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Welcome to Germantown Jewish Centre

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, September 6, 2016 - 7:00pm
Tuesday, September 6, 2016 - 7:00pm
Wednesday, September 7, 2016 - 4:00pm
Sunday, September 11, 2016 - 10:00am
Sunday, September 11, 2016 - 10:15am

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Spotlight Event

Click the picture to RSVP! Weather permitting, GJC's Friday evening Tot Shabbat will be outdoors!  Join Rabbi Adam Zeff for this year's kick-off Tot Shabbat on Friday, September 16th at 6:00 PM on the front lawn for a lively half-hour service where puppets teach the week's Torah portion.  There will be stories and songs, lots of laughter, and a basketful of tambourines.  After the service, we'll parade down to the playground for a delicious, tot-friendly dinner.  Advance RSVP is necessary by Wednesday, September 14th ($9/adult, $5/child for dinner - sponsorships are available upon request).  If the weather is too hot or rainy, Tot Shabbat will be in the Marcus Auditorium. 


GJC in the News

"Concert at Germantown Jewish Centre Will Span the Globe"

Read the full article in the Jewish Exponent



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

As August draws to a close, and September approaches on the horizon, I want to offer as a kavannah (intention) a poem by Zelda, translated from the Hebrew by Marcia Falk.

Summer DayLeisure

We had a hidden treasure of leisure

gentle as the morning air,

leisure of stories, kisses, tears,

leisure of holidays,

leisure of mamma, grandma, and the aunts

gliding on a boat of light,

slowly floating

in the small boat of peace

with the moon and the heavenly bodies.


May we find in these last moments of summer precious gifts of leisure, joy, renewal and peace that we are able carry with us throughout this new year.




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