Shabbat Shalom 
  August 4, 2017
"Hot town, summer in the city. 
 Back of my neck getting dirty and gritty"
Lovin Spoonful
We are officially in the Summer Savoring time of the year.  August has arrived as we ponder how July flew by so fast.  Venezuelans don't have the luxury of whiling away the summer as their country is in serious crisis mode with 1,000% inflation and their leader deceitfully switching to a dictatorship with a tampered election. Their current president Nicolas Maduro is following in the deviant footsteps of his predecessor Hugo Chavez.  Leaders who oppose Maduro were rounded up in midnight raids and arrested. Life for ordinary Venezuelans is challenging as supplies of water, medicine and food are dwindling and hard to obtain. Another commonality between Chavez and Maduro is their disdain of Jews.  In 1999 (when Chavez took control), there were 22,000 Jews living in Venezuela.  The last census in 2015 estimates 7,000 are left.  This week 26 more of them immigrated to Israel.  For more details about the devastating situation in Venezuela, check out this article:

Venezuela Protests

"Believe me when I say to you,
I hope the Russians love their children too" 
Though POTUS gagged at the "flawed" bill, he had no choice (with a veto-proof majority), but to sign the current Sanctions against Russia, Iran and North Korea.  Though Putin thought his "friendship" would protect against his atrocities, our democratic process and 3 pillars of power forced Trump's "John Hancock" on the page.  Of course, Val is now retaliating by halting our US diplomatic presence in Russia, some say, reverting us back to a Cold War era. Where will this saga go...? Not sure, but here is an entertaining and musical angle on this menacing situation by the brilliant Randy Newman:    

"How do you solve a problem like..."
Adding to our international concerns is the more than annoying North Korea leader,   Kim Jong- un who keeps waving his weapons at us.  Sandwiched between China and South Korea, this totalitarian regime tortures its own citizens, keeps them in the Dark Ages and is constantly threatening the world with it repeated missile launches.  His last launch nearly hit an Air France jet. China could be the key to solving this issue but it is evident that they like to keep the situation status quo. 

"You who are on the road
Must have a code that you can live by"
Crosby , Stills & Nash
Would you like some well-heeled advice from Those in the Know, like Notorious Ruth Bader Ginsburg who suggests the following 7 tips to raise trailblazers:
1. Foster the Love of Reading
2. Teach Independence
3. Seek out Great Teachers
4. Learn how to turn a Deaf Ear
5. Set Aside Worries
6. Make Your Own Luck
7. Marry the Right Person
Here is the article which expands on these tips:
But don't stop with just RBG, how about some wisdom from Buffett, Gates and Winfrey.  They all seem to follow the 5 hour rule.  But what do they fill these hours with...?  Three important things.  
1. Reading 2. Reflecting and 3. Experimenting. Here are more details to this trio:
And my last blogger bit of advice is that money CAN buy happiness if you spend your money on experiences rather than things. Here's the article that proves this point:

Good riddance to the Mooch...

Happy 80th birthday to the Appalachian Trail!

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




Condolences to friends, Carol and Mitch Klein and their family on the passing of Carol's mother,  Doris Lee Goldman z"l (age 91). 
May her long life bring sweet memories and comfort to those who knew and loved her.  And may she be a blessing unto her family and community. 

Condolences to fans, family and friends of actor, author, screenwriter, director Sam Shepard (age 73) who died this week from the horrific disease ALS (aka: Lou Gehrig's disease).  There is currently no treatment or cure but Israeli scientist are making great breakthroughs in their research.  Both Technion and Hadassah Hospital are on the forefront of this research.  Someone should update all those who continue to support the Israel Boycott movement.

Happy Birthday
Aug. 4th
Savannah Berg
Linda Katzman Spigelman
Jennifer Morse Mattler
Jandy Ross Spiegelman
Lesley Kutinsky
Stephen Muss
Michael Benghiat
Michele Fisher 
President Barack Obama
Aug. 5th
Dan Chicorel
Jeremy Berg
Nancy Luckoff
Aug. 6th
Alan Pinter
Janet Halberg (Happy 60th)
Sharon Zalenka
Brian Masserman

Aug. 7th
Norma Dorman
Aug. 8th
Brad Beck
Cheryl Margolis
Lisa Mendelson Wiener
Eleanor Gerbs Aronovitz
David Wallace
Hillary Chavkin Isakow

Aug. 9th
Ron Sollish
Jenny Suidan

Aug. 10th
Andy Levin
Susie Stober Sillman
Bryan Fenster
Michael Banks
I'm prone to mistakes, so if I missed your birthday 
or got the wrong date, please let me know.

Community Connections

August 8 (Tuesday)
Personal to Policy: Make Your Vote Matter
The Office Coffee Shop
402 S Lafayette Ave, Royal Oak, MI 48067
Costs $10 (to help us cover the venue rental) and includes a beverage at The Office Coffee shop. 
This event is geared toward folks in their 20's, 30's and 40's.
The panel of Voting Rights experts include Mark Brewer (former Michigan DNC Chair), Jocelyn Benson (former dean of WSU Law School) and reps from the ACLU of Michigan and No Space for Hate.   Reserve a seat at:

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) - New Listing
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) - New Listing  
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 9:30 Performance. Call  313-405-5061  for more information.

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

October 2 (Monday) -  New Listing
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 (local guy from Ann Arbor)
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...