Even After Last Week...
Shabbat Shalom
November 18, 2016
"There is a crack in everything, that's how the light gets in." Leonard Cohen
There are theories upon theories of why we lost the election, but one thing is for sure...both of our US political parties (Donkeys and Elephants) are in a new state of existence. Donkeys need to reboot and remind citizens of our global concern for humanity.  Seems Obama might be interested in making this his Out-Of-Office cause.  Elephants need to look in the mirror and ask why they are attracting Hateful Groups and the Alt-Right to their core.  For 18 months, despicable rhetoric was chanted and expressed 24/7. Protecting and comforting our children from this vitriol was exasperating. But the big question is, how do we move on from here. Maybe I'm naive, but I truly believe most people are (mostly) Good. Yes, even Trump supporters (minus the KKK). Many voted for him because they were angry, financially hurt, scared and uneducated. Yet, there is no excuse for their disturbing actions and Trump himself is due for some repenting. The past is over and the future is now of our concern. The victory have emboldened viciousness as the Southern Poverty Law Center and the FBI report an accelerated rate of hate crimes (against Black, Gays and Muslims) which has jumped 3 fold since Trump won. And Jews are still the most frequent targets of Hate Crimes with a 53% majority against us.   http://time.com/4569129/racist-anti-semitic-incidents-donald-trump/    If we witness hate crimes in our midst, we must step up to assist those being harassed. "The opposite of Love is not Hate, it is indifference" Elie Wiesel.   Hate is exhibited in all 50 of our great States.   Here is an interactive map of all Hate Groups.  https://www.splcenter.org/hate-map (we have 12 of them in our Metro Detroit area).   We must also keep vigilant of all Trump appointments and actions. Rience Priebus is OK but Stephen Bannon must be protested. Bannon is a radical alt-right extremist who the Anti-Defamation League strongly opposes for his history of platforming White Supremacist groups.  A Hillary presidency would have meant more leisure time for the progressive community. Protecting Planned Parenthood and Minorities, committing to the Paris Climate Accord, reasonable Gun Control and appointing Supreme Court Justices would have received our high approval rating (RBG must live in a healthy bubble). We now need to double down and raise our voices to protect Women's Health Choices, our land, oceans and air, Civil Rights of all Americans, our economy and our children's future.  We can not turn back the clock (literally or figuratively).  For now, Trump is our elected POTUS.   When Obama was elected, many in the Republican Party decided to build their wall of "No".  We cannot continue on a healthy path with our polarized Congress. Unity in the center must be strengthened. Most Americans politically fit around that median line. Our next election of  November 6, 2018 seems far away but now is the time to start working to elect unifying legislators (both locally and nationally) who can help heal the deep seated wounds of our population. 
This doesn't work!!!

"Act the way you'd like to be 
and soon you'll be the way you act."  
Leonard Cohen
We can start raising our voices by...
- Attending the  Progressive Women of Michigan Summit on Saturday Dec. 10th at the Royal Oak Music theatre 11:00am-3:00pm lead by (my State Rep.) Christine Greig and (former Michigan Legislator and current county prosecutor)  Gretchen Whitmer among others. 
- Joining the  Million Women's March on DC held on Saturday Jan. 21st, the day after the inauguration. 
- learning more about the Electoral College and how to make it obsolete.  First there is a petition on Change.org that supports a constitutional amendment to eliminate it.  But there is also a National Popular Vote Interstate Compact which 10 States plus DC have already signed which allows their State's electoral vote to go to the candidate who won the popular vote among all 50 states. If your state isn't one of the 10, you can call your local legislators to encourage your support.  To learn more, check out this article:

MI and FL would be safe from Detention
if the Electoral College was deemed obsolete. 

"Music is the emotional life of most people."
Leonard Cohen
Music tends to help heal wounds and unify us.  Here is father/daughter  Peter and Bethany  (Yarrow) in an attempt to  "Lift Us Up" .  This should be our mantra: 

"Poetry is just the evidence of life. 
If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash." 
Leonard Cohen
While in the musical mood, Hil lary's SNL alter-ego paid tribute to the late great, Leonard Cohen z"l during last weekend's opening number with this soothing rendition of Hallelujah. 
"Glory to the Lord" is the meaning of the Hebrew word Hallelujah. This songs reminds us that even through pain and discomfort, there is always a Hallelujah in our world.  We must keep this optomistic attitude while taking the lead to help Tikkun Olam and Tikkun our Nation.  Maybe Leonard Cohen should have shared Bob Dylan's Nobel Prize as his poety seems just as influential. It turns out, Bob wasn't too impressed by the award as he won't be attending the ceremony to accept it in person.  But back to Leonard,  t he lyrics quoted in this photo ( "Dance me to the end of love" ) speaks about the muscial ensemble outside the Gas Chambers during the Holocaust, but for those who don't know the genesis of the song, other beautiful interpetations are credited to these deep words and melody. 

Rufus Wainwright (father to Leonard's granddaughter, Viva) does a haunting rendition of " Chelsea Hotel" (yes, Rufus is gay but he and his partner collectively co-parent Viva with Leonard's daughter, Lorca)  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f4rQ03pl2Og
Adam Cohen, Leonard's son, sings of the message to "Put your bags down" in life as it is easier to move forward without a heavy load. Adam talks about his father telling him a story of a man on a train carrying a heavy load.  His destination was inevitable, but his ride would be more comfortable without holding his heavy baggage.
And this last tribute to LC is from the talent trove of James Taylor and Yo-Yo Ma with this beautiful rendition of "Suzanne"

"Love is the only engine of survival"
Leonard Cohen
Since 2002, there have been 10 attempts made by anti-Israel groups to force the University of Michigan's Central Student Government to divest from Israel. The most recent was this week when the CSG (thankfully) voted against this latest resolution 34 to 13.  How many resolution were brought against Russia or China or Saudi Arabia or Venezuela?  Seems only Israel deserves condemnation. They must take their cues from the UN.  Israel is the only democracy in the Middle East where all rights of all citizens are protected.  Try being openly Gay in any neighboring Arab country or in the 76 countries where it is illegal. How many Jews sit on the Supreme Court of any Arab Nation? Zero.   Salim Joubran is an Israeli Arab judge on the Supreme Court of Israel. There are Arab doctors, lawyers, engineers... all over the integrated State of Israel. Yes, peace between the Israelis and Palestinians has been elusive but it is strived for everyday by most Israelis and hopefully one day, it will arrive.  In the meantime, those who hate Israel need to get their butts there to learn the truth about the country. 

