Joy to the World (3 Dog Night)
Writing this week's message jumped to the backseat so I could spend more time holding our new bundle of joy. I will share her name next week after our daughter and son-in-law officially name her at this Sunday's Baby Naming but till then, her nickname is
Yuli (Hebrew for July).
(Abba) Tzvi, (Big Sis) Dassi and (newborn) "Yuli"
Teach Your Children (C,S,N & Y)
With 2 young grandchildren, the topic of education is dear to our lives (and even if we had no kids, we would still support a strong educational system). Too bad our current Sec. of Ed. (Michigander),
was the First Place winner of the
Worst Trump Cabinet Member Reader Poll
from the New York Times. Tied for 2nd place were Environment (anti) Protector,
and Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
I just can't figure out who Betsy is working for... the students of America or the for-profit universities (like the now defunct Trump U.) and charter schools. She is using her influence to protect their bank accounts and as proof, 18 States are suing her because she reversed the actions to protect students from unethical loans.
(Disclaimer, not all for-profit universities are fraudulent). One of my favorite humorist,
, has Betsy on a mission to North Korea to reverse their math and science skills.
It's the end of the world as we know it (R.E.M.)
An iceberg the size of Delaware with twice the amount of (frozen) water as Lake Superior calved (broke off) from the Antarctica this week. Though the size was immense, scientist believe it was a natural phenomenon and not caused by Climate Change. But
is still a real thing that we must addressed. Humorist/Senator (I'm reading his new book),
teamed up with
Years of Living Dangerously project
to help bring awareness to climate change. Here is their latest video:
It's a Shame (The Spinners)
50 years ago this month, Detroit experienced the 67 Riots. To some, they prefer to describe it as a rebellion. My family and I lived one mile from the outbreak and 2 years later, we joined the White Flight to the suburbs. And in just 5 years, Barry Gordy moved our namesake Motown Records to LA.
Detroit has come a long way since those days. It hit rock bottom and is climbing its way back up. But has our nation learned anything from the riots that took place here and around our country? Has race relations improved in the last 50 years? The disparity still exists and it seems bigotry is still a major problem in our great nation.
For the Benefit of Mr. Kite (Beatles)
Detroit is thriving and improving everyday. For example, this weekend you can "Go Fly a Kite" on Belle Isle at the free
First Detroit Kite Festival Sunday from 10am - 4pm which will include more than just kites, like music, books... For more info, check out this article: http://on.freep.com/2u9xSkN
Bouree (Jethro Tull)
As the French celebrate Bastille Day, I've selected this classic
, recorded on French TV in 1969. Ian Anderson is a genius on the flute. This song is timeless and one of my favorites. Hope you enjoy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pqxwXla3-Bw
Wishing you and your family a
Sweet and Peaceful Shabbat Shalom and
Happy Bastille Day (for the French)
The cycle of life this week included the birth of our granddaughter
and the passing of these friends.
Condolences to dear friends
Julie, Steve, Brad and Scott Schlafer and Lori and Steve Weisberg and their family on the passing of
Alvin A. Weisberg z"l (age 90). Mr. Weisberg was a pillar in our community both in business and philanthropy. With his wife
Henrietta Weisberg, for 63 years they raised a beautiful family who contributed greatly to our community. May his memories and love bring comfort to those who mourn his loss as he was a blessing unto his family and friends.
Condolences to bonus siblings
Jandy and Rob Spiegelman and bonus nephew and niece, Max and Zoey, on the passing of Rob's mother
Bunny Spiegelman z"l who is now with her beloved husband, Donny Spiegelman z"l. Bunny was also mother to Lori and Rabbi Jonathan Kaplan and a wonderful grandmother to all her grandkids. May her memories and love comfort those who knew and love here and may she rest in peace as she was a blessing unto her family and friends.
Condolences to the
Sherizen family on the passing of their matriarch,
Betty Sherizen z"l (age 90). May her spirit and memories bring comfort to those who knew and loved her as she was a blessing unto her family and our community.
Condolences to the family of
Melvin Barnett z"l (age 89) on his passing, husband for 65 years to the late Marilyn Barnett z"l. May his love and memories bring comfort to his family and friends and may he rest in peace.
David and Sandy Kirsch and their families on the passing of David's father,
Donald Kirsch z"l (age 86), husband to Zita Kirsch. May his spirit and love bring comfort to his loved ones during their time of sorrow. May his life be a blessing unto his family and community.
Beth Katz Stone
Julie Kushkin Yaker
Julie Fisher (Israel)
Laurie Koblin Glass
Rabbi Lee Buckman
John Edward Antone
Johanna (Jodi) Cooper
Karen Sklar Gordon
Andrew Paul Teitel
Ricky Mark (Big Brother)
Marcie Hermelin Orley
Dr. Hamid Banooni
I'm prone to mistakes, so if I missed your birthday
or got the wrong date, please let me know.
July 23 (Sunday)
Fundraiser for Andy Schor
Lansing Mayoral Candidate (current State Representative)
Special Guest Senator Gary Peters
4:00 - 6:00pm
or call Heather at 517-927-5179
Andy is worth of our support. Hope you can help.
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 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 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:
October 13 (Friday)
Remarkable Women's Luncheon
For more info:
October 14 (Saturday)
Gigs for Digs fundraiser concert
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.