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. 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.
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.
Braun Library News
New additions for Teens and Adults
Imaginative tales and documentaries of uncanny truth offer food for thought.
- Dancing in Jaffa. DVD. A competitive ballroom dancer returns to his native city in a heartfelt effort to teach dance and understanding to schoolchildren of diverse cultures.
- Enchantress: A Novel of Rav Hisda’s Daughter by Maggie Anton. Fourth century Babylon is the setting for a love story framed by Talmudic lore and ancient Jewish magic.
- Rape of Europa. DVD. A brilliant documentary reveals the scope of the Nazi plunder of European art.
- Storm by Donna Jo Napoli. In this re-imagined tale of Noah’s Ark, a 16-year old girl is a witness to the Great Flood.
New addition for Children
- The Hardest Word: A Yom Kippur Story by Jacqueline Jules. What to do when you make a mistake, and what is forgiveness. Ages 4+
From Page to Stage
- The Children of Willesden Lane by Mona Golabek and Lee Cohen. The true story that inspired a daughter’s musical tribute to her mother, a 14-year old musical prodigy who fled Europe on the Kindertransport. Mona Golabek, a concert pianist and author, played her mother in a recent theatrical adaptation at the Lyceum.
What’s Your Favorite Book of Jewish Interest?
Rachel Naor is our Torah School Assistant Director as well as the Silverman Preschool Administrative Assistant. Rachel likes A Tale of Love and Darkness, an autobiographical novel by Amos Oz who chronicles his Jerusalem childhood and teen years on a kibbutz during the early years of the State of Israel. She writes, “I first read the book in college, and it influenced my decision to pursue Israel Studies in graduate school.” Natalie Portman directed and starred in the recent film based on Oz’s book.
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 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