Fan and Hyman Jacobs Library

The Fan and Hyman Jacobs Library is a treasure trove hidden in plain sight, just a few steps off the main floor of Oheb Shalom. 

With over 5,000 items, there is something for everyone.  Books on philosophy, biography, history, and holidays fill the shelves.  The fiction, selected for all age levels, includes both modern and classic works by Jewish and Israeli authors.  There are special areas for graphic novels and for parenting advice.  A collection of DVDs is growing. 

Borrowing is simple, and there is never a late fee.  The catalog is available online.  Our librarian, Aileen Grossberg, is on site Sunday and Wednesday mornings, but you are welcome any time. 

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THIS WEEK'S Message From Our Librarian

Honey, Honey, What’s the Best?

On Rosh Hashanah evening, my family sat down to a pretty traditional meal: hallah, gefilte fish, brisket and chicken.

Of course, we dipped apples in honey but with a twist this year. As I looked in my pantry, I found several different kinds of honey. So I thought a honey tasting contest would liven up dinner a bit.

On the platter were the following: raw, unpasteurized wildflower honey from Asheville, North Carolina;  wildflower honey from a Montclair backyard; Honey from the Heart, a fundraiser with a blend of honey from the U.S., Canada and Arkansas; Katelyn’s Honey from Kentucky; and Turkish honey. There was not a honey bear to be seen.

We also tasted several apples including Delicious, Gala, Granny Smith and Fuji.

I’m pleased to say that in this unscientific survey, the local Montclair honey was the favorite honey and the Granny Smith apple won for its crispness and nice contrast to the sweetness of the honey.

This was a fun way to start our dinner and actually made us think about the food and its origins.

Try it next year. You’ll be amazed at the many different kinds of honey available in local stores.

Books from the Jacobs Library featuring honey:

Holub                      Apples and Honey: a Rosh Hashanah lift-the flap book (Children’s)

Kimmel                   Big Sam: a Rosh Hashanah Tall tale (Children’s)

Polacco                  The Bee Tree (Children’s)

Stuchner                Honey Cake (Children’s)

Awret                     Days of Honey: the Tunisian boyhood of Raphel Uzan

Marks                     Olive Trees and Honey: a treasury of vegetarian recipes from Jewish communities from around the world



Aileen Grossberg, Librarian

Librarian Hours: Wednesdays & Sundays from 9 am to 12 pm. The library is open daily.