Musical young-adult service becomes Friday night mainstay.
SHELLI LIEBMAN DORFMAN
trio of experimental, alternative Shabbat
Unplugged services last fall for 20-, 30-
and 40-somethings has quickly turned
into an ongoing Friday night happening.
"The first three services were a smash hit," said
Rabbi Paul Yedwab of Temple Israel, where the com-
munity-wide services are held. "The numbers held
strong at 800 participants at each one."
The success of the free program last October,
November and December warranted scheduling
future services, to be held monthly or bi-monthly,
with the next one beginning at 9 p.m. Friday,
March 12. A special June service will combine the
participants and format of Shabbat Unplugged
with Temple Israel's more traditional early evening
Friday night service, when guest speaker Gov.
Jennifer Granholm will address the congregation. •
Chaired by Lisa Stern of Franklin and Binay
Wayburn of West Bloomfield, Shabbat Unplugged
merges spirituality and fun, with prayers beamed
onto overhead screens and atypical Shabbat treats like
sushi and gelato served at post-service onegs. _-
Services include traditional and modern tunes as
well as original melodies created for Shabbat
Unplugged, which is sponsored by the Rosanne and
Bennett Fienman Family Young Adult Fund of
nity at large. "We need to keep offering more
Temple Israel and co-sponsored by the Jewish News.
involvement, and partner with Jewish agencies, in
Service leader Rabbi Yedwab said Shabbat
order to create a vibrant, young adult Jewish corn-
Unplugged was moved from trial-mode to an ongo-
munity," he said. "Shabbat Unplugged is just the
ing program "because now we know we can create
an environment that
attracts young people
to prayer naturally,
without guilt, with-
out life-cycle events
and without outside
The next step, he
said, is for Temple
Israel to look into
the needs of its
young adults in
terms of dues struc-
ture, inclusion of
children and social
After that, his
hope is to bring the
young adults who
are coming to the
synagogue out into
the Jewish commu-
Rabbi Paul Yedwab addresses the first Shabbat Unplugged audience.
For college age through 30-something. Send
information to email@example.com
March 6 Saturday, 5:30 p.m. Young Adults of Adat
Shalom Purim Tailgate Party: light meal, drinks
and a l'chaim. Megillah reading 7:15 p.m. Wear
costumes. RSVP: Kim Rubin, (248) 909-3610.
Mardi 11 Thursday, 7:30 p.m. Hillel of Metro
Detroit Graduates and Professionals, JD's Key
Club Dueling Piano Bar, 1 N. Saginaw, Pontiac.
$8. RSVP: Karen Urman, firstname.lastname@example.org or
March 9, 16, 23, 30 Tuesdays, 7:30 p.m. Four-
week relationships series at Temple Israel. Free.
RSVP: Kari Provizer, (248) 661-5700.
March 12 Friday, 6:15 p.m. services, 7:15 dinner.
Hillel of Metro Detroit Sephardic Shabbat at
Congregation Keter Torah. $10. RSVP by March
10 to Lesley Weiss at email@example.com or
March 9 Tuesday, 8-9 p.m. Hillel of Metro
Detroit Judaism 102 at Dunkin Doughnuts
(Greenfield and 10 Mile, Oak Park). Free.
Contact Lesley Weiss, firstname.lastname@example.org or
March 21 Sunday, 10 a.m. Young Adults of Adat
Shalom will pack Passover baskets at Yad Ezra,
the kosher food bank in Berkley. RSVP: David
Goodman, (248) 788-0309.
March 22 Monday, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Hillel of
Metro Detroit schmooze at Brazil Cafe, 305 S.
Main St., Royal Oak. Call Karen Urman,
email@example.com or (313) 577-3459. .
March 28 Sunday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Hillel of Metro
Detroit and EMU Hillel tour and brunch at
Holocaust Memorial Center, Farmington Hills. Free.
RSVP: Karen Urman at firstname.lastname@example.org or (313)
March Wednesdays, 7 p.m. Hillel of Metro
Detroit Bowling League at Royal Oak Lanes. $10
per week. Contact Lesley Urman;
email@example.com or (313) 577-3459.