We are a secular Jewish school
and community in Central New Jersey. Our school for children ages 5
through 13 meets Sunday mornings from September to May. The curriculum
emphasizes historical and cultural approaches to the study of our
Jewishness. Our Jewishness is reflected in our commitment to each
other, to Tikkun Olam, Hebrew for "repair the world," and
to make a shenere un bessere velt, Yiddish for "a more
beautiful and better world." Classes are directed toward
understanding our people's past and enriching our present lives as Jews.
The weekly program, led by a professional staff of teachers and
administered by our principal, includes the study of our traditions,
history, literature, music, dance, art and language.
While the children are in class, adults meet over bagels and coffee for
weekly discussions on a wide range of topics. Our community also
offers regular educational and cultural programs on Friday evenings.
In our community, Bar and Bat mitzvah ceremonies are as unique and
individual as the students themselves and reflect their own families and
individual Jewish heritages. Some include Torah readings, some have
creative and meaningful rituals written for the occasion, and many include
thoughts and wishes from key members of the child's community. Because
there is no set formula to follow, creating the ceremony becomes part of
each family's ongoing process of exploring how to make their Jewishness
relevant and rich. Community members and leaders are available to guide
families through this special time.
humanistic holiday celebrations involve our entire community -- students,
adults, teens and younger siblings.
We are a Caring Community and offer community support during life cycle