April 20th - Leyv Ha-Ir 2nd Night
Community Seder - 6 PM, The Philadelphian.
May 18 - Israel Independence Day, 12-5 PM,
June 1 - Leyv Ha-Ir Annual Meeting, 11 AM,
Marking Life Cycle Events
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An Orthodox Funeral - Germany 1950
by Maria Mackey ©1992
Who once had flown in storms
Stood in powerless
Penguin clumps of awe
Of the women eagles
Who did not let go
Without heaven-toward reproach
For the wind storms
That had destroyed all
Just a little background on the poem: it
was originally written, and is
based, on cameo memories of my little
brother's accidental death during a
wind storm and then a snapshot memory of the
funeral in post-war Germany.
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Dear Friends and Members of Leyv Ha-Ir ~ Heart of the City,
This past month we enjoyed a lovely
weekend retreat at Pendle Hill Retreat
Center. Much thanks to our committee. We
arrived early Friday evening for dinner. We
celebrated Shabbos together. It was all very
sweet. Sunday after lunch we left for home.
This was a well planned event with workshops
This retreat is an annual event and it
really characterizes what is special about
Leyv Ha-Ir ~ Heart of the City. This is a
group that is committed to a collective
spiritual journey. Don't misunderstand me.
There are no two identical journeys in this
community. Everyone is trying to make
her own sense of being Jewish in America in
2008. I think we do a nice job of it.
You, reading this e-newsletter, I think you
would have liked this retreat too. I think
you would have felt embraced for who you are.
It may have taken some getting used to, but
I think you would like this group. Please
moving forward with us. This spring, in
addition to our Shabbos worship, we will
celebrate Purim, have a community seder, and
celebrate Shavuos. Our Family Torah Group
will continue to meet on a monthly basis.
Please stop by. We'd love to see you.
Michael Meketon, President
Leyv Ha-Ir ~ Heart of the City
|March 2008 Activities
March 1 SATURDAY
March 5 WEDNESDAY
March 9 SUNDAY
March 15 SATURDAY
March 16 SUNDAY
March 17 MONDAY
Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival
March 21 FRIDAY
March 22 SATURDAY
March 22 SATURDAY
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,
out the link to Center
||Click here for a complete look at Congregation Leyv Ha-Ir activities for the upcoming two months.
|Reel Jews: A Hebrew Lesson (documentary) - March 17, 2008
This year is the 60th anniversary of the
founding of modern Israel. The Philadelphia
Jewish Film Festival is
commemorating this event with an award
winning film: A Hebrew Lesson. This is a
story of life in an ulpan where personal
stories blend with the complexities of
Israeli reality. It won the Best Documentary
Award in Israel. Anyone who has had the
experience of learning a foreign language or
anyone who is interested in learning what it
is like to be an oleh hadash (new immigrant)
would enjoy this sometimes comic, sometimes
This film will be shown Monday, March 17th
at 7:00. at the Gershman Y. The director is
scheduled to speak after the performance.
Tickets are $10 each. Students and seniors:
$7.00. WHYY members 2 for 1 admission. This
amount to $5.00 per person.
Tickets can be bought at the door or in
advance. Special price tickets must be
bought in person since they require an ID.
So far there are 5 people going. An
optional veggie dinner is planned before the
show. Call Joan (215-561-5193) if you are
interested in joining us, either for the
dinner or for the film or for both.
|Rabbi's Message: Rabbi Julie Greenberg
If you take part in a Leyv Ha-Ir~Heart of
the City service, sooner or later you might
have the experience of being in a
chevruta, or dyad. Chavurah
comes from the word chaver, meaning friend.
Chaver is also the root of the word
Chavurah, the living-room size
gatherings of Jewish people that sprung up
all across the country in the 1980s and still
flourish today. Judaism teaches that when two
people encounter each other, the presence of
God is felt.
Whenever I organize
chevruta,groups as part of a service,
I get feedback from some people saying how
miserable this made them and from other
people saying it was the most meaningful part
of the service. There definitely are strong
feelings about meeting in two-somes to study,
discuss, share. If you hate being in a dyad,
then maybe it just isn't for you. I try to
offer alternatives such as reading more
in-depth in the siddur (prayerbook) or taking
some moments for meditation.
But in case, you are someone who could
appreciate chevruta, with some extra
support, I offer the following to you: The
experience of being in chevruta, can
be a spiritual opportunity. Can you use
whatever resistance comes up for you as a
learning opportunity? As an invitation to
grow into your higher self?
