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thejewishpress WWW.JEWISHOMAHA.ORG AN AGENCY OF THE JEWISH FEDERATION OF OMAHA SpoNSorED by ThE bENjaMIN aND aNNa E. WIESMaN faMILy ENDoWMENT fUND WWW.JEWISHOMAHA.ORG AN AGENCY OF THE JEWISH FEDERATION OF OMAHA inside Spotlight 8 Viewpoint 9 Synagogues 10 this week Appreciation Day at the Deli page 2 Read it and eat: The Father’s Day edition page 5 Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical at the Rose page 7 JUNE 7, 2019 | 4 SIVAN 5779 | VOL. 99 | NO. 34 | CaNDLELIghTINg | FRIDAY, JUNE 7, 8:37 P.M. aNNETTE vaN DE kaMp-WrIghT Editor, Jewish Press T oba Cohen-Dunning is the Pres- ident of Beth Israel’s Board of Directors; in that role, she cer- tainly has her hands full.
Recently, she at- tended the OU Women’s Initiative First Lay Leadership Confab, which ad- dressed challenges of modern Jewish com- munal leadership. is conference is de- signed to encourage and develop women like Toba, who serve as lay leaders within their communities. e 100 participants were nominated by 56 communities around the United States, Canada, Israel, the United Kingdom and South Africa. “As president of Beth Israel and as a mem- ber of a variety of boards that encompass Jewish Omaha,” Toba said, “I was honored to be invited to attend this conference. It’s important for us as Jews to continually work to grow our communities and grow our- selves personally and professionally.
It’s helpful to see what orthodox communities are doing around the country and the globe. It aﬀords us the opportunity to understand what best practices are being implemented, what programs are enhancing the area, how activities that we have not considered “here” have made such a welcoming impact “there.” For instance, I met a woman who sits on the executive com- mittee of her shul in a smaller city in New York who developed a welcoming program for new congregants. Just the extra touches, the extra eﬀorts that they are making “there” are creating this warm and invit- ing religious home. It’s not to say we don’t do some of it in our shul; it’s that listening to what others are doing provided great in- spiration.
Bringing the shared practices back to Beth Israel will provide new volun- teer opportunities, as well. You want every- one to feel engaged - and this conference was a glowing example of how getting al- most 100 women in the same room to See oU Leadership Summit page 3 academic Excellence Scholarship DIaNE WaLkEr Executive Assistant, JFO The Financial Aid Committee of the Jewish Federation of Omaha is pleased to announce that Ilana McNamara has been selected as the 2019 recipient of the David Keiser and Lillian Keiser Stoms Foundation Education Endowment Fund for Academic Excellence Scholarship.
This is the only merit-based scholarship granted by the committee. While based strictly on academics, with high school grade point averages and ACT/SAT scores used as the primary measure, a prerequisite for consideration is that the recipient must demonstrate a commit- ment to the Jewish community. Dorothy Spizman, Financial Aid Com- mittee chair commented on the quality of this year’s candidates. “I remain so impressed with our young adults. It is a pleasure each year to read of their ac- complishments. Their achievements are always remarkable and I know these young adults will be successful in their chosen fields.” Ilana is the daughter of Aviva Segall and Patrick McNamara.
She will gradu- ate from Central High School, 10th in her class of 611 students. While at Cen- tral, she has been the principal violist of their Chamber Strings Orchestra and is currently president of the orchestra. She is the vice president of the Tri-M Music Honor Society. Ilana has received the Nebraska Young Artist Award and was designated an Omaha Conservatory of Music Scholar. She has been active in the Omaha Area Youth Orchestras and the Nebraska All-State Orchestra and loves quartet playing.
Ilana and her family are active mem- bers of Beth Israel. Ilana is very involved with the synagogue as Vice President of NCSY for Chesed (Compassion). Every week, she teaches the younger children and together they visit the elderly, help at soup kitchens and coordinate blood drives. Ilana is a proud graduate of Friedel Jewish Academy and partici- pated in the 2017 Teen Trip to Israel. She also represented Omaha in the 2018 Partnership2GETHER music program where she was privileged to perform around Israel with excellent musicians. When I asked about her greatest ac- complishment, she told me about her See academic Excellence page 3 Mark kIrChhoff Community Engagement and Education, JFO e last two sessions of the Friday Learning Series by Rabbi Shlomo Abramovich will take place on June 14 and 21 at 11:15 a.m.
in the Kripke Jewish Federation Library. As his time as Visiting Scholar at Beth Israel is coming to an end, he decided to challenge everyone to wrestle with one of the hottest topics in Israel: re- ligion and religious legislation. Many tense, heated public and pri- vate discussions on this topic have taken place in Israel over the years. e diﬀerences of opinion have in- cluded, but are not limited to, the army service of haredim and other religious issues in the IDF, the control of the chief rabbinate on marriages, the restrictions and laws regarding kashrut issues and many more re- lated topics.
e range of opinions See friday Learning Series page 3 OU Leadership Summit Credit: Yonatan Sindel/FLASH90/JTA Ilana McNamara Toba Cohen-Dunning Final Friday Learning Series
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“In the past nine years, the Deli has developed a very loyal customer base,” said Chris Ulven, RBJH Ex- ecutive Director. “So, on friday, June 21, we’re offering a Cus- tomer Appreciation Day to say thank you for their continued sup- port. We invite everyone who loves the Deli to attend and enjoy some very special treats and surprises.” According to Chef Mike Aparo, Director of Food Serv- ices at the Blumkin Home, “The Friday Deli is the only Kosher deli in Omaha and was designed to make the Home the hub of the community. You come here and connect with family and old friends you’ve known for 40 or 50 years.
