My pen is my harp and my lyre;
My library is my garden and my orchard.

–Yehuda Halevi, c. 1075–1141

Hours

Main Branch
1835 Ellis Street, San Francisco
Sun., noon-4 PM
Mon., 11 AM-4 PM
Thurs., 11 AM-4 PM

 

Pushcart Branch at the OFJCC
3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto
Wed., 8:30 AM-1 PM

Contact

415.567.3327
info@jewishcommunitylibrary.org

For more than seventy years, the Jewish Community Library has offered the Bay Area a place to discover and engage with the riches of Jewish thought, culture, and history.

New Arrivals

I Seek A Kind Person : by Borger, Julian
Mistress of Life and Death : by Eischeid, Susan J
Courage to Dream : by Shusterman, Neal
The Bridesman / by Liebrecht, Savyon
Maurice Samuel : by Levenson, Alan T
The Kennicott Bible :
Christian Supremacy : by Teter, Magda
Stranger In the Desert : by Salama, Jordan
When We Collide : by Epstein-Levi, Rebecca J
Babylon : by Cameron, Michelle
The Woman Who Split the Atom / by Moss, Marissa
Soloveitchik
Subculture Vulture : by Kasher, Moshe
The Phoenix Bride : by Siegel, Natasha
Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow : by Zevin, Gabrielle
Impossible Takes Longer : by Gordis, Daniel
All-Night Pharmacy : by Madievsky, Ruth
18 :
Candle, Feather, Wooden Spoon : by Klein, Zoe
The Heaven & Earth Grocery Store / by McBride, James
Jewels :
God In Her Ruffled Dress / by Bernstein, Lisa
One Mile and Two Days Before Sunset / by Adaf, Shimon
Mother Doll : by Apekina, Katya
The Land of Hope and Fear : by Kershner, Isabel
Jewish Futures :
The Last Words of Moses / by Goodman, Micah
Meet the Matzah : by Silberberg, Alan
These Words : by Solovy, Alden T
How the Talmud Can Change Your Life : by Leibovitz, Liel
Jews and Science / by Gilman, Sander L
Letter and Spirit : by Feldman, Daniel Z
The Dressmakers of Prospect Heights : by Zeldis, Kitty
Whistleblowers : by Medoff, Rafael
Resisters : by Gruner, Wolf
The Necessity of Exile : by Magid, Shaul
On Her Own : by Lapid, Lihie
Esther Didn
Chinitz Zion Haggadah : by Chinitz, Marvin Aaron
Spinoza : by Buruma, Ian

Upcoming Events

Pathways to Preserving Family Histories, with Basya PetnickVirtual

Click here to register for this free virtual event, co-presented by the San Francisco Bay Area Jewish Genealogical Society. The novel Kantika, based on Elizabeth Graver’s interviews with her grandmother, can be a stimulus to collect, organize, and preserve your own family history. This workshop will provide guidance for doing so. What photos and documents […] ...
Wed, Apr 17
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Virtual via Zoom

The Hebrew Teacher, with Maya AradIn-Person

Please note new date for this event. To register for this free in-person program, click here. The Library is located at 1835 Ellis Street in San Francisco, with free garage parking at 1227 Pierce Street between Ellis and Eddy.  Three Israeli women, their lives altered by immigration to the United States, seek to overcome crises. […] ...
Thu, May 02
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Jewish Community Library
1835 Ellis Street, San Francisco, CA 94115

Elizabeth Graver on KantikaVirtual

Click here to register for this free virtual event. Elizabeth Graver will speak and answer questions about her acclaimed novel Kantika, which is the One Bay One Book selection for 2023-2024. From Constantinople to Barcelona, Havana, and New York, Kantika sings of the joys, hopes, and devastation experienced by twentieth-century Sephardi emigres. Rebecca Cohen’s odyssey begins […] ...
Sun, May 05
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Virtual via Zoom

Sephardi Jewry and the Rise and Fall of Ladino, with Aron Rodrigue (in person in Palo Alto)In-Person

Register here for this free in-person program at the Oshman Family JCC co-presented by the Jewish Community Library, the Oshman Family JCC, and the Taube Center for Jewish Studies at Stanford University. Ladino was the vernacular Jewish language of the Sephardim in the Ottoman Empire, emerging after the expulsion from Spain in 1492. Initially closely […] ...
Thu, May 09
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Oshman Family JCC
3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto, CA 94303

