Shabbat Shalom 
May 12, 2017
"Power does not corrupt. 
Fear corrupts... perhaps the fear of a loss of power." 
The Joker has try to trick us again with his firing of FBI director James Comey while diverting the blame to the (months old) Hillary email investigation.  This will leave the Russian conspiracy inquiry to the next Trump appointee unless enough legislators insist on forming an independent commissioner. Comey testified alongside former US Attorney General Sally Yates (also fired by Trump) as she took on and conquered the bullies who questioned her actions.  She stood her ground and clearly explained the ample evidence and warnings of Michael Flynn's collusion with the Russians. Do these Jokers and Clowns really think we can't see the corruption of this administration.  But will their blinded loyalty and polarization continue to spread cancerous seeds throughout our democracy? Bravo to our former Michigan US Attorney, Barb McQuade as she clearly spells out the concerns of this situation: 

"A narrow mind and a wide mouth usually go together"
Polarization is killing our society. It's everywhere and seems to be accelerating in its viciousness. It reared its ugly head last week in our local community when online messages prompted our Synagogue Adat Shalom to cancel the May 18th appearance of Israeli singer, Achinoam Nini aka  Noa. False accusations about Noa were spread on social media and after threats of violence, the shul consulted Law Enforcement who expressed serious concern about protecting those attending the concert . Cohesiveness, respect and dialogue within our small Detroit Jewish Community was decimated with this incident.  Pride and strength used to be our motto but polarization has destroyed our semblance of solidarity. Where was the civil discourse to this standoff? Online debates (spewed with lies) cannot replace face to face dialogue where responsibility for your words are present. There are more than enough Jew Haters in this world...we don't need to ignite hate from within. One local woman who was protesting the concert was mad that in the past, Noa had "snuck a Muslim onto the stage" . Hello!!, 18% of Israel's population is Muslim and the majority live peacefully side by side with their Jewish neighbors. Yes, we have major coexistence issues between Israel, Gaza and the West Bank but censoring free speech is "their tactic" not ours. This story has leapt to the national and Israeli press.  Noa has performed here many times in the past.  She's a proud Zionist and respected representative who works hard to help bring peace to our homeland.  Those local and foreign "keyboard warriors" are shameful ignorant bigots. Here are Noa's words about the disgraceful incident:  

"Health is a Human Right, not a privilege to be purchased"
Shirley Chisholm 
(1st Black Woman elected to Congress in 1968)
It's easy to help the privileged, but it takes courage to assist those who are destitute.  Trump and the 217 House members (all from the same party) were giddy last week as they celebrated "WealthCare" to aid the top tier of our society (according to Warren Buffett) and at the same time returned fear to many Americans whose lives literally depend on their medical insurance. It is now in the hands of the Senate as they convene an all white male commission to revise or rewrite their our health plan. For the system to work equally for all, those who are young and healthy need to pay up, even though their medical needs are mild.  Since, one day they too will be old and sick and will rely on their younger counterparts to pay their dues. Its simple mathematics and could be achieved if we were starting out fresh, but fixing the current system is not that simple.  Yes, after 7 years (though much of the ACA didn't start till 2014), ObamaCare needs alterations, but feeding the fat and starving the needy won't fix the problem.  What is really needed is a Universal system which covers all citizens.  We should take the best practices of our peer western nations who successfully provide healthcare to their whole population.

"People like to say that the conflict is between good and evil. The real conflict is between truth and lies." 
Don Miguel Ruiz
Good news and bad news.  82 kidnapped Nigerian girls were returned to their families after 3 years of Boko Haram captivity, but (the bad news) more than 100 girls are still missing.  The evil terrorist group snatched nearly 300 schoolgirls back in April of 2013 which prompted a worldwide hashtag campaign of #bringbackourgirls. Boko Haram has plagued the Nigerian people during a heinous killing spree and has displaced 2 million people. Their killing tactics are unthinkable, like using children as suicide bombers.  How is it possible that people like them can even live on this planet. We are not born evil. Evil is brainwashed into the mind and it must be stopped.
Released Girls

"Censorship reflects a society's lack of confidence in itself"
Potter Stewart
(former associate Justice of the Supreme Court)
Because of narrow minds and wide mouths, we won't be able to enjoy the beautiful voice of Noa in person, but here are two songs for you till we get our senses back, strengthen our backbones by standing up to censorship and re-invited her to our community. The first is a duet with Sting and the 2nd is a medley of her music.

"A mother understands what a child does not say."
Jewish proverb
We can't minimize the fact that without Mothers, none of us would be here. Quantity is everywhere (anyone can be a mother) but quality is in the fruits of their labor.  Bravo to all the Mothers and Mother figures of our society who selflessly nurture, encourage, protect, support and lead the way forward. My mother is a warm, loving, generous, family oriented, community minded role model. Wishing her and all the mothers a sweet and rewarding day.

