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Annual Community Passover Seder

posted Mar 8, 2019, 6:02 PM by Bobbi Cohen   [ updated Apr 7, 2019, 7:17 PM by Congregation Leyv Ha-Ir ]

Join members and friends of Congregation Leyv Ha-Ir ~ Heart of the City for our annual Passover seder, to be led by Rabbi Julie Greenberg and Cantor Sharon Sigal.  All are welcome, including children.  There will be afikomen prizes for the kids.

Saturday, April 20, 6:15 pm sharp

The Philadelphian Social Room, 2401 Pennsylvania Ave., Philadelphia

Your seder meal will include: 


Matzoh Ball Soup

Gefilte Fish with Horseradish

Choice of Brisket of Beef, Baked Salmon or Stuffed Eggplant (vegetarian)

2 side dishes


Passover pastries

Passover wine

Coffee and tea

You are welcome to bring your own table wine.

Complete seder plates will be provided.

Price: $58 per adult, $21 per child 3-12 years

Full payment is required no later than Friday, April 12 by check, credit card or PayPal.  Cancellations received by Friday, April 12 will be fully refunded.


Rabbi's Education Series Workshops: Religious Teachings About Care for the Planet

posted Mar 8, 2019, 11:33 AM by Congregation Leyv Ha-Ir   [ updated Mar 8, 2019, 11:51 AM ]

On Sunday March 31 and on Sunday April 7, Rabbi Julie Greenberg will lead our last two participatory discussions for 2018-2019.  They will be on the theme of Religious Teachings About Care for the Planet.
With daily dire warnings about the escalation of climate crisis, we know there is a huge role for people of faith to play in unifying humanity so that we can work together towards solutions. (If you want to take a deep dive into a most comprehensive, beautiful multi-faith teachings on the spiritual issues involved, read Laudato Si by Pope Francis. Jewish communities around the world are studying this text.)  
We will work with spiritual exercises taught by feminist philosopher Joanna Macy and with values found in Jewish sacred text.   
Assignment for March 31:
  1. Prepare a list of five items or experiences in nature that have moved you.  For example, seeing a sunset at the beach, planting a tulip bulb, dedicating a tree in Israel to a relative. 
  2. List five things that make you sad as you daily hear news about our climate crisis. What hurts about this news, what do you grieve, what is lost? Or do you feel numb? Why?
Assignment for April 7:
  • Take a look through these Jewish resources for sustainability:
  • Read the three paragraphs of the Shema prayer and write a one paragraph commentary about how it applies to climate crisis today. (Focus especially on the second paragraph of the Shema.) 
Light brunch will be served.
You need not have attended prior sessions to participate. Come one, come all! 
Sundays, March 31 and April 7
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
The William Penn House  
1919 Chestnut St., Community Room, 1st Floor
Advance registration: $10 - members, $15 - guests
Walk-in registration: $15 - members, $20 - guests
RSVP deadlines:
Thursday March 28th for March 31
Thursday April 4th for April 7
info@leyvhair.org or 215-629-1995

We are one with Pittsburgh

posted Oct 28, 2018, 7:42 AM by Rabbi Julie   [ updated Oct 28, 2018, 7:42 AM ]

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Dear Chevre, 

I know we are all reeling from the hate-full tragedy in Pittsburgh yesterday. Please know that the leadership of Congregation Leyv Ha-Ir ~ Heart of the City is participating in region-wide security reviews and takes our security very very seriously. 

At our service on Friday, November 9 we will include special prayer for the families who have faced devastating loss and I welcome you to join in that remembrance. 

Also let's remember that ultimately the security of the Jewish community comes from working with all people to elect representatives and choose policies that ensure mental health treatment, gun management and mutual understanding between groups. 

In other words, our security comes from our solidarity, not from our fear. 

We will keep showing up with kindness and care for each other and for others. 

With love,

Rabbi Julie Greenberg

A Policy regarding Shabbat & Yom Tov...

posted Sep 5, 2018, 12:35 PM by Daniel Johnson

At our August 13th meeting the congregation's Council adopted the following policy:
"Congregation Leyv Ha-Ir affirms a policy that the Congregation not conduct synagogue business on Shabbat and Yom Tov."

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