Mary Arbitman Fellman

As a historian, a journalist, a community leader, and a matchmaker, Mary Arbitman Fellman cared for the past, present, and future of the Jewish community in Omaha. Fellman studied sociology and journalism at the University of Nebraska before becoming the first woman editor of the Omaha Jewish Press in 1943. Retiring from journalism after her marriage in 1947, she turned her energies to volunteer work. She served as president of Omaha’s Beth El Synagogue Sisterhood, the Midwest branch of the National Women’s League, and the Omaha chapter of Hadassah. In 1978 she became the first woman president of the Jewish Federation of Omaha. In 1982 she cofounded the Nebraska Jewish Historical Society, establishing an archival center, a museum, and a center for Jewish learning, as well as helping publish Memories of the Jewish Midwest. For five years, she and her sister also ran the Midwest Jewish Singles Network, a matchmaking service to bring together geographically scattered singles who lacked a community.

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Omaha, NE
United States

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