Leyv Ha-Ir, Hebrew for Heart of the City, is a small, growing Reconstructionist Congregation with most activities located at the Ethical Society 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

  • One Book, One Congregation 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 ...
    Posted Aug 2, 2015, 8:34 AM by Larry Finkelstein
  • Tisha B’Av Services Tisha B’Av services will be led by Rabbi Alanna Sklover commemorating the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem  and subsequent tragedies that befell the Jewish people.Join us at ...
    Posted Jul 22, 2015, 8:25 AM by Larry Finkelstein
  • EVER TRIED TO EXPLAIN RECONSTRUCTIONISM? WATCH THIS! Ever tried to explain Reconstructionist Judaism? This hand-drawn animation shows you how the Reconstructionist movement turns individual ME's into a powerful...Click 2015 Annual Report to view a ...
    Posted Jun 14, 2015, 8:14 AM by Larry Finkelstein
  • Heart of the City Council 2015-2016 The members of Congregation Leyv Ha-Ir ~ Heart of the City met on Sunday, May 31st for our Annual Meeting and election of new Council members.The incoming officers ...
    Posted Jul 29, 2015, 4:16 PM by Larry Finkelstein
  • I'm OK - 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 ...
    Posted Jul 29, 2015, 4:14 PM by Larry Finkelstein
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