Intro to Judaism
Beginning in October 2012, Rabbi Julie Greenberg will offer a
5-part lecture series on Intro to Judaism.
For further details, contact:
Interfaith Family Support Network
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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
contribution form on our website, which contains the mailing address for your contribution, PO Box 15836, Philadelphia PA 19103. You can also
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|Dear Friends of Leyv Ha-Ir ~ Heart of the City, |
We hope you are all enjoying the start of summer. It is a quieter time for us, although there are still many activities going on. We are looking for someone to express his or her generosity by hosting our August 26 Bagels & Books brunch. This is when we will discuss the Rashi's Daughters books we are reading together as a congregation. It's a nice feeling to host our community and not really much work at all. Plenty of help will be available. Please contact Bobbi or Iris N. if you would like to host.
Recently you received an email asking you to "exercise your Judaism" by contributing to our fundraising campaign. Your synagogue needs your help at this time, and we hope we can count on you in order to continue the programming you've come to value at Leyv Ha-Ir. You can either send a check or donate online.
Stay cool. We hope to see you soon.
Bobbi, Iris N. and Roby
|LHI Calendar July 2012|
Saturday, July 7, 10 AM, Shabbat Morning Service
Our lay-led service will begin at 10 AM at Joan Goldberg's home. We'll discuss the Torah portion and enjoy a potluck veggie lunch.
Questions? Call 215-629-1995.
Monday, July 9, 7 PM, Council Meeting All members are invited to join us at Jay & Donna Butler's on Rittenhouse Square.
Thursday, July 19, 7 PM, POWER Leadership Meeting
(see article below).
Friday, July 20, 6:30 PM, Shabbat home dinner/service
Join us at Bobbi's home for a 45-minute lay-led service, followed by a veggie pot-luck dinner. Contact Bobbi at email@example.com or 215-236-0689 to tell her what you'll be bringing for supper and for directions.
Saturday July 28, 9:00 PM, Tisha B'Av We will be commemorating the destructions of the Temples in Jerusalem and other tradgedies that have afflicted the Jewish people through the chanting of the Book of Lamentations. Join us at a member's home.
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.
Take a complete look at Congregation Leyv Ha-Ir upcoming activities.
|Friday Night Shabbat Service/Supper!|
Host Beverly Hayden welcomed 20 guests at Service/dinner. Some attendees in conversation after services.
POWER (Philadelphians Organized to Witness, Empower and Rebuild) Economic Justice Forum
Eight Center City Religious Groups Meet on June 12, 2012
At the second of Four Economic Justice Forums, POWER secured commitments from Councilman Bill Green and Councilman Mark Squilla to fight for the unemployed and underemployed in Philadelphia.
Tuesday night, June 12, two hundred representatives, including 10 from Leyv Ha-Ir, from synagogues, churches, and mosques located in Center City gathered under the banner of POWER: An Interfaith Movement, in order to lift up the urgent need for a new jobs policy in Philadelphia.
Rabbi Julie opened the meeting with a prayer and asked the congregants to "risk and to act" in order to accomplish POWER's mission.
For further information, please contact Susan Thompson, firstname.lastname@example.org, or Beverly Hayden, email@example.com.
|One Book, One Congregation|
Rashi's Daughters by Maggie Anton
As revealed at our Annual Meeting, this year we will read the trilogy Rashi's Daughters, by Maggie Anton, for our One Book, One Congregation program. These books, which are meticulously researched historical novels, are set in eleventh century France. Each book focuses on one of the three daughters of the famous Jewish scholar known to us as Rashi. Reading them will immerse you in the day-to-day life of medieval Jewry and expose you to many fascinating Talmud texts. I loved reading these books! You can read any amount, from one chapter to all three books and then join in the Bagels and Books discussion scheduled for August 26 (see calendar for details). I'm excited about sharing this wonderful reading.
Love and Blessings,
Beyond The Rainbow -
A Serenade to Susan Budenstein
from Roy Shenberg
What is your sacred secret Susan Beauty-stein?
Sitting there astride A billowy white cloud
Moving it gracefully sky-wide
With your bright yellow Rowing paddle
Held with passion In those wondrous healing hands.
What keeps your exciting buzz
Forever in our minds
Susan Beauty-stein ?
We love thee
Your one-of-a-kind spirit,
Your en-Susy-asm. May you always bike-on
To greater adventures
Beyond the rainbow.
And may the angels
At the celestial table
Always serve you
Chocolate covered pretzels
|Our First Flea Market Effort|
Thanks to Marsha Hyman's suggestion, we tried something new this year. Leyv Ha-Ir had its own booth at Germantown Jewish Centre's annual flea market. And because we signed up early, we had a great booth location. Many members contributed clothing, jewelry, household articles and whatever other "surplus" they had, and we raised over $200 at the flea market for our synagogue. There are still a few items we are trying to sell in other ways to add to this endeavor. Beryl & Howard Kravetz, Marsha Hyman and Bobbi Cohen had a lot of fun working our booth, a great team effort! Do you have any other fundraising ideas that we can easily accomplish?
|Mozi Greenberg Bat Mitzvah Recap|
Mozi Greenberg, daughter of Rabbi Julie, was bat mitzvah Friday, June 22nd. The auditorium of the Ethical Society was filled with family, friends and members of Leyv Ha-Ir. A beautiful service was held, along with a skit about the parshah of the week, Korach, acted out by young family and friends. Beautiful food and fun followed.
Dear Leyv Ha-Ir~Heart of the City,
Thank you, thank you, thank you. Mozi will say her own thank-you's but I want to let you know how very special it was for me to be in the heart of the city with my beloved congregation for Mozi's Bat Mitzvah. I was there with my own family and with you all who choose each other as chosen family. What a web we are weaving together. Thank you for gifting Mozi with such amazing generosity. We are deeply moved and appreciative.
Dear Leyv Ha-Ir Congregation,
Thank you to all who could make it to my Bat Mitzvah, it was very special to have you there. Your many gifts were very generous. The shirt, the star bracelet, and the Havdallah set are all beautiful. I really appreciate the money.
Thanks so much!
Mozi at her Bat Mitzvah with the tallit Rosi (her sister) made for her.
|JOIN THE RABBI TO FIX PHILADELPHIA|
POWER Leadership Assembly
Thursday, July 19th
7pm to 9pm
Harold O. Davis Baptist Church
4500 North 10th St. - on the Roosevelt Blvd.
Philadelphia, PA 19140
Our congregation needs to send a delegation to the Assembly where we will:
- Celebrate and Evaluate our Economic Justice Forums
- Receive training and plan for "economic justice conversations" in each our congregations in the coming months
- Map out a 6-month "road to victory" to get our Airport jobs bill passed in City Council
For more information, call Susan Thompson or Beverly Hayden.
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