Shabbat Shalom July 26, 2013

Shabbat Shalom July 26, 2013

Dear Friends and Family,

To remind you, this email was pre-written before we left for Alaska. We cruised out of Anchorage and ended in Vancouver for a few days of touring.  I’ll include some photos in next week’s messages.

Alaskan Sun
As the Alaskan Summer sun seems confused on when to set, I thought you would find this creatively and humorously animated rendition of George Harrison’s “Here Comes the Sun” enjoyable:

Here’s a question for our Country and especially Texas, Wisconsin, North Carolina and Ohio (the States with the worst Anti-Women laws).  If we want to prevent abortions, shouldn’t we ensure that every young woman has access to birth control, health carenutrition and education ( including factual based sex education)? Not the exact opposite?

Girl Power
Due to the neighborhood, the Israeli army needed to create the most powerful force to protect itself from constant bombardment from its enemies.  Here is one reason they have been so successful:
(thanks Ettagail for sharing).

Shopping Mall Drama
Here’s a fun way to encourage Art Museum attendance: (thanks, Michael B. for sharing)

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


P.S. I found a little time and internet while in Vancouver to express my condolences on the passing of Irving Weiner, father to Eric and Nancy Winer, Bruce and Rochelle Weiner and Andrew and Elizabeth Winer.  May Irv’s memory bring comfort to his sons and their families during their time of sorrow. His final wish for those who knew him was to do something adventurous in his memory.

P.P.S.  Condolences to the family and friends of the tragic train crash victims in Spain.  This marks the 3rd train accident this Summer after Quebec and France.  Speed, apparently, was the cause of this deadly crash that took the lives of 80 souls, as the driver boasted his love of speed on Facebook last year.


Happy Birthday… only a few this coming week.
July 26th
Mary Lou Zieve
(Cultural Arts enthusiast)
July 27th
Barbara Kappy
(dear friend and Irvin’s better half)
July 29th
Steven Tapper
(awesome photographer and philanthropist)
July 30th
Jim Labes
(local Doc. and Ellen’s better half)
July 31st
Shaindle Braunstein-Cohen
(community health care provider)
Aug. 1st
Miriam Liebman
(future brilliant Rabbi)

Please let me know if I missed you or a loved one.

Shabbat Shalom July 26, 2013

Shabbat Shalom July 19, 2013

Shabbat Shalom July 19, 2013
Dear Friends and Family,

Education for All
“One child, one teacher, one book and one pen can change the world”.  These are the brave and brilliant words of Malala Yousafzai, a 16 year old Pakistani girl speaking at the United Nations last week. Malala was shot and critically wounded by a Taliban soldier simply for promoting education for Pakistan girls and all children of the world.  Malala’s message is articulate and poignant (an old soul in a young body) and speaks volumes against the cowardly and oppressive actions of the Taliban and other extreme groups who spew hate.

Musical Education
June 25th = 17th of Tammuz = not a good day for the Jews
I hope you enjoy this Jazzy/Blues education of this Fast Day for Unity that commemorates a destructive time in our history and leads to Tisha B’Av which starts this week (evening of) July 15th.

Musical Philantropy
Enjoy some live music and support the restoration of Detroit’s historic Fort Wayne at our regions first fully philanthropic music festival on July 27th from Noon to Midnight.  For more details and ticket info, please check out their website:

The tragic loss of a Florida teen and the acquittal of the perpetrator is sad and disgraceful but there is plenty of blame to share between all those involved especially the State of Florida and their (gun-loving and Stand Your Ground) laws that no Floridian legislator plans to alter.

49th State
Our Summer travels continue as we board a cruise to see the mountains and marvels of Alaska, our 49th State (granted Jan. 3, 1959). We keep looking for Russia from our balcony but just can’t seem to see it. We arrived in “The 49th” as the lower 48 started to experience the deadly heat wave. Wishing you hydration and a cool down. Hope all are well.  As usual, I have pre-written this week and next week’s email, so no new news will be reported during our travels. Also, I promise photos of the 20 hour sunlight days upon our return.

