Shabbat Shalom Feb. 28, 2014

Heartfelt Shabbat Shalom Feb. 28, 2014

Dear Friends and Family,

Happiness Hugs
Two weeks in Israel provided much enjoyment, entertainment, inspiration and warmth, but what sticks in my mind most is a lesson learned from (the always informative and best Israeli tour guide) Naomi Miller-Rockowitz, that 12 hugs a day will help bring happiness into your life.  Here’s proof of Naomi’s wise words:

2000 Hugs
Saturday provided the opportunity for over 2,000 hugs and lots of happiness as we attended the largest indoor Yoga Class at the Detroit Lions Ford Field. It was quite a site to see and this first phenomenon will continue as a yearly event.


To round out this Happiness theme, check out Pharrel Willams‘ Oscar nominated song, Happy.  It’s upbeat with a great tune and lots of wonderful dancing including a few surprise guest appearances. (press cc if you want to see the lyrics while watching the video)

Atmospheric Climate 

Lion and Lamb
As March comes in like a Lion and out like a Lamb, I am happy to bid farewell to the nastiest Winter in recent history. Congrats to us as Michigan achieved First Place on the Weather Misery Index List created by the National Weather Service. Not only did we suffer from the massive amounts of snow and the bitter nosedive temps, but the rest of the world also has been suffering. England has been bombarded by storms and floods for the past several months and their new concern is the flooding has uncovered unexploded WWII bombs.







Political Climate

Thank you for the Veto
Shame on Arizona Legislators for creating a bill that will give license to discrimination by allowing any business to deny services based on Religious beliefs.  This ridiculous law could have been interrupted in abusive ways with the obvious discrimination against Gays OR some obscure Religion could have a belief against brown-eyed middle-aged women and then legally deny to serve me at their establishment.  What we SHOULD focus on is a Federal Law protecting the rights of the LGBT community against the discrimination that already occurs in many parts of our country.

African Hatred
Repugnance is covering the land of Uganda where Homosexual acts are already illegal but now President Yoweri Museveni just signed the law to punish them with a Life sentence.  This is a conciliation since the original law had the punishment as Death. As usual, religious extremist are behind this hatred.

Beware of Lies
Lies are filling the airwaves leading to our Nov. 2014 election.  A doozy is now airing against Congressman Gary Peters* that flat out lies about a patient and her disdain of ObamaCare.  Fact checking found many holes in her statement.  Makes you think… if the Affordable Care Act is SO bad, why do they need to resort to lies? When I googled the woman making the accusations, several news agencies set the record straight.  Here’s just one of them:

Warranted Tribute
Kol Hakavod (All of the Honor) to Congressman John Dingell for his lifelong commitment to his district, the State of Michigan and our whole Country.  For over 80 years a Dingell has held a congressional seat with distinction. John Dingell Sr. took office in 1933 and his son, John Dingell, Jr. was swore in upon his father’s death in 1955. His accomplishments, respect and admiration exceed quantification.  He is praised by both sides of the isle and deserves much accolades.  His record of longest serving member of congress will be hard to break.  Wishing him all the best and high hopes for his wife, Debbie Dingell to succeed him and continue the Dingell legacy.

Congressman John David Dingell, Jr.

As the people of the Ukraine started out with peaceful demonstration to encourage their government to join the EU and retreat from Russia, they quickly learned that all out war was spiraling toward their direction.  Sadly, death, destruction, chaos and confusion now exist while their leader is on the run and their fate in perils. Wishing them peace and stability for their county. Watch this video to see the outrageous opulence that was stollen from its people and wasted on its leader.

10 Offenders
Alabama, South Dakota, Oklahoma, Indiana,  Iowa, Missouri, South Carolina, West Virginia, Mississippi and Kentucky have all entered 2014 with outrageous anti-abortion bills pending in their legislature.  Its incredulous the degree to which anti-abortion activist will stoop to prevent a legal procedure. Yet once the abortion is prevented and an unplanned child arrives, those same legislators turn their backs on some of those needy families by denying them assistance with medical care, food and shelter.
Go figure!

