April Showers...
Shabbat Shalom
April 8, 2016
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 sidelined me this week with a Lumbar MicroDiscectomy to remove a herniated/fractured L5-S1 disc which resulted in a slumber party (for me and Hannan) at our excellent Henry Ford Hospital. Public appreciation for my excellent care goes to all those at Henry Ford and Hannan, Ellen, Mom, Diane (my "mentor") our kids and kid-in-law, Pam T., Nancy S, Dr. Chedid, Dr. Morris Brown and those of you who sent/send moral support.  I am on the mend but my computer time was replaced with rest and rejuvenation resulting in this abridge Shabbat message. 

News of the week

Merle Haggard died. Ted and Bernie triumphed in Wisconsin. Villanova won March Madness. Mississippi passed their (discriminatory) Religious Freedom Bill and Ellen (who's been entertaining me during the 3pm TV hour) shared her disappointment.  http://ellentube.com/videos/0-0wrxm7u9/
Also, today is opening day for the Detroit Tigers baseball season and this story of a local holocaust survivor's bucket list to sing the national anthem is inspirational. (thanks Aviv, birthday boy, for sharing it with me).  http://tinyurl.com/SurvivorBucketList

Preparing for Passover

With Passover just 2 weeks away (starting the evening of Friday April 22nd, which is also Earth Day), I thought you'd appreciate this  last bit of levened lovelyness Chocolate Babka

And to get you in the mood to celebrate our Holiday of Freedom, please enjoy this beautiful rendition of  Eliyahu HaNavi by dear friend, David Broza:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UpGt3JUc2X4&feature=youtu.be

Lastly, if you are looking for the best and widest selection of Passover products, you must visit Johnny Pomodoro's at 14 Mile Rd. and Middlebelt.  Plus it is (owners and our friends) Julie and Dan Sonenberg's birthdays this week so when you "Popin", you can wish them Happy Birthday.  http://www.johnnypomodoros.com/

Wishing you and your family a 
Sweet Shabbat Shalom!
Each week's message is now posted and backlogged here:

April 8th
Andrew Kramer
Rabbi Joey Krakoff
Jeff Brodsky (Happy 60th)
Richard Keidan
April 9th
Aviv Lis (our wonderful DC son)
Lindsay Acker
Julie Sonenberg 
Jeremy Zeltzer

April 10th
Edie Slotkin
Carolyn Tisdale
Darren Findling
Amy Weinberg Grosinger
Marjorie Saulson
David Sillman
Sheri Loeb
April 11th
Nancy Rivkin Winer
Carole Lasser
Ellie Morris
April 12th
Jenny Driker
Tammy Gorosh
Barbara Tronstein
Pam Bloom
April 13th
Neal Zalenko
Sandy Vieder
Jennifer Adler Rosenwasser
April 14th
Geoff Kretchmer
Marc Siegel
Dan Sonenberg 
Janice Cherkasky
Nicole Miller

All the major details about the election:

Current Delegate Count:

Hillary Rodham Clinton: 1,749
Bernie Sanders: 1061
2,383 delegates needed to win
1,955  delegates up for grab

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

 Donald Trump: 743
 Ted Cruz: 517
John Kasich: 143
(Rubio refuses to release his delegates till the convention)
1,237 delegates needed to win
882 delegates up for grab
Republican Convention
Cleveland, OH
July 18-21, 2016

Michigan State Primary Election is
Tuesday Aug. 2, 2016
(I will update you on 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 or click

April 11th (Monday)
Federation's Women's Philanthropy
Thanks Event
For Federation donors at $365 or above
Guest Speaker: Sharon Tal, Head Designer of the Israeli Fashion House, Maskit
Gem Theater

April 14th (Thursday)
Send a Kid to Tamarack Camp Comedy Event
Featuring Israeli comic, Modi
The Garden Theater in Midtown Detroit
Registration begins at 6:30 pm
Program starts promptly at 7 pm

April 17th (Sunday)
Jewish Family Services of Washtenaw County
Honoring: Zingerman's Community of Businesses
Rackham Auditorium, Ann Arbor
3:00-5:00 pm

April 19th  (Tuesday) 
Emily Stillman Foundation
Spring Sensation Luncheon
Tam-O-Shanter Country Club
Guest Speaker:  Heather Thomson CEO of Yummie, Inc.

April 20th (Wednesday)
U of M Food Allergy Center
Spring Luncheon
Knollwood Country Club

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
For reservations:

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

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

May 7th (Saturday)
Forgotten Harvest 
24th Annual Comedy Night
Featuring Jay Leno
Fox Theatre
To purchase tickets:
1-800-745-3000 or www.olympiaentertainment.com
Or please contact Marc Berke at 248-864-7525 for more information and sponsorship options.

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

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

May 20th  (Friday)
Variety-The Children's Charity
A Star is Born
Honoring: Shinola
Emagine Royal Oak and Star Lanes, Royal Oak
RSVP to 248-258-5511 or Variety@Variety5Detroit.com   

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

May 22nd (Sunday)
Jewish Senior Life 
8 over 80
Congregation Adat Shalom

May 19th-25th
"Becoming American: The Jewish Experience"
Travel opportunity through EMU Alumni Association to
NYC, Philly and DC.
This experience is open to the public regardless of your University Affiliation, religion, race, age, shoe size...
Any questions can be directed to: 
And for further details of the trip:

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 

June 10th (Friday)
Starfish Family Service
Great Hearts Gala
Eastern Market Shed 5, Detroit
Honoree: Mariam C. Noland and the Community Foundation for SE Michigan

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

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


I am prone to spelling, grammatical and birthday mistakes. Please ignore the typing errors but if I missed your birthday or got the wrong date, please let me know.