In This Issue
POWER Update
Shabbat Morning Service in Cherry Hil
Home Shabbats
Enid Adler Honored
Thank you
Member Birthdays
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.

Tisha B'Av
Our traditional Tisha B'Av service will be Monday evening, August 4 at Iris Newman's home. Details are in the calendar to the right.

Bagels & Books for One Book, One Congregation
This summer Rabbi Julie has chosen My Promised Land by Ari Shavit, as the book we will read and discuss. Please mark your calendar for Sunday, August 24 to welcome Rabbi Julie back from vacation with a lively discussion, and brunch, of course! 
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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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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.


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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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JULY 2014
Dear Friend of Leyv Ha-Ir ~ Heart of the City,   


Yes, summer has appeared right on schedule. For many of us it's a relaxed, easygoing time of year. Yet, the leadership of LHI is busy preparing for the year ahead. Calendars are being put into place, our new Singing Circle is in development, and of course we are planning for the High Holidays among other things.


While we are confident that we provide a wide variety of programming, please consider how you can give back to our community - host a service or other program, help at High Holiday services, join a committee.  It's all holy work and much appreciated.

Happy summer! 


Best regards,


Bobbi and Roby

Your Co-First Vice Presidents


Saturday, July 12, 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: Myrna Schlanger's home in Cherry Hill, NJ

Contact: Myrna at or (856) 795-6956 for transportation coordination.


Monday, July 14, 7:00 PM, Council Meeting

All members are invited to our monthly Council meeting.
Location: Phyllis Gottlieb's home in center city Philadelphia. 

Contact Phyllis at 215-983-0353 or for exact location.  


Friday, July 18, 6:30 PM, Home Shabbat Service and Dinner 

Join us at Beverly Hayden's home for a lay-led Friday night service followed by a pot-luck veggie/dairy dinner.
Please contact Bev at or 215.557.3377 to RSVP and let her know what you are bringing. 

Saturday, August 2
, 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: to be advised 

Contact: LHI at 215.629.1995 if you need additional information at this time.

Monday, August 4
, 8:00 PM, Tisha B'Av Service
Our annual observance will again be conducted by Rabbi Alanna Sklover. Our customs around Tisha B'Av are very meaningful.  
Location: Iris Newman's home in center city Philadelphia.
Contact: Iris at or 215.561.0228 for exact location. 

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

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From the Inquirer, June 10, 2014
A group of minimum wage activists showed up to City Hall Tuesday demanding immediate enforcement of a minimum wage extension.

"We're concerned that people are still working full time, living in deep poverty here in the City of Philadelphia," Bishop Dwayne D. Royster, executive director of Philadelphia Organized to Witness, Empower & Rebuild (POWER), said. Royster, speaking on behalf of the group, told Nutter's assistant that Nutter needs to be more vocal about increasing wages NOW and not when contracts are up for renewal.  


An Annual LHI Tradition
Saturday July 12th 2014 - Shabbat services will be at my home in cherry Hill N  J.

Come and enjoy the service led by Larry and Donna Finkelstein. the potluck lunch and the park .(See the ducks)

If you can give a ride or need one please call me at 856-795- 6956 or e-mail me at The PATCO high speed line is another way to get here. Call me if you intend to use it so that I can pick you up.

Myrna Schlanger
Services During the Summer - Host Locations Needed for August!

As is our custom, 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.

Hosts are needed for Saturday, August 2nd and Friday, August 22nd. Our monthly Friday night home Shabbats have become a popular mainstay of Congregation Leyv Ha-Ir community life. 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 Donna Finkelstein at 856-273-8209 or You'll be glad you did!
by John Oliver Mason

Members of the Levy Ha-Ir community joined with other Jewish groups and congregations at a program for Shavuot, called a Tikkun Leil Shavuot, held at Temple Beth Zion-Beth Israel (BZBI), on Tuesday, June 3, 2014.
Other participating groups included Congregation Kol Tzedek (West Philadelphia), Minyan Tikvah, the Jewish Graduate Student Network, Society Hill Synagogue, and Heymish.

Our own Rabbi Julie Greenberg led an alternative Minchah service and a learning session discussion about mindfulness and Talmudic teaching about time. Following ancient custom, a dinner with cheese and other dairy products took place, and participants were invited to stay all night for study, which is also an ancient Shavuot custom.
With a Legacy Humanitarian Award

The National Historical Marian Anderson Museum and Society honored LHI member Enid Adler, along with others, with a Legacy Humanitarian Award at its Gala luncheon, held at the African American Museum on May 13, the 75th anniversary of Anderson's appearance at the Lincoln Memorial. Enid was surrounded by her children, grandchildren, husband David, many friends, including several from LHI, and
the adopted Asian-immigrant family that she helped. (Enid's Tikun Olam and human rights activities include asylum immigration, co-creation of the International Criminal Court in The Hague, The Netherlands, which she attends annually, and in the past participated in the Soviet Jewry movement.)  Now, she is also a board member of the Marian Anderson Museum. Enid loves to sing herself and sings Kol Nidre beautifully at our Yom Kippur service. Yashar Koach, Enid!
The Museum is Anderson's sweet South Philadelphia home, which some of us went to. If you are interested in a visit, let Roby know.

