The Pulse of Our Congregation September 2011

In this Issue

Looking Ahead!

Founding Convention POWER (Philadelphians Organized to Witness, Empower and Rebuild)- Sunday, September 25

LHI Calendar September 2011

Rabbi's Message

The Gift of being Involved

LHI Celebrate Tisha B'Av

A Special Invitation

Quote of the Month

September Yahrzeits

Reserve now for our High Holy Day Services


Looking Ahead!


High Holy Days are fast approaching. See our announcement in the right column regarding services.

POWER Convention - September 25 (see article in right column)

Rabbi Julie will give 2 courses this Fall:

Jewish Teaching on Sex and Sexuality -- Oct. 27 and Nov. 3 -- Thursday evenings from 7:00-9:00

Zohar: Mystical Jewish Stories -- Nov. 10th and Nov. 17th -- Thursday evenings from 7:00-9:00

Details will follow.

Friday, November 4, 7:30 PM - Ethical Society Special Interfaith Service-co-sponsored with InterFathways. A speaker from POWER, a new city-wide interfaith cooperative.

You can get all of the latest information about upcoming Leyv Ha-Ir services and other events on our web based calendar at Events are posted through June, 2012. Many thanks to Iris Newman for maintaining this calendar for us!

Marking Lifecycle Events

Please remember Congregation Leyv Ha-Ir~Heart of the City when you have any occasion to send a greeting card to someone. While we are happy to receive contributions in any amount, for a minimum $10 contribution we will gladly send one of Marci Fleet's lovely art cards created for this purpose to the recipient of your choice.

Make a donation to your congregation and honor someone you care about at the same time. It might be a note of sympathy, a message of congratulations, get well, or a shout-out on a happy occasion. Sue Frank will gladly send along either one of Marci's cards, or one she will customize one based on your suggestions. Sue will also compose a note that carries your thought to the recipient.

Please use the new contribution form on our website, which contains the mailing address for your contribution, PO Box 15836, Philadelphia PA 19103. You can also reach Sue at 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 of Leyv Ha-Ir~Heart of the City,

As is often the case, summer is going by too quickly, and fall will soon be here. The good thing about it is that we move into a very rich time of year, our High Holidays. Our services, open to the larger community, are a source of pride for us. More important, this period is one for personal reflection and goal setting, so be sure to take some time for this.

Please register to join us for services as well as our Yom Kippur Break Fast. You can do so on our website here. We can also use some volunteer support with set up, clean up and check-in. Please contact Roby Jacobs if you can help out with any of these activities. If you've been with us for the High Holidays in previous years you know that we get quite a large crowd. This requires a considerable amount of coordination, and many thanks go out in advance to all who help make it happen.

Please check out our calendar for many upcoming events including our fall education series, which promises to be quite interesting.

L'Shana Tovah, have a happy and sweet year,

Bobbi, Susan, Iris and Patricia
Your Leyv Ha-Ir Executive Committee

  • Founding Convention POWER (Philadelphians Organized to Witness, Empower and Rebuild)- Sunday, September 25
  • Plan to attend the POWER Founding Convention, the afternoon of Sunday, September 25 at Tindley Temple, Broad and Fitzwater Streets.

    Rabbi Julie has addressed the POWER topic in her monthly message. To reiterate, Congregation Leyv Ha-Ir is one of 40 congregations from every section of Philadelphia to join with them to transform the social and economic policies that will influence families and neighborhoods.

    In a meeting last night, we learned that every person sitting in the audience represents 50 voters to the politicians sitting on the dais. That is why your attendance at the Founding Convention, Sunday, September 25, is so important. Be there and be counted!!

    POWER will be promoting a bold vision for change to our city leaders in areas of education/job creation. For more information, contact Susan Thompson, Beverly Hayden, or John Mason

    A POWER representative will attend our November 4th Shabbat Service with more exciting future plans!!

    More details about the Convention will follow!

  • LHI Calendar September 2011
  • Saturday, September 3, 2011, 10:00 AM
    Shabbat Morning Service
    Join us for our lay-led service and pot-luck veggie/dairy lunch. The Torah portion will be Shoftim, Deuteronomy chapter 16 verse 18 to chapter 21 verse 9. It's an interesting look at justice, law and life in biblical times. We'll be at Myrna Schlanger's, 1117 Willowdale Drive, Cherry Hill, NJ 08003. Directions: Cross Ben Franklin Bridge exiting in left lane. Follow signs to Route 70. Marlkress is the first light after you pass 295. Turn right. The street will end on Kresson. Turn left. Willowdale will be on your right after the second traffic light. Turn right. 1117 is about a 1/2 mile down.


    Friday, September 9, 2011, 6:30 PM
    Shabbat Home Dinner/ Service
    Join us for our lay-led 45-minute service and delicious veggie/dairy pot-luck dinner to be hosted at Susan Thompson's in the Philadelphian. Contact Susan at 215-923-4040 or, or the LHI number, 215-629-1995, and let us know what you will be bringing.


