May, 2017 / Iyar-Sivan, 5777

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

Lag b'Onfire - Lag b'Omer at Eden Gardens    
Sunday, May 14, 6:00 to 9:00pm
12273 Glenfield Ave, Detroit 
Join us to experience the happiest day of the Omer with the Downtown Synagogue and Eden Gardens Block Club for a celebratory bonfire, food (hot dogs and s'mores!), and community in the garden. Kids, adults, and families welcome, rain or shine.
Kindly RSVP by emailing .  

Hummus! The Movie at the Detroit Jewish Film Festival    
Wednesday, May 17, 8:00 to 10:00pm
The Berman Center for the Performing Arts, 6600 W Maple Rd, West Bloomfield Township, MI 48322 
Secret recipes, a Guinness World Record and the power of hummus to bring Muslims, Christians and Jews together... in the Middle East, America and around the world.
Three Israelis from very different backgrounds are brought together by their love for a common dietary staple: hummus. Jalil, a young Christian-Arab from Ramla who has taken over his family's hummus restaurant, struggles with the urge to forge his own path. Eliyahu is a former dread-headed vagrant turned Hasidic Jew, who opens a chain of successful kosher hummus restaurants. Suheila, the only woman to own her own business in the Arab market, has won the Golden Pita Award for Best Hummus, beating ten men for the title. Weaving together their stories, director Oren Rosenfeld tastefully demonstrates how food can positively affect our culture - and is even able to transcend religious and political divides.

As a co-sponsor of this film, we are giving away 30 tickets for free! Please email to reserve yours today. 

It's Cheese! Tasting with Cheesemonger, Zach Berg      
Tuesday, May 23, 7:00 to 8:30pm
Join us for a guided cheese tasting with Zach Berg, owner of Berg's Provisions. This event is free and open to the community. Participants will have the opportunity to sample various cheeses from across the country with an option to purchase your favorites to take home! Zach Berg grew up in Metro Detroit. After cooking his way through Michigan State University's School of Hospitality Business he got a job at Zingerman's Delicatessen in Ann Arbor. Zach quickly learned enough to start hosting, tasting, and developing cheese pairings for the prestigious deli.

4th Annual Woodbridge Tikkun Leil Shavuot
Tuesday, May 30 - Wednesday, May 31
Join the Downtown Synagogue and Hazon for a night of study, delicious food, and great company in celebration of Shavout. Beginning at the home of Sarah Pappas and Josh Berkow, 1764 Forest Ave and concluding at the home of Rabbi Silverman and Justin Long, 4546 Avery St. 
JTot Dairy Dinner and Program 5:30pm - 7:30pm (discounted babysitting from 7:30pm - 1:00am may be available; please contact Rabbi Silverman).
Adult Program 7:30pm-2:00am at locations throughout the Woodbridge neighborhood.  
This year's lineup includes:

Rebbe Nachman's 'Song of the Trees' with Sue Salinger 
Salsa and Salsa with Marni Falk and Justin Long
Music with Molly Mardit
Shavuot Yoga with Emilie Kahn
...and more!

Kosher cheesecake, drinks, and snacks until 3:00am at Rabbi Silverman's house!

Shavout Day Two Yizkor Memorial Service 

The Yizkor Memorial service, observed only four times a year, Yom Kippur, Sh'mini Azeret, Passover 8, and Shavuot 2, will be included in services to be held on Thursday, June 1, the second day of Shavuot. That day services will begin promptly at 9:00am, with Yizkor occurring at approximately 11:00am.  Remembering our beloved departed, be they family members or dear friends, is a sacred duty, and all who wish to participate in this moving ritual are urged to attend. 

Mazel Tov to the Sussman Family! 

Mazal tov to Joanna and  Eitan Sussman on the birth of their son, Ilan Aviv, and to Nava on the birth of her brother! 

Eden Gardens is Back in FULL SWING! 

Eden Gardens is back in full swing! Please join them on Thursdays and Sundays from 5:00 to 7:00pm  to work in the garden. Thanks to everyone who voted for Eden Gardens for the Seeds of Change grant, we will make an announcement if they win. In the meantime, you can go to Eden Gardens' website to donate to their current fundraiser. Thanks for your support!
New Staff Announcement 

We are pleased to welcome our summer intern, Angie Buckingham, to the Downtown Synagogue! Angie is a Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) student at Wayne State University and is collecting historical information on past members memorialized on name plaques throughout the building. If you have a relative (or think you might!) who has a name plaque here, please contact her at
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 and Lunch and Learn 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, 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.

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! From November to January, you earned $51.31 for IADS. For more information, or to sign up, click here.
Don't Forget!
We hold regular Shabbat services! 

Shabbat services every Friday night at 7:00pm
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 7:00pm followed by a deliciously prepared Kosher vegetarian dinner. End your hectic work week with ruach and community.

Torah study (before Saturday services) at 9:00am
Shabbat services every Saturday morning at 9:30am
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 9:30am. We want to pass the Torah l'dor vador.

Contact us if you have questions or requests pertaining to our service schedule.
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1457 Griswold - Detroit, MI - 48226 - (313) 962-4047