Shabbat Shalom
June 23, 2017
Civility
Famously quoted by  Mahatma Gandhi,  "An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind."   An eye for an eye, a tooth or a tooth, tit for tat...Revenge is a demon we must eradicate.  Last week's London White Supremacist terrorist attack of Muslim worshipers outside their mosque was characterized as revenge hatred.  The global rhetoric of Hate continues to spread its insidious deadly tentacles. We are seeing it everywhere from Concert Arenas to Baseball Fields to Main Streets and 2 days ago there was a terrorist attack of a police officer who was stabbed at the Flint Airport. You'd think London would be sensitive to this hate rhetoric, but democratic Free Speech allowed the annual "Al Quds" Hateful March, which calls for the destruction of Israel. This Hezbollah (a recognized terrorist entity) sponsored event displayed placards blaming the London tower fire on Zionism and equating Israel to ISIS. 
Humans have been "civilized" for about 6,000 years. Synonyms for Civilized are Enlightened, Polite, Polished, Educated... How many more centuries will it take till we are truly civilized human beings
Travel
Rest in peace, Otto Warmbier z"l (age 22).  20-year-olds often think they're invincible which can blind their judgement.  Most mistakes are learning experiences but some can be life-threatening. Clearly, Otto's mistake of traveling to North Korea cost him his life.  He was travelling in China when he saw an advertisement for a 5 day trip to NK. 10 others were on his trip and 9 returned home safely, but Otto was arrested for allegedly attempting to steal a propaganda poster for the mother of a friend who planned to hang it in her church. 17 months later, he came home with severe brain damage and died 6 days later. During his captivity, the family kept his Jewish heritage a secret from the North Koreans. Otto had been on Birthright to Israel and attended many campus Hillel programs.  Travel and exploration builds character, creates enjoyment and provides priceless memories to our lives.  This world is full of amazing places to visit, yet many wonderful destinations are off limits and dangerous. When world civility is reached (most likely in many centuries to come), then uninhibited global travel can be enjoyed.  For now, travel safely. Here is the current list of our State Departments Alerts (short term) and Warnings (long term).  
Yes, Israel appears on the Warning List, but that's where they are wrong, as they lumped Israel in with the West Bank and Gaza. Though they are neighbors, they are VERY diffenent places: 
And here is a list of the world's 16 most tourist-friendly countries with Austria and Spain topping the list.
Elections
You either win or lose and all the commentary and rationalization won't bring a Dem Congressman to the Georgian seat.  After the unprecedented amount of over $20 million (coming from all over the country) and a year long special election, the Dem Jon Ossoff lost to Repub Karen Handel and now we have another Trump supported, anti-Planned Parenthood, Sarah Palin-Style conservative Congressperson in DC.  This Dem loss is the 4th Republican victory in the last year of special elections.  Though Trump's approval ratings are in the dumps, his supporters are coming out in droves to continue the republican stronghold in Congress.  In mid August, we will witness two more special elections to fill former Senator Jeff Sessions seat from Alabama and former Congressman Jason Chaffetz of Utah, both are Republicans and most likely both will remain Republican. We need to turn the tides in the next mid-term election of 2018 and gain a majority in the House so we can help rightsize our conservative leaning government which turns its back on Health Care, Women's Reproductive Rights, our Environment, the LGBT Community, Immigrants, Education, the Poor, the Middle Class, Middle America...But we can't succeed by repeating the voter turnout of the last midterm (2014).  And now I'm going to point a finger at our younger sect of 18-24 year-olds whose voting precentage was a dismal 17% compared to 59% to people 65+. It's a fact that liberal minded people vote much less than conservative thinkers. We must reverse this trend if we hope to reverse our government.

Health
The secret Health Care Bill has been revealed this week and t he mystery has been unveiled that this new bill will:
- Kick 20+ million people off their current insurance.
- Raise the cost for millions more.
- Cut funding to Medicaid affecting the elderly, disabled children, rural hospitals, opioid addicts and many more.
- Defund Planned Parenthood.
- Enhance the tax benefits for the wealthy.
They've name this the BCRA ( Better Care Reconciliation Act), which is similar to BRCA (the breast cancer mutation gene), though I'm sure all those older men who crafted this act behind closed doors are clueless about any breast health care. Under ObamaCare, women for the first time were covered to screen for BRCA, which now will be taken away. 
Of course they plan to rush through the vote next week before accurate analysis can be provided to Senate Voters.  There are 52 Republican Senators and they only need 51 YES votes.  We need to stop this disaster from happening and the best way to do it is by calling these (possibly, on the fence) voters.
Lisa Murkowski, R, Alaska: 202-224-6665
Rob Portman, R, Ohio: 202-224-3353
Shelly Moore Capito, R, West Virginia 202-224-6472
Susan Collins, R, Maine 202-224-2523
Ron Johnson, R, Wisconsin 202-224-5323
Rand Paul, R, Kentucky 202-224-4343

(Thanks, Luke Allen for posting this info)


Decisions
A Jury Notice summons arrived in my mail this week and I'm due in court mid-July.  Though it's our civic responsibility, I'm hoping they reject me, though I've never been on a jury, I've heard it is all encompassing and a time drain.  "A jury of our peers" was established to be fair and balanced, but last week 2 juries made headlines due to their verdict and non-verdict.  Bill Cosby will need to repeat his trial after his hung jury (of two holdouts) and even with clear cut video showing the police officer shooting Philando Castile pointblank 7 times as he was reaching for his wallet with a child in the back seat and his girlfriend begging to stop, the officer was acquitted. It holds truth all those times our moms told us... "Life isn't fair"

