Long Way to Go
On the eve (this week) of International Women's Day, an Iranian woman named, Nargess Husseini (age 32) was sentenced to a 2-years prison term for removing her headscarf on the streets of Tehran. Sadly, there are many women in line awaiting the same punishment. Believe it or not, International Women's Day (March 8) dates back to 1910 when it was established at the International Socialist Women's Conference. During those early years, it was mainly celebrated in socialist and communist circle. It took 65 more years till the UN officially adopted it in 1975. Specific themes are attached to each year's celebration and this year's theme is "Time is Now: Rural and urban activists transforming women's lives". Though we've come a long way in the women's rights movement, it is still a fraction of where we need to go. In our own country, only 19.8% of our Congress is represented by women though we are 50.8% of our US population. Life for women in many countries is dismal as they suffer a lack of education, are considered 2nd class citizens, experience excessive abuse and worse fates I don't even want to type. Much work is needed in both our Rural and Urban settings to keep the needle moving forward till all women achieve the respect we deserve. By the way, I'm reading a great book call "Florence of Arabia" by satirist, Christopher Buckley (son of William F. Buckley) about shaking up the women's status in the Middle East. It's both humorous and poignant.
To help move that needle of progress forward, we need exceptional teachers in our country and throughout the world. Yet, teachers are notoriously paid less than they deserve considering the significant responsibility they have to educate our nation's children.
West Virginia teachers' pay is one of the lowest in the country, which is why they were on strike for the last nine school days. WV teachers ranked 48th among 51 states (including DC) but are now receiving a 5% raise as is all public employees of the state. BTW, Michigan is ranked 11th which isn't too shabby but still many teachers dip into their own pockets to provide extra tools to help excite learning. Bravo to all teachers...they deserve our debt of gratitude and a salary that doesn't put them into debt.
Our Georgetown student son, Aviv has an exceptional teacher by the name of
Desbois whose passion is to find and honor the forgotten Jews who were mass murdered in small towns throughout Ukraine, Moldova and the FSU (Former Soviet Union). Aviv and 20 other students are travelling with Father Desbois this week to interview (90 year old) witnesses in Moldova and Poland and the Jewish students in the group are saying Kaddish at the sites of the mass murders. Father Desbois has been striving to uncover the hidden massacres for 13 years as he digs up remains at 2,700 sites where it is estimated 1 Million Jews were killed. Father Desbois deserves a special blessing for his commitment to uncover the 70 year old secret burial sites of our ancestors and his fight against anti-semitism. To learn more about the Father's work or to support his efforts, please check out this website:
During my political reprieve last week, the Blowhard continued his hard blowing silo thinking agenda. His current brainy idea (despised by most) is to adhere tariffs on imported
Aluminum, for no discernable reason other than isolating our nation from the world. Yes, China is oversupplying steel to our nation, but our steel and aluminum companies are doing just fine. Yes, Mexico and Canada might get a break, but this absurd executive order prompted his lead economic adviser,
Gary Cohn to resign. Another outcome of this brain fart could be an all out global Trade War (on American products exported aboard), not to mention (though not significant) the trickle down effect of higher prices for (aluminum covered) Bud Light, the Beer of choice for most Trumpsters.
Dreamers are back in limbo as their fate is in the hands of our court system until Congress can devise a plan for their protection. Back in September, Donny ended DACA options and set a March 5th deadline (for Congress to act) on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals which allowed Dreamers to register at age 18 and get a temporary pass on deportation. A permanent path to citizenship is needed for these innocent young people who know (only) this country as their home. But a compromise in Congress to establish a plan is hampered by The Donald's demand for his inane wall. In the meantime, deportations are happening all around us but only a few are getting headline attention. And when Drumpf doesn't get his way, he acts like a baby to force his will on others as he is doing with the California lawsuit against their "too liberal" immigration protections.
