Mid-March 2019 / Adar I - Adar II 5779   
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March at the Downtown Synagogue
Upcoming Events
All events are at IADS unless otherwise noted. For more information on some of the events below, visit our website
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.

We will begin with a family-friendly celebration at 6:30 p.m. with pizza and hamantaschen, face painting, Purim games, and costumes galore.
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!
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 Nicole.  

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 24th, 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. 
Tributes at the Downtown Synagogue
In memory of Dolores Farber by IADS Board and Staff
In memory of Dolores Farber by Arlene Frank
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 here, 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 Liz. 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.
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 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, 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 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 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