Shabbat Shalom Jan. 29, 2016

Shabbat Shalom
From Israel

January 29, 2016
Dear family and friends,
Eretz Yisrael (Land of Israel)
As this week’s Shabbat email arrives to your inboxes and nearly 85 million people on the East Coast have dug out of the big blizzard (named Jonas), Hannan and I are in Israel visiting our son, Mataan, who is serving in the IDF.  Though Mataan has been in basic training for the last 2 months, he will participate (as we witness) his official Swearing-In ceremony next week at the Western Wall.  With this in mind, today’s Shabbat email was written and sent to the system a few days early so if anything big happened in the news…well, you’re on your own.
During Mataan’s weekends off from the army (about twice a month), he returns to his shared Tel Aviv apartment (with Josh Schaefer, who is also in the IDF and their friend, Doug) in the hip Tel Aviv neighborhood called Florentin.  If you’ve been on a Tel Aviv Graffiti Art tour, this is where they take you. Florentin is the Street Art Capital of Israel.  There is so much to see and experience here and each day it is growing and changing. For a sample of this vibrant area, check out this article.

North of Tel Aviv, in Hannan’s hometown of Haifa, is the home to the oldest person on Earth.  Yisrael Kristal, age 112, achieved this honor just last week when his predecessor died in Japan. Yisrael was from Poland where his father fought in WWI. He married, had two children and started a candy shop until the Nazis poisoned this world and sent him to various concentration camps.  He survived (alone), started over and emigrated to Haifa along with this candy expertise. When asked about his dietary secret for longevity, he replied he ate what was given to him while in the camps and didn’t think too much about food, though moderation is important.  Kol hakavod to his longevity.

Eat to Live (or Live to Eat)
Many of us put much more thought into our diets, than 112 year old Yisrael, and the government just assisted us with their revived dietary guideline for the next 5 years.  The guidelines seem obvious like, eat more veggies, legumes, fruit, whole grains, low-fat dairy and protein (from fish, poultry and yes,beef) and less saturated fats, sugar and salt.  Some feel political lobbying contributed to the inclusion of beef in the recommendations since many scientist feel beef consumption should be highly limited due to its connection to diabetes, stroke, heart conditions and some cancers.  Maybe Detroiters should ignore all eating guidelines since (as we’ve always known), we boast the best Delis in the country:
White Horse
We are coming down to the wire for our first presidential voting opportunity with next week’s Iowa caucus. Favorites to win areTrump and Sanders but there could be a White Horse entering the race to the White House.  I thought it was only Pie in the Sky, but with the extremes on both ends gaining strength, a middle guy could steal the show.  Michael Bloomberg is now taking serious steps to run as an independent candidate and will make his final decision in early March.  He has my blessing… But who has Trump’s blessing.  Here is a partial list of his “highly respected” endorsements. Of course let’s start with Sarah Palin.  She is joined by Wayne Newton, Phyllis Schlafly (anti-feminist activist), Ann Coulter (anti-everything activist), Hulk Hogan, Jesse Ventura, Lou Ferrigno, Mike Tyson (these last four traded brains for bulk) Stephen Baldwin, Willie Robertson (duck hunter), Loretta Lynn, Ted Nugent and Dennis Rodman (Kim Jong Un’s BFF). As the saying goes…”with friends like these, who needs enemies”.
This past Wednesday (Jan. 27th) commemorated International Holocaust Remembrance Day which signifies (the 71st) anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz.  This year Yad Vashem brought their Righteous Among the Nations Award Ceremony to the US (for the first time) and Pres. Obamahelped recognize (posthumously) four heroes: Roddie Edmonds (a US soldier held in a war camp but refused to identify the Jewish POWs to the Germans), Lois Gunden (a US teacher in France who created a safe haven for Jewish children), Walery and Maryla Zbijewski (a Polish couple who saved a Jewish mother and daughter who escaped the Warsaw Ghetto).  This world could always use more Righteous behavior.
Yes, the Jewish People are strong yet tiny minority but without non-Jewish righteous friends, maybe our survival would have been even more compromised.  From the moment we’ve existed till today, our fate has been attacked. We are attacked in the streets of Europe, Tel Aviv and throughout the world. Some try to distinguish the difference between anti-semitism and anti-zionism, but I believe they are the same.  Just this week, the former president of Doctors Without Borders (who was born a Jew), rationalized the French stabbing of a Kippah-ladened young man as a political attack on Israel since wearing a Kippah exhibits loyalty to Israel.  His comment is full of hate on so many levels.  Also, this week Germany’s Angela Merkel

expressed her concern of rising anti-semitism and not just within the Muslim community. The only weapon against the plight of attacks is having our own homeland where we can protect ourselves. I found this article an excellent explanation of the current contagious spread of Jewish hatred.

