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Germantown Jewish Centre (Link to Google Map) 

400 West Ellet Street 
Philadelphia, PA 19119

From Route 76 West/Schuylkill

  • Expressway From Route 76 West, take Exit 340A for Lincoln Drive.
  • Stay in the middle lane over the bridge and bear left at the first fork in the road, following the sign for Lincoln Drive.
  • Continue on Lincoln Drive for 2.5 miles (approx. 10 traffic lights).
  • You will pass the synagogue on the hill to your left.
  • Turn left on Emlen Street (traffic light, corner of Lincoln Dr. and Ellet St.)
  • Go halfway around the traffic island, turning right onto Ellet Street (up the hill).
  • The synagogue is on the left, up the street one block at the stop sign at Cherokee St. (400 W. Ellet St.).

From New York/Northern New Jersey

  • Take the New Jersey Turnpike south to the Pennsylvania Turnpike (Exit 6).
  • Take the Pennsylvania Turnpike to Norristown (Exit 333).
  • Take Germantown Pike East (which becomes Germantown Ave.).
  • The exit is marked by a small sign on the right. Stay on Germantown Pike/Germantown Avenue for 6 miles.
  • Turn right onto Cresheim Valley Road (which winds through a park).
  • The park ends at the first traffic light and Cresheim Valley Road becomes Emlen Street.
  • Continue on Emlen Street to the next light.
  • At the light, turn right onto Mt. Pleasant Avenue.
  • Go one block and turn left onto Cherokee Street.
  • Cherokee Street dead ends at Ellet Street, directly facing the synagogue.

From Southern New Jersey and East

  • Cross the Benjamin Franklin Bridge into Philadelphia and stay to the left.
  • Follow the signs for 676 West (Vine Street Expressway).
  • Take this road, which flows into 76 West (Schuykill Expressway).
  • Stay on 76 West and follow signs for Valley Forge.
  • Then follow directions above for Route 76 West.

From City Avenue

  • Take City Line Avenue East to Lincoln Drive.
  • Follow directions above from 76/Schuylkill from second instruction (Lincoln Drive).

From Delaware/Main Line Area and South

  • Take I-95 North through Delaware.
  • Take Route 476 north to the Plymouth Meeting/Germantown Pike exit (Exit 19).
  • This exit leads to a dead end at the first traffic light (Germantown Pike).
  • Turn right onto Germantown Pike. Follow the directions from New York/New Jersey.

From Harrisburg and West

  • Take the Pennsylvania Turnpike to Norristown (Exit 333).
  • Follow the directions above from New York/Northern New Jersey.

SEPTA: Walking Directions from Carpenter Lane Train Station

  • From Center City, take the Chestnut Hill West train toward Chestnut Hill.
  • Exit at the Carpenter Lane station (may be called simply Carpenter).
  • After exiting train, turn right and walk down steps to street (this is Carpenter Lane).
  • Turn right and walk under the tracks (bridge).
  • At first corner (half block), turn right on Emlen Street.
  • Walk one block to traffic light (at Lincoln Drive) and cross street to traffic circle.
  • Turn left at Ellet Street (walk up the hill).
  • Synagogue is half a block on the left side.

Bus Route Information

  • The H Bus stops one block from the synagogue at the corner of Ellet and McCallum Streets.
  • Walk east on Ellet Street to the stop sign (if you're heading toward Cheltenham, it's to your right; if you're heading toward Nicetown, cross Ellet Street to your left).
  • Synagogue is on the right side.
  • The H runs between Erie Station (Tioga/Nicetown) and Cheltenham and Rte. 309 (at Ogontz Ave.).