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 email@example.com with questions or to register.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.