Shabbat Shalom November 30, 2012

Shabbat Shalom November 30, 2012

Dear Friends and Family,

65 years ago this week, with bated breath, Jews around the world, listened to the United Nations vote to partition a sacred land into 2 States, one for Jews and one for Arabs. Our short lived Jewish celebration followed 6 1/2 decades of war, terrorism, bloodshed and conflict yet these tenuous years led to our current modern innovative strong Eretz Yisrael. Again this week, the United Nations voted on the same territory granting the Palestinians the status of Nonmember Observer State (elevating them from their previous status of Entity). The big questions is what will happen next? Will they navigate this new responsibility to the high road and enter direct talks with Israel or will they travel down the low road and enter criminal complaints against Israel.  Only time will tell but our hopes and prayers on routing them to the Right Road surely can’t hurt.

From his lips to God’s ears.  Mosab Hassan Yousef, the son of the Hamas leader knows of evil firsthand and he believes Hamas must be eliminated from the face of this earth.   We need more Palestinians to see beyond the lies, deceit and stifling voices and bravely speak up to help promote peace. Until we have peace in the region, we will continue to need the most state-of-the-art defense systems, like the amazing Iron Dome.  Here is the back story of how it was developed:

Never Say Never Again is not only a famous James Bond movie, it should also be the motto for our congressional leaders.  Signing the Grover Nurquist petition to NEVER raise taxes is an irresponsible act by any legislator as you NEVER know where our nation will be, like right now as we approach to edge of the fiscal cliff. Compromise is the key word.  I hope those with our economic fate in their hands can find the right compromising formula.

I hope this musical depiction of parenthood brings a smile to your faces:

Hanukah is 8 nights away so here is this year’s a capella “Eight Nights Hanukah Mashup”!

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



Soap Box message:  DON’T SMOKE.  Check out this brilliant anti-smoking ad:

Happy 98th birthday to the Joint, orignaily names: the Joint Distribution Committee of American Funds for Relief of Jewish War Sufferers.  Today they continue to bring relief to Jews all over the world.

Please join us for the talented multi-cultural (from Arab and Jewish Communities in Israel) Polyphony Youth Ensemble concert with David Broza on Dec. 20th @ 7:30pm Berman. For tickets please click:

Please join us on 12/12/12 to light the Hanukah Candles downtown at Campus Martius @ 5:30pm.

Save the date for Forgotten Harvest event our house Feb. 7th

This Saturday evening will be the 40th Annual Noel Night in Midtown Detroit with free admission to concerts, museums and much more.  Check out the website:

And Bravo to the re-opening (and Noel Night participant) to the New Michigan Science Center.

Shabbat Shalom November 30, 2012

Shabbat Shalom November 23, 2012

Shabbat Shalom November 23, 2102

Dear Friends and Family,

Equivalence is irrelevant when it comes to the Middle East.  Deadly and constant rocket attacks* from Hamas (the terrorist organization that rules Gaza) have caused 5 Israeli deaths compared to over 100 Palestinians (many of them terrorist). BUT, we protect our citizens with the lifesaving Iron Dome while they use human shields as protection. To avoid civilan casualties, the IDF drops pamphlets, sends text messages and voicemails warning of imminent attacks (to destroy rocket launchers) while Hamas targets everyone and anyone in its range. The Palestinian children are taught martyrdom in their schools while we value life as a sacred gift. Their leaders use their citizens as sacrificial pawns while the media reports only the superficial story and forgets the facts and history.** In fact, the new phenomenon of Pallywood (fabricating videos of injuries or presenting Syrian footage as Gazan carnage) is reprehensible but these tactics work to their PR advantage***. We would love nothing more than to live in Peace while many of their leaders would love nothing more than to eliminate Israel from the face of the Earth… certainly no equivalency with those goals.  Let’s pray this cease-fire leads to diplomacy and stability yet if history is our guide, we, unfortunately, may see more shelling within a few months.

Even while Israel was in the midst of a war, she still remembered her edict of Tikkun Olam (healing the world) as she was the only county to send assistance to the victims of Superstorm Sandy.

RIP Hostess treats.  Though 15,000 workers may lose their jobs and the company is being liquidated, time will tell what will happen to the products like Twinkies and Ding Dongs (which have been around since 1930).  And who could forget the smell ofWonder Bread as you drove downtown on the Lodge Freeway. That scent has long been gone from Detroit and I assume none of you are rushing to buy those $300 cases of Twinkies from eBay.

