Shabbat Shalom
July 28, 2017
Tisha B'Av (Aug. 1) is the day we mourn the destructions of our 1st and 2nd Temples due to external and internal conflicts.  Jews have always had external haters but its most disturbing when the fighting comes from within our own "family".  The main (unlearned so far) lesson of Tisha B'Av is to cease and desist the centuries long infighting of our peoplehood which led to the destruction of our Temple and far worse the weakening of our ethnic web.  We are a small minority whose strength comes from our shared belief of Tikkun Olam and the teachings of the Torah. We should have zero tolerance for any of our factions exerting dominance or superiority over any other group, which is going on right now in Israel.  Our beloved Kotel (the external wall of the destroyed Temple) should be shared by all streams not dominated by one sect. How will the Jews, who have closed the Kotel to equalitarian presence, reconcile their behavior and the lessons of the holiday during their prayers and fasting? 

We need some humane Geneva Convention type rules in the Middle East.  The "game" is completely lopsided filled with lies that incite violence and outright atrocities.  One of the most hypocritical actions is that, instead of PA leadership trying to stop terrorism, it rewards perps and their family with lifelong cash payments.  And the PA is suppose to be our partner for peace.  
Even after we've removed the supposed "offensive" Metal Detectors, they still continued the protests.  They make up lies, like, the camera's we use to keep the area safe can see through clothing and embarrass worshippers. These types of lies have been repeated for decades/centuries.  Will the world ever open its eyes to this lopsided conflict.  Check out David Harris' clear explanation of this stalemate situation: 
Lastly on this topic, please check out this 3 minute detailed and truthful explanation of what happened last week in this Honest Reporting video:

Incitement involves many tactics but most notable are the blatant lies that seem to evoke the worst actions.  Sadly, we have a POTUS who is very fond of lying.  Bravo to the NYTimes for their in depth examination of the constant lies spewing from 45's lips. And, believe it or not, the Times is conservative on their definition of "What is a Lie".  They also distinguish between lies (which are said intentionally) and falsehoods.   Take a peek at this data, which I'm sure won't surprise you:  And while on the subject of absurd was his speech to the Boy Scouts this week? Just as the Boy Scouts were trying to improve their image, Trump set them back a huge notch. Then of course his attack on Transgender soldiers in the military based on their "excess expenses" was a doozy. The truth is, a couple of his Mar a lago trips cost more than we spend on Transgender medical care and the military spends 10 times the amount on soldiers erectile dysfunction. James Corden has the best response to this latest absurdity.
Trump is  the most unprecedented president in all of US history.  
Oy vey, they continue to beat the Repeal Horse to death. After a successful vote, with the help of recovering Senator John McCain and the tie-caster, VP Pence, to discuss the issue on the Senate Floor, they continue to be unsuccessful in removing something most Americans do not want removed.  Move on fellas,  this is a lost cause.  What would be helpful is to improve it rather than implode it. 

Bravo to Ann Arbor, named Most Educated City in America.  Out of the 150 large metro cities in the study, AA scored way above the next city, Washington DC, by 16 points. This is AA's 2nd year at the top spot.  And not only does it have brains, but it also has beauty and culture.  A full package...

Ann Arbor

Last week I mentioned that plastic bags aren't recyclable, which is true in Farmington Hills and many other cities, but it's best to check your own city for their protocol.  The detrimental effect of plastic bags on our environment is devastating.  500 Billion bags are put into our global society every year.  It takes 500 to 1,000 years for plastic to degrade.  46% of all plastics are floating in our oceans causing huge patches which threatens our wildlife. Maybe 50 years ago, it was great advice to give Benjamin in the Graduate, but today we need to break our addiction to this contaminant. 

Cohen Tribute
Here is Leonard Cohen's, "Hallelujah" performed in Yiddish by Klezmer musician Daniel Kahn. 
Stephen Stills and Suite: Judy Blue Eyes (Collins) team up together (again) to cover Leonard Cohen's 1988 song "Everybody Knows"
Stills and Collins are touring together, but alas they won't be stopping in Michigan. Their tours dates are in this article. 

Wishing you and your family a 
Sweet and Peaceful Shabbat Shalom and a meaningful Tisha B'Av.


Mazel Tov

Mazel Tov to Lee Trepeck on being chosen to receive this year's   Madeleine H. and Mandell L. (z"l) Berman Award for his dedication and service to our Detroit Jewish Community. Sadly, this will be the first year that Bill won't be presenting the award in person. Lee's spirit and enthusiasm and Tamarack's solid camping reputation are true community Gems.



Condolences to friends, Rich and Tracey Homberg and their family on the passing of Rich's beloved mother,  Fred ericka Homberg Carter (age 94).  May her long life, her spirit and her love be a blessing unto her family and community.  

Happy Birthday

July 28th
Andrea Levin 
Josh Linkner
Emma Ross (Happy 1st)

July 29th
Steven Tapper
Eric Mintz
July 30th
Dr. Jim Labes (Happy 85th)
Jeff Heuer (Happy 75th)
Gail Gotthelf (Happy 65th)
Elana Folbe
Aaron Folbe
Ashley Goldberg

July 31st
Shaindle Braunstein-Cohen
Amy Mindell
Paul Hack 
Sharon Jonas
Aug. 1st
Miriam Liebman
Carol Segal Ziecik 
Honorable Dan Shapiro
Neil Satovsky
Josh Eichenhorn
Frances DeMaria Morof
Bea Gomez
Aug. 2nd
Adi Kaye
 David Techner
Mark Haron
Aug. 3rd
Orna Wolens
Steve Tarnowsky
Tony Levin
Dany Saar
Shoshana Baruch
Jordan Zaslow
Honorable Amy Hathaway 

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

September 9 (Saturday) - NEW LISTING
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) - NEW LISTING
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:

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...