Gone but never forgotten
Shabbat Shalom
September 8, 2017
"And the World will be as One" John Lennon
As we reflect on the 16th year, past the 9/11 horror, it sadly seems our world is moving in a direction of negativity and divisiveness. After the tragedy our nation bonded together,  yet through the years those bonds continue to tatter.  In 2001, brainwashed hatred violently ended the lives of 2,996 innocent souls and even though "we didn't start the fire", we are responsible to help extinguish it.  The distinguished Southern Poverty Law Center suggest these 10 ways to fight hate: 
As for #9, this should be started as early as possible, especially at home but also at school. The University of Wisconsin developed a 12 step "kindness curriculum" for those precocious preschooler and the lesson plans are free to download so it can spread like wildfire. Studies show that just like learning a new language is prime during preschool age, it is also a perfect time to teach social and emotional skills, like kindness. 

"Come in, she said. I'll give ya shelter from the storm" Bob Dylan
On the heels of Harvey is his even more fierce sister, Hurricane Irma, registered as one of the biggest storms in history and is measuring the size of the whole State of Texas.  Her path through the Atlantic islands has has been catastrophic. 1 Million people have no power, thousands are homeless and more than 15 so far have lost their lives. Floridians and their family/friends are desperately hoping her northern direction only sideswipes our contenent. Wishing shelter and safety to those in her path.

"Whenever I want you, all I have to do is Dream" Everly Brothers
There is a simple solution to the 800,000 Dreamers' dilemma.  Give this limboed population a legal path to citizenship. They have already been vetted and are working or studying to help improve our nation.  They are innocent of their status and to do anything other than helping them stay in the only home they've ever known would be inhumane. Congress, you've got 6 months to find a compromise (and there is plenty of bipartisan support) to provide them a path to obtain legal documentation.  It is estimated that if Congress fails this task and #45 decides to do the unthinkable, it could cost our economy an estimated $460 billion over the next 10 years not to mention the devastation to 100s of 1,000s of people. 

"It takes a Redheaded 
to get a dirty job done" 
Bruce Springsteen
The tall redheaded comedian stuck out like a sore thumb in the Oasis on the Mediterranean, but Conan O'Brien seemed to be having the time of his life during his Israel visit this week. He traveled the whole country from the Dead Sea to the Sea of Galilee, from Jerusalem to Tel Aviv to the West Bank, met Bibi and (Wonder Woman) Gal Gadot but what touched him most was his hospital visit in Safed where he met Syrian war victims being treated by Israeli docs, who O'Brien felt should be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.  Thank you Conan for spotlighting the mostly unspotlighted Israeli reality.   https://www.israel21c.org/conan-tells-israeli-doctors-they-should-win-nobel-prize/

"Just call my name; I'll be there in a hurry. You don't have to worry"
Marvin Gaye
Unlike the honorable Conan, Kid Rock  is on the opposite end of the Mentch spectrum yet he will be the opening act for our new downtown Hockey/Basketball arena.  But, attention on the Trump-loving KR can be diverted that same evening to the multi-location, multi-channel Harvey victim relief event called "Hand in Hand: A Benefit for Hurricane Harvey Relief" and starring topnotch performers like Beyonce, Barbra Streisand and Blake Shelton to name a few. 

"Midnight. Not a sound from the pavement. Has the moon lost her memory" Tim Rice
It took 45 years (too long) to memorialize the 11 Israeli athletes who were kidnapped, tortured and murdered at the 1972 Munich Olympics.  There still hasn't been a moment of silence at any Olympic ceremony since the horror occurred.  But this week, a permanent memorial in Munich was inaugurated by Israeli dignitaries and the victims families. 
Munich Memorial

"Planet Earth is blue  And there's nothing I can do" David Bowie
Exactly five years to the day after the Munich massacre, Sept. 5, 1977, an endless journey began.  If you were at all interested in the worlds beyond ours, then you were aware of Carl Sagan's Voyager spacecraft which blasted off on its limitless adventure. Voyagers 1 and 2 have been exploring our universe for the last 40 years. Never before seen Milky Way images were beamed back to Earth and much knowledge has been gleaned from this mission.  In 2012, Voyager exited our solar system and is now making its way beyond our wildest dreams.  It carries a golden record with earthly sounds like Beethoven, Chuck Berry, a mother's voice, greetings in 55 languages and the songs of whales.  Incredibly, the golden record was created to withstand a lifespan of 1 Billion years, though not sure how this can be proven.  Here is more Nasa info on this incredible adventure: https://voyager.jpl.nasa.gov/news/details.php?article_id=48
Golden Record

