Click the program titles below for more information:
- Adult Choir
- Aging Together
- Book Club
- Forging Micah Connections
- Green Team
- Hebrew Short Stories
- Micah Cooks
- Musical Mornings
- Next Dor for 20s & 30s
- Sacred Circle Dancing for Healing and Joy
- Wise Aging
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
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
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
|Sept. 2017||Those Angry Days: Roosevelt, Lindbergh, and America’s Fight Over WWII, 1939-1941 by Lynne Olson|
|Oct. 2017||Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J.D. Vance|
|Nov. 2017||In The Darkroom by Susan Faludi|
|Dec. 2017||Judas by Amos Oz|
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
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
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.
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 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
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
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 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.
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
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? If so, please complete the online questionnaire.
“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 is now assessing interest in forming new cohorts for the 2017-2018 year. In the 9-session program beginning in the fall, you will be guided through reflective work that enables you to come to new understandings about your life, self and values. Learning modes include text study, active listening, exercises, reflection, and journaling. We will meet regularly to learn, share experiences and acquire skills for making changes in our 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.
- 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
Your interest will help us determine the 2017 -2018 Wise Aging program schedule. It is likely that two groups will be established. Please indicate your day/time preference on the online questionnaire.
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 Wiseaging@templemicah.org or leave a message at the Temple office for a facilitator to call you with more information.