June 2019 / Iyyar - Sivan 5779

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June at the Downtown Synagogue
A message from Rabbi Silverman
I am excited to share that I will be in Israel this summer from June 30-July 25. I have been chosen to participate in the Rabbinic Leadership Initiative (RLI) of the Shalom Hartman Institute. The RLI is a highly selective three-year fellowship which trains a cohort of approximately 30 exceptional rabbis from across the country and denominational spectrum. I am able to go due to the generosity of the William Davidson Foundation, which recommended and is sponsoring two rabbis from Detroit--Rabbi Aaron Starr from Congregation Shaarey Zedek, and me.   
I am thrilled about what this will bring to the Synagogue. RLI empowers fellows to better support their congregations as we take new risks, innovate new program models, uncover new creative forms of prayer and ritual, and make Torah learning a more central component of the community.

While I am away, rabbinic colleagues will be available for pastoral and lifecycle needs--please contact the office and they will connect you with whomever is on call.

Before I leave, I will see you this month at our Tikkun Leil Shavuot, Shabbat and holiday worship services, and multiple amazing programs. As you know, this is the 6th annual Tikkun Leil Shavuot in Woodbridge, and it will be phenomenal--bring a friend, drink some coffee, eat some cheesecake, and let's celebrate all night. I look forward to seeing you there!
Upcoming Events
All events are at IADS unless otherwise noted. For more information on some of the events below, visit our website.  
Shavuot Supper and Slumber Party
Saturday, June 8th, 6:30 p.m. 
4546 Avery Street, Detroit, MI 48208 
Although we will be hosting learning sessions all throughout the night, we will also be hosting a family celebration starting at 6:30 p.m. at Rabbi Silverman's home (4546 Avery, Detroit MI).

Pizza, snacks, games, and family fun will be included! Children are welcome to stay at Rabbi's home throughout the entire Shavuot celebration, if adults would like to attend learning sessions offered throughout Woodbridge.

Please RSVP to Nicole by Thursday, June 6th. 
6th Annual Woodbridge Tikkun Leil Shavuot 
Saturday, June 8th, 8:00 p.m. - 2:00 a.m. 
4546 Avery Street, Detroit, MI 48208 
Our community will again gather for a night of study, delicious food, and great company in our annual Tikkun Leil Shavuot. We invite all to join in for an immersive learning experience, with sessions on Latin Dancing, Judaism & Anarchism, Yiddish Poetry, Knitting, and so much more!
RSVP to Nicole. Schedules and snacks will be available at Rabbi Silverman's home all night long (4546 Avery Street, Detroit MI).  
Motor City Pride- Downtown Synagogue Booth 
Sunday, June 9th, 12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. 
1 Hart Plaza, Detroit, MI 48226
Join us in support of the LGBTQIA+ community of Detroit at the Motor City Pride Festival! The Downtown Synagogue will have a booth and will be passing out hygiene care kits assembled at Affirmations.  
There is a $5.00 cover charge. Find more festival information here.   
Playground Opening Ceremony- Eden Gardens Block Club  
Sunday, June 9th, 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. 
Eden Gardens, 12273 Glenfield Avenue, Detroit, MI 48213 
Join us in support of our friends at Eden Gardens to celebrate their newly built playground. This playground will serve as an exploratory space for children in the neighborhood. We welcome all to join in this event including food, a ribbon cutting, and community fun!  
Shavuot Yizkor Service 
Monday, June 10th, 9:00 a.m. 
Isaac Agree Downtown Synagogue 
Join us to make minyan in community, as we honor the memories of loved ones.  
Pints & Prison Reform 
Thursday, June 13th, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. 
Eastern Market Brewing Co., 2515 Riopelle St, Detroit MI 48207 
Join the Isaac Agree Downtown Synagogue and Repair The World Detroit to enjoy a glass of beer and learn more about the American Friends Service Committee's Good Neighbor Project! The Good Neighbor Project is a co-mentorship program designed to match up free-world individuals with Michigan prisoners who are serving Life or Long Indeterminate sentences. Together, we will explore the criminal justice system and how you can get involved with The Good Neighbor Project!
Tickets are $10 and you must be 21+ to attend the event. A ticket for a beer is included with the cost of your ticket. Ticket sales will conclude on Wednesday, June 12th at 11:00PM.

*IADS Participants can receive a subsidized ticket using the code IADS on Eventbrite* The maximum number of tickets per order is 4.
Tickets can be purchased here. 
Building A Bridge Over Dinner 
Saturday, June 29th, 4:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. 
Eden Gardens, 12273 Glenfield Avenue, Detroit, MI 48213 
We welcome you to our 2nd Annual Building A Bridge Over Dinner, in collaboration with Eden Gardens Block Club and Repair The World Detroit. Join us in gardening and games, a BBQ potluck, and a conversation surrounding food accessibility within Detroit.  
RSVP to Nicole. We look forward to working, sharing, and talking 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!

As a result of your gracious and generous contributions, the Downtown Synagogue Annual Campaign has reached our goal - and beyond! Each and every one of your donations mattered, and we are deeply grateful to you for your gifts of support.  
Your engagement inspires us to move forward as we create programs that are thought provoking, fun, and rooted in social justice, host meaningful holiday observances, provide weekly Shabbat services, offer family programming, present Jewish educational series, and connect to our larger Detroit and Jewish communities.
We are thriving and growing as the hub of Jewish life in downtown Detroit, and we invite you to bring us into your life in whatever ways speak to you. You were here for us, and we are here for you. Please keep up with all of our programs and services by visiting our website , reading our newsletter (sign up on our website), and following us on our Facebook page.  

Much gratitude for your confidence in us, your support of us, and your connection to us as we "Keep it Free" at the Downtown Synagogue.
Yiddish Classes at the Downtown Synagogue! 
Are you interested in connecting with the Yiddish language?! Then this is the class to begin your journey!

We will be offering a language and culture course teaching Yiddish through the artistic and political movements of (mostly) nineteenth and twentieth century Ashkenazic Jews, giving students the linguistic knowledge to further unearth the Yiddish lexicon for themselves.
Subjects covered: Yiddishland, Yiddish dialects, Yiddish linguistic theories, Yiddish-American slang, Classics, Satire, Folksongs, Poetry, Theater, Film, Socialism, Communism, Anarchism, Yiddish Expressionism and Introspectivism, Yiddish and Hebrew, Yiddish and German, Yiddish and Israel.

There will be a total of 8 sessions. Due to a schedule change, classes will now be held on Sundays, 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. at Dessert Oasis Coffee Roasters (1220 Griswold St, Detroit, MI 48226). Our next class will be held this Sunday, June 9th. Classes will be led by Ollie Elkus, Yiddish translator.
If you are interested in enrolling in classes, please email Nicole Feinberg.
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, June 9th, 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. led by Avi Kidron at the Downtown Synagogue (1457 Griswold, Detroit, MI).
If you are interested in enrolling in classes, please email Rabbi Silverman.

IADS Volunteer Shout Out 
In recognition of all of our May volunteers:
Eric Hansen, Marty Herman, Ruby Robinson, Lauren Hoffman, Vadim Avshalumov, Sam Woll, and DaVid Powell for leading Shabbat services.
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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The Isaac Agree Downtown Synagogue
1457 Griswold - Detroit, MI - 48226 - (313) 962-4047