Marking Life Cycle Events
Making a financial contribution to Congregation Leyv
Ha-Ir is a great way to mark special life events,
simchas, yahrzeits, etc. We are happy to send an
acknowledgement of your contribution to a designee
of your choice. Contributions can be sent to our
regular P.O. Box address, or contact Evy Simon, at
215-561-7474 or email@example.com, if you'd like to
have an acknowledgement card sent.
A poem, by John Mason
I look through
– I forgot it was there
Where did I get it
Does it do anything
could use it
I look in the mirror
I do this thing
Why do I do that?
How did it start?
Does it help me?
Can I stop it?
Can I change?
Can I get rid of
I don’t need?
I asked myself that
Also next year
and I keep looking
I hope everyone has a sweet new
year. Now that the holidays are over, I encourage
each of you to sustain your spiritual energy
throughout the year by increasing connections in
community. As you know, Leyv Ha-Ir is a
congregant-centered community. We are much more
successful when you view yourself as an
owner/operator rather than a customer. Please
consider attending: Our monthly Council meetings
(open to the entire community); Shabbat Morning
Services (First and third Saturdays); or our Adult
Education (Prayer book Hebrew classes). Together we
are creating a vibrant Jewish Community.
Michael Meketon, President
Leyv Ha-Ir ~ Heart of the City
|October 2006 Activities
October 1 SUNDAY
OCTOBER 2 MONDAY
OCTOBER 4 WEDNESDAY
OCTOBER 7 SATURDAY
Penn Center House
OCTOBER 8 SUNDAY
Kehillah Sukkah Tour
10:30 AM - 5:00 PM
OCTOBER 9 MONDAY
OCTOBER 14 SATURDAY
Simchat Torah Service
OCTOBER 18 WEDNESDAY
Prayerbook Hebrew Class
OCTOBER 21 SATURDAY
OCTOBER 28 SATURDAY
OCTOBER 29 SUNDAY
Bagels & Books
here for a complete look at activities for the
upcoming two months.
|Register for free Kehillah of Center City Taste of Judaism Classes
Taste of Judaism 1 classes will be held in
October-November and are free. Register now!
This is an introduction to Jewish life and Jewish
traditions and is presented by Kehillah of Center
City. Rabbi Julie Greenberg will be
Taste of Judaism 2 in February 2007; more
information to follow on this. Contact
firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on
the October-November series.
|Message from Rabbi
Now that the High Holy days are almost behind us,
to reap the harvest of all the intention and hard
work and fervent prayer that went into creating a
very special time for our community. It’s a
wonderful feeling to open our doors and have
congregants pour through them, filling the room with
so much energy and purpose. May this great start
carry us into a year of learning and laughter, brave
action and quiet moments in Jewish community.
One of my goals for this year is to support
interested folks in taking the next step in ritual
competence. Our beginning Hebrew class is one place
for people to take a next step. I’ll also be working
with families through our Family Torah program to
incorporate Judaism in meaningful ways into their
lives and. I hope to help them integrate more into
the life of Leyv Ha-Ir. A number of individuals are
working towards conversion with me or with mentors
working along side me. And finally, people
interested in learning to chant from the Torah (you
must be a Hebrew reader already) are welcome to talk
with me; in past years when there’s been a critical
mass of interested folks we’ve had some workshops in
this area. .
I look forward to getting to know each of you better
as we work together, sing together, grow a
With blessings for a year of abundance and peace,
|Coming to Philadelphia Soon — The JRF Convention
The JRF (Jewish Reconstructionist Federation)
convention is rapidly approaching, November 9 – 12
at the Hyatt Regency at Penn’s Landing. At this
time they are looking for volunteers for various
functions, especially from our host area
congregations. The volunteer needs include:
- Hospitality - Greeting in the hotel lobby,
help to organize first time attendees.
- Home Hospitality – Contact Evy Simon if you can
host a visitor in your home. Home hospitality will
not be “advertised,” but JRF is hoping to make some
homes available if requests come up.
- Packet filler ideas - Articles, Philly info,
If you would like to devote some time to help
make this convention a success, please contact Bobbi
Cohen at 215-236-0689 or email@example.com. If
you have additional question about volunteer
opportunities, please contact Joan Gordon at
973-809-7876 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
also a great way to meet fellow Reconstructionists.
Information about the convention itself can be
found at www.jrfconvention.org. A mailing will be
sent to all full dues paying member soon.
|Tikkun Olam Opportunity with Jewish Relief Agency
Collect and distribute food to low income Jewish
Dates: Sundays, October 22nd, November 19th
and December 17th.
Time: 9:00 am - 1:30 pm
Meeting Place: Congregation B’nai Abraham,
527 Lombard Street
Please contact Catherine if you are interested in
|Become a Kesher Volunteer Para-Chaplain
Make a caring connection with Jews who are ill or
The Joan Grossman Center for Chaplaincy and
Healing, offers a free 8 week training program in
Jewish values, listening skills, healing and issues
Where: Society Hill Synagogue, 418 Spruce
When: Thursday evenings, 7:30-9:30 PM
(Starting October 19th for 8 weeks)
To register or for more information, call Lonnie
Beer at 215-646-2115 ext. 116.