Climate
Cooler air is wished upon Arizona and the SW where temps reached 120+ degrees this week.  Even airplanes can't fly in such heat as warm air is heavier and requires a longer takeoff for planes.  Whether you know the truth that our climate is affected by our environmental behavior or you think God is doing it, either way, it's a wake up call to treat our planet better. With 21st century knowledge, we know the presence of CO2 in our atmosphere, the melting of our permafrost & arctic ice caps and the adding of other pollutants to our environment has a negative affect and should be decreased. Unless of course you are Russia, who's been benefiting from the warmer temps as their Northern Sea route is now milder and easier to transport goods.  Or you can be the Dutch who are profiting from teaching the world how to accept and adapt to climate change. They don't deny it or build barriers, they fully accept rising seas will flood coastal areas and have created Lakes, Garages, Parks and Plaza to handle the overflow of water. They encourage swimming lessons, boat purchases and concrete pavement removal as some of the other protections. Rotterdam is the model of this initiative as the mayor explains the details in this interesting article:  https://goo.gl/2dw9xo

Immigration
Several of the 114 detained Michigan Chaldeans (Iraqi Christians) have been given a reprieve but the ACLU has made a case that if the others are deported back to Iraq, they will be persecuted or killed based on their religion.  Our nation is in need of immigration reform but we should also be mindful of human rights.  Conservative thinker, Bret Stephens wrote a surprising op-ed about this issue: 
We are an Immigration Nation

Hello Summer (June 21). 
The wild and free time of year (for the lucky ones).  
Hope you enjoy this  Summer-filled dance tune by Rameez .
With Summer comes Ticks and  Lyme Disease and because of our warm Winter, our tick population has increased. Here are some tips to help keep us and our family safe from this awful disease:  https://goo.gl/paH1K8

Our granddaughter, Dassi, loves Summer.

Wishing you and your families 
Peaceful Shabbat Shalom .
Lisa
lisashabbatshalom.com


Condolences to Matt Nosanchuk and his family on the passing of his beloved father, Saul Nosanchuk z"l, 83.  Matt honored his memory with these words of praise, "He was a pillar of
the Windsor legal, civic-minded and Jewish communities. He was a supremely fair- and open-minded man and was beloved by everyone."  May his spirit and memories bring comfort to those who loved him and mourn his passing as he was truly a blessing unto his family and community. 


Shirlee Jacobs z"l (age 91) passed away this week. Condolences to her son, Robert Jacobs, her daughter Monni Must, her nephew, Paul Jacobs and the rest of her family.  May her life be a blessing unto her family and community.

Condolences to the family of Gail Jacobs z"l, sister to Dee and Seymour Brode. May her spirit and memories bring comfort to those who mourn her passing. 

June 23rd
Liz Berg
Jeremy Moss
Beth Aviv
Marci Shienbaum

June 24th
Sam Orley
Ryan Fishman
Robin Spencer Arm
Liz Fellows
Bridget Russo-Gottlieb
Lori Fidler (Happy 60th)
Lauren Feldman Reich (Happy 40th)
Kim Levy

June 25th
Andy Moiseev
Jennifer Gilbert
Deborah Livneh

 June 26th
Dave Schwartz
Jennifer Golding Silverman
Rabbi Aaron Bergman
Ron Perry
Elaine Schonberger
Mary Stone Tessler
Karen Gordon Rosenberg

June 27th
Karen Blum Kelman
Orly Rubinfeld
Dolcy Rubinfeld
Nancy Federman Kaplan
Shirley Gilbert
Mitch Wolfe
Teri Adelberg Weingarden

June 28th
Deborah Tyner
Dan Ginis
Gale Nosanchuk
Andrea Laker

June 29th
Beth Wolpin Gans
 Steven Rosenthal
Gabriella Burman
 
I am prone to mistakes so if I missed your birthday or got the wrong date, please let me know.
 

June 25 (Sunday)
Tamarack Camps
Family Fun Day
$30 per car or $10 per person
No RSVP needed
Kosher lunch provided

June 26 (Monday)
U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow Fundraiser Breakfast
Home of Zina and Michael Kramer

July 26  (Wednesday)
Nosh Gen: Food, Fun & A Dash of History  
Detroit Farm & Garden
Agriculture in the "D," a look at the  current status of home grown food in Detroit and look back at the Jewish agricultural movements of the early 20th century.
6:00 p.m. Repair the World tour
6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Nosh Gen event

August 20  (Sunday)
J-Cycle 7: Bicycle Tour of Historic Jewish Detroit
This year's route begins at Northwest Activities Center (former Meyers & Curtis JCC) and heads north
Registration opens mid-June.

August 27 (Sunday)
Hazon 
The 2nd Annual Michigan Jewish Food Festival
Eastern Market

September 13 (Wednesday)
Jewish Women's Foundation
Women Lighting the Way
18th year anniversary
Featuring Cabaret Performer, Liz Callaway
Max and Marjorie Fisher Music Center

September 23 (Saturday)
Camp Sea-Gull Reunion
Camp Ticonderoga
5725 Rochester Rd, Troy, MI 48085
7:00pm
Please RSVP at this site:

October 13 (Friday)
Weight Watchers
Remarkable Women's Luncheon
The Henry
Dearborn
For more info:
Cheryl 248-479-1356
Donna 248-479-1377

October 14  (Saturday)
Humble Design
Gigs for Digs fundraiser concert
Featuring Mayer Hawthorne
The Fillmore in Detroit

October 16 (Monday)
Yad Ezra Annual Fundraiser
Honoring: Aimee and Richard Simtob
Congregation Shaarey Zedek
6:00pm

October 19  (Thursday)
Exploring the Jewish Art and Artists in the Private Collection of Doreen and David (z'l") Hermelin
Save the date for this docent-led, first-of-its-kind benefit for the Jewish Historical Society of Michigan  at the Hermelin home. More details coming soon.

Parting Thoughts...