March 2019 / Adar I- Adar II 5779

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March at the Downtown Synagogue
A message from Rabbi Silverman
The number of children in our IADS membership family is approaching double-chai. That means that number has more than tripled in the last five years, and it continues to grow. These kids are (sometimes jumping) on the bima, and they, along with their parents, are celebrating and studying Judaism together. Our new family education program, Dor Hadash, was recently featured in the cover story of the Jewish News, and our megillah reading this year will begin with a costume parade of some of these younger members.  
As our community commits to teaching Judaism from generation to generation, these kids will learn from us, and we will learn from them, as we study, pray, sing, comfort, and celebrate. May we listen to their questions as they inspire us to ask our own. May our synagogue walls resound with the voices of Jews from birth ad me'ah v'esrim (to 120 years old!) as we grow together.
I also hold the deep pain of those in our community who wish to have children and for whom the journey to parenthood has been heartbreaking and sometimes feels hopeless. I recognize that seeing new babies can be bittersweet. Please know that I have been there, and I am here for you. 
Upcoming Events
All events are at IADS unless otherwise noted. For more information on some of the events below, visit our website
Spring Reboot: Yoga and Smoothies 
Thursday, March 14th, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Isaac Agree Downtown Synagogue
Reboot for the Spring renewal through detoxifying yoga and freshly blended smoothies. Join us as we delve into new ways of simplifying our lives through healthy practices, led by Emilie Kahn and Yifat Clein.  

This class will be vigorous, with a focus on detoxing our bodies and rebooting our metabolism for spring. Please refrain from eating for at least an hour prior to class, and be sure to stay hydrated.
Emulating Esther: A Jewish Women's Brunch and Serve 
Sunday, March 17th, 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
2701 Bagley, Detroit, MI (Repair The World Workshop)  
Join us in partnership with Repair The World Detroit for this event. This event is open to all folks who identify as women and are interested in building sisterhood. Together we will engage in a service project with the Positive Period Campaign while enjoying brunch, mimosas, and a panel style discussion about Jewish womanhood featuring Rabbi Alana Alpert from Detroit Jews for Justice and Congregation T'chiyah, Rabbi Ariana Silverman from Isaac Agree Downtown Synagogue, and Rabbi Aura Ahuvia from Congregation Shir Tikvah.

Tickets are $18 and can be purchased here.

*Isaac Agree Downtown Synagogue Participants can receive a subsidized ticket using the code IADS.
The Downtown Synagogue Purim Party
Wednesday, March 20th, 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Isaac Agree Downtown Synagogue
Join the Downtown Synagogue at our annual community reading of the Megillah for the holiday of Purim to commemorate the defeat of Haman's plot to get rid of the Jews, foiled by the heroic and dazzling Esther.
Arrive at 7:00 p.m. to see the children's costume parade leading up to the sanctuary, and stay after for an adult costume contest with prizes, hamentashen, and drinks. Don't forget your pasta boxes to use as groggers! Additional food donations will be brought to Yad Ezra.  
What's A Jew To Do? The Jewish Response to the Rise of White Nationalism 
Thursday, March 28th, 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
28123 Orchard Lake Road, Farmington Hills MI (Holocaust Memorial Center)
Join us for a moderated panel discussion on white nationalism, how Jews fit into this ideology and strategies for proactively responding as a community.

This program is free of charge, but please register by Wednesday, March 27th so we can provide adequate space and food.

David Kurzmann - Moderator: Executive Director, Jewish Community Relations Council/AJC,  Kirsten Fermaglich: Associate Professor of History and Jewish Studies, Michigan State University,  Ruth Bergman: Director of Education, Holocaust Memorial Center,  Rabbi Ariana Silverman: Rabbi, Isaac Agree Downtown Synagogue, and  Olivia Guterson: Community organizer and artist.

Light Kosher refreshments will be provided.

This program is presented in partnership by NEXTGen Detroit,  Holocaust Memorial Center , Isaac Agree Downtown Synagogue , Michigan State University Serling Institute for Jewish Studies and Modern Israel ( MSU Jewish Studies Program ), Jewish Bar Association of Michigan, JCRC / AJC - Detroit and Repair The World - Detroit.

Limmud Michigan 2019
Sunday, March 31st, 2019 
JCC of Metropolitan Detroit (6600 W. Maple Road, West Bloomfield, MI, 48322) 
Limmud is a global movement that celebrates diverse Jewish thinking as an active and global conversation. Join this event to engage with more than 60 passionate presenters and workshops, meet hundreds of participants of all ages and backgrounds, and learn about diverse and emerging issues.  
If you would like to register, click here.  
If you would like to volunteer, click here

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!
Michigan Jewish Community Supported Agriculture! 
We are proud to be working with Hazon Detroit as the downtown Detroit pick-up site for the Michigan Jewish CSA (Community Supported Agriculture). Join this unique opportunity to connect with local farmers and receive fresh, sustainably grown produce twice a month!

Registration closes March 15th, so make sure to enroll today!
If you are interested in more information, contact Hannah Fine.
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, March 10th, 2:30 p.m. - 3:30 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.
New Downtown Synagogue Members

Rozita Knox and her children Dutchesskalena, Empress, Antoine, Sarai-Zahara, Israel, Brooke-Lynn, Cortez, and Adin, Ben Levinson, Hillel Sternlicht and Aneesha Varrey, and their child Milan.

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 February volunteers:
Eric Hansen, David Lerner, Marty Herman, Ruby Robinson, Isaac Weiss, Adam Martin, Oren Goldenberg, and Jeff Herbstman for leading Shabbat services. Abby Waldorf for volunteer cooking our Shabbat meals for two weekends. 
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