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I. L. Peretz
Community Jewish School

--The Secular Alternative--
in Central New Jersey

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Introduction

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 younger siblings.

We are a Caring Community and offer community support during life cycle events.

 

For more information about the I. L. Peretz Community Jewish School or the I. L. Peretz Secular Jewish Community, call us at 732-545-9691, email to info@ilperetz.org

 

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