Truth Revealed
Good always wins over evil as the tables are turned on the corrupt anti-choice organization which made those highly edited and fake videos against Planned Parenthood.  After a thorough and complete investigation of the accusations from the video, which was requested by the (Republican) Texas Lt. Governor, not only did a Texas Grand Juror clear

PP of any wrongdoing, it indicted two of the undercover video producer on felony charges.  It always feels great when the truth is revealed. But the story isn’t over since the State of Texas is continuing their own investigation “to protect life”.

As the East Coast digs out from Blizzard Jonas, please enjoy this beautiful song by David Broza called In Snow.
Wishing you and your family a
Sweet Shabbat Shalom
Condolences to Norm and Ruth Beitner and their family on the passing of Norm’s mother, Bertha Beitner z”l.  May Bertha’s memory and spirit bring comfort to her loved ones and my she be a blessing unto her family and community.
Rest in Peace, Abe Vigoda z”l (age 94) also known as “Barney Miller”.  May your memory live on…
Mazel tov to Rick Herman and Debbie Tyner on becoming grandparents to twins and all the best to new mom, Jacki.
February 4th (Thursday)
2nd Annual George Orley Mental Wellness Initiative 
Townsend Hotel
5:30 registration
6:30 speakers
7:30 open forum
Suggested donation $50 per person at the door
Guest speaker: Dr. Stephen Strobbe
Recipient of U of M Golden Apple Award
March 9th (Wednesday)
JVS 8th Annual Trade Secrets
Benefiting the JVS Women to Work Program
Temple Beth El
Featuring the inspiring story of Linda Schlesinger-Wagner, Founder of clothing line, Skinny Tees.
April 19th (Tuesday)
Emily Stillman Foundation
Spring Sensation Luncheon
Tam-O-Shanter Country Club
Guest Speaker: Heather Thomson CEO of Yummie, Inc.
April 20th (Wednesday)
U of M Food Allergy Center
Spring Luncheon
Knollwood Country Club
May 4th (Wednesday)
Congregation Shaarey Zedek
Lois Linden Nelson Woman’s World
Honoring Henrietta Weisberg
Featuring Paula Abdul
Save the date. More details to follow
May 6th (Friday)
Orchards Children’s Services
2016 Gerald L. Levin Champion for Children’s
Signature Event
Soundboard, Detroit
More details to come.
May 7th (Saturday)
Forgotten Harvest 
24th Annual Comedy Night
Fox Theatre
Save the date. More detail to follow
May 13th (Friday)
Planned Parenthood 100 Year Gala
Detroit Marriott at the RenCen
Save the date. More details to follow
May 22nd (Sunday)
Hillel Day School Annual Gala
Beverly & Arthur Liss and Norma & Michael Dorman
For more info, please contact Amy Schlussel
May 19th-25th
“Becoming American: The Jewish Experience”
Travel opportunity through EMU Alumni Association to
NYC, Philly and DC.
This experience is open to the public regardless of your University Affiliation, religion, race, age, shoe size…
Any questions can be directed to:
And for further details of the trip:
June 10th (Friday)
Starfish Family Service
Great Hearts Gala
Eastern Market Shed 5, Detroit
Honoree: Mariam C. Nolan,
Pres. Community Foundation for SE Michigan
For details on candidates, voting dates and more, check out this great website: Skimm the Vote
Iowa Caucus is Mon. Feb. 1, 2016
New Hampshire Primary (1st in country) Tues. Feb. 9th
Super Tuesday March 1st
15 various State’s caucuses and primaries
Our Michigan Primary is Tuesday. March 8, 2016.
Presidential Election is Tuesday. November 8, 2016
3 Democrats
1. Hillary Rodham Clinton
2, Bernie Sanders
3. Martin O’Malley
11 Republicans alphabetized (polls are too erratic)
Happy Birthday…
Jan. 29th
Gail Elkus
Jan. 30th
Danielle Winterberger
Deborah Orley Rubyan (happy 60th)
Hattie Groskind 
Ken Gold 
Jan. 31st
Shari Rogers
Mike Jacobson
Feb. 1st
Feb. 2nd
Alan Leifer 
Feb. 3rd
Amy Chapman
Ingrid Grossberg 
Lori Katzman (Schulman) 
Steve Schlafer
Lindsey Rosen Maddin
Feb. 4th
Kathy Wilson Fink
Howard Lutz 
Marissa Miller Mark

Blue Stripes

Shabbat Shalom Jan. 29, 2016

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