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Witness: The Art of Samuel Bak, opens Tuesday, Sept. 3 in the UNO School of the Arts’ Art Gallery, housed in the Weber Fine Arts Building. The collection spans five decades of Bak’s artistic journey, featuring pieces that have been shown in major museums and galleries in cities such as Tel Aviv, New York, Paris and Rome. The art will be on display through Thursday, Nov. 14. Bak’s art visualizes his Holocaust experience See Witness page 3
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annEttE van dE kamP-WriGht Editor, Jewish Press A lay leader in our Jewish community, according to Laurie Epstein, is “someone who volunteers their time and expertise to serve their community because they want to give back.” She would know; together with Patty Sherman, Laurie serves as Chair of the Pomegranate Society. ‘Pomegranates’ lead by example. They understand we are more powerful together. More than 125 Jewish Federations throughout North America participate in the Pomegranate Pin program; donors in this category wear a specially designed
Schwalb Center welcomes Jeannette Gabriel
annEttE van dE kamP-WriGht Editor, Jewish Press This past August, Jeannette Gabriel moved into the Director role at Schwalb Center for Israel and Jewish Studies at the University of Nebraska-Omaha. Gabriel had previously been working as a Resident Scholar at the Schwalb Center
Sam PEtto Director, Editorial & Media Relations, University of Nebraska Omaha enowned artist and Holocaust survivor Samuel Bak will visit the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) this September in tandem with a showing of 70 of his creations. The showing and a series of related public events will be free and open to the public.
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Laurie Epstein and Patty Sherman Pomegranate pin. In 1981, the women of Allentown, PA, introduced the pin as a way to inspire giving. It’s modeled after the Lion of Judah program and since its inception, more than 7,000 have been distributed across North America. An ancient symbol found carved into the lintels of the earliest synagogues, the pomegranate is recognizable as a Jewish symbol. Pomegranates are sym-
bolic with their 613 seeds, one for each of the mitzvot or commandments in the Torah. Pomegranate donors provide strength, compassion and inspiration for our community through their annual gifts of $1,800+. Each year that a Pomegranate increases her gift by $100, she can add a Ruby to bejewel her Pomegranate pin. The pomegranate pin offered to See Pomegranate Society page 2
where she taught classes and worked on a research project documenting how the African-American and Jewish community lived together in North Omaha. She has also been teaching community classes at Beth El Synagogue. In her new position Ms. Gabriel will be teaching classes and conducting research related to Jewish and Israel Studies. Gabriel’s primary research focus is American history and religion with an emphasis on issues of race and gender. She is continuing to research AfricanAmerican and Jewish collaboration and conflict with an emphasis on issues of redlining and domestic work. “During the short time Jeannette has been in Omaha,” Nate and Hannah Schwalb said, “she has immersed herself in the Jewish community in a variety of ways. We are impressed with her Jewish teaching and her special interest in the history of Midwest Jewish communities. We feel extremely fortunate to have Jeannette as a leading force in our Center; she will no doubt carry on what the late Moshe Gershovich so successfully started at UNO.” Gabriel came to Omaha from Iowa City where she curated an extensive archival collection of over sixty individual and institutional collections on Jewish Women in Iowa at the Iowa Women’s Archives, University of Iowa. The Jewish Women in Iowa collections include materials that will contribute to new and complex stories about Jewish women’s experiences in Iowa. Before relocating to Iowa, Gabriel had worked for about a decade with Smithsonian Associates as Resident Historian training high school history teachers through the Teaching American History Program. She recently defended her PhD at the University of Iowa in Social Studies Education. Her thesis examined how See Jeannette Gabriel page 3
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New art of campus
annette Van de kamP-wright Editor, Jewish Press ractically overnight, three fascinating works of art appeared on our campus. Connection Point, by Jennyfer Stratman, The Apple, by Brieanne Hauger and Three in Flight by Larry Roots are on loan from the Staenberg Family Foundation. “I hope that the recently loaned sculptures will be an inspiration for creative thinking, dialogue and a constant reminder of our shared humanity,” Michael Staenberg said. “It has long been man’s quest to harness the wind and possibly to fly,” reads a statement by artist Larry Roots, whose sculpture is located by the front entrance of the Jewish Community Center. “There is a certain complexity and yet simplicity we witness in a blade of
grass yielding to the wind, a butterfly soaring or a full-blown sail. Visually these experiences evoke liberation and grace and are the inspiration behind Three in Flight. To the delight of our youngest community members, Brieanne Hauger’s Apple found a home outside the Pennie Z. Davis Childhood Development Center. “The Apple sculpture hearkens back to the proverb of the 14th century,” the artists wrote, “Large streams from little fountains flow, Tall oaks from little acorns grow. This is to remind our culture that young children have time and opportunity to fulfill their full potential and destiny when their inner conditions are nurtured. Their nature is pure and peaceful and we must nurture the best in all of humanity.” By the entrance to the gym, visitors walk by Jennyfer Stratman’s sculpture.
“Just as Boris Bally’s Converging Ripples installation on the front of the building creates an opportunity for understanding individuals making up the collective whole,” Staenberg said, “Connection Point by Jennyfer Stratman considers the relationship of oneself to greater humanity. It is a three-dimensional line drawing in a moment of quiet reflection.” Jennyfer stated: “The internal figure represents an individual’s mind and body. In the same way a molecular diagram depicts the chemical bonding in molecules, the outer lattice depicts the infinite connections we share with each other.” Perhaps in the rush of our days we might stop and contemplate these works of art and their greater contribution, which just might be a moment of appreciation, self - reflection and gratitude for our Jewish Community.
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Continued from page 1 women at this level represents the mitzvot of tzedakah (charity) and gemilut chasidim (acts of loving kindness). Each time a woman increases her pledge, a ruby is added to the original pin, bringing her closer to becoming a Lion of Judah. Wearing the pin is one more way to feel connected to our Omaha Jewish community. “When I walk down the history hallway at the J,” Patty said, “and see photos of my husband’s great-great grandmother, his parents, my parents, our children, and the many friends and relatives that have been part of Omaha’s Jewish community over so many decades, I realize how profoundly fortunate we are to share this legacy. Now my young grandchildren swim in the JCC pool, attend JCC camp and Friedel Academy, while my motherin-law resides at the Blumkin Home---truly “from Generation to Generation”. And with the addition of Jewish people who choose to make their homes in Omaha, our fellowship is enhanced and expanded by their talents and personalities.” Laurie Epstein agrees that feeling that personal tie is important: “My favorite aspect of the Omaha Jewish Community is how welcoming and inclusive it is. Even though I am a transplant here, I feel very deeply connected to this community. I feel like it’s small enough for everyone to feel they can make a difference and are needed, yet big enough to provide us with everything we need to live a fulfilling Jewish life here.” “Families come in all varieties,” Patty said, “and being open to including different needs, schedules, opportunities, ideas and situations helps to encourage involvement and participation from a wide swath of our community.” “We can improve, grow and be even better for everyone involved,” Laurie added, “by continuing to reach out to people of all generations in our community to keep them involved, and asking for their input on what they envision for the present and future of our Omaha Jewish community.” If you are interested in becoming a Pomegranate or want to be otherwise involved, please contact Senior Director of Community Impact and Special Projects Louri Sullivan at email@example.com or call 402.334.6485.
