Levine Library


Spine Tingles Librarian Ellen Cole
Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m. Library
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Two She Bears by Meir Shalev
Continuing our series to mark Israel's 70 th, a celebrated sabra novelist stuns with murderous secrets from an early moshav: suicide or morder? Join us for the touching and the terrible in Two She-Bears.

Tuesday, March 6 at 10:30 a.m. - Library



Mazel Tov! The Association of Jewish Libraries proudly announces its coveted Sydney Taylor Book Awards for 2018 for the most distinguished contributions to Jewish children’s literature. Winners are a beguiling picture book replaying history, a moving novel about refugees and the bravery of a Holocaust librarian. Harold Grinspoon and his PJ Library win the Body of Work award. The first two books also won this year’s National Jewish Book Awards

Winners receive cash prizes from the estate of Sydney Taylor, author of the All-of-a-Kind-Family series, at the AJL convention in New York City in June.  Taylor's success created American Jewish children's literature. Librarian Ellen Cole recommends these special books. Winners, Honors, Notables and All-of-a-Kind-Family series are in the Library for you. Read more


Please encourage your children grades 1-6 to participate in the Library reading contest to read for fun and prizes. 
This year we present the Israel at 70 Read from November 5, 2017, until April 10, 2018.

All participants:

  • Read Jewish books at their grade level, then tell me.
  • Can come into the Library before or after class on Tuesdays and Sundays.
  • Can read all types of Jewish books.  Books about Israel count double. 
  • Receive theme folders to list their books and wall posters for their stickers.


  • Read five books to win a yogurt treat. 
  • Read ten books or more to qualify for prizes at the April 29, 2018, Library Awards programs. 

Urge your children to sign up in the Temple Library and prove Books Promote Dreams!                            

Ellen Cole, Librarian



The Eugene B. Levine Memorial Library and Librarian Ellen Cole support the congregation and Religious School of Temple Isaiah.  Library spirit, technology, content, and programs are patron oriented.  Isaiah’s library is a one-room, one-woman shop with a both-hands-on operation.  The Levine Library is a haven, a bit of serendipity, an intellectual resource, an educational tool and a source of pleasure.

Students use their library to widen and deepen their subject knowledge, to learn library skills and to indulge in reading for fun, including the latest prize-winning books. The annual reading contest with its grand prizes is a popular program. Teachers use their library for classroom resources, for supplemental stories that put feeling into lessons, and for research.  Parents use their library for digital research via the Encyclopedia Judaica, to research original family Bar/Bat Mitzvah services, naming ideas and home ceremonies, including cook books.  Adults browse the new book cart for the latest novels and non-fiction for personal escape or Havurah nights programs. All are welcome for meetings and group study as the Yiddish Club, the Women’s Torah Study and the monthly adult book club, Spine Tingles.

We offer classics and the latest Jewish releases. What you see is not all you get!  If we do not have it, we are happy to order it for you.

Temple’s library website on the laptop in the library has a link to the Association of Jewish Libraries of Southern California which offers homework help and lists of Jewish subjects for biographies and other school reports.

policy for donating books

We truly appreciate your offers to donate books and DVD’s to the Levine Library. Please do not donate until you speak with Librarian Ellen Cole.  No cartons or bags should be left in the library where they are a hazard to people entering for meetings and reading.  Your prior generosity has resulted in a happily packed room; there is no longer space for duplicates.  Ellen is eager and delighted to talk with all donors.



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