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 Purim-to-Pesach Food Drive
Good Faith Community Coalition Share Your Hanukkah, Spread the Light
Gun Violence Prevention Working Group Sukkat Shalom (Shelter of Peace)
Mazon Micah Sukkot in Spring
Micah House Temple Micah & the Environment

Fall Underwear Drive

Every Fall, from Rosh Hashanah through Yom Kippur, since 2000, the sixth grade class organizes our Underwear Drive. This drive provides a year’s worth of undergarments for our neighbors experiencing homelessness. We donate the underwear to Friendship Place.

Washington Jewish Week featured our underwear drive in this article.

Good Faith Communities Coalition

Temple Micah is a member of this faith-based coalition 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.

Here are some resources if you want to get more involved. Contact the coordinating team to learn more.

Mazon Micah

Once a month we gather on Sunday afternoon to break bread together, and then assemble mazon, food, for our neighbors in need at Friendship Place. This sandwich-making 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. 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.

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.  Mark your calendar for our next walk, April 26, 2020.

Purim

Every year as we gather to celebrate Purim, we ask everyone to arrive with a box of uncooked macaroni. After we shake the macaroni groggers during our high-energy Purim shpiel, we donate the boxes. Mark your calendar for our 2020 Purim Celebration, March 9, 2020.

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)

In early 2017, a group of Micah members created Sukkat Shalom (Shelter of Peace) to lead the congregation in efforts to support new refugees as well as immigrants at risk of deportation.
Through donations from more than 200 Micah members, we raised enough funds to successfully support an Afghan family for the first year of their lives in the US, through partnership with Lutheran Social Services. We have participated with the Sanctuary Congregations Network, have supported a Congolese refugee family with a local church, have organized diaper drives for HIAS and their refugee client families, have provided tax preparation workshops for refugees, and other activities.
For information on how to get involved, reach out to Sukkat Shalom.

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 contact us. 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.