November 10, 2017
Thank You
On 11/11 at precisely 11:00 am, a wreath will be laid at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery to honor all Veterans who fought gallantly for the Freedoms we hold dear in our nation.  Veterans Day and the full month of November is our official (though the appreciation is 24/7) time to acknowledge the efforts of our military.  Ryan Friedrichs, Gary Peters, Dave Moore and Rick Krosnick are among a few we know who bravely served in the military and we thank them and all the others throughout our country's history who've stepped up to the plate to help protect the ideals of our country. 

What's Right
Sorry, Mr. President, but it IS a "Gun Issue" that took the lives of 26 innocent people (ages 18 months to 72) last Sunday outside San Antonio, TX.  If it were only a mental health issue, than these types of mass killings would be happening all over the world but we in the US (where assault weapons are readily available) exceed in an overabundance of gun violence.  Our warped mentality that access to any and all types of guns is a God-Given Right has paralyzed us against establishing sensible overdue gun laws. Here is an article which compares us to the global community on gun deaths.   The NRA has lined the pockets and washed the brains of our legislators to prevent them from passing any law that would lessen the access to weaponry that, in most countries, is only possessed by the military. If our laws weren't changed after 20 children died at Sandy Hook and Bump Stocks are still legal after 58 lives were stolen in Las Vegas (  )  than nothing will change till our legislators "grow a pair", stand up to the NRA and do the Right Thing. Unfortunately, just this week our Michigan Senate passed a "Concealed Weapons Bill" which will allow Michigander to carry guns into churches, schools, stadiums, bars and other locations. This perpetuate the myth that "a good guy will a gun will stop a bad guy with a gun".  The Bill will next head to our MI House and it is unknown if Snyder will veto it if/when it comes to his desk. What is known is that Sunday's church shooting was the worst mass murder in Texas history, but if we continue on this current gun accessibility path, sadly and most likely it won't be the last.

The Victims
Sutherland Springs was a small close-knit community and Sunday's  devastation  wiped out 10% of its population including 8 members and 3 generations of the Holcombe Family. The 14-year-old Annabelle Pomeroy (daughter of the Church's pastor) also perished though her parents were out of town during the shooting. The 71 year-old grandmother-in-law of the murderer died during the attack. And here is a tribute to all 26 who lost their lives. Thoughts and prayers and insufficient in repeated times like these. Action and legislation is what's needed. 
The Holcombe Family

University of Michigan BDS Vote
Atrocities are happening all over the world...Syria, North Korea, Yemen, Iran... Yet, only Israel is ever targeted with false claims of apartheid, discrimination, colonization, human rights violations and the overwhelming need for all entities (Cities, Universities...) to divest from all companies connected to Israel.  Currently more than 20 US States have signed anti-BDS bills and hopefully that number will continue to grow.  But universities are a different (liberal) can of worms. However, after 10 votes and 10 failures in the past 15 years, the University of Michigan's Central Student Government will again vote this Tuesday on whether they approve the Divestment Proposal submitted by a blatantly Anti-Israel entity whose true goal is the elimination of the only Jewish homeland which is democratically governed and which was legally established on land that Jews have continuously lived on since the biblical era where equality for all is preserved under the Star of David flag. But facts make no difference to anti-semites and anti-zionist.  The makeup  of the CSG is different  every year so there are no guarantees that the past voting record will prevail in this election.  I'll keep you posted on Tuesday vote, but in the meantime, here is a U of M Hillel petition you can sign to show your support of Israel and to help fight the BDS movement.

Bravo to our nation's voters on Tuesday as we flipped the momentum of conservative legislators and legislations with:
- 2 new Democratic Governors (NJ and VA)
- A reversal of Maine's veto on Medicaid expansion 
- 2 new Dem legislators in GA (from Red to Blue)
- Dems won Mayoral races in Charlotte, NC and St. Petersburg, FL
- nearly 2 dozen House Repubs announced retirement.
- 1st Transgender legislator was elected
- Dems regained the 2 vacant seats in the Michigan House
And speaking of Politics, this chart of their Tax Reform says it all:
Also the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office indicated that this current Tax Bill would increase deficit by $1.7 trillion over the next ten years. George W tried to stimulate the economy with his Tax Rebates but history had proven him wrong. 

Wading Pool
We as Jews, have sadly endured pogroms most of our millennial-long history and today marks the 79th anniversary of the German Pogrom  Kristallnacht (Nov. 9-10), during which 100s of Jews were murdered, 10s of 1,000s were arrested and sent to concentrations camps, over 1,000 synagogues were burned, 7,000 Jewish businesses were destroyed and most historians attribute the atrocity to the beginning of the Nazi's Final Solution.  A new memorial was recently dedicated on the footprint of the old Freiburg Synagogue (which was erected in 1870 and destroyed during Kristallnacht) but admiration was replaced by protest when survivors and others were offended by its presence.  A memorial plaque was replaced by a wading pool which many feel is an inappropriate symbol of the synagogue's destruction.  For the most part, the Germans have repented and repaid for their ancestors abominations.  They have laws against anti-semitism and required Holocaust curriculum in their schools.  They built memorials and museum and "tripping stone" plaques to pay tribute to the victims.  They've paid $$Millions in retribution, but they seemed to have fallen short on the tribute at the site of the Freiburg Synagogue.  Here is a Forward story about one man's anger over this insensitive memorial.

