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Genesis-related books in the Jacobs Library

10/20/2022 04:56:58 PM


Aileen Grossberg, Librarian

Check out the display of Genesis related books found in the Jacobs Library. As we begin the Torah cycle , you may find new insights into the oft told tales of human emotion, intrigue, and tangled relationships.

Formats are as varied as the stories: graphic novels, heavily researched tomes, poetry and for the younger set, of course, picture book interpretations of some very adult...Read more...

For Elul and Beyond

09/01/2022 01:29:28 PM


Aileen Grossberg, Librarian

As we make our way through the Jewish month of Elul, the month of contemplation, you may want to be guided by spiritual experts or supplement your own thoughts with some writings on the theme. Check the display shelf in the library for these recommended books.Read more...

Cool books for hot days

07/26/2022 12:52:26 PM


Eileen Grossberg

As I write this, the long term forecast shows predicts that the heat will last.  I can think of nothing better- except maybe having a  swimming pool in my backyard- to while away the days and escape the heat, than a good book.

Try some of these new arrivals in the Jacobs Library. They may not physically cool you off but they may take your mind off the heat.


The Family of Roe

06/21/2022 10:00:13 AM


Joshua Prager


 With the Supreme Court on the verge of issuing a decision that will affect Roe vs Wade, I’d like to bring to your attention a most timely book. The Family Roe by Joshua Prager is not a “Jewish” book. However, the topic of abortion is of interest to many Jews and is, in fact, a Jewish...Read more...

A.B. Yehoshua, Israeli Literary Giant and Ardent Humanist, Dies aged 85 (The Times of Israel)

06/15/2022 02:50:53 PM


Aileen Grossberg

This headline from The Times of Israel sums up the life of one of Israel’s foremost authors. A.B. (Abraham Gabriel, called Boli) Yehoshua was born in Jerusalem in 1936. His father, an author and translator,  was a fourth generation Jerusalemite while his mother was a Moroccan immigrant. This “mixed” marriage was not successful leading Yehoshua to vow that his marriage would be for love.


Women of note

03/10/2022 03:41:28 PM


It’s March and Women’s History Month. With Purim occurring in March this year-although it’s always celebrated on the 14th of the Hebrew month of Adar- it’s appropriate to call to mind Jewish women of achievement.

Don’t be put off by children’s books if you are an adult. Children’s and young adult  books cut right to the heart of a topic and are an excellent way...Read more...

Worth marking in march

03/03/2022 04:02:23 PM


Aileen Grossberg, Librarian

So many of us either grew up with Arthur the aardvark, his family and friends either in the books by Marc Brown or the long running television show. The series is finally ending its PBS run as the longest running children’s show EVER, according to Mira Fox of the Forward. Did you know that Francine, Arthur’s friend was Jewish? Read the article here. 


Timely topics

01/27/2022 09:14:33 AM


January 27 is International Holocaust Day established by the United Nations on the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau. The United Nations urges all 193 members of the organization to use this day to plan...Read more...

January links to love

01/13/2022 12:17:38 PM


Aileen Grossberg

January Links to Love

It may be cold and even snowy outside but inside it’s perfect for curling up with a good book or discovering something new on an informational or entertainment website.

Here are some resources for these cold winter days:


Short stories for long nights

01/06/2022 12:11:36 PM


Short stories get short shrift. They are one of the beauties of literature. In just a few pages- sometimes even one- a whole world may be revealed or a mere fragment of a world or character.


Short Stories for Short nights

12/16/2021 10:57:25 AM


Aileen Grossberg

Short stories get short shrift. They are one of the beauties of literature. In just a few pages- sometimes even one- a whole world may be revealed or a mere fragment of a world or character.

Short stories are powerful...

Seasonal musings

12/02/2021 03:58:36 PM


Aileen Grossberg

It’s that time of year again- the holiday season. This time of year has always been fraught with tension for many Jewish families as the carols sing out and the lights twinkle.

As a child, I would gaze at the festive trees in the windows of the houses as I walked home from Hebrew School after a day in public school where music...Read more...

12/02/2021 03:58:17 PM


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november notes (and some december, too), part II

11/24/2021 12:34:54 PM


Aileen Grossberg


Thanksgiving weekend is usually the lead in to a frenetic few weeks of shopping, entertaining and family.  With Hanukkah so closely following  turkey day this year, the days may be even more jam-packed than usual.

Here are some Hanukkah and other related links, activities, and a...Read more...

November library notes part 1

11/04/2021 02:40:03 PM


Aileen Grossberg, Librarian

TAKE NOTE: The Library is open for browsing and borrowing during building hours.

November and the Jewish month of Kislev have arrived. Both months are...Read more...

Biblical Fiction

10/21/2021 01:22:02 PM


Aileen Grossberg, Librarian

Biblical Fiction


Three thousand three hundred twelve (3312). That’s a pretty big number and it’s not arbitrary. That’s the approximate number of languages that at least part of the Bible (Jewish and other) have been translated into. As of September 2020,  the...Read more...

