Our niece's wedding (Michal to Shai) and our son's military ceremony (both happening on the same day) brings us back to our beloved, Israel. If you are reading this message Friday morning (in the US), we are currently flying somewhere over the Atlantic Ocean. Hannan and I arrive in Tel Aviv just as Shabbat begins and we look forward to (juggling) a family filled vacation with all 4 children (Ariella, Liat, Mataan, Aviv), son-in-law (Tzvi), bonus-son (Josh), granddaughter (Dassi), and various companions and friend. We are blessed to be surrounded by this warm embrace.
Warm embraces are not happening between the Ultra-Orthodox and the other side regarding an egalitarian space at the Western Wall. A deadline to come up with a compromise for disputed issues has passed with no progress. The original plan was approved by the government in January but objections from the Ultra-Orthodox were raised and Bibi was suppose to reach a compromise plan within 60 days. One key element is the shared entranceway to the egalitarian space which would symbolize the equal status of all Jews to prayer at this holy site, yet the Ultra-Orthodox insist the entrances be separate. The Conservative, Reform and Women of the Wall may need to appeal to the Supreme Court to resolve this deadlock.
Hot and Cold
Making this issue more complicated is the volatile Netanyahu government. After much haggling, Avigdor Lieberman was sworn in as Defense Minister this week though Naftali Bennett wasn't too keen on the appointment. Bennett would like to limit the Prime Minister's position to 8 years (which is 2 years shorter than Bibi's term so far). A new leadership is due and a fresh style could help move the country in a positive direction, though like most democracies, compromise is often very difficult with such opposing priorities. But the most important priority is a Safe and Secure Israel living peacefully among her neighbors.
Blue and White
Our neighborly friends in Ann Arbor at Michigan Radio still won't allow us to wish Israel Happy Birthday however the Empire State Building in NYC plans to show its respect for Israel as Blue and White (the colors of Israel) will blanket the building during the June 5th Israel Pride Parade.
Another Pride Parade is happening in Israel this weekend as Tel Aviv hosts its 11th annual Gay Pride Festival, the largest in all of Asia (though most gay people are persecuted in many of Israel's neighboring countries). 100,000 people will partake in the festival including this year's celeb, Alan Cumming.
Black Oil to Environmental Green
Keeping our local future secure are Michigan leaders, who are currently pow-powing on Mackinac Island for the annual Policy Conference. Some topics included are Flint Water, Detroit Schools and Regional Transportation but what's not on the agenda is an item that threatens the pristine Mackinac Island and our Great Lakes on a daily bases. It the possibility of spillage of a 63 year old Enbridge oil pipeline lying on the bottom of the Straits of Mackinac (from Wisconsin to Ontario).
Preventing Black Lungs
This past Tuesday (May 31st) was the World Health Organization's (WHO) No Tobacco Day which was first instituted in 1987. 6 million people die each year from tobacco related diseases and hopefully we can reduce this epidemic with more education to young people to prevent them from taking that first puff. A bold but infuriating biker in Israel rolled up to smokers and confiscated their tobacco on No Tobacco Day. Here is that wild ride:
Harambe was his name. He was a 17 years old Gorilla and sadly lost his life to the tragic incident at the Cincinnati Zoo this week. I'm not sure what the right protocol is when a child is able to climb over a 3 foot fence, wander into the wooded area and then fall into the Gorilla habitat, but obviously the security to protect both the animals and people at that Zoo is inadequate. I know our Detroit Zoo is a beacon for animal welfare and to see this type of tragedy is devastating to all who care about the wellbeing of all animals.
Protecting our Environment
For those of us who love to travel but also focus on creating a minimal green footprint, here is a website of the 10 most environmental friendly North American travel destinations.
Keeping Yiddish Relevant
You may or may not know that Chremslach are small matzah cakes eaten during Passover, but 13-year-old, Jairam Hathwar, not only knew what they were but also how to spell it, which helped him win this year's Scripps National Spelling Bee. Yiddish words are often inserted into the contest but never seem to trip up these spelling wizards.
Music and the Arts are essential to our wellbeing and must be cultivated and nurtured. Bravo to (the Obama instituted) Turnaround Arts Program for our schools. And Bravo to these talented souls (Jack Johnson, Jason Mraz, Yo-Yo Ma, Misty Copeland, Paula Abdul and many more) who collaborated with public schools across our nation on this classic Sly and The Family Stone song, Everyday People.
