Welcome



Leyv Ha-Ir, Hebrew for Heart of the City, is a small, growing Reconstructionist Congregation with most activities located at the Ethical Society Building at 1906 S. Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia.

Founded in May 1990, Congregation Leyv Ha-Ir is led by Rabbi Julie Greenberg. Our members come from all branches of Judaism, including Reform, Conservative and Orthodox, and include recent converts to Judaism. Our members include students, professionals, rabbis, singles, couples, and those in traditional and non-traditional families.

We welcome you to explore your Jewish identity and the Jewish holidays with us. Our calendar is packed with an abundance of activities, including Shabbat and holiday celebrations, along with opportunities for learning, and connecting with community.

What's Happening

What's Happening

  • 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 ...
    Posted Jul 10, 2016, 8:40 AM by Larry Finkelstein
  • One Book, One Congregation Sunday, August 28, Penn Center HouseThis Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate by Naomi Klein is a brilliant explanation of why the climate crisis challenges us to abandon the ...
    Posted Jul 10, 2016, 8:41 AM by Larry Finkelstein
  • Thank you from Spring Garden School This note is to acknowledge the receipt of Congregation Leyv-Ha-Ir's generous gift of $1,000 for our annual Summer Reading drive.  It is also to express our ...
    Posted Apr 28, 2016, 4:26 PM by Larry Finkelstein
  • Rabbi Julie's D'var Torah on Parshat Metzora April 15, 2016 In Honor of the Marriage of Daniel Johnson and Edwin Greenlee Rabbi Julie Greenberg The Torah portion this week, Metzora, is about an affliction called tazra’at that is sometimes ...
    Posted Apr 25, 2016, 10:13 PM by Larry Finkelstein
  • Photos from the Community Seder 2016 The Leyv Ha-Ir community and its friends came together to celebrate Passover at the annual Community Seder, held in the Philadelphian, 2401 Pennsylvania Avenue, on Saturday, April 23, 2016 ...
    Posted Apr 25, 2016, 8:53 PM by Larry Finkelstein
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