Seasonal This and That

09/27/2021 12:00:00 AM


Aileen Grossberg, Librarian

This article was originally planned to appear just before Yom Kippur. Due to the interference of a computer gremlin, it did not.

However, it’s not too late to do teshuvah; the gates have not yet entirely closed. According to Jewish traditional, the entire period of the Tishrei holidays is a time for reflection and reconciliation....Read more...

Simchat Torah: Beit Toratah

09/27/2021 12:00:00 AM


Aileen Grossberg, Librarian


As we celebrate Simchat Torah and begin the Torah cycle again, you might find interesting the website of Beit Toratah. In the group’s words, “Beit...Read more...


08/25/2021 04:32:54 PM


We are almost at the end of the month of Elul when, according to traditional, we examine our behavior and begin the process of making amends , of returning to our best selves.

In that context, please check your home library shelves for the many books missing from our...Read more...

What Torah is good for

08/19/2021 03:27:35 PM


Rabbi Abigail Treu

This week is a pessimist’s raison d’etre:  devastation in Haiti, heartbreak and harrowing events in Afghanistan, the continued flourishing of the coronavirus. To say nothing of the wildfires raging on in California, or the water shortage on the Colorado River, or continued fighting between Israel and Hezbollah including an alleged missile strike in Syria.

How does Torah—in its mega-sense, meaning all of Jewish teaching and...Read more...

library resources

08/19/2021 02:25:39 PM


Aileen Grossberg, Librarian

We are in the middle of Elul, month that leads up to holidays when we finish taking stock of ourselves and ask for forgiveness.

The library is well-stocked with books on the topic of the holidays, their rituals...Read more...

From Rabbi Treu

08/12/2021 02:05:22 PM


Rabbi Abigail Treu

One of my earliest Jewish memories is of the shofar. In particular, the final blast of the season, that long blast at the end of Yom Kippur ne’ilah. My memory is of the synagogue elder, ancient to my little girl eyes, holding the Havdalah candle, and – to my horror – beckoning me and my sister to come join him on the bimah. We must have been sitting in the front rows. I was too shy in those days; I wouldn’t do it. From our seats, I...Read more...

summer viewing and doing

08/05/2021 04:37:55 PM


Aileen Grossberg, Librarian

There are so many great viewing opportunities right now. With the weather as sultry as it is, and the COVID threat still with us, taking a break for an armchair visit to another country or participating in a book talk is a good idea.

CAVEAT: Always check times for online events. Often the website will be in PDT or even European or Israeli time.


From Rabbi Treu

07/28/2021 03:48:21 PM


Rabbi Abigail Treu

When I was in high school, I spent a large part of my time and energy helping people who were homeless. I helped organize a club at school which collected leftover and unused food from local supermarkets and restaurants and brought them to a local soup kitchen (we called it the Gleaners, taken from the Book of Ruth, though I admit I didn’t get the reference at the time). I spent a summer working at the Crisis...Read more...

From rabbi Treu

07/22/2021 10:11:06 AM


Rabbi Abigail Treu

Jewish baseball is hot right now. Team Israel heads to the Olympics, in itself a minor miracle as Israel has yet to field a team making it past the European Championship B-pool, much less win the entire European competition or the next-level Africa-European games to clinch the Olympic spot. Closer to home, another miracle of sorts is taking place. Among the eight Jewish players called up so far this season from the minors to play for the...Read more...

moving forward (via zoom): ajl 2021

07/14/2021 03:13:07 PM


Aileen Grossberg, Librarian

One thing librarians, especially librarians who work in small environments, look forward to is the annual conference.

Now that I am retired from the public sector, I especially anticipate the annual Association of Jewish Libraries conference. This international multi-day...Read more...

Immortality through words

06/23/2021 11:02:06 AM


Aileen Grossberg, Librarian

On June 12, Anne Frank would have celebrated her birthday. Judging from the spirit of her famous diary, she would have been a feisty, involved 92 year old, perhaps marching for some cause or other with her children and grandchildren in tow.

Though Anne was a mere teenager,...

This and that for your viewing pleasure

06/02/2021 05:22:00 PM


As we all know, there is a wealth of information on the internet and much is actually available after the original showing…and for free. Visitors, however,  are encouraged to donate to help support programming.

Here are a variety of resources, including some travel sites to help you plan a trip or take one virtually. While the locations are all of interest, the quality of the travel webinar depends on the skill of the guide-...Read more...

jews and asia

05/20/2021 12:42:21 PM


Aileen Grossberg, Librarian

By chance Jewish American Heritage Month shares  space with Asian Pacific Heritage Month. While the connection might seem tenuous, it’s a lot stronger than one may think.  After all, Israel is in Asia.

There have been Jews in Asia for...

for shavuot and beyond

05/12/2021 01:06:30 PM


There's lots going on in both the cyber and real worlds. As the world continues to open up a bit, live entertainment has slowly begun again or will soon.

The weather encourages outdoor gatherings.

But for when we are confined indoors, here are some programs and activities available via the Internet.

But first—Shavuot is right around the corner. Dairy is a must. Here’s a simple, homey, versatile classic dairy dish...Read more...

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