Tikkun Olam Upcoming Events

Help the GJC Religious School with our Sock Drive!        Please donate new pairs of socks in all sizes through 5:00 pm, Wednesday January 30th.  Socks will be donated to the homeless through Footprints to Recovery, a national campaign to collect 10,000 pairs of socks.

Donation boxes can be found outside Religious School classrooms and the hallway outside the Quitman Library Anyone can donate!
We’ve collected 76 pairs already – please help us break 100… or 200!

Ralph Granger Memorial Shabbat: What Does it Mean to Live in the Poorest Big City in America?
Saturday, January 19 
Memorial Shabbat Service at 10 AM
Kiddish Luncheon follows
Afternoon program begins at 1:15 PM:
What are the facts about poverty in Philadelphia?  What are the stories behind the numbers?  What are some of the challenges and solutions? How can GJC members be part of the solution?

A panel of speakers discusses these questions and more:
Cheryl Bettigole, Division Director, Chronic Disease Prevention, Philadelphia Department of Public Health
Larry Eichel, Project Director, Philadelphia Research Initiative, Pew Charitable Trust
Rachel Falkove, Executive Director, Philadelphia Interfaith Hospitality Network .                                                                                                                Cassie Haynes, Co-Executive Director, Resolve Philadelphia

Register for MLK Day of Service Mitzvah Squad with GJC       Monday, January 21, 2019 

For more information about the service projects, contact Rabbi Sklover at rabbieducator@germantownjewishcentre.org

Join thousands of people from across the Philadelphia region who choose to make Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s birthday a day on rather than a day off!

Last year nearly 70 members of GJC joined hundreds of volunteers for our morning of service at Henry Elementary school & Awbury Arboretum – we hope that your family will join us on Monday at Awbury Arboretum or EW Rhodes Middle School or Mt. Airy Playground for this year’s projects!

  • Awbury Arboretum: Outdoor Cleanup and Project |  9:00am-1:00pm Volunteers will be wood-chipping the trail and clearing various plants around the trail, as well as pushing wheelbarrows, cutting shrubs, unloading wood-chips, and dragging out brushes with a tarp. This is an outdoor project with lots to do!
  • EW Rhodes Middle School: Painting for Peace |  9:00am-2:00pm
    Help beautify the inside of the music school by cleaning and painting the area.
  • Mt. Airy Playground Clean Up and Letter Writing |  9:00am-1:30pm
    Volunteers will clean up the interior and exterior of Pleasant Playground. This event is open to volunteers of all ages who will complete tasks including raking and picking up trash and litter to help beautify the playground. Volunteers will also have the opportunity to participate in a letter writing campaign asking City Council members to fully fund the Philadelphia Free Library.

These hands-on projects will be appropriate for all ages of children and adults.
For more information about the service projects, contact Rabbi Sklover at rabbieducator@germantownjewishcentre.org