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Upcoming Events

Friday, March 31, 2017 - 10:30am
Sunday, April 2, 2017 - 8:30am
Sunday, April 2, 2017 - 9:45am
Sunday, April 2, 2017 - 3:00pm
Tuesday, April 4, 2017 - 7:00pm
Tuesday, April 4, 2017 - 7:15pm

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Spotlight Event

Many of us have seen big changes in social attitudes about people with disabilities and especially people with intellectual disabilities. Are there any modern lessons to be found in our Scriptures? What can the ‘temporarily abled’ (most of us) learn from our friends and family members with disabilities?

This program is presented by Larry Berger, Senior Counsel, SHEPHERD, FINKELMAN, MILLER & SHAH, LLP.  Larry is an attorney who represents people with disabilities in claims under the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Rehabilitation Act, and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.

We also welcome presenter David Ferleger, GJC member.  David is an attorney who has litigated many important cases relating to the rights of people with disabilities to live in the community. He has argued in the Supreme Court of the United States five times and participated in other Supreme Court litigation. His book, Disability Justice, examines future developments in the field. David has served various federal courts as a special master, court monitor and technical advisor.

Please RSVP to Nan Myers.  Thank you! 


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


On Tuesday we will celebrate Rosh Hodesh Nisan, entering the month of Pesach, which tells us that our seders and celebrations are only a few weeks away.  One of the key teachings of the holiday is that the move from slavery to freedom is not just an historical story, and it is not just a story that's relevant to Jews.  In every age, people of all kinds confront oppression and are called to work for freedom, and such work is most effective when we join forces with others.  Next Sunday, April 2nd, at 3:00 PM at GJC we have an opportunity to join together with people of many faiths - Christian, Muslim, and Jewish - for a musical performance of "Mothers of Moses" - with libretto by our own Ellen Frankel - and a multi-faith seder and discussion about how each of us can nurture freedom in our lives.  I urge all of us to take part in this unusual opportunity to see the Pesach story through other eyes, especially in this time of division and discord in our country.  "Now we are slaves..."  Next year, through all of us joining together across all that seeks to separate us, may we all be truly free.

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