Court Case
Michigan could be the next State to approve Marriage Equality as a court case in now underway with a lesbian couple who want to jointly adopt two children by fighting the adoption laws and attempting to overturn the ban on gay marriages. Stay tuned for updates.

Change of Mind
Bravo to the 14 members of the Presbyterian Church for opening their minds and rethinking their stance on Israel.  After visiting the SodaStream factory, they saw Israel in a new light and plan to share this view with their constituents.

Wishing you and your family a Sweet and Peaceful Shabbat Shalom,


P.S.Thank you, Sting and Paul for an AMAZING concert in Michigan this week. Advance apologies to my poor cinematography:




Future Senator Gary Peters
*Please join us in support of Congressman Gary Peters campaign for the US Senate.  As you can see from the dishonest ads against him, we all need to do our best to help Gary win this election.  His opponent, Terri Lynn Land, will use her wealth and the (nearly unlimited) wealth of the Koch Brothers to deceive our Michigan public. Bottom line, Gary is more qualified, experienced, skilled and knowledgeable to represent us in the Senate.  He has proven his friendship to Israel and has Michigan’s best interest in mind when serving the public.  He is a moderate, logical and intelligent leader and it would be a true “shanda” (disgrace) if he didn’t continue to represent us.  Please join us at the March 23rd (3-5pm) event at the home of Mindy and Scott Eisenberg. Please contact Hy Safran for more info or to rsvp:
Rescue and Distribute
Please join us at Forgotten Harvest 22nd annual comedy night with guest star Tim Allen.   Tickets are selling fast and range from $15 to $150. Corporate and personal sponsorship levels are also available. Funds raised help rescue unused food, repackages it and distribute it to families in need all in a timely manner. Their system is AMAZING and if you would like a tour, please let me know.
New Ann Arborite
Welcome to the world, Aurora Julian Cash, born in Ann Arbor Feb. 10th toElaine and Howard Cash.
Mazel Tov
Little Fara Naomi is lucky to be born into the wonderful Saulson family headed by Eli and Michele.  Welcome to our community!
DC Bound
We’ll be attending this week’s AIPAC Policy Conference.  Hope to see some of you there.  Looking forward to hearing from lots of Dignitaries and especially the sweet sounds of Israeli musician, David Broza and tunes from his new album, East Jerusalem West Jerusalem.
Happy Anniversary
Proud of Michigan as we acknowledge the 167th anniversary of (the first in the nation) abolishment of the Death Penalty on March 1, 1847.  Shame on those States who still use capital punishment with Texas being the “deadliest” State as they have executed 510 people (the most in the nation) since 1976. Yes, some evil souls deserve to die yet our imperfect judicial system also sentences and executes innocent individuals.   China is the world leader in executions with over 4,000 Chinese put to death by their (un-admitted) government each year. China’s execution rate is more than the combined total for the rest of the world.
Rest in Peace
Arthur Kretchmer, age 75.  Beloved father of dear friend, Geoff (and Jody) Kretchmer. May his spirit, love and memories bring comfort to those who loved him.
Jerome Sonenklar, age 92.  Loving father and father-in-law of Marty and Ben Rosenthal and Susie and Scott Leemaster. May his lifelong commitment to his community and family bring comfort to those in mourning.
Sally Horwitz, age 86. Mother and mother-in-law to Arthur and Gina Horwitz and grandmother to Daniel (Miriam), Adam (Sheri) and Stephanie Horwitz. Holocaust Surviver, Community Activist and loving Matriarch to her adoring family.  My thoughts and prayers are with her family.
Ann Siegel, age 90.  Mother and mother-in-law to Ron and Caryn Siegel and grandmother to Reid Siegel and Marli Siegel. May her love, spirit and memories soothe the souls of her love ones.
Sally Lou Nosanchuk, age 78.  Mother and mother-in-law to Linda and Scott Sircus. A lifelong philanthropist and an avid sportswoman.  May her memory bring comfort to those who mourn her loss.
Paco de Lucía, age 66. Famed Spanish flamenco guitarist.  Considered one of the finest guitarist in the world died suddenly (and too young) from a heart attack.
Alice Herz-Sommer, age 110. Alice was a talented content woman who’s piano skills helped sustain her to achieve the status of the oldest Holocaust surviver.  Her story was made into a very inspiring documentary.  May her soul rest in peace:
Harold Ramis, age 69. Talented actor, directer, writer of many hilarious movies (most famous Animal House) sadly passed away (too early) this week after battling an autoimmune disease.

