History, Mission & Core Values

A Place for Everyone

Perelman Jewish Day School was founded in 1956 in a small room in the basement of Har Zion Temple in Philadelphia, with just 39 students enrolled.

Today, we’re known as Raymond and Ruth Perelman Jewish Day School. Over the last 6 decades, we’ve expanded to serve over 350 students in two centers located on beautiful campuses in Wynnewood and Melrose Park. We are accredited by the Pennsylvania Association of Independent Schools (PAIS), a member of the Association of Delaware Valley Independent Schools (ADVIS) and Prizmah: Center for Jewish Day Schools.

Our school serves students from all types of families and socio-economic backgrounds. We are a diverse and caring community, where every student has a special place. We’d love to learn about your unique child.

Our Mission

We cultivate character, inspire minds and nurture souls, as students learn, explore, achieve and dream - all in a dual-language environment.

Our Core Values

List of 8 items.

  • Respect - Kavod

    כָּבוֹד - We honor the diversity of our community by buliding a foundaton of trust based on an ethos of listening, understanding and respect.
  • Culture of Learning - Tarbut Shel L'mida

    תַּרְבּוּת שֶׁל לְמִידָה - We empower students through intellectual inquiry, innovation and perseverance.
  • Leadership - Manhigut

    מַנְהִיגוּת - Students develop the courage to be original thinkers who make responsible and moral decisions.
  • Character - Derech Eretz

    דֶּרֶךְ אֶרֶץ - Our deeply rooted Jewish tradition informs student choice as they aspire to compassion, integrity and justice.
  • Wisdom - T'vuna

    תְּבוּנָה - Perelman's dynamic environment inspires students to pursue knowledge, conquer challenges and celebrate successes.
  • Love of Israel - Ahavat Yisrael

    אַהֲבַת יִשְׂרָאֵל - Students build an enduring relationship with Israel - it's language, culture and history - and connect deeply to Jews worldwide.
  • Jewish Values and Practices - Middot u'Mitzvot

    מִצְווֹת וּמִּדוֹת - Jewish practice, belief, culture and tradition provide a rhythm and framework that enrich our daily lives.
  • In God's Image - B'Tzelem Elokim

    בְּצֶלֶם אֱלֹקִים - Recognizing that godliness resides in every individual, students develop a spiritual practice and discover the many paths to kedusha (holiness).

Forman Center

Kindergarten - Grade 5  •  7601 Old York Road, Melrose Park, PA 19027  •  215-635-3130

Stern Center

Junior Kindergarten - Grade 5 and Administrative Offices  •  49 Haverford, Road, Wynnewood, PA 19096  •  610-658-2518