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Multi color flame imageMany Jewish organizations in the Omaha metropolitan area, including the agencies of the Jewish Federation of Omaha, are seeking funding to deliver programs and services. The current funding needs for programs and services are described below.

Please contact Howard Epstein at 402-334-6466 or if you are interested in helping to fulfill a need in our Omaha Jewish community. If you have a donor-advised fund with us, please note the community need on your recommendation form and we will make sure it gets to the appropriate organization.

ADL CRC logoAnti-Defamation League/CRC –  PEW + No Place for Hate = End of the Year Rally = a year of anti-bias training for all schools that participate. 
ADL's No Place for Hate® initiative provides an organizing framework for combating bias, bullying and hatred, leading to long-term solutions to create and maintain a positive school culture. ADL/CRC is looking for businesses that want to commit to a tzedakah box to collect for programming during the month of August, funding to expand the Prejudice Elimination Workshop to middle school and funding for the pep rally for all participating schools.

Anti-Defamation League/CRC - Unity Against Hate
The ADL/CRC seeks funding to address the issues surrounding white supremacy within our community, state, and country.  The ADL/CRC understands the need to become a unifier that leads to Grassroots Mobilization around the these issues.  The ADL/CRC has the ability to arm our community with the tools to respond to our current situation.  As ADL/CRC provides the opportunity for convening, ADL/CRC needs to engage and develop a foundational level of understanding about the current situation, discuss the power of speaking with one voice and what that will look like, provide community training and a forum for engagement. 

Anti-Defamation League/CRC - Words to Action
ADL’s “Words to Action” Program empowers students to address anti-Semitism, anti-Israel and anti-Zionism when it becomes an issue in their lives. ADL/CRC is looking for funding to support continued programming with college and high school students.

Beth El Synagogue LogoBeth El Synagogue - Cantors Concert to Benefit the Seth Rich Memorial Summer Camp Scholarship Fund 
In 2018, more than 25 of our youth attended Jewish summer camps or took a trip to Israel. We sponsor an annual Cantors Concert to benefit the Seth Rich Memorial Summer Camp Scholarship Fund to help families defray the expense of these Jewish summer experiences.  As the number of children interested in Jewish summer experiences increases, so does our need for additional funding.  In order to continue to provide for our children, we need to attract an audience to our Scholarship Concert by both providing quality entertainment and at the same time reducing our expenses so more money is available for scholarships.   

Chabad LogoChabad Lubavitch of Nebraska - (check back for updates)


Friedel Jewish Academy LogoFriedel Jewish Academy - 6th Grade Field Trip ($9,750)
Friedel Jewish Academy has been working with an alliance of Jewish day schools located in small communities—like ours—to create a curriculum for the school communities to connect, collaborate and explore the concepts of American history, civil rights and Jewish values. Students will uncover the links between the American, Jewish-American and civil rights experiences and make connections to Jewish texts and values. Participating schools will work collaboratively, culminating in a week-long educational travel experience to Montgomery, Selma and Birmingham, Alabama. Participating schools are from Rochester, NY, Greensboro, NC, New Haven CT, Birmingham, AL, and Omaha, NE.

Friedel Jewish Academy - Promotional Video ($5,000)
If a picture is worth a thousand words, a high-quality video is worth a million! During the 2017–2018 school year, Friedel Jewish Academy hired a professional videographer to create a promotional video for the school. Featured on Friedel’s website, in social media, and sent to individual recipients, the video has been a key tool for Friedel in attracting new families and giving donors and other community stakeholders a clear sense of some of the amazing things going on at the school. Friedel is seeking funding to bring the videographer back to create additional content for the school, either as an updated promotional video or as a series of shorter videos, such as videos featuring Friedel’s specials classes (art, music, innovation, gym, and swimming).

IHE logoInstitute for Holocaust Education - Holocaust Collections Intern ($500)
The IHE has a collection of nearly 1,000 books and DVD's.  We would like to hire a summer intern to organize and catalog these important Holocaust-related works, so that they can be made accessible to the Jewish community and the public as a satellite collection of the Kripke Library.

