A joyous community of Jewish women e ngaged in
prayer, study and spiritual growth  

June 3, 2017
Our next service will be Saturday, September 2
June Gems
This Saturday's service is our last one before summer.  We have enjoyed ten months of meaningful and inspiring services in our new venue.  We look forward to seeing you this Shabbat and sharing our summer plans.
In her column, rabbi wrote about the paradox of the month of June.  Sometimes, on overcast days, we barely sense the sunshine.  At Lev Eisha, whether it is gloomy or sunny, being together in prayer and friendship l ights up all our hearts!
We will begin at 8:15 am with a light breakfast and a teaching by Rabbi August. The theme for our breakfast this Shabbat is  "Sacred Lifting  - Bearing Our Burdens while Lifting Up Ourselves and Others."  Using the themes for this week's Torah reading, join the conversation on how to replenish ourselves while we carry our burdens and give them to God. Our breakfast is sponsored by Marion Klein, who is celebrating her 68th birthday.

Services follow at 9:30 am, led by Rabbi August and Cantorial Soloist Cindy Paley. Readings are from the book of Leviticus. Our kiddush lunch is sponsored by Judy Fishman and Susie Yuré in honor of the upcoming marriage of their children, Ryan Yuré and Serena Fishman; by Joy Krauthammer in honor of her 70th birthday, the 12th anniversary of Aviva and Brett Freedman, and Maya Sage's 5th birthday; by Robin Winston and Myrna Kayton who are celebrating Robin's 60th birthday; by  Donna and Lynn Malamud who are celebrating Donna's 25th anniversary and Lynn's 23rd birthday; and by  Cecile Benson, who is celebrating her 75th birthday.

Sharing the Best of Lev - Rabbi's Teachings
Are you listening?  This is a reminder that we are offering a brand new feature so you can enjoy listening to Rabbi August's teachings on our website!  It's a wonderful way to revisit Rabbi's sermons - or hear them for the first time if you missed our Lev Eisha service. Please share your comments as we continue to enhance the special Lev Eisha experience. You will see an area for comment as you listen.

Click HERE to listen to Rabbi's December and February sermons.  You can also visit our website, HERE and click on the "Community" tab, where you will see a drop-down menu with "Teachings from Rabbi August." 

More sermons coming!
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Lev Board of Directors

President-Janis Cohen
Treasurer-Ruth Grossman
Secretary-Wendy Aleman
Membership-Robin Winston
Catering: Lynn Beliak
Ritual-Judy Fishman
Hospitality-Joan Spiegel
Marketing-Rose Ziff
Outreach-Holly Zucker & Gail Heim
Past President-Barbara Brown
Women's Retreat-Linda Zweig
We Are Grateful
Thank you to our generous donors:
  • Marion Klein
  • Nancy Federman - in memory of Elliot Axelband


Breakfast & Study at 8:15am - 9:25am
Services: 9:30am-12:00pm 
Kiddush immediately following services  

Sept. 2
*Oct. 7
Nov. 4
*Dec. 2
Jan. 6
*Feb. 3
March 3
*April 7 (includes a Yizkor service)
May 5
*June 2

*Breakfast and study before services

June 18 - Father's Day
Update: May 21 Walk With Love  
Thanks to all who walked and donated and also to those who solicited donations for the May 21 Walk With Love in support of the Susan Love
Foundation for breast cancer research.  Team Lev Eisha raised nearly $2000!  Below are some pictures of our team, as we walked through the beautiful Pacific Palisades neighborhoods.

Julie and David on the left (Neshkes family friends) won first and second place in the race.

Wendy, Robin and Rachelle had a wonderful time seeing the multimillion dollar neighborhood and bonding on the beautiful ocean view walk. All the blue in this background below is ocean - not sky!  

June Gloom?
by Rabbi August

What is it about the month of June?  Sitting at my desk looking at the overcast sky which probably won't clear up until 2pm, June mornings are often cold and gloomy. This of course can affect our moods as we begin our days. I know that I have more joy and optimism when I wake up to a day of sunshine, in contrast to the grey morning I am experiencing now.
The month of June: on the one hand we are excited, anticipating summer and vacation time. Even without time away, for many people work slows down during the next few months.
On the other hand, with graduations and end of school years or for rabbis, the end of our 'fiscal' year, there is a sense of sadness and it is bittersweet saying goodbye to friends and families we might not see again.
I wrote a column ten years ago on "June Gloom" when my daughter was graduating from high school. Here is what I observed:
"As a parent of a high school senior, June is graduation  and a closing of an era. College starts a new chapter of autonomy and independence and we begin a new relationship with our teenagers.  June is often a challenging time of testing and refining this emerging relationship."
To get a sense of how to cope with June and its conflicting messages of anticipation of change and loss because of change, I want to share some thoughts written by Rabbi Wolpe about an inspiring essay by Rabbi Milton Steinberg called To Hold with Open Arms.
Steinberg describes emerging from the hospital after a long illness. Everything he sees touches him deeply: sunshine, the people striding along the street. He thinks how precious it all is and how careless we are about it most of our days.
Yet preciousness is only half the truth. The other half is that moments of preciousness slip away. We cannot feel unbounded gratitude all the time, Steinberg says. "We must hold the world close, but know it cannot last."

