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Saturday, July 1, 10:00 AM
Saturday, July 15, 10:00 AM
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Out of the Box
I look this way
and this way
What do I see
from my nose?
but a pale brown wall
all around me
I hear music
from the other side
and I want to see
what goes on there
but my way is blocked
there’s no exit
I look up
There’s an opening in the box
but people hold my legs
they don’t want me
to leave the box
They tell me
It’s not safe outside
There are strange people
who do strange things
they’ll make you do
But I pull myself
from their grip
and jump off the edge.
-- John Mason
It has been a wonderful year that has
included so much in addition to these highlights:
High Holy Days at home in our regular meeting space
(we used to need hotel space because we didn’t have
the right home)
- A magnificent fiftieth wedding anniversary
celebration for Myrna and Lee
- A year of prayer and holy days...Sukkot,
Hannukah, Tu B’shvat, Purim, Passover and on June 2
Shavuot~ we have lived the sacred cycle of the year
- A wonderful weekend retreat at the winter
beach----a time for enjoying each other, playing,
- The celebration of Sandy Brown’s Simchat
Chochmah (Celebration of Wisdom) ceremony with
music and feasting
- A year of holding out caring hands to those in
need within and beyond our congregation. This
community has generated many moments of healing
connection and generosity
- And much much more
Many thanks to all the hard workers who serve
behind-the-scenes to make this community happen.
Executive committee makes decisions, choir members
rehearse, dedicated volunteers keep the books, the
data base, and create the e-newsletter, the monthly
budget reports, the calendar, the web site. Event
co-ordinators oversee the emergence of amazing
programs. Before and after each event, hard workers
deal with chairs, sound system, supplies. All of this
effort builds the infrastructure of community. It is the
scaffolding for the relationships, learning, prayer, song
and acts of kindness that flow forth from Leyv
Ha-Ir~Heart of the City. A personal THANK YOU to
each person who has helped create community this
Before I go on summer break, I’d like to invite
people to join in two exciting projects. Number one, if
you’d like to be a Torah reader for Rosh HaShana or
Yom Kippur, please contact me this week. I will give
you a CD of beautiful chanting by Cantor Jack Kessler
to help you prepare.
Number two, if you’d like co-ordinate the Birthday
for the World parties that will be held during our Rosh
HaShana services for young children, please give me a
I hope to see everyone at Shavuot services and
again for the Peace Walk on June 4.
All the best,
|June 2006 Activities
Some of the events listed below have
flyers with more detailed information about each
activity. You can view these fliers as .pdf
files and print them. The events with associated flyers
are underlined with clickable hyperlinks to the
June 2 FRI
Ethical Society, 7:30 PM
that you donate a dictionary at this special service —
be given to the "Books Through Bars" organization who
send books to prison inmates. Dictionaries are what
the incarcerated request most often.
June 3 SAT
Ethical Society, 10:00 AM
June 7 WED
LHI Council Meeting
Ethical Society, 7:00 PM
June 17 SAT
Ethical Society, 10:00 AM
June 17 SAT
Torah Kids (see article below)
Home, 11:30 AM
June 18 SUN
Bagels and Books (see article below)
Joanne's, 11:00 AM
June 24 SAT
Home, 10:00 AM
June 25 SUN
Iris's 215-561-0228, 4:00 PM
As part of the Kehillah of Center City we
are invited to attend all of the events that are
sponsored by the Kehillah and our larger community:
Mitzvah Food Pantry at JCCs Stiffel Senior
Tuesday, June 13, 11:00AM - 2PM
High energy volunteers of all ages needed to prepare
food packages for neighbors in need. South
Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS)
received a grant to help resettle several families who
face religious, ethnic and other forms of persecution.
Volunteers are needed to be a part of a welcoming
team creating and delivering mitzvah baskets. All ages
are welcome to participate!
For more information contact Yael Bloom
To learn more about these events,
out the link to Center City Kehillah.
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|Did You Know? Maria Mackey Shares Meaning of "Hok a Tchynik"!
During one of our lively Books and Bagels
discussion, we were trying to
figure out the meaning of the Yiddish expression "Hok a
tchynik" ("to knock
a tea kettle")
Here's the explanation-etiology according to "The
Joys of Yiddish" by Leo
"hok" is 'strike' and "tchynik" is 'teapot/tea kettle'
from Slavic "tchay",
"To Knock a teapot" means:
- To talk a great deal; to yammer, to yak
- To talk nonsense or "bushwa"
This is a widely used phrase in the conversational
badminton of Jews.
"Please, hok nit kain tchynik!" ("Please, stop talking so
spouting all that nonsense"; "stop talking my ear off").
The expression may have come from the
meaningless rattling of a cover of a
boiling pot, or from the noisy whistling of steam in a
kettle. Or it may
have come from the improvised toys of children at
play. Since toys were a
rarity among the poor in the shtetl, children made use
of ordinary objects.