Wishing you and your families a 
Sweet and Peaceful Shabbat Shalom 
and a joyous celebration of Lag B'Omer.
Lag B'Omer (starts Saturday sunset May 13) is the 33rd day between Passover and Shavuot when we count the Omer, a somewhat solemn time but on this day we relax and restore some of the restrictions like weddings, haircuts and bonfires.

Condolences to  Caryn and Jerry Acker and  Lauren and Jordan Acker and their family on the passing of their father and grandfather,  Fred Green z"l (age 90).  May his spirit and love bring comfort to his family and friends and may he be a blessing unto his community.

Condolences to the Greenberg family on the passing of Tenny Schlafer Greenberg z"l (age 86).  Tenny was a family member of Sylvia Simon Greenberg whose name bears a Jewish Federation Leadership award and is one of the family pillars in our community. May Tenny's memories and spirit bring comfort to her loved ones as she and her family were blessings unto our community.
Happy Birthday

May 10
Rayna Kogan (missed from last week)

May 12th
Shira Elyakin
Rachel Berg 
Jason Fisher
Barbara Horowitz
Miriam Milen
Mitch Rosenwasser

May 13th
Brian Satovsky
Andrea Switch
John Freeman
May 14th
Robert Mattler
Nir Buchler
Mark Blumenfeld

May 15th
Micki Berg
Brenda Steuer
Jon Dwoskin
Dani Wohl
May 16th
Mark Lit
Amy Shefman
Liz Schubiner
Richard Cooper
May 17th
Regina Colton
Jonathan Warshay
Ethan  Wolens
May 18th
Dawn Perlmutter
Michael Maddin
Elise Benyas
Sosie Berg
Allan Nachman
Frederick  Hoffman
Mindy Mortlock
I am prone to mistakes so if I missed your birthday or got the wrong date, please let me know.

May 14 (Sunday)
Mother's Day
Looking for a perfect mother's day gift...? Please consider supporting the JFS  Joy Project  which helps bring critical services to families in our community. 

May 15 (Monday)
Federation's Women's Philanthropy 
Signature Event
Shaarey Zedek
7:30 pm
Featuring Jill Kargman (Bravo's Odd Mom Out)

May 17  (Wednesday)
The Detroit Public Library: An American Classic 
By: Barbara Cohn and Patrice Rafail Merritt
Book Launch Party at
The Detroit Public Library
Main Branch
5201 Woodward Ave.
Free event

May 20 (Saturday)
Cabaret 313
Tony Award  Winner for lead role in The Color Purple
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.
Congregation Adat Shalom
11:30 am
Beverly Bennett
Dr. Stuart Falk
Margot Gardner
Elaine Greenberg
Dr. Robert Matthews
Evelyn Orbach
Eunice Korman ring
Michael Weiss

May 22 (Monday)
The Emily Stillman Foundation 
Night of Laughs
The Berman Center for Performing Arts
West Bloomfield
Doors open: 7:30 pm
Featuring: Heather McDonald (from Chelsea Lately)

May 22 (Monday)
Michigan Israel Business Bridge
Israel's Automotive Technologies Roadshow to the U.S.
Guest speakers: 
John McElroy, Host of Autoline Daily
Scott Dubin, Director of Investor Relations at OurCrowd.
Altair Engineering Headquarters
1820 E Big Beaver Rd. Troy, Michigan 48083
6:30pm - 8:00pm

May 24 (Wednesday)
Federation's Awards Night
The Berman Center for Performing Arts
West Bloomfield
5:30 pm 
William Davidson Lifetime Attachment Awards:
John E. Jacobs and Marjorie Krasnick
Young Leadership Awards:
Rabbi Yisrael Pinson, Dr. Jennifer Sobol and Steve Migliore 

May 25 (Thursday) -  New Listing
Simon Wiesenthal Center 
Film Screening
The Prime Ministers: Soldiers and Peacemakers
The Maple Theater
4135 W. Maple Rd., Bloomfield Twp.

May 26 (Friday)
Oldest (95 +) Community Members Brunch
Congregation Shaarey Zedek
10:30 AM - Registration
11:00 AM - Program
RSVP to Beth Tryon

May 30 (Tuesday) 
The Rabbi Irwin Groner Memorial Lecture Series
"50 Years After The Six Day War,
Where are we in the Middle East?"
Featuring Ambassador Dennis Ross
Congregation Shaarey Zedek
Free event for the community
For more info: 248-357-5544

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
Alum awards:
Edward Alterman (class of 86)
Rabbi Jennifer Kaluzny (class of 91)
Jonathan Ozeran (class of 97)

June 6 (Tuesday) 
Jewish Family Service Annual Event
Congregation Shaarey Zedek
Evening with Author  Jennifer Teege
Who learned later in life that her grandfather was a Nazi Commandant.
Debra Marcus

June 8  (Thursday) 
Starfish Family Services
Great Hearts Gala
Cobo Center, Grand Riverview Ballroom
Honoring The Jewish Fund
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. 

June 17 (Saturday) 
Forgotten Harvest 25th Annual Comedy Night
Featuring Seth Meyers
Fox Theatre

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...