The Pulse of Our Congregation February 2008

In this Issue

Looking Ahead

February 2008 Activities

Bagels & Books - February 17

Rabbi's Message: Rabbi Julie Greenberg

Laughs Abound At LHI Annual Kugel & Komedy Event

Sweet Sounds: MLK Birthday Shabbat Service


Looking Ahead

Monday, March 17th, 7 PM
Jewish Film Festival
at Gershman Y
"A Hebrew Lesson"
Details to follow in
March eNewsletter

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, if you'd like to have an acknowledgement card sent.

Thank you.

Heart Of the City, Leyv Ha-ir
by Roy Shenberg

Rockin' with rachmanus
In the Heart Of the City
Never feel alone, join us in
Sacred song so pretty

Deep in your heart you'll know
That you are welcome here
We're the Heart Of The City
Leyv Ha-Ir

Feel the ruach elohim
The holy mind, breath, spirit
Our voices reach ever upward
When we sing and pray you hear it

We're the pulse of the city
And our "beat" is love and cheer
When you speak,sing we hear
Leyv Ha-Ir
Leyv ha-ir

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Dear Friends and Members of Leyv Ha-Ir ~ Heart of the City,

I'm very proud to announce that our endowment appeal has raised over $32,000. Isn't it amazing that this tiny synagogue of modest means has made this commitment to preserving its legacy and funding its future. During the High Holidays, Rabbi Julie asked us to step out of comfort zone, to stretch ourselves. I can't tell you how far out of our comfort zone an endowment is. We need to raise a certain amount of money every year just to meet our general budget. When we started the endowment, we were fully aware that this would challenge our ability to sustain ourselves in the present.

Isn't that what we do? We continue with our education when we could be working and making more money right now. We push our children to accomplish more than we do. We save for our dreams of the future. We are all about deferring gratification. Thank you so much for your support.

Michael Meketon, President
Leyv Ha-Ir ~ Heart of the City

  • February 2008 Activities
  • February 1-3 FRIDAY - SUNDAY
    Leyv Ha-Ir Retreat
    Pendle Hill

    February 6 WEDNESDAY
    Council Meeting
    Ethical Society
    7:00 PM

    February 10 SUNDAY
    Choir Rehearsal
    Member's Home
    6:30 PM
    Call Beverly

    February 10 SUNDAY
    Family Torah Group
    10:00 AM

    February 16 SATURDAY
    Shabbat Morning Service
    Ethical Society
    10:00 AM
    Lay Led

    February 17 SUNDAY
    Bagels & Books
    11:00 AM

    February 23 SATURDAY
    Shabbat Morning Service
    10:00 AM
    Lay Led

    February 24 SUNDAY
    Spirituality Group
    Member Home
    11:00 AM

    February 24 SUNDAY
    Choir Rehearsal
    6:30 PM
    Call Beverly

    February 29 FRIDAY
    Kabbalat Shabbat Service with Rabbi Julie
    Ethical Society
    7:30 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. To learn more about these events, check out the link to Center City Kehillah.

    Click here for a complete look at Congregation Leyv Ha-Ir activities for the upcoming two months.
  • Bagels & Books - February 17
  • Join us Sunday, February 17 at 11 AM at Joanne's Apartment.

    A Grace Paley short story will be read by Louise Polis. Brunch will be served at a cost of $5.00.

    Good Food, Good Story, Good Discussion.

    Bring a friend!

  • Rabbi's Message: Rabbi Julie Greenberg
  • Take the first step in faith. You don't have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step. -Martin Luther King, Jr.

    Friends, I am ecstatic that our community has taken the first step in ensuring that there will be a congregation beyond the lifetime of its current members. The initial campaign has raised tens of thousands of dollars, much of it in contributions of $18 - $180. (A full report will be available soon.) The Torah teaches that the mishkan, the holy sanctuary, was built not only by a mandatory tax of half a shekel provided by each and every member, but also by the generous outpouring of the Israelite's offerings. We as a community have truly offered our best to create a strong foundation for the future. What a statement of faith to dedicate some of your valuables to pass on your values, for use beyond the time of your active participation. The coffers continue to be open for on-going contribution to the Heart of the City endowment. Money becomes a spiritual tool when it is used to build sacred community. Thank you for joining together to create our legacy.

    All the best,
    Rabbi Julie

  • Laughs Abound At LHI Annual Kugel & Komedy Event
  • Laughs around the table at LHI's annual Kugel and Komedy held on December 25, 2007. Jokes and music and sing-alongs made for a fun-filled time!

    Photo by Zipora Schulz.

  • Sweet Sounds: MLK Birthday Shabbat Service
  • On January 18, 2008, a special Shabbat service was held at The Ethical Society in observance of Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday.

    The Leyv Ha-Ir Choir, led by Choir Director Jessi Roemer, was joined by some of the Masterman High School's Gospel Choir.

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