Shana Tova 5778
Shabbat Shalom 
September 22, 2107
Higher Level
We dipped the apples, we ate the honey cake and now, these 10 days between Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur are our important Days of Awe to review our past and ponder future.  During these reflective days it is customary to apologize and ask forgiveness from those around you. Also, though Tzedakah (Charity) is a year round activity, now is a prime time to give of your time and money to those in need.  "We should not be the same person the day after Yom Kippur that we were the day before Yom Kippur. We should be moving ahead, raising our lives to a higher level." Rabbi Marc D. Angel. Here are the Maccabeats to help raise our lives to a higher level with their new Rosh Hashana song:
Shana Tova 5778
Peace and Harmony
As we hope for a sweet and peaceful new year, our country seems stuck in an unpeaceful racial tornado. Sure, positive steps have been made but somehow real progress remains stagnant.  To date, police killings of unarmed citizens is at the same rate as last year even with our heightened awareness of this tragic phenomenon. Anger and violent protest caused fury in St. Louis this week when a judge acquitted another police officer for killing a black man. It is a rare case when a police officer is convicted of killing while on duty. The evidence surrounding this case was scrutinized by the judge but he felt it wasn't enough to convict. The city's small but mighty fury created safety concerns for both U2 and Ed Sheeran causing them to cancel their concerts. Racism is a serious problem in our country which must be addressed. Maybe the hope is within our youth. Here is an interesting video of a very diverse group of college kids reacting to a 1940s war film produced by our State Department.  
And speaking of students, there is a new campaign by a White Supremacists group called, Project Siege, in which they plaster various campuses with "White American Culture" propaganda. and to confuse these kids even more, they've changed their image from swastika tattoos to polo shirts.   

Bottom Up
The only way to fight ignorance is with factual education but in Egypt and many other countries, the facts about Israel are twisted into hateful rhetoric.  Many of Israel's neighbors don't accept her right to even exist let alone give their school children accurate info about her. Case in point, a respected Egyptian Historian (remember Israel and Egypt signed a Peace Treaty) complained to the Education Ministry about the tiny section of a Middle East map, published in an 8th grade Egyptian school book, which indicated Israel.  See map below.  This, apparently, was a "Shanda" (yiddish word for disgrace) and of course the books were recalled and wiped clean of the only legally established democratic Jewish state in the region. Though they can wipe us from their textbooks, they will never wipe us from existence.  But is conflict with her neighbors, Israel's long term destiny?  Sadly, this might be the case until the enemy leaders decide to change their mindset about Israel.  I found this next article to be an excellent analysis of the history and (bleak) future of the Peace Process, unless things are changed from the Bottom Up. (Thanks, Ariel Rubin, for sharing this article)

Mother Nature
Harvey, Irma, Jose, Maria, Florida Sinkholes, Mexican Earthquakes... Mother Earth is not a Happy Camper. Maria pounded the previously soaked and bankrupted Puerto Rico with the worst hurricane in her modern history. The devastation is horrific and this will put their decade long deep recession even deeper in debt.  And a 7.1 earthquake near Mexico City toppled buildings causing a growing death toll of over 230 people (many of them children in a crumbled school). This quake occurred 32 years (to the day) since the last large quake in 1985. More than ever, those in the zone of destruction need the assistance of those in safe zones. In times of distress, humanity is strong and noble but its efforts are also needed during times of calm.

UN Opening Day
Then another (unnatural) force of nature hit when #45 made his first bombastic appearance at the UN this week as he beat his chest with his "America First" speech. He was provocative and insulting...just what his supporters love to hear. T erry Gross ' interview this week with journalists  E.J. Dionne and Norm Ornstein reiterated, in their new book "One Nation After Trump", how Trump is completely unsuited and incompetent to be our president and what we should be doing about it.

My Music Picks
Hope you enjoy Paul and Bruce, who saw her standing there last week.  And I just found this harmonious married duo whose voices blend into beautiful Jewish melodies.  They are called Laeli and here is their rendition of Avinu Malkeinu:  

Final Thoughts
As we embark on this new year of 5778, may Trump and Un learn to tone down their overcompensating rhetoric before they move our doomsday clock to midnight and may our US Congress fail again at their umpteenth time to repeal ObamaCare.  Lastly, did you know that this year, both the Jewish and Islamic New Year fall on the same day?  And in the spirit of camaraderie, for the first time ever, a Jewish leader, Rabbi Marc Schneier will be the Grand Marshal at the NYC Muslim Parade held this Sunday.

