Rentals: Banquet hall/auditorium and meeting rooms: call 604-325-1810

About Us

Stained Glass Windows

Vancouver Jewish Folk Choir

Sholem Aleichem Seniors (current schedule)

B'nai Mitsvah

Family Education (replaces Sunday School)

Shabbes Dinner (Fraytik tsu Nakht)

Yiddish Language Classes

Afternoon Yiddish Reading & Conversation Circle (Leyn

Sunday Adult Discussion

Calendar, Upcoming Events


Rituals: Pesach Hagode; Booklets for Secular Shabbes and High Holidays Observances; Affirmation Ketubah


Minutes of the Board of Directors

Photo Gallery

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Peretz Centre for Secular Jewish Culture
Dedicated to ensuring the continuity of
secular Jewish culture and humanist thought

We provide a quality alternative approach to Jewish life through the appreciation of Jewish history and culture in the context of world history, and the celebration of secular (non-religious) and humanist Jewish traditions.

We welcome intercultural families (mixed marriages) and anyone who feels a connection with Jewish culture, history and experience.

Register your child now
for classes in Jewish heritage, tradition and culture from a
non-religious perspective:
• Bar/Bas Mitzvah Classes
• Sunday School (ages 7–11)

6184 Ash Street
Vancouver BC V5Z 3G9
Between Canada line 41st and 49th Ave. stations
tel 604-325-1812
fax 604-325-2470
rentals: 604-325-1810

Hall rental
Rent our beautiful building for your wedding, banquet, bar/bat mitzvah, reception, meeting, baby naming, birthday or anniversary celebration, memorial service, dance, reunion, concert, play, conference, workshop, class, or any other event.

Conveniently located in Vancouver near Oakridge Mall
between Canada Line 41st and 49th Avenue stations. Various rooms available. Optional catering kitchen, underground parking.

Please note:
Ahavat Olam Synagogue holds services and holiday observances at the Peretz Centre but is a separate organization. For information, please go to the Ahavat Olam website:

Thank you to all our individual donors, and to our major institutional supporters:

The Government of Canada’s New Horizons for Seniors Program has been good to us over the years. A few years ago, a grant from New Horizons purchased the new chairs in the Seniors Lounge. The following year, a grant from them enabled us to install the sconce lighting in the Seniors Lounge. This year, thanks to this program, our Harry Winrob Seniors Lounge now has a state-of-the art audio/visual system. All cables and wiring now run through the walls, removing tripping hazards. We have new speakers, projector, screen and laptop and now have capacity to project PowerPoint presentations, DVDs and video files.I would like to thank our liaison, Inessa Galperin, who has been so easy to work with.
The Jewish Federation of Greater Vancouver. The Jewish Federation is one of our major funders, and has been, consistently, throughout our existence as an organization. Most of the Federation funding supports our outreach to secular, non-religious, cultural and unaffiliated Jews. In 2012, they are funding the major part of our forthcoming security upgrade in the form of an intercom system for the front door.
Government of BC Gaming Policy and Enforcement Branch. The Provincial Government last year reinstated Gaming Grants in support of the arts. We have succeeded in getting a grant that will go a long way toward paying the wages of our choir director, accompanist and soloists.
Kirman Memorial Foundation for Yiddish Culture. Over the years, the Kirman Foundation has given us small grants to help support the choir’s efforts to keep Yiddish music alive.


webmistress: Donna Modlin Becker


Annual Banquet

Saturday, Nov. 15

Fraytik tsu Nakht

Friday, Nov. 21, 6:00 pm

Dr. Cecil Hershler: Is story-telling the crack that lets the light in?

Sunday Adult Discussion

Sunday, Oct. 26, 10:30 am

Towards a theory of creativity. Led by Claire Cohen


Annual General Meeting: Sunday, Nov. 23, 2:00 pm

Register your child

For Family Education Program (replaces Sunday School) and Bar/Bat Mitzvah classes starting in September, 2014.

Our classes teach Jewish heritage, tradition and culture from a non-religious perspective.

Open to all children with Jewish family ties.

Family Education program (ages 5–9): You and your children will share some "Jewish time" together exploring Jewish heritage, traditions and beliefs through music, art, stories, discussions, crafts, and food.

B'nai (Bar/Bas) Mitzvah Classes: Your children will learn about Jewish history, culture and traditions in a two-year program culminating in a secular humanist b'nai mitzvah celebration.

Take out or renew your membership…

Membership registration form (MS Word doc)

Membership Registration form(PDF)

Print the PDF or Word document, fill it out by hand and mail it in, or,

Save the Word document to your computer, fill it out on your computer, and email it in.