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.
Secular humanistic holiday
celebrations involve our entire community -- students, adults, teens and
We are a Caring Community and offer community support during life cycle