For your sanity and mine, I have made the executive decision to take a week-long hiatus from American Political News, so this week's message will be free of POTUS, his offsprings and enablers, Repubs, Dems, NRA, Fake News, Russian meddling, Immigration, FBI, CIA or anything to do with the activities inside the beltway.  If big political news happens, read about it elsewhere, until next week when my frustrated opinions on our nation's infuriating situation returns. But for just this week, let's pretend we live in Disneyland.  

One Voice
Let's jump right into Harmony as 3,000 people converged last week on the Mediterranean coastal city of Haifa (Hannan's hometown) to merge their voices in 3 languages belting out the famous tune, One Day but Matisyahu.  Haifa is a multicultural city as Christians, Muslim and Jews have shared this municipality for a century.  This musical event was sponsored by Beit Hagefenan Arab-Jewish Center which focuses on coexistence and tolerance.   . And Peace/Coexistence have been the message of our dear friend, David Broza, who's musical career spans decades with meaningful and harmonious tune. From his latest album, here is his newest video Neshikat Mazal which means Kiss Of Luck.  Hope you enjoy: 

Keeping in a musical theme...
It was 50 years ago today (or this month), 
Sgt. Pepper taught the band to play...
Well, actually 50 years ago this month, the Beatles won 4 grammys for the magnificent and groundbreaking new album (and new musical style) of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club band.
They were completely exhausted from the screaming fans at their arena concerts which ended their tour career and brought them back to their creative spirit in the studio. One of my favorite shows, CBS Sunday Morning, did a segment on this album.

Also, 50 years ago last month was momentous for a lovable new TV personality who arrived to host the children's show, Mister Rogers' Neighborhood. From 2/19/68 until the year 2001 (2 years before he died), Fred Rogers was truly a comforting TV presence as he confronted the assassination of Robert Kennedy only a few months after his first episode and dealt with other scary issues for children in an honest and caring manner.  He's passion and sincerity also translated to $20M for public TV after his visit to Congress in 1969.  Did you know there is a Fred Rogers Center which continues his passion for education. 
Also, there is a new movie in the works with none other than, Tom Hanks, the most lovable actor to portray the most beloved Mister Fred Rogers. PBS/DPTV will be honoring Fred this week with a TV tribute as well as a local sweater drive.  Check out the details at this site:

Corrected Lie
Another form of sincerity took place at the European Parliament this week when the Palestinian representative reflected on how the "creation of the state of Israel lead to another Holocaust".  The term Holocaust is often used perversely to diminishes its devastation and deny its reality. BUT, there was another man in that room who quickly reacted to the lie.  Organizations like AJC ( American Jewish Committee) are thankfully present wherever and whenever needed to correct the global fake news and educate the public about the truth. Check out this 2 minute video: 

Jewish and Muslim traditions are under attack as Iceland might become the first nation (with close followers on their tail) to ban circumcision.  A new bill was introduced this month that replicates a bill that was passed in Iceland in 2005 which prevents female circumcision.  The new bill just changed the gender from "girls" to "children".  Make no mistake about it, female genital mutilation is a barbaric ritual that is meant to mame and harm girls.  Male circumcision has been proven medically advantageous in preventing STDs, HIV and Urinary Tract Infections, not to mention the Jewish and Muslim religious covenant. This attempt is racially motivated to prevent Muslim immigration and is disgraceful.  But neighboring Denmark sees nothing wrong with this discrimination and plans to mimic their efforts.

