Shabbat Shalom Aug. 19, 2016

  Shabbat Shalom
August 19, 2016
“It’s not whether you get knocked down; it’s whether you get up.”  Vince Lombardi
After two weeks in Rio, athletes are experiencing many trials, tribulations and triumphs.  Michael Phelps clearly was in the triumph column, winning more competitions than any other Olympian as he goes home with his record 28th medal (23 are gold) at the ripe old age of 31. Also triumphing are two American Simones, Gymnast Simone Biles and Swimmer Simone Manuel, and fastest man on earth, Jamaican Usain Bolt.  On the tribulations side,  the Israeli team continues to be harassed at almost every turn.  Last week (even though Israel and Egypt signed a peace treaty over 37 years ago), the Egyptian Judo wrestler refused to shake the hand of his Israeli opponent but the Israeli brought the tribulation to a triumph as he pinned his non-hand shaker to the mat and got a medal for it.  The Egyptian athlete was reprimanded by the International Olympic Committee and sent home.  But the problem continues.  When other international competitions are held in Arab nations, often the country either denies visas to the Israeli athletes or if they are allowed to compete and win, they refuse to raise the Israeli flag during the medal ceremony.   Will we ever see the day when anti-Israel or anti-semitism is defeated.
The non-Handshake
“Widows Weep, but they look for another Husband” South American Proverb
As Rio tries to pull off a trouble-free Olympic party, a few obstacles are getting in the way.  Many wondered why the diving pool water was green and smelly.  Excessive amounts of copper sulfate was the culprit. Though the swimmers and divers were top in their fields, some of the pool staff were not.  Then swimmer,Ryan Lochte and a few friends said they were robbed at gunpoint while in the city, but it seems this story was fabricated to cover up their gas station altercation with a bathroom door. This story is still unraveling as I type. What’s not in doubt is that the country is in a deep recession and their leadership is in disarray.  But the games continue and the Brazilians are positive and upbeat.  Not like their neighbors to the north.  Venezuela, according to UN Secretary Ban Ki-moon, is experiencing a Humanitarian Crisis. There is severe political unrest, financial despair and an extreme lack of food and medicine. To top off the crisis, they are experiencing an outbreak of Malaria due to desperate people going into swampy minefields in search of black-market gold. In 1961, Venezuela was the first country (even before the US) to eradicate malaria from its populated cities. But today, cases of malaria have risened 72% and the victims are lacking medicine to cure and relieve pain from this potentially deadly disease.
“All Good Things Must Come to an End.” Geoffrey Chaucer (in the year 1372)
After 30 years (half his life), Artist and creator, Tyree Guyton, will be dismantling his/our (Detroit famous) Heidelberg Project of random abstract art installations on abandoned homes.  It has been a survivor, just like the city it lives in, enduring fires, vandals and attempted governmental shutdowns.  As the project took form over many years and was constantly evolving, it will take time to dismantle and change direction.  Tyree says it should take two years to painstakingly remove and reminisce about each display in preparation for the new version of Heidelberg 3.0 which he hopes will be more collaborative.
“Sleep is that golden chain that ties health and our bodies together.” Thomas Dekker 
I will get to the topic of sleep in a moment, but first…will the Huffington Post be the same without its founder, Arianna Huffington, as she steps down from her namesake to focus on a new entity.  The HoffPost which started in 2005 is popular but losing audience and readership to the new guys on the block.  Changing with the times seems to be Arianna’s theme as she started out as a conservative player and now tends to lean liberal. Though I must commend her for her most passionate focus of Sleep in her new book, The Sleep Revolution, transforming your life, one night at a time.  Sleep is the key component to a healthy life and most of us don’t get enough. Only by renewing our relationship with sleep can we take back control of our lives.”according to Ms. Huffington.  Most people need 7-9 hours of sleep, yet chronically lacking in sleep could cause serious health risks like Type 2 Diabetes, Heart Disease, Obesity and Depression.  Here are 11 signs that you might need more sleep…
1. Always hungry
2. Weight gain
3. More impulsive
4. Shotty memory
5. Difficulty making decisions
6. Clumsiness
7. Emotional over-react
8. More sickly
9. Vision problems
10. Skin issues
11. Drowsy driving
If these symptoms are all too familiar, you need to change your sleep habits and find help at learning how to gain some Rapid Eye Movement (REM sleep).  Hope this helps:
“You’ll drift apart, it’s true, but you’ll be out in the open, part of everything alive again.” Philip Pullman
If we’ve managed to sleep the suggested 8 hours per night, that equates to 1/3 of our lifetime.  And once our (hopefully long) life is over, yet we are in need of the option of Assisted Suicide, should it be available to us?  It is legal in Oregon, Montana, Washington, Vermont, California and several foreign countries. 18 years after it was defeated on our Michigan ballot, the potential for a Michigan law in favor of Assisted suicide is back in our forefront.  Two Lansing area Democratic State Reps have presented bills to legalize physician-assisted suicide for terminally ill  patients. Our current Michigan legislature (both our house and senate) are republican including our Governor and Attorney General so the likelihood of this type of bill passing now if slim to none.  But maybe in the future, we will evolve with more compassion.
