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One Book, One Congregation Brunch August 18, 2019

posted Jun 11, 2019, 8:33 AM by Congregation Leyv Ha-Ir   [ updated Jun 11, 2019, 9:24 AM ]

Please join us as we welcome Rabbi Julie back from summer vacation.  We'll have brunch and discuss the book we are reading over the summer:  How to Cure a Fanatic by the Israeli journalist/writer/intellectual Amos Oz.
This is a slim book of three short essays. We'll particularly focus on the third essay, an interview with Oz called "The Order of the Teaspoon." Amos Oz was born in Jerusalem before the state of Israel existed; he lived his life as a passionate Zionist who experienced the tragedy of idealism degenerating into oppression. He died this past year so this is a good time to review some of his stellar work. For more background, please see the recent New Yorker article here. We'll come together to discuss this book over brunch on Sunday morning August 18 in the William Penn House community room.  Please RSVP to info@leyvhair.org or 215.629.1995 by Thursday, August 15 to let us know if you are coming.

Jewish Night of Learning

posted May 11, 2019, 6:55 PM by Congregation Leyv Ha-Ir

Join the larger Jewish community in Center City for the annual Tikkun Leil Shavuot.  You can attend for any part of it or stay all night for the full experience before coming to Leyv Ha-Ir's Annual Meeting.  Full details and registration are at https://centercityjews.org/shavuot/.

Congregation Leyv Ha-Ir's Annual Meeting Sunday, June 9

posted May 9, 2019, 9:24 AM by Congregation Leyv Ha-Ir   [ updated May 9, 2019, 9:44 AM ]

Congregation Leyv Ha-Ir will hold our Annual Meeting on Sunday, June 9th, at 10:30 AM in the Community Room at the William Penn House, 1919 Chestnut Street.  Brunch is included.   

Please join us as we elect new officers, approve the annual budget, review last year and look ahead to the coming year.  This is a very important and informative meeting.  Your attendance does matter!

RSVP by Thursday, June 6th to info@leyvhair.org to register for this event. 


Sunday, June 9

10:30 AM - 1:00 PM
William Penn House Community Room
1919 Chestnut St.



Rabbi Julie Greenberg's June 2019 Letter to Our Congregation

posted May 5, 2019, 12:23 PM by Congregation Leyv Ha-Ir   [ updated Jun 5, 2019, 1:21 PM ]

Dear Chevre,

As we approach Shavuot, it's a time to reflect on the essential intertwining of the agricultural, historical and ethical in Judaism and see what this means for our lives. Shavuot, like so many Jewish holy days, celebrates the cycle of sowing, tending and in this case, harvesting. It's also a reminder of the peak historical moment of standing at Sinai, eyes lifted, hearts open to Torah pouring in and entering the world through us. And as Shavuot returns every year, we receive the ethical reminder to act from the highest realm of Self (even if we also have many other feelings and urges). So how do we live into all this today?
   I think Shavuot reminds us to reflect on our own cycles of sowing, tending and reaping. Where are you now in this process both personally and politically? Are you planting seeds to ready yourself or the world for change? Are you growing something in your inner life or supporting something in the world to grow? Or is it time to take stock of what has already been planted, a time of reflection and harvesting where you have been? 
   In any case, I hope all Leyv Ha-Ir-niks will be together on the actual day of Shavuot this year because it happens to be the Sunday of our Annual Meeting, June 9. Let's stand at Sinai together, harvesting our past year, living into our best selves for the congregational year to come. We'll also have some moments for Yizkor, a time of remembrance that takes place five times a year, including on Shavuot. See you then and there.
Love and blessing,
Rabbi Julie

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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