Groups

Click the program titles below for more information:

Adult Choir Hebrew Short Stories Next Dor for Young Adults
Aging Together Hineni Psalms
Book Club Micah Cooks Sacred Circle Dancing 
Forging Micah Connections Musical Mornings Wise Aging

Adult Choir

Bring your voice to Micah’s music! Adult choir sings monthly at Shabbat, at bar and bat mitzvah services, as well as for special Shabbat services and events throughout the school year. The choir rehearses the first and third Thursday of the month during the school year, as well as prior to singing at services. Contact: Teddy Klaus

Aging Together

The Aging Together Team looks at ways to address the needs of the older cohort of our congregation, such as barriers to participation, transportation and parking, and hearing assistance. Aging Together meets the third Friday of every other month in the upstairs library at 1 pm. Aging Together has created Lunch & Learn and launched Wise Aging. All are welcome. Contact: Aging Together

Book Club

Tuesday lunchtime book club meets monthly to discusses a different book relevant to the Jewish experience. Participants bring a bag lunch. Reading selections are chosen by the group. Contact the office if you want to read notes and reviews from past book clubs.

Contact: Book Club

Meeting Date 2020 Books
Jan. 3 Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor by Yossi Klein Halevi
Feb. 4 Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
Mar. 3 The Library Book by Susan Orlean
Mar. 31 All three stooges by Erica Perl
May 5 Eternal Life by Dara Horn
June 2 Syria’s Secret Library: Reading and Redemption in a Town Under Sieg by Mike Thomson

Forging Micah Connections

Temple Micah is not only a congregation; it is a community. Forging Micah Connections seeks to make Micah members feel at home in the temple and at ease with each other. We host monthly “Meet Micah Friends” dinners where we go out to a local restaurant after Shabbat services. Connections has created a “chaver” program to pair new Micah members with longer-term members. Contact: Forging Micah Connections

Hebrew Poetry/Jewish Thinkers of the 20th and 21st Centuries

These two groups alternate every Saturday to meet after Shabbat services.

Hineni

We consider it a privilege to provide comfort and solace to members who are ailing. Our Hineni (“I am here”) group is able to provide meals, transportation, and other support for ill members. We invite you to provide support in our community by joining Hineni or to reach out if you are seeking support. Contact: Hineni

Micah Cooks

Micah Cooks prepares gourmet meals to benefit Temple Micah, catering bar and bat mitzvah luncheons, festive kiddushes, weddings, dinners, and special parties.  Micah Cooks does not cater off site-events. Contact: Micah Cooks

Micah Cooks Brochure

Musical Mornings

The first Thursday of every month (10:30 am – noon) will be a musical morning at Temple Micah where you can play a “work in progress” for an audience that doesn’t care if you make a mistake as long as you love music. This is just for the fun of it. Musicians and audience members of all ages and levels of experience are welcome. Contact: Aging Together Musical Mornings

Next Dor for Young Adults

Judaism is passed down from generation to generation, l’dor vador, and we are the Next Dor next door! Next Dor is a group for young Jewish adults in the Metro D.C. area who want to connect to each other through Judaism. View our page to learn more. Contact: Rabbi Stephanie Crawley.

Psalms

On the third Tuesday of each month, from 1:30-3:00 pm, this lay-led study group explores the powerful language of the Psalms. We engage in depth with the timeless poetry that ranges through the spectrum of human emotions, inspiring literature and liturgy across millennia and still speaking to us today. Reading and discussion are in English, informed by the Hebrew.  All are welcome and no preparation is required.  Contact: psalms@templemicah.org

Sacred Circle Dancing for Healing and Joy

Sacred circle dances are moving meditations that embody and integrate mind, body, and spirit. These simple, gentle dances have special meditative qualities and ancient roots in music and dance from around the world. No previous dance experience or partners necessary. All dances are simple and each will be taught every time. Participants with mobility difficulties are welcome. Facilitated by Evelyn Torton Beck, Ph. D.

Wise Aging

The Wise Aging program enables participants to have meaningful conversations about what it means to grow older and offers experiences that foster social, emotional, and spiritual insights for meeting aging challenges with a sustaining spirit.

The introductory program (cohort) was designed by the Institute for Jewish Spirituality.  It consists of nine workshops (see table below) based on the book Wise Aging: Living with Joy, Resilience & Spirit by Rabbi Rachel Cowan and Dr. Linda Thal.

Many graduates of Wise Aging Cohorts have continued meeting monthly in Alumni groups.

Our Wise Aging retreat has been an annual highlight for the past three years. It features Shabbat services, a stimulating movie and book discussion on the weekend’s theme, creative workshops, meditation, chanting, yoga, a campfire sing-along with s’mores, and opportunities to relax and enjoy the beautiful surroundings at the Pearlstone Retreat Center.

The Wise Aging experience has been called “transformative.” One participant stated: “it has given me tools to tackle the challenges ahead.” Typically new cohorts of Wise Agers begin the workshops every fall. Participants commit to regular attendance in order to establish and maintain a safe and nourishing community. The only cost is the purchase of the Wise Aging book.

Would you like to join other Temple Micah members in a program specifically designed to meet the social, emotional and spiritual needs of Jewish seekers entering second adulthood? Contact: Wise Aging Coordinators

• What is special about this stage of life?
• Reviewing your life
• Becoming your authentic self
• Having a positive relationship with your changing body
• Revitalizing and nourishing healthy relationships
• Forgiveness and reconciliation
• Cultivating spiritual qualities for well-being
• Learning to live with loss, change, and death
• Leaving a legacy