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Dallas Omaha Jewish Alumni Association reunion
marGo parSow On Sunday, Nov. 3 from 1-4 p.m. the Omaha Jewish Alumni Association (OJAA) along with the Jewish Federation of Omaha Foundation and the Jewish Federation of Omaha, will sponsor a round-up reunion party in Dallas for those former Nebraskans and Iowans now living in Texas. Sherry Josin Goldberg will be hosting the event at her home along with her co-host, Bob Rifkin. The round-up reunion party will provide a wonderful opportunity for former Omahans and Iowans who now live in Texas to mingle and chat about their fond memories of Omaha and the Omaha Jewish community. Light bites will be served. There are now 710 members of the Omaha Jewish Alumni
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Continued from page 1 and Jewish life through the ages. His art melds different styles, often featuring surreal imagery. “Most of my paintings, seemingly realistic, attempt to intrigue and interrogate their beholders. What do all those icons and symbols mean? What is the story behind this strange universe? I am looking forward to the encounter with the public of my forthcoming exhibition at UNO,” Bak said. “My art is anchored in my personal story of survival, in which the specific events point to the universal premises of the human condition.” Community members have an opportunity to hear from the artist himself. Bak will visit the UNO campus in late September to headline an event and participate in related human rights programming. A conversation featuring Bak is set for Wednesday, Sept. 25 at 7 p.m. in the Strauss Performing Arts Center, preceded by a reception beginning at 6 p.m. Both events are free and open to the public, no tickets or registration required. “This will be an evening of rich discussion and discovery,” said Mark Celinscak, Louis and Frances Blumkin Professor of Holocaust and Genocide Studies and executive director of UNO’s Sam and Frances Fried Holocaust and Genocide Academy. “Samuel Bak creates deeply symbolic and evocative worlds and invites us all to confront, interrogate and repair.” Thursday, Sept. 26, UNO’s Goldstein Center will welcome scholars from across the world to participate in a free symposium on the intersection of contemporary art and human rights, inspired by Bak’s lifework. The symposium runs from 9 a.m. through 4 p.m. in the Barbara Weitz Community Engagement Center (rooms 201, 205, 209). No registration is required.
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among the UNO faculty. Ms. Gabriel is Continued from page 1 excited about the interdisciplinary opporteachers she worked with in the Teachtunities this new position brings. “When ing American History Program used imwe collaborate across departments, we ages, such as photographs and film, to engage more than one classroom. teach racial history. Through this approach, we connect with Teaching classes in Israel and Judaic the Jewish community, the community Studies is a priority for Ms. Gabriel. For at-large, and faculty throughout UNO. community seniors who are interested in We live in a time of exacerbated racial getting involved: during the Spring 2020 and ethnic tensions, and unfortunately semester she will be offering several this impacts how the Jewish community classes on these topics. Gabriel said, is viewed. The Schwalb Center provides “UNO has a Senior Passport program that opportunities to break down misconcepenables community members over 65 to tions and develop relationships across register for up to two classes for $25. religious, ethnic, and racial lines.” It’s a great opportunity for community For more information about the members to take classes. It’s also very important for UNO students to have conSchwalb Center, to see current course tact with Jewish community members.” schedule and find out about the Senior In addition to teaching classes, one of Jeannette Gabriel with a visitor at the recent Passport Program, please visit Shirley Goldstein exhibit Ms. Gabriel’s incoming goals is to enwww.unomaha.edu/college-of-artscourage and support research around Israel and Jewish studies and-sciences/schwalb-center.
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A special Goldstein Lecture on Human Rights will take place the evening of Sept. 26, in the Strauss Performing Arts Cetner, featuring former South African judge Richard Goldstone. Goldstone became a national figure during South Africa’s transition from apartheid. He then became the Chief Prosecutor of the United Nations’ International Criminal Tribunals, investigating war crimes in the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda. Goldstone and Bak will be among guests at a public reception before the Goldstein Lecture. Gary Phillips, author of Just Is in the Art of Samuel Bak, will deliver a lunchtime keynote at noon in the Weber Fine Arts Gallery. Hank Greenspan, a psychologist, oral historian and playrwright, will present on The Witness as Dramatist at 2 p.m. Philosopher Lewis Gordon will close the symposium with an afternoon keynote at 3 p.m. on the topic of Art and the Right to a Livable Life. For a detailed schedule email goldsteincenter@unom aha.edu. Funds are available to bus high school and middle school students to UNO to experience Bak’s art and engage with trained docents. Teachers interested in this opportunity should email Jeremy Menard, Weber Art Gallery Coordinator at email@example.com. This exhibition, the first time in Nebraska, is sponsored by the UNO Sam and Frances Fried Holocaust and Genocide Academy, the Schwalb Center for Israel and Jewish Studies, the College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media and the College of Arts and Sciences in addition to the Nebraska Arts Council, Humanities Nebraska and the Nebraska Cultural Endowment.
