Worship

Worship What would become Temple Micah held its first High Holy Day services in 1963 at the Bethel Pentecostal Church in Southwest Washington. Rabbi Martin Cohen, a professor at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, the Reform rabbinical seminary in New York, conducted the worship, using a conservative prayer book. According to the incipient…

Listening Campaign

The Listening Campaign On Rosh Hashanah in 2010, Rabbi Esther Lederman gave a sermon about “listening projects” that congregations around the country were undertaking to, among other things, discover congregational needs that were going unmet. She initiated a series of community conversations to discover issues that members felt strongly about and identify broadly held concerns,…

Micah Love Connection

The Micah Love Connection When Temple Micah was young, so were most of its members. Also single. So, not infrequently, love happened and marriage followed. For example, Sid Booth and Elka Fargotstein—perhaps the first Micah couple—met in 1967 while stuffing envelopes for a temple mailing. They married in 1968. Others met at the singles brunches…

Intro

Introduction Temple Micah has always been our home. For years after it was founded in 1963, the congregation remained small and tight knit and we acted like an extended family, celebrating holidays and life cycle events together and pitching in to teach in the coop religious school and work in the office. Because everybody knew…

Music’s Role in Worship

Music’s Role Without music, Temple Micah wouldn’t be Temple Micah. Not today. Not in the congregation’s early days. As with so many other aspects of Micah life, music started out as a do-it-yourself project. As soon as the proto-congregation drew a critical mass of singing members, it formed a volunteer choir which has grown and…

Staff

Staff Even a do-it-yourself synagogue needs office space and someone to do the administrative work. In 1967, when Rabbi Bernard H.Mehlman came on board four years after the creation of the temple, an office was set up in his family’s basement, which turned out to be inconvenient for everyone involved. So, it wasn’t long before…