(Jerusalem Day) is celebrated this Wednesday May 24th as we recognize the 50th anniversary since the Jews were reunited with our sacred city. The Jewish connection to our religious capital started 3,000 years ago with
. Since that time, our Temples (twice) and access to the holy city has been decimated, but through the centuries, our love and devotion never wavered. Modern Zionism, UN resolution 181 and the 1948 War of Independence secured our return to the Jewish Homeland, but it wasn't until after the famous
Six Day War
in 1967 that we regained access to the Old City including the small sacred section of the Western Wall which had been a protective barrier for our ancient Temple. Jews have been praying to this Western/Wailing Wall for centuries (when we had access). Jerusalem is the eternal capital of the Jewish People and after the Six Day War, Israel annexed the Old City and the rest of East Jerusalem so we will never be denied access again. Of course, many in the world rejected this annexation and just this week, it was vocalized by Trump's advance team as they prepared for his Israel visit.
It's not your territory. It's part of the West Bank"
was the response when Israelis asked their American counterparts about Trump's visit to the Western Wall.
The White House
the Jerusalem statement but then Trump added a new detail to the soap opera this week when he devulged classified Israeli intel to the Russians while meeting in the Oval Office. Oy vey, what will be next?!
Last week we celebrated motherhood, after all, everyone on earth entered this world via a woman. I've always thought a child's birthday should also be celebrated by the one who did all the work. But now we are facing healthcare legislation which will be created by an all male committee who've forgotten about their own birth canals. Since
themselves don't need maternity leave, pre and/or postnatal care, mammograms, access to birth control, pregnancy care and the likes, they believe these services aren't necessary and shouldn't be covered by the "new and improved" Health Care Bill. If ObamaCare is repealed, women, elderly and the poor will suffer the most. The House took the first blind step without assessment to pass their version. Now the Senate is taking a crack at it. And another thing, those who are Anti-Abortion are as far from Pro-Life as you can get. They often want to save a fetus but neglect a newborn in need. They profess abstinence as the only form of birth control and you can ask Sarah Palin how that worked for her family and most hormonal teens. As they limit access to Planned Parenthood clinics, they are essentially sending women to dangerous alternative methods causing loss of life not to mention all the women's medical care they would be eliminating (breast exams, paps smears, cancer testing...) Let's hope the Senate is unsuccessful in gaining consensus of this attack on women.
And then of
, the powers-to-be reinstated the Mexico City Policy (named for the city where it was announced in 1984 by Reagan), which will deny global women's health providers any US money if they are at all associated with providing info or care of pregnancy termination. Oy vey, what will be next?!
"All the President's Men"
Loyalty is admirable, but blind loyalty is dangerous. We are currently in a similar state to the early 70s when the blind loyalty of the Republican members of the Judiciary Committee voted against all impeachment accounts against Nixon. Though with the persistence of Woodward and Bernstein, justice prevailed, but we must learn from our past as each new day brings more evidence of Trump's obstruction of justice and abuse of power. This week's bombshell was his February request to Comey to "let go" of the Michael Flynn investigation of Russian collusion. I know many Republican legislators are admirable people and many are fuming internally. I suggest they take POTUS' advice and "let go" of their internal anger and publicly denounce Trump, I'm talking to your Paul Ryan. Bravo to the Justice Department and specifically Rod Rosenstein (redeeming himself) for returning former FBI director,
Robert Mueller to head the investigation of the Trump/Russian connection. Of course Trump calls it a Witch Hunt. Oy vey, what will be next?!
Yes, I am quoting Ron Paul
"In Cold Blood"
90 years ago this week,
(near Lansing) was the site of the first and most likely worst school attack in history. On May 18, 1927, a deranged school board trustee and local farmer bombed the school with 1,000 pounds of dynamite he set in the school basement and his pickup truck, killing 38 students and 6 adults, including himself. It's a tragic blemish on Michigan's history but it is documented and sadly remembered. Unfortunately, many other school tragedies have since been perpetrated and one of the worst was
in Newtown, MA. Most people feel empathy for the town and victims, however some people are pouring salt on their wounds as they label the incident a hoax portrayed against the gun industry.
of Infowars (a Trump source for news) is the main perpetrator of the hoax.
lost his 6 year old son (the youngest victim), Noah at Sandy Hook. But because of Alex Jones and his followers, the Pozners are getting death threats accusing them of lying about the killing spree and asserting that they never had a son. It is purely disgusting that the Free Speech of Alex Jones has caused additional devastation upon this family. Karma might be hitting Mr. Jones in the face as he is now fighting a custody battle for his kids. This article gives a clear snapshot of the devastation he's created with his fake news.
"The Bonfires of the Vanity"
I wouldn't doubt that Trump has embedded Diamonds on the soles of his shoes, just because he can. But "just because you can", is exactly why you should always think twice before doing anything. Yet I couldn't resist this segue to the week's musical selection of the highly talented legendary singer/songwriter,
Paul Simon. Here is the above mentioned song from his hit album Graceland performed in 2012 at London's Hyde Park. The show was the 25th anniversary celebration of the album and the concert will be premiered as a documentary film on PBS in June just prior to the film "The Concert in Hyde Park" release date of June 9.
