Shabbat Shalom
October 27, 2017
Sanity Sake
An excessively busy week blocked me from typing time so this  message will be abbreviated and dedicated to (mostly) good news.  Week after week, the news is dominated by disasters and calamities so for sanity-sake and as suggested by a friend, I will forgo the misery messaging for a week to give readers a halt from heartbreak.   

Eat Chocolate
To start this "happy message", eat some chocolate (unless you are a dog).  I eat it every morning in my chocolate/banana breakfast cake.  Apparently chocolate is healthy for us; The darker the better.  Yes, the chocolate industry has spent millions on proving this fact, but many nutritionist do believe chocolate is beneficial for our health.  Here are 5 advantages of adding chocolate to our diet. 

Food Security
Speaking of food, did you know that Israel is one of the most Food Secure nations in the world, according to the UN (which never seems to favor Israel by any means).  Out of 180 countries, Israel reached the 19th position in her ability to feed her population and would have been ranked higher if she didn't depend on imported grains and energy from the US for some of their needs.  Also, climate change could affect her Food Security ability as Israel's region could be negatively affected by global warming (oops, sorry to add negativity in this story).

Irish Jews
Not since 1971 has Ireland's Jewish population been so high.  It increased by 30% according to their 2016 Irish census, though it is still relatively low at only 2,557.  For decades, the population had been decreasing from a high of 4,000 in 1946.  Also, the count might not be accurate as the census does not provide for a Jewish box to check but only an "Other" line to self identity. Also, many of the "new" Irish Jews are American expats working in the Irish tech world. Here is the full article with more details. 

Kibbutz Life
Maybe they'll meet their husbands, like I did.  The BBC will be producing a reality show of 10 Jewish Brits who will volunteer on a Kibbutz for 2 weeks in honor of Israel's upcoming 70th birthday.  The Kibbutz movement has adapted and changed since its inception in 1909.  Most kids now live with their parent as they have eliminated the children's dorms (which I worked in).  Also, many kibbutzim  privatized their system but still maintain a sense of a communal lifestyle. For about 50 years, young people from all over the world have volunteered on a Kibbutz to experience this unique opportunity.    
Kibbutz Ramot Menashe 1980 front porch of our room 
with Hannan and Neal Elyakin (our neighbor)

Bravo Dave
With an apropos and meaningful political quote from Mark Twain, the gracious David Letterman received his Prize for American Humor at the Kennedy Center on Sunday with legendary friends like Bill Murray, Paul Shaffer,  Senator Al Franken,   Jimmy Kimmel,   Norm Macdonald,   Steve Martin,  Amy Schumer,   Martin Short  and  Jimmie Walker who all touted his accomplishments. Apparently, Bill Murray stole the show when he came out in full regal attire to relinquish the title he received last year.  To hear the Twain quote and read more about the evening (which will be broadcast on PBS on Nov. 20), check out this site: 

Blueberry Hill
Before Chubby Checkers, B.B. King, Ray Charles... there was Fats Domino who died this week at the age of 89.  He was the 8th and final child born into his family which began in the (famous) lower ninth ward of New Orleans where during Katrina he was rescued from his home there.  Here is his 1956 performance of "Blueberry Hill" on the Ed Sullivan Show

Austin, TX
Hot off the press, here is Norah Jones at Austin City Limits during this week performance of her sultry song "Sleeping Wild".  Hope you enjoy:   The full episode of Austin City Limits with Norah Jones will air tomorrow evening (Oct. 28) on PBS.

Wishing you and your family a 
Peaceful and Sweet Shabbat Shalom. 


Condolences  to Steven  Miesowicz  and Beth Gotthelf and their family on the passing of Steven's dad. Richard F. Miesowicz at the age of 80.  May his memories and spirit bring comfort to those who mourn his death and may he be a blessing unto his family.

Happy Birthday!

