Dear Friends and Family,
Big Local News
A Fresh Start is how the judges’s approval of Detroit’s Bankruptcy was perceived by many in our State, though many others (mostly pensioners) are worried about their future income. Everyone will need to sacrifice to ensure a brighter (literally on the night streets) future for our beloved City. The appeals have already stated so this process will blaze be a long, but hopefully, fruitful trail. Detroit’s woes have been spotlighted all over the global media but this week Jimmy Kimmel highlighted our homegrown talent. Check out this youtube of last week’s Piston’s dance-off and their appearance on Jimmy’s show: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wuDc3rAEbcU
How did December and the end of 2013 creep up so fast? What is the secret to slowing down our savory times and speeding up our sad one. Whether savory or sad, they all seem to pass so quickly. Being busy speeds them along but busy days sure beats boredom. Last week was busy with non-stop family celebrations savoring all four of our children (plus a son-in-law, a granddaughter, a boyfriend and Hannan’s High School buddy) all slumbering at our home.
These next two weeks are extra busy with 2 separate trips to DC (one for the WH Hanukah party and one for the Centennial Celebration of the Joint Distribution Committee) so next week’s Shabbat emails might be a bit condensed.
For the 3rd year in a row, Israeli Ambassador to the UN, (the brilliant and articulate) Ron Prosor, addressed the UN’s bias against Israel. His speech is so powerful, meaningful and educational, that I wish it could be beamed directly into every Israel detractors brain. I highly recommend taking the time to read and forward this masterpiece. I just wish his words could truly bring Peace to the Middle East.
Dec. 1, 1955 was the day Rosa Parks refused to relinquish her seat to a white man which flamed the sparks of our Civil Rights movement elevating her to national hero status. For 6 years now, CNN has been highlighting global heros of our era as this past Sunday (Rosa Parks Day), they honored another 10 “Saints”. A sample of their missions are:
-Cleaning Up Our US Rivers
-Protecting African Girls from Circumcision and Empowering them with Education
-Bringing Urban Gardens and Fresh Food to our Poorest Neighborhood.
Each hero is given $50,000 to continue their non-profit work as well as the exposure of millions of viewer to their mission. Its a brilliant and priceless gift by CNN. To learn more about this amazing program, please check out this website:
Another great new non-profit is ReThink Israel. Its chock-full of interesting Israeli facts, programs and innovative initiative. Check it out at http://rethinkisrael.org/ or like it on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ReThinkIsrael