 Feb. 28th
Jane Giblin Kush
Pope Benedict resigned one year ago

March 1st
JoAnne Nosan
JFK established the Peace Corp in 1961

March 2nd
Karen Ring Weiss
Rachel Lasser
Dr. Suess (Theodor Geisel) was born in 1904

March 3rd
David Kramer
Leah Tolwin
Tisha Berg
Harry Kirsbaum
Rodney King was beaten by LA Police in 1991

March 4th
Lisa Ross
Max Kepes
Seth Berg
Ernest Hemingway completed The Old Man and the Sea in 1952

March 5th
Debbie Landau
John Belushi died in 1982

March 6th
Anat Lis
Scott Schlafer
Micki Grossman
Shaquille O’Neal was born in 1972 

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Shabbat Shalom Feb. 28, 2014

Shabbat Shalom Feb. 21, 2014

Shabbat Shalom Feb. 21, 2014

Dear Friends and Family,

This week’s message will arrive in your inboxes just as I am arriving home from my 2 week visit to Israel.  As a reminder, when traveling,  I have minimal time and access to a computer, so I write these messages ahead of time and have them scheduled to arrive Friday 6am.

Today is my mother’s birthday so if you know her (or even if you don’t), I’m sure she would love a birthday shout out to her email

Happy Birthday, We love you!

Wishing you and your family a Sweet and Peaceful Shabbat Shalom,

Bonus quote:  “It is not Happiness that makes us Grateful, it is Gratefulness that makes us Happy”. David Steindl-Rast


 Yoga Rocks
The numbers are huge.  Please join us at the Detroit Yoga Class lead by birthday boy Eric Paskel* at Ford Field, tomorrow, Saturday Feb. 22nd at 8:30am

Laughter Feeds the Soul and Stomach
Please join us at the Forgotten Harvest 22nd annual comedy night with guest star Tim Allen.  Tickets range from $15 to $150.

Birthdays (and more) this week…

Feb. 21st
Florine Mark (aka. Mom)
Bob Naftaly
Parker Levin (young cousin)
Karl Marx publishes Communist Manifesto in 1848

Feb. 22nd
*Eric Paskel
Andy Warhol dies in 1987

Feb. 23rd
Amy Folbe
Mayer Segal (Hannan’s Uncle, Happy 75th)
Brian Siegel (Happy 50th)
Gutenberg prints first mass production of Bible in 1455

Feb. 24th
Amy Fishman Singer
Steve Jobs born in 1955

Feb. 25th
Steve Perlman
George Harrison born in 1943

Feb. 26th
Debby Tukel
Lois Cohn
Golda Meir becomes first Israeli female Prime Minister in 1969

Feb. 27th
Eric Adelman
(Mr.) Fred Rogers died in 2003

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Shabbat Shalom Feb. 21, 2014

Shabbat Shalom Feb. 14, 2014

Shabbat Shalom from Israel Feb. 14, 2014

Dear Friends and Family,

I’ve now have been in Israel for about a week.  To remind you, I wrote this email and next week’s Shabbat message before I departed.  With minimal access to a computer, and to avoid breaking my tradition of never missing an opportunity each Friday to reach out and wish you Shabbat Shalom, I always pre-write emails before traveling.

So, there will be no updates on this week’s news, opinions on politics or Shout Outs.

But since I’m in our Homeland, how about some facts about our Jewish Sanctuary. (Webster’s definition: a place where someone or something is protected or given shelter.)  Israel is our safe place. IF it had been established two decades earlier (than 1948), our global population today would be twice as large.  Protection is essential but not the only reason it exists.  We have ties to the land dating back thousands of years.  It was the home of our ancestors.  “Next year in Jerusalem” is our mantra.  I hope all of you (who don’t live here) have an opportunity to visit Israel with your families.

