Shabbat Shalom July 17, 2015

Shabbat Shalom
July 17, 2015
Dear family and friends,
Accept or Reject?
The long awaited, negotiated Iran Deal is now in the hands of our Congress for the next 60 days to inspect, reject or accept. Bibi has already rejected this agreement though he, most likely, would have rejected any agreement.  The Iranian Leadership is downright evil and hell-bent on Israel’s destruction. Their trustworthiness is void of respect and any promises they make must be accepted with a grain of salt. So, how do we deal with a nation like Iran?  Six countries, with negotiators far more astute and informed on the situation, than any of us, crafted this diplomatic deal. AIPAC, Saudi Arabia, Lindsey Graham (and a growing list) all agree with Israel that this could be a Big Mistake.  But the Big Question is, will this arrangement prevent Iran (within the next decade) from concocting that Nuclear Bomb?  Would No Deal and continued sanctions halt Iran’s Nuclear ambitions? With or without a deal, will Iran continue to dabble and deal in Terrorism.  No one has a Crystal Ball but either way Iran will continue to require close scrutiny on all of their nefarious global activities. Another important questions is what will it do to our American Jewish Community who loves Israel and for the sake of Israel must continue efforts and allegiances in both our Democratic and Republican Parties. We can not let this wedge us even further apart than we already are. We are one Peoplehood who must agree to disagree yet respect each other’s opinions.
One Nation
Speaking of Oneness, We are also one Nation that should not be superseded by rogue cities, counties or states creating contradictory laws that divide us. Sanctuary Cities that protect illegal immigrants, rogue county clerks who prevent gay marriage licenses should abide by our Federal Laws as without laws we would live in chaos. 200 cities, counties and two states (Rhode Island and North Dakota) are Safe Havens/Sanctuary Cities for criminal illegal aliens. Sadly, a young woman was killed this month in San Fransisco by a illegal criminal immigrant who sought protection in SF from deportation.  Fixing our immigration policy is of vital interest to the wellbeing of our country (but not with any of Trump’s ideas).  We need to be more welcoming, forgiving, accepting of the hundreds of thousands of immigrants who could contribute greatly to our society. We are a nation built on immigrants and it’s time we remember our origins and adjust our close minded xenophobic actions.
License to Parent
We need a license to drive a car. We should be required to obtain a parenting license to learn the humane skills of raising children. It is absurd that basic parenting (the most important job) isn’t taught in school.  No one knows what goes on behind closed doors, but children should always take precedent in a squabbling divorce situation. The kids in last week’s high profile case are now at Camp Tamarack and the parents and Judge should take this time to get their Sh*t together.
Hero to Racist
Are we the same person at age 20, 40, 60 or 80?  We all evolve, change attitudes and beliefs, and leave this world very different than we arrive.  We hope to improve as we age yetAtticus Finch seems to have degenerated (in old age) from an idolized defender of race to a possible racist himself. His older self was created by Harper Lee prior to his more famous, beloved earlier image. His older persona was hidden away for decades but now that it is illuminated, can we glean knowledge from this older Atticus about ourselves and our society?
Bravo and BS
Bravo to President Obama‘s humane act of commuting the sentences of 46 nonviolent drug offenders (one was from Michigan) this month (bringing the total to 89) as their punishments didn’t fit their crime. Each received a letter encouraging them to make the best of this 2nd chance. This week he became the first sitting president to visit a federal prison to see first hand the reforms that are needed.
The above story compares to the BS by Gov. Schwarzenegger (last minutes in office) when he pardoned a convicted murderer because he was the son of a friend and supporter.
BS to the paranoid Texas citizens who thinks our military training exercise Jade Helm 15 (taking place around the country) is a federal conspiracy take-over attack.
Bravo to this year’s Wimbledon winners Serena Williams and Novak Djokovic but the real awe goes to this Wimbledon Wheelchair Athlete for this incredible rally:
Bravo and “big deal” to our Michigan House as they agreed on Michigan Ice Cream month but BS on their stubbornness to find a vital solution to our disastrous roads.
Bravo to the Semi-colon Campaign which brings awareness to mental illness and suicide. A serious issue which is in need of greater understanding and financial support in helping to find treatments and cures.
Also for their extraordinary efforts on this issue,
Bravo to dear friends, Diane Orley for her and her family’s appearance in this film:
And to Liz Guz in appearing in the film “Transforming loss” and establishing her Ella Designs Jewelry with proceeds benefiting Mental Health.
Bravo to Malala Yousafzai for celebrating her 18th birthday by opening a girls school for Syrian refugees in Lebanon.
Bravo to the creator of this simple video. As an addendum to last week’s mention of “Dr. Huxtable’s” misguided understanding of Consent.  Here is a brilliant analogy that every Human should watch and share that simplifies the meaning of Consent:
Bravo to all of the 2015 Emmy Nominations, especially my favorites: Amy Schumer, Jeff Daniels, Matt LeBlanc, Maggie Gyllenhaal, This Week Tonight with John Oliver and the list goes on and on. Here is that very, very, very long list:
Bravo to New Horizons for traveling 9 1/2 years and over 3 Billion miles to capture the incredible images of our farthest “planet” Pluto.

