A community of communities

Mission Statement & Policies

GJC Entrance

Mission Statement

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, we engage in life-long Jewish learning and strive to make Judaism relevant and important to our members' lives. As a welcoming community, we embrace a wide diversity of Jewish lifestyles and households. Encouraging a variety of styles and setting for religious practice, we foster multiple prayer communities.We sustain each other by celebrating holidays and life-cycle events, and by sharing in cultural and social activities, social activism, and community building.

We support the State of Israel and Klal Israel. We work to strengthen Northwest Philadelphia through civic and interreligious activities. To these ends, we maintain a fiscally sustainable institution. We welcome anyone who shares our values and our commitment to Jewish community life.

Policies

The following policies have been approved by GJC’s Board of Directors, and have incorporated the collective thinking of our Executive Committee and Rabbi and members of each of our communities that exist under GJC’s umbrella. In developing these policies, careful consideration was taken to uphold the value of inclusivity in a pluralistic synagogue.

Music on Shabbat

Photography

Kashrut

Communications 

Bylaws

Flags: The U.S. and Israeli flags will be displayed in the Marcus Auditorium at non-religious events.