When the State Department is needed the most, like now that
North Korea wants to talk, it is (thanks to Dufus Don) depleted the most due to his lack of appointments. Donny never got around to appointing an Ambassador to Seoul and the top diplomat is leaving his post this week. We seem to be caught with our pants down during a very serious moment in time. But it looks like the face to face might start with the two strange bedfellows of Kim and Donny. Wow, what at soap opera this is turning into. The other big question is the seriousness of
Kim Jong Un and his bargaining chips. Here's hoping the Powers To Be will get their act together so we can witness a united Korean Peninsula in our lifetime?
6 months have passed since Hurricane Maria devastated
and 16% of the island is still living without power forcing many to leave their homeland. But even before the storm, Puerto Ricans were departing their homes for Stateside soil. Their economy was crippling and during the past 10 years, 1/2 Million residents left the Island, skewing the US mainland PR population higher than those who remained on the homefront. The PR government predicts by the end of 2018, 200K more people will have made the move to either FL, NY, NJ, TX, PA and New England. The situation is devastating and all the Lin Manuel Miranda songs put together can't help this besieged place. It seems they are nearing rock bottom but there is only one place to go from there.
Shidduch (Yiddish for arranged marriage)
Wishing conceptual bliss for 5-year-old female (Polar Bear)
and her new male (older) partner 13-year-old (resident Michigander)
as we welcome Suki to the Detroit Zoo. Nuka's previous mate was unsuccessful in producing an offspring so we're sending fertile thoughts and prayers to the new couple. As we know, Climate Change has negatively affected the Polar Bear's Arctic Circle native home and their population is decreasing and vulnerable.
Hoping for one of these...
With an overflow of news and my efforts to limit the content of these messages, the following subjects get minimal coverage but might be expanded upon in the future...
Far from perfect,
passed an overdue and underperforming bill to instill (minimal) gun controls (better some than none) that includes a 21 year age requirement, a waiting period, a ban on bumpstocks, armed teachers and the permission to remove weapons from those deemed dangerous. Gov. Rick Scott with his top rating from the NRA must decide to sign or veto this bill within 15 days.
White Supremacist and Anti-Semite
disrupted (as intended) the good people of East Lansing and MSU this week with his racist message.
Former Drumpf campaign aid,
went rogue on several news agencies implicating the Russian-Drumpf affair and snubbing his nose at his Mueller subpoena which (his nose snubbing) was later rescinded.
is expanding his investigation behind Russia and into the United Arab Emirates.
It is irrefutable that
is an anti-semite yet intersectionality has strongly connected him to the Women's March leader
Tamika D. Mallory as the other leader Linda Sarsour has been accused of spewing anti-Israel rhetoric.
I've been watching and enjoying
The Voice lately and love the interactions between the judges (
Adam Levine, Alicia Keys, Kelly Clarkson and Blake Shelton). Not only do they spar well they also harmonize well as seen in this wonderful video of them singing crooner classics. The first part of this clip has Adam and Blake singing
"Fly Me to the Moon". Then Alicia and Kelly belt out
"Feeling Good" (originated by Nina Simone). This is worth a peek.
It is that antiquated time of year again when we spring our clocks forward one hour at
2am Saturday Night/Sunday Morning. We have outgrown this 100 year old practice as it is useless (and in some cases harmful) in our modern era. It started back in 1918 to help conserve coal and was made a law in 1966. We are overdue to end this practice, but nobody will take the lead so here we go again...
Wishing you and your family a
Sweet and Peaceful Shabbat Shalom.
Condolences to the family, friends and fans of former State legislator,
Maxine Berman age 71 z"l who passed away last week. She hit it on the nail in her famous book "The Only Boobs in the House are Men" describing
some frustrating years in our State Congress. She was an advocate for Women's Rights, Health Care, Education and much more and accomplished her goals with wit, wisdom and panache. She was a force who will be greatly missed.
Billy and Holly Birndorf and their extended family and the Feldman and Kahn families on the passing of Billy's beloved mother,
Ardis Birndorf Feldman z"l (age 90). May Ardis' spirit and love bring comfort to those who mourn her passing. May she be a blessing unto her family and friends.
