High Holy Days 2019 – 5780

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 (National UMC)
3401 Nebraska Avenue, NW. (at New Mexico Avenue), in DC. 


Rosh Hashanah

Sunday, September 29– Erev Rosh Hashanah

8:00 pm: Main Sanctuary Service

Led by Rabbi Daniel G. Zemel, Rabbi Josh Beraha, Debra Winter (Worship Music Artist), Teddy Klaus (Music Director), Ilana Goldman (Cantorial Student); Oneg to follow.

Monday, September 30 – Rosh Hashanah Day

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

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)
Led by Lesley Levin (Assistant Director of Education) and Rachel Wolman (Songleader)

10:30 am: Main Sanctuary Service
Led by Rabbi Daniel G. Zemel, Debra Winter (Worship Music Artist), and Teddy Klaus (Music Director)

10:30 am: Great Hall Chapel Service
Led by Rabbi Josh Beraha, Rabbi Samantha Frank (Rabbinic Fellow), and Ilana Goldman (Cantorial Student)

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, October 8 – Kol Nidre

8:00 pm: Main Sanctuary Service
Led by Rabbi Daniel G. Zemel, Debra Winter (Worship Music Artist), and Teddy Klaus (Music Director)

8:00 pm: Great Hall Chapel Service
Led by Rabbi Josh Beraha and Ilana Goldman (Cantorial Student)

Wednesday, October 9  – Yom Kippur Day

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

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)
Led by Lesley Levin (Assistant Director of Education) and Rachel Wolman (Songleader)

10:30 am: Main Sanctuary Service
Led by Rabbi Daniel G. Zemel, Rabbi Stephanie Crawley, Debra Winter (Worship Music Artist), and Teddy Klaus (Music Director)

10:30 am: Great Hall Chapel Service
Led by Rabbi Josh Beraha Beraha, Rabbi Samantha Frank (Rabbinic Fellow), and Ilana Goldman (Cantorial Student)

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

1:30 pm: Ask the Rabbis

2:30 pm: Teen Discussion led by Alexina Haefner (Community Coordinator)

2:45 pm: Afternoon Break and Wise Aging Program

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

7:00 pm: Break-the-Fast

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.

Member Ticket Requests

We have a new ticket registration form this year that we hope will simplify the ticket request process. 

All members in good standing* (see below) will be emailed tickets for the holidays they select. This year you do not need to select which service you will attend. Seating in both the Main Sanctuary Service and Great Hall Chapel Service is first come, first seated.

The member ticket request form will allow you to:

  • Request tickets for you and your immediate family
  • Purchase guest tickets for out-of-town guests
  • Register for child care and/or youth lounge
  • Purchase prayerbooks
  • Create a listing in the Yizkor memorial book (review last year’s listing here)
  • Request a special needs parking permit
  • Request a ride or offer a ride
  • Volunteer

MEMBER TICKET REQUEST FORM

Please request tickets no later than Friday, September 20, 2019.

If you have questions, please contact the office by email or phone (202) 342-9175.

What Is a Member in Good Standing?

Once your registration is submitted, you will receive an automatic email response confirming your order.  The office will then review your request and verify that you are a member in good standing:

  • We have received a current year membership pledge
  • 1/3 of the pledge has been paid, or payment arrangements have been made with the bookkeeper
  • Prior balances on your account are paid
  • Any additional High Holy Day charges (guest tickets, prayerbooks, and yizkor donations) are paid.

If you have questions regarding your pledge, payments, or other financial matters, please contact our bookkeeper, Rhiannon Walsh.

Ticket Prices

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

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

Youth Lounge
For children in 2nd-6th grades: $15 per child per day; pre-registration required. The deadline for Youth Lounge registration is Friday, September 20, 2019.  No walk-ins will be permitted.

Child Care
For children (ages 3 mos. – 1st grade), $30 per child per day.  Pre-registration is required. The deadline is Friday, September 20, 2019. No walk-ins will be permitted.

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 with your name, email address, which service(s) you would like to attend, and indicating that you are a member in good standing of that synagogue. Once the Temple Micah 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.  