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


Bonus video of Google Maps app. ad featuring our beloved Motor City:


Condolences to Sonia Gonte and her family on the passing of her mother Alice Tankard.  May her memory bring comfort to her family during their time of sorrow.
Condolences to the family, friends and fans of the young (age 31) actor (famously on Glee) Cory Monteith, who was found dead in his Vancouver hotel room last week. Drug Addiction (and Mental Illness) are literally killing our youth.  More funds, research and attention are needed to help abate this deadly direction.


Happy Birthday…
(a few a forgot from last week)

July 12
Arthur Liss (Cousin)

July 14th
Beth Stone

July 16
Julie Zussman

And this coming week…

July 19th
Johanna (Jodi) Cooper

July 20th
Ricky Mark (brother dearest)
Marcie Orley
David Fox
Lucy Henney
Connie Sklar

July 23rd
Bridget Mary McCormack
Krista Berman
Shelby Levin

July 24th
Rabbi Jason Miller
Jen Green
Larry Jackier

July 25th
Andee Barenholtz

Please let me know if I missed you are your loved ones.

Shabbat Shalom July 19, 2013

Shabbat Shalom July 12, 2013

Shabbat coffee
Shabbat Shalom July 12, 2013

Dear Friends and Family,

Does it really matter if it’s called Bankruptcy, A Coup or Pilot error.   Detroit may or may not go into bankruptcy but either way, the city has NO money and major changes must occur. Was it a Military Coup? Either way, new leadership is needed for the 14 Million Egyptians who filled the streets in protest.  Was it pilot error? Either way, 2 young Chinese girls are dead, many others are injured and a plane is destroyed.  Yes, we need answers but sometimes, semantics don’t matter… it’s the outcomes that are crucial.

Can normalcy return?
A tragic outcome occurred for our neighbors to the North as 50 Canadians are presumed dead after a US oil transport train (presumably with failed brakes) slammed into a Quebec town decimating it with an inferno that destroyed at least 30 buildings. Sadly, it will take years (if at all) for this town to return to normalcy.

Early demise
Amy Winehouse had an unfortunate outcome to her life with her early death, but her family wants her life to live on as a new exhibit just opened at the Jewish Museum in London.  It is meant to showcase her Jewish cultural identity and give the public a private glimpse of her short but prolific life.

Hate in disguise
Last month in a Paris Art Museum (subsidized by the government) a highly offensive installation opened to the dismay of the local and global Jewish Community.  The exhibit is called “Death” and it portrays (and glorifies) photos and captions of Palestinian Suicide bombers.  This is a blatant case of hatred hiding behind the shield of “Art” and Freedom of Speech.

Internal beauty
Justin Hoffman used his freedom of speech to passionately remind us of our cultural obsession with external beauty.  This heartfelt interview captured an important message of… never judge a book by its cover:

External beauty
You shouldn’t judge this lower East Side matzo factory by its cover either:

Or this adventure rolling wheelchair bound role model:

Mazel Tov to British (Scottish) Andy Murray for winning (against the odds) this year’s Wimbledon Championship on home territory.  Also, congrats to (French) Marion Bartoli for winning the Women’s championship with her completely unorthodox style.

Our trip to Vienna, Budapest and Israel was wonderful.  Here are some highlights from that journey:

Sir Paul in Vienna


Linda photos
Linda’s photo exhibit in Vienna
Train from Vienna to Budapest


cat cafe
Cat Cafe in Budapest


Skys of Tel Aviv


4th of July
4th of July celebration at the home of American Ambassador Dan Shapiro


