Reminder: Anything JWV Department of Michigan is invited to, JWV Ladies Auxiliary is also invited to.

2020 Calendar of Holidays and Events

October Post Meetings

Sunday, October 25th, all 3 Posts within Department of Michigan will meet virtually at 10AM. Members should receive an email invitation by Thursday, Oct 22nd, 5PM. If you haven't gotten it by then, call your Post Commander.

 

Navy Day

October 27th of each year is Navy Day. Fly your flag proudly.

The Navy League of the United States organized the first Navy Day in 1922, holding it on October 27 because it was the birthday of 26th President Theodore Roosevelt(1858–1919, served 1901–1909), who was a naval enthusiast/promoter of sea power and former assistant Secretary of the Navy just before the Spanish–American War of 1898.

 

Fall Back - Daylight Savings Time Ends

Saturday, October 31st, before you go to bed, reset your clocks back one hour.

Election Day

Tuesday, November 3rd is election day in the USA. Participate in our Democracy. Vote!

2020 West Bloomfield Heroes Lunch

On Friday, November 6th, West Bloomfield is welcoming vets to drive by the Recreation Activities Center between 10:00AM and NOON to receive a packaged breakfast and have a brief conversation with Parks staff and Civic Center TV from their cars.

You must pre-register to receive a packaged breakfast. See the flyer.

Civic Center TV and Lakes FM will be covering those conversations live from the location during the “Megacast” on the 6th from 10 to NOON, available on Comcast channel 15, AT&T U-verse channel 99, and 89.3 Lakes FM, as well as on-line at civiccentertv.com and lakesfm.com.

On Veterans Day, November 11th, the West Bloomfield “Megacast” will be in celebration of those who have served us all. Available from 10:00AM to NOON that day on Civic Center TV, (Comcast channel 15, AT&T U-verse channel 99), 89.3 Lakes FM, and on-line at civiccentertv.com and lakesfm.com.

Kristallnacht Anniversary

November 9th is the anniversary of Kristallnacht. Never forget.

Happy Birthday, U.S. Marine Corps

Nov 10th is the birthday of our Marine Corps. On November 10, 1775, a Corps of Marines was created by resolution of Continental Congress.

Veteran's Day

Nov 11th is Veteran's Day. Freebies and/or discounts for Veteran's Day can be found at: http://www.military.com/veterans-day/restaurants-veterans-day-military-discounts.html.

Events are scheduled by Temples, Synagogues, and Municipalities just prior to Veteran's Day. Those events, dates, times, and locations will be announced here as they become known. Unless the event is scheduled on Shabbat, please wear your JWV hat.

 

Thanksgiving Day

Thursday, November 26th is Thanksgiving Day in the USA.

Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

December 7th is The Date That Will Live In Infamy.

 

Hannukah

The night of December 10th, light the first candle on your Menorah. Happy Chanukah to all!
Details bout the JWV Department of Michigan annual Chanukah party will be posted here as they become available.

 

Trip to V.A. Hospital

Our annual December 25th, trip to Battle Creek VAMC, to provide comfort and support to patients stuck there over the holiday, has already been canceled in 2020 due to the pandemic.

2021 Calendar of Holidays and Events

January Post Meetings

Assuming a COVID-19 vaccine is available and has been distributed, the third Sunday of the month, all 3 Posts within Department of Michigan will meet at Temple Shir Shalom, SE corner Orchard Lake Rd and Walnut Lake Rd, in West Bloomfield. Posts meet at 10am.

 

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Third Monday in January the USA honors Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

 

International Holocaust Remembrance Day

Each year Jan 27th is United Nations Holocaust Remembrance Day. Israel's Holocaust Remembrance Day (Yom HaShoah) in 2021 begins sunset, April 7th.

