September 2019 / Elul, 5779 - Tishrei, 5780

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September 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.
RSVP  here.
A message from Rabbi Silverman
I am looking forward to seeing many of you as we start the new year together. As you know, you are all warmly invited to come and to bring guests as we welcome and celebrate the diversity of the IADS family. As you read this, please also take a moment to RSVP.

The fall chagim (holidays) are a time of joy and renewal. Their transformative power can also get lost in the logistics of service times and holiday meal menus. As we immerse in the Yamim Noraim (Days of Awe) let's make sure to seek and dive into moments of awe and wonder. Let's take the time to catch up with someone we haven't seen much this year, finally mend a broken relationship, and give ourselves space to breathe. The chagim give us the tools to refocus on what matters most to us, but only if we begin to open ourselves, and yes, our schedules, to what they can teach us.

I pray that the chagim will give us the strength to strive for healing, goodness, and love. L'shanah Tovah U'metukah--May each of us have a good and sweet new year.

Upcoming Events
All events are at IADS unless otherwise noted. For more information on some of the events below, visit our website.
Shabbat Dinner with University of Michigan Hillel
Friday, September 13th, 5:30 p.m.
Isaac Agree Downtown Synagogue
Join us in welcoming Sophomore year students from the University of Michigan Hillel as they begin their endeavor as Jewish communal leaders, while examining what their Jewish identity means to them, and how they will be re-committing to serving as leaders in the upcoming New Year.

Shabbat Dinner with Hillel of Metro Detroit
Friday, September 20th, 5:30 p.m.
Isaac Agree Downtown Synagogue 
We invite you to welcome new and returning students at the Hillel of Metro Detroit for a community Shabbat dinner, as we look deeper into what it means to be Jewish in Detroit, what Shabbat can represent for each of us, and how to best prepare for the upcoming New Year.

Kids Korner

Rosh Hashanah Family Service
Sunday, September 29th, 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Bethel Community Transformation Center, 8801 Woodward Ave, Detroit
Join us for a family service with songs, shofar, and snacks!

Childcare Services- Rosh Hashanah Day 1/Day 2 and Yom Kippur
Monday, September 30th, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Tuesday, October 1st, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Wednesday, October 9th, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Bethel Community Transformation Center, 8801 Woodward Ave, Detroit
We will be offering childcare services during the first and second day of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. 
RSVP to Nicole .

JTot New Year Kick-Off Celebration
Sunday September 15th, 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Apple Charlie's South Huron Orchards, 38035 S. Huron Road, New Boston, MI 48164
Join us for a family-friendly day full of apple picking, cider, and donuts- just in time for Rosh Hashanah apples and honey! Free admission, $20/half bushel of picked apples.
RSVP to Nicole.

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 August volunteers:
Sam Woll, David Lerner, Ruby Robinson, Isaac Weiss, Marty Herman, and Eric Hansen for leading services, Liz and Les Kannon for working on various projects in the building, and Les Kannon, De'Shean McClinton, Josh Berkow, and Justin Long for moving the reading table on and off of the bimah.
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 our Kitchen Coordinator 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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1457 Griswold - Detroit, MI - 48226 - (313) 962-4047