Library (Beit Midrash)
The Temple Beth Elohim library in the Beit Midrash provides the congregation with access to a wide variety of multimedia Jewish library materials for information, learning, personal enrichment, spiritual development, reference and enjoyment.
Its collection has been developed with the goal of offering uniquely Jewish content that is not available elsewhere and contains a rich array of noted Jewish writers, Jewish subject matter, history and reference materials. The Beit Midrash offers a comfortable environment in which all congregants can pursue their interest in Jewish learning, and relax, read, reflect and learn.
The library contains a lovely collection of children’s books, and books for teens, as well as adults. It has materials to support the Adult Learning classes that are taking place in the synagogue. It is a spot to catch up on the latest news in the Jewish Advocate or the Forward. The collection is catalogued and computerized, and there is a desk top work station in the library for the use of congregants who wish to find a book or do other library research, by topic, author or keyword.
The library is run by dedicated volunteers who maintain the collection, plan library programs for all ages in the congregation, and assist library patrons in finding what they seek. Volunteers are in the library on Tuesday afternoons when school is in session, on Wednesday mornings from 9:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m., and on Sunday mornings from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
For checking out and returning books, our library is self-service, and there is a sign-out clipboard in the Beit Midrash. Please sign your name, phone number, name and bar code number of the book you are borrowing on the sign-out sheet. All materials can be borrowed for up to three weeks with one three-week renewal period. Returned books and media go into the Return Bin.