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.
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
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Dear Friends and Members of Leyv Ha-Ir~Heart of the City,
I love Purim. I love that even the most
devout Jews drink alot one night a year. I
like that one day of the year, we turn the
habitual on its head. It has always been a
favorite at Leyv Ha-Ir~Heart of the City. We
sing, we wear funny costumes. We just don't
take ourselves too seriously.
Michael Meketon, President
Leyv Ha-Ir ~ Heart of the City
|Shabbat Across Center City
On Friday March 12, Congregation Leyv
Ha-Ir will host a Home dinner/Shabbat service
at the apartment of Beverly
Hayden. Pot luck and open
to residents of Center City.
Space is limited; call 215-629-1995
by March 8th.
|March 2010 Activities
Saturday, March 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.
Saturday March 6 & Sunday, March 7,
Limmud Philly Learningfest
at the Gershman Y, Broad and Pine Streets
Friday, March 12, 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 congregant Beverly Hayden.
Friday, February 19, 2010,
Service and Covenant with Rabbi Julie
This special Friday night service will
celebrate Rabbi Julie's new seven-year
contract with us. Join us at the Ethical
Society, 1906 S. Rittenhouse Square.
Tuesday, March 30, 2010,
second night Passover seder will feature
Rabbi Julie and Cantorial Soloist Jessi Roemer.
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
We are coming upon a holiday that has
question-asking at its core.
The Four Questions are a key component of
every seder. The Tamud
teaches that if you don't have anyone to ask
you questions about
Passover, you should ask them of yourself.
(Pesachim 117a) Steve
Greenberg teaches in Wrestling with God and
Men "When we ask good
questions the Torah is given anew on Sinai at
that very moment."
What are your questions at this season? What
are your Big Life
questions? What are you curious about? What
do you want to learn and
discover? Let's ask each other these
questions at this season of
I'll leave you with these inspiring words
of Torah from the poet
Rainer Maria Rilke,
"...have patience with everything unresolved
in your heart... try to
love the questions themselves as if they were
locked rooms or books
written in a very foreign language. Don't
search for the answers,
which could not be given to you now, because
you would not be able to
live them. And the point is to LIVE
everything. Live the questions
now. Perhaps then, someday in the far future,
you will gradually,
without even noticing it, live your way into
I hope to see you at our very special
Passover seder on Tuesday, March
30 (reservations required.)
Looking forward to crossing the sea
|B'SHERT! (destined): Celebrate LHI's Extended Relationship with Rabbi Julie
Rabbi Julie Greenberg and Congregation
Leyv Ha-Ir~Heart of the City are in a
Rabbi Julie joined us in 2001 - we are now
celebrating her new seven-year contract with us.
Join us for Kabbalat Shabbat services and
festive refreshments,7:00 PM, Friday,
March 19, 2010 at the Ethical Society
Donations in Rabbi Julie's honor may be
made to Congregation Leyv Ha-Ir, PO Box
15836, Philadelphia PA 19103.
Let us know by March 12 if you are able to
attend. Services are on the first floor of
the building; the reception is up a flight of
Questions? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or
|Lighting the Birthday Cake
A good time was had by attendees at a
Leyv Ha-Ir event,
"Brunch & A Film", held
on a snowy Sunday in February.
The film was "A Mighty Wind" and
the birthday lady is Iris Cutler.
|What is Dialogue?
"Dialogue is both a powerful, practical tool
and a spiritual practice. Dialogue enables
people to communicate and build healthy
relationships across differences political
differences, religious differences, and
differences of any kind. Dialogue creates a
supportive environment in which people can
explore challenging ethical and intellectual
questions and clarify their own views.
Dialogue provides an opportunity for people
to act on and cultivate important Jewish
values: honoring each other; listening
deeply; developing patience, kindness, and
humility; giving other the benefit of the
doubt; speaking with courage; and seeking
ways to build community and pursue justice."
Stay tuned for more infomation about our
dialogue about Israel this month.
|Join us for the LHI Annual Second Night Seder
The date is March 30, 6 PM, at the
Philadelphian, 2401 Pennsylvania Ave,
Community Room. Rabbi Julie and Jessi Roemer
are conducting services.
