Shabbat Shalom August 16, 2013

Shabbat Shalom
Shabbat Shalom

Dear Friends and Family,


War and Peace

As Egypt broke out in violence this week (with over 500 deaths and thousands injured), more peaceful activities were occurring just to the north with the first (of a 9-month)Israeli/Palestinian Peace Powwow. Though most analysts are guardedly pessimistic due to past failed attempts, this time might prove more successful with its code of silence instilled by Sec. of State John Kerry.  Let’s hope the gestational period gives birth to a new era for the region.  It is just exasperating to continuously release Palestinian prisoners who’ve murdered Israelis with no Peaceful outcome for the concession.


Cold Soup

Putin just keeps digging himself deeper into a ditch of discontent. IF only Snowden hadn’t shown up on his doorstep…IF only homophobia wasn’t a staple in his diet… IF only he would take Syria’s Bashar al-Assad off his friendly rolodex… IF only he hadn’t abruptly slammed the door on US adoptions… MaybeObama would be slurping some Borscht with him right about now, though it probably would have been the COLD version.  And speaking of Borscht, please enjoy this (8 min.) video about the Borscht Belt and Wilt Chamberlain.  It give you wonderful insight to Wilt’s relationship with the Jews of the Catskills.

Vintage Music

Her parents were Sephardic Jews.  His father was a Cantor.  For more than 55 years, they made beautiful music together until her passing this week at age 84.  I’m talking about Edith Gormezano, better known as Eydie Gorme.  Eydie and Steve were a staple in the American music scene through much of the 20th century. Please enjoy this vintage 1970s TV appearance:


SciFi Reality

Can you see yourself strapped into a human size capsule traveling for a 1/2 hour at bullet speeds of 800 miles per hour between San Francisco and Los Angeles.  This is the brain child of Elon Musk who also wants to make space travel available for the privileged private citizen. These Science Fiction sounding ideas are his reality and may soon become the norm.



Boston Mob Boss, James “Whitey” Bulger was convicted this week of 11 murders (though he is probably guilty of many more) and all under the watchful eye of the local Boston authorities.  I hope I’m not naive to think that this Mob mentality is a thing of the past. At least the FBI isn’t condoning it any longer… I hope.


Like This

Check out and “Like” (if you chose) this cool Facebook page of interesting photos of “Humans of Tel Aviv”, inspired by the original “Humans of New York” which is also fascinating.


Religious Reasons

Pure evil and demented mentality resulted in the acid dousing of two young (Jewish) British volunteer teachers (wearing pants and t-shirts) this week as they were heading to a restaurant in (Muslim) Zanzibar (East Africa) during Ramadan.  The goal of the perpetrators was to force a strict dress code on foreign visitors and to ban alcoholic consumption. Sadly, acid is a common weapon throughout certain parts of this world and not surprisingly, most often women are the target.


Alternative Cure

To end this message on a “High” note, this week Dr. Sanjay Gupta spotlighted the advance study of Israeli Cannabisresearch and the successful treatments of many diseases. Since the early 60s, Israel has been on the forefront of Marijuana research and is now the “Go-To” country for state-of-the-art research.


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




P.S.  The tiny town of Vicco, KY is leading the way on Gay Rightsand Steven Colbert brings light to this important issue with his perfect sense of sarcasm.  This video is hilarious and poiyant (especially the last voice heard on the tape).—johnny-cummings



Condolences to Carol and Mitch Klein and their family on the passing of Carol’s Dad, Irving Goldman.  May his spirit and love of his family bring comfort to his loved ones during their time of sorrow.
Mazel Tov on the 30th Anniversary of the Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame and especially to one of this year’s inductee, the (very worthy) Judith Levin Cantor




Please join us at these fundraisers for (Future US Senator)
Gary Peters.  Info on all (below) events can be obtained by contacting Elisa Malile 248-799-0850 or


Tuesday Aug. 20th

North Central Michigan College Library

1515 Howard Street



Sunday Sept. 22nd

Home of

Rachel Bendit and Mark Bernstein

Ann Arbor


Monday Sept. 30th

Home of

Marcie Orley



Monday Oct. 7th – NEW DATE


6675 Telegraph Rd. (South of Maple)

Hosted by

Jim Bellinson


Mothers, Daughters, Sisters, Friends

Henry Ford Hospital Fundraiser

Wednesday Oct. 2nd

10am-3pm Luncheon and Boutique (including jewelry of dear friend Liz Guz)

Shenandoah Country Club

Guest Speakers:

Giuliana and Bill Rancic

Reserve a table with your female friends & relatives and please help spread the word.

Ticket info:

Please also “like” our MDSF Facebook page



Wishing you a Happy Healthy Birthday Week:

Aug. 16th

David Wainer

Marcia Seigerman

Aug. 17th

Irwin Wright

Luke Allen

Ron Reiter

Aubrey Strickstein

Aug. 18th

Alexandra Mark

Danny Greenberg

Aug. 19th

Ishai Ross

Aug. 20th

Lisa Wozniak

Susan Kamin

Aug. 21st

Adam Berg

Darryl Rogers

Aug. 22nd

Uri Segal

Shabbat Shalom August 16, 2013

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