Shabbat Shalom September 28, 2012

Shabbat Shalom September 28, 2012

Dear Friends and Family,

As we begin the New Year of 5773 with a clean slate (assuming our fasting and repentance was received), we must remember that there will be many times this year that we will fall, stumble, make a mistake, say something wrong… because we are imperfect human beings.  Our slates will be smeared again but it is important to keep moving in a positive direction even after we fall. Here is a wonderful video that spells it out:

In just 40 days, US citizens (including my niece Eed, who this week became a US citizen) will be heading to the polls to cast our ballots.  Unfortunately, this right and privilege is taken for granted as only 57% of us actually voted in the last presidential election. We have the lowest voter turnout rate, by far, among other Western nations (Austria 92%, Italy 90%, Israel 80%). But of course, this doesn’t stop some who think we must make it MORE difficult to vote to prevent our NON-existent (.003%) voter fraud problem.  To learn more, please check out Sara Silverman‘s new video.  BUT, I must WARN you, she is frank, bold, sarcastic, volgar and humorous, but her message is on target, so don’t watch if you prefer NOT to hear the F word: 

And keeping within the voting theme, SNL did a hilarious spoof on the undecided voters, enjoy: 

Rest in Peace, Mr. Andy Williams.  You were a dignified Gentleman of many decades.  Moon River was your most famous tune but I just love this one and as we are in September, it is also timely:

For some of you early reader of this message, you DID see the Pure Michigan video before copyright infringement issues resulted in it removal later in the day last Friday.  The producers apparently got the rights to use the song by the recording artist but her people neglected to tell them that the writers of the song had a 2nd copyright claim.  Hopefully it will be resolved soon so the rest of the county appreciate our beautiful State from mitten bottom to rabbit ears.

Our holiday of Succot starts this Sunday evening. I hope our 8 day (7 days in Israel) weather is pleasant for all those meals, parties and overnights in your Succot.  Speaking of Israel, please enjoy this wonderful video touting Israel’s beauty:

Wishing you and your loved ones a Sweet and Peaceful Shabbat Shalom and a Hag Sameach,



A Huge Mazel Tov to dear friends Jeff and Devora Kaye on Eldan and Hila engagement.  I can’t wait to give big hugs to the beautiful young couple.
Condolences to Gail Fisher and her family on the passing of her beloved father, Myron Gruskin.  May his memory and legacy bring strength and comfort during their time of sorrow.
Please join the Newspaper ad in support of President Obama
Please attend the following worthy events:
 –Sept. 30th @ 9:00-Noon @ The Detroit Zoo to support Ovarian Cancer awareness and research.
Oct. 7th @5:00pm @ Home of Doreen Hermelin to support 3 (Women) US Senatorial races: Shelley Berkley of Nevada, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, Claire McCaskill of Missouri. Tracy Phillips at 248.540.8843 or

Oct. 10th @ 5:00pm @ Our Home to support 2 US (Michigan) congressional races: Gary McDowell (Up North) and Steve Pestka (Grand Rapids).Nicole Eynard at (202)485-3436 or 13th @ 6:00pm @ COLORS Restaurant (311 E. Grand River Ave. in support of Replanting Roots.

Oct. 15th @ 11:30 @ Home of Marcie Orley for the JAC membership event with guest speaker (women’s choice advocate) Donna Crane of NARAL. or or 847-433-5999

Oct. 15th @ 7:30pm @ The Berman Center to hear from Ambassador Dennis Ross on regarding updates on the Middle East. Event is free by registration is suggested

Oct. 27th @ 8:00pm @ Congregation Shaarey Zedek for the 150 anniversary celebration.

Oct. 30th @ 6:30pm @ Federation’s Max Fisher Building for the Jewish Women’s Foundation screening of the film “Arranged”. 248-203-1519 or

Some of you have asked… Who is this Tzachi I keep mentioning at the end of these emails.  He is a dear friend who currently lives in Seattle who works for Expedia who travels a lot who we first met as a young Israeli undergrad at U of M many years ago who loves to be mentioned in these emails and who we love.
Shabbat Shalom September 28, 2012

Shabbat Shalom September 21, 2012

Shabbat Shalom September 21, 2012

Dear Friends and Family,

We are currently in the Days of Awe, those 10 days between Rosh HaShana and Yom Kippur, when we reflect on our past year’s actions, ask forgiveness from our friends and family, do good deeds and pray for our name to be sealed in the Book of Life for another year. If I have wronged any of you, I apologize.  I wish everyone a Healthy, Happy, Peaceful and Prosperous New Year of 5773.

