August 11, 2017
This week takes us on an Eastbound Road Trip, so time spent at my computer is limited.  No news or commentary on current events, just my favorite saying, my favorite musician and some happiness advice to hold you over till next Friday...

This joyful advice is a reprint from one of my past emails and these w ords of wisdom come from Marci Shimoff (Chicken Soup for the Soul author) via Kelly Rogers Victor's Kale and Kant.
1. Develop a Kind Mind -  Our thoughts seem to have a mind of their own, but our actions are entirely in our hands. Many of our thoughts are of the negative persuasion but if we can become active in thinking positive by reminding ourselves of the good fortunes in our lives, that will limit our brains from those negative thoughts that block our happiness.
2. Give Love, Service, and Appreciation - Our biology is built to gain pleasure when we do good for others.  The more we help, give and appreciate...the more happiness we will experience.  Our physical body also benefits when we give and receive love. 
3. Live your Passion and Dreams - Self explanatory.
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And this week's musical selection comes from my High School crush, Cat Stevens.  This was his first protest song in the 60s and this version of "Blackness of the Night" has an updated message. It reflects on the refugee family-less children who wanders the lonely and dark streets of their existence.

Wishing you and your family a 
Sweet and Peaceful Shabbat Shalom.



Congrats to (Drs.) Chris Beeler and Whitney Hitchcock on their nuptials this weekend.  We are thrilled to help the young couple celebrate and we wish them Health, Happiness, Peace and Prosperity for a long life together (with Tulip).

Condolences to Fan, Friends and Family of the multi-talented Glenn Campbell who died in Nashville this week at the age of 81. After his public announcement that he was suffering from the soul-stealing disease of alzheimer, he bravely journeyed back on the road for a final concert tour.  Hopefully one day this dreaded disease with be eradicated from human nature.  

Aug. 11th
Ron Siegel
Jody Penfil Rosenfeld
Lilly Glancy Jacobson
Carol Nederlander
Lilly Epstein Stotland
Lisa Barak Freedman

Aug. 12th
Daniella HarPaz Mechnikov
Bonnie Larson
Allison Rabinowitz Baumwald
Rabbi Jennifer Tisdale Kaluzny (Happy 40th)
Rabbi Lauren Berkun
Shlomi Hammer
Sam Bernstein
Roman Kagan
Elana Chessler Lofman
Aug. 13th
Sarah Wolk
Betsy Reich

Aug. 14th
Hy Safran
Jeanne Katz Maxbauer
Julie Levenson Feldman

Aug. 15th
Arthur Siegel
Andrew Beider
Miriam Liebman 
Aug. 16th
David Wainer
Marcia Anstandig Seigerman
Allan (Gelly) Gelfond
Diane Harris
Sherri Walts 
Gail Katz
Aug. 17th
Irwin Wright (Happy 90th)
Luke Allen
Ron Reiter
Aubrey Strickstein
Elaine Plotnik Darmon
Robert Riney

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

Community Events...

August 15  (Tuesday)
ORT Rub-A-Dub
Franklin Hills Country Club

August 18   (Friday)
Forgotten Harvest Woodward Dream Cruise Event
Cruisin' To Drive Out Hunger
Westborn Market
27659 Woodward Ave.
Berkley, MI
Featuring:  a dozen iconic restaurants, Motown band, and silent auction benefits Forgotten Harvest and our community's commitment to relieve hunger in southeast Michigan. 
Casual and fun. Bring your family and friends! 
For tickets:
For more info on FH:

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 20 (Sunday)
Back 2 School Store
Help Detroit students attain their school needs from clothing, backpacks, supplies and personal care items.

August 27 (Sunday)
The 2nd Annual Michigan Jewish Food Festival
Eastern Market

September 6 (Wednesday)
Annual Meeting and Recognition Event
Great Lake Culinary Center
Southfield, MI

September 7 (Thursday)
Hadassah's Opening Meeting
Shaarey Zedek
Guest Speaker: Rita Rudner

September 9 (Saturday) 
Lake Toba Concert 
Intimate folk concert by our daughter Liat Tova Lis and her partner Kyle McGonegle.
West Bloomfield Yoga Shelter at Orchard Mall 
6337 Orchard Lake Rd
West Bloomfield, MI 48322
$10 per person, pay at door
8:00pm Doors open
8:30-10:00pm Concert
Space limited, please RSVP

September 13 (Wednesday)
Jewish Women's Foundation
Women Lighting the Way
18th year anniversary
Featuring Cabaret Performer, Liz Callaway
Max and Marjorie Fisher Music Center

September 14 (Thursday) 
Duvdevan Foundation Event
Dinner and presentation by elite commandos of Israel Defense Forces special unit.
Our home
RSVP to me to receive address

September 18 (Monday)
The Jewish Ensemble Theatre (JET)
29th Annual Gala
The Capitol Steps
Temple Israel

September 23 (Saturday)
Camp Sea-Gull Reunion
Camp Ticonderoga 
5725 Rochester Rd, Troy, MI 48085 
Please RSVP at this site:

September 23  (Saturday) 
Cabaret 313
An Evening with Tony Award Nominee Carmen Cusack
The Players Clubhouse
3321 East Jefferson Avenue
Detroit, MI 48207
Two shows: 7:00pm and 9:30pm
$55 Dinner Package at the Rattlesnake Club prior to Second Performance. Call  313-405-5061  for more information.

September 25 (Monday)  
Michigan Jewish Sports Hall of Fame Dinner
Jewish Community Center
West Bloomfield

October 2 (Monday)  
Gary Burnstein Community Health Clinic
Esteemed Women of Michigan Event
Centerpoint Marriott  in Pontiac, Michigan
Mazel Tov to these friends:
Betty Chu:  Chief Medical Officer Henry Ford West Bloomfield
Sari Cicurel : Public Relations Detroit Jewish News
Dr. Eva Feldman Professor of Neurology University of Michigan
Shari Finsilver:  President of International Essential Tremor Foundation
Monni Must : Owner of Naturally Photography
Harriet Orley : President Hebrew Free Loan
Lisa Wozniak:   Executive Director Michigan League of Conservation Voters
For the full list:

October 5 (Thursday)
Michigan League of Conservation Voters
Innovation in Conservation Awards Gala
Westin Book Cadillac
DTE Energy
State Rep. Stephanie Chang
Jalonne White-Newsome (Kresge Foundation)

October 8  (Sunday)
Hadassah's 100th Anniversary Gala
Detroit Institute of Arts
Rivera Court
October 10  (Tuesday)
Women of Vision
Featuring : Author Jennifer Weiner
Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha Director  of Peds @ Flint Hospital
Dana Nessel Litigator for LGBTQ  Rights
Edie Resnick Jewish Community Champion

October 13 (Friday)
Weight Watchers
Remarkable Women's Luncheon
The Henry
For more info:
Cheryl 248-479-1356
Donna 248-479-1377

October 14 (Saturday)
Humble Design
Gigs for Digs fundraiser concert
Mayer Hawthorne
The Fillmore in Detroit

October 16  (Monday)
Yad Ezra Annual Fundraiser
Honoring:  Aimee and Richard Simtob
Congregation Shaarey Zedek

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...