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Upcoming Events

Friday, October 20, 2017 - 10:30am
Friday, October 20, 2017 - 6:00pm
Sunday, October 22, 2017 - 10:00am
Sunday, October 29, 2017 - 10:00am
Wednesday, November 1, 2017 - 7:00pm
Sunday, November 5, 2017 - 11:00am

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Spotlight Event

Lox, Bagels & "Sacred Sperm"

Men's Club Film & Discussion

Sunday, October 22 at 10 AM

The Jewish prohibition against spilling seed is codified in the Kitzur Shulchan Aruch (Chapter 151:1), which states, "It is forbidden to discharge semen in vain. This is a graver sin than any other in the Torah." The Kitzur Shulchan Aruch goes on to describe repercussions from this sin and offers men suggestions for avoiding it. An award-winning documentary shown at Jewish film festivals worldwide, “Sacred Sperm” explores this taboo through multiple perspectives of Jewish law, Haredi society in Israel, and the love of a pious father struggling with the challenge of educating his young son.  Rabbi David Teutsch will be our discussant. 

For more information and to RSVP, please contact Justin Fink.

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

The horrible gun violence in Virginia directed at Republican members of Congress this week shocks us, and of course we condemn it and pray for the recovery of its victims.  At the same time, we must think about why this particular incident has received so much attention, when the unfortunate truth is that gun violence on a much larger scale happen every day in this country with little notice. In this, the great contrast between how Israelis and Americans react to incidents of gun violence and how they view the idea of safety is instructive. Sadly, Israelis have become accustomed to gun violence that has a political motive, but such violence that has a personal or criminal motive, which is extremely rare in Israel, shocks and appalls them.  By contrast, Americans have become so accustomed to the extremely high level of gun violence in America that has a personal or criminal motive that it barely registers, but such violence that has a political motive, which is extremely rare in the U.S., shocks and appalls us.

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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