I hope I don’t start out this new year missing anyone’s birthday but if I do, please let me know so I can (repent and) add it to my calendar for next year.  Here goes… Happy September birthdays to: Ariella LR (our first born non-profit professional), Shelley GW (first met at a JT concert),Michal L (Israeli niece), Diane K (Emery’s pride and joy), David B (The Lion’s Den), Shelley WC (Harrison High School friend), Or T (Hofit music lover), Sandy S (Mitchell’s mom), Michele B (Sea-Gull pal), Suzi T(Bennet’s better half), Omri W (Kibbutz to Grand Rapids friend), Irwin W(Bonus Uncle), Sheri MS (North Star Reach Pres.), Jack F (Amy’s lucky fella), Dana BC (thanks for your Federation Phone calling help), Nori K(favorite store, Warren’s owner), Brian G (Lizzy’s love), Pam B(California dreamer), Colleen P (Forgotten Harvest promoter) , Connor T(Youngest brother of 3), Sophie C (Mike and Sue’s baby girl), Talia R(soon to be big sister in Ashkelon), Marla M (Andy’s better half), Morgan B (Matthew’s favorite sister),  Barbara R (California cousin), Lisa P(Bruce’s pride and joy), Michael R (Politically minded U of M student),Jane S (Stanley and Aviv’s safta), Diane B (Minneapolis bonus family),Kerry M (ACLU promoter), De McB (Peters Piper), Julia DeM (Camp co-counselor), Mary HS (High School pal turned author), Perry O (JFS lead man), Eed D (Kevin’s main squeeze) and Bunky and Neal (Happy 30th anniversary).

To all you Michigan lovers, please enjoy this music video which includes the filming of 50 Michigan city in one week:

This week marks the first anniversary of the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell and much progress among our proud military gay heros has aspired thoughout this year.  In honor of them and to help promote Equality please view this wonderful video (I found on PJ Facebook) created by Modern Family‘s Jesse Tyler Ferguson:

If you LOVE the West Wing like I do and you are appalled by the lack of voter turnout and the even lowers voting stats on our Michigan non-partisan ballots options… then you will LOVE this video of real West Wing actors (working gratis) to help encourage our Michigan voters to shlep to the polls this Nov. 6th and vote the FULL ballot (partisan, non-partison and proposals) especially Bridge Mary McCormack for Supreme Court:

Lastly for this week, please enjoy this Rosh Hashana message from Gilad Shalit. His optimism and faith are refreshing and genuine.  Though his release last October brought overwhelming joy to his family and friends, we still must remember the families of terror victims who will never be reunited.,7340,L-4282055,00.html

Wishing you and your loved ones a Sweet and Peaceful Shabbat Shalom, A Happy Healthy Shana Tova and a G’mar Hatima Tova (Your names sealed in the Book of Life for another year),



Condolences to our dear friend, Yuval Moed and his family on the passing of his father,Jacques Yitzhak Moed in Amsterdam.  May his legacy and memory bring comfort to the Moed family during their time of sorrow.

Make sure you are registerd to vote at:

There are only 4 days till Iran’s murderous leader, Ahmadinejad, arrives on our Freedom Loving Shores to spew his vial rhetoric to the United Nations.  Please sign this Unwelcome Petition and send a message to the NY hotel that is hosting him and the UN that he is NOT WELCOME.

Is Peace in the Middle East possible?  If this question intriges you, please attend an event with Ambassador Dennis Ross (who know a thing or two about this issue) o,n Monday Oct. 15th @ 7:30pm @ Berman Center @ the West Bloomfield JCC.  Tickets are free but registration is requested @

If you support Women’s issues, Israel and the Separation of Religion and State, then please join us for this years JAC membership event also on Monday Oct. 15th @ 11:30 @ the home of Marcie Orley with guest speaker Donna Crane, policy director of NARAL Pro-Choice America.

