Shabbat Shalom
Happy New Year
December 30, 2016
From 2016 to 2017
Like many of you, we are among the fortunate who are able to travel this time of the year.  As you read this message, I will be in San Diego most likely at the Zoo with our 3 year old granddaughter, Dassi.  Then we head up to Eugene, OR to visit with our Banjo playing daughter, Liat.  With this in mind, no current news will be included in this condensed Shabbat Message* since I wrote it prior to our departure and queued it into my system for today's delivery.  I will include a brief rehash of 2016 as I wish all of you a healthy and prosperous 2017.  Hope you enjoy this year in review:

In 2016
We witnessed the...
British exit
Cuba entrance
Zika threat
Syrian crisis
Italian earthquake
Queen's 90th
Brazil Olympics
Dylan's Prize

We lost so many...
David Bowie -  Musician, age 69
Glen Frey - Singer/Songwriter, age 67 
Antonin Scalia -  Supreme Court Justice, age 79
Harper Lee - Novelist, age 89 
Gil Hill -  Detroit Police Commander/Actor, age 84 
Nancy Reagan - First Lady,  age 94 
Sir George Martin - Music Producer, age 90 
Garry Shandling - Comedian, age 66 
Patty Duke - Actress, age 69 
Prince - Musician, age 57 
Morley Safer - Journalist, age 84 
Muhammad Ali - Professional Boxer, age 74 
Gordie Howe - Hockey player, age 88 
Anton Yelchin - Actor, age 27 
Elie Wiesel - Writer/Activist, age 87 
Garry Marshall - Writer/Producer/Actor, age 81 
Fyvush Finkel - Actor, age 93 
Gene Wilder - Actor, age 83 
Arnold Palmer - Golfer, age 87 
Shimon Peres - Israeli Statesman, age 93 
Janet Reno - Attorney General of the US, age 78 
Leonard Cohen - Poet/Songwriter/Singer, age 82
Florence Henderson - Actress/Singer, age 82 
Fidel Castro - Cuban  Statesman age 90
Grant Tinker - TV Executive, age 90 
John Glenn - Fighter Pilot/Colonel/Astronaut/Senator, age 95 
Alan Thicke - Actor, age 69 
Zsa Zsa Gabor - Actress/Socialite, age 99 

Our Future
As we are on the brink of a New Year that we hoped would have looked different. Reality is where we live (for most of us) and it is our attitudes and actions that will determine our destiny. Though HOPE was the theme of our last president, we still must continue this theme since we all know, Man Plans and God Laughs.  Who knows what the future will hold but either way life is truly precious, short and we must make the best of it. 

Wishing you and your families a 
Sweet Shabbat Shalom and 
a Peaceful Healthy Happy 2017.

* The events of the week encouraged me to reconnect to a computer while on vacation to update this week's message with the unexpected news.  First, of the shocking deaths of George Michael, Carrie Fisher and her mother Debbie Reynolds.  Even though Debbie was 84, her death seems the most shocking as seeing her daughter die was just too much for her to handle.  But the biggest news was the UN vote and Kerry's speech.  As a diehard democrat, I am very disappointed with my party and the words and actions they are taking against our Jewish Homeland.  For 19 years between 1948 till 1967 there were no settlements in our tiny county but peace still evaded us...oh yeah, plus most Arab counties still attacked us.  I don't support settlements but they are NOT the obstacle.  Here is a great article explaining our history and why our current administration was wrong with their "parting gift"

Happy Birthday

Dec. 25 (missed from last week)
Lee Trepek 

Dec. 30
Alicia Blas
Lynne Greenberg Obron
Judy Liebman
Leah Trosch
Yair Hammer (Happy 60th)
Danielle Ross
David Gutow

Dec. 31
Hannan Lis (My Love)
Deena Lockman
Tammi Freedland
Alicia Rhodes Nelson

Jan. 1
Roni Raviv (Happy 70th, machatunim)
Steve Feder
Annie Cohen
Dennis Frank

Jan. 2
Norman Kaplan (Diane Orley's dad)
Karen Moss Frontera

Jan. 3
Carla Schwartz
Marilyn Victor
Arnie Goldman (Happy 60th)
Jonathan Ornstein (Krakow JCC director)

Jan. 4
Gaby Klein
Aaron Bailey (Happy 40th)
Stephanie Michaels

Jan. 5
Mataan Lis (our 24 year old IDF soldier son)
Debbie Lederman
Sherry Kanter (Happy 60th)
Robin Margolis Welford

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

For our volunteer opportunities in our Detroit Jewish Community, please check out this website:
January 7 
(Saturday) and January 8 (Sunday)
University of Michigan
UMS (University Musical Society)
(Israeli) Batsheva Dance Company

January 21 (Saturday)
Women's March on Washington (New Info)
The Powers To Be prevented organizers from obtaining a permit for the Lincoln Memorial so the March will start at 
3rd and Independence Ave.
This updated website has more details:

February 5 - 9
The Jewish Federations of North America
Heart to Heart
Women's Journey to Israel

February 11 (Saturday)
Cabaret 313
Marin Mazzie and Jason Danieley
My Funny  Valentine
Riviera Court @ Detroit Institute of Art
7:00pm and 9:30pm performances

March 25 (Saturday)
Cabaret 313
Gabrielle Stravelli
Black Box Theatre @ Detroit Opera House
7:00pm and 9:30pm performance

March 29 (Wednesday)
JVS Trade Secrets 
Fundraiser for Women to Work Program
Troy Marriott
Keynote Speaker:  Connie Holzer
For more info, please contact Andrea Stone
248-233-4210 or

May 3 (Wednesday)
Congregation Shaarey Zedek
Lois Linden 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)
Save the date, more details to come.

May 20 (Saturday)
Cabaret 313
Chuck Cooper and the Clan
Marlene Boll Theatre at the Boll Family YMCA
1401 Broadway St., Detroit
7:00pm and 9:30pm performances