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

Our main branch is on a reduced summer schedule through August 8, open Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays 11-4, and Sundays 12-4.

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

This Haggadah Is the Way : by Bodek, Martin
Unalone : by Jacobs, Jessica
Shanim ṭovot / by Arad, Maya
Nosh : by Siva, Micah
Maimonides : by Manguel, Alberto
Jewish Education / by Kelman, Ari Y
Blessed Hands : by Halpern, Frume
Herod the Great : by Goodman, Martin
Tap Dancing On Everest : by Zieman, Mimi
These Words : by Solovy, Alden T
The Last Words of Moses / by Goodman, Micah
Abraham Joshua Heschel : by Zelizer, Julian E
Books Like Sapphires : by Brener, Ann
How to Find Your Way In the Dark / by Miller, Derek B
Israel
Uncomfortable Conversations With A Jew / by Acho, Emmanuel
Acts of Resistance / by Carrillo, Dominic
Elie Wiesel : by Berger, Joseph
Your Presence Is Mandatory / by Vasilyuk, Sasha
Mazaltob : by Bendahan, Blanche
Housemates : by Eisenberg, Emma Copley
Qohelet : by Fisch, Menachem
Shalom Elohim! / by Levinzon, Leonid
Lublin / by Wilkinson, Manya
Mother Doll : by Apekina, Katya
Judaism Is About Love : by Held, Shai
Arabs and Israelis : by Said Aly, Abdel Monem
Carrying A Big Schtick : by Mora, Miriam Eve
Jewish Paideia : by Zurawski, Jason M
A Brutal Design / by Solomon, Zachary C
For You When I Am Gone : by Leder, Steven Z
Through the Morgue Door : by Brull-Ulmann, Colette
God In Her Ruffled Dress / by Bernstein, Lisa
Henrietta Szold : by Klagsbrun, Francine
Emmanuel Levinas
Matshiḳ, Metoraf, Ule-Gamre Metsiʼuti by Rakover, Sam S
Translating the Jewish Freud : by Seidman, Naomi
Impossible Takes Longer : by Gordis, Daniel
The Hebrew Teacher : by Arad, Maya
Ba-Yom She-Puppy Shinah Et Tokhniyotav / by Greenberg, Efrat

Upcoming Events

Millennial Jewish Stars: Navigating Racial Antisemitism, Masculinity, and White Supremacy, with Jonathan BranfmanIn-Person

Click here to register for this free in-person program co-presented by New Lehrhaus. The Library is located at 1835 Ellis Street in San Francisco, with free garage parking at 1227 Pierce Street between Ellis and Eddy.  Jewish stars have longed faced pressure to downplay Jewish identity for fear of alienating wider audiences. But unexpectedly, since […] ...
Wed, Sep 04
7:00 pm - 8:15 pm
Jewish Community Library
1835 Ellis Street, San Francisco, CA 94115

Hugging My Father’s Ghost, with Zack RogowIn-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 memoir, Zack Rogow tries to solve the mystery of the father he never knew. Lee Rogow was a widely published fiction […] ...
Sun, Sep 08
2:00 pm - 3:15 pm
Jewish Community Library
1835 Ellis Street, San Francisco, CA 94115

A Mystical Journey into the Alef Bet, with Mira Z AmirasIn-Person

To register for this free in-person program co-presented by New Lehrhaus, 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.  Malkah is an inquisitive girl, and her father’s attempts to teach her to read Torah result in more questions […] ...
Sun, Sep 22
2:00 pm - 3:15 pm
Jewish Community Library
1835 Ellis Street, San Francisco, CA 94115

Liberty Street A Savannah Family, Its Golden Boy, and the Civil War, with Jason K. FriedmanIn-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.  As Jason K. Friedman renovated his flat in a grand townhouse in his hometown of Savannah, Georgia, he discovered a portal to the […] ...
Sun, Sep 29
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Jewish Community Library
1835 Ellis Street, San Francisco, CA 94115

Redeemed: A Memoir of a Stolen Childhood, with Penny LaneVirtual

Click here to register for this free virtual event. Penny Lane’s Redeemed: A Memoir of a Stolen Childhood is an inspiring rise-from-the-ashes story of overcoming abuse and trauma, of being waylaid by both family and religion’s promise of love, and harnessing the resilience to find the way home When she is abruptly snatched away from her […] ...
Wed, Oct 30
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