Lev Eisha is a joyous community of Jewish women engaged in prayer, study, and spiritual growth. We are led by Rabbi Toba August and Cantorial singer Cindy Paley, with musical accompaniment by Joy Krauthammer (percussionist), Toby Schwartz (Torah reader/vocalist) and Robin Winston (vocalist).
We hold 10 Shabbat services per year including 5 breakfast teachings with Rabbi August. Each service is followed by a delicious lunch sponsored by members and catered by our own Catering Committee. You will experience singing, dancing, meditation, learning, and the joy of being part of a community of women. With so many opportunities to build community and make new friends we are assured a truly enriching Shabbat.
We participate in Tikkun Olam through outreach to SOVA, Path, and Chemoccessories. Rabbi August offeres a weekly Torah study which is open to all members. On the lighter side, we are planning to start a Mah Jongg club in the near future. Our new “Shabbat Dinner with Lev” is another opportunity to get to know fellow congregants over a home-cooked Shabbat meal in a member’s home. Singles, couples, men as well as women, members and friends – all are welcome!
Shabbat services are held on the first Saturday of each month at Vista del Mar, located at 3200 Motor Ave, West Los Angeles.
We have a nearly complete service (no Mussaf). Opening with songs of praise, we continue with Birchot HaShachar, the morning personal prayers; Pesukei D’Zimrah, songs of reverence; Shacharit, our central creed (the Shema and Amidah); the Torah service (including the Aleinu and the Mourner’s Kaddish); and finally our closing circle and kiddush.
"The feeling is just different here from other services. I think the women here feel like they can express themselves in ways that they don't when there are men around."− Robin
"This service gets my heart beating and my spirit up! "− Cindy
"I've met so many wonderful women here, women that have become truly great friends- women that I can count on."− Danielle
Lev Eisha incorporates a lot of singing and dancing! We are lifting our voices, making a joyful noise, and truly celebrating Shabbat. During the Torah service we’ll call whole groups to come up to the Torah. We do the required three readings, but don’t specifically follow the triennial cycle. If you’d like to be a Torah reader please contact us.
We use our own siddur, created specifically for Lev Eisha, which contains the songs and prayers, the Hebrew, English translation, and transliteration.
While Lev Eisha originated at a Conservative synagogue, Lev Eisha members and participants come from all affiliations: Reform, Renewal, Reconstructionist, Conservative and Orthodox. Our members represent the full spectrum of thought and practice.