Shabbat Shalom May 29, 2015

Shabbat Shalom
Happy 4th Anniversary
Ariella and Tzvi

May 29, 2015

Dear family and friends,
L’Chaim to the Leprechaun
A mental Illness, a disease, an abomination… you name it, they’ve call Homosexuality just about every despicable name other than what it is… a normal loving lifestyle.  Bravo to Ireland for equalizing the marital availability to their citizenry. And soon, those gay-fearing, closed-minded, ignorant souls will see that their Heterosexual families will not be demonized by their gay neighbors. If the Pope feels he can’t judge, what gives others the right to object to their fellow human’s personal lives. Sadly, Louisiana’s Governor Bobby Jindal, not only judges but (just this week) set an Executive Order to protect those who do not support marriage equality. But his pitiful politcal manuvering is mild compared to these 79+ countries with laws thatcriminalize the gay lifestyle:
These “Red” areas include Indonesia, Gaza/PA, 80% of Africa and 100% of Arab Countries. And here in our country, anti-sodomy laws were ruled unconstitutional in 2003, but they are still on the books of 13 states, including our great State of Michigan. Across the Pond, not one European country has any anti-gay laws though countries of the former Soviet Union threaten gay rights all the time.
Deadly Weather

Floods on one side of our globe and Heat on the other have killed many over this deadly weather week. While we were enjoying the pleasant double holiday weekend here in Michigan, those in Texas and the South were swept away by rapid flood waters killing over 25 people. And on the other side of the planet, thousands in India have perished due to an excessive heatwave.  Sadly these heatwaves are commonplace in India however, they are becoming more frequent and intense.

Houston this week
Caught Red Handed
Who in their right mind would grant a Soccer Tournament to the country of Qatar, which swelters above the 100 degree mark on a regular basis and bases their legal system on Sharia Law which includes no public alcohol consumption (among many other limitations). Could there possibly be bribes involved in that decision.  Yes Siree Bob…in fact, over the last 20 years there’ve been at least $150 million in “sweet” money to sweeten the pot of the selection committee and now the (14) pied pipers will pay for their greed thanks to our US Attorney General, Loretta Lynch, who’s been working on this case for many years. By the way, one of the 14 accused corrupters, Aaron Davidson, has besmudged our collective Peoplehood. Then of course, blame from another corrupter was placed squarely on the backs of Zionism:
June 1st
CNN turns 35 on June 1st and through the years it’s gone from being the only 24/7 News Network to one of many, but, yes they were the first.  For all their faults, I still tend to gravitate to CNN as my go-to network no matter where I am in the world.  Lately, I do feel they gravitate too long on big stories, rely too much on talking heads and rag a bit too much on Israel, but for the most part they provide up-to-date info about our world. Also, on June 1st, Section 215 of the Patriot Act is set to expire while the White House and Congress struggle to figure out the future rules for NSA collections and what exactly will keep us safe from Terrorism.
Ted Turner 1980
Air Power
Videos and Music have a powerful influence on our lives.  I found the messages in both of these youtubes to be meaningful and poignant. With my thoughts seeping back to Memorial Day, Rihanna’s music video of American Oxygen brings contemplation of our American Dream…the good, bad and ugly with images and a tune that is captivating.  Then with Oxygen and Air in mind, I found this (oldie, but goodie) creative and humorous clip of Mr. W.  I don’t want to give away the ending, but I think you’ll enjoy it.

Mr. W:

James Taylor
Great news for JT fans, from now till June 22, you can enjoy 24/7 JT songs on Sirius 17 or online here:
Admittedly, I do not cook but I love to eat and two of my favorite foods are Pizza and Ice Cream.  Here are some visual recipes that look easy enough for even me.
Bon apetite…
Start Up Detroit
Kol Hakavod (Bravo) to Mark Davidoff for chairing this year’s (famous) Detroit Regional Chamber’s 2015 Mackinac Policy Conference on Mackinac Island where horses and bikes rule the road and fudge is the Island trademark. Each year Michigan’s political and economic leaders converge to discuss plans to help improve Detroit and our State. The conference is held at the historic Grand Hotel (where they filmed Christopher Reeves in the beautifully crafted movie “Somewhere in Time“). This year, Mark brought Dan Senor, author of Start Up Nation (about Israel’s technological and economic successes) to discuss the potential parallels between Israel and Detroit.
Grand Hotel, Mackinac Island
Mazel tov… 
to the Landau and Margolin families
on the engagement of
Andrew Landau and Judy Margolin.
Sending love and hugs to both families.
Wishing you and your loved ones a Sweet and Peaceful Shabbat Shalom,
Death leaves a heartache no one can heal
Love leaves a memory no one can steal
Condolences to Debbie and John Dingell and their family on the passing of John’s daughter, Jeanne Patricia Dingell (age 51). Jeanne’s passions included her family, outdoor activities, business, history and had a special interest in the victims of WWII with speaking engagements and involvement at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum.  May her work, spirit, memories and love bring comfort to those who mourn her loss.
Rest in Peace, “A Beautiful Mind’s”, John Nash (age 86) and his wife Alicia Nash (age 82), as they were killed in a taxis accident after retuning home from receiving an award in Norway.  Please always remember to bucket your seatbelt while driving in cabs and Ubers.
Condolences to the family, friends and fans of Anne Meara z”l(she converted to Judaism in 1961).  May her lifetime of work in the field of entertainment and her devotion to her family bring comfort to those who mourn her passing.
Rest in Peace, Ortheia Barnes Kennerly, famed Detroit Jazz Singer who passed away this week. She was beloved by many in our Detroit community and around the country.
Now through June 16th
Detroit Zoo Biodigester 
Please join me in supporting this crowdfunder to raise matching funds to help build a Biodigester which will convert manure to energy.
May 31st
AISH ride2israel
Various leveled rides at various metro Detroit locations adding up virtually to the 6,013 miles from Detroit to Israel. Funds raised benefit the various Jewish programs of AISH.
June 1st
Marcy Feldman will receive the 2015 Activist Award
Adat Shalom Synagogue
June 3rd
Inaugural Rabbi Groner Memorial Lecture Series of Distinguished Scholars
Shaarey Zedek Synagogue
Distinguished Guest speaker: Rabbi David Rosen
For more info, please contact Shira Shapiro:
(248) 357-5544

June 12th
Detroit Zoo
Sunset at the Zoo Summer Chill
Creatively Wild Fundraiser (21 and older)
Spotlighting on the Polk Penguin Conservation Center
June 16th
David Broza Honoring and Concert
Special guest Peter Yarrow
Lab/Shul Gala
City Winery

Aug. 18th
(Please save the date)
We will be hosting a fundraiser in our home for Senator Chuck Schumer.  More details to come.

Happy Birthday!
 Opps, forgot…
May 18th
Allan Nachman

May 29th
Rachel Portnoy
Ariella and Tzvi’s 4th anniversary

May 30th

May 31st
Lisa Rosberg Leve
Bassie Shemtov
Dr. Irvin Kappy
Stephanie Curhan
Ken Bertin

June 1st
Wyatt Levin

June 2nd
Sue Folbe Curhan
Mike Binder 

June 3rd
Dr. Joel Kelman

June 4th
Carly Mark

Blue Stripes


Shabbat Shalom May 29, 2015

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