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Judaism is passed down from generation to generation, l’dor vador, and we are the Next Dor next door! Housed at Temple Micah, Next Dor is a group for young Jewish adults in the Metro D.C. area who want to connect to each other through Judaism. They join with other 20s/30s initiatives in High Holy Days, classes, events, as well as participate in their own programs.
Next Dor is Temple Micah’s home for all young adults, members and non-members. While focused on this specific age cohort, Next Dor is also a part of Micah, and sometimes enjoys Shabbat services and congregational conversations with the greater Micah community. Rabbi Crawley and Alexina Haefner run the group and are eager to hear new ideas for programming from Next Dor participants.
We strive to build an inviting and dynamic Jewish community where everyone is welcomed and inspired. We work to remove any obstacles to becoming a part of this vibrant community; we try to make events accessible, affordable, and walk-in friendly.
Young adults are also welcome to become members of Temple Micah. We have special membership rates for first-time members under the age of 30. Dues for the first year are $36. Each subsequent year dues increase in small increments, to a cap of $180.
Rabbi Stephanie Crawley
Rabbi Crawley is the Next Dor Rabbi. She was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri, and spent her summers playing competitive softball and attending Jewish summer camp. Stephanie is a proud alumnus of Case Western Reserve University, where she received her degree in Political Science and International Relations, with a minor in Jewish Studies. She has served as a Jewish educator and musician in a variety of capacities in Manhattan, Connecticut, D.C., Jerusalem, Czech Republic, Belarus, Washington, California, and Ohio, and spent a transformative summer as a Spiritual Counselor at Beit T’shuvah, a Jewish addiction treatment center. While at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, Rabbi Crawley was part of the highly regarded Bonnie and Daniel Tisch Rabbinical Fellowship, and worked for Rabbi Larry Hoffman in the development of a worship center for the Reform Movement. She loves tacos almost as much as she loves Torah, and believes that the search for hidden voices in sacred texts helps us find our own. Stephanie is a passionate recycler, book collector, and St. Louis Cardinals fan.
Alexina Haefner, Community Coordinator
Alexina Haefner is originally from northern Virginia, but spent half of her high school years in Singapore. She attended the College of William and Mary, where she studied Jewish Studies and Business Analytics and had the pleasure of taking classes with several professors who were Temple Micah members. While in college she served as president of both Hillel and the LGBTQ community, and taught Hebrew school for three years at Temple Beth El. She also worked as a summer intern at Sixth & I and was part of the HUC-JIR Founders’ Fellowship for Jewish student leaders. Outside of work Alexina loves rock climbing, language learning, French musicals, and watching every adaptation of Romeo and Juliet she can (she’s seen twenty).
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