Shabbasana Yoga
Dec
22
11:00 AM11:00

Shabbasana Yoga

  • Isaac Agree Downtown Synagogue (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join us Saturday morning for a restorative and calming Shabbat yoga class. This class will offer an opportunity to stretch and breathe, as we observe Shabbat through movement and meditation.

This class is suitable for all levels and is taught by yoga teacher, Emilie Kahn. Beginners and advanced practitioners are welcome. Please wear comfortable clothes and bring any accessories (pillows, blankets, etc.) that enable you to feel relaxed and content.

View Event →
Shabbasana Yoga
Dec
29
11:00 AM11:00

Shabbasana Yoga

  • Isaac Agree Downtown Synagogue (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join us Saturday morning for a restorative and calming Shabbat yoga class. This class will offer an opportunity to stretch and breathe, as we observe Shabbat through movement and meditation.

This class is suitable for all levels and is taught by yoga teacher, Emilie Kahn. Beginners and advanced practitioners are welcome. Please wear comfortable clothes and bring any accessories (pillows, blankets, etc.) that enable you to feel relaxed and content.

View Event →

Family Book and Toy Swap
Dec
16
3:30 PM15:30

Family Book and Toy Swap

Join us for a festive swap and shop! Bring any amount of gently used toys and books, and swap what you need for your family.

Clothing will not be swapped, but clothing donations are accepted and will be given to the Detroit Phoenix Center.

We look forward to sharing in this joyful event with you!

View Event →
Shabbasana Yoga
Dec
15
11:00 AM11:00

Shabbasana Yoga

  • Isaac Agree Downtown Synagogue (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join us Saturday morning for a restorative and calming Shabbat yoga class. This class will offer an opportunity to stretch and breathe, as we observe Shabbat through movement and meditation.

This class is suitable for all levels and is taught by yoga teacher, Emilie Kahn. Beginners and advanced practitioners are welcome. Please wear comfortable clothes and bring any accessories (pillows, blankets, etc.) that enable you to feel relaxed and content.

View Event →
IADS Annual Meeting/Hanukkah Party
Dec
9
5:00 PM17:00

IADS Annual Meeting/Hanukkah Party

The meeting will begin at 5:00pm and will feature reports and updates. All current 2018-19 members are welcome to vote on electing new members and officers of the Board of Directors. To find out if your membership is active, please contact the office. To apply online, please visit: downtownsynagogue.org/membership.

At 6:00pm, join us for Hanukkah delights featuring a latke bar, Hanukkah fun, and chai-stakes dreidel. We hope to see you!

View Event →
JTot Challah Baking Class
Nov
18
10:00 AM10:00

JTot Challah Baking Class

Baking challah with your children is a wonderful way to incorporate your Jewish identity into your baking traditions. Join us as Emily Shira Levine, a member who loves to cook in her free time, teaches JTot families how to bake challah. Emily will teach you how to make challah from start to finish, as well as share tips for engaging children in the baking process and making it an activity for families to do together.

This event is open to children of any age, even newborns! We encourage there to be an adult to child ratio of 1:1. Grandparents, aunts, uncles, and parents are welcome!

Dress for a mess, and don't forget your aprons!

RSVP is required. Please RSVP to Nicole at programcoordinator@downtownsynagogue.org

View Event →
Shabbasana Yoga
Nov
17
11:00 AM11:00

Shabbasana Yoga

  • Isaac Agree Downtown Synagogue (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join us Saturday morning for a restorative and calming Shabbat yoga class. This class will offer an opportunity to stretch and breathe, as we observe Shabbat through movement and meditation.

This class is suitable for all levels and is taught by yoga teacher, Emilie Kahn. Beginners and advanced practitioners are welcome. Please wear comfortable clothes and bring any accessories (pillows, blankets, etc.) that enable you to feel relaxed and content.

View Event →
What’s a Jew to Do? An Interactive Workshop with Yehudah Webster
Nov
4
1:00 PM13:00

What’s a Jew to Do? An Interactive Workshop with Yehudah Webster

What’s a Jew to Do?
How Unconscious Bias Hurts the Jewish Community and What We Can About It
An Interactive Workshop with Yehudah Webster

We all have biases, and most of them exist without us realizing it. These unconscious (or “implicit”) biases reflect learned stereotypes that are automatic, unintentional, deeply-ingrained and able to influence our behavior. Instead of making us feel guilty, we can do something about it!

In this workshop, Yehudah Webster will help us explore how implicit biases impact our self-perception, perception of the Jewish community and our attitudes towards others. By consciously reflecting on our unconscious biases, we can explore tools to adjust automatic patterns of thinking and reduce the impact of unintentional discriminatory attitudes and behaviors.

Jews around the world regularly experience discrimination based on their religion, race, gender and other factors. Understanding implicit bias is an essential step to combatting this unfortunate reality and making our community a more inclusive, welcoming place for everyone.

