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Christian and Jewish Congregations Come Together in Historic Place of Worship [SERVICES SCHEDULES]

WDET/Laura Herberg

Aramis Hinds, senior pastor at Breaker’s Covenant Church and Ariana Silverman, rabbi at the Isaac Agree Downtown Synagogue, standing outside the Bethel Community Transformation Center.

With Rosh Hashana beginning at sundown tonight and Yom Kippur next Saturday, the Jewish “High Holidays” are upon us. Celebrations will be held all over metro Detroit. Inside the city, one set of services will be held where a Christian congregation currently worships.

Breaker’s Covenant Church International owns and worships at the Bethel Community Transformation Center in the city’s north end. This year the church is partnering with the Isaac Agree Downtown Synagogue, Congregation T’chiyah and the Reconstructionist Congregation of Detroit to host high holiday services in their building, which has historic ties to the Jewish community. From 1922 – 1974 the temple, then known as Temple Beth El, was a Jewish place of worship. Yet this will be the first time that services have been held in the building in more than 40 years.

WDET’s Laura Herberg sat down with the Aramis Hinds, senior pastor at Breaker’s Covenant Church, as well as Ariana Silverman, rabbi at the Downtown Synagogue, to learn more about the partnership between their communities of faith. In the interview, Herberg addresses Rabbi Silverman first.

Click on the audio player above to hear the conversation. Scroll down for photos and a calendar of high holiday services in Detroit.

 

 

 

A Look Inside the Bethel Community Transformation Center

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The stage in the Bethel Community Transformation Center ahead of the Jewish high holidays.

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Formerly known as Temple Beth El, the Bethel Community Transformation Center was built in 1921.

 

Schedule of High Holiday Services in Detroit

Sept. 20

Erev Rosh Hashanah 6:15pm

Bethel Community Transformation Center

8801 Woodward Ave. 

Detroit, MI 48202

Sept. 21

Rosh Hashanah Day 1 9:00am

Bethel Community Transformation Center

8801 Woodward Ave. 

Detroit, MI 48202

Sept. 22

Rosh Hashanah Day 2 9:00am

Bethel Community Transformation Center

8801 Woodward Ave. 

Detroit, MI 48202

Shabbat Shuvah 7:00pm

Isaac Agree Downtown Synagogue

1457 Griswold St.

Detroit, MI 48226

Sept. 24

Rosh Hashanah on the River 2:00pm-5:00pm

Bell Isle Boat House

E. Picnic Way 

Detroit, MI 48207

Sept. 29

Kol Nidre 6:45pm

Bethel Community Transformation Center

8801 Woodward Ave. 

Detroit, MI 48202

Sept. 30

Yom Kippur 9:30am

Bethel Community Transformation Center

8801 Woodward Ave. 

Detroit, MI 48202

Neilah 6:30pm

Bethel Community Transformation Center

8801 Woodward Ave. 

Detroit, MI 48202

More information and a detailed schedule can be found here. We invite you to add information on other Detroit high holiday events in the comments section below.

Image credit: WDET/Laura Herberg

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About the Author

Laura Herberg

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Covers stories about the people inhabiting the metro Detroit region, the issues that affect them, as well as classic public radio “fluff.”

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