Welcome March
Shabbat Shalom
March 4, 2016
"Life is not a problem to be solved, 
but a reality to be experienced." 
- Soren Kierkegaard
Enjoying the experience of Life should be appreciated, as we all know, life is constantly changing. The good moments don't last and thankfully neither do the bad one.  Nothing can or should stays the same.  Life is meant to be fluid...constantly changing, evolving and progressing.  Just as a caterpillar morphs into a butterfly and then must die, so too do Humans...  We live our lives through laws, rules and guidelines, but those (before us) who blazed our trail, meant for their guidelines to be interpreted for the current day... an existence they could never have imagined.  This holds true for our Bible as well as our Constitution.  Those who live by every exact word of these sacred documents are doing a disservice to the lives we all cherish.  Just as we can't stop time, we can't stop the evolution of our humanity.  Our job is to help positively guide the inevitable alterations of our existence and reflect on how to live life enjoyablyresponsibly and productively. With all this in mind, we hope our leaders represent us to continue this progression in life.  When reflecting on the "olden days", we shouldn't have the desire to return there but to glean knowledge from our history.  Guns law, that were written over two centuries ago, must be modified to represent today's reality. The bible's "author" had no concept of modern medicine and technology. We must learn from our past but candidates who look in the rear-view mirror for the solutions of today's issues are not the leaders best qualified to guide our future.

Voices for Change
One thing that seemed to change this week was the decade old silence of Justice Clarence Thomas.  The cat who got his tongue (since Feb. 22, 2006) returned it. Thomas hadn't spoken during Supreme Court oral arguments in over ten years, and not surprisingly, the issue that inspired him to speak up was the right of domestic abusers to retain their guns. Maybe he feels obligated to speak now that his conservative comrade, Justice Scalia has passed away. Though many of us would prefer Thomas returned to his silent demeanor especially as the next issue in front of him and his 7 "friends" was abortion rights.  But Justice Thomas wasn't the main target of pro-choice voices being aired this week. Justice Kennedy is the possible swing vote on whether Texas anti-abortion laws infringe on women's rights. These laws have caused many of Texas' 41 clinics to close leaving only 18 still operating for a population of nearly 5.4 women of childbearing age. And if the laws are upheld, 10 more Texas clinics would close.  Some states, like Mississippi, only have one clinic left. Oral arguments were made on Wednesday and a decision is expected in June which would reverberate throughout the country. No one explains a ridiculous situation better than John Oliver and his (14 minute) outrage is warranted and worth watching.

Iranian Changes
There is a feeling that Iran, too, could be changing.  The results of the recent Iranian election produced "moderate" leaders...as moderate as possible when the true moderates were eliminated from running during the initial election phase. Even the grandson,  Hassan Khomeini, of the first (Supreme Leader) Ayatollah Khomeini was booted in the first round due to his reformist stance.  So, of the approved candidates, the voters picked the ones most likely to help continue a progressive movement for Iran. Let's hope these small steps lead to more radical changes in Iran.

Votes help Change
The one thing that helps create change ( good or bad) is voting.  Back in 2010 when left-leaning voters were absent from the polls and conservatives came out in droves, the fallout was a majority conservative Congress.  The new leadership set their sights on actions most of us would abhor. They instituted over 1,000 new abortion restrictions that in turn forced the closure of 1/4 of our nation's abortion clinics (162 of them).  They tried 60 times to overturn ObamaCare and despite constant mass shootings, they kept guns laws untouched. And according the  Samantha Bee, today's Trump problem is due to our (dems) lackluster attendance in the 2010 election.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fw41BDhI_K8  So Michiganders, it's our turn to vote in our Tuesday Primary. To find your polling station, click here:

Change and Effect
Welcome home astronaut Scott Kelly from spending and suspending nearly a year in space.  He now holds the American record, though Russia has us beat. He was chosen (and volunteered) so science could study the bodily effects of extended space life as they compare his vitals to his identical twin brother, Mark Kelly who spent his last year and the 5 years since the shooting of his wife, Gabby Giffords, fighting for sensible gun regulations. Sadly, success in this department is miniscule even after daily mass shooting which Americans seem desensitized to.  Take Chicago for an example, which just experienced the highest gun violence in 16 years. This gun problem seems to be spiraling out of control.  One rationale for the high gun death in Chicago is that the police are "gun shy" after the high profile damaging video of an officer shooting a teen in the back.  Nothing is Black and White (no pun intended), but if, hypothetically, we either gave everyone guns or took everyone's guns away, which scenario would decrease gun deaths?