It’s truly an inter-generational experience and gives Residents the chance to be around people from out- side the Home. The Star Deli is one-of-a kind and so are our cus- tomers. The special deli on June 21 is our chance to say thanks to our enthusiastic fans.” Every Friday the Star Deli dishes up (among other delights) over- stuffed corn beef, pastrami and smoked turkey sandwiches, matzo ball and kreplach soup, salad platters, Dr. Brown’s Assorted Sodas, plus toothsome desserts and weekly specials like Prime Rib, Chicken Pot Pie, Smoked Brisket and Chili with Corn Bread. The Friday Deli is a popular lunch destination for foodies who enjoy the laid-back at- mosphere and the kibitzing factor.
The Deli welcomes everyone in the Jewish community and the larger Omaha area community to enjoy New York-style deli food. When time is limited, you can order your meal to-go, a big plus for people who have short lunch breaks. “We’re all about recreating the garlicky aromas and homey atmos- phere of the Lower East Side eateries,” Aparo said. “The concept worked and continues to work. On June 21 we’ll offer some terrific eats, and one lucky couple will win a truly fabulous prize. Read next week’s Press for more details.
Rabbi Abraham is guest at B’nai Israel NANcy Wolf T he congregation of B’nai Israel Synagogue is hon- ored to welcome Rabbi Steven Abraham as our guest speaker for the June 14 Shabbat service. Please note the special earlier start time of 7 p.m. We know Rabbi Abraham as the spiri- tual leader of Beth El Synagogue, where he has been since his family of three moved to Omaha in July of 2011 when he joined Beth El as Assistant Rabbi. He was named congregational Rabbi of Beth El in August, 2013, and celebrated the birth of his son in 2014.
In an era when Judaism sometimes seems to be moving beyond the tradi- tional walls of synagogues and federa- tions, Rabbi Abraham’s talk, Open Space Judaism vs Brick and Mortar – Judaism in the 21st Century, will focus on the the im- portance of maintaining Jewish institu- tions and the buildings in which they are housed.
B’nai Israel Synagogue of Council Bluffs, Iowa, is indeed the last remaining brick and mortar Jewish institution in Southwest Iowa. Rabbi Abraham graduated from the rabbinical school at the Jewish Theological Seminary in 2011, where he also received an M.A. in Jewish Education. Prior to attending JTS, he earned a B.S. in Business Management from the University of Balti- more. Recent studies have resulted in earning a Certificate in Interfaith Families Engagement through a program at Hebrew College. Currently he is taking part in two fellowship programs: the Clergy Leadership Incubator, a two-year program designed to support and encourage rabbis in organizational leadership, and the Interfaith Family Rukin Rabbinic Fellows, providing learning opportunities and resources for rabbis to be better pre- pared to serve interfaith couples in their local communities.
Sharing more about his life, Rabbi Abra- ham expands: “I grew up in the Washington, DC sub- urbs and was actively involved in USY as a teen. Then in college and rabbinical school I worked with USY as a group leader on multiple summer programs, including USY on Wheels and Summer in The City as well as staffing NATIV (gap year program in Is- rael). Today I’m honored to sit on multiple boards including the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Midlands and the national board of United Synagogue of Conservative Ju- daism. I love sports, especially baseball and hockey. I took up running over the past five years, and it has given me time and space to clear my head and try to relax.
I am in- credibly fortunate to have an amazing partner, Shira J. Abraham, who grew up in Highland Park, IL. We were married in January 2008 and we have two kids Naama (7) and Leor (5).” In addition to the service, there will also be a dairy/pareve dinner open to anyone in the community at the synagogue starting at 5:45 p.m. The cost will be $12 per person. Please reserve your place with Nancy Wolf, nancywolf email@example.com or 402.330.6736. This will surely be a special opportunity, so we hope you will join us on June 14 for dinner and/or Shabbat service. Larry Blass will be our service leader, and a lovely oneg will follow the service.
Rabbi Steven Abraham An anonymous donor in our community has created two trade school scholarship opportu- nities, up to $5,000 each, to go towards the 2019-20 academic year. Not every student who advances into higher education signs up for a four-year curriculum. Some high school graduates seek job training that lasts a year or two, and then places them in the workforce. Such opportunities include, but are not restricted to, Information Technol- ogy, Construction, Industrial and Transporta- tion and Horticulture. It is not too late to apply for the upcoming school year!
Qualified students who have unmet needs regarding tuition for either a two-year trade school program or a trade certificate program can contact the Jewish Press at avandekamp @jewishomaha.org for more information.
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Sessions focused on lead- ership strategy and com- munication, public speak- ing, engaging and retaining volunteers, creating com- pelling programming, ef- fective use of social media, honing and growing one’s personal leadership stre- ngths and work life bal- ance, community spiritual growth, board and donor relations and other lay-leadership challenges for 21st cen- tury Orthodox women. Expert lectur- ers, educators and leaders in the field delivered workshops, sessions and other presentations throughout the program. Executive Vice President of the OU Allen Fagin addressed the summit and recognized the many contributions of the successful professional women in the room who volunteer in their com- munities as oﬃcers, members of execu- tive committees and board members of synagogues, yeshivas, day schools, mik- vaot, chevra Kadisha, bikur cholim, youth committees, adult education and a wide variety of community groups and institutions.
