July 1, 2016

Shabbat Shalom
An Independence Day reminder...
"Everything that is really great and inspiring is created by the individual who can labor in freedom"
Albert Einstein
2nd or 4th
Realistically, freedom for all global citizens is unattainable in our lifetime, though efforts to move the needle should always be in motion.  Freedom for the US came 240 years ago (actually on July 2nd) when Congress voted to break free from British Rule while two days later our leaders signed the Declaration of Independence.   John Adams always thought we should have officially celebrated on July 2nd but his wishes were ignored and coincidentally both he and Thomas Jefferson died on the signing's 50th anniversary of July 4, 1826.

In or Out
As we in the US celebrate our independence from the Brits, the UK has voted for independence from the European Union (EU).  Dismay, confusion, anger and regret are some of the emotions experienced by many UKers after last week's Brexit vote. Some who voted to leave did so based on concerns over immigration and post Brexit racial crimes have increased. The simple act of wearing a Safety Pin on your clothing is a new growing campaign to combat xenophobia.   Many others who voted for the exit woke up with 2nd thoughts and a petition for a mulligan (golf term for  an extra stroke allowed after a poor shot)  has exceeded 4 million signatures. Parliament Ministers are resigning left and right including the top brass, David Cameron and future leadership is in flux while the scorned EU wants a swift separation. Commentary over this issue is flooding the media and the most interesting viewpoint is that Democracy is Dangerous since allowing the uneducated to vote could prove detrimental to society.  The most popular UK Google search after the Brexit vote was "What is the EU?".  Let's hope our US electorate learns a lesson from this debacle and educates itself on our options.
Sprinklers and Grass
Trump needed a Scottish Mulligan. As clueless as usual about foreign affairs, adding to his long list of faux pas was this tweet:  "Just arrived in Scotland. Place is going wild over the vote. They took their country back, just like we will take America back. No games!"   Not so fast, Donald!  The Scottish majority (62%) voted to remain in the EU so Trumps clueless tweet and his press conference detailing his new golf course from the sprinkler system to the grass seed didn't help his diving poll numbers. His actions are repulsing many GOP stalwarts like George Will who recently announced his departure from the Grand Old Party. 

Even or Odd
One of the most important (enduring) jobs of POTUS is to appoint Supreme Court Justices.  We have an exceptional appointee currently waiting in the wings but our Senate refuses to acknowledge his existence.  Let's see how long it takes them to vote on Merrick Garland once Trump loses the election. But without an odd number of SCOTUS votes, cases head back to the lower courts by an even split like last week's immigration case which devastated 5 million hopeful undocumented immigrants who would have benefited from the program.  But, this week, surprisingly and happily, Justice Kennedy crossed over and voted with Dem appointed colleagues to prevent a mass closure of most of the abortion clinics in Texas. Bravo to this righteous decision to protect Women's health care choices. Hopefully this will set a precedent around the country. 

Thank you top row of Justices

Up or Down
Turkey took the grand prize for experiencing one of the most volatile weeks in their history.  The Ups and Downs include...
T he Pope calling them out (not his first time) for their  Armenian Genocide which they  continue to flatly deny.*  

They renewed diplomatic ties with Israel after their friendship sank with the Flotilla debacle. 

Huge Down
The devastating Airport terrorist triple bombing which killed over 40 people and injured nearly 240.  The Turkish airport is the 3rd largest in Europe and a perfect target for demented suicide terrorist, most likely from ISIS though Turkey has many enemy in its midst. 

Up and Down
Turkey wants membership in the EU (since 2005) and lately they've been quite helpful with the refugee issue but their President Erdogan is a prickly guy who's actions complicate the acceptance process. Turkey is now debating the whole EU membership if they aren't granted Visa Free travel status. A saga to be continued...

* On a related topic, our Michigan Governor Snyder signed a bill this week requiring Holocaust and Armenian Genocide education in the Social Studies curriculum for 8th -12th graders. And while in a signing mood, he added his signature to our Michigan's $55 Billion budget supporting $234 Million for Flint's recovery. 

