A unique and meaningful way to observe the Jewish New Year is being offered by the I.L. Peretz Secular Jewish Community. The community will hold a Yom Kippur ceremony on Saturday, Oct. 8. The non-synagogue-based observance is held outdoors on the grounds of Rutgers Preparatory School in Somerset at 11 a.m.  The ceremony is free, but reservations are necessary.  If you are interested in attending or would like more information, please call (732) 545-9691.

Ira Mintz, president of the IL Peretz Secular Jewish Community and Jewish School summarizes the secular meaning of our holiday observances:  “Our ceremonies have no prayers. We look back and honor an ancient culture that has meaning for us as we look forward to the coming year. We seek forgiveness from ourselves and from others,” explained Mintz. “We recognize that each of us must strive to remain committed to the idea of a just social order and to the actions necessary to achieve social justice.  On these special days, members of our secular humanistic community come together, united by a common need and a common bond, to renew our lives—to go forward into the new year stronger, wiser, kinder than we were before.”

The I.L. Peretz Secular Jewish Community and School offers a welcoming, inclusive and diverse community, monthly Friday evening and weekly Sunday morning educational and cultural programs for adults, including a Yiddish class, weekly Sunday morning classes for children in grades K-7, and a teen group.  Founded in 1924, I.L. Peretz is a non-profit educational institution, affiliated with the Center for Cultural Jewish Life of the Workmen’s Circle/Arbeter Ring.  For more information about the school or community call (732) 545-9691 or visit www.ilperetz.org.