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

The Library will be closed Sunday, May 26 and Monday, May 27 for Memorial Day.

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
Liberty Street : by Friedman, Jason
A Sky Full of Song / by Meyer, Susan
Matshiḳ, Metoraf, Ule-Gamre Metsiʼuti by Rakover, Sam S
The Woman Who Split the Atom / by Moss, Marissa
The Blue Butterfly of Cochin / by Mizrahi, Ariana
Shalom Elohim! / by Levinzon, Leonid
Mistress of Life and Death : by Eischeid, Susan J
For You When I Am Gone : by Leder, Steven Z
Qohelet : by Fisch, Menachem
Ba-Yom She-Puppy Shinah Et Tokhniyotav / by Greenberg, Efrat
The Goddess of Warsaw : by Barr, Lisa
Esther Didn
The Real History of the Cochin Jews Uncovered : by Dubayehudi, Thapan
A Plague of Cholera and Other Stories / by Rozenfeld, Yonah
Abraham Joshua Heschel : by Zelizer, Julian E
Tap Dancing On Everest : by Zieman, Mimi
Mother Doll : by Apekina, Katya
A Brutal Design / by Solomon, Zachary C
Letter and Spirit : by Feldman, Daniel Z
Spinoza : by Buruma, Ian
City of Laughter : by Fruchter, Temim
End of Days Ethics, Tradition, and Power In Israel / by Manekin, Mikhael
I Seek A Kind Person : by Borger, Julian
God In Her Ruffled Dress / by Bernstein, Lisa
Fervor : by Lloyd, Toby
Jewish Paideia : by Zurawski, Jason M
The Kennicott Bible :
The Last Words of Moses / by Goodman, Micah
Uncomfortable Conversations With A Jew / by Acho, Emmanuel
Black Power, Jewish Politics : by Dollinger, Marc
Stranger In the Desert : by Salama, Jordan
Two New Years / by Ho, Richard
Elie Wiesel : by Berger, Joseph
Ecclesiastes and the Search for Meaning / by Brown, Erica
Shanim ṭovot / by Arad, Maya
Through the Morgue Door : by Brull-Ulmann, Colette
Blessed Hands : by Halpern, Frume
Jewish Education / by Kelman, Ari Y
The Hebrew Teacher : by Arad, Maya

Upcoming Events

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

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
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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