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JFO backyard Concert Series: The Rex Granite band featuring Sarah Benck
gabby blair Staff Writer, Jewish Press he Jewish Federation of Omaha Summer Concert Series is pleased to present The Rex Granite Band featuring Sarah Benck on Sunday, Sept 15, 5-7 p.m. in the JCC Backyard. As always, concerts are free and the show will go on rain or shine! (Head indoors to the lovely JCC Theater in case of inclement weather.) This is the second year in a row that this bluesy roots Omaha-born band has taken the stage at the JFO Backyard concert series and they are sure to be a crowd favorite again. The Rex Granite band has put together a powerhouse blues showcase, releasing their first CD Rollin’ and Tumblin in 2003 and their second album Spirit/Matter/Truth/Lies in 2017; the same year they won OAE’s “Best Blues” award. Originally formed in 2002, The Rex Granite Band draws its fresh/retro sound from a variety of sources. Straight-up Rock and Roll, Blues, and Gospel all play heavily into their gutsy roots-rock style. Sarah Benck and Rex Granite are the band’s primary songwriters, but the true appeal lies in the unique vocals of Sarah along with her and Rex’s guitar chemistry. Benck, a visible figure in the Omaha Indie rock scene, was awarded “Best Contemporary Singer” at the 2006 Omaha Entertainment and Arts (OAE) Awards. Plan to spend the evening listening to Omaha’s best blues-
rock-roots rock music with family and friends. Pack your own picnic or purchase food and treats from this week’s onsite food vendors, Thunderhead Brewery and Kona Ice. As in past years, Jewish Family Service will again be accepting donations. Items in highest demand this year include per-
sonal hygiene products: shampoo, toothpaste, mouthwash, Q-tips, dental floss, toothbrushes, toilet paper- any health and beauty items are appreciated! Thank you to our generous donors whose support make the JFO Backyard Concert Series possible: Omaha Steaks, Morgan Stanley, All Makes Office Equipment Co., Alan J. Levine, Centris Federal Credit Union, Karen Sokolof Javitch Music Fund and the Special Donor-Advised Fund at the Jewish Federation of Omaha Foundation. For more information, please visit www.jewishomaha.org.
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Teen Programming at Temple Israel ALiyAh LAsky Temple Israel Youth Group Advisor My name is Aliyah Lasky and I am very happy to be back at Temple Israel as Youth Group Advisor to help our teens plan innovative and meaningful programming at Temple Israel. Temple Israel’s youth group programming is split into two main cohorts: our high school youth group (OTYG) and our 7th and 8th grade youth group (JYG). OTYG is open to all youth in grades 9-12. The overall purpose of OTYG is to instill Jewish identity and foster commitment to the ideals and values of Reform Judaism. These purposes are pursued in a framework which emphasizes the development of personal and leadership skills in a wholesome, social, fun, Jewish environment. OTYG has a Aliyah Lasky student-led governing board assisted by me as Youth Group Advisor. The board has worked hard to plan a year that provides opportunities for students to engage in social action, religious and cultural activities, and many social events. Please check the eTidings and the Tidings on a regular basis for upcoming events. OTYG is “going green” so most communications will be made by email, phone, or text messages. OTYG is part of the North American Federation of Temple Youth (NFTY) and allows students to expand their youth group experience with youth from all over the country. To learn more about NFTY and our region, please visit: www.missourivalley.nfty.org Today, more than 750 Reform congregations, divided into 19 regions throughout North America, sponsor Temple youth groups, bringing the NFTY experience to more than 10,000 high schoolers in grades 9-12. Each year, an exten-
sive menu of year-round and summer programs offers exciting choices for life-changing NFTY experiences. Leadership training, urban community service, NFTY in Israel, and NFTY High School in Israel all provide wonderful opportunities for teens. NFTY-MV includes Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas, Wyoming, Colorado, and parts of Illinois, Kentucky, and South Dakota. NFTY regions provide programming and administrative support to the local youth groups – helping to share the wisdom and experience gathered from hundreds of youth groups and adult leaders from across North America. Missouri Valley’s four or five regional events are an outstanding supplement to what takes place locally, and are very popular among many of our regional members. We are working on a lot of exciting programs and events for our teens! OTYG's first event of the year is the OTYG Lock-In at Temple Israel on Saturday, Sept. 21-Sunday, Sept. 22. Drop off at 5 p.m. and pick up at 9 a.m. Teens are also welcome to stay for the OTYG bake sale happening at noon. Madrichim can leave belongings in the youth lounge until youth programming ends at noon. RSVP and complete our online survey at tinyurl.com/OTYGlockin19. Now, because we are in the business of making sure our teens are getting the most out of our programming and making meaningful connections with their Jewish youth group and community, I want to assure you that finances should never be a reason that your child is unable to participate in any of our youth group experiences. If you are looking for financial assistance, please reach out to our Director of Congregational Learning Ben Mazur, bmazur@templeis raelomaha.com or 402.556.6536. I am incredibly excited for this school year and to get to know each and every one of your teens! Please feel free to reach out with any questions that you may have. I can be reached at email@example.com or 720.347.5064.
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community Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz visits Beth El
OzzIe nOGG Beth El Synagogue will welcome Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz as Scholar-in-Residence over the Selichot weekend, Friday, Sept. 20 and Saturday, Sept. 21. His presentations, which include a Friday night dinner and Shabbat lunch, are sponsored by the Leonard Goldstein Fund and open to the community at no charge. Newsweek named Rav Shmuly one of the top 50 rabbis in America and The Forward named him one of the 50 most influential Jews. During his visit to Omaha, Rabbi Yanklowitz will discuss Judaism as a call to social action and offer ways in which we can develop our unique moral voice. “The goal of our program is to study Jewish texts that help us understand applied Jewish ethics more deeply,” Rabbi Yanklowitz said. “How are Jewish values relevant today? How might we bring more light than heat? How might ancient Jewish wisdom be relevant to most complex moral issues of our time? How might each of us play a role in helping to alleviate suffering near and far?” Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz is President and Dean of the Valley Beit Midrash, (Jewish pluralistic adult learning and leadership); Founder and President of Uri L’Tzedek (Jewish Social Justice); Founder and CEO of The Shamayim V’Aretz Institute (Jewish animal advocacy); Founder and President of YATOM, (Jewish foster and adoption network); and the author of 17 books on Jewish ethics. “Rabbi Shmuly is a world class thinker,” said Rabbi Steven Abraham of Beth El, “but what makes him unique is his ability to turn Jewish thought and practice into action. There are some who believe Judaism is meant to exist only inside the four walls of the synagogue. But the reality is that Judaism should stretch our imagination, it should push us to look at the world in a whole new way, it should empower us to care about those less fortunate. Taking Judaism into the streets is not about denomination or practice. It’s about believing in a living and breathing Judaism. This is what I love about the work being done by Rabbi Shmuly. He embodies this type of Judaism.” An up-coming edition of the Jewish Press will describe the learning topics Rabbi Yanklowitz plans to present, and give a detailed schedule of his Sept. 20 though Sept. 21 Scholar-in-Residency.