Four Chaplains Day

February 3rd is the anniversary of the sinking of the USAT Dorchester by a German U-boat in 1943. Rabbi Alexander Goode, along with Protestant chaplains Rev. John Washington and Rev. Clark Poling, and Catholic priest Rev. George Fox gave up their life jackets so that soldiers being transported to the front might live. In 1988, Congress officially declared Feb 3rd to be Four Chaplains Day. Flags should be flown at half-staff, if possible. The full story of the Four Chaplains can be read here.

 

Tu B'Shevat

Sundown on Wednesday, January 27th begins Tu B'Shevat - New Year for purposes of counting the age of Trees, for tithing (fruit from trees may not be eaten during the first three years; the fourth year's fruit is for G-d, and after that, you can eat the fruit).

No Post Meetings In February

Historically, we do not meet in February because it conflicts with the annual JWV National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting.

Presidents Day

Third Monday in February the USA honors Presidents Washington and Lincoln. Lincoln's actual birthday was Feb 12th. Washington's actual birthday is Feb 18th.

Purim

Sundown on February 25th begins Purim - commemorating the deliverance of the Jewish people in the ancient Persian Empire from destruction in the wake of a plot by Haman.

 

Daylight Savings Time

Sunday, March 14th begins Daylight Savings Time. Move your clocks forward.

March Post Meetings

Assuming a COVID-19 vaccine is available and has been distributed, the third Sunday of the month, all 3 Posts within Department of Michigan will meet at Temple Shir Shalom, SE corner Orchard Lake Rd and Walnut Lake Rd, in West Bloomfield. Posts meet at 10am.

 

Medal of Honor Day

March 25th each year is Medal of Honor Day. Fly your flag, proudly.

Passover

Sundown on March 27th is the 1st Passover Seder. April 4th is Yizkor (light candles night of April 3rd).

 

National Vietnam War Veterans Day

March 29th each year is National Vietnam War Veterans Day. Fly your flag proudly.

Gold Star Spouses Day

April 5th of each year is Gold Star Spouses Day. Honor the spouses of those that made the ultimate sacrifice.

For history of the Blue/Silver/Gold Stars, go to: this link.

 

Army Day

April 6th of each year is Army Day. Fly your flag proudly.

Army Day was first celebrated on May 1, 1928. But starting in 1929, Army Day was changed to April 6, the anniversary date of the United States' entry into World War I.

 

Holocaust Remembrance Day (Yom HaShoah)

Sunset on April 7th begins Holocaust Remembrance Day. Events will be announced here as they are identified.

Israel Memorial Day (Yom HaZikaron)

Sunset on April 13th begins Memorial Day for the Fallen Soldiers of Israel and Victims of Terrorism

Israel Independence Day (Yom HaAtzmaut)

Sunset on April 14th begins Israel Independence Day.

April Post Meetings

Assuming a COVID-19 vaccine is available and has been distributed, the third Sunday of the month, all 3 Posts within Department of Michigan will meet at Temple Shir Shalom, SE corner Orchard Lake Rd and Walnut Lake Rd, in West Bloomfield. Posts meet at 10am.

 

Lag B'Omer

Sunset on April 29th begins Lag B'Omer. Communities may celebrate Lag B'Omer by having bonfires for family and friends, while some people may choose to get married on this day. This is because mourning practices that occur during the Omer period are lifted on this date.

V-E Day

May 8th we celebrate the end of World War II in Europe.

Mother's Day

Sunday, May 9th is Mother's Day. Enjoy quality time with family.

Armed Forces Week

The 2nd Saturday thru 3rd Sunday in May is Armed Forces week - prime Poppy selling time. Armed Forces Day is the final Saturday of Armed Forces Week.

 

May Post Meetings

Assuming a COVID-19 vaccine is available and has been distributed, the third Sunday of the month, all 3 Posts within Department of Michigan will meet at Temple Shir Shalom, SE corner Orchard Lake Rd and Walnut Lake Rd, in West Bloomfield. Posts meet at 10am.

 

Shavuot

Sunset on May 16th begins Shavuot. Tuesday, May 18th is Yizkor (light candles Monday night).