Photo Captured July 13th at 1/2 Million miles away. Check out the Heart “tatoo” on the lower half of Pluto.

With the heart of Pluto in mind, wishing you and your loved ones a Sweet and Peaceful Shabbat Shalom,
Condolences to Karen,Tony, Bradley and Jodi Levin on the passing of Karen’s father, David Schwartz z”l.  May his memory, spirit and love bring comfort to Karen and her family during their time of mourning.
Rest in peace, Egyptian actor and Bridge Master, Omar Sharif(age 83) and thanks for your brilliant portrayals in Lawrence of Arabia and Dr. Zhivago. His bio is quite interesting.
July 19th (Sunday)
Jewish National Fund (JNF) Baseball Project
Special Guest Brad Ausmus (Tigers manager)
Home of Florine Mark
or contact Eric Goldstein
July 24th (Weekend)
Team Alex Wish A Mile Bike Tour (300 miles)
From Traverse City to Michigan International Speedway
Please help support this worthy cause
Bravo to Beth Brandvain for her 16 year leadership efforts.
August 19th (Wednesday)
ORT Rub-A-Dub
Honoring Doreen Hermelin
Franklin Hills Country Club
or contact Nicole Miller
September 3rd (Thursday)
NCJW Women of Vision Luncheon
Honoring (dear friend) Liz Guz
Plus Michael Williams, President and CEO of Orchards Children’s Services
And Liz Bank as Jewish Community Champion
Shaarey Zedek
For more info: 248-355-3300
September 19th (Saturday)
Humble Design Gigs For Digs (1st annual event)
Or contact
October 15th (Thursday)
Michigan League of Conservation Voters
3rd Annual Innovations in Conservation Awards Dinner
Honoring:Detroit Zoological Society 
and Lana and Henry Pollack
6:00pm to 9:00pm
Detroit’s Westin Book Cadillac
For more info, please contact Kim Easter 734-222-9650 or

Please save the date of Aug. 18th if you’d like to help us support Senator Chuck Schumer with his re-election. Please email me if you’d like to attend and I’ll give you more details.

Scott Walker has joined the Republican race which now numbers 15.

479 days till the Nov. 8, 2016 election.  

Claim to Fame…
(9 Senators, 9 Governors and one crackpot) 

Democrats (5)
Hillary Rodham Clinton – First Lady, NY Senator, Sec. of State
Bernie Sanders – Vermont Senator
Jim Webb – Virginia Senator and Vietnam Vet
Martin O’Malley – Maryland Governor and Baltimore Mayor
Lincoln Chafee – Rhode Island Senator and Governor

Republicans (15)
Jeb Bush – Florida Governor
Scott Walker – Wisconsin Governor
Marco Rubio – Florida Senator
Ben Carson – Pediatric Neurosurgeon
Rand Paul – Kentucky Senator and Opthamologist
Mike Huckabee – Arkansas Governor, Preacher and Fox TV Host
Donald Trump – Real Estate and crazy antics
Ted Cruz – Texas Senator
Chris Christie – NJ Governor
Rick Perry – Texas Governor
Rick Santorum – Pennsylvania Senator
Carly Fiorina – CEO Hewlett-Packard
Lindsey Graham – SC Senator
Bobby Jindal – Louisiana Governor
George Pataki – NY Governor

July 17th
Harvey Fink
Sharon Curhan
Susan Kaufman

July 18th
PJ Cherrin
Rick Loewenstein
Frida Klein
Annabel Cohen
Danny Slaim

July 19th
Johanna (Jodi) Cooper
Kami Robinson
Karen Sklar Gordon

July 20th
Ricky Mark (Big Brother)
Marcie Orley
David Fox
Lucy Henney
Connie Sklar
Dr. Hamid Banooni
Linda Zlotoff  

July 21st
Charlie Berg

July 22nd
Richard Nodel

July 23rd
Honorable Bridget Mary McCormack
Krista Berman
Shelby Levin
Theresa Rich
Honorable Avern Cohn

Blue Stripes


Shabbat Shalom July 17, 2015

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