March, 2017 / Adar-Nisan, 5777

Mid March reminders from Downtown Synagogue
Upcoming Events
All events are at IADS unless otherwise noted. For more information on some of the events below, click here

Wine and Cheese and Civil Liberties     
Monday, March 20, 7:00 to 8:30 pm
Join us for wine, cheese, and an intimate conversation with Kary L. Moss, Executive Director of the ACLU of Michigan. Moss earned a Masters in International Affairs from Columbia University and a JD from CUNY Law School at Queen's College. Prior to joining the ACLU of Michigan, she clerked at the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and then served as staff attorney with the ACLU Women's Rights Project which was founded by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Freedom House Benefit
Wednesday, March 22 at 7:00 pm
The Maple Theater, 4135 Maple Rd, Bloomfield Township 
Downtown Synagogue is pleased to sponsor this special screening of "Refugee Kids: One Small School Takes on the World" to benefit Freedom house. We hope you are able to join us! For a minimum donation of $10, you can secure a ticket here as well as get more information.
Building a Bridge Over Dinner 
Sunday, March 26, 6:00 to 8:00 pm
As we look to start our fifth season of working, learning, and laughing together in Eden Gardens, we're excited to hold our annual Building a Bridge Over Dinner event with special guest speaker, Malik Yakini, executive director of the Detroit Black Community Food Security Network (DBCFSN). Join IADS and Eden Garden Block Club as we enjoy food inspired by our growing seasons of the past, talk over our family histories, and continue bonding as two communities. Please email or click "going" on the Facebook event to RSVP.

Lunch and Learn with Rabbi Yoni Dahlen 
Monday, March 27 at 12:00 pm
First Fruits; a Different Look at the Passover Haggadah. In our continuing new rabbi series, please join Rabbi Yoni Dahlen of Congregation Shaarey Zedek as we prepare for Pesach and explore a fresh take on the Haggadah.

Rosh Chodesh Women's Circle  
Tuesday, March 28 at 7:00 pm
Rabbi Silverman will lead the group this month and we will meet at IADS. We will discuss how women have shaped the celebration of Pesach and ways to include women's voices in the seder. Contact Sydney Skully at for details.

Chocolate Tasting with Bon Bon Bon   
Wednesday, April 5, 7:00 to 8:30 pm
Save the date for a scrumptious chocolate tasting with head chocolatier from Bon Bon Bon, Alexandra Clark.

Downtown Synagogue Annual Second Seder  

The Downtown Synagogue will host a community Seder the second night of Pesach, Tuesday, April 11 at 7:00 pm. Mark your calendars and plan to join us. The invitation and RSVP form were mailed last week. If you have misplaced the mailing or haven't received it yet, click to download the invitation and RSVP form. Mail the completed form and your payment to the synagogue. 

Support Downtown Synagogue when you shop Amazon 

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!

Support Eden Gardens
Eden Gardens Block Club is hoping to raise $3000 to employ two people to work with youth for six weeks this summer and they need your help! You can donate, using this link and clicking the "donate" button at the top. Eden Gardens is located at 12155 Glenfield in Detroit. Thank you for your support.
Community Events and Opportunities 

Limmud Michigan 2017 
Sunday, March 19, 9:00 am to 5:15 pm
Wayne State University Student Center
5221 Gullen Mall, Detroit 
Over 60 sessions of all kinds given by expert presenters (many from our IADS community) and panels from near and far; Kosher lunch and snacks; "Camp Limmud" for K-8th grade; transportation arrangements from suburban Detroit and Ann Arbor; plentiful convenient parking. For more information and how to register, click here.

The Zookeeper's Wife Advance Screening 
Tuesday, March 28 at 7:00 pm
The Maple Theater, 4135 W Maple Rd, Bloomfield Township
The Zookeeper's Wife tells the true story of a working wife and mother who became a hero to hundreds during World War II. See the incredible Holocaust story that we have never seen before. Advance screening passes available on a first come, first served basis by clicking on this link. The film opens on Friday, March 31. 
Get Involved!
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 the synagogue 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 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. 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.

Shop at Kroger
If you shop at Kroger, you can earn money for the synagogue by registering your Plus Card with the Kroger Community Rewards Program and swiping your Plus Card each time you shop. It's that easy! 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 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 (proceeded by the Torah study at 9:00). We want to pass the Torah l'dor v'dor.

Contact us if you have questions or requests pertaining to our service schedule.
Purchase Your IADS T-Shirts Today!
Our incredibly soft tees are setting trends all over the city. Grab yours today before we run out!  $18.00 for members in good standing and $25.00 for friends. See more photos and get purchasing inf here.



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