March 10, 2017
Shabbat Shalom
Hag Sameach 
Prune, Poppy, Cherry...whatever is your flavor of choice, I hope you are enjoying delicious Hamantaschen this weekend as our Jewish holiday of Purim begins Saturday evening. Purim epitomises the humor we maintain of our plight:  "They tried to kill us, we survived, let's eat".   History seems to repeat itself since the enemy back then is still our enemy today.  The Purim story took place in Persia, now known as Iran.  Our nemesis was Haman, who wanted all Jews to bow down to him but we refused which pissed him off. He then wanted us killed.  Mordechai and Esther were the heroes of the era. Haman lost the battle and we ended up naming our 3 sided cookie after him. If you want more of this story, please check out this website:  Hope your Purim celebration is filled with merriment and joy.  It is our one holiday which states you should drink to the point of not know the difference between "cursed is Haman" and "blessed is Mordechai."

Still in Israel
This is the final week of my abbreviated messages while we are enjoying the warmth and love of Israel.  Hope your week was wonderful and hope you have some fun this weekend. Here is a little humor to start your day.  Thank you, Chuck Newman for sharing via your friend Fred. 

The American Medical Association 
has weighed in on Trump's health care package

The Allergists were in favor of scratching it, but the Dermatologists advised not to make any rash moves.

The Gastroenterologists had sort of a gut feeling about it, but the Neurologists thought the Administration had a lot of nerve.

Meanwhile, Obstetricians felt certain everyone was laboring under a misconception, while the Ophthalmologists considered the idea shortsighted.

Pathologists yelled, "Over my dead body!" while the Pediatricians said, "Oh, grow up!"

The Psychiatrists thought the whole idea was madness, while the Radiologists could see right through it.

Surgeons decided to wash their hands of the whole thing and the Internists claimed it would indeed be a bitter pill to swallow.

The Plastic Surgeons opined that this proposal would "put a whole new face on the matter."

The Podiatrists thought it was a step forward, but the Urologists were pissed off at the whole idea. 

Anesthesiologists thought the whole idea was a gas, and those lofty Cardiologists didn't have the heart to say no.

In the end, the Proctologists won out, leaving the entire decision up to the assholes in Washington.

Wishing you and your families a 
Sweet and Peaceful...

Condolences to dear friends, Betsy Appleton and Eric Zuckerman on the passing of Betsy's brother-in-law,  Leon Hunt, a geologist, economist , gardener and short story publisher. May his life have been a blessing unto his family and friends and may his love and memories bring comfort to those who mourn his passing.

A Mitzvah Opportunity for Bostonians.  Our friend arranged for an Ethiopian child with severe physical deformities to receive surgeries in Boston but now he is in need of new housing assistance.  Here is the article about his situation and if you have any suggestions, please contact Lori Bacher (who lives in Israel).

Bravo to our own Senator Gary Peters (and his three bipartisan friends) for penning a letter to POTUS and getting all 100 Senators to sign it to demand action on the recent threats to our Jewish Community. 
Happy Birthday

March 8th 
Ronald Goldstone 
(Happy Healthy 90th)

March 10th
Barbara Kaplan Wallace
Howard Brown

March 11th
Michael Chudnow
Marcia Leifer
Jeff Kaye
Rabbi Elimelech Goldberg
March 12th
Lorie Neiman Kessler
Sheryl Alpern (Happy 60th)
Peace Dorn

March 13th
Erica Sachse
Jill Beck
Karen Couf Cohen
March 14th
Jim Zack
Abbe Sherbin
Dylan Dembs 
Melissa Slaim Dyer
Rob Spiegelman
Sam Gray
March 15th
Aria Oleshansky 
Debbie Levin
Heidi Budaj
Tom Kukes
Ari Tolwin
Geoffrey Orley
Alan Kaufman
March 16th
Rabbi Marla Hornsten
Nathan Elyakin 
Marc Shindler

I am prone to mistakes so if I missed your birthday or got the wrong date, please let me know.

March 12  (Sunday)
Film Screening:  "Equal Means Equal"
Maple Theater 
4135 W. Maple Rd., Bloomfield Township
Guest Speakers:
Gretchen Whitmer - Candidate for Governor
Brenda Lawrence - US Congresswoman
Jocelyn Benson - CEO Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality
Lisa Brown - Oakland County Clerk

March 17 - April 1
St. Dunstan's Theatre Guild of Cranbrook 
Calendar Girls
Featuring (friend) Julie Yolles

March 18 (Saturday)
Detroit Zoo
Wildlife Conservation Gala (inaugural)
This new gala will spotlight the Detroit Zoo's world-renowned wildlife conservation efforts and the impact we have around the globe.

