The Shaar Shalom Library has been built over the life of our congregation, with books purchased and donated to the synagogue for more than 60 years. We currently have over 1,500 titles on topics ranging from Jewish fiction, the Holocaust, holidays, baking, history, art, children’s books, religion, books in Hebrew and Yiddish and many more! We also have books donated by family and friends to the Laura Hershorn Memorial Library, the Sylvia Hershorn Collection, the Leonia Falk Yiddish Collection, and other rare books. We have a section of books on death and dying and the grieving process from a Jewish perspective, and books for those involved in conversion to Judaism.
The Library is overseen by a small group of volunteer members of the congregation, who look after it on behalf of the whole congregation, under the general supervision of the Board. Look through our Library, and it’s like looking through the history of the Shaar Shalom – you’ll find many books with inscriptions that were donated on special occasions like bar and bat mitzvahs, birthdays, and other special occasions in the life of the synagogue.
The Library is open whenever the Office is open, during services, or when any programming or Hebrew School is taking place.
If you wish to borrow a book (except for rare books or books marked reference that cannot leave the library), you can just remove the card from the back pocket and write your name, date, the title and author of the book you’ve borrowed in the hardcover Record Book on the desk in the library. You can borrow a book for up to 3 weeks.
During Shabbat or Festivals:
Right after Shabbat or the Festival, please email the Shaar Shalom office at firstname.lastname@example.org to tell us what book you have borrowed and please return it within 3 weeks.
Books should be returned within 3 weeks of being borrowed. Place returned books in the basket and the library volunteers will look after the rest.
The Library volunteers are actively building interest in using the library and its resources. Watch for library events, such as book club, on our website.
We love receiving donations of cash as that means we can purchase books that we need or have been requested to add to our collection. If you have good quality books you wish to donate to the library, please contact the synagogue office and let them know what books you would like to donate. A volunteer will get back to you to let you know if the library is in need of your books.