August 2018 / Elul 5778

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August at the Downtown Synagogue
High Holidays 2018/5779 
The Days of Awe blend reflecting on the past and looking toward the future as we reaffirm our sacred relationships. We are excited to invite you to join us for the Days of Awe, and to support an increasingly vibrant and diverse Jewish community in the city. We are proud and excited to continue our services for the Days of Awe at the Bethel Community Transformation Center (BCTC), and will conclude Yom Kippur by studying, praying, and breaking the fast with our neighbors from Congregation T'chiyah and the Reconstructionist Congregation of Detroit. Please join us as we usher in the New Year. Please view our  schedule of services and FAQ.
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Upcoming Events
All events are at IADS unless otherwise noted. For more information on some of the events below, visit our website
Hazon Jewish Food Festival
Sunday , August 26th, 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
at Eastern Market, Detroit
Join us for the Third Annual Michigan Jewish Food Festival. We will be staffing a table to contribute to the spirit of sustainability, social justice, and wonderful music! We invite you to join in the festivities and come say hello.

Volunteer at Eden Gardens
Thursdays and Sundays, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
at Eden Gardens, 12273 Glenfield Ave, Detroit
Get your August gardening fix in with Eden Gardens! This is a great opportunity for you to contribute to the excitement amongst Detroit's urban gardens.
Mazel Tov to Phreddy and Blair Nosanwisch on the birth of Honi Immanuel, born April 11, 2018! Welcome to the Downtown Synagogue family!
New faces at Downtown Synagogue!

Vicki Sitron left the position of Program Coordinator in May and Julie Flashner left the position of Administrative Assistant in June, both to pursue new career opportunities. We wish them all of the best in their future endeavors and thank them for their dedicated work.  Roger Skully is no longer providing cantorial support to the Synagogue. We appreciate the time he devoted to the congregation.

We have recently welcomed Nicole Feinberg as the new Program Coordinator and Liz Kannon as the new Administrative Assistant. We are very excited for them to join our team and look forward to welcoming them into the community!

IADS Volunteer Shout Out 
In recognition of all of our June and July volunteers:

Ruby Robinson, Eric Hansen , Leahliza Lee, Oren Goldenberg, Lydia Lee, Leah Jackson, Jeff Herbstman, Molly Mardit,  Marty Herman, Jeremy Rosenberg, Howard Rosenberg, Sydney Skully, and Sam Woll for leading services. Emily Levine and Nadav, Josh Berkow and Asa, Jodee Raines, Sigal Hemy, Sharon Luckerman, DaVid Powell, Rabbi Silverman and Rebecca and August, Arlene Frank, Repair The World Fellows, Chava Knox, and Eden Gardens Block Club neighbors for working in Eden Gardens at Building a Bridge over Dinner. Sarah Pappas, Daniel Zaklis, Nicole Tourangeau, Rebecca Waisanen and Laura and Matt, Rabbi Silverman and Rebecca and August, and Arlene Frank for sorting clothes for the Phoenix Center at BCTC. Thank you to everyone else who volunteers their time and energy to IADS. A lay-led congregation is only as strong as its volunteers.

If you're interested in volunteering, please contact Nicole Feinberg at (313) 962-4047 or

We apologize for any names left off the list. Please let us know and we will recognize you next month. 

Sukkah Design Exhibition

Sukkah x Detroit celebrates the Jewish harvest festival of Sukkot in Detroit's Capitol Park through design, agriculture, and Jewish programming. Detroit, home to 1300 urban farms, is the only UNESCO City of Design in the United States. Sukkah x Detroit honors both.

While building a Sukkah is a Jewish practice with biblical roots, the event provides an opportunity for all to explore the relevance of an ancient ritual in a contemporary urban environment, and to showcase Detroit on a national and international stage.
The week-long celebration will take place on September 23-30, 2018, as part of Detroit's Month of Design. Throughout the week, 5-7 sukkahs, selected through an international design competition, will be on display in Detroit's historic Capitol Park, accompanied by complementary programs and events to be announced.
Submissions will be exhibited at the Isaac Agree Downtown Synagogue and Eastern Market After Dark.

Get Involved!
Green the Synagogue!
If you are interested in being part of an effort to make our synagogue more environmentally sustainable, please contact Rabbi Silverman.

Help Us Cook!
We're always seeking volunteers to help us in the kitchen! We pride ourselves on our delicious home cooked Shabbat meals. If you want to contribute to the synagogue by cooking, please contact our Kitchen Coodinator to get on the schedule.

Clean House!
As we work to clean up and clear out in our Synagogue, we ask your cooperation. If you notice a spill, please wipe it up. If you drop crumbs, please clean them up. If you use the kitchen, please clean up. If you have extra papers or handouts, please take them home to recycle them. Just a reminder: please no food or drinks (other than water) are allowed on the 2nd floor. As we continue to create our welcoming communal home, please help us to keep it inviting. As the saying goes, "it takes a village." 
Gemilut Chasadim - Our Caring Community 
As life presents challenges, surprises, and celebrations, please let the Downtown Synagogue community know, so we can acknowledge your experiences. Please share your information with us here.

Amazon Smile
The Downtown Synagogue is now on Amazon Smile! If you use to buy useful and useless things, a percentage of eligible purchases gets donated back to us. Please bookmark this link and don't forget to use Amazon Smile when you shop Amazon. Thanks for your support!

Shop at Kroger
Make sure to register your Plus Card and designate IADS as your Kroger Community Rewards Program, if you haven't already done so. When you shop at Kroger, swipe your Plus Card each time you shop and the synagogue benefits. It's that easy! For more information, or to sign up, click here.
Don't Forget!
We hold regular Shabbat services! 

Shabbat services every Friday night at 7:00 pm
Rabbi Silverman leads services the first and second Fridays of every month
Liven up your weekly routine by joining us to welcome Shabbat. In the midst of busy schedules and tantalizing local events, Friday nights at IADS remain a signature weekly rhythm. Whether you have joy you wish to share in song or you are feeling in the mood to just be quietly present, we have a place reserved just for you. Services at 7:00 pm followed by a deliciously prepared Kosher vegetarian dinner. End your hectic work week with ruach and community.

Torah study (before Saturday services) at 9:00 am
Shabbat services every Saturday morning at 10:00 am
Rabbi Silverman leads services the first and second Saturdays of every month
Where would Jews be without the Torah? Torah is the center of our Saturday Shabbat service. It is a mitzvah to make a minyan so we can read the Torah and people can say kaddish. Please come to the Saturday morning Shabbat service at 10:00. We want to pass the Torah l'dor vador.

Contact us if you have questions or requests pertaining to our service schedule.
Purchase Your IADS T-Shirts Today!
Our incredibly soft tees have been seen all over the city. Grab yours today before they run out! T-shirts are $18. Contact the office for more information.
Alternate Ways to Get to the Downtown Synagogue! 

Take the QLine - park along the route, hop on the train, and join us for Shabbat services and programs. We are only two blocks from the Grand Circus station! For more information about pricing, routes, and stations, visit their website. We are also located one block from the nearest MoGo station!  



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The Isaac Agree Downtown Synagogue
1457 Griswold - Detroit, MI - 48226 - (313) 962-4047