Lily Goldberg leaves music legacy for elementary kids
nIcOLe haWkInS school volunteers helped De Zavala students put on a concert Texas Jewish Post for their parents, playing the instruments they learned: guiReprinted with permission tar, piano or ukulele. wo recent high school graduates are leaving beGoldberg, who has played violin since she was a child, hind a legacy of music education for elementary taught herself to play the ukulele so that she could teach and school students in Fort Worth. lead students in song during the concert. Adding a new inLily Goldberg, graduate of Friedel Jewish Acad- strument under her belt helped with her teaching, expanding emy and daughter opportunities for her students. of Kim and Bob Goldberg, One of them performed a executive director of the Jewukulele solo during the last In ish Federation of Fort Worth Tune concert. and Tarrant County, and fel“His parents were so proud low classmate, Thu Pham, of him,” Goldberg said. “Havstarted a program at R.L. ing parents go up to you and Paschal High School called being so thankful and telling “In Tune,” with the goal of you how their children wouldteaching Fort Worth elemenn’t have this opportunity withtary school students about out you is just so cool.” music. Goldberg, who will be atGoldberg said that Pham, tending Washington Univerwho is attending Harvard sity in St. Louis in the fall, and University in the fall, initially Pham, hope the program will came to her with the idea continue on when they leave two years ago and the Texas and are recruiting inwomen immediately began coming seniors at Paschal to fundraising, gathering inhelp. struments and recruiting felIn addition to founding and low high school students to running In Tune, Goldberg volunteer. and Pham were involved in According to In Tune’s many activities and clubs on Lily Goldberg and Thu Pham website, the mission statecampus including Key Club ment of the program is to give children an opportunity to and National Honor Society. develop an appreciation for music, gain important skills that “I think In Tune, for both of us, was our most special excan be applied in the classroom and in life and have fun tracurricular program,” Goldberg said. “It’s what mattered doing it. the most to us.” The duo partnered with De Zavala Elementary School, teaching music lessons to students once a week because its music program had a lack of funding. “Music has always been a really important part of my life,” Goldberg said. “I think having some sort of creative outlet is Greenblatt & Seay announce the 23rd Annual Schoolhouse Fidso important, especially for younger children, and we wanted dling Bee is on Sunday, Oct. 13 at 2:30 p.m., in the Old Avoca, to bring that to children who didn’t have that opportunity.” Nebraska Schoolhouse. During the two years of the program’s existence, high In the Open Division, fiddlers will play a hoedown, a waltz, and a tune of choice. There will also be a Twin Fiddler’s Contest and a Fee-Fi-Faux Fiddler’s Contest. Acoustic instruments only. Registration for contestants starts at 1:30 p.m. More information may be found at www.greenblattandseay.com. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for students, contestants and B’naI B’rITh BreadBreakerS backup musicians, and $1 for children. The contest will be folKETV7 meteorologist Matt Serwe will talk about global atmoslowed by a light snack and an acoustic jam session with Greenblatt pheric conditions, and what else? The Weather! on Wednesday, & Seay. Sept. 11, noon. For more information or to be placed on the email For more information, call 402.275.3221, log on to www.green list call 402.334.6443 or firstname.lastname@example.org. blattandseay.com, or e-mail email@example.com.
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gaBBy Blair Staff Writer, Jewish Press The excitement is building for this year’s Momentum trip (formerly JwrP), as 15 women prepare to travel to israel on Nov. 4. The ladies enjoyed getting to know each other during their first pre-trip meeting and crafted a hamsa for their homes. Pictured above are: Nina Bloom, Nikki Kirshenbaum, rachel Flatowicz, esther Katz, Kelly Kirk, dina Kogan, Kate Murphy, wendy raffel, amy reynolds, andee scioli, Jessica shefsky, Kim stern, Jen Tompkins Kirshenbaum, allyson wilczewski. This year’s women’s trip leader is louri sullivan; Madricha is esther Katz. The eight men participating in the Momentum Men’s trip, also in November, will meet for the first time on sept. 4. dr. ari Kohen is leading the trip and particpants include: danny Cohn, shane Cohn, alex epstein, dusty Friedman, andy isaacson, Chuck lucoff and Jeff Zacharia. each group will meet three times prior to departure to reflect on the following goals: Connecting with Jewish Values, engagement with israel, Fostering Unity without Uniformity and Taking action.
Marvin Bittner speaks at B’nai Israel
Marvin Bittner will be the Shabbat crobiology with an adjunct appointment Speaker at B’nai Israel Synagogue 618 Myn- on the faculty of the University of Nebraska ster St. Council Bluffs on Friday Sept. 13, Medical Center. He has a special interest in 2019. The Service will begin at 7:30 p.m. epidemiology and has a master’s degree in clinical epidemiology from led by Larry Blass followed the Harvard School of Public by Dr. Bittner’ s talk about Health. He is also interested the Influenza Pandemics and in adult immunizations and the Influenza Vaccine. As has staffed Creighton’s usual there will be a lovely Travel Clinic for over 34 oneg and social gathering in years. He is past president of the newly renovated Social the Metro Omaha Medical Hall after Services. Everyone Society and currently Govis Welcome at B’Nai so come ernor of the Nebraska Chapjoin us for the first Shabbat ter of the American College Speaker Series of 2019-2010! of Physicians. Marvin J. Bittner MD was born in Lincoln, Nebraska. His talk at B’nai Israel Sept. He earned his MD at Har13 is entitled Fizzle and Fret: Marvin Bittner vard Medical School before 2009’s So-Called Influenza completing specialty training in internal Pandemic and What We Can Learn from It medicine at the University of Michigan and 10 Years Later. The influenza pandemic subspecialty training in infectious diseases back in 1918 had a devastating impact. Why at the University of Minnesota. Subse- was the 2009 influenza pandemic less sequently he joined the faculty of Creighton vere? What lessons does it have for us in University School of Medicine, where he is 2019? In particular, what does that experiProfessor of Medicine and of Medical Mi- ence tell us about influenza vaccine?
Tri-Faith Initiative announces Beacon of Hope capital campaign
Uroosa Jawed Communications Director Tri-Faith Initiative is proud to announce the public phase of its capital campaign, Beacon of Hope, which seeks to raise $1,000,000 by Dec. 31, 2019 for the construction of the Tri-Faith Center. With its partner congregations now successfully co-located on the Commons, Tri-Faith Initiative is focused on advancing its mission by beginning construction of the fourth building on the Commons: The Tri-Faith Center. Open to all, the Tri-Faith Center will build on America’s promise of religious freedom and our desire for understanding. This gathering space for education, social activity, and public lectures will foster religious literacy and meaningful relationships. Construction for the Center began in May 2019 and will be completed in July 2020.
