HIGH HOLY DAYS SERVICES
All services held at the Ethical
Society, 1906 S. Rittenhouse Sq.
led by Rabbi Julie Greenberg
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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.
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
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
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
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 Amazon.com,
copies starting at $10. Get your hands on a copy
and join our lively discussion and delicious
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,
Join us for a lay-led service
at a congregant's home, followed by a
dairy/veggie potluck lunch.
Thursday - August 6 - 2009,
All members are invited to join us at Polly
G's apartment, 1919Walnut, #1718 for this
Friday - August 21 - 2009,
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,
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
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.
|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.
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
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
Whether you're young or old, reform
or orthodox, gay or straight, the Gershman Y
is a community center for all people.
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 /
Purchase tickets at www.gershmanY.org
or call 215-545-4400.
Friday, September 11 at 8 PM
401 South Broad Street, Philadelphia
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