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OTYG Spaghetti Dinner:
Celebrating Past Pastas!

Sunday, March 3, 5:30 p.m
Join OTYG as we celebrate the legacy of Spaghetti Dinner and close a wonderful chapter in our congregation! This is not an end, but a beginning of a new chapter that opens the space for our youth group to create new traditions for years to come. Cost: $10 per adult; $4 per ages 6-12; no charge for five and younger. Proceeds go towards Camp Rainbow and funding OTYG programming. Camp Rainbow provides free camping experiences to children undergoing treatment for, and survivors of, cancer and blood-related diseases and disorders.

RSVP by Thursday, February 28. Questions? Contact the Temple Israel Office, 402-556-6536. For any inquiries or if you would like to donate to our final Spaghetti Dinner, please contact Youth Director Jacob Kahn, jkahn@templeisraelomaha.com.

Come Cast Your Lots!
Saturday, March 16, 6:30 p.m.
Make sure to mark your calendars and call the babysitter because you will not want to miss our  2019 Adult Purim Bash. After the success of last year’s inagural event, we are going even bigger this year. For only $36, you will enjoy an adults-only (21+) evening filled with heavy hors d’oeuvres, an open bar sponsored by the Jon Meyers Leadership Fund, a professional DJ sponsored by the Koom family, and $200 in casino money to gamble to your heart’s delight. There will be blackjack, craps, roulette, and more! And if you run out of casino money, additional booklets will be available for purchase for $20. There will also be a costume contest with prizes so make sure to plan your costume!

Proceeds from the Adult Purim Bash will go towards programming at Temple Israel.


Temple Israel is Hiring
Membership Engagement Coordinator
Full-Time; $35,000 + benefits
Temple Israel is seeking a full-time Membership Engagement Coordinator. The ideal candidate is a well-organized, detail-oriented, and highly efficient doer who is capable of managing and executing multiple projects simultaneously. S/he is kind, friendly, and a collaborative team-player and enjoys engaging with people. The Membership Engagement Coordinator is charged with getting to know our members and helping them connect with each other and with the congregation in ways that speak to each individual’s particular passions and interests. Read the full job description here. To apply, please send resume with cover letter to templeisrael@templeisraelomaha.com.



It is with great joy and excitement that we announce the selection of Cantor Joanna M. Alexander to be the next Cantor of Temple Israel, beginning July 1, 2019! 
She will succeed Cantor Wendy Shermet, who will retire in May after serving our congregation with grace and distinction since 2001.

After a thorough interview process that included two intensive days in Omaha getting to know congregants, teaching our elementary and high-school students, meeting with our adult choir, and leading an inspiring service with our rabbis and musicians, Cantor Alexander was recommended unanimously by our Cantor Search Committee and invited by our Board of Trustees to join Temple Israel’s clergy team. Cantor Alexander will come to us from Temple Rodeph Torah in Marlboro, New Jersey, where she has served since her ordination from Hebrew Union College’s Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music in 2008. 

Cantor Alexander is an experienced and talented cantor who is beloved by her congregants and colleagues alike for her warmth, her wisdom, and her sincerity. Both in her congregation and in the broader Reform movement, she has built a reputation as a dedicated and reliable clergy partner, a loving pastoral caregiver, and a skilled leader of innovation in ways that honor and affirm tradition. She enjoys teaching children to love Jewish music and brings experience and excitement to the work she will do with our new kids’ choir, Kol Chokolad. She is passionate about helping teens develop a Jewish ethical approach to navigating life’s challenges and is eager to build relationships with them as a teacher in our high school. As an active partner in interfaith work in New Jersey, she is inspired by the Tri-Faith Initiative and has creative ideas for how music can enhance this sacred work. Cantor Alexander will be an outstanding addition to our Temple Israel team and we know that she is the right cantor to lead us into the future. To read more about Cantor Alexander and listen to recordings of her singing some of our familiar prayers, visit her website at www.cantoralexander.org.


Our Mission: We will engage our community with a modern spiritual, educational and social Jewish experience that uplifts our lives.

Our Vision: To be an inclusive, connected and expanding Reform Jewish community.

Our Goals: Torah, Tzedakah, Tikun Olam

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Upcoming Events

  1. Fri 22
  2. Sat 23

    OTYG Spaghetti Dinner Prep

    This event has a Google Hangouts
    Feb 23 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  3. Sun 24

    Beginning Prayer-Book Hebrew for Adults with Elyce Azriel

    Have you been thinking you’d like
    Feb 24 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am
  4. Sun 24

    Caring Committee Baking Day

    Feb 24 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
  5. Sun 24

    Kol Chokolad Kids Choir

    This event has a Google Hangouts
    Feb 24 @ 9:30 am - 10:00 am

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