Jewfro: See You When I See You



By Ben Falik

Here are three premises and seven invitations for your consideration:

  1. Negative energy swirls around and separates us. It is not clear to me whether it is a function of contemporary politics, technology, segregation, stratification, etc. — or just a modern manifestation of people’s tendency toward a life Thomas Hobbes described 365 years ago as “solitary, poor, nasty, brutish and short.” But I feel it often, and it is like a punch in the gut.
  2. Encountering people IRL (“in real life,” fwiw), it becomes painlessly obvious that those around us are generally kind, curious and compassionate. For every ounce of vulnerability in those encounters, there is a pound of power to be had by engaging others.
  3. This is a busy time of year and civilization. All the more reason for us to make time (you’ll never find it) to show up in places and spaces that reflect our values and challenge our assumptions.

Please partake in some magical merriment that will serve as an antidote to all the indifference and intolerance out there:

PeerCorps, May 27, 6:30 p.m. Shabbat shalom, indeed. Join PeerCorps — participants, families and community partners celebrating three years of building sturdy bridges — and the Isaac Agree Downtown Synagogue for Shabbat (outdoors!) and dinner (kosher!) at Repair the World (gazebo!). Teen Mentors will lead the service with PeerCorps founder Blair Nosan before she heads off to rabbinical school. 2701 Bagley Ave.

Yad Ezra, June 3, 3-5 p.m. I learned more from Carly Sugar when she was a Repair the World Fellow than she did from me. She has been toiling for months on 11 Mile to launch the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Giving Gardens, featuring the Geri Lester Green House. It is an extraordinary space for growing both food and our community’s consciousness about health and hunger — in our backyard and far afield. 2850 11 Mile Road.

Repair the World, June 4, noon-4 p.m. Big ol’ Block Party with beer from near and food from an Airstream. Soundtrack of compelling conversations by you and tunes by DJ Stinky Pete. 2701 Bagley Ave.

Northwest Activities Center, June 5, 1-4 p.m. In the ’50s, Congregation Beth Abraham was on Seven Mile and the JCC was a mile and a half away; reports of the neighborhood’s subsequent death have been greatly exaggerated. So we are teaming up with Beth Ahm and Project Healthy Community for Detroit and Us: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow. Planting the community garden, sourcing and sorting books for Summer in the City’s mobile libraries, reminiscing about Northwest Detroit’s Kodachrome past and learning about its bright future. 18100 Meyers.

Palmer Park Preparatory Academy (formerly Hampton Elementary), June 15, 4-7 p.m. Calling all Hampton Alumni and Palmer Park fans to beautify P³A to celebrate a successful school year with tattoos (temporary), cookie decorating (nut- free), parachute games (on terra firma) and Sno Kones (that do not disprove climate change.) 3901 Margareta Ave.

Do it For Detroit, June 23, 6:30 p.m. farmers market, 7:30 program. We’ve been doing it for Detroit — in the form of micro-grants for grassroots groups voted on by event attendees — for a few years now and the caliber of these food justice folks never ceases to amaze me. This year, we’ll be convening with Yad Ezra, NEXTGen and Hazon at The Eastern, a way cool warehouse space at Eastern Market for food, drink and small investments in big ideas. 3434 Russell St.

Belle Isle, June 24, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. The First Friday Field Trip of Summer in the City’s 15th year, replete with visits to the Aquarium, Conservatory, Nature Zoo, Great Lakes Museum and, God willing, the Giant Slide. (While you’re at it, mark your calendar for Finale Friday on Aug. 12 at the Adams Butzel Center.)

Can’t wait to see you. Fair warning: I’m a hugger.

Questions? or 313-3388-BEN.

P.S. If you are reading this on or before May 22, stop what you are doing and go to Bookstock.


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