December 2018 / Kislev-Tevet 5779

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December at the Downtown Synagogue
A message from Rabbi Silverman

Hanukkah means "dedication." It celebrates the rededication of the Temple in Jerusalem in the 2nd century BCE after it had been desecrated by the Seleucids. And in our time, it can also be an opportunity to (re)dedicate ourselves to the sacred work we do.

I look forward to seeing you on Sunday at our Annual Meeting as we express our gratitude for the dedication of our incredible outgoing board members and elect leaders who are dedicated to strengthening the future of this sacred community.

We are blessed to have a dedicated group of lay leaders who are exploring new service times and formats in 2019. And in January we will also have the opportunity to rededicate ourselves to lifelong learning, as we expand our educational offerings for adults, kids, and families.

I want to personally thank you for inspiring me as I dedicate myself to this community, and look forward to doing so in the years to come. Each and every one of us bring light and strength to one another, and when we join together, the future of our community is very bright. Happy Hanukkah.

Help the Downtown Synagogue grow!

As we close out yet another spectacular year at the synagogue, in the spirit of the Hanukkah celebration of light and miracles, please help us keep the light of Judaism burning in the heart of Detroit by making a donation today. Your donation will be doubled through a very generous new matching gift of $50,000. Everything we do is free of charge, which has been our commitment to the metro Detroit Jewish Community for almost 100 years. But it costs us money to keep it free. Please click here to make your donation now. We thank you for your support!

 Upcoming Events
All events are at IADS unless otherwise noted. For more information on some of the events below, visit our website

IADS Annual Meeting & Hanukkah Party
Sunday, December 9th, 5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Isaac Agree Downtown Synagogue
The meeting will begin at 5:00 p.m. and will feature reports and updates. All current 2018-19 members are welcome to vote on electing new members and officers of the Board of Directors. To find out if your membership is active, please contact the office. To apply online, please click  here .

At 6:00 p.m. join us for Hanukkah delights featuring a latke bar, Hanukkah fun, and chai-stakes dreidel. We hope to see you!

Shabbasana Yoga Series
Saturday, December 15th, 22nd, 29th, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Isaac Agree Downtown Synagogue
Join us on these Saturday mornings for a restorative and calming Shabbat yoga class led by Emilie Kahn. This class will offer an opportunity to stretch and breathe, as we observe Shabbat through movement and meditation.

Family Book and Toy Swap
Sunday, December 16th, 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
2701 Bagley Street, Detroit MI 48216 (Repair The World workshop)
Join us for a festive swap and shop! Bring any amount of gently used toys and books, and swap what you need for your family. Clothing will not be swapped, but clothing donations are accepted and will be given to the Detroit Phoenix Center. We look forward to sharing in this joyful event with you.

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! Classes begin Sunday, January 6th at 2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. led by Avi Kidron. Location TBD.
If you are interested in enrolling in classes, please email Rabbi Silverman.
Stay tuned for our new Friday Night Shabbat traditions in the New Year ... coming soon!

IADS Volunteer Shout Out 
In recognition of all of our November volunteers:
Leah Jackson , Eric Hansen, Jeremy Rosenberg, Howard Rosenberg, Gabe Hessenthaler, Sam Woll, David Lerner, Marty Herman, Oren Goldenberg, and Ruby Robinson  for leading Shabbat services.  Les Kannon for putting up the memorial plaques.

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. 
Celebrating Hanukkah around Detroit 
Thank you to The Neighborhoods for featuring the Downtown Synagogue in the article that shared different ways Detroiters are celebrating Hanukkah this year. We were honored to be present at N'Namdi Center for Contemporary Art on Noel Night (image above).

Join us at People For Palmer Park's Winter Festival on Sunday, December 9th from 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. for homemade cookies, dreidel, and a homemade menorah made by Jodee and Roy Raines.
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! 

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.
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!  



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