Yiddish Classes at the Downtown Synagogue
May
5
to Jun 30

Yiddish Classes at the Downtown Synagogue

  • Dessert Oasis Coffee Roasters (map)
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Are you interested in connecting with the Yiddish language?! Then this is the class to begin your journey!


We will be offering a language and culture course teaching Yiddish through the artistic and political movements of (mostly) nineteenth and twentieth century Ashkenazic Jews, giving students the linguistic knowledge to further unearth the Yiddish lexicon for themselves.
 
Subjects covered: Yiddishland, Yiddish dialects, Yiddish linguistic theories, Yiddish-American slang, Classics, Satire, Folksongs, Poetry, Theater, Film, Socialism, Communism, Anarchism, Yiddish Expressionism and Introspectivism, Yiddish and Hebrew, Yiddish and German, Yiddish and Israel.

There will be a total of 8 sessions. Due to a scheduling change, classes will now be held on Sundays, 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. at the Dessert Oasis Coffee Roasters (1220 Griswold St, Detroit, MI 48226). Classes will be led by Ollie Elkus, Yiddish translator.

If you are interested in enrolling in classes, please email Nicole Feinberg.

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2nd Annual Building A Bridge Over Dinner
Jun
30
4:00 PM16:00

2nd Annual Building A Bridge Over Dinner

Let's kick off summer with some fun and conversation! Join Eden Gardens, the Isaac Agree Downtown Synagogue, and Repair The World: Detroit for gardening and games, followed by a bbq and potluck dinner, with a conversation around food accessibility in the Detroit.


Please RSVP to Nicole. We look forward to working, sharing, and talking with you! 

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Pints & Prison Reform
Jun
13
5:30 PM17:30

Pints & Prison Reform

Join the Issac Agree Downtown Synagogue and Repair the World Detroit to enjoy a glass of beer and learn more about the American Friends Service Committee's Good Neighbor Project! The Good Neighbor Project is a co-mentorship program designed to match up free-world individuals with Michigan prisoners who are serving Life or Long Indeterminate sentences. Together we will explore the criminal justice system and how you can get involved with The Good Neighbor Project.

Tickets are $10 and you must be 21+ to attend the event. A ticket for a beer is included with the cost of your ticket. Ticket sales will conclude on Wednesday, June 12th at 11:00PM.

*Isaac Agree Downtown Synagogue Participants can receive a subsidized ticket using the code IADS on Eventbrite* The maximum number of tickets per order is 4.

Tickets can be purchased here.

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Motor City Pride- IADS Booth
Jun
9
12:00 PM12:00

Motor City Pride- IADS Booth

Join us in support of the LGBTQIA+ community of Detroit at the Motor City Pride Festival! The Downtown Synagogue will have a booth, and will be passing out hygiene care kits assembled at Affirmations.

There will be three entrances to the festival. The main gate will be off of Jefferson Avenue & Woodward, another gate will be at the west end of the park off Jefferson by the Ford UAW building & the third riverfront entrance gate will be located off of the Detroit river walk.

There is a $5.00 cover charge. Click here for more information on the festival.

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6th Annual Woodbridge Tikkun Leil Shavuot
Jun
8
to Jun 9

6th Annual Woodbridge Tikkun Leil Shavuot

  • 4546 Avery Street Detroit, MI, 48208 United States (map)
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Our community will again gather for a night of study, delicious food, and great company in our annual Tikkun Leil Shavuot. We invite anyone with something they want to teach (past sessions have included flower arranging, origami, and, yes, traditional text study) to contact Rabbi Silverman. And please stay tuned for further details!

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Shavuot Supper and Slumber Party
Jun
8
to Jun 9

Shavuot Supper and Slumber Party

  • 4546 Avery Street Detroit, MI, 48208 United States (map)
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Although we will be hosting learning sessions all throughout the night, we will also be hosting a family-friendly celebration starting at 6:30 p.m. at Rabbi Silverman's home (4546 Avery, Detroit MI).

Pizza, snacks, games, and family fun will be included! Children are welcome to stay at Rabbi's home throughout the entire Shavuot celebration, if adults would like to attend learning sessions offered throughout Woodbridge.

Please RSVP to Nicole by Thursday, June 6th. 

