A home for Jewish life and culture in the City

Who We Are

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The Congregation

The Reconstructionist Congregation of Detroit is comprised of individuals and families from Detroit and the surrounding areas, including Windsor, Canada.  We are a lay-led congregation, affiliated with the umbrella organization Reconstructing Judaism. Reconstructionist Judaism is a progressive, contemporary approach to Jewish life which integrates a deep respect for traditional Judaism with the insights and ideas of contemporary social, intellectual and spiritual life.  For more information on Reconstructionist Judaism, click here.

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History

The Reconstructionist Congregation of Detroit is the first new synagogue founded in the city of Detroit in the last 25 years. We opened our doors for our first Shabbat service on May 6, 2000.  Our synagogue is located downtown, and our guiding principles include a commitment to a continuing Jewish presence in the city of Detroit.  Our current space is at 960 E. Jefferson. 

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Services

RCD is an egalitarian congregation in which men and women have equal rights and responsibilities.  We also encourage and depend upon the  broad participation of the entire congregation in our activities as we are a lay-led synagogue. 


RCD and Congregation T'chiyah are currently holding services and other events jointly. Shabbat services in Detroit are held in our sanctuary the first Saturday of every month at 10:00 AM.  All are welcome.  For information on our services and other events, see below. 

Events

12/14/2019

Shabbat Service

10:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Christ Church

Event Details

12/14/2019

Shabbat Service

 

Shabbat service led by members of the Congregation. Service held at our sanctuary space located in Christ Church, 978 E. Jefferson in Detroit. Enter from Woodbridge (one block south of Jefferson) side, and take stairs or elevator down one level. Turn right and go right around the corner to the RCD sanctuary at end of hallway.  Parking is available in the lot off Woodbridge on the west side of Christ Church.

10:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Christ Church

11/9/2019

Shabbat Service

10:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Christ Church

Event Details

11/9/2019

Shabbat Service

 

Shabbat Service led by members of the Congregation.  Christ Church is at 978 E.  Jefferson in Detroit. Enter from Woodbridge (one block south of Jefferson), and take stairs or elevator down one level. Turn right and  go around the corner to the RCD sanctuary on the right-hand side.  Park on Woodbridge & enter through glass doors.  

10:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Christ Church

9/30 - 10/9

High Holidays

Event Details

9/30 - 10/9

High Holidays

Our High Holiday Services are free and open to all, but registration is required. Please  RSVP services that you plan on attending.  RSVPs are requested by September 23rd via email.  (See contact page.)  Late registrations may be placed  on a waitlist.  



Erev Rosh Hashanah 

(with T’chiyah and the Downtown Synagogue)

Sunday, September 29

Breakers Covenant Church (Historic Temple Beth-El), 8801 Woodward Ave, Detroit


A children’s musical service will commence @ 3:00 PM, followed by a traditional ma'ariv service at 5 PM.



Rosh Hashanah Day 1

(with T’chiyah)

Monday, September 30 @ 9:45 AM

Banquet Center at Greater New Mt Moriah Baptist Church, 586 Owen St, Detroit, MI, 48202, just three blocks from Woodward, and two blocks from I-75 (Holbrook exit).


Services will begin promptly at 9:45 AM. Please show up early at 9:30 AM to get settled and to ensure that we can start on time.  Complimentary vegetarian catered lunch to follow.


Tashlich

(with T’chiyah and Downtown Synagogue)

3:00 pm @ Milliken Park, Detroit riverfront.



Rosh Hashanah Day 2

(with T'chiyah)

Tuesday, October 1 @ 9:45 AM

Banquet Center at Greater New Mt Moriah Baptist Church, 586 Owen St, Detroit, MI, 48202


Services will begin promptly at 9:45 AM. Please show up early at 9:30 AM to get settled and to ensure that we can start on time.  A light kiddush featuring challah and apples and honey will be available.


 

Yom Kippur Eve/Kol Nidre

Tuesday, October 8 @ 7:00 PM sharp

Banquet Center at Greater New Mt Moriah Baptist Church, 586 Owen St, Detroit, MI, 48202


There will be candle-lighting at 7:00 PM and a contemplative cello introduction at 7:15 PM.  If you arrive between 7:15 PM and 7:30 PM, you will not be able to enter until 7:30 PM. 