“The Tri-Faith Center will be a microcosm for bringing people together and serve as an example to the world, showcasing how to deal with issues that are critically important today,” said D.C. “Woody” Bradford, III, TriFaith Initiative founding board member and Episcopal Diocese of Nebraska Trustee. “Tri-Faith Initiative’s model of peaceful co-existence is exactly what our world needs. There is no other entity like it in the world. The Center will be a hub for collaboration, research, social cohesion and education,” says Robert Freeman, Capital Campaign Chair. Beacon of Hope Capital Campaign Cabinet: Robert Freeman, Chair; Farhan Khan, Vice Chair; D.C. “Woody” Bradford, III; Susie Buffett, Trisha Hoffman, Tim Kerrigan, Karen Levin, Rick Macinnes, Mary Meints, Board Campaign and John Waldbaum.
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Above and below: Students and staff at the Pennie Z. Davis CDC enjoy a beautiful summer day outside.
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The Party of Bread and Roses
all about. Although he might be fake too, who knows? ANNETTE vAN DE KAmP-WRiGhT Editor, Jewish Press One can hope. ith the Presidential election coming toSomeone named Avital Hadas Oberstein is running for the wards us like a freight train, it’s ever Human Rights Party, though the party apparently no longer so important to stay informed. As in, exists. There is a short online platform, but it includes the we should know all the candidates and fact that they don’t take donations. Good luck with that. what they stand for. To Then there is someone named be honest, it might be acceptable to skip Jerome Segal. He is a philosopher ahead to the part where some of the Demand political activist, a research ocratic hopefuls drop out because there scholar at the University of Maryare just too many. Let’s say, we should land and the president of the Jewknow who’s on top for each party? ish Peace Lobby; he is also the Republicans, check. Democrats, check. Bread and Roses Party’s nominee The Green Party won’t select any nominee for U.S. President. until July 2020; I don’t know whether Whenever we not-so-secretly that’s careless or just realistic. But: as of admit to ourselves it would be kind August 26, a whopping 832 candidates of nice to have a Jewish president, have filed their intent to run for President Segal is probably not who comes with the Federal Election Commission. So to mind. He’s the author of the maybe the question of what’s realistic 2007 book Joseph’s Bones, about isn’t really the one we should ask. the relationship between God and There are a few that stand out. Take man. His claim to fame is meeting Herman Yoder, who appears to be running Jerome Segal at a news conferwith the leader of PLO and Hamas for the ‘Commandment Party.’ Sounds in- ence at the National Press Club in and penning an op-ed for the East Washington, D.C., Aug. 28, 2019. Jerusalem paper Al-Quds that altriguing, but the only info I find is this: Credit: Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call, Inc legedly was the inspiration for the “The Commandments Party has no onvia Getty Images Palestinian Declaration of Indeline data available to describe its platform. Its candidate is Herman Yoder who may be a fictional pendence (although there are major differences, especially character who appears in a crazy book by Gregory Blake as it relates to Israel’s right to exist). As for the Jewish Smith.”(goblindly.blog) Peace Lobby, Segal founded it in 1989 as an alternative to Justin Tomlinson is the ‘George Wallace Party’ Nominee. AIPAC. The name of his party is taken from the 1912 imRemember him? “Segregation now, segregation tomorrow, migrant labor strike in Lawrence, Massachusetts. (Side segregation forever?” Neither the party nor its nominee note: Presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren announced have a website, it appears, but we can guess what that’s her candidacy at the site of that same strike).
Segal isn’t optimistic about his chances; he’s in it to draw attention to ideas that go beyond those of the usual two parties. He’s also promised not to spoil things for whoever earns the Democratic nomination, which should be easy since he’s only on the actual ballot in Maryland. He wants more pay for workers, redistribution of wealth, guaranteed employment for all and more time off to spend with family. He says the Democratic Party is too focused on short-term solutions, when what we need is a longterm cultural shift. He also believes the United States should immediately recognize the Palestinian territories as a state and support its admission to the United Nations. I’m realistic enough to understand that there are a variety of opinions about how the Middle East peace process should (and can) advance. I’m not entirely sure why he feels he has to run for president. Is that really the most effective way to draw attention to the things you believe in? Especially if you’re only on the ballot in one state, how does this make a difference? During a time when we are once again confronted with the dual loyalty trope, should a Jewish American who tries to get to the White House (even when it’s a long shot) spend so much time talking about Israel? I’m not saying I disagree; I’m really asking. It pokes a hole in my theories about wanting a Jewish candidate—although it would be awesome to have a member of the tribe in the Oval Office, not at this cost. Which should give me pause. Could it be I only want a Jewish presidential candidate who thinks like me? There it is: the smell of self-doubt. Time to do some soul-searching. Editorials express the view of the writer and are not necessarily representative of the views of the Jewish Press Board of Directors, the Jewish Federation of Omaha Board of Directors, or the Omaha Jewish community as a whole.
