Little more than a decade after Talmud Torah Congregation left Southwest, residents of the River Park Cooperative re-established a Jewish presence in the neighborhood.
Southwest Hebrew Congregation members were predominantly young and single, and shared a commitment to an integrated, urban community.
At first, members met in churches and homes for services and study. In 1966, the group began sharing space with St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church at 600 M Street, SW. Within a few years, the congregation affiliated with the Reform movement. In 1968, it adopted the name Temple Micah, named for the prophet who envisioned a world of peace.
By the late 1980s, Temple Micah had outgrown its shared space, and much of the congregation had left the area. Although many remained committed to the Southwest neighborhood, the congregation moved in order to establish their own, Jewish space. Temple Micah found a site on Wisconsin Avenue in upper Georgetown. Architects and members Robert Weinstein and Judith Capen, with the congregation’s involvement, designed a contemporary building and dedicated their new temple in 1995.
The 415-member congregation is now reviewing designs for expansion.