High Holy Days 2018 – 5779

We welcome you to join in worship with the Temple Micah community for the High Holy Days.

Temple Micah’s main services for the High Holy Days are held at the National United Methodist Church (formerly MMUMC), located at 3401 Nebraska Avenue, NW in Washington DC. 

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ROSH HASHANAH

Sunday, September 9 – Erev Rosh Hashanah

8:00 pm: Sanctuary Service; Led by Rabbi Daniel G. Zemel, Rabbi Josh Beraha, Cantor Meryl
Weiner, Music Director Teddy Klaus, and Cantorial Student Ilana Goldman;Oneg to follow.

Monday, September 10 – Rosh Hashanah Day

9:00 am-9:45 am: Young Family Service (Newborn-1 st grade);Led by Rabbi Josh Beraha
and Rabbi Stephanie Crawley

9:45 am-1:15 pm: Childcare (3 mos.-1 st grade—registration required)

10:15 am-11:45 am: Children’s Service (2 nd -6 th grade);Led by Lesley Levin (Assistant
Director of Education), Rachel Carlson (Community Coordinator: Youth & Young Adults), and
Rachel Wolman (Songleader)

10:30 am: Sanctuary Service; Led by Rabbi Daniel G. Zemel, Cantor Meryl Weiner, and
Music Director Teddy Klaus

10:30 am: Great Hall Service; Led by Rabbi Josh Beraha, Rabbi Stephanie Crawley,
Rabbinical Intern Samantha Frank, and Cantorial Student Ilana Goldman

Youth Lounge: 11:45 am-1:15 pm (2nd -6th grade—registration required)

The choir will be singing in the Sanctuary service. Worship in both the Sanctuary and Great
Hall services will be enhanced by musicians who have joined us in the past.

YOM KIPPUR

Tuesday, September 18 – Kol Nidre

8:00 pm: Main Sanctuary Service; Led by Rabbi Daniel G. Zemel, Cantor Meryl Weiner, and Music Director Teddy Klaus

8:00 pm: Great Hall Service; Led by Rabbi Josh Beraha and Cantorial Intern Ilana Goldman

Wednesday, September 19  – Yom Kippur Day

9:00 am-9:45 am: Young Family Service (newborn-1st grade)

9:45 am-1:15 pm: Childcare (3 mos.-1st grade—registration required)

10:15 am-11:45 am: Children’s Service (2nd– 6th grade)

10:30 am: Sanctuary Service; Led by Rabbi Daniel G. Zemel, Rabbi Stephanie Crawley, Cantor Meryl Weiner, and Music Director Teddy Klaus

10:30 am: Great Hall ServiceLed by Rabbi Josh Beraha Beraha, Rabbinical Intern Samantha Frank, and Cantorial Student Ilana Goldman

Youth Lounge: 11:45 am -1:15 pm (2nd– 6th grade —registration required)

1:30 pm: Ask the Rabbis

2:45 pm: Afternoon Break and 25 Year Club Readings

3:30 pm: Afternoon and Neilah Services; (Yizkor approx 5:00 pm)
Services usually end at 6:30/7:00 pm

The choir will be singing in the Sanctuary service. Worship in both the Sanctuary and Great Hall services will be enhanced by musicians who have joined us in the past.

Request tickets for services and register for Youth Lounge through the ticket request form.

Members must log-in using the UserID and Password sent to them in the mail. If you have questions, please contact the office by email or phone (202) 342-9175.

Members may purchase tickets for out-of-town family guests using the online ticket request form.

Non-members, please see the non-member section

Please request tickets no later than Friday, August 31, 2018.

Once your registration is submitted, you will get an automatic email response confirming your order.  The office will then review your request and verify that your account is current, including at least 1/3 of your 2018-2019 membership pledge, any prior unpaid balances, and all additional High Holy Day charges (guest tickets, prayerbooks, and yizkor donations).  After all payments have been verified, you will receive an email containing your E-ticket.  If you have questions regarding your pledge, payments, or other financial matters, please contact our bookkeeper, Rhiannon Walsh, at (202) 342-9175.

