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Welcome to Germantown Jewish Centre

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, May 2, 2017 - 7:00pm
Wednesday, May 3, 2017 - 7:30pm
Friday, May 5, 2017 - 10:30am
Saturday, May 6, 2017 - 10:00am
Sunday, May 7, 2017 - 10:00am

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Spotlight Event

Shakshuka & Champagne?  Count me in!

Germantown Jewish Centre is pleased to honor Barb and Dick Menin, whose impact strengthens the synagogue year after year.  This year's spring fundraiser is an Israeli Champagne Brunch featuring a concert by G'vanim with Nina Peskin (vocals), Rabbi Adam Zeff (vocals, percussion), Dan Berman (electric bass), Cheryl Bettigole (clarinet), Mikael Elsila (piano), Justin Fink (upright bass), Elliott Seif (accordian), and Hoagy Wing (percussion).  G'vanim offers up Jewish music from Europe, Israel, and the Sephardic world with songs celebrating the richness and diversity of Hebrew, Yiddish and Ladino-speaking cultures.  Centre Catering (under Traditional Kosher Supervision) will tempt your palate with shakshuka, pashtida, baba ganoush, Israeli salads and more.  Come raise a glass with friends - we look forward to sharing this special event with you!  Individual tickets are $36, and there are many sponsorship levels available.  Click HERE to register.











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

We read in the Torah this week about tzara'at, an affliction that can affect not only people but also objects that come from the natural world.  The idea that both humans and nature are tied together, susceptible to the same afflictions and benefiting together from the same blessings that God showers on the world, is a constant theme in the Torah.  In Genesis, humanity is created last to emphasize that we must fit into the pattern of creation, to tend and care for it, if we are to thrive on the earth.  Sadly, human pride and selfishness have too often led us to ignore the effects that our actions have on nature, and we now find ourselves in peril through climate change because of our lack of attention to how we are overturning the ecological balance that allows humanity to survive.  The severity of what we face is urgent and new, but the mandate of Jewish tradition that calls us to raise our voices in defense of the earth that has no voice is ancient.  May we do what we can to take on this very difficult task so that all of God's creation can thrive together.

Live Stream

Changing the World at GJC

GJC members changing the world!

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