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Leyv Ha-Ir summer plans!
This year we have decided to hold our August Shabbat morning service at the Ethical Society Collier Room (second floor).  Yes, the room does have air conditioning.

You can enjoy our community in the summer months as well as throughout the year!
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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
Margie Wiener 215-563-8998
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JUNE 2015

Dear Members and Friends of Leyv Ha-Ir,


This June newsletter is arriving in your mailbox just before the Leyv Ha-Ir annual meeting on Sunday, May 31. Your Executive Committee and Council have been working hard on assessing the present status of Leyv Ha-Ir and how to go forward.  Several of us are stepping down and new fresh faces will give new input and direction.

Changing of the guard and transitioning is always exciting, thought provoking although there may be some ripples.

We ask our members and larger community to be supportive, flexible and giving at this time.  As we just learned again at Shavuot: we are "all in."

Yasher koach to those stepping forward to be our new Executive Committee and our well-wishes!

Bobbi and Roby

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.


Monday, June 8, 7:00 PM, Council Meeting
All members are invited to our monthly Council meeting.
Location: Joan Goldberg's home in Center City
Contact Joan at 215-561-5193 for exact location.      


Friday, June 19, 6:30 PM, Home Shabbat Service and Dinner  

Join us at Bobbi Cohen's home in Center City for a short lay-led Friday night service followed by a pot-luck veggie/dairy dinner.
Contact Bobbi at or 215-514-7329 for the exact address, to RSVP and to tell her what you are bringing. 


Saturday, July 11, 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 Evy Simon at or 215-561-7474 if you need a ride or can offer transportation.


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

See Center City Kehillah events here.
June 2015

Dear Chevre,

We finished our fifty days of counting the Omer and arrived at Sinai for a splendid city-wide Shavuot celebration. It was a marvelous sight to see people from many different congregations streaming into the Gershman Y for an all-night program of prayer, feasting and learning. There is a tradition to stay awake the entire night of Shavuot because you wouldn't want to be asleep when Torah is being given.

While it's so special to celebrate with the greater Jewish community, there is also something very grounding about coming home to our own small shul. This week our new leadership team gets voted in and I'm excited about working with our leaders and volunteers to build our community. "Jewish community" is a wonderful, vague concept but it is expressed most directly, specifically, meaningfully when we show up again and again in our very own congregation.

We see who is happily expecting a grandchild and who is mourning the loss of a loved one. We see who needs chicken soup or a ride to the doctor. We get to know each other's quirks and strengths and senses of humor. I'm glad to mingle with hundreds of fellow travelers from different congregations, just as our ancestors did on the pilgrimage festivals. And I'm happy to return to our home base where we share a journey through the ups and downs of life.

Many Blessings,

Rabbi Julie
POWER Action in Harrisburg on June 20

On Saturday, June 20 there will be an interfaith action on the steps of the Pennsylvania state capital to encourage the lawmakers to pass a moral budget with increased funds for public education.  More information is available here.

There will be transportation available from our area.  More details on that will follow.
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."

at our May 22 Kabbalat Shabbat Service

May these souls be bound in the Book of Eternal Light:  



Sylvia Bell

Jacqueline Van Zantin Hawkins