Shabbat Shalom
March 24, 2017
"We Are the World"
It started 10 years ago in Sydney, Australia to help coalesce global concerns for our endangered environment and to help Change Climate-Change . Today more than 7,000 towns/cities in nearly 200 countries have adopted this Lights Out Hour.  This year's Earth Hour is tomorrow, Saturday March 25 at 8:30pm  (local time). We need to drastically shift the balance of Climate Destroyers to an overabundance of Climate Protectors. Earth Hour sponsored by World Wide Fund for Nature  is helping to tip this scale. Earth Hour's successes have brought solar power to India, fuel efficient stoves to Nepal, helped institute protective laws for the seas of Russia, banned plastics in Galapagos and planted a forest in UgandaThese types of efforts are needed even more due to our lack of environmentally concerned leadership now sitting in DC. L'chaim to a romantic candlelit Saturday evening Earth Hour.

"The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald"
Many, including our Canadian friends to the North, are concerned about the environmental impact of Trump's proposed budget on our Great Lakes. Mayor Mike Bradley of Sarnia, Ontario (the largest city on Lake Huron) bluntly and accurately states, "What good is it having lower taxes if you can't drink the water". 
We like to think of our Great Lakes as pristine but industrial pollutants and toxins are in the Lakes and they are in need of constant purifying.  Trump would eliminate the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative which has funneled $2.2 billion since 2010 into preserving and protecting our treasured bodies of water.  Our Great Lakes are a national treasure which among numerous other attributes, supports 1.5 Million jobs in tourism. Here is an article with more details about this story: 

"It's the End of the World as We Know It"
It seems our incredible mitten shaped peninsula makes us the safest place to live in the year 2100 so we better take some serious steps to protect our surrounding lakes.  With the current climate change trajectory of the devastating  effects on our nation of Rising Sea Levels, Drought, Wildfires, Tornados, Zika and Hurricanes, Michigan is where all the future cool kids will be living. Check out this Popular Science article and video that explains it all:

The Jetsons move to Michigan

"Don't Go Chasing Waterfalls"
Many people in our world have limited access to water in their landlocked countries. In honor of World Water Day this week, I'd like to spotlight a  tiny middle eastern country that has made it her mission to help bring water to the people who need it most. Though Israel is considered an Apartheid State by many in the UN (which I'll get to in the next paragraph), this insult would never stop her from her Tikkun Olam efforts of helping to ease the lives of those less fortunate.  Here are 10 Water initiatives Israel has implemented in drought stricken communities. 

"Wishin' and Hopin' "
Why is there so much hatred directed against the Jewish People? We are a tiny minority of earth's population and our main agenda is to help make this world a better place and protect our existence. One of the places we are hated most is the UN.  The countries that are the worst offenders of human rights are the loudest to call Israel an Apartheid State.  But we have a few defenders at that tall NYC UN building. Our new US ambassador Nikki Haley won't take any crap about Israel and of course constant protector, Hillel Neuer continues to speak out against the injustice.  Check out his "Where are the Jews" speech this week which counters their Apartheid accusations and reminds the world of the expelled Jewish population from all Arab nations. 

"Teach Your Children Well"
A huge YIKES is in order after hearing the news that an Israeli teen was the source of more than 100 bomb threats perpetrated against Jewish institutions.  The 18 year old has dual citizenship in both Israel and the US and his defense attorney confessed that he has mental illness and suffers from a benign brain tumor.  I was convinced the perpetrator was an empowered white supremacists, but this just goes to show you that assumptions can be widely wrong.

"And the vision that was planted in my brain"
Condolences to the people of Great Britain on this week's terrorist attack which killed 3 people (one was American from Salt Lake City) and injured 40 others. The crazed brainwashed 52 year old British born killer rammed his car into several pedestrians on Westminster Bridge and then fatally stabbed an unarmed policeman before he was shot and killed.  London was on high alert yet it is very difficult to prevent these types of lone car ramming attacks which has seen an uptick in occurrences all over the world. ISIS took credit and has been encouraging this hatred. Stupidly, Trump's son twitter attacked London's mayor, who happens to be Muslim, by incorrectly quoting him. Google Trump Jr. London for more info on this story.  May the people of London and especially those injured in this horrific attack recover from their wounds and prayers to the family and friends of those who were murdered.
London, England

"I Fought the Law and the Law Won" 
The merits of Judge  Neil Gorsuch  were heard all week by his own account and by his supporters.  His fate is expected to be voted on by April 3rd.  The highly qualified (Obama nominated) Judge, Merrick Garland , was robbed of his Supreme Court seat by the Republicans, so even if Judge Gorsuch is qualified and confirmed, his appointment will always feel dishonest. He insists, "There's no such thing as a Republican judge or a Democratic judge,"  and regarding his personal views...  "I leave those at home".  But both the NYT and FiveThirtyEight predict that he would sit even right of Scalia.    We can only hope they are wrong and his rulings will line up more in the middle as I dream of SCOTUS repealing Citizens United and safeguarding Roe v. Wade. Senator Schumer plans to vote No, so if more Dems follow suit, his confirmation could be in jeopardy. 

"Don't Go Breaking My Heart" (literally)
Auto insurance  is required in all 50 states to protect cars and drivers. A liability policy is generally required of all drivers, which covers any damages a driver causes in the event he or she gets into an accident.  If  it's  required for our automobiles, why shouldn't it hold true for our bodies. Every  American  should be covered with health insurance.  That's the whole point of insurance, you never know when or if it will be needed but when it is needed it could save your life.  But we need everyone to buy it in order to keep the costs reasonable. It will bankrupt the insurance companies if only sick or elderly people buy it or if they only select certain types of coverage. People will die, just like they did before, if their health care is pull out from under them. How can paying less in taxes outweigh cancer treatments.  As of this writing, the Republicans in the House don't have the votes to eliminate Health Care for an estimated 24 million people. What is needed are modifications to the existing system not an attempt to throw the baby out with the bathwater. Until they devise a plan that will improve what we've got so far, the vote has been postponed as some Republican legislators are leery of voting to repeal ObamaCare knowing it could sacrifice a 2018 vote in their favor to return to DC. 

