Shabbat Shalom June 28, 2013

Shabbat Shalom
Shabbat Shalom June 28, 2013

Dear Friends and Family,

An era of Summer Camp Bus Departures ended last Sunday while we waved good-bye to our youngest son as he travelled off to Alaska with Tamarack Camps.  From Willoway, Summer Impressions, JCC Day Camp,Tanuga, Tamarack… and since the early 90s, we tearfully and joyfully sent our kids off to their summer adventures.  As the cliche goes “time flys” but the adventure (though rapid) is well worth the effort so we must follow another cliche to “stop and smell the roses”.

If big news occurs these next two weeks, you might not find it mentioned here because this week and next week’s emails were written before our summer journey.  While in Austria, Hungry and Israel, I might not have access or time to edit these Shabbat emails so I have written them ahead of time (though I can read your replies on my iPhone).

As you read this week’s email,  Hannan and I will be touring the nooks and cranny’s of Vienna, Austria where we will meander the Jewish section, eat the wonderful food but most enjoyably groove to the sights and sounds of Sir Paul McCartney at the Happel Stadium (where we will be very “Happel”). Saturday we head to Budapest via train and then onto Israel where next week’s Shabbat message will be based.  I will include some photos of Sir Paul and our trip in a later Shabbat message.

With the Beatles in mind, here is a great glimpse of a behind the scene video of filming of “Help” with (mid 60s) state of the art technology:

This video is worth repeating.  I put it at the bottom of last week’s email but many of you have expressed thanks for sharing it and found it moving and meaningful.  It is a beautiful story of tolerance, acceptance and equality and worth a 2nd viewing:

Shame on the Michigan State Senators for not voting on the Medicaid Expansion Bill before their vacation.  Bravo to Gov. Snyder for expressing his anger and disappointment for their incompetence. I hope they get their act together and“Take a Vote, Not a Vacation” as Synder apply stated.

Till next Friday (from Tel Aviv)…

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



Soap Box message of the week… Floss daily.  Its good for your overall health.

 Happy Birthday!

June 21st
Naomi Rockowitz
(missed from last week)

June 26th
Jennifer Silverman
(missing from last week)

June 28th
Deborah Tyner

June 29th
Beth Gans

June 30th
Jon Linden
Nancy Gad Harf

July 2nd
Rina Raviv

July 3rd
Scott Kaufman

July 4th
Kim Lifton
Michael Smolash
United Sates of American

Please let me know if I’ve missed your (or a loved one’s) birthday. I’m prone to errors. Thanks.

Shabbat Shalom June 28, 2013

Shabbat Shalom June 21, 2013

Shabbat coffee
June 21, 2013

Dear Friends and Family,

Population Equality
50 years ago this week, Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. marched down Woodward Ave. in Detroit seeking justice and equality for all people. He previewed his “I have a Dream” speech to the crowd YET 50 years later we are still fighting this equality battle for many in our diverse US population.  This weekend a reunion March will take place on the streets of Detroit with the same high hopes as those so long ago.


Military Equality
This week’s discussion at the Pentagon may equalize Women’s military opportunities in the near future.  Navy Seals and Front-line Combat warriors will (within two years) include physically qualified female soldiers. This important decision could help combat sexual assault that some say is a result of the current disparty between male and female military hierarchy. To give you perspective, 26,000 military sexual assault cases occurred just last year. Bravo to (our Michigan) Senator Carl Levin for holding “feet to the flame” of those responsible for Military Sexual Assault.  Punishing and halting this repulsive activity is his steadfast mission.

Prayer Equality
Bravo to Ms. Barbra Streisand for 1. visiting Israel this week  2. receiving an honorary degree from Hebrew University 3. for singing to your 90 year old good friend, Shimon Peres and 4. speaking out against the ultra-orthodox abhorrent and disrespectful behavior toward the Women of the Wall who only ask to be treated equally as their male praying counterparts.


Garbage Inequity
Soon New Yorkers will need to separate their egg shells from their cotton balls as Mayor Bloomberg plans to institute his most ambitious initiative to require the 8 million residents of the Big Apple to compost their apples cores, orange peels, brussel sprouts and every-other edible waste.  As predicted, there’s been major push back with this plan, so we’ll see if Mayor B can add this effort to his legacy.

Big Apple

Cost Inequity
“Spring” protests have arrived to it’s newest country with 200,000 Brazilians swarming the streets of its biggest cities demanding a reduction in the recently increased transportation fees.  Their protests were successful as both cities of San Palo and Rio returned the fees back to the lower rates. Will these governmental actions satisfy to public?

Life’s Inequity
Farewell to actor, James Gandolfini, on his early (age 51) demise from a fatal heart attack while visiting Italy this week.  His talent and Soprano image will live on in perpetuity.