“Voting is the Foundation Stone for Political Action.” Martin Luther King Jr. 
In 1965, LBJ signed the Voting Rights Act (VRA) into law.  In 2013, SCOTUS gutted the law which then created a vacuum for States to pass discriminatory laws.  “Throwing out the Voting Rights Act when it has worked…is like throwing away your umbrella in a rainstorm because you are not getting wet” – Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Over a half century later, it is time to restore the VRA to its glory and protect the voting rights of all Americans.  And Bravo, this week, to our US 6th District Court of Appeals for maintaining our Straight Ticket Voting option,  in essence keeping our lines short so those with limited time aren’t discouraged from voting.  The largest group of voters using the straight ticket option are inner-city minorities who mostly vote as democrats.  Two Courts and 4 judges have now ruled the voting ban law discriminatory (which the Republican legislators instituted) but this isn’t stopping our Michigan Attorney General, Bill Schuette from continuing the fight with an emergency appeal.  I will keep you updated on this issue.
“The end of democracy and the defeat of the American Revolution will occur when government falls into the hands of lending institutions and moneyed incorporations.”  Thomas Jefferson
Not only do we need to restore the Voting Rights Act but we need to repeal the Citizens United decision.  A little history of this disaster.  Back in 2008, when Hillary ran for president the first time, the conservative non-profit organization Citizens United produced an unflattering documentary called “Hillary, the Movie” and planned to release it just before the Dems Primaries.  But this “campaigning” was illegal under the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act.  Citizens United wouldn’t take “No” for an answer so they fought the Federal Election Commission and brought the battle to SCOTUS. In 2010 they won which also gave the right for corporations to make political donations (just like people) and they have done so in excess ever since.  To help repeal CU, we must have Hillary in the White House so she can appoint levelheaded Justices to our highest court.  While at it, let’s also take back the Senate and work on gains in our House. To do this, we must all Vote* (see important voting info below)
“The Earth has Music for Those Who Listen” Shakespeare 
This week’s musical selection is a bit self-centered and presumptuous regarding our Jewish musical influences throughout history and the world.  But it’s all true (I assume) and a bit surprising.  Did you know Harry Connick Jr. had a Jewish mother.  Here is an 8 minute historical whirlwind of Jewish music from all streams and all corners of the world.
Wishing you and your family a
Sweet and Peaceful
Shabbat Shalom
Each week’s message is now posted and backlogged here:
Condolences to Wren Beaulieu-Hack and Joel Hack and their family on the passing of Wren’s mother, Meredith L. Beaulieu.
May her memory and spirit bring comfort to her family and friends.
Condolences to the family, friends and fans of 35 year old German Olympian, Stefan Henze, who was killed in a car crash in Rio, yet his death gave life to 4 people as he was an organ donor of his heart, liver and both kidneys.
Condolences to the flood victims of Baton Rouge, LA during the recent historic downpour that dropped 2 feet of rain which destroyed tens of thousands of homes, buildings, businesses and lives. The death toll is at 11 though continues to rise. The region will need much assistance in the future to help return to normalcy.  Bravo to Taylor Swift for donating $1 Million to help with their recovery.
Condolences to the wildfire victims in the San Bernardino, CAarea which alerted a State of Emergency and caused the evacuation of nearly 100,000 people.  Nearly 30,000 acres are burning and CA wildfires have increased by 20% over the last 10 years.
