SOCIAL JUSTICE

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Annual Mini-Walk
for Micah House

Each spring, Micah holds a "mini-walk"
to support Micah House, a transitional
residence for homeless women
in recovery from substance abuse.

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Our Partnership with
Friendship Place

Temple Micah’s Annual Underwear
Drive provides new underwear to
Friendship Place, helping them supply
the dignity of fresh underwear.

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Sukkot in Spring

Temple Micah participates in Yachad’s
annual housing rehabilitation program for
DC residents in need, preserving
affordable homes and
revitalizing neighborhoods.

We know when we are at Micah that there is such a thing as the sacred, that our good deeds count for something – Rabbi Zemel

The pursuit of social justice is fundamental to Temple Micah. As a community, we engage in a range of service projects, we support advocacy efforts to promote social justice, and we work to educate ourselves on important social justice issues.

Our Projects & Partnerships

 

Fall Underwear Drive

Help us meet our goal of providing 15,000 pieces of new underwear to Friendship Place. The Temple Micah underwear drive is the major source of new underwear for homeless people in Northwest Washington who are served by Friendship Place .  While many people donate coats and
Underwear drive prep other used clothing, it is all too common for homeless people to lack new underwear and the dignity it can provide.

There are two ways to donate. Drop your items off at Temple Micah or check out our Amazon wish list. Our annual underwear drive ends on October 31st , so please order or purchase your contribution soon.

Questions? Please contact the Underwear Drive Co-chairs.

 

Men

❑   T-shirts – S, M, L, XL, 2X, 3X

❑   Socks – White Crew Size 6-12, White Ankle Size 6-12

❑   Boxers & Boxer Briefs* (Boxer Briefs strongly preferred) – M, L, XL, 2X, 3X, 4X

❑   Thermal underwear

Women

❑   Underwear – Sizes M, L, XL, 2X, 3X, 4X

❑   Bras – L, XL

❑   Thermal underwear

Good Faith Communities Coalition

Temple Micah is a member of this faith-based coalition (www.goodfaithdc.org) that advocates on issues of poverty, affordable housing, and homelessness in the District of Columbia. Good Faith organizes congregations to engage in educational activities to better understand these issues. Good Faith members also participate in a range of advocacy activities, from letter-writing to testifying at the DC Council.

To learn more or join Micah’s chapter of the Good Faith Communities coalition, contact our coordinating team.

Gun Violence Prevention Working Group

This informal group at Micah fosters conversation about gun violence, both on a national scale and within our own community, focusing on raising awareness and cultivating intergenerational education. The group maintains the Micah tradition of reading a list of victims lost to violence in DC each week when we prepare for the Mourner’s Kaddish, and facilitates our congregation’s participation in the national Gun Violence Prevention Sabbath each December, as well as marking Wear Orange Day each June.

Looking to get involved.  We have an easy to use source sheet with links to help you find areas to focus on.  Meg van Achterberg and Elsie Klumpner are the current co-leaders of the group, and can be reached at gvp@templemicah.org.

Mazon Micah

Mazon Micah EditedOnce a month volunteers from Temple Micah will gather on Sunday afternoon to break bread together, and then assemble mazon, food, for our neighbors in need at Friendship Place. This sandwich-making and donating initiative helps us deepen relationships within the Micah community, and simultaneously reminds us to turn our awareness outwards. See the calendar and weekly emails for upcoming Mazon Micah Sundays. Bring your own lunch, and then help us make lunches for those less fortunate!  If you would like to be involved please contact us

 

Micah House

Micah HouseMH Miniwalk kids signs is a transitional, supportive residence for homeless women in recovery from substance abuse that was founded by Temple Micah members in 1989. Micah House’s board is comprised of Temple Micah members and it is substantially supported by the generosity of Temple Micah members.

On Friday, October 26th, we will honor Micah House at Temple Micah’s Shabbat services. Please come and listen to a former Micah House resident describe her personal struggles with addiction and her continuing recovery process.  Additionally, several former and current residents, as well as the Micah House case manager, will be in attendance.

Each spring, our community comes together for a “mini-walk” to raise money to support Micah House in what is consistently Micah House’s single largest fundraiser. Last year’s Mini-Walk raised over $10,000!  Make sure to put April 28, 2019 on your calendar for the next mini-walk!. Learn more about their remarkable work in their newsletter and find out how you can support them.

Purim-to-Pesach Food Drive

Temple Micah collects non-perishable food between Purim and Pesach to help fight hunger in the Washington region. This project is led by a Machon Micah class. Please bring non-perishable items with you every time you visit Micah during this period.

For more information contact Rabbi Beraha.

Share Your Hanukkah, Spread the Light

Every December, the Micah community participates in “Share Your Hanukkah, Spread the Light.” Through this project, launched in 2004, Micah members provide holiday gifts for adults and children in needy families in conjunction with a local social service agency. This project is run each year by the 5th grade students.

Sukkat Shalom (Shelter of Peace)

How Can We Help Refugees and Immigrants?
In an effort to support new refugees as well as immigrants at risk of deportation, a group of Temple Micah congregants have created Sukkat Shalom, whose goal is to explore and facilitate related volunteer and fundraising opportunities. Find out more information and how to get involved here.

Sukkot in Spring

Yachad HammeringWhile springtime brings Passover, it also signals preparation for Yachad’s Sukkot in Spring — a week when hundreds of Washington-area Jews repair the homes of area residents who, through poverty, age or disability, are unable to make the repairs necessary to keep their homes clean, dry and safe. Temple Micah sponsors and participates in minor to moderate repairs on a family’s home. For more information email sukkotinspring@templemicah.org. Read about our impact here.

Temple Micah & the Environment

Temple Micah recognizes that environmental issues are an essential part of tikkun olam, repairing the world. Therefore, Temple Micah devotes attention, resources, and energy to apply this principle to itself, its members, and the broader community in order to preserve, sustain, and repair our environment.  We strive to operate and maintain our facilities in an environmentally sound manner, and we incorporate environmental principles into our Jewish education.