But first, I strongly recommend viewing and sharing this eloquent, articulate, factual, straight-forward message about our Jewish peoplehood and State (Thanks, Dolcy for sharing):

Now, here are some interesting facts about Israel:
1. Israeli babies are 10 less likely to have peanut allergies as they are given Bamba (a peanut snack) in their early years. I’m not a fan of the Bamba taste, but lots of Israeli kids are.
2. Israel (one of only two countries) started this century with a net GAIN of trees.  Other countries really need to stop de-forestation.
3.  Approx. 1 Million notes are left each year at the Kotel (Western Wall) and cleaned out before Rosh HaShana and Passover.
4. The most number of Chess Grandmasters (per capita) is in Beer Sheva.
5. Israeli stamps use kosher glue.
6. Microsoft has more employees in Israel (per capita) then anywhere else in the world.
7. Over 500 million migrating birds fly over Israel each year.
8.  There are 273 Kibbutzim (communes) in Israel.  Hannan and I met on one.
9. More than 90% of Israeli homes use solar power to heat their water.
10.  Israel was the first country to ban Underweight Models.
11. The Mount of Olives in Jerusalem is the oldest continuously used cemetery.
12. After the US and Canada, Israel has the 3rd largest number of companies list on the NASDAQ.

Wishing you and your family a Sweet, Tasty and Peaceful Shabbat Shalom,
Yum… Falafel
And to quench your thirst, here is the lasted on the Sodastream Saga.  Several journalist from all over the world and many aligned with the BDS movement, descended on the factory for a fact-finding mission.  Here’s what they found:


Yoga Rocks

The numbers are growing.  I hope you can join us to help Detroit break the Guinness record of the largest Yoga Class at Ford Field on Saturday Feb. 22nd at 8:30am


Laughter Feeds the Soul and Stomach
Please join us at the Forgotten Harvest 22nd annual comedy night with guest star Tim Allen.  Hannan and I are honored to co-chairing the event (with a great committee) and your support would be truly appreciated. Tickets range from $15 to $150.
Sea-Gull Reunion? 
In case you missed this from last week, the property of Camp Sea-Gull was recently bought by the township and soon will converted into a park.  Those responsible for the property have reached out to see if Sea-Gull Alum might want to have a reunion at camp this summer before any changes are made to it.  Many Alum are on this email list so please reply back if you are interested in this idea.

Birthday (and more) this week…

Feb. 14th
Betsy Snider Heuer
Liz Kanter Groskind
Robert Chonoles
Robin Tobin-Murav
Maurice Pogoda
Pam Feinberg-Rivkin
Florence Henderson (Mrs. Brady) born in 1934

Feb. 15th
Doreen Hermelin
Stacey Gordon
Marcy Feldman
Cathy Radner
Nat King Cole dies in 1965

Feb. 16th
Carolyn Bellinson
Rose Handleman
Fidel Castro is sworn is as Cuban Prime Minister 1959

Feb. 17th
Julie Zuckerman Tepperman
Dr. Jay Kutinsky
Marla Rosberg
Sports star Michael Jordan is born in 1963

Feb. 18th
Susan Moiseev
Michelangelo dies in 1564

Feb. 19th
Rosanne Kukes
Carrie Stauss
Nora Baron
Elana Kreinin Markovitz
Betty Friedan’s The Feminine Mystique is published in 1963

Feb. 20th
Ariela Raviv
Susan Loss
Jennifer Rothenberg Siegel
Gloria Vanderbilt-Cooper (Anderson’s mom) born in 1924

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Shabbat Shalom Feb. 14, 2014

Shabbat Shalom Feb. 7, 2014

Shabbat Shalom Feb. 7, 2014
Dear Friends and Family,

“My father is Jewish, my mother is Jewish, I am Jewish,” Daniel Pearl‘s last words on Feb. 1, 2002.  When will the brutality against humanity end? It has been twelve years since Daniel Pearl was murdered, yet it seems our global society continues its intolerance of differences. Those who believe we should think, act, dress, pray, dance alike are primitive, selfish and greatly misguided.  It is our differences that enlighten the world, bring it innovation and heal its imperfections. Tolerance, respect, sensitivity and humanity is in short supply among the weak, self-centered, ignorant, brainwashed people of the world.

