The Downtown Synagogue envisions itself as a broadly inclusive, responsive, and welcoming institution, one in which all are encouraged to discover and explore Judaism in a safe and welcoming environment. It offers a venue for contemplating the many facets of Judaism, historically and contemporaneously. It provides a hub for meaningful engagement and collective action in support of the Jewish community as well as the general community of Metropolitan Detroit.
The principal mission of the Downtown Synagogue is to serve as a beacon for the entire Jewish community of Metropolitan Detroit by maintaining an egalitarian synagogue, rooted in Jewish tradition and affirming of pluralistic practice, in downtown Detroit. It encourages inter-generational engagement and promotes broad-based participation by offering a wide range of programming and acting as a conduit for Jewish activity in the city. It is committed to supporting the revitalization of Detroit; and assuring accessibility to all.
Downtown Synagogue In the News
NPR: The Last Shul In Detroit
Isaac Agree Downtown Synagogue is the last shul in Detroit. The shrinking congregation has been without a rabbi since 2003 and its struggling to stay afloat. Members often have to recruit bartenders from a night club next door to achieve the number of worshippers required for prayer service.
MOdel d: What will be Detroit's next hot spot? Signs point to Capitol Park
At the northern point of Griswold at Clifford, technically outside the limits of the Capitol Park Historic District, is the Isaac Agree Downtown Synagogue. Dating back nearly 100 years, the synagogue is experiencing a revival through the efforts of a small but growing downtown-based membership.