How do we cling and still let go, he asks?  The paradox is reconciled with God.   Steinberg writes that "everything is more precious, but none of it is ultimately ours. Only with God, can we hold life at once infinitely precious and yet as a thing lightly to be surrendered. We learn to
"clasp the world, but with relaxed hands; to embrace it, but with open arms."
This is how we can relate to the month of June.  We are profoundly grateful for our Lev Eisha community. Our uplifting and inspiring services touch our hearts and souls.
I am grateful for our President Janis Cohen and all our Board members, whose time and efforts allow Lev Eisha to continue into our 18th year! Next Year is our CHAI year and I pray we can continue to flourish and offer healing and joy for years to come.
May we continue to hold on, but with open arms. We assert, affirm and acknowledge the paradox, during the sunny/gloomy month of June.
Rabbi August
Celebrate Your Birthday With Lev!
Birthdays are a special time in our lives that we celebrate.  Each year is a  gift.

We, at Lev Eisha, love to celebrate. When you sponsor a kiddush or breakfast in honor of your birthday, we are able to provide the bountiful meals which everyone enjoys.  Please consider sharing your birthday with Lev Eisha. 

Please click HERE to donate on our website. Don't forget to complete the form online so we get all the information.

If you prefer to send a check, please send to: 
Lev Eisha
            10736 Jefferson Blvd  # 706
            Culver City, CA 90230
Be sure to include all the details of your sponsorship.

Payment must be received no later than the 20th of the month prior to the sponsorship, or we will not be able to recognize your sponsorship in the newsletter or seat flyer.

Questions?  Click HERE to contact Lynn, our Catering Chair.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY  to the following friends who are celebrating birthdays:

June - Gail Barton, Cecile Benson, Janis Biederman, Janis Cohen, Melanie Gutterman, Marion  Klein, Joy Krauthammer, Donna Malamud, Lynn Malamud, Judy Rosenzweig, Phyllis Shear

July - Sharon Alexander, Rabbi Toba August, Lynn Ben Habib, Judy Blake,  Franklin Buckholtz, Vivian Feintech, Linda Owen, Craig Singer, Joan Spiegel,  Nancy Weiss, Robin Winston

I f you have a milestone to share please send it to Rose Ziff at  editor@leveisha.org. 
Birthdays, weddings, graduations, Bat or Bar Mitzvot, births, special awards/honors, and exotic vacations are some of the simchas that are fun to share with our community. 

This is also the place to ask our community to join you in prayers of healing for those who are ill or in memory of those who have passed away. 
Map & Directions
Lev Eisha Shabbat Services are held at Beth Shir Shalom,
1827 California Ave. Santa Monica, 90403


To Beth Shir Shalom
Take the 405 Fwy North or South to the 10 Fwy Westbound.  
Exit the 10 Fwy at Cloverfield/26th Street 
Turn right onto Cloverfield.  
Turn left at Colorado. 
Turn right onto 20th Street.  Continue straight, past Wilshire, one block, to California. 
Turn left onto California Avenue.  Go 1-1/2 blocks. Beth Shir Shalom will be on the right.

To parking lot
Follow above directions to get to 20th Street and turn right.
Turn right at Wilshire. 
Parking lot will be on the right behind the V Lounge.  (See map below)

Welcome to Lev Eisha, a spiritual prayer service by and for women.  B'ruchot Ha'baot - we invite you to join us with great blessing.  We provide a joyous environment with opportunities for soulful prayer, energetic song and dance, deep Jewish study, and meditation.  Each person, in their own way, finds what they need for their personal and spiritual growth at Lev Eisha.


What makes our community so unique? The answer is reflected in our name. "Lev" means heart, and "Eisha" means woman.  When women come together with open hearts, we figuratively hold each others' hearts in profound acceptance, understanding and love.


Join us and support Lev Eisha. By attending you are giving yourself the greatest gift; time for yourself, a "spiritual fix" to keep you balanced and centered for the month. Lev Eisha will transform your Jewish  soul.