February 2019 / Shevat-Adar 5779

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February at the Downtown Synagogue
A message from Rabbi Silverman

We are about to enter the month of Adar, a full month in which our tradition calls on us to be happy. And this year, as we include the leap month of the Jewish calendar, two months of Adar double our required period of happiness. Oy. For some of us it can be a challenge to be happy for two full days, much less two full months. And much like our new year's resolutions, our first few failures sometimes cause us to give up on the whole project.

But Judaism does not require the impossible...the wisdom of this tradition is often elucidated in its interpretation, and in that vein, I propose we rethink what "happiness" is, or at least, what it is not. As I learned in Yifat Clein's session on happiness during our Tikkun Leil Shavuot, "happiness" is often perceived as a constant state of bliss. Since that is not realistic, we are often disappointed by its absence.

If instead we strive to be grateful for what we have and cultivate an openness to joy, we can find joy in the ordinary rather than extraordinary. And that is worth practicing for at least two months.
Upcoming Events
All events are at IADS unless otherwise noted. For more information on some of the events below, visit our website
Shabbasana Yoga
Saturday, February 23rd, 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Join us for a restorative and calming Shabbat yoga class. This class will offer an opportunity to stretch and breathe, as we observe Shabbat through movement and meditation.

This class is suitable for all levels and is taught by yoga teacher, Emilie Kahn. Beginners and advanced practitioners are welcome. Please wear comfortable clothes and bring any accessories (pillows, blankets, etc.) that enable you to feel relaxed and content.

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!
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, February 10th, 2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. led by Avi Kidron at the Repair The World workshop (2701 Bagley Street, Detroit MI).
If you are interested in enrolling in classes, please email Rabbi Silverman.
The Downtown Synagogue's New Friday Night Shabbat tradition

Join us as we begin a new Friday night Shabbat tradition! As of last month, we are kicking off Shabbat with a chance to socialize and unwind with refreshments at 5:30 p.m. Services will begin at 6:00 p.m., with dinner following. This new schedule will continue throughout the year.

We look forward to starting a new tradition within our community, and hope to share Shabbat ruach with you!
New Downtown Synagogue Members

Emmanuel Abitbol, Rob Barat, Sarah Cohen, Lynn & Henry Feinberg, Josinda Feldstein, Emily Friedberg & Robert Swope, Jr., Tara & Jay Hack, Scott Kirschner, Zachary Kolodziej, Margot & Ryan Landau, Courtney & Gerald Lane, David Lerner, Michael Marr, Mariel Schwartz & Adam Martin, David Metler, Debby & Barry Rosen, Karen & Howard Rosenberg, Jeremy Rosenberg, Talia Selitsky, Naitnaphit Limlama & Jeremy Spiegel, and Christina Taylor.

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 January volunteers:
Eric Hansen, David Lerner, Marty Herman, Sam Woll, Vadim Avshalumov, and Ruby Robinson  for leading Shabbat services, and  Gillian Sopko for helping during our Tu B'Shevat family seder.

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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1457 Griswold - Detroit, MI - 48226 - (313) 962-4047