Change for Good
I am a big fan of Bill Gates for his leadership, dedication and generosity to the wellbeing of Humanity.  And Bill Gates is a big fan of Israel as he publicly announced his admiration to Israel's technical contributions to "improving the world". 
I also happen to agree with him on the Apple vs. FBI cell phone case where he feels there is a balanced solution to the issue. 
Everyday is a clean slate.  Its never too late to change.  Thanks, Jordan Zaslow for this thoughtful video:

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

The Good
Bravo to South Dakota Governor, Dennis Daugaard, for vetoing the discriminatory "Bathroom Bill" that would have require transgenders to only use facilities
based on their birth gender. 

The Bad
If you can't seem to contain your desires while sitting next to an 80 year old women maybe you shouldn't be in public let alone on an airplane.  This lawsuit shouldn't be needed but the necessity of ultra-orthodox men to be constantly separated from women is ridiculous. 

The Ugly
Shame on the two Pennsylvania Catholic Bishops who (a Grand Jury this week stated) covered up hundreds of child sex abuse cases by local priests. This is despicable behaviour of our past that must never repeat itself. Thanks to the Oscar winning film and the Boston Globe for their "Spotlight" on this horrific era. 

Music Department
Flight of Chords
Good news for Flight of the Conchord lovers.  They are working on new material and have a Summer tour schedule that includes Detroit.  http://tinyurl.com/hcakhhg

Flight on Wheels
For a Musical (CSN&Y) and Visual adventure, enjoy this youtube:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ud5T5I4XcA
(music and action start at the 1:10 minute section)

Wishing you and your family a 
Sweet Shabbat Shalom 

Each week's message is now posted and backlogged here:

Condolences to the family of Lucy and Ray Henney on the passing of Ray's mom, JoAnn Henney. JoAnn created a beautiful family with her husband (of 59 year), George Henney.  May her memory and spirit bring comfort to those who loved her and mourn her passing.  

Condolences to dear friends, Brian and Liz Guz and their family on the passing of Brian's dad, Jack Guz z"l.  May Jack's spirit and love bring comfort to his family and community and may his life be a blessing to all who knew him.

Condolences to Vivian Lieberman and her family on the passing of her beloved son, Jay Lieberman z"l. May Jay's memory and spirit bring comfort to those who loved him and my his life be a blessing unto his family and friends.

Our most famous Detroit detective and city council president, Gil Hill died this week. Not only was he beloved by those who knew of his devotion to the people of Detroit, but Hollywood saw his talent when casting him in the acclaimed Eddie Murphy movies, Beverly Hills Cop. Rest in Peace,  Gilbert Roland Hill 

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What would Reagan think about this election...?

When is your State's Primary? 

What are your State's voting guidelines?

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Presidential Election is Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Current delegate count

2 Democrats 
Hillary Rodham Clinton: 1,052 
Bernie Sanders:  427
2,383 delegates needed to win
3,286  delegates up for grab

4 Republicans 
 Donald Trump: 319
 Ted Cruz: 226
Marco Rubio: 110
John Kasich: 25
1,237 delegates needed to win
1,777 delegates up for grab

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 www.olympiaentertainment.com
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 in the City
Eastern Market, Shed 5

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 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

Feliz CumpleaƱos!!

March 4th
Max Kepes
Seth Berg
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
March 8th
Jenny Nathan
Josh Gruber
Yuval Moed
March 9th
Linda Stein
March 10th
Barbara Kaplan Wallace
Howard Brown


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