Mid-August 2017 / Av-Elul 5777

August Events at the Downtown Synagogue

The Days of Awe are a time to reflect and return to the values that define us. To affirm our commitment to Detroit, to partnering with our neighbors, and to significant spaces in the life of our Jewish community, we are proud and excited that our services for the Days of Awe will be returning to the City of Detroit. They will be held at the former home of Temple Beth El (8801 Woodward), deepening our partnership with the community of the Bethel Community Transformation Center (BCTC). High Holiday letters will be mailed out in early August. Click here for our schedule of services or visit our website for more information. 

Upcoming Events
All events are at IADS unless otherwise noted. For more information on some of the events below, click here

Annual Riverboat Cruise      
Thursday, August 24, 7:30 to 10:30 pm
Stroh's River Place Dock, 201 Joseph Campau, Detroit

Send summer off in style at the Annual Detroit Riverboat Cruise. Dress in white and ride the waves with music, dancing, drinks, eats and one of the best views in the city. This year, Downtown Synagogue is partnering with NEXTGen Detroit, Hillel of Metro Detroit, Chabad of Greater Downtown Detroit, Repair The World: Detroit, and Detroit City Moishe House. We have five free tickets to give away so, if you're interested, please contact! Ages 18-45 only. 

The Land of Milk and Honey Shabbat 
Friday, August 25, 7:00 to 9:30 pm
Join us for our traditional Friday night Shabbat services at 7:00 pm and then stay for dinner and an explanation and honey tasting and food pairing with beekeeper, Amalia Haas. Honey is an extraordinary food that possesses the quality of terroir - its taste derives from the soil, plants, and region from which it comes. A honey's taste is multi-layered, and the flavor tones of a single-source (varietal) honey will pair beautifully with the flavor panel of specific foods such as fruits, cheeses, or chocolates. In this session, we will taste and pair several varietal honeys, learn each honey's ecological narrative, and see how the topic of bees and honeys is appropriate to many touch points in the Jewish calendar: Shavuot, Pesach, Chanukah and more. Come taste, learn the Torah of bees, and enjoy!
Amalia Haas, CEO/Founder of Bee Awesome, is a thought leader, social entrepreneur, and food justice activist whose work has been featured in Kosher Nation.

2nd Annual Michigan Jewish Food Festival 
Sunday, August 27, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm
Eastern Market Sheds 5 & 6, Detroit 
Bring the whole family to the Second Annual Michigan Jewish Food Festival and enjoy food, celebrate our shared history in Detroit, and learn about Detroit's current food movement that's creating a more sustainable, healthier, and more just community for all. Stop by the Downtown Synagogue's table and say hi! Interested in volunteering ? Contact
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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.

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, 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.

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! From November to January, you earned $51.31 for IADS. 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 9:30 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 9:30. We want to pass the Torah l'dor vador.

Contact us if you have questions or requests pertaining to our service schedule.
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1457 Griswold - Detroit, MI - 48226 - (313) 962-4047