Library News

For a Jewish librarian this is a great time of year. We are in the midst of celebrating Jewish Book Month and from there we go right into another celebration – Hanukkah. In honor of both holidays, I want to tell you about the new books we’ve recently added to the Rabbi Dudley Weinberg Library. It’s an especially exciting list, reflecting some of the best fiction and non-fiction published this year. Since the list is extensive, I will print half of it now and the other half in the January issue of Ha-Kol.

  • All Grown Up by Jami Attenberg – Andrea Bern is thirty- years old, single and childless – a condition she is fine with, even if society isn’t.
  • Survivors Club: The True Story of a Very Young Prisoner of Auschwitz by Michael Bornstein – This inspirational Holocaust memoir recounts the unforgettable story of how a father’s courage and a mother’s fierce love, along with some welltimed luck, saved a little boy’s life.
  • The First Love Story: Adam, Eve and Us by Bruce Feiler – The author takes this ancient story and follow its impact on Western civilization.
  • Forest Dark by Nicole Krauss – “A strange and beguiling mystery” by a gifted, intellectually-challenging and imaginative author.
  • The Genius of Judaism by Bernard-Henri Levy – The French philosopher and activist examines his spiritual roots and the role Judaism has played in both European and intellectual history.
  • The Book of Separation: A Memoir by Tova Mirvis – The author, who formerly wrote about life as an Orthodox Jew, reveals her increasing unease in that community and the pain and triumph of her separation from it.
  • House of Spies by Daniel Silva – Fans of Silva’s fast-paced series about Gabriel Allon, the Israeli spy/art restorer, will be eager to read about his newest adventure – the 17th in the series.
  • A Blessing on the Moon by Joseph Skibell – This exquisitely written book, published several years ago, weaves an unforgettable, powerful tale inspired by the Holocaust.

When you’re looking for something good to read, think of the Rabbi Dudley Weinberg Library first. You will be amazed at the variety and quality of the collection when you visit the library in Surlow Hall or view the on-line catalog (follow the Lifelong Learning link on the synagogue’s home page at If you have any questions, I am always available to help you at [email protected]

Happy Hanukkah to you and your family.

By the way, Jewish books make great presents for the holiday!

Paula Fine, Librarian


Got Too Many Books?

Are you a member of a book club? What do you do with the bestsellers after you discuss them? Are they collecting dust on your shelves or piling up on your nightstand?

Do you like to buy real books? Do you like to be the first one on the block to read a book as soon as it’s published but don’t want to give it a permanent home? Has a friend given you a must-read book and told you not to return it?

The Rabbi Dudley Weinberg Library Can Help You Out!

We are looking for new or gently used hardcover bestse llers of interest to the Jewish reader.We promise to offer them a good home and to make sure they “get around.” Thanks for donating your good books to the library. You can drop them off at the Lifelong Learning Office.

*Please note that we are interested only in recent bestsellers.

Contact Paula Fine at [email protected] if you have any questions.

Online Library Catalog

All of the library’s extensive holdings, including children’s books, fiction, non-fiction, classic Jewish texts, best-sellers, biographies and reference are at your fingertips. Go to the online library catalog now.  If you are in the CEEBJ building and using the Wi-Fi network, then click here to go to the library catalog.

On the Library Search page, in the “Find” box, type in a search term (a keyword, the title, the author, or the subject) and click on the appropriate icon just below the “Find” box. A Search Results page will be presented showing you what material is available, the call number, the number of copies the library owns and if the material is currently on the shelves, has been checked out or is on reserve.

To reserve a book and arrange for pick up at the synagogue, call the synagogue office at (414.228.7545).

For more information, contact Paula Fine, Librarian at 414-228-7545 or [email protected].

Library Hours

Surlow Hall Shelves
(Adult fiction and non-fiction)
Sunday mornings 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Lounge Book Cart
(Selected books for adults and children)
Shabbat evenings
Sunday mornings 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Wandering Library Books

Calling All Seriously Overdue Books! Please Come Home to the Library Shelves! No Questions Asked! We are trying to locate missing books that were checked out the old-fashioned way (by hand), and were not recorded in the computer.  We’ll be sending out overdue notices soon.  If you receive one, please check your bookshelves, car, office …. any place where the book might be hiding.  It doesn’t matter how long you’ve had the book; we’ll just be happy to have it back.  We promise, no questions asked and no guilt-inducing looks from the library staff.  However, if the book is lost, we ask that you remit the price of the book so we can replace it.

Please remember that you can request a book or renew it by calling the office.  To access the library catalog, simply click on the link just above.  We’re adding new books all the time now.  Check us out.

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