Bonus last tidbit for all you who read these emails to the end.  In honor of Rosh Hashana and the holiday’s guest of honor, honey.  Here are the Top 10 things you didn’t know about Bees and Honey:  (teaser alert: honey cures cuts and Honey was a Start Up Nation pre-curser product of Biblical times)

By the way, Tzachi is as sweet as Honey.

Shabbat Shalom September 21, 2012

Shabbat Shalom September 14, 2012

Shabbat Shalom September 14, 2012

Dear Friends and Family,

As the mile-high twin blue lights beamed skyward from Ground Zero and the Red, White and Blue blanketed Statue of Liberty shone in the harbor (on our 9/11 commemoration), bullets and fire bombs terrorized and murdered innocent American lives on the other side of the world. Condolences to the family and friends of Ambassador Christopher Stevens and the 3 other Embassy Staff as they lost their lives while heroically leading the efforts to help heal the Libyan society after the fall of Gaddafi. This heinous act was perpetrated by brainwashed evil-minded cowards who will use any excuse (like an idiotic low budget racist film) to fuel their efforts of returning civilization back to the Dark Ages.  In the 21st Century, we (the human race) should be concentrating on how to move our societies Forward, not backward. We should be striving for innovation and progression.  We should be improving the world and encouraging peaceful coexistence not continued conflict. Let’s hope our new year of 5773 will be more peaceful than our past year.

A little closer to “our” home, more terror occurred this week when Gazan bombs landed in Southern Israel and destroyed a house and cancelled school in Beer Sheva and Ashdod earlier.  Why must the people of this region endure constant and deadly threats while our overactive media remains silent.

I, along with Debra, Roz, Sharon, Doreen, Barbara, Susie, Beverly, Marcie, Sandy, Jennifer, Sylvia, Dana, Orna and 1700 other women invaded NCY (Times Square to be exact) at this year’s International Lion of Judah Conference.  Great speakers, great weather, great restaurants, a great show… GREAT CITY.  By the way, I know there is a saying that goes “almost only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades” but can it also count for ALMOST getting Seth Meyers (from SNL) to say Shabbat Shalom.  I asked him (as we dined at the restaurant where the SNL cast goes every Tuesday evening), but he was in a hurry so I’ll have to catch him next time.

Though I didn’t get Seth Meyers, here is an amazing JT impression by (Seth’s old colleague), Jimmy Fallon and then see the real JT at my mother’s house:

Small sampling of JT at my mom’s:

James, his wife and band were gracious, warm, compassionate about our country and HUGHLY talented. It was truly the most fun fundraiser I have ever worked on.

I LOVE this Rosh HaShana “Call your Zeyde” youtube from Temple Judea from the San Fernando Valley.  Hope you enjoy too.  I found it on Jason Miller’s facebook.

This Argentinean Hava Nagila Flash mob is for my son-in-law and his Argentinean/Israeli family: (thanks, Ettagail)

Wishing you and your loved ones a Sweet Shabbat Shalom and Healthy Peaceful 5773 New Year,



Condolences to Rosalind Nemer and her family on the passing of her beloved father, Max Lumelsky.  My his memory be a blessing and support during your time of sorrow.

First time voters, you MUST register in person at the Sec. of State’s office or your City Clerks office IF you want to vote absentee.

Please Commit to Vote at this website:

Or here is another Voter Registration website:

If you are an 18-26 year-old Jewish person and have never been on an organized trip to Israel, please check out our Detroit Community Birthright Trip.  The Winter Trip Registration is now open and I know they fill up fast.  Please click here:  And to see our Michigan video, please view this youtube:

Please don’t let anyone try to convince you that President Obama is not good for Israel. This is a myth and political rhetoric that can easily be disputed.  I am happy to provide evidence proving Obama’s many actions in support for Israel.  More lies occurred this week and below is the truth:

President Obama spoke with Prime Minister Netanyahu for an hour on Sept. 11th as a part of their ongoing consultations. The two leaders discussed the threat posed by Iran’s nuclear program, and our close cooperation on Iran and other security issues. President Obama and Prime Minister Netanyahu reaffirmed that they are united in their determination to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon, and agreed to continue their close consultations going forward. Contrary to reports in the press, there was never a request for Prime Minister Netanyahu to meet with President Obama in Washington, nor was a request for a meeting ever denied.

