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Brother Davis Mac-Iyalla, Nigerian LGBTQ Activist
a special Sukkot Shabbat speaker in the Charry Service
Saturday, October 22nd
Brother Davis Mac-Iyalla is a Nigerian LGBTQ activist engaging in very challenging tikkun olam for African LGBTQ people and families through his interfaith Diversity Network of West Africa. During his visit, Davis will share his story, highlighting the dangers LGBTQ people face in Africa, and speaking from the heart as a resource for those who may be struggling to reconcile sexuality and spirituality. He will speak during the Charry Service, then lead a program and discussion in the Silver Kiddush Lounge following services. Kiddush for all will be available in the sukkah (weather permitting), and also in the Silver Kiddush Lounge, tish-style, during Brother Davis' presentation.
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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
Sukkot is a beautiful time of year both here and in Israel, when we see the fruits of the summer being harvested and when we feel the fruit of our work in Elul, on Rosh Hashanah, and on Yom Kippur ripening into joy. Itamar Prat and Naomi Shemer wrote a beautiful song about this transition in the land and in ourselves, and I wanted to share it with you, courtesy of the Israeli Masorti Movement. You can click on the photo to hear it sung by the incomparable Yehudit Ravitz.
Asif - Harvest
Gather the deeds, the words and the symbols,
Like a blessed harvest too heavy to carry.
Gather the blossoms that ripened into memories of summer that passed on too soon.
Gather all the images of summer's beautiful face, as you gather the fruit and the grain.
The earth is gray beneath the stubble; it has nothing more it can give you now.
No longer does the stalk dream of the corn that will sprout on it.
Changing the World at GJC
Greg & Denis Lattanzi, on instilling the value of tikkun olam from generation to generation
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