Name: Germantown Jewish Centre
Address: 400 W Ellet Street Philadelphia, PA 19119
Denominational affiliation: Conservative
Member units (households): Approximately 500
What percentage of members are older than 50? 55%
How many people attend a regular Shabbat service? Weekly Friday night services usually have about 20 attendees, though our monthly Kol Zimra musical service draws a much larger crowd. On Saturday mornings we have three services: Our main sanctuary, as well as two minyanim, Minyan Masorti (traditional egalitarian) and Minyan Dorshei Derekh. (Reconstructionist). All together there are usually around 150-200 people in attendance on Shabbat morning.
Length of typical Shabbat morning service? Friday night services are one hour, and Saturday mornings are between two and a two and a half hours.
Shabbat dress code: Casual
Daily services? On Sunday, Monday, and Thursday.
Does your synagogue have its own building? If not, where do you meet for services? Yes, we have our own building.
Is there an opportunity to socialize after services? Each of the three minyanim host a kiddush on Shabbat mornings. While the different kiddushes take place in different rooms and at slightly different times, many people move between them and often the building is filled with nosh and kibitzing for a few hours after services end. Our playground is also a bustling location throughout the day on Shabbat.
Language of service: Each of our services vary to some degree, but most prayers are said in Hebrew. At Minyan Dorshei Derekh, there is often more English.
Is another language offered in the prayer book? All of our services use prayer books that have both English and Hebrew.
Children’s programming: Our congregation is filled with young families and there are many different opportunities for children on shabbat and throughout the week. On Shabbat mornings there is always childcare available for our youngest kids, while various programs including musical services, family learning, and junior congregation take place on a rotating schedule.
Accessibility for people with disabilities: The main sanctuary is fully accessible and there is an elevator that provides access to the kiddush lounge and social hall. Access to the second floor of the school wing is available by lift.
Are services streamed online? No.
Are the rabbi’s sermons available online? Yes, holiday sermons available here.
Percentage of members in interfaith marriages? 6%
Will the rabbi officiate at an interfaith wedding? Will he/she attend one? Will not officiate, but will attend.
Are there distinct roles for men and women in your synagogue? No, we are fully egalitarian.
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