B’nei Mitzvah Policies, Budget, Personnel, Board Development, Fundraising, Planned Giving, Archives, Facilities & Grounds
Nina Peskin has served GJC’s community as Executive Director and Cantorial Soloist since November, 2010. She is grateful to be able to engage in so many aspects of our rich community life, from the administrative and leadership roles she plays, to the spiritual work of service leading. Nina co-leads our monthly Kol Zimrah service and participates in High Holiday service leading with Rabbi Zeff, as well as S’lichot services and other special performances and a recording with the GJC band, G’vanim. In addition to learning from the wonderful community members who make up our congregation, she derives deep fulfillment from collaborating with GJC’s talented and dedicated staff team. Nina lives in Mount Airy with her husband, Josh, their daughter Maya and their golden retriever, Manny.
Finance, HR, Budget, Collections, Membership billing
Gloria Geissler joined the staff of GJC as Finance Director in November 2004. She came with over 15 years of experience working with both for-profit companies and non-profit organizations in the Philadelphia area. She has worked with the law firms, a housing counseling agency, women’s rights organizations and for several related organizations based at Reading Terminal Market. She lives part time in Harleysville, but spends most of her time in Wellsboro, Pa where she pursues her hobbies of gardening and botanical art.
Grounds & Facilities
Eric Word has been working at GJC since 1988 and values the relationships he has formed within the community since he first came to the Centre at age 5 and started working here at age 14. Needless to say, he knows the building inside and out. Eric was born in Germantown and has lived in Philadelphia his whole life. He enjoys sports, movies and learning new things. In his free time, Eric likes to relax and spend time with his son.
Membership, Programming & Publicity, Synagogue Calendar, Centre Call, GJC Weekly & Listserv, Kiddush Sponsorship, Kashrut Policy, Building Space Requests (non-rental), Website & Social Media, Shabbat & Holiday Childcare
Kate is thrilled to have a home in the GJC mishpoche! With a B.A. from Franklin & Marshall in Theatre and Russian Literature, Kate appreciates being able to use her creativity to bring GJC’s inspiring programs to life and has discovered a love for graphic design throughout her time here. She started working for GJC in 2010 in the administrative department and grew into her role as Program Director in 2015. In 2019, Kate took on the additional role of Membership Director. She values positive energy, honesty, and the connections she builds with people. When not at work, Kate can be found playing in a garden, baking, reading, and playing board games with her sons, Cedar and Wyatt.
Early Childhood Program Director
Michelle Bernstein joined GJC as the Early Childhood Program Director in August 2018. Michelle has her Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and her Master of Education Degree in Children’s Literature from Arcadia University. She has been working in the field of Early Childhood since 1993, most currently serving as the Early Childhood Director for 11 years at Congregation Adath Jeshurun Preschool and Infant Center in Elkins Park. In addition to her full time work, Michelle teaches and prepares early childhood professionals for the Child Development Associate Credential (CDA). Michelle has a strong music background, having played violin since the age of five and attending elementary, middle and high schools for the performing arts. Michelle enjoys running, cooking, and listening to music – especially The Beatles!
Religious School, Teen Tuesdays & Confirmation Class, B’nei Mitzvah, Children’s Services & Holidays, Youth Activities, Library
Abigail Weinberg celebrated her bat mitzvah, wedding and daughter’s bat mitzvah at GJC and is thrilled to now be facilitating all aspects of youth and family education. After graduating from Barnard College in 1992, where she studied political science, religion, and education, Abby taught environmental education for one year and in Hebrew Day Schools for three years. She then turned to a career in organizational and non-profit management primarily in the Jewish community. She has worked for a variety of Jewish social justice organizations, both in Israel and the US, as well as within schools and synagogues in areas such as recruitment, marketing, fundraising, event planning, and outreach. Since receiving her Masters in Urban Studies from Temple University in 2006, Abby has served as the Administrative Director of the Board of Rabbis of Greater Philadelphia and the Associate Director of Jewish Life and Learning at the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia. She is blessed to be married to Rabbi Nathan Martin and be the mom of the amazing Hadassah and Yehuda.
Scheduling with Rabbi Zeff (in-person meetings & phone calls), Shabbat & Holidays Service Leaders, Charry Service & High Holiday Honors, including aliyot & reading Torah, Questions about services
Michele studied at Moore College of Art and Design and graduated from The University of the Arts with a BFA in Printmaking/ Book Arts and minoring in Psychology and Dance, in addition to her Teaching Certificate from Gratz. Michele comes to use with a strong background in synagogue administration from Or Zarua, Havertown, and Temple Beth Hillel – Beth El, Wynnewood where she held Coordinator positions dealing with programming, media marketing, staff, enrollment, and finances. As an artist, Michele shows in major galleries, arts festivals and has a work titled “1992” on file in The Philadelphia Free Library. In her spare time, Michele enjoys spending time with her daughter Haya Rose, hiking, dancing, beach life, and camping.
Membership Resignation, Member Database, Plaques & Building Signs, B’nei Mitzvah/Wedding Coordination, Ritual Item Loans, Room Rentals & Catering, Directory, Yahrzeit Notices, Tech Support & Fob Administration
Teena was born and raised in the Germantown neighborhood of Philadelphia. After receiving her Associates Degree in Criminal Justice from Kaplan University in 2010, she took on the role of Addiction Specialist at a youth rehabilitation facility and later became a Program Director for The Boys & Girls Club of Philadelphia. When Teena is not running after her 3 children Dai, Tori, and Tommi she enjoys reading, nature walks, and dancing. She is absolutely thrilled to join the Germantown Jewish Centre team, and always looks forward to meeting and helping as many members of the community as possible!
Registrations & Billings Questions, Book of Remembrance, Collections
Rebecca is delighted to join the office staff in the role of Development & Finance Assistant! She brings with her a can-do spirit and creative thinking skills. Rebecca earned her B.F.A. in Writing for Film & Television from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. In the United Kingdom, she earned her M.A. in Creative Writing at the University of Newcastle. She has previously worked for a financial planning firm and was a customer service liaison for a major retail chain. In her free time, Rebecca enjoys writing, reading, and running. Rebecca will be happy to help you with general GJC information, Memorial Book information and registrations and payments for GJC, ECP, High Holidays and adult education classes.
Jose Toro was born in Puerto Rico and has worked at GJC for over a decade. He is kind, dedicated, possesses an excellent work ethic, enjoys helping others, and deeply understands how important services and programming are to serving this community. Jose appreciates the camaraderie of the staff and the warmth of our community. Above all, Jose values his beautiful family, and prioritizes spending time with them, especially with his daughter, Kayla, who graduated from Carnegie Mellon University in 2016.