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The mission of the JRC Library is to promote lifelong learning at JRC and to reinforce and support congregational programming. Our Library serves the whole JRC community, including adults, teens, children, b'nai mitzvah and our school staffs. JRC's Library is a Judaic reading and learning resource that includes books, periodicals, and digital media. The collection includes Reconstructionist and other Jewish thought and philosophy, Torah commentary, Jewish life, history, biography, fiction, poetry, and much more.
The Library is staffed during Religious School from 3:00-6:30 pm, Tuesdays and Thursdays, and 8:30 am-1:30 pm, Sundays. In the summer, it's staffed from 10:00 am-2:00 pm, Tuesdays and Thursdays. The staff comprises Eva Eisenstein and indispensable volunteers. Eva holds a masters degree in library science and has managed Judaic libraries for over 15 years. She is a member of the Judaica Library Network of Metropolitan Chicago and the Association of Jewish Libraries. You can contact Eva at [email protected].
Three recent arrivals, two recently published, one from 2000:
A memoir, an autobiography and a coming-of-age story
A Backpack, a Bear, Eight Crates of Vodka: A Memoir by Lev Golinkin. Doubleday, 2014
This is a page-turner about how the author and his family escaped the disintegrating Soviet Union for the United States. Darkly comic throughout, this memoir is also terrifying and poignant. This is also a One-Spertus book choice.
On the Move: A Life by Oliver Sacks. Alfred A. Knopf, 2015
If you are a fan of Oliver Sacks’ fascinating books about neurological conditions, you will enjoy this “behind the scenes” autobiography. And you will be amazed by the life this man has led.
When I Lived in Modern Times by Linda Grant. Dutton, 2000
A book of fiction about shifting identities, lies and secrets in the last years of the Palestine British Mandate. A young, Jewish East London hairdresser enters Palestine illegally, ends up in Tel Aviv, and realizes she isn’t sure of where she belongs as she becomes aware of the moral ambiguities and paradoxes on both sides (British and Zionists). Winner of the Orange Prize for Fiction.
JRC's Book Group
The Book Group meets in the JRC Library on the second Sunday of most months. Visit our calendar for dates, times and selections. Wondering what we've read in the past? Here's a compendium of JRC Book Group selections since 1986.
- Readings for Torah Study and D'vrei Torah
- Bibliographies on a number of topics, including Jewish Folklore (for Adults), The Jewish Graphic Novel and Jewish Women, Jews of Medieval Spain, and Gender and the Bible
- Other library resources
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