“You recognize the enormity of our communal challenges and, even more importantly, the enormous opportuni- ties we have to meet those challenges, to benefit our communities and reach out beyond them,” said Fagin. “And you each recognize what I believe is the most important lesson of leadership and that is the power of one – the ability of one person. One person with the right drive, energy, skill and ambition to sin- glehandedly inspire a community; transform a shul; propel a yeshiva to new heights and drive organizational change through the formulation of strategy and mission.” For Toba, one of the many rewarding aspects of the conference was connect- ing with women who had a connection to Omaha: “As a Jewish Midwesterner, it’s a great deal of fun to meet new people across the country,” she said.
“Being from Ne- braska, many from either coast are not that familiar with our long heritage of thriving communities in this part of the country. It was remarkable to me, when women who were attending the confer- ence found out I was from Omaha, shared such meaningful connections to current or former members of our com- munity. For instance, one day at lunch I sat next to Mrs. Nancy Klein who was being honored by the OU for her work over the decades with the women’s branch. It was a fascinating history of the work of so many women across the country who built sis- terhoods, raised funds for scholar- ships, dorms at YU, mikvahs and so much more.
As she found out that I was from Omaha, she asked if I knew Jeanette Nadoﬀ whom she worked with for many years building sisterhoods across the country! I explained that Rabbi Isaac Nadoﬀ (of blessed memory) and I shared the same bar/bat mitzvah parsha! He was my rabbi for years growing up at Beth Is- rael; we had the best Talmud Torah and Mrs. Nadoﬀ was an extraordinary role model. I told Mrs. Klein how my mother volunteered for the many Jewish women’s organizations because of Mrs. Nadoﬀ and shared wonderful memories of the diﬀerences they made together. “In addition, I met friends of our beloved Rabbi Dembitzer who support Camp Simcha,” she continued.
“I met friends of Rabbi Gross who get to see him in Baltimore, friends of Josh and Amanda Gurock who are now in New York, friends of Ilana and Rabbi Yaakov Weiss who are now in New Jersey. Every one a wonderful Omaha connection.... So, on this note, at breakfast on day one, Ilana Weiss kindly introduced me to a dentist, Dr. Dvasha Stollman who asked if I was familiar with the last name Arbit- man of Omaha. Of course from the late 1960s! Dora Arbitman and Mary Fell- man were my role models as a child and it happens that these great women were Dvasha’s great grandmother and great aunt. It was so fulfilling.
Dora and Mary were female icons in the Omaha Jewish community and their legacies live on.” Good conferences not only help forge connection; the programming helps participants ask the right questions: “Sometimes you get so engulfed in your own community that you forget what’s going on with others outside of your world. Are we doing the right things to attract new families to the Midwest, are we providing the best and most welcoming experience at Beth Is- rael, are we using the right mechanisms to increase membership, are we engag- ing the congregation enough through volunteerism, programming and fundraising...
and the list continues,” Toba said. “To have been among this particular group of lay leaders (doctors, lawyers, dentists, nutritionists, direc- tors, teachers, administrators, strate- gists, philanthropists, social workers, et al.), to have learned with them, talked with them, davened with them, to have taken a deep breath with them... was in- spiring, invigorating, meaningful, ener- gizing, hopeful and remarkable. e power of Jewish women is limitless. We shouldn’t take it for granted... this con- ference reminded us why.” Continued from page 1 favorite award, a re-used science fair trophy covered with googly eyes.
She was named ‘Best Sister’ by Leora! She still has the award and hopes to always retain the title. Ilana will be attending Oberlin College and Conservatory studying viola perform- ance and mathematics. She aspires to be a professional violist in a string quartet but is very open to the future and what it brings. She is looking forward to Oberlin and learn- ing from the high-caliber musicians there. It will be challenging, but growing as a musi- cian will be worth the hard work. She expects to miss Shabbat with her family most when she heads off to Oberlin. “I love performing the rituals at home, going to Beth Israel Synagogue, and experiencing Shabbat with my extended family, the vi- brant Omaha Jewish community.” Ilana is one of Jewish Omaha’s best and will be a great success in all she tackles.
Lillian Keiser Stoms and her brother David were native Omahans, and this fund was es- tablished in their memory by their niece, Sally Clayman. In addition to the Academic Excellence award, there are two other scholarships that were also established in their memory. The Lillian Keiser Stoms Edu- cational Fund was established to benefit and assist in the education of Jewish youth living in a single parent family or Jewish single parents who have custody of their children. The David Keiser and Lillian Keiser Stoms Foundation Education Endowment Fund was created to provide funding for uni- versity scholarships to Jewish youth who have earned a minimum 3.0 GPA.
Both awards are based on financial need. For information on scholarship programs, please contact Diane Walker, Scholarship Administrator at 402.334.6407 or email@example.com. Those inter- ested in contributing to or endowing schol- arship funds should contact Howard Epstein, Executive Director of the Jewish Federation of Omaha Foundation at 402.334.6466.
