Full High Holy Days Services Coming
All are held at the Ethical Society, 1906 S.
All led by Rabbi Julie Greenberg.
September 29 -
October 8 - October 9
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Dear Friend of Congregation Leyv Ha-Ir ~ Heart of the City,
"Let us remember that to lack a home is
one of the worst human tragedies;
to have a home is the greatest blessing of
all." - Rabbi Julie Greenberg, Kol Nidre 5766
If you agree with the quote from Rabbi Julie
at the top of this letter, it is time for you
to join us. For us, being Jewish means
having an awareness of the human condition,
doing something about it, and harvesting the
benefit we derive by doing it. In Jewish
tradition, we believe that beggars do a
greater mitzvah (good deed) than donors
because they inspire growth in the other
person. We at Leyv Ha-Ir are constantly
using our connection with the "other" to
foster a greater sense of self.
We learn early in our Jewish education
that the word shalom means hello, goodbye or
peace, but it means much more. In reality,
shalom is a kind of fulfillment, wholeness or
integrity. When we are looking for shalom in
ourselves and in the world, we are looking
for the missing pieces that will make us
whole. At Leyv Ha-Ir ~ Heart of the City, at
our best we offer shalom - not peace, but
maybe a missing piece.
Many of you will be receiving our
membership letter shortly. Feel free to
e-mail or call me or Rabbi Julie. Contact
information is available on our website
www.leyvhair.org. I wish you the sweetest of
With warm regards,
Michael Meketon, President
Leyv Ha-Ir ~ Heart of the City
|August 2008 Activities
August 2 SATURDAY
August 6 WEDNESDAY
August 9 SATURDAY
Iris Newman's Apartment
See Rabbi Julie's Message
below for more information
August 16 SATURDAY
August 24 SUNDAY
Book - One Congregation
See article below for
||Click here for a complete look at Congregation Leyv Ha-Ir activities for the upcoming two months.
|Annual One Book - One Congregation Discussion & Brunch
Rabbi Julie's selection this year for "One
Book-One Congregation" is Aaron Lansky's
Outwitting History. Lansky, a MacArthur
fellow, founded the National Yiddish Book
Centre and appealed for unwanted Yiddish
books. Jews all over North America responded;
it is a compelling epic about how Lansky and
a few volunteers saved Yiddish books from
Rabbi Julie read it, loved it and will be
leading the discussion.
Date: Sunday, August
Time: 11AM to 1PM
Location: Penn Center House, 1900
JFK Blvd,, second
floor lounge. A lovely brunch will be served
for a charge of $5.00.
Friends. The More the Merrier!
|Rabbi's Message: Rabbi Julie Greenberg
On August 9 our community will commemorate
Tisha B'Av, a sometimes neglected,
significant Jewish holy day. Tisha B'Av is a
24 hour period, starting in the evening of
the 9th, during which we mourn all the losses
that are part of living. The symbol for these
losses is the destroyed Temple in Jerusalem.
This period reminds us that loss, grief and
remembering are all integral parts of life.
When reading Echa, the Biblical text
assigned to Tisha B'Av, notice that the text
is written in the form of an acrostic. In
Chapter One, the sentences are organized,
sequentially, each starting with a successive
letter in the aleph-bet. One sentence starts
with aleph, another with bet, another with
gimel, another with dalet, in an orderly
fashion. Except, mysteriously, one of the 22
consonants in the Hebrew alphabet is left out
of the acrostic. Can you figure out which
letter is missing?
In the following chapters, notice what
happens to the acrostic. The letter that was
originally left out reappears but it is out
of order; it is reversed with another letter,
as though we were saying the ABCs by saying
"L M N O Q P."
By the last chapter of Echa, there is no
order at all. The acrostic has completely
broken down as the sentences start with
random letters of the aleph bet. The order of
the aleph-bet is no longer present. There are
still 22 verses: the building blocks are
there but the structure has been destroyed.
It is amazing to see the very print on the
page mirror the theology in Echa. It's also
illuminating, as people living in today's age
of uncertainty and world suffering, to see
that our ancestors also lived through
troubled times and were even able to create
beauty and wisdom from their experience to
pass on to our generation.
