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Mary Myers Library

The Mary Myers Library located within Temple Israel has an impressive selection of Jewish-themed books, magazines, music, and videos.

If you are interested in a specific title, author or subject, please inquire about it from our librarian, Michael Hurwitz. Michael now has the contents of our library catalogued in a white ring binder which sits on the library desk. There is also a white binder which contains library policies.

Here is the complete list of our collection.

MICHAEL'S PICK:

In the Image of G-d by Judith S. Antonelli

The author refers to herself as a "radical feminist and a religious Jew." Ms. Antonelli states that her purpose in writing this book is twofold -- first, to refute the common assumption that Judaism is patriarchal, and, second, to refute the notion that Judaism is sexist and mysogynistic.

She attributes the attitudes of sexism and male superiority to sociological factors rather than to divine law and traces these attitudes primarily to Christianity. The author claims that when the Torah is viewed in the context of the ancient, pagan Middle East, the Torah actually improves the status of women.

The book is composed of 50 chapters; with each chapter covering subject matter related to a given weekly parshah.

I am currently reading this book and finding it quite educational and interesting. Recommended.

NOTE THESE NEWLY ADDED JUVENILE TITLES:
Gimpel then Fool by Isaac B. Singer, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature

Berchick by Esther S. Blanc, this book won the National Jewish Book Award which is presented by the Assocation of Jewish Libraries

Recent Library Additions

In the Image of God by Judith Antonelli

Israeli Humor and Satire by Yishai Afek

With All My Heart, With All My Mind by Sandy Asher

Yekl and the Imported Bridegroom by Abraham Cahan

Wrestling with Yoga by Shelly Dembe

King David by Jonathan Kirsch

Lifecycles by Debra Orenstein

In My Brother's Image by Eugene Pogany

Circulation Procedure

NEW ! There is now a separate listing in the white library binder of NON-BOOK materials in our collection. People can now look up items by media type and then by title.

REMEMBER: to check out an item, write author and title on one of the white cards in the wooden box on the desk along with your name and date and put in the front of the box.

Book Review by Michael

Book Review of All I Love and Know by Judith Frank

"This beautiful novel is old-fashioned in its approach, taking its sweet time to tell a tender love story between two flawed, good-hearted people, and yet it feels wholly fresh... This is a compassionate, utterly compelling story of how family members, torn apart by tragedy, must reach deep within themselves to meet their greatest challenge." -- excerpted from a review by Booklist.