Each day we do what we can, until, looking back over the course of a lifetime, we have a multitude of good small deeds that are the story of our life. This is something that we have to work at every single day. It begins with honesty and a commitment that every small deed matters.
— Rabbi Daniel G. Zemel
At Temple Micah, social justice and action are central to everything we believe and do, not just through programs, but as a primary expression of our values, our faith, and our whole lives.
As an urban congregation intentionally situated in the heart of DC, we are active citizens of the city in an effort to connect, support, learn, and exchange with people and projects in our local community, as well as progressive, liberal organizations in Israel.
Micah House is a transitional residence for women in recovery from substance abuse, founded by Temple Micah members in 1989.
Every year we lace up our sneakers and hit the pavement for a “mini-walk” to raise money to support Micah House. This is one of Micah House’s largest fundraisers each year.
Sukkat Shalom (Shelter of Peace) leads the Micah congregation in community-wide efforts to support new refugees as well as immigrants at risk of deportation. In 2018, in partnership with Lutheran Social Services, we raised enough funds to successfully support an Afghan family for the first year of their lives in the US. Sukkat Shalom has participated with the Sanctuary Congregation Network, and provided tax preparation workshops for refugees.
Micah also partners with HIAS (formerly Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society), which works globally to protect vulnerable refugees, helping them build new lives and reuniting families in safety and freedom. Guided by their Jewish values and history, HIAS brings more than 139 years of expertise to their work advocating for refugees, asylum seekers, and other immigrants. Our Sukkat Shalom group has partnered with HIAS in many ways, including
Our teens organize food and clothing drives benefiting Martha’s Table and other local nonprofits. Martha’s Table is a DC-based nonprofit that supports families by providing education, health and wellness resources, and family engagement programs.
Every fall for the last two decades, from Rosh Hashanah through Yom Kippur, the sixth grade class organizes our Underwear Drive, which provides a year’s worth of undergarments for our neighbors at Friendship Place. Friendship Place is the premier housing service provider for people experiencing houselessness in the DC region. Their mission is to empower people experiencing or at risk of houselessness to attain stable housing and rebuild their lives.
We celebrate the holiday season with The National Center for Children and Families (NCCF) by donating new, unwrapped gifts that will bring smiles to over 1,100 children and youth in the NCCF community.
Every spring for two decades, we have joined Yachad for Sukkot in Spring, a program through which synagogue volunteers help repair the houses of low-income homeowners who aren’t physically or financially able to make their own repairs. Yachad is a Jewish housing and community development organization whose mission is to bring communities together by preserving affordable homes and stabilizing neighborhoods throughout the DC metropolitan area.
We support and partner with a variety of Israeli organizations that seek to build a strong bond between Reform and Progressive organizations in Israel, the North American Diaspora, and around the world. These organizations include: