MAY NEWS & EVENTS
THIS EDITION COVERS THE ENTIRE MONTH OF MAY ...
We will return to our weekly format in June.
In the meantime watch email for event reminders!
A NOTE FROM RABBI FALICK
I will be away for the next few weeks. In my absence Melanie Goldberg will be available for any urgent needs. Melanie is an ordained Humanistic Minister and committed Humanistic Jew. She currently serves as coordinator of youth education and subs for me on Friday nights when I'm away.

Should you need to reach Melanie, please first call the congregation at 248.477.1410 or office@chj-detroit.org. For matters of extreme urgency, she may be reached directly at 248.417.6573 or mdg0906@gmail.com.
MAY 6 ...
In-Person & Online
  • SHABBAT SERVICE LED BY MELANIE GOLDBERG
  • PRESENTATION WITH JEWS FOR A SECULAR DEMOCRACY'S NOMI JOYRICH

"Making Sense of Michigan's Tangle of Ballot Initiatives"

Nomi Joyrich is the Michigan coordinator of our movement's important initiative "Jews for a Secular Democracy." To learn more about it, visit the website at this link. PLEASE NOTE THAT PETITIONS WILL BE AVAILABLE TO SIGN AT THE SERVICE!

May 13, 7PM - In-Person Only

  • SHABBAT SERVICE & PROGRAM LED BY MELANIE GOLDBERG

"Highlighting Our Spinoza Youth Education Program"
Melanie - who serves as coordinator of our Spinoza Youth Education Program - will share some highlights of the program after the first year back from the pandemic. Learn how you can help us grow!
May 20, 7PM - In-Person Only

SPECIAL MOVIE PRESENTATION:
"THE SINGING REVOLUTION"
Between 1987 and 1991 hundreds of thousands of Estonians gathered publicly to sing forbidden patriotic songs and share protest speeches, risking their lives to proclaim their desire for independence ... which was ultimately accomplished without the loss of a single life.

Watch a preview at this link.

Melanie Goldberg will lead a discussion of the film.

(PLEASE NOTE: There is no regular service.)


May 27:
Memorial Day Weekend / No service

OUR MEETING ROOM HAS LOOP TECHNOLOGY

... to aid with hearing! if your hearing aid has a telecoil, it's already set up! If not, there are headsets available in the lobby (be sure to check for working battery). See Audrey at services for help or more information.
Please save the date:
Monday, June 13
6PM Potluck Dinner / 7PM Meeting
(Meeting in-person; simulcast online.)
UPCOMING EVENTS

NEXT LUNCH BUNCH GATHERINGS
May 11 & 25
12:30PM in the Wine Library
NEXT OUTING ...
BELLE ISLE AQUARIUM & BOTANICAL GARDENS
Friday, May 20, Noon
(carpool and/or transportation departs the congregation at 11AM)

Join us for a trip to the historic Belle Isle Aquarium and Botanical Gardens (and time permitting a visit to the Oudolf Garden, too).

Bring a bag lunch and join us for a magnificent day in May.

Transportation:
Limited transportation will be provided for $20.

Drive & Park:
Those driving their own car should plan to arrive by Noon. 

TO RSVP FOR THE TOUR OR FOR MORE INFORMATION ON ANY DAYTIMERS ACTIVITIES ...

Contact CHJ Board Member / Daytimers Coordinator Suzanne Paul: suzanne@CRPaul.com or 248.421.8174

READ & JOIN THE CONVERSATION!
MAY'S BOOK CLUB SELECTION IS ...
HE, SHE AND IT
by Marge Piercy

This 1993 novel is a reworking of the classic Jewish tale of the Golem, a clay Frankensteinian monster created to protect the Jews of Prague. In Piercy's hands it presents a frightening vision of a bleak dystopian future for humankind. It addresses environmental issues, artificial intelligence, and above all, the question of what it means to be human.
JOIN PROF. FRAN SHOR FOR A DISCUSSION OF THIS BOOK ...
WED., MAY 11, 7:30PM
This will be a hybrid Zoom/In-Person program.

THURSDAY,
JUNE 2, 7PM

JUDAISM AND THE SEPARATION OF CHURCH & STATE ...

  • A PANEL DISCUSSION WITH RABBIS FROM CONSERVATIVE, ORTHODOX AND REFORM MOVEMENTS

What does the Jewish tradition and experience tell us about reproductive rights and public funding of religious education, both current Michigan ballot initiatives?
FEATURING:

Rabbi Brent Gutmann (Reform), Senior Rabbi of Temple Kol Ami in West Bloomfield. His background includes Reform and Conservative congregational settings in the United States and New Zealand, with a commitment to community building, social justice, and Torah learning. 

Rabbi Asher Lopatin (Modern Orthodox), Executive Director of the JCRC/AJC of Detroit and the founding rabbi of Kehillat Etz Chayim of Detroit. He is also the founding director of the Detroit Center for Civil Discourse, a Rhodes Scholar, and a Truman Fellow with an M. Phil in Medieval Arabic Thought from Oxford University.

Rabbi Blair Nosanwisch (Conservative), director of Spiritual Care at Adat Shalom Synagogue in Farmington Hills. She was a Board member and Chair of Education and Social Action at the Isaac Agree Downtown Synagogue; co-founder of an educational initiative for Jewish teens and tweens called PeerCorps Detroit; co-founder of a cross-cultural urban garden called Eden Gardens; and the creator of “Pickle Torah.” 

IN-PERSON AT:

Temple Kol Ami
5085 Walnut Lake Road, West Bloomfield

ONLINE AT:

Zoom:

Facebook Live: 

YouTube:
An initiative of the Society for Humanistic Judaism
AT THE CONGREGATION
(No pre-sale / contributions accepted at the door.)

FEATURING:
Klezundheit
A Detroit based klezmer group organized in 2014 to play traditional and modern klezmer, gypsy, Balkan, and jazz music. The group is comprised of music educators, doctors, lawyers, and other professionals and avid music lovers from the area. Led by Alan Posner. 
Jake Shulman-Ment
Jake has spent two decades traveling and living in Eastern Europe, learning violin traditions and researching old Jewish music from master fiddlers. He speaks to audiences intimately through his singular voice on the violin, sings Yiddish folk songs of philosophy, love, and resistance, and shares stories and musings about life, music, wandering, and being human. https://www.jakeshulmanment.com
Laurel Premo
A Traverse City-based roots musician known for her work over the past decade with the internationally touring duo Red Tail Ring. This year she presents solo performances on fingerstyle electric guitar, lap steel, old-time fiddle and voice, drawing on American and Nordic roots music alongside new compositions borne out of that traditional vocabulary. https://www.laurelpremo.com
Jessica Ruiz
Based in Metro-Detroit clarinetist who has been playing klezmer for more than 25 years. She began her studies with David Krakauer, and has participated in numerous workshops, learning from acclaimed artists such as Michael Alpert and Alicia Svigals. Previously based in Los Angeles, Jessica was active in the klezmer community there, working and performing with the area’s top klezmorim. Additionally, she has been active in the Balkan music and dance community, performing and teaching at festivals across the country. 
For more information contact Melanie:
mdg0906@gmail.com or 248.417.6573

A SPECIAL THANK YOU TO THE SHELDON KUTNICK FUND

NEXT COMMITTEE MEETING:
Saturday, June 4, 11:30AM
AT MAY 6 SHABBAT...
PETITION SIGNING OPPORTUNITIES
Jews for a Secular Democracy's Nomi Joyrich will speak at May 6 7PM Shabbat Services about the many Michigan ballot initiatives circulating the state.

Those attending will have the opportunity to sign the following and sign up for the opportunity to circulate them:

  • Promote the Vote
  • Reproductive Rights for All
  • $15 Minimum Wage
  • "Good Time" Initiative (incarcerated people allowed to earn time off their sentences through good behavior and completion of various educational and job training programs)
SIGN-MAKING FOR JUNETEENTH
If you are interested in a sign-making event at our building for a Juneteenth celebration or want more information, contact Audrey.

Date will be determined depending on responses. audreypleasant@gmail.com
JOIN THE SOCIAL JUSTICE COMMITTEE'S EMAIL LIST
There has never been a more urgent time to keep up with what our congregation is doing to advance our values.

The Social Justice Committee's email list helps you stay informed and gives you a direct line to the committee to share the things that you're concerned about.

There is NO obligation! Send your request to join to audreypleasant@gmail.com.
Jewish Earth Alliance Zoom Advocacy Program with Cong. Andy Levin, Tuesday, May 17, 8PM.

Sheets are in for the Promote the Vote petition drive. Contact Audrey (audreypleasant@gmail.com) to sign or help circulate.
Returns in June.
*REFUAH SHLEMA (SPEEDY RECOVERY)
Best Wishes for a Speedy Recovery to:

Joe Gadon, Rabbi Peter Schweitzer

Please inform us if you know that someone is ill or in need.
COMMUNITY NEWS
RESPECTFUL AMERICAN FLAG DISPOSAL
Bring yours to the collection site in our lobby

A local post of the Jewish War Veterans has placed a box in our lobby to collect worn-out and damaged U.S. flags. 

These flags will be retired, in a manner prescribed by the U.S. Flag Code, at the Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly, Michigan on Flag Day (June 14).  

CURRENT COVID-19 SAFETY POLICY

VACCINATION & MASK REQUIREMENTS IN EFFECT
All visitors to our building who are eligible for inoculation must be fully vaccinated. Members may provide verbal confirmation of this. Guests who are not members may be asked to show proof of vaccination. Masks are required for everyone in public areas. At congregational events where a meal is served, when seated at a table participants may eat and drink without masks.
For more details on safety and mitigation efforts, please click here.

(Those who are unable to be vaccinated - due solely to medical reasons - may contact the office to make advance arrangements for socially distanced participation at certain public gatherings; email office@chj-detroit.org or call 248.477.1410.)
ONLINE, IN-PERSON & BOTH!
In-person classes require full vaccination; see above

RABBI FALICK'S SATURDAY CLASS ("REBBE'S TISCH")
Join him for a historical look at Jewish texts throughout the ages.
Saturdays, 10AM, Zoom Only
Class resumes in June.

UNROLLING JUDAISM WITH RABBI FALICK
A deeper look at Jewish customs, traditions, and historical events ... from ancient times to today!
Mondays, Noon, Zoom Only
Class resumes in June.

JEWISH HISTORY (& CURRENT EVENTS DISCUSSION) CLASS WITH NATAN FUCH - On Hiatus

SOCRATES CAFE
Every Tuesday, 10:30AM, Zoom Only

MAH JOHNGG
In-Person, Tuesdays, 1-2:30PM
For more information, contact Denise Parker, 248.321.9428

YOGA
In-Person, Wednesdays, 9:30AM
ZOOM REQUIRES A PASSWORD!
The password was sent under separate cover. Please contact rabbi@chj-detroit.org if you need it.

ONLINE VIDEOS OF PROGRAMS & CLASSES
Visit LibrarySHJ.com and our YouTube page for videos of past services, classes, lectures, and more!