Oct. 27th
Stuart Sherr

Oct. 28th
Leora Bar Levav
Mike Hirsch
Rae Sharfman
Fran Wolok

Oct. 29th
Lois Shaevsky
Sheldon Cowen
Terri Friedman
Mica Lior
Evva Hepner
Marsha Deitch
Mark Gorge
Neta Eldan

Oct. 30th
Leora Rothenberg
Shelley Green Alexis
Stacy Brodsky
Paul Silverman
Jeremy Baruch
David Groner
Dennis Green
Stacy Goldberg

Oct. 31st
Ed Ross
Rachel Winer
Aaron Martin
Nov. 1st
 Andrew Lloyd Webber &  Tim Rice premiere
"Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat"
Nov. 2nd
Karen Sosnick Schoenberg
Ronnie Ferber
Helen Curhan
Vered Segal
Elisa Malile
I'm prone to mistakes, so if I missed your birthday 
or got the wrong date, please let me know.

Please Help
I am a certified circulator for a Michigan petition to place a proposal on our 2018 Ballot to amend our constitution to establish an  Independent Citizen Redistricting Commission to End Gerrymandering.  Petitions can only be signed in person and this issue is vital to rightsize our voting districts. If you'd like to sign it, please reply back to this email.

October 28 (Saturday)
Cabaret 313
Kyle Riabko. Close to You: Bacharach Reimagined
If you are a Bacharach fan, like will NOT want to miss this show. This was one of my favorite shows I've even seen in NYC. I'm excited he'll be in Detroit and assume tickets will go fast. 

October 30  (Monday) 
JAC Membership event
Home of Roz Blanck
9:15 Registration and Breakfast
9:45 - 10:45am Program
Featuring:  Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow
JAC is Joint Action Committee on Political  Affairs supporting Israel, Reproductive Rights and Separation of Religion and State. For more  details please email or check out website at or to register for the event:

November 1 (Wednesday) 
Friends of the IDF Michigan Chapter 
21st  Annual Gala Dinner
Congregation Shaarey Zedek
Guest Speaker: Lior Raz from Netflix series "Fauda"

November 3  (Friday) 
Detroit Public TV 
Detroit Performs Live 
3rd annual celebration of Motorcity Music
The Fillmore in Detroit
6:30pm Doors open and VIP Strolling Dinner
8:00-9:30pm Live concert, broadcast, and worldwide live-stream
Featuring:  Ruben Studdard, Alexander Zonjic & the Motor City Horns, Ethan Daniel Davidson, Jill Jack, and The Miracles Revue featuring Mark Scott. 
Ticket and sponsorship info at

November 6 (Monday) 
JARC 37th Annual Fall Fundraiser
British Rock Invasion with the DSO
The Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center

November 7 (Tuesday)
Election Day

November 7 - 12  New Listing
Hadassah Annual Rummage Sale
November 7 and 8           9 am to 4 pm
November 9                     9 am to 7 pm
November 10                   9 am to 3 pm
November 12 (bag day)   9 am to 1 pm
For information, call Carol Ogusky  248-683-5030

November 10 (Friday)  
Levin Center at Wayne State University Law School
Presents a day-long conference on 
Current Issues in Immigration Law:
- Immigration Detention
- Sanctuary Cities
- Iraqi Deportations in Detroit
- Travel Ban
Conference is free but advanced registration is required

November 16 (Thursday) 
City Year Women's Leadership Breakfast
Colony Club
2310 Park Ave, Detroit 48201
7:00 - 8:00am Registration and Networking
8:00 - 9:00am Breakfast and Program

November 16 (Thursday)
An Evening with Friends of Jewish Senior Life
In memory of Jeffrey Zaslow z"l
Featuring pianist David Syme
Also performing Cantor Michael Smolash and the Hillel Choir
The Berman Theatre at the West Bloomfield JCC
Patrons tickets at $118; general tickets at $54 and $36.
For tickets visit
Or call the Berman Box Office at 248-661-1900.  
For more information:
Beth Tryon 248.592.5026 or

Knollwood Country Club
5:00 - 7:00pm

November 17 (Friday)
Sterling Heights Area Community Foundation
5th Annual "Puttin on the Ritz"
Honoring: Congressman Sandy Levin
Villa Penna in Sterling Heights

November 20 (Monday)
MIBB Educational Foundation Ambassador Awards Dinner
Knollwood Country Club
5050 W. Maple Rd.
West Bloomfield Township
5:30 Reception
6:30 Dinner
Mark Davidoff - Chuck Newman Impact Award
Plasan Sasa Israel - Bridge Builder Award
George Roberts - Young Professional Award

Parting Thoughts...