Wishing you a Joyous Shabbat Shalom
August 5, 2016  
"Torch Song Trilogy"
Shabbat Shalom on this first day of the Rio 2016 Olympics. The opening ceremony starts at 7:00pm when the famous torch will be lit.  The ceremonial torch relay commenced on April 21st (in Greece where it all started).  There are 12,000 torchbearers traveling 12,000 miles on land and 10,000 miles by flight. Yes, the torch is retrofitted into a special lamp and safely bucketed into its airplane seat where hopefully the oxygen mask will not deploy. Each torchbearer has his/her own torch to "kiss" with each other and after their leg is finished, they are allowed to purchase the torch. For a pretty penny, you too can buy one on ebay. Want more info on the torch ceremony, check out this site:
After 44 years, the family and friends of the 11 slain Israeli athletes (for the first time) witnessed a commemorative ceremony this week at the Olympic village in Rio. A memorial stone was unveiled which will also be taken to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Another ceremony will take place at the Rio City Hall on Aug. 14th. The new head of the International Olympic Committee, Thomas Bach, is due credit for the new compassion. However, a moment of silence during the Opening or Closing Ceremony is still a dream and goal for these surviving relatives but apparently a "moment of reflection" might be included in the closing ceremony on Aug. 21st.  http://www.timesofisrael.com/ioc-honors-israelis-slain-in-terror-attack-1972-olympics/   By the way, this year Israel is sending it largest delegation of 47 athletes, who we all wish much success and safety.

"The Candidate"
A huge Mazel Tov to dear friend, Brian Kepes, for winning his election to become Bloomfield Township's next Treasurer. Also, thanks to the voters of the tri-county area for renewing the 10 year Zoo Millage request.  In addition, congrats to friends, Lon Johnson, Vicki Barnett and Lisa Brown for your victories.  This is only the beginning (except for Brian who doesn't have an opponent in Nov.), as we now need to continue this winning momentum and help fight for our candidates of choice as we approach the Nov. 8th general election. Currently, Republicans control the House (247 seats), the Senate (54 seats), the majority of Governors (34) and 4 of our Supreme Court Justices lean Right (used to be 5), yet Repubs are the ones who say our nation is in disarray and shout "take back our Country".  More likely it is time for the Dems to take back our Congress, maintain our White House and secure our SCOTUS so we can get some sane laws passed starting with a repeal of Citizens United.

Voter turnout (of the voting age population) during the 2012 Presidential election was 54%, rather low in comparison to the rest of the world. However, turnout of registered voters was a respectable 84%.  We must work hard to help register eligible voters so more Americans can cast their ballots. The facts are clear. 43% of our population are registered Democrats while 39% are registered Republicans.  Low voter turnout, especially among minorities always favors the Republican ticket.  That is why Republican legislators continue to push voter suppression laws, based on the mythical dragon of Voter Fraud *, but fair minded judges have seen thru this ruse and declared the laws discriminatory. Sorry Texas, North Carolina, Wisconsin and North Dakota, more of your citizens will be allowed to voice their opinions at the voting booth...not less as you had intended.  Since SCOTUS trashed the Voters Rights Act, nearly half of our 50 States have tried to pass laws to suppress voting.  What we really need is a standard national voting system to prevent States from individually 
decimating voting rights.  

We, as Motown, for decades have been automobile dependent which has prevented us from creating a responsible regional public transportation option. What we have now is just Hodgepodge for those who either don't own cars or are unable to drive. A Regional Transit Authority (of Wayne, Oakland, Macomb and Washtenaw counties) was created to handle this dismal situation and a $4.74 million Regional Master Transit Plan was headed to the Nov. election for millage approval until it was squashed by the leaders of Oakland and Macomb Counties, but thankfully, an acceptable compromise was reached this week just in time for it to appear on our Nov. ballot.  This is definitely a project worthy of our efforts to promote as a Yes vote.