To simulate a drummer or a band, it was easy enough
to bang away on a pot or
In any case, "knocking a teapot" has become a
picturesque phrase for
|Philadelphia Interfaith Walk for Peace and Reconciliation
You are invited to join your Rabbi and members of the
Tikkun Olam committee at this important event:
Philadelphia Interfaith Walk
for Peace & Reconciliation
Sunday, June 4, 2006 at 1:00 p.m.
Prayers for Peace, Prayers for Unity
We invite all people of all faiths to join us on a spiritual
We will begin at Al-Aqsa Mosque (1501 Germantown
Ave. near 3rd and Jefferson
St. above Girard Ave.) with a gathering at 12:30 PM
and ritual program
starting at 1:00.
We will then proceed to St. Peter's Church (5th and
Girard Ave.), to Christ
Church (2nd above Market St.), past Independence
Mall (6th and Market St.),
and then to our final stop at Society Hill Synagogue
(5th and Spruce St.).
As we walk we will lament war and the loss of life.
We will pray for the safety and freedom of all
We will embrace hope, not fear.
The true pathway to peace is God's desire for love and
Join us to show that peace between people of all
faiths is possible.
Let us call out Salaam. Let us call out Shalom.
Let us call out Peace in the language of Love.
During the Peace Walk, buses and vans will be
available to drive people who
are physically unable to walk. The buses also will
shuttle people to their
cars between the Al-Aqsa Mosque and Society Hill
Synagogue before or after
the walk, as needed. (Note that parking is limited at
location; therefore, people are encouraged to park at
Al-Aqsa Mosque and
take advantage of the shuttle at the end of the Walk.)
PLEASE WEAR WHITE (or at least white shirts).
Bring water or snacks.
Banners/signs are limited to say the words:
"Salaam, Shalom, Peace."
NO POLITICAL BANNERS.
For more information, contact: 215-854-8038.
Rabbi Julie Greenberg will meet with families of two to
four year-olds on Saturday morning, June 17 from 11 -
12:00 a.m. for a delightful session of Jewish songs,
stories and play. This session will be hosted by John
and Vicky in their home on Aspen St. Please call them
to sign in and get directions: 215-765-1037. We
welcome all families. Sponsored by Congregation Leyv
Ha-Ir~Heart of the City at no cost to participants.
|Message from Our President
Thank you for your participation in our annual
meeting, and for electing me President along with an
excellent slate of officers. I am confident that we
will have a year of spiritual and organizational
development which will make us all proud. This
week, we starting reading B'midbar (numbers) in the
Torah. This book largely concerns life in the
wilderness. In the wilderness, we took a census --
again and again. We count and organize people.
There are several ways we can count and organize
our Leyv Ha-Ir people. One way is that we have a
corporate structure with a board of directors
executive officers. In this model, the annual
meeting is like a shareholder meeting in which the
owners (all of the members) direct the executives.
Under this view the shareholders give occasional
feedback. Another view of our structure is that the
members are customers, and simultaneously,
members are the staff. Under this model, The
executive officers run the business and the
customers either consume the services or they do
not. Under this system, there is constant feed
back. A third view that the shul is like a
and all of the members and officers are pioneers.
Under this model we are all owner operators serving
the common good of the shul for everyone's benefit.
The way we give feedback is by working.
Moving forward, I would like our structure to
invite new leaders (even new leaders who used to be
leaders before) into decision making roles. We need
to be open to participation of all of our members
and friends in all aspects of congregational life.
We need to be transparent in the functioning of our
organization. In the past, because of the intimate
nature of the friendships in our community, we have
adopted a less formal decision making process. In
this process, long time members have a direct line
to the executive, and they make phone calls and
e-mails in order to influence decision making. I
think it is time to have better functioning
committees and council in order to invite all
members into decision making.
We will be reading B'Midbar throughout the months
of June and July. Please give thought to how our
decision making structure lends itself to being an
open functioning community. Please contact me
regarding volunteer work. There are three
committees that need volunteers immediately: High
Holidays, Membership/ Outreach, and Fundraising.
All three of these committees need to be up and
running by the fall. Please e-mail me at
Michael Meketon, President
Leyv Ha-Ir ~ Heart of the City
|Bagels and Books to discuss "Mr. Green Has a Job" and more
Bagels and Books will be held Sunday, June 18,
starting at 11 AM at Joanne Perilstein's apartment,
1900 Walnut, Apt. 16F. Sol Volk will be reading Isaac
Bashevis Singer's "Mr. Green Has a Job." Sol will also
read excerpts from Singer's last-will-and-testament
which includes his ethical will. There will be a great
Sunday brunch and wonderful, enlightened participants
who take joy in hearing and talking about good stories
with a Jewish twist. The cost is $5.00
|You're a Star at Rosh Hodesh Tamuz
Bring in 3 photos from your past to share with your
Rosh Hodesh sisters!
When: Sunday June 25, 2006 at 4:00 PM
Hostess: Iris Newman
St. -- William Penn House #2507
RSVP: Please call Iris at 215-561-0228
and let her know what dish you'll be bringing