Hopefully all of you are still sufficiently stuffed from last night’s Thanksgiving Dinner with turkey, brisket, potatoes, green beans… at least that is what we ate thanks to my sister Sheri’s great holiday dinner.  I thought it would be fitting to include the Thanksgiving Day themed (16 minute song) of Alice’s Restaurant.  This brings back great memories for me and I hope it does the same for you.  Here is Arlo Gurhtrie‘s 2011 recording:

Thanks, Debbie C, for sharing this brilliant idea called GoldieBlox to help girls become interested in science, engineering and construction

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


8,500 rockets have hit Israel since 2005 when Israel unilaterally withdrew from Gaza.

** David Harris always says it best:

*** Pallywood in actions:


Congrats to Luke and Alex on their engagement.  May their lives together be blessed, happy, healthy, loving and peaceful.

Mazel Tov, Bassie Shem Tov, on your inclusion of this year’s Forward 50 List for the incredible work you at Friendship Circle.

RIP, Sonny Elliot (aka. Marvin Eliot Schlossberg).  Thanks for your 60 year devotion to our Detroit Community and for your WWII dedication including 18 months in a German prison where you entertained fellow prisoners.

Please help the KAT (Kids All Together) JCC inclusion program by attending their annual fundraiser at Royal Oak Comedy Castle on Dec. 13th.  For more info, please contact Paul Barker 248-432-5538 or

Happy November Birthday to…
Karen SS (busy fulltime mom, business owner, community leader)
Wendy S (newlywed of Dan)
Abbey N (loves travel, shopping, baking, family and does great impressions)
Ellen B (Martha Stewart should only be as talented)
Tomer Z (Israeli newlywed)
Michael H (Atlanta’s valued leader)
Sheldon C (Best dad to Jonathan and Jeremy)
Susanna M (California mom to talented classical singer)
Carol Ann L (member of our cousins club)
Robin T (First Lady of Tamarack Camps)
Kari A (local director of the great AJC)
Brad S (one of my favorite Schlafers)
Bob H (uncle to talented Griffin)
Linda H (wonderful community activist)
Kim C (African visiter)
Amy M (Marc’s partner in Cleveland and SF)
Carolyn T (trusted leader of our wonderful JWF)
David C (provides financial lifeline to many Jewish Detroiters)
Max S (Wesleyan University student)
Sylvia W (Great mom to Stanley and Aviv)
David L (Hannan’s Latin/Israeli cousin)
David M (like my driving, thank my brother)
Larry W (raises the funds in our community)
David Z (favorite brother of Liza, MSU student and Sports fan)
Debbie RSC (favorite Sunny’s cafe breakfast companion)
Phil N (best Tennis pro in the Universe)
Renee R (another cousins club member though with niece status)
Caryn S (Sea-Gull Alum)
Barbara C (shares my fashion style)
Helen C (married to Mike’s cousin)
Howard T (keeps Detroiters warm with their coat drive)
Stacy D (Mosaic Mission Sister)
Harris VC (my favorite event planner who I miss seeing)
Richard B (Finally home after NYC recuperation)
Jolie A (3 boys creative mom)
Francee F (Henry Ford MDSF co-chair)
Sari C (Western Trip Noah’s mom)
Marc S (Susie’s tall and handsome partner)
Noah T (Julie’s Canadian Mountie)

Shabbat Shalom November 23, 2012

Shabbat Shalom November 16, 2012

Shabbat Shalom November 16, 2012

Dear Friends and Family,

After weeks upon weeks of consent rocket barrage, Israel finally retaliated upon the Gazan terror tactics and killed the Hamas commander (who was responsible for the abduction of Gilad Shalit, among other atrocities) with a pinpoint targeted attack and a warning to other Hamas terrorist that their fate will be the same if rockets continue to threaten Israel. Sadly, of the hundreds of rockets that were launched from Gaza this week, one reached a home and killed an Israeli family of 3.  If it were not for the Iron Dome, many more casualties would have occurred and if it were not for the security fence, many more terrorist attacked would have penetrated Israel’s territory. Here is a very interesting youtube of how the Iron Dome works:   After 64 years, Israel’s enemies should come to terms with reality and accept its neighbors and the prosperity it could bring them by making peace with Israel.