ALiCE KASSENS SALEM, Va. | JTA e Roaring Twenties was a raging headache for Jewish leadership. e 18th Amendment, which prohibited the “manufacture, sale, or transportation of intoxicating liquors,” soared through state legislatures and into law in 1919 fueled by the eﬀorts of groups like the Women’s Christian Temperance Union and the Anti-Saloon League. It resulted in a period of angst, imposters and outrage — but not for the reasons you might imagine. Suspicion abounded in the 1920s, especially among Jews and Catholics, that Protestants were seeking to cleanse America of immigrants and racial religious minorities. Prohibitionists claimed that ridding the nation of “demon rum” and other intoxicating liquors would cure social ills such as domestic violence, but others suspected the temperance movement was another example of a Protestant establishment shackling American Jews and Catholics. Regardless of intent, politicians did not foresee the incentives that would lead to all kinds of subterfuge — the growing class of “fake rabbis,” for one. Because wine plays a role in both Catholic and Jewish rituals and customs, leaders of both faiths felt prohibition would violate their First Amendment rights. e Volstead Act provided the details of how the 18th Amendment would be enforced, including allowing an exemption for sacramental wine. is exemption allowed for the use of wine by permitted individuals in religious functions and likely was a concession for the Jewish and Catholic vote. Catholic priests were permitted to serve wine in the church. Given that Jews conduct some ceremonies in the home, rabbis served as middlemen for their congregations, submitting a list of their congregation membership to Prohibition oﬃcials in exchange for permits for their members to purchase 10 gallons of wine per year from authorized dealers. is workaround led, perhaps unsurprisingly, to a rapid expansion in Jewish congregations and the number of rabbis. Rabbi Rudolph I. Coﬀee of San Francisco told Prohibition oﬃcials that “for the first time in the history of the Jewish religion, there are black, yellow and even red members of the Jew-
abling and participating law enforcement oﬃcials and politicians. Furthermore, for those who were caught, the punishments were not severe. For example, the Volstead Act stated that the fine was at most $500 for a first violation, which barely made a dent in what many violators typically made selling the illicit drinks. Oﬃcials tried to make getting permits more onerous to deter imposters and prohibit rabbis from storing wine outside of their homes, but the measures were no match for the potential profits. Some Jewish leaders began calling for a removal of the sacramental wine exemption, so that the Jewish religion could no longer be used as an “instrument of convenience and nefarious practice for bootleggers, hijackers and all the vicious and criminal elements connected with the liquor traﬃc,” as e Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle put it in a May 1, 1925 article titled The Wine Evil Should be Abolished to Protect the Good Name of the Jew. ese rabbis believed that Judaism could be followed well enough without sacramental wine, particularly if it meant stopping the imposters. ey were not successful in this endeavor, but the illicit liquor market was dashed by the passage of the 21st Amendment in 1933, becoming the first and only constitutional amendment repealing another. Altering human behavior is a messy business and oen begets nasty side eﬀects. e unforeseen incentives provided by the 18th Amendment wrought crime, gra and harmed thousands of Americans. It would behoove politicians to remember that people are clever, and troublesome laws can oen inspire an individual to change his or her behavior in unforeseen ways. Alice Kassens is the John S. Shannon Endowed Professor of Economics at Roanoke College in Salem, VA. Aer attending the Groton School, she earned a BA in both history and economics from the College of William and Mary and her Ph.D. in economics from North Carolina State University. Originally from Wilmington, N.C., she currently lives in Fincastle, Va. with her husband Michael Enz. e 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.
The clever fake rabbis who made millions off of Prohibition ish faith.” is growth was due not to an increased desire to share and understand the Torah, but rather the working of fake rabbis. In some states, a person only needed 10 signatures to a petition attesting that he was a rabbi in order to get a rabbinical license from the secretary of state. License in hand, the only obstacle to the wine permits was a list of congregation members. Fake rabbis took names from city directories, phone books and other public listings to create congregations.
Drinkers in Chicago raise a celebratory glass of alcohol following the repeal of Prohibition, 1933. Credit: Chicago Sun-Times/Chicago Daily News collection/Chicago History Museum/Getty Images According to a Sept. 9, 1922 article in the San Francisco Examiner, e Jewish World newspaper had claimed Irish, Swedish, Scottish and Greek residents of San Francisco were getting monthly supplies of sacramental wine “under the names of Goldstein, Blumberg, Silverstein, Levinsky and other adopted Jewish cognamens.” Banning booze did not halt its demand, and thus oﬀered ample opportunity to intemperate spirits. Running — that is, smuggling — liquor paid better than manufacturing in the 1920s, making the former relatively more lucrative. e decision to participate in an illegitimate business is based upon a simple cost-benefit analysis, and for many poor young men, the math just made sense: One former junk dealer from Denver made more than $100,000 in profits by selling wine under a permit issued by the government — nearly $1.5 million in 2019 dollars. Fake rabbis oen sold permits to restaurants for $200 to $500 ($3,000 to $7,500 today) apiece. e likelihood of getting caught was reduced by en-
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Join us for our monthly Shabbat Speakers Series after a brief hiatus. We will next meet on friday, Sept. 13, 7:30 p.m. with guest speaker Dr. Marvin Bittner on Fizzle and Fret: 2009's So-Called Influenza Pandemic and What We Can Learn from It 10 Years Later. Our service leader is Larry Blass, and as always, an Oneg wil follow service. Everyone is always welcome at B’nai Israel! For information on our historic synagogue, contact any of our board members: Scott Friedman, Rick Katelman, Howard Kutler, Carole Lainof, Wayne Lainof, Sissy Silber, Nancy Wolf, or email email@example.com. Handicap Accessible.
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Services conducted by Rabbi Steven Abraham and Hazzan Michael Krausman. friday: Kabbalat Shabbat, 6 p.m. Saturday: Shabbat Morning Service, 9:30 a.m.; Junior Congregation, 10 a.m. weekday SerViceS: Sundays, 9:30 a.m. & 5:30 p.m.; weekdays, 7 a.m. & 5:30 p.m. Sunday: Clothing Drive All Day; Blood & Flu Drive with Marrow Match Testing, 8 a.m.; Breakfast, 9 a.m.; BESTT (Grades K-7), 9:30 a.m.; Torah Study, 10 a.m.; School Committee Meeting, 11 a.m.; USY Board Meeting, 11 a.m.; USY/Kadima Kick-Off, noon; Service Grant Meeting, noon. MOnday: Jews & Brews, 6 p.m. tueSday: The Book of Jewish Values Class, 11:30 a.m. with Rabbi Abraham; Mahjong, 1 p.m.; Chesed Committee visits Remington Heights, 2:30 p.m. wedneSday: BESTT (Grades 3-7), 4:15 p.m. with Yitzchok Moully Scholar-in-Resident; Hebrew High, 6:30 p.m.; High Holy Days Class, 7:15 p.m. with Hazzan Krausman. thurSday: Brachot and Breakfast, 7 a.m.; Shanghai, 2 p.m. Tot Shabbat, friday, Sept. 13, 6 p.m. Chesed Committee visits The Heritage at Sterling Ridge, tuesday, Sept. 17, 2-3 p.m. Movie Day: The Return of the Violin, thursday, Sept. 19, 12:30 p.m. Cost is $5 and includes lunch. Register online at www.bethel-omaha.org.
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Services conducted by Rabbi Ari Dembitzer friday: Shacharit, 7 a.m.; Mincha/Ma’ariv, 7:30 p.m.; Candle Lighting, 7:30 p.m. Saturday: Shacharit, 9 a.m.; Kiddush sponsored by Conny and Joel Alperson, 6:25 p.m.; Insights into the Weekly Torah Portion, 6:25 p.m.; Mincha/ Seudah Shlishit, 7:10 p.m.; Havdalah, 8:30 p.m. Sunday: Shacharit, 9 am.; JYE BI, 10 am.; Mincha/ Ma’ariv, 7:30 p.m. at Rose Blumkin Jewish Home. MOnday: Shacharit, 7 a.m.; The Secrets of Teshuva: Turning into a Better Vision of Myself, noon with Rabbi Shlomo; Mincha/Ma’ariv, 7:30 p.m. at the Rose Blumkin Jewish Home. tueSday: Shacharit, 7 a.m.; Mincha/Ma’ariv, 7:30 p.m. at the Rose Blumkin Jewish Home. wedneSday: Shacharit, 7 a.m.; Board of Commissioners Meeting, 6:30 p.m.; Mincha/Ma’ariv, 7:30 p.m. at the Rose Blumkin Jewish Home. thurSday: Shacharit, 7 a.m.; Connecting with Our Faith, 9:30 a.m. with Rabbi Ari; Mincha/Ma’ariv, 7:30 p.m. at the Rose Blumkin Jewish Home.
