Temple Israel

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15 June 2016

Final Farewell Sermon

Written by Rabbi Josh Brown, Posted in Temple Israel

Eight years ago, Carrie and I moved to North Carolina.  We were not even engaged.  Carrie had no idea that she was about to be thrown into the very busy life of the synagogue and I barely knew what it meant to be a rabbi.  We talk about that time in our lives as the “Genesis” - the first book, of our life.  It was our Garden of Eden - the place where we were married, where we had our first home, our first kid and our first congregation.

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07 April 2016

Thank You from Federated Church

Posted in Temple Israel

Please accept our great appreciation for the wonderful hospitality you provided to the confirmation class of Federated Church this past Saturday at Temple Israel. We are so thankful for the tour that Mr. Littky gave to our group prior to the service. We are full of gratitude for Rabbi Azriel so actively including us in the morning service.

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25 February 2016

Visiting Temple Israel by Yara Abdel Jabbar

Posted in Temple Israel

Our visit to Temple Israel was very interesting and a great learning experience. The first thing I noticed when I walked in was the beautiful architecture. The building was very beautiful and I really admired the modern look. There were also stones built into a wall shape outside the temple brought from Jerusalem, to symbolize the connection between Judaism and the holy land. 


14 October 2015

Habitat for Humanity

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On Sunday, October 11, 14 volunteers from Temple Israel built walls and ceilings for a home that we are building with Habitat for Humanity of Omaha. Temple Israel is working in a coalition with 12 religious institutions to build a home from the ground up this fall. The home is in the Kountze Park neighborhood in North Omaha and sits on the same street as 3 other Habitat-built homes part of a strategy to revitalize targeted areas of our community.

25 August 2015

As I See It... by Rabbi Azriel

Written by Rabbi Aryeh Azriel, Posted in Temple Israel

azriel web 200pxSynagogues, like people, are born, they grow up, they grow old and they die. And, some in keeping with ancient Jewish tradition, are also resurrected from the dead to experience a new and even better life. As in human life, there are no guarantees that each of the stages will be attained. Some do not live to grow up. Some grow old before their time. Still others never experience the total annihilation of death because those to whom they have given birth carry forward their work and values in ways that are both new and distinctive, and yet have continuity with the past.


05 May 2015

The Brandon Thomas Pursuit of Passion Scholarship

Posted in Temple Israel

BrandonThomasBeginning this year, we will be presenting the Brandon Thomas Pursuit of Passion Scholarship to two of our graduating seniors. Brandon was just shy of graduation from the Institute for the Culinary Arts when he died at age 21 from injuries he sustained in a motorcycle accident. Brandon was passionate about his career choice and was a loving and caring friend to all who knew him. When asked to describe Brandon, his Mother Andie Gordman said, “Brandon had a passion for culinary arts, he knew from a young age he always wanted to be a chef. Thanksgiving was absolutely his favorite holiday and he couldn’t wait to help plan the menu and cook the meal.” READ MORE

23 October 2014

Mazel Tov to Jewish Omaha

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The Jerusalem Post (the #1 English news source on Israel) did a short write up of the innovative Sukkot project led by our Community Shaliach Eliad Eliyahu. READ MORE

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