Shabbot Shalom May 2, 2014

Shabbat Sholam May 2, 2014

Dear Friends and Family,

Eliminate Bigotry
There should be ZERO tolerance for prejudice, racism and bigotry, but disgracefully, it persist and festers a lesion on our Human souls. It seems The Mighty Dollar trumps Compassionate Integrity. Mr. Sterling had a well documented racist history yet he was able to BUY recognition from the likes of the NAACP.   It’s disconcerting that some in this world continue to feel superior to others but when this absurdity comes from the ethos of one of “Our Own”, it is downright embarrassing.  Good riddance to the LA Clippers owners and bravo to NBA commissioner Adam Silver for his appropriate punishment of a Lifetime ban from the Sport and $2.5 million fine.  Hopefully this will send an meaningful message to other soulless bigots.

Freedom to Abuse
Nigerian Islamic Militants named Boko Haram (means Western Education is a Sin) have recently kidnapped hundreds of girls and young women from their boarding schools and most likely forced them into marriage or slavery.  Million of Nigerian children lack access to a safe education experience. Gordon Brown, UN’s Education envoy, is trying to assist with this issue and will meet with Nigerian President Good Luck Jonathan but this problem is rampant in his county.  Education is essential for a developing country and to prevent access to education is a Crime against Humanity. 
Years of Danger
This whole week was filled with severe storms throughout a vast swath of our country. 100 deadly tornadoes, torrential rainstorms heat-waves & Fires and massive flooding clabbered our States and stole the lives of 36 people. The severity in this weeks weather is unusual; In fact it seems this whole year has been unusual.  Are we to blame…?  Our climate is changing as it has for millions of years, BUT, has our human behavior tampered with our global and oceanic thermostat causing severe reactions. I’ve been watching an interesting Showtime documentary series called “Years of Living Dangerously” which spotlights the cause and affects of our human actions.  We need to make some serious changes in our (Global Population’s) behavior or the world we live in today be devastatingly different for our future generations.
Wrong Word
Here are John Kerry‘s words about Israel: “A two-state solution will be clearly underscored as the only real alternative. Because a unitary state winds up either being an apartheid state with second-class citizens – or it ends up being a state that destroys the capacity of Israel to be a Jewish state,” .  A BIG OOPS on using the word “Apartheid”.  Israel would never allow itself to get into a situation where the demographics would threaten our Jewish Majority.  Worst case scenario, Israel will have to disengage from the West Bank just as we did in Gaza, create a protective dome from any potential attacks and… PRAY for PEACE.  By the way, for Gary Peter’s articulate response to Sec. Kerry’s mischosen word, see the Political section below.

  From a wall in the Old City of Jerusalem.
“We” are the collective. 

Paying Tribute
Somber remembrance immediately follows joyful celebration this week in Israel (and for all Zionist) as Yom HaZikaron and Yom HaAtzmaut are commemorated.  Sunday evening marks the beginning of Israel’s recognition of her fallen solders and victims of terror and Monday evening starts the celebration of Israel’s Independence.  These two days are purposely connected to remind us to always look to the bright future especially after remembering the horrors of our past.  On Yom HaZikaron, at 10am in the morning, a 2-minute siren is hear throughout Israel as the whole nation comes to a halt.  Cars on the roads and highways stop and everyone stands at attention wherever they are.  It is truly a moving site to see.  Please join our Detroit commemoration of Yom HaZikaron this Sunday evening (promptly) at 5:30pm at the Berman Center at our West Bloomfield JCC.   There is no charge but they ask that everyone be seated by 5:15pm.   and please enjoy this musical video celebrating the HOPE we all have for Israel:

Haifa Healing Powers
Prayers and well wishes go to, Gennady Kernes, the Jewish Mayor of Ukraine’s 2nd largest city, as he is recovering at Haifa’s Rambam Hospital, from a gunshot wound sustained (this past Monday on Holocaust Remembrance Day) in his hometown of Kharkiv.  Though Anti-Semitism was not suspected in his assault, his recovery at the hands of our Jewish hospital may save his life.

Not a Jew
I take pride in the accomplishments of Jews around the world and have always assumed Seth Meyers was a member of our Tribe, but my mistake was corrected when I saw this entertaining clip from Seth, himself:

         Though he married a Jew 

Was a Jew
Sadly, this Jewish guy from NJ clearly got the WRONG message when he was brainwashed to become a radical Muslim spewing terrorist ideas that landed him in jail:

Who is a Jew
The saying goes… 2 Jews, 3 opinions. This week the Conference of Presidents (of Major Jewish Organizations) rejected entrance of J Street into their esteemed entity.  As mentioned several times in these emails, my Jewish Tent is Tall and Wide, welcoming all who believe in the continuity of our Peoplehood and security of our Homeland (all except Jews for Jesus or Messianic Jews as their beliefs contradict our identity).  So, as our opinions vary and continue to diverge, our acceptance, tolerance and coexistence with each-other should increase to maintain the united force we require to help sustain our future.

