July 15, 2016
A Sweet Summer Shabbat Shalom
What To Do
As Summer usually brings the delights of Sun and Fun, sadly, this Summer has also accentuated the hot racial divide of our country and excessive global terrorism *. The death of two African Americans by police and 5 police officers by a lone Black man is inexcusable. Why is this happening? Talking Heads are full of pundit prophecy...poor law enforcement training, easy access to firearms, racial inequality, a segment of the African American community's own devalued respect for life, fear of each other, blatant racism and the list goes on. Though "Why" is important, "What to do" should be our vital question.  We have a malignancy in our country and we need collective concrete efforts on many fronts to help decimate this cancer. 

What They Say
Jews throughout history have stood shoulder to shoulder in support of racial equality.  We've Marched, Protested and Died for the civil rights movement, but, lately our contributions have been muted and Black Lives Matter has been targeted for comradery and sympathy by the Anti-Israel BDSers. Farfetched accusation this week blamed the Israelis (and by proxy, the Jews) for the American police brutality claiming the Israeli military trained American police officers to follow their "hostile occupation" methods. This spin continually adds to the arsenal of Israel/Jew hating lies. The anti-Israel forces are clever at spinning their web of hatred and anti-semites are eager to lap it up.  http://www.globalresearch.ca/police-murder-because-they-are-trained-to-murder-the-militarization-of-law-enforcement/5535399  But there are some who are hold-outs for the truth, like this powerful letter from "an angry Black woman" to the Students for Justice in Palestine movement in which she notes among many pro-Israel facts that Rosa Parks,  Coretta Scott King,   Count Basie,  Dr. Martin Luther King Sr.,  Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. among many other Civil Rights leaders  were all Zionist. 

What She Did
It's tiring to repeat, but actions of Compassion, Respect and Love need more headlines than the horrors we see each week throughout our media barrage. Actions like those of Keisha Thomas who 20 years ago, as an 18 year old African American Ann Arborite, she prevented violence against a KKK demonstrator by laying on top of him to stop the attack. Keisha, who was living in Texas is moving back to Michigan to start a business which I hope soars with success.

What They Sang
And actions of harmony are always pleasant to experience, like this recent "sing along" with Rufus Wainwright and 1,500 voices in Toronto harmonizing to Leonard Cohen's classic "Hallelujah".  It is chillingly beautiful. Hope you enjoy:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AGRfJ6-qkr4  And more musical activism is planned for September 25th with the Concert Across Amercia to End Gun Violence.  A long list of collaborating coalitions against Gun Violence is behind this effort asking Musicians to unite and perform across our county.  For more details check out their website and music video.   http://remembersept25.org/

What You Wish For
For the second time in their nation, Great Britain has a female leader living at 10 Downing Street this week.  As David Cameron resigned, Theresa May took the Conservative Party's helm and ascended to the new Prime Minister's position.  She was the last one standing after all other prospects lost interest.  Though she was skeptical about her country's membership in the EU, she did vote to remain, but as she states "Brexit means Brexit, and we're going to make a success of it. There will be no attempts to remain inside the EU. No attempts to rejoin it by the back door. No second referendum. The country voted to leave the European Union, and as prime minister, I will make sure we leave the European Union".  This is surely a lesson of Be careful What You Wish For... 

Where Not to Play
Hermit video gamers are conquering the great outdoors in the widely popular new Pokemon Go game which brings players out of his man (or woman) cave and marries a video game with the external environment.  Though Nintendo only owns a small percentage of the game, their stocks have, none the less, soared.  Many fear user's private information might be compromised but this hasn't stopped millions of gamers from enjoying their new pleasure.  The world is their oyster, but please stay clear from sacred sites like Auschwitz and the Holocaust Museum (which is completely disrespectful).  What might slow down this trend is the inclement weather of Winter. 

Look What Happened
Climate Change has completely dried Bolivia's Lake Poopo which used to be the country's 2nd largest lake.  I hope this wasn't the lake that Butch and Sundance jumped into while on the run.  The devastating affects of climate change has destroyed the livelihood of the local fisherman.  Scientist expressed concerned to the Bolivian government to enact lake-saving measures but to no avail and between their lack of attention and climate change, the lake has now permanently disappeared.  

2013                                                   2015

What Has Happened
Happy first birthday JCPOA, aka Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (regarding Iran's nuclear capability).  Though the deal was signed one year ago this week, it has only been active since January.  There are mixed reviews from both sides but most would conclude that a nuclear Iran (for the near future) has been eliminated which certainly helped wipe the brow of Israel. But (and a huge But), Iran continues to funnel money to Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad while also attempting to gain a foothold in Iraq as they continue to forbiddenly shoot off missile tests.  This saga will continue for 10-15 more years till the end of the deal when most fear Iran will power up their nuclear capability again. 

What Has Happened Since
Since the tragedy of the Munich Olympics, there have been many unsuccessful attempts to memorialize the 11 Israeli athletes at any Olympic Ceremony or at a permanent site. This effort spawned a new documentary which has revealed even more disturbing details about that disastrous day.  The name of the film is Munich 72 and Beyond and it exposes the horrors of torture and incompetence and the resistance of the German government to provide the families with the detailed report of the massacre. Four decades later, some solace has been obtained through the creation of this film. Though at the end of the documentary, it states there will be a permanent Munich monument erected in 2016 to memorialize all 11 athletes but I have yet to find any evidence of this effort. Supposedly, the International Olympic Committee has promised to pay tribute to the victim at Rio, so let's all keep our eyes open for that as it will be the first show of IOC respect since the terrorist attack occurred 44 year ago.

