In This Issue
Rabbi's Message
POWER Update
Annual Meeting Agenda
Becoming Elders Workshop
LHI's Second Salon
Daniel Johnson's Conversion
Member Birthdays
Member Yahrzeits
Looking Ahead
Services During the Summer Months 
As is our customer, monthly Shabbat morning services will be held at members' homes in July and August. Monthly Home Shabbats on Friday nights will also continue at members' homes. June 7 will be out last service at the Ethical Society until September.

Tisha B'Av
Our traditional Tisha B'Av service will be Monday evening, August 4 at a member's home. More details will follow. 
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Chesed Reminder
A reminder that we have a Chesed (acts of loving kindness) committee who will do their best to offer assistance to LHI members in need. If you find yourself in that situation please call and we'll see how we can be helpful.

Joan Goldberg 215-561-5193
Pat Wisch 215-563-1894
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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.


Sue Frank will send Marci's card and compose a note that expresses your thoughts. She can also customize a card based on your suggestion.


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
Home Shabbat Hosts Needed
Our monthly Friday night home Shabbats have become a popular mainstay of Leyv Ha-Ir community life. Hosts are needed for upcoming months.

Host responsibilities are minimal and support is available to guide you every step of the way. Attendance averages 10 to 18 people.

For more information or to volunteer as a host, please contact Roby Jacobs at  You'll be glad you did.
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JUNE 2014
Dear Friend of Leyv Ha-Ir ~ Heart of the City,   


Summertime and the living is easy. With our annual meeting almost behind us and the weather heating up, you might think that we, at LHI, would also slow down. Yes, there are fewer activities, but we are still meeting for monthly morning Shabbat services and Kabbalat Shabbat service/dinners at members' homes. Also, we need to remember that time marches on, and the high holidays in September will be here sooner than we think. While enjoying the season, stay connected - attending, thinking and/or supporting us in all we do.

Happy summer! 


Best regards,


Bobbi, Roby, Myrna Schlanger, Iris N. and Sandy 

Your Executive Committee


Sunday, June 1, 10:30 AM, Annual Meeting

All members are encouraged to come to this annual event. We'll elect new leaders, approve a budget, learn about our new music program for next year, and more! Brunch will be served.

Location: Kennedy House Community Room, 1901 JFK Blvd., 30th floor.


Tuesday, June 3, 8:00 PM, Shavuot Observance 

This year we'll be joining with our Center City and other area congregations to celebrate Shavuot. Please see article below for more details.

Location: Temple Beth Zion-Beth Israel (BZBI), 18th and Spruce Streets.


Saturday, June 7, 10:00 AM, Shabbat Morning Service

Join our lay-led minyan for a Shabbat morning service, Torah discussion and pot-luck veggie/dairy lunch.  

Location: Ethical Society, 1906 S. Rittenhouse Sq., second floor front.


Monday, June 9, 7:00 PM, Council Meeting

All members are invited to our monthly Council meeting.
Location: Evy Simon's home. Contact Evy at 215-561-7474 or for exact location.  


Friday, June 20, 6:30 PM, Home Shabbat Service and Dinner 

Join us at Bobbi Cohen's home for a lay-led Friday night service followed by a pot-luck veggie/dairy dinner. Please contact Bobbi at or 215.236.0689 to RSVP and let her know what you are bringing.  

Take a complete look at Congregation Leyv Ha-Ir upcoming activities. 

Rabbi Julie Official Photo

Dear Chevre,


Every year our community does a One Book, One Congregation project. Anyone who chooses to join in reads some or all of a book and at the end of the summer we gather together for a Bagels and Books discussion over a delicious brunch. We purposely do not choose either of the books that Philadelphia or the local Jewish community are reading because we figure people might be interested in getting to read three different books.


This year our summer reading will be My Promised Land: The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel by Ari Shavit. The book has received rave reviews from the right and from the left for being a beautifully written, balanced exploration about the state of Israel. Shavit is an Israeli journalist who comes from a respected Zionist family that goes back many generations. He weaves together personal experience with professional investigation.


Israel, as we all know, can elicit our passions and idealism, our hopes and devastations. Sometimes it is just too hard to talk about and we avoid the topic in our community. Sadly, silence and taboos do not help. Israel is important to the Jewish people and I don't want us to walk away from our relationship with Israel just because it engenders disagreement. We don't all have to agree or have the same perspectives to be a pluralistic community of learners. So, with the freshness of spring in the air, I invite us to engage in some open minded learning and then share in respectful discussion.


Looking forward to delving in with you, 


Rabbi Julie

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After three years and months of talking to voters on the phones and at their doors, Ballot Question 1 to raise wages for our neighbors on City subcontracts passed last week. It's a first step towards thousands of families building better lives for themselves - and a first step towards a serious movement for economic justice in our city.

NOW - on to getting full, fair funding for our schools.  

June 1 at Kennedy House Community Room, 10:30 AM

The Annual Meeting is a great opportunity to help our community plan for its future as well as recap our past year. We'll be electing new Council members, and discussing and approving a budget for the coming year. You may have heard rumblings about a Singing Circle and we'll be giving you the details of this exciting new program.  And of course Myrna Schlanger and Evy Simon will be preparing a great brunch for us to enjoy.

Many thanks go to our nominating committee led by Beverly Hayden, along with Donna Finkelstein, Evy Simon and Pat Wisch. They worked hard to bring us a good slate to be voted on at the meeting.

