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The Fleyshik State: Episodes in Nebraska Jewish History

  • Jewish Community Library 1835 Ellis Street San Francisco, CA 94115 (map)

Free admission with free garage parking along Pierce Street between Ellis and Eddy streets.

The Jewish contribution to Nebraska life began with the pioneers in the 1860s. They were involved in retailing, real estate development, education, medicine, law, popular culture, politics, and philanthropic causes. Beyond the synagogues, the manifestations of Jewish communal life included B’nai B’rith and the founding of the Aleph Zadik Aleph fraternal organization.

Synagogue Sisterhoods in this beef-producing state may have published more charitable Jewish cookbooks per capita than any other American Jewish community. Nebraska’s Jewish community, never larger than 12,000, and now about 6,000, presents a vibrant story of Jewish Midwestern life. 


Presenter Oliver B. Pollak was born in London, the child of Nazi-era refugees froGermany and Austria. He is a professor emeritus of history at the University of Nebraska at Omaha and a co-founder of the Nebraska Jewish Historical Society. His books include Jewish Life in Omaha and Lincoln: A Photographic History.

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