Yiddishkayt literally means “Jewishness”, the “Jewish essence” of the Yiddish-speaking Jews and their particular form of critical and compassionate engagement with humanity, i.e., their culture and ethics. At the Peretz Centre we try to preserve and perpetuate the diversity of Yiddishkayt’s progressive legacy by exploring this cultural and moral heritage. We take to heart Hillel’s saying, “What is hateful to you, do not do to others” and the principle of tikkun olam – our duty to work with others to heal the world.

–Al Stein and Bennet Muraskin