Welcome to Germantown Jewish Centre
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Calling all friends of GJC and GJC members!
Do you love being a part of this community or appreciate the values we share? Do you have any Jewish friends or family who are NOT members of another synagogue, or are you currently unaffiliated? We are inviting you to have your friends and family contact GJC to find out about our High Holiday Prospective Member Ticket Program. We believe this community has a lot to offer, and that there are many people not yet connected here to have a lot to offer us! In exchange for their (or your) contact information, GJC will offer a free ticket for High Holiday services. For your part, by helping us weave those connections, you are giving back in a meaningful way to GJC and building this community. If you are not comfortable reaching out yourself but you would like to participate in this initiative, please contact Natalie Lyalin who will invite them to participate.
Enjoy your summer, and we look forward to meeting you and your friends in the New Year!
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 horrible gun violence in Virginia directed at Republican members of Congress this week shocks us, and of course we condemn it and pray for the recovery of its victims. At the same time, we must think about why this particular incident has received so much attention, when the unfortunate truth is that gun violence on a much larger scale happen every day in this country with little notice. In this, the great contrast between how Israelis and Americans react to incidents of gun violence and how they view the idea of safety is instructive. Sadly, Israelis have become accustomed to gun violence that has a political motive, but such violence that has a personal or criminal motive, which is extremely rare in Israel, shocks and appalls them. By contrast, Americans have become so accustomed to the extremely high level of gun violence in America that has a personal or criminal motive that it barely registers, but such violence that has a political motive, which is extremely rare in the U.S., shocks and appalls us.
Changing the World at GJC
GJC members changing the world!
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