Wishing you and your families a
Sweet Shabbat Shalom and
a Peaceful Yom
Steve and Beth Margolin and their family on the passing of Beth's mother,
Barbara Wilenzick Eber Michel z"l.
May her memory and spirit bring comfort to those who loved her and may she be a blessing unto her family, friends and community.
It's shameful when pro-Israel activist use the same silencing tactics as those who want to wipe Israel from the map. My son-in-law, Tzvi Raviv, defended Israel at UC Irvine and has a message for our local protesters who helped cancel last week's Noa concert. Here is his article.
Condolences to the family of
Roger Ailes (age 77) who died this week. Ailes founded Fox News in the mid 90s to create a "fair and balanced" viewpoint against the likes of CNN. Many feel Fox helped catapult the Republican party and spotlight Trump, though he snubbed them at times. Ailes, himself, moved to the headlines recently with his ouster over his misconduct.
Bravo to all the comedic political pundits bringing laughter to our current chaos...Stephen Colbert, Noah Trevor, Samantha Bee, John Oliver, Seth Meyers, Bill Maher, Jon Stewart. But where are the comics on the other side? I'm glad we are on the side of humor.
Bravo to Detroit. Here's how the NYT thinks you should spend 36 hours in our great city.
Prayers for the people of
Venezuela as they endure a serious crisis in their country.
Trump heads to the capitals of the 3 major religions this week including Saudi Arabia, Jerusalem and the Vatican. What mishaps could possibly occur on this journey. Oy vey, we'll see.
Want to meet Jeannie (from the bottle)? The 80+ year old bombshell actress Barbara Eden will be at our Motor City Comic Con this weekend.
Happy 100th birthday to
American Coney Island (the one at the corner of the triangle building).
BTW, it's sacrilegious to put ketchup on a hot dog.
Ashley Wainer Adelman
John Steinberg (Happy 60)
Beth Liberson Brandvain (Happy 60)
Sometimes I find Oldies but Goodies in past Shabbat message that warrant repeating.
Remember these songs...
Check out the new Baby Boomer version.
Splish, Splash, I Was Havin' A Flash
Mrs. Brown, You've Got A Lovely Walker
I Get By With A Little Help From Depends
The Bee Gees
How Can You Mend A Broken Hip
The First Time Ever I Forgot Your Face
I Can't See Clearly Now.
Fifty Ways To Lose Your Liver
Once, Twice, Three Times To The Bathroom
A Whiter Shade Of Hair
You Make Me Feel Like Napping
Papa's Got A Kidney Stone
Knock 3 Times On The Ceiling If You Hear Me Fall
I Am Woman, Hear Me Snore
It's My Procedure, And I'll Cry If I Want To
On the Commode Again
I am prone to mistakes so if I missed your birthday or got the wrong date, please let me know.
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
Kadima Youth Mental Health Conference
Birmingham Covington School
Morning Session for parents, caregivers, community
Afternoon Session for educators and mental health professionals
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
Dr. Stuart Falk
Dr. Robert Matthews
Eunice Korman ring
The Emily Stillman Foundation
Night of Laughs
The Berman Center for Performing Arts
Doors open: 7:30 pm
Heather McDonald (from Chelsea Lately)
Michigan Israel Business Bridge
Israel's Automotive Technologies Roadshow to the U.S.
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
William Davidson Lifetime Attachment Awards:
John E. Jacobs and Marjorie Krasnick
Young Leadership Awards:
Rabbi Yisrael Pinson, Dr. Jennifer Sobol and Steve Migliore
Simon Wiesenthal Center
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?"
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
Edward Alterman (class of 86)
Rabbi Jennifer Kaluzny (class of 91)
Jonathan Ozeran (class of 97)
Jewish Family Service Annual Event
Congregation Shaarey Zedek
Evening with Author
Who learned later in life that her grandfather was a Nazi Commandant.
Starfish Family Services
Great Hearts Gala
Cobo Center, Grand Riverview Ballroom
The Jewish Fund
Hank Greenberg Memorial Invitational Golf Outing
Franklin Hills Country Club
Honoring: Fergie Jenkins, Dick Enberg & Rabbi Elimelech Goldberg (Kids Kicking Cancer)
the Lawrence & Idell Weisberg Cancer Treatment Center - Karmanos
For more info:
Detroit Public TV
DPTV Riley Broadcast Center, Wixom
Spotlighting & Honoring:
Florine Mark (aka:Mom/Bubbie)
For more info: Jamie Westrick
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
August 27 (Sunday)
The 2nd Annual Michigan Jewish Food Festival
September 23 (Saturday)
Camp Sea-Gull Reunion
5725 Rochester Rd, Troy, MI 48085
Please RSVP at this site: