Shabbat Shalom
March 25, 2016
Turkey, Belgium and Ivory Coast Terror
It seems all to often I start these emails with the tragic news of terrorist attacks.  This week is no exception. Turkey, Belgium and Ivory Coast were viciously and violently targeted with dozens dead and hundreds injured.  Turkey has been hit 5 times in the last five months. This week's Istanbul attack seemed to be specifically aimed at Israelis as reports claim the terrorist may have been following Israeli tourist before detonating the bomb which killed 3 Israelis, two of them were also US citizens. D'aesh (ISIS) took responsibility for the Turkey attack as well as Brussel which killed more than 30 people with the triple bombing at the airport and train station. More savage bloodshed occurred at a resort in Ivory Coast where al-Qaeda  indiscriminately  killed 22 people (including women and children).  When will this warped-minded brainwashed hatred end?  What is the defense against this evil life-devaluing mentality?  Seems we need a miracle or a Superman to protect us. 

Voices at AIPAC
Four of the five presidential candidates spoke this week at the AIPAC  Policy Conference in DC.  Bernie Sanders , the only Jewish candidate, was the one no-show at the largest pro-Israel gathering of over 18,000 participants.  But why wouldn't he rearrange his schedule to attend this important event and why wouldn't AIPAC allow him to speak remoting? Both sides have their reasons but the bottom line was the missed opportunity to hear Sanders' voice regarding Israel, though he was interviewed by CNN that same evening and expressed has harsh criticism of Israel's destruction of Gazan property (schools, hospitals, apartments...) during the last war, his questioning of future Israeli military aid, the settlement expansion, and his concern that "Israel has done some bad things".  AIPAC attendees would not have giving him the standing ovations they (unwarrantedly) gave Trump. Trump's speech was pure rhetoric and pandering.  Nothing he said matched his past remarks about Israel.  The con man can not be trusted and his partisan partnership with the crowd was reflected by the loud standing ovations after his anti-Obama remarks.  Apparently, AIPAC's leadership preaching for partisan respect didn't quite reach the masses.  Hillary, Cruz and Kasich all spoke eloquently about Israel, though Cruz is a religious fanatic who would destroy Women's right, Health Care and environmental concerns in a nanosecond and Kasich just doesn't have the money or stamina to win, though by continuing his campaign, he may prevent Trump from achieving the requisite delegates before the convention. That leaves Hillary who on the plus side is experienced, skilled, smart and capable, but on the negative side, not well liked and considered untrustworthy. We have never had a perfect candidate but the choice would be clear if it were between Trump and Hillary. Plus, with a Hillary presidency, I could see Bill Clinton as a future Middle East Envoy.  And for those who say they'll write in someone else, don't be foolish to waste your vote unless you are willing to have the unpredictable narcissistic Trump sitting on the throne at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. 

The Game
The delivery system that sends out these weekly emails to nearly 1,000 people, also keeps track of website clicks.  Last week's suggestion to encourage the Senate Confirmation Committee to do their job, by signing the Up or Down petition was, by far, the most popular "click" for the week. (FYI, the next most popular was the Steve Martin/Edie Brickell video). Mitch McConnell's rationale "to wait for the American people to vote" is absurd and unprecedented. He's taken his partisanship one step further by stating, even if Hillary is the next president, they won't confirm a nominee unless they are approved by the NRA. We have  a highly respected justice waiting and willing to serve our country with grace, knowledge, expertise and humanity.
This commentary suggests Garland could have been a Bush nominee, too.
Life, in all forms (including government), is an unending game with no intended winner.  We all need to continue making our moves regardless of the odds. Sometimes we win and sometimes we lose, but we shouldn't stop playing the game or make up new rules to cheat the system. Shouldn't our leaders choose the righteous path rather than search for loopholes to cheat the "game". Bravo to Illinois Republican Senator Mark Kirk for telling his colleagues to "man up and cast a vote".  Even Justice John Roberts   complained recently (before Scalia died) that the SCOTUS confirmation process is overly partisan. 
But if the Senate Confirmation Committee isn't willing to vett our next SC Justice, how are they filling their time? 
Of course they are willing to hear an anti-abortion bill, an anti-immigration bill and they even created a task force to "fish" for POTUS executive overreach.

Lead in our Water
Our Flint families are on the front pages for their disastrous lead water fiasco but sadly they are not the only US city that suffers from high lead levels. Since lead testing various by each State, it is difficult to determine the exact amount of lead poisoning on our population, but many assume 20% of our country could be contaminated.  This is a problem that must be addressed asap.

