A joyous community of Jewish women engaged in prayer,
study, and spiritual growth
Our next service will be Saturday, January 6
A New Year, A New Book
January not only begins a new year, but we also begin the book of Exodus – the second in the Torah. A new year signifies new beginnings. Exodus was the beginning; the birth of the nation of Israel. Not until the ancient Israelites were brought out of slavery, accepted the yoke of Torah and entered the covenant with God, was a nation born. We start reading this stirring saga this Shabbat at Lev Eisha.

Join us for your new beginnings. We are not talking about New Year resolutions, but rather, in what way can you commit to yourself this year and make it stick? Participating in Lev Eisha is one way to reflect, review and remember how you want to live this new year of 2018. At Lev you will be inspired, comforted, and lifted up, and you will find opportunities to pray and meditate with your friends and other wonderful women. Don’t miss out! 

We hope to see you on Saturday, January 6. Services begin at 9:30 am, led by Rabbi August and Cantorial Soloist Cindy Paley. Readings are from the book of Exodus. Be sure to stay for a delicious kiddush luncheon after services, sponsored by  Judy Fishman in celebration of her son Daniel's marriage to Alix Lesser, in Boston, MA on December 31, and by Robin Winston, in honor of her mother Myrna Kayton's birthday.
Celebrate With Lev!
We very much appreciate those Lev Eisha sisters who make it possible to cater our breakfasts and monthly Kiddush luncheons. Please consider celebrating your simcha with Lev Eisha. Sponsors are still needed for February through June. 

Contact our catering chairperson, Lynn Beliak at  catering@leveisha.org  and send in your payment BEFORE the 20th of the month . You can mail a check to us at 10736 Jefferson Blvd. #706, Culver City, CA 90230 or pay online HERE. Forms are available on the Lev table in the foyer, or on the upstairs kiddush tables. Lynn hopes to hear from you soon.
New Year Brings New Members
We welcome in the new year and these renewing and new members, who have joined us this month:

Elaine Hall
Teri Lewis
Pam Neshkes
Sid Rosenblatt
Judy Rosenzweig
Maxine Silverberg

If you haven't renewed your membership for our Chai year, there are 3 ways you can join us: 1) visit the website, leveisha.org and join online; 2) return the membership application that was mailed to you last summer; or 3) pick up an application on either our membership table or on the kiddush tables.
Donors Make It Happen
Thank you to the following generous donors:

  • Barbara Brown, in honor of the engagement of Rose Ziff's daughter, Maddie, to Ethan Friedman
  • Christopher Principe
Lev Travels to Australia
Barbara Brown in front of the Great Synagogue in Sydney
Rabbi's Column - by Rabbi Toba August
January begins the 2018 new year with the theme of justice. We celebrate Martin Luther King Day and we remember the iconic photo above with a rabbi and other clergy walking with Dr. Martin Luther King.

After the Selma to Montgomery March on March 21, 1965, Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel wrote to Dr. Martin Luther King about the spiritual meaning of this protest saying:

“The day we marched together out of Selma was a day of sanctification…For many of us the march from Selma to Montgomery was about protest and prayer. Legs are not lips, and walking is not kneeling. And yet our legs uttered songs…having walked with Hasidic rabbis on various occasions I felt a sense of the holy in what I was doing…Even without words our march was worship. I felt my legs were praying.

We honor Dr Martin Luther King, Jr. because he provided our country with a roadmap of moral outrage and the call for action to make the changes necessary for a great democracy.

His words inspire us eternally:
“I have the audacity to believe that people everywhere can have three meals a day for their tired bodies, education and culture for their spirits.
 I believe that what self-centered men have torn down, men other-centered can build up.
I still believe that one day mankind will bow before the altars of God and be crowned triumphant over war and bloodshed, …and the lion and the lamb shall lie down together, and every man shall sit under his own vine and fig tree and none shall be afraid.
I still believe that we shall overcome.”

These words are as powerful, necessary and inspiring today as they were 52 years ago. In fact, though much has changed, we still have such a long way to go in creating a sane, safe, civilized and just society.

May we all remember Dr. King and Rabbi Heschel, and not only take their words to our hearts, but let these stirring sentiments lead to action and change. AMEN
Couldn't Make It to Lev Last Month?
If you missed Rabbi August's brilliant teaching last month, you can now listen to it online, in the comfort of your home, and share it with friends and family.

Thanks to modern technology, Rabbi August's sermons are now available on our website. Click  HERE  to listen.

This new innovation, however, is costly; please consider making a donation of $100 to Lev Eisha so we can continue this innovative program. This is the cost for us to record and post her sermons. Donors will be acknowledged on our Lev Eisha website as well as in our monthly seat flyer and Newsletter. 

Please help Lev Eisha reach out to our community! Online donations can be made  HERE , or you can mail your check to Lev Eisha, 10736 Jefferson Blvd.,
# 706, Culver City, CA 90230

2017-2018 Board of Directors

Co-Presidents: Janis Cohen & Barbara Brown
Treasurer: Ruth Grossman
Secretary: Wendy Aleman
Membership: Robin Winston
Catering: Lynn Beliak
Ritual: Judy Fishman
Hospitality: Joan Spiegel
Newsletter: Rose Ziff
Outreach: Gail Heim
Women's Retreat: Linda Zweig
Member at Large: Carolyn Wispe Burns
Past President: Susie Yuré

Advisory Council
Rachelle Neshkes
Holly Zucker
HAPPY BIRTHDAY  to the following friends who are celebrating January birthdays:

Shirley Belinfante
Barbara Brown
Shana Charles
Gladys Diener
Judith Golden
Arlyne Gruesner
Myrna Kayton
Pam Neshkes
Karen Richmond
Beverly Rimer

Do you have a January birthday and we didn't acknowledge it? Please send us your birth month and we will be glad to wish you a Happy Birthday!

If 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, across the street from the Veggie Grill. (See map below)
Phone: 310.575.0985 | Email Us