebraska at thought was an amazing coinOmaha. Paul was born and cidence. raised in a village in the Congo After explaining about bonoby a missionary mother and bos and the sanctuary, Suzy engineer father. He assured us: had to leave to guide a small “I’m heading for the Congo group to the nursery and later for a month. I’ll be happy to set for a two mile hike around the my schedule so I can be in Kinproperty. They would see shasa then and take you other groups of bonobos “au around.” But a few days before natural” who were being prewe were to fly to Kinshasa, Paul pared for release to the wild. regretfully told us: “My own They might even see bonobos visa has not yet been approved, using twigs or stones as tools so I can’t meet you there, and I to get food. Yes, bonobos are can only get you a guide or clever. At the Iowa Primate driver if I’m there in person.” Learning Sanctuary, bonobos But Paul did give us the name have been taught to drive golf Mother and Baby Bonobo of Jeffery Travel, a reliable taxi carts, grow their own food, company. We e-mailed them, but worried that no e-mails and even communicate with humans using a collection of 400 would get through because of a scheduled demonstration lexigram symbols. against Congolese President and long-term strongman Joseph Another handler appeared in a rowboat in the lagoon. He Kabila by the Catholic Church (which shows how convoluted threw fruit onto the shore. Some went into the water. The things get in the DRC). Luckily, the e-mail worked, and a cou- bonobos cannot swim, but they didn’t mind wading into the ple of Jeffery’s people showed up at the airport to meet us. We lagoon to get the food. Some bonobos interrupted their lunch had planned well and had no checked baggage that could be to engage in sexual play. They didn’t seem to care what age or broken into or disappear. We paid, and they took us the 25 gender their partner was nor what position they took. We miles to the surprisingly excellent Hotel Kempinski Fleuve. laughed a lot but felt like voyeurs at an open-air peep show. If you look on the Internet for guides or tours in Kinshasa, The handler eventually ran out of fruit, and the bonobos unlike any other big city of 12,000,000, there is nothing listed. drifted back into the vegetation. We certainly felt privileged But when Paul couldn’t make it, our travel agent contacted to see our remarkable “cousins” in a natural habitat and learn American Express, which came up with an expensive but real about them. Knowing how they make love rather than war tour company with a Kinshasa “branch office”. Sure enough, made us wish that humans inherited more of the bonobos the next morning, our guide, Norbert, appeared in the lobby. DNA and less of the chimps. Norbert was in his late twenties. He had grown up in the Driving home continued the adventure. Even though we Southeastern part of the Congo near Katanga and Lake Tan- had a skilled driver, the company had not given him a fourganyika. He was chosen to attend the American Catholic Uni- wheel drive vehicle. So we got stuck in a 50 foot mud puddle. versity in Belgium, where he learned to speak English well. With the aid of a long board and a couple of local guys to push, His wife had died (the life expectancy in the Congo is quite after 20 minutes or so we finally emerged from the muck. low), and he had a six year old daughter who was living with Kinshasa and the Chabad an aunt. Unfortunately, the private school (public schools are The next day was our “city tour”. We set out to visit a few terrible) his daughter was attending needed $300 more for sights in Kinshasa from the listings in Trip Advisor. First, we her tuition, books, and uniforms. Norbert didn’t have the went to the National Museum. It’s a good-sized building with money, so his daughter was not attending school. Sad but not a nice collection of traditional tribal crafts on display. We uncommon. Hopefully, his pay and our tip enabled the young were assigned a young lady as a docent, but her English was girl to go back to school. so poor that Norbert had to give explanations. The Bonobos Then we drove to the big craft market. It has over 100 stalls The one attraction we knew about and were looking for- filled with creations by local craftsmen and artists. We were ward to is called Lola ya Bonobo. Literally “Paradise for Bono- the only shoppers there, so we were very popular. As anyone bos”, it’s a 75-acre sanctuary for orphaned and injured who has been in our home knows, we don’t have any room bonobos. The bonobos are great apes, similar to chimpanzees. left, so we left without any purchases. They are endangered for three main reasons: because people We had read with surprise that there was a Chabad house in are clearing the native habitat of the bonobos in order to farm, Kinshasa. Norbert called and made an appointment for 4 p.m. bonobos are eaten as bush meat, and little bonobos are cap- See ABC’s of a Congo visit page 5 tured to be resold as pets. Chimps and bonobos are both 98.5% same DNA as humans, which make both our closest living relatives. Some differences between them: bonobos live only in the Congo, south of the Congo River, while chimps live north of the river; Continued from page 1 chimps are slightly larger, which is probably why bonobos donations of unexpired canned proteins such as chicken, tuna and were originally called pygmy chimpanzees; the brain is larger salmon. Personal care items like toilet paper, soap, shampoo, loand more developed in bonobos than in chimps; each chimp tion, toothbrushes and toothpaste are also appreciated. group is led by an alpha male, while bonobos are led by an This year’s first-of-four concerts will feature Omaha’s own Pet alpha female; perhaps because of who their leaders are, Rock, the nation’s most unique Tribute Act Band. Pet Rock brings chimps make war, but bonobos make love (with any partner, the sights and sounds of 70s rock to life - minus the disco! Band in all ways, and all the time!). members include Christopher Frost-vocals, guitar; Steely Dana-voTo reach the Lola ya Bonobo sanctuary took two hours, cals, guitar and keys; Philly Dee Williams-guitar; The Maestro-keymostly on a rutted, muddy dirt road. We had called to see boards, vocals; Duke Bradford-bass, vocals and Flam when Suzy, the one English-speaking handler, could show us Tapman-drums. They are influenced by Player, The Eagles, Amaround. We didn’t mind waiting for a while when we saw that brosia, Todd Rundgren, Little River Band, Andrew Gold, Pablo Suzy was finishing an educational tour with a group of young Cruise, Christopher Cross, Exile, Doobie Brothers and Hall & Oates. Congolese students. The JFO Backyard Concert Series is made possible by our generSuzy led us to a spot across the small lagoon from the natous donors: Alan J. Levine; Omaha Steaks; Morgan Stanley; All ural habitat where the bonobos lived. She started crying out Makes Office Equipment Co.; the Karen Sokolof Javitch Music a special sound, and slowly a clan of bonobos started appearFund; the Fred and Eve Simon Charitable Foundation and the Special ing from the brush. Suzy explained, “This group has learned Donor-Advised Fund at the Jewish Federation of Omaha Foundation. that my special call means dinner”. For more information, please visit www.jewishomaha.org.
