Library

The Bet Ha’am library’s mission is to provide a collection of information resources and programming relating to Jews, Judaism, and Israel, and to promote Jewish literacy.

The adult collection includes 2,300 volumes of Judaica, Hebrew texts, commentaries, histories, novels, how-to books, and an extensive reference collection. The library is open whenever the building is open; a librarian is available most Thursdays during the day. The library is committed to providing materials to enhance educational, religious, and social activities of the community. It also establishes, collects, and maintains the congregational archives.

The handsome library room serves as a welcoming gathering place for reading, studying, and contemplation for individuals, small classes and groups. Baskets of toys and books are available for use by small children during services. We also have a children’s library that is open whenever the building is–including during Religious School.

How to Borrow Books

Library cards are issued to congregants who wish to borrow books. There are no fines. Call us to renew a book. Return books when you are finished.

How to Donate to the Library

The library collection is maintained by a volunteer committee of congregants. Potential gifts of books must be reviewed by the Library Committee; not all donations will be added to the library.

You might also want to consider making a donation to the Library Fund when celebrating a simcha (happy occasion) or remembering a loved one’s yahrtzeit (anniversary of a death). Your contribution will be used to purchase new books for the collection. Or, buy a volume from our wish list of books on Amazon under the name “Bet Ha’am.”

View Our Online Catalog

To use our online catalog, follow these instructions:

  • At the top of the page, look for the grey bar. In it is a white box. Enter the author, title, or subject you are looking for.
  • Next to the white box is a light grey box that by default says “keyword.” You can use this for a broad search, but your results will be improved if you narrow the search. Look for the green box with a down arrow in it. Click the down arrow to find “author” or “title” or “subject.”
  • Click the orange button that says “search.” Your results will fill in on the page that appears.

Clicking the button below will take you to our online catalog, which is hosted by an external company. You can return to our website by clicking the “return to Bet Ha’am” link in the upper left of their site.

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