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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com.
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.
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.
It is 2018 and race relations is still the most divisive issue in America. Join us, after services and during Shabbat lunch, for a discussion that will bring new insight into practices, programs, policies and thoughts that many hold dear verses taking an analytical look at what is really meant in these documents (National Anthem, Judicial system, Education, etc). We will also explore some ways to began to close the divide. Speakers include: Ginger Hopkins, a member of the Downtown Synagogue who has been a lifelong community activist and free thinker, Chantel Henry, REACH Coordinator raised in Southwest Detroit and on Chippewa of the Thames First Nations reservation in Ontario Canada, and Dr. Marcy Epstein, who teaches social justice and writing at the Comprehensive Studies Program at the University of Michigan.
This 10 week course will cover topics such as Shabbat and the holidays, lifecycle events, social justice, Hebrew, eating as a Jew - everything you wanted to know about Judaism but were afraid to ask! This class is intended for beginners, non-Jews, interfaith couples, or anyone who would love a refresher course on how cool Judaism really is. This is not a drop-in class and participants are encouraged to sign up for and attend the entire series. Please contact Rabbi Silverman at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or to register.
Join us for a staged reading of Come My Beloved, a new play about the shared history and future of Black and Jewish communities in Detroit. The performance will be followed by a community discussion led by Pastor Aramis Hinds and Rabbi Ariana Silverman. Reserve your tickets now! A donation of $10 is suggested to support production costs.
We hear (and use) the words “oppression” and “privilege” a lot these days, but what do they really mean and how do they affect our country, our community and us as Jews? We’re delving in to the complicated issues of modern-day racism, anti-Semitism and exploring how these power dynamics are playing out in our own backyards. Yehudah Webster and members from the Detroit Jewish community will share their personal stories about being on “both sides of the fence” and together we will reflect on our own experiences and work to find ways to make our community a more inclusive, welcoming place for everyone.
Join us in examining the contemporary issues surrounding the NFL protest using constitutional, corporate and critical race frameworks.
Please join us for an evening of stimulating thought and conversation led by Professor Dr. Saeed Khan from Wayne State University about by how our ancient Muslim and Jewish traditions interact with some of the unique ethical challenges posed by our modern technologies.
It's been one year since the election. Join us for an introspective and intimate conversation with award-winning Detroit Free Press journalists, Stephen Henderson and Nancy Kaffer. We will discuss policy issues (what has changed and not), the increased visibilty of hate groups, and the state of local, state, and national politics. Wine and cheese will be served.
Join us for an environmentally themed Shabbat weekend! After our Friday night services at 7:00pm, please join us for an environmentally sustainable kosher vegetarian meal at 8:15pm. We are excited to host the CEO of Hazon, Nigel Savage and a group of community and IADS Green Team members (Rachel Klegon, Sara Kaplan, and Eitan Sussman) who are working in different fields tied to the environment about how they integrate their Judaism into their work. We will have a panel discussion and then break into smaller groups.
On Saturday morning, Shabbat services will begin promptly at 9:00am. At noon, we will discuss environmental themes from the Torah, led by Nigel Savage, over a delicious environmentally sustainable kosher vegetarian meal.
We are excited to be hosting our first ever Breast Cancer Awareness Shabbat in conjunction with Sharsheret, a Jewish breast cancer organization that helps women and their families face breast cancer and the Barbara Ann Karmanos Institute, the largest cancer care networkin Michigan. Beginning at 7:00pm, join us for a Friday night service and dinner at 8:15pm. Following dinner will be a discussion with genetic counselor Courtney Attard, a certified genetic counselor with the Cancer Genetic Counseling Service at the Karmanos Cancer Institute where she provides genetic counseling to individuals at risk for hereditary cancer syndromes.
Thank you so much for your interest in this event. Due to a family emergency, Ma Cohen's will unfortunately need to cancel this event. It will be rescheduled for a later date. Please stay tuned.
Sukkot is called z'man simchateinu—the time of our joy—and we are expected to be happy and grateful. We have a lot to be thankful for, and we are also struggling with the challenges facing our communities, our country, and our world. Some of us are dealing with hardships in our personal lives. How do we cultivate joy during difficult times? Come enjoy some food for the body and food for the soul as we learn and discuss what it means to be joyful this Sukkot. Rabbi Silverman’s home is at4546 Avery St. Kosher, vegetarian lunch included.
Join the Isaac Agree Downtown Synagogue as we celebrate the end of the harvest with Eden Gardens Block Club! We'll be planting garlic for the next season and then eating delicious food, including Belle Isle Pizza. Eden Gardens is located at 12273 Glenfield, Detroit. RSVP is preferred: email@example.com.
We’re so excited to be hosting the first ever MOtor city Sukkah Hop (MOSH) and Nosh! We'll visit four different sukkahs, beginning at Rabbi Silverman's home (4546 Avery St.), traveling to Southwest Detroit, Boston-Edison, and then back to Woodbridge. Each host will provide food and drinks and Sukkot hospitality. We kindly request an RSVP.
Reclaiming Your Mind
Yoga Restoration for the High Holidays
During the High Holidays, we are called to our community, to reflection, and to immerse ourselves in renewal and forgiveness. How can our breath cut through the noise and enable us to really listen to our aspirations? How do the ways we move our body allow us to access the yearning in our hearts?
As we immerse ourselves in our tikkun atzmi (self repair) of the holiday, this class will offer an opportunity to stretch and breathe – finding resources within our bodies for our return and recommitment to our spirit.
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.
Beginning with a facilitated conversation between Rabbi Ariana Silverman and Pastor Aramis Hinds, by Peter Hammer, WSU law professor and director of the Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights. This is an opportunity to have intimate and large conversations with one another. Both religious leaders and friends, they will speak with complete honesty and openness, exploring how race, class, and faith play out in their relationship with one another and with Detroit. These clergy speak to one another with frankness and transparency, and are open to any question that may arise. As they consider our present in Metro Detroit, they will also explore where we want to go, and how to get there.
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).
RSVP at tinyurl.com/2017HHD is requested. Please see the schedule of services and FAQ.