Last Friday 7-7-17 was our lucky day with the arrival of our 2nd granddaughter
July 14, 2017
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), Betsy DeVos 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, Scott Pruitt 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, Andy Borowitz , 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 Climate Change is still a real thing that we must addressed. Humorist/Senator (I'm reading his new book), Al Franken teamed up with David Letterman and the 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:

Bouree (Jethro Tull)
As the French celebrate Bastille Day, I've selected this classic Jethro Tull tune,  BourĂ©e , 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:

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.

Condolences to 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.  

Happy Birthday

July 14th
Conrad Giles
Marla Drutz
Beth Katz Stone
Sherry Margolis
Wren Hack
Julie Kushkin Yaker

July 15th
Natan HarPaz
Julie Fisher (Israel)
Adam Rubin 
Laurie Koblin Glass
July 16th
Carol Rosenberg
Julie Zussman
Rabbi Lee Buckman
Mort Feldman
Lisa Scholnick

July 17th
Harvey Fink
Sharon Curhan
Susan Kaufman
Melinda Nagler
John Edward Antone
Linden Nelson
July 18th
PJ Cherrin
Rick Loewenstein
Frida Klein
Annabel Cohen
Danny Slaim
Jeffrey Weiss
July 19th
Johanna (Jodi) Cooper
Kami Robinson
Karen Sklar Gordon
Andrew Paul Teitel
Gil Lior
July 20th
 Ricky Mark (Big Brother) 
Marcie Hermelin Orley
David Fox
Lucy Henney
Connie Sklar
Dr. Hamid Banooni
Linda Zlotoff
Sam Sobel
Jacob Zuppke

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

Community Connections

July 23  (Sunday)
Fundraiser for  Andy Schor
Lansing Mayoral Candidate (current State Representative)
Special Guest Senator Gary Peters
Our home
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
Eastern Market

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
Temple Israel

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

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...