Our Clergy

Rabbi Julie Greenberg

Rabbi Julie Greenberg, Leyv Ha-Ir~Heart of the City's dynamic rabbi, was ordained by the Reconstructionist Rabbinical college in 1989. She is also a therapist trained by the Council for Relationships, specializing in interfaith issues, family dynamics and spiritual development. She works with individuals, couples and families in her Counseling with Soul practice.

Rabbi Greenberg has a commitment to building caring community as a way to heal the world. "We are creating a congregation where people are welcome to bring their longing and their hope for a nourishing Jewish home. Together we build a meaningful house of God."

Greenberg has published widely on many topics relating to spirituality and family life. She is the mother of five children.

Greenberg says, "Leyv Ha-Ir~Heart of the City is a place where your gifts will be appreciated. There are so many interesting things going on: really creative prayer services that make the best of the tradition relevant; great people who enjoy a good time together; projects that allow us to share our good fortune with others. We stand by each other during times of great sorrow and great joy. It's a very special community."

Rabbi Julie will be on sabbatical from October 10, 2019 through mid-August 2020.

Visit Rabbi Julie's Greenberg's website.

Independent Projects

Rabbi Dayle Friedman

Rabbi Dayle Friedman is serving as Cantor and co-leader of our 5780/2019 High Holy Day services and our interim rabbi during Rabbi Julie’s 2019-20 sabbatical period.  Her dream is to empower all of us to find—and give—blessing as we grow older. She has been pursuing this dream for the past 30 years.  As a Spiritual care professional, Rabbi Friedman is board certified by Neshama Association of Jewish Chaplains and the founding director of chaplaincy services at Philadelphia Geriatric Center.  She has trained and mentored clergy from all streams of Judaism.  As a Rabbi, she is an inspiring worship leader; innovative ritual facilitator; and creative interpreter of classic Jewish wisdom in a contemporary context.

Rabbi Friedman has taught at Reconstructionist Rabbinical College and has been a consultant to professionals and organizations.  As a social innovator, she founded, Hiddur: The Center for Aging and Judaism of Reconstructionist Rabbinical College.  She has won multiple awards for her work in the Jewish community, and is the author of more than 40 books and articles on spiritual aging and pastoral care.  She is also a spiritual director to individuals and families on the journey of later life and end- of-life medical decision-making, and an adjunct faculty member of Morei Derekh Spiritual Direction Training Program.

Rabbi Friedman is thrilled to be with our congregation and we are excited about having her with us.

Visit Rabbi Dayle Friedman's website.