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Continued from page 1 extremely blessed to be involved in major developments in Omaha. Many of the projects have been game changers, including the Riverfront, Aksarben Village and downtown. Adding community assets is always our goal.” The mixed-use character has made Aksarben Village a tremendous success. It distinguishes itself from the numerous suburban developments, which have cropped up on former farmland over the decades. Here, the theater, the restaurants and retail show up alongside the offices and residential buildings. It’s a more complicated but a more comprehensive way to build community. “Urban sprawl was easy,” Jay added. “It’s so tempting to spread out, rather than redevelop existing spaces; and because of that, many cities have a certain level of decay at their core. Luckily, many places have caught on and developed incentives to rebirth in downtown areas. Whether run by Harlan or Jay, Noddle Companies has adapted and evolved over the years, like our community, to produce an incredible body of work. Jay added, “I hope it has contributed to both the Jewish and the wider community. You can’t really take care of the Jewish Community without also taking care of that wider community. “Maybe decades ago, when our Jewish Community had more recent immigrants and many doors were still closed to us, people
felt more strongly about the need to take care of ourselves first. You know, the expression “A rising tide lifts all boats,” it’s a pretty good description of what works in Omaha today. There is no reason we cannot all be involved across the board, no matter our spirituality or religion or where we come from.
Joe Kirshenbaum and Harlan Noddle “We do better when we talk about the entire community. Each group is an important part of the whole, but it takes all of us to make a community great, and nobody should be left out. The most significant contributions aren’t always monetary and often involve more than just one group of people; it’s so much better and more satisfying to be inclusive, and that is what my dad and Joe have always lived by.” “I’m involved with the Jewish Federation of Omaha, but also with MECA and a variety of committees. I try to do as many different things as possible. People are sometimes re-
luctant to get involved, for many reasons, but leadership takes courage and requires you to be open, honest and transparent. If you can master that, you can motivate others. Nobody is ever remembered for doing what they did when things were easy. You’ll be remembered for what you did when things were tough; it’s when you realize the best decision is the unpopular decision, when you can no longer just trust on hope. ‘Hope’ by itself is never a good strategy.” Currently, one of the most exciting projects Noddle Companies has underway is the West Farm Development, located between West Dodge Road and Pacific Street at the corner of 144th Street. In total, the development will include over 1,360,000 square feet of office space, 500,000 square feet of retail, a 300-room hotel, 1500 apartments, 140 townhouses, and 440 single-family houses. One-third of the total land area will be green space, devoted to parks, trails and recreation areas. “It’s going to be so cool,” Jay said, “and it’s going to forever alter the western part of our community. There are only a small number of opportunities to create this type of mixeduse development — of retail, residential and public space — where the roads, schools and neighborhoods around it are already established. We are really taking our time making the most of our chance to create something special that will be such an asset to the neighborhood for generations to come. A community should have soul,” he continued. “We should live where we work, where we interact
socially, where we shop and where we educate our children. What we learned from developing Aksarben Village is that for a mixed-use area to be successful, we need a lot of public space and West farm will have it all.” Looking to the future, success happens when you do what you do for the right reasons, he said. “I’m committed to working differently, spending more time with my kids and travel but also continue to be involved with civic-related things. I’m happy, grateful for everything I’ve learned along the way from my mom, my dad, and from Joe, and I hope to make a difference. I am incredibly lucky to be here and I believe the reason isn’t me; instead, it’s how I can provide for others. There is work left to do and I am eager to see what life has in store for me.” The JBL Hall of Fame will take place Wednesday, Oct. 17 from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. and attendance is free with membership. Your involvement in JBL will provide opportunities to network and create valuable connections to help grow your organization. The Omaha community has a long history of successful Jewish business leaders. Be part of JBL and help us continue this legacy. Generation to generation, L’dor V’dor. Special thanks to this year’s sponsor, First National Bank. For more information regarding JBL events and/or to become a member, please contact Steve Levinger at 402.334.6433 or slevinger@ jewishomaha.org or Alex Epstein at 402.505.7720 or aepstein@omnepartners. com.
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Continued from page 2 by railroad from Kinshasa to the ocean port 200 miles away. We drove to the center of Kinshasa. There was an impressive Norbert suggested we take a river cruise the next day. building. Inside there was a big grassy courtyard with palm Adolph drove us for over an hour through the streets, paved trees surrounded by numerous and unpaved, until we offices and a beautiful synareached the harbor area. We gogue. then walked through littered Rabbi Shlomo has been in streets that were “paved” Kinshasa for 21 years. He’s with a variety of mud, rocks, originally from Montreal, so dirt and concrete. We finally fluent in both French and Engspotted our boat. It was lish. He supervised the conwood, about 40 feet long, struction of the Chabad 19 with some benches. The real years ago. The rabbi has dediproblem was that it was sitcated his life to keeping the ting in the water about 10 Jewish rituals and traditions feet from shore, with a gangalive for the Jewish people who plank stretching from the live there and for those visiting boat to the muddy shore. or working in the Congo. He Fran stated, “I’m not going to said there are about 250 memwalk that plank”. After about bers in his congregation. They 15 minutes of discussion, have a minion (religious servNorbert walked ahead of her ice) twice a day. Rabbi Shlomo on the wooden plank, and rabbi Shlomo of Kinshasa Chabad is the head rabbi for the sixthe two-man crew walked in seven Chabads in Africa. He also performs good works for the mud holding her hands. I wasn’t anxious to walk the the local Congolese. plank either, but after Fran did it, I did it too. He and his wife, the Rebbitzin, have raised a family. Three It took us an hour using poles to maneuver the boat grown sons are (I think) in Paris, Montreal and the US, and through the mass of watercraft crowding the harbor. Finally his daughter is married to a Lubavitcher young man from on the river, we settled down on the wooden benches to Montreal. The young couple is opening a Chabad in the West watch the scenery. There really wasn’t much to see. The African country of the Ivory Coast (actually, Cote d’ Ivoire, ground on both sides gets flooded so it can’t be planted. But so French is as necessary there as in Congo). We thanked we enjoyed a delicious chicken lunch cooked by Norbert’s Rabbi Shlomo for his hospitality, made a donation, and left lady boss, who had joined us for the river cruise. After about with a feeling of admiration for those who dedicate their life two hours on the river, we returned, luckily finding a water to their religion and to helping other people. path so it only took us about 15 minutes to find a place to downstream on the Congo river moor. This time Adolph came up the plank and lifted Fran Our hotel was named the Fleuve Kempinski. Fleuve in from the boat to the shore. French for river, and the hotel sits on a high hill overlooking We flew out the next morning, mentally and physically the Congo River. Some facts about the river: tired from our visit to Kinshasa, Congo, but filled with wonThe Congo River is the second (to the Nile) longest in derful memories. A month later, Congo had their own Ebola Africa; outbreak. It is the second (to the Amazon) largest volume of water Next on the list: Eritrea and Djibouti of river into ocean; It is probably the deepest river in the world; It’s the only river to cross the Equator twice (so it never runs dry as the rainy and dry seasons alternate); The RBJH is looking for volunteers for Saturday morning reliIt is navigable for most of its length, so most of the trade gious services. We need help with escorting Residents to and from of the country floats on it as there are few roads or railways. the chapel, and assisting service leaders with their needs, such as It’s the only river where national capitals sit opposite each handing out books, setting up, etc. other (Kinshasa of the DRC is on the opposite shore from Time: Saturday mornings from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Brazzaville, capital of the Republic of Congo, a similar name If you are interested, please contact Sabine Strong, Volunteer but separate nation); Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 402.334.6519. OrientaCataracts from Kinshasa to the Atlantic Ocean prevent tion and background check are required. boats or cargoes on the river from reaching the ocean, so the Training will be provided by Renee Kazor. products from the interior must be off-loaded and transported
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Jordana Kurtzman e are still several weeks away from the High Holidays, but it’s time to place your orders for kosher food from KC Kosher Co-op! As many of Omaha’s Jewish community members know, it has become increasingly difficult to find many kosher products in town; however, KC Kosher Co-op, a company based in Kansas City specializing in providing kosher food at low costs, is once again offering a full line of kosher products delivered to Omaha at significantly discounted prices. How does the Co-op work? Any community member can go onto the Co-op website at www.kckoshercoop.com to sign up for an account and easily browse, order, and pay for products online. All items are sold in bulk which keeps prices low, but if you don’t think you need an entire case of blintzes (or anything else for that matter) registrants can also choose cases to split with other members. The Co-op carries hundreds of fresh meat/poultry, dairy, dry goods, fish, candy, etc. Once the orders are made, the staff at KC Kosher Co-op processes the order and arranges a delivery to the city. When the order arrives, an unloading crew takes all of the boxes off the truck and makes sure everyone gets what they ordered. Co-op members have a one-hour window to pick up their order specially packaged and marked for them. People who split cases of products can then exchange items and/or money as needed. The upcoming High Holidays order deadline is thursday, aug. 2 with a delivery at approximately 5 p.m. on Wednesday, aug. 29 at the Jewish Community Center. Visit www.kckoshercoop.com to sign-up and even receive reminders for order deadlines and pickup times. Please contact KC Kosher Co-op at admin@kckoshercoop. com with any questions about products and availability, or contact Jordana Kurtzman at email@example.com if you need assistance navigating the website or using the split products page.
