April at the Downtown Synagogue
Our community is growing, and so are we!
's a great time to be in downtown Detroit, and as more people join us in building
We're progressing in a lot of ways, but one thing that isn't changing is our
dedication to inclusivity.
We are committed to welcoming every neighbor, with no barrier to participation.
This is why we're asking you to help us
Keep It Free - free of charge and obligation - for everyone!
By Lag B'Omer
That's right - as part of this year's Omer, our IADS Annual Campaign is running from Pesach to Lag B'Omer for 33 days. That's 33 opportunities to donate and encourage others to donate as well.
Can we count on you?
How You Can Help:
For Bonus Points:
Share your donation on social media, and encourage your friends and family to contribute too!
All events are at IADS unless otherwise noted. For more information on some of the events below, visit our website.
There will be no evening Shabbat services on Friday, April 19th, as the synagogue is closed for the first night of Passover.
Please join us in making a minyan on Saturday, April 20th for Shabbat services starting at 9:00 a.m. in the morning.
Passover Yoga and the Freedom to Flow
Monday, April 22nd, 6:00 p.m. - 8 :00 p.m.
Isaac Agree Downtown Synagogue
Join us for a community yoga class dedicated to embodying the Passover holiday. We'll use traditional yoga poses to explore self compassion and creating spaces within constricted joints and muscles. Our flow will focus on the parts of our bodies that need to move freely for us to be healthy.
Props for stretching will be provided but please bring a yoga mat and wear comfortable clothes. We hope to share this special evening with you!
Hygiene Kit Assembly at Affirmations Ferndale
Thursday, April 25th, 6:00 p.m. - 8 :00 p.m.
Affirmations Ferndale, 290 W. Nine Mile Road, Ferndale MI
Join the Downtown Synagogue in partnership with Affirmations, a community space providing a welcoming space where people of all sexual orientations, gender identities & expressions, and cultures can find support and unconditional acceptance, and where they can learn, grow, socialize and feel safe.
We will be assembling hygiene kits for community members in need, as kits will be dispersed at Affirmations' facility and during Ferndale Pride 2019 in June!
RSVP for this event by emailing Nicole.
Passover Yizkor Service
Saturday, April 27th, 9:00 a.m.
Isaac Agree Downtown Synagogue
Join us to make minyan in community, as we honor the memories of loved ones.
Spring Into Service- Volunteering at Eden Gardens
Sunday, May 5th, 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
12273 Glenfield, Detroit, MI, 48213
Join Repair the World Detroit and the Isaac Agree Downtown Synagogue at Eden Gardens Block Club to take care of garden beds and clean up adjacent lots. We'll begin at 1 pm, but come whenever you can! This event is part of Repair the World Detroit's Spring Into Service weekend.
There is plenty of street parking surrounding the farm. Please wear clothes that you don't mind getting dirty, and dress according to the weather as we will be outside. Don't forget a water bottle!
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!
Volunteer opportunities at the Downtown Synagogue!
We invite you to engage as a volunteer this Spring and Summer:
- Read at Palmer Preparatory Academy: We are officially part of the Detroit Public Schools Community District's Faith-Based Council, and have been paired with Palmer Prep Academy! Volunteers will read to various grade levels during school hours, taking part in the new Let's Read initiative!
- Grow community spaces at the Eden Gardens Block Club: Join us in partnership with the Eden Gardens Block Club for various engagement opportunities. Volunteers will prepare and turn the soil, plant flowers and vegetables, and develop the new playground. Volunteer hours are on Thursdays and Sundays.
If you are interested in volunteering with us, please email
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, April 28th, 2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. led by Avi Kidron at the Downtown Synagogue (1457 Griswold, Detroit, MI).
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. Classes will begin
May 5th, 2019, and will be held on
Sundays, 2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. at the Downtown Synagogue. Classes will be led by Ollie Elkus, Yiddish translator.
If you are interested in enrolling in classes, please email
Tributes at the Downtown Synagogue
In memory of Samuel Nover by Marcey and Fred Katzman
In memory of Judith Orbach by IADS Board and Staff
In memory of Florence Ballin by Gerry Goodman and Marsha Silverman Brunelle
In honor of the birth of Jasper Sage Hack to Jay and Tara Hack by IADS Board and Staff
Yahrzeits at the Downtown Synagogue
We invite members to share the name and Yahrzeit of your loved ones with us.
Our membership form provides space for you to include Yahrzeit information to honor your loved one's memory. If you are not currently a member, you may access our membership form
, complete the general information, and fill in the Yahrzeit information.
If you are a current member, you may submit your loved one's Yahrzeit information to
. Please include English name, Hebrew name, English date of death (before or after sundown) and Hebrew date of death. We understand that you may not have complete information, so please include what information you do have.
We invite you to worship with us and say Kaddish during the Yahrzeit of your loved ones.
Yahrzeit reminders will be sent to Synagogue members in advance of the month of the specific Shabbat date when the yahrzeit is observed. Beginning in the spring, we will send an email notification to remind you of Yahrzeits of loved ones whose names will be read at the Isaac Agree Downtown Synagogue.
If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate contacting the office at the email above or at 313.962.4047.
|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.
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.
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.
The Downtown Synagogue is now on Amazon Smile! If you use Amazon.com 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! For more information, or to sign up,
We hold regular Shabbat services!
*NEW FRIDAY NIGHT SHABBAT SCHEDULE*
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 7:00 pm followed by a deliciously prepared Kosher vegetarian dinner. End your hectic work week with
ruach and community.
*There will be NO EVENING SERVICES on Friday, April 19th. Join us in the morning on Saturday, April 20th at 9:00 a.m. for Shabbat morning services.*
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
so we can read the Torah and people can say
. Please come to the Saturday morning Shabbat service at 10:00. We want to pass the Torah
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.