Our Temple library is open for use whenever the Temple is open, and the librarian is available during Religious School hours and by appointment. Materials are checked out for three weeks, and longer if needed. Our library collection serves the entire congregation – from preschoolers to Torah scholars and clergy – and is kept current with periodicals, DVDs, fiction and non-fiction on a wide-ranging variety of Jewish and Judaically-relevant topics. In addition, of course we have a comprehensive collection of Judaic religious texts, commentary and reference books. While these are generally non-circulating materials, they may be borrowed with the librarian’s permission.

Donations to the Library Fund are always welcome, and are a wonderful way to acknowledge special occasions or to honor or memorialize beloved friends and teachers. This year we will be reintroducing the “Sefer Li/Birthday Book Club” for K-2nd grade Religious School students. Through this program, families are invited to donate $18 in honor of their child’s birthday. The child is then invited by the librarian to choose a book that becomes a gift from the child to the library — a permanent part of our collection that includes a bookplate with the child’s name! Over the years we have seen how this personal connection excites young children just as they are learning to read, and creates an enthusiastic bond to “their library”. What better gift to a child?

Our library reflects the all-embracing interests of the Temple Emanuel community, and your input is always appreciated! Please notify the librarian of books, movies, or other materials you think should be part of our collection. IT’S YOUR LIBRARY and we urge you and your children to take advantage of it!

Though access to the library is not an option during the COVID-19 closure of the Temple, library materials are available through the librarian, who can gather books and other materials for your use. Contact her directly at the email address below, and she will do her best to get what you need.

For additional information, contact the librarian, Amy Turim at