Good Shabbos Detroit



Make a date to come to the next dinner on Feb. 15.

good shabbos detroitOn Jan. 25, 75 young adults welcomed Shabbat and celebrated Tu b’Shevat with a traditional seder over a delicious spread of food.

They were together for the launch of Good Shabbos Detroit, a new NEXTGen program that will host a shabbat dinner (accompanied with optional services) at a different community synagogue each month.

Designed for people aged 21-45, this program will expose the Good Shabbos Detroit (GSD) diners to the different synagogues and highlight what makes each of them unique and viable for a potential congregant.

Temple Israel of West Bloomfield was a fantastic host of the first event, setting a high standard with beautifully set tables and small, personal touches all around.

The evening featured a brief Tu b’Shevat seder before a delicious meal of Middle Eastern cuisine. Temple Israel Rabbis Paul Yedwab, Jennifer Kaluzny and Jennifer Lader officiated, with Cantor Michael Smolash leading the hamotzi.

Good Shabbos Detroit chair Joshua Goldberg and NEXTGen president Marty Maddin each spoke, welcoming many new faces into the NEXTGen community, while thanking Temple Israel for being such a generous host.

Among those in attendance were participants from the December Detroit community Birthright trip, which had been co-led by Tara Forman, who is also the lead staff for Good Shabbos Detroit.

“I was really excited to hear about Good Shabbos Detroit,” said Jordan Weiss of West Bloomfield. “I’ve always felt that it was an idea that other communities have some variation of, and that ours was missing it. It was a great event that brought together the community in a different way than we’re used to, and I’m very much looking forward to the next one.”

Sean Martin of Rochester Hills said, “The December Detroit Community Birthright trip to Israel gave me a connection to the Jewish community that had been missing from my life. That was true for most of us. We came back a family, and we were worried we would lose that. NEXTGen and Federation stepped up with programs like Good Shabbos Detroit to make sure we stayed connected — and it’s working.”

The next Good Shabbos Detroit will be on Friday, Feb. 15, at the Woodward Avenue Shul in Royal Oak. As with all Good Shabbos Detroit programs, there is a $10 cost. Pre-registration is required by Wednesday, Feb. 13.

The event can be found on Facebook, in the “events” section of the NEXTGenDetroit page, or you can pre-register at


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