March 25 (Saturday)
Cabaret 313
Gabrielle Stravelli
Black Box Theatre @ Detroit Opera House
7:00pm and 9:30pm performance

March 29 (Wednesday)
JVS  Trade Secrets 
Fundraiser for Women to Work Program
Troy Marriott
Keynote Speaker: Connie Holzer
For more info, please contact Andrea Stone
248-233-4210 or

March 30 (Thursday)
Score for Mental Health Awareness
Sponsored by: 
The Wolverine Support Network
The George Orley Mental Health Wellness Initiative
The Friendship Circle
6892 West Maple Rd.
West Bloomfield
$50 suggested donation at door

April 3 (Monday)
Eastern Michigan University Jewish Studies 
5th Year Anniversary
Concert at The Ark
Galeet Dardashti and Divahn

April 23 (Sunday)
Send a Kid to Tamarack 2017
Featuring Tamarack alum, actor and Comedian:
Jon Glaser and Go Comedy! Improv
The Berman Center for the Performing Arts
JCC in West Bloomfield
7:00pm (6:30pm registration)

April 26 (Wednesday)
The Michigan Jewish Sports Foundation
Beyond the Game, A Night of Sports Talk
Tam O'Shanter Country Club
Benefiting  Dr. Steve (Z"L) and Evelyn Rosen Stars of  Tomorrow  Scholarship
Dinner and Sports Panel Tickets 75$ each

May 3 (Wednesday)
Congregation Shaarey Zedek
Lois Linden Nelson Woman's World Luncheon
Celebrating 50 years of Woman's World
Woman of Valor honor: Sally Orley (well deserving)
Guest Speaker: Lesley Stahl (of 60 Minutes)

May 6 (Saturday)
Orchards Children's Services
Gerald L. Levin "Champions for Children Signature" Event,  55th ~ Emerald Anniversary
VIP  5:00pm,  General  6:00pm
The Henry Ford Museum
For more information, please contact Katora Cole at
or go to

May 6 (Saturday)
Variety, the Children's Charity
85th Anniversary
Hearts and Stars Gala
Townsend Hotel 
Honor Bruce Rosen
Call  (248)-258-5511  for more information.

May 10  (Wednesday)
Planned Parenthood of Michigan event
The Cube at the Detroit Symphony Orchestra 
Guest Speaker: Dr. Willie Parker
More details to come.

May 15 (Monday)
Federation's Women's Philanthropy 
Signature Event
Featuring Jill Kargman (Odd Mom Out)
Save the date, more details to come.

May 11 (Thursday)
City Year Red Jacket Gala
Cobo Center, Grand Riverview Ballroom
1 Washington Blvd.  Detroit
2017 Idealist in Action Award:
Matthew Simoncini 
President and CEO of Lear Corporation

May 20 (Saturday)
Cabaret 313
Chuck Cooper and the Clan
Marlene Boll Theatre at the Boll Family YMCA
1401 Broadway St., Detroit
7:00pm and 9:30pm performances

May 21 (Sunday)
Kadima Youth Mental Health Conference
Birmingham Covington School
Morning Session for parents, caregivers, community
Afternoon Session for educators and mental health professionals

May 21 ( Sunday)
Eight Over Eighty
Honoring eight members of our community, all over the age of 80, who have demonstrated a dedication throughout their lifetime to Tikkun Olam - Repairing the World.
Congregation Adat Shalom

May 22 (Monday)
The Emily Stillman Foundation 
Night of Laughs
The Berman Theatre (West Bloomfield)
Featuring: Heather McDonald (from Chelsea Lately)

June 4 (Sunday)
Hillel Day School
Annual Dream Maker Gala
David and Nadine Farbman
Steven and Janice Traison
And Alum awards to:
Edward Alterman (class of 86)
Rabbi Jennifer Kaluzny (class of 91)
Jonathan Ozeran (class of 97)
Stay tuned for more details.

June 6 (Tuesday) 
Jewish Family Service Annual Event
Evening with Author  Jennifer Teege
Who learned later in life that her grandfather was a vicious Nazi Commandant.
Congregation Shaarey Zedek
For more info, please contact:
Debra Marcus

June 8
(Thursday) Corrected Date
Starfish Family Services
Great Hearts Gala
Honoring The Jewish Fund
Cobo Center, Grand Riverview Ballroom
More info: Contact Lori Fidler

June 12 (Monday)
Hank Greenberg Memorial Invitational Golf Outing
Franklin Hills Country Club
Honoring: Fergie Jenkins, Dick Enberg & Rabbi Elimelech Goldberg (Kids Kicking Cancer)
Benefiting  the Lawrence & Idell Weisberg Cancer Treatment Center - Karmanos
For more info:

June 13 (Tuesday)
Detroit Public TV
Bravo 2017
DPTV Riley Broadcast Center, Wixom
Spotlighting & Honoring:  Florine Mark (aka:Mom/Bubbie)
For more info: Jamie Westrick

June 16 (Friday)
Detroit Zoo
Sunset at the Zoo
This year's theme, Green is the new Black, will highlight the remarkable environmental & sustainability efforts of the Zoo. 

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

September 23 (Saturday)
Camp Sea-Gull Reunion
Camp Ticonderoga
5725 Rochester Rd, Troy, MI 48085

Parting Thoughts...