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


Bonus Track 1
Thanks, Michael Berke for posting this absolutely beautiful rendition of my favorite Beatle’s tune “In My Life”.  This version is performed on the Skjold Bass, by Rob Smith,  and it reflects a stunning version of the original.  Truly worth a listen…

Bonus Track 2
I don’t necessarily believe in ghosts or spirits, but this young (7 years old) girl must be channeling the vocal abilities of Ella Fitzgerald. Amazing… “Fly me to the moon”:

Bonus Track 3
I’ve spotlighted these amazing dancing in previous weeks.  Hope you enjoy this new video by these very talented Urban Dance Students:

“The life of the dead is placed in the memory of the living.”
Marcus Tullius Cicero

Bob Benyas (z’l)
Our community lost a treasured visionary with a talented eye for beauty, a WWII vet and a dear friend when Bob Benyas passed away this week at the age of 90 (and 1/2).  For years, Bob was the ever present photographer throughout our region capturing the likes of Presidents, Prime Ministers, Sports Legions and Music Icons.  But most importantly he was a sweet man, devoted to his family and friends.  May his spirit, memories, love, support and photos bring comfort to his dear wife (of 63 years), Shirley, his sons Mark and Eddie and their families, his brother Don and sister Etagail and all who loved him. He will be truly missed.
Paul Sherizen (z’l)
Condolences to the Sherizen family on the passing of their patriarch, Paul Sherizen. He was a devoted supporter of Israel as he was ever-present at all AIPAC events.  Our prayers and thoughts are with his family during their time of sorrow.
Max Fischel (z’l)
Dear friends, Barbara and Irvin Kappy lost their beloved father this past week.  Max was a sweet wonderful man who survived the Holocaust to flourish and raise a beautiful family with his beloved wife, Sophie Fischel (z’l).  May his memories and love bring comfort to Barbara, Irvin, Brandon and Michelle as his legacy lives on in their lives.
Cantor Harold Orbach (z’l)
Condolences to the family of Cantor Orbach on his passing.
Bob Hoskins 
Actor Bob Hoskins age 71, best know for his role in Who Framed Roger Rabbit (a movie we saw hundreds of times with our kids) died this week from pneumonia.  He also suffered from Parkinson’s disease.
Al Feldstein (z’l) 
If you were a MAD Magazine fan, you’ll be sad to hear of the death of Al Feldstein (age 88) who was its guiding force for 30 years.
Michigan Primary is Aug. 5th
National Election is Nov. 4th
Eligible voters: All US Citizens who are or will be 18 by Nov. 4th.  Remind those new voters to Register at the site below.
This site can also answer all your Election questions when you click to various pages.
(Get Out The Vote)

Congressman Gary Peters

Please help elect (future Senator) Gary Peters.  
His opponent, Terri Lynn Land has created her first ad…”Really?”
Judge for yourself, but this ad contains NO content and is insulting to Men suggesting they can’t be supportive of women’s rights. YES, Ms. Land, Gary Peters has proven his support of women excessively more than you have.
The difference between Peters and Land on Israel.
Ms. Land has never been to Israel and lags far behind Gary in education about the region.
Here is Gary’s statement regarding Sec. Kerry:
“Secretary Kerry’s recent statement was unacceptable-which I am glad he has admitted. Using the word apartheid ignores the democratic nature of Israel and that Israel has shown, over and over, that it is willing to make difficult choices to achieve peace and security. It is also extremely disappointing and worrisome that the Palestinian Authority has chosen unity with Hamas over negotiations with Israel, which is a threat to any chance of peace. Peace talks should resume without preconditions and without Hamas.”
Shame on Georgia’s new gun law which allows guns to be carried almost everywhere… school, bars, churches, playgrounds, parts of airports… Watch out July 1st, when the law takes affect and hopefully scares tourist away from their State.
      Congressman Michael Grimm
More Shame
Congressman Michael Grimm (from Staten Island, NY) was presented with a 20 count indictment of corruption based on his ownership of a health food restaurant in Manhattan calledHealthalicious. Yes, he is innocent until proven guilty so I will keep you posted on this interesting case.  By the way, he is also the guy who threatened to throw a journalist over the balcony during an interview.
Community events
LAST CHANCE – Please join us
May 5th
Joint Action Committee
Please become a JAC member in support of candidates who believe in a Strong Israel, Pro-Choice and Separation of Religion and State. This year’s event (free to all current members) will be Monday May 5th @ 9:30am at the home of Florine Mark for a Candidate Forum featuring Senate candidate Congressman Gary Peters and many other local candidates.
Special guest is Sen. Debbie Stabenow.
May 12th
Planned Parenthood
Hope you can attend this year’s PP event with guest speaker,
Gloria Steinem Monday May 12th @ noon @ The Henry in Dearborn.
August 17-22
Maccabi Athlete Housing
Our community needs about 800 host families to house approximately 1,500 visiting athletes and artists the week ofAugust 17-22.  Its a fun commitment that helps connect our community and gives us the opportunity to meet wonderful young people from all over the world.
Kol Hakavod (“go with strength”), Zabar costumers and staff as they ignored and criticized the BDS protesters outside their famous Manhattan store:
Missed from last week…
April 28th
Josh Stone (Happy 21st birthday)
April 30th
Jackie Victor
Aaron Rosberg
This week’s celebrants are…
  May 2nd
Zoey Spiegelman
Elinor Ruiz
AJ Aaron
May 3rd
May 4th
Laura Zausmer
Joey Selesny
Peter Levin
May 5th (Cinco de Mayo)
Dan Ruiz
Matt Kletter
Mark Milgrom
May 6th
Beth Snider
Suzy Farbman
May 7th
Steven Miesowicz
Jeff Kepes
Andrew Echt
May 8th
Jesse Stern
Julie Edgar
Sandy Lippitt
Sometimes birthdays on my computer fall into a black hole, so if you’d like a birthday mentioned in these emails, please confirm I have it in my system.

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

Shabbot Shalom May 2, 2014

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