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

October 2015
Be Happy on Sukkot!
The Torah commands us to "be happy" on our Sukkot Holiday. It is not a suggestion, or a request. Rather, V'samachta B'Chagetha...you must be happy on your holiday. This is what happens after the High Holy Days.  Yom Kippur leaves us spiritually exhilarated, knowing that we did the work of self-reflection and Teshuvah, asking for forgiveness and therefore optimistic that we earned another year of life.

What kind of year will it be?  In what ways do we create a life worth living? We do it on Sukkot! We are out in nature, with family and friends and we celebrate! Carpe Diem - seize the day  If we are alive, then live!

We do this at Lev Eisha - we sing, dance, pray and learn together with all our hearts.  Join us on Saturday, October 3 for services 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, sponsored by Barbara Brown in honor of grandson Benjamin Knopf's 3rd birthday, and by Lynn Beliak, in honor of the return of her son Hanan's family to the US from Malaysia. Our luncheon is co-sponsored by Myrna Kayton, in honor of Robin Winston's 9th year as a High Holiday cantor, and her son Michael for lifting the Torah - so high!
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Our October Members

We welcome the many new and renewing members this month. Forgot to sign up?  You can renew your Lev membership online - click HERE.  Or pick up a paper membership packet after services on Saturday.

We are grateful to the following members who renewed for another wonderful year of Lev:

Sharon Alexander, Beth Axelrod, Debbie Bear.
Ruth Belonsky, Cecile Benson, Janis Biederman
Sheryl Colby, Lorraine Factor, Nancy Federman
Dana Fein, Sara Fields, Helen Fishman
Linda Fleischman, Liat Yardeni Funk, Leslie Geffen
Toni Glick, Barbara Goldstone, Arlyne Gruesner
Melanie Gutterman, Shirley Hirschberg, Myrna Kayton, Julie Klee, Marion Klein, Joy Krauthammer, Lillian Laskin
Barbara Lewis, Vivian Mehlman, Lois Miller
Hilda Mills, Margot Morrison, Pam Neshkes
Cathy Novak, Gerry Owen, Marcy Perlmutter
Suzanne Schweitzer, Stacey Serber, Judy Sherman
Joan Spiegel, Susie Yuré
Our 50th Member

Congratulations to Nancy Federman, who was the 50th person to renew her Lev Eisha membership. Nancy receives a prize from Lev Eisha and also an honor at our next service.  Who will be our 100th member? It could be YOU!

Your Donations Help Us Thrive!
  • Jeff & Karen Goss in honor of Ken's Morris on his 65th birthday.
  • Barbara and Marv Brown in honor of Ken Morris on his 65th birthday.
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Lev Eisha presents
A Day of Learning
Sunday, October 18     8:30am - 7:30pm
The Holy Spirit Retreat Center  
4316 Lanai Road, Encino, CA 91346
Instructors: Rabbi August, Cindy Paley, Bonnie Leopold, Rhonda Kiff, Lindsey Leimbac, Holly Zucker
Cost:  $95 - includes all meals and all activities
Click HERE to learn more about this exciting event and to sign up. 

We are almost at capacity so don't delay!  You will be so glad you signed up for this special day.

Rabbi, Cindy, Barbara Brown and Lydia Friedlich are planning a spectacular day!

Who Enjoys Our Kiddush Luncheons?
Everyone, of course!  A chance to visit after services with friends we haven't seen for awhile, catch up on the news, nosh on good food, and celebrate special simchas with the entire Lev community.

But we can't do it without you!  Sponsoring a kiddush lunch or breakfast is your way of giving back to Lev Eisha. It's easy!  Click HERE to visit our website and go directly to the donation page. WIth just a few clicks you can make your donation and tell us who you are honoring. 

Prefer to use paper?  No problem,  we will have Sponsorship forms available on the Lev table after services.

Questions?  Email Lynn at Catering@leveisha.org.

Lev Eisha
2015-16 Calendar
Breakfast & Study at 8:15am - 9:25am
Services: 9:30am-12:00pm 
Kiddush immediately following services 

October 3
October 18 - Day of Learning 8:30 am-7:30 pm  (sign up HERE)  
November 7 
December 5* 
January 9, 2016 
February 6* 
March 5*
March 25-27 Dancing With My Soul  (weekend retreat) 
April 2 
May 7* 
June 4

 *Breakfast before services 
What Happens After Rosh Hashanah?
by Rabbi August

On my way to Temple this past Monday, with my Lulav and Etrog, I noticed the banners on Olympic Blvd. First there was the Chabad Telethon,followed by the Milken High School open house, and lastly the Jewish Federation. Each one of these organizations does their part for the Jewish people.
Chabad, with its extensive outreach, brings their brand of
Yiddishkeit all over the world to all types of people. Milken continues teaching Jewish identity to teenagers, and spreads the value of liberal Judaism, and the Federation serves everyone, especially promoting Israel and providing locally for the disenfranchised of the Los Angeles community.
Then there is Lev Eisha. We do not have a banner on Olympic Blvd. but we nourish souls. We do this with our music, prayer, study and deep connections.  Although I was on my way to Beth Am, a Conservative synagogue, I wished I was going to a Sukkot service with Lev Eisha.
At Beth Am, I was the only woman among older men racing through the first half hour of opening psalms and prayers. I yearned for our melodies! I sang them to myself. "What is the point of saying every psalm so quickly?" I asked myself for the hundredth time! It was only when we reached Hallel, sang together and shook our Lulav and Etrog did I begin to feel connected to the mysterious whole, knowing that Jews everywhere were doing what I was doing at that moment. My "Lev" - my heart - soared.
Join us this Shabbat at Sukkot services and delve into the mystical meanings of the Four Species, the Sukkah and explore what happens after Rosh Hashanah.   
Chag Sameach!  Happy Sukkot!
Rabbi August
Our Resident Poet

Sarah Barash, our resident poet, sends love and a poem for the new year...

a sabbath prayer
El Elyon
Your Spark
Your Holy of Holies
resides within me
but often I lose sight of
Your Dwelling Place
and imagine that
stand alone
I look to You now
to stop the discord
to quiet the thoughts
feeding on small annoyances
petty grievances
vain imaginings
segueing from minor to major
indulge me
El Elyon
on this our day of rest
hasten my heart to
allow the sweet perfume of peace
to permeate these sacred hours
these mute moments
this hush in time
* * * * *
Los Angeles, Rosh Hashanna, 2008

Mazel Tov to the following October birthdays:
Bernice Brown, Beverly Ellman, Judy Fishman, Jackie Goldfield, Debbie Heisman,
Lynda Malerstein, Laurie Samson

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. Our newsletter is usually published the Monday before each service.
Map & Directions
Lev Eisha Shabbat Services are held at Vista Del Mar  
3200 Motor Ave., Los Angeles 90034

Click on the map for directions.

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.