Does Your Librarian say “Don’t read to Children?”

Rabbi David, today, helped me sort through a mountain of books donated to the library. Lots of treasures, including a set of Torah texts from 1891, an American soldier’s prayerbook, and a gilded set of works by Elie Wiesel. What made my day, though, above all else, was the note on the first page ofContinue reading “Does Your Librarian say “Don’t read to Children?””

Jodi Picoult’s The Storyteller

The Storyteller is a deeply personal novel whose story revolves around a grieving woman and her gradual realization of the depth of her family’s past. The main character, Sage, is a professional baker and introvert who has encountered increasing difficulty forging relationships, both romantic and friendly. She finally starts to open up to an elderlyContinue reading “Jodi Picoult’s The Storyteller”

September Doorpost Column

Hello Library Lovers! We have been busy in the library readying it for the start of school and the holidays. We appreciate all of the generous library fund donations we have been receiving, letting us start a new and exciting project! Many of you have expressed how much you love our library, but did youContinue reading “September Doorpost Column”

Summer @ the library

We had great feedback from some of the attendees of the Book Thief screening and discussion with Rabbi David Senter that took place on July 17th. Some members of the group had either read the book or seen the movie previously, so the discussion included valuable input from many perspectives. The consensus seemed to be that evenContinue reading “Summer @ the library”

May Doorpost Column

 Nancy Mae Shaines Memorial Library Sara Lesley Arnold, librarian The library has seen a lot of action the past few months, with the religious school’s HaSefer Basakit (book-in-a-bag) program thriving and lots of new books and DVDs coming in. Sara and the library committee have been continually finding ways to better your library experience andContinue reading “May Doorpost Column”

Preserving Iraqi Jewish Heritage

When an unexploded U.S. bomb in Baghdad caused a flood in the intelligence headquarters of Saddam Hussein, army troops discovered a treasure trove of tens of thousands of ancient objects and manuscripts, historic photos, books, and documents telling the story of Iraq’s once thriving Jewish community. I originally heard about this story in this piece fromContinue reading “Preserving Iraqi Jewish Heritage”

My Jewish Wedding

Since starting my librarianship at the Nancy Mae Shaines Memorial Library at Temple Israel, I have been thirsting to know more and more. Surrounded by vast knowledge documented in so many worlds, I had trouble knowing where to begin. I remembered little from Hebrew school and had historic time frames confused. I began to pickContinue reading “My Jewish Wedding”

Dead Sea Scrolls in Boston

The library’s recent trip to view the Dead Sea Scrolls at Boston’s Museum of Science was a great success! We had more than 40 community members come together to explore our heritage and history, looking at artifacts ranging from 408 BCE to 318 CE. The low humidity and low light in caves in Qumran, nearContinue reading “Dead Sea Scrolls in Boston”

The Dovekeepers

At my synagogue’s most recent sisterhood brunch, I ran into Renee, an old family friend whom I had not seen in more than 15 years. I greeted her with a smile and a hug, and we wandered together to the temple library, where she shared with me her insight into its significance and history. SuddenlyContinue reading “The Dovekeepers”