Yom Kippur 

(with T'chiyah)

Wednesday, October 9 @ 9:45 am

Banquet Center at Greater New Mt Moriah Baptist Church, 586 Owen St, Detroit, MI, 48202


Services will begin promptly at 9:45 AM. Please show up early at 9:30 AM to get settled and to ensure that we can start on time. 


Yizkor, the memorial service for mourning the loss of loved ones, will be conducted sometime between 12 and 1:00pm.


Afternoon activities will be with T'chiyah and Downtown Synagogue.


4:30 PM Torah Discussion / Workshop Session 1 

5:30 PM Mincha (Afternoon Service) / Workshop Session 2

6:30 PM Niggunim (Contemplative Singing Circle)

6:45 PM Ne'ilah  (Final Yom Kippur Service)

7:30 PM Havdalah (Conclusion of Yom Kippur)

7: 45 PM Final Shofar Blow, Potluck Break-fast


Our break-fast at the conclusion of Yom Kippur will be a pescetarian/vegetarian pot-luck!  Please be sure to label your contribution with the ingredients it contains, paying special attention to potential allergens! If relevant/known, please also specify if the food was prepared in a kosher kitchen. 

Event Details

Our High Holiday Services are free and open to all, but registration is required. Please  RSVP services that you plan on attending.  RSVPs are requested by September 23rd.  Late registrations may be placed  on a waitlist.  



Erev Rosh Hashanah 

(with T’chiyah and the Downtown Synagogue)

Sunday, September 29

Breakers Covenant Church (Historic Temple Beth-El), 8801 Woodward Ave, Detroit


A children’s musical service will commence @ 3:00 PM, followed by a traditional ma'ariv service at 5 PM.



Rosh Hashanah Day 1

(with T’chiyah)

Monday, September 30 @ 9:45 AM

Banquet Center at Greater New Mt Moriah Baptist Church, 586 Owen St, Detroit, MI, 48202, just three blocks from Woodward, and two blocks from I-75 (Holbrook exit).


Services will begin promptly at 9:45 AM. Please show up early at 9:30 AM to get settled and to ensure that we can start on time.  Complimentary vegetarian catered lunch to follow.


Tashlich

(with T’chiyah and Downtown Synagogue)

3:00 pm @ Milliken Park, Detroit riverfront.



Rosh Hashanah Day 2

(with T'chiyah)

Tuesday, October 1 @ 9:45 AM

Banquet Center at Greater New Mt Moriah Baptist Church, 586 Owen St, Detroit, MI, 48202


Services will begin promptly at 9:45 AM. Please show up early at 9:30 AM to get settled and to ensure that we can start on time.  A light kiddush featuring challah and apples and honey will be available.



Yom Kippur 

(with T'chiyah)

Wednesday, October 9 @ 9:45 am

Banquet Center at Greater New Mt Moriah Baptist Church, 586 Owen St, Detroit, MI, 48202


Services will begin promptly at 9:45 AM. Please show up early at 9:30 AM to get settled and to ensure that we can start on time. 


Yizkor, the memorial service for mourning the loss of loved ones, will be conducted sometime between 12 and 1:00pm.


Afternoon activities will be with T'chiyah and Downtown Synagogue.


4:30 PM Torah Discussion / Workshop Session 1 

5:30 PM Mincha (Afternoon Service) / Workshop Session 2

6:30 PM Niggunim (Contemplative Singing Circle)

6:45 PM Ne'ilah  (Final Yom Kippur Service)

7:30 PM Havdalah (Conclusion of Yom Kippur)

7: 45 PM Final Shofar Blow, Potluck Break-fast


Our break-fast at the conclusion of Yom Kippur will be a pescetarian/vegetarian pot-luck!  Please be sure to label your contribution with the ingredients it contains, paying special attention to potential allergens! If relevant/known, please also specify if the food was prepared in a kosher kitchen.