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 Young Adults
- Sacred Circle Dancing for Healing and Joy
- Ski Club
- 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
|May 2018||Forest Dark by Nicole Krauss|
|June 2018||Spain in Our Hearts: Americans in… by Adam Hochschild|
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.
Yes! Temple Micah has a Ski Club! 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 email@example.com.
Designed by the Institute for Jewish Spirituality consisting of nine workshops based on the book Wise Aging: Living with Joy, Resilience & Spirit by Rabbi Rachel Cowan and Dr. Linda Thal. Topics include: • 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.
In 2015 a group of Temple Micah facilitators trained by the Institute conducted our initial workshops. Each year since then, Micah members have joined these small discussion groups (along with a few non-members, some of whom subsequently joined the congregation). In addition, some participants have found it valuable enough to continue to meet in alumni groups.
The experience has been called“transformative;” one participant stated that it “has given me tools to tackle the challenges ahead.” A new cohort of Wise Agers begins the workshops every fall. Two or more groups will be established, depending on demand. There is no charge, but each participant must purchase the Wise Aging book ($16.95). Participants commit to regular attendance in order to establish and maintain a safe and nourishing community.
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