August at the Downtown Synagogue
A message from Rabbi Silverman
We live at a time when conversations tend to break down into binaries. And we live at a time when there is perhaps more complexity than ever, so binaries are counter-productive at best, and often destructive.
Some activists have categorized people as either powerless and vulnerable or powerful and oppressive. Some activists have categorized people as either really American or un-American. Our immigration conversation gets stuck in the false choice between open borders and separating young children from their parents. And then we vilify the other side.
As Jews we know that people can be both vulnerable and
powerful. We live at a time when antisemitism is on the rise and when many Jews enjoy the benefits of privilege and influence. Our Talmudic debates demonstrate that we can disagree with someone and still treat them with dignity. And our immigration policy can certainly balance the need to restrict some immigration and the need to follow the Torah's repeated commandment to love and not oppress the stranger.
On Tisha b'Av (observed on August 11) Jews mourn, among other tragedies, the destruction of the first and second Temples in Jerusalem. The rabbis of the Talmud blame the destruction of both Temples on Jews acting with sinat chinam (baseless hatred). Unfortunately we tend to believe that those who hate us do so with baseless hatred, but we are justified in whatever anger we feel. Perhaps the challenge of Tisha b'Av is to examine whether we hate the opposing side of a binary or are able to view people and challenges with complexity. To do the latter is certainly difficult. But to do the former can cause destruction. May this time of reflection be one in which we open our hearts to complexity, and to one another.
All events are at IADS unless otherwise noted. For more information on some of the events below,
visit our website
Strangers In Our Midst
Thursday, August 1st, 7:00 p.m.
Temple Beth-El, 7400 Telegraph Rd, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan 48301
Join the Detroit Jewish community for an important night of Jewish learning about the crisis on our southern border. We'll discuss how "the stranger" is perceived and treated in Jewish tradition with rabbis from across the community and denominations.
This event is presented in partnership with Temple Emanu-El (Oak Park, MI), Temple Beth El, Congregation Shaarey Zedek, Adat Shalom Synagogue, Temple Israel, West Bloomfield, MI, Temple Shir Shalom, Congregation Beth Shalom, Oak Park, MI, Isaac Agree Downtown Synagogue, The Birmingham Temple Congregation for Humanistic Judaism, Kehillat Etz Chayim of Detroit, Temple Kol Ami, Temple Beth Emeth, Tchiyah Congregation Shir Tikvah. Special thanks to our community partners JCRC / AJC - Detroit and ADL Michigan. Hope to see you there!
Hazon Michigan Jewish Food Festival
Sunday, August 18th, 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Eastern Market, Shed 5, Detroit, MI 48207
Bring the family and join us to celebrate the work we do, creating a healthier, more sustainable world for all. Connect with over 80 Jewish and justice organizations, enjoy the many hands-on activities for all ages, taste delicious vegetarian and vegan foods from over 15 food trucks, restaurants, and caterers, and so much much more!
Come by our booth to say hi and complete family friendly art projects!
Birthday Celebration Honoring Dr. Martin Herman
Saturday, August 24th, 10:00 a.m.
Isaac Agree Downtown Synagogue
Join us for a celebration of Dr. Martin Herman on the occasion of his 90th birthday, as we honor his decades of devotion to and leadership with the Isaac Agree Downtown Synagogue. Shabbat services to honor Dr. Herman at 10:00 AM with luncheon and reception to follow. If you would like to further honor Dr. Herman, you may make a donation in his name to the Isaac Agree Downtown Synagogue
is required by Monday, August 19th. We look forward to sharing in celebration with you!
IADS Volunteer Shout Out
In recognition of all of our May volunteers:
Eric Hansen, Lauren Hoffman, Molly Mardit, Ruby Robinson, David Eisenstein, and Jeff Herbstman for leading services, David Lerner and Leah Jackson for leading Torah study, De'Shean McClinton, Liz Kannon, and Les Kannon for helping to clean up after Shabbat services, and Les Kannon, DaVid Powell, and Liz Kannon for shlepping furniture.
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.
Green the Synagogue!
If you are interested in being part of an effort to make our synagogue more environmentally sustainable, please contact Nicole Feinberg.
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 Coordinator to get on the schedule.
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.
The Downtown Synagogue is now on Amazon Smile! If you use Amazon.com 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,
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 three Fridays of every month
Shabbat services every Saturday morning at 10:00 am
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
Torah study (before Saturday services) at 9:00 am
Rabbi Silverman leads services the first three 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
so we can read the Torah and people can say
. Please come to the Saturday morning Shabbat service at 10:00. We want to pass the Torah
if you have questions or requests pertaining to our service schedule.
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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