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Giving Thanks Annual Appeal 2021

“Tradition is the living faith of the dead, traditionalism is the dead faith of the living. And, I suppose I should add, it is traditionalism that gives tradition such a bad name.” — Jarislav Pelikan

Dear Micah Members,

Jarislav Pelikan’s teaching underpins my beliefs about the continuing Jewish adventure that is Temple Micah. The COVID-19 pandemic forced us to rethink and in significant ways reinvent the way we do almost everything at Micah. From overhauling Shabbat worship to reconceiving Jewish learning, we adapted to suit the virtual environment and the physical isolation of the past year and a half.

Thankfully, the world is opening up again. And, at Micah, we are reopening slowly in consultation with our medical advisors and deliberately as we seek to apply the lessons learned in the past year. We are not simply returning to the way we did things in early March 2020. Together, we are building and striving towards our post-pandemic Micah.

It is against this backdrop that we launch our year-end, Giving Thanks appeal….

Read full letter from Rabbi Zemel

Giving Thanks Annual Appeal


Your gift makes a difference.

Our community relies on its members and those who love Micah for its financial health. Your partnership enables us to continue creating opportunities for learning, action, and prayer that challenge, engage, and inspire us. We are deeply grateful for your generosity and support.

Thank you!

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A few ways you can contribute:

  • General Fund: Supports all of our programs and administration, allowing our leadership to put the money where it is needed most.
  • Digital Supporter: If you’re new to Temple Micah or joining us from far away, please consider a donation to help support us as we support you.
  • Building Fund: Allows us to maintain our beautiful building as well as plan for future growth.
  • Endowment Fund: Is maintained through lifetime and bequest gifts to generate long term growth and income. Gifts to this fund help ensure our future vitality.
  • Innovation Fund: Seeds innovative and new projects and programs that allow us to drive our community and our Jewish narrative forward.
  • Learning Fund: Supports authors and speakers, creates lecture series, and subsidizes students studying in Israel. It is a general education fund for all members.
  • Legacy Fund: A quasi-endowment maintained through lifetime and bequest gifts as a fund to generate a consistent and stable flow of income for our long range future.
  • Micah House Fund: Supports Micah House as it provides transitional housing, support, and social services to homeless women with histories of alcohol and drug abuse.
  • Music and Worship Fund: Supports special pulpit needs, maintaining our torah scrolls, holiday services, and other liturgical and musical enrichment that is enjoyed by everyone.
  • Rabbi’s Discretionary Funds (Rabbis Zemel, Beraha, and Crawley): Enables our rabbis to provide financial assistance for those in need and support special programs within the congregation and the broader community.
  • Rabbi Daniel G. Zemel Fund for Israel:  Supports social welfare, Reform movement, culture, and education in Israel.
  • Sukkat Shalom Fund: Supports our efforts to help refugee families.
  • Tzedek (Social Justice) Fund: Supports organizations strengthening DC neighborhoods, addressing homelessness, elder needs in the Jewish community. Also supports members (through Hineni) during times of sickness, bereavement, special needs, and celebrations. Also supports programs reflecting our commitment to justice, peace, and social change.

Donation of Securities (Stocks)

Using securities that have appreciated in value is an excellent way to make a gift to Temple Micah. In most cases, you will be entitled to an income tax charitable deduction for the full fair market value of the securities on the date of the gift, and will not have to report capital gains income.

Please contact our Bookkeeper or download the stock transfer instructions.


Planned Giving: Sustaining Temple Micah, from Generation to Generation

Making a planned gift to Temple Micah ensures that your commitment to our vibrant community continues to help us grow, innovate, and make lasting social change for generations to come. Planned giving also helps you make a larger contribution than a cash gift, which furthers your support for Temple Micah while providing tax and other financial benefits to you. There are many ways to create a meaningful legacy:

  • Make a bequest in your will
  • Name Temple Micah a full or partial  beneficiary of a retirement account, insurance policy, or savings account
  • Give gifts of appreciated stock

For more information on how to include Temple Micah in your estate plans, please contact our Executive Director.

You can also watch the recorded webinar from November 2021 to learn more. 


Tax Deductibility

Temple Micah is a non-profit organization and your gift is tax deductible to the extent permitted by law.