Continued from page 1 about this religion and religious legisla- tion is very broad, underscoring the maxim, “two Jews in a room – three opinions.” Some are convinced that Is- rael is becoming too religious (Medinat Halcha) – a country controlled by Jew- ish laws. Others insist that Israel is be- coming too secular and postmodern. e heart of these discussions is the core question that the State of Israel has grappled with since its establishment: What does it mean for Israel to be a Jew- ish state? How should the Jewishness of Israel be expressed?
Rabbi Shlomo invites you to join him to discuss these issues during the two classes.
Arguments and disagreements are guaranteed. His goal is that through this process you will go away with a deeper understanding of the hot topics you might see and hear in the news. You will not be held responsible for solving them. e Friday Learning Series is a joint program of Beth Israel Synagogue and the Community Engagement and Edu- cation arm of the Jewish Federation of Omaha. e series is open to the com- munity free of charge thanks to the sup- port of the Ann Goldstein Programming Endowment Fund. Reservations are not required. While you are encouraged to attend both sessions, each one will have a wealth of information; and you will benefit from attending one or both.
Contact Mark Kirchhoﬀ at mkirchhoﬀ@jewishomaha.org or 402.334.6463 for questions. Friday Learning Series Academic Excellence
4 | The Jewish Press | June 7, 2019 SONNY GERBER SHOP THE KING OF BUY HERE PAY HERE AUTO SALES Since 1955 On the spot financing Low down payments Low payments Minimum credit approval 4519 Cuming Street 402-556-4086 4021 Cuming Street 402-558-7400 beth el: Shabbat outside the box ozzie noGG b eth El Synagogue is taking Shab- bat out of the building this sum- mer. “We’ve scheduled two unique events in upcoming weeks,” said Robby Erlich, Beth El Engagement Coordinator. “On Friday evening, June 21, the community is invited to College World Series Shabbat, and on Friday evening, June 28, the synagogue will host Shabbat and Shakespeare on the Green.
Both programs are designed to meet people where they are.” On Friday evening, June 21, a free bus will take participants from the Beth El parking lot to the Col- lege World Series Shabbat Dinner to a location in the Old Market. The kosher dinner — which will feature ballpark fare and tailgate treats in- cluding veggie wraps, mini hot dogs, sides, drinks and parve desserts — begins at 5 p.m. and will be served in the venue’s outdoor roof top party space. Kabbalat Shabbat services, led by Beth El clergy, starts at 6 p.m. at the same location. “Add some extra rauch to this Shabbat, by wearing your favorite team jersey,” Erlich said.
The cost of dinner is $5 for adults, $3 for kids 6 -12, and $15 for a family of four or more. Bus transportation will take participants back to the synagogue by 7 p.m. “For those who choose to attend the College World Series ball game after din- ner, it’s an easy walk to the stadium.” Reservations for dinner are appreciated be- fore June 14, and may be made at Beth El’s website: bethel-omaha.org.
“We’re designing programs outside the box,” Erlich continued. “Programs that go to people in the greater Omaha Jewish community to provide Jewish experiences that combine reli- gious, cultural, educational and artistic pro- gramming. I think it’s great engagement for us to meet people on an entirely different level — where they work, live and play — and join to- gether outside the sanctuary.” A story with details on the June 28 Shabbat and Shakespeare on the Green event will run in next week’s Jewish Press. According to Erlich, “The program is another example of the way Beth El continues to engage the community and its needs in creative ways.
Hosting a dinner and Friday night Kabbalat Shabbat service at cool locations, for example, will provide a dif- ferent feel and experience for our membership and others. You’ll want to be there.” Mary Sue GroSSMan The 2019 Beth Israel Synagogue Annual Meeting was held Sunday, May 5. After wel- coming the attendees, Presi- dent Toba Cohen-Dunning presented the state of the syn- agogue address and reported on the many successful activi- ties and programs during the past year. Toba then an- nounced the selection of Linda Newmann-Potash as the 2019 Volunteer of the Year, recognizing her on-going volunteer work with the weekly kiddush.
The election for the Board of Commissioners was held next. The following individuals will serve as board members for the 2019-2020 term: Toba Cohen-Dunning, President; Julee Katzman, Administrative Vice President; Jonathan Rockman, Financial Vice President; Bruce Potash, Membership Vice President; Jeff Kirshenbaum, Treasurer; Lauren Tam, Secretary; Joel Alperson, Shirly Banner, Lynne Saltzman, Yosef Seigel, Helene Shrago, Susie Shyken, Lauren Tam, Sherry Taxman, Harry Weiner. The Beth Israel Board of Commissioners traditionally meets at 6:30 p.m., the second Wednesday of each month. Beth Israel 2019 Annual Meeting Credit: Gilabrand via Wikimedia commons The Nebraska Landlord Conference℠ (the pre- mier Residential Rental Industry Annual Confer- ence) brings property investors together at one time and in one place for learning and networking.
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Governor Ricketts will give the Opening Re- marks at the Conference. The conference will fea- tured Special Guest Speakers are Judge Lynn Toler, National Celebrity Judge, Harvard Alumni/Host of Nationally Syndicated Divorce Court/Author, Former Mayor PJ Morgan, Former Mayor Hal Daub, Mayor Doug Kindig of La Vista and West Gate Bank Senior Vice President Jon Dittenber and Tyler Peterson. These are power- packed sessions that include discussions on legal, finance and policy topics trending and relevant in real estate such as Hard Money Lending, Business Relations, TIF, Landbank and Landlord Registra- tion.
