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Welcome to Germantown Jewish Centre

Upcoming Events

Friday, March 23, 2018 - 10:30am
Sunday, March 25, 2018 - 10:00am
Sunday, April 8, 2018 - 8:30am
Wednesday, April 11, 2018 - 10:30am
Friday, April 13, 2018 - 10:30am
Sunday, April 15, 2018 - 7:00pm

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Spotlight Event

Sunday, March 18 from 11am-1pm

Please join us for the 9th Annual Kids' Stuff Exchange!  This is a wonderful event where you can declutter your house, raise money for a worthy charity, and refresh your kids' wardrobes, books, or toy bins. It’s a Win-Win-Win!  Donations will be accepted from Sunday, March 11 (bring them when you come to the JAM program!) to Friday, March 16.  Collection bins will be located in the Magil Chapel Lobby and outside of the Charry Lobby by the driveway entrance. Pre-event drop-offs are helpful because we can sort items into appropriate categories for easier "shopping", but you are also welcome to bring item donations on the day of the event.  A suggested donation of $20 at the door will be collected for the designated charity. If you don't have items to “exchange”, you are still welcome to come shop the event! 


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

Two strand weave through Jewish traditions about holiness.  In one strand, holiness is primarily about space:  the Mishkan, the Temple, and the synagogue are sacred spaces where people could and can touch the divine, and we go to them to have these experiences, which can happen at any time.  In the other strand, holiness is primarily about time:  Shabbat, holidays, and life events from birth to death provide sacred moments in which we can experience the divine in our lives, which can happen in any space.  As these strands are woven together, sometimes one seems completely dominant - as in the focus on Jerusalem as a "holy city" - and sometimes the other - as in the conception of Shabbat as, in Rabbi Heschel's words, a "palace in time."  Our challenge is to figure out for ourselves both how to balance the importance of place and time and how to open ourselves to multiple different experiences of the divine within each.  Wherever and whenever we do so, we fulfill the Torah's mandate to bring holiness in to all aspects of our lives. 

Live Stream

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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