Moving On
The truth of hindsight is often more clear than present day 20/20. After 20 years of reflection (though I knew it then), it seems clear that the (Ken)  Starr Investigation was a travesty of political injustice that changed the life of a young immature intern.   Monica Lewinsky was "Me Too" ahead of her time, though she was smittened and willing to participate in her "presidential relationship". On the other hand, Clinton should have known better and acted with maturity. And yes, he lied and was guilty of abusing his power and there is no excuse for his actions, but did it warrant an impeachment? Then there was the attack on Monica as she was dragged into the investigation with the threat of a 27 year imprisonment if she didn't cooperate. Her name and reputation were tarnished and she was cyber-bullied for years to come. But now that she is 44 (and after much therapy), she has gained strength and courage from her experience.  Here is her story in Vanity Fair.  She talks about meeting Ken Starr last year and trying to initiate an apology from him, though he didn't take the bait. 
Bend Over
This next segment is meant to teach you how to bend over properly to promote a healthy back. And btw, there is absolutely no segue attempt from the previous segment about Monica Lewinsky to this paragraph about bending over. Moving on... Does your back look like a cashew or a table when you bend over?  In most countries where back issues are less prevalent, people bend like a table from their hips.  We in the US, bend like a rounded cashew from our waste.  Check out this article if you'd like to learn more about healthy back positions.

Here in Michigan, March 1st came in like a Lion with an unrequited snow storm, but hoping the lamb will appear long before March completes its lunar cycle.  March 1st also provide my car with an unrequited Michigan Pothole induced flat tire that tested my lack of tolerance for the unexpected.  Hope your week went well.

Wishing you and your family a 
Sweet and Peaceful Shabbat Shalom.

There are 278 Days till our  November 6, 2018  election with lots of new positions to fill. I'll try to keep you updated on the candidates and issues of concern.  But before we reach our General election, we have our Michigan Primary on August 7, 2018 

-Michigan  Governor - Gretchen Whitmer
Mayor Duggan endorses Gretchen: 

-Michigan Attorney General - My Choice: Pat Miles

-Michigan Secretary of State - No Contest! Jocelyn Benson 

-Re-election of Senator Debbie Stabenow

-All Congressional Seats are up every two years. Here are those I'm supporting:
Dan Kildee - 5th District
Gretchen Driskell - 7th District
Elissa Slotkin - 8th District
Andy Levin - 9th District
Tim Greimel - 11th District
Debbie Dingell - 12th District
Brenda Jones - 13th District
Brenda Lawrence - 14th District

-Various Michigan Senate and House seats

-University Regent and Trustee seats: U of M Regent Jordan Acker

-School Board seats

-County and City seats

Happy Birthday !

March 2nd
Karen Ring Weiss
Rachel Lasser
Missy Plotkin Spickler
Peggy Berman

March 3rd
Tisha Berg
Harry Kirshbaum
David Kramer
Ellen Cole

March 4th
Max Kepes
Seth Berg
David Rogovein
March 5th
Debbie Landau
Jamie Rashty
Hazzan David Propis
Keith Starr

March 6th
Anat Lis
Scott Schlafer
Nancy Rosen Triest
Micki Grossman
March 7th
Ilyse Mark
Susie Stern
Leah Tolwin
Jason Raznick (Happy 40th)
Buddy Dworkin
March 8th
Jenny Nathan  Simoneaux
Josh Gruber
Yuval Moed
Annapat Ella Dorn (Happy 2nd birthday "Happy")
I'm prone to mistakes, so if I missed your birthday 
or got the wrong date or spelling, please let me know.

March 9 - 25
Birmingham Village Players
"Act One"
A coming-of-age dramedy based on playwright Moss Hart's best-selling memoir.

March 11  (Sunday)
Detroit Public TV (Channel 56)
4th Jewish Heritage Night
6:30 pm - Detroit Remember When: The Jewish Community
Jewish Detroit from the late 1700s to the 21st Century.
7:30 pm - The New York Cantors  
Three young cantors, rising stars in the world's Jewish music scene, perform sacred and secular music in Amsterdam's 17th century Portuguese Synagogue.
9:00-11:00 pm - Broadway Musicals: A Jewish Legacy 
Explores the role of Jewish composers and lyricists in creating the modern American musical.
Guest from the JCC will be in the DPTV studio that evening on the phones and during the program breaks they will promote upcoming Jewish community events and services on air. 
Bravo to DPTV for their dedicated commitment to our Detroit Jewish Community. 

March 12 (Monday)
Israeli Fashion Designer Maskit 
Pop-Up Shop
Percentage of proceeds to benefit 
Women's Philanthropy of Jewish Fed. of Metro. Det.
Jewish Women's Foundation
At the home of Florine Mark
10:00am - 6:00pm
Please email me for address
Hope you can join us.

