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Leah Strauss

Reader Services Librarian | 415.567.3327 x706

Leah Strauss holds master’s degrees in library and information science, Jewish early childhood education, and journalism. For two decades she was a mentor teacher in Bay Area Jewish programs, and has been a librarian with the Jewish Community Library since 2016. Previously she was a public relations and marketing writer for Silicon Valley tech companies. She has held volunteer leadership positions advocating for diversity, equity, inclusion and access. Leah is a fiber artist and crafter, and loves traveling to experience Jewish cultures globally.

Howard Freedman

Library Director | 415.567.3327 x705

Howard Freedman has worked professionally with the Jewish Community Library since 1992, and became its director in 2009. A credentialed educator, he has taught in a wide variety of settings. Since 2012 he has written the Off the Shelf column on books in J. The Jewish News of Northern California and received a first place award in the 2023 Simon Rockower Awards for Excellence in Jewish Journalism. Howard is a lover of music, and plays mandolin, guitar, banjo, drums, and harmonica.

Volunteer Staff

Judy Baston

Yakov Kagan

Rose Katz

Harriet Rafter

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