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

Jewish American Heritage Month 2019

It’s not as well known as Black History Month (February) or National Hispanic Heritage Month (September), but there actually is a Jewish American Heritage Month and we are right in the middle of it.

It is annually proclaimed and published in the National Register. This year’s proclamation begins:

“As we observe Jewish American Heritage Month, our Nation celebrates nearly 4,000 years of Jewish history and honors the numerous contributions of Jewish Americans to our country and the world. Rabbi Akiva, a great Jewish scholar, declared that a central principle of the Torah is to “love thy neighbor as thyself.” Jewish Americans have repeatedly demonstrated their dedication to this commandment, helping the downtrodden and pursue justice, sanctifying the name of God, and embodying the best of America.”

For the rest of the proclamation follow this link.

There are scores of print resources to celebrate Jewish American achievement. In addition, many institutions, universities, museums, and organization have online resources.  The following is a link to resources on this year’s theme which is illustrators. Some of the most beloved-an often influential - American illustrators are Jewish: Roz Chast, Rube Goldberg, Ezra Jack Keats, Stan Lee, Maurice Sendak,

The Library of Congress has both real time exhibits and online. From Haven to Home: 350 Years of Jewish Life in America is a Library of Congress online exhibition marking 350 years of Jewish life in America. The 2004 exhibition featured more than two hundred treasures of American Judaica from the collections of the Library of Congress, augmented by a selection of important loans from other cooperating cultural institutions.

For other exhibits related to JAHM follow this link.

The Jewish Women’s Archive is a comprehensive resource for information about American Jewish women.  Follow this link to meet some fascinating females who impacted American life.

The following is a selection of books available in our library about various aspects of Jewish American history, culture, and people.   There are scores more on the shelves and on display. They are listed chronologically. J stands for Juvenile books; FIC is for fiction; NF means nonfiction.

Golden                    Travels through Jewish America. (1973) (NF)

Oren                        Joining the Club: a history of Jews and Yale. (1985) (NF)

Goldman                 The Search for God at Harvard (1991) (NF)

Nathan                     Jewish Cooking in America. (1994) (NF)

Antler                       The Journey Home: Jewish women and the American century. (1997) (NF)

Baldwin                    Henry Ford and the Jews: the mass production of hate. (2001) (NF)

Roth                         The Plot Against America. (2004) (FIC)

Ben-Ur                     Sephardic Jews in America: a diasporic history. (2009) (NF)

Promised lands: new Jewish fiction on longing and belonging. (2010) (NF)

Michelson              Lipman Pike: America’s first home run king. (2011 ( JBIO)

Fishman                 When Jackie and Hank Met. (2012) (JBIO)

Sarna                     When General Grant Expelled the Jews, (2012) (NF)

Breitman                FDR and the Jews. (2013) (NF)

Goldman                The American Jewish Story through Cinema (2013) (NF)

Ricca                      Super Boys: the amazing adventures of Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster- the creators of  Superman. (2013) (NF)

Michelson              Fascinating: the life of Leonard Nimoy. (2016) (JBIO)

Horowitz                Kosher U.S.A.: how Coke became kosher and other tales of modern food. (2015) (NF)

Krawitz                   Viva, Rose! (2017) (JFIC)

Henderson             Sons and Soldiers: the untold story of the Jews who escaped the Nazis and returned with the U.S. Army to fight Hitler. (2018) (NF)

Krull                        No Truth Without Ruth: the life of Ruth Bader Ginsburg. (2018) (JBIO)

Perl                         All Three Stooges (2018) (JFIC)

Weisman                The Chosen Wars: how Judaism became an American religion. (2018) (NF)

Weisman                (((Semitism))): being Jewish in America in the age of Trump (2018) (NF)

Wertheimer            The New American Judaism: how Jews practice their religion today. (2018) (NF)

Aronson                 Just Like Rube Goldberg: the incredible true story of the man behind the machines. (2019)  (JBIO)

Nadell                     America’s Jewish Women: a history from colonial times to today. (2019) (NF)

Blumberg               Open Your Hand: teaching as a Jew, teaching as an American. (2019) (NF)


Aileen Grossberg, Librarian

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