A community of communities

Our Staff

Nina Peskin, Executive Director 
215-844-1507, Ext. 12

Nina Peskin July 2013Nina Peskin joined the staff of GJC as Membership Director in the spring of 2010 and assumed the role of Executive Director in November 2010.  Since moving to Philadelphia from the San Francisco Bay Area, Nina has dedicated her professional life to community building first at Temple Beth Zion Beth Israel, where she served as Director of Membership Services, and now at GJC. Nina earned her BA in History at UC Santa Cruz, and her Masters in Education at Chapman University.  In California, Nina worked as a public school teacher, facilitated a poetry class in the San Francisco Jail's Right to Write Project and served as a cantorial soloist at Chochmat Halev.  She has performed with women's ensemble groups Ya Elah and Kitka and now shares her vocal talents with us in our monthly Kol Zimrah service. Nina lives in Mount Airy with her husband, Josh, their daughter Maya and their golden retriever, Manny.

Alanna Sklover, Rabbi Educator
215-844-1507, Ext. 24

Alanna Sklover 2013Rabbi Alanna Sklover began working at GJC as Student Rabbi in 2011, and is thrilled to be moving into her new position as Rabbi Educator.She received her rabbinic ordination from the Reconstructionist Rabbinical
College in 2013 with a specialization in the congregational rabbinate.A believer in the transformative power of youth group, Jewish summer camp, and experiential learning models, Rabbi Sklover brings her enthusiasm for creative Jewish education and passion about working with mindful Jewish communities to her work at GJC.During her time in rabbinical school, she held many student positions and internships including as Student Rabbi at Or Haneshamah in Ottawa, ON, Program coordinator for No'ar Hadash: the Reconstructionist Youth Movement, and Rosh Tefillah (worship coordinator) for Ramah Day Camp in Philadelphia.Prior to rabbinical school, she served as Youth Director at Congregation Beth Emeth in Wilmington, DE.Rabbi Sklover holds a BA in Theater and Religion from Goucher College and has also studied at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and the Conservative Yeshiva.  She and her wife Rebecca Kirzner live in Germantown.

Mindy Pitkofsky, Early Childhood Program Director

Mindy Pitkofsky Profile PhotoMindy Pitkofsky joined the staff at GJC in August 2008 as our Early Childhood Program Director. She brings unique and diverse experiences to her position at GJC. After having taught in many pre-schools in Bucks County, she began her Jewish education career as a pre-school teacher for Jewish Federation of Philadelphia. As Pre-School Director for Temple Beth Sholom in Cherry Hill, N.J., Mindy was responsible for the daily administration of the center. Mindy set up and ran a full-day Head Start program for the homeless, and designed marketing and promotional materials for the Agency. She also has extensive managerial experience in workforce development. Mindy lives with her husband, Gary, in Holland, Bucks County. She is the proud mother of two children and an adoring grandmother. 

Elana Shaw, Program Director 
215-844-1507, Ext. 19

Elana Shaw Profile PhotoElana Shaw began working part-time for GJC in September 2004 as Synaplex Coordinator. She eagerly joined the staff in a full-time capacity in August 2005 as Program Director. Elana brings with her a wealth of knowledge, passion and experience working with Jewish communities in New York, Boston, and Philadelphia. After completing a Joint M.A. in Jewish Communal Service and Judaic Studies at the Hornstein Program of Brandeis University, she most recently worked as Assistant Director of the Community Youth Initiative of the JCCs of Greater of Philadelphia. Elana, her husband Brian, their daughters Hannah and Gavriela, and dog Nava, live in Mt. Airy. 

Gloria Geissler, Finance Director 
215-844-1507, Ext. 15

Gloria Geissler (web photo)Gloria Geissler joined the staff of GJC as Finance Director in November 2004. She came with over 15 years of experience working with non-profit organizations in the Philadelphia area. 



Kate Lawn, Administrative Operations Manager
215-844-1507, Ext. 10

Kate Lawn (Staff Photo)Kate is thrilled to join the GJC Mishpoche! With a background in Theatre and Russian Literature, Kate loves using her creativity in an administrative capacity. For the past ten years, her administrative experience has spanned the spectrum from managing a small chiropractic office to running a large childcare center. Just as she loved building relationships with the parents in her center and the patients in the office, she is looking forward to working with you at GJC. Kate resides in Mt. Airy with her husband, Fran, and two children. 


Eric Word, Maintenance Supervisor

215-844-1507, Ext. 11

Eric Word (Staff Photo--Color)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.