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

Reading for Yom Hashoa

We’ve just come through an intense period of reflecting on our freedom as a people. Passover and the birth of the Jewish nation are intimately entwined. What a feeling. Free at last!

But we are part of the seesaw of history. On our Jewish calendar, just a few days after Passover ends, we celebrate Yom Hashoa commemorating the lowest event in our long history as a people.

Monday, April 24 is Yom Hashoa.  Around the world, synagogues, Jewish organizations, academic institutions, political entities, and more will recognize the terrible loss and unspeakable horror of the Holocaust.

To commemorate this cataclysmic effect on the Jewish people, if you cannot attend an official event, why not read one of these recent books with a Holocaust theme.

Children, by the way, are often fascinated with the Holocaust. But please consider a child’s age before sharing books, movies or personal stories. While children can relate to tales of deprivation and bravery, they often are not emotionally or developmentally mature enough to understand when information is too graphic or beyond their experience.

The following are recent Holocaust themed books available in our library. J indicate books for children; YA indicates books for young adult readers (generally 12 years old and up)

026      Stolen Words: the Nazi plunder of Jewish Books by Mark Glickman tells of the plunder of the soul of the Jewish people through the looting of millions of Jewish books.

940.4   Why? Explaining the Holocaust by Peter Hayes, chair of the academic committee of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, expertly answers commonly fielded but complex questions about the Holocaust.

FIC       Among the Living by Jonathan Rabb is a moving novel about a Holocaust survivor’s unconventional journey back to a normal life in Savannah, Georgia.

FIC       The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah shows through fiction the devastating effects of the Holocaust and the choices individuals, both Jews and non-Jews, made

FIC       The Book of Aron by Jim Shepard is an award winning story of the hunted and the hunter as a handful of boys and girls risk their lives trying to smuggle food into the Warsaw Ghetto.

YA940.32         Somewhere There is Still a Sun is the true story of 12 year-old- Michael Gruenbaum and his family who are deported to Terezin.       

YA940.44         We Will Not be Silent: the White Rose student resistance movement that defied Adolf Hitler by renowned writer Russell Freedman tells the true story of this student resistance group.

YAFIC   The Choice by Kathy Clark is a story of loyalty and revenge mostly set in Auschwitz.

YAFIC   Paper Hearts by Meg Wiviott is based on the true story of a friendship that flourishes in Auschwitz and gives hope where hope is almost absent.

YAFIC   Anna and the Swallow Man by Gavriel Savit focuses on seven-year-old Anna’s travels through the Polish countryside with the mysterious Swallow man.

JFIC      The Bicycle Spy by Yona Zeldis McDonough tells the story of 12-year-old Marcel who has unwittingly been a courier for the French Resistance.

Aileen Grossberg, Librarian

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