Past Book Club Selections
Does the Soul Survive? A Jewish Journey to Belief in Afterlife, Past Lives and Living with Purpose by Rabbi Elie Kaplan Spitz
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
My Name is Asher Lev by Chaim Potok
Forest Dark by Nicole Krauss
Letters to my Palestinian Neighbor by Yossi Klein Halevi
The Hilltop by Assaf Gavron
Famous Father Girl: A Memoir of Growing Up Bernstein by Jamie Bernstein
What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank by Nathan Englander
Between Gods: A Memoir by Alison Pick
Everyman by Philip Roth
People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks
Have a recommendation or suggestion for future books to read?
Email Heidi Schneider, our Librarian, with your suggestions.
Library Checkout System
During the online catalogue process, our circulation system will remain the same. Each book that may be checked out the library has a card in a pocket, usually located inside the back cover. You sign your name to the card and leave it in the box on the library desk by the door.
On Shabbat and Jewish Holidays, you can check out books without writing your name. All congregants have a pre-printed card in the index files on top of the library desk. Take your name card out of the index file, and paper clip it to the pocket card from the book you are checking out. Leave the cards in the box on the library desk. Library staff will add your name to the pocket card, and return your name card to the index file.
Books are due back at the Adath Library in two months from your checkout date. Library staff will call you or email you with a reminder to return the books you checked out.
Library Collection Spotlight
The Adath Library has a new LGBTQ+ collection that includes children's books, young adult fiction, adult fiction, reference and nonfiction. Check them out! Some of them include:
Please let us know if you have any Jewish LGBTQ books to recommend for the library by contacting Heidi at firstname.lastname@example.org.
the children's section
The Children's Section
The Adath library has an extensive collection of Jewish children’s books, which are at the heart and center of the library. Books can be read in the library, and please feel free to check them out for your child to enjoy at home.
Preschool board books to answer your curious child’s questions about:
Books for restless elementary-aged children with easy text and pictures on:
For older elementary children, we have chapter books and picture books featuring topics such as:
Books for young adult readers:
If there is a Jewish children’s book or Jewish young adult book that you do not see in our library, but you would like to have added, please send an email to email@example.com with your recommendations.
We have free books on a shelf in the reference section near the library door. Please come to check out what is available for the taking, such as:
Used Book Donations
Please contact the Adath Library before you drop off books to donate. Due to our limited shelf space, the Adath Library can only accept lightly used Jewish books published within the last ten years.
Other used book donation options to consider:
Online Catalog Project
The Adath Library is moving to a digital catalogue using LibraryThing. We will be going through the entire library collection and adding each book to the online catalogue. When the process is complete, you will be able to search all the Adath library books on the LibraryThing site, including book reviews, book awards, and subject matter. Our books will also be tagged for special categories like: Israeli fiction, young adult books, children’s books, and adult fiction, so you will be able to search online to find whether we have a particular book you are looking for.
The Library needs volunteers to help us transfer our books to the online catalogue. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have time to help for a few hours each week. All you need is a laptop and a love of books.