Shabbat Shalom April 21, 2017
Life is a gift, accept it.
Life is an adventure, dare it.
Life is a mystery, unfold it.
Life is a game, play it.
Life is a struggle, face it.
Life is a beauty, praise it.
Life is an opportunity, take it.
Life is a mission, fulfill it.
Life took me on a mission this week to enjoy the beautiful dry air of Santa Fe, New Mexico with my "tennis girls" (Betsy, Diane, Liz) where we hiked, ate and shopped till we dropped onto the massage tables for the finest Shiatsu treatment in the universe. Another highlight was meeting actor, Josh Stamberg (The Affair and Parenthood), though realizing his mother is the famed NPR matriarch, Susan Stamberg excited us even more. Gratitude abounds for life's opportunities and friends to share them with. 
Betsy's new BFF, Josh Stamberg

An abbreviated message this week is due to my Santa Fe computer sabbatical, so only the Biggies will be the domino effect at Fox and potentially in Europe.  

The newest crash at Fox is the opinionated Bill O'Reilly who joins the likes of  Roger Ailes, Gretchen Carlson, Glenn Beck, Sarah Palin, Paula Zahn, Andrew Napolitano,  Greta Van Susteren, Megyn Kelly and many more. Countering O'Reilly's opinions (and harassment hush money) with public opinion encouraged advertisers to boycott his show which resulted in a boot to his butt (with a potential $25 Million farewell package).  For the full picture of this man's indiscretions, check out Trevor Noah's historical research of his foul misogynist bigoted mouth. It's amazing he wasn't fired long ago before he helped rocket Trump to the WH. 

And  to continue the domino theme...first there was Brexit, then came Trump and now France has the opportunity to follow suit in this right-wing populist movement as they go to the polls on Sunday for their first round with 11 candidates.  Polling near the top is anti-immigrant populist, Marine Le Pen, daughter of famous anti-semitic Jean-Marie Le Pen.  Though Marine has distanced herself from her racist father and modernized the National Front party (founded by her dad) she still has extreme views which could be detrimental to keeping our global society moving in a progressive direction.  I refer to John Oliver (and his very colorful language) to give you a full explanation of the French decision.

We have one, and only one, home.  There is no spare planet waiting in the wings and there is still so much unknown and medicinal about our incredible Earth. It deserves the utmost of respect and protection but too many people take it for granted and take advantage of it. Tomorrow, April 22 is Earth Day. We must do all we can to prevent greed from destroying the only source we have for continued life. We must halt the shortsightedness and start to think long term.  We were heading on a positive conservation track but our current DC leaders could derail us (remember, 564 days till the 2018 election). There are many Earth Day events happening around the world, but for those in Metro Detroit, here is a great list from Metro Parent. We plan to take our granddaughter to GreenFest at our Detroit Zoo for Earth Day. 

"Our population and our use of the finite resources of planet Earth are growing exponentially, along with our technical ability to change the environment for good or ill." 
Stephen Hawking

You're not alone if you ever fantasize about being someone else, but in the long run, it's best to "Be Myself".  Don't believe me, how about hearing it from Sheryl Crow.  Hope you enjoy her new song:

Wishing you and your families a 
Sweet and Peaceful Shabbat Shalom 
and a pleasant Earth Day weekend.

Founded in 1850, Congregation Beth El was our first organized Jewish Community with 12 families. Want to be part of the historic restoration of the former Temple Beth El on Woodward Ave. which was designed by Albert Kahn in 1922? Please click here to learn more about this project and how you can help.  This sight is extensive with lots of interesting info. Be sure to scroll all the way down.
Rendering of how it will look after restoration
Happy Birthday

April 21st
Dana Kukes Pogoda
Paige Mark Coleman
Tony Spokojny
Liz Schubiner
Pam Rissman Smith