Mazel Tov, Bunky and Neal on celebrating your 30th wedding anniversary this week.

Hi, Tzachi.

Shabbat Shalom September 14, 2012

Shabbat Shalom September 7, 2012

Shabbat Shalom September 7, 2012

Dear Friends and Family,

Burning Man 2012 ended its week-long festival of the senses (sights, sounds, smells, tastes and touch).  I’ve never been there but assume it is fascinating.  Here is a photo snippet of the sights:

Also ended are the political conventions, yet the Game continues.  Obama vs. Romney… Democrats vs. Republicans…Women vs. Men (but not the men readers of this email).  Sandra Fluke, Georgetown Law student and favorite dart board to Rush Limbaugh, spoke passionately and eloquently about this issue. One of her most profound statements was a premonition of…”An America in which access to birth control is controlled by people who will NEVER use it” We can not allow this senario to exist. We need to continue to move forward in our progressive evolution, appreciating where we came from, but not returning to those less enlightened days.

To set the record straight, as soon as the mistake was discovered that Jerusalem was not included in the DNC platform, the President immediately directed the amendment to be added to correct the error.

No people, no party, nobody is perfect. Mistakes will always be made (we are human), but it is how we handle the aftermath that counts. Excepting responsibility, asking for forgiveness, correcting the error, all exhibit strength and courage.  Very soon we will be repenting for our year’s worth of mistakes and looking forward to a new year of sweetness, health and happiness.

As Rosh HaShana quickly approaches here is a wonderful music video which shares a beautiful New Year’s message:

Though I think I have included this video in one of the past Shabbat Shalom emails, it is so powerful, it deserve repeating. This poem depicts a strong affirmation of ourJewish Identity, and by the way, it was recorded exactly 2 years ago on this day of Sept. 7th.  Thanks, Jack F for sharing:

Wishing you and your loved ones a Sweet and Peaceful Shabbat Shalom and L’Shana Tova Tikatevu which means May you be inscribed (in the book of life) for a good year.



Mazel Tov to the Ferber Family on Sam becoming a Bar Mitzvah this weekend.  Wishing them all the best.

If you are 21 or older and are a Camp Tamarack Alum, please join your friends at the Havdalah Reunion on Saturday Sept. 15th @ 9:00pm.

Please click here for more info or to register:

Please join the Shaarey Zedek’s 150th year Celebration at the Ultimate Party on Saturday October 27th. beginning at 8:00pm.

Please remind all legal aged voters to register by Oct. 9th, so they can vote in ourNov. 6th Election Day.  For Michigan residents, here is a website filled with all the info you’ll need for the election:,4670,7-127-1633_8716—,00.html

My Endorsements
President Barack Obama – President of the United States (4 more years)
Senator Debbie Stabenow – US Senate
Congressman Gary Peters – US Congress (Oakland and Wayne Counties)
Congressman Sandy Levin – US Congress (Oakland and Macomb Counties)
Mike Pestka – US Congress (Grand Rapids)
Gary McDonnell – US Congress (UP and northern parts of LP)
Bridget Mary McCormack – Michigan Supreme Court
Kevin Howley – Oakland County Executive
Jim Nash – Oakland County Water Commissioner
Lisa Brown – Oakland County Clerk
Andy Meisner – Oakland County Treasurer
Mark Bernstein – U of M Regent
Vicki Barnett – State Representative (Farm. Hills area)
Ellen Cogen Lipton – State Representative (Hunt. Woods area)
Todd Stern – Oakland Country Commissioner
Senator Bob Casey – US Senate in Pennsylvania

By the way, Brian Kepes is the Republican Bloomfield Township Trustee (and a darn good one at that)
I’m heading to the Lion of Judah Conference in NYC this Monday-Thursday.  Please let me know if any of you will be there too.

Shabbat Shalom September 7, 2012