University of Nebraska at Omaha has, since its founding in 1908, forged a partnership with the metropolitan community to focus on high-quality, affordable and accessible education designed to meet the diverse needs of traditional and nontraditional students.
UNO Religious Studies and History Departments
The Religious Studies and History Departments at UNO offers a diverse array of courses in Jewish, Israel and Middle East Studies which include: Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Medieval Jewish Thought, Biblical Archeology, Judaic Tradition, Judaism in the Modern Age, Dead Sea Scrolls, Introduction to Jewish Ethics, The Holocaust, The Modern Middle East, The Hebrew Prophets, Hebrew Language, Israel and Palestine, US and the Middle East, Islam and the West, and Middle East Historiography. UNO also offers the following interdisciplinary courses that deal with Israel: Literature and Letters, Economic organization, Law and Society, Public Administration, Visual Arts, Performing Arts – dance, music, theatre, Political Science, History, and Environmental Science – water resource utilization and arid agriculture. The Center for Israel and Jewish Studies will enable UNO to further expand course offerings, providing the opportunity for a minor in Israel and/or Jewish Studies.
UNO Bethsaida Excavation Project
The Bethsaida Excavations Project was formed in 1991 and is housed at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. The ancient city of Bethsaida, a fishing village on the north shore of the Sea of Galilee, is a place of great historical and religious importance. The primary goal of the Project is to excavate and study this ancient and mysterious city.
University of Nebraska Foundation
University of Nebraska Foundation is a private, non-profit corporation securing financial support for each of the four campuses of the University of Nebraska since 1936. The foundation bridges relationships with alumni, friends, corporations and other foundations interested in academic excellence for the University.
Jewish Federation of Omaha
Jewish Federation of Omaha promotes and enhances the quality, welfare and continuity of Jewish life in the Omaha community, Israel and throughout the world. There are several agencies at the Jewish Federation that will contribute greatly to the success of the new Center for Israel and Jewish Studies at UNO. They are as follows:
The Center for Jewish Life offers classes and programs in current events in Israel, basic Judaism courses, community lectures, cultural arts events, an annual Jewish Film Festival and Hebrew language classes.
The Dorothy K. and Meyer S. Kripke Jewish Federation Library provides an attractive, comfortable, accessible and fully-wired research and study environment for the Omaha Jewish and general community. The Library’s resources comprise a wide variety of Judaic materials with over 50,000 volumes, including Jewish periodicals, DVDs, videos, CDs, large print books, talking books, teacher resources and Russian language resources. The knowledgeable library staff offer users specialized information assistance and services.
The Jewish Federation of Omaha Foundation which manages its endowed and donor advised funds.