Welcome to Germantown Jewish Centre
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This highly participatory program aims to deepen our understanding of racism in America and explore how we might respond.
The program will take place as kiddush winds down (approx. 1:30 PM); participants who choose to stay will find numbered tables marked with the program's two topics: Racial Justice & a Lesson on Privilege and Jews and the Civil Rights Movement. Each table will have a facilitator. In the end, what will make this conversation a powerful activity is YOU. We hope you'll join us!
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
One of the things that the patriarch Jacob learns on his journeys that we begin reading about this week is that he cannot sit on the sidelines waiting for change to happen by itself. From his encounter with the shepherds who will not open the well for Rachel to his struggles to receive fair treatment from his uncle Laban, Jacob comes to realize that only his active involvement in the world can reshape it to conform more closely to his vision for it. Realizing values like support for the weak and equity for all requires Jacob to put himself forward, even when that is difficult for him.
We are living through a moment in this country of great division and anxiety about where we are headed and which values will be upheld in our shared future. Like Jacob, we cannot hope to see our vision of the world come into being without involving ourselves directly in shaping and advocating for that vision. This is not about parties or politics; it is about our sacred obligation to try to push the world toward the divine. Whatever way we choose, this is the time to get involved.
Changing the World at GJC
GJC members changing the world!
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