January, 2017 / Tevet-Shevat, 5777

January Events at IADS
Upcoming Events
All events are at IADS unless otherwise noted. For more information on some of the events below, click here

Memoir Writing Class with Joy Gaines-Friedler        
Tuesday, January 17, 6:30 to 8:00 pm 
Writing is fun. It's art. It's expression. Does one really remember word for word what Dad said on that fishing boat? At the kitchen table? In the car on the way to Hebrew school? To write from our memories requires a bit of fiction. It requires the devices of story-telling and the form and function that fiction provides. We'll do fun writing exercises that will spark memory and imagination while learning some techniques of creative writing. We'll look at our world through the objects in them. In the end, you may want to write a memoir (a specific moment.) You may even want to write a poem (they don't rhyme anymore.) This seminar is for both the inexperienced writer and the experienced. Dinner included. Please RSVP to Joy Gaines-Friedler is the author of three books of poetry. Her award winning essays and poems have been published in over 50 literary magazines. Joy teaches creative writing, memoir, and advanced poetry for non-profits in the Detroit area.

NEW RABBI SERIES: Lunch and Learn with Rabbi Shalom Kantor of B'nai Moshe 
Monday, January 23 at 12:00 pm
Chocolate, Slavery, & The Idolatry of $$$$. Imagine a deep rich piece of chocolate. That multi-layered flavor experience as it coats the back of your throat with a smooth velvet like texture. The warm feeling you get as savor those wonderful flavors. Mmmm. Now consider this: According to the US Department of Labor, most of the cocoa we consume is produced in countries using child labor: Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Guinea, Ghana, Nigeria. These child workers labor for long, punishing hours, using dangerous tools and facing frequent exposure to dangerous pesticides as they travel great distances in the grueling heat. And of course no education leaving not much hope for a future out of poverty. By international labor laws this is illegal. All major cocoa companies buy cocoa from farms using children, and reap profits off the backs of these kids. Join Rabbi Shalom Kantor as we learn about Slavery in the chocolate industry and what Judaism says about such a situation including the need to provide economic alternatives. Fair Trade Chocolate will be served.

Be the Light: Hazon's Gathering of Holy Sparks    
Wednesday, January 25, 7:00 to 9:00 pm
As days get shorter, and darker, we're gathering as Jews, Christians and Muslims to bring all our lights together, to fan the universal flame of love. And you're invited! Join the Isaac Agree Downtown Synagogue, Hazon Detroit, Southwest's Grace in Action Detroit, and the Michigan Muslim Community Council for an evening of deeply ecumenical learning and discussion. We'll hear from Imam Mika'il Saadiq, Pastor John Cummings, and Rabbi Ariana Silverman, we'll share a kosher/halal vegetarian meal, we'll study, and we'll make herb-filled candles to take our light out into the world. Please RSVP to

Rosh Chodesh Women's Circle 
Sunday, January 29 at 2:00 pm
The Rosh Chodesh Women's Circle for the month of Shevat will be hosted by Sha Bukeima at her home in Pleasant Ridge. The topic will be "Dreams".  Please contact Sydney Skully at for details.

Tu B'Shevat Seder
Saturday, February 11, TBD
Save the date to celebrate with IADS, T'Chiyah and Yad Ezra. More information will follow in the February newsletter.
Community Events and Opportunities 

Limmud MI 2017 
Sunday, March 19, 2017
Wayne State University 
Limmud MI 2017, an exploration and celebration of all things Jewish, is seeking presenters. Share your experience, your skills, or your ideas. Interested? Have something you want to share? Click "propose a session" at
Get Involved!
Help Us Cook!
We're always seeking volunteers to help us in the kitchen! We pride ourselves on our delicious home cooked Shabbat and Lunch and Learn meals. If you want to contribute to the synagogue by cooking, please contact the synagogue 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 have extra papers or handouts, please take them home to recycle them, or, if needed, leave them in the designated box in the library for ritual burial. 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.
Shop at Kroger
It's time to re-enroll for the Kroger Community Rewards Program! If you shop at Kroger, you can earn money for the synagogue just by swiping your Plus Card--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
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 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 9:30 am
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 9:30 (proceeded by the Torah study at 9:00). We want to pass the Torah l'dor v'dor.

Contact us if you have questions or requests pertaining to our service schedule.
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1457 Griswold - Detroit, MI - 48226 - (313) 962-4047