Our Micah

Temple Micah is a teaching, caring and doing congregation. We are at once traditional and innovative, combining a good helping of time-honored ritual with groundbreaking, new approaches to Jewish life. We put a premium on creativity, experimentation and learning. We urge every member to join us in a meaningful religious journey and to build personal connections through active participation in the life of our community.

We have fun. We delight in delicious food, and raise money by preparing gourmet meals for each other. Exquisite music adds beauty and emotional richness to our services, and our youth and adult choirs allow many congregants to join in the creation of something extraordinary.

Rabbi Zemel’s Vision

My dream is that the community of Temple Micah be a carrier and creator of an inspiring message about God, faith, humanity and the Jewish People. To be part of our community should be to know in a visceral way that we are all created in God’s image.

I dream that walking into Micah will be an experience unlike any other – that somehow we know when we are at Micah that there is such a thing as the sacred, that our good deeds count for something and that being Jewish matters because of the wisdom, passion and ethical vision we offer to the world.

Our Defining Values

1. Community: It is our hope that Micah serves as a communal home. We want to create a community where  friends cross generational lines, where the older meet the younger, where we have a sense of “village,” where we know we belong and can fully participate.

2. Torah-centered study: Intellectual inquiry into the nature of our religion is fundamental to who we are. We care about learning and teaching for everyone.

3. Relevant religious experiences: We want Micah to be a place where we can deepen our spiritual selves through religious experiences of prayer, ritual, music, and art that touch our souls and add beauty to our lives. We seek to make the pursuit of religious experience accessible and vital to everyone.

4. Acts of love and kindness: The pursuit of social justice as a Jewish obligation is seen as a primary expression of a religious life. The ethical mandate of Judaism is both a communal and individual responsibility. We seek to make acts of love and kindness real in our daily lives.

5. Inclusiveness: Our members are young, old, queer, straight, married, and single.  Their families include non-Jewish members and those of different abilities, different races and ethnicities.  Whether you are firmly rooted Jewishly or are a new seeker, Micah is a home for you.

6. L’dor vador: Educating our children is a communal responsibility.  Including them in our community activities is a pervasive and ongoing process. We are a community where different generations care for each other.

7. Support: Each member of our community is important. We support each other at times of life, death, illness, change, and other crises.

8. Israel as a guidepost: Israel is part of our religious consciousness as Jews, providing an integral reflection of the Torah. It serves as a fundamental connection to our Jewish identity.

9. Humility: We value modesty as a community as well as self-reflection and humor and laughter. We seek to be open-minded and non-dogmatic in all that we embrace and do. Our building has no donor or memorial plaques. Our members give to their abilities, and no person is lifted up higher than another based on financial contributions.