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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...

From washington to biden

05/06/2021 01:19:01 PM


Aileen Grossberg, Librarian

As you know, May is Jewish American Heritage Month.  Since  1980 when President Jimmy Carter at Congress’s behest declared a special week in honor of America’s Jewish residents, the president has issued a proclamation and special events and exhibitions have been held.

In 2006, President George W. Bush declared an official Jewish American Heritage Month....Read more...

american notables

04/28/2021 02:19:32 PM


Aileen Grossberg, Librarian

Jewish American History Month has been celebrated every  May since 2006. Throughout May the library column will concentrate on American Jewish biography and history, bringing to your attention fascinating—though not always admirable—American Jews who have made their mark.

Jews have...

England and the Jews

04/15/2021 12:08:30 PM


The relationship between England and its Jews is complicated as is in most countries where Jews have a history. Although there were probably Jews in England during Roman times, there is no evidence of an organized Jewish community. Today, England has one of the largest Jewish populations in the world and is second only to France in Europe.


random jottings

04/01/2021 11:09:18 AM


Aileen Grossberg, Librarian

Every year the International Board on Books for Young People sponsors a day to celebrate children’s books. Called International Children’s Book Day,  the celebration falls on Hans Christian Andersen’s birthday, April 2.  The intent is to both  inspire...Read more...

passover resources

03/18/2021 11:08:21 AM


Aileen Grossberg, Librarian

Oh, today we’ll merry, merry be! Ooops…wrong holiday. But certainly we should be merry, or at least rejoice, as we celebrate freedom. What is more precious?

The following resources will help you to have an enlightening, delicious, and fulfilling holiday.

BOOKS (just a few of our Passover stories, non-fiction and Haggadot):

                A Passover Haggadah: go forth and...

Strong women

03/11/2021 09:56:01 AM


Aileen Grossberg, Librarian

March is a very busy month with Passover coming up shortly. However,  Women’s history month and the celebration of brave, strong, accomplished women can’t be glossed over.

Think back to the women of the Bible who led, who were warriors, who spoke up for their...Read more...

BEHIND OUR MEMBERS: Julie perlow-greene

03/09/2021 11:12:53 AM


Welcome to Behind Our Members: a new feature that will give you a deeper look at some of the Oheb members you know and love.

What led you to the profession you are in? Was it always a passion, or something that naturally evolved? 

I own Retail...

everything purim

02/18/2021 12:21:12 PM


Aileen Grossberg, Librarian

Jewish Live aggregates websites from many areas of Jewish interest. In addition, Jewish Live produces some of its own content. Follow this link for The Megillah Project created with the cooperation of several Jewish websites.

We think of hamentaschen as a...

Sources to Educate, Elevate & Entertain

02/10/2021 11:43:19 AM


Aileen Grossberg, Librarian

While Tu B’Shevat is behind us, we should always be aware of our natural surroundings, their blessings and their challenges. Dayenu: a Jewish call to climate action is a “movement of American Jews confronting the climate crisis with...Read more...

Behind our members: elizabeth kubany

02/03/2021 02:08:28 PM


Welcome to Behind Our Members: a new feature that will give you a deeper look at some of the Oheb members you know and love.

What led you to the profession you are in? Was it always a passion, or something that naturally...Read more...

it's soup month

01/27/2021 10:17:15 AM


Aileen Grossberg, Librarian

January should be called Soup Month—in fact, it is. Along with baths, birds and hugs, soup is celebrated in January although it’s perfect any month of the year. Just ask Maurice Sendak, whose slim book  Chicken Soup with Rice celebrates...Read more...

infamy at wannsee

01/20/2021 02:08:43 PM


Aileen Grossberg, Librarian

Today,  January 21, marks the 69th anniversary of the Wannsee Conference. Wannsee was a small suburban area of Berlin known for its two lakes and forests. Many members  of royalty had built castles in the area and, in more modern times, prominent wealthy Berliners built mansions.

A prominent recreational area, several events from the 1936 Olympics were held in its woods  and on its golf course.


Online events to entertain, educate & Nourish

01/13/2021 02:59:01 PM


Aileen Grossberg, Librarian

Mondays @ 1 p.m.
Return to Torah Hosted By: Judaism Unbound
This weekly class is an opportunity to learn from Richard Elliott Friedman, author of the bestselling, most-assigned book on the Bible, Who Wrote the Bible?
Our new knowledge of Torah in this extraordinary generation, thanks to archeology and new understandings in almost every area of the Bible, can be a comfort in this moment – and for  long into the...Read more...