Gay and Straight
Our nation's leader took the lead this week to announce the first National Monument to the LGBT community at the Stonewall Inn in NYC.  This will commemorate the 1969 Stonewall uprising after the police raided the place which often occurred at Gay Bars. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ywtvJyXDWkk  Also, bravo to the Pentagon for officially lifting the ban to open the opportunity for military service of transgender people.  

Peres and Obama
As his term is ending, many have criticized Obama's presidency and especially some in our Jewish Community who don't see his beneficial actions toward Israel.  President Shimon Peres spoke loudly and with great gratitude for Obama's recent F-35 Fighter Jets and stated  "Sometimes I stand amazed at the intolerance, not to speak of the unfairness toward the Obama administration that sometimes borders on ingratitude, and my heart aches,". Here is the full article including his videotaped message of appreciation:  http://www.timesofisrael.com/peres-slams-israelis-ingratitude-toward-obama/

IDF vs Sephora
And while on the subject of Israelis, check out Hanna's (American in the IDF, reminiscent of Private Benjamin) 
make-up tips with her new palette of colors. She is quite cute:

Fast and Feast
As Ramadan ends next week and even though the extremist Muslims have used the holiday as a rallying call for terrorism, most Muslims have observed the holiday in peace.  To those, these Israelis wish them a happy holiday:
And to the largest Muslim community in America, Dearborn, MI, Samantha Bee paid a visit to set the record straight.  

Rock and Roll
After 6 decades and at the age of 74, Paul Simon is contemplating the end of his musical career.  He is a highly prolific and diverse musician deserving of all his honors...15 Grammys, Songwriter Hall of Fame, American Music Award, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Kennedy Center Award, Time's 100 People Who Shaped the World and Library of Congress Gershwin Prize. His concerts are mesmerizing and his music is emotional and poetic. Wishing him all the best as he has already contributed a lifetime of merriment.
Here is a whimsical single called Wristband from his newest album, "Stranger to Stranger". 

Rock and Roll (part II)
In honor of the 10th anniversary of Cirque du Soleil's "Love" in Las Vegas, one the the finest tributes to the Beatles, here is the newly released video of "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" with the melodic voice of George Harrison. 

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

Mazel Tov

A huge Mazel Tov to this year's Butzel Award winner, Linda Klein, for her decades of dedication to our Detroit Jewish Community.  The Butzel Award is the highest honor for our exceptional leaders and Linda exemplifies true leadership. We are blessed to have her as a lifelong community leader and wish her and her family all the best.  She will receive her award at Federation's Annual Meeting on Sept. 29th at the Berman Center for Performing Arts.


A musical soul from our community passed away this week at the young age of 64.  Condolences to the family of Carole Jo Lasser z"l and wishing her soul rest in peace.  Carole was a Milgrom sister to Paula, Marcia and Marianne (all Camp Sea Gull Alum).  She had a passion for music, culture and art and shared her piano and art talents throughout our community. May her spirit and memories bring comfort to her family, daughter Rachel, son and daughter in law, Sam and Lauren and grandson, Adam Miller Lasser and to her parents Jacqueline and Myron Milgrom.  Carole was truly a blessing unto her family and our community and she will be greatly missed.

Condolences to Barry and Deena Weisberg and their family on the passing of Harvey Weisberg z"l (age 91).  Also condolences to his brother and sister in law, Alvin and Henrietta Weisberg and their family.  May his love and spirit bring comfort to those mourning his death and may he be a blessing unto his family and community.

Condolences to Ed and Julie Hersch and their family on the passing of Ed's mother, Betty Hersch z"l.  May Betty's love and memory bring comfort to those mourning her loss and may she be a blessing unto her family and friends. 

Condolences to the family, friends and fans of NY Times contributor, Bill Cunningham, who passed away this week. His eye and passion for style on the street have been enjoyed by many NYTs readers for decades. Though he was born and bred in Boston, he had the heart and soul of NYC as he spotlighted the essence of New Yorkers in each Sunday's paper.

