Is your synagogue kosher? 

Yes. In short, we are dairy/vegetarian in everything we cook. Click here for our kashrut policy.

What are your hours?

Staff is generally in the building M-F, 9am-5pm, except on Jewish holidays. Additionally, the synagogue is open during Shabbat and holidays. Please ring our doorbell!

Where can I park?

As downtown Detroit has grown and developed, parking can be challenging. There are paid lots located near the synagogue, metered spaces are available on Griswold, Clifford, and Washington via app (Park Detroit) or kiosk. Parking tickets are very expensive so don't forget to pay for your parking! Always check the hours of operation of the meters and it's free on Sundays.

Who leads services?

Currently, Rabbi Ariana Silverman leads services on the first and second Friday and Saturday of each month. The rest of the time, they are led by lay leaders. Please check our Facebook page for weekly updates. We'd love to have you join us in making Shabbat a meaningful and community experience by leading a service (alone or with others) or reading Torah, please contact us.

Can I get a tour of the synagogue?

We love sharing our historic building and synagogue with locals and visitors to the city. To schedule a tour, please contact us.

When are the Jewish Holidays?

That's a great question. You can view a full calendar of the Jewish holidays here.

Where can I get a Downtown Synagogue T-Shirt?

Love our logo and want to wear it with pride? We sell t-shirts! Contact us for more info.

Have an upcoming lifecycle event?

Getting married? Just had a baby? Interesting in converting? Bar or bat mitzvah coming up? Yes, we do it all. Contact the rabbi for more info.

Have a question for the Rabbi?

Have a question for the rabbi about Jewish life or ritual? Ask the Rabbi

How can I support the Downtown Synagogue?

To join, donate, or give a tribute, please visit: our donate page. There you can see all of the different ways you can support us.

Is the synagogue handicap accessible?

Our sanctuary is located on the second floor and is only available via staircase. Our social hall and single-stall bathrooms are located on the first floor.

What are your services like?

We hold kabbalat Shabbat services every Friday night at 7pm. Saturday morning, we have weekly Shabbat services beginning at 9:30am, proceeded by Torah study at 9:00am. The dress code is informal and after services on Friday night and Saturday afternoon, we offer a communal meal. You will find our services and the meals afterwards to be a very warm and friendly atmosphere, and we look forward to seeing you there!

Who is welcome at the Downtown Synagogue?

We are egalitarian and LGBTQ and interfaith friendly. Our community is diverse across race, age, and Judaic background.

Have a question that isn't answered here?

If you have a question that we didn't cover on this page, you can always contact us and ask.