Daniel Pearl 1963-2002
The Games
The Sochi Winter Olympics start tonight (Feb. 7th) and run through Sunday Feb. 23rd.  These are the most expensive games ever with the cost skyrocketing to $51 Billion.  There are 98 events in 15 different sporting fields. 12 new events will occur this year including the Women’s ski jumping competition.  88 countries will be represented and 7 of them will be new to the Winter Olympics. 230 athletes will represent the United States and 5 will represent Israel. Obama and Biden will NOT be attending the games BUT they are sending excellent reps including two gay athletes, Tennis star Billy Jean King and Ice Hockey player Caitlin Cahow.  Great message to send the anti-Gay Russian administration.  Wishing the athletes and spectators safety (from terrorist) during the games.
Battles Lost
Sadly drugs have taken the life of the talented Philip Seymour Hoffman this week at the untimely age of 46.  Life is truly a gift that should be treasured and protected.  Unfortunately, it is also fragile and can be taken away in an instant.  Drug abuse is a difficult battle to contend with and too many young lives have lost the fight to this addiction.  In tribute, here is a poiyant scene from the great film Almost Famous about being Uncool:
Philip Seymour Hoffman

50 years ago this day (Feb. 7, 1964), John, Paul, George and Ringo arrived in NYC.  Two day later, we heard the words of Ed Sullivan “Ladies and gentleman… The BEATLES“.  Unbelievably, 40% of our US population (73 million Americans) tuned in that evening to witness history in the making. It was past my bedtime as I was only 3 years old, but since then, I’ve been a huge Beatles fan.  A short 6 years after their NYC arrival, they dismantled the band in 1970 but of course their legend lived on and on and on.

Ringo and Paul return to the Ed Sullivan Theatre for an interview with David Letterman (taped 2/4, airs 2/9)

Here are my two favorite songs from the Liverpool Lads.  The first is written by both John and Paul and the second was just Paul.
In My Life:

Syria’s Saga Continues
90 (more) people were killed in Syria this week (adding to the 100,000 other victims) as helicopters dropped deadly barrels filled with explosives and shrapnel on the city of Aleppo.  Add to that their lack of responsibility in eliminate their chemical weapons plus the peace talks in Switzerland came up empty handed with no progress in sight. On the other hand, Israel continues to save the lives of Syrians who cross the boarders everyday for medical help.

Musical Chairs
Farewell Jay Leno from the Tonight Show (Feb. 6th).
So long Seth Meyers from SNL (Feb. 1st)
Adios Jimmy Fallon from Late Night (Feb. 7th)

Can’t wait till Jimmy takes over the Tonight Show (moves it to NYC) and Seth takes over Late Night.  Both are brilliant, talented and funny.

The best part of the Super Bowl evening was spotlighting Bob Dylan and Detroit and of course the Sodastream ad (Here’s the uncensored version with the original ending):

More Sports
I love this kid, Titus.  He is truly amazing and talented. You will not believe your eyes. This time he got his friends Channing Tatum and Bradley Cooper to join the fun:

Northern Beauty
Kudos to Charlevoix as it has been chosen by the State (as one of 8 towns) to receive funding to help update and improve its downtown region.

From 1970-1978, I spent every summer up in beautiful Charlevoix at Camp Sea-Gull.  Michigan’s northern region is one of the most magnificent areas in our country.  The property of Camp Sea-Gull was recently bought by the township and soon will converted into a park.  Those responsible for the property have reached out to see if Sea-Gull Alum might want to have a reunion at camp this summer before any changes are made to it.  Many Alum are on this email list so please reply back if you are interested in this idea.

