Jewish Federation of Omaha
For 114 years, the Jewish Federation of Omaha has proudly cared for families, children, elderly and those at risk. It all began as a dream and vision of Omaha’s Jewish founders and strives to meet the diverse needs of our community today.
Our mission is to build and sustain a strong and vibrant Omaha Jewish community and to support Jews in Israel and around the world. Our vision is for every person in Omaha to feel welcome on our campus and inspired to have a meaningful and relevant relationship with the Jewish Federation and our agencies.
The Jewish Federation of Omaha is a registered 501c3 social service organization dedicated to preserving, securing and inspiring the future of Jewish Omaha. JFO and the following agencies provide meaningful programming that influence our Jewish community members as well as Omaha’s Jewish adjacent populace. The JFO provides oversight, governance and financial support to the following agencies and departments:
- Anti-Defamation League/Community Relations Committee
- In order “to secure justice and fair treatment for all citizens,” the Plains States Region ADL office provides numerous educational programs to the region; including No Place for Hate®, A World of Difference® Institute, Promoting Empowerment in our World, Collective for Youth, Words to Actions, and educator speaker’s series.
- The Community Relations Committee also responds to anti-Semantic situations as they arise. Ant-Semantic occurrences rose 37% in 2017 and is trending to rise again in 2018.
- Institute for Holocaust Education
- The Institute for Holocaust Education (IHE) provides educational resources, workshops, survivor testimony and story-telling and integrated arts programming to students, educators, and the public. Serving students with “Tribute to the Rescuers” essay contest, Art & the Holocaust, searching for Humanity exhibit, Week of Understanding, and educator speaker’s series.
- Jewish Community Center
- The JCC is home to a state of the art fitness center and outdoor aquatic park, indoor pool, health spa, youth sports programs, after school care and programming, dance, music, and theater lessons, art gallery, and library. The JCC also offers a 300-seat theater, an auditorium, social hall, teen canteen, and outdoor pavilion and green space.
- Jewish Family Service
- Jewish Family Service of Omaha (JFS) has provided crucial aid and support to the community through mental healthcare and counseling, family life education and enrichment, and access to food, clothing and financial resources.
- Jewish Press
- Founded in 1920, the award-winning Jewish Press is the Omaha Jewish community’s definitive source for local, national and international Jewish news.
- Jewish Social Services (JSS) - is comprised of the Rose Blumkin Jewish Home (RBJH), Jewish Senior Outreach (JSO) and Star Deli and Catering. RBJH has a well- deserved stellar reputation and provides skilled nursing care, rehabilitation therapy, respite and hospice care. Jewish Senior Outreach provides case management services to elders in the community, as well as home delivered meals, handy-man services, transportation and referrals for Home care, medical and financial assistance. Star Catering continues the tradition of kosher meals for Residents and Community and the Star Deli is open most Fridays for all of Omaha to enjoy.
Not only does the Jewish Federation of Omaha provide for and support the aforementioned agencies and programs---they are all located on our 28 acre, 275,000 square foot campus!
The Jewish Federation of Omaha in coordination with our agencies host educational and informational programming for adults, kids, and family, fundraising activities and community and school events. Today there are 157 federations across North America. The core of federations’ success is Jewish communal fundraising. Individual commitment to the greater good of the community drives the federation system. The Annual Campaign is the central fundraising mechanism of the Jewish Federation and by contributing the donor both fulfills a religious duty and contributes to the well-being of the Omaha community, in Israel and around the world.