November 2019 / Cheshvan - Kislev 5780

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November at the Downtown Synagogue
Rabbi Silverman's November Message

Cheshvan is known as the month without holidays, and therefore is sometimes called Mar Cheshvan, or bitter Cheshvan. After the joy and intensity of the holidays in Tishrei, the time between Simchat Torah and Hanukkah seems pretty quiet. But, of course, there is a holiday that still occurs weekly, one that celebrates and honors the importance of quiet and rest. 

I encourage you to use this month to start something new for Shabbat and please use IADS as a resource. If you've always wanted to learn to bake challah, especially with kids, join us on November 17. If you like good food (who doesn't?), friends, and uplifting worship, please join us at the synagogue, even if just for part of Friday evening or Saturday morning. If you particularly enjoy music for Kabbalat Shabbat, make sure to come the first Friday of every month. If you haven't heard Torah chanted in awhile, join us on Saturday morning, and if you can't wake-up early, come for Sleep-in Shabbat!  If parking has been an obstacle, we are pleased to offer free parking the first Shabbat of each month. 

And I invite you to start one new practice at home--take a nap, turn off your devices (yes, you can do it, even if just for a few hours), read a book, carve out time to be with friends and family. If you need more ideas, please don't hesitate to  reach out to me.

May we all enjoy a restful, renewing Cheshvan, as we turn it from bitter to sweet.
Upcoming Events
All events are at IADS unless otherwise noted. For more information on some of the events below, visit our website.

Wednesday, November 6th, 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Charach Gallery, JCC of Metro Detroit, 6600 W Maple Rd, West Bloomfield Township, MI 48322
Join us as Rabbi Ariana Silverman interviews Marra B. Gad, author of The Color Of Love. The Color of Love is an unforgettable memoir about a mixed-race Jewish woman who, after fifteen years of esĀ­trangement from her racist great-aunt, helps bring her home when Alzheimer's strikes. Exploring the idea of yerusha, which means "inheritance" in Yiddish, Gad explores what you inherit from your family-identity, disease, melanin, hate, and, most powerful of all, love.

This event is supported by the Commerce Township Community Library and Isaac Agree Downtown Synagogue.

JTot Challah Baking Class
Sunday, November 17th, 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. 
Isaac Agree Downtown Synagogue 
Back by popular demand, we are excited to announce the return of our annual JTot Challah Baking Class!

Baking challah with your children is a wonderful way to incorporate your Jewish identity into your baking traditions. Join us as Emily Shira Levine, an IADS 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!
RSVP to Nicole by Tuesday, November 12th.  
Now Hiring: Kitchen Coordinator at IADS

This position is responsible for maintaining the operational excellence of the Isaac Agree Downtown Synagogue kitchen, including the preparation of weekly Shabbat meals (providing Friday dinner and Saturday lunch), certain holiday meals, and other special events for our congregation. The Kitchen Coordinator promotes a safe, sanitary, and organized work environment. The Kitchen Coordinator will work periodically with volunteers cooking for group Shabbats.  
Job Requirements: Create/coordinate on menus, procure ingredients, and cook meals for congregants, including weekly Friday dinners, Saturday lunches, various other holiday meals, program and other Synagogue event food needs. Effectively handle the administrative tasks in kitchen operations.

If interested, email Arlene Frank for more information.
New Shabbat Traditions with the Downtown Synagogue

As we settle into 5780, we continue to expand our Shabbat traditions. We will be holding Sleep In Shabbats on the third Saturday of the month.  Sleep - In   Shabbat ?! You heard right. Don't worry about getting up early- we will all be getting a late start. Join us as we kick off  Shabbat  morning with a delicious brunch starting at 10:30 a.m., and mincha services beginning at 12:00 p.m.  

Dates of Sleep-In Shabbat:  
  • Saturday, November 16th
  • Saturday, December 21st
Additionally, we will be offering FREE Parking on the first Fridays and Saturdays of the month. That's right- no need to scramble in search of parking downtown! Free parking is offered in the parking lot located directly behind the Synagogue.  
All you'll need to do is tell the parking attendant that you are here for services at the Downtown Synagogue, and you will be given a temporary parking pass to place on your dashboard. 

Dates of Free Parking Shabbats:  
  • Friday, December 6th
  • Saturday, December 7th

IADS Volunteer Shout Out  
In recognition of all of our October  volunteers:

Marty Herman and Ruby Robinson for leading services, Les Kannon for dropping off Yad Ezra donations collected throughout the High Holidays, and Jodee Raines, Sigal Hemy, Lauren Hoffman, Sam Brown, and Jeff Brown for volunteering during the High Holidays.
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. 
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 Nicole Feinberg.

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 us 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! 

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 three 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 6:00 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 three 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 $25. 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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1457 Griswold - Detroit, MI - 48226 - (313) 962-4047