Two Weeks
Next week I’ll be on the National Women’s Philantropy Heart to Heart mission in Israel with 124 women from all over the United States.  I look forward to meeting new friends, seeing new sights, learning new aspects of Israel and eating lots of great food.  Once the mission is over, I’ll be spending another week there with family. Our son is there for a semester aboard from U of M.  Our daughter, son-in-law and granddaughter will be visiting the other grandparents.  Hannan and our youngest son will also be there.

Constant Contact
Though I’ll be in Israel for the next two Fridays (mostly without access to a computer), you will still receive my Shabbat Shalom greetings at the regular 6:00am time.  I have yet to miss a Friday morning since I started sending these messages Nov. 2009. When traveling, I pre-write the message and have them schedule (via my Constant Contact account) to arrive in your inboxes.  They will be condensed with less up-to-the-minute news, but the main message of wishing you a pleasant Shabbat will always be present.  With that in mind…

I wish you and your family a Sweet and Peaceful Shabbat Shalom,
For the music lovers, here is a bonus video:  I love the voice and sound of Lake Street Dive remaking this familiar song, filmed in someone’s neighborhood driveway:
Want more…?  Here there are again singing Hall and Oats:


Super Sunday
Please support our Jewish Community by, either, asking or answering the pledge requests on Feb. 9th at Federation’s Super Sunday.
Yoga Rocks
Nearly 500 people have already signed up to help Detroit break the Guinness record of the largest Yoga Class.  Please join us at Ford Field on Saturday Feb. 22nd at 8:30am
Laughter Feeds the Soul and Stomach
We are thrilled that tickets are selling briskly for the Forgotten Harvest 22nd annual comedy night featuring Tim Allen.  Hope you can join us. Your support is appreciated.
Tickets range from $15 to $150.
If you are (or know someone) 21-26, here is an opportunity to visit Israel with our Community Birthright trip this spring.  Registration begins Feb. 19th at  Spots fill up quickly and a new rule now allows those who were on a peer trip (like Teen Mission) before they were 18 eligible to participate on Birthright.
Here is a wonderful Mitzvah Opportunity to help the children of Detroit’s MacDowell Elementary School with the Blessings in a Backpack program which sends home food-filled backpacks each weekend for kids and families in need.  Please join Brenda Steuer, Debbie Lederman, Sara Kraft and Risa Brickman as they have stepped up to take the lead on this program. You can sign up at this website:
Condolences to friends and family of Anne Heyman on her shocking death last weekend at age 52.  Anne was a true Global Healer as she founded Rwandan orphanages modeled after the Kibbutz movement. Her philanthropic efforts will be greatly missed by all who she touched.
Mazel Tov to Dan Kohn for opening his new hot spot Kravings on (25270 Greenfield Rd) in Oak Park. (Kosher Deli, Sushi Carryout).
Speedy Recovery
Wishing a Refuah Shlema (complete healing) to Joey Selesny’s baby daughter Sara Braucha after heart surgery this week. Our prayers are with you.
Bravo to Drug Store Chain, CVS, on removing cigarettes from their sales stock to focus on health related items or at least to eliminate the single leading cause of lung cancer.
Bravo, also, to Mayor de Blasio for refusing to walk in the NYC St. Patrick’s day parade due to their contentious relationship with the gay community.
Bravo to Rolling Stone’s cover selection for this bi-weekly edition:

 This week…

Feb. 7th
Amy Schlussel
Jeffrey Jucewicz (Floral Genius)

Paul Yedwad (Rabbinic Genius)
Charles Dickens born in 1812

Feb. 8th
Stacey Gordon
Jill Menuck
James Dean born in 1931

Feb. 9th
Michelle Guttenberg
Carole King born in 1942

Feb. 10th
Mark Spitz born in 1950

Feb. 11th
Ryan Friedrichs (Military Man)
(Big) Al Muskovitz
Dodo Kepes
Thomas Edison born in 1847

Feb. 12th
Lori Siegel
Charles Darwin born in 1809

Feb. 13th
 Linda Zelch Rouff
Marcy Feldman
Jerry Springer born in 1944 (London, England)

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Shabbat Shalom Feb. 7, 2014