In This Issue
Looking Ahead
Please be sure to put these dates on your calendar. 

Erev Rosh Hashanah
Sunday, October 2nd 
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM 

Rosh Hashanah Day 1
Monday, October 3rd 
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM 

Rosh Hashanah Day 2
Monday, October 4th 
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM 

Erev Yom Kippur/Kol Nidre
Tuesday, October 11th 
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM 

Yom Kippur 
Wednesday, October 12th 
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM

Parking Informaion
On-street parking permits are available for our Kabbalat Shabbat and Shabbat morning services held at the Ethical Society Building.  Discounts are available at some garages.  For complete info and to download the required, street permit, click here.
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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.

Pat Wisch 215-563-1894

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Dear Friends:

Summer is officially here, which means plenty of sunshine, BBQs and trips to the beach. It's also a time for the new Council to plan for the future and develop programs for the upcoming year.

The future looks bright.

For those of you who are already wondering about the High Holidays, Rabbi Julie Greenberg and Cantorial Candidate Jessi Roemer will be leading a spirited series of High Holiday services and events.

As we plan for next year, we welcome new ideas and new ways to meet our challenges. So we ask that you continue your support. Moving forward in a new direction is challenging in that it requires both a personal commitment to programs as well as a financial commitment. We want to keep the warm and welcoming feeling that is so special to our little shul. Yet we want to reach out to all who are interested in exploring their Judaism and find a way to connect it to their lives.

Please consider pledging over and above your regular dues level to help make our little synagogue continue for many years to come. If you are not already a member, please consider joining.

Do you want to join a committee or do you have more questions about our future direction? Contact me at Your help is always appreciated.

Larry Finkelstein
One Book, One Congregation
Sunday, August 28th, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM, Penn Center House Leisure Lounge

Welcome Rabbi Julie Greenberg back from her summer break! Enjoy a delicious brunch and a rabbi-led exploration of new ideas and solutions.

This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate by Naomi Klein is a brilliant explanation of why the climate crisis challenges us to abandon the core "free market" ideology of our time, restructure the global economy, and remake our political systems.

In short, either we embrace radical change ourselves or radical changes will be visited upon our physical world. The status quo is no longer an option.

The cost to attend is $10.00 for members and $15.00 for guests. Make your reservation now by email ( or phone (215-629-1995). Reservations must be received by Thursday, August 25, 2016.

Find Your Jewish Voice at Leyv Ha-Ir

We value your ideas and welcome your individuality. Join us in creating a Judaism that respects the past and embraces the future, that explores both tradition and innovation. We will challenge your mind, nurture your spirit and support your Jewish journey. We welcome all seekers.

It's not too early to join or renew your membership. You can find a printable copy of the membership form on our web site. Click here to download and print.

Thank you to the following members for renewing their commitment to Leyv Ha-Ir:

Daniel Johnson and Edwin Greenlee
Iris Newman
Patricia Wisch and Bill Yancey

Welcome new members:

Andrew and Amy Trachtenberg

The Month Ahead

Saturday, August 6

10:00 AM Shabbat Service - Ethical Society, 1906 S. Rittenhouse Sq.

Lay-led service with Torah discussion and pot-luck veggie/dairy lunch

Monday, August 8

7:00 PM Council Meeting - Pat Wisch's home

Saturday, August 13
7:00 PM Tisha B'Av Service - Iris Newman's home

Friday, August 19

6:30 PM Home Shabbat - Bobbi Cohen's home

Lay-led service followed by a pot-luck veggie/dairy dinner

Sunday, August 28
11:00 AM One Book, One Congregation - Penn Center House Leisure Lounge
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Saturday, September 10

10:00 AM Shabbat Service - Ethical Society, 1906 S. Rittenhouse Sq.

Lay-led service with Torah discussion and pot-luck veggie/dairy lunch

Please see the Leyv Ha-Ir calendar for more details, or look for the "This Week at Leyv Ha-Ir" message. Click here to subscribe to This Week.

You can always call 215-629-1995 or email if you need additional info.
Rabbi Jeff Thank You
Thank you to Congregation Leyv Ha-Ir ~ Heart of the City for helping to make this happen.

Last year, you were kind enough to make a donation in my honor when I received the Keter Shem Tov (Crown of a Good Name) award from the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College and the Jewish Reconstructionist Communities. Thanks to you and more than 215 other households, our Summer 2016 campers are swimming in their new pool. Once again, I am so humbled by your meaningful gift in my honor and our campers and staff of Camp JRF thank you too.

Voter Registration

As part of POWER's voter registration campaign, Leyv Ha-Ir has committed to work with the Ethical Society to register new voters.  Please contact Susan Thompson at for details about times and place.

Every month, many of our members and supporters make generous contributions in honor of a specific life cycle event.  Thank you to everyone that made a contribution to recognize these events and to support Congregation Leyv Ha-Ir. 
General FundIn Honor Of
Sandy Brown

Patty Goldentyer's birthday

Remembering Paul Jaffe

Paul Jaffe, 88, a member of Congregation Leyv Ha-Ir, a corporate and real estate lawyer who served as a Philadelphia Common Pleas Court judge for two years in the 1990s, passed away on July 22 at home.  

Much of his work entailed representing the operators of parking lots. He became so knowledgeable about legal matters involving parking that in 1991 then-Mayor Ed Rendell appointed him vice chairman of the Philadelphia Parking Authority. 

In that role, Judge Jaffe tackled issues such as upgrading parking meters to allow payment by credit card; special parking arrangements for Wednesday night shoppers, since abandoned; and privatizing some of the authority's lots to increase efficiency.  

He remained on the parking board until 1996, when he was appointed to fill a vacancy on the Common Pleas Court. He heard civil and criminal cases until 1998 and then returned to practicing law.  

He was a devoted civic volunteer, serving on the board of the American Jewish Committee from 1990 until the time of his death. He also was a board member and president of Moss Rehabilitation Hospital and a board member of Jefferson Health System.
August Member Yahrzeits

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

Haim Klimoff
Gregory Triestman

Congregation Leyv Ha-Ir | P.O. Box 15836 | Philadelphia | PA | 19103