High Holy Days

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 Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church (MMUMC), located at 3401 Nebraska Avenue, NW in Washington DC.  Please Note: This year we will not be having a Break the Fast meal.  There will be Nosh and Go snacks available after services.


Wednesday, September 20 – Erev Rosh Hashanah

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

Thursday, September 21 – Rosh Hashanah Day

9:00 am – 9:45 am: Young Family Service (Newborn through 1st Grade); Led by Rabbi Josh Beraha, Rachel Carlson (Community Coordinator: Youth & Young Adults), and Lesley Levin (Educator)
10:00 am – 11:15 am: Children’s Service (2nd – 6th grade); Led by Rachel Carlson (Community Coordinator: Youth & Young Adults), Lesley Levin (Educator), and Rachel Wolman (Songleader)
10:30 am: Main Sanctuary ServiceLed by Rabbi Daniel G. Zemel, Cantor Meryl Weiner, and Music Director Teddy Klaus
10:30 am: Great Hall ServiceLed by Rabbis Josh Beraha and Susan Landau, Rabbinical Intern Samantha Frank, and Cantorial Intern Ilana Goldman
Childcare 9:45 am – 1:15 pm: (3 mos. through 1st grade – registration required)
Youth Lounge: 11:30 am – 1:15 pm (2nd through 6th grades – registration required)


Friday, September 29 – 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

Saturday, September 30  – Yom Kippur Day

9:00 am – 9:45 am:  Young Family Service (Newborn through 1st Grade)
10:15 am – 11:30 am: Children’s Service (2nd– 6th grade)
10:30 am: Main Sanctuary ServiceLed by Rabbis Daniel G. Zemel and Susan Landau, 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 Intern Ilana Goldman
Childcare 9:45 am – 1:15 pm (3 mos. through 1st grade – registration required)
Youth Lounge: 11:30 am – 1:15 pm (2nd through 6th grades – 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

Request tickets and register for childcare/youth lounge through the online 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 or (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 Tuesday, September 12, 2017.

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 2017-2018 membership pledge, any prior unpaid balances, and all additional High Holy Day charges.  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 call the 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

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

Non-member adult (age 22+): $150/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/service
Guest of member youth (age 13-21): $36 per service
Guest of member child (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

Childcare & Youth Lounge
Childcare (3 mos. -1st grade): $60 per child per day; registration required
Youth Lounge (grades 2-6): $15 per child per day; registration required

  • 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 this year and entry is through either set of doors.
    • There are two special needs entrances. The front entrance 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 & Youth Services

Temple Micah offers two services for children during the High Holy Days during 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 (Assistant Rabbi, Director of Congregational Learning), Rachel Carlson (Community Coordinator: Youth and Young Adults), Lesley Levin (Educator), and Rachel Wolman (Songleader).

  • 9:00-9:45 am: Young Family service geared towards families with children through first grade.  The Young Family service lasts about 45 minutes and childcare (with pre-registration) is offered during the remainder of the morning services
  • 10:15-11:30 am: Children’s service for children in grades 2 through 6.  The children’s service lasts approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes.  A Youth Lounge offering supervision is available for children (with pre-registration) after services.  Alternatively, older children may join their parents for the remainder of adult services.


  • Tickets are free, but required for the 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.


Childcare and Youth Lounge

Temple Micah has contracted with independent, professional childcare providers to provide childcare for young children (3 mos. through 1st grade) and a youth lounge with supervised activities for older children (grades 2 – 6) during the day services only (there is no childcare during Yom Kippur afternoon services).

Childcare (3 mos. through 1st Grade)

  • Pre-registration is required and the deadline is Tuesday, September 12, 2017.
  • No “walk-ins” will be permitted. This is to protect children’s safety and to assure that a sufficient number of childcare providers are available for the children who are registered.
  • Fees.  Childcare: $60 per child per day.
  • Bring What Your Child Will Need
    • Parents of tots should bring all equipment, diapers, food, etc., and leave written instructions with the sitters about feeding and nap schedules.
    • 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. When you pack a snack and/or lunch for your child, be sure to label it with your child’s name.  Please note that we will not be able to refrigerate or heat lunches.
  • Be reachable. Be sure to bring a cell phone that you can set to vibrate, so the childcare staff can reach you during services, if necessary.
  • The playground is not available for our use.


Youth Lounge (for grades 2-6)

  • Pre-registration is required. The deadline for registration and payment is Tuesday, September 12, 2017.
  • When it is time for services, the children will be escorted there and brought back after services.
  • On Rosh Hashanah, honey and apples will be available.
  • Parents should plan to pick up their children from the youth lounge.  Please note:  Children will not be released without a parent or guardian present.
  • Fees: $15 per child per day.

Our High Holy Day Prayerbook is Mishkan HaNefesh.

Members are strongly encouraged to bring their own copies of the new Mishkan HaNefesh to all High Holy Day services and to write their names inside their prayerbooks.  Prayerbooks may be purchased from the High Holy Days registration website 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. Availability of “loaner” books is very limited.

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, 2018 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 Tuesday, September 12, 2017 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 Susan Landau 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 Holiday 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.

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

There are no time limits in neighborhood parking spots near the church at night and on weekends, so that will help during evening services on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur (Kol Nidre). We are working with the District to relax parking enforcement at non-metered, legal spaces in the neighborhood during morning services, but as of this date, the restrictions have not yet been relaxed.

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.

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. Please check the route and schedule to make sure it will work for you.

There are a number of buses that go along Massachusetts and Wisconsin Avenues and connect to routes along Nebraska and New Mexico Avenues, near the church. Please check bus schedules and routes before you leave home.

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 accidents and additional 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, 2018.

Do my children need tickets?

Children 12 or under do not require their own tickets. 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 and an elevator. Personal listening assistance systems are available in the MMUMC lobby.

What if I want to volunteer to help for the High Holy Days?

To help, complete the volunteer section of the online ticket request form or contact the High Holy Day Co-Chairs to let us know how you would like to help.


We need 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 ushers, people to help with setting up, as well as helping with the Oneg and Break-the-Fast.  You can complete the volunteer section of the online ticket form or contact the High Holy Day co-chairs.