Library News

The new year 5778 begins soon and with it the promise of the traditional holiday rituals and prayers and the introspection they encourage. My family and I send you our wishes, our wish that the new year will be filled with the blessings of love in abundance, good health and peace.

For the Rabbi Dudley Weinberg Library, autumn means the start of religious school. I can’t wait to introduce the new books I’ve selected for the children’s library. Over 35 new titles will begin to appear on the shelves during the next few weeks. Next month we’ll be featuring a sampling of them in a special display in the synagogue’s Soref lounge. I encourage you to check out and bring home one of these new books for your children or grandchildren to enjoy.

Now is a good time to remind you how easy it is to access the library catalog from any computer. Just log on to the CEEBJ website ( and click on “Lifelong Learning” listed on the left side of the home page. Click on “Library” and scroll down to “Online Library Catalog”. By clicking on that link, you can search for a book either by title, author, keyword or subject. When you scroll down further you will find more information, including library hours and how to contact us.

To reserve a book, please phone me at the synagogue at (414) 228-7545, or email me at [email protected]. I will set the book aside for you. If you’re in the synagogue, you can check out a book by signing the card in the back of the book. Please leave the signed card in the box next to the wire book return basket in the lounge.

Speaking about the lounge book cart and display – we rotate the displays frequently and use the round table to feature new or topical titles. Be sure to take a look at this area when you’re at CEEBJ. In the meantime, I will keep you posted about the collection and other library news all through the year in my Ha-Kol articles. As always, I welcome your suggestions, recommendations and comments.

L’shanah tovah,
Paula Fine, Librarian

Birthday Book Club

Consider a special birthday present that will help build the children’s library. An $18 gift will allow your child to select a brand new book to donate to the children’s school library in honor of their birthday, sign a special bookplate, and be the first person to check out the book. A great gift for grandparents and family members to give a gift to build the children’s library. The $18.00 donation will be used to buy more children’s books for the library.  For information, please call the Lifelong Learning office at 414-228-7545.

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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