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Upcoming Events
Rabbi's Message
HIGH HOLY DAYS INFORMATION
Intro to Judaism
September Yahrzeits
House of Study
August Bagels & Books
AN INSPIRING B'NEI MITZVAH
Listserv Reminders
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 
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September 2012
Dear Friends of Leyv Ha-Ir ~ Heart of the City,  
 

Being in a community feels very important to us at this time of year. Jewish prayers traditionally are said in groups, but during Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur and the associated services, praying together feels particularly important. Many Leyv Ha-Ir-niks are working to prepare a wonderful, enriching, and nurturing High Holy Day experience for the many friends who come to our services. There is a lot to be done behind the scenes, but we're happy to do it.

 

We are looking forward to seeing you at the Ethical Society for Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur and throughout the year. Remember to register and to come early!

 

L'shanah tovah,

Bobbi, Roby and Iris N.

Your Executive Committee

LHI Calendar September 2012

Saturday,  September 1, 10 AM, Shabbat Morning Service 

Our lay-led minyan will be followed by a veggie pot-luck lunch. Join us at the Ethical Society, 1906 S. Rittenhouse Square.  

  

Saturday,  September 8, 8 PM, Selichot Service 

This service helps prepare us for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Rabbi Julie will lead us at the home of Iris N. near Rittenhouse Square. Contact Iris at 215-561-0228 or irisnewman@verizon.net for location. 

 

Monday, September 10, 7 PM, Council Meeting   All members are invited to join us at Bobbi Cohen's home. Call 215-629-1995 for directions. 
  

Sunday, September 16, 7:30 PM, Erev Rosh Hashanah  Rabbi Julie Greenberg, Cantorial Soloist Jessi Roemer and the Leyv Ha-Ir Choir will lead services at the Ethical Society, 1906 S. Rittenhouse Square. There are no tickets, but for security purposes we ask that you register at www.leyvhair.org.

 

Monday, September 17, 10:00 AM, Rosh Hashanah - First Day   Rabbi Julie Greenberg, Cantorial Soloist Jessi Roemer and the Leyv Ha-Ir Choir will lead services at the Ethical Society, 1906 S. Rittenhouse Square. There are no tickets, but for security purposes we ask that you register at www.leyvhair.org.

 

Tuesday, September 18, 10:00 AM, Rosh Hashanah - Second Day  Rabbi Julie Greenberg, Cantorial Soloist Jessi Roemer and the Leyv Ha-Ir Choir will lead services at the Ethical Society, 1906 S. Rittenhouse Square. There are no tickets, but for security purposes we ask that you register at www.leyvhair.org.

 

Tuesday, September 25, 6:00 PM, Kol Nidre  Rabbi Julie Greenberg, Cantorial Soloist Jessi Roemer and the Leyv Ha-Ir Choir will lead services at the Ethical Society, 1906 S. Rittenhouse Square. There are no tickets, but for security purposes we ask that you register at www.leyvhair.org.

 

Wednesday, September 26, 10:00 AM, Yom Kippur  Rabbi Julie Greenberg, Cantorial Soloist Jessi Roemer and the Leyv Ha-Ir Choir will lead services at the Ethical Society, 1906 S. Rittenhouse Square. There are no tickets, but for security purposes we ask that you register at www.leyvhair.org. 

  

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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. 

 

Rabbi's Message
by Rabbi Julie Greenberg

Dear Chevre,

 

I am glad to experience the first hints of fall and to know that a New Year is just around the corner. This month of Elul, our time of soul searching and preparation for fresh starts, I'd like to offer up a beautiful Hebrew term that is found in Pirkey Avot, the Wisdom of the Ancestors and is discussed throughout Jewish literature.

 

The term is l'chaf zechut, best be translated as "giving the benefit of the doubt." Our sages taught that we should judge ourselves and each other in the same way we want to be judged, that is, kindly, with compassion, with the benefit of the doubt.

 

As you enter this holy time leading toward the High Holy Days, you might want to reflect on how kind you are within yourself...are you able to talk soothingly and gently to yourself or are you a vicious inner critic? Be your own best champion!

 

It is also a time to reflect on how kind you are in your assessment of others. Are you able to hold an attitude of l'chaf zechut whereby you understand that everyone has hardships in their lives and that we are each doing the best we can.

 

I hope this will be a year of integrating the concept of l'chaf zechut, of gentle judgments, within ourselves, within our community and beyond.

 

Much love,

Rabbi Julie


Important HIGH HOLY DAYS Information
High Holy Days


It's that time of year again!

