Today the Temple Israel hosted the Tri-Faith Initiative as they announced their founding Executive Director, Reverend Bud Heckman. Opening remarks from Dr. Maryanne Stevens, RSM, our Tri-Faith Initiative Board Chair, highlighted his impressive background and extraordinary readiness to guide the Tri-Faith Initiative to the next level. “To,” in his words, “make the impact of what happens here in Omaha be felt around the world.” Rev. Heckman emphasized how excited, truly excited, he is to be part of something he described as bold, unique, beautiful, and intentional. Our three clergy leaders followed with warm welcoming remarks. Rabbi Brian Stoller described the origin of Tri-Faith as an answer to the question “What if the children of Abraham could build something together?” Rev. Dr. Eric Elnes of Countryside Community Church answered, “The Tri-Faith’s time is now.” And Imam Mohamad Jamal Daoudi of the American Muslim Institute said, “We will build on the history of all our beloved institutions.” Dr. Stevens closed with an update on the Tri-Faith campus build, informing us that $7.5 million of the $9.7 million needed has been raised, Countryside Community Church will be completed in Spring of 2019, and the Tri-Faith building is tentatively scheduled to be complete in Fall 2019.