Musical Equals
I heard this wonderful story on NPR about (Father and Son) Swing Jazz Guitarists Bucky and John Pizzarelli (who I had never heard of) so I googled them and found this little ditty by John.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I did:

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



Deep condolences to the large, warm and extended family of

Edythe Jackier on her passing at the respected age of 95.  Her life and legacy will live on through her work and family.  She will be greatly missed by those who knew of her strength and integrity.

Sad condolences to Lucy and Ray Henney (and family) on the passing of Lucy’s mother, Floraine Frank Shields.  May her memory bring comfort to her family during their time of sorrow.
Heartfelt condolences to the families of Evelyn Keil, mother of Debbie Landau and Laurie Leeb.  May Evelyn’s memory ease her family’s sorrow during their time of mourning.
Please attend Steven Tapper’s photography exhibition entitled METAL on June 26th (7:00pm) at Scavolini by Cucina Moda in Birmingham (202 East Maple).
Kol Hakavod to Griffin Siegel (and his family) for the exceptional performance this week at Ferndale’s Local in support of several musical charities.
Bravo, Governor Rick Synder on this week’s trade mission to Israel to help strengthen our Michigan Israel connections AND to his decision to cut short his visit to return to Lansing to support the (much needed)Medicaid Expansion Bill.  Close to 1/2 million low-income Michiganders will benefit from this Federally-funded (100% now and majority in the future) life-saving program.  Unfortunately, he missed his Technion (MIT of Israel) visit to see the Nobel award winning inventions.
Bravo to Pres. Obama for expressing his Veto plan if a restrictive Abortion bill arrives on his desk, calling the bill “an assalt on a women’s right to choose”.


 Happy Birthdays to:

June 18
Sir Paul McCartney

June 19
Marc Berke
(missing from last week’s list)

June 21
Noah Liebman

June 22
Bennett Terebelo

June 23
Liz Berg

June 24
Sam Orley

June 25
Andrew Moiseev

June 26
Dave Schwartz

June 27
Orly Rubinfeld (BIG 15)
Dolcy Rubinfeld
Karen Kelman (BIG 50)

P.S. Here is a sensitive and touching musical story dealing with several issues that (hopefully) one day will be outdated.  It’s a story of acceptance and love (but could be too liberal for some).  I found it meaningful and moving:

Shabbat Shalom June 21, 2013

Shabbat Shalom June 14, 2013

Shabbat Shalom
June 14, 2013

Dear Friends and Family,

Data Mining
Balance is the KEY.  This week’s main controversy is supported and reviled by equal “enemies”. Glen Beck and Michael Moore BOTH call Whistleblower Snowden a hero, while Bill Maher and John McCain BOTH support the NSA’s mining tactics.  I agree with Pres. Obama’s statement that “We can’t have 100% Security AND 100% Safety”.   Sadly, we live in a Terrorist Era, where extremist devalue human life and ignore rules of war.  We are a Democratic Country with a legitimately elected President and Congress (including sufficient checks and balances and an accountable Court System) who we must trust to keep us safe with legal actions.

UN News
How and why do some people become self-hating Jews.  This would be my definition of Professor Richard Falk who continues to misrepresent facts of the Israeli-Palestinian situation as his UN role to monitor Human Rights in the Palestinian Territories (fueling continued hatred for Israel). Thank goodness for Hillel Neuer and his Non-Governmental Organizatoin UN Watch for discrediting Professor Falk:

Mary Antoinette Perry
Who is this women you ask…well if you watched last Sunday’s awards telecast, you still might not know that Mary Antoinette Perry is the namesake for The Tonys.  Ms. Perry founded the American Theatre Wing in 1939 and after her death in 1946, the ATW starting giving Tony awards in her memory.  I look forward to our next NYC visit to see Best Musical Kinky Boots with applauds to Cyndi Lauper as the first solo woman to win the Tony for Music and Lyrics.

New Jobs
Good luck to John Oliver as he sits in for Jon Stewart at the Daily Desk. Good luck to Jon Stewart as he directs (and wrote) the film Rosewater about the true story of a jailed and tortured Iranian journalist. The filming will take place in the Middle East (presumably Jordan) but I wouldn’t be surprise if they use some Israeli locations as well.  After all, safe Middle East Locations are limited.  Also taking on a new job is Samantha Power as US Ambassador to the United Nations (replacing Susan Rice). The old adage of 2 Jews, 3 opinions holds true for Ms. Power’s support.  The Republican Jewish Coalition and the ZOA are against her appointment yet the ADL, Alan Dershowitz and Rabbi Shmuley Botaech are all supportive and convinced she will well represent the US and well support Israel.