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The Jewish Press | June 7, 2019 | 5 community This title says it all and could be a catch phrase for your gift giving for Fa- ther’s Day or possibly a belated Mother’s Day gift. Written by a South- ern food maven, nationally recognized as a grilling and barbecue authority and pit master, founding executive chef of NYC and DC Hill Country restau- rants, teacher and author of seven cookbooks related to grilling and BBQ! This talented woman dedicates the book to the bakers and their cakes she grew up with who believe “You should eat dessert first” and espe- cially to her dad, Big Lou.
Making a better cake and steak at home was Karmel’s inspiration for this cookbook that’s loaded with 100 crowd pleasing recipes, the tools you need to choose and cook steak and to bake luscious cakes... always do both at home for the tastiest results. She sug- gests pairing of steak, sauces, sides and cakes for celebrat- ing and recommends you create your own versions to cater to your taste, includ- ing beverages, noting that champagne goes with everything! In this homage to Southern cooking and all that’s near and dear to her heart (make that stomach) is this collection of recipes followed by the Steak Primer (for steak myths and more) and the Cake Primer (3 basic cakes: white, yellow and chocolate), “lagniappe” a little something extra with three sig- nature recipes for the advanced baker, and discover her bak- ing musketeers including her mother and sister.
Each recipe includes a light-hearted introduction and details of the steak and cake, clear numerical instructions and other possible match-up suggestions. Tips include to use Morton’s Kosher salt for uncooked steak seasoning and coarse sea salt for cooked fin- ishing such as fleur de sel or Maldon flaky salt. For pepper, the gold stan- dard is using black Tellicherry for the tastiest results. The steaks include from very thin slices to a three-pound wildcat cowboy showstopper toma- hawk. Sidebars cover questions, details and her favorite equipment. Mentioned is a steak knife, why it matters and which is preferred.
Generously illustrated with delicious color photographs that will in- spire you to add a little sunshine to your table and cheer “Bone” Appetit! For Basic Steaks try this recipe.
Lois Friedman can be reached at ReadIt AndEat@yahoo. com. Read it and eat Lois FRieDMan steak and cake | elizabeth karmel | Workman, $22.95 Steak 101, an easy 5-minutes- a-side way to cook a steak Ingredients: 1 to 4 boneless new York strip steaks or other favorite (steak- house) variety such as ribeye or filet mignon (12 ounces each and at least 1 inch thick) extra-virgin olive oil 1 tsp. kosher salt or more as needed (optional) 1 tsp. whole black peppercorns, coarsely ground (optional) Directions: Outdoor Grilling Method: Direct/Medium-High Heat (about 400 de- grees F) Preheat the grill with all burners on high.
Once preheated, adjust the temperature to medium-high heat for direct grilling. Wrap the meat in paper towels to rid it of excess moisture. Re- place the paper towels as needed.
Just before grilling, brush both sides of the steaks with oil and season with salt and pepper, if desired. Place the steaks directly over medium-high heat for about 5 minutes. Flip the steaks over and continue cooking for about 5 more minutes for medium- rare(135 degrees F on an instant-read thermometer). Remove the steaks from the grill and set them on a platter. Allow them to rest for at least 5 minutes, but no longer than 10 minutes be- fore serving. Serves 4. Music at the Home Maggie conti RBJH Director of Activities and Volunteer Services the Frontier strings ensemble recently performed for sen- iors in the community at the Rose Blumkin Jewish Home.
this premiere string ensemble comprised of advanced students per- formed a variety of repertoire - pop songs, fiddle tunes, classi- cal show tunes — all from memory. the group has performed throughout the United states and europe, delighting audiences everywhere with their stunt fiddling dance moves and hula hooping while performing music at top speed! the group is under the direction of Ruth Meints, the executive Director for the omaha conservatory of Music and violin faculty at the University of nebraska - omaha. Many in the audience com- mented that this was the best program they have ever had.
6 | The Jewish Press | June 7, 2019 community June 16, 23, 30 and July 7 / 3:00pm Omaha Conservatory of Music 7023 Cass Street omahachambermusic.org OMAHA CHAMBER MUSIC SOCIETY / 2019 SUMMER CONCERT SERIES Christina Narwicz, Hitchcock Iteration The Omaha Marriot Capitol District Sing, Sing, Swing at RBJH MaGGie COnTi Director of Activities and Volunteer Services Community Concert with Sing, Sing, Swing Orchestra: Friday, June 14, at 1:45 p.m. in the JCC auditorium. There is no admission fee. everyone is welcome. The Sing, Sing, Swing Orchestra has been entertaining across the Midwest since 1990.
known for their love of swing music, ex- pect to hear In the Mood, One O’clock Jump and Benny Goodman’s Sing, Sing, Sing. Joined by vocalist Julie Baker, you will LOVe this Sentimental Journey back to the ‘40s! There is no ad- mission fee and all are welcome. This concert is generously sponsored by the ruth riekes richards endowment Fund of the Jewish Federation of Omaha Foundation. Come have lunch be- fore the Swing concert with a Mainstreeters $5 coupon for the STar deli. There will be coupons for Mainstreeters at The STar deli cashier. The STar deli is open for business at 11:30 a.m. on Main Street at the rose Blumkin Jewish home.