We will also accept nominations from the floor. If you would like to nominate someone in addition to the slate below, please confirm before June 1 that the person would accept the nomination.

The slate of officers nominated for the coming year includes:

First Vice Presidents (2)
Bobbi Cohen
Roby Jacobs
Second Vice President
Myrna Schlanger
Claire Dubin
Phyllis Gottlieb
Council-at-Large (4)
Larry Finkelstein
Joan Goldberg
Iris Newman
Patricia Saddier

We want to thank Sandy Brown, who is stepping down from Council, for the fabulous work she did as Treasurer and the other projects she led.

Please continue to think about what you can do for Leyv Ha-Ir.  We can all contribute in some way so that we can continue to be "the little shul that could." Your ideas are always welcome by coming to a Council meeting or contacting Bobbi or Roby.
Tuesday - Wednesday,
June 3 - 4

This year we will be celebrating Shavuot by joining with other area congregations in a community night of learning. All-night study is a Shavuot tradition, and the major theme of the learning for this year is "time." All are welcome.

Location: Temple Beth Zion-Beth Israel (BZBI), SW corner of 18th and Spruce Streets

The tentative agenda is:

8:00-8:15 pm

Mincha led by Rabbi Julie

8:15-8:30 pm


8:30-9:40 pm

Session 1 led by Rabbi Julie

9:45-10:15 pm

Ma'ariv 1

10:15-11:00 pm


11:00-12:10 am

Session 2 

12:10-12:20 am


12:20-1:30 am

Session 3 

1:30-2:30 am

Session 4 

2:30-2:45 am

Ice cream break

2:45-3:45 am

Session 5 

3:45-4:40 am

Open Beit Midrash

4:40-4:55 am


4:55-7:30 am


7:30-8:00 am


Last year approximately 150 people attended. Please consider coming for part of all of this. There is a suggested contribution of $10.
Co-sponsored by Leyv Ha-Ir

When: Sunday June 22 from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm
Where: Society Hill Synagogue, 418 Spruce Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106
Donations kindly accepted: $10 - $25
Coffee, tea and light snacks will be available
Registration:  Please pre-register for our planning purposes!  
    E-mail Lynne at or call 215.913.8362

The question of "What gives our life meaning?" grows increasingly important as we move into the second half of our lives. This is when we begin to think about the enduring legacy we would like to leave future generations.
Surprisingly eco-philosophers that this is a most exciting time to be alive. They call this the time of the Great Turning -- as the old systems and institutions are breaking down.  New possibilities are emerging as we build life-sustaining structures, challenge what is not working, and understand that we are all truly inter-related. And - we have the added benefit of being a part of the "baby-boomer age wave" containing an unprecedented number of concerned elders with the experience, wisdom, and resources to create future possibilities.
Join us for this interactive workshop as we affirm our life experience, recognize our love for this world and leave with a strong sense of how we can each contribute to a thriving and just world for the future.
Please note that this is not a Jewish workshop.


Lynne Iser, MPH, is the founder of She teaches conscious aging and community building, and was previously the Executive Director of the Spiritual Eldering Institute. 
Rabbi Mordechai Liebling is the founder and director of the Social Justice Organizing Program at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College of which he is a graduate. Prior to this he was the Executive Vice-President of Jewish Funds for Justice. He has led workshops and retreats on the intersection of sustainability, social justice and spirituality.
From Marsha Hyman, Creator of the "Leyv Ha-Ir Salon," May 10, 2014


Two years ago I heard about a woman in Philadelphia who holds monthly music sessions in

her living room, either song, piano, cello, etc. She calls them a "Salon." I thought what a great idea and possibly a great fundraiser for the synagogue. I asked Phil and Joan Steel if we could use their living room. It is the perfect space for that type of entertaining. The rest is history. 


At this year's Salon we had a classical guitarist, Khan Park. Khan's music was soft and soulful and the perfect way to start off our evening. Karen Zeitz is our in-house comedian. Her presentation is smooth and relaxed and she is so funny. Barry Goldstein was the perfect finish to our evening. He got everyone to sing along with old familiar songs. 


Phil and Joan are wonderful hosts. Phil donated the wine and I supplied the food, a good combination. Their home is a showcase of art and collectibles. Phil loves to show everyone his toys.  


I hope everyone who attended had a wonderful evening.

We officially welcome our newest member

After a long spiritual journey, Daniel Johnson became a Jew on May 8 at Temple Beth Hillel - Beth El in Wynnewood. Daniel was examined by a Bet Din (panel) of three rabbis, led by our Rabbi Julie, and passed. He then dunked in the mikveh, saying the appropriate blessings. Next, Rabbi Julie gave him his Hebrew name, Daniyyel Ya'akov Ben Avraham v' Sarah.

Baruch HaBa - a hearty welcome to Daniel, the new member of Congregation Leyv Ha-Ir and the Jewish people.
Happy Birthday
Please join us in extending birthday wishes to these members:

June 8     Marilyn Blake
June 11   Polly Gussman
June 24   Paul Jaffe
June 29   Patty Goldentyer
June 29   Etta Risch
June 30   Myrna Schlanger
May These Souls be Bound in the Book of Eternal Light: yahrzeit
Sylvia Bell

Jacqueline Hawkins