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Welcome to Germantown Jewish Centre

Upcoming Events

Friday, February 23, 2018 - 10:30am
Wednesday, February 28, 2018 - 7:30pm
Sunday, March 4, 2018 - 8:30am
Sunday, March 4, 2018 - 10:00am

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Spotlight Event

Two February spotlight programs!  Click on the Purim Bash image for full details, and details about GJC's 2/18 Israel Program are below.

Deadline for Purim Bash RSVPs has been extended to February 16th!

Is the era of Zionism over? Can we afford ourselves to still be Zionists? Should we just get over it? What would a 21st century Zionist would look like today? I would like to argue that the old-new face of Zionism today is crucial for the Jewish people today - let's talk!  RSVP HERE

Bat El was born and raised in Israel and has lived in Kfar Saba, Einav, Zefat, Kiryat Shmona, Tel Aviv and Kibbutz Hannaton. As a commander in the Israel Defense Forces, she served in a border intelligence unit. She received her B.A in Psychology and Human Resources from Tel Hai Academic College. Bat El worked as a Partnership 2Gether Living Bridge Coordinator for the Jewish Agency for five years.  For the last three years, Bat El was an educator in a pre-army leadership program at Hannaton where she also coordinated the local Noam youth chapter. Bat El is a very outgoing person, who loves meeting new people and is excited about exploring Philadelphia. 

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

What if the opposite happened, not just in the Purim story, but also in our lives?  What if the state of the world brought us not to despair but to resolve?  What if horrific gun violence did not dissolve us in a sea of tears and "thoughts and prayers" but strengthened our courage to stand up and end it?  What if awareness of our vulnerability prompted us not to withdraw from the world but to engage more deeply?  What if the opposite happened?  The teaching of the Book of Esther is that this is possible, that the horror and pain we see in the world can propel us to reach out in love and to work with hope.  Ken y'hi ratzon - may this be God's will for us.

Live Stream

What's YOUR Centre?

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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