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Jay KatelmanAs we congratulate Margo Parsow on her well-deserved retirement, the Jewish Federation of Omaha Foundation would like to introduce you to Jay Katelman, who has taken over as the LIFE & LEGACY and Omaha Jewish Alumni Association (OJAA) Coordinator.  In addition to this role, Jay is also the Community Development Leader at the Jewish Federation of Omaha.  In this role, he is tasked with cultivating new community relationships, both personal and corporate, that will benefit the Jewish Federation of Omaha.  Jay was born and raised in Omaha, graduated from Westside High School, and completed a double major in Marketing and Management from the University of Nebraska Omaha.  He is currently working on his Master’s in Organization Leadership at Creighton University. 

Jay married his high school sweetheart Katrina, and they just welcomed their first child in February.  Their daughter Vivian is the center of attention and already has her father wrapped around her little fingers.  He loves to spend an afternoon on the golf course with friends and is a lifelong sports fan and a diehard “Jaysker,” he supports Husker football and holds season tickets for both Creighton Men’s Basketball and UNO Maverick Hockey. 

Jay is excited to start working as the LIFE & LEGACY and Omaha Jewish Alumni Association (OJAA) Coordinator and looks forward to meeting and speaking with all of our community members.  He loves to meet new people, so please feel free to reach out and introduce yourself!  You can reach him at (402) 334-6461 or at jkatelman@jewishomaha.org.

The Omaha Jewish Alumni Association (OJAA) was created to help you reconnect with Jewish former Omahans.  

This project is the amazing vision of Lisa and Gary Epstein whose generosity, inspiration and support have made the Omaha Jewish Alumni Association a reality.  This is a great resource for interesting updates on the place you still call "Homaha"!  Register now!


Many Omaha Jewish Alumni Association members and Facebook followers have asked how they can support Omaha’s Jewish community during the COVID-19 pandemic. Not surprisingly, many Omaha area Jewish families have been impacted as businesses have temporarily closed, employees have been furloughed and laid off, most have been sheltering in place, and sadly, some have become ill with the virus.

For more than 100 years, Omaha Jewry has stepped forward in times of crises to help those in need, and this unprecedented COVID-19 outbreak has created the current, pressing need to protect, care for and assist members of our own Omaha Jewish community. The OJAA Advisory Board has unanimously endorsed support for the Jewish Federation of Omaha COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund, a newly launched fund to provide emergency assistance where it is needed most in Jewish Omaha. We estimate that at least $500,000 will be needed to help Omaha’s Jewish community.

The Jewish Federation of Omaha Foundation has partnered with the Federation by establishing a Challenge Match to encourage quick responses. 

The Foundation will match dollar for dollar any donation made to the Relief Fund up to $50,000. This will effectively DOUBLE the impact of your donation!

To make a gift to the Jewish Federation of Omaha COVID-19 Relief Fund, please click here:

Donate Now!

Or send your check payable to the Jewish Federation of Omaha, 333 South 132nd Street, Omaha, NE 68154.

The Jewish Federation of Omaha COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund will focus on these areas:

Relief Funds will allow Jewish Senior Outreach and Jewish Family Service the ability to increase assistance to our most vulnerable populations.  Ensuring access to nutritious meals is vital!

We are closely following the actions banks, landlords, utility companies and the Federal Government’s CARES Act are taking to assist those in need.  The Relief Fund will address financial shortfalls that will still exist in the community.

Our JFO agencies will provide essential services to ensure we remain safe and healthy.  This may include assistance in receiving medicines, Telemental Health Therapy or other necessary services.

Our JFO Agencies, particularly the Jewish Community Center, have seen significant operational revenue shortfalls these past several weeks due to our campus closure.  The Relief Fund will sustain our Federation, our JCC and other agencies while necessary services can continue to be provided to the community, many of which are conducted virtually.

May the knowledge that this gift will aid others be an inspiration to you during this challenging time!

Finally, but quite importantly, if you or anyone you know within Omaha’s Jewish community needs emergency assistance, Jewish Family Service is available. JFS is taking calls at 402-330-2024 Monday through Thursday from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM. Requests can also be made by clicking here. JFS also continues to offer virtual counseling services via Zoom during the COVID crises. Call JFS for an appointment.

Should you have any questions or need additional information, please contact the Jewish Federation’s COVID-19 Relief Fund hotline at 402-334-6430.

Jay Katelman
LIFE & LEGACY and OJAA Coordinator

Howard Epstein
JFO Foundation Executive Director

David Gilinsky
JFO Foundation Board President

Alan Potash
JFO Chief Executive Officer    

Jon Meyers
JFO Board President  

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If you have any questions about OJAA please contact Jay Katelman, OJAA Coordinator at jkatelman@jewishomaha.org or 402-334-6461. 

Jay Katelman

Jay Katelman
LIFE & LEGACY and OJAA Coordinator