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Lag B'Onfire
May
22
8:00 PM20:00

Lag B'Onfire

Join us to experience the happiest day of the Omer for a celebratory bonfire, s’mores, music, and community. Kids, adults, and families welcome rain or shine!

RSVP is preferred- programcoordinator@downtownsynagogue.org

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Spring Into Service- Volunteering at Eden Gardens
May
5
1:00 PM13:00

Spring Into Service- Volunteering at Eden Gardens

  • 12273 Glenfield Street Detroit, MI, 48213 (map)
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Join Repair the World Detroit and the Isaac Agree Downtown Synagogue at Eden Gardens Block Club to take care of garden beds and clean up adjacent lots. We'll begin at 1 pm, but come whenever you can! This event is part of Repair the World Detroit's Spring Into Service weekend.

There is plenty of street parking surrounding the farm. Please wear clothes that you don't mind getting dirty, and dress according to the weather as we will be outside. Don't forget a water bottle!

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Bearing Witness To Mass Incarceration
May
4
12:30 PM12:30

Bearing Witness To Mass Incarceration

Join us in partnership with Congregation T’chiyah for a presentation by Evie Litwok, a "formerly incarcerated New York Jewish lesbian feminist" and Founder and Director of Witness To Mass Incarceration, who has taken her personal experience to give voices to victims of our flawed criminal justice system.

Evie will be sharing her personal story, and speak about the effects that mass incarceration has on our society as a whole. This event is open to all folks interested in learning more about the criminal justice system, mass incarceration, and what next steps can be made to support change within the system.

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Care Kit Assembly at Affirmations
Apr
25
6:00 PM18:00

Care Kit Assembly at Affirmations

Join the Downtown Synagogue in partnership with Affirmations, a community space providing a welcoming space where people of all sexual orientations, gender identities & expressions, and cultures can find support and unconditional acceptance, and where they can learn, grow, socialize and feel safe.

We will be assembling hygiene kits for community members in need, as kits will be dispersed at Affirmations' facility and during Ferndale Pride 2019 in June!

Please RSVP for this event by emailing Nicole (programcoordinator@downtownsynagogue.org)

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Passover Yoga- Freedom To Flow
Apr
22
6:00 PM18:00

Passover Yoga- Freedom To Flow

Join us for a community yoga class dedicated to embodying the Passover holiday. We'll use traditional yoga poses to explore self compassion and creating spaces within constricted joints and muscles. Our flow will focus on the parts of our bodies that need to move freely for us to be healthy. Class will be led by yoga instructor Emilie Kahn.

Props for stretching will be provided but please bring a yoga mat and wear comfortable clothes.

We hope to share this special evening with you!

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2019 Interfaith Seder
Apr
15
6:00 PM18:00

2019 Interfaith Seder

A Passover seder rooted in community, justice, and freedom.

This year, our congregational seder will be held prior to Passover on Monday, April 15th from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at the Downtown Synagogue. Our seder will be an opportunity for our community to explore our journey toward freedom and justice in partnership with the Bethel Community Transformation Center.

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 or call the office at (313) 962-4047. The deadline for submitting reservations is Thursday, April 11th, 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. We look forward to seeing you soon!

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What's A Jew To Do? The Jewish Response to the Rise of White Nationalism
Mar
28
6:30 PM18:30

What's A Jew To Do? The Jewish Response to the Rise of White Nationalism

As Jews, we are painfully aware that antisemitism is on the rise. In 2017, our country saw a 57% spike in incidents motivated by anti-Jewish bias including physical assaults, vandalism and attacks on Jewish institutions according to the Anti-Defamation League.

In the face of such heinous acts, it can be easy to lose ourselves in fear, anger and sadness. But what if we could isolate and understand the ideologies driving these crimes? What if we could channel our emotions into actions that send a message of unwavering resilience while standing in solidarity with other marginalized groups and allies?

Join us for a moderated panel discussion on white nationalism, how Jews fit into this ideology and strategies for proactively responding as a community.

