October Events at the Downtown Synagogue
We have launched an Annual Campaign!
The Downtown Synagogue is an open, inviting, welcoming home. Show your support of the last free-standing synagogue in the city of Detroit, a synagogue that has stayed in the city since it began almost 100 years ago. Help us sustain the work we've done, the work we're doing, and the work we'll do in the future with your generous contribution. We're there for you. Thank you so much to everyone who has already donated. If you haven't yet,
Shemini Atzeret Yizkor Service
is one of four times during the year we hold a Yizkor Memorial service (Yom Kippur, Shemini Azeret, Passover day 8, and Shavuot day 2). This year our Shemini Atzeret Yizkor service is on Thursday, October 12th, beginning promptly at 9:00 am with Yizkor occurring at approximately 11:00 am. We need participation at this service, a minyan at least, to ensure that those in attendance who wish to say Yizkor are able to do so.
Rabbi Silverman's High Holiday sermons are now on our website! She can always be reached by email and looks forward to continuing the conversation.
All events are at IADS unless otherwise noted. For more information on some of the events below, click here.
, October 17, 7:00 to 8:30 pm
Dancin' in the Streets
--Simchat Torah in Detroit
Thursday, October 12, 7:00 to 10:00 pm
It's time for our annual celebration that needs no introduction. Our Simchat Torah event at the Downtown Synagogue has continued to be one of our most lively events of the year. Don't miss it in 2017/5778! 21+ to drink.
A Night at the Catskills with Ma Cohen's
Join us for an evening reminiscent of brunch in the Borscht Belt with Detroit-based Ma Cohen's! We will be sampling a selection of Ma Cohen's best sellers on bagels and schmear including: lox, creamed herring, herring in wine sauce, kippered salmon, smoked rainbow trout, whitefish salad, and sablefish finished with a nip of slivovitz or whiskey.
Breast Cancer Awareness Shabbat
Friday, October 27, 7:00 to 10:00 pm
We are excited to be hosting our first ever Breast Cancer Awareness Shabbat in conjunction with Sharsheret, a Jewish breast cancer organization that helps women and their families face breast cancer and the Barbara Ann Karmanos Institute, the largest cancer care network in Michigan. Beginning at 7:00 pm, join us for a Friday night service and dinner at 8:15 pm. Following dinner will be a discussion with genetic counselor Courtney Attard, a certified genetic counselor with the Cancer Genetic Counseling Service at the Karmanos Cancer Institute where she provides genetic counseling to individuals at risk for hereditary cancer syndromes.
New Ways to Get to the Downtown Synagogue!
Now that the QLine is up and running, 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!
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.
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. 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.
The Downtown Synagogue is now on Amazon Smile! If you use Amazon.com 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,
We hold regular Shabbat services!
Shabbat services every Saturday morning at 10:00 am
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
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
if you have questions or requests pertaining to our service schedule.
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