Peretz Centre for Secular Jewish Culture
The stated purpose of the Peretz Centre is to "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."
The Peretz Centre is affiliated with the International Federation of Secular Humanistic Jews, the Congress of Secular Jewish Organizations, and the Jewish Federation of Greater Vancouver.
The Vancouver Peretz Institute, also known as the Vancouver Peretz Shule, was founded in 1945 at 13th Avenue and Birch Street in response to the threat to Jewish culture and Yiddish language posed by the Holocaust and World War II. The centre was named after Isaac Leib Peretz, a prominent figure in Yiddish literature and culture.
In 1959–1960 it had 118 children, but by 1971 its enrolment had dropped to below 50.
In 2001, a new building was constructed at the same location, and the name was changed to the "Peretz Centre for Secular Jewish Culture".
It is also home to the Jewish Museum & Archives of British Columbia, Ahavat Olam Synagogue, Bravo Dance, Jewish Food Bank storage and distribution, Kol Halev Performance Ensemble, MOST/Bridge Russian Seniors, Outlook Magazine, and the Vancouver Jewish Film Festival.
- "History of the Peretz Centre". Peretz Centre for Secular Judaism. Retrieved 10 September 2011.
- Elazar, Daniel J.; Waller, Harold M. (1990). Maintaining Consensus: The Canadian Jewish Polity in the Postwar World. University Press of America. pp. 399, 401.
- "First Peretz School Parent-Teacher Association, Vancouver". Jewish Museum and Archives of British Columbia. Retrieved 16 December 2011.
- "B'nai Mitsvah Program" (PDF). Peretz Centre for Secular Jewish Culture. Retrieved 10 September 2011.
- "Vancouver Jewish Folk Choir". Peretz Centre for Secular Jewish Culture. Retrieved 10 September 2011.
- "Programs". Peretz Centre for Secular Jewish Culture. Retrieved 10 September 2011.
- "Rituals and Ceremonies". Peretz Centre for Secular Jewish Culture. Retrieved 10 September 2011.
- Wolak, Arthur (6 April 2011). "BC's Jewish Museum finds new home at Peretz Centre". Jewish Tribune. Retrieved 19 October 2011.
- Official website
- Jones, Faith (1999). The Vancouver Peretz Institute Yiddish Library: the social history of a Jewish community library (Master of Library Information Studies thesis). University of British Columbia. Retrieved 18 October 2011.