Organizations B’nai B’riTh BreadBreakerS B’nai B’rith Breadbreakers meets weekly on Wednesdays at the Rose Blumkin Jewish Home auditorium from noon to 1 p.m. For specific speaker information, please email Gary.Javitch@Gmail.com, Bread- breakers chairman. For more information or to be placed on the email list call 402.334.6443 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Have you asked yourself how far you can swim in 2019? Sign up and log all of your swim sessions from January through Decem- ber. Those who swim 100 miles or more (the distance from Jerusalem to Haifa) will receive a t-shirt!
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The Jewish Press | June 7, 2019 | 7 Rockbrook | 108th and Center | 402.397.8866 | www.bodybasics.com SOL MASSAGE CHAIR $999 Valued at $1,999 LIMITED TIME OFFER 32 years in business | 2 generations | David and Adam Kutler The Omaha Chamber Music Society has announced its 2019 Summer Concert Series, with four performances taking place over four week- ends at the Omaha Conservatory of Music.
Each concert features musi- cians familiar to the Omaha community, including artists from the Omaha Symphony, Omaha Conservatory faculty members and friends to the Omaha Classical Music community. The concerts all take place on Sunday afternoons at 3 p.m., with pre-concert talks happening at 2:40 p.m. in the Recital Hall across from the Conservatory Concert Hall. BraNdENBUrG & BraHMS: June 16, 3 p.m.
The burnished voices of two violas seduce your ears when Brian Sherwood and Tyler Sieh step into the spotlight in our season opener. Bach’s exuberant Concerto No. 6 and Telemann’s Concerto for Two Violas bring Baroque elegance and virtuosity to the forefront. Brahms’ exquisite Sextet for strings completes this splendid concert. oMaHa BraSS: June 23, 3 p.m. The flashy sounds of a brass quintet are the perfect entertainment for a summer afternoon. You’ll enjoy a delightful range of works – everything from upbeat, animated tempos to lyrical sonorities and classy jazz arrangements of Duke Ellington’s favorites; plus, Jonathan Newman’s Prayers of Steel, inspired by and pulsing with the energy of Carl Sandberg’s Chicago Poems.
PiaNo TrioS: BEETHoVEN’S ARCHDUKE: June 30, 3 p.m. Beethoven’s beloved Trio, dedicated to his aristocratic patron, Archduke Rudolph, is at once noble of spirit, warm and brilliant. You’ll also be treated to a bit of Café Music by American composer Paul Schoenfield, who called the piece “high-class dinner music!” Opening the festivities is Rebecca Clarke’s impassioned Trio that in- vites you to track its theme through colorful variations. PiaNo dUoS: CHriSTi aNd JENNifEr rETUrN: July 7, 3 p.m. What could be grander than two grand pianos played by stellar pi- anists?! That’s what awaits you when Christi and Jennifer return to amaze us with their artistry.
Come along on a musical tour of the Eu- ropean continent, extending from Spain to Russia and including Chabrier’s sultry, zesty España; Shostakovich’s propulsive Suite, Op. 6; and Chopin’s dazzling Rondo, his only work for two pianos. Tickets are available online at https://www.omahachambermu- sic .org/ticketsbeta/ as well as the door at each concert. The Omaha Chamber Music Society is a 501c(3) nonprofit, performs and produces over 16 concerts each season with partners such as KANEKO, Gallery 1516 and the JCC, as well as engages in commu- nity service and education programs with Josie Harper Hospice House and Omaha Public Schools.
omaha Chamber Music Society Summer Concert Series roald dahl’s Matilda the Musical at the rose kori radloff W hen a young girl with extraordinary gifts finds herself pitted against an unfair world, she uses her unique talents (and a certain amount of naughtiness) to change the seem- ingly inevitable end to her story, in Matilda, a musical adaptation of the Roald Dahl book playing at The Rose Theater, June 7-30. Community members Eva and Lil- lian Cohen are among the cast. Inspired by the twisted genius of Roald Dahl and packed with high-energy dance numbers, Matilda the Musical introduces audi- ences to the story of a bril- liant child born to selfish and ignorant parents.
While other parents see their children as the most precious gifts in the world, the Wormwoods hurl in- sults at their daughter Matilda, refusing to ac- knowledge that she is a girl and viewing her as simply an obstacle in their paths as a used car salesman and would- be dance champion. Matilda -- who is, in fact, a highly-intel- ligent and precocious girl with astonishing wit and obsessed with reading -- quickly learns that she must take charge of her own upbringing.
Twelve-year-old Maddie Smith takes on the title role of Matilda. Smith most recently appeared in The Rose’s world premiere production of The Doll Maker’s Gift. The set of Matilda reflects the character’s love of reading. More than 3000 books have been used to create the massive set that fills The Rose stage from rafter to floor. This large scale environment features a variety of hidden pockets that transform into different scenes in Matilda’s world -- her class- room, Trunchbull’s office, the Wormwood’s home and more. Matilda the Musical runs at The Rose, June 7-30, 2019, with performances on Fridays at 7 p.m., Saturdays at 2 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m.
The 2 p.m. show of Matilda on Saturday, June 15 will be interpreted for people who are deaf or hard of hearing, and captioning devices will be available, if needed. This show will also include audio description services for au- dience members who are blind.