March 18 (Sunday)
Fundraiser Brunch for Andy Levin 
Running for Congress in the Michigan's 9th  District
At the home of Doreen Hermelin
For more details, please contact:

March 19 ( Monday)
Concert of Hope & Unity
Benefiting the Program for Holocaust Survivors and Families
Detroit Film Theater at the DIA
Honoring: Dr. Charles Silow, for 25 years support to the Holocaust Survivor Community
7:00 pm
Free Admission

March 28 (Wednesday)
Girl Scouts of Southeastern Michigan
Cookie Gala
MGM Grand Detroit
6:00pm - 9:00pm 
Tickets are $100 each
Experience one-of-a-kind desserts from local restaurants based on your favorite Girl Scout Cookies along with an exciting silent and live auction.  
Enjoy the yum!

April 22   (Sunday)
JHSM Insider's Tour: The Guardian Building
Tour begins 10:30 a.m.
Author Michael G. Smith will share insights into the construction and art of this landmark skyscraper including how Julius Kahn's reinforced concrete made this building possible.
$18 JHSM Members; $25 Non-members
Bus transportation is also available.

April 27 
Theme: "Standing up to Extinction"

April 29 ( Sunday)
Jewish Senior Life
25th Annual Eight Over Eighty
Adat Shalom Synagogue
2018 Honorees:  Harriet Berg, Barbara Goodman, PhD, Ellen Magar, Edith Maniker, Robert Lask, Alvin Saperstein, PhD, Dr. Manuel Sklar, George Stern
+ Reunion of Past Honorees
For more information please contact:  
Beth Tryon at  248-592-5026 or   

May 3  (Thursday)
Jewish News 75th Anniversary Gala
Congregation Shaarey Zedek
Recognition of the Davidson, Gerson and Wetsman Families
Also Recognized: Those in attending who were born in 1942
Entertainment by: Klezmatics

May 5 (Saturday)
Variety, the Children's Charity
Hearts and Stars Gala
Townsend Hotel
Honoring: Ed and Felicia Shaw
Call  (248)-258-5511  for information

May 5  (Saturday)
Orchards Children's Services
Gerald L. Levin Signature Event
Champions for Children 
MGM Grand
6:00pm VIP Reception
7:00pm Dinner
For more information, please contact Katora Cole at
or visit

May 10 (Thursday)
Friends of the IDF
Women of Valor Luncheon
Knollwood Country Club
Honoring: Eunice Ring and Brenda Wayne
For more info: 248-926-4110

May 10  (Thursday)
Jewish Historical Society and other sponsors
Albert Kahn in Detroit
Guest speaker: Author Michael Hodges
Jewish Community Center
West Bloomfield
7:00 p.m. Dessert Reception
Janice Charach Gallery
7:30 p.m. Program
The Berman Theater for the Performing Arts
Free and open to the public.
Reservations requested: 

May 14 (Monday)
Planned Parenthood of Michigan
Detroit's Choice Event
The Cube at the Fisher Music Center
Keynote speaker: Pulitzer Prize winner  Sheryl WuDunn

May 17 (Thursday)
Crohn's & Colitis Foundation
Spring into Health, Wellness & Style Event
Townsend Hotel
11:00am - 1:30pm

May 17 (Thursday)
City Year Detroit
Red Jacket Gala
Little Caesars Arena
5:30 Cocktails and Reception
6:30 Dinner and Progrm
Honoring: Arn Tellem, Vice Chairman Detroit Pistons 

May 18 (Friday)
Starfish Family Services Great Heart's Gala
Ford Field
Honoring: Beaumont Health
For information contact-Lori Fidler  734-713-9224

June 5  (Tuesday)
Jewish Historical Society of Michigan 
59th Annual Meeting and presentation of the Leonard N. Simons History Award to:
Arnold Collens
7:00 p.m.
Featuring a curated presentation by Mr. Collens, How I See Things: The Photography of Arnold Collens.
Also honoring Robert Kaplow, LNS Lifetime Achievement Award 
Temple Israel
$36 per person

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