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Shabbat Sing
Please attend "Shabbat Sing" with Cantorial candidate Jessi Roemer! Members of LHI are welcomed along with their guests for joyous singing on Shabbat Afternoon, Saturday October 24 at 5 pm-6:30 pm in The Collier Room at the Ethical Society. Light refreshments will be provided. Please bring a guest!

New Education Series Beginning
Rabbi Julie will begin a new series of education workshops on Sunday, October 25 at 11:00 am. The theme of these sessions will be "Thinking like a Rabbi." Location to follow.
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Dear Friends and Members of Congregation Leyv Ha-Ir ~ Heart of the City:

We have survived the heat of summer and are now preparing for our annual rituals celebrating one more trip around the sun.  We invite all of our friends and family to join our High Holiday services as part of our extended community.  Your presence makes this time meaningful to all of us.

But this doesn't happen without a lot of energy and schlepping.  We need volunteers to help with a number of tasks in order for our High Holiday services to run as smoothly as possible.  If you are able to help, please step forward and volunteer.  More information on the specific help we need can be found in this newsletter.

We start our annual rituals on Saturday, September 5th, at Selichot Services with Kol Tzedek at Calvary Center, 48th St. and Baltimore Ave.and continue our celebrations and prayers throughout the rest of the month of September and into October.  It's a busy, but rewarding,refreshing and rejuvenating time.

I hope to see you at our services in the Heart of the City on Rittenhouse Square.  

Larry Finkelstein
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, 8:00 PM, Soulful Selichot Service
Join us for Selichot when we recite prayers of repentance, forgiveness, and mercy leading up to the High Holy Days. We will be joining with Kol Tzedek and Rabbi Elisa Goldberg.
Location: Calvary Center, 48th St. and Baltimore Avenue
Contact LHI at 215-629-1995 or for questions.

Wednesday, September 9, 7:00 PM, Council Meeting
All members are invited to our monthly Council meeting with Rabbi Julie and congregational leaders.
Location: Bobbi Cohen's home in Center City
Contact Bobbi at 215-561-5149 or for exact location.   

Sunday, September 13, 7:30 PM, Erev Rosh Hashanah Service 
Location:  Ethical Society, 1906 S. Rittenhouse Square
See article below for more information.

Monday, September 14, 10:00 AM, Rosh Hashanah First Day Service
Location:  Ethical Society, 1906 S. Rittenhouse Square
See article below for more information.

Tuesday, September 15, 10:00 AM, Rosh Hashanah Second Day Service
Location:  Ethical Society, 1906 S. Rittenhouse Square
See article below for more information.

Sunday, September 20, 3:00 to 5:00 PM, POWER Fundraiser
Beverly Hayden is hosting a fundraiser to benefit POWER's great efforts.  It is intended for people who will make a substantial donation that day.
Location:  Beverly Hayden's home.
Please contact Beverly at 215-557-3777 or if you would like to attend.  Space is limited.

Tuesday, September 22, 7:00 PM, Yom Kippur - Kol Nidre Service
Location:  Ethical Society, 1906 S. Rittenhouse Square
See article below for more information.

Wednesday, September 23, 10:00 AM, Yom Kippur Morning Service
Location:  Ethical Society, 1906 S. Rittenhouse Square
See article below for more information about Yom Kippur day.

Saturday, October 3, 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.  
Sunday, October 4, 2:00 to 4:00 PM, Sukkot Service
Join us as we observe Sukkot in a member's Sukkah in the Fitler Square area. More details to follow.
Contact LHI at 215-629-1995 or for questions.  
Monday, October 5, 7:30 PM, Simchat Torah Service
Cantorial candidate Jessi Roemer will lead us to conclude the Torah cycle and start it again. There promises to be lots of dancing with our Torahs, and potluck snacks and drinks (both alcoholic and not).
Location: Ethical Society, 1906 S. Rittenhouse Sq., 2nd floor Assembly Room
Contact LHI at 215-629-1995 or for questions.  
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September 2015

Dear Chevre,

It's the season of the Great Open Door, with the metaphorical Book of Life wide open, waiting for us to step in. As a community, at the Heart of the City, we will journey together toward that threshold and beyond. These days of Elul are days of spiritual preparation as we ready ourselves for the New Year. Do you find yourself figuring out the fall schedule, setting intentions, hoping for the best in this New Year? I hope you will join in our communal rites of passage into the New Year.