Hats Off our Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI) for rescuing 19 Jews of Yemen as they landed at Ben Gurion airport late Sunday night with their 500 year old Torah scroll. Yemen is one of the most dangerous places as whole villages are being destroyed by a civil war and outside forces (Saudi Arabia). These 19 people are now reunited their families after 66 years when, 50,000 Yemeni Jews were airlifted to Israel in Operation Magic Carpet.  Their journey to Israel completed a very secretive mission which brought 100s of Yemeni Jews to Israel in the last couple of years.  50 Jews chose to remain in the country at this time. Detroit Mayor Duggan and his team on instituting the Detroit Promise Zone which will provide all graduating DPS students with two years of Free College.   No city can be great without great public schools, so with the Promise Zone and the Michigan Senate's approval of the $720,000 plan to restructure the school system, let's hope we are heading in a positive direction.  comedian, Jimmy Fallon for becoming serious and mesmerizing with Chris Martin for this duet honoring the late, great Bowie including a bonus guitar riff by Roots Captain Kirk Douglas. Highly worth a peek: the attempted elimination of this Unfair Tax.  The UK, Europe and our Michigan Congress is now considering the removal of Tax on menstrual products. For most (childbearing aged) women who don't live in poverty or a developing country, their purchase of tampons or pads is just a montly minor annoyance.  But for those who can't afford or don't have access to these products, it could be a huge burden which affects their daily lives.    Canada removed its tax last July and the EU and UK also plan to eliminate it.  Also, Hats off also to Lunapads  for distributing products to girls in developing nations so they can attend school and work during their mentral cycles.

...Dr. Tal Ben-Shahar for his view on Happiness.  My philosophy on life is that we are here on earth for only 2 main reasons. 1. to enjoy all the glories it has to offer (friends, family, ice cream, chocolate, biking, tennis, "intimate companionship", yoga, reading, music, lobster, TV, movies... you get the idea) and 2. to make this world a better place for future generations. It has been scientifically determined that the above #1 reason (of enjoying and appreciating life) also brings you great happiness as described by the famous Harvard profession Dr. Tal Ben-Shahar: President Obama for his continued efforts to normalize   relations with Cuba but suggesting to lift the Embargo and to encourage Cuba to institutue the changes needed to improve Cuban lives. Mr. President and The First Lady (Bald Eagles) who are the first to nest in DC at the US National Arboretum since 1947 and who hatched two babies this week. Here is the live cam:  March Madness  Sweet Sixteen this week and Elite Eight next week.  Good luck to the few of you who still have a bracket in the games.  NYC's Levain's Chocolate Chip Cookies
and this tribute article to the cookies including the famous recipe (Diane, Abbey, I'll take any leftovers of your baking)

Wishing you and your family a 
Sweet Shabbat Shalom!
Each week's message is now posted and backlogged here:

For those who celebrate Good Friday and Easter, wishing you a peaceful and enjoyable holiday weekend.

Condolences to Tal and Lisa Soble Siegmann on the passing of Tal's father, Arnon Siegmann z"l.  May his memory and love bring comfort to those who mourn his death. 

Rest in Peace, ex-Toronto Mayor Rob Ford (age 46).  His antics brought him fame and but his drug abuse and cancer took him down.

Condolences to the Family, Friends and Fans of comedian, Garry Shandling z"l who died (from a heart attack) this week at the age of 66. Garry was also an actor, writer, producer and director and most famous for starring in the 80s "The Larry Sanders Show" and "The Garry Shandling Show". Rest in Peace:

All the major details about the election:

Current Delegate Count:

Hillary Rodham Clinton: 1,690
Bernie Sanders: 946
2,383 delegates needed to win
2,129  delegates up for grab

Democratic Convention
 Philadelphia, PA 
July 25th-28th, 2016 

 Donald Trump: 739
 Ted Cruz: 465
John Kasich: 143
1,237 delegates needed to win
944 delegates up for grab
Republican Convention
Cleveland, OH
July 18-21, 2016

Michigan State Primary Election is
Tuesday Aug. 2, 2016
(I will update you on ballot issues as soon as they are available)

Presidential General Election is 
November 8, 2016

March 29th (Tuesday)
American Cancer Society & American Technion Society
Coffee Talk featuring Prof. Daphne Weihs
Expert in Tumor Metastasis
The Westin Southfield
The Portage Room
RSVP: or 248-496-8388

