Shabbat Shalom
April 29, 2016
What is Mimouna? Read on...
"Unquiet meals make ill digestions
Out with the Chametz (matzah and all unleavened food), in with the breads and cakes, is the theme of Mimouna.  This relatively new celebration started only 200 years ago and is brought to us by the North African Jews as a passage to the end of Passover.  Moroccans open their homes and fill their tables with a feast of traditional treats and often Muslim neighbors join in the celebration as they provide (sell back) the flour which was sold to them for Passover. As the holiday represent good fortune, fertility, wealth and prosperity, may these blessings be bestowed upon all of you.
Mimouna celebration (I found on the web) with a friend in the middle.

"Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none"
also Shakespeare
Shakespeare died 400 years ago this week. He was born to John and Mary Shakespeare in 1564.  He had 3 children with Anne Hathaway (pretty sure, not the actress we know and love) and most likely his parents and children were all illiterate. He was one of mankind's most prolific writers and his work continues to inspire almost all aspects of our society. Check out this interesting NYTimes video which shows his presence almost everywhere:

"To be, or not to be"
of course, Shakespeare
Hamlet Act III, Scene 1: This most famous quote is about the question of life.  It contemplates suicide. Sadly, recent studies by the CDC revealed that our suicide rate is rising. The largest increases are among girls aged 10-14 but as adults, men are 3 times more likely than women to commit suicide. This serious issue needs much more attention and funding to help Shatter the Stigma and the Shame. Suicide among veterans should also be an unacceptable phenomenon with an estimate of 22 per day. Some think this might not be accurate, but a group of supportive Vets have decided to use the number 22 as their motto to help military brothers in need, which they named "Buddy Check on 22".  Every month on the 22nd,  Vet buddies call each other to check in.  They've created 22 Buddy Facebook pages and social media is also helping to reach as many as possible. Let's use whatever means available to prevent all forms of suicide:

"Hell is empty, all the devils are here"
again with the  Shakespeare
50% of all suicides are committed with a gun so less gun availability could help cut that rate drastically.  But, now we have a new problem to deal with... guns that can be concealed to look like a cell phones.  The company, Ideal Conceal, markets this $400 gun and as the website states, plans to sell in Mid-2016.  Unless Senator Bob Casey and others can stop them: 

"Have more than you show, 
speak less than you know"
you guessed it, Shakespeare
In addition to sensible gun control, Senator Casey has joined 82 of his fellow companions to pen a letter to POTUS to assist Israel in her continued defense of her citizens.  This 10 year military aid packet is essential as the aggression against Israelis continues to rise. Not to mention, Israeli military inventions also benefit the US.  The one high profile absent signature was Bernie Sanders'. 

"Give every man your ear, but few thy voice. 
Take each man's censure, but reserve thy judgment"
never ending quotes from William S.
After convicts do their time, they should return to society with voting rights as Virginia Governor McAuliffe has instituted for over 200,000 ex-cons. His executive actions (despised by his republican led congress) overturns a law dating back to the Civil War era.  There have been many past and current attempts to prevent (primarily) disenfranchised groups from voting, like Poll Tax, Literacy Test and currently ID requirements (which are often hard to obtain for low income people). So this action by Gov. McAuliffe is applauded (by many) though some, like Ted Cruz think is it appalling. 

"Though this be madness, 
yet there is method in it"
the man, Shakespeare
As Spring Cleaning comes to mind and "cleanliness is next to godliness".  G ermaphobes will love this paragraph. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) battled over the best way to wash your hands. Spoiler alert, WHO won. 
And for your house, here is a good guide for cleaning items that might slip our minds.

"When I saw you I fell in love, 
and you smiled because you knew"
yep, Shakespeare again
This movie trailer parody hits all the Politically Incorrect topics to show the absurdity of hatred and bias.  The creative minds at Saturday Night Live developed this message but sadly, many in the South continue to teach their children these lies and hatred.