Scholarship Applications Close

May 30th is generally the last day that scholarship applications will be accepted. For more information on scholarships, click here.

U.S. Memorial Day

Monday, May 31st is Memorial Day in the USA. JWV Michigan events will be announced here when they have been confirmed.

 

D-Day

June 6th is the anniversary of D-Day.

U.S. Flag Day and U.S. Army Birthday

June 14th is Flag Day in the USA. If you have any worn-out US Flags and want to dispose of them in a respectful way, we can help you. Each year, JWV-Michigan participates with other Veteran Service Organizations in a state-wide Flag Day disposal event at Great Lakes National Cemetery. Please contact us before June 11th to find a flag drop-off location near you.

 

June 14th is also the birthday of the U.S. Army, which was authorized by Congress on June 14, 1775. Happy birthday, Army!

 

 

Fathers Day

The third Sunday in June is Fathers Day.

Department of Michigan Annual Convention

Assuming a COVID-19 vaccine is available and has been distributed, the fourth Sunday of June, Department of Michigan will hold it's annual Convention and Election of Officers at Temple Shir Shalom, SE corner Orchard Lake Rd and Walnut Lake Rd, in West Bloomfield. More info will follow as we get closer.

 

U.S. Independence Day

July 4th is Independence Day in the USA. JWV Michigan events will be announced here when they have been confirmed.

 

July Post Meetings

Assuming a COVID-19 vaccine is available and has been distributed, the third Sunday of the month, all 3 Posts within Department of Michigan will meet at Temple Shir Shalom, SE corner Orchard Lake Rd and Walnut Lake Rd, in West Bloomfield. Posts meet at 10am.

 

Purple Heart Day

August 7th is Purple Heart Day - a day to honor the brave men and women who have served our country and were either wounded in battle or made the ultimate sacrifice.

 

No Post Meetings In August

Historically, we do not meet in August because it conflicts with the annual JWV National Convention.

V-J Day

September 2nd we celebrate the end of World War II hostilities in Japan.

 

Labor Day

First Monday in September (Sept 6, 2021), we celebrate Labor Day in the USA.

Rosh Hashonah

Sunset on September 6th begins Rosh Hashonah; September 7th is the first day. Happy New Year to all of our members, friends, and relatives.

 

Patriot Day

September 11 is Patriot Day. Remember all of the victims and first responders that died in the 9/11 attacks.

 

Kever Avot

The Sunday between Rosh Hashonah and Yom Kippur is our traditional day to visit the gravesites of parents and other loved ones. Many cemeteries that are locked-up all year are opened on this day. Don't expect them to stay unlocked all day; some will re-lock at 1PM.

Kol Nidre and Yom Kippur

Sunset on September 15th is Kol Nidre - the beginning of Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement); light Yizkor candles. We hope that all of our members, friends, and relatives have an easy fast. If you intend to build a sukkah, start immediately after Yom Kippur.

 

Constitution Day - September 17

September 17, 1787, the U.S. Constitutional Convention presented it's results to Congress and adjourned. The constitution was ratified by the (minimum required) 9th state in 1788 (New Hampshire) and by the last of the original 13 states (Rhode Island) in 1790. Our constitution is the oldest written constitution in operation in the world.

Events will be listed here as they become known to us. JWV members, please wear your JWV hat.

 

National POW-MIA Recognition Day

The third Friday of September is National POW-MIA Recognition Day. Our blessings go to all who have not returned from all of our worldwide conflicts.

U.S. Air Force Birthday

September 18th we celebrate the birthday of the U.S. Air Force, which was officially founded on 18 September 1947.

September Post Meetings

Assuming a COVID-19 vaccine is available and has been distributed, the third Sunday of the month, all 3 Posts within Department of Michigan will meet at Temple Shir Shalom, SE corner Orchard Lake Rd and Walnut Lake Rd, in West Bloomfield. Posts meet at 10am.

