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

September 2015
Start the Year Off With Lev!
Join us on Saturday, September 5 for the first service of the season. We will begin with breakfast and a teaching by Rabbi August on "The Jewels of Elul." You can receive a gift from Rabbi August, your own copy of "Jewels of Elul" Vol. XI. Over the past ten years, Craig Taubman has published the "Jewels of Elul" series, daily stories and personal reflections preparing us for Rosh Hashanah. This year's booklet contains the best jewels from the last 10 years. Elul, the month before the High Holidays, is for doing the work of Teshuvah - examining our deeds, feeling remorse, resolving to change our behavior, and asking for forgiveness. We will share stories from the booklet, tell our own, and discuss how we have been preparing for the upcoming High Holiday season.

Breakfast will be offered at 8:15 am. Our breakfast this month is sponsored by Lynn Beliak in honor of her grandsons Menahem, Yakir and Joshua, on the occasion of their birthdays.

Services begin at 9:30 am, led by Rabbi August and Cantorial Soloist Cindy Paley.  Rabbi's teaching this month will be "Why are the Holiday Services so long?"
She w ill present the basic morning structure and explain the additional readings and how this lengthens the service.
We welcome our new Torah reader, Cantor Melanie Fine. Readings are from the book of Deuteronomy. Be sure to stay for a delicious kiddush luncheon, sponsored by Arlene and Sid Rosenblatt in honor of their 60th wedding anniversary, by Cindy Paley in honor of her birthday, and by Toni Agron in memory of her husband, Norman Gene Agron, on his 4th Yahrzheit.
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Join Online and Soar Into the New Season!

In lieu of mailing out membership packets this year, we are simplifying the process by encouraging you to join Lev Eisha for the 2015/2016 year via our web site.
Click HERE to get to our website, scroll down to the bottom of the page, and click on the SIGN UP NOW tab of the membership level you choose.  Follow the prompts to The Cart, and pay for your membership level by credit card or Pay Pal, or you can click the option called "Check Payment" and  mail in your check.
We will have paper Membership Packets at the service if you prefer to fill out the forms and mail them back to us.   
  • All paid-up members receive a name tag and new jewel for each year of membership. 
  • This year all paid members at every level will be given a new Lev Eisha Music CD as our thank you for your membership. These CD's will be given out at our December service.
  • We've chosen to discontinue the premium options from previous years in order to redirect our funds back into our service and new programming events.
  • Our membership goal this year is 150 members. 
  • We are starting a member drive - the 50th person to join or renew their membership will win a prize and Rabbi August will give you an honor at a Lev Eisha service.  Who will be the lucky one?
  Watch Us Grow!

We welcome the following members who have joi ned or renewed their membership this year:

Tonia Agron, Toba August, Sarah Barash,
Myrna Barth, Susan Batel, Barbara Brown,
Helen Budin, Janis Cohen, Sandra Cowan, Ellen Dorfman,
Leslie Dorfman, Carole Easton, Eileen Ettinger, Holly Factor, Helene Fischer, Judy Fishman, Lydia Friedlich, Norma Garber, Ruth Grossman, Annette Levey, Shirley Lowy, Lynda Malerstein, Rachelle Neshkes, Marla Os band, Beverly Rimer, Robin Winston, Rose Ziff, Linda Zweig

Your Donations Help Us Thrive!
  • Sandy Terranova made a donation in honor of Barbara and Marv Brown's 25th wedding anniversary
  •  Rose Ziff made a donation in honor of Barbara and Marv Brown's 25th wedding anniversary.
  •  Rose Ziff made a donation in honor of Marla Osband's 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.
Rabbi, Cindy and their committee are planning a wonderful day - don't miss it!

Mark your calendars for the new year!
2015-16 Calendar
Breakfast & Study at 8:15am - 9:25am
Services: 9:30am-12:00pm 
Kiddush immediately following services 

September 5 * 
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 
Shofar Blasts: Tragic Crying or Call of Hope?
by Rabbi August

Ashrai Ha'Am Yoday'ah Teru'ah!
Joyous are the people who "know" and experience the calling of the shofar;
God, they walk by the light of Your Presence. (Psalm 89:16)
There are two conflicting approaches to the Shofar blowing on Rosh Hashanah. The first is optimistic and believes that the Shofar blasts will inspire us to do "teshuvah" - inner reflection and feeling remorse for indiscretions - and we will be forgiven.
The second position is that the shofar sound is a tragic cry of pain. The Midrash says it reflects the 'wailing cries' uttered by the mother of our enemy, the Canaanite general Sisera, when she learned of her son's death. (This happenbed at the hands of a woman named Yael. See Judges chapter 5 - a great story!) In this view the Shofar's call reminds us of the world's suffering and pain.
Position One: Shofar is joyful, reminding us of a forgiving compassionate God. Position Two: The Shofar is a wailing cry reflecting the pain and brokenness of our lives.
         Which is it?
         The answer of course is both! A Hassidic teaching explains that if we "know" what the sound of the shofar is supposed to represent, we then walk in God's light. The "knowing" is that the Shofar will "wake us up" to shatter our complacency and penetrate our souls. It will move us to take a good look at our lives and consider how we want to live next year.
         "May it be Your will, our God, that the cries of the shofar rise up to Your 'Throne of Glory.' As we listen and feel the depth of the shofar blasts, may we be moved to live my fully and responsibly next year. AMEN
         May we all be blessed with a Shana Tova - a sweet, healthy and meaningful new year.

Who Will be a Pillar?
by Barbara Brown

Our new program, the Sustaining Pillars of Lev Eisha, was launched last June to provide an opportunity for the Lev community to help sustain Lev Eisha. While we are in sound financial shape thanks to our grants, fundraisers, memberships, and other donations, we believe it is prudent to put in place a program that will help assure our continued solvency. Our goal is to have 15 women or more pledge $1,000 a year for 2 years. We already have 13 women (and in some cases husbands too) who have committed to help cover some of our core expenses such as rent, insurance, a portion of staff salaries, and our sound engineer.
Please join me as a Sustaining Pillar of our community. You may contact Rabbi August at   rabbiaugust@leveisha.org or me ( Barbara@leveisha.org) if you are interested in learning more about this new opportunity. Thank you for your consideration.

Our Resident Poet

Sarah Barash, our resident poet, sends love and a poem from Florida...

To fly untethered is to have wings.
To take wing is to leave the ground behind.
To take flight is to soar unburdened.
To soar above the fray is to create a life of distinction.
To fly in the face of adversity...is courage itself.
Does to be airborne, then, reflect in us a state of grace?
HaShem, with nary a feather of my own to preen or ruffle,
No wing to stretch or unfold,
I begin to comprehend Your Grand Design.
As I knowingly fulfill my covenant with You,
You loosen the bonds that weight me down,
As I act to alter my stormy thoughts I create currents to uplift,
And winds to keep me aloft.
But I have a fear of heights, HaShem, and yet I would fly.
Teach me despite the brooding that works to wrench my faith from me.
Teach me to focus my mind to release fear's capricious embrace.
While still tethered to this earth, HaShem, teach me to fly.

Mazel Tov
to Helen Budin, whose eldest grandchild, Darien Hakimian,
is getting married on October 17.

Refuah Shlema
Get well wishes to Deena Goldenberg Gordon, who is recovering from surgery.

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.