Some people tell me they can't stand
chevruta, because they feel
intimidated by their partners, maybe because
the partner has high intelligence or a
thorough Jewish background, or whatever. This
is a chance to value yourself and hold onto
yourself, even in the face of others who seem
more able, more talented, more whatever it is
you feel you lack.
On the other hand, some people tell me
they can't stand chevruta, because
their partner isn't stimulating and
intellectually challenging enough. This is a
chance to cultivate patience, respect,
tolerance in yourself.
Chevrutah allows a time for making
Jewish tradition your own through dialogue.
In traditional Jewish settings, such as
yeshiva, this is the primary learning model.
Discovery through discussion with another
person is a valued method of Jewish learning.
Being in relationship with other seekers is a
tried and true Jewish form of encountering God.
Next time we engage in chevruta
during a service, I'll be interested to hear
your experience and feedback.
All the best,
|LHI Annual Retreat: February 1, 2, 3 2008
Leyv Ha-Ir held its eleventh retreat at
Pendle Hill, a Quaker-run campus, in
Wallingford, PA. This number does not
reflect the two Shabbaton events held in
Fairmount Park on alternate years.
Fourteen of our members stayed for the
weekend and five commuted for Saturday
services, meals and activities. Judging from
the evaluations, the weekend was a huge
success. Roby Jacobs and Iris Newman led Friday
Shabbat services, followed by Rabbi Julie,
with the help of Cantor Jack Kessler, leading
Saturday's service. Lots of singing, good
conversations and recognition of Iris
Cutler's very special birthday, accompanied
by a huge cake and champagne.
|Philadelphia Holocaust Remembrance Foundation Established
The Philadelphia Holocaust Remembrance
Foundation has been established to perpetuate
the memory and legacy of the six million
Jewish Martyrs, to provide educational
programs for children, visitors, and future
generations, and to use the Holocaust to
teach tolerance and understanding to all.
The Philadelphia Holocaust Remembrance
Foundation is dedicated to preserving the
truth and raising awareness about the
Holocaust and is supporting ongoing efforts
to enhance the one-quarter acre of property
on which the monument sits into a more
significant Holocaust remembrance site.
The Foundation, in partnership with the
Fairmount Park Commission, is looking to
create a destination location where visitors
and future generations can be educated on the
lessons of the Holocaust, offer a place for
reflection,confront hatred, and promote human
The Philadelphia Holocaust Remembrance
Foundation can be contacted at 2100 Arch
Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103, 215-832-0515
||Visit the Holocaust Remeberance Foundation Web Site
|Yogi Featured at Leyv Ha-Ir Retreat!
Sol Volk, our resident Yogi, led an early
morning yoga session at the Retreat. He is
pictured here as part of an article in the
January 2008 edition of "Advance for
Directors in Rehabilitation".
|April 4 Shabbat Dinner - All are Welcome
Some of us have memories of Sabbath dinners
with lots of family and friends, and what a
good time we had. In April, we're going to
have a big potluck Shabbat dinner with Rabbi
Julie, singing, and stories, and you're
invited. Come to the Community Room of the
William Penn House, 1919 Chestnut Street, on
Friday, April 4th, 6:30 PM. Everyone is
welcome, with or without a Jewish background.
We welcome you to schmooze, nosh, learn and
have a fun Shabbat with friends.
The meal will be veggie/dairy. Some
suggestions about what you might bring
(enough for 6-8 people): dips and crackers,
salads, quiche, kugel, blintzes, cut-up
fruits and vegetables, fish filets, fish
salads, cooked vegetable dishes, cakes,
cookies, fruit desserts, ice cream, bottles
of wine, fruit or vegetable juices...
There will be no charge, but we ask that
you let us know how many will be coming and
what you are bringing. Please call
215-629-1995 or send an email to
firstname.lastname@example.org. We won't be having a
service, but there will be traditional blessings.
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Leyv Ha-Ir Women
and All Who Are Interested-
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You'll have a great tea-time (with fancy
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And you'll learn so much about how to be
The cost? Just *18.00 (because this *chai
is a tax-deductible donation to
Congregation Leyv Ha-Ir)
*Mail your $18.00 check to:
Congregation Leyv Ha-Ir/PO Box
15836/Philadelphia, PA 19103
by Wednesday March 26, 2008
"Secrets of Natural Beauty showed everyone
in our group how easy it is to preserve and
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