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02 August 2012

Temple Israel Family Walks to Cure Diabetes

Written by David Golbitz, Posted in Temple Israel

On Saturday, August 11, Carter Eades and his family will participate in the JDRF’s annual Walk to Cure Diabetes for the third time. They first became aware of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation in 2010 when Carter was diagnosed with juvenile, or type 1, diabetes shortly before his ninth birthday.

02 August 2012

Construction Progresses for new Temple Israel

Written by David Golbitz, Posted in New Building

construction1As anyone who has driven along Pacific Street between 120th and 132nd Streets can attest, construction in the Sterling Ridge development is progressing rapidly, including that of the new Temple Israel building, scheduled to be ready for the high holidays in 2013.

30 July 2012

Temple Israel volunteers at overcrowded emergency shelter

Written by David Golbitz, Posted in Social Justice

On Sunday, July 29, as they do in every month with a fifth Sunday, members of Temple Israel volunteered at Stephen Center, a homeless shelter near 27th and Q Streets. Like many of Omaha’s shelters, Stephen Center is overcrowded and undersupplied, said Don’L Dacey, a longtime Stephen Center volunteer.

"They are in great need right now," Dacey said. "I have never seen the place so depleted of supplies."

30 July 2012

Help Support the Habitat for Humanity ReStore

Written by David Golbitz, Posted in Social Justice

With Temple Israel partnering with Habitat for Humanity to build a new house in North Omaha, it seems like the perfect time to mention the Habitat ReStore, a discount home-improvement store that offers new, used and surplus building supplies like doors, windows, tools and paint at 50-70 percent less than retail cost.

30 July 2012

Temple Israel Partners with Habitat for Humanity to Build North Omaha Home

Written by David Golbitz, Posted in Social Justice

As construction began on Temple Israel’s new home, Social Justice Committee Chair Dan Gilbert started thinking of ways the congregation could give back to the Omaha community.

“One of the things we wanted to do on the Social Justice Committee was identify a local issue that lots of people at congregation could connect with,” Gilbert said.

Gilbert decided he wanted a project that would raise awareness of hunger and housing issues in Omaha. With Temple Israel receiving a new home, he thought it would be appropriate for the congregation to help build a home for others.

Enter Habitat for Humanity.

27 July 2012

Temple Israel Unveils New Website

Written by David Golbitz, Posted in Temple Israel

In addition to building a new physical home, Temple Israel staff have been busy creating a new virtual home as well. Chosen to take part in a Union for Reform Judaism pilot program, Temple Israel has been designing a new website that promises more functionality and ease-of-use than its predecessor.

Offered as a benefit of URJ membership, the new website features a streamlined interface and enhanced interactivity in the hopes of providing a more enjoyable experience that both congregants and staff have been asking for.

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