Non-Member Ticket Prices
Non-member (adult, age 22+)—$150 per service
Non-member (teen/young adult, age 13-21)—$50 per service
Non-member (child, 12 and under)—Free

Youth Lounge
For children in 2nd-6th grades: $15 per child per day; pre-registration required. The deadline for Youth Lounge registration is Friday, September 20, 2019.  No walk-ins will be permitted.

Child Care
For children (ages 3 mos. – 1st grade), $30 per child per day.  Pre-registration is required. The deadline is Friday, September 20, 2019. No walk-ins will be permitted.

Becoming a Member
We look forward to welcoming you as a member in subsequent years. If you join Temple Micah by January 1, 2020 the cost of your High Holiday tickets will be applied toward your dues pledge.

NON-MEMBER TICKET PURCHASE FORM

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), Rabbi Stephanie Crawley (Assistant Rabbi), Lesley Levin (Assistant Director of Education), 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.

The Young Family and Children’s services are FREE for both children and adults, but registration is required for planning and security purposes.

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 $30 per child per day.
  • The deadline is Friday, September 20, 2019.
  • 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, September 20, 2019.
  • 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.

Join Storefront for High Holy Day services (formerly Next Dor High Holy Days) for relevant, informal, and inclusive services for people in their 20s and 30s (ish). We want you to come as you are – all are welcome, no membership or affiliation required.

Services will be led by Storefront Rabbi, Stephanie Crawley, and by Jewish musician Michelle Citrin. Here, you’ll find familiar melodies and prayers plus poetry, great music, and inventive ritual.

Erev Rosh Hashanah
Sunday, September 29 at 8 pm at Temple Micah

Kol Nidre
Tuesday, October 8 at 8 pm at Temple Micah

Information about the services and tickets can be found on the Storefront website.

Questions? E-mail Storefront Community Coordinator Alexina Haefner!

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

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 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.

Entrances

The building layout can be very confusing. There are two main entrances and both are accessible.

(1) The entrance from the side of the parking lot gives easy access to the young family and children’s services as well as the Great Hall Chapel Service.

(2) The entrance at the stone patio at the end of the parking lot next to Nebraska Ave. is the best entrance for the Main Sanctuary Service. 

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.

Nutrition Room

We will have a room set aside on Yom Kippur with food for those who are unable to fast.

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 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 24, 2019.

Yizkor Memorial Book

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 or change the names of those loved ones you want included in the Yizkor book by Friday, September 20, 2019 in order to permit time for printing the booklet. You can review last year’s listings here.

Temple Micah’s High Holy Days services will be held at the

National United Methodist Church (National UMC)
3401 Nebraska Avenue, NW. (at New Mexico Avenue), in DC. 

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.

For Those Who Drive

Neighborhood Parking
There is no time limit on non-metered, legal spaces at night and on weekends. The Department of Public Works is aware about the upcoming Jewish holidays and the locations of where Temple Micah will be holding services. If you have any issues, please contact the Temple Micah office

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

  • The garage at Chef Geoff’s, 3201 New Mexico Ave., is open from 7:00 am to 10:00 pm and costs $4 an hour, to a maximum of $15.
  • The garage at Foxhall Square, 3301 New Mexico Ave., fills up early on weekdays. It opens at 7:00 am and costs $4 an hour, to a maximum of $16. It is FREE if you exit after 8:00 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.

Public Transportation

Metro to Tenleytown and walk, take a bus, or take a taxi/rideshare:
The closest Metro stop to National UMC is Tenleytown, on the Red Line.

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

Taxi or Rideshare to National UMC

Please direct your driver to drop you off and pick you up on Newark Street near Nebraska Avenue. This helps 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 contact the Temple Micah office.

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 and the service(s) you wish to attend. 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.

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 non-member ticket registration form. Any payment you make towards tickets will be applied towards your membership dues if you join by January 1, 2020.

Do my children need tickets?

Children 12 or under do not require their own tickets.

Members can receive tickets for their teens/young adults (ages 13 to 21) using the registration form.

Tickets are FREE for the young family and children’s services for both adults and children, but registration is required for planning and security purposes.

Do I need to purchase a prayerbook?

Availability of loaner books is 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 ticket registration form 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 National United Methodist Church (National UMC) 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 National UMC Main Sanctuary. The service in the Great Hall Chapel does not have an assisted listening system.

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.