And in more music new
s this week...drum roll, please. For their 50th anniversary, The Monkees came out with a new album. Though Davy Jones died in 2012 they still dubed some old vocals into the new songs and some famous contributors like, Neil Diamond, Harry Nilsson and Carole King also helped with this new endeavor. Take a gander at "She Makes me Laugh":
Lastly in the music world, Paul Simon has released his latest album today called "Stranger to Stranger". From the sample I heard, he again produces greatness.
Bravo to the brilliant 100 most influential women of Michigan chosen by Crain's Magazine. A special congrats to dear friends on this list: Jocelyn Benson, Carolyn Cassin, Eva Feldman, Mindi Fynke, Gilda Jacobs, Barb McQuade, Kary Moss, Sandy Pierce and Nancy Schlichting. The ongoing legacy list includes my mother, Florine Mark, Debbie Dingell and others. Mazel Tov to all!!!
A Manhattan sunset between the grids is called Manhattanhenge (dubbed by astrophysicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson) and happens twice yearly, equally spaced around the Summer Solstice. The first one occurred this past Sunday but the second (if you happen to be in NYC) will set on July 11th.
Wishing you and your family a
Sweet Shabbat Shalom
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* For all you millennials, this is June Cleaver, Beaver's mom, from the popular sitcom Leave it to Beaver which ran from 1957-1963, and for many years later in syndication. Want more nostalgia from the show, like why June always wore heels and pearls...
From Beaver to Crocs
With no connection to the above photo, condolences to the flood victims of Texas and Oklahoma. They are experiences the worst floods in that region's weather history.
Carli Siegel Gribov
Marla Folbe Butler
Rob Orley (finally got it right this year)
Yes, I write every word of these messages...mistakes and all.
Please ignore the typing errors but if I missed your birthday
Hillary Rodham Clinton: 2,312
Bernie Sanders: 1,545
2,383 delegates needed to win
up for grab
Bernie is in danger of dividing the Democratic Party and handing the election over to Dangerous Donald Drumpf. Mathematically, he is unable to obtain the required delegates and with each passing day and each vicious attack on Hillary he strikes a blow against our chances to defeat the idiocy of DDD. Also, he insists on "
more respect by the US government for Palestinian people". Yes, it is very devastating for many Palestinians, but if he really wanted to help improve their lives, he should focus his demands on the Palestinian Leaders to respect their own constituency, rather than the current agenda of corruption, global pity and human shields. Alan Dershowitz spoke his mind:
"Bernie Sanders is an ignoramus when it comes to the Middle East, and he is very strongly biased against Israel. He gets his information from hard-Left, anti-Israel sources, and he doesn't think for himself. I'm not worried about Sanders as a winner; I'm worried about him as a loser. And I will do everything in my power to see that he is marginalized in the Democratic Party, particularly on foreign policy, about which he knows nothing."
July 25th-28th, 2016
Dangerous Donald Drumpf
Trump supporters, please wake up and see the reality. DDD is a conman who is pulling the wool over your eyes as his soul and policies are empty. Even his business prowess is a smokescreen. He doesn't own his own buildings, he just gets paid to use his name and he's been involved in over 3,500 business lawsuits in the last 30 years including the fraudulent Trump University which he preyed on elderly and vulnerable people and bilked them of their savings. If you can't vote for a Dem, please just don't vote for Trump. He truly could be dangerous to our society and world.
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
JCRC 2016 Activist Award
Drs. Conrad and Lynda Giles
Adat Shalom Synagogue
Dr. Mark M. Schlissel
President, University of Michigan
Starfish Family Service
Great Hearts Gala
Eastern Market Shed 3, Detroit
Mariam C. Noland and the Community Foundation for SE Michigan
June 11th (Saturday)
American Cancer Society
Relay for LIfe
West Bloomfield High School
June 12th (Sunday)
Michigan Democratic Party
Kensington Park, Milford
Orchard Place Pavilion
Contact Jill Farber-Bramson for more info:
248-661-5529 or 248-505-1437
June 13th (Monday)
26th Annual Hank Greenberg Memorial Golf Invitational
Franklin Hills Country Club
Honoring Shawn Green, Tom Gage and Dr. Michael Lutz
Congregation Shaarey Zedek
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.
June 23rd (Thursday)
JVS Strictly Business
MGM Grand Detroit
John Rakolta, Jr.
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:
Jewish Caucus Dems:
Jeremy Moss, Andy Schor and Robert Wittenberg
Our State Rep:
For more info please contact Cortney Goddard
firstname.lastname@example.org 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.