IMPORTANT CORRECTION: Please note that the May Kabbalat Shabbat service is on Friday, May 22 at 7:30 PM at the Ethical Society, NOT on May 15.  Please mark your calendars accordingly.  We apologize for any inconvenience.
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Leyv Ha-Ir summer plans!
This year we have decided to hold our monthly Shabbat morning services at the Ethical Society Collier Room (second floor).  We will also continue with our Home Shabbats and Council meetings throughout the summer.

You can enjoy our community in the summer months as well as throughout the year!
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MAY 2015

Dear Members and Friends of Leyv Ha-Ir,


May is a great month to spend times outdoors! The pleasant weather, city events, smelling the roses, flowers everywhere - enjoy it all.

Within Leyv Ha-Ir there is much to be done. We reach out to you, our members and friends, to step up to help in the so many tasks needed to keep our precious community running. We appeal to you to ask yourself not what Leyv Ha-Ir can do for you, but what can you do for Leyv Ha-Ir . This month, and at the Annual Meeting on May 31, new energies are needed to plan for the New Year. We again open up our Heart and doors for all who want to be part of our High Holy Days. And as always for during the year, we plan towards monthly Friday Night and Shabbat Morning services, educational programs with Rabbi, and more.

If you have followed us for some time but are not a member, please do consider joining our ranks - not only to "donate " (yes, that too) but to give your skills in organizational and practical hands-on matters. You could benefit from much more than just our High Holiday services.

Meanwhile: enjoy all that May offers to you and stay well.
Best regards,

Bobbi, Roby, Larry, Phyllis and Claire

Your Leyv Ha-Ir Executive Committee 


Saturday, May 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: Ethical Society Building, 1906 S. Rittenhouse Sq., Collier Room, 2nd floor front

Contact LHI at 215-629-1995 or for questions.


Sunday, May 10, 10:45 AM, Singing Circle
Join our Cantorial Soloist Jessi Roemer and a dedicated group of people who love music regardless of their ability.
Cost: $5 to defray the cost of the meeting room
Location: Penn Center House Leisure Lounge, 1900 JFK Blvd., 2nd floor
Contact LHI at 215-629-1995 or for questions.    


Monday, May 11, 7:00 PM, Council Meeting
All members are invited to our monthly Council meeting.
Location: Evy Simon's home in Center City
Contact Evy at 215-593-5248 for exact location.      


Friday, May 22, 7:30 PM, Kabbalat Shabbat Service 

Rabbi Julie and Jessi Roemer will lead us in prayer as we

welcome in Shabbat. All are welcome.  

The service will be followed by Kiddush and Oneg Shabbat. 

Location: Ethical Society, 1906 S. Rittenhouse Sq., first floor auditorium 


Saturday, May 23, 8:00 PM, Tikkun Leil Shavuot

This all-night event will feature prayer, study and snacks  to celebrate Shavuot and is sponsored by the Kehillah of Center City. Come for all or any of it!

Location: Gershman Y, Broad & Pine Sts.

Register and find more info here


Friday, May 29, 6:30 PM, Home Shabbat Service and Dinner  

Join us at Beverly Hayden's home in Center City for a short lay-led Friday night service followed by a pot-luck veggie/dairy dinner.
Contact Bev at or 215-557-3777 for the exact address, to RSVP and to tell her what you are bringing. 


Sunday, May 31, 10:30 AM, Annual Meeting

All members are urged to attend this important meeting.  Brunch will be served, followed by election of officers, presentation of budget and much, much more!

Location: Penn Center House, 1900 JFK Blvd., 2nd Floor Leisure Lounge  

Contact LHI at 215-629-1995 or for questions.

Saturday, June 6, 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 Building, 1906 S. Rittenhouse Sq., Collier Room, 2nd floor front

Contact LHI at 215-629-1995 or for questions.


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

See Center City Kehillah events here.


May 2015

Dear Chevre,

In the sacred cycle of our year we are in the period called the Omer, a period of counting the days between Passover and Shavuot. Each day brings us spiritually one step closer to standing at Sinai. The Omer lasts for fifty days, taking us from the depths of cruel slavery to the heights of a free people receiving Torah.