 

Sukkot

Sunset on September 20th begins Sukkot.

Shemini Atzeret

Sunset onSeptember 27th begins Shemini Atzeret, the Eighth Day of Assembly. Light Yizkor candles.

Simchat Torah

Sunset on September 28th begins the celebration of reading the final passage of the Torah, and then rolling it back to the beginning.

 

Gold Star Mothers Day

For history of the Blue/Silver/Gold Stars, go to: this link.

The last Sunday in September is Gold Star Mothers Day. Honor the mothers of those that made the ultimate sacrifice.

 

Columbus Day

2nd Monday in October we celebrate Columbus Day.

U.S. Navy Birthday

October 13th is the birthday of the U.S. Navy.

A 13 October 1775 resolution of the Continental Congress established what is now the United States Navy. After the American War of Independence, the U.S. Constitution empowered the new Congress “to provide and maintain a navy.” Acting on this authority, Congress established the Department of the Navy on 30 April 1798. In 1972, Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Elmo R. Zumwalt authorized official recognition of 13 October as the birthday of the U.S. Navy, "to enhance a greater appreciation of our Navy heritage, and to provide a positive influence toward pride and professionalism in the naval service."

October Post Meetings

Assuming a COVID-19 vaccine is available and has been distributed, the third Sunday of the month, all 3 Posts within Department of Michigan will meet at Temple Shir Shalom, SE corner Orchard Lake Rd and Walnut Lake Rd, in West Bloomfield. Posts meet at 10am.

 

Navy Day

October 27th of each year is Navy Day. Fly your flag proudly.

The Navy League of the United States organized the first Navy Day in 1922, holding it on October 27 because it was the birthday of 26th President Theodore Roosevelt(1858–1919, served 1901–1909), who was a naval enthusiast/promoter of sea power and former assistant Secretary of the Navy just before the Spanish–American War of 1898.

 

Fall Back - Daylight Savings Time Ends

1st Saturday night in November, before you go to bed, reset your clocks back one hour.

Kristallnacht Anniversary

November 9th is the anniversary of Kristallnacht. Never forget.

Happy Birthday, U.S. Marine Corps

Nov 10th is the birthday of our Marine Corps. On November 10, 1775, a Corps of Marines was created by resolution of Continental Congress.

Veteran's Day

Nov 11th is Veteran's Day. Freebies and/or discounts for Veteran's Day can be found at: http://www.military.com/veterans-day/restaurants-veterans-day-military-discounts.html.

Events are scheduled by Temples, Synagogues, and Municipalities just prior to Veteran's Day. Those events, dates, times, and locations will be announced here as they become known. Unless the event is scheduled on Shabbat, please wear your JWV hat.

 

November Post Meetings

Third Sunday of the month, all 3 Posts within Department of Michigan will meet at Temple Shir Shalom, SE corner Orchard Lake Rd and Walnut Lake Rd, in West Bloomfield. Posts meet at 10am.

 

Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

December 7th is The Date That Will Live In Infamy.

 

Chanukah

Sunset on November 28th, light the first candle on your Menorah. Happy Chanukah to all!

 

December Post Meetings & Chanukah Party

Third Sunday of the month, all 3 Posts within Department of Michigan will meet at Temple Shir Shalom, SE corner Orchard Lake Rd and Walnut Lake Rd, in West Bloomfield. Posts meet at 10am.

 

Trip to Battle Creek V.A. Hospital

On December 25th, our annual trip to provide comfort and support to residents of the Battle Creek V.A. hospital leaves via bus from the parking lot of Temple Beth El (14 Mile and Telegraph, Birmingham, Michigan) promptly at 8 A.M. Be there by 7:45 A.M. or risk missing the bus. Please wear your JWV hat. The bus returns between 4 and 4:30 P.M.

To update this calendar, contact Mark Weiss at   248-701-6705 or e-mail him at   webmaster@jwv-mi.org.