It is the end of an era as the Omaha Temple Youth Group prepares to host its final spaghetti dinner fundraiser at the current Temple Israel building on Sunday, February 10 at 5 p.m.
The dinner, long a staple of the Temple Israel calendar, will be a bittersweet event for many and OTYG is marking the occasion with a slideshow of photos from previous dinners.
“We’re having a throwback theme this year,” said OTYG Special Projects Coordinator Maddie Jensen. “It’s kind of sad that this will be the last dinner at this building, because of all the great memories we all have, but we’re really excited to be moving to a new building.”
As Temple Israel continues to plan its move into a new home at Sterling Ridge, certain items in the current building will not be making the trip from Cass Street, and OTYG will be auctioning off a variety of physical objects, including lobby benches, sanctuary pews, playground equipment and building signs.
“One of the many things our youth do well is pull together as a team for big events,” said Youth Advisor Amy Katz. “They love the process as well as the outcome. They take great pride in their reputation in the region for such successful spaghetti dinners. We have to thank in large part the generosity of the Temple Israel Community who generously donate, attend, and help cook, the dinner and bid on auction items.”
Other items to be auctioned include a professional photo shoot, a live DJ package from Complete Music, a new iPod, tickets to a Nebraska Cornhusker football game and parking spaces at the Sterling Ridge building. OTYG promises a few surprise items up for auction, as well.
“A lot of local businesses have contributed a lot of great stuff,” said Jensen, a junior at Westside High School.
The dinner costs $10 for adults and $4 for children ages 6-12, with no charge for children 5 and under.
All proceeds from the dinner and auction will benefit both OTYG and Camp Rainbow, a summer camp for children with cancer and other blood-related diseases.
“I think a lot of Judaism is helping others, tikkun olam [repairing the world],” Jensen said. “OTYG doesn’t get a budget from the synagogue, so some of the money helps OTYG plan programs for the coming year and send kids to conclaves around the country. And Camp Rainbow is the one organization we always support. It’s a great camp where kids don’t have to worry about being different, they don’t have to worry about not having hair. It’s a place where they can just be kids and have fun.”
RSVP by contacting Temple Israel at (402) 556-6536 or RSVP@templeisraelomaha.com.