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

About Us

Stained Glass Windows

Vancouver Jewish Folk Choir

Sholem Aleichem Speakers Series (current schedule)

B'nai Mitsvah

Family Education (replaces Sunday School)

Shabbes Dinner (Fraytik tsu Nakht)

Yiddish Language Classes

Afternoon Yiddish Reading & Conversation Circle (Leyn

English Reading & Discussion Group on I.L. Peretz

Calendar, Upcoming Events


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


Minutes of the Board of Directors

Photo Gallery

Email Us



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


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.

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. Further grants enabled us to install the sconce lighting in the Seniors Lounge and a state-of-the art audio/visual system, which the Vancouver Jewish Film Centre is now using to show films for Seniors the last Tuesday of each month. Many thanks to our former liaison, Inessa Galperin, who has been so easy to work with.
The Jewish Federation of Greater Vancouver. The Jewish Federation has consistently been one of our major funders. Most of the Federation funding supports our outreach to secular, non-religious, cultural and unaffiliated Jews. In addition, they have helped fund upgrades to our security system, and have given us a grant to develop a Family Education Program pilot project.
Government of BC Gaming Policy and Enforcement Branch. For the past several hears, the Provincial Government has given us generous grants that have gone 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.
Jewish Community Foundation logo

Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Vancouver. The Foundation has given us grants for special projects, such as a Parents Resource Guide for secular, progressive Jewish parents, and in 2016, funding for an Adult b'nai mitzvah boot camp.

webmistress: Donna Modlin Becker


Secular Humanist High Holidays Observance

Saturday, Oct. 8, 2:30 pm

Fraytik tsu Nakht secular Shabbes dinner

Oct. 21, 6 pm

John Silver: The Cantor Wasn’t Singing Like That
Last Time: Jewish Connections to Opera


Every second and fourth Saturday, 10:30–noon

English Reading and Discussion Group on I.L. Peretz

Read aloud and discuss the stories and poems that made I.L. Peretz such an infulence on Jewish culture.

Free admission

Call the office for more information

Register your child

For Family Education Program (join any time),
and for Bar/Bat Mitzvah classes starting in September, 2017.

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.