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A Civil Tongue: How to Talk About Tough Issues Facing Us Today
Follow up the engaging, important talk Chris Satullo gave on Yom Kippur afternoon at the annual Bregman Program by engaging in a dialogue that will emphasize the importance of understanding rather than convincing, model how we can talk to one another—to family and friends, fellow congregants, and others—even when we have profound disagreements. Want to reserve a space or have questions? Contact George Stern.
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
In this week's Torah reading, when Abraham despairs, God directs him to look to two places to find comfort: to the dust of the earth and to the stars in the heavens. Why? When Abraham looks to the dust of the earth, he is reminded of the human community that surrounds him and provides his life on earth with meaning and connection. When he looks up to the stars, Abraham is reminded that he is also connected to something far beyond the short span of his own life, to the divine spirit that animates the cosmos and links past, present, and future. So Abraham is able to step back from despair and to go on with his life and his journey. May we, in our moments of pain and despair, also learn to look to the community on earth that surrounds us and to look up to the heights of the heavens that inspire us with a purpose larger than ourselves. And may we, too, find comfort and the ability to continue our journeys together.
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