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Sowing the Seeds of Transformative Leadership

posted May 3, 2017, 9:33 PM by Larry Finkelstein   [ updated May 3, 2017, 9:33 PM ]

The Shalom Center logo

Join Congregation Leyv Ha-Ir as we help the Shalom Center honor Bill McKibben, Bishop Dwayne Royster and Sophia Wilansky.

The event will be on Sunday, May 21st from 3:00 PM until 9:00 PM at Mishkan Shalom. Please go to https://theshalomcenter.org/civicrm/event/register?id=17&reset=1 or call 215-844-8494 for more information.

Shabbat Morning Services

posted May 3, 2017, 9:29 PM by Larry Finkelstein   [ updated May 3, 2017, 9:31 PM ]

Shabbat Morning Services this coming Saturday, May 6th, at 10:00 AM. Ethical Society, 1906 Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia, meeting on the 2nd floor in the Collier Room. Torah Portion: Acharei Mot - Kedoshim (Leviticus 16:1-20:27). During our Torah discussion we'll explore what the phrase "You shall be holy, for I, the Lord your God, am holy," means. Bring your thoughts and ideas for the discussion, and also bring a little something to share during our pot-luck veggie/dairy lunch that follows. Shalom!

Be Happy, It's Adar!

posted Mar 2, 2017, 9:42 PM by Rabbi Julie   [ updated Mar 2, 2017, 9:43 PM ]

"Be happy, it's Adar!" is the slogan for this Hebrew month. Soon we will celebrate Purim, a paradoxical holiday where nothing is as it seems to be. The nefarious henchman high in the hierarchy of power ends up hanging on the gallows while a simple village girl ends up Queen of Persia. 

This year I will be offering a radical teaching about the Purim story as a secret map of bold resistance to the danger of foolish, corrupt leaders. Does this sound like a timely teaching? 

Our guest Rabbi Annie Lewis will join me for a dazzling reading of the megillah. And of course we will wait in suspense for the hilarious annual Purim schpiel; as Karen Zeitz, our intrepid schpiel director, told me, "There is certainly no dearth of material this year." Do not miss the community Purim celebration. It will be the best. 

Community Seder 2017

posted Mar 2, 2017, 9:26 PM by Larry Finkelstein   [ updated Mar 2, 2017, 9:27 PM ]

Experience an evening of familial warmth with a traditional Passover meal and inspirational service led by Rabbi Julie Greenberg. Musical merriment by Judi Wisch is an integral part of the festivities. A full Kosher dinner will be provided. Choice of entrees includes prime brisket of beef, eggplant rolotini or salmon fillet (vegetarian). Passover wine is included and you are invited to bring your own dinner wine. Become a Seder Patron! Donations for scholarships and to help with the Community Seder are greatly appreciated!

Cost to attend is $56.00 for adults and $20.00 for children.
Please see http://www.leyvhair.org/
events-calendar/2017-community-seder for more information.

Purim Celebration - Sunday March 12

posted Feb 27, 2017, 6:10 PM by Larry Finkelstein   [ updated Feb 27, 2017, 6:10 PM ]

Come hear the megillah, laugh at (or be part of) our Purimshpiel, nosh and schmooze. Rabbi Julie Greenberg and Rabbi Annie Lewis will lead us.

Please bring a snack and/or beverage to share. Hamantashen and alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks are always welcome.

2:00pm - 4:00pm
The William Penn House, 1919 Chestnut St., 1st Floor Community Room

March at Philadelphia International Airport

posted Jan 29, 2017, 9:28 PM by Rabbi Julie   [ updated Jan 29, 2017, 9:30 PM ]

This afternoon I marched with thousands at the Philadelphia International Airport in defense of refugees banned by President Trump. I thought of all of you as I marched because so many of our own families were relatively recent refugees or immigrants. The new lives they were able to make in this country became the foundation for our lives.  A shout out to the ACLU lawyers who swarmed airports all over the country to provide legal support. I'm glad that I renewed my membership last month! It was deeply moving to me as a Jew to stand for safe harbor for those in need. With hope and love,

Rabbi Julie's Spring Education Series

posted Jan 29, 2017, 6:55 AM by Larry Finkelstein   [ updated Jan 29, 2017, 9:33 PM by Rabbi Julie ]

Rabbi Julie will lead 
"The Life and Times of Elie Wiesel and his Peers", a 4-part education program this spring.  

Please mark your calendars for the following Sundays from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM:
  • Session I:    February 26*
  • Session II:   March 26 
  • Session III:  April 30
  • Session IV:  May 21
*Click here for The Many Legacies of Elie Wiesel,Moment, Volume 41, No. 5, which will be discussed during Session I.  

גמר חתימה טובה - G'mar Chatima Tovah

posted Oct 9, 2016, 8:59 PM by Larry Finkelstein   [ updated Oct 9, 2016, 8:59 PM ]

Image result for yom kippurMay you be inscribed for good [in the Book of Life]

Registration is now closed.  While we are expecting a very large number of people you are still welcome to attend. For security purposes, you will be asked to show photo identification when arriving at the Ethical Society.  We do recommend that you arrive early for services.

Please arrive early! Seating is extremely limited. 


  • Tuesday, October 11 - Kol Nidre Service: 7:00 PM 
  • Wednesday, October 12 - Yom Kippur Morning Service: 10:00 AM
Yizkor Service: approximately 1:00 PM
Group Session: The Practice of Chesed (Kindness) in Jewish Tradition 4:00 PM
Mincha/Neilah: 5:00 PM
Break Fast: 6:30 PM

לשנה טובה - L'Shanah Tovah

posted Oct 1, 2016, 8:21 PM by Larry Finkelstein   [ updated Oct 9, 2016, 8:53 PM ]

 L'Shanah Tovah!

Please join Congregation Leyv Ha-Ir for High Holiday Services at the Ethical Society Building on beautiful Rittenhouse Square.  

Please arrive early! Seating is limited. 


  • Sunday, October 2 - Erev Rosh Hashanah Service: 7:00 PM 
  • Monday, October 3 - Rosh Hashanah First Day Morning Service: 10:00 AM 
  • Monday, October 3 - Tashlich Service 5:30 PM (Schuylkill River)
  • Tuesday, October 4 - Rosh Hashanah Second Day Morning Service: 10:00 AM

Selichot Service

posted Sep 22, 2016, 4:13 PM by Larry Finkelstein

With the Selichot service we usher in the Days of Awe.  
This year, we will enter into the Days of Awe with a communal Marom-style Selichot.

Join us for a spiritually rousing and heart-opening evening of music, prayer, and contemplation with clergy and prayer leaders from BZBI, Kol Tzedek, and Society Hill Synagogue and Congregation Leyv Ha-Ir.

The evening will begin with Maariv and Havdalah with a dessert reception to follow.

7:30pm - 10:00pm
Temple Beth Zion-Beth Israel, 300 S. 18th Street, Main Sanctuary

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