Happy Sukkot
Shabbat Shalom
October 6, 2017
Americans have a disturbing addiction to their guns.  I'm sure Monday morning found gun stores mobbed with shoppers concerned their weapon ownership would be threatened after Sunday night's mass murder; Not that they have anything to worry about with the current NRA controlled congress.  We continue to lose loved ones (like no other country) to senseless rapid automatic gunfire, but the gun loving mentality continues to be perpetuated throughout the heartland of our nation. After the mass gun violence like this week, too many Americans think we need more guns and liberal open carry laws to solve our problem. Give me a Break! Until we evolve out of our wild west demeanor or until we elect a Congress disconnected from the NRA, mass shootings will continue to plague us. This was our deadliest mass murder to date but doubt it will be our last one. Coincidentally, Congress this week was suppose to vote on a bill (HR 367) to deregulate gun silencers. How would that benefit our society? Where in our 2nd Amendment does it include automatic assault weapons and silencers? Even the late SC Justice Antonin Scalia believed in limitations of the 2nd Amendment.  Yes, banning Bump Stocks (rapid fire modifier) could be a start but it is far from a solution.   Condolences to the family and friends of the 58 innocent souls (the killer was the 59th death) who lost their lives in Las Vegas and prayers of recovery to those 527 people injured in this senseless and random attack.  But prayers are insufficient if it isn't followed up by action to help end this epidemic.

The Victims
They were school teachers, medical professionals, bartenders, police officers, fishermen, tech workers, construction workers, librarians, veterans, students, mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, sons and daughters...whose 58 deaths have impacted thousands more.  Here is a tribute to all of the victims who lost their lives to this senseless mass murder.  http://people.com/crime/las-vegas-mass-shooting-victim-names-photos/ Also,  Miley Cyrus and Adam Sandler paid tribute with this moving rendition of "No Freedom" on the Tonight Show this week.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=118&v=8z2RgsLSn-c

To elect a sensible and fair-minded Congress, we need to eliminate two disastrous obstacles blocking our democracy.  The first is Citizens United which allows massive amounts of hidden money in our election campaigns.  This, sadly, won't be eliminated anytime soon with our current SCOTUS, but there is hope on the Court's Docket to obliterate the 2nd evil to our democracy which is Gerrymandering. Yes, (with enough signatures) this issue will be on our Michigan 2018 ballot to require a non-partisan independent district setting commision, but it is also being discussed at our highest Supreme Court level with a case involving Wisconsin. Questions, so far by even our right-leaning justices are headed in a promising direction. This could take time as judgement isn't due till June.  I'll keep you posted as developments happen.

Congress, this week, passed the nocuous sounding bill called  The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act which makes 20-week abortions illegal. Who wants to cause pain to any child...? The title of the bill is despicable and false. This is just another way to limit access to abortions for women all over this nation who, as it is (financially or geographically), can't reach help during this crucial time in their lives.  They've tried twice before to pass this bill but our previous POTUS was against it.  That's not the case this time around.  This article has more info on this issue: 

The people of Catalonia (Spain) might also have democracy slip through their fingers even after Sunday's referendum vote for independence. Chaos and violence insued in the region (home to Barcelona) during the voting process but the results exposed the unanimous interest of the people to secede. Greater Spain won't give up this fight and King Felipe made a rare televised speech to reprimand the Catalonians for their disloyalty.  However, they seem determined to declare independence once all the votes are counted which will most likely be this weekend or early next week. 

Sukkot is a time that reminds us of our fragility (though this week, no reminders are necessary).  After the deep reflective holidays of Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur, we now dwell (literally and figuratively) in temporary shelter to remind us of our ancestors' (led by Moses), fragile journey to our homeland.  It is also a time to reflect and appreciate the land and agriculture that sustains our existence.  Appreciation of our lives hopefully encourages us to partake in meaningful and pleasurable activities so wishing you a Sukkot filled with your favorite family, friends and food. For more fun about Sukkot, there are 8 little known facts about the holiday:

The Nina, Pinta and Santa Maria reminds us of the 2nd Monday in October when most (but not all) US communities celebrate Columbus' arrival. Those who don't cheer his voyage are the communities sensitive to those who were already on this land when those 3 ships arrived in 1492.  Whether you city celebrates Columbus Day, Indigenous People's Day or nothing at all, hope your 2nd Monday of October is enjoyable.

