The Pulse of Our Congregation June 2011

In this Issue

Looking Ahead!

Fresh Voices from Israel and Palestine

June 2011 Activities

Rabbi's Message

June Yahrzeits

Quote of the Month


Looking Ahead!

Please note that activities during the summer will continue: Shabbat lay-lead services, first Saturday of July and August, and Friday Night Kabbalat Services and dinner, both services at a members home. Please check the events calendar on our website or our list-serv for places and times. Air-conditioning is promised!

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Be sure to join and visit Congregation Leyv Ha-Ir~Heart of the City's Facebook group

Marking Lifecycle Events

Friends, this is an invitation to keep Leyv Ha-Ir close in your thoughts when you have any occasion to remember someone with a card. Make a donation to your cherished congregation and honor someone you care about at the same time. It might be a note of sympathy, a message of congratulations, a shout-out on a happy occasion. Let me know, and I will gladly send along either one of Marcy Fleet's lovely art cards created for this use, or one I will customize based on your suggestions. I will also try to compose a note that carries your thought to the recipient.

Please direct checks to our PO Box 15836, Philadelphia PA 19103 and details to me. You can reach me at

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 of Leyv Ha-Ir~Heart of the City,

Our annual meeting is on June 12th at the Penn Center House. Brunch starts at 10:30 AM. The meeting starts at 11:00AM. This meeting will be my last function as President. I have served in this capacity November 2005. The best way to honor my service is to attend this meeting, with your heart full of willingness to serve this community. In lieu of that willingness, donations to our general fund are happily accepted.

Michael Meketon
President, Congregation Leyv Ha-Ir

  • Fresh Voices from Israel and Palestine
  • Peace in the Middle East

    On May 1st, Leyv Ha-Ir, together with the Ethical Humanist Society of Philadelphia, hosted a discussion about peace in the Middle East. Speakers were Kobi Skolnick, Israeli-born, and Najuan Daadleh, a Palestinian-Israel citizen, both studying and working at the Center for World Religions, Diplomacy and Conflict Resolution at George Mason University.

  • June 2011 Activities
  • Saturday, June 4, 2011, 10:00 AM
    Shabbat Morning Service
    Join us at a congregant's home for our lay-led service and veggie/dairy pot-luck lunch. Place to be determined.


    Tuesday, June 7, 2011, 7:30 PM
    Shavuot Service with Rabbi Julie and Leyv Ha-Ir Choir
    Join us as we celebrate the giving of the Torah. We'll be at the Parc Rittenhouse, 225 S. 18th Street (between Walnut and Locust), Community Room, 7th floor.


    Saturday, June 11, 2011, 3:30 PM
    Bar Mitzvah of Jake Savitz
    You are invited to the Bar Mitzvah of Jake Savitz who has studied with Rabbi Julie for two years. She will be leading the ceremony at the Ethical Society building with Hazzan Jack Kessler. Jake started as a complete beginner who had a passionate interest in Judaism. Please join Jake and his family as they celebrate this wonderful simcha.


    Sunday, June 12, 2011, 10:30 AM
    Annual Meeting
    It is important that members attend this special meeting, which will include election of next year's officers, a new budget, and planning for our future.Our meeting will be held at the Penn Center House Community Room, 1900 JFK Blvd., 2nd floor. A delicious brunch will be served at 10:30 AM, with an 11:00 business meeting to follow.


    Friday, June 24, 2011, 6:30 PM
    Shabbat Home Dinner/ Service
    Join us for our lay-led 45-minute service and delicious veggie/dairy pot-luck dinner. We'll be at the Steels' home in Society Hill. Call 215-922-6673 to tell them what you'll bring for dinner, or the LHI number, 215-629-1995.

    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 upcoming activities.
  • Rabbi's Message
  • Dear Chevre,

    I know there is massive curiosity about what book we will all be reading for our One Book, One Congregation project that is launched every year at our Annual Meeting. You couldn't possibly guess what the book will be this year but I will give you a few hints: it is by a female Reform Rabbi, it is likely to become a classic as important as When Bad Things Happen to Good People. It deals with issues of coping with unfairness, loss and the resulting suffering. It's a beautiful, short book.

    Come to the Annual Meeting to take a guess about the title of the book and hear the secret revealed, come to the Annual Meeting to participate in your congregation's decision-making for next year, come to the Annual Meeting to be with friends for brunch, come to the Annual Meeting to honor Michael Meketon who has been our president for five years, come to the Annual Meeting!

    Speaking of books, our Tikkun Olam/Repair of the World committee asks each of us to bring to our Shavuot service a book to donate to prisoners through the terrific program Books Thru Bars. They especially need dictionaries and books in Spanish. As we celebrate the receiving of Torah~the value of learning~let's share the wealth.

    Hope to see each one of you soon,
    Rabbi Julie

  • June Yahrzeits
  • May These Souls be Bound in the Bond of Eternal Live

    Gloria Goldstein
    Sylvia Bell
    Jacqueline Hawkins

  • Quote of the Month
  • The best preparation for Tomorrow is to do Today's work SUPERBLY WELL.

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