Remind me next year to do part two of this
introduction to Echa. There's lots more to be
said about this moving Tisha B'Av text. In
the meantime, I hope to see all of you at our
Bagels and Books discussion of the book
Outwitting History on Sunday, August 24. On
that day, you can let me know if you'd like
to take on some Torah reading for High Holy
Days (or e-mail me if you can't be there.)
With many blessings,
||Read more from Rabbi Julie
|A Thank You from Enid Adler
"I wish to thank the Leyv Ha-Ir Board for
honoring me at the annual
meeting. It was unexpected and greatly
appreciated. Knowing how much we
enjoy plants, it was perfect. The plant's
variegated leaves add color
and life to our living room."
~ Enid Adler
|A Shabbat Birthday Celebration!
Leyv Ha-Ir President, Mike Meketon and
Acting Treasurer, Sol Volk celebrate their
birthdays at our Shabbat morning service at
|ALERT: What Some Call "THE GENOCIDE OLYMPICS" Is Upon Us: WHAT YOU CAN DO!
Written by Margie Wiener in collaboration
with Enid H. Adler, Esq.
On August 8th, the 2008 Summer Olympics
will launch in Beijing, China. Just a few
months ago, Steven Spielberg withdrew as
artistic adviser for the Games. In protest
against China's backing of Sudan's criminal
policies in Darfur, Spielberg pronounced that
his conscience could not allow him to
continue with "business as usual".
Related to Spielberg's pointed objections,
two significant events recently occurred. On
July 14th, the prosecutor of the
International Criminal Court (ICC) requested
an arrest warrant for Sudanese President
Al-Bashir, charging him with genocide, crimes
against humanity and war crimes over the past
five years in Darfur. One week later, the
Bosnian Serb leader, Karadzic, finally was
captured 13 years after fleeing from an
arrest warrant for his horrific war crimes in
the former Yugoslavia.
Adler called me about an impromptu rally
scheduled for the next day at the UN. The
Darfur Alert Coalition of Delaware
Valley (to which Enid is a legal advisor)
was organizing a trip to the rally.
In the morning, Enid and I squeezed into
two vans heading for New York City. Our group
was composed primarily of members of the
local Darfurian community.
By 1 PM, we found ourselves joining an
enthusiastic crowd in support of the ICC
prosecutor's indictment of Al-Bashir and
calling for justice for those in Darfur. For
two hours we chanted, wearying our arms
holding up large posters, urging the African
Union and the UN Security Council to actively
support the ICC's indictment against Bashir.
I was so into it, that the organizers
allowed me to take the microphone. I tried to
inspire the crowd that if Karadzic could be
caught after so many years, Bashir and his
fellow murderers also could be brought to
When a local TV crew approached me for an
interview, I dashed for Enid (happily
enjoying a chocolate ice cream soda) to ask
her to be interviewed instead of me. She did
such a great job, that an Italian TV crew
(which broadcasts throughout Europe)
interviewed her next.
Since the ICC's inception in 1998, Enid
has been a continual representative to the
non-governmental organization (NGO) Coalition
for the ICC. The ICC is a permanent,
independent, international criminal court
created by 150 nations at the 1998 treaty
conference in Rome. Because the ICC
specifically was created to have jurisdiction
over those accused of the most egregious acts
of genocide, crimes against humanity and war
crimes. Therefore, in 2005, the UN Security
Council passed a resolution referring the
Darfur case to the ICC.
Why the urgency to act now? China
plays a huge role in empowering Bashir and
his government. While Sudan provides China
with almost 80% of its oil, China is a major
supplier of Sudan's weapons. Furthermore,
China has repeatedly impeded stronger action
by the UN Security Council against the
On the eve of the Olympics, what can
you do to protest China's support for Sudan's
continued genocide against Darfurians?
Here are four simple actions:
- Email your objections to President
Bush at email@example.com.
not to attend the opening ceremonies.
- Call Senator Arlen Specter at
215-597-7200. Urge him to pressure President
Bush not to attend.
- Email H.E. Mr. Wang Guangya, China's
Permanent Representative to the United
Nations Security Council at
to voice your
opposition to China's collusion with Sudan
- Email UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at
to publicly pressure Sudan's
government to cease its attacks and to
cooperate with the ICC.
The Statute of the International
Criminal Court states: "No one is above the
law", not even heads of states, when it comes
to crimes of this magnitude.
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