"Blinded it by the Light"
How can we have such an unstable person with erratic behavior sitting in the White House with seemingly normal people continuing to act as if this is acceptable. I'm not a statistician, but it seems like 40% of what comes out of his mouth or on his twitter feed is a Lie. He lied about wiretapping, about his crowd size, about voter fraud, about Obama's birth and the list goes on.  He's being investigated for his Russian connections. His conflicts of interest are widespread. His and his family travel/security expenses could bankrupt a small nation. He's yet to release his tax returns. His travel ban is discriminatory. His priorities are warped.   He's a male chauvinist but people still support him. Why?  Maybe because...
Bravo to those brave enough to speak out against his absurdities, like Irish Prime Minister who spoke his mind standing right next to Trump at the White House.  The comedians are the only ones reaping the benefits.  They have so much material to work with.  Here is James Corden with Broadway composer,  Tim Minchin, Broadway star of Dear Evan Hansen, Ben Platt, and TV star of Timeless, Abigail Spencer as they brilliantly rewrite the song "When I Grew Up" from Matilda into their new play called "Donald: The Musical"
"She asks me why, I'm just a hairy guy"
As a wife for 35 years to a bearded husband, I of course found this video  analysis of beard popularity very intriguing. 20% of men in the US currently manscape the whiskers and studies has deduced that "heavily stubbled faces" were ranked highest in attractiveness.  I could have told you that... Between 1861-1913 all of our presidents wore beards or mustaches.  But what triggers the facial hair trend. Surprisingly, beard growth is actually tied to Capitalism but I can't give you all the surprising details of this phenomenon, so to learn more about this fascinating topic, check out this video:

Final Miscellaneous Thoughts

Most working moms would react the same way 
when interrupted  at "work".

Bravo to HUD for reinstating the essential   
grant money needed to run  Freedom House.

Though their names are similar,  Chuck Berry  age 90 (Charles Edward Anderson Berry) and  Chuck Barris age 87(Charles Hirsch Barris z"l), they had widely different skills yet both died this past week. 
Chuck Berry influenced the hearts and souls of almost every Rock and Roll star before and after him and it seemed that every big name covered his songs.  Here is one of his best tunes which was a tribute to his musical hero: 
Chuck Barris  was a TV producer, TV host (to the memorable Gong Show), a songwriter and an author to "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind" which was later made into a film directed by George Clooney. May they both rest in peace.

Speaking of Rock and Roll, hope you enjoy these real rocks rolling and clanking out this Beatles' Tune promising sunny days which we are all seeing more of this week.

Also, heading to heaven is Nobel Poet Laureate, Derek Walcott. I'll let his poetic words speak for his talents.  May you see yourself and love yourself in this beautiful poem.

The time will come 
when, with elation 
you will greet yourself arriving 
at your own door, in your own mirror 
and each will smile at the other's welcome, 

and say, sit here. Eat. 
You will love again the stranger who was your self.
Give wine. Give bread. Give back your heart 
to itself, to the stranger who has loved you 

all your life, whom you ignored 
for another, who knows you by heart. 
Take down the love letters from the bookshelf, 

the photographs, the desperate notes, 
peel your own image from the mirror. 
Sit. Feast on your life. 

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

March 24th
Missy Klass Siegler
Beth Gotthelf
Rachel Bendit
Marilyn Madorsky
Mitchell Shecter
Shai Badihi (Happy 30th)

March 25th
Milton Ring
Loren Stewart
Linda Levine Blumstein
Rabbi Eric Yanoff
Kelli Saperstein
Pola Silverman Friedman
March 26th
Michael Curhan (Happy 60th)
Wendy Zelch Eisenshtadt

March 27th
Michael Guz z"l 
Mitch Mondry
Randy Wolfe
Debbie Coleman
Wayne Miller
Ruth Davis
March 28th
Marianne Milgrom Bloomberg
Wendy Danzig
Dan Sperling
March 29th
Bubba Urdan
Marc  Morgenstern
Dan Horwitz
Glenn Plummer
Naomi Levine
March 30th
Andy Meisner
Ron Weiner
Howard Iwrey
Jeff Sakwa
Julie Stulberg
I am prone to mistakes so if I missed your birthday or got the wrong date, please let me know.

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

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 19 (Wednesday)
U of M Food Allergy Center Spring Luncheon
Knollwood Country Club

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 23-30
Laurel Park Place

April 30 (Sunday)
Yom HaZikaron
Our community's ceremony for Remembrance Day for Fallen Israeli Soldiers.
The Berman Center for the Performing Arts
Jewish Community Center 
West Bloomfield

April 24 (Monday)
Michigan Israel Business Bridge
Israel Defense Mission Networking Event
7096 E 14 Mile Road, Warren, MI 48092
For more info please contact:

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 (Bravo's Odd Mom Out)
Knollwood Country Club

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.
Beverly Bennett
Dr. Stuart Falk
Margot Gardner
Elaine Greenberg
Dr. Robert Matthews
Evelyn Orbach
Eunice Korman ring
Michael Weiss
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 3 (Saturday)
American Cancer Society
Relay for Life
St. Mary of Orchard Lake

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) 
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
Please RSVP at this site:

Parting Thoughts...