Contact The Rose Box Office at 402.345.4849 for more in- formation. Tickets for Matilda the Musical are $27 for main floor and $22 for balcony. Members of The Rose re- ceive discounted tickets to the production. Matilda the Musical is sponsored by Children’s Hospital & Med- ical Center, Nebraska Fur- niture Mart, Mutual of Omaha, the Nebraska Arts Council and the Nebraska Cultural Endowment. Special opening night ac- tivities are sponsored by Kiewit Companies. In the spirit of Matilda’s love for reading, The Rose is partnering with the Junior League of Omaha to host a “Book of My Own” book drive throughout the run of Matilda the Musical.
Audi- ences are encouraged to bring a donation of gently-used books with subject matter appropriate for ages 0-18. Books should be in “gift or saleable condition,” with no torn covers, ripped pages, writing, chewed marks or water damage.
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SP O TLIGHT Below: Ari and Sara Kohen with their son Micah. Micah recently gradu- ated from the CDC and will be starting Friedel Jewish Academy in the fall, where he will join older siblings Judah and Talia. Below: Megan Spomer and Steve Hogan, co-chairs of the ADL Alliance group, at their meet and greet.
Above: Beth El teachers Amy Dworin and Eadie Tsabari wish Walden and Albert Beha well on their upcoming move to England on the last day of BESTT. Above: Diane has been a volunteer at the Rose Blumkin Jewish home for the past six months. “I really enjoy sewing shawls and creating fidget blankets for our wonderful residents at RBJH.” In addition to creating these items, Diane also helps mend resi- dent clothing. Below: RBJH Resident Bettie Muskin opened up the RBJH Talent Show by singing America the Beautiful with Emily Clement, Activities Coordinator. Above: JCC Camp counselors participate in a bonding exercise during orientation week.
During a session taught by JFS Executive Director Karen Gustafson, they mastered the “human knot.” Above: Thursday, May 23, Friedel Jewish Academy graduates received their diplomas. Front to back: Darby Smith, Gabor Obora-Petro, Liora Shapiro, Abiel Oregon, Lily Tam and Shilo Abramovich. Left: BESTT parents and students in K-2 enjoyed their Habonim outing to The Makery where each student got to design and paint their own wall plaque.
ANNETTE vAN dE KAMP-WRiGhT Editor, Jewish Press T he topic of circumcision is rarely grounds for great conversation. And when it makes the news, it’s usually for uncomfortable reasons- like non-Jewish politicians coming up with reasonable-sounding arguments against it. Case in point: “The Dutch Health Ministry said it is cracking down on Jews who perform circumcisions with- out a medical degree or title,” Cnaan Lipshiz wrote for the Jewish Telegraphic Agency last week. “Two of the most popular mohels, or ritual circumcisers, in the Jewish com- munity were the target of a probe by the ministry, it said in a statement.
The Netherlands has a handful of mohels and, as is common around the world, some of the more popular ones are not recognized as medical caregivers.” I’ll be honest; I personally prefer a mohel to have a med- ical degree. But when people start to criticize circumcision I’m also paranoid; on many occasions, criticism of ritual circumcision doesn’t pass the smell test. “In 2010, the Royal Dutch Medical Association called for banning non-medical circumcision of boys, arguing that it introduced unnecessary risks and violated the rights of underage patients. Across Western Europe, children’s wel- fare activists, as well as anti-immigration ones, are pro- moting bans on circumcision, though no country has adopted them.
In 2012, a German court ruled that non- medical circumcision of children amounts to abuse, but the German parliament subsequently passed legislation ex- plicitly allowing circumcision.” (JTA) But these attacks on Jewish rituals aren’t happening in a vacuum. Complaints about ritual circumcision go hand- in-hand with criticism of ritual slaughter. It’s cruel, the op- ponents say, inhumane. Some refer to circumcision as a sex crime. And with that way of thinking comes the dan- ger of not only calling our practices inhumane, but us as people. Barbaric, uncivilized and, most of all, Weird. Those who would like to see ritual circumcision banned call themselves ‘Intactivists.’ In an interview about his 2001 movie American Circumcision, Brendon Matturo calls it “a violation of human rights to remove a part of a person’s body without their consent.” He also says “The procedure itself is traumatic and painful and harms the in- fant from the moment it occurs.” Grown men who claim they are fine, “probably don’t know much about the subject,” he concludes.
The first I heard of “In- tactivism,” was when the local news reported about a lone protester walking near Dodge, wearing white coveralls with a splash of red ink in an awkward place. After a little bit of digging, I found out he was part of an organization called “Bloodstained Men and their Friends.” They regularly protest around the coun- try. Their website has a ‘do-it-yourself’ kit, where you can print your signs and such.
The question is: for someone who is in favor of brit milah, what is the proper response to pushback? “Anyone with a heart would agree that the Jewish bris is a barbaric event,” Hannah Rosin wrote in a 2009 New York Magazine article. “Grown-ups sit chatting politely, wiping the cream cheese off their lips, while some reli- gious guy with minimal medical training prepares to slice up a newborn’s penis. The helpless thing wakes up from a womb-slumber howling with pain. I felt near hysterical at both of my sons’ brisses. Pumped up with new-mother hormones, I dug my nails into my palms to keep from clawing the rabbi.
For a few days afterward, I cursed my God and everyone else for creating the bloody mess in the diaper. But then the penis healed and assumed its familiar heart shape and I promptly forgot about the whole trauma. Apparently some people never do.” I’m with Rosin; while my son’s actual bris was a less than pleasant affair, I never for one second questioned we would circumcise our son. But I’m a woman and I don’t truly know what it’s like for circumcised men. Also, were someone to ask me why I don’t question whether I made the right decision, I’m not sure I would have a ready answer. It was an emotional issue, not a rational or practical one.