When To Go
We all improve with age including me and the Ann Arbor Art Fair which both began the same year of 1960. I'm still working on my improvements, but the Art Fair (which is really four individual art fairs covering the City) for the first time has changed their dates from Wed-Sat to beginning Thursday July 21 through Sunday July 24th.  The extra weekend day will add extra footprints to their sights.  http://www.artfair.org/

What To Eat
And after buying all that art, maybe you'll want to try the Detroit Food Challenge (DXF).  Did you know there are more than 600 Bars and Restaurants in Detroit (not including fast food)? The one who hits the most until Sept. 30th could win $1,000.  If you want to learn more about this Detroit Food Challenge, please check out this article. 

What To View
After an 11 year absence from his music videos, Elton John appears in his new video for his new song, A Good Heart.

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

P.S.  Late breaking news is filled with another evil terrorist attack, this time in the resort city of Nice. As the people were enjoying a Bastille Day celebration, a crazed killer rammed his truck into anybody he could hit.  The death toll is rising but last count was 75 died with over 100 wounded. The truck driver was shot to death but his identity is unknown as I write this message. France was just considering the lifting of their State of Emergency but I'm sure this will change their plans.

of Blessed Memory...

Condolences to neighbors/friends, Andy and Jay Levin, on the passing of Andy's mother, Shirley Silver z"l.  May her memory and spirit bring comfort to those who loved her and may she be a blessing unto her family and friends.

Condolences to Randy and Pam Smith and their family on the passing of Randy's father, Ronald Smith z"l. May his love and memory bring comfort to those mourning his death and may he be a blessing unto his community. 

Condolences to the family and friends of the Italian train crash that took the lives of 23 people and injured 50 others. Two passenger trains collided in a rural area of Italy and human error may have caused the disaster.  May the lives affected find a healing path. 
 Happy Birthday!

July 15th
Natan HarPaz
Julie Fisher (Israel)
Adam Rubin (soon to wed Lauren Kepes)
July 16th
Carol Rosenberg
Julie Zussman
Rabbi Lee Buckman
Mort Feldman

July 17th
Harvey Fink
Sharon Curhan
Susan Kaufman
July 18th
PJ Cherrin
Rick Loewenstein
Frida Klein
Annabel Cohen
Danny Slaim
July 19th
Johanna (Jodi) Cooper
Kami Robinson
Karen Sklar Gordon
July 20th
 Ricky Mark (Big Brother) 
Marcie Orley
David Fox
Lucy Henney
Connie Sklar
Dr. Hamid Banooni
Linda Zlotoff
July 21st
Charlie Berg
Mazel Tov

Congrats to Allen Wolf, Mandy Garver and his family on the birth of their first (twin) grandbabies in Chicago, Maya Jillian and Jonah Zev. Wishing health, happiness and rest to parents, Rivka Garver and David Weintrop. 

Congrats also to parents, Michael and Natalie HarPaz of twins, Harel and Haer and mazel tov to Saba, Natan HarPaz. Wishing their growing family all the best. 

Congrats to bonus niece Jamila Ross on her marriage this weekend to her beau, Beau Brown.  Wishing them health happiness, peace and prosperity. 

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 
Republicans need to stop beating the email dead horse. If you don't want to hear this message from me, then how about listening to what Colin Powell said back in March.
http://www.politicususa.com/2015/03/08/republican-colin-powell-deals-death-blow-hillary-clinton-email-scandal.html  Why is it that Powell's mistake of WOMDs is forgiven but her email mistake which hadn't caused any loss of life is living on in infamy? (This is a rhetorical question, no need to reply with anti-Hillary rhetoric, thanks). On another note, the Dems have formed a united front with Bernie's embrace. 

Donald J. Trump
Dodging Donald won't release his tax returns.  Why is that? Is it because it would prove he is worth less than professed or that he doesn't donate to charities or that he doesn't paid any taxes which was proven in the only public record of a past return.  He's been quoted as proud to avoid taxes since he doesn't want to "throw money down the drain". Check out this video and please share its message:
Normally Supreme Court Justices are mum about presidential candidates, but Ruth Bader Ginsburg didn't hold back her strong concern of "what the country would be - with Donald Trump as our president". And she calls him a "faker". But regret and dignity set in when she later apologized for her "ill-advised" (though accurate) remarks. And the Big News is his VP choice of Indiana Governor Mike Pence. Pence follows the last Indiana VP of Dan Quayle. Sorry Chris Christie...always a bridesmaid, never a bride. 

3 days till the
Republican Convention
Cleveland, OH
July 18-21, 2016
This year's convention will cost the GOP a prettier penny than in the past, since several companies (Apple, HP, Ford, JPMorgan Chase, UPS and Coca Cola) refuse to sponsor the convention.  Also on the no show list will be McCain, Romney, Kasich, Rubio and (all) Bushes.

10 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.  

If you are willing to display a lawn sign for either the Zoo Millage Renewal (Oakland, Wayne, Macomb County Residents) or for Brian Kepes (Bloomfield Township Residents), please reply back to me and I'll make arrangements for you to receive the lawn sign.

Presidential General Election is 
November 8, 2016

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

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
Our home
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)
Humber 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
The Henry Hotel, Dearborn
More details to come

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.