 

That's right, the High Holy Days are upon us and we truly look forward to worshipping and celebrating with you. Here is some important information to enhance your High Holy Days experience with us:

 

  1. Registration - for security and planning purposes we ask that everyone register on our website, or call us at 215.629.1995. This will also speed up the check-in process upon arrival. If you cannot register in advance, photo ID will be requested for security.   
  2. Arrive early - our auditorium tends to fill up at the most popular services and times. You are always welcome but will probably find it more meaningful if you are sitting comfortably in the main space.   
  3. Parking - we have several options for you:
    Parking permits for limited on-street parking will be available at the Ethical Society Building. Bring your parking ticket to services to be stamped at the Ethical Society desk to receive the discount. Discounted parking is available at: 
    EZ Park
    - 2101 Chestnut Street in the River West Condo Garage, $9 after 5PM and weekends, $14 for weekdays
    Central Parking - 2040 E. Rittenhouse St., $8 flat rate up to 12 hours, limited parking available
    Parkway Corporation - 1845 Walnut St., $13 flat rate up to 6 hours   
  4. Yom Kippur Break Fast - each year we have a community break fast to which everyone is welcome. It is best to include this in your registration if you plan to attend so we can be sure to have enough food for all.   
  5. Contributions - while we gladly open our services and break fast to all without a formal charge, we do rely on generous contributions from our larger community in order to sustain our activities. There will be forms and envelopes available at services, or you can contribute using a credit card or PayPal. Your generosity is greatly appreciated.   
  6. Prayer Books - if you have your own High Holy Day machzur (prayer book), please bring it and keep it with you.  

For any other questions, please feel free to contact us at 215.629.1995 or info@leyvhair.org. We wish all of you a very happy and sweet new year!

 

MAH TOVU 2

  

mah tovu

"How good, how fair are your tents, Jacob; your dwelling places, Israel!"
- Numbers 24:5

 

Help us make certain that the foundations of our High Holy Days tent are getting stronger and stronger!  This CALL-TO-WORKSHIP is to ask for your help in making our Tabernacle a holy space. Contact me, through our voice mail, 215-629-1995, to offer your assistance in setting-up, clearing up and other important needed tasks.

 

Let's send our good wishes, Ruach and strength to Rabbi Julie, Cantorial Soloist Jessi, the Choir and the Ritual Committee to do the hard, meaningful work that is before them.

 

B'shalom,

Roby Jacobs  

High Holy Day Chair

 

Intro to Judaism series to start in October
Five session series with Rabbi Julie Greenberg

 

 

 

Do you know someone who is curious about Jewish fundamentals? Excited about including Jewish elements in family life?

Here is a welcoming, informative 
introduction in a five session series with Rabbi Julie Greenberg, beginning Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012, 7:00 - 8:30 pm at the Gershman Y on Broad St. This is a great way for people new to Judaism who want to deepen their Jewish understanding and meet others on the same path. It is also a good way to develop a relationship with a Rabbi. The sessions are $25 each or $125 for the series. Please help spread the word! For more information and to register, please contact:

 

Wendy Armon

Managing Director

InterFaithways

Interfaith Family Support Network

215-207-0990

www.interfaithways.org

 
SEPTEMBER YAHRZEITS
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May These Souls be Bound in the Book of Eternal Light:

 

Lee Schlanger

Sylvia Goloff

House of Study

 

Calling  Children Ages 10-13

 

Registration is open for House of Study. If you know children aged 10 - 13 who would like to join our Sunday evening one-room-schoolhouse for joyful Jewish learning, please send them to www.rabbijuliegreenberg.com

 

 

Thank you!

 

 

August Bagels & Books a Booming Success
August 2012 Bagels & Books

 

For our first Bagels & Books Discussion Group of the year, a record 28 people converged at Laura Jacobs' home for a discussion led by Rabbi Julie about Maggie Anton's trilogy, Rashi's Daughters.  

 

Not only was the discussion exciting and enlightening, but also the food was scrumptious!

 

Rashi's Daughters is a tri-part historical novel about the three daughters of the Talmudic scholar Rashi, who lived in 11th century France and had no sons. At a time when most women were illiterate, Rashi brazenly taught his daughters Talmud.

 

Here are just a few comments from the animated discussion:

  • "I felt transported me back in time to Jewish medieval cultures."  
  • "It amazes me that medieval superstitions were so similar to those of my Bubbie's!"  
  • "I learned so much about the Talmud and Jewish practices still alive today."  
  • "I was surprisingly enlightened about Jewish ritual, romance and sexual relations from the Talmud."

Stay tuned for information about our next Bagels & Books!

And Have a Happy New Year, 

 

Margie Wiener

AN INSPIRING B'NEI MITZVAH



by Roby Jacobs   B'NEI MITZVAH

 

A proud grandmother Charlotte and a beaming mother Kenna Weiss celebrated with Jonathan (age 14) and Jeremy (age 12) their calling up to the Torah.

 

Jonathan had computer-made up the service outline, including the Hebrew, and both young men chanted trope and delivered moving d'var torahs. 

 

The B'nei Mitzvah was dedicated to beloved husband, father and son Jeffrey Weiss, who tragically lost his life a few years ago when trying to save childrens' lives in Chestnut Hill.

 

Leyv Ha-Ir Listserv Reminders
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To Post a Message - just send an email to leyvhair@npogroups.org.

 

Leyv Ha-Ir Event Postings - will be posted by Beverly Hayden using the information on our web calendar.

 

Other Event Postings - You can post information about other events or information of interest by sending an email to leyvhair@npogroups.org.

 

Contact Beverly or Bobbi if there are questions about the listserv.