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. Refreshments will be served. Come learn how popular culture can help us challenge antisemitism. For this talk, Jonathan Branfman […] ...
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 Aleph-Bet, with Mira Z AmirasIn-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.  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

Drop-In Book Discussion: One Hundred Saturdays by Michael Frank, Facilitated by Jim Van BuskirkIn-Person

Join us for an 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 One Hundred Saturdays: Stella Levi and the Search for a Lost World at […] ...
Sun, Oct 06
2:00 pm - 3:15 pm
Jewish Community Library
1835 Ellis Street, San Francisco, CA 94115

From Moses to Moisesville: A Journey through the Jewish World, with Ariel GoldsteinIn-Person

Click here to register for this free in-person program. The Library is located at 1835 Ellis Street in San Francisco, with free garage parking at 1227 Pierce Street between Ellis and Eddy.  “When Moses led us from slavery to freedom, he would not have imagined that after three thousand years the Jews of the world […] ...
Mon, Oct 14
6:00 pm - 7:15 pm
Jewish Community Library
1835 Ellis Street, San Francisco, CA 94115

Sabor Judío: The Jew­ish Mex­i­can Cookbook, with Ilan Sta­vans and Mar­garet E. BoyleVirtual

Click here to register for this free virtual event. “An instant classic and more than a cookbook—it is a critical portrait of a community. An absolutely new and stellar contribution.”—Michael W. Twitty, author of Koshersoul Sabor Judío celebrates the delicious fusion of two culinary traditions: Jewish and Mexican. Written with joy and verve, Ilan Stavans […] ...
Sun, Oct 27
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Virtual via Zoom

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

Whistleblowers: Four Who Fought to Expose the Holocaust to America, with Rafael Medoff and Ruth LandyVirtual

Click here to register for this free virtual event. A compelling nonfiction graphic novel written by Rafael Medoff and illustrated by Dean Motter, Whistleblowers is the true story of courageous individuals who risked their careers—or their lives—to confront the unfolding Holocaust. Figures include future U.S. Senator Alan Cranston, who as a young journalist exposed the […] ...
Sun, Nov 17
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Virtual via Zoom

Between the Bridge and the Barricade: Jewish Translation in Early Modern Europe, with Iris Idelson-SheinVirtual

Click here to register for this free virtual event. Between the Bridge and the Barricade explores how translations of non-Jewish texts into Jewish languages impacted Jewish culture, literature, and history from the sixteenth century into modern times. Offering a comprehensive view of early modern Jewish translation, Iris Idelson-Shein charts major paths of textual migration from […] ...
Sun, Jan 26
11:00 am - 12:00 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