Be sure to print an E-ticket for each person attending services, and bring the tickets with you to each service

Ticket Prices

Members
Tickets are free for members and their children (up to age 21).

Non-Members
Non-member (adult, age 22+)—$150 per service
Non-member (youth, age 13-21)—$50 per service
Non-member (child, 12 and under)—Free

Family Guests of Members
Guest of member (adult, age 22+)—$75 per service
Guest of member (youth, age 13-21)—$36 per service
Guest of member (child, age 12 and under)—Free

Member of a Reform Congregation Outside the Greater Washington, DC Area
URJ Reciprocal ticket: $0 with URJ Reciprocal Ticketing Form completed by a representative of your home congregation

Youth Lounge
Youth Lounge (2nd– 6th grade): $15 per child per day; pre-registration required. The deadline for Youth Lounge registration is Friday, August 31, 2018.  No walk-ins will be permitted.

Child Care
Professional, licensed childcare will be provided for children (ages 3 mos. – 1st grade) during daytime services only, at the rate of $60 per child per day.  Pre-registration is required for childcare. The deadline is Friday, August 24, 2018. No walk-ins will be permitted.

The childcare company provides professional supervision, but snacks and lunch are not provided.  Parents must provide NUT-FREE snacks, drinks and lunch (if applicable) for their children.  For small children, bring all equipment, diapers, food, etc., and written instructions for feeding and nap schedules.  Please retain a mobile phone (on silent or vibrate) so that you are reachable during services if your child is in our care.

  • Print Your Tickets. Be sure to print a copy of the e-ticket for each person attending services and bring your e-ticket to every service.
  • Bring Your Own Prayerbooks: IMPORTANT INFORMATION
    Members are strongly encouraged to bring their own prayerbooks to all High Holy Day services.  We use Mishkan HaNefesh. The availability of loaner books is very limited. New members and members who do not have the current prayerbook can place orders through the registration website.
  • Arrive Early.  We request that those who arrive early do not reserve seating for later arrivals in their group. Seating is available in the order of arrival. People who arrive early may wait in the vestibule of the lower lobby by the Great Hall.
    • For Adult Services at MMUMC, there are now two entrances. For the Sanctuary service, entry is through the front doors on Nebraska Avenue. Entrance for the Great Hall Service is through the doors facing the parking lot.
    • Young Family and Children’s Services will be held in the Vestry and entry is through the doors facing the parking lot.
    • There are two accessible entrances. The front entrance to the Sanctuary has a ramp. The lower level entrance by the Great Hall lobby is off the parking lot; follow signs to the elevator.
  • No Backpacks.  No large bags or backpacks will be permitted into the building for security reasons.  Please leave them at home or in your car.
  • Participate in Our Annual Underwear Drive. Join Machon Micah’s 6th graders for one of Temple Micah’s most important mitzvah projects: providing dignity to the area’s homeless by donating NEW underwear items to Friendship Place, a local community-based organization that works with the District’s homeless. Pick up a bag on Rosh Hashanah and return it on Yom Kippur filled with new underwear.  You can find more information on the Temple Micah’s Social Justice page.
  • Sustenance Room. We will have a room set aside on Yom Kippur with food for those who are medically unable to fast.

Children’s & Young Family Services

Temple Micah offers two services for children during the High Holy Days on the mornings of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.  We welcome families with children to join us for these lively, warm and family-friendly services led by Rabbi Josh Beraha (Associate Rabbi, Director of Congregational Learning), Rabbi Stephanie Crawley (Assistant Rabbi), Lesley Levin (Assistant Director of Education), Rachel Carlson (Community Coordinator: Youth and Young Adults), and Rachel Wolman (Songleader).