As part of my commitment to inclusion in the Book of Life for myself, for all of you loved ones, and for the planet, I invite you to join in two climate justice gatherings on the afternoon of September 16 in center city. The first is a gathering at 1:15 at Thirtieth St. Station on the Market St. side. This will be a faith-based action asking PECO, Philadelphia's electric energy utility, to shift to locally generated solar energy by training workers in North Philadelphia to install solar systems on North Philly roofs. It's a carefully organized campaign by the Quaker action group, EQAT with whom I have worked for years. Complete information is available here.

The second gathering on Sept. 16, 5:30 - 9:00, is organized by a large coalition of environmental groups, including the Sierra Club,, Physicians for Social Responsibility, and many local groups, to start at the Friends Center, 1501 Cherry St. with a procession to Love Park. The focus is on a "Just Transition to a Green City," that takes into account jobs, health and safety for all. This vision is aligned with the resolution passed by the New York City Council called Climate Works for All as people work for a similar pathway towards a green vision for the Philadelphia region. Please ask me for more information if interested.

Let's usher in this New Year with reflection, study, prayer and internal resolve and let's join together to let our good will pour into this beautiful world. That's what spirituality looks like!

L'Shana Tovah, 

Rabbi Julie

"When one door is closed, don't you know that many more are open?" 
Volunteer for High Holiday Assistance

As you receive this Leyv Ha-Ir Newsletter we are only two weeks away from the High Holy Days. Your High Holiday Committee and Council have already accomplished amazing work over the summer.

This note is to get our larger Leyv Ha-Ir community involved. It is your invitation to help and volunteer! I know of no better way to feel that sense of belonging, of giving to others, than to help out.
  • We need hearts, hands and eyes to staff the Welcome/Check-in desk before and during services. 
  • We always need people to set up, clear and clean up before and after any of the services.
  • We are looking for volunteers willing to bring the ark and containers of High Holiday machzors (prayer books) up from the basement (responses needed by September 4).
  • and more!
Contact me with a note to to say: "I would love to help, I can help, or with questions!"

Roby Jacobs, High Holy Day Co-chair
Welcome in 5776 with us!

Whether you are a LHI member or a member of the larger community, please register for High Holiday services here. Full information is available here. All are welcome. No tickets are required, although contributions are requested.

Registrants will receive an email with helpful information a few days before the holidays.

Saturday, September 5, Soulful Selichot (with Kol Tzedek), 8:00 PM
Prepare for the Days of Awe
Location: Calvary Center 48th St. and Baltimore Ave.

Sunday, September 13
Erev Rosh Hashanah, 7:30 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

1:30 Yizkor service will follow the morning service (time may vary)

2:30 Study session

4:00 Discussion led by Rabbi Julie

5:30 Minchah and Neilah services

7:30 Light break fast

Spring Garden School Supply Wish List

For students:
Pocket folders
Hard cover notebooks (usually black and white with wide lined paper) for elementary grades
Spiral notebooks for upper grades
Pencils with erasers
Glue sticks

For school and staff:
COPY PAPER (most needed at all times)
Paper towels

Feel free to bring these items with you to any Council meeting, or drop them off at Penn Center House 1900 JFK Blvd, attention: Bev Hayden, Apt. 1209.

Many thanks for helping Spring Garden School meet student/staff supply needs.
A Double Simcha Shabbat Morning Service with Enid and David Adler and Family

Rabbi Julie Greenberg will lead the services.

Enid will chant Torah for the first time, commemorating the 67th Anniversary of her Bat Mitzvah.
Granddaughter, Rachael Adler, will be called to the Torah as a
Bat Mitzvah.      

Date & Place: Saturday, October 10, 2015, Promptly at 10 AM
Penn Center House, 2nd Floor Leisure Lounge
1900 JFK Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19103
** If planning to attend, it is important to RSVP by October 3,  to Enid at
A New Music Program for Everyone

LHI is excited to introduce Shabbat Sing!, our first in a series of events led by cantorial candidate Jessi Roemer. Shabbat is the most joyous time of the week, and Jessi will lead us in celebration from 5:00 to 6:30 pm on Saturday, October 24 at the Ethical Society, Collier Room (2nd floor), just before Shabbat closes to seal in its sweetness for the week to come. Newcomers are most encouraged, and we welcome members to come, each with a guest. This first event is free, and refreshments (sweets!) will be offered. If you would like more information, call Frann Shore at 215-964-5924 or Daniel Johnson at 215-284-8474.

The next two dates in the series are Saturday, November 14 and Saturday, December 19.  Please mark your calendars!
Mazel tov!
Mia Steinberg, daughter of LHI past president Karen Zeitz, received her PhD. in Social Psychology on August 14, 2015 from Miami University of Ohio.  
May these souls be bound in the Book of Eternal Light:  



Lee Schlanger

Sylvia Goloff