May 2019 / Iyyar - Sivan 5779   
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May at the Downtown Synagogue
$40,856 so far, $34,144 to go...
Help us get to $75,000 by Lag B'Omer!
The Isaac Agree Downtown Synagogue's Annual Campaign is running for 33 days (from Pesach to Lag B'Omer). That means there are 9 more days to donate and encourage everyone you know to donate as well.
How You Can Help:
Donate the amount of your choice through our Patronicity page.
Remember to share your donation on social media to encourage your friends and family to contribute too!

Why Should You Donate?
The Isaac Agree Downtown Synagogue, the last free-standing synagogue in Detroit, deep in the heart of downtown, has always been, and remains, open to all and free of charge or obligation. Our egalitarian synagogue, rooted in tradition, includes religious services, a broad range of engaging programs, young family events, Jewish educational series, fun happenings, and more - we've expanded our offerings and we're here for you.  
Show your support and help us sustain the work we've done, the work we're doing, and the work we'll do in the future with your generous support!
Upcoming Events
All events are at IADS unless otherwise noted. For more information on some of the events below, visit our website
Lag B'Onfire
Wednesday, May 22nd, 8:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Lincoln Street Art Park, 5926 Lincoln St, Detroit MI 
Join us to experience the happiest day of the Omer for a celebratory bonfire, s'mores, music, and community. Kids, adults, and families welcome rain or shine!
RSVP is preferred.
Tots and Teva Weekend Retreat
Saturday, June 1st - Sunday, June 2nd
Tamarack Camps, 4361 Perryville Road, Ortonville, MI 48462  
Come join JTot Detroit on our second annual retreat at Tamarack! In addition to fun outdoor activities for families, those who are interested are welcome to continue to evaluate and plan for Dor Hadash, our family education program in Detroit.  
Due to the generosity of The Jewish Federation, the cost for the weekend is $100/family which includes lodging and all meals.  Scholarships are available, please reach out to Rabbi Silverman.

Register for the retreat here.   
6th Annual Woodbridge Tikkun Leil Shavuot
Saturday, June 8th, 8:00 p.m. - 2:00 a.m. 
4546 Avery Street, Detroit MI 
On June 8th, our community will again gather for a night of learning in our annual Tikkun Leil Shavuot. We invite anyone with something they want to teach (past sessions have included flower arranging, origami, and, yes, traditional text study) to contact Rabbi Silverman. And please stay tuned for further details!  
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, May 19th, 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. 

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. The next class will be held this Sunday, May 19th, 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 Nicole Feinberg
Tributes at the Downtown Synagogue
In honor of Martin Herman by Rebecca Herman
In honor of Liz Kannon by Charles Gelfond
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 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