Westchester Jewish Center

Library Committee

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The Library Committee meets regularly and works with our Librarian to establish policies and facilitate the administration and operation of The Hendel Family Library.  The committee plans programs such as book reviews and presentations by guest authors.  

 Find our list of What's New in Jewish Publishing for 2015 HERE


Hendel Library News, November 2015 - Arlene Ratzabi, Librarian

It was very encouraging to read the recent article in the September 22, 2015 issue of the New York Times entitled The Plot Twist: E-Book Sales Slip, and Print Is Far From Dead by Alexandra Alter.There may be many explanations for the decline in e-book sales but what is important is that printed books have not gone the way of the albatross, at least not yet! I think it is very important to be able to choose what format you wish to read as long as you keep reading, especially with regard to our children. My grandchildren all have Kindles, as do I, but they also love to hold a physical book in their hands. The pleasure they, and the rest of us, gain from reading is what is important. New worlds are constantly opening up and being explored. To this end I have put together a list of some of the new titles in Jewish publishing. You may find it by clicking HERE.

The library is once again welcoming the Hebrew School classes on Wednesday afternoon! We get together to read stories and view media to enhance their Jewish learning and identity. The children are excited to borrow books and talk about what they are learning.

The Library is delighted to be part of an upcoming event on November 18, 2015, when we join with the WJC Adult Education Committee and WJC Brotherhood to present “An Inside Look at the World of Hasidism & Their Battles with America.” This discussion will be led by two former New York Times journalists and Larchmont residents, Joe Berger and Jacques Steinberg, who is also a WJC Trustee. The book that will be the focus of the talk is The Pious Ones, the World of Hasidism & Their Battles with America by Joseph Berger.

The Library Committee is meeting shortly to discuss future programs and we look forward to working together once again with WJC Adult Education and WJC Sisterhood.  We are also working closely with the Holocaust Learning Center to maximize use of our expansive Holocaust collection for adults and youth.

Our goal is to be a resource to any WJC program or event. We are fortunate to have such a fine library and want to make sure our community takes advantage of it.

Library hours are Wednesday and Thursday from 2pm - 6 pm but if you need something you can always email us at [email protected] and we will make every effort to assist you.

To search the Hendel Family Library catalogue of books and other media, click here to access our library database.

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