Braun Library News

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Honoring our Library Volunteers

Sue and Dick Braun sponsored a reception on May 17th in honor of our library volunteers: Gabi Fisdel, Abe Goldberg, Bea Goldberg, Sue Hayman, Barbara Jacobs, Judy Shear and Wendy Falcon. Volunteers keep the library staffed, read to preschoolers, and assist in book preparation. Susan Keller has recently joined the committee. A discussion of Son of Hamas, our “On the Same Page” selection, and a viewing of the accompanying film, The  Green Prince, the TIS – Braun Library Film Series offering, preceded the reception. Rabbi Leonard Rosenthal and Program Director Beth Klareich guided the well-attended afternoon events.

Used Book Sale at Member Appreciation Event
August 30th at 3:30 pm

A sale unlike any we have had before. Don’t miss it.

To Your Good Health — Books for Adults
The Library has just what the doctor ordered—new books that tie in with the congregational focus on wellness that began earlier this summer.

  • The 5 Skinny Habits: How Ancient Wisdom Can Help You Lose Weight and Change Your Life FOREVER by David Zulberg. A guide to changing your eating habits distilled from the wisdom of Maimonides, Aristotle, Hippocrates and others.
  • Healing and the Jewish Imagination: Spiritual and Practical Perspectives on Judaism and Health edited by Rabbi William Cutter, PhD. Themes include an exploration of the difference between being cured and being healed.
  • The Hadassah Jewish Family Book of Health and Wellness by Dr. Robin E. Berman, Arthur Kurzweil and Dale L. Mintz. A reference book that examines medical decisions that Jews face today through the prism of ancient texts and traditions.
  • The Vilna Vegetarian Cookbook: Garden-Fresh Recipes Rediscovered and Adapted for Today’s Kitchen by Fania Lewando. More than 400 recipes originally published in a 1938 Yiddish cookbook.

Library Hours – When Torah School is in session

  • Sundays, 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Wednesdays 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • The Library’s Book Cart is present in the Social Hall after some Shabbat services.

Thank you to our Friends

Our library is grateful to Elaine and Marvin Gale, whose contribution to our current fundraising effort will underwrite the cost of maintaining our software support system. The Gales provided the original funding for our software package, allowing us to computerize the library. Thank you, Elaine and Marvin.

The library began a low-key fundraising campaign in November. So far, friends of our library have responded enthusiastically to our request with donations that will allow us to pay our library assistant and purchase additional materials to process our books, CDs, and DVDs. Thank you to the following donors:

Ralph Barnes
Susan and Richard Braun
Hugh Ellis
Wendy Falcon
Charlotte Freifeld
Elaine and Marvin Gale
Adina Rosenthal and Jeremy Gerstle
Bea and Abe Goldberg
Rory and Mel Goldberg
Susan and Charles Hayman
Barbara Jacobs
Barbara and Mathew Loonin
Marcia and Robert Malkus
Loretta and Martin Nosan
Arlene and Daniel Orlansky
Judy and Hillel Shear
Barbara and Bill Sperling
Phyllis Spital
Edith and Dan Standler
Larry Vigdor


Five ways you can help our library grow

  1. Join the library committee.
  2. Contribute to the Library Fund. The library is entirely dependent on contributions to add new books and DVDs to the collection. We want to continue adding the best new literature for Jewish children as well as popular and worthy material for adults. A gift to the Library Fund is a heartfelt way to honor someone or express your sympathy. Library Fund donations are acknowledged in the Shofar, a book plate is placed in a new book noting your gift, and an appropriate letter is sent. To contribute to the Library Fund, contact the synagogue office or select the “Library Fund” from the online donation options.
  3. Celebrate a child or teen’s birthday with a Birthday Book Club purchase.
  4. Purchase a book or DVD from our Amazon Wish List.
  5. Let us know what you want in the library.


Contact us at or by leaving a message with the synagogue office at (619) 697-6001.

The Library Committee

Susan Braun, Chairperson
Susan Hayman, Librarian
Wendy Falcon
Gabi Fisdel
Abe Goldberg
Bea Goldberg
Barbara Jacobs
Susan Keller
Judy Shear

Our library’s mission is to provide Jewish books, DVDs, and CDs for the children, adults, and teachers of our congregation.

A Message from the Rabbi about Our Library

The handwritten and printed word has always been central to the odyssey of the Jewish people. Our primary religious document, the Torah, is still painstakingly copied and preserved as it has been for centuries using the rather primitive tools of bird quill and sheepskin. Torah scrolls are treasured in synagogues throughout the world in much the same form as they were at the time of the Talmud. Jews have always prized large personal libraries and one of the questions a Bet Din asks potential Jews by Choice is, “What Jewish books do you have in your home?”

Tifereth Israel has long been the home of the Braun Library, established by Dr. Richard and Sue Braun. For many years the library has been overlooked and underutilized. This summer a devoted group of volunteers has been working to renew and revitalize it. The Braun Library has been moved closer to the Cohen Social Hall, to room #1 in our school building, outdated books have been culled and new ones ordered. Additionally, acknowledging that learning modalities have changed, the Braun Library will also become a resource center with computers and an audio/visual center for our Silverman Preschool and Abraham Ratner Torah School students, as well as the congregation at large. We look forward to the reopening of the newly renovated Braun Library in the coming months.

Rabbi Leonard Rosenthal
The Shofar, November 2009