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Temple Israel’s Baking Brigade
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community Jewish Senior Outreach offers new handyman and transportation services
Ozzie NOgg he 2017 Community Survey conducted by the Federation looked at the state of current resources available to the members of the Omaha Jewish community. “The assessment pointed to a need for handyman and transportation services for our seniors,” said Shelly Fox, Director of Admissions at the Rose Blumkin Jewish Home and Jewish Senior Outreach (JSO). “Our goal with JSO is to help a growing segment of our community — the Jewish elders who strive to continue living in their own homes and could benefit from help. We focus on assisting our senior community members to continue living on their own in a safe environment. We know how important it is to most folks to maintain their independence, and we want to partner with them in making that happen. Our community is blessed by the newly established Ed and Sally Malashock Jewish Senior Outreach Fund that will support our handyman and transportation services.” Jeff Hansen is the go-to-handyman-guy. “Jeff is a recently retired, career OPPD employee who has a variety of skills that will allow us to offer a full lineup of services for community seniors,” said Chris Ulven, RBJH Executive Director. “Jeff is personable, reliable and qualified to handle jobs that people just can’t do themselves anymore or for which they’d have to pay an unreasonable fee to have done by an unknown party or company. We want community seniors to be able to get reliable work done, at an affordable cost, by a person we know and trust. Just some examples are repairs such as installing
safety grab bars and handrails, painting, window or screen repair, furnace filter changes, test/replace smoke detectors and even changing light bulbs that are out of reach. We plan to start offering services as Jeff ’s schedule allows. If demand is higher than what he can take on, we will expand our staff to accommodate the needs of the community seniors.” In describing the new transportation service, Ulven said, “When seniors need to get to a doctor’s appointment or want to attend an event at the JCC or a program at the Blumkin Home, our new transportation service will enable them to get there. We’ll start by using our Meals on Wheels driver, Larry Rawlings, who has worked here for over a year. We encourage community seniors to let us know when they need rides, and if demand warrants it, we’ll hire an additional driver.” Jewish Senior Outreach empowers seniors to stay vital and active in their homes for as long as possible, and provides options when independence becomes more challenging. “The JSO staff is a resource to provide information and referrals for many services, such as home assessments, Kosher meal delivery, home care referrals and family consultations,” Shelly Fox said. “These new handyman and transportation services underscore our mission to fulfill the mitzvah of Mipnei Seivah Takem — you shall rise and show respect to the aged. Please contact us to see if there is any way we might be able to assist you or your loved one.” For more information on Jewish Senior Outreach contact: Shelly Fox, 402.334.6532 email@example.com, or Maggie Conti, 402.334.6521 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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The Hamentaschen Crew
CaSSaNdra HiCkS WeiSeNburger Director of Communications Chocolate chip cookies. Brownies. Cheesecake. Hamantaschen. All these sweet treats have to be made by someone, and at Temple Israel that is the mission of our Baking Brigade. Led by Sarah Odem, we have a team of bakers who supply the delectable treats that we need for Purim, Shavuot, and Chocolate Shabbats. Sarah, a member of Temple Israel since 2014, reached out in February offering to help make hamantaschen and was asked if she would be interested in taking on the role of heading our Baking Brigade (a name she came up with). Her first job was leading the hamantaschen team and making enough for a congregation involves a lot of work. To help Sarah, Allison Latenser who, in years past, started the hamantaschen baking team, came back in to help and support Sarah. “Hamantaschen is only fun to make with a group because it is very labor intensive.” Allison added that baking together is a fun way to meet other congregants and work together for a common cause. Whenever we need baked goods at Temple Israel, Sarah sends out the bat signal to her list of volunteers for help, and she is always looking for more bakers to keep Temple Israel events extra sweet. If you would like to join our Baking Brigade, please contact Sarah, email@example.com or 402.490.3428.
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This week at camp briTTany haMor Intern, Jewish Press Imagination ran wild in this week at Premiere Youth Camp. This week, campers spent time in a fairytale land that they built using their own ideas and imagination. Campers dressed up as princesses and princes and lived out popular fairytales and created some of their own. This week, campers had “Fun in France.” They baked scrumptious pastries and designed French fashion. The campers constructed a mini Eiffel Tower and took the stage for their annual J Camp Talent Show. In JCC Triple Threat: Run, Bike, Swim. Campers learned what a triathlon is and how to train for it. Coaches provided fun games, obstacles and instructions. Parents were invited to join us on Friday, July 20, at 9:30 a.m. for a mini triathlon around the JCC campus. This week at Camp Shemesh, campers got to create their very own masterpieces. They used glitter, paint, markers and crayons to make artwork. “Expecto Patronum!” This week campers were able to explore the magical Harry Potter world. This week-long event included potions, magic and Quidditch. The campers were sorted into Harry Potter houses and created colorful, bubbly potions. They were also able to take a broomstick on fun adventures
around the JCC to collect points for their Harry Potter House. Campers learned about Mexico and its culture this week. They began the week by making their own Mexican hats and playing soccer. Camp members also learned how to
Salsa dance from the JCC Dance Department Instructors. By the end of the week, they were competing in Salsa dance competitions, made chips and salsa, and created their very own pottery. JCC Wide World of Sports also happened this week. Campers trained by learning fundamentals of basketball, volleyball, flag football and swimming. This camp was for both beginning and intermediate athletes. Also, this week at Camp Shemesh, campers learned about farm animals. Camp Shemesh brought the farm to the JCC. The campers were able to see farm animals in person and also learn what it’s like to be a farmer.