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. Sunday: Service, 8:30 a.m.; Sunday Secrets, 9:15 p.m. following Minyan. MOnday: Personal Parsha class, 9:30 a.m. with Shani; Biblical Hebrew Grammar, 10:30 a.m. wedneSday: Mystical Thinking, 9:30 a.m. with Rabbi Katzman; Introduction to Reading Hebrew, 10:30 a.m. thurSday: Intermediate Hebrew Reading and Prayer, 11 a.m.; Talmud Class, noon with Rabbi Katzman.
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Services conducted by Rabbi Teri Appleby. friday: Frist Friday Family Service, 6:30 p.m. Oneg, 7:30 p.m. hosted by Stacy Waldron; Candlelighting, 7:32 p.m. Saturday: Shabbat Morning Service, 9:30 a.m.; Torah Study on Parashat Shoftim, 10:45 a.m.; Havdalah (72 minutes), 9 p.m. Sunday: LJCS Gan through Grade 7, 9:30 a.m.; LJCS Gesher, 10 a.m.; Adult Hebrew Prayer Class, 11:30 a.m. wedneSday: LJCS Hebrew School, 4 p.m. at TI. thurSday: High Holidays Choir Rehearsal, 7 p.m. Our next Pop-up Shabbat is friday, Sept. 13 at 6:30 p.m. Note: No Erev Shabbat Services at the Temple. SST is partnering with "We Can Do This" to provide weekend meals to the children of the F Street Community Center. Join us as we provide lunch on the third Sunday of every month. Food/monetary donations, meal preparation and assistance with setting up, serving, and clean-up are needed! We will serve our next meal on Sept. 15 at 2:30 p.m. For more information, contact Aimee Hyten at aimee.hyten@gmail. com.
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friday: Shabbat Service welcoming Ben Mazur, 6 p.m. Join us for a wonderful Shabbat service as we formally welcome Director of Congregational Learning Ben Mazur! He will be playing guitar and giving the d’var Torah. The clergy will also be giving him an installation blessing. Saturday: Torah Study, 9:15 a.m.; Shabbat Morning Service, 10:30 a.m. Bat Mitzvah of ava Stoller, daughter of Sara and Asher Stoller. Sunday: 2nd Sunday Breakfast at the Stephen Center, 8:30 a.m.; Grades PreK-6, 10 a.m.; Book Club: Inheritance by Dani Shapiro, 10:30 a.m.; Kids’ Choir Rehearsal, noon; OTYG Board Meeting, noon; “Abraham: Out of One, Many” U.S. Opening, 6:30 p.m. The "ABRAHAM: Out of One, Many" peacebuilding exhibition will have its U.S. tour premiere with the Tri-Faith Initiative hosted at Temple Israel. The exhibit will be at Temple Israel from Sept. 8-Oct. 18. The program begins at 6:30 p.m., and followed by a reception. Visiting guest speakers will include Iraqi contemporary artist Qais Al Sindy, and Rev. Paul-Gordon Chandler, President/CEO of CARAVAN, the int'l peacebuilding non-profit that has organized the exhibition. tueSday: Holy Smokes at Copa Cabana, 7 p.m. Cigars, corned beef sandwiches, drinks and conversation about Judaism in the modern world. Rabbi Azriel will lead this men-
only evening. Cost is $25 and payment will be taken at the door. RSVP to Temple Israel, 402.556.6536. wedneSday: More Than a Joke - A Tri-Faith Symposium Made in God’s Image: Jewish, Christian & Muslim Perspectives on Human Rights, Lunch-and-Learn, noon-1 p.m. at American Muslim Institute; Grades 3-6, 4-6 p.m.; Community Dinner, 6 p.m. Menu: Cheesy Eggs, Pancakes, Fruit Salad, Assorted Desserts. Wednesday night dinners are open to the entire community! If you have a child in our Wednesday learning programs, there will be no cost for your family’s dinner. Cost is $4 per adult and $3 per child (12 and under), which will be billed to your account. Please RSVP to Temple Israel the Monday before; Grades 7-12, 6-8 p.m.; Preparing our Hearts for the High Holidays, 6:30-8 p.m. with Rabbi Stoller. Tri-Faith Listening Session, Sunday, Sept. 15, 10:30 a.m. Tri-Faith Neighbor to Neighbor Mixer, thursday, Sept. 19, 5 p.m. at Temple Israel. Have you heard about Neighbor to Neighbor? If you haven’t, come and learn about this hallmark Tri-Faith program. N2N is a great way to make new friends and meet Tri-Faith families. If you already have a N2N group, come and help answer questions about how your group is working and the connections you’ve built. N2N provides opportunities for people from the three faith communities on the Tri-Faith Commons to connect, learn about the other faiths, share their own faith experiences and create meaningful relationships with others in a social environment that is safe, respectful and welcoming. Tot Shabbat, friday, Sept. 20, 5:45 p.m. This evening was created just for our youngest congregants! We will begin at 5:45 p.m. with challah braiding and baking, at 6 p.m. there will be crafts, music, and prayers in the Chapel, and at 6:30 p.m. we will enjoy dinner together in the Social Hall. S’lichot, Saturday, Sept. 21, 7 p.m. S’lichot, meaning “prayers for forgiveness,” marks the start of the High Holidays. We will begin with wine, cheese, and conversation with our new cantor, Joanna Alexander, about her spiritual journey, her vision for Temple Israel, and the themes of the High Holidays. S’lichot service led by our clergy, and featuring the changing of our Torah covers to the holiday white, will follow.
