Groups

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Adult Choir

Bring your voice to Micah’s music! Adult choir sings monthly at Shabbat, at bar and bat mitzvahs, 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 the Lunch & Learn and has launched the Wise Aging program. 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. Read reviews for past books here. Contact: Book Club

Feb. 2018 Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right by Jane Mayer
Mar. 2018  The Grammar of God by Aviya Kushner
Apr. 2018 Among the Living by Jonathan Rabb
May 2018 Forest Dark by Nicole Krauss
June 2018 Spain in Our Hearts: Americans in… by Adam Hochschild
2018 Books
Jan. 2018 Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande
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2017 Books
Dec. 2017 Judas by Amos Oz
Nov. 2017 In the Darkroom by Susan Faludi
Oct. 2017 Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of Family and Culture In Crisis by J.D. Vance
Sept. 2017 Roosevelt, Lindbergh, and America’s Fight over World War II, 1939-1941, Those Angry Days by Lynne Olson
June 2017 Cost of Courage by Charles Kaiser
May 2017 The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes
Apr. 2017 Killing a King: The Assassination of Yitzhak Rabin and the Remaking of Israel by Dan Ephron
Mar. 2017
March Trilogy by John Lewis
Feb. 2017 Light in August by William Faulkner
Jan. 2017 Thirteen Days in September by Lawrence Wright
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2016 Books
Dec. 2016
Words Without Music: A Memoir by Philip Glass
Nov. 2016 Marriage of Opposites by Alice Hoffman
Oct. 2016 Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Sep. 2016 Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow
Jun. 2016 The Gospel of Judas by Simon Mawer
May 2016 A Replacement Life by Boris Fishman
Apr. 2016 The Pope and Mussolini, The Secret History of Pius XI and the Rise of Fascism in Europe 
by David I. Kertzer
Mar. 2016 Midnight at the Pera Palace, The Birthplace of Modern Istanbul by Charles King
Feb. 2016 Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali
Jan. 2016 The Retrospective by A.B. Yehoshua
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2015 Books
Dec. 2015 Every Man Dies Alone by Hans Fallada
Nov. 2015 The Boys in the Boat, Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics by Daniel James Brown
Oct. 2015 The Betrayers by David Bezmozgis
Sep. 2015 Like Dreamers: the Story of the Israeli Paratroopers who reunited Jerusalem and Divided a Nation by Yossi Klein Halevi

 

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

Green Team

The Green Team helps the Temple Micah community focus on environmental issues, applying the principles of tikkun olam, repair of the world, to our educational programs, celebrations of holidays, and maintenance of our facilities. Contact: Green Team

Hebrew Short Stories

Read and translate the Hebrew short stories of the popular Israeli author Etgar Keret. The text is vocalized and modified for Hebrew learners. Contact: Hebrew Short Stories for a copy of the next story and more information about the group.

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 is comprised of congregant volunteers. Micah Cooks does not cater off site-events. Contact: Micah Cooks

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: Rachel Carlson.

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.

Ski Club

Yes! Temple Micah has a Ski Club! Its next trip is scheduled for January 20 – 27, 2018, in St. Moritz, Switzerland. Since 1999, the Temple Micah Ski Club has enjoyed an annual ski trip almost always to Europe–we skied once each in Canada and the American West–generally the last week of January or the first week of February. The group is small (about 10-14 people usually) and congenial. We stay at hotels that provide breakfast and dinner, which we eat together and get to know each other better. All levels of skiers participate–as well as cross country skiers, snowshoers, and people who just love to relax and enjoy the gorgeous scenery. We do a Kabbalat Shabbat service on Friday evening and Havdalah on Saturday evening. All are very welcome. For more information please email skiclub@templemicah.org.

Wise Aging

Designed by the Institute for Jewish Spirituality, the Wise Aging program creates a safe space to explore issues related to aging within a small trusting community. The program consists of a series of nine workshops based on the book, WISE AGING: Living with Joy, Resilience, & Spirit by Rabbi Rachel Cowan and Dr. Linda Thal.

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

“It was a remarkable experience that has enriched my life as well as given me tools to help me tackle the challenges ahead.” Participants in Wise Aging groups conducted at Temple Micah over the past two years have called the experience “transformative”.

The Wise Aging Committee has formed new cohorts for the 2017-2018 year.  The current 9-session program is underway and group members will be guided through reflective work that enables them to come to new understandings about their life, self and values.  Learning modes include text study, active listening, exercises, reflection, and journaling.  The groups meet regularly to learn, share experiences and acquire skills for making changes in their lives that will lead to a deeper sense of well-being.

Sessions are based primarily on resources developed for the Institute for Jewish Spirituality by Rabbi Rachel Cowan and Dr. Linda Thal, Wise Aging: Living with Joy, Resilience and Spirit.

Topics include:

  • What is special about this life stage?
  • Life review
  • Becoming one’s authentic self
  • Developing a positive relationship to our changing bodies
  • Revitalizing and nourishing healthy relationships
  • Forgiveness and reconciliation
  • Cultivating spiritual qualities for well-being
  • Learning to live with loss, change and death
  • Cultivating wisdom
  • Leaving a legacy

There is no charge, but all participants must buy the Wise Aging book, priced at $16.95.  Participants will be asked to commit to regular attendance to establish and maintain rapport with one another and develop a safe, nourishing community.

To learn more, email the Wise Aging Coordinators or leave a message at the Temple office for a facilitator to call you with more information.