June 17, 2016
Shabbat Shalom
Homebound for Father's Day
We arrive home from Israel this Sunday, just in time to celebrate and honor our Fathers and the Father figures of our society.  A few deserving nods go to Abraham, Moses, David Ben Gurion, Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King and Sheldon Smith.  Wait, who's Sheldon Smith?  He's one of this year's CNN hero nominees and his heroism is helping men, primarily in the African American Community, become better fathers. Absent dads is a national threat to our society and programs like Sheldon's could steer many men in the right direction. Here is his story as he is just one of the wonderful heroes that CNN spotlights every year.
Happy Father's day to all the dads out there and especially to the Abba in our household who is the best. And condolences to all the fathers and everyone else touched by this week's tragedy in Orlando.  There has been ample media commentary on this disaster yet it will never be enough until action is taken to ban assault weapons.

Dor l' Dor (from generation to generation)
It is important to cherish and protect the Name and Reputation of your family. Here is a beautiful poem that says it all.

Follow A Famous Father
  by Edgar Albert Guest

I follow a famous father,
His honor is mine to wear;
He gave me a name that was free from shame,
A name he was proud to bear.
He lived in the morning sunlight,
And marched in the ranks of right.
He was always true to the best he knew
And the shield that he wore was bright.

I follow a famous father,
And never a day goes by
But I feel that he looks down to me
To carry his standard high.
He stood to the sternest trials
As only a brave man can;
Though the way be long, I must never wrong
The name of so good a man.

I follow a famous father,
Not known to the printed page,
Nor written down in the world's renown
As a prince of his little age.
But never a stain attached to him
And never he stooped to shame;
He was bold and brave and to me he gave
The pride of an honest name.

I follow a famous father,
And him I must keep in mind;
Though his form is gone, I must carry on
The name that he left behind.
It was mine on the day he gave it,
It shone as a monarch's crown,
And as fair to see as it came to me
It must be when I pass it down. 

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

Post Script
Congrats to new parents, Jocelyn Benson and Ryan Friedrichs as they welcome new son, Aiden Benson Friedrichs.  Sending the family love, hugs, health and rest.

Condolences to the Fisher family on the passing of matriarch  Marjorie Fisher z"l, wife for 52 years of the late Max Fisher z"l. The Fishers were pillars in our Detroit and global Jewish community and their philanthropy has sustained many worthy agencies and institutions.  May Marjorie's memory and spirit bring comfort to those who mourn her passing as she was truly be a blessing unto our community.  

Condolences to the Silverman family on the passing of Gilbert Silverman z"l (age 91).  May those who loved him gain comfort from his spirit and memories and may he be a blessing unto his community. 
 Happy Birthday!

June 17th
Vivian Henoch
Heidi Lowen Zabik
June 18th
Sir Paul McCartney turns 73

 June 19th
Barbara Klein Zaltz
Josh Opperer
Marc Berke
Jan Blacher 
Carley Sirlin
June 20th
Happy 34th Anniversary to my husband, Hannan.
Debra Cohen
Shelley Wainer
Iris Eckhous
Shelley Wright
Jason Bodnick
June 21st
Keenan Wolens
Naomi Rockowitz
Noah Liebman
Sharon Schwartz
Estie Tolwin
June 22nd
Bennett Terebelo
Tom August
June 23rd
Liz Berg
Jeremy Moss

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.

Democratic Convention
 Philadelphia, PA 
July 25th-28th, 2016 
Republican Convention
Cleveland, OH
July 18-21, 2016

Michigan State Primary Election is
Tuesday Aug. 2, 2016
If you live in Bloomfield Township, please vote for 
Brian Kepes for Treasurer
(I will update you on more ballot issues 
as soon as they are available)

Presidential General Election is 
November 8, 2016

June 19th 
Looking for a family friendly Father's day activity.  Come to Tamarack's Camp Maas 10:00-3:00pm for Family Fun Day.  No need to RSVP. $10 per person or $30 per car.
4361 Perryville Rd. Ortonville, MI 48462

June 20th (Monday)
Congregation Shaarey Zedek
7:30 pm
Free Admission
Distinguished Scholar: Rabbi David Wolpe
Highly acclaimed Rabbi of Sinai Temple in Los Angeles

June 22 (Wednesday)
Jewish Historical Society of Michigan
First Nosh Gen event 
Belle Isle Aquarium
Enjoy Food, Drinks and interesting history of the stately structure that Albert Kahn built. 
(248) 432-5517

June 23rd (Thursday)
JVS Strictly Business
MGM Grand Detroit
Keynote Speaker:  John Rakolta, Jr.
(248) 233-4290

June 27th (Monday)
Take Back The State House
Fundraiser to help elect quality legislators in Michigan
Our House (address provided upon RSVP)
5:30 - 7:00pm
Please join us discussion with
House Dem Leader: Tim Greimel
Jewish Caucus Dems:
Jeremy Moss, Andy Schor and Robert Wittenberg
Our State Rep: Christine Greig 
For more info please contact Cortney Goddard 
cegoddar2@gmail.com or 517-243-8914

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, you can google the agency sponsoring it.