  • 9:00-9:45 am: Young Family service geared towards families with children through 1st grade.  The Young Family service lasts about 45 minutes.
  • 10:15-11:45 am: Children’s service for children in 2nd-6th grade.  The children’s service lasts approximately 1 hour and a half.  After the conclusion of the children’s service, a supervised Youth Lounge will be available (with pre-registration) for children in 2nd-6th grade. Alternatively, older children may join their parents for the remainder of adult services.

Notes:

  • Tickets are free, but required for the young family and children’s services.
  • Please plan to enter the building at the side entrance off the lower parking lot, and proceed to the Vestry for the services.

Child Care

Professional, licensed childcare will be provided for children (ages 3 mos.-1st grade) during daytime services.  

  • Pre-registration is required.
  • The fee is $60 per child per day.
  • The deadline is Friday, August 24, 2018.
  • No walk-ins will be permitted.

The childcare company provides professional supervision, but snacks and lunch are not provided.  Parents must provide NUT-FREE snacks, drinks and lunch (if applicable) for their children.  For small children, bring all equipment, diapers, food, etc., and written instructions for feeding and nap schedules.  Please retain a mobile phone (on silent or vibrate) so that you are reachable during services if your child is in our care.

We encourage you to join our Young Family Service at 9:00 am.

Youth Lounge

Temple Micah has contracted with independent, professional childcare providers to supervise a Youth Lounge with activities for older children (2nd-6th grade) during the daytime services.

Youth Lounge (2nd-6th grade)

  • Pre-registration is required.
  • The fee is $15 per child per day.
  • The deadline for registration and payment is Friday, August 31, 2018.
  • No walk-ins will be permitted.
  • Parents should plan to pick up their children from the youth lounge by 1:15 pm. Please note: children will not be released without a parent or guardian present.

We use the High Holy Day Prayerbook Mishkan HaNefesh.

Members are strongly encouraged to bring their own copies of Mishkan HaNefesh to all High Holy Day services and to write their names inside their prayerbooks.  Availability of “loaner” books is very limited.

Prayerbooks may be purchased using the online ticket request form for $40 per set. If you purchase books in advance, the books will be available for pick up in the temple office prior to the High Holy Days.  Please pick up your books by Tuesday, September 4, 2018.

Reciprocal Tickets for Members of Another Reform Congregation

Reciprocal tickets are available at no cost if you are a member (in good standing) of another Reform synagogue outside the DC metropolitan area. You must ask your home congregation to send the Temple Micah office a reciprocity form indicating that you are a member in good standing. Once the office receives that form, they will fill out the ticket request form for you and email your ticket to you.

Non-Member Tickets

A limited number of additional tickets are available to non-members on a first come, first served basis, at the fees shown below.  All tickets must be paid for in advance.

  • Adults (age 22+)— $150 per adult per service.
  • Youth (age 13-21)—$50 per person per service.
  • Children (12 and under)—Free
  • If you are a family member of a Temple Micah member, please coordinate your registration along with that of your relative. Temple Micah members may purchase guest tickets for out-of-town family when they complete their registration.

We look forward to welcoming you as a member in subsequent years. If you join Temple Micah by January 1, 2019 the cost of your High Holiday tickets will be applied toward your dues pledge.

Every year we list the names of loved ones who have died in a special booklet that is shared with all those who attend Yom Kippur Afternoon Services.

Please use the registration form to add the names of those loved ones you want included in the Yizkor book by Friday, August 31, 2018 in order to permit time for printing the booklet.

Temple Micah holds Erev Rosh Hashanah and Kol Nidre services for young adults irrespective of membership or temple affiliation. These services are led by Rabbi Stephanie Crawley and feature singer-songwriter Michelle Citrin. These services are held at 8:00 pm at Temple Micah (2829 Wisconsin Avenue, NW, Washington DC).

We ask that you RSVP here for the Erev Rosh Hashanah and Kol Nidre services. We have a limited number of seats, so please register early.

