It's 7-7-17.  
If Seven is your lucky number  than today is your lucky day.
July 7, 2017
Embarrassment
Our Commander of Embarrassment is in Europe attending the G20 Summit and will have a powwow with his BFF Putin, today.  His arrival to Poland earlier in the week was met by protests of his Paris Accord withdrawal and his speech was pessimistic about the future of civilization.  But let's focus on something more fun to report.  Last week's, he posted a CNN twitter attack which was followed up with this clever response.  Hope this brings a smile to your weekend:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QotA7KHb7mo

The Tweet Meister 

Immigration
Our country was built on the backs of brave, strong, dedicated appreciative immigrants, many of them were our grandparents or great grandparents.  Lin Manuel Miranda deftly demonstrates and dedicates his new video called Immigrants (We get the job done) to those trailblazers.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6_35a7sn6ds
Our fake "commander" fakely portrays immigrants as criminals and terrorist. In fact, most risk life and limb just to reach our golden shores hoping for a better life for their families.  Yes, we need a system moving forward that is fair, humane and beneficial to all but until we get a Grown Up in the White House, we should sideline this fake priority. Also, on this subject, bravo to (our Michigan) Wayne County Sheriff, Benny Napoleon (yes, he has a cool name), for standing up to ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) which is illegally requesting that our Country's Counties keep immigrant detainees beyond their release dates. Mixing the police with deportation strains their community relations and hampers crime reporting. 


Veto
While on the page of praising our local civil servants, a bravo is due to our Governor  Rick Snyder for vetoing (last week) the anti-abortion license plate bill which would have garnered funding to fight abortion rights. Sadly, 29 other States allow this political "choose life" ploy to seep into their coffers and contaminate the sacred separation of our religious beliefs and state government. 


Equality
Another bravo is due to the German Government which last weekend approved Marriage Equality with a Parliamentary Vote even though Angela Merkel remained opposed to the issue. This opens the options for Gays to marry and raise children.  Germany joins Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, the Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, Portugal, Luxembourg, France, the UK (except Northern Ireland and Jersey), and the Republic of Ireland.  The two countries which only allow civil partnerships are Austria and Italy. 


SCOTUS
Gay Rights is not a cause our newest Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch is supporting.  In fact, his record and opinions have now confirmed the opinion of many that he is continuing the conservative views of his predecessor, Justice Scalia.  Gorsuch supports the right of religion invading our government, gun protections, gay discrimination and campaign funding (every issue I oppose). And with his lifetime appointment at the young age of 49, he could affects these crucial decisions for 3 if not 4 more decades. Yikes! That's worse than a 4 year Trump presidency. And most likely, 80 year old Justice Anthony Kennedy will retire within the current presidential term.  Replacing Scalia with another "Scalia" evens the score, but Kennedy is a swing vote and if Trump and the Republican-controlled Congress replaces him, it would swing SCOTUS drastically to the right. Double Yikes!


Myth
The Loch Ness Monster, Bigfoot and Voter Fraud fit together like hand and glove. They are all overblown with no evidence of their existence.  So don't be surprised if we read about the Loch Ness Monster and Bigfoot Integrity Commissions just as there is now a President's Advisory Commision of Election Integrity wasting our taxpayers time and money. Remember, our  Fake Commander (FC) accerted that millions of people voted illegally affecting the popular vote (which he insists he won). The FC appointed the (conspiracy theory prone) Kansas Sec. of State, Kris Kobach as the Commission's Vice Chair with Mike Pence as the Chair.  Last week a letter was sent to all 50 Secretaries of State asking for this voter info data:
-full first, middle, last name
-address
-date of birth 
-political party
-last four digits of social security number
-voter history from 2006 onward
Most Secretaries found this request over (the invasion of privacy) line and 44 have denied some or all of the data.

BS
BDS BS has invaded NYC's Lincoln Center where the Israeli play "To the End of the Land" will be perform in late July.  The play is based on a novel by Israeli author  David Grossman (I'm reading his book "A Horse walks into a Bar"), so, of course, it must be boycotted. Here is the article that explains this bias bigoted attack 
And here is the open letter signed by the blind haters of Israel and Jews:   https://adalahny.org/web-action/1473/letter-calling-lincoln-center-cancel-israeli-governments-brand-israel-theater
As I've repeatedly admitted, Israel is far from perfect and the current Prime Minister has overstayed his welcome, but it is even farther from the false accusation the BDS movement uses to garner support.  If anyone is to blame for the atrocious situation the Palestinians live under, it is the Palestinian leadership who (for decades) refuses to provide a democratic existence for their people but instead continues to focus on the destruction of Israel. 
"To the End of the Land"

"Summertime Is In Our Hands",  literally as I hope you are all enjoying this wonderful season and musically with this sweet meaningful dance-friendly video by  Michael Franti .  Watch till the end to understand the appreciation and enjoyment of life. Fly with the wind in you hair, Cleanse your soul, Take the road less traveled, Find the light, Dance every day, Have a beer with a stranger, Trust your heart, Look fear in the eye, Embrace crazy, Swim like a mermaid... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J55NOROVBgI  
And if you love this video like I did, you can join the movement  http://www.doitforthelove.org/    which uses music to help Heal and bring Hope to those who are in deep need of healing.  

Wishing you and your family a 
Sweet and Peaceful Shabbat Shalom

Lisa
lisashabbatshalom.com

Happy Birthday

July 7th
Eleanor Jackier
Arleen Kohn Platt

July 8th
Honorable John Dingell
Lily Kaye
Vicki Barnett
Michael Langnas

July 9th
Aubrey Topper
Eva Brussow-Snyder

July 10th
Brad Schram
Ricki Rogow
Eldan Kaye
Julianna Smoot
Steve Bilow
Elissa Slotkin

July 11th
Hal Ostrow
Ed Lansat
Rachel Devries
Bonnie Otis
Paul Bensman
Brad Feldman

July 12th
Gail Fisher
Arthur Liss (Cousin)
Simone Vitale
Alison Pure-Slovin
Dylan Handelsman

July 13th
Zoe Weil
Kenny Nathan

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

Community Connections
Get Involved

July 23  (Sunday)
Fundraiser for  Andy Schor
Lansing Mayoral Candidate (current State Representative)
Special Guest Senator Gary Peters
Our home
4:00 - 6:00pm
$100
rsvp@andyschor.com
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)
NCJW
Back 2 School Store
Help Detroit students attain their school needs from clothing, backpacks, supplies and personal care items.

August 27 (Sunday)
Hazon 
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
248-788-2900

September 23 (Saturday)
Camp Sea-Gull Reunion
Camp Ticonderoga 
5725 Rochester Rd, Troy, MI 48085 
7:00pm
Please RSVP at this site:

October 13 (Friday)
Weight Watchers
Remarkable Women's Luncheon
The Henry
Dearborn
For more info:
Cheryl 248-479-1356
Donna 248-479-1377

October 14 (Saturday)
Humble Design
Gigs for Digs fundraiser concert
Featuring 
Mayer Hawthorne
The Fillmore in Detroit

October 16  (Monday)
Yad Ezra Annual Fundraiser
Honoring:  Aimee and Richard Simtob
Congregation Shaarey Zedek
6:00pm 

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.

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