"Sophie's Choice"
Bravo to Pope Francis who last week respectfully visited Auschwitz for a silent prayer to honor the Holocaust victims. "Pope Francis is one of the closest allies Jews have today in the fight against anti-Semitism, bigotry and hatred," World Jewish Congress President, Ron Lauder said. "He is a true friend of the Jewish people, a man who reaches out to others and embraces them. Never over the past 2,000 years have Catholic-Jewish relations been better."   Many thought his visit would inspire him to open the Vatican files on the Holocaust, however he is following in his predecessor's footsteps to keep them sealed, for now. 
Though while the Pope was in Poland, he met with the executive director of the Krakow Jewish Community Center who presented him  with a coveted JCC membership card.
The Pope and JCC director, Jonathan Ornstein

"Dirty Rotten Scoundrels"
Certainly Donald Trump could benefit from a pow wow with Pope Francis whose middle name should be Compassion. Sadly, Trump again stuck his foot in his mouth after insinuating the Gold Star mother,  Ghazala Khan, wasn't allowed to speak due to her muslim religion; A very insulting statement to an emotional mother whose son sacrificed his life for this country. The Khans are right...what has Trump sacrificed.  He certainly didn't go to Vietnam thanks to his five deferments including the medical one for foot bone spurs that didn't seem to prevent him from playing college football. He says his sacrifice was working hard and building buildings. No, Donald, that is not sacrifice.  How about sacrificing your Tax Returns to the country.  Several (and I hope several more) Republicans are opening their eyes to their "mistake" and vowing to vote for HRC.  I thank them for choosing our Country over their Party.  If Trump were our Dems choice, I would, in a heartbeat, vote for the Republican candidate (and not a 3rd party choice as that is just throwing away your vote on this very pivotal election). Even Macy's is getting on the Dump Trump bandwagon as they are removing all of this branded items from their stores.  Crazy attracts crazy as we witness the Trump endorsement of North Korea's Kim Jong Il.  http://www.borderlessnewsonline.com/north-korean-leader-kim-jong-un-loves-donald-trump-heres-why/   Trump is feeding off the attention he craves while providing a microphone for our nation's bigots. Will there be tipping point that will finally implode his campaign? Some feel the Trump Republican Party is the darkness before the dawn. Maybe he will root out the Pimple Pus (racist, close minded, selfish supporters) to the surface and squeeze it out so a fresh face can start anew (in four years). 

"The Mosquito Coast"
The Unwelcome Mat was unrolled as Zika entered Florida while our congress' petty fighting prevented the much needed funds to help combat this health concern. Though Florida was their starting point, Zika will flap their way north and west. Though we all know the threat of potential birth defects and now the CDC recommends all pregnant women get tested, the situation is not that dire. 80% of those infected have no symptoms and only 1% of pregnant women with Zika will have complications. But to that 1%, it is devastating. For more info, check out this article: 
http://www.vox.com/2016/7/29/12235578/zika-virus-symptoms-babies-sexually-transmitted-mosquito-bite-questions  But still, Congress should get to work and pass a Zika funding bill (without the added sabotage riders) since it was reported this week that the National Institute of Health (who are working on a vacine) will run out of money this month.

Welcomed News
- Wishing the students of Sandy Hook comfort in their new school, opening this month, 4 years after the massacre. 
Congrats to Israel's first Transgender Beauty Queen who happens to be a Christian Arab originally from Nazareth but now living (safer) in Tel Aviv.
- A Big Bravo to Pres. Obama** for commuting the sentences of 214 Drug Offenders (4 are Michiganders) , many of them were sentenced to Life in Prison.  Our system is broken.  Drug addiction is a disease that needs appropriate treatment not prison. Excessive prescriptions of Opioids and the criminalization of certain drugs adds to our problem. Portugal decriminalized the use of all drugs (Weed, Cocaine, Heroin...everything) in 2001 and now their stats are 3 adult overdose per I million people (US is 150 per 1 Million).  
- On a related topic, Willie Nelson introduced his new cannabis company in Colorado this week called Willie's Reserve. Want some...? http://williesreserve.com/
-And on a somewhat related topic, NYC opened its Ice Cream Museum (for those with the sweet tooth munchies) but only till Aug. 31st. 