Condolences to the family/friends of the 23 West Virginia residents who lost their lives to the recent deadly flooding. 1,200 families also lost their homes to this horrific disaster. May the people of this devastated region recover swiftly and successfully. 

Condolences to family and friends of 13-year-old Hallel Ariel z"l as she was stabbed to death in her bed by a 17-year-old Palestinian Terrorist who posted his "martyrdom" death wish on Facebook. http://www.timesofisrael.com/kiryat-arba-attacker-had-a-death-wish-facebook-posts-show/

Condolences to dear friends Bunky, Neal, Shira and Nathan Elyakin on the passing of their beloved Shih Tzu Dog, Pixie (age 14).  May he rest in peace doggy heaven. 
 Happy Birthday!

July 1st
Jay Hack (Happy 40th)
July 2nd
Megan Rappaport Topper
Rina Raviv
Miriam David Forman
 Mitchel Rosenzweig

 July 3rd
Scott Kaufman
Ken Barnett
July 4th
Kim Lifton
Cantor Michael Smolash
July 5th
Lea Luger
Ilene Lubin
Jacob Smith
Mina Levin
July 6th
Alon Tolwin
Stuart Raider
Sheri Rotenberg
July 7th
Eleanor Jackier

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 
After wasting $7 Million and 2 Years, the Benghazi report came out with 800 pages of material for political spin.  It's a shame this rigorous investigation warranted more effort than  Pearl Harbor, Kennedy's assassination, Iran-Contra and Hurricane Katrina. Bottom line, Benghazi was a horrific terrorist attack and even the family of murdered Ambassador Chris Stevens feels exploited by this witch hunt. 


Donald J. Trump
After Turkey's suicide bombing, Trump's big revelation and suggestion to combat ISIS is to "fight fire with fire" and to trump up efforts at waterboarding which he acknowledges isn't "tough enough".  Does he also suggest we strap bombs to ourselves (or maybe just those he thinks are useless to our society) to fight fire with fire.  His foreign policies are of complete hatred for almost everyone...China, Mexico, Muslims...  He has got to be the furthest thing from a diplomat and is viewed as a racist fool.  I don't understand how anyone in their right mind would support this person to be our president.  He is truly dangerous!  

17 days till the
Republican Convention
Cleveland, OH
July 18-21, 2016

24 days till the
Democratic Convention
 Philadelphia, PA 
July 25th-28th, 2016 

Michigan State Primary Election is
Tuesday Aug. 2, 2016

It is vitally important to be educated about our upcoming election.  Please view your sample ballot before the election and encourage others to do the same.

Sample Ballots
Our sample ballots are available to review online to help prepare you for voting. You can view the sample at 
The site will ask your county, city and precinct, then your ballot will appear.  Remember, you will need to chose either the Republican or the Democrat ballot.  But everyone living in the tri-county area (Wayne, Macomb and Oakland) will also vote on the Zoo Millage Renewal and I strongly request your YES vote on this important revenue source for our regional Zoo. In fact, if you want to learn more about the hidden gems of the Zoo, please save the date of Sept. 27th as we plan to host a Get to Know the Zoo event at our home.

Absentee Ballots
If you plan to vote absentee for either the August Primary or the November General Election, please check out this site which gives you all the details.  You can download your absentee application though you will need to give a reason of why you can't vote in person. Politically, they (Lansing) should remove the "Reason" requirement and just let anyone vote absentee.  http://www.michigan.gov/sos/0,8611,7-127-1633_8716_8728-21037--,00.html

If you live in Bloomfield Township and plan to chose the Republican ballot, please vote for  Brian Kepes for Bloomfield Township Treasurer

Presidential General Election is 
November 8, 2016

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

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 
Shaarey Zedek
Guest Speaker: Jenna Bush Hager
Honoring: Alicia Stillman and Ellie Slovis

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

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
Our home
More details to come

September 28th (Wednesday)
Yad Ezra Annual Dinner
Honoring (the wonderful) Rachel and Jason Zimmerman
Adat Shalom
More details to come

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

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

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.