Two Libraries at KI, One for Adults, One for Children

Our KI Library is as old as KI. The founding members began the collection over 50 years ago, and it has expanded over the years. The library is maintained by a dedicated group of KI congregants.

We have two children’s collections. One of which is supported completely by donations to the Donald Goldberg Memorial Fund. The collection is located in the Jewish Experience Center (JEC) and the books are circulated during JEC classes. The other collection is located in the Early Childhood Center and is also supported solely by donations from the community.

Our Adult collection is located next to the sanctuary and contains an extensive range of Judaica. It is supported by the Library Fund. Donations to these two funds are greatly appreciated and well used. Make a donation now.

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Rabbi Reuben’s Suggestd Reading List

“Devotion” by Dani Shapiro
A beautiful, sensitive memoir of one woman’s struggle to find spirituality in her life. Dani is a wonderful writer and leads us on her spiritual search in a way that allows for us to find our own as well.

 

“Tatoos on the Heart “by Gregory Boyle
Father Boyle who founded “Homeboy Industries” is legendary in his ability to salve minority youth from gang life. This is one of the most inspirational and moving books ever written that opens a privileged look into a world that most of us never see.

 

“A Nation of Wimps: The High Cost of Invasive Parenting” by Hara Estroff Marano
Former editor-in-chief of Psychology Today Marano paints a powerful picture of kids who can’t make their own decisions, live with high anxiety, lack leadership skills and rely on parental intervention even while in college to rescue them from their own inadequacies. A sobering and powerful look at the challenges of parenting today.

“Swagger” by Lisa Bloom
Former KI member and New York Times best-selling Author of THINK, Lisa provides a powerful and passionate look at the challenging lives of young boys and men today and how the ten rules for teaching our sons the most important life skills they will ever learn.

“Take a Shot!” by Jake Steinfeld and Dave Morrow
KI congregant Jake has written a fast-paced (what else?), humorous and inspirational look at how he and close friend Dave Morrow beat all the odds to create their own professional sports league (Lacrosse) and along the way we are inspired by perseverance, friendship, and lessons in making dreams come true.

“Forgiveness” by Rabbi Rami Shapiro
A small , beautiful book about the nature and power of forgiveness as part of a beautiful series of spirituality books by Rabbi Rami in his “Roadside Assistance for the Spiritual Traveler” series. Check them all out.

“I Shall Not Hate: A Gaza Doctor’s Journey on the Road to Peace and Human Dignity” by Izzeldin Abuelaish
After the privilege of hosting Dr. Abuelaish at KI this year, you can’t help but be inspired by his moving story and deep humanitarian spirit infuses every page of this remarkable book.

 

“Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon’s Journey into the Afterlife by Eben Alexander
A rare glimpse into an afterlife experience by a neurosurgeon who was in a coma for a week after being attacked by a rare illness that totally shut down the part of the brain that controls thought and emotion. Believers will love it, non-believers can’t help but be intrigued.

For summer reading for those who love murder mysteries, and books with heroes that always win the day, read any book by J. D. Robb (I’ve read twenty-two of them), Tess Gerritsen, Brad Meltzer , Lee Child, Vince Flynn, Julia Spencer-Fleming, or David Baldacci and you can’t go wrong.

Comics and the Jews

For once and current comic book lovers, the KI library has From Krakow to Krypton by Arie Kaplan.
Many of the creators of the most famous comic books, such as Superman, Spiderman, X-Men, and Batman, as well as the founders of MAD Magazine, were Jewish. This book reveals the Jewish subtexts of these comics and demonstrates how the creators brought a uniquely Jewish perspective to their work and to the comics industry as a whole. If you enjoyed the exhibit at the Skirball, this book will let you plunge even deeper into the subject.

Books for Stamp and Coin Collectors

If you're a coin or stamp collector, you may be interested in these books in the KI Library:

The Story of Israel in Stamps by Maxim and Gabriel Shamir 682.9 S
Great Jews in Stamps by Arieh Lindenbaum 682.9 L
The Bible Through Stamps by Ord Matek 682.9 M
Coins of the Land of Israel - the Collection of the Bank of Israel 676 K

New Books in the Library

The library has a copy of the Zookeeper's Wife by Diane Ackerman author of the recent book, One Hundred Names for Love. The Zookeeper's Wife is the true story of Jan and Antonina Zabinski, Christian zookeepers who were horrified by Nazi racism and used the Nazis' obsession with pureblood animals in order to save over 300 doomed people by hiding them in the bombed-out cages at the Warsaw Zoo.

The library has also acquired these books:

The Book of the Unknown: Tales of the Thirty-six by Jonathon Keats

Jewish folklore is reimagined in this collection of stories about the Talmudic idea of the Lamedh-Vov, 36 righteous souls who must exist at all times in order for humanity, and the world, to sustain itself.

Songs for the Butcher’s Daughter by Peter Manseau

Fictional Yiddish poet Itzik Malpesh, now 90, employs a 21-year-old religious scholar to translate his memoirs into English. A sustaining memory is the story of his birth during a pogrom, when Sasha, the ritual butcher’s daughter, just four years old, chased away the killers and saved his life. Ever since being told of the girl's courageous feat, his romantic obsession has been to find Sasha.

Dancing on the Edge of the World : Jewish Stories of Love, Faith, and Inspiration by Miriyam Glazer

This collection of ancient and contemporary stories provides a glimpse into the Jewish spirit that has been "dancing on the edge of the world" for two thousand years.

Come in to the library and Check them out!

Female Writers

The KI library has fiction and literature by Jewish writers and on Jewish themes. Here are a few works by contemporary Jewish female writers.

Help with the Bat/Bar Mitzvah Process

Click here to check with the KI library for books that might help you with understanding the process or with your planning.