The Pulse of Our Congregation August 2009

In this Issue

Looking Ahead

One Book One Community

August 2009 Activities

Your Help is Needed!

Annual Membership Drive - Join the Journey!

Community-wide Shabbat Dinner

Classified: Let Jack-of-All-Trades Help You Get Things Done


Looking Ahead

All services held at the Ethical Society, 1906 S. Rittenhouse Sq. led by Rabbi Julie Greenberg ROSH HASHANAH September 18-20 YOM KIPPUR September 27-28

See the complete schedule and reserve your space online now!

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.


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

Let's start this new Jewish year with a focus on relationship. This autumn we will celebrate the contribution of the late Sibyl Cohen to our congregation by exploring the evolving role of women in Judaism. Later on, we will celebrate our covenant with Rabbi Julie Greenberg. These two events offer an interesting vision for the future of Jewish communal life.

The emphasis of the synagogues of my childhood were very achievement driven. They sold bonds, built buildings, and purchased trees -- and they grew. When we look back on the influence of women as congregational leaders like Sibyl, and spiritual leaders like Rabbi Julie, we will see the re-emergence of relationship as a central principle in Judaism.

As we attend our High Holy Day services, I would like you to focus on the community we are building together. If there is something that works, let's continue doing it. If there is something that doesn't work, let's step in to change it.

I know it seems early, and we need as much summer as we can get, but Happy New Year. May it be a healthy sweet year in which you cultivate sustaining relationships.

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

  • One Book One Community
  • On Sunday, August 30, 2009, 11AM Rabbi Julie will lead our annual "One Book, One Community" group discussion on "The Flying Camel - essays on Identity of Women of North African & Middle Eastern Jewish Heritage" edited by Loolwa Khazoon. Copies may be obtained from, used copies starting at $10. Get your hands on a copy and join our lively discussion and delicious brunch.

    These writings are first person accounts of lives, experiences, customs, it cultures, very different from our own, Some deal the immigrant experience. These women seem to have moved, not only from a different place, but to a different century. Our rabbi has picked another winner! The book is fascinating

    Come and hear Rabbi's presentation and our fine brunch will be worth the while. Our program will be held at the William Penn House Community Room, 1919 Chestnut Street. Brunch is served and the cost is $7.00. Bring a friend!

  • August 2009 Activities
  • Saturday - August 1- 2009, 10:00 AM
    Shabbat Morning Service
    Join us for a lay-led service at a congregant's home, followed by a dairy/veggie potluck lunch.

    Thursday - August 6 - 2009, 7:00 PM
    Council Meeting
    All members are invited to join us at Polly G's apartment, 1919Walnut, #1718 for this EVENING meeting.

    Friday - August 21 - 2009, 6:30 PM
    Home Services/Dinner
    Join us for a shortened Kabbalat Shabbat service in a congregant's home, followed by a potluck veggie/dairy meal. A host is needed.

    Sunday - August 30 - 2009, 11:00 AM
    We'll be having a discussion of our "One Book" for this year with Rabbi Julie. The book is "Flying Camel. There will be a brunch with bagels, etc. Donation of $7.00 please. See article above for more complete details.

    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.
  • Your Help is Needed!
  • With the High Holidays fast approaching, we are looking for Hearts, Hands and Eyes - that is VOLUNTEERS to man the Welcoming/ Check-in desk before and during the Services.

    Email Roby Jacobs if you can help out.

  • Annual Membership Drive - Join the Journey!
  • It's the season for our annual membership campaign again. Join the journey!

    Do you want Judaism to be interwoven into your life? Synagogues keep Judaism alive. Leyv Ha-Ir~Heart of the City helps Judaism evolve into its future.

    Do you want to learn more about Jewish values and wisdom? Synagogues are places that transmit stories, ethics and spiritual practices from generation to generation. Leyv Ha-Ir~Heart of the City's active community and vibrant Rabbi make life-long education a priority.

    Do you want a community to embrace you and your family through the ups and downs of life, drawing on the deep well of Jewish tradition? Synagogues help people live by the sacred cycle of the year and of a life. Leyv Ha-Ir~Heart of the City is a multi-generational circle of individuals wanting to care about you.

    We invite you to make all this happen by joining Leyv Ha-Ir~Heart of the City.

  • Community-wide Shabbat Dinner
  • The kick off event of an exciting fall season! See old friends and make new ones at The Gershman Y's community-wide Shabbat dinner.

    Whether you're young or old, reform or orthodox, gay or straight, the Gershman Y is a community center for all people.

    Come at 7:15 for artists talk on Painting Midrash in the Borowsky Gallery. Stay for schmoozing, singing and relaxing. Certified Kosher meat dinner will be served. Price: Adults $15 / Children $10.

    Purchase tickets at or call 215-545-4400. Friday, September 11 at 8 PM
    Location: The Gershman Y
    401 South Broad Street, Philadelphia

  • Classified: Let Jack-of-All-Trades Help You Get Things Done
  • I am available for all forms of jack-of-all-trades, general-purpose work you need done. Please call John Mason at (215) 271-2982. Thanks.

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