"All the world's a stage, 
and all the men and women merely players"
more Shakespeare
Drama playing out on the world stages of Bangladesh, Chernobyl and Puerto Rico have hit the headlines this week.
Promoting Human (LGBT) Rights in Bangladesh will get you hacked to death as 2 more victims fell to extreme Islamist this week. Chernobyl is solemnly commemorating the 30th anniversary of their nuclear reactor disaster.  200 elderly people refuse to leave their homes as they will be the last inhabitants of the area for hundreds (if not, thousands) of years.  Puerto Rico is in a serious financial crisis with $70 billion in debt and thanks to our congress, no option of Chapter 9.  The brilliant Puerto Rican son, Lin-Manuel Miranda pleas for his home country on John Oliver's show.

"Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today to get through this thing called Life."
The media coverage of Prince's death was non-stop and tributes have been spontaneously inspired on stage all week from James Taylor to Coachella to New Orleans Jazz Fest to Hamilton to The Color Purple (appropriately).  My favorite tribute (which took place two years ago) is this cover by Adam Levine:
Also, Tipper Gore (remember her Prince album censorship in the 80s) may not approve but Minnesota Senators Franken and Klobuchar penned a resolution which past in the Senate to honor the accomplishments of Prince.  

Wishing you and your family a 
Sweet Shabbat Shalom
 and Happy Mimouna.
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Our prayers and thoughts are with dear community leaders, Dr. Jeff and Miriam Forman as Jeff embarks on Chemotherapy and Stem Cell transplant (from an anonymous matched donor) to help cure his Bone Marrow cancer.  They are in Los Angeles receiving treatment and updates by his children are available on the CaringBridge website. 
We wish Jeff a successful treatment and easy recovery and look forward to his return to Michigan. 

Bravo to the partnership of Dan Gilbert and Tom Gores to help bring a professional Soccer (or if you're British, Football) team to Detroit. 

One positive step.  Bravo to Iran's president Rouhani for suggesting to remove the "Death to Israel" inscribed on their missiles. The request was written to the Ayatollah...waiting on his reply.

Bravo to Chobani founder, Hamdi Ulukaya, for gifting 2,000 employees shares in his yogurt company that could make some of them millionaires.

Bravo to Target Stores for publicly welcoming Transgender customers and employees to use the bathroom of their choice. Please shop at Target to help combat the (absurd) boycott by bigots.

BS to our Michigan Senate for wasting time and taxpayers money on an obsolete politically motivated bill to prevent (which already is illegal) the sale of human (fetal) tissue.  It heads to the Michigan House then off to Snyder's desk. 

Bravo to Israeli Water Tech company, Desalitech, for winning one of this year's Global Water Awards, presented of all places, at the  Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi, UAE

Mazel Tov to all the University of Michigan Grads graduating this weekend.  Wishing them all the best on their next jouney.  I'm sure Michael Bloomberg's commencement speech will be inspiring. 
 Happy Birthday!

April 29th
Eli and Raphi Berg
Ruby Hobbs
Michele Eichner Saulson
Brian Mark (Happy 70th)
Roberta Madorsky (Happy 75th)
April 30th
Aaron Rosberg
Abe Slaim
Eric Feldman
Helaine Zack
Jackie Victor
Genevieve Berg

May 1st
Danny Kukes
Gail Mondry
Leo Maxbauer
Michael Singer
Sophia Ruiz
Dana Goldsmith Gordon
Peter Remington
Melissa Vitale Hortick
May 2nd
AJ Aaron
Elinor Ruiz
Zoey Spiegelman (Happy 21st)
May 3rd
Rabbi Norm Roman
May 4th
Joey Selesny
Laura Zausmer
Peter Levin
May 5th
Dan Ruiz
Mark Milgrim
Matt Kletter

Don and Hill
Donald and Hillary continue to soar ahead as both thrived during this week's 5 State primaries.  Trump won all 5 (Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island) while Clinton took 4 as Sanders took Rhode Island.
Hillary now need 219 more delegates to gain nomination and Trump need 250 for his race.

Ted and Carly
Ted has chosen (though most likely he won't be the nominee) Carly Fiorina as his VP running mate hoping to inspire female voters but Carly seems to be a FINO (Female in name only) since she doesn't support issues important to most women. She vehemently opposes abortions and access to birth control, she is against the Paycheck Fairness Act, she thinks marriage should only be between a Man and a Women, and feels maternity leave should be voluntary not mandated. Good choice Ted...