During the Omer I invite you to take a few moments each day to reflect on what you strive to be free from and what you hope to be free for. Just the simple awareness of paying attention to this can activate energy for good.


And let's not forget the fun playful break we get from counting the Omer and doing the spiritual ascent that it entails: Lag B'Omer. The thirty third day of the Omer is set aside for fun, games, picnics, weddings and haircuts! This year it will fall on the evening of May 6 and day of May 7. How about a walk around the blooming neighborhood on that day to appreciate nature? Or a picnic in the Square? Let's delight in spring in our beautiful city.


Blessings for you,


Rabbi Julie


About ten people from the Ethical Society and Leyv Ha-Ir will meet with State Representative Brian Sims on Thursday, April 30 at the Ethical Society Building. Both Ethical Society leader Hugh Taft-Morales and Rabbi Julie will be in attendance. This meeting is part of a multi-pronged POWER campaign to move state reps along a spectrum of engagement toward Fair, Full Funding for PA public education.

POWER is asking congregants to be part of the Fast for Family Values.

Every day since March 23rd, many POWER members have given up food or other essentials for a day or more to demonstrate how important it is that our legislature pass a fair funding formula and full funding of public education. During the 10 days leading up to June 30, POWER will bring this fast right to the front door of legislators in Harrisburg to send the message that our children can't wait any longer for fully funded schools. The gaping inequities in how we fund our schools in Pennsylvania have to end.

If you are interested in learning more about this or to report that you have joined the Fast for Family Values, contact Susan Thompson at

A New Leyv Ha-Ir Program

Would you like to talk daily, by phone or email, with a friendly fellow member of Leyv Ha-Ir?  We're expanding our successful trial version to cover the whole congregation.

How does it work?  You will contact the Coordinator who will help match you with your phone/email buddy.  The two of you will then work out when and how you want to communicate.  You'll swap phone numbers of people to call if the first contact doesn't work.

The Coordinator will be Evy Simon. Contact her at 215-561-7474 (home), 215-593-5248 (cell) or   Questions? Ask Evy or call our voicemail at 215-629-1995.
Mission Statement: This simple program is for people who would like to check in with fellow members of LHI every day for friendship and reassurance.  

"There's something comforting about having a personal connection."

A Cross Cultural Conversation

Join Rabbi Julie who will be part of a dynamic group of panelists to discuss race in America including Peter Conn (Temple U.), James Peterson (Lehigh U.), with Sonia Sanchez (Poet) and Lorene Cary (Penn) as readers, to recite select writings from Pearl Buck's large body of authorship that reflect her unique perspective on race and discrimination.  These readings will guide the questions and answers. Please come! 


African American Museum of Philadelphia on Sunday May 3rd, 2015 from 3:00 - 4:30 PM, followed by a reception.   


This event is complimentary but we request that you register by clicking here.  Full information is available at the same link.

Come for Shavuot

Opportunities are available for the Tikkun Leil Shavuot program on Saturday evening, May 23 at the Gershman Y.

The Kehillah will be taking over the Tikkun Leil Shavuot program that LHI participated in last year.  If you can help with any of the following, please let me know and I will gladly forward your information to the Kehillah:
  • Participating in the planning committee
  • Volunteer during the event
  • Service leading for maariv (evening services) on Saturday night
  • Service leading and/or Torah readers for shacharit (morning services) at dawn on Sunday morning
  • Other

Details are available here.  You can register for the event here.  There is no charge although donations are welcome.


I know I say this often, but it's true that you will find getting involved to be very rewarding.

Thank you,
Bobbi Cohen or 215.514.7329

On Saturday, April 4th, Congregation Leyv Ha-Ir had a wonderful Annual 2nd Night Community Passover Seder.  It was held at The Philadelphian and open to the larger community.  Led by our Rabbi Julie Greenberg, and our Cantorial Soloist, Jessi Roemer, the fun-filled evening included a full seder service and choices of delicious meal options. The room was adorned with beautiful floral centerpieces which added to the festive mood.
May this soul be bound in the Book of Eternal Light:  



Gloria Goldstein