The I.L. Peretz Secular Jewish
Community is affiliated with the I.L. Peretz Community Jewish School, which
has provided secular Jewish education to children in Central New Jersey for
over 85 years. Parents of school graduates and parents of those too
young to attend the school, as well as other members of the Jewish
community whose primary identification with their Jewishness
is not religious, make up our growing secular humanistic Jewish community.
Regular adult educational, cultural and social programs are held on Friday
nights. A Yiddish class for adults is held Sunday mornings at our
school before our Sunday morning adult education programs. Secular
humanistic Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur ceremonies
are held at Rutgers Preparatory School in Somerset, attracting over a
hundred participants. The gatherings provide an opportunity to
reflect each year on some of the important issues that we, as individuals,
as Jews, and as members of our larger communities, must confront. Our
Jewishness is reflected in our commitment to each
other, to tikkun olam,
repair the world, and to make a shenere un bessere velt, a more
beautiful and better world.
Other holidays, such as Sukkot, Tu B'Shevat, Chanukah, Purim and
Yom HaShoah are observed as part of the Sunday
school program. A large community seder is
held on the Sunday afternoon before Passover.
We currently sponsor a Jewish book discussion group. More information, and a list of books we have read can be found
For a list of
upcoming community activities, check the calendar,
or call us at 732-545-9691.
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