Bye, bye Ahmadinejad
There were 7 Iranian candidates for today’s presidential elections but for political reasons, the “most reform” guy dropped out of the race to support the “least conservative” guy.  Now these terms are used VERY loosely as all of the candidates needed the blessing of the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei who ultimately runs the country. Though Iran will have a new President, its policies against Israel and for Nuclear power will remain the same.

Good riddance to this Punim.

Do you think he understands hand symbols?

The first named storm of the 2013 Atlantic Hurricane Season hit North Carolina this week with minor damage.  Though Andrea was timid we hope her future pals are kind to our coast during the next several months of Hurricane Season.

Bravo to Gov. Snyder for supporting the Expanded Medicaid bill even-though local Tea Party members threaten their future support. Our Governor understands (both financially and ethically) the Right thing to do for the (close to) 1/2 Million (near poverty) Michiganders who are in desperate need of access to Health Care.

Israel News
Google has purchased (Israeli) Waze for $1.3 Billion.  Since Waze is an Israeli company, do you think our BDS (Boycott, Divest, Sanction) “friends” will also boycott Google.  Soon, to shun all things Israeli, you’ll need to live under a rock (which is where they belong).  If you haven’t tried the Waze app, I highly recommend it.  It, not only, is a great navigational tool but it also provides (real time) crowd-sourcing traffic patterns (accidents and slow downs) so you can switch your route before you get stuck in the middle of a highway parking lot.

Sudan Supporter
Speaking of BDS, here is someone who experienced a devastating life in Sudan of torture and slavery yet understands that Israel is a beacon of hope, light and refuge for many oppressed people: (yet, Israel is a tiny state and sadly can’t possibly absorb all those who seek her shelter.

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


 Dad’s are great role models.


Happy Father’s Day! 

Bonus Video: If you stayed up till 12:30 Wednesday night (like I did), you’d have seen this GREAT (hour long) episode of The Cobert Report featuring Sir Paul McCartney.  If you didn’t here’s a 2nd chance:  Enjoy!

We head to Vienna this summer to see the Mestro in one of his “Out There” concerts. I’ll report back…


Condolences to Terri and Rob Roth (and family) on the passing of Rob’s mother, Edith Roth.  May her memory bring comfort during their family’s time of sorrow.


Oops, I spelled Congressman John Dingell‘s name wrong last week but his service to Michigan is still breaking records.


Thank you Ruth Messinger (of American Jewish World Service) for coming to Michigan to honor Patti Aaron and to share your life’s work of easing Human suffering all over the Globe.  If you missed her visit, please check out the website at:

Happy Birthday!


Birthdays of the week:

June 9th

Dan Bickmore (spelled wrong last week)

June 14th

Hilary Shaw

Happy Flag Day

June 15th

Jessica Curhan (good luck in Israel)

Lisa Shiffman

Lori Rashty

June 16th

Harriet Orley

Todd Sachse

Happy Father’s Day

June 17th

Vivian Henoch

June 19th

Barbara Zaltz

Josh Opperer

June 20th

Debra Cohen

Shelley Wainer

Shelley Wright

Hannan and my 31st Anniversary


Also, Congrats to all of this year’s High School Grads!

Shabbat Shalom June 14, 2013

Shabbat Shalom June 7, 2013

Shabbat coffee
June 7, 2013

Dear Friends and Family,

Most of this week was spent in New York as I attended the National Women’s Philantropy Retreat.  Other highlights included Tom Hanks in Nora Ephron’s Lucky Guy, plus the Israel Parade, to wave at dignitaries like Gov. Coumo, Sen. Schumer and Anthony Weiner but most importantly our daughter staffing her Federation contingent.  I also had fun candy shopping at Dylan’s, yogurt eating at (40 carrots) in Bloomingdales and perusing the street fair on 3rd.  But, one of my favorite activities was watching the cat and mouse game played by pedestrians and drivers as each dangerously defended their territory.


NYC was snarled the day I left as New Yorkers and New Jerseyans paid tribute to Sen. Frank Lautenberg, the oldest living Senator in recent history (age 89).  We also lost Jean Stapleton this week as she was best known for her “dingbat” Edith Bunker character (though she was no dummy).

From the oldest living Senator to the longest serving Congressman… Congrats, to our own John Dingle for his record breaking (20,998 days… that’s over 57 years) serving our great State of Michigan.

The Miami Dolphin cheerleaders created a tantalizing video for our soldiers in Afghanistan and our soldiers returned the favor.  I think both men and women will really enjoy this video. (Thanks, Sheri Schiff)  and now to cement this song in your head even more, please enjoy this orchestral version of the same song.

