In This Issue
Upcoming Events
Message from Jessi
Tour and Service at the Little Shul
POWER Update
LHI Online Gift Shop
May Member Birthdays
May Yahrzeits
Listserv Reminders
Looking Ahead
Tisha B'Av July 15
Our annual evening of remembrances will again be led by Alanna Sklover, who will by then be an RRC grad and a newly ordained rabbi.

One Book, One Congregation
August 25
Please see Rabbi Julie's message about our book for summer reading. We'll meet at Laura Jacobs' home for brunch, a book discussion and to welcome back Rabbi Julie. 
Marking Lifecycle Events

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JUNE 2013
Dear Friend of Leyv Ha-Ir ~ Heart of the City,   


You might think that after the June 2 Annual Meeting our calendar quiets down for the summer. We actually have 3 services in June. The one-time June 14 Kabbalat Shabbat service at The Little Shul will be a lovely change for us. Please see more information about it below. In July and August we will go home-based for Saturday morning services, our usual Friday night Home Shabbats and Tisha B'Av. We will welcome Rabbi Julie back for the One Book, One Congregation discussion in late August. See her letter for information about the book. We will return to the Ethical Society in September for the High Holy Days.


Enjoy the summer, and do come to our gatherings that your Council and others put so much effort into planning.


Bobbi, Roby, and Iris N.

Your Executive Committee


Saturday, June 1, 10:00 AM, Shabbat Morning Service

Join us at the Ethical Society, 1906 S. Rittenhouse Square, Second Floor, for a lay-led service and discussion of the Torah portion. Stay and schmooze at our veggie potluck lunch.


Sunday, June 2, 10:30 AM, Annual Meeting

All members are welcome to be there for brunch provided by Leyv Ha-Ir, followed by our meeting.  We'll elect officers and Council members for the coming year, approve a budget and much more!  The location is the William Penn House Community Room, 1919 Chestnut St., 1st floor.  


Monday, June 10, 7:00 PM, Council Meeting

All members are invited to our Council meeting at Iris Newman's home. Call 215.561.0228 for exact location.


Friday, June 14, 7:00 PM, Tour and Kabbalat Shabbat Service at The Little Shul
Join us for this special service as we welcome the Sabbath at a historic synagogue in South Philly. Please see the article below for more information.


Friday, June 21, 6:30 PM, Home Shabbat Service and Dinner

Join us for a short (45 minute) lay-led Kabbalat Shabbat service, followed by a veggie/dairy potluck dinner. Our host is Michael Meketon at 840 Earp St. in the Bella Vista section of South Philadelphia. Please call 215-983-9329 or email to RSVP and let Michael know what you'll be bringing.  


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 Julie Official Photo
One Book, One Congregation and More


Dear Chevre,


Please join me in reading a fascinating book by Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, who was the Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations in England. The book is called The Dignity of Difference , published in 2002. He writes about the ethics of globalization and the kind of theology we need to develop to be world citizens in this era. A Jewish vision of diversity is "at the heart of the monotheistic imagination," according to Rabbi Sacks, and this understanding will help us take our place in a world of interconnection. We'll gather as a community at the end of the summer, on August 25, for a Bagels and Books discussion at the home of Laura Jacobs (for address, feel free to e-mail or call our info line.)


Thank You


Thank you to the current Council Members and past Presidents who represented Leyv Ha-Ir~Heart of the City at a blessing circle for my daughter Rosi Greenberg. She will be married in June to Richard Cozzens, who also grew up in Mt. Airy, Phila. They met seven years ago teaching disadvantaged children in a local summer program. All your good wishes mean so much to us as we celebrate this joyful union.


A Blessing for You


Words from Isaiah (55:12) to launch you into summer:


For in joy will you go out,

In peace be led across the Land,

Mountains and hills will burst into song,

And the trees of the field will clap their hands!


All the best,    

Rabbi Julie

Cantor Jessi
Thoughts from Jessi

Shalom friends,


We are at the end of our year with me as your spiritual leader! I can't tell you how much I have learned and grown from working with you in this capacity - the love, enthusiasm and generosity in this community is so amazing and so precious.


Thank you for offering your bodies, hands, and hearts to the worship, discussions, and celebrations we've shared this year. And thank you for stepping in as a community to help those who needed assistance. Very special thanks to the Leyv Ha-Ir leadership this year, who worked hard and skillfully in service of their community -- and made my job very easy!


I look forward to continuing as your High Holiday Cantor and Musical Director in the coming year!


Welcome back, Rabbi Julie!


With love,


Little Shul interior
A Very Special Kabbalat Shabbat on June 14

The Little Shul, formally known as Congregation Shivtei Yeshuron Ezras Israel, is being featured as part of Philadelphia's Hidden City Festival. Leyv Ha-Ir will have a special program there on the evening of June 14. At 7:00 pm we will be given a tour of this historic synagogue in South Philly, followed by a Kabbalat Shabbat service. There will be a time for sharing your experiences growing up Jewish in one of Philadelphia's neighborhoods, and of course an Oneg Shabbat.


