October 2018 / Tishrei/Cheshvan 5779

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October at the Downtown Synagogue

Sukkah x Detroit - Thank you!
Thanks to the following volunteers and partners:
  • Jodee Raines and Sigal Hemy for organizing the design competition
  • Avery Drongowski for chairing the program committee
  • Ayla Raines for designing the website, catalogue, and exhibition
  • Oren Goldenberg for coordinating the closing event with Daniel Kahn, Mike Medow, and Sterling Toles
  • Our presenting sponsor, the William Davidson Foundation and additional sponsors Jennifer and Dan Gilbert and Barbara and Gerald Cook
  • The jury and program partners listed on the website and in the program catalogue
  • The excellent media coverage 
  • All of you who attended the many exciting events
You can see event images on our Facebook page, the Sukkah x Detroit events pages and on Instagram using #sukkahxdetroit. Please continue to use that hashtag as you share your photos!

IADS and Sukkah x Detroit in the news!
Thank you to all news sources for promoting our Sukkah x Detroit event! Please browse the sites for photos, videos, and interviews with designers: Crain's Detroit, Architects Newspaper, Detroit Jewish News ,Curbed Detroit, Hyperallergic, Detroit Free Press, Detroit News.
A message from Rabbi Silverman

Our next Jewish holiday falls on Tuesday, November 6.
In Judaism we believe that dina malchuta dina, that the law of a secular government still governs our lives. However, for much of Jewish history, Jews were unable to vote for their secular leaders, and could hardly imagine the privilege of being able to do so today. That historical narrative alone makes Election Day worthy of holiday status. We were in peril, and now we are free. Sound familiar?
It is also a holiday of hope. We light candles in the darkest time of winter because we believe that miracles are possible, and even one candle can remind us to be hopeful. The same is true of a single vote. As my colleague Rabbi Joel Mosbacher wrote, "Voting is about optimism and hope, about envisioning a world more whole and committing to enact that vision and about seeing ourselves as partners with God in the ongoing work of creation."
And like many Jewish holidays, a little text study -both Jewish and non-Jewish -makes us better able to fully participate in our observance. Our Jewish texts can help us to frame our choices in the eternal wisdom of our tradition, and we must research the positions of every candidate and proposal on the ballot.
Most importantly, please invite others to celebrate the holiday with you. Please make sure that anyone you could imagine inviting to your Passover seder- family, friends, neighbors, strangers, Elijah- is registered to vote by tomorrow (Tuesday, October 9th) and knows where to go on Election Day. Although voting booths may not be as beautiful as your sukkah, they are a great place to shake things up.

Don't forget- the voter registration deadline is Tuesday, October 9th. Make sure you are registered to vote here. You can also verify your registration here, receive election reminders here, and learn about ways that you can take action in your community here.
 Upcoming Events
All events are at IADS unless otherwise noted. For more information on some of the events below, visit our website
Proposal 2- Gerrymandering panel discussion
Date TBD
Isaac Agree Downtown Synagogue
Join us as we prepare for the November 6th election, discussing Proposal 2. Proposal 2 seeks to end gerrymandering in the state of Michigan, which would offer a path to fairness in our democracy. Please keep your eyes open for the official date, which will be posted on our Facebook page and website soon.
Family Education at the Downtown Synagogue
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!
Motown Lip Sync Battle coming soon...

Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross, Smokey Robinson... Do you think you have what it takes? Start warming up your voice, and stay tuned for more details! 

IADS Volunteer Shout Out 
In recognition of all of our September volunteers:
Eric Hansen, Marty Herman, Sam Woll, David Zenlea, and Noam Kimelman
for assisting as Torah/Haftarah readers during our High Holiday services, Leah Jackson, Ruby Robinson, and Jeff Herbstman for leading Shabbat services,  Vadim Avshalumov for reading Torah on Simchat Torah, and Les Kannon for handyperson work in the synagogue and with Sukkot sukkah tear down.

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 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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1457 Griswold - Detroit, MI - 48226 - (313) 962-4047