Welcome to Germantown Jewish Centre
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Who We Are
The Germantown Jewish Centre (GJC) has been the heart of the Jewish community in Northwest Philadelphia and the surrounding suburbs for 75 years. We are a vibrant, pluralistic and egalitarian synagogue located in Mount Airy and committed to sustaining and strengthening Jewish life in greater Philadelphia. Affiliated with the Conservative movement and receptive to the wisdom of many sources in Judaism...read more
The haftarah this week is the same as that for Shabbat Hanukah: the prophecy of Zechariah about that symbol of God's light, the menorah. It is no coincidence that this prophecy is read around both the winter and summer solstices, the times of least and greatest physical light shining on the world. There is an explicit attempt here to draw an analogy between physical and spiritual light. In the winter, we can see light's absence and focus on building up our spiritual light to counteract the physical darkness of the world. As we approach summer, we can see the flood of physical light that greets us each day as a reminder of the potential of God's light to illuminate the world. But unlike the light of the sun, which comes regardless of what we do or don't do, the light of the spirit does not shine without us. We must be the lenses that focus the divine light and refract it into the world through how we act and how we speak. As we appreciate the growing light of summer, let us each be mindful of how we can spread spiritual light each day and each hour that we walk through the beauty of the season.
What's YOUR Centre?
What's YOUR Centre?
Get a taste of Kol Zimrah, our monthly musical Friday night service featuring beautiful melodies and hand percussion. The service is followed by a festive wine & cheese oneg.
"Haman Goes Down (and the Jews Go Up)" A fresh new look at the story of Purim - Original rap by Kitah Vav (GJC Religious School's 6th grade class), in partnership with Bible Raps