Since October 7, our hearts and minds have been with Israel and Palestine. As a community, we have come together to seek comfort, to share, to learn, to process, and to pray. Temple Micah’s relationship with Israel is long, deep, and rich. Our relationship with Israel—our Zionism—is core to who we are as a congregation. It comes from a place of love. Our Zionism does not turn a blind eye to the complexity that characterizes the State of Israel. In fact, our Zionism demands that we confront the complexity head on, and our own Temple Micah Roadmap directs us to tackle tough conversations, with special consideration for Israel.
As we send our love and prayers across the sea, we remain committed to, and inspired by, the dream of Israel’s anthem, Hatikvah: “We have not yet lost our hope to be a free people in our own land.”
Click on the playlist below to view select recordings of sermons given by our rabbis, or view the full playlist on YouTube.
Skilled Volunteers for Israel, a nonprofit that promotes connection to Israel for Jewish adults through volunteerism and service, has developed a list of available volunteer opportunities for those interested in donating their time and skills in and for Israel. Read the full list of opportunities here.
Fridays | 3 – 4:30 p.m.
Every Friday, join the Hostages and Missing Families Forum for a special Kabbalat Shabbat to call for the release of the hostages, pray for their safety, and welcome Shabbat in their absence.
To access the location week to week, please contact email@example.com.
Sundays | 1:30 p.m. | Red Cross Headquarters
The local chapter of Unxeptable, a grassroots movement of volunteers, invites the DC metropolitan area community to stand united with them in front of the Red Cross Headquarters to acknowledge their assistance and urge them to act for the immediate release and safe return of all the hostages held in Gaza.
Please bring photos of the hostages. Israeli and US flags are encouraged.
Please reach out to Ronit Yarden with questions or for more information.
The Washington Jewish Federation has created an emergency fund to support Israel in this crisis. You can contribute to this effort here.
The Israel Democracy HQ has set up an emergency fund to help Israelis. You can contribute here.
If you need access to emotional or mental health resources, Jewish Federation of Greater Washington, JSSA, and their network of human service organizations are here for you.
Call (703)-J-CARING (703-522-7464), and a J-CARING provider will connect you to resources to address your needs. Serving DC, MD, and Northern Virginia residents, support is available Monday – Friday, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM ET. All calls are confidential.