Camp last week: Grease was the word
Musical Theater Summer Camp 2018 production of Grease provided a rocking good time!
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Gabby blair Staff Writer, Jewish Press Members and Non Members, ages 8-108, are invited to be part of the JCC Musical Theater production of Peter Pan! Broadway’s timeless classic musical whisks you away to a place where dreams are born and no one ever grows up! Peter and his mischievous fairy sidekick, Tinkerbell, visit the nursery of the Darling children late one night and, with a sprinkle of pixie dust, begin a magical journey across the stars that none of them will ever forget. In the adventure of a lifetime, the travelers come face to face with a ticking crocodile, a fierce Indian tribe, a band of bungling pirates and, of course, the villainous Captain Hook. Featuring the iconic songs, I’m Flying, I’ve Gotta Crow, I Won’t Grow Up and Never Never Land, and a rousing book full of magic, warmth and adventure, Peter Pan is the perfect show for the child in all of us who dreamed of soaring high and never growing
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ANNETTE VAN dE KAmP Editor, Jewish Press ew things are as intimidating as writing my editorial message weeks in advance because I’m going on vacation. Every time I leave the country there’s guilt (isn’t there always?) until I remind myself the Jewish Press staff is fabulous, the sky won’t fall simply because I’m away, and I’m not that important. Whew. Still, I don’t want to write about current events. Who knows what strange things will occur during the next few weeks, rendering anything I write completely obsolete? By the time you read this, I’ll be far from the JCC. While I stubbornly keep answering: “I’m going home” every time someone asks where I’m going on vacation, my real home is Omaha. That happened slowly and somewhat without my consent. My story is similar to so many others who come from elsewhere; we never thought we’d end up in Omaha. Our city is not that famous or glamorous. It’s fly-over country, plopped in the middle of endless cornfields and unexciting countryside, with boring neighbors, like Iowa and Kansas. No ocean and no mountains. Believe me, I know all the prejudicial thinking about the Midwest. I’ve heard it a million times. The difference nowadays: I take it much more personally. While Omaha may not have much glitz and glitter, it certainly has heart.
Heart is not defined by the number of cornfields or freeways or theaters. It does not depend on how often we make the news or whether we host major sports events. To have heart, all a place needs is people who care.
I am not talking about the old ‘Nebraska Nice’ slogan. Slogans don’t make people care for each other. And while it is true that people in Nebraska are generally more polite than elsewhere (in Holland, for example, we aren’t super skilled at politeness); that doesn’t equate welcoming. The Torah teaches us to welcome the stranger no fewer than 36 times. The evening news reminds us why that is
not an archaic belief, but a daily necessity. As one such former ‘stranger,’ I can tell you the Omaha Jewish community gets it. I remember the first few times I went to synagogue in Omaha. I knew no one and felt lost and far from home. It was an uncanny feeling to be so anonymous, like I could disappear and nobody would miss me. I often think about how much has changed; whether I am at any of our synagogues, Chabad, a random Federation event or anywhere else, members of our community come together. It is impossible to go anywhere and not see a familiar face. I am so incredibly grateful for that. Going ‘home’ to visit family will forever be a double-edged sword. After the joy of reconnecting comes the unavoidable goodbye-- and that never, ever gets easier. What does get easier is coming home to Omaha. I no longer spend weeks wondering if I made the right decision and crying my eyes out. I simply come home and it feels right. And that is because of all of you. The heart of Omaha: it’s the people. The people I have the privilege of working with, the people at shul, community members I run into in the parking lot (or while grocery shopping at Aldi, because this really is a small town) all make this anything but fly-over country.
Any volunteers? You are tomorrow’s Jewish doers and leaders.
ELi OViTS JTA Ethics of the Fathers includes this bold advice from Rabbi Yishmael: “When we learn in order to act, we become learners, teachers, preservers and doers.” So many Jewish institutions are asking how they might engage younger people, raise a new generation of leaders and appeal across age groups. How might they advance the Jewish journeys of their volunteers, followers and “users,” and take them further toward greater interest in and commitment to Jewish life? Limmud, a global network of Jewish learning festivals, set out to find out from its large and growing number of volunteers, what works and what doesn’t. Granted, we had a favorable cohort: Volunteers make Limmud happen, set strategy, determine the vision, teach and deal with the multitude of tasks from which Limmud events are built. Even those Limmuds that have paid staff usually draw on a large cohort of volunteers. Limmud could not exist without volunteers, but we wanted to know how volunteering helped people on their Jewish journeys. What we learned about the benefits of volunteerism could help almost any institution in creating more effective communities. The British sociologist Keith Kahn-Harris surveyed Limmud volunteers in communities spanning seven countries; conducted two focus groups at Limmud Festival 2017; and held conversations last month in Israel with volunteers from 50 communities across 25 countries at Limmud Connect, Limmud’s first global volunteer forum. Ezra Kopelowitz of Research Success Technologies in Israel was the project adviser. Here are three initial takeaways from Limmud Impact Study: Get them while they’re young. It is essential to invest in younger people, including young families. The study affirmed the longterm value of attracting and investing in younger people: 73 percent of volunteers 40 or under agreed that “the Jewish life I live is strongly impacted by my experience at Limmud.” Nearly 50 percent of those under 40 were likely to report a change toward greater Jewish interest and commitment since their first Limmud. The earlier you become involved in Jewish activism through Limmud, the deeper the impact on your life. Yet we also found that for volunteers of all ages, their commitment and curiosity grew as they continued on their Limmud journeys. The vast majority of all volunteers surveyed reported positive
impacts on their lives. It is important to recruit younger people, take them a long way and change their Jewish lives. At the same time, the Limmud study also suggests that communities are most successful when they are multigenerational. They should explore ways to promote intergenerational diversity in leadership, team composition and educational opportunities. This promises a richer communal experience for all.
