July, 2017 / Tamuz-Av, 5777

July Events at the Downtown Synagogue
Immigration Talk
Friday, July 7 and Saturday, July 8
We are delighted to be hosting a weekend series about immigration including a panel and Jewish text study.
ShabbAsana Yoga
Saturday, July 8
10:30 am to 12:00 pm 
Begin your Shabbat morning by observing your breath and flowing through an all levels yoga class.
Lunch & Learn   
Monday, July 10
12:00 to 1:00 pm
Come hear Joshua Kannon speak about his experiences being a Jew in the modern U.S. military.
Rabbi's Message:  Nature's Calling       
As often as you can, take a trip
out to the fields to pray.
All the grasses will join you.
They will enter your prayers
and give you strength to sing
praises to God.
--Rebbe Nachman of Breslov
The summer is a time to be outside, and doing so is important not just for our physical health, but our spiritual health as well. Much of our Jewish story occurs outdoors, and our holidays reflect an intimate bond with the natural world. Being outside can often bring us closer to God, to our truest selves, and to one another.
So, as you are able, please make an effort to come to an Eden Gardens work day this summer (Thursdays and Sundays 6-8pm), to go for a long walk alone or with the ones you love, or to simply take a moment to feel the warmth of the sun on your face and hear the song of the grasses. Our tradition teaches that our relationship with God came to life in a garden. Being outside can help that relationship to grow.

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

Immigration Awareness Weekend    
Friday, July 7, 8:30 pm
Saturday, July 8, 1:00 pm

Join us for a special Immigration Awareness Weekend. On Friday evening, Susannah Goodman will facilitate a panel of community members who will share their personal experiences with the immigration process. On Saturday afternoon, Rabbi Silverman will lead a text study on historical Jewish responses to immigration and how we as a community can act. Both programs will take place after Shabbat services. Services begin on Friday evening at 7:00 pm, followed by dinner and the panel. Services begin on Saturday morning at 9:00 am, followed by lunch and the discussion. Free and open to the community.

Detroit ShabbAsana Yoga
Saturday, July 8, 10:30 am to 12:00 pm  
Deepen your Shabbat experience by observing your breath and flowing through an all levels, egalitarian yoga class with instructor Helene Rottenberg from Madonna University. Shabbat is an ideal time to pause, rest, and breathe, thereby re-centering ourselves, and restoring our energy for the week to come. In our hectic lives, we might not always create the space to rejuvenate on our own. In this special Shabbat morning practice, we will create that space together through asana (poses), pranayama (breathing), and meditation. By going inward and taking time to nurture your neshama we create a more peaceful olam.
This class is intended for everyone and everybody - from beginner yogis to seasoned practitioners. Please bring your own yoga mat, a water bottle, and comfortable clothes. Free, donations appreciated. Feel free to stay after for a kosher, vegetarian kiddush lunch and our Immigration panel discussion.

Lunch & Learn with Joshua Kannon: Judaism in Today's U.S. Military     
Monday, July 10, 12:00 to 1:00 pm
Being in the military can be a challenge, being Jewish in the modern U.S. military just makes it more interesting. Joshua Kannon will talk on the experiences from his service including a Passover Seder in Saudi Arabia, getting to and from services in Korea, dealing with other service members who didn't understand Yom Kippur, the rarity of Jewish Chaplains, why men have to shave in the military, and any other questions you have about being Jewish in the military. Kosher, vegetarian lunch provided.
Joshua Kannon enlisted in the U.S. Air Force at age 19, served in the U.S. Navy, and was attached to the U.S. Army. He served 7 years active duty (including 9/11). His assignments took him all over the country as well as overseas and had him working in a range of fields such as shipboard firefighter, generator mechanic, armorer, neurologist's assistant, base defense training support, naval boarding team, and special forces support.  

Special Weekday Shacharit 
Tuesday, July 18, 7:30 am
Wednesday, July 19, 7:30 am
Please help us make a Shacharit minyan! The Tarrytown Group, an informal group of senior Jewish foundation and Jewish Federation leaders, is holding a conference in Detroit (July 17-19). Some conference attendees are saying Kaddish for loved ones at the Downtown Synagogue and are in need of a morning minyanYou would be doing a big mitzvah while getting the opportunity to mingle with some of the nation's top Jewish leaders! Please contact Vadim Avshalumov if you're able to make it.  
New Ways to Get to the Downtown Synagogue! 

Now that the QLine is up and running (all rides are free until Labor Day), 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 two blocks from the nearest MoGo station!  

Eden Gardens is Back in FULL SWING! 

Eden Gardens work days are Thursday and Sunday 6:00 - 8:00 pm during the summer and they would like for you to help volunteer! They are doing a fundraiser to purchase the house next to the garden. The cost of the house is $1000. Having this house would allow Eden Gardens to have a place to teach skills such as canning, gardening, literacy classes, and would provide a permanent source of water for the garden. Please support them by going to their website. They are a 501c3 and all donations are tax deductible. Thanks for your support!

Mazel Tov! 

David and Alexis Lerner are proud to announce the birth of their  7 lbs, 1 oz, and 21.25" baby girl, Magda Rose Lerner on June 6th. We wish their family much health and happiness! 

IADS Volunteer Shout Out 
In recognition of all of our June volunteers:

Adam Martin, Susannah Goodman, Ruby Robinson, Eric Hansen, Josh Berkow, and Marty Herman for helping to lead services this month; Shana Schwartz for cooking for Shabbat; Ruby Robinson for leading a wonderful program on immigration; Emily Levine for teaching a delicious challah baking class, with help from Susannah Goodman and Yifat Clein making dough. Thank you to everyone else who volunteers their time and energy to IADS. A lay led congregation is is only as strong its volunteers.

If you're interested in volunteering, please contact Vicki Sitron 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. 
Hazon Seal of Sustainability  

We are excited to be participating in Hazon's Seal of Sustainability program here with a commitment to greening the Downtown Synagogue and lessening our impact on our environment. Our three focus areas are:

1) Start a recycling program
2) Transition to more sustainable plates/cups/utensils for our meals
3) Plan a launch/kick-off/educational event or publicity event surrounding our deepened commitment to sustainability

For more information on how to participate, please contact the Rabbi
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 and Lunch and Learn 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, or, if needed, leave them in the designated box in the library for ritual burial. 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 bookmark 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! From November to January, you earned $51.31 for IADS. 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 Friday 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 9:30 am
Rabbi Silverman leads services the second Saturday 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 9:30. We want to pass the Torah l'dor vador.

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