DETROIT (WWJ) – After years of decline, the last free-standing Jewish institution in the city of Detroit is growing and is in the last few days of an online capital campaign to expand its historic worship space.
The Isaac Agree Downtown Synagogue on Griswold Street almost closed its doors six years ago due to declining membership.
“One of the things that we’re very proud of is diversity in a lot of ways,” said Synagogue president Leor Barak. “Diversity in terms of age — we have both old and young; in terms of geographic location — both suburbanite and city-dweller; black, white, conservative, liberal,” he said.
But the building — known for its distinct patchwork of stained glass — needs work.
Barak talked about what’s needed.
“A fire escape, kitchen improvements, bathroom improvements; a mural on the back on the building, including graffiti removal,” said Barak.
Barak said they’re getting closer to their $120,000 goal, but could still use some help.
To learn how you can donate to support the restoration, visit this link.