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Religious School Begins

Sitting at the intersection of tradition, innovation and community, the Religious School at GJC is committed to educating a new generation of children for our evolving Jewish world.  Our program urges students to be curious about their Judaism, and integrates cutting edge teaching methods like Hebrew Through Movement.  As they learn and explore, students build confidence in their knowledge and connection to our tradition, competency in prayer and ritual skills, and a strong sense of Jewish identity and connection.

Hazak (55+) Film & Discussion: "Frozen River"

Frozen River is a complex film, starring Melissa Leo as a single mother of two boys who must sustain the family and find the money for a trailer home before her deposit is lost. She takes some risky measures she would not ordinarily take. In her desperation she also forms a strong, loyal relationship with an unlikely native American woman, which brings this ongoing national issue into focus.  Major themes of the film include poverty, illegal immigration and single parenting on the face of extra ordinary adversity. Difficult and very moving.

Emojis, Memes, Likes, and Favorites: Teens and Digitally Mediated Flirtation

Teens' online social interactions are inextricably embedded in their overall social interactions and they use social media to augment, support, and act as extensions of their school and community networks. In this talk, sociology professor Dr. Dina Pinsky will share findings from her research on teens and social media based on her interviews with high school students and observations of their social media accounts. She will discuss the ways in which teens use social media to flirt with each other and explore the evolving culture of adolescents' digitally mediated courtship.  


HIAS-PA Presentation: Engaging to welcome and assist refugees in our Phila. community

For you were strangers…

Engaging to welcome and assist refugees in our Philadelphia community

A presentation by staff of HIAS-Pennsylvania


Wednesday, February 3 at 7 p.m.

Please join us to learn about:

  • The needs of refugees in Philadelphia 
  • The work of HIAS-Pennsylvania in serving this vulnerable population
  • Opportunities for you to help


For more information, please contact Maxine Margolies, GJC Social Action Committee Co-Chair. [email protected]

Charry Service: Honoring the Legacy of Miriam Gafni

Honoring the Legacy of Miriam Gafni

From its inception, the Germantown Jewish Centre has been committed to the principles of egalitarianism, inclusion, and the pursuit of social justice in Jewish life and in the wider community, as well as commitment to the Zionist ideal.  No one personifies those principles and ideals more than Miriam L. Gafni, who was a part of the Centre family from early childhood until the end of her life.  In her service to the congregation, including her service as GJC’s first woman president, she created a special chapter in the Centre’s history.


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