"Of the big lake they called 'gitche gumee'" Gordon Lightfoot
What's not lasting anywhere near a Billion years is the 64 year old (Line 5) Enbridge oil and gas pipeline under the Straits of Mackinac.  Last week it was determined that the line was missing protected coating which leaves the metal pipe exposed to the lake water corrosion.  This pipeline needs to be shut down before a catastrophe occurs in our Great Lakes.  Even Gov. Snyder expressed his concern.  And another concern for our Great Lakes is that there is evidence that the antidepressants and antihistamines consumed by humans are making there way into brains, livers, muscles and gonads (reproductive organs) of our Great Lakes fish.  Yikes! This can't be good.  Is there anything safe to eat anymore. 
https://www.forbes.com/sites/brucelee/2017/09/04/antidepressants-found-in-the-great-lakes-and-fish/#6d767f9987db  And of course we need to protect the funding from our Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. 

"The falling leaves drift by the window" Joseph Kosma (1945)
As September is in full swing, so are our plans to view the beautiful Michigan Fall Foliage. From the tip of the UP at Copper Harbor to Ottawa Lake on the Ohio border, Michigan trees display a slow colorful rainbow. Here is a week by week location guide to this artful theatics. 
http://www.freep.com/story/life/2017/08/30/michigan-fall-colors-foliage-predictions/615677001/ and here is a beautiful rendition of the 1945 song Autumn Leaves which was covered by Nat King Cole, Eric Clapton, Frank Sinatra, Ed Sheeran and Edith Piaf but his lovely rendition is by Eva Cassidy:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xXBNlApwh0c

Lastly, You're Welcome.

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


Please Help
I am now 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 haven't signed yet, please contact me to sign my petition 
(I'll meet you anywhere)

Condolences to Mitchell and Michele Bleznak and their family on the passing of Mitchell's mother,  Phyllis Bleznak z"l (age 89).  May her long life filled with love and memories bring comfort to her family and friends and may she be a blessing unto her community. 

Condolences to the Nemer family on the passing of Barbara Nemer z"l (age 72). As an Alumni Jewish Women's Foundation trustee, her contributions were greatly appreciated. May her memories and spirit bring comfort to those who mourn her passing and may she be a blessing unto her family and friends.  

Condolences to the fan, friends and family on the death of Steely Dan guitarist, co-founder and co-songwriter Walter Becker (age 67). Steely Dan was the music of our Kibbutz days listening to albums down in the bomb shelter that was converted to a "Disco". Here's to bringing back some fond memories:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-jtqDbH4a3E

Happy Birthday

Sept. 8th
Brian Abraham
Lisa Parshan

September 9th
Barbara Nusbaum
Jane Sherman
Lisa Nederlander
Marty Rosenthal
Patty Smith Moss

September 10th
Sharyn Jacob Gallatin
Susan Kaplan
Michael Hirsch

September 11th
Michelle Bleznak
Stefanie Pasman Wollach
Nan Giblin Beeler
Bunny Berman
Brian Schubot

September 12th
Diane Benyas
Diane Mondry
Morgan Berg (Happy 18th birthday)
Jordan Gruber
Jill Alper
Marc Lederman
Bunky and Neal Elyakin (Happy 35th)

September 13th
Kary Moss 
Scott Miller

September 14th
Pam Benyas
Suzi Terebelo
Patty Howard Haron
Toni Trager-Bradley
Sharon Bayles Oppenheim

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

September 8 (Friday)
Discussion to end Gerrymandering
Birmingham Temple
28611 Twelve Mile Rd
Farmington Hills, MI 48334
Guest Speakers:
State Rep. Jeremy Moss
State Rep. Christine Grieg
Rep. from Voters Not  Politicians

September 9 (Saturday) 
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
8:00pm Doors open
8:30-10:00pm Concert

September 10 (Sunday) -  New Listing
Screening and Panel Discussion of the film 
The S Word
Ross School of Business, Robertson Auditorium
Free of charge and open to the public
Sponsored by the  Heinz C. Prechter Bipolar Research Program and the University of Michigan Depression Center, in collaboration with the  Stephen M. Ross School of Business.  
Appreciation to Sam Orley for participating on the panel discussion.

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) 
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:

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

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 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 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.

Parting Thoughts...
Israel is Blue while her 
are Red