Lazer passed away last week.  He served his community well with his gentle touch, mild mannor, loyal disposition and soft fur.  He was the companion dog at our local Jewish apartments for the elderly. His comrade in arms (or should I say, paws) just across the street is Henry, the collie, who works the hall of Henry Ford Hospital (voluntarily accompanied by my brother, Jeff, on a weekly basis).  I know dogs are greatly loved in this community so here is a tribute to their endless devotion. A tip of a hat and a wag of a tail to: Pixie, Penny, Tripper, Liza, Milo, Elgin (OBM), Dexter, Emma (of blessed memory), Sophie, Zeus (OBM), Thor, Yoda, Badu, Coltrane, Rocky, Daisy, Tony, Sadie, Freeway, Eve, Chimpy (OBM), Sooty, Ziggy, Greta(OBM), Maggie, Shaggy (aka. Sholmo), Palsy, Benny, Maude andStar...I’m sure I missed many more loving companions, so sorry if I missed your pooch.

I always favored Paul over Mick, but Mick and his gang are celebrating their 50th year of existence with a new album call GRRR! and the possibility of a Rolling Stones concert somewhere in the near future. Also, celebrating 50 years is the record company A&M, though Herb Alpert (as in A) and Jerry Moss (as in M) are no longer owners or even involved, they led the charts with great bands like Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass, Burt Bacharach, Brasil 66 and my all time favorite, Cat Stevens. Though The Tijuana Brass conjured images of a Latino band, no one actually was.  Herb used to say, the band had the makeup of 4 lasagnas, 2 bagels and an American Cheese.  Here is some vintage Brass, enjoy:

25 years after Mick and Herb formed their respective bands (which was 25 years ago, if you are following the math), the words “Let my people go”were song in support of Soviet Jewry by 1/4 million protesters.  The historic March on Washington took place with the leadership of Elie Wiesel and refusenik, Natan Sharansky (both men, just this week, spoke at the Federation’s General Assembly).  Those collective voices led to the ultimate release and freedom of 1 million Soviet Jews as President Reagan continued pressure on Gorbachev who was visiting the US just after the protest.

Wishing you and your loved ones a Sweet and Peaceful Shabbat Shalom and a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday.



Condolences to Hannan’s cousins Janie, Yaffa and Avi on the passing of their beloved Mother, Dina.  May her memory bring comfort to her family as they are still mourning the recent loss of their father, Poli.

May your Thanksgiving holiday weekend be filled with an abundance of Family, Friends, Food, Football, Fancy Footwork, Fantastic Film…and grateful gatherings.

Shabbat Shalom November 16, 2012

Shabbat Shalom November 9, 2012

Shabbat Shalom November 9, 2012

Dear Friends and Family,

Storms have permeated our lives this month.  Remnants of Sandy still effect many;  aNor’estern dumped more rain and snow on many of those same victims and thank goodness we ended our 2012 political storm that weathered all of our souls. We could use some calming zen clouds to roll over our “villages”.

This mesmerizing video might do the calming trick and keep in mind these dancers are all deaf, relying only on the 4 trainers in each corner for directions.  Thanks, Ettagail for sharing:

It seems like the newest superstar of this election is (Michigan born) statistician, Nate Silver, who’s near perfect prediction of this election (and the last one) has brought a beam of light to his words.  What’s needed now is a predication that our Congress can compromise to create a parachute to protect all of us the the looming Fiscal Cliff.

The Israeli inventer of WAZE, a real time navigational app, never imagined that the White House and FEMA would be using its expertise to help New Jersey residents guide them to less crowded gas stations.  I first heard about this great app while in Israel recently by our wonderful tour guide, Noami.

This election produced many FIRSTS:

For the first time ever, Puerto Ricans have voted to become our 51st State (though implementation will not be quick or simple)

For the first time ever, all four New Hampshire Congressional Delegates (plus their Governor) are Women.

For the first time ever, an openly Gay US Senator was elected as Tammy Baldwin will proudly represent Wisconsin.

For the first time ever, there is an Asian woman, Mazie Hirono, elected to the Senate representing Hawaii. She is also the first Buddhist.

For the first time ever, there is a Hindu in Congress named Tulsi Gabbard also from Hawaii.

For the first time ever, Illinois elected a Thai American double ampute veteran, Tammy Duckworth, as a congresswoman.

For the first time ever, two States, Colorado and Washington, legalize the sale and usage of recreational marijuana (yet it is still a Federal crime).

