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Welcome to Germantown Jewish Centre

Upcoming Events

Friday, January 20, 2017 - 6:00pm
Saturday, January 21, 2017 - 11:00am
Friday, January 27, 2017 - 11:00am
Friday, January 27, 2017 - 6:00pm
Sunday, January 29, 2017 - 11:00am

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Spotlight Event

Each year Germantown Jewish Centre dedicates a Shabbat to celebrating the life and legacy of Ralph Granger, beloved former custodian of GJC and a role model to our community, and rededicate ourselves to advancing race relations.  This year we will gather around good food and friends to "turn the tables" on racial injustice.  We've invited Repair the World Philadelphia, to help lead us in conversation and study about race using their unique "Turn the Tables" materials.  Jewish texts, contemporary commentary,and your own experiences will encourage lively and thoughtful discussion as we connect the dots between the historic and modern civil rights movement and further our understanding of privilege.

This highly participatory program aims to deepen our understanding of racism in America and explore how we might respond.

The program will take place as kiddush winds down (approx. 1:30 PM); participants who choose to stay will find numbered tables marked with the program's two topics:  Racial Justice & a Lesson on Privilege and Jews and the Civil Rights Movement.  Each table will have a facilitator.  In the end, what will make this conversation a powerful activity is YOU.  We hope you'll join us! 

GJC in the News

"Germantown Jewish Centre's Klezmukah: A Very Jewish Christmas Eve"

Read the full article in the Broad Street Review

"New Translation of Jewish Mystical Text for a New Audience"

Read the full article on Philly.com




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 

Rabbi's Blog


One of the things that the patriarch Jacob learns on his journeys that we begin reading about this week is that he cannot sit on the sidelines waiting for change to happen by itself.  From his encounter with the shepherds who will not open the well for Rachel to his struggles to receive fair treatment from his uncle Laban, Jacob comes to realize that only his active involvement in the world can reshape it to conform more closely to his vision for it.  Realizing values like support for the weak and equity for all requires Jacob to put himself forward, even when that is difficult for him.

We are living through a moment in this country of great division and anxiety about where we are headed and which values will be upheld in our shared future.  Like Jacob, we cannot hope to see our vision of the world come into being without involving ourselves directly in shaping and advocating for that vision.  This is not about parties or politics; it is about our sacred obligation to try to push the world toward the divine. Whatever way we choose, this is the time to get involved.

Changing the World at GJC

GJC members changing the world!

Featured Videos

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