Roby Jacobs
The following people contributed to the Oneg at our May Kabbalat Shabbat service:

Daniel Johnson
Frann Shore
Phyllis Gottlieb
Happy Birthday
Please join us in extending birthday wishes to these members:

July 5  -  Susan Thompson
July 6  -  Patricia Saddier
July 9  -  Sol Volk
July 10 - Michael Meketon
July 19 - Sandy Brown
July 22 - David Beck
July 26 - Donna Finkelstein
              Sharon Wallis
Rabbi Julie is away for the summer.  To whet your appetite for the upcoming High Holy Days, read Rabbi's sermon from Rosh Hashanah 2012, entitled "The Primordial Sparkle". It is but one of her many "gems" that can be found on our website, on the "Our Spiritual Leaders" page. Enjoy!



Have you ever wondered why Rosh HaShana starts in the evening?


In fact all Jewish days, whether they are ordinary days or holidays, start in the evening.


Why? Because of this paragraph:


"In the beginning God created heaven and earth. The earth was without form and empty, with darkness on the face of the depths, but God's spirit moved on the water's surface. God said "Let there be light," and there was light. God saw that the light was good, and God divided between the light and the darkness. God named the light Day and the darkness Night. It was evening and it was morning, the first day.


Did you hear in that paragraph how the rabbis knew when a Jewish day begins? They knew because there was evening and morning the first day.


Ancient cultures reasoned from within their own systems so the Torah was a proof text that determined the correct position.


Isn't it interesting that to get to the light of morning, you have to go through the dark first? That's kind of a metaphor for enlightenment in general. The only way out is through. You gotta go through the night to get to the day. When you have been through the dark night and only then, do you know the depth of your courage and your endurance, your creativity and your full human-ness.


And the only way to the light is through the dark night. It is by facing our fears and losses, our grief and our regrets, that we eventually know our whole selves. To deny any of that shadow side, diminishes and distorts, and cuts you off from part of your wholeness. Historically the dark side has been considered bad, you know, the Dark Knight and the Dark Side, which plays into an unintended racist parallel that dark equals not good.


By contrast, I am holding up here, in the tradition of mystical Judaism, the supernal value of the dark: that is where the journey happens, that is where you birth your life's work, that is where the struggle for wholeness and healing happens and where the gift of integration, of shalom, is born. All human beings travel through the dark. You are in good company on this journey. The only way to reach the light of the next morning is through the night.


The dawn of a Jewish day is actually twilight, an in between time, in Hebrew called bayn ha shamayim, between the lights. Dusk, which we've all come through to get here this evening is a mysterious, liminal time on any day. At this juncture of the Old and New Year it is especially potent with potential, with the unknown future.


At these moments when the old touches the new, the prayers of Jewish people and our friends throughout the world surge forth. Prayers for a good year for each one of us and for all the world. Prayers for healing, prayers for health. Prayers for peace and goodwill. Prayer that this will be a year of choosing life for this planet and for the people who dwell on it.


In the story of creation, at the break of day, God said Let there be light and there was light. Y'hi or v'yehi or. Our ancestors wondered about this. How could God create light on that first day when God didn't even create the sun and moon until the fourth day? What was that first light?


It is said that that first light was not light from the sun or the moon; it was primordial light, the very light of God in the process of creating.


This light of creation is now a hidden light within each of us and within every thing. As Meister Eckhardt said, "Somewhere inside you is a place that has never been hurt." That is the God place of primordial light.


That light is within you what ever you go through. It is there to sustain and nourish you and to shine through and beyond you in your acts of kindness and compassion. What a world this would be if each of us knew about that tremendous glow, that original light, burning within ourselves. What if each of us could relate to the other light to light, sloughing off reactions of annoyance or disappointment or anger and simply seeing the pure light of the other doing the best she can do?


In the course of a year, through the daily batterings of human existence, our inner light gets veiled, more and more hidden, almost covered by the scar tissue of survival. You may feel your separation from that inner source, in the form of lassitude -- the opposite of clarity, zest and purpose. You may feel beaten down, a spiritual exhaustion, that you are just barely keeping your own head above water and can't be generous of spirit to others in thought or deed. It may feel that your light is under water, maybe that it is damp or drenched, or even flooded.


Judaism offers ways to re-kindle that primordial sparkle throughout the year and especially on these holy days. When we light the Shabbat lights each week or the holiday lights throughout the year, we intentionally reignite that primordial light. The simple practice of lighting candles together, renews and refreshes our inner light. It may be enough for you to do this once a year at these holy days but if you need a more consistent practice of re-kindling, you are welcome to join this community for our frequent Shabbat and holiday celebrations.


The natural state of human beings when we are well lit on the inside, is one of open hearted generosity. There is naturally an interconnected spread of chesed, kindness, throughout the world, when it isn't blocked by firewalls. If you don't feel that surge of compassion for yourself and for others, then I invite you to make your own spiritual renewal a priority in this new year. We are here to support you in that quest. We trust that your spiritual renewal will be good for the world.


In the words of Psalm 36:


Cee imcha makor chayyim b'orcha nireh or.


With you is the source of life. In your light we see light.


Starting right now, right here, with the welcoming dark potential of this New Year night, may the gates of heaven open wide to our prayers for life in the coming year. Shana Tovah. May this be a superb 5773 for each one of you and for all who dwell on earth.