Shabbasana Yoga
Oct
13
11:00 AM11:00

Shabbasana Yoga

  • Isaac Agree Downtown Synagogue (map)
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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.

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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.

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Second Annual Sukkah Hop
Sep
23
12:00 PM12:00

Second Annual Sukkah Hop

  • 4546 Avery Street Detroit, MI 48208 (map)
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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!

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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!

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High Holiday Services with the Downtown Synagogue
Sep
9
to Sep 19

High Holiday Services with the Downtown Synagogue

  • Bethel Community Transformation Center (map)
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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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 5th Annual Woodbridge Tikkun Leil Shavout
May
19
to May 20

5th Annual Woodbridge Tikkun Leil Shavout

  • various homes in Woodbridge (map)
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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

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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.

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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!

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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.

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"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.

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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.

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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.

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Perspectives on the #MeToo Movement
Apr
10
7:00 PM19:00

Perspectives on the #MeToo Movement

Join us for a panel featuring different perspectives on the #MeToo movement from three different areas: law, media, and activism. The panel will feature Kim Trent, president of Enough Sexual Assault in Detroit (Enough SAID 490 African-American Challenge) – a grassroots volunteer campaign to raise more than $650,000 to process 1,341 abandoned DNA rape kits in Detroit; Kristen Jordan Shamus, award-winning Detroit Free Press reporter and columnist focusing on women's issues, lifestyle and family stories in metro Detroit and throughout Michigan with more than 20 years of journalism experience; and Blanche Cook, Wayne State University Law School professor who focuses on Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, and Race and the Law and is actively involved in shaping the emerging nationwide discourse on sex trafficking and victims’ rights as it relates to evidentiary issues, race-class-gender profiling, and sex-trafficking statutes.
The panel will be moderated by Rabbi Ariana Silverman. This event is open to the community. Wine and cheese will be served.

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2018 Interfaith Seder
Mar
25
4:00 PM16:00

2018 Interfaith Seder

This year, our congregational seder will be held prior to Passover on Sunday, March 25 from 4:00-6:00 p.m. at the Downtown Synagogue. Our seder will be an opportunity to explore our journey toward freedom and justice in partnership with the Bethel Community Transformation Center and the JCRC/AJC. The seder will feature a new haggadah and joyful music led by members of Breakers Covenant Church International.

Attendance at the seder is limited to the first 70 who reserve seats. Consequently, we ask that you respond immediately, as we expect to reach capacity again this year. As this is an RSVP event, please register online at downtownsynagogue.org/seder2018 or call the office at (313) 962-4047. The deadline for submitting reservations is Monday, March 19, so please don’t delay.

The seder is free of cost and open to the community due to the graciousness of The Jewish Fund. If you are able to make a donation to help offset costs, please visit our website. Street parking is free on Sundays and parking is also available in the structure at the corner of Griswold and Grand River for $10.

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March For Our Lives Shabbat
Mar
24
9:00 AM09:00

March For Our Lives Shabbat

In conjunction with the March For Our Lives, Rabbi Silverman will be leading a text study on pikuach nefesh, the Jewish mandate to protect life whenever possible. Services will begin promptly at 9:00am and text study and lunch will begin at 11:30am. Participants are also encouraged to join the march at Rivard Plaza. 

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Friday Night Speaker: Marnina Falk
Mar
16
8:30 PM20:30

Friday Night Speaker: Marnina Falk

Marnina Falk graduated from the University of Michigan Residential College with a Major in Spanish, Minor in English, Secondary English and K-12 Spanish teaching certificate. After two years of teaching in Costa Rica while completing her Masters in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages through Cornerstone University, she chose to move back to Detroit. Marnina is now in her fourth year of teaching Spanish at Foreign Language Immersion and Culture Studies, a Detroit Public School. Marnina is also an active member of the Detroit Federation of Teachers and other local community organizing efforts around Education. She is the Education Justice Liaison for Detroit Jews for Justice, and is very passionate about their various projects for promoting Racial and Economic Justice with their partners in Detroit. She also co-hosts a weekly talk show on WHPR, "The Teachers' Lounge" with three other DPSCD teachers. Marnina believes that public education is crucial to the children of Detroit, and is fighting hard to ensure that the children and teachers of Detroit get the learning conditions they need. Feel free to join us for yoga at 5:30 pm, Shabbat services at 7:00 pm, and dinner.

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Yoga for Transitioning into Shabbat with Emilie Kahn
Mar
16
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, dinner, and evening speaker.

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Purim: The Whole Megillah!
Feb
28
7:00 PM19:00

Purim: The Whole Megillah!

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

Join the Downtown Synagogue at our annual community reading of the Megillah for the holiday of Purim to commemorate the defeat of Haman's (BOOOOO!) plot to get rid of the Jews, foiled by the heroic and dazzling Esther (YAAAAAY!). Come in costume, bring a box of kosher pasta to use as a grogger - all to be donated to Yad Ezra after Purim. Hamantashen and beverages will be provided.

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Hebrew Free Loan, Lunch, and Learn
Feb
10
12:30 PM12:30

Hebrew Free Loan, Lunch, and Learn

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

In parshat Mishpatim, we are taught about the mitzvah of showing sensitivity by lending money without charging interest. In our community, Hebrew Free Loan has provided thousands of interest-free loans to Jews across Michigan, and you may be surprised in the various types of loans that the agency gives - everything from medical expenses (including IVF) to business loans to home remodeling. As we read and study parashat Mishpatim, come learn about the loan opportunities for you or someone you know.

 

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Tu b'Shvitz
Jan
27
4:30 PM16:30

Tu b'Shvitz

Join Congreation Tchiyah, the Reconstructionist Congregation of Detroit, Repair The World: Detroit, and Isaac Agree Downtown Synagogue for a Tu B'Shevat seder and havdalah at The Schvitz Health Club. The seder, led by Rabbis Ariana Silverman and Alana Alpert, will have lots of fruits, nuts, and Jewish wisdom about being better stewards of the Earth. Special activities for children will enable each generation to celebrate and learn. Space is limited and RSVP is requested to vsitron@downtownsynagogue.org.

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Troubled Water Film Screening
Jan
24
7:00 PM19:00

Troubled Water Film Screening

Join Hazon Detroit, Detroit Jews for Justice, and the Isaac Agree Downtown Synagogue community for a screening, discussion, and action around Detroit's Troubled Water. We'll screen the video from the 2nd Annual Michigan Jewish Food Festival that features stories covering the criminal poisoning of the people of Flint, health damaging water shut-offs in Detroit, the corporate giveaway draining the Great Lakes, and the need to provide water in a climate that's heating up; we are at the front-line of the Water Wars. Hear stories from the field, meet the people who have chosen to work for solutions to one of the most important issues of our lifetime, and find out how you can take action. 

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MLK Shabbat and Discussion
Jan
12
7:00 PM19:00

MLK Shabbat and Discussion

After our Friday night services beginning at 7:00pm, join us and Repair the World at 8:30pm for a special MLK weekend dinner and discussion, with Anita Belle about reparations. Belle is a human rights activist from Detroit. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from Wayne State University and a JD from the University of Florida College of Law. Belle is a voting rights advocate that envisions reparations as ensuring that blacks' right to vote is not diluted or rigged, thus setting the precedent that no American is subject to a dictatorship under which he or she is taxed without representation.  

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