Our Spiritual Leaders

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."

Visit Rabbi Julie's Greenberg's website.

Independent Projects


Cantorial Candidate Jessi Roemer

We are delighted to have Jessi Roemer as our Cantorial Candidate and occasional Service Leader. Jessi is following in the footsteps of her late mother, Sue Roemer, who was a cantor in the Washington, DC, area. She has been our choir director since 2008 and our High Holy Day cantor since 2009. Jessi is currently a candidate for ordination in the ALEPH cantorial program of the Renewal Movement. 

Jessi is also a writer, guitarist, and composer. She has performed in Philadelphia, New York, Seattle, Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, and Washington, D.C. Her original settings of Jewish liturgy have been featured in the D.C. Jewish Folk Arts Festival and the Shalshelet Festival of New Jewish Liturgical Music. Jessi lives in West Philadelphia with her husband and two children.

Visit Jessi Roemer's website.