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

For those who are forwarded this message by a friend or read it on Facebook, you can receive your own version each Friday morning at 6am by clicking on the above button.

Please excuse my typos, misspellings and human errors.  Thanks.

Shabbat Shalom Feb. 14, 2014

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