This event is free, but spots are limited and we ask that you register in advance at: http://jewishdetroit.org/event/wajtd/

Learn more about Yehudah Webster here: https://www.schusterman.org/users/yehudah-webster

Questions? Contact Hannah Goodman at hgoodman@jfmd.org

View Event →
Shabbasana Yoga
Oct
27
11:00 AM11:00

Shabbasana Yoga

  • Isaac Agree Downtown Synagogue (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join us this Saturday morning for a restorative and calming Shabbat yoga class. This class will offer an opportunity to stretch and breathe, as we observe Shabbat through movement and meditation.

This class is suitable for all levels and is taught by yoga teacher, Emilie Kahn. Beginners and advanced practitioners are welcome. Please wear comfortable clothes and bring any accessories (pillows, blankets, etc.) that enable you to feel relaxed and content.

View Event →
Shabbasana Yoga
Oct
13
11:00 AM11:00

Shabbasana Yoga

  • Isaac Agree Downtown Synagogue (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join us for a restorative and calming Shabbat yoga class. This class will offer an opportunity to stretch and breathe, as we observe Shabbat through movement and meditation.

This class is suitable for all levels and is taught by yoga teacher, Emilie Kahn. Beginners and advanced practitioners are welcome. Please wear comfortable clothes and bring any accessories (pillows, blankets, etc.) that enable you to feel relaxed and content.

View Event →
North End Sukkah School Havdallah: An Oral History Farm-To-Table
Sep
29
6:00 PM18:00

North End Sukkah School Havdallah: An Oral History Farm-To-Table

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, 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.

View Event →
Second Annual Sukkah Hop
Sep
23
12:00 PM12:00

Second Annual Sukkah Hop

  • 4546 Avery Street Detroit, MI 48208 (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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!

View Event →
Sukkah x Detroit
Sep
23
to Sep 30

Sukkah x Detroit

Celebrate Sukkot with international design, agriculture, and awesome collaborative programming!

We're so excited that over 10 Metro-Detroit Jewish organizations have come together to create a space in the heart of downtown for co-working and exceptional Sukkot programming for the community.

September is Detroit's Month of Design, and thanks to the Isaac Agree Downtown Synagogue, 5 sukkahs have been selected through Detroit’s largest international design competition in recent history. The sukkahs will be on display throughout the week in Detroit's historic Capitol Park!

We hope you'll join us during the week for programs, and stop by the park to explore the incredible sukkahs -- check them out at www.sukkahxdetroit.com!

View Event →
High Holiday Services with the Downtown Synagogue
Sep
9
to Sep 19

High Holiday Services with the Downtown Synagogue

  • Bethel Community Transformation Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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.  Based on the overwhelmingly positive responses we received, this year we will once again partner with our friends at the Bethel Community Transformation Center and hold our services in the stunning sanctuary.  In our worship, we will continue to blend innovation and our community's evolving traditions as we introduce Machzor Hadash, which is both gender neutral and has contemporary translations. We will conclude Yom Kippur by studying, praying, and breaking the fast with our neighbors from Congregation T'chiyah and the Reconstructionist Congregation of Detroit.
RSVP at tinyurl.com/5779HHD is requested. Please see the schedule of services and FAQ.

View Event →
Building a Bridge Over Dinner
Jun
24
4:00 PM16:00

Building a Bridge Over Dinner

Let's have fun and conversation together! Join the Isaac Agree Downtown Synagogue,  Eden Gardens Garden, and Repair The World: Detroit for gardening and games from 4:00 - 6:00 PM, followed by a BBQ and potluck dinner and conversation starting at 6:00 PM (bring a dish, kosher food will be available). Please RSVP to Brandi at 717.422.3021 or to hello@downtownsynagogue.org. We look forward to working, sharing, and talking with you!

View Event →
Detroit's Tax Foreclosure Crisis
Jun
18
7:00 PM19:00

Detroit's Tax Foreclosure Crisis

From 2011 to 2015, the Wayne County treasurer foreclosed on about 1 in 4 Detroit properties for nonpayment of property taxes, the most in any American city since the Great Depression. It's been an avoidable, human-made disaster for the city, but the good news is that many voices across Detroit are joining together to bring it to a halt. Join members of the Coalition to End Unconstitutional Tax Foreclosures, including representatives from Detroit Jews for Justice and other coalition partners, to discuss how this happened, the grassroots work that is leading to change, and how you can help your Detroit neighbors stay homeowners.

View Event →
Sort, Socialize, and Snack
Jun
9
3:00 PM15:00

Sort, Socialize, and Snack

  • Bethel Community Transformation Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join community members from the Downtown Synagogue and the Bethel Community Transformation Center (BCTC) to help sort and organize clothes and toiletries for the Detroit Phoenix Center, an organization that works to empower youth who are experiencing homelessness with the support to improve their health, wellness, and self-sufficiency We will be meeting at BCTC (8801 Woodward Avenue, Detroit). This event is open to all.