Institute for Holocaust Education - Wartime Escape Exhibit Repairs ($350)
The IHE maintains the sought-after traveling exhibit, The True Wartime Escape, a collection of 27 watercolor reproductions that reveals the story of Curious George authors’ (Margaret and H.A. Rey) escape from Nazi-occupied France. The exhibit has toured to dozens of communities and institutions across the U.S. for the past 9 years. It is currently on a 3-part tour to Holocaust museums in Florida, Michigan, and Indiana. When the exhibit returns to Omaha (September 2019), it will likely need repairs and upkeep for the framed works, as well as reprinting of select pieces.  

JCC logoJCC Renovation Project
Omaha's Jewish Community Center is in the midst of a major transformation. The first phase is completed and fully paid for, thanks to the generosity of Tom Fellman, Howard Kooper, Michael Staenberg and others.  The Goldstein Family Aquatic Center will soon open for its second summer season, the Sokolof Fitness Center has been renovated and modernized, and new, brighter, energy efficient lighting is in the parking lots.  Plans are being finalized for phase two of the JCC renovation, to include a renovated, expanded indoor aquatic center, fitness/exercise studios and adjacent facilities. There is a vision to create a cultural arts and community engagement complex on the north wing of the JCC, to include total renovation of the JCC theater, auditorium, social hall, dance studios, and other areas in the north wing of the JCC.  Significant funds have been raised for these projects, but more help is needed to finish the renovation that will serve our community for generations to come. Should you have an interest in helping to fund the JCC renovation, feel free to contact Steve Levinger at or by phone at 402-334-6440. 

Jewish Family ServiceJewish Family Service - Yachad Program
Continued financial support is necessary to operate this program for the Differently Abled adult members of our community. Our program goals are to provide as much community inclusion as possible and programming to promote increased independence. The annual cost of the program is $36,780. Approximately 30% of this budget is covered through the Federation Allocation to Jewish Family Service. The remaining program expenses are paid for through individual donations and grants.

Jewish Federation LogoJewish Federation of Omaha – Campus Leadership Development
Given the greying of our leadership across agencies and functions, the JFO needs to invest in the development and if necessary, acquisition of our next generation of leaders.   We’re in the process of designing a leadership development program that will complement a management skills training program that we’ll internally deliver beforehand.   The new leadership development program will be developed with and facilitated by a local university partner.  We envision piloting the program with our existing leaders and then using a version for the high potential employees that will lead us in the future.

Expected Outcomes:   Enhanced employee engagement as a result of the pilot and faster development of our future leaders thereafter. ($30,000 to $50,000 for pilot)

The Jewish Press LogoJewish Press – iMac and Software for Staff Writer ($4,000)
The Jewish Press hired a part-time writer, Gabby Cohen-Blair, to help out with weekly local content. Gabby has been a fantastic addition to our team. The Press believes in developing employees beyond what they were initially hired for. We would like Gabby to learn how to use Quark software, which we use to lay out the paper. Gabby would need an iMac desktop computer and additional software, since our software only works on iMacs. 

Jewish Social ServicesJewish Senior Outreach - In-Service Training for ALL RBJH Staff ($11,500)
Montessori for Aging and Dementia - Brush Development Company- Provides training over 3 days by assisting the leadership team in creating an action plan and timeline for Montessori implementation, choosing supplies and modifying the physical environment.

Rose Blumkin Home LogoRose Blumkin Jewish Home - (check back for updates)

NJHS logoNebraska Jewish Historical Society - Community Programs
The Nebraska Jewish Historical Society is constantly seeking ways to better promote and preserve the histories of Jewish families who settled in Nebraska and Council Bluffs, Iowa. NJHS is seeking funds to provide community programs. These programs can be exhibits, issuing publications or related educational and cultural activities. The cost of NJHS programing depends on the story told and the media chosen. The cost of an edition of the popular NJHS Memories of the Jewish Midwest changes periodically. If interested, please contact NJHS for current pricing.

Temple Israel LogoTemple Israel (check back for updates)