This program is free of charge, but please register by Wednesday, March 27th so we can provide adequate space and food.
https://jewishdetroit.org/event/white-nationalism/

Panelists:
David Kurzmann – Moderator: Executive Director, Jewish Community Relations Council/AJC
Kirsten Fermaglich: Associate Professor of History and Jewish Studies, Michigan State University
Ruth Bergman: Director of Education, Holocaust Memorial Center
Rabbi Ariana Silverman: Rabbi, Isaac Agree Downtown Synagogue
Olivia Guterson: Community organizer and artist

Light Kosher refreshments will be provided.

This program is presented in partnership by NEXTGen Detroit Holocaust Memorial Center, Isaac Agree Downtown Synagogue, Michigan State University Serling Institute for Jewish Studies and Modern Israel (MSU Jewish Studies Program), Jewish Bar Association of Michigan, JCRC / AJC - Detroit and Repair The World Detroit

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Purim: The Whole Megillah!
Mar
20
7:00 PM19:00

Purim: The Whole Megillah!

Join the Downtown Synagogue at our annual community reading of the Megillah for the holiday of Purim to commemorate the defeat of Haman's plot to get rid of the Jews, foiled by the heroic and dazzling Esther.

We will begin with a family-friendly celebration at 6:30 p.m. with pizza and hamantaschen, face painting, Purim games, and costumes galore!

Arrive at 7:00 p.m. to see the children's costume parade leading up to the sanctuary, and stay after for an adult costume contest with prizes, hamentashen, and drinks. Don't forget your pasta boxes to use as groggers! Additional food donations will be brought to Yad Ezra. We look forward to being with you!

*Costumes are encouraged but not required*

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Emulating Esther: A Jewish Women's Brunch and Serve
Mar
17
10:00 AM10:00

Emulating Esther: A Jewish Women's Brunch and Serve

Join Repair the World Detroit and the Isaac Agree Downtown Synagogue at "Emulating Esther: A Jewish Women's Brunch and Serve." This event is open to all folks who identify as women and are interested in building sisterhood. Together we will engage in a service project with the Positive Period Campaign while enjoying brunch, mimosas, and a panel style discussion about Jewish womanhood featuring Rabbi Alana Alpert from Detroit Jews for Justice and Congregation T'chiyah, Rabbi Ariana Silverman from Isaac Agree Downtown Synagogue, and Rabbi Aura Ahuvia from Congregation Shir Tikvah.

Tickets are $18 and can be purchased through Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/emulating-esther-a-jewish-womens-brunch-and-serve-tickets-56665852089

*Isaac Agree Downtown Synagogue Participants can receive a subsidized ticket using the code IADS.

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Spring Reboot: Yoga and Smoothies
Mar
14
6:30 PM18:30

Spring Reboot: Yoga and Smoothies

Reboot for the Spring renewal through detoxifying yoga and freshly blended smoothies. Join us as we delve into new ways of simplifying our lives through healthy practices, led by Emilie Kahn and Yifat Clein. 


This class will be vigorous, with a focus on detoxing our bodies and rebooting our metabolism for spring. Please refrain from eating for at least an hour prior to class, and be sure to stay hydrated.

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Shabbasana Yoga
Feb
23
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.

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MLK Turn The Tables Dinner
Jan
18
7:30 PM19:30

MLK Turn The Tables Dinner

Isaac Agree Downtown Synagogue will be hosting a Turn the Tables Shabbat dinner in partnership with Repair the World Detroit in celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.. Discussion over dinner with be centered on the theme L'dor Vador, From Generation to Generation.

Tickets are a suggested donation of $5. To waive the fee, use discount code IADS in eventbrite.

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Detroit Farm Crew: Food Preservation Workshop
Jan
10
6:00 PM18:00

Detroit Farm Crew: Food Preservation Workshop

Join the Detroit Farm Crew for a hands-on, jam-making workshop! An instructor from MSU Extension will be leading the workshop at the Downtown Synagogue, and will also touch on other food preservation techniques. The workshop is limited to 8 participants, so only those who purchase a ticket through Eventbrite will be able to attend. We'll email to confirm your spot. Purchase tickets here.

This workshop is intended for participants age 18+.

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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.

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Shabbasana Yoga- CANCELLED
Dec
22
11:00 AM11:00

Shabbasana Yoga- CANCELLED

  • 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.

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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

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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.

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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

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