Views of Jaffa

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



Condolences to the families of I. William Sherr on his passing this week. May his memory as a loving father bring comfort to Margot and Michael Shapiro (and their kids), in addition to Roger and Andrea Sherr and Stuart Sherr and their families.
Condolences to Singer and Activist, Pete Seeger, on the passing of his wife and fellow activist, Toshi Seeger at the ripe and productive age of 91 and just 9 days short of their 70th wedding anniversary.
Mazel Tov on the birth of Lily Kaye to the ecstatic parents Eldan and Hilaand especially to new Saba, Jeff Kaye who will surround her with love and music.  May Lily grow in a world of peace, harmony and joy.
Mazel Tov to Ari Levin (and his family) on his Israeli Army commencement.
Here are the birthday celebration for this coming week and a few I missed from last week.
Happy Birthday…
July 2nd
Megan Topper (Happy 30th)
July 5th
Rabbi Alon Tolwin
July 9th
Aubrey Topper
July 11th
Arlo Guthrie 
(shared a birthday month with his father)
July 12th
Gail Fisher
July 14th
Conrad Giles
Marla Drutz
Woody Guthrie (would have been 101)
July 16th
Carol Rosenberg
July 18th
PJ Cherrin
Please let me know if I’ve missed your or your loved ones celebration. I’m prone to errors.
Shabbat Shalom July 12, 2013

FJA Town Hall

Frankel Jewish Academy
Town Hall Meeting
Thursday July 11th
JCC in West Bloomfield

Please attend and help spread the word about this Thursday’s (July 11th) Frankel Jewish Academy Town Hall meeting located at the West Bloomfield JCC at 7:30pm.

This event is organized by parents and open to the public. It is meant to be a educational and respectful dialogue to help update concerned parents and community members.  It is also meant to help heal the growing rift.

Please see Facebook page “Frankel Jewish Academy Community Dialog” for more info.


Lisa and Hannan Lis

FJA Town Hall

Shabbat Shalom July 5, 2013

Shabbat Shalom
Shabbat Shalom July 5, 2013

Dear Friends and Family,

Though we are currently in our beautiful homeland of Israel, we hope a festive 4th of July was had by all back in the States.  Appreciation to the United States is due in comparison to so many other places we all could be living (aside from the lovely counties some of you live in, like Israel, The Netherlands, Belgium, France, Canada and England). Here is a sad and staggering statistic…80% of the World’s population lives on less than $10 a day.  Yes, fireworks are worthy of our country’s birthday (though, sadly, many in our own country suffer as well).

 4th of July

Speaking of Canada, The Jon Stewart Show hilariously compared our two banking systems.  Apologies to my American banking friend (Rueben) but kudos to my Canadian friends (Zuckerman/Temperman Family):—the-canadian-banking-system

Back to America, please enjoy this vintage youtube of Simon and Garfunkel in Central Park singing America:

Did you know that back in the 1970s NYC instituted a Car Idling Law(one of my pet peeves) that states:  “NYC law restricts the idling of motor vehicle engines while parking, standing or stopping as part of the City policy to reduce air pollution. No motorized vehicle can idle for longer than 3 minutes unless it is being used to operate equipment”.  Not sure if it is enforced much, but bravo to the attempt.  By the way, it was instituted long before (do-gooder) Mayor Bloomberg (and I use that term endearingly) was elected.

I read a NY Times story about this amazing (14 year old) guitar virtuoso,Quinn Sullivan who plays and writes music all by Ear.  Hope you enjoy:

Bonus track of Quinn (age 8) of “Mother’s Natures Son”

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


P.S. I found two minutes and a computer in the lobby of our Tel Aviv Hotel to briefly reflect on the Egyptian regime chance as it has dominated our media.  Wishing the people of the  (whole) region a peaceful transition.  Also, condolences to the family and friends of the Arizona fire fighters who lost their lives battling the devastating blaze.


After 31 years of marriage, I find this video PERFECT and hilarious.  I hope it brings a smile to your face, like it did for me:


 Happy Birthdays:

July 5th
Lea Luger

July 7th
Eleanor Jackier

July 8th
Vicki Barnett

July 10th
Brad Schram
Ricki Rogow

July 11th
Hal Ostrow

Shabbat Shalom July 5, 2013