Detroit's last-remaining free-standing synagogue has recently experienced a resurgence in membership and activities, but the building where the congregation meets could definitely use a little sprucing up.
In order to repair the nearly 100-year-old structure and meet the needs of its growing membership, The Isaac Agree Downtown Synagogue recently launched a $120,000 capital campaign -- half of which they are trying to raise online through the crowdsourcing site Indiegogo.
The four-story building, located downtown on Griswold Street, has been owned and occupied by its congregation since the 1960s. Improvements made with funds from the campaign would include a new fire escape, additional ground-floor toilets, a bike rack and enhancements to the building's kitchen, bathroom and exterior. An architectural firm would also be hired to create a longer-term renovation plan.
The congregation's vision for the building is to serve as an inclusive community center for both Jews and non-Jews in downtown Detroit -- ideally with around-the-clock activities. Their online campaign has less than a week to go. Look above to get a glimpse of their video pitch from Indiegogo.