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Gala "Gala" Tops Off 50th Anniversary Celebration

The setting at the Four Seasons Hotel was elegant, the food special, the music by the Red Line Strings (with our own Eli Blum) sublime, the speeches funny as well as informative, and the 325 Micah members in attendance--despite being all dressed up and on their best behavior--remained the great, warm community we all cherish. There were even hot dogs (dainty little ones) and Cracker Jack and baseball cards! In other words, the 50th Micah/30th Zemel Anniversary Gala on June 2 was terrific in a way only Temple Micah can be. The Gala team--Tess Wald, Martha Adler and Robin Stein--did it right!  Read Rabbi Zemel's and Rabbi Hoffman's remarks (right panel).

Temple Micah Turns 50!

The Micah community greets its fiftieth birthday with the same vibrant community spirit, intellectual curiosity, good humor and bold experimentation that have distinguished the congregation since its founding. Like the temple itself, the planned celebrations are multi-dimensional. They begin with an evening of stories about the life and times of the congregation, followed by a look back at the tumultuous 1960s, the setting for Micah’s birth.  We then turn our attention to Micah’s next half century, exploring the future of Jewish education, American Judaism’s relation to Israel, and the American synagogue. Micah never misses a chance to have fun, so the nine-month commemoration includes a night of ‘60s music, movies and treats.  And it culminates with a joyful gala.

Gala Celebration - Relive it With this Slideshow


Micah's First 50 Years - A Slideshow

The Temple Micah Story So Far.

Temple Micah, a child of the ‘60s, celebrates fifty years of growth, exploration and creativity.   Founded in 1963 by a small group of pioneering Jews who embraced life in Southwest Washington, Temple Micah continues to reflect the values of equality, justice and community.  With the country enmeshed in Vietnam, our founders ultimately named their nascent synagogue after the anti-war prophet who advocated turning their swords into plowshares.

Fifty years later, we are in a new century and a new building. But we remain unafraid to break the mold in order to create a Judaism infused with meaning and relevance. As we embark on our next half century, we continue our quest to answer what it means to live a fully American and a fully Jewish life while we engage in our community, our city and our world. In everything we do, we challenge ourselves to do better.

In the coming year, we will mark Temple Micah’s fiftieth anniversary by honoring our past and creating a vision for an enriched  future.  We will revisit the Washington of the 1960s to better understand our congregation’s unique roots.  We will examine what lies ahead for Jewish education and institutions and for the State of Israel to better grasp our people’s future.  And, in our distinctive way, we will celebrate this special anniversary in the life of our vibrant and growing community.

We invite the Micah community, and our wider Washington DC community to join in this year of celebration.

by Geri Nielsen last modified 12-21-2015 01:42 PM

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Micah Pioneers Remember

Rochelle Stanfield (Shelley Grossman), member since 1967. Photo from 1967. Not sure who that other fellow is.

"The congregation had a totally different kind of feeling from any religious experience I had had before. What attracted me was that there was no hierarchy. We were a bunch of Young Turks who felt we were starting something. It was a great feeling."


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