Temple Micah’s High Holy Days services will be held at the Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church (MMUMC), 3401 Nebraska Ave., N.W., in the District. 

The parking lot is limited to members with mobility issues. If you need a parking pass, please indicate at the end of the registration form.

Please let us know on your registration form if you need a ride. Hineni, our caring committee, will arrange rides for you.

Be sure to leave ample travel time to accommodate whichever option you choose.

Here is some information on parking and other options:

Option 1: For Those Who Drive

Neighborhood Parking
There is no time limit on non-metered, legal spaces at night and on weekends.

Parking Garages on New Mexico Avenue 
There are two parking garages on New Mexico Avenue within walking distance of the church.

  1. The garage at Chef Geoff’s, 3201 New Mexico Ave., is open from 7 am to 10 pm and costs $4 an hour, to a maximum of $15.
  2. The garage at Foxhall Square, 3301 New Mexico Ave., fills up early on weekdays. It opens at 7 am and costs $4 an hour, to a maximum of $16. It is FREE if you exit after 8 pm, so should be a good option for evening services.

Carpool 
We encourage members to carpool together. The back of the membership directory contains a member list organized by ZIP code to assist you in finding Micah members who live nearby.

Option 2: Public Transportation

Metro to Tenleytown and take WMATA Bus, walk or take a taxi:
The closest Metro stop to the MMUMC is Tenleytown, on the Red Line.

Two WMATA buses (M4 and N2) go between the Tenleytown Metro stop and the church.

Option 3: Taxi or Rideshare to MMUMC

Please direct your driver to drop you off and pick you up on Newark Street near Nebraska Avenue in order to prevent traffic congestion in the parking lot and in front of the church.

What if I want to change my ticket request?

If for any reason you need to change the information on your ticket, please call the Temple Micah office or email HighHolyDays@templemicah.org.

I am a member of another Reform (URJ) congregation. Do I need to fill out a ticket request?

If you live outside the DC metropolitan area, ask your home congregation to send the Temple Micah office a reciprocity form indicating that you are a member in good standing. Once the office receives that form, they will fill out the ticket request form for you and email your ticket to you.

Can I substitute friends/family members on my ticket without changing the names listed?

For security reasons, substituting names without changing the information on your ticket is strongly discouraged. If for any reason your ticket does not reflect the correct number and names of the individuals attending the services, please contact the Temple Micah office at (202) 342-9175.

I am in the process of becoming a Temple Micah member. Should I fill out the ticket request form as a member or as a non-member?

Please fill out the ticket request form as a non-member. Any payment you make towards tickets will be applied towards your membership dues if you join by January 1, 2019.

Do my children need tickets?

Children 12 or under do not require their own tickets. Tickets are free, but required, for adults attending children’s services. Members can receive tickets for their young adults (ages 13 to 21) using the registration form.

Do I need to purchase a prayerbook?

Availability of loaner books is very limited and we cannot guarantee enough prayerbooks for everyone who needs one.  We strongly encourage members to purchase their own prayerbooks for $40. Prayerbooks will be available for purchase on the High Holy Days registration website until supplies run out.

What are the accommodations for special needs (hearing aids, special needs parking, wheelchair access)?

If you require a special needs parking pass, please indicate this on your ticket request form.

The sanctuary and all other areas of Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church are wheelchair accessible by a ramp located on the Nebraska Avenue side of the building, as well as an entrance off of the parking lot with an elevator.

Personal listening assistance systems are available in the MMUMC lobby.

Volunteers

We rely on volunteers for many aspects of the High Holy Days, and wouldn’t be able to worship as a community without your support.  Whether you have a little time or a lot, please contact us to volunteer.  We are looking for greeters/ushers, people to help with setting up, as well as helping with the Oneg.  You can complete the volunteer section of the online ticket form or contact the High Holy Day co-chairs.