Affiliated with the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ), and founded in 1963, we are home to about 650 member families from throughout the DC metro area.
We create sacred spaces where you can bring your whole self and be your best self.
We practice a hopeful, inclusive Judaism that is rooted in co-creating our shared future.
Together — in our homes, in our building, and in our city — we seek a greater sense of coherence, meaning, and possibility about who we are and want to be. Social justice is a primary expression of our values and our faith, central to everything we believe and do. We support each other in seeking answers to the fundamental questions about our lives — both as individuals and as part of something larger than ourselves.
To us, Reform is a verb.
2829 Wisconsin Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20007-4702
M-Th, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Fr, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
During these challenging times, we believe it is critical to keep our building open to our community while being smart about our security measures. Temple Micah makes security decisions based on the credible information we have and our values as a community.
Since October 7, we have enhanced our overall attention and vigilance around matters of security. Our local law enforcement partners continue to advise that there are no known credible threats in the DC area. They are advising us to maintain our protocols, adding more intention in awareness and leaning toward quickly reporting suspicious activity.
What Steps Are We Taking?
Communication with local security experts. We are in close contact with the Secure Community Network (SCN), the Jewish Federation, and the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), who are monitoring security threats around the clock and are working closely with the FBI and local law enforcement.
Communication with local law enforcement. DC police (Metropolitan Police Department) is providing “special attention” to Jewish organizations throughout the city. Further, we met with special agents from the FBI/Washington Field Office, who work on hate crime and have direct channels of communication with the FBI, should we need them.
Doors locked at all times. Prior to October 7, we kept our front doors unlocked when there was a security guard at the door (including during services and religious school). We now keep our doors locked at all times. However, do expect to see the doors held open for brief periods when there is a guard present and large numbers of congregants are arriving and/or leaving from an event.
Additional security guards. We have an additional guard on duty for our larger weekend activities. In addition, we schedule a security guard for other larger temple activities during the week. We speak with our security guards weekly about being extra vigilant and reporting any suspicious activity to the police immediately.
What Can You Do?
Do not prop open a door at Temple Micah. We know it is tempting to prop open a door, especially when you are bringing items into the temple or need to run out to your car for a minute. Please do not do this. And, if you see an exterior door propped open, close it.
Report any suspicious behavior. If you see anyone inside Temple Micah or near the building whose behavior raises questions or concerns for you, please report this to a security guard, or if none is present, to a Temple Micah staff member or board member. Do not hesitate to call 9-1-1 immediately if you sense a threat—and if you are not sure, call 9-1-1.
Do not confront protesters/demonstrators. If you observe a demonstration or protest forming in or around Temple Micah (even just a single person), do not confront, respond to, or antagonize the person(s). If you are inside, stay inside. Report this to the security guard, if present, and call 9-1-1.