    Monday, September 12, 2011, 7:00 PM
    Council Meeting
    All members are invited to our meeting at a Bobbi's home. Contact Bobbi at 215-236-0689 or for more details.


    Saturday, September 24, 2011, 8:00 PM
    Selichot Service
    Rabbi Julie will be leading prayers that prepare us for the Days of Awe at Laura Jacobs' Center City home. Contact Laura at 215-545-3706 or for more details.


    Wednesday, September 28, 2011,10:00 AM,
    Erev Rosh Hashanah
    Our service will be at the Ethical Society, 1906 S. Rittenhouse Square, with Rabbi Julie Geenberg, Cantorial Soloist Jessi Roemer and the LHI choir. A ticket is not needed, but please register on our website.


    Thursday, September 29, 2011,10:00 AM,
    Rosh Hashanah - First Day
    Our service will be at the Ethical Society, 1906 S. Rittenhouse Square, with Rabbi Julie Greenberg, Cantorial Soloist Jessi Roemer and the LHI choir. A ticket is not needed, but please register on our website. Community Taschlich service, 6 PM, Schuylkill River Park, foot of Walnut St. Bridge.


    Friday, September 30, 2011,10:00 AM,
    Rosh Hashanah - Second Day
    Our service will be at the Ethical Society, 1906 S. Rittenhouse Square, with Rabbi Julie Greenberg, Cantorial soloist Jessi Roemer and the LHI choir. A ticket is not needed, but please register on our website.

    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,

    A key tenet of Judaism is that we humans are partners with God in the creation of a good world. This idea appears in as basic a prayer as the motzi blessing over bread which thanks God for bringing bread forth from the earth; we know that bread does not come straight from the earth but rather involves the human activities of sowing, tending, harvesting, milling and baking. So this common prayer is a celebration and appreciation of the partnership between Spirit and Humanity.

    In the past few months, I, along with some Leyv Ha-Ir~Heart of the City congregants, have been exploring a faith-based organizing effort in Philadelphia focused on addressing some of the problems in the city that keep people uneducated, unemployed and disempowered. The organization is called POWER: Philadelphians Organized to Witness, Empower and Re-build. Many churches and synagogues are working together and there is thoughtful philosophy and strategy imbuing the organizing.

    Basically, the idea is to take the private pain of Philadelphians and turn it into public policy. As in any congregation, our community suffers from the issues of the day. Even if we aren't personally lacking healthcare or housing or education or employment, we often feel helpless and hopeless that our fellow city-mates live with these distresses. POWER is a way to join together to make a difference. I have felt inspired and excited about our opportunity to work in this interfaith movement.

    On September 25, there will be a founding convention for POWER, taking place in the afternoon at Tindley Temple Church (Broad and Fitzwater Sts.) A large turnout is essential to get the attention of public officials. Beverly Hayden, Susan Thompson and John Mason are contacts for our contingent. I hope you will join in for a promising start to partnering for a good world in this New Year.

    L'Shana Tovah/A Good New Year,

    Rabbi Julie

  • The Gift of being Involved
  • The High Holy Days are late this year, however your Leyv Ha-Ir committee is starting to gear up.

    This is your invitation to help during those days! To get that sense of belonging, of giving to others: no better way than signing up for a volunteer job. We need Hearts, Hands and Eyes to man the Welcoming/Check-in Desk before and during the Services. We can always use people to set up and clear and clean up before and after any of the High Holiday Services. Know where to find me to sign up at

    Roby Jacobs
    Chair of High Holy Days

  • LHI Celebrate Tisha B'Av
  • Limmud Philly

    Beatrice Beer, cantorial soloist emeritus of Leyv Ha-Ir, chanted the Book of Lamentations on Tisha B'Av. Fifteen were present at a member's home.

  • A Special Invitation
  • Joe Gordon is delighted to announce he will be marrying his lovely fiancée, Jennie Choe, at Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel on Old York Road in Elkins Park on Sunday, October 2nd at 3 p.m.

    Space is limited at the dinner reception, with so many family members and friends coming that we cannot invite everyone we would love to see. The ceremony however is in the spacious Sanctuary at KI, and anyone who would like to attend is welcome. Please let us know you are coming so we can look for you, by emailing me at or calling our coordinator Isis at 877-800-9188, x 4

  • Quote of the Month
  • Don't part with your illusions. When they are gone you may still exist, but you have ceased to live. - Mark Twain

  • September Yahrzeits
  • May These Souls be Bound in the Book of Eternal Life
    Lee Schlanger
    Sylvia Goloff

  • Reserve now for our High Holy Day Services
  • Our High Holy Days schedule and Registration Form has been posted to our website. Be sure to sign up yourself and your guests.

    All services held at the Ethical Society, 1906 S. Rittenhouse Sq. and led by Rabbi Julie Greenberg, with Cantorial Soloist Jessi Roemer and the Leyv Ha-Ir Choir .

    ROSH HASHANAH September 28-30

    YOM KIPPUR October 7-8

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