For First Time Visitors on Shabbat

New to Micah? We’ve compiled some of our frequently asked questions to help you get a sense of what we’re like. We hope you’ll visit us to learn more. We’d also love to get to know you. If you’re interested in learning more about membership at Micah, visit our Join Us page or contact our membership committee to find out more about us.

What should I expect during services?
On Friday evenings, the oneg (refreshments) begins at 6 pm in the upstairs library. At 6:30 pm, the service itself begins in the lobby with singing and blessings. We then enter the sanctuary to continue welcoming Shabbat.

On Saturday mornings, the service begins at 10:15 am, and is followed by a festive kiddush (refreshments).

What should I wear?
Temple Micah is an informal place. We want you to feel comfortable. For Shabbat services, people generally dress in business casual attire. Tallitot (prayer shawls) and kippot (yarmulkes) are optional but available for those who choose to wear them. Members tend to dress a bit more formally when they have been invited for an honor on the bimah (pulpit), or are attending High Holy Day services.

Do services generally begin on time? How long are services?
Our services begin on schedule, and people generally arrive on time. Friday evening services begin with an oneg (refreshments) at 6 pm. The service begins at 6:30 pm and typically ends around 7:45 pm. The Saturday morning service begins at 10:15 am and ends around noon.

Is there parking?
Our parking lot fills up rather quickly; there is ample street parking in the neighborhood. Therefore, we suggest that you arrive early for services. We are able to reserve a space for people with limited mobility if you call the office by Friday morning to make this request for Shabbat services.

What about children at services?
We love having children at all of our services! Our children are part of our community, and we want them to be seen and heard. If for any reason you need to leave the sanctuary with your child, we have an adjacent quiet room from which you may continue to see and hear the service. The quiet room can be accessed by a door to the right of the bimah (pulpit).