October 2019 / Tishrei - Cheshvan 5780

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October at the Downtown Synagogue

High Holidays 2019/5780

The Days of Awe blend reflecting on the past and looking toward the future as we reaffirm our sacred relationships. We are excited to invite you to join us for the Days of Awe, and to support an increasingly vibrant and diverse Jewish community in the city. We are proud and excited to continue our services for the Days of Awe at the Bethel Community Transformation Center (BCTC), and will conclude Yom Kippur by studying, praying, and breaking the fast with our neighbors from Congregation T'chiyah and the Reconstructionist Congregation of Detroit. Please join us as we usher in the New Year. Please view our  schedule of services and  FAQ.
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Upcoming Events
All events are at IADS unless otherwise noted. For more information on some of the events below, visit our website.

Stuck On Honey Shabbat 
Friday, October 4th, 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. 
Isaac Agree Downtown Synagogue 
We invite you to a very special honey-themed Shabbat as we transition into the New Year. Joined by Bees In The D, we will explore the role that honey plays in the environment and within various Jewish traditions. Green Toe Gardens, local beekeepers and honey purveyors, will be selling their honey so that we can all begin 5780 with sweetness.
Sleep-In Shabbat 
Saturday, October 12th, 10:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. 
Isaac Agree Downtown Synagogue 
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.  
Third Annual Motor City Sukkah Hop
Sunday, October 13th, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. 
Starting location: Isaac Agree Downtown Synagogue 
Join us for food, drink, and shaking the lulav at our Third Annual Motor City Sukkah Hop! We'll begin at the Synagogue with a family-friendly program to craft decorations. Next, we will travel to Rabbi Silverman's home, and then Repair The World's workshop sukkah, as we learn about locally sourced lulav and etrogs (programming courtesy of Hazon Detroit and Temple Kol Ami).  
RSVP to Nicole
Eden Gardens Community Evening 
Thursday, October 17th, 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. 
Isaac Agree Downtown Synagogue 
We invite you to join us during Sukkot at Eden Gardens for a community focused evening! We will be cleaning up the garden from the summer months, putting it to rest for the upcoming winter, and enjoying a meal together in the garden.
Please dress for gardening, and feel free to bring any personal gardening tools. All ages welcome and encouraged to join! RSVP to Nicole.
Shemini Atzeret Yizkor Service
Monday, October 21st, 9:00 a.m. 
Isaac Agree Downtown Synagogue 
Join us to make minyan in community, as we honor the memories of loved ones.   
Dancin' Around Town- Simchat Torah with the Downtown Synagogue 
Monday, October 21st, 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. 
Isaac Agree Downtown Synagogue 
Join us for our annual celebration that needs no introduction - our Simchat Torah event at the Downtown Synagogue has continued to be one of our best attended events of the year. Don't miss it in 2019/5780!  
21+ to drink.
Lost River Tiki Takeover- Detroit Book Fair 2019
Wednesday, October 30th, 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Lost River Tiki, 15421 Mack Ave, Detroit MI
We invite you to a night of story-slams, cocktail, schmoozing, and much more!  As the Detroit Book Fair launches in November, this night will introduce many of the books being showcased, along with local community members sharing their favorites.

This event is sponsored by the Jewish Community Center of Metro Detroit, Jewish Book Council, and the Jewish Federation of Metro Detroit.
$10 admission, $25 admission includes two drink tickets. 
New Shabbat Traditions with the Downtown Synagogue

As we enter the New Year of 5780, we are expanding our Shabbat traditions. Beginning Friday, October 4th, we will be holding Musical Kabbalat Shabbats led by musician and music educator Gavri Yares on the first Friday of the month. 
Dates of Musical Kabbalat Shabbat:  
  • Friday, October 4th
  • Friday, November 1st
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, October 4th
  • Saturday, October 5th
  • Friday, November 1st
  • Saturday, November 2nd
  • Friday, December 6th
  • Saturday, December 7th

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 Fall 2019 classes will begin on Sunday, October 6th at 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.  led by Avi Kidron at the Isaac Agree Downtown Synagogue.

The Fall Hebrew Class Series is $200 total, scholarships availableClasses will be held every Sunday through December 15th, with no class on December 1st due to Thanksgiving. There will be 10 sessions total.

If you are interested in enrolling in classes, please email Nicole .

IADS Volunteer Shout Out 
In recognition of all of our September volunteers:
Marty Herman and Ruby Robinson for leading services, Josh Berkow and Les Kannon for helping to clean up during Shabbats, and 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 $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