Braun Library News
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Do you want to see what’s in our library? Click on the link for the catalog on this page. Select “Alexandria Reseacher.” Try the “Simple Search” option first or select “Advanced Search” from the drop-down menu. Browse “Most Popular” and “What’s New.” Some of the catalog options are not enabled at this time. Additional catalog searching information is available in the library.
Thanks go to The Braun Family and Rabbi Rosenthal who made it possible to install ungraded hardware to link the library catalog to the internet through the synagogue web site. Marvin and Elaine Gale provided the initial funding for computerizing the library and have continued their generous annual support.
Our library is having another busy year. Preschool classes come to the library on Tuesdays for story time and experience books on Jewish holidays and values. Abraham Ratner Torah School students are frequent visitors on Sundays and Wednesdays, using our computers and books and working on assignments. The library also functions as a warm meeting place for synagogue classes and groups.
Braun Library News
Yom HaShoah Reflections – DVD’s for Adults
- Au Revoir Les Enfants. In Louis Malle’s masterpiece, young boys escape WWII Paris and attend a Catholic school in the countryside where they, too, are touched by the cruelty of the Nazi regime.
- Nowhere in Africa. Based on the autobiographical novel of Stefanie Zweig, this film follows a Jewish attorney and his family who flee the Nazis in 1938 fora remote farm in Kenya.
- The Pianist. Directed by Roman Polanski and starring Adrien Brody as the real life Jewish pianist, Wladyslaw Szpilman, this film pits resilience of the human spirit against the Nazis.
Springtime for Jews in America – a new DVD
- Jews and Baseball: An American Love Story. This film traces Jewish involvement in the sport from the earliest years to the All Star games, narrated by Dustin Hoffman with appearances by Sandy Koufax and Ron Howard.
New Books for Children
- Gershon’s Monster: A Story for the New Year by Eric Kimmel and illustrated by Jon J Muth. Popular children’s author, Kimmel, tells the tale of the hapless baker who learns about repentance when he tries to dispose of his transgressions by sweeping them into his basement. Ages 5-8
- New Month, New Moon by Allison Ofananasky. On Rosh Hodesh, an Israeli family goes camping in the Negev where they observe the phases of the moon and the relationship to the calendar. Ages 1-3
- Watermelon in the Sukkah by Sylvia A. Rouss and Shanna Rouss. Michael finds a way to hang his favorite fruit, a watermelon, in the sukkah along with the apples, bananas, grapes, and pomegranates. Preschool-Grade 1.
Library Hours – When Torah School is in session
- Sundays, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
- Wednesdays 3:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
- The Library’s Book Cart is present in the Social Hall after some Shabbat services.
For more information, email the library or call the synagogue office.
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 for the next two years. The Gales provided the original funding for our software package, allowing us to computerize the library. Their generous new gift insures that we will have the funds to continue providing internet and computerized access to our growing collection for our members, students, and staff. 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:
Susan and Richard Braun
Elaine and Marvin Gale
Adina Rosenthal and Jeremy Gerstle
Bea and Abe Goldberg
Rory and Mel Goldberg
Susan and Charles Hayman
Seth Krosner and Phil Johnson
Zita and Morris Liebermensch
Roberta and Jerry Litvinoff
Barbara and Mathew Loonin
Marcia and Robert Malkus
Loretta and Martin Nosan
Arlene and Daniel Orlansky
Margaret Benedict and Randy Philipp
Alina and Ricardo Sanchez
Judy and Hillel Shear
Barbara and Bill Sperling
Phyllis and Sam Spital
Edith and Dan Standler
Five ways you can help our library grow
- Join the library committee.
- 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.
- Celebrate a child or teen’s birthday with a Birthday Book Club purchase.
- Purchase a book or DVD from our Amazon Wish List.
- Let us know what you want in the library.
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or by leaving a message with the synagogue office at (619) 697-6001.
The Library CommitteeSusan Braun, Chairperson Susan Hayman, Librarian Wendy Falcon Gabi Fisdel Abe Goldberg Bea Goldberg Barbara Jacobs 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