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.

Teachers' Pay
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.  

Selfless Passion
Our Georgetown student son, Aviv has an exceptional teacher by the name of  Father Patrick  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:   https://www.yahadinunum.org/patrick-desbois/

Stable Genius?
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 Steel and 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.  
#45 enjoys his Diet Joke
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.  https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/06/us/politics/justice-department-california-sanctuary-cities.html
United Peninsula
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?

Besieged Island
6 months have passed since Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico 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.   http://wapo.st/2Flz4bK

Shidduch (Yiddish for arranged marriage) 
Wishing conceptual bliss for 5-year-old female (Polar Bear)  Suki and her new male (older) partner 13-year-old (resident Michigander)  Nuka 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.  https://www.clickondetroit.com/news/detroit-zoo-welcomes-new-female-polar-bear

Hoping for one of these...

In Brief
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,  the  Florida Congress 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  Richard Spencer disrupted (as intended) the good people of East Lansing and MSU this week with his racist message.

Former Drumpf campaign aid,  Sam Nunberg 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. 

Robert Mueller  is expanding his investigation behind Russia and into the United Arab Emirates. 

It is irrefutable that  Louis Farrakhan 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. 

SXSW (South by Southwest), the multidisciplinary conference (Music, Film, Comedy, Speakers, Gaming...) kicks off today (March 9-18) in Austin, TX. Over 100s of 1,000s of attendees will descend onto Austin as there will be something for everyone including a Jewish presence.   https://www.timesofisrael.com/deep-in-the-heart-of-texas-you-can-have-a-jewish-connection-at-sxsw-this-year/

The Professionals
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. 

Spring Forward
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. 

Condolences to 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.

There are 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. 

-Michigan  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

March 9
Linda Stein
Beverly Nosanchuk Tobocman
Suzie Zacks

March 10
Barbara Kaplan Wallace
Howard Brown
Jeri M. Davis
Susan Rabinowitz (Happy 70th)

March 11
Michael Chudnow
Marcia Leifer
Jeff Kaye
Rabbi Elimelech Goldberg
Alex Winkler
Linda Chung Honet
March 12
Lorie Neiman Kessler
Sheryl Alpern 
Peace Dorn

March 13
Erica Sachse
Jill Beck
Karen Couf Cohen
March 14
Jimmy Zack (Happy 75th)
Abbe Sherbin
Dylan Dembs 
Melissa Slaim Dyer
Rob Spiegelman
Sam Gray
March 15
Aria Oleshansky 
Debbie Levin
Heidi Budaj
Tom Kukes
Ari Tolwin
Geoffrey Orley
Alan J. Kaufman
Jackie Schwarz
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
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  District
At the home of Doreen Hermelin
For more details, please contact:

March 19 ( Monday)
Jewish Senior Life
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
Plus Reunion of Past Honorees
For more information please contact:  
Beth Tryon at  248-592-5026 or   btryon@jslmi.org

May 2 (Wednesday)
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) 
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  kacole@orchards.org
or visit www.orchards.org

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
Reservations:  www.michjewishhistory.org

June 20 (Wednesday)
Save the Date
Detroit Celebrates Israel@70
River Days on Detroit Riverfront

  Final Thought
Planting your Spring Garden

Peace of mind
Peace of heart
Peace of soul

Squash gossip
Squash indifference
Squash grumbling
Squash selfishness

Lettuce be faithful
Lettuce be kind
Lettuce be patient
Lettuce really love one another

Turnip for meetings
Turnip for service
Turnip to help one another

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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