Current Delegate Count:

Hillary Rodham Clinton: 2,164 
Bernie Sanders: 1,355
2,383 delegates needed to win
1,246  delegates up for grab

Democratic Convention
 Philadelphia, PA 
July 25th-28th, 2016 

 Donald Trump: 987
 Ted Cruz: 562
John Kasich: 153
(Rubio refuses to release his delegates till the convention)
1,237 delegates needed to win
583 delegates up for grab
Republican Convention
Cleveland, OH
July 18-21, 2016

Michigan State Primary Election is
Tuesday Aug. 2, 2016
Vote for  Brian Kepes for Treasurer if you live in 
Bloomfield Township
(I will update you on more ballot issues as soon as they are available)

Presidential General Election is 
November 8, 2016

For Mother's Day
Looking for a perfect mother's day gift...? Please consider supporting the Joy Project which helps bring critical services to families in our community.  Call 248-592-2339

May 1st (Sunday)
Jewish Historical Society of Michigan
57th Annual Meeting
Temple Beth El
2:00pm-3:15pm Tour of Rabbi Franklin Archives
3:30pm - Meeting

May 4th (Wednesday) 
Congregation Shaarey Zedek
Lois Linden Nelson Woman's World
Honoring Henrietta Weisberg (dear friend's mom)
Featuring Paula Abdul
248-357-5544 Ext 48

May 4th (Wednesday)
Brian Kepes for Bloomfield Township Treasurer
Oakland Hills Country Club
3951 W. Maple Rd., BH
$150 suggested contribution
RSVP to or 248-383-5769

May 6th & 7th (Friday and Saturday)
Over the Edge Detroit
Benefiting Detroit2Nepal and American Promise Schools
Assist Nepal's earthquake reconstruction, education and public health as well as education and scholarship programs for Detroit students. 
For more info contact Heidi Hedquist

May 6th (Friday)
Orchards Children's Services
2016 Gerald L. Levin Champion for Children's
Signature Event
Soundboard, Detroit

May 7th (Saturday)
Forgotten Harvest 
24th Annual Comedy Night
Featuring Jay Leno
Fox Theatre
To purchase tickets:
Or please contact Marc Berke at 248-864-7525 for more information and sponsorship options.

May 7th (Saturday)
Maxine Linehan
Museum of Contemporary Art

May 11th (Wednesday)
City Year Red Jacket Gala
Ford Field

May 13th (Friday)
Planned Parenthood 100 Year Gala
Detroit Marriott at the RenCen
Honoring (well deserving): Nancy Schlichting

May 17th (Tuesday)
Jewish Family Service Annual Meeting
Congregation Shaarey Zedek
Featuring Natan Sharansky
Honoring Operation Exodus Participants & JFS Award winners
(248) 592-2300

May 19th  (Thursday)
ORT Spring Fundraiser
ORT and the City
Eastern Market, Shed 5
In collaboration with The Somerset Collection and CCS 
Sponsorship or more information
(248) 723-8860 

May 20th  (Friday)
Variety-The Children's Charity
A Star is Born
Honoring: Shinola
Emagine Royal Oak and Star Lanes, Royal Oak

May 22nd  (Sunday)
Hillel Day School Annual Gala
Beverly & Arthur Liss and Norma & Michael Dorman
(Two amazing couples)
For more info, please contact  Amy Schlussel

May 22nd (Sunday)
Jewish Senior Life 
8 over 80
Congregation Adat Shalom
(248) 592-1101


June 8th  (Wednesday)
JCRC 2016 Activist Award
Honoring (well-deserving) Drs. Conrad and Lynda Giles
Adat Shalom Synagogue
7:00 pm
Guest Speaker: Dr. Mark M. Schlissel 
President, University of Michigan 
(248) 642-5393

June 10th (Friday)
Starfish Family Service
Great Hearts Gala
Eastern Market Shed 3, Detroit
Honoree: Mariam C. Noland and the Community Foundation for SE Michigan
(734) 728-3400

June 11th (Saturday)
American Cancer Society
Relay for LIfe
West Bloomfield High School

June 20th (Monday)
Congregation Shaarey Zedek
Free Admission
Distinguished Scholar: Rabbi David Wolpe
Highly acclaimed Rabbi of Sinai Temple in Los Angeles

June 23rd (Thursday)
JVS Strictly Business
MGM Grand Detroit
Keynote Speaker:  John Rakolta, Jr.
(248) 233-4290
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