April 22nd
Bonnie Avianni
Ellen Tenner
Linda Kovan
Mia Weinberg

April 23rd
Steve Feldman
Bruce Wiener

April 24th
Andy Doctoroff (and twin brother Tom)
Paula Milgrom
Gary Gilbert
Arielle Nelson

April 25th
Liat Tova Lis (talented daughter of
David Handleman
Emily Levin
Ilan Rubinfeld
Jon Guyer
Lisa Brown (Howard's wife)
Marcy Feinberg Leland
Wendy Yedwab
David Gans
Sherri Glassman
Kim Davidson Friedman

April 26th
Illana Panush Greenberg
Rick Krosnick
Bryan Kraft
Lorne Gold
Todd Krieger

April 27th
Amy Frank Ostrow
Stephen Hayman
Nathan Leader
Mark Stephens
Brandon Dillon
I am prone to mistakes so if I missed your birthday or got the wrong date, please let me know.

April 23 (Sunday)
Send a Kid to Tamarack 2017
Featuring Tamarack alum, actor and Comedian:
Jon Glaser and Go Comedy! Improv
The Berman Center for the Performing Arts
West Bloomfield
7:00pm (6:30pm registration)

April 23-30
Laurel Park Place

April 24 (Monday)
Michigan Israel Business Bridge
Israel Defense Mission Networking Event
7096 E 14 Mile Road, Warren, MI 48092
For more info please contact:

April 26 (Wednesday)
The Michigan Jewish Sports Foundation
Beyond the Game, A Night of Sports Talk
Tam O'Shanter Country Club
Benefiting  Dr. Steve (Z"L) and Evelyn Rosen Stars of  Tomorrow  Scholarship
Dinner and Sports Panel Tickets 75$ each

April 27 (Thursday)
Aish HaTorah presents
Bankrupting Terror
Featuring:  Attorney  Nitsana Darshan-Leitner 
Maple Arts Theater
Bloomfield Township

April 30 (Sunday)
Yom HaZikaron
Remembrance Day for Fallen Israeli Soldiers
The Berman Center for the Performing Arts
West Bloomfield

April 30 (Sunday)
Jewish Heritage Day at Comerica Park
Tigers vs White Sox
Ticket packages benefit the Jewish Historical Society of Michigan and Tamarack Camps
Game time 1:10 p.m.

May 3 (Wednesday)
Congregation Shaarey Zedek
Lois Linden Nelson Woman's World Luncheon
Celebrating 50 years of Woman's World
Woman of Valor honor: Sally Orley (well deserving)
Guest Speaker: Lesley Stahl (of 60 Minutes)

May 6 (Saturday)
Orchards Children's Services
Gerald L. Levin "Champions for Children Signature" Event, 55th ~ Emerald Anniversary
VIP  5:00pm,  General  6:00pm
The Henry Ford Museum
For more information, please contact Katora Cole at
or go to

May 6 (Saturday)
Variety, the Children's Charity
85th Anniversary
Hearts and Stars Gala
Townsend Hotel 
Honor Bruce Rosen
Call  (248)-258-5511  for more information.

May 7 (Sunday)
Walk for Israel
Temple Shir Shalom 
A family event designed to "celebrate Israel".  
Activities 12-4 
Lunch 12:30
Walk 1:30

May 8 (Monday)
Jewish Federation and Joint Distribution Committee
Hope Against Hate -  3 Events in 1 Day
- Fight or Flight
A Conference on the Modern Jewish Community
Noon to 5pm
- "Denial"
Film screening
5pm to 7:30pm
Deborah E. Lipstadt
discusses  "Denial: Holocaust History on Trial"
7:30pm to 9pm
For more details:

May 10  (Wednesday)
Jewish Historical Society of Michigan
Annual Meeting
Temple Kol Ami
7:30 pm
Featuring Aimee Ergas and Aviva Kempner 
Discussing Jewish Heroes and Sheroes
Presentation of Leonard N. Simons History Award

May 10  (Wednesday)
Planned Parenthood of Michigan event
The Cube at the Detroit Symphony Orchestra 
Guest Speaker: Dr. Willie Parker
(Sold Out)