Services conducted by lay leader Nancy Coren. Office hours: Monday-friday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. friday: No Services; Candlelighting, 7:32 p.m. Saturday: Shabbat Service, 9:30 a.m. followed by a light Kiddush luncheon; Junior Congregation, 11 a.m. followed by a snack; Havdalah (72 minutes), 8:30 p.m. Sunday: LJCS Gan through Grade 7, 9:30 a.m.; LJCS Gesher, 10 a.m.; Tifereth Israel Board Meeting, 10 a.m. wedneSday: LJCS Hebrew School, 4 p.m. at TI. Friday Celebration of Shabbat with friends from Tifereth Israel, friday, Sept. 13, at 6:30 p.m. at the home of Haleigh (Brockman) and Matt Carlson's home. Bring a dairy or pareve salad, vegetable dish, or dessert. The main dish, challah, and grape juice will be provided. Please RSVP to the synagogue office by Wednesday, Sep. 11. Tifereth Israel PJ Library Bakes Honey Cakes, Sunday Sept. 15, 3 p.m. Come bake two mini-honey cakes to take home for Rosh HaShanah. Bring a parent or other adult family member to join you in this activity. Please bring a canned food donation for the Lincoln Food Bank Barrel. RSVP to Nancy Coren no later than Sept.8.
Bernie Sanders speaks as ‘proud son of Jewish immigrants’ at largest Muslim convention
Marcy OSter JTA Sen. Bernie Sanders got a standing ovation at the Islamic Society of North America annual convention in Houston. Sanders spoke on Aug. 31 to the convention’s some 6,000 attendees, the first presidential candidate, along with Julian Castro, to address the gathering, the largest meeting of Muslim Americans. “I am here today because I believe in the concept of solidarity, and the need for all of us, no matter where we come from or what our background is, to stand together in the struggle for justice and human rights,” Sanders said. “We must speak out at hate crimes and violence targeted at the Muslim community and call it what it is: domestic terrorism.” Sanders brought up his personal history as the
“proud son of Jewish immigrants.” “As some of you may know, the issue of hatred and prejudice is very personal for me,” he said, noting that family members who remained in Poland aer Hitler came to power were murdered by the Nazis. “And the lesson I learned from that experience is how important it is for all of us to speak out forcefully whenever we see prejudice and discrimination,” he said. He reminded his audience that “in the wake of Trump’s Muslim ban, thousands of non-Muslims from all walks of life rushed to airports all across this country to stand in solidarity with Muslims.” Sanders was introduced by his campaign manager Faiz Shakir, the first Muslim to manage a major presidential campaign.
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JTA e measles outbreak concentrated in Orthodox Jewish neighborhoods in New York City is considered over. ere have been no new infections over the last two incubation periods, signaling the end of the outbreak, city health oﬃcials said on Sept. 3, e Associated Press reported. is means that an emergency order mandating vaccines will be lied, according to the report. New York City Health Commissioner Oxiris Barbot called on New Yorkers to continue get their children immunized, however. e outbreak began in October of 2018 and was mostly concentrated in Orthodox neighborhoods in Brooklyn. ere were 654 cases reported up to Tuesday, which is the most in 30 years, according to the report. e Brooklyn outbreak has been tied to an unvaccinated child who contracted the disease during a trip to Israel.
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Dear Editor, Thank you for publishing the memoir of our visits to the 4 Stans, including Uzbekistan. One addition: Milton Kleinberg was born in Poland, was transported in Russia, then eventually wound up in Uzbekistan during WW II, and he is now a prominent Omahan. Mr. Kleinberg has written his personal story of his childhood odyssey and it is a fascinating one. rich juro, omaha
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Catching up with Omaha BBYO JaCOB Geltzer BBYO/Teen Program Director hile we hate to see that summer is ending, we are so excited for a new year of BBYO! We have lots of great programs and events coming up this school year and we can’t wait to share them with you. Omaha BBYO just kicked off the year by taking our annual trip to Kansas City for our Fall Kickoff program with Kansas City BBYO. Originally, our plan was to spend the afternoon in the park with an epic Foam party that included, music, food trucks, and games. However, due to the poor weather, we had to switch our program up on the fly. So instead of our original event, we spent the afternoon with 75 teens from both Omaha and Kansas City at a local Dave & Busters. The weather didn’t stop us from having a great time though! Teens spent the afternoon playing all the arcade games and winning tons of different prizes. In the end, it didn’t really matter what the program was because the teens still had a great time reconnecting with their friends they hadn’t seen all summer, and are looking forward to a great year ahead. After enjoying our first Council event, we are excited for our first chapter programs of the year. Mother Chapter AZA is planning an
afternoon of brotherhood bonding and competition as they head to Mad Cow Paintball on September 8th for their Hunger Games program. MZ Yoshanah BBG is excited for members to attend their MZ! Here We Go Again program on Sept. 8. They will spend the evening enjoying Greek food and watching the classic movie Mama Mia. After attending these great chapter programs, you will definitely want to join us for our Council Goat Yoga program on Sept. 23 at the JCC pavilion. We will be joined by our friends from JAMS Goat Yoga who will be bringing along their Nigerian dwarf goats for us to participate in an evening of zen, tranquility, and silliness. Registration is limited so
register today at www.tinyurl.com/omaha goatyoga. Our first Regional Convention of the year, Fall Regional Convention, will be taking place in St. Louis, MO Oct. 18-20. Teens from Omaha, St. Louis, Kansas City, and Minneapolis will enjoy a weekend of fun programming, Shabbat services, mixers, dancing, and so much more! Registration is currently open until Oct. 2 and is open to any BBYO members in 9th-12th grade. Register today at www.bit.ly/MAR-FRC-2019. Save the date for Winter Regional Convention hosted by Omaha Council from Jan. 1719, 2020. Registration for this convention will open in November and is open to any
BBYO members in 8th-12th grade. Are you someone who loves the idea of working with Jewish teens? Someone who wants to give their time in a way that will impact the community by developing teen leaders through Jewish programming, helping them navigate their high school years and help them become adults who care about the world around them? Then why not become an Advisor for BBYO! Omaha BBYO is currently looking for a male advisor for Mother Chapter AZA. As an advisor you will be able to empower the teens to make decisions for their chapters, develop younger teen members into leaders, create a strong community, encouraging teens to meet goals and participate in BBYO, and so much more. If you or someone you know is 21+ and interested in becoming an advisor, please reach out Omaha BBYO Director Jacob Geltzer at email@example.com or 402.334.6404. BBYO is offered for Jewish teens in grades 8-12. To join BBYO, go to www.bbyo.org/ join to pay the one-time, lifetime membership fee of $149. By becoming a BBYO member, you are able to attend all local, regional, and international programs. For more information about BBYO, please feel free to contact Jacob Geltzer, BBYO/Teen Program Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 402.334.6404.