Volunteers Abi Symons and Phil Peters take a selfie at Limmud Festival 2017, Birmingham UK. Credit: Limmud
Learning leads to action -- and much more. Jewish learning encourages connections with other Jews and interest in the Jewish community beyond Limmud. Eighty-nine percent of Limmud volunteers who responded agreed that Limmud increased their Jewish knowledge, and 68 percent agreed it exposed them to a wider variety of Jewish traditions. Notably, 65 percent said Limmud led them to a greater engagement with Jewish learning and 62 percent agreed it made them more curious about Jewish life and Judaism. Learning begets greater curiosity and more learning. Beyond creating a framework for learning throughout one’s lifetime, Limmud also creates opportunities for relationships among an array of people. Indeed, volunteers made new friends (84 percent), met Jews who were different from themselves (82 percent) and deepened a sense of connection to the Jewish people (68 percent). More than a third of Limmud volunteers reported that Limmud had led them to become more involved in their communities. A full 20 percent reported that involvement in Limmud even led them to set up (alone or with others) a new Jewish initiative. These include launching educational programs, cultural events and new places of prayer.
This is the crux of Rabbi Yishmael’s teaching: Learning leads to action – from prompting more learning, to building relationships with other Jews, to getting active in the broader Jewish community, including launching new initiatives. Volunteers get from what they give. Limmud volunteers form the foundation of the grassroots, cross-communal organization. Volunteering engenders not just a deep connection to the Jewish people and Jewish learning, it also provides practical tools to take the connection further. Significant proportions of volunteers reported that Limmud impacted on their career (41 percent), gave them a greater sense of confidence (55 percent) and helped them develop their leadership skills (55 percent). The volunteer experience offers added value for careers and raising volunteer’s leadership profile. The more the Jewish community invests in leadership skills training and provides leadership opportunities, the deeper the impact on Jewish life. We found that the more senior the leadership level in Limmud, the greater one’s Jewish life is impacted. Learning to act and acting to learn creates the preservers and doers that Rabbi Yishmael promises. Of course, for volunteerism to thrive it requires us to hand over the keys to our community and share leadership opportunities. The bottom line: There are tangible benefits to volunteering. When your organizations hand over leadership, your activists will be more committed to Jewish life and their Jewish life will be richer. And by eliminating as many barriers to leadership as possible, you make it accessible for people of all ages and backgrounds to excel. One note of caution from the study, however: Volunteers need support frameworks to avoid burnout. It is essential to anticipate the costs of intense volunteer involvement and plan for ways to encourage succession planning, as well as sharing of systems and best practices. By providing these kinds of practices and opportunities, Jewish institutions can further education and engagement and inspire communal activism for all ages and backgrounds. By investing in volunteerism and diversity, they will have more engaged Jewish leaders and one more solution to safeguarding Jewish continuity. Rabbi Yishmael would be proud. Eli Ovits is chief executive of Limmud, which operates in 90 communities spanning 42 countries. The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of JTA or its parent company, 70 Faces Media.
in 1934, an American professor urged that Jews be civil -- to the nazis
Angus JOHnsTOn and murky, and the moral clarity we possess when assessing JTA the past can be denied at times to even the wisest of us when At the annual convention of the Central Conference of grappling with the present. American Rabbis in June 1934, the assembled religious leadHenry Cadbury was not a bad or a stupid man. A Quaker, ers were confronted with questions that especially resonate he was a co-founder of the American Friends Service Comfor Americans in the Trump era: How should we approach mittee, and he would give the acceptance speech when the those who oppose us and are working against our interests? AFSC was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1947 for its work Should we resist with all the with war refugees, Japanesetools at our disposal, even to American internees and others. the point of sacrificing civility? So why was he so unable to see? Or should we instead — as the Cadbury’s position was in part rabbis were urged — cultivate theological, arising from his goodwill and foster friendship pacifism, but that was not the across ideological lines? entirety of the story. Hitler had If the questions feel contembeen in power for barely a year porary, however, the specific when Cadbury spoke, and context in which they were while the Nazi persecution of asked provides a startling reJews and others was well underminder of the contingency of way by then, the Second World history. For the adversary the War and the Holocaust were rabbis were encouraged to at- On June 14, 1934, JTA’s Jewish Daily Bulletin reported on a half a decade or more in the futempt to cajole and enlighten speech by Henry Cadbury, a Bryn Mawr College professor who ture. American public opinion suggested that Jewish critics were “only increasing the sever- on Nazism was by no means was Adolf Hitler. Credit: American Friends Service settled in the mid-1930s: Two The speaker who made this ity” of Hitler’s policies. Committee archives, JTA archives. Montage by Charles Dunst suggestion was Henry Cadyears after Cadbury’s speech, it’s bury, a professor at Bryn Mawr College. worth remembering, the United States would send a full dele“By hating Hitler and trying to fight back,” Cadbury de- gation to Hitler’s Berlin Olympics, despite impassioned calls clared in remarks that opened the convention, “Jews are only from antifascists for a boycott. increasing the severity of his policies against them.” It’s easy to believe that you know which side of a historical If Jews instead would educate Nazis about Judaism’s “ideals” debate you would have been on once the debate has been reand “appeal to the German sense of justice and the German solved. But when you go back in history and see what people national conscience,” Cadbury continued, the Nazis might were saying in the moment, when they didn’t know how the well be brought around. Urging Jews to adopt a “live and let story they were living in would end, long-resolved disputes live” posture, he said that even nonviolent resistance cam- spring suddenly back to life. In the United States today, the oppaigns such as boycotts were “not the way to right the wrongs ponents of the Trump administration are re-creating the argubeing inflicted on the Jewish people.” ment between Cadbury and the rabbis. Debates over tactics and His views were summed up in a New York Times headline that rhetoric, over resistance and civility, recapitulate those of the today reads like grim parody: Urges Good Will By Jews For Nazis. summer of 1934 with a precision that borders on the uncanny. Cadbury’s speech provoked outrage among the gathered And of course the fact that Cadbury was wrong then does rabbis, who declared in an official statement that they, along not mean that his ideological heirs are wrong now — that’s with “all the enlightened forces of mankind,” were committed not how history, or analogy, works. But if the arguments of to resisting Nazism “to the utmost.” Their resistance, they the rabbis do not prove today’s advocates of “civility” wrong, said, was “not prompted by any ill will or hatred of the Ger- their historical perspective should at least give us — all of us man people, but by an inescapable moral compulsion.” While — pause. We are all, particularly those of us who, like Cad“moral persuasion” had its place, they said, it must be “sup- bury, are not directly targeted by oppression, inclined toward plemented by every manner of non-violent resistance calcu- overconfidence in our opinions and toward a belief that what lated to bring an end to the [Nazi] regime.” has saved us in the past will save us in the future. Rabbi Samuel Shulman, one of the signers of the statement, We now know that Cadbury was wrong because Nazism summed up the prevailing sentiment at the convention: “If was worse than he was able to imagine it being, and because we do not resist evil, we go along with it.” it would soon become far worse than he could imagine it beFew among us would call for dialogue with Nazis today, of coming. We would do well to take that knowledge to heart. course. (Though “few” isn’t “none,” and certainly there are Angus Johnston is a historian of American social movestill those who urge patient engagement with the “alt-right” ments. He teaches history at the City University of New York. and white supremacists in the spirit of the approach recomThe views and opinions expressed in this article are those of mended by Cadbury.) The lesson of this exchange, rather, the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of JTA or its should be that the history, while it is being lived, is contingent parent company, 70 Faces Media.
