Shabbat Shalom
May 26, 2017
As we approach this holiday week of Memorial Day (Monday) and Shavuot (Wednesday), we reflect on loss of life past wars and the laws we received at Mount Sinai that guide our existence. "Thou Shall Not Kill" is one of our biggies, yet as conflict and combat seem to be in our global DNA, these two holidays meet at the crosshairs. Of course our current war is against an evil brainwashed enemy whose main goal is to breed fear in anyone who thinks differently than them. This week's target was children and teens at a Manchester, England concert venue. 22 innocent lives were lost and nearly 60 were injured.* Our English lexicon doesn't even have appropriate words to describe this horror. We strive for a time when "No More War, No More Bloodshed" can be our Global Anthem, but until then, we will continue our Torah Study all nighters as is the Shavuot tradition in hopes that our world leaders will use more peaceful methods to resolve future conflicts. 
Dodim (Uncles) Mataan and Aviv 
picked up Dassi from Hillel Day School

Israelis have experienced more than their fair share of war.  In the nearly Seven Decades of our modern Jewish Homeland, there have been wars and conflicts in every decade.  Every able bodied Israeli commits their post High School years to protecting their tiny nation.  We are proud that our son, Mataan has stepped up to serve (post college) in the IDF and is nearly halfway through his 3-year commitment.  With that said, we are thrilled he is home this week on leave for a well deserved respite.  Because of his respite, my keyboard is also taking time off, so this week's message will be abbreviated. No discussion of Trump's Middle East and European visit.  No talk of Russian collusion. No chatter of Healthcare attacks. No shaming of the Education offensive. No mention of our collapsing Antarctic Icebergs. No chitchat of Trump's proposed Budget slashing. I just leave you with this  heartfelt Memorial Day poem entitled Eyes of Blue.

A people persecuted beyond imagination; 
To help them he felt, was his obligation. 

He joined the army in World War II; 
Not knowing his hell would be Eyes of Blue.  

When he reached Normandy, the beaches were red. 
Crawling over his brothers who lay already dead. 

To give this tyrant, this devil his due; 
Not knowing his own demons, would be Eyes of Blue

He rounded a building securing a town; 
A young German soldier was just coming round. 

He plunged his bayonet, the quicker of the two; 
Killing the young soldier, with Eyes of Blue

He knelt down beside him with tears in his eyes; 
How long this moment would last, he did not realize. 

He closed the eyes as he thought he should do; 
Thinking never again to see those Eyes of Blue.  

The victor over many in Germany and Japan; 
It was always difficult taking life from a man. 

None would haunt him, this he now knew; 
As long as the soldier, with Eyes of Blue.  

He died an old man, to heaven he went; 
For this honorable soldier, mercy was sent. 

First time since the war, so sad but true; 
A peaceful sleep, not seeing Eyes of Blue.

Wishing you and your families 
Peaceful Shabbat Shalom, 
a Meaningful Memorial Day and 
a Sweet (dairy-filled) Shavuot .

Who delivered it better? Trump or Elle Woods in Legally Blond

Happy birthday to Sergeant Pepper and His Lonely Hearts Club Band who will turn 50 on June 1st.  Here is an awesome cover of one of those classic songs, When I'm 64, by MonaLisa Twins.  Hope you enjoy: 

For all you baby boomer Alexa owners (Alexa is that device you talk to and it can do almost everything you ask).  This is the (hysterical) AARP version:

Mazel Tov to Rabbi Daniel Syme, DPTV and Keith Famie for the 2 Michigan Emmy nominations for the film "Death is Not the Answer".

Bravo to Mitch Albom' s Water Ice Factory for opening a Spring/Summer pop-up location at the Franklin Cider Mill 
Weekdays 2-10pm and Sat./Sun. 2-8pm. Proceeds support Detroit Charities.

Condolences the fans, friends and family of the most well known James Bond.  Roger Moore died this week from cancer at age 89.  He portrayed the beloved English secret agent 007 times with humor and style.  May his spirit and memories bring comfort to those mourning his death. 

Yesterday, May 25, would have been the 100th birthday of John Fitzgerald Kennedy (POTUS 35).  From generation to generation, here is a tribute to the vision and hopes of our past through JFK's eyes and our future through his daughter and grandkids.

James Corden is one of my favorite entertainers and after watching his wonderful prime time special this week (Hulu it if you can), the devastating news broke about his home country. Here is his heartfelt tribute to the people of Manchester.
  Happy Birthday

May 26
Marcia Balonick
Larry Garon 
Linda Schwartz Klein
Miriam Neuman Farber
Kim Raznik

May 27
Marc Stanley (Happy 60th)
 Robin Schwartz
Ben Goutkovitch
Julie Schwartz Fisher (Happy 50th)

May 28
Shari Finsilver
Tzachi Shani
Leonard Beznos
Susan Luria

May 29
Rachel Portnoy
Peter Remington (Happy 70th)
Sam Laser
Steven Wiener
Carol Ogusky
Ariella and Tzvi's (6th anniversary)

May 30
Ellie Glen

May 31
Lisa Rosberg Leve
Bassie Shemtov
Dr. Irvin Kappy
Stephanie Curhan
Ken Bertin

June 1
Wyatt Levin
I am prone to mistakes so if I missed your birthday or got the wrong date, please let me know.

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 11  (Sunday)
Defending Freedom: 
A Jewish Historical Society Roving Symposium
Explore the Jewish responses to Anti-Semitism and Hate
10 a.m. - 3 p.m. 
Lunch at former Temple Beth El in Detroit included
Bus Departs from Cong. Shaarey Zedek

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

June 20 (Tuesday)
2017 Activist Award 
Presented to Jeannie Weiner (excellent choice)
Guest Speaker: Mayor Mike Duggan
Congregation Adat Shalom

July 26  (Wednesday)
Nosh Gen: Food, Fun & A Dash of History  
Detroit Farm & Garden
Agriculture in the "D," a look at the  current status of home grown food in Detroit and look back at the Jewish agricultural movements of the early 20th century.
6:00 p.m. Repair the World tour
6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Nosh Gen event

August 20  (Sunday)
J-Cycle 7: Bicycle Tour of Historic Jewish Detroit
This year's route begins at Northwest Activities Center (former Meyers & Curtis JCC) and heads north
Registration opens mid-June.

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:

October 19  (Thursday)
Exploring the Jewish Art and Artists in the Private Collection of Doreen and David (z'l") Hermelin
Save the date for this docent-led, first-of-its-kind benefit for the Jewish Historical Society of Michigan  at the Hermelin home. More details coming soon.

Parting Thoughts...

No words necessary