The Temple Etz Chaim library is a warm and inviting space for readers, browsers and shmoozers.
We are the people of the greatest BOOK ever written. Our history, holidays and prayers are celebrated in so many beautifully written books. Visit and discover the richness of our religion and traditions!
With over 1500 volumes, you are guaranteed to find just the right book for you. Whether you are a fiction buff, gourmet cook, Jewish scholar, or just desirous of learning more about Judaism and how it relates to modern life, the Cohen Library can serve your needs. There is also a large children’s and young adult section.
You can help continue to fill our shelves. Celebrate your next simcha with a donation to the Zerlin Book Fund! Contact the Temple office for details. If you prefer, you can go http://www.amazon.com and purchase a book from the Temple Etz Chaim wish list.
I look forward to seeing and schmoozing with you as we explore the Cohen Library together.
Volunteer in the Library
Volunteers are welcome and appreciated.
At Temple Etz Chaim, we are lucky to have so many talented congregants including Rabbi Jack Shechter, who has recently published Journey of a Rabbi.
This two-volume Journey of a Rabbi consists of essays describing ventures undertaken, events experienced, and ideas articulated that reflect the life work of a rabbi and Jewish educator. What threads its way throughout these writings is a persistent search for ways and means to revitalize Jewish life in our time.
Written in lucid and compelling fashion, the story portrays early family influences and mentoring of a searching youth, experiences of a rabbinical student, army chaplain, and pulpit rabbi that brought into focus the tasks ahead. The story proceeds to detail the work as a denominational executive, which broadened concern for the larger community and return to pulpit work devoted to fashioning a “Synagogue-Center.” It then segues into depiction of the comprehensive initiatives in education, the arts and community outreach as Dean at the University of Judaism. Interspersed throughout are “thought” essays about religious phenomena, faith, the personal life, the land of Israel, and “lessons learned” from a lifetime of experiences. Available for sale on Amazon.
For more information about the Temple Etz Chaim Library, contact our librarian, Linda Friedlander, by phone via the Temple Office (805-497-6891) or email her at [email protected].