The cost is $55 per person Bring friends,
family. Call 215-629-1995 for further details.
our Community Seder reservation form
|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.
|LIMMUDPHILLY'S Almost Here - There's still time to register!
Saturday night March 6 & Sunday March 7, 2010
Gershman Y & UArts, Broad & Pine Sts.,
Philadelphia PA 19147
For more information or to register,
$54 for adults over 30; $36 for ages 19-30;
$18 for students and 18 and under. Price
includes all programs plus Saturday night
dessert buffet and wine, breakfast and lunch
on Sunday, and snacks & drinks throughout.
All food is kosher. Financial assistance is
LimmudPhilly is a community-wide Jewish
learningfest--designed to enhance and deepen
your connection to Judaism. Last year 650
people came to this event, and we are
expecting even more this year! This is Jewish
learning in the broadest sense you can
imagine! Over 75 scholars, artists, and
educators will present the vast landscape of
Jewish history, text, art, culture, and life
through a variety of dynamic learning
approaches including lectures, workshops,
performance, and more! This unique Jewish
communal experience will engage new learners
as well as seasoned ones in an open
environment inspired by wisdom, enthusiasm,
and a love of learning. In addition, there
are great opportunities to meet new people,
connect with old friends, shop a craft
marketplace and bookstore, connect with
community service organizations and find out
about many more happenings coming up in the
Philly Jewish community!
Some of this years highlights include a
performance by world renowned Jewish gospel
singer Joshua Nelson; the comedy stylings of
Joel Chasnoff; a talk with Ruth Messinger,
the National Director of the American Jewish
World Service; and a Saturday night wine
reception with live music. And these are only
a few of the 90 sessions that will happen
over two days. Check
out the WHOLE SCHEDULE here.
LimmudPhilly is a program designed for all
ages, so, bring your friends, your kids and
grandkids, your parents, and your
grandparents. All are welcome and encouraged
If you have any questions, feel free to
contact LimmudPhilly at 267.235.4083, email@example.com
or through their website.
|Member Profile: Michael Meketon
Article submitted by John
Michael Meketon was born in West
Oak Lane and grew up in East Mount Airy: "We
moved across Stenton Avenue when I was born,"
he says. He received his Bachelor's degree
from George Washington University in American
Literature, a Law degree from Temple
University, and a Master's in Social Work
from the University of Pennsylvania. His
family when growing up, he recalls, "were
members of a Reform congregation, Beth Or. We
were regular worshipers, and I went to Hebrew
school and religious school regularly, and to
services regularly. I was president of the
synagogue youth group."
What drew Meketon to Reconstructionism?
"(At) my niece Rebecca's Bat Mitzvah, in the
early 'nineties" he recalls, "My brother and
his family were members of the
Reconstructionist Rabbinical College
Congregation (now Or Hadash). I very much
liked the rabbi Vivian's service." He saw an
ad for Leyv Ha-Ir in the Welcomat newspaper
(now Philadelphia Weekly) for the High Holy
Days and became a member. Leyv Ha-Ir's
greatest attribute, he says, is "its
inclusiveness and the participation of its
members, each member taking responsibility
for their own spiritual journey, and the
great tolerance that each member has for one
Meketon became President of Leyv Ha-Ir
in November 2005; of his experience, he says,
"It's been a wonderful experience that has
nourished me, much more than I have given to
the congregation. I continue to value my
working relationship with Rabbi Julie
Greenberg, as well as admiring the energy
that our members put into building (the
Professionally, Meketon is a social
worker; "I currently work as a case
manager/supervisor at the People's Emergency
Center (a shelter for women and children) in
West Philadelphia. I'm also a clinical social
worker, I see therapy clients two days a week
in Delaware County, and I teach Social Work
classes at Temple University, and the class I
taught the most often is 'The Social Worker
in The Group,' I teach Social Work students
about the dynamics about therapy groups, task
groups, and mutual aid groups." Also, "I've
been married for seventeen years, and being a
husband is a very important part of how I
identify myself. I live with my wife Lana in