Dr. Gary P. Zola, a nationally renowned Jewish historian known for his friendly and engaging teaching style, will join us by Zoom to help us launch our celebration of Temple Israel’s 150th Anniversary.

Shabbat Evening Service
Profiles In American Jewish Courage
Friday, November 6, 6 p.m. – Zoom Link
As we begin our year of celebrating Temple Israel’s 150th anniversary, Dr. Zola will demonstrate how our congregation’s history sheds light not only on the significance of Nebraskan Jewish history but also on the lofty meaning of the American Jewish experience itself.

Shabbat Morning Study Session
Jewish Pioneers In The Cornhusker State: A Documentary Study Session
Saturday, November 7, 9:15 a.m. – Zoom Link
Dr. Zola will introduce us to some of Omaha’s pioneering Jewish citizens who laid the foundation for our city’s Jewish future. Together we will examine a number of historical documents from the American Jewish Archives that shed light on the lives and careers of these Jewish trailblazers who contributed to frontier life in the Cornhusker State.

Respected both in the Jewish and the general historical communities for his innovative and in-depth work, Dr. Zola was appointed by President Obama to the Commission for the Preservation of American Heritage Abroad, and was a lead organizer of the national celebration of the 350th anniversary of Jewish life in America. Dr. Zola is the author of We Called Him Rabbi Abraham: Lincoln and American Jewry (2014) and, in recognition of his unique contribution to Lincoln scholarship, became the first American rabbi named to the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission. Dr. Zola is the Executive Director of the Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives in Cincinnati, Ohio, a position he has held since 1995.

Our Virtual Scholar-in-Residence weekend is made possible by the generosity
of Dr. Speedy and Debbi Zweiback.