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Our Temple Beth Israel Library houses a rich collection of books on Israel,  the Holocaust,  and Jewish history and culture, as well as popular works of fiction and short stories. Everyone from preschoolers to adults can find books to broaden the experience of our Jewish heritage. 

Click here to search our library's online catalog.

Over the years programs have included speakers, presentations and movies on Jewish themes such as:

Civil Rights: Freedom Riders: Dr. Louis J. Braun and Yolanda Beckett

Holocaust: (annual commemorative Kristallnacht Program) survivors: Werner Reich, Leon Gersten and Bernd Wollschlaeger (son of a Nazi Officer)

Jewish Comedy/Film/Theatre: Professor Alisa Solomon (Cultural History of Fiddler on the Roof), Jeremy Dauber (Jewish Comedy) and Diane Levin (producer of movie Zookeeper's Wife )

General Interest: local authors; Marilyn Oser and Murray Weissbach 

 

A sampling of Recent Acquisitions available to borrow and Enjoy:

 

For adults...

An essential exploration of a rich literary tradition from the Bible to modern times, by a “rare literary authority” (New York Times Book Review) and “one of our keenest critics” (Washington Post).

Jews have long embraced their identity as “the people of the book.” But outside of the Bible, much of the Jewish literary tradition remains little known to nonspecialist readers. The People and the Books shows how central questions and themes of our history and culture are reflected in the Jewish literary canon: the nature of God, the right way to understand the Bible, the relationship of the Jews to their Promised Land, and the challenges of living as a minority in Diaspora.

 

 

For Kids...

Get to know celebrated Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg—in the first picture book about her life—as she proves that disagreeing does not make you disagreeable!

Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has spent a lifetime disagreeing: disagreeing with inequality, arguing against unfair treatment, and standing up for what’s right for people everywhere. This biographical picture book about the Notorious RBG, tells the justice’s story through the lens of her many famous dissents, or disagreements

 

 

 

Library Committee

Our Library committee maintains and enchances a collection of Jewish related books, presents programs with Jewish literary content and works with the Preschool and Religious School to incorporate the library into the education curriculum. 

Our library depends on donations to support book aquisitions, speakers, a part-time librarian and membership in the JCC Book Council.  Please support us.

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Want to Learn More...Get Involved...Share Ideas? Reach out to: Chair, Robert Epstein [email protected]

Giving to Temple Beth Israel

Giving to Temple Beth Israel

Giving tzedakah (making donations) to Temple Beth Israel enables our community to come together to pray, celebrate, socialize, and learn. In addition, your tzedakah to Temple Beth Israel provides teachers for our children’s Jewish education, supports adult programs, assists our holy work of Tikkun Olam (repairing the world), organizes members to visit the sick and comfort mourners, and much more.

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