Congregation Micah rests on over 30 plus acres of sacred grounds on which members can explore their Jewish life.
Sitting on the Little Harpeth River and located just off the intersection of Hillsboro Road and Old Hickory Boulevard (on the line between Davidson and Williamson Counties), our community serves members in Nashville, Brentwood, Franklin, and beyond.
Our Sanctuary seats over 250 people and remains quite intimate because of its semi-circle design. Its outer walls are able to be opened for larger events such as the High Holy Days, and we can accommodate approximately 1,000 people. Central to the room are the beautiful ark doors, imported from Israel and lit from behind to display the Hebrew text of the Ten Commandments. The steel beams protruding from the top of the ark number seven, symbolizing the days of creation and the consummate Jewish symbol, the menorah. During the day, the outer glass walls located behind the Ark provide a transparent connection with the beautiful nature surrounding our building. At night, a special coating on the outer glass wall becomes opaque, creating an intimate gathering space for celebrating evening services. Day or night, our strong tradition of participatory singing of both traditional and modern Jewish music (some written by our own "music industry" members!) enriches our services with a meaningful mixture of both substance and song. The architects of the sanctuary even won an award for its design!
Our Chapel offers us another sacred space to gather for more intimate gatherings. Its stained glass bears the names and symbols of the 12 tribes of Israel, and its contemporary design and movable chairs afford us another place to gather for study, meeting, and prayer.
The Social Hall at Congregation Micah is a place for members to gather after services for Oneg Shabbat, for special events, programs, and parties, and for Sunday morning bagels. Located just outside the Social Hall is a patio for outdoor activities.
A full commercial kitchen at Micah allows approved caterers to prepare food for Shabbat Kiddish luncheons, dinners, and special meals. It also provides a space for our religious school students to learn how to cook Jewish foods.
A Memorial Garden sits on the outside border of our cemetery. A place to pause before passing through the cemetery gates, the garden was dedicated to honor the memory of Mara Millman who lost her life at the age of 22. The garden includes a circular place to gather for havdalah, story-telling, special classes, and events. Read more about the Memorial Garden here.
The Micah campus also includes classroom space for our pre-school, Micah Children's Academy, and it is shared with our vibrant Religious School and a variety of Adult Education courses. Included in the education wing are two multi-purpose rooms with glass doors that lead to another outside patio space. Adjacent to the school wing is a natural play-scape where young children can play. There is also a planted vegetable and flower garden that we use for educational purposes.
The library at Micah houses a collection covering a wide range of Judaic topics including Bible, spirituality, history, holidays, cooking, fiction, picture books, and a variety of non-fiction topics. Our reference section encompasses the Bible, Talmud, Jewish encyclopedias, Hebrew/English dictionaries and many other resources. We serve a diverse population including Religion School students and members looking for the next great Jewish book.