Aging Together

The Aging Together Team looks at ways to address the needs of the older cohort of our congregation, such as barriers to participation, transportation and parking, and hearing assistance.

Contact: Aging Together

Book Group

Tuesday lunchtime book group meets monthly online to discusses a different book relevant to the Jewish experience. Reading selections are chosen by the group.

Interested in joining the group? Contact: Book Club

Meeting Date 2020 Books
Jan. 3 Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor by Yossi Klein Halevi
Feb. 4 Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
Mar. 3 The Library Book by Susan Orlean
Mar. 31 All three stooges by Erica Perl
May 5 Eternal Life by Dara Horn
June 2 Syria’s Secret Library: Reading and Redemption in a Town Under Sieg by Mike Thomson

Hineni Caring Committee

We consider it a privilege to provide comfort and solace to members who are ailing. Our Hineni (“I am here”) group is able to provide meals, transportation, and other support for ill members. We invite you to provide support in our community by joining Hineni or to reach out if you are seeking support. Contact: Hineni

Next Dor for Young Adults

Judaism is passed down from generation to generation, l’dor vador, and we are the Next Dor next door! Next Dor is a group for young Jewish adults in the Metro D.C. area who want to connect to each other through Judaism. View our page to learn more. Contact: Rabbi Stephanie Crawley.

Wise Aging

The Wise Aging program enables participants to have meaningful conversations about what it means to grow older and offers experiences that foster social, emotional, and spiritual insights for meeting aging challenges with a sustaining spirit.

The introductory program (cohort) was designed by the Institute for Jewish Spirituality.  It consists of nine workshops (see table below) based on the book Wise Aging: Living with Joy, Resilience & Spirit by Rabbi Rachel Cowan and Dr. Linda Thal.

Many graduates of Wise Aging Cohorts have continued meeting monthly in Alumni groups.

Our Wise Aging retreat has been an annual highlight for the past three years. It features Shabbat services, a stimulating movie and book discussion on the weekend’s theme, creative workshops, meditation, chanting, yoga, a campfire sing-along with s’mores, and opportunities to relax and enjoy the beautiful surroundings at the Pearlstone Retreat Center.

The Wise Aging experience has been called “transformative.” One participant stated: “it has given me tools to tackle the challenges ahead.” Typically new cohorts of Wise Agers begin the workshops every fall. Participants commit to regular attendance in order to establish and maintain a safe and nourishing community. The only cost is the purchase of the Wise Aging book.

Would you like to join other Temple Micah members in a program specifically designed to meet the social, emotional and spiritual needs of Jewish seekers entering second adulthood? Contact: Wise Aging Coordinators

• What is special about this stage of life?
• Reviewing your life
• Becoming your authentic self
• Having a positive relationship with your changing body
• Revitalizing and nourishing healthy relationships
• Forgiveness and reconciliation
• Cultivating spiritual qualities for well-being
• Learning to live with loss, change, and death
• Leaving a legacy