May 15 (Monday)
Federation's Women's Philanthropy 
Signature Event
Knollwood Country Club
7:30 pm
Featuring Jill Kargman (Bravo's Odd Mom Out)

May 11 (Thursday)
City Year Red Jacket Gala
Cobo Center, Grand Riverview Ballroom
1 Washington Blvd.  Detroit
Cocktails: 5:30pm
Dinner/Program: 7:00pm
2017 Idealist in Action Award:
Matthew Simoncini 
President and CEO of Lear Corporation

May 20 (Saturday)
Cabaret 313
Change of Artist to  Tony Award
Winner for her lead role in The Color Purple
Marlene Boll Theatre at the Boll Family YMCA
1401 Broadway St., Detroit
7:00pm and 9:30pm performances

May 21 (Sunday)
Kadima Youth Mental Health Conference
Birmingham Covington School
Morning Session for parents, caregivers, community
Afternoon Session for educators and mental health professionals

May 21 ( Sunday)
Eight Over Eighty
Honoring eight members of our community, all over the age of 80, who have demonstrated a dedication throughout their lifetime to Tikkun Olam - Repairing the World.
Congregation Adat Shalom
11:30 am
Beverly Bennett
Dr. Stuart Falk
Margot Gardner
Elaine Greenberg
Dr. Robert Matthews
Evelyn Orbach
Eunice Korman ring
Michael Weiss

May 22 (Monday)
The Emily Stillman Foundation 
Night of Laughs
The Berman Center for Performing Arts
West Bloomfield
Doors open: 7:30 pm
Featuring: Heather McDonald (from Chelsea Lately)

May 24 (Wednesday)
Federation's Awards Night
The Berman Center for Performing Arts
West Bloomfield
5:30 pm 
William Davidson Lifetime Attachment Awards:
John E. Jacobs and Marjorie Krasnick
Young Leadership Awards:
Rabbi Yisrael Pinson, Dr. Jennifer Sobol and Steve Migliore 

June 3 (Saturday)
American Cancer Society
Relay for Life
St. Mary of Orchard Lake

June 4 (Sunday)
Hillel Day School
Annual Dream Maker Gala
David and Nadine Farbman
Steven and Janice Traison
Alum awards:
Edward Alterman (class of 86)
Rabbi Jennifer Kaluzny (class of 91)
Jonathan Ozeran (class of 97)

June 6 (Tuesday) 
Jewish Family Service Annual Event
Congregation Shaarey Zedek
Evening with Author  Jennifer Teege
Who learned later in life that her grandfather was a Nazi Commandant.
Debra Marcus

June 8  (Thursday) 
Starfish Family Services
Great Hearts Gala
Cobo Center, Grand Riverview Ballroom
Honoring The Jewish Fund
Lori Fidler

June 12 (Monday)
Hank Greenberg Memorial Invitational Golf Outing
Franklin Hills Country Club
Honoring: Fergie Jenkins, Dick Enberg & Rabbi Elimelech Goldberg (Kids Kicking Cancer)
Benefiting  the Lawrence & Idell Weisberg Cancer Treatment Center - Karmanos
For more info:

June 13 (Tuesday)
Detroit Public TV
Bravo 2017
DPTV Riley Broadcast Center, Wixom
Spotlighting & Honoring:  Florine Mark (aka:Mom/Bubbie)
For more info: Jamie Westrick

June 16 (Friday)
Detroit Zoo
Sunset at the Zoo
This year's theme, Green is the new Black, will highlight the remarkable environmental & sustainability efforts of the Zoo. 

August 27 (Sunday)
The 2nd Annual Michigan Jewish Food Festival
Eastern Market

September 23 (Saturday)
Camp Sea-Gull Reunion
Camp Ticonderoga
5725 Rochester Rd, Troy, MI 48085
Please RSVP at this site:

Parting Thoughts...