Condolences to the fans of The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore which took over the timeslot of the old Colbert Repor(t).  It was cancelled on Monday and the last show was Thursday.  Granted it’s hard to fill the shoes of Stephen Colbert, but personally I wasn’t impressed with his MCing of Obama’s last White House Correspondents Dinner. Sadly, the cancellation does shrink the diversity of Late Night hosts.
Condolences to the family, friends and fans of Yiddish actor, Fyvush Finkel z”l, on his passing at the ripe age of 93.  Young Fyvush, who was born in Brooklyn as Phillip, took on his Yiddish name and began in the Yiddish theater at age 9.  He was able to crossover into English theater, TV and film during his career as he had punim (face) everyone loved.
I’m with her!
Not with him
Trump’s Campaign chair Paul Manafort (though his job was demoted) spent excessive amounts of time promoting a pro-Russian Ukrainian presidential  candidate with a sketchy money-transforming ledger, which indicated that $12.7 Million was received by either Manafort or one of his companies. This tangle of webs might take months to unravel.  Also, should it be concerning that the Republican Platform’s new stance on Russia flips gears on Ukraine by reversing its funding and support. And speaking of Russia, how do we feel about their Iranian alliance as they use their airbase to set off a strike on Syria?  Both the Russians and Iranians are buddies with Bashar al-Assad, who has little sympathy for his Syrian citizens.  Each week a new batch of Republicans voice their negative opinions about their party’s nominee and this week is no exception. Bravo to these 123 concerned souls who suggests the RNC stop funding Trump.


On the eve of the Woodward Dream Cruise…
 Aug. 19th

Ishai Ross
Phillip Fisher
Bill Clinton
Aug. 20th
Lisa Wozniak
Susan Kamin
Lisette Binyamin
Aug. 21st
Adam Berg
Darryl Rogers
Aug. 22nd
Uri Segal
Lillian Schostak
Jacob Fine
Aug. 23rd
Robert Bloomberg
Aug. 24th
Karen Sachse
Risa Levinson
Marcella Levie
Carol Weintraub Fogel
Aug. 25th
Sage Berg
Dina Shifman
Alex Stotland
Also 2 polar opposite men both became nonagenarian last week as they each turned 90.
Happy birthday to Alvin Weisberg, father and father-in-law to Julie & Steve Schlafer and Steve & Lori Weisberg.
Also, celebrating was former Cuban dictator Fidel Castro as his gift to the world was a criticism of Obama for suggesting to the Cubans to “look forward to the future”.
Yes, I write every word of these messages…mistakes and all. 
 Please ignore the typing errors but if I missed your birthday or 
got the wrong date,  please let me know.
Hillary Rodham Clinton and Tim Kaine
Donald J. Trump and Mike Pence
First Presidential debate is
Monday September 26th 
at Hofstra University in Hempstead, NY.
The Vice Presidential debate is
Tuesday October 4th
(just after the 2nd day of Rosh Hashana)
at Longwood University in Farmville, VA.
Second Presidential debate is
Sunday October 9th
at Washington University in St. Louis, MO.
Third Presidential debate is
Wednesday October 19th
at University of Nevada in Las Vegas, NV.
Presidential General Election is

November 8, 2016


*Important Voting Information
Please make sure the new voters in your life are registered to vote.  Our Michigan deadline to register is Oct. 11th.
For info on how to register in every state, please check out this website:
Also, you can vote absentee by requesting your ballot now and returning it (in most States) in person or postmarked by Nov. 7th.  Or you can vote early in many States.  For example, in Michigan you can vote early at your local Clerk’s office from Sat. Sept. 24th – Nov. 7th. Here are early/absentee dates and deadlines for each State:
I couldn’t resist this cartoon: 
From Now till Aug. 28th
“What am I doing here?’
Professional performance of a play by friend, Judi Schram
I’ve seen this humorous play about aging and think you’ll love it too.
Fridays (8:00pm), Saturdays (8:00pm) Sundays (2:00pm)
Theatre Nova in Yellow Barn of Ann Arbor
41 W. Huron St., Ann Arbor
For tickets:
August 19th (Friday)
Forgotten Harvest
Crusin’ to Drive Out Hunger
(Woodward Dream Cruise preview party)
Westborn Market at 27659 Woodward Ave.
