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Sisterhood: The Miriam Initiative

Beth El Synagogue is excited to present:

The Miriam Initiative will replace Sisterhood as the umbrella concept for women’s programming at Beth El.


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Operation Grateful Goodies is an opportunity for the Jewish community to say “thank you” to the dedicated people who serve our city all year long and are away from their families on December 25. Volunteers from Beth El Synagogue, Beth Israel, Temple Israel, Chabad and the Jewish Federation of Omaha will bake, package and deliver home-baked goods to police officers, fire fighters, hospital staff and employees of the Rose Blumkin Jewish Home. It’s our way of showing appreciation to those who protect, defend and heal us 365 days a year.

Volunteers can bake in their homes. Home-baked goods do not need to be kosher. Beth El will host several baking days:

  • November 12: 9:00 am to 1:00 pm
  • November 14: 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm
  • December 10: 9:00 am to 2:00 pm
  • December 12: 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm

We also need volunteers to sort, package and deliver the baked goods. Click here to learn more.


Women’s Book Group
Tuesday, December 4
7 pm
Home of Debi Kutler
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What is the Miriam Initiative?
The Miriam Initiative is a series of ongoing projects and programs created and presented by the women of Beth El Synagogue. No president. No board. No executive committee. No two-year terms. No by-laws. No monthly meetings. Just a chairperson or co-chairs for each project working in partnership with a designated synagogue staff person.

“I enjoyed the opportunity to be president of Sisterhood,” noted Linda Fischer, president from 2015-17. “It gave me a new perspective on being an active participant in my Jewish community. The Miriam Initiative will allow us to keep the activities and projects that worked, create new activities and projects, and restructure to accommodate our busy lives.”

“From social justice to social gatherings — from the kitchen to the classroom — from repairing the world to repairing yourself, the possibilities for exciting, informative, timely, provocative and entertaining programming are endless,” said Design Team Member Joanie Jacobson.

The Miriam Initiative’s Design Team includes: Laurie Epstein, Linda Fischer, Pam Friedlander, Margie Gutnik, Joanie Jacobson, Patty Nogg, Shiri Phillips, Caryn Scheer, and Melissa Shapiro.