April 11th (Monday)
Federation's Women's Philanthropy
Thanks Event
For Federation donors at $365 or above
Guest Speaker: Sharon Tal, Head Designer of the Israeli Fashion House, Maskit
Gem Theater

April 14th (Thursday)
Send a Kid to Tamarack Camp Comedy Event
Featuring Israeli comic, Modi
The Garden Theater in Midtown Detroit
Registration begins at 6:30 pm
Program starts promptly at 7 pm

April 19th  (Tuesday) 
Emily Stillman Foundation
Spring Sensation Luncheon
Tam-O-Shanter Country Club
Guest Speaker:  Heather Thomson CEO of Yummie, Inc.

April 20th (Wednesday)
U of M Food Allergy Center
Spring Luncheon
Knollwood Country Club

May 4th (Wednesday) 
Congregation Shaarey Zedek
Lois Linden Nelson Woman's World
Honoring Henrietta Weisberg
Featuring Paula Abdul
248-357-5544 Ext 48

May 6th (Friday)
Orchards Children's Services
2016 Gerald L. Levin Champion for Children's
Signature Event
Soundboard, Detroit
More details to come.

May 7th (Saturday)
Forgotten Harvest 
24th Annual Comedy Night
Featuring Jay Leno
Fox Theatre
To purchase tickets:
1-800-745-3000 or
Or please contact Marc Berke at 248-864-7525 for more information and sponsorship options.

May 11th (Wednesday)
City Year Red Jacket Gala
Ford Field

May 13th (Friday)
Planned Parenthood 100 Year Gala
Detroit Marriott at the RenCen
Save the date. More details to follow

May 17th (Tuesday)
Jewish Family Service Annual Meeting
Congregation Shaarey Zedek
Featuring Natan Sharansky
Honoring Operation Exodus Participants & JFS Award winners

May 19th  (Thursday)
ORT Spring Fundraiser
ORT and the City
Eastern Market, Shed 5
In collaboration with The Somerset Collection and CCS 
Sponsorship or more information

May 20th  (Friday)
Variety-The Children's Charity
A Star is Born
Honoring: Shinola
Emagine Royal Oak and Star Lanes, Royal Oak
RSVP to 248-258-5511 or   

May 22nd  (Sunday)
Hillel Day School Annual Gala
Beverly & Arthur Liss and Norma & Michael Dorman
For more info, please contact  Amy Schlussel

May 22nd (Sunday)
Jewish Senior Life 
8 over 80
Congregation Adat Shalom

May 19th-25th
"Becoming American: The Jewish Experience"
Travel opportunity through EMU Alumni Association to
NYC, Philly and DC.
This experience is open to the public regardless of your University Affiliation, religion, race, age, shoe size...
Any questions can be directed to:
And for further details of the trip:

June 8th
Conrad and Lynda Giles

June 10th (Friday)
Starfish Family Service
Great Hearts Gala
Eastern Market Shed 5, Detroit
Honoree: Mariam C. Noland and the Community Foundation for SE Michigan

June 11th (Saturday)
American Cancer Society
Relay for LIfe
West Bloomfield High School

June 23rd (Thursday)
JVS Strictly Business
MGM Grand Detroit
Keynote Speaker:  John Rakolta, Jr.

March 25th
Aunt Chilly Revich z"l
 (died last year at 104, we miss you)
Milton Ring
Loren Stewart
Linda Levine Blumstein
Rabbi Eric Yanoff
Kelli Saperstein
March 26th
Michael Curhan
Wendy Zelch Eisenshtadt

March 27th
Yosef Lis z"l (Hannan's abba)
Michael Guz z"l
Mitch Mondry
Randy Wolfe
March 28th
Marianne Milgrom Bloomberg
Wendy Danzig
March 29th
Bubba Urdan
Marc Morganstern
Dan Horwitz
Glenn Plummer
March 30th
Andy Meisner
March 31st
Charlie Kao
Jennifer Champagne
Lisa Ross
Josh Stone
Russell Orley (woof, woof)

Z"L is the abbreviation of 
Zikhrono (male) or Zikhronah (female) Livrakha 
which means
Of Blessed Memory

I am prone to spelling, grammatical and birthday mistakes. Please ignore the typing mistakes but if I missed your birthday or got the wrong date,  please let me know.