Celebrate hebrew

01/06/2021 10:39:42 AM


Aileen Grossberg, Librarian

Eliezer Ben-Yehuda, the father of modern Hebrew, was born on January 7, 1858 in what is now Belarus. Like many Jewish boys of his time, he was raised to be a rabbi and scholar of traditional Jewish texts. However, he was exposed to the...Read more...

As the year ends...

12/23/2020 10:21:49 PM


Aileen Grossberg, Librarian

Don’t forget to sign up for A Very Jewish Christmas Eve, (also called Nittel Nacht a night  of discussion, a Chinese cooking demo, trivia, and comedy. Unfortunately, you’ll have to...Read more...

more hanukkah and beyond

12/17/2020 10:21:41 AM


Aileen Grossberg, Librarian

Hanukkah is almost over, but there’s lots more Jewish fun and learning left for 2020.

If you need some family fun for the last night of Hanukkah, here’s an online game:...Read more...

Everything hanukkah

12/09/2020 11:12:05 AM


Aileen Grossberg, Librarian

It’s finally here, Hanukkah- a bright spot on the calendar with the flickering candles, the shiny gelt, and the glistening oil for the latkes.

This year, of course, is different. We won’t be sharing as we usually do, but there are lots of things to see and do if...Read more...

Thanksgiving Facts, Fiction and Other Stuff

11/24/2020 02:33:07 PM


Aileen Grossberg, Librarian

REMINDER: The library is open for borrowing. It is staffed on Wednesday. There are many new books available as well as great older ones for readers of all ages including teens.  However, if you are reluctant to come into the building, let me know what you want and I will leave it for you in the office. The catalog is very easy to use. There is a link on the library’s home page. Questions or requests: email me at more...

Read, Learn, Enjoy

11/12/2020 10:31:58 AM


Aileen Grossberg, Librarian

REMINDER: the library is open for borrowing.  There are many new books available as well as great older books for readers of all ages including teens.  However, if you are reluctant about coming into the library, let me know what you want and I will leave it for you in the office. The catalog is very easy to use. There is a link on the library’s home page. Questions or requests: email the librarian at...Read more...

other worlds and other times

11/04/2020 12:04:20 PM


Aileen Grossberg, Librarian

It’s finally over—the election, that is. Months of having our ears to the radio and our eyes on the screens for what seems 24/7 have come to a close. Unglue yourself from CNN, FOX, NPR, or whatever is your media of choice.

It’s time to pick up a book and escape from politics—at least temporarily.

Here’s a group of books new to the Library that will take you to far off places or times or open your mind to new...Read more...

Good Books with a cookie chaser

10/22/2020 10:23:20 AM


Aileen Grossberg, Librarian

As the days get shorter and the nights get longer, we will be inside more than ever. Tear your eyes away from the screen and pick up a real book. Most libraries are open for limited in-person visits or at the very least, offer pick-up service.


Outdoor Shabbat Katan this Saturday

10/14/2020 04:27:40 PM


​​​​​​​Dear Families,
This Saturday, October 17th, we will have Shabbat Katan in the parking lot (weather permitting) with Miss ViviaRead more...

October things to do

10/14/2020 01:05:50 PM


Aileen Grossberg, Librarian

Looking for some ways to fill your time? Here are a few suggestions.

Ruth Wisse, Martin Peretz professor of Yiddish Literature and Professor of Comparative Literature emerita at Harvard has a series of podcasts and webinars produced by the Tikvah Fund. While you may or may not agree with the organization’s politics, Professor Wisse’s lectures are well worth listening to.


Outdoor Simchat Torah Katan this Saturday

10/07/2020 10:28:57 AM


​​​​​​​Dear Families,
This Saturday, October 10th, we will have Simchat Torah Katan in the parking lot (weather permitting) with MissRead more...

Outdoor Sukkot Katan this Saturday

09/29/2020 12:37:42 PM


​​​​​​​Dear Families,
This Saturday, October 3rd, we will have Sukkot Katan in the parking lot (weather permitting) with Miss VivianRead more...

rgb: A tribute

09/24/2020 10:13:40 AM


Aileen Grossberg, Librarian

On Shabbat/Rosh Hashana Friday evening when we heard of Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death, cries of “Oh, no!” rose from our table. We had just moments before been discussing her role in keeping some balance on the Supreme Court and her qualities of maintaining friendships even with those whom she often did not agree.

In these days of partisan politics, that quality is becoming more and more...Read more...

A few more things to do

09/17/2020 10:24:55 AM


Aileen Grossberg, Librarian

Help us clean up the library’s records and recover scores of overdue books. Elul into Tishrei is a perfect time to clear your book conscience. Drop books off in the library’s dropbox or the office. Please try to put your books in a plastic bag as they must be quarantined for at least 72 hours for safety’s sake.


Tue, February 7 2023 16 Shevat 5783