Annual Second Night Seder,
March 30 , place, time, price to be announced
Mark your calendar now!!
Marking Life Cycle Events
Making a financial contribution to
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
of your choice. Contributions can be sent to our
regular P.O. Box address, or contact Evy
215-561-7474 or firstname.lastname@example.org, if you'd
have an acknowledgement card sent.
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Dear Friends and Members of Leyv Ha-Ir~Heart of the City,
I would like you to alert you to two upcoming
1) On March 19, 2010, we will be
celebrating our continuing relationship with
Rabbi Julie. As you all know, last year we
entered into a seven year contract with her.
After seven earlier years with her as our
Rabbi, we want to share our joy about this
commitment. Please join us for a kabbalat
shabbat service and a party to follow.
Please consider honoring this relationship by
making a donation in honor of it. Send a
check to our mail box at P.O. BOX
15836, Philadelphia, PA 19103.
2) We will be partnering with our
sister organizations, the Philadelphia
Ethical Society and the Jewish Dialogue
Group, in order to learn how to discuss the
Situation is Israel constructively without
the headaches and belly aches we currently
get. The tentative date for this event is
March 23, 2010. This event is open to our
wider communities, but seats are limited, and
we will give preference to Leyv ha-Ir and
Ethical Society members. Please send me an
email@example.com to express interest. You
will receive a survey from the Jewish
Dialogue Group via e-mail to confirm your
interest. This event is funded in part by a
generous grant from the Jewish Federation
of Greater Philadelphia.
After we finish with these two events,
we'll all celebrate our liberation from Egypt
(Passover is closer than you think).
Michael Meketon, President
Leyv Ha-Ir ~ Heart of the City
|Jewishing skills - Deepening our Jewish practices
Many Leyv Ha-Ir~Heart of the City folks
are interested in deepening our Jewish
practice. From time to time I will share
material to facilitate the development of
"Jewishing" skills in our community. If you
have topics you'd like me to cover, please
let me know. Judaism has a high entry
threshold because of all the elaborate ritual
and the Hebrew. It is our goal to de-mystify
Judaism, to make it inclusive and open to all
who care about it. As Reconstructionists say,
"Judaism is for the people, not the people
for Judaism." This is a religion that can
make sense and give support to all who seek it.
Care of Torah Scrolls
Carrying "Ezra the priest brought the
Torah before the congregation." (Neh. 8:2)
- Carry the scroll when it is tied and
- Lean the scroll against your right
shoulder and use your whole body to support
- Carry it upright, vertically, with both
hands underneath the rollers
- Lay the scroll down with the writing
Reading "He read from it...to the men and
the women" (Neh. 8:3)
- Use a pointer, the "yad" to touch
the parchment, not your hand
- The pointer should not touch the
- Those saying blessings are welcome to
touch a tallis or siddur (prayerbook) to the
margin of the column
Lifting (Hagbah) "Ezra opened the scroll
in the sight of all the people" (Neh. 8:5)
- While scroll is lying down, open it
to the width of one to three columns and
position it so the seam is in the middle
- Pull the scroll down towards you, push
down on handles, bend knees and lift up,
using the table as a fulcrum to lever scroll
- Turn around to show the open scroll to
- Carefully lower it, back into a chair
and sit with the scroll vertical, the opening
--Rabbi Julie (Adapted from an article by
my colleague Rabbi Adam Zeff)
|February 2010 Activities
Saturday, February 6, 2010,
Join us for a lay-led service
back at the Ethical Society, 1906 S.
Rittenhouse Square, followed by a
dairy/veggie potluck lunch.
Sunday, February 7, 2010,
Brunch and Movie
For a nice brunch and a funny movie,
"A Mighty Wind", join us at Joan Goldberg's,
1901 JFK Blvd., #2226. Pay $7 at the door.
Sunday, February 7, 2010,
Executive Council Meeting
at Beverly Hayden's Apartment, 1900 JFK
Blvd #1209 (across from the movie);
215-557-3777. At 2:00, an open Council
Meeting. Everyone is invited to attend!
Friday, February 12, 2010,
Kabbalat Shabbat Service
Join us as Rabbi Julie leads our Friday night
service at the Ethical Society, 1906 S.
Rittenhouse Square. Participants of the
"Gateway to Religious Communities"
organization have been invited to our service
to learn about other faiths and our practices.