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Why newspapers still matter
BriTTAny HAMOr Intern, Jewish Press In recent years, newspaper subscriptions have seen a steady decline across the country. In the era of “fake news” and instant, online news, it’s becoming more difficult for newspapers to hit their target number of subscriptions. In the modern age people think newspapers are obsolete. Whether you’re an avid newspaper reader or just get your news from Twitter, newspapers are still vital in getting the news to you. Here’s why you should care about the future of newspapers: 1. newspapers give your local government attention. Your community largely impacts you, the reader. Most people do not have enough hours in the day to attend city council meetings or read minutes from local government hearings. It is your right to know what taxes are being put into place and what your local government is doing within the community. Reporters attend these meetings and look through these minutes to give you the most information in a shorter amount of time. Newspapers keep you informed about policy changes and new property taxes. 2. newspapers preserve history. Much like online, when it’s written in newsprint, it can never really be deleted. Having newspapers around is crucial to preserving history. Now, we have many archives of newspapers to look back on and we need to continue the archives of newspapers for future generations. Currently, we live in days where people expect news the second it happens. Stories have a 24-hour window and then the people are on to the next big breaking news story. Archiving newspapers will help preserve history and help the people remember what happened when they were younger, and also help to not repeat unthinkable parts of history. 3. Know what’s happening with criminal activity. Not only do newspapers tell you if violent crime is declining or on the rise nationally, it also tells you what violent crime is like in your area. The people get to know if illegal drug use is increasing, where the shootings are taking place and where sex traffickers are attempting to lure in their latest victims. This allows people to be more aware of crime in their area and give them a certain level of comfort knowing how to stay safe from local violent crime. 4. How’s your local education system? Much like city council meetings, many people do not have time to go to weekly school board meetings. They also may not have the attention span to read the minutes or watch the online meeting videos. Newspapers will let people know how your school district’s standardized test scores are compared to other districts. The people also get to know exactly what their school’s money is going. People will know if the district’s money is going toward new academic programs or salaries for the board members. Also, they get to see what new standards the board is putting in place to improve elementary, middle and high schools in your area. 5. Local events. People want to know what is happening in their community. They want to know what concerts are coming to town, what the dates of the College World Series are and what bands will be playing at the local music festival. Local news outlets provide all that information for you on a weekly or even a daily basis. It not only allows you to have fun in your city, but also helps you plan what areas to avoid because of heavy traffic during these events. 6. Jobs. Newspapers are not written by robots. Newsrooms can have anywhere from five to hundreds of people working in them. Subscribing to a newspaper allows news outlets to keep their current staff and hire new, passionate journalists. Newspapers also provide advertisements for jobs for people who are unemployed. Ultimately, newspapers can help the job market and economy. All newspapers are important in the modern age. Newspapers save us time during our hectic schedules. Local reporters are devoted to keeping you informed about local politics, violent crime, the education system and other important local events. Subscribe to a newspaper today and preserve history for the future generations.
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Member of United Synagogues of Conservative Judaism 14506 California Street Omaha, NE 68154-1980 402.492.8550 bethel-omaha.org
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Member of Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America 12604 Pacific Street Omaha, NE. 68154 402.556.6288 BethIsrael@OrthodoxOmaha.org
An Affiliate of Chabad-Lubavitch 1866 South 120 Street Omaha, NE 68144-1646 402.330.1800 OChabad.com email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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South Street Temple Union for Reform Judaism 2061 South 20th Street Lincoln, NE 68502-2797 402.435.8004 www.southstreettemple.org
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Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) 13111 Sterling Ridge Drive Omaha, NE 68144-1206 402.556.6536 templeisraelomaha.com
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Following a short summer haitus, we will meet again in September: Young Jewish Omaha Shabbat Event, friday, sept. 7, 7:30 p.m. For information conctact Nate Shapiro at nshap iro@jewishomaha@org. Erev Rosh Hashanah, sunday, sept. 9, 7:30 p.m. Rosh Hashanah, monday, sept. 10, 10:30 a.m. Kol Nidre, Tuesday, sept. 18, 7:30 p.m. Yom Kippur, Wednesday, sept. 19, 10:30 a.m. and Concluding service and Break-the-fast, 5:30 p.m. Our High Holiday services are led by guest Cantorial soloist Jeff Taxman. For information on our historic synagogue, contact any of our board members: Scott Friedman, Rick Katelman, Carole Lainof, Marty Ricks, Sissy Silber, Nancy Wolf, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Services conducted by Rabbi Steven Abraham and Hazzan Michael Krausman. frIdAy: Nebraska AIDS Coaltion Lunch, 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m.; Kabbalat Shabbat, 6 p.m. sATurdAy: Shabbat Morning Services, 9:30 a.m.; Shabbat Mincha following Morning Services. WEEkdAy sErVICEs: Sundays, 9:30 a.m. & 5:30 p.m.; weekdays, 7 a.m. & 5:30 p.m. sundAy: Morning Minyan, 9 a.m.; Torah Study, 10 a.m.; Evening Minyan, 5:30 p.m. TuEsdAy-WEdnEsdAy: Beth El hosts USY on Wheels. ThursdAy: Chesed Committee visits the Rose Blumkin Home, 2 p.m. Shanghai, Thursday, Aug. 9, 1–4 p.m. We’ve had fun playing, so we’re making it a regular event meeting on the second Thursday of each month. This is an open afternoon of enjoying playing cards with your friends. To register, contact Phyllis Wasserman if you would like to play. We’ll provide the cards, snacks and drinks.
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Services conducted by Rabbi Ari Dembitzer. frIdAy: Shacharit, 7 a.m.; Mincha, 7:30 p.m.; Candle Lighting, 8:29 p.m. sATurdAy: Shacharit, 9 a.m.; Insights into the Weekly Torah Portion, 7:25 p.m.; Mincha/Seudah Shlishit, 8:10 p.m.; Havdalah, 9:33 p.m. sundAy: Shacharit, 9 a.m. mondAy: Shacharit, 7 a.m.; Jewish Hisotry — Your History, noon with Rabbi Shlomo. TuEsdAy: Shacharit, 7 a.m. WEdnEsdAy: Shacharit, 7 a.m. ThursdAy: Shacharit, 7 a.m.
Office hours: Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. and Friday, 8 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. WEEkdAys: Shacharit, 7 a.m. followed by coffee, treats, study and shmoozing. mondAy: Personal Parsha class, 9:30 a.m. with Shani. WEdnEsdAy: Mystical Thinking, 9:30 a.m. with Rabbi Katzman. ThursdAy: Talmud Class, noon with Rabbi Katzman. All programs are open to the entire community.