Maybe that’s the real reason this debate seems to not go anywhere-- and why it just feels like a lot of people screaming without anyone coming up with a solution. I know one thing, though: walking around in white coveralls with a faux bloodstain you-know-where isn’t going to con- vince anyone to change their minds.
Editorials express the view of the writer and are not nec- essarily 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. The Jewish Press | June 7, 2019 | 9 viewpoint SARAh GoLd JTA Many modern-day Jews aren’t all that familiar with Shavuot which celebrates the day when the Israelites first received the Torah from God and falls seven weeks after Passover marked their Ex- odus from Egypt. Jews with some familiarity of Shavuot probably know the holiday as a day for eating cheesecake – along with other creamy, dairy-rich dishes, like cheese blintzes and kugel for Ashkenazim and soutlach and boyikos de keso for Mizrachim.
There are varying theories about the significance of dairy in Shavuot cele- brations. Some invoke the idea that since the Torah laid out the dietary re- strictions on non-kosher meat for the first time, the Israelites celebrated with the only foods that conformed to the new laws of kashrut (until they purchased meat-only dishes, that is). Others involve mystical numerology (in particular, the Kabbalistic inter- pretation of the Hebrew letters spelling “milk”) or scriptural passages in which God promises the Is- raelites a “land of milk and honey.” Still other theories offer a more practical explana- tion: The holiday falls during the spring, when calves are weaned and cows produce a surfeit of milk.
Whatever the reason, dairy dishes have become part of Shavuot celebrations among nearly all parts of the Jewish Diaspora. According to the New York-based culinary authors and Jewish food his- torians Jayne Cohen and Jennifer Abadi, while cheesecake, blintzes and kugel are traditional Ashkenazi preparations, Sephardim and Mizrahim mark the holiday with similarly creamy dishes. These include bourekas (flaky, originally Turkish pastries filled with sweet and savory cheeses), Syr- ian calsones (ravioli-like, cheese-filled pasta dumplings), buttery North African couscous and Levantine mujaderrah – a sort of pilaf made with rice, lentils or fava beans, generously slathered with labneh.
Soutlach is a Turkish rice pudding and boyikos de keso are cheese biscuits. What’s ironic about the apparently universal love among Jews for dairy-rich dishes is, of course, that we Jews are largely predisposed to lactose intoler- ance. Several studies suggest that 60 to 80 percent of Ashkenazim are lactase-deficient (lacking the enzyme that allows for easy digestion of the lactose sugar in milk products). Though less studied, the condition is also considered prevalent among Sephardic and Mediterranean Jews. Explanations for this genetic tendency abound, but many seem to indicate that pastoral peoples, who stayed rooted in place long enough to culti- vate and graze livestock, more easily developed dairy tolerance, while more nomadic subcultures – whose members may have relied more on sheep and goats than cows, and who may have preferred fermented dairy products for portability purposes – did not.
According to Jeffrey Yoskowitz, a Brooklyn- based author specializing in Jewish foodways, that particular clue – about how our ancestors likely en- joyed dairy foods that were fermented or cultured – may actually hold the key to how Jews developed our paradoxical affinity for, and intolerance of, the dairy-rich dishes enjoyed on Shavuot. “The issue isn’t that we’re somehow destined to have bad digestion,” Yoskowitz says – or that we’re doomed to have a tortured relationship with the dairy dishes we love. “It’s how bastardized Jewish food – especially Ashkenazi food – is today in this country.” Centuries ago, he says, Jews had a lot of gustatory wisdom about how to produce, and pair, foods for optimal digestion – making cultured dairy products like sour cream, and fer- mented foods like pickles and horse- radish, at home.
But mass-produced versions of these items, especially pasteurized dairy products, are a far cry from those our ancestors likely consumed. Little wonder we’ve inher- ited the love, but not the same toler- ance, for dairy.
As a way to savor the original tra- ditions of Shavuot, Yoskowitz recom- mends that modern-day Jews try making some of these preparations from scratch. “Making your own farmer’s cheese, or cream cheese, or even your own butter, and using them to make hamantaschen or pierogi is a great way to see how different these dishes can taste from what we’re used to,” he says. Such treats may also go down a bit easier than their more convenient counterparts. Studies have shown that fermented or cultured products, like kefir, sour cream and labneh, tend to have less lactose and more lactase than the non-cultured varieties.
Of course, for those who aren’t keen to get cre- ative in the kitchen, there’s also always the fallback option plenty of us already use: popping a dietary aid along with our cheesecake. Sarah Gold has written about food, culture, and travel for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and many other publications. For lactose intolerant Jews, Shavuot’s dairy diet is a test of intestinal fortitude The strange debate on circumcision (Founded in 1920) Abby Kutler President Annette van de Kamp-Wright Editor Richard Busse Creative Director Susan Bernard Advertising Executive Lori Kooper-Schwarz Assistant Editor Gabby Blair Staff Writer Thierry Ndjike Accounting Jewish Press Board Abby Kutler, President; Eric Dunning, Ex Officio; Laura Dembitzer; Candice Friedman; Jill Idelman; Andy Isaacson; Michael Kaufman; David Kotok; Natasha Kraft; Debbie Kricsfeld; Eric Shapiro and Amy Tipp.
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