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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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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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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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.

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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.

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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)
  • 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!

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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)
  • 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.

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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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