The Pulse of Our Congregation May 2008

In this Issue

Looking Ahead

May 2008 Activities

Israel Independence Day Parade - May 18, 2008

Rabbi's Message: Rabbi Julie Greenberg

LHI Purim Celebration Rocks!

Annual Community Seder Hosts Sixty Guests

A New Activity for Leyv Ha-Ir



Looking Ahead

June 1st, 11 AM
Leyv Ha-Ir's Annual Meeting
Kennedy House Community Room
1901 JFK Blvd.
Brunch will be served.
Be part of planning Leyv Ha-Ir's future!! Sound your voice!!

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.

by Roy Shenberg 2008
Inspiration: Myrna Neimark Shenberg

And I took you in my arms
And the room was filled with love
Yet I could not tell you how I felt
There was no room for words

Love light filled your eyes
Longing filled my soul
Two heartbeats were the only sounds
There was no room for words

Why should we spend
These precious moments talking?
Words would only get in our way
Our love still grows
Like a tended garden
It's spring again,
The room bursts into bloom,

Like lovers in a Chagall painting
Our souls ascend like doves
Who meet, we kiss
Above the crowded room
There is no need for words


I still remember
Our special lovesong
I've hummed it as the years
Zoomed by
Tho' I try
I can't recall the lyrics
But when we embrace
The music fills the room

Like lovers in a Chagall painting
Our souls ascend, again
Like birds
The room is filled with
Loving memories
There is no room for words

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

I hope everyone enjoyed a festive Passover. Whatever it means for you to be liberated from slavery this year, I hope you found such liberation. At Leyv Ha-Ir ~ Heart of the City, we had a lovely community seder. For me, the measure of a community seder is found in the quality of the vegetarian entree. This year the caterer prepared mushrooms stuffed with vegetables including eggplant, zucchini and roasted peppers. I understand that the fish was good too.

Passover often draws our attention to food, because we choose to limit our diet and to eat in a more self-aware way. Often, in that restriction, we find liberation. That is likely why I enjoyed the stuffed mushrooms so much. This is one of the spiritual paradoxes of Judaism. Through structure comes freedom. Judaism offers many structures into which we can engage.

In contrast, American culture in 2008 offers ever-expanding opportunity. Yet so often we feel constrained in the face of these many options. This is the American paradox. Freedom becomes limiting. As Reconstructionist Jews, we are asked to reconcile our lives in these two civilizations, America and Judaism. Why choose to constrain ourselves in this Jewish culture when faced with the expanding opportunity of American culture? Feel Free.

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

  • May 2008 Activities
  • May 3 SATURDAY
    Shabbat Morning Service
    Ethical Society
    10:00 AM
    Lay Led

    May 4 SUNDAY
    Holocaust Remembrance Day

    May 4 SUNDAY
    Choir Rehearsal
    Call Beverly, 215-557-3777

    Council Meeting
    Ethical Society
    7:00 PM

    May 8 THURSDAY
    Israel Independence Day

    May 11 SUNDAY
    LHI Team: Race for the Cure
    Philadelphia Museum of Art
    Karen Zeitz

    May 16 FRIDAY
    Kabbalat Shabbat Friday Service
    Ethical Society
    7:30 PM
    Rabbi Julie

    May 17 SATURDAY
    Shabbat Morning Service
    Ethical Society
    10:00 AM
    Lay Led

    May 18 SUNDAY
    Israel Independence Day and Festival
    12:00 - 5:00 PM

    May 18 SUNDAY
    Choir Rehearsal
    Call Beverly, 215-557-3777

    May 18 SUNDAY
    Family Torah Group

    May 22 THURSDAY
    Spirituality Group
    Karen Zeitz

    May 24 SATURDAY
    Shabbat Morning Service
    10:00 AM
    Lay Led

    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.
  • Israel Independence Day Parade - May 18, 2008
  • Join the Philadelphia Jewish community from noon to 5PM as we celebrate the milestone 60th Anniversary of the State of Israel with an Israel Independence Day parade from 16th and the Ben Franklin Parkway to Eakins Oval.

    Join the Israel Festival at Eakins Oval and experience Israel at its finest.

    For more details contact Beth Razin at 215-832-0536 or .

    You can also visit
  • Rabbi's Message: Rabbi Julie Greenberg
  • Dear Chevre,

    Well, friends, we've left Mitzrayim/ Egypt and we're in the desert now. That's where we are in the Jewish calendar, coming out of Passover and moving toward Shavuot when we will all stand at Sinai together. I'm moved to see how we, in this congregation, help each other out on the journey. When someone is in need, others circle around offering a helping hand, a shoulder, a ride, a loan, an invitation, a bit of sound advice. All of us have times of need and some of us are more fragile than others. When we arrive at Sinai, mythically strong with 600,000 fellow travelers, we will know that we gave when we could give and that we received when we were in need.

    This year your congregation needs your presence at the annual membership meeting on June 1. There are decisions to be made that can't be made if we don't come together in one place at one time. To add spice to this meeting, Council decided it would be fun to trade jewelry and articles of clothing. If you are finished with something that you think others might appreciate, bring it along to the membership meeting. I promise to cart away any leftovers at the end.

    I hope you are enjoying spring!

    All the best,
    Rabbi Julie

  • LHI Purim Celebration Rocks!
  • Leyv Ha-Ir rocked the house with its Purimspiel on Shabbat, March 21, 2008, at the Ethical Society. After lighting the Shabbat candles and the reading of the megillah, we held our play. John Mason was King Ahasueros, Iris Newman was Vashti, Frann Shore, Enid Adler, and Marci Fleet were the king's ministers, Joel Netsky was Haman, Karen Zeitz was Queen Esther, and Mike Meketon was Mordechai. The theme of the spiel was "Esther finds love on J-Date."

    This was our biggest production ever with a cast of 14 people!!

    The play was co-written and co-directed by Frann and Karen, with music by Roy and the Do-Wops: Roy, Sol, and Bobbi.

  • Annual Community Seder Hosts Sixty Guests
  • The Annual Second Night Community Seder was held on Sunday, April 20 at the Philadelphian. Sixty members and guests attended, including a few children. Rabbi Julie & Jessi Roemer led us through the service.

  • A New Activity for Leyv Ha-Ir
  • A pot-luck dinner, was held on April 4, at the William Penn House, with 25 people attending. Food was in abundance and Rabbi Julie led us in song.

  • (A poem written by a Hospice Nurse)

    I am standing upon the seashore.
    A ship at my side spreads her white sails to the morning breeze, and starts for the blue ocean.

    She is an object of beauty and strength.
    I stand and watch her until at length she hangs like a speck of white cloud just where the sea and sky come to mingle with each other.

    Then someone at my side says "There, she is gone."

    "Gone where?"

    Gone from my sight, that is all.

    She is just as large in mast and hull and spar as she was when she left my side.
    And she is just as able to bear her load of living freight to her destined port.

    Her diminished size is in me, not in her.

    And just at the moment when someone at my side says
    "There she is gone",
    there are other eyes watching her coming, and other voices ready to take up the glad shout:
    "Here she comes!"
    And that is dying.

    On the occasion of the Yahrzeit of Joan Goldberg's Dad, which comes the first week of May

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