This weekend Beth El is hosting author and Rabbi Naomi Levy. Levy has made multiple appearances on Newsweek magazine’s list of the 50 most influential rabbis in the nation and on the Forward 50 list of influential Jewish Americans.


Due to a family emergency, Rabbi Levy has had to cancel this weekend’s trip to Omaha. The Friday evening dinner and Kiddush lunch on Saturday will still take place at Beth El, though the event at Nancy Rips’ home has been canceled.

On Friday, January 31, Rabbi Levy will speak after Shabbat dinner: “Shabbat: Life Under Construction: Healing Ourselves, Healing Our World.” Service begins at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 6:30. Reservations for dinner can be made at

Rabbi Levy will also present the d’var Torah Saturday morning, February 1: “Sometimes a Single Step Can Cause Seas to Part: Finding the Power to Push Forward.” The service begins at 9:30 a.m.

At 6:15 that evening, Rabbi Levy will lead a Woman’s Havdalah service at the home of Nancy Rips: “Talking to God: Finding Our Own Voice in Prayer. RSVP to Nancy, or 402-397-7977.

And finally, on Sunday, February 2, at 11 a.m., Rabbi Levy will be the Sunday Scholar’s Series speaker on the topic: “Moses never drove carpool, how do we maintain balance and presence in a hectic life?”