The various Nobel prizes have been announced all week with a wide array of winners. But most people are interested in today's announcement of the 131st Peace Prize which will be revealed at 5:00am Detroit time, 1 hour before these emails hit your inboxes but while I'm still asleep.  The shortlist of contenders include some questionable options, like Vladimir Putin and Edward Snowden but I'm praying for my favorite contestant, Pope Francis.  

Every month and every cause has its partnerships and this month its  Breast Cancer Awareness.  Though breast health is a year round issue as mammograms should be kept on a regular  recurring schedule while manual checks should be done daily.  There is always misunderstanding about this disease and here is an article which clearly explains the 5 different stages of Breast Cancer. http://bit.ly/2wA0YrP

"Buy me a Drink, Sing me a Song, Take me as I Come, 'cause I can't stay Long".  Rest in peace, Tom Petty, who passed away this week at the age of 66 from a Heart Attack. Petty's career was sparked at age 11 when he met Elvis. Throughout his life, he performed with the major players in the industry and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002.  Speaking of the Hall, they just announced their 2018 list of nominees and are offering fans the opportunity to select their 5 favorites.  If you'd like to check out the list and add your voice, here is the website:
And more music news...For those who enjoy and follow Lake Toba (our daughter Liat's folk music duo), they have changed their name to Gossamer Strings.  Here is their website if you'd like to check out their music.   https://www.gossamerstrings.com/

Wishing you and your family a 
Peaceful Shabbat Shalom 
and a Hug Sukkot Sameach 
(Happy Sukkot)

Happy Birthday!

Oct. 6th
Anessa Kramer
Ariel Rubin
Jeff Zaslow z"l (we miss you)

Oct. 7th
Eli Saulson
Ilana Liss
Rabbi Josh Bennett (Happy 50th)
Miryam Rosenzweig
Randi Levin

Oct. 8th
Brad Benyas
Deborah Orley Rubyan
Esther Rubyan
Gregg Orley
Yehoshua Lis

Oct. 9th
Graham Orley
Janice Steinhardt
Bob Aronson

Oct. 10th
Yael Raviv
Avi Davidoff

Oct. 11th
Kevin Dorn 
Lisa Moed 
Ron Kagan
Paul Meyer

Oct. 12th
Bunky (Margaret) Giblin Elyakin 
Eva Kaplan 

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 7 (Saturday)
Shaarey Zedek Shabbat Service honoring the memory of Bill Berman z"l in celebration of what would have been his 100th birthday. Community lunch following services.

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 15 (Sunday) 
Wisdom 10th Anniversary Dinner
( Women's Interfaith Solutions for Dialogue and Outreach in Metro Detroit)
Farmington Hills, MI 48331
$50 per person 

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

October 17 (Tuesday)
Fundraiser for Jocelyn Benson
Former Dean of Wayne State Law School
Best qualified candidate for Michigan Secretary of State
Home of Florine Mark
To rsvp and to receive address, please contact:

October 17 ( Tuesday
Magen David Adom Detroit Gala
Congregation Shaarey Zedek
5:30pm cocktails, 6:30pm Dinner
Guest Speaker:  Jonathan Medved
For more information or to RSVP please contact:
Sharon Kobernik at 888-674-4871 or skobernik@afmda.org

October 18 (Wednesday) 
Michigan Israel Business Bridge (MIBB)
Annual Meeting
Jewish Federation of Metro Detroit
Conference Room Area, Room F
6735 Telegraph Road
Bloomfield Hills, MI  48301

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.

October 25  (Wednesday)
Forgotten Harvest Fundraiser
Farms To Hungry Tables
Women's Harvest Breakfast @ Detroit Athletic Club and/or
Dinner Event @ Grosse Pointe Yacht Club
Also, Pampered Chef is donating 30% of sale proceeds to Forgotten Harvest Farms through 11/8/17

October 26 (Thursday)
The Great Big Challah Bake
Royal Oak Farmers Market

October 28 (Saturday)
Cabaret 313
Kyle Riabko. Close to You: Bacharach Reimagined
If you are a Bacharach fan, like me...you 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 info@jacpac.org or check out website at https://jacpac.org/ or to register for the event:

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 www.detroitperforms.org/live

November 7 (Tuesday)
Election Day

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  btryon@jslmi.org

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...
Tel Aviv City Hall lights up this week in tribute to Las Vegas