Wading pool over destroyed Freiburg Synagogue.

Whisker Mission
Sometimes my words are worth repeating (and saves me time). This is what I wrote last year about Movember..."As we departed October with a focus on Women's Health and our Pink Ribbons, we enter November to promote the concerns of Men's reproductive regions and Mental Health. If you see mustaches sprouting, it must be  Movember. While the Mo Bros are sporting their whiskers, they must also get their gentlemen parts checked for cancer as well as keep tabs on their mental health. Movember started in Australia with only 30 mustaches in 2003 and has grown to over 5 million Crumb Catchers worldwide with Hundreds of Millions of dollars raised to support Men's health projects."

Moustaches Make A Difference

Leonard Cohen
One year ago, on Nov. 7th, the masterful Leonard Cohen passed away at the age of 82.  In his memory, a tribute was lovingly performed this week in his hometown of Montreal which was organized by his family and talented friends. Here are snippets of that majestic evening.

Eliad Cohen
No relation to Leonard, but a talent in his our right.  Israeli singer, actor, model, Gay Rights activist Eliad has made a name for himself throughout the Israeli society, including the music scene.  This is a very popular song in Israel right now.  Hope you enjoy:

Wishing you and your family a 
Peaceful and Sweet Shabbat Shalom. 


Mazel Tov Adin Victor on becoming a Bat Mitzvah this weekend.  Congrats also to her parents, David and Kelly and her siblings during this simcha celebration.  May Adin's Jewish soul continue to blossom as she continues on her journey of life. Wishing her and her family health and happiness. 

Women's Equality wins as Natalie Portman has been announced as the 5th year's Genesis Prize Laureate.  She has selected programs to assist the advancement of women as her designated philanthropic effort for the $1Million award.

Nov. 10th
Carolyn Tisdale
Robb Lippitt
Aviva Gordon
Alvin Rubin
Penny Bailer

Nov. 11th
Michael Yashinsky
Jeff Levin (Happy 50th)
Mark Leipsitz 
Shari Ferber Kaufman

Nov. 12th
David Contorer 
Sylvia Wolfe
David Liss 
Max Spiegelman 
Miranda Wilgus 
Sharon Landau Levine
Beyhan Cagri Trock

Nov. 13th
David Mark (big brother)
Elyse Schostak (Not Elise who's is Dec. 13)
Mark Ian Burnstein 
Paula Beth Goldberg

Nov. 14th
Richard Kepes
Vicki Galperin
Jeri Fishman

Nov. 15th
Larry Wolfe (Happy 70th)
Peter Alter 
Donna Pearlman

Nov. 16th
David Zuckerman 
Jody Cohn Charlip

I'm prone to mistakes, so if I missed your birthday 
or got the wrong date, please let me know.

Please Help
I am a certified circulator for a Michigan petition to place a proposal on our 2018 Ballot to amend our constitution to establish an  Independent Citizen Redistricting Commission to End Gerrymandering.  Petitions can only be signed in person and this issue is vital to rightsize our voting districts. If you'd like to sign it, please reply back to this email.

November 10 (Friday)  
Levin Center at Wayne State University Law School
Presents a day-long conference on 
Current Issues in Immigration Law:
- Immigration Detention
- Sanctuary Cities
- Iraqi Deportations in Detroit
- Travel Ban
Conference is free but advanced registration is required

November 14 (Tuesday) 
Fundraiser Supporting Jordan Acker For U of M Regent
Our home
5:30 - 7:00pm

November 16 (Thursday) 
City Year Women's Leadership Breakfast
Colony Club
2310 Park Ave, Detroit 48201
7:00 - 8:00am Registration and Networking
8:00 - 9:00am Breakfast and Program

November 16 (Thursday)
An Evening with Friends of Jewish Senior Life
In memory of Jeffrey Zaslow z"l
Featuring pianist David Syme
Also performing Cantor Michael Smolash and the Hillel Choir
The Berman Theatre at the West Bloomfield JCC
Patrons tickets at $118; general tickets at $54 and $36.
For tickets visit
Or call the Berman Box Office at 248-661-1900.  
For more information:
Beth Tryon 248.592.5026 or

Knollwood Country Club
5:00 - 7:00pm

November 17 (Friday)
Sterling Heights Area Community Foundation
5th Annual "Puttin on the Ritz"
Honoring: Congressman Sandy Levin
Villa Penna in Sterling Heights

November 20 (Monday)
MIBB Educational Foundation Ambassador Awards Dinner
Knollwood Country Club
5050 W. Maple Rd.
West Bloomfield Township
5:30 Reception
6:30 Dinner
Mark Davidoff - Chuck Newman Impact Award
Plasan Sasa Israel - Bridge Builder Award
George Roberts - Young Professional Award

Parting Thoughts...
Mr. President visits Hawaii.