The Pulse of Our Congregation October 2011

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Looking Ahead!

LHI Calendar October 2011


Looking Ahead!


Thursday, November 3, 7 - 9 PM, Jewish Teaching on Sex and Sexuality -- Continuation of Rabbi Julie's discussion (See October 2011 Activities listing)

Thursday, November 10 and 17, 7 - 9 PM, Rabbi Julie addresses the Zohar: Mystical Jewish Stories from the Zohar and how the Kabbalistic process differs from other traditional forms of Judaism. TBA: Place and fee for the course.

Friday, November 4, 7:30 PM - Ethical Society, REPAIRING THE WORLD THROUGH INTERFAITH ACTION
Special Interfaith Kabbalat Service co-sponsored with InterFaithways Family Support System. A speaker from Philadelphia POWER will discuss how, as a community, we can change the needs and priorities of Philadelphians.

Sunday, November 13, 11:00 AM , Bagels and Books
Myrna Shemberg/Myra Schlanger - discussing famous Jewish authors and screen celebrities. Place to be determined.

Sunday, December 4, 11 AM, One Book, One Congregation Rabbi Julie leading a discussion about two of Rabbi Naomi Levy's books, "To Begin Again" and "Hope Will Find You". Place to be determined.

You can get all of the latest information about upcoming Leyv Ha-Ir services and other events on our web based calendar. 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,

While we try not to send too much email, this month we have a few items that can't wait until November 1.

LOCATION FOR RABBI'S CLASSES: Our Thursday evening classes with Rabbi Julie will take place at the conference room on the 7th floor of the Parc Rittenhouse as previously stated. The correct address for this building is 225 S. 18th St. (Parc Brasserie is on the street level of the building)

OCTOBER 17 POWER MEETING: This first center city regional meeting for POWER (Philadelphians Organized to Witness Empower and Rebuild) will be Monday, October 17, 6:30 - 8:30 pm at Mother Bethel AME Church at 419 S. 6th St. (at Lombard St.).

OCTOBER 20 SIMCHAT TORAH: Our celebration with Minyah Tikvah will be at the Ethical Society (our usual home) at 1906 S. Rittenhouse Square at 6:45 pm.

You can always check our website,, or call us at 215.629.1995 for the latest updates.

It was great to see so many of you at our High Holiday services and we hope to see you again soon!

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

  • LHI Calendar October 2011
  • Sunday, October 16, 2011, 2PM
    Sukkot Celebration
    We'll celebrate the Festival of Booths with Rabbi Julie at a congregant's home.


    Monday, October 17th, 2011, 6:30-8:30PM,
    Mother Bethel AME Church, 6th & Lombard Sts. A POWER Cluster of Center City Congregations meeting to begin our work, as a community, to mentor/educate its residents, in order to give them the tools to achieve employment. For more information, contact Beverly Hayden, 215-557-3777, (Transportation may be available.)


    Thursday, October 20, 2011, 6:45PM
    Simchat Torah
    This holiday celebrates the annual beginning of the Torah-reading cycle. We'll be celebrating with Minyan Tikvah at the Ethical Society, 1906 S. Rittenhouse Square.


    Thursday, October 27, 2011 (and Thursday, November 3, 2011, 7PM - 9PM
    Jewish Teachings on Sex and Sexuality
    Join us to delve into the topic of sex and sexuality in Jewish tradition. Using sources from the bible, the Talmud and the Jewish Sages, Rabbi Julie will offer a variety of Jewish perspectives on this enticing topic. We'll be in the Community Room at Park Rittenhouse, 225 S. 18th Street. The cost to attend each session is $10 members; $15 non-members. A dessert reception to follow. Please register in advance at or our voicemail at 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.
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