Tickets $150
Contact Marc Berke for more info
August 21st (Sunday)
Jewish Historical Society of Michigan
J-Cycle 6
Starting at New Center Park
For more info, please contact Wendy Rose Bice
August 28th (Sunday)
Hazon Detroit
(First Ever) Michigan Jewish Food Festival
Eastern Market, Shed 5, Detroit
September 8th (Thursday)
National Council of Jewish Women
Women of Vision
Congregation Shaarey Zedek
Guest Speaker:
Jenna Bush Hager
Alicia Stillman and Ellie Slovis
September 11th (Sunday)
eRace Mental Illness and the Silence
5K Family Run/Walk
Congregation Shaarey Zedek
For more info, please contact Wren Hack
September 8th (Thursday)
Jewish Historical Society of Michigan
Exhibit Opening and Fundraiser
Detroit Historical Museum
For more info, please contact Wendy Rose Bice
September 13th (Tuesday)
Hadassah’s Opening Meeting
Congregation Shaarey Zedek
Boutiques and Luncheon
Guest Speaker:
Nancy Spielberg 
(Director, Producer, Screenwriter and Steven’s sister)
For more info, please contact Carol Ogusky
September 16th (Friday)
Cabaret 313
Opening night of their 4th Season
Players’ Club Playhouse
7pm and 9:30pm
Featuring: Danny Gurwin and Erin Dilly
“To Broadway and Back Home”
September 20th (Tuesday)
Jewish Women’s Foundation
Women Lighting the Way
Detroit Athletic Club
Keynote Speaker: (gay rights)
Attorney Dana Nessel
September 22nd (Thursday)
Friends of the IDF Women’s Luncheon
Tam-O-Shanter Country Club
For more info, please contact Paul Lebowitz
September 26th (Monday)
Dr. Gary Burnstein Community Health Clinic
2016 Esteemed Women of Michigan
A few of the 19 “Esteemed Women” include:
Treger Strasberg
Dr. Mona Hannah-Attisha
Rabbi Jennifer Kaluzny
Alicia Stillman
Yours Truly
Centerpoint Marriott, Pontiac
For more info:
Julie Yaker
September 26th (Monday)
JET Fall Gala
Glen Oaks Country Club
Farmington Hills
Honoring: Henrietta Hermelin-Weinberg
For more info:
September 27th (Tuesday)
Detroit Zoological Society
Hidden Gems of the Detroit Zoo
At the home of Doreen Hermelin
More details to follow
September 28th (Wednesday)
Yad Ezra Annual Dinner
Honoring (the wonderful)
Rachel and Jason Zimmerman
Adat Shalom Synagogue
6:00pm Strolling Supper
7:10-8:00 Program
For more info:
October 1st (Saturday)
Humble Design
Gigs for Digs
The Fillmore, Detroit
Concert by:
JR JR (Indie-pop band from Detroit)
October 7th (Friday)
Florine Mark’s 17th Annual
Remarkable Women Charity event
Guest speaker:
Actress Lainie Kazan
The Henry Hotel, Dearborn
For more info:
Sheryl Fellows
October 10th (Monday)
MI Women Win 
Our home
More details to come
October 13th (Thursday)
Michigan League of Conservation Voters
Innovation in Conservation Awards Gala
Westin Book Cadillac Hotel, Detroit
Honoring: Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha 
Lifetime Achievement: Honorable Dr. Joe Schwarz
October 14th (Friday)
Detroit PBS
Detroit Performs Live
The Fillmore Detroit
For more info:
Michelle Gaisser
October 30th (Sunday)
Holocaust Memorial Center Zekelman Family Campus
32nd Anniversary Dinner
Congregation Shaarey Zedek
Honoring: Rozie and Bernie Friedman
Guest Speaker: Dr. Deborah Lipstadt
For more info:
Ruth Stern
I’m happy to post events important to you, however I’m unable to include a website as too many websites increase the chance that these emails will not reach your inboxes.  If you want more info about an event, please google the agency sponsoring it.
Shabbat Shalom Aug. 19, 2016

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