Israel Performance
I look forward to my first visit to Israel. Music is a universal language that is meant to unify audiences in peace and love, and that is the spirit of our show.”  – Alicia Keys

Bravo to Alicia, for educating herself and wisely choosing to visit our Peace-seeking homeland of Israel.
Alicia Keys

One fact that Ms. Keys may have read is that Palestinians are being cured of many deadly deseases at Israeli hospitals all the time.

Instead of the above truth, hateful lies that ensues violence gets reported as fact like this one on the internet with no accuracy to its claims what so ever, yet people read it, believe it and spread its evil message:

Turkey is the lastest country in “The” neighborhood to experience mass anti-government protests.  The Turkish Tourism board has been flooded with cancellation of conferences and conventions.  The protests started with environmental concerns to save 600 trees in Istanbul but quickly morphed into a soap box (with a cross-cultural and varied societal spectrum of people) gainst the increasingly conservative and autonomous direction that Prime Minister Erdogan is taking the country.  Let’s pray this country does NOT follow the death toll example of its neighbors.

Do you know how to spell the Yiddish word for Matzah Ball?  If you do, you could have won this year’s Scripps National Spelling Bee as the final word which provided the (13 year old) Arvind Mahankali the grand prize was KNAIDEL.  What a perfect way to end this week’s Shabbat message.

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


P.S.  Rabbi Jason Miller came through again with another VIP Shabbat Shalom greeter.  This one is for all you sports fans, enjoy:

P.P.S. Bonus inspiring video about the power of music and recycling.

Thanks, Atlanta Ross family


Condolences to the Wolberg Family on the passing of (77 year old) Jerry Wolberg. May his memory be a blessing to those in mourning.

Mazel Tov on the engagement of Yami and Elly in Jerusalem.  We send our love to the whole Levin Family (Susan, John, Channa and “Little” Ari).

Good luck to Team Alex (David, Beth…) on this weekend’s crazy Up Hill Boyne Bike Ride.

May the new Cookapoo Puppy love his new home with the Orley Family.

Looking forward to seeing many of you on Sunday to support Congressman Gary Peters in his US Senate race.  Last minute attendees welcome. Please call 248-799-0850 or email

Here is one of the many reason’s I support Congressman Gary Peters.  He is taking on the fight to End Citizens United.  To help this cause, please sign this petition (I did):

Good luck next week to High School students (mine included) on your final exams of the year.

One last Mazel Tov to Patti Aaron on receiving JCRC’s Activist Award next Wednesday evening June 12th @ 7:00pm with guest speaker Ruth Messinger(President, American Jewish World Service).  Two superstars in one room…hope you can join us. Please call 248-642-5393 ext. 5 or visit for more info about the event.


 All the best to this week’s celebrants:

June 1st (from last week)
Wyatt Levin

June 7th
Susie Feldman

June 8th
Marla Folbe Butler

June 9th
Dan Bickman

June 10th
Hilary King

June 11th
Lisa Langnas
Rob Orley

June 13th
Ilana Mark
Jennifer Levine

Please pardon all errors (typos, gramatical or missing acknowledgements) due to my human condition of imperfection.  I encourage replies with corrections.

Shabbat Shalom June 7, 2013

Gary Peters – Special Event at Jennifer and Brian Hermelin

Gary Peter Needs you help – This coming Sunday June 9th at 1pm
There are times when supporting a true friend is not an option but a moral responsibility.

Congressman Gary Peters has been been a true and consistent friend to the people of Michigan and the state of Israel.  Gary is considered one of the most effective, honest and hard working members of the house.  Gary has proven repeatedly how his pragmatic and effective style can get things done.  Gary is the kind of representative, voters are always proud to  support.  In a political world filled with cynicism, Gary’s voters always feel great about their vote because they trust his enduring and ethical commitment to the issues most important to them.

So now Gary is taking on one of the most important races of his political career, the race for the U.S. Senate. Michigan needs to maintain a strong voice in the Senateand our community needs a strong advocate for a safe and secure Israel.

And now, Gary needs your support. This coming Sunday at 1PM at Jennifer & Brian Hermelin’s home in Bingham Farms, a special event is being held to kick-off Gary’s campaign.  This is an opportunity for all of us to show-up in support of Gary in order to insure his election to the U.S. Senate.

Hannan & Lisa Lis

Please see details for the event and how to RSVP below

Jennifer & Brian Hermelin
Invite you to join them for a reception honoring

U.S.Congressman Gary Peters
Candidate for U.S. Senate

Sunday, June 9, 2013
1:00 – 3:00 pm
The Hermelin Residence
32205 Bingham Road, Bingham Farms 

Host $2600
Sponsor $1000

Kindly RSVP to  (248) 799-0850

Paid for by Peters for Michigan


Gary Peters – Special Event at Jennifer and Brian Hermelin