Wishing you and your family a 
Peaceful Shabbat Shalom,
an Easy and Meaningful Fast and 
a Sweet and Healthy Rosh HaShana.

Adon Olam is a prayer we recited on Shabbat and Holidays. 
Hope you enjoy this "happy" version: 

Mazel tov...

To Betsy and Jeff Heuer on the birth of their granddaughter,  Sadie Ophelia who was born on what would have been her great-grandfather, Harvey's 90th birthday.

To Nancy and Mitch Kantor on the birth of their grandson, Beckham Howard.

Sounds like a nice opportunity for a Detroit Community Sheduch between Sadie and Beckham.  May they and their families be blessed with health and happiness for many years to come.

Hope you have a sweet birthday 
even if it falls on Yom Kippur this year.

Sept. 22nd
Rachael Avadevoh-Woods 
Michael Powers

Sept. 23rd
Perry Ohren
Mark Keller
Bernie Glieberman
Sept. 24th
Jack Folbe
Judy Sklar Cantor
Nancy Siegel Heinrich
Allen Wolf

Sept. 25th
Talia Raviv 
Linda Hiller Novak
Terri Rossman
Rose Rita Goldman

Sept. 26th
Connor Tukel
Dana Baskin Coffman
Judy Weiner
Izhak Segal
Liz Olsson
Scott Berger

Sept. 27th
Paul Chaben
Gayle Friedman Gold
Carol Sobel
Andy Zack
Eric Winer

Sept. 28th
Eed Dorn
Josh Kanter
Emily Camiener
David Lubin
Brandon Hynes

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.

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

September 23  (Saturday) 
Cabaret 313
An Evening with Tony Award Nominee Carmen Cusack
The Players Clubhouse
3321 East Jefferson Avenue
Detroit, MI 48207
Two shows: 7:00pm and 9:30pm
$55 Dinner Package at the Rattlesnake Club prior to Second Performance. Call  313-405-5061  for more information.

September 25 (Monday)  
Michigan Jewish Sports Hall of Fame Dinner
Jewish Community Center
West Bloomfield

September 26 (Tuesday) - New Listing
Refusing to Choose: LGBTQ, Jewish and Pro-Israel
Holocaust Memorial Center
28123 Orchard Lake Rd
Farmington Hills, MI 48334
Sponsored by: A Wider Bridge
Free to the public
For more info and to register:

October 2 (Monday)
Jewish Federation of Metro Detroit Annual Meeting
Berman Center of Performing Arts 
West Bloomfield JCC
Open and free to public
Honoring with the Fred Butzel Memorial Award: 
Very Worthy Allan Nachman - Mazel Tov
Incoming Federation President:
The Remarkable Beverly Liss - Mazel Tov dear cous.
Incoming Foundation President:
The Fantastic Alan Jay Kaufman  - Mazel Tov

October 2 (Monday)
Gary Burnstein Community Health Clinic
Esteemed Women of Michigan Event
Centerpoint Marriott  in Pontiac, Michigan
Mazel Tov to these friends:
Betty Chu:  Chief Medical Officer Henry Ford West Bloomfield
Sari Cicurel : Public Relations Detroit Jewish News
Dr. Eva Feldman Professor of Neurology University of Michigan
Shari Finsilver:  President of International Essential Tremor Foundation
Monni Must : Owner of Naturally Photography
Harriet Orley : President Hebrew Free Loan
Lisa Wozniak:   Executive Director Michigan League of Conservation Voters
For the full list:

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 5 (Thursday) - New Listing
Brilliant Detroit Inaugural Housewarming
Livernois Tap
567 Livernois Ave.
Ferndale 48220
6:00 - 9:00pm (short program @ 7pm)

October 5 (Thursday) - New Listing
Paris Films Presents Human Condition
4 Films, 4 Organizations, 1 Purpose
Birmingham 8 (Theater 1)
211 S. Old Woodward
6:00 - 9:00pm
Suggested entry donation: $20
RSVP required at

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) - New Listing
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) - New Listing
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) - New Listing
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

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 30  (Monday) -  New Listing
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

November 16 (Thursday) - New Listing
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 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...