November 2018 / Cheshvan-Kislev 5779

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November at the Downtown Synagogue
A message from Rabbi Silverman

People are sad. Some are tired or scared or anxious. Many of us are looking for hope and recognizing that there are no easy answers.

What we do have is each other. And the opportunity to come together this Shabbat, and in the days, weeks, and months ahead, to recommit to being a congregation, a community, and a country that does not lose hope, that is dedicated to fighting fear and hate, and that will bend the moral arc of the universe towards justice.

I look forward to seeing you for Shabbat. We will grow and do this work, as a congregation and in partnership with our many allies, together.

Don't forget- election day is Tuesday, November 6th. Receive election reminders here, and learn about ways that you can take action in your community here.

MOSES, Metropolitan Organizing Strategy Enabling Strength, is offering rides and assistance to individuals that are not able to get to polling locations on their own. Please reach out to them if you would like to volunteer or need transportation assistance on election day. They can be reached at 313-962-5290.
 Upcoming Events
All events are at IADS unless otherwise noted. For more information on some of the events below, visit our website

What's a Jew To Do? An Interactive Workshop
Sunday, November 4th, 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Isaac Agree Downtown Synagogue
Joining in partnership with NextGen, Repair The World, and Moishe House, this workshop will help us explore how implicit biases impact our self-perception, perception of the Jewish community and our attitudes towards others. By consciously reflecting on our unconscious biases, we can explore tools to adjust automatic patterns of thinking and reduce the impact of unintentional discriminatory attitudes and behaviors. This workshop will be led by Yehudah Webster.

This event is free, but spots are limited and we ask that you register in advance.

Shabbasana Yoga
Saturday, November 17th, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Isaac Agree Downtown Synagogue
Join us Saturday morning for a restorative and calming Shabbat yoga class led by Emilie Kahn. This class will offer an opportunity to stretch and breathe, as we observe Shabbat through movement and meditation.

JTot Challah Baking Event
Sunday, November 18th, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Isaac Agree Downtown Synagogue
Baking challah with your children is a wonderful way to incorporate your Jewish identity into your baking traditions. Join us as Emily Shira Levine, a member who loves to cook in her free time, teaches JTot families how to bake challah. Emily will teach you how to make challah from start to finish, as well as share tips for engaging children in the baking process and making it an activity for families to do together.

This event is open to children of any age, even newborns! We encourage there to be an adult to child ratio of 1:1. Grandparents, aunts, uncles, and parents are welcome!

Dress for a mess, and don't forget your aprons! Please RSVP to Nicole.

Second Annual Motown Lip Sync Battle
Saturday, December 1st, 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
BCTC, 8801 Woodward Avenue, Detroit MI
Join us in partnership with Bethel Community Transformation Center for our Second Annual Motown Lip Sync Battle! We are going to celebrate our shared love of Motown music in the city that started it all. Our communities will form collaborative teams, with each team performing 4-5 songs. We hope that you'll join us in this fun filled evening! If you are interested in participating, please contact Nicole.

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!

IADS Volunteer Shout Out 
In recognition of all of our October volunteers:
Leah Jackson, Jeremy Rosenberg, Howard Rosenberg, Eric Hansen, Josh Berkow, Ruby Robinson, Marty Herman, and  Lauren Hoffman for leading Shabbat services. Thank you to Sigal Hemy, Roy Raines, Ayla Raines, Les Kannon & Bedrock Field Services for helping with Sukkah x Detroit, and Les Kannon for handyperson work at the synagogue.

Thank you to everyone else who volunteers their time and energy to IADS. A lay-led congregation is only as strong as its volunteers.

If you're interested in volunteering, please contact Nicole Feinberg at (313) 962-4047 or

We apologize for any names left off the list. Please let us know and we will recognize you next month. 
New Downtown Synagogue Members
Join us in welcoming our newest members: Erin Einhorn, Carol and Joe Brown, Nicole Feinberg, Donnie Johnson, Sheryl and Jeffrey Lesser, Lance Lis, Hilda and Philip Neuman, Phillip Reich, Jennifer Swanson and Jeremy Singer, Yulya Truskinovsky and Reuben Levy, Daniel Zaklis and Nicole Tourangeau, Zachary Slabotsky, Valeriya Epshteyn, Lori Champagne, and Jesse Einhorn.

If you would like to become a Downtown Synagogue member, please complete a membership application.
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 use 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! 

Shabbat services every Friday night at 7:00 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!  



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The Isaac Agree Downtown Synagogue
1457 Griswold - Detroit, MI - 48226 - (313) 962-4047