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

What We Stand For 

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. 

How We Create Change

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.

Explore ways you can get involved:

A sign hung outside the front of Temple Micah says, "Abortion Access is a Jewish Value"In addition, we participate in and support:

  • Food and Clothing Drives: 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.
  • Hanukkah Toy Drive: 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.
  • Building Housing Stability: 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. 
  • Progressive Judaism in Israel: 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:
    • Givat Haviva is a non-profit engaging divided communities in collective action towards the advancement of a sustainable, thriving Israeli democracy.
    • Israel Movement of Progressive Judaism is an umbrella organization of all the Reform communities and institutions in Israel.
    • Hand in Hand School (Yad B’yad) is a consortium of six schools throughout Israel. Established in 1997, Hand in Hand teaches multicultural students to combat social alienation and lack of trust between Arab and Jewish citizens of Israel. In each Hand in Hand school, students learn both Hebrew and Arabic from Jewish and Arab co-teachers.
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