For the first time (in 200 years), we elected 3 two-term presidents in a row.

For the first time ever (and unlikely to happen again), a Kenyan woman gave birth to twins on Wednesday and named them Barack Obama and Mitt Romney (no joke).

And Lastly, for the first time ever, the Democratic caucus in the House is NOT majority White Males.  It will include 60 women, 43 African-Americans, 27 Latinos and 10 Asian-Americans.

This is NOT the first or last time I wish you and your loved ones a Sweet and Peaceful Shabbat Shalom,



Mazel Tov, Zoe Moed, on becoming a Bat Mitzvah in Israel during Thanksgiving weekend.  I know your parents, Lisa and Yuval, are proud of you and your siblings. Sorry we will miss the celebration.

Hope to see you at the Holocaust Center event honoring The Weisbergs this Sunday Nov. 11th at Shaarey Zedek.

Hope to see you at the Stomp Out Diabetes event Thursday Nov. 15th at The Reserve at Big Rock in Birmingham.

Hope to see you downtown at the re-opening of the Detroit Historical Museum Gala on Saturday Nov. 17th

Mazel Tov Mr. Brian Elliot Kepes on your re-election as Bloomfield Township Trustee receiving 16,055 votes.

Bravo Bridget Mary McCormack on your MI Supreme Court win.

Congrats Senator Debbie Stabenow on your re-election to the US Senate

Hooray for Congressman Gary Peters on your re-election to the US House

Yasher Koach Congressman Sandy Levin on your re-election to the US House.

Kudos, Senator Bob Casey on your re-election to the US Senate

Yahoo to 4 More Years!

Even Trump’s hair was shocked at his childish twitter “hissyfit” after the election.

Shabbat Shalom November 9, 2012

Shabbat Shalom November 2, 2012

Shabbat Shalom November 2, 2012

Dear Friends and Family,

Megastorm Sandy rained down on our Eastern Seaboard this week with monster devastation throughout much of the Northeastern part of our county.  An estimated 10 million people lost power including our daughter and son-in-law in New Jersey who (rather than sit in a cold dark apartment) decided to road-trip it to Detroit for a bonus visit with family.  I hope you and your loved ones are safe from Mother Nature’s wrath and if you were affected, your life is (or will be) back to normal sooner rather than later.

Also raining down this week (and almost every week) were 80 rockets fired from Gaza onto the Southern Israeli city of Sderot.  Of course you might not know about this constant bombardment since this regular occurrence rarely hits our news outlets.  It did make the Canadian News since the Alberta Deputy Premier (who was visiting Israel) almost witnessed a rocket attack first-hand till they wisely altered his itinerary.

Bravo to Dan Gilbert on his Quickly executed Pro-Detroit video highlighting our High Tech Corridor. Though we lost to San Francisco in the Worlds Series, we are gaining ground on them with our High Tech industry.  I commend all Detroit booster and Dan has been a wonderful leader in this respect. Here is that great video:

Also, Bravo (this week) to our US Supreme Court who declined to hear an appeal from an Oklahoma (lunatic) attempt to define fertilized eggs as persons with legal rights deeming some forms of Birth Control as murder.  This may be an extreme view but there are plenty of people who are adement on reversing Roe V. Wade and eliminating access to birth control.

$2 Billion…that is what has been raised (at record levels) for this presidential campaign. No offense to the ad agencies and media outlets who profit from this expenditure, but can you imagine what that kind of money could do for so many worthy causes.  This county is truly desperate for some Campaign Finance Reform.  Also, I can’t wait till my inbox is vacant of the 50 a day policial messages we all have been receiving for the last 2 years.

I have tried very hard to be respectful of my friends on this email list as I know some think and vote differently than I do. In a perfect world, we would be abe to receive ONLY factual information and base our decisions on truth, but in this world, spin doctors and falsehoods permeate our senses so sifting (reference from our Mosaic Mission) through the rhetoric sometimes requires a PHd.  So, for the last time (till the next election), my Soap Box will be filled with my 2 cents of those (people and issues) I am supporting.

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



Before you read my 2 Cents, please view this music video, but beware, the song might get stuck in your heard (Thanks, Patti A for sharing):

Also, here is a great article (to read before Tuesday’s vote) on some facts regarding our past and current president’s actions toward Israel (Thanks, Mataan for sharing):

My 2 Cents on this election:
Top on my list is Bloomfield Township Trustee Brian Kepes
President Barak Obama
Senator Debbie Stabenow
US 14th District Congressman Gary Peters
State Rep. Vicki Barnett (37th District)
State Board of Ed: Fecteau and Ramos-Montigny
U of M Regent: Mark Bernstein
Oakland County Treasurer: Andy Meisner
Water Resources Commissioner: Jim Nash
County Commissioner: Todd Stearn
Supreme Court: Connie Marie Kelley, Bridget Mary McCormack, Shelia Johnson
Oakland County Executive:  Kevin Howley
Prosecuting Attorney: Jessica Cooper
Sheriff:  Jane Felice Boudreau
County Clerk: Lisa Brown
6th Circuit Court: Bowman, McMillen, Langford Morris, Potts, Warren, McDonald
Prop. 1 (Emergency Manager) YES (to continue Gov. authority to appoint EM)
Prop. 2 (Collective Bargaining)
Prop. 3 (Renewable Energy) YES (25% by 2025, Pres. Bill Clinton endorses this prop.)
Prop. 4 (In-Home Care Worker)
Prop. 5 (2/3 Majority required for new Taxes) NO (also Moroun financed)
Prop. 6 (Bridge and Tunnel vote) BIG FAT NO.  Please pass this along as Matty Moroun is spreading lies to secure his bank account.
US Rep. District 1:  Gary McDowell
US Rep. District 3:  Steve Pestka
US Rep. District 5:  Dale Kildee
US Rep. District 9:  Sandy Levin
US Rep. District 11: Dr. Syed Taj (the other candidate is not credible)
Pennsylvania Senator Robert Casey
Nevada Shelley Berkley for US Senate
North Dakota Heidi Heitkamp for US Senate
Missouri Senator Clair McCaskill
New Jersey Senator Robert Menendez

Mazel Tov, George Victor (and his family) on becoming a Bar Mitzvah this weekend.

Yasher Koach (Bravo) to the Tapper Family on the 21st anniversary of their wonderfulCoat Drive.  Please help them reach their goal fo 3000 donated coats by Nov. 21st to any of their Tappers locations.

Hope to see you at the Stomp Out Diabetes event on Thursday Nov. 15th. For more info:

Also, please join us in tribute of the Weisbergs as they are honored at the Holocaust Center event on Nov. 11th.  For more info:

Anyone going to the GA in Baltimore (General Assembly of our Jewish Federations) next week?  If so, let me know so we can catch up. I’ll be there Nov. 11th & 12th with our daughter, Ariella (Federation staff of Monmouth County in NJ).

Lastly, I started these emails exactly 3 years ago this week (and have not missed a Friday).  Below was my first email with the original recipient list which has now grown to 579 people.

From: Lisa Lis

To: Michael and Margot Shapiro ; Liz and Eric Groskind ; Gabi Klein ; Idan Percy; Josh and Tisha Berg; Yuval and Lisa Moed; Michelle Guttenberg; David Broza; Eric Feldman; Adam Broza; Ron Oberstein ; Jeff and Devora Kaye ; Shimon Weitzman; Daniel Shapiro; Yehoshua Lis; Danny and Niomi Wasserlouf ; Rob and Jande Spiegelman; Krista Berman; Marcia and Allan Leifer; David and Carla Fleshler; Talia Liram; Omri and Michelle Winterberger; Jodi Cooper; Brenda Hirsch; Lisa Sobel ; Sarah and Henry Butts; Francee and Benson Ford ; Susanne Zack ;  Isaac Shani ; Nili Lotan; Susanna and Kevin Mould; Susan and John Levin; Nancy and David Gad-Harf; Rebecca Stone; Tomer Zur; Adam Simon ; David and Carla Fleshler ; Janey Liebovitz

Sent: Fri, November 6, 2009 8:36:36 AM

Subject: Shabbat Shalom

Dear Friends and Family (who live out of town and who I would like to keep in touch with more often),

I am attempting a new tradition of sending quick brief Shabbat Shalom emails each Friday morning.  This is my first one and I hope it will become habitual.

In Farmington Hills, the leaves are covering our lawn and a frost formed this morning.

All is well in our household.  We are recovering from Aviv’s Bar Mitzvah two weeks ago and looking forward to visiting Liat in Hawaii this winter.

I plan to keep these emails brief and any brief reply is a bonus.

Wishing you Health, Love and a Peaceful Shabbat,


Shabbat Shalom November 2, 2012