Tap Dancing on Everest: A Young Doctor’s Unlikely Adventure, with Mimi ZiemanIn-Person

To register for this free in-person program, click here. The Library is located at 1835 Ellis Street in San Francisco, with free garage parking at 1227 Pierce Street between Ellis and Eddy.  Raised by immigrant parents, one a Holocaust survivor, in an Orthodox Jewish community in New York, Mimi Zeiman blazed an unexpected path. As a […] ...
Sun, May 12
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Jewish Community Library
1835 Ellis Street, San Francisco, CA 94115

Under the Hood: Using Jewish Archival Materials to Create New Music and Arrangements, presented by Cookie Segelstein with live examples by Veretski PassIn-Person

To register for this free in-person program, click here. The Library is located at 1835 Ellis Street in San Francisco, with free garage parking at 1227 Pierce Street between Ellis and Eddy.  In this presentation Cookie Segelstein will explore ways that traditional musicians balance old-school research and learning with digital resources. How does Veretski Pass […] ...
Thu, May 16
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Jewish Community Library
1835 Ellis Street, San Francisco, CA 94115

Israel’s Black Panthers, with Asaf Elia-ShalevVirtual

Click here to register for this free virtual event, co-presented by New Lehrhaus. Inspired by the American group of the same name, Israel’s Black Panthers were young and impoverished Israelis, primarily from a Moroccan background, who mounted protests and a yearslong political campaign in the 1970s for the rights of Mizrahim, or Jews of Middle […] ...
Wed, May 29
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Virtual via Zoom

Walkers in the City: Jewish Street Photographers of Midcentury New York, with Deborah Dash MooreVirtual

Click here to register for this free virtual event. In the middle of the twentieth century, good cameras became smaller and lighter, enabling street photographers to roam alleyways, ride elevated trains and subways, and stroll beaches in summertime to capture daily life with urgency and intimacy. Deborah Dash Moore’s Walkers in the City, which received […] ...
Sun, Jun 09
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Virtual via Zoom

Your Presence Is Mandatory, with Sasha VasilyukVirtual

Click here to register for this free virtual event. “Wonderfully written, elegiac and necessary, Sasha Vasilyuk uncovers the history behind the recent headlines with great skill and grace.” — Gary Shteyngart Based on real events, Sasha Vasilyuk’s riveting debut novel begins in Ukraine in 2007. Yefim Shulman was beloved by his family and his coworkers. […] ...
Tue, Jun 18
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Virtual via Zoom

Drop-In Book Discussion: The Loves of Judith by Meir Shalev, Facilitated by Jim Van BuskirkIn-Person

Join us for a lively in-person discussion at the Jewish Community Library. The Library is located at 1835 Ellis Street in San Francisco, with free garage parking on Pierce between Ellis and Eddy. To register, click here. You may borrow a copy of The Loves of Judith at no charge by contacting us at info@jewishcommunitylibrary.org.  […] ...
Sun, Jun 23
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Jewish Community Library
1835 Ellis Street, San Francisco, CA 94115

Carrying a Big Schtick: Jewish Acculturation and Masculinity in the Twentieth Century, with Miriam Eve MoraVirtual

Click here to register for this free virtual event. For twentieth-century Jewish immigrants and their children attempting to gain full access to American society, performative masculinity was a tool of acculturation. However, as scholar Miriam Eve Mora demonstrates, this performance is consistently challenged by American mainstream society that holds Jewish men outside of the American […] ...
Wed, Jun 26
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Virtual via Zoom
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Main Branch

Location
1835 Ellis Street
San Francisco, CA 94115

Hours
Sundays noon to 4 PM
Mondays 11 AM to 4 PM
Thursdays 11 AM to 4 PM

Palo Alto Pushcart

Location
Oshman Family JCC
3921 Fabian Way
Palo Alto, CA 94303

Hours
Wednesdays 8:30 AM to 1 PM

Main Branch

Location
1835 Ellis Street
San Francisco, CA 94115

Hours
Sundays noon to 4 PM
Mondays 11 AM to 4 PM
Thursdays 11 AM to 4 PM

Palo Alto Pushcart

Location
Oshman Family JCC
3921 Fabian Way
Palo Alto, CA 94303

Hours
Wednesdays 8:30 AM to 1 PM