Unwelcomed News
- Condolences to the victims of Baltimore's devastating flood that killed 2 people and destroyed Ellicott City. 
- Condolences to the family and friends of the 4 people who died in the bus crash in California where the sign post split the bus down the middle.
- Condolences to loved ones of the 13 people who perished in the Hot Air Balloon crash in Central Texas.

"One Day"
Wise words from Ezra Klein.  "This election isn't just Democrat vs. Republican. It's normal vs. abnormal".   We need normalcy in our lives not negativity, selfishness, hatred and ignorance.
 "For the people to say; That we don't wanna fight no more; There will be no more wars; And our children will play. One Day..."  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WRmBChQjZPs  And check out what happened this week in a coffee shop on Maui.  http://khon2.com/2016/08/02/maui-coffee-shop-singer-joined-by-matisyahu-and-doesnt-know-it/

Camden Rising
Wish I could have heard Lady Gaga perform in Camden during the Philly Dems Convention. Click below for the setlist and if you want to hear any of the songs, just click on the arrow/play button to the right and a small screen will appear with songs, like "This Land is Your Land", "Old Man", "Smile", "Come Together" or an Edith Piaf song as an encore. 

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

* Voter Fraud Myth. Check out Detroit Free Press columnist, Brian Dickerson's article from this week about a Voter Fraudster who tried but failed to prove his point. 

**Happy 55th, yesterday, to POTUS and as for a gift, your approval rating of 54% is the highest it's been in 4 year. I approve of this message.

Final Thought
To Floss or not to Floss, this is the questions.  Though studies seem to indicate flossing might not help as much as we've been told, I plan to continue flossing till I hear that it's bad for me.
Mazel Tov!!!

Mazel Tov to Jay and Tara Hack on the arrival of their first child, Jonah David Hack. Wishing the Hack family, including grandparents Miriam & Jeff Forman and Fran & Paul Hack lots of wonderful experiences with baby Jonah and for the new Hack Family of three, lots of Health, Happiness, Serenity and Sleep. 

Welcome to the Grandparent Club, Nanci and Mitch Kantor with the arrival of beautiful Isabel Ruthie Guth, daughter of Lisa and Bill Buth.  Wishing the new family a lifetime of health, happiness, peace and prosperity. 

 Happy Birthday!

Aug. 5th
Dan Chicorel
Jeremy Berg
Aug. 6th
Alan Pinter

Aug. 7th
Norma Dorman
Aug. 8th
Brad Beck
Cheryl Margolis
Lisa Wiener
Eleanor Aronovitz
David Wallace
Aug. 9th
Ron Sollish
Congressman Sandy Levin
Jenny Suidan
Aug. 10th
Andy Levin
Susie Sillman
Bryan Fenster
Michael Banks
Aug. 11th
Ron Siegel
Jody Rosenfeld
Lilly Jacobson
Carol Nederlander
Lilly Epstein Stotland
Lisa Barak Freedman

Yes, I write every word of these messages...mistakes and all. 
 Please ignore the typing errors but if I missed your birthday or 
got the wrong date,  
please let me know.

Hillary Rodham Clinton and Tim Kaine
Donald J. Trump and Mike Pence

Save the dates for the debates.
A nonpartisan Commissioner of Presidential Debates scheduled these dates nearly a year ago, contrary to Trump's insinuation that the Dems are sabotaging the system. Football and Debate season always fall at the same time in addition to the World Series. There are only 7 days in a week. Football is played on Sunday, Monday and Thursday. The viewership is too low to schedule debates on Friday or Saturday so that leaves Tuesday and Wednesday with Baseball also still in the mix. Americans will just need to chose their passion...Sports or Politics or watch one a day later. 
First Presidential debate is
Monday September 26th 
at Hofstra University in Hempstead, NY.

The Vice Presidential debate is
Tuesday October 4th 
(just after the 2nd day of Rosh Hashana) 
at Longwood University in Farmville, VA.

