Welcome to 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
In Jewish tradition, the life, dignity, health, and welfare of each human being is paramount because, as the Torah teaches, each and every human is created in the image of God (Genesis 1:27). When we look into the face of any person, we are seeing the face of the divine, infinitely valuable and worthy of care. In this way, each of us is connected to every other person on this planet, all caring for each other. Unfortunately, too often, we and our leaders forget this connection in our overwhelming concern for our own welfare, and we ignore the needs of others in the name of some other goal that may sound worthy but does not rise to the level of a divine value. In the debate over how to pay for healthcare in this country, we too often hear about dollars and cents, the ideology of policy makers and the worries of the insurance industry. Too seldom do we look into the faces of the people around us and hear their stories about how healthcare impacts their lives, how the system can bring them blessing and when it causes them pain and suffering. These stories - the actual needs of human beings - should be at the center of any debate about healthcare policy.
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