"Creators care nothing for their systems 
except that they be unique."
Leonard Cohen
Other than China and Canada, guess which foreign country has the largest footprint at the New York Stock Exchange.  The teeny tiny young State of Israel.  And because Israel is a beacon of gender equality, many of the companies are lead by women. Bravo to the New York Stock Exchange for recognizing Israeli companies last week with a salute to several women-run businesses. 

"You go your way, I'll go your way too"
Leonard Cohen
Bravo to this year's Presidential Medal of Freedom awardees.  On Nov. 22nd, twenty one exceptional people will be presented their awards by our (soon to be missed) POTUS at the White House. This honor was established back in JFK's presidency and acknowledges those who've achieved advances in our National Interest, World Peace, Cultural Accomplishment and Private/Public Endeavors. Here are just few of the winners, Kareem Abdul Jabbar, Ellen DeGeneres, Robert De Niro, Bill and Melinda Gates, Tom Hanks, Michael Jordan, Robert Redford, (Detroit bred) Diana Ross, Bruce Springsteen and Cicely Tyson.  Here is the complete list: 

"When things get really bad, just raise your glass and stamp your feet and do a little jig. That's about all you can do." 
Leonard Cohen
Life is Fragile with unexpected twist and turns. Here is Sting singing his famous song at last week's first anniversary of the Paris terrorist attack at the Bataclan

"...and every breath we drew was Hallelujah" 
Leonard Cohen
The holiday of Thanksgiving is nearly here and even with an unknown daunted future, we still have much to be thankful for. Though democracy is messy and complicated, it sure beats the alternative.  We do live in a great country and shouldn't take our freedoms or obligations for granted.  No matter who the president is, let's continue to make sure our lives and the lives of our family, friends and community is improving. Our health and happiness is also a blessing. Wishing a healthy future to those in need of Refuah Shlema (complete healing).  May you all be surrounded by cherished friends and family this Thanksgiving holiday.

Wishing you and your family 
a Sweet and Peaceful Shabbat and a 
Meaningful Thanksgiving Celebration.

You can always read all current and past Shabbat messages at 
Mazel Tov to dear friends Betsy Appleton and Eric Zuckerman on this weekend's wedding of their daughter, Julie Zuckerman to Ryan Gessin. May the newlyweds be blessed with health, happiness, peace and prosperity and may they share decades of memorable experiences together. 

Mazel Tov to cousins, Judy and Sam Weiner and Wendy and Scott Pittman as their grandson and son, Owen becomes a Bar Mitzvah this weekend. Wishing Owen a life filled with Jewish content, health, happiness and prosperity. Sending love and hugs to the family.

Condolences to Lou and Paula Glazier and their family on the passing of Lou's mother, Bessie Glazier z"l (age 97).  May her long life provide cherished memories for her family as they mourn her loss.  May she be a blessing unto her community and family. 
Happy Birthday

Nov. 18th
Noah Tepperman
Carole Caplan
Shari Rogers (Chicago)

Nov. 19th
James Philip Norville 
Renee Dorn Ruiz 
Mara Moss
Marty Rosenthal

Nov. 20th
Jolie Schiller Altman (Happy 50th)
Justin Jacob
Elyse Madgy Friedman

Nov. 21st
Francee Ford
Sari Shapiro Cicurel
Lisa Katzman

Nov. 22nd
Caryn Satovsky - Siegel
Keith Lewis
Tali Shani

Nov. 23rd
Congresswoman Debbie Dingell
Marc Schechter (Happy 50th)
Marty Maddin
Robbie Franklin Sherman (Happy 50th)

Nov. 24th
Gail Rosenbloom Kaplan
Lori Bennett
Happy Thanksgiving

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

Now - November 20 (Sunday)
Hadassah Annual Rummage Sale
Wide selection of everything!
Hadassah House
5030 Orchard Lake Road, West Bloomfield
For more details, please contact 
Carol Ogusky

November 19 (Saturday)
Detroit Gala: The beNeFit IV
Benefiting Children's Tumor Foundation
Our community's generosity has this event Sold Out
However, there is a chance to attend by getting on the waiting list.  Please contact Joyce Keller at

November 26 (Saturday)
Cabaret 313
Featuring Broadway and TV star Megan Hilty
The Cube
Marjorie S. and Max M. Fisher Music Center

November 28 Monday
Carole King Intimate Home Concert
Fundraiser for Senator Debbie Stabenow
At the home of my mother
For more info:
Annette Rodgers

December 1 (Thursday)
Orchards Children's Services
Sip and Shop for a cause at the Franklin Village Boutique
Noon - 6:00pm

December 8 (Thursday)
Thread presents 
Anat Hoffman - Co-Founder, Women of the Wall
The Berman Center for the Performing Art at the JCC
West Bloomfield
Free and open to the community
Registration is required at this website

January 7  (Saturday) and January 8 (Sunday)
University of Michigan
UMS (University Musical Society)
(Israeli) Batsheva Dance Company