Friday, February 19, 2010,
Home Shabbat Service/Dinner
We'll hold a lay-led, 45-minute
service followed by a pot-luck veggie/dairy
dinner at the home of Jetty Beim. Located at
2213-25 Race St ( in Logan Court, #219.)
Phone number 1-973-945-1002.
Call her for reservation.
Saturday, February 27, 2010,
We'll read the Book of Esther
and party like it's 5770.
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.
|Rabbi's Message: Rabbi Julie Greenberg
Our congregation is part of an exciting
experiment designed to build relationships
and understanding across religious
boundaries. We have joined the Interfaith
Center of Philadelphia in a program called
Gateway to Religious Communities. Leyv
Ha-Ir~Heart of the City is hosting guests on
Friday night, Feb. 12. If you'd like to, you
are welcome to visit other congregations on
In addition to Judaism, featured religious
communities include Islam, Christianity,
Bahai', Hindu, Sikh, Buddhism, Lenape and
Quaker. At each event a tour of the
congregation will be offered, you'll be able
to attend a service with members of the
religious community, and you'll be able to
ask questions, reflect and de-brief
afterwards. The purpose of this program is to
build bridges of understanding and
co-operation. To get involved, contact Andrea
Brooks at firstname.lastname@example.org or
Because this is a new venture, we don't
know how exactly it will work out. Please
join in and we'll discover together what is
With Love and Blessings,
|February 7, 2010 - Make a Day of It with Leyv Ha-Ir
"A Mighty Wind" is a funny movie with a
lot of music in it. It contains one of the
funniest scenes I have seen. That is why it
is in my personal collection. It has some
Jewish content, and most folks never heard of
it. That is why the Education Committee is
presenting it. On Sunday, February 7th at 10:30
AM at Joan Goldberg's apartment, 1901 Kennedy
Blvd, Apt. 2226. Brunch and a movie for
$7.00. Come and enjoy! Immediately following,
at 2 PM, there will be a council meeting at
Evy Simon's apartment, same building, Apt.
2818. This is open to all.
Call voicemail for more info at
|Mutual Support Network!
"Mutual Support Duo" between Rabbi Julie
and Bev Hayden at the Congregation Leyv Ha-Ir
|More Connection to the Heart of the City
One way to stay in touch with the daily
workings of Leyv Ha-Ir~Heart of the City is
sign on to our listserv. The listserv is a
way to share thoughts, concerns, ideas and
events of interest to this congregation. In
addition, the Rabbi frequently writes brief
messages with uplifting tidbits of Jewish
To join the listserv, send your
first and last name and e-mail address to
Sharon Cooper at email@example.com.
Please use the listserv in a respectful way,
posting short messages that are likely to be
of general interest. We hope you join this
internal conversation at the Heart of the City.
Call 215-629-1995 for more
The 2nd annual LimmudPhilly Learningfest is
rapidly approaching. On Saturday evening and
all-day Sunday, March 6-7, 2010 in center
city Philadelphia, you can immerse yourself
in all things Jewish and take another step in
your own Jewish journey. Presenters from near
and far will conduct sessions on arts &
culture, contemporary Jewish life, text
study, history and much more! Presentations
will include music programs, film, workshops
and lectures, all with an intent to enrich
your life. Additional activities and kosher
food are included in the program. Young
Limmud offers dynamic Jewish learning
experiences planned for children aged 3 to
10. Many adult sessions are appropriate for
the teen population. Following a successful
premier event in 2009, this should be a
Early bird pricing is now in effect
through February 8. Take advantage of these
discounts by registering now at www.limmudphilly.org/register.
You can also sign up for the email list to
receive LimmudPhilly updates. The link is on
every page of the website, www.limmudphilly.org.
For additional information about
LimmudPhilly, please call 267-235-4083, email
or visit www.limmudphilly.org
to register for LimmudPhilly, volunteer,
donate or sign up for the mailing list.
|Discounted Parking for Ethical Society Events
EZ Park, located at 2101 Chestnut Street in
the River West Condo Garage (covered), has
offered Congregation Levy Ha-Ir discounted
The cost is $6, weekdays after
5PM; Weekends all day for $6. All tickets
must be stamped with an Ethical Society Stamp.
|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 Leyv Ha-Ir member John
Mason at (215) 271-2982. Thanks.