The Pulse of Our Congregation May 2010

In this Issue

Looking Ahead

History Revealed in April Bagels & Books

May 2010 Activities

Rabbi's Message: Rabbi Julie Greenberg

Leyv Ha-Ir's 14th Gathering - Shabbaton in Fairmount Park

A Seder to Remember

May 16: A Very Important Meeting

A Very Special Program for Female Members and Female Friends of Leyv Ha-Ir

Discounted Parking for Ethical Society Events


Looking Ahead

Sunday, June 13, 2010
3:00 PM
Program with Susan Budenstein, our beauty expert. Please see details below.

Alice, Queen of the Dimsum Palace
Roy Shenberg

I'm a rough-ridin' rodeo cowboy
At dinner I'd like to boast
"Bring on the Tequilla
And chile on Texas toast!"

No dainty foreign food for me
Then the rodeo came to Dallas
At night I went to Chinatown
And that's where I saw Alice,
Queen of the Dimsum Palace
In Dallas

I'm in love with a lady named Alice
Queen of the Dimsum Palace
In Dallas

Everynight I'd stop by
Try to catch Alice's eye
But she simply ignores me
As she rolls her cart by
Seems Alice can be very callous
To a lonesome cowboy who's gal-less
In Dallas

Alice, sweet Alice
If only you'd give this lonely man solace
In my dreams you and me
Are as close as can be
Sharing dainty bites of dimsum Sipping jasmin tea

Alice, sweet Alice
At my ranch I will build you a queen's palace
Then my sweet dumplin'
Life sure will be sumplin'
For you-- I'd give up Tequiilla
And red-hot chile

I'm so in love with you, queenie
I'd even go veggie
Make me your king, sweet Alicev Queen of the Dimsum palace
In Dallas

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.

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 insight.

To join the listserv, send your first and last name and e-mail address to Sharon Cooper at 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 information.

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

I am looking forward to a good couple of weeks in the life of our synagogue. This weekend we are at Chamounix Mansion in Fairmount Park. In two short weeks, we will have our annual meeting in which all members in good standing will gather to celebrate our accomplishments this past year, and to chart our course for next year. As a core community we go inward to go out. Over the years we have become a close community, supporting eachother's spiritual journeys, and working together to create a humble vessel for our larger community. Also in about two weeks, we celebrate revelation at Sinai during the Holiday of Shavuot. I remain open to see what will be revealed about our little shul.

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

  • History Revealed in April Bagels & Books
  • What a Wonderful Brunch!

    A rainy afternoon was made warm and cheerful by a book-reading and signing in Joan Goldberg's apartment. The book was "The Fruit of Her Hands" by Michelle Cameron, a historical novel about her 13th century relative, Meir ben Baruch of Rothenberg.

    Ms. Cameron presented her background into writing and her quest to learn more about a long, forgotten relative. Fifteen people attended; this event was part of Leyv Ha-Ir's Bagels & Books Education Programs.

  • May 2010 Activities
  • Friday, May 14, 2010, 6:30 PM
    Shabbat Home Service/Dinner
    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 a congregant. Place to be determined.

    Sunday, May 16, 2010, 10:30 AM
    Annual Meeting at Kennedy House Community Room, 1901 JFK Blvd.
    10:30 AM Brunch
    11:00 AM Story telller Melvin Metelits
    11:45 AM Business Meeting and Elections

    Tuesday, May 18, 2010, 7:30 PM
    Shavuot Service with Rabbi Julie
    at the Ethical Society, 1906 S Rittenhouse Square

    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.
  • Rabbi's Message: Rabbi Julie Greenberg
  • Hello Dear Chevre,

    As we climb from the depths of slavery to the peak of Sinai, I thought I'd take a few minutes to talk here about a great practice for the journey: the giving of tzedakah. It is said that God's presence flows through the universe in the form of shefa, spiritual abundance. When we share our time, treasure and talent, we literally open the passages to keep that shefa flowing.

    I love to watch the steady stream of small donations that come into our community in honor or in memory of someone. People make donations on yahrzeits (memorial anniversaries) of loved ones, on special birthdays for oneself or for others, or in support of various activities in the synagogue. These donations go back out into the world in the form of our programs, my rabbinic time, the choir and much more. In this way the shefa of our community enriches us all and fills us up to give more of ourselves to the world.

    My Rabbinic Fund is both a destination for and a source of shefa. This month, using contributions that many of you have made in the past year, I made donations to three groups in our name:

    1. We honored our beloved Hazzan Jack Kessler and thanked Arthur Waskow who recently shared a teaching with us at our Rabbi-Congregation Covenant ceremony. We did this by buying a message on a Scroll of Honor at a dinner organized by Arthur Waskow's Shalom Center featuring Hazzan Jack.

    2. We made a contribution to the Jewish Multiracial Network (I am on the Board) which does important consciousness-raising work based on the slogan "Jews come in all colors." (If you want to donate yourself, the address is "Jewish Multiracial Network, c/o Camp Isabella Freedman,116 Johnson Road, Falls Village, CT 06031.)

    3. We supported B'not Eysh, a Jewish Feminist think tank that includes many names you probably recognize because I share this work with you frequently: Sheila Weinberg, Bobbi Breitman, Sue Elwell, Judith Plaskow and many others.

    Sometime it would be fun to hear what causes you support and how you make your tzedakah choices.

    All the best,
    Rabbi Julie

  • Leyv Ha-Ir's 14th Gathering - Shabbaton in Fairmount Park
  • Saturday, May 1st, Chamounix Mansion Services led by Rabbi Julie, a catered lunch, followed by Rabbi Rayzel Raphael "Meeting our Jewish Angels"

  • A Seder to Remember
  • bagels & books

    The Leyv Ha-Ir Choir, singing at the Annual 2nd night Seder with 40 persons attending: (l to r) Frann Shore, Karen Zeitz, Bobbi Cohen, Beverly Hayden, Theresa Candelaria and choir director, Jessie Roemer.

  • May 16: A Very Important Meeting
  • Our annual meeting will be held this month, May 16, 10:30 AM, at the Kennedy House, 1901 JFK Blvd, Community Room. This is your opportunity to be heard, voice your opinion, influence our direction for years to come.

    The slate of officers is as follows:
    President: Michael Meketon
    Vice President: Susan Thompson
    Treasurer: Polly Gussman
    Secretary: Iris Newman
    Council At Large:
    Myrna Schlanger
    Roby Jacobs
    Patricia Saddier

    The floor will be open for other nominations.

    For fun: Rabbi Julie has invited her dear friend to tell us some stories. He is a true Magid. This, plus a delicious brunch, ensures a delightful morning.


  • A Very Special Program for Female Members and Female Friends of Leyv Ha-Ir
  • Date: Sunday, June 13 Time: 3 - 6 PM Place: A Center City Location Cost: Chai - $18

    "Secrets of Natural Beauty," presented by National Speaker and Educator, Susan Budenstein of Healthy Living

    You will learn about: Natural Facelifts, Yoga at your Desk, Move Gracefully, Quiet your Mind, Any time, Any Place .... just to mention a few subjects.


    RSVP to Myrna Schlanger, Myrna


  • Discounted Parking for Ethical Society Events
  • EZ Park, located at 2101 Chestnut Street in the River West Condo Garage (covered), has offered Congregation Leyv Ha-Ir discounted parking.

    The cost is $6, weekdays after 5PM; Weekends all day for $6. All tickets must be stamped with an Ethical Society Stamp, available at the check-in desk in the Ethical Society lobby..

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