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Dear Members and Friends of Congregation Leyv Ha-Ir ~ Heart of the City,

Many of our members are busily making preparations for the upcoming High Holidays.  This is a huge undertaking for our small congregation.  We remain committed to opening our doors to all regardless of their ability to pay.  

But we cannot do this without your continued commitment and support.  If you are a dues paying member, we ask that you give from your heart and please consider increasing your payment.  If you attend services, please consider increasing your donation.

During the next few days you will be receiving a membership renewal letter.  If you have not made the commitment to become a member, please considering joining us.  We are a warm and caring community and celebrate many times throughout the year. We are putting the finishing touches on our new calendar which will be available at High Holiday services. Exciting new classes and programs will be included.

I hope to see everyone at our One Book, One Congregation bagels and books event on August 30th where we will be discussing "Waking Up White" by Debby Irving.

Larry Finkelstein

Saturday, August 1, 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, 2nd floor Collier Room

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


Monday, August 10, 7:00 PM, Council Meeting
All members are invited to our monthly Council meeting.
Location: Sandy Brown's home in Center City
Contact Sandy at 215-561-5149 or for exact location.      


Friday, August 14, 6:30 PM, Home Shabbat Service and Dinner  

Join us at Evy Simon's home for a short lay-led Friday night service followed by a pot-luck veggie/dairy dinner.
RSVP as a courtesy to Evy and let her know what you will be bringing, 215-561-7474 or


Sunday, August 30, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM, One Book, One Congregation Discussion and Brunch

We will welcome back Rabbi Julie from her summer break as we enjoy brunch and a discussion of "Waking up White" by Debby Irving. 

Location: William Penn House, 1919 Chestnut St., Community Room, 1st floor.

Cost: $10/member, $15/guest 

RSVP by August 27 to or 215-629-1995.


Saturday, September 5, 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., 2nd floor Collier Room 

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


Saturday, September 5, Selichot Service

We will usher in the days of awe.  More details to follow.


Wednesday, September 9, 7:00 PM, Council Meeting
All members are invited to our monthly Council meeting. 
Location: to be determined.


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

See Center City Kehillah events here.
August 2015

We wish Rabbi Julie lots of fun and rest as she continues her summer vacation.
Join the discussion!

This summer, Rabbi Julie has chosen
Waking Up White by Debby Irving as the book to read and review. Join us for a lively exchange of ideas. We'll have a lovely brunch followed by the discussion.

Date: Sunday, August 30, 2015
Time: 11:00 AM
Place: William Penn House Community Room, 1919 Chestnut St., 1st Floor

Cost: $10/member, $15/guest

RSVP by August 27th to or 215-629-1995
Thank you.
Report from a Recent POWER Workshop

I had a great experience at this POWER workshop.  Learned the importance of spreading POWER's message through storytelling and social media.

Our POWER committee will getting back to you regarding its Fall project.

Stay tuned. 

~~~Beverly Hayden~~~
Welcome in 5776 with us!

Saturday, September 5, Selichot
Prepare for the Days of Awe

Sunday, September 13
Erev Rosh Hashanah, 7:00 PM
Location: Ethical Society

Monday, September 14, Rosh Hashanah first day, 10:00 AM
Location:  Ethical Society

Tuesday, September 15, Rosh Hashanah second day, 10:00 AM

Location:  Ethical Society


Tuesday, September 22, Kol Nidre, 7:00 PM

Location:  Ethical Society


Wednesday, September 23, Yom Kippur, 10:00 AM

Location:  Ethical Society

Yizkor service will follow the morning service at approximately 1:00 PM

Check back for further details on Minchah, Ne'ilah services.

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



Haim Klimoff

Gregory Triestman