Second Presidential debate is
Sunday October 9th 
at Washington University in St. Louis, MO.

Third Presidential debate is
Wednesday October 19th 
at University of Nevada in Las Vegas, NV.

Presidential General Election is 
94 days away.
November 8, 2016

August 17th  (Wednesday)
Ort Rub-A-Dub
Franklin Hills Country Club

August 19th (Friday)
Forgotten Harvest
Crusin' to Drive Out Hunger
(Woodward Dream Cruise preview party)
Westborn Market at 27659 Woodward Ave.
Tickets $150
Contact Marc Berke for more info

August 21st (Sunday)
Jewish Historical Society of Michigan
J-Cycle 6
Starting at New Center Park
For more info, please contact Wendy Rose Bice

August 28th (Sunday)
Hazon Detroit
(First Ever) Michigan Jewish Food Festival
Eastern Market, Shed 5, Detroit

September 8th (Thursday)
National Council of Jewish Women
Women of Vision 
Congregation Shaarey Zedek
Guest Speaker: Jenna Bush Hager
Honoring: Alicia Stillman and Ellie Slovis

September  11th  (Sunday)
eRace Mental Illness and the Silence
5K Family Run/Walk
Congregation Shaarey Zedek
For more info, please contact Wren Hack
wren@shaareyzedek.org or 248-535-7110

September 8th (Thursday)
Jewish Historical Society of Michigan
Exhibit Opening and Fundraiser
Detroit Historical Museum
For more info, please contact Wendy Rose Bice

September 13th (Tuesday)
Hadassah's Opening Meeting
Congregation Shaarey Zedek
Boutiques and Luncheon
Guest Speaker: Nancy Spielberg 
(Director, Producer, Screenwriter and Steven's sister)
For more info, please contact Carol Ogusky 
cogusky1@gmail.com or 248-683-5030

September 20th (Tuesday)
Jewish Women's Foundation
Women Lighting the Way
Detroit Athletic Club
Keynote Speaker: (gay rights)  Attorney Dana Nessel

September 22nd (Thursday)
Friends of the IDF Women's Luncheon
Tam-O-Shanter Country Club
For more info, please contact Paul Lebowitz
September 26th (Monday)
Dr. Gary Burnstein Community Health Clinic
2016 Esteemed Women of Michigan 
Centerpoint Marriott, Pontiac

September 27th (Tuesday)
Detroit Zoological Society
Hidden Gems of the Detroit Zoo
More details to come

September 28th (Wednesday)
Yad Ezra Annual Dinner
Honoring (the wonderful) Rachel and Jason Zimmerman
Adat Shalom Synagogue
6:00pm Strolling Supper
7:10-8:00 Program
For more info:  info@yadezra.org

October 1st (Saturday)
Humble Design
Gigs for Digs
The Fillmore, Detroit
Concert by: JR JR (Indie-pop band from Detroit)

October 7th (Friday)
Florine Mark's 17th Annual
Remarkable Women Charity event
Guest speaker: Actress Lainie Kazan
The Henry Hotel, Dearborn
For more info:
Sheryl Fellows

October 10th (Monday)
MI Women Win 
Our home
More details to come

October 13th (Thursday)
Michigan League of Conservation Voters
Innovation in Conservation Awards Gala
Westin Book Cadillac Hotel, Detroit
Honoring: Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha 
Lifetime Achievement: Honorable Dr. Joe Schwarz

October 14th (Friday)
Detroit PBS
Detroit Performs Live
The Fillmore Detroit
For more info:
Michelle Gaisser

October 30th (Sunday)
Holocaust Memorial Center Zekelman Family Campus
32nd Anniversary Dinner
Congregation Shaarey Zedek
Honoring: Rozie and Bernie Friedman
Guest Speaker: Dr. Deborah Lipstadt
For more info:
Ruth Stein

I'm happy to post events important to you, however I'm unable to include a website as too many websites increase the chance that these emails will not reach your inboxes.  If you want more info about an event, please google the agency sponsoring it.