The Saul Brodsky Jewish Community
Library is the St. Louis community's central and comprehensive source
for Judaica. Established in 1983 through the generosityof the Saul
Brodsky family and with the continued support of the Jewish Federation
of St. Louis and the St. Louis community, the Brodsky Library has
become one of the finest Judaic libraries in the midwest and an
invaluable Jewish resource for the community.
The more than 22,000 volume collection of the Brodsky Library covers
every aspect of Judaism. The library also has large collections
of cds, dvds and periodicals and houses the St. Louis Jewish Community Archives.
Spring 2016 Friends Newsletter (Download pdf)
Dear Friends of the Brodsky Library:
It is always a pleasure to welcome the change of the seasons; there so much to enjoy in St Louis when spring arrives. At Brodsky, we have freshened up our look as we spent time this winter moving some of the stacks, straightening up, and giving our collection a bit of a face lift. The children’s reading section has been opened up a bit resulting in more visits by young ones and their families. We have eliminated our VHS collection, while at the same time expanding our collection of DVDs, and adding to our periodical section. Working with the Archives, we have created the beginnings of a designated “special collections” section