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Welcome to Germantown Jewish Centre

Upcoming Events

Friday, February 23, 2018 - 10:30am
Wednesday, February 28, 2018 - 7:30pm
Sunday, March 4, 2018 - 8:30am
Sunday, March 4, 2018 - 10:00am

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Spotlight Event

Two February spotlight programs!  Click on the Purim Bash image for full details, and details about GJC's 2/18 Israel Program are below.

Deadline for Purim Bash RSVPs has been extended to February 16th!

Is the era of Zionism over? Can we afford ourselves to still be Zionists? Should we just get over it? What would a 21st century Zionist would look like today? I would like to argue that the old-new face of Zionism today is crucial for the Jewish people today - let's talk!  RSVP HERE

Bat El was born and raised in Israel and has lived in Kfar Saba, Einav, Zefat, Kiryat Shmona, Tel Aviv and Kibbutz Hannaton. As a commander in the Israel Defense Forces, she served in a border intelligence unit. She received her B.A in Psychology and Human Resources from Tel Hai Academic College. Bat El worked as a Partnership 2Gether Living Bridge Coordinator for the Jewish Agency for five years.  For the last three years, Bat El was an educator in a pre-army leadership program at Hannaton where she also coordinated the local Noam youth chapter. Bat El is a very outgoing person, who loves meeting new people and is excited about exploring Philadelphia. 

GJC in the News

"Germantown Jewish Centre's Klezmukah: A Very Jewish Christmas Eve"

Read the full article in the Broad Street Review

"New Translation of Jewish Mystical Text for a New Audience"

Read the full article on Philly.com

 


 

 

Who We Are

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...read more 

Rabbi's Blog

This is Shabbat Zachor, the "Shabbat of Memory," on which we remember Amalek, the ancestor of the wicked Haman, villain of the Purim story - which we will read on Wednesday night at our joint Purim celebration.  The Torah commands that we "wipe out" the name of Amalek, a commandment that we fulfill on Purim by making lots of noise whenever Haman's name is mentioned.  But why is it so important that we retain such bad memories, the times in which the Jewish people were attacked or threatened?  We remember the bad times in our past not only to rejoice that we overcame them but also to inspire us with hope and resolve in the present.  The challenges facing us may be grave, but we know from our history that we have the strength and the courage to face them, to do the hard work of driving change, and even to rejoice at our successes.  So while we whirl our groggers and eat our hamantaschen, let us also fill up our stores of resilience and joy for the road ahead.  Hag Purim Sameah! 

Live Stream

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Featured Videos

Get a taste of Kol Zimrah, our monthly musical Friday night service featuring beautiful melodies and hand percussion. The service is followed by a festive wine & cheese oneg.

"Haman Goes Down (and the Jews Go Up)" A fresh new look at the story of Purim - Original rap by Kitah Vav (GJC Religious School's 6th grade class), in partnership with Bible Raps