Temple Micah team captains honored at Yachad’s annual Community Builder’s Bash in November 2014.

Every spring for two decades, Micah volunteers have put on old clothes, picked up hammers, screwdrivers and paint brushes and taken part in 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. The effort not only enables these people to keep their houses, but also helps preserve housing and stabilize neighborhoods throughout Washington.

This year, Yachad, the Jewish housing and community development organization that sponsors the program, honored Micah and four other congregations—and their volunteer leaders—for 20 years of hard physical labor in furtherance of the “Jewish commitment to seek justice by engaging in acts of loving kindness,” according to the Yachad mission statement. Micah members Roberta Goren, Ed and Shelley Grossman, Doug Meyer and Bill Page were singled out at Yachad’s annual Community Builder’s Bash on November 9, along with Sukkot in Spring leaders from Adas Israel Congregation, Adat Shalom Reconstructionist Congregation, Temple Rodef Shalom and Washington Hebrew Congregation. Congratulations, Micah team, for sticking with the program for 20 years. Your recognition is well deserved!

[By the Editors; from November-December 2014 Vine]