April 2019 / Adar II - Nisan 5779

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April at the Downtown Synagogue
A message from Rabbi Silverman
I look forward to seeing you at our congregational seder on April 15 (the Monday before Pesach begins). After rave reviews from last year, we will be partnering again with the Bethel Community Transformation Center, as together we explore the journey toward freedom and justice through ritual, reflection, story, song, and, of course, a delicious meal.
We are expecting to reach capacity early this year, so I encourage you to register as early as possible. Thanks to generous support from the Jewish Fund, there is no cost to attend.
Please also reach out if I can be of assistance as you prepare for Pesach. From haggadah recommendations to questions about quinoa (yes, it can be kosher for Passover), I am happy to be of help. And in particular, if you are looking for a place to go for a 1st or 2nd night seder, or if you have extra seats at your seder table, please be in touch.
Chag Sameach
--I hope each of you has a very happy and meaningful Pesach.
Upcoming Events
All events are at IADS unless otherwise noted. For more information on some of the events below, visit our website
2019 Interfaith Seder 
Monday, April 15th, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. 
Isaac Agree Downtown Synagogue
This year, our congregational seder will be held prior to Passover on Monday, April 15th from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at the Downtown Synagogue. Our seder will be an opportunity for our community to explore our journey toward freedom and justice in partnership with the Bethel Community Transformation Center.
Attendance at the seder is limited to the first 70 who reserve seats. Consequently, we ask that you respond immediately, as we expect to reach capacity again this year. As this is an RSVP event, please register online or call the office at (313) 962-4047. The deadline for submitting reservations is Thursday, April 11th, so please don't delay.
The seder is free of cost and open to the community due to the graciousness of The Jewish Fund. If you are able to make a donation to help offset costs, please visit our website. We look forward to seeing you soon!
Passover Yoga and the Freedom to Flow 
Monday, April 22nd, 6:00 p.m. - 8 :00 p.m. 
Isaac Agree Downtown Synagogue 
Join us for a community yoga class dedicated to embodying the Passover holiday. We'll use traditional yoga poses to explore self compassion and creating spaces within constricted joints and muscles. Our flow will focus on the parts of our bodies that need to move freely for us to be healthy.  
Props for stretching will be provided but please bring a yoga mat and wear comfortable clothes. We hope to share this special evening with you! 
Hygiene Kit Assembly at Affirmations Ferndale 
Thursday, April 25th, 6:00 p.m. - 8 :00 p.m. 
Affirmations Ferndale, 290 W. Nine Mile Road, Ferndale MI 
Join the Downtown Synagogue in partnership with Affirmations, a community space providing a welcoming space where people of all sexual orientations, gender identities & expressions, and cultures can find support and unconditional acceptance, and where they can learn, grow, socialize and feel safe.  
We will be assembling hygiene kits for community members in need, as kits will be dispersed at Affirmations' facility and during Ferndale Pride 2019 in June! Please  
RSVP for this event by emailing Nicole. 

Interested in enrolling your child in Sunday School with the Downtown Synagogue? Reach out to Rabbi for more information on this new and exciting development!
Yiddish Classes at the Downtown Synagogue! 
Are you interested in connecting with the Yiddish language?! Then this is the class to begin your journey!

We will be offering a language and culture course teaching Yiddish through the artistic and political movements of (mostly) nineteenth and twentieth century Ashkenazic Jews, giving students the linguistic knowledge to further unearth the Yiddish lexicon for themselves.
Subjects covered: Yiddishland, Yiddish dialects, Yiddish linguistic theories, Yiddish-American slang, Classics, Satire, Folksongs, Poetry, Theater, Film, Socialism, Communism, Anarchism, Yiddish Expressionism and Introspectivism, Yiddish and Hebrew, Yiddish and German, Yiddish and Israel.

There will be a total of 8 sessions. Classes will begin May 5th, 2019, and will be held on Sundays, 2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. at the Downtown Synagogue. Classes will be led by Ollie Elkus, Yiddish translator.
If you are interested in enrolling in classes, please email Nicole Feinberg.
Adult Hebrew Classes
Interested in brushing up on your Hebrew reading and writing skills? Have you always wanted to learn a new language? Join us in our Adult Hebrew Classes! Our next class will be held this Sunday, April 7th, 2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. led by Avi Kidron at the Downtown Synagogue (1457 Griswold, Detroit, MI).
If you are interested in enrolling in classes, please email Rabbi Silverman.
New Downtown Synagogue Members

Alison Chan, Jamie Feldman, Ben Jacob Levin, and Alex and Charlotte Nahon.

If you would like to become a Downtown Synagogue member, please complete a membership application

IADS Volunteer Shout Out 
In recognition of all of our March volunteers:
Eric Hansen, David Lerner, Marty Herman, Ruby Robinson, Susannah Goodman, and Oren Goldenberg for leading Shabbat services. Madeline Toro for volunteering in the sanctuary during the Dance Party. 
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. 
Call for Mi Shebeirach

During our Shabbat morning worship, we read the names of people in our community who are in need of healing. As we invoke God's blessing, we also become more aware of the people who could use a little extra care. Please let us know if you would like us to read the name of a loved one.
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 use 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! 

Join us to unwind and socialize with refreshments at 5:30 pm
Shabbat Services every Friday night now start at 6:00 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 6:00 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.
Get 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 a suggested donation of $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, and can be reached by taking the DDOT Woodward bus route  



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