Braun Library News
To access our Braun Library catalog on-line click here.
Do you want to see what’s in our library? Click on the link for the catalog on this page. Try the “Simple Search” option first. Or select “Advanced Search” from the drop-down menu. If you still need assistance, click on “Help.” 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. Jacqueline Luna, our library intern, cataloged and barcoded all of our books and DVD’s. Check-in and check-out are now automated, too. Marvin and Elaine Gale provided the initial funding for computerizing the library.
Our library is ready for 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.
After you’ve caught up with the 2014 Academy Award winners, look at the new stellar DVD’s added to our library. Most have been featured in past Jewish Film Festivals. Music, comedy, or tragedy – there’s something for everyone.
New DVD’s for Adults
- Hannah Arendt. Barbara Sukoma stars in this outstanding biopic of the German-Jewish philosopher whose New Yorker Magazine writings on the 1961 trial of Adolf Eichmann still resonate.
- Hava Nagila The Movie. How a song came to represent all things Jewish with Harry Belafonte, Leonard Nimoy, and other celebrities.
- Mel Brooks: Make A Noise (American Masters Series). New interviews and stories spotlight Brooks’ 60-year show business career.
- Orchestra of Exiles. Director Josh Aronson tells the story of how Bronislaw Huberman in the 1930’s saved Europe’s great musicians, moved them to Palestine, and formed a symphony that later became the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra.
New Books for Adults
- God and the Big Bang: Discovering Harmony Between Science and Spirituality by Daniel C. Matt. Dr. Matt, this year’s scholar-in-residence, addressed the subject of this book.
- The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer. Six teens meet at a Berkshire arts camp in 1974 and continue as friends into the trials of adulthood.
- The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult. The lonely granddaughter of a Holocaust survivor befriends a retired school teacher who reveals his Nazi (SS officer) past.
New Books for Children
- Netta and Her Plant (A Tu B’Sevat Book) by Ellie B. Gellman and illustrated by Natascia Ugliano. Both Netta and the plant she brought home from preschool grow and change. Ages 3-8
- Sammy Spider’s First Purim by Sylvia Rouss and illustrated by Katherine Janus Kahn. Sammy gets himself caught in a grogger. Ages 2-6
What’s Your Favorite Book of Jewish Interest?
Kandice Zelaskowski is our busy synagogue Administrative Assistant. In her spare time she reads 2-3 books a week and participates in several book clubs. Her favorite book of Jewish interest is People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks.
Kandice writes “Rare book expert Hanna Heath discovers a series of tiny artifacts in the ancient binding of the famed Sarajevo Haggadah—an insect wing fragment, wine stains, salt crystals, a white hair, and she begins to unlock the book’s mysteries. The reader is ushered into an exquisitely detailed and atmospheric past, tracing the book’s journey from its salvation back to its creation.”
Three of our teens volunteered for a special library project. Thanks to Sydney Detmer, Rachel Barron, and Sarah Barron our library files have been updated.
Mini Book Sale at the Purim Carnival March 9th, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Look for the library table loaded with great deals.
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
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
Arlene and Daniel Orlansky
Margaret Benedict and Randy Philipp
Alina and Ricardo Sanchez
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 Sharon Finzi Gabi Fisdel Abe Goldberg Bea Goldberg Susan Haradon Barbara Jacobs Terri Kitten
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