Special Guest Rabbi Service Leader 

Newly-ordained Rabbi Kelilah Miller (RRC class of 2013) will be leading our service that evening.  It's certain to be full of joy, high energy, and contains lots of music.


Please mark your calendar to attend. The Little Shul is located at 2015 South 4th Street, between McKean St. and Snyder Ave. The Route 57 bus goes to 4th St. & Moyamensing Ave., about one block from The Little Shul. Street parking is available. You can read more at:


The Little Shul website:
Recent Exponent article

Recent WHYY/ story 

Bat Mitzvah Story here 

Bio about Kelilah Miller is here  

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An Update


POWER continues to focus on two main issues:

  1. adding an addendum to the city's airport expansion contract with US Airways that would insure a living wage for all airport workers as well as first source hiring for city residents and
  2. asking voters to write their legislators, City Council members and Governor Corbett requesting that $180 million be restored to Philadelphia's education budget.

About 40 members of POWER, including Bobbi Cohen and Susan Thompson, attended the May 23 City Council meeting where the airport expansion bill was submitted. It was decided that all POWER members in attendance would place POWER stickers over their mouths to indicate that they were part of a silent protest to support underpaid airport workers who have no voice in this matter. In addition, congregants can call 1-877-400-7921 (toll free) to tell City Council to stand up to U.S. Airways for good jobs at the airport.

POWER at City Council 5-23-13  














Bobbi with POWER at City Council 5-23-13  

The fair wage bill will be sent to the Transportation Committee of City Council for consideration. It is imperative that POWER congregants be present on June 4 at 3 p.m. at City Hall to make public comments and support the bill. POWER hopes to see at least 200 members in attendance. A final vote on the bill should occur in mid June.


POWER representatives have been meeting with City Council members to ask for their support to provide an additional $60 million to the School District's 2013-14 budget. Representatives from POWER's Educational Strategy Team have met with a number of influential persons and organizations, including Sandra Dungee Glenn, former president of the SRC (School Reform Commission) and Susan Gobreski of Education Voters PA, to plan a letter writing/calling campaign on a city and state-wide basis. Information about the letter writing campaign was e-mailed to all on our listserv during the last few weeks. We hope you were able to communicate with your legislators about the need to increase the education budget. Without these funds Philadelphia public schools could lose art, music, support staff, counselors and nurses in addition to everything that's already been taken away from the schools (e.g. libraries). Class size could be increased. There could be no money available for books and school supplies. A final vote will occur by June 30.


Locally, Cecily Harwitt, Susan Thompson and members of Rodeph Shalom, St. Paul's and St. Malachy's have been meeting with Spring Garden School parents on a 1:1 basis to increase parent participation at the school. We have held several small group meetings in addition to the 1:1 interviews. A core group of about 5-8 families have been identified. Hopefully, we will be able to have a meeting of these parents before the summer. Similar parent involvement projects within the city are also taking place at Nebinger School and Universal Bluford Charter School.


Post Script: Our fund-raising efforts have paid off.  Spring Garden School's Principal Robinson informed us that bookplates, containing Leyv Ha-Ir and Rodeph Shalom's names, have been placed in all of the summer reading books. These will be distributed shortly as part of the Summer Time Reading project. An excess of $400 remained in the account and a check was given to the principal with which to buy school supplies for the upcoming school year. There is no budget for these items in the proposed school budget. THIS IS GOOD WORK, MEMBERS!  WE SHOULD BE PROUD!!!  


Whatever our success on a particular campaign, we are building deep, long term relationships between people of faith in this city through our involvement in POWER. The good will and effective lines of communication will strengthen the city in many ways in the future.
Hamsa Necklace

This month's featured item at the Leyv Ha-Ir Gift Shop is this beautiful gold plate "Hamsa" necklace highlighted with tiny crystals. Included is a delicate 16" chain with 2" extender.
Price  $18.00 plus $2.50 shipping and handling.
Item #HN 401
Hamsa necklace
Place your order by writing and enclosing your check to
Leyv Ha-Ir, P.O. Box 15836, Philadelphia, PA 19103.  Be sure to include the item name or number.

Direct your questions to Beverly Hayden,


Click here to go to the complete gift shop. Please be patient as it may be a little slow to open.
Happy Birthday
Please join us in extending birthday wishes to these members:

Sharon Cooper - June 5

Marilyn Blake -  June 8

Polly Gussman - June 11

Paul Jaffe - June 24

Patty Goldentyer - June 29

Myrna Schlanger - June 30

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


Sylvia Bell


Jacqueline Hawkins 



Karen Zeitz with dog
Meet a recent addition to the  Leyv Ha-Ir extended family. Karen Zeitz is enjoying her newly adopted foster dog, Apple.
Karen, formerly a "cat person," is ready to give her chihuahua the frequent walks she requires.  Good luck!!


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