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Omaha Jewish Community

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Basic Information

Location 41° 15′ 24″ N, 96° 7′ 1″ W
Phone number 402-334-8200
Country United States
City Omaha, NE
Address 333 South 132nd Street Omaha, NE

General Information

Open to visitors yes
Need appointment no
Handicap accessibility yes
Website http://www.jewishomaha.org/jcc/
Geographical Coordinates 41.25694,-96.11724


Summary

The Jewish Community Center in Omaha, Nebraska was established in 1926. The original JCC was the site of important labor organizing in the city, and has continued to serve as an important center for financial support in Omaha's Jewish community throughout its history. Today the JCC is the site of a Holocaust memorial that is unique in the Midwestern United States. In 2008 teams from the United States Olympic Trials practiced at the JCC before partaking in the official trials in downtown Omaha.


History and time period

When it originally opened in June 1926 the JCC had a library, gymnasium, auditorium and Talmud Torah. The purpose was housing a wide variety of cultural, social, recreational, and other activities for the area's Jewish population. Jews from Germany, Poland, Russia and other Eastern European countries participated in a variety of Jewish cultural activities at the JCC; however, they did not celebrate their own national cultures, further attributing to cultural assimilation. In 1931 the JCC merged with the Omaha Welfare Federation and the Omaha Jewish Philanthropies, with the new name of The Jewish Community Center and Welfare Federation.

The Center moved to West Omaha in 1973, influencing "a substantial amount of secondary real estate selections" as families and synagogues moved west.

The Nebraska Jewish Historical Society is located at the Omaha Jewish Community Center. Permanent exhibits include “Jewish Landmarks,” “Our Story” and “From Generation to Generation”, and there are changing exhibits in the main gallery. The Society also features archives of local Jewish history.


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