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We will consider what it means this year on Tish'ah B'Av to mark the destructions of Jerusalem while holding in mind the tragedies and injustices of our own time. Maria Pulzetti will pose questions about racial justice and mass incarceration that arise in her work as a public defender and, more broadly, in our lives as citizens of our city and our country. As we prepare to read Lamentations, we will reflect upon similarities between that moment of destruction 2,000 years ago and the present day. How do we define our obligations to our communities, and how are we called upon to engage?
Maria K. Pulzetti is an Assistant Federal Defender in the appeals unit at the Federal Community Defender Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Previous to this position, she represented death-sentenced prisoners in the office's capital habeas unit. She worked in Moscow as the executive director of the Russian Justice Initiative, which represents victims of human rights violations at the European Court of Human Rights. She also co-founded the Day of Silence, a student-led day of action against homophobia, bullying and harassment in schools. Maria is a graduate of the University of Virginia and Yale Law School. Maria, her wife Abby Horn, and their two children are members of Germantown Jewish Centre.
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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
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