View Event →
 5th Annual Woodbridge Tikkun Leil Shavout
May
19
to May 20

5th Annual Woodbridge Tikkun Leil Shavout

  • various homes in Woodbridge (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join us for a night of study, delicious food, and great company in celebration of Shavout. The evening begins at 9:30pm at the home of Rabbi Silverman and Justin Long, 4546 Avery St. in Detroit. Classes include favorites such as yoga with Emilie Kahn and Latin dancing with Marnina Falk and many new ones to choose from. Please RSVP to the Rabbi. Stay tuned for more details on our Facebook page

View Event →
Yoga for Transitioning into Shabbat with Emilie Kahn
May
11
5:30 PM17:30

Yoga for Transitioning into Shabbat with Emilie Kahn

When we rush through transitions, whether it's a yoga pose, a meeting, a class, or an appointment, we tend to convince ourselves that once we reach the destination, we will then become present. This class will focus on tuning into transitional moments and how the spaces between our destinations can serve us. We'll also help our physical bodies prepare to move from the dynamic energy of the week into the relaxed space that we intend for Shabbat. Instructor: Emilie Kahn. Feel free to stay after for Shabbat services and dinner.

View Event →
Musical Kabbalat Shabbat
May
4
7:00 PM19:00

Musical Kabbalat Shabbat

Join us at the Downtown Synagogue for a musical Kabbalat Shabbat, socializing, and dinner on Friday, May 4. Services, led by Rabbi Ariana Silverman, will begin at 7:00pm followed by a free kosher, vegetarian dinner at 8:15pm. We look forward to seeing you!

View Event →
Seven of the Ways Judaism Evolved in only 100 years (and what that may mean for the next 100 years) with Rabbi Ariana Silverman
May
3
to Jun 14

Seven of the Ways Judaism Evolved in only 100 years (and what that may mean for the next 100 years) with Rabbi Ariana Silverman

  • Isaac Agree Downtown Synagogue (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Judaism is a religion that is thousands of years old and has always been evolving. Due to the leaders of the past 100 years, across the denominational spectrum, there are now girls becoming bat mitzvah and women leading congregations, openly LGBTQ rabbis, Tu b'Shevat seders focused on EcoJudaism, and apps that allow you to read the entire Talmud on your phone. How can they enrich the Judaism we practice today? And what might be coming in the next 100 years?   Thursdays, May 3 to June 14, 7:30-8:45pm

This class isn't a drop-in class and participants are encouraged to sign up for and attend the entire series. It is highly recommended to register with your BFF, significant other, or coworker, so the discussion can continue even after the class is done. Please contact Rabbi Silverman with questions or to register. Suggested donation for each class is $100/person or $118/pair.

View Event →
"We Dont Want Them": A Conversation & Exhibition on Housing Discrimination in Detroit
Apr
25
7:00 PM19:00

"We Dont Want Them": A Conversation & Exhibition on Housing Discrimination in Detroit

The “We Dont Want Them” exhibit is part of the Race2Equity Community Engagement Campaign through the Michigan Roundtable for Diversity and Inclusion. The exhibit has toured throughout Metro Detroit since 2010 and has been viewed by hundreds of thousands of people. The exhibit has been in communities at libraries, schools, colleges, places of worship and business organizations. The “We Dont Want Them” exhibit serves as a tool to begin looking deeper into the issues of racial equity in Metro Detroit.
The exhibit will be on display in our social hall and accompanied by a conversation with Marsha Music, noted life-long Detroiter with roots in Detroit and Highland Park, where she was an activist and labor leader, and Professor Howard Lupovitch, Associate Professor of History and the Director of the Cohn-Haddow Center for Judaic Studies at Wayne State University and fourth-generation Detroiter.

View Event →
An Introduction to Judaism with Rabbi Ariana Silverman
Apr
17
to Jun 12

An Introduction to Judaism with Rabbi Ariana Silverman

  • Isaac Agree Downtown Synagogue (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

This course is primarily intended for those considering conversion. It is open to anyone interested in learning more about Judaism.  Tuesdays, April 17 to June 12, 7:00 to 8:15 pm

This class isn't a drop-in class and participants are encouraged to sign up for and attend the entire series. It is highly recommended to register with your BFF, significant other, or coworker, so the discussion can continue even after the class is done. Please contact Rabbi Silverman with questions or to register. Suggested donation for each class is $100/person or $118/pair.

View Event →
Doing Jewish: A Story from Ghana - Food and Film Screening
Apr
16
7:00 PM19:00

Doing Jewish: A Story from Ghana - Food and Film Screening

Please join Repair The World: Detroit, The Isaac Agree Downtown Synagogue, Hazon Detroit, and the JCRC/AJC in partnership with the 20th Annual Lenore Marwil Detroit Jewish Film Festival.Enjoy a pre-screening with traditional African bites provided by chef Phil Jones beginning at 7:00pm. The film will begin promptly at 7:30pm.

View Event →