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Services conducted by Rabbi Teri Appleby. frIdAy: Erev Shabbat Service, 6:30 p.m. featuring music by Elaine Monnier; Oneg, 7:30 p.m. hosted by Elaine Monnier; Candlelighting, 8:29 p.m. sATurdAy: Shabbat Morning Service, 9:30 a.m.; Torah Study on Parashat Va’etchanan, 10:45 a.m.; Havdalah (72 minutes), 9:58 p.m. sundAy: Adult Hebrew Class 2, 11:30 a.m.; Come learn and play Pickleball, 7-9 p.m. All equipment furnished. Wear comfortable clothing. For questions, call or text Miriam Wallick at email@example.com; Flutist Marie Sønderskov and Bassist Erik Higgins return to Lincoln this summer and will perform another evening of enchanting music from many
times and places, 7:30 p.m. at South Street Temple. ThursdAy: High Holidays Choir Rehearsal, 7 p.m.
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sATurdAy: Services, 9:15 a.m. led by Alan Shulewitz. Services will be held in the Chapel. Members of the community are invited to attend.
frIdAy: Shabbat Service, 6 p.m. sATurdAy: Torah Study, 9:15 a.m.; Shabbat Service, 10:30 a.m. Torah reader: Andy Issacson and Haftarah reader: Miles Remer; TiYPE: Thunderhead Brews with Jews, 3 p.m. at 13304 West Center Road #126. Come grab a beer at Thunderhead Brewing Taproom (21+) on Shabbat and tell us what you are looking for in young adult engagement! Over the course of this year, TiYPE will be going through the process of creating a sustainable leadership model. We’re looking for young adults who want to be involved in developing and leading this community. Meet our new Director of Congregational Engagement Jamie Skog-Burke and let her know what TiYPE of community you want! RSVP to Temple Israel, jskog-burke @templeisraelomaha.com or 402.556.6536. sundAy: New Member Family Ice Cream Social, 3:30 p.m. at the home of Andie Gordman and Dan Fitzgerald Thank you for joining our Temple Israel Family! Andie Gordman, President of Temple Israel, and her husband Dan Fitzgerald invite you to a relaxing Sunday afternoon with ice cream and conversation. This will be a chance for new congregants who have joined in the last two years to get to know our Board of Trustees, the Membership Committee, and the Temple Israel Staff and Clergy. Please RSVP to Temple Israel, rsVp@templeisraelomaha.com or 402.556.6536. Temple Tots Havdalah at the Playground, saturday, Aug. 4, 4:30 p.m. We are hosting another fun Temple Tots afternoon this summer with PJ Library and this time we will be at the Temple Israel playground! Bring a picnic dinner and join us for crafts and havdalah! Drinks and popsicles will be provided. RSVP to Temple Israel, rsVp@templeisraelomaha.com or 402.556.6536 by Thursday, Aug. 2
Rosh Chodesh Event at Omaha Board & Brush hosted by Andie Gordman, Thursday, Aug. 9, 6:30-8:30 p.m., 539 N. 155th Plaza. Join us for a fun wood sign workshop! There are several designs to choose from and Omaha Board & Brush will customize the materials for you and take you step by step to create a beautiful home decor piece for your home or for a gift. You must RSVP online and pre-pay for your sign by monday, Aug. 6. There are several options to choose from! This event is limited to 36 participants so register ASAP! Snacks and drinks will be provided. RSVP here: www.bit.ly /2kpdmBh Tri-Faith Picnic, sunday, Aug. 12, 12:30-3 p.m. Temple Israel. Please join us for our annual Tri-Faith Picnic, an afternoon of food, fun, and fellowship for all ages! We’ll have face painting, balloon artists, a bounce house, and games for everyone to enjoy. Halal burgers and kosher hot dogs provided. Please bring a side dish or dessert to share! Please, no pork, shellfish, or gelatin dishes. Please bring peanut butter to donate to the Countryside Community Cupboard Food Pantry. Open to all supporters of the Tri-Faith Initiative! Questions? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 402.934.2955.
Services conducted by lay leader Nancy Coren. Office hours: monday-friday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. frIdAy: No Services sATurdAy: Shabbat Morning service, 10 a.m followed by a Kiddush luncheon. sundAy: Come learn and play Pickleball, 7-9 p.m. All equipment furnished. Wear comfortable clothing. For questions, call or text Miriam Wallick at email@example.com. Tifereth Israel's 9th Annual Shabbat on the Green/ New Member Dinner, friday Aug. 10. We will be grilling up hotdogs and sides beginning at 6:30 p.m. followed by a fun outdoor Shabbat service. We hope to see you all there! There will be a training session for those who wish to learn about participation in the mitzvah of kavod ha-met (honoring the dead). Nancy Coren will be meeting with men and women who would like to learn about the methods used by the chevra kaddisha (holy society that prepares bodies for burial) on sunday afternoon Aug. 12 at 4 p.m. here at the synagogue. This session is designed to bring new participants into the ranks of the chevra kaddisha. If you plan to attend, please let the office know.
Entire Western Wall is ‘danger zone’, archeologist says
JTA newS STAFF that fell Monday was broken in two from moisAfter a large stone fell from the Western Wall ture created by the plants in the wall. on Monday, an Israeli archaeologist declared the “It’s a matter of life or death,” he said. holy site’s entire plaza a “danger zone.” In 2004, large pieces of Western Wall stone fell Other stones “could immediately fall” and hurt during Yom Kippur, injuring one worshiper. people, Zachi Dvira told The Times of Israel. He is completing a Ph.D. on the archaeology of the Temple Mount. The boulder that fell the morning of July 23 at one of the sight’s areas designated for egalitarian mixed prayer weighed about 220 pounds, according to Israel Radio. It missed all onlookers but landed close to a female worshiper. “I didn’t hear or feel anything until it landed right at my feet,” Daniella Goldberg, 79, told Hadashot TV news. She said that they “tried not to let the incident distract me from my prayers.” A large chunk of stone dislodged from the Western Wall at the Israel “doesn’t do proper preserva- mixed-gender prayer section in Jerusalem, Israel, July 23, 2018. Credi: Yonatan Sindel/Flash90 tion [of the site] because of politics,” Dvira said, arguing that the controversy surThe Western Wall’s official rabbi weighed in on rounding the egalitarian prayer area has pre- the July 23 event. vented the proper upkeep. “This is an unusual and most rare incident that While the egalitarian section has been closed has not occurred for decades,” said Rabbi Shmuel after the incident, he believes visitors should Rabinovitch. “The fact that this powerful incistand a few feet back from the wall in all of its dent happened a day after the 9th of Av fast, in sections, for safety reasons. He noted that several which we mourned the destruction of our temrocks from the Temple Mount’s other three sup- ples, raises questions which the human soul is too porting walls have fallen in recent years. The rock small to contain, and requires soul-searching.”
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Drs. Ali and Mark Doyle of Saratoga Springs, NY, announce the July 1 birth of their son, Harry Marvin. He is named for Harry Doyle and Marvin Horwitz. He has two sisters, Havah and Ruthie. Grandparents are Martha and Dick Lerner of Omaha, Jacque Doyle of Saratoga Springs, NY and the late Patrick Doyle of Glen Falls, NY.
