September 2018 / Elul 5778/Tishrei 5779

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September at the Downtown Synagogue
High Holidays 2018/5779 
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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Sukkah x Detroit
Since biblical times, the sukkah - a temporary structure giving thanks for the fall harvest and commemorating the exodus from Egypt - has served as the centerpiece of the eight-day Jewish holiday of Sukkot. As part of the Detroit Month of Design, five sukkahs, selected through Detroit's largest international design competition in recent history (78 applications from 14 countries), will be displayed in Detroit's historic Capitol Park, accompanied by complementary programs and events.
Detroit, home to 1300 urban farms, is also the only UNESCO City of Design in the United States. Sukkah x Detroit celebrates both. Capitol Park will be transformed into an open-air marketplace featuring produce, food products, crafts, and Jewish educational events interspersed amongst the sukkahs, showcasing Detroit's design, urban agriculture, and Jewish communities on a national and international stage.

We would like to thank our presenting sponsor, The William Davidson Foundation, and all of our program partners, AIA Detroit, ChabaD, Cohn-Haddow, The Arts and Culture Alliance, Design Core Detroit, Downtown Detroit Partnership, Eastern Market, Hazon, Hillel of Metro Detroit, Jewish Community Center of Metropolitan Detroit, Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit, Reboot, Repair the World, and The Well.

We are pleased to announce a new grant from Dan and Jennifer Gilbert to support the exhibition and a 90 page full color printed catalogue of all design images and artists statements. Catalogs will be free of charge to visitors of the exhibition and select Sukkah x Detroit event.

Join us in celebrating this holiday and design competition during the week of September 23rd - September 30th. All Sukkah x Detroit events can be found here.

Additional Sukkah x Detroit events
Thursday, September 13th, 5:30 p.m.- 8:00 p.m.
Fisher Building, Detroit
Detroit Month of Design Drinks x Design

Monday, September 17th, 6:00 pm
Isaac Agree Downtown Synagogue
Sukkah Designer Panel discussion & opening of design gallery exhibition.

 Upcoming Events
All events are at IADS unless otherwise noted. For more information on some of the events below, visit our website
Sukkah x Detroit Programming
Sunday , September 23rd - Sunday, September 30th,
Join us in celebrating Sukkot with international design and a variety of community programming. Please view the total list of events at

Family Friendly DIY Sukkah Decoration Making
Sunday, September 23rd, 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Capitol Park, Detroit
Make your own Sukkot-ready pine cone bird feeder with the Downtown Synagogue and Hazon. A morning of holiday cheer and hands-on activity kicking off the Jewish harvest festival with family friendly community and eco-friendly craft. All are encouraged to join us at the Second Annual Sukkah Hop.

Second Annual Sukkah Hop
Sunday, September 23rd, 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
4546 Avery St, Detroit MI 48208
Join us in celebrating the holiday of Sukkot with our second annual Sukkah Hop! We will begin the event at Rabbi's home and travel to the homes of Emily Levine and Brett Willner, and Ruby Robinson and Yifat Clein. At the conclusion of the hop, all are encouraged to return to Capitol Park for the official Sukkah x Detroit Kickoff event at 3:00 p.m. Food, drinks, and Sukkot hospitality will be provided. We look forward to celebrating with you!

North End Sukkah School Havdallah
Saturday, September 29th, 6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Oakland Avenue Urban Farms, 9227 Goodwin, Detroit MI 48211
Inspired by the legacies and power of alternative educational movements, and rooted in the historical Black-Jewish connection to Detroit's North End, Hazon Detroit, Oakland Avenue Farm, Congregation T'chiyah, and the Downtown Synagogue are joining together for a special night on the farm, filled with Sukkot-themed justice learning, bountiful food, narrative sharing, and celebratory Sukkot and havdallah ritual.

Sh'mini Atzeret Yizkor Service
Monday, October 1st, 9:00 a.m.
Isaac Agree Downtown Synagogue
Join us to make minyan for yizkor service.

Dancin' In The Streets- Simchat Torah in Detroit
Monday, October 1st, 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Isaac Agree Downtown Synagogue
Join us for our annual celebration that continues to be one of our best attended events of the year. Come dance in the streets and celebrate with the community! 21+ to drink.


Rosh Hashanah Family Service
Sunday, September 9th, 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 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 and Yom Kippur
Monday, September 10th, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Wednesday, September 19th, 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 day of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. No RSVP is required.

J Tot Pool Party
Sunday, September 16th, 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
RSVP for address
Join us to celebrate the end of summer with our annual pool party. Please RSVP to Rabbi and we will send you address information.
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!
Rabbi's message
A new year is an opportunity to envision a different future, and commit to buildng it together.  We do so together--in worship, in conversation, in sadness, and in celebration.

Our community is  strengthened by the presence and the voice of each and every one of us.  I look forward to seeing you during the Yamim Noraim, and to having the opportunity to personally wish you and your loved ones a Shanah Tova

May 5779 be a good year for us and for our world, and may we be part of the change we wish to see.

Rabbi Ariana Silverman

A Note from the President of the Board
We enter this New Year with exciting changes. We welcome a new program coordinator, Nicole Feinberg, a new administrative assistant, Liz Kannon, an ever-growing calendar of activities, and a new roof, fire escape, and colorful mural on our building. But as we all know, a truly strong future requires that we honor the past. We are recommitting to our nearly 100-year tradition of free services, programs and events, and are hosting our High Holiday services in the city again. Finally, blending the old and new, the services will again feature Robert Orenstein and strong lay participation assisting Rabbi Silverman accompanied by a new, updated machzor, while Yom Kippur afternoon will take place in partnership with Congregation T'chiyah and the Reconstructionist Congregation of Detroit in a second location.
We also have a series of lively Sukkot events in conjunction with Sukkah X Detroit, including 5 sukkahs designed and constructed by architects selected through the largest international design competition in Detroit's recent history. Please view all Sukkah X Detroit information and schedule of events at
 I hope that you will join us for these Days of Awe and continue with us for Sukkot, and throughout the year. Come share in the excitement and richness of Jewish life in Detroit. Wishing you a sweet and healthy New Year. Shana Tova. 
Jodee Fishman Raines
New Year Wishes from the Executive Director


The Jewish New Year offers us the opportunity to reflect upon our lives and our values, assess our actions and relationships, and strive to do better in the coming year. There is much work to do to create that more equitable, kind, and just world that we know is possible and must come to fruition. I wish you strength, courage, and wisdom to create for yourself a year of honest assessment, deep reflection, and the conviction to work toward positive change.
Thank you to all our members, supporters, volunteers, and participants for your donations, your gifts of time and talent, and your ongoing commitment to our synagogue - the hub of Jewish life in the heart of Detroit. We appreciate and value your connection and engagement with us and, as always, invite you to become an integral part of our resurgence and revitalization as we enhance our religious services, programming, and our physical building.
Along with the staff of the Isaac Agree Downtown Synagogue, I wish you a sweet new year. May 5779 be a year of peace and justice for Detroit, for our nation, and for the world.
Arlene Frank

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!
Mazel Tov to Ruby Robinson and Yifat Clein on their marriage on September 1st, 2018! We wish you both health and happiness together.

IADS Volunteer Shout Out 
In recognition of all of our August volunteers:
Ruby Robinson, Eric Hansen, Josh Berkow, Leah Jackson, David Zenlea, and Marty Herman, for leading services. 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 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! 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.
Purchase 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 $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