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The Miriam Initiative is the umbrella concept for women’s programming at Beth El.

Click here to register to bring goodies, sort and/or deliver.

12/21-12/23: Food and cards drop off at Temple Israel: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm 

12/23: Sorting Shift #1 at Temple Israel: 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm (8 people maximum)

12/23: Sorting Shift #2 at Temple Israel: 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm (8 people maximum)

12/24: Pick up boxes at Temple Israel to deliver: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


Operation Grateful Goodies is Back!
by Linda Saltzman

The 4th annual Operation Grateful Goodies is gearing up to spread joy throughout Omaha later this month.  And with Chanukah behind us, OGG is a great opportunity for Jews to give back to our community during the holiday season.

A program of Beth El’s Miriam Initiative, Operation Grateful Goodies is a way for the Jewish Community to thank people who work to save lives, away from their families during Christmas. The program is a partnership of Beth El Synagogue, Temple Israel, Beth Israel, the Jewish Federation of Omaha and Chabad of Nebraska.

Among the recipients of gift boxes are police officers, firefighters, doctors, nurses, pharmacists, emergency veterinarians and nursing home staff.

Because December 25th falls on Shabbat, volunteers will deliver goodies on Friday afternoon, December 24th.

As our community continues to battle the coronavirus pandemic, gift boxes will once again contain single-serving, store-bought, nonperishable items.

The boxes will also contain homemade thank-you notes to add a personal touch to each box.

Everyone of all ages is welcome to participate in Operation Grateful Goodies!  Volunteers are needed to provide goodies, write thank-you notes, sort items and deliver boxes throughout Omaha.

In 2020, volunteers delivered 236 gift boxes to 112 locations throughout the region.  Volunteers went to locations ranging from the Eppley Airfield Control Tower to fire stations, hospitals and Offutt Air Force Base.

Following is the schedule for Operation Grateful Goodies 2021:

  • Dec. 21, 22 & 23: Goodies and cards dropped off at Temple Israel from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
  • Dec. 23: Sorting Shift #1 at Temple Israel: 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm (8 people maximum)
  • Dec. 23: Sorting Shift #2 at Temple Israel: 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm (8 people maximum)
  • Dec. 24: Pick up boxes at Temple Israel to deliver: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Families, teens, couples and anyone with a few hours to spare can sign up to participate in Operation Grateful Goodies. Click here to register. If you have any questions about Operation Grateful Goodies, contact Robby, rerlich@bethel-omaha.org or 402-492-8550.

Tue, January 25 2022 23 Shevat 5782