Condolences to Sadie Blanck, Roz and Stanford Blanck, Beth Komisar, Bruce Komisar, Adam and Lauren, Jenna, Lisa and Peter and baby Mia on the passing of their patriarch,
Abe Komisar z"l (age 91), loving husband for 67 years. May Abe's many memories bring comfort to those who knew and loved him as he was a blessing unto his family and community.
271 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
First State Primary
The first primary of this year's election cycle occured in the Red State of Texas this week. Midterm voting was higher than normal for both parties but the Dems doubled their turnout while Repubs only made modest gains. Women and minorities also succeed in the voting booth. Illinois is the next state to watch as their primary is March 20.
Governor - Gretchen Whitmer
-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 (Choice candidates coming soon)
-University Regent and Trustee seats: U of M Regent Jordan Acker
-School Board seats
-County and City seats
Beverly Nosanchuk Tobocman
Barbara Kaplan Wallace
Jeri M. Davis
Susan Rabinowitz (Happy 70th)
Rabbi Elimelech Goldberg
Linda Chung Honet
Lorie Neiman Kessler
Karen Couf Cohen
Jimmy Zack (Happy 75th)
Melissa Slaim Dyer
Alan J. Kaufman
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
A coming-of-age dramedy based on playwright Moss Hart's best-selling memoir.
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
Percentage of proceeds to benefit
Women's Philanthropy of Jewish Fed. of Metro. Det.
Jewish Women's Foundation
At the home of
Drop in anytime between 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
At the home of Doreen Hermelin
For more details, please contact:
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.
Theme: "Standing up to Extinction"
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
Plus Reunion of Past Honorees
For more information please contact:
Lois Linden Nelson Women's World
Congregation Shaarey Zedek
Pop-Up Boutiques 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
World Woman of Valor: Jeri Fishman
Speaker: Milayna Vayntraub (Uzbekistan-born American actress)
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
May 5 (Saturday)
Variety, the Children's Charity
Hearts and Stars Gala
Honoring: Ed and Felicia Shaw
Orchards Children's Services
Gerald L. Levin Signature Event
Champions for Children
6:00pm VIP Reception
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
Jewish Historical Society and other sponsors
Albert Kahn in Detroit
Guest speaker: Author Michael Hodges
Jewish Community Center
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.
May 14 (Monday)
Planned Parenthood of Michigan
Detroit's Choice Event
The Cube at the Fisher Music Center
Keynote speaker: Pulitzer Prize winner
May 17 (Thursday)
Crohn's & Colitis Foundation
Spring into Health, Wellness & Style Event
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
Arn Tellem, Vice Chairman Detroit Pistons
May 18 (Friday)
Starfish Family Services Great Heart's Gala
Honoring: Beaumont Health
Jewish Historical Society of Michigan
59th Annual Meeting and presentation of the Leonard N. Simons History Award to:
Featuring a curated presentation by Mr. Collens, How I See Things: The Photography of Arnold Collens.
Also honoring Robert Kaplow, LNS Lifetime Achievement Award
$36 per person
June 20 (Wednesday)
Save the Date
Detroit Celebrates Israel@70
River Days on Detroit Riverfront
Planting your Spring Garden
PLANT THREE ROWS OF PEAS:
Peace of mind
Peace of heart
Peace of soul
PLANT FOUR ROWS OF SQUASH:
PLANT FOUR ROWS OF LETTUCE:
Lettuce be faithful
Lettuce be kind
Lettuce be patient
Lettuce really love one another
NO GARDEN IS WITHOUT TURNIPS:
Turnip for meetings
Turnip for service
Turnip to help one another
TO CONCLUDE OUR GARDEN WE MUST HAVE THYME:
Thyme for each other
Thyme for family
Thyme for friends
Water freely with patience and cultivate with love. There is much fruit in your garden because you reap what you sow. ~Unknown
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