"Hot town, summer in the city.
Back of my neck getting dirty and gritty"
We are officially in the Summer Savoring time of the year. August has arrived as we ponder how July flew by so fast.
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
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:
"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
"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"
, 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.
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
(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.
Linda Katzman Spigelman
Jennifer Morse Mattler
Jandy Ross Spiegelman
President Barack Obama
Janet Halberg (Happy 60th)
Lisa Mendelson Wiener
Eleanor Gerbs Aronovitz
Hillary Chavkin Isakow
Susie Stober Sillman
I'm prone to mistakes, so if I missed your birthday
or got the wrong date, please let me know.
August 8 (Tuesday)
JACPAC II Event
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:
Franklin Hills Country Club
Forgotten Harvest Woodward Dream Cruise Event
Cruisin' To Drive Out Hunger
27659 Woodward Ave.
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!
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
September 6 (Wednesday) -
Annual Meeting and Recognition Event
Great Lake Culinary Center
September 7 (Thursday)
Hadassah's Opening Meeting
September 9 (Saturday)
Lake Toba Concert
Intimate folk concert by our daughter Liat Tova Lis and her partner Kyle McGonegle.
at Orchard Mall
6337 Orchard Lake Rd
West Bloomfield, MI 48322
$10 per person, pay at door
8:00pm Doors open
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.
RSVP to me to receive address
September 18 (Monday)
The Jewish Ensemble Theatre (JET)
29th Annual Gala
The Capitol Steps
September 23 (Saturday)
Camp Sea-Gull Reunion
5725 Rochester Rd, Troy, MI 48085
Please RSVP at this site:
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
for more information.
September 25 (Monday) -
Michigan Jewish Sports Hall of Fame Dinner
Jewish Community Center
October 2 (Monday) -
Gary Burnstein Community Health Clinic
Esteemed Women of Michigan Event
in Pontiac, Michigan
Mazel Tov to these friends:
Chief Medical Officer Henry Ford West Bloomfield
Public Relations Detroit Jewish News
Dr. Eva Feldman:
Professor of Neurology University of Michigan
President of International Essential Tremor Foundation
: Owner of Naturally Photography
President Hebrew Free Loan
Executive Director Michigan League of Conservation Voters
For the full list:
Michigan League of Conservation Voters
Innovation in Conservation Awards Gala
Westin Book Cadillac
State Rep. Stephanie Chang
Jalonne White-Newsome (Kresge Foundation)
Hadassah's 100th Anniversary Gala
Detroit Institute of Arts
Women of Vision
: Author Jennifer Weiner
Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha
of Peds @ Flint Hospital
Edie Resnick Jewish Community Champion
October 13 (Friday)
Remarkable Women's Luncheon
For more info:
October 14 (Saturday)
Gigs for Digs fundraiser concert
Mayer Hawthorne (local guy from Ann Arbor)
The Fillmore in Detroit
Yad Ezra Annual Fundraiser
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.