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Jewish US soldier buried 74 years after going missing
JTA news sTAff A Jewish-American soldier from World War II who was listed as missing for more than 70 years was buried in California. Staff Sgt. David Rosenkrantz was buried on June 20 at the Riverside National Cemetery, where four of his brothers also are buried, in a funeral 74 years after his death. His remains were recovered and identified in March, near the farm where he was killed, the Los Angeles Times reported. More than 30 of his relatives, including nieces and nephews, great nieces and great nephews, and their children, attended the funeral, according to the Times. Rosenkrantz became a hometown hero three months after being shipped out to Europe in 1943, when he and another paratrooper were mistakenly dropped into an Italian unit and all 200 of them surrendered to the two American soldiers. He was killed at the age of 28 during Operation Market Garden in the Netherlands, in a battle chronicled in the 1977 film A Bridge Too Far. Rosenkrantz’s dog tags, which were stamped with a “J” for Jewish, had been returned to the family in March 2012, according to a website in his memory maintained by his nephew Dr. Phillip Rosenkrantz. According to the website, the dog tags were found not long after the war by a farmer and turned over to the U.S. Army. They were then misplaced and found by the army in 2011 and later released to the family. Phillip Rosenkrantz eulogized his uncle and received the folded American flag that had draped his coffin during the funeral. “This is a day I have been hoping for over 20 years,” he said in his eulogy, according to the Times. “We now have some closure.” The soldier’s remains had been recovered from the farm where he was killed by Canadian soldiers and buried in an American military grave in the southern part of the Netherlands. This was discovered by Dutchman Ben Overhand, who as a teenager began trying to find the remains of soldiers who helped liberate the Netherlands and saw the website dedicated to Rosenkrantz. His research led to finding the soldier’s body. Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, the federal agency responsible for recovering the remains of missing soldiers, exhumed the remains last year.
RBJH goes to the dogs
Daniel Stein, right, of the Brownell Talbot School in Omaha was among the top scorers among more than 200 competitors at the recent national finals of the USA Bible Quiz. Credit: The Jewish Agency for Israel. Daniel Stein of the Brownell Talbot school in Omaha was one of the top scorers among more than 200 competitors at the recent national finals of the USA Bible Quiz, as part of e Jewish Agency for Israel’s popular international program that celebrates Tanach (Torah/Prophets/Writings), Israel, and the Jewish people. e International Bible Quiz (Chidon HaTanach) — organized by e Jewish Agency, to-gether with several Israeli government ministries and other non-profit organizations — is a nondenominational event that raises awareness among the general Jewish public, especially high school students, about the importance of the Bible to Jewish identity and heritage. ousands of youths ages 14-18, in dozens of countries, study each year for the quiz; many students prepare for months or more. Stein was the runner up in the English language competition for grades eighth-11, narrowly missing the opportunity to represent the U.S. in Jerusalem for next year’s Bible Quiz. A PR representative of the Jewish agency noted that of all placers, Daniel was the only participant to not attend a Jewish school, a fact which was found impressive given his remarkable knowledge. His parents are Dasha and Jeﬀ Stein of Omaha.
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Mainstreeters August programs are hot MAggie Conti Director of Activities and Volunteer Services, Rose Blumkin Jewish Home ainstreeters never run out of fun ideas to fill your calendar. Check out these August events. Join us for a class with Julie Masters, Ph.D. titled Regardless of Age, We Still have a Responsibility to Plant for the Next Generation on Monday, Aug. 13 at 1:30 p.m. in the Rose Blumkin Jewish Home Boardroom. Invite a friend. Dr. Masters is professor and chair of the Department of Gerontology at UNO. She also holds the Terry Haney Chair of Gerontology and teaches courses on the Omaha and Lincoln campuses. She will discuss the role of aging adults in the 21st century. Drawing on an excerpt from The Talmud, Dr. Masters views the role of aging adults to be so much more in a society that is hungry for guidance and direction. Like their ancestors of the past, each person, as he or she ages, has a responsibility to plant for the future. Refreshments will be served. To RSVP, please call Maggie Conti at 402.334.6521 or email mconti@ rbjh.com by Wednesday, Aug. 8. Join us for this opportunity for lifelong learning. Wednesday, Aug. 15: THE BRITS at 2 p.m. in the Rose Blumkin Jewish Home Silverman Auditorium. It was 50 years ago, today, Sgt. Pepper taught the band to play. The BRITS recreate the sound and style, as well as the excitement and flair of the British invasion, from 1963 to 1969. Way more than just Beatles... THE BRITS provide a unique musical experience, covering groups like Herman’s Hermits, Dave Clark Five, The Animals and, of course, The Beatles! Ice Cream Social following. There is no admission fee. All are welcome. Grandparents Day Celebration on Sunday, Aug. 19, 1:303:30 p.m. RBJH Main Street. Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas with casino games, food, prizes, and entertainment. Music of the Rat Pack with Michael “Gooch” Gurciullo and his fivePiece Band. The casino games will appeal to so many and so
will the food. The afternoon mixes fun with a little nostalgia, and that recipe makes everyone smile. Admission is free, so bring your family and come to share the festivities. The Aug. 19 program is sponsored by L.O.V.E. (League Offering Volunteers for the Elderly) and is underwritten by these funds administered by the Jewish Federation of Omaha Foundation: The Sheldon A. and Lorrie Bernstein Endowment Fund; The Betty A. Studna and Seymour T. Lee Endowment Fund; and The Chester and Phyllis Lustgarten Endowment Fund. For any questions call Maggie Conti at 402.334.6521. Join Us at the Movies: The Post on Friday, Aug. 31, 1 p.m. in the JCC Theater. No charge for the film or for unlimited bags of fresh, delicious popcorn. No reservations necessary. Invite a pal. Steven Spielberg directs Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks in The Post, a thrilling drama about the unlikely partnership between The Washington Post’s Katharine Graham (Streep), the first female publisher of a major American newspaper, and editor Ben Bradlee (Hanks), as they race to catch up with The New York Times to expose a massive coverup of government secrets that spanned three decades and four U.S. Presidents. The two must overcome their differences as
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they risk their careers and their very freedom to help bring long-buried truths to light. Rated: PG-13 (for language and brief war violence). Running time: 1 hour and 57 minutes. Don’t be late for the show and bring a sweater! Have lunch at the Star Deli (Rose Blumkin Jewish Home) before the show. The Star Deli is open for business at 11:30 a.m. Mainstreeters welcomes all Jewish residents of the Omaha area age 60 plus. The group offers a mixed bag of social events and learning opportunities that give participants the chance to meet new people, exercise their brains, take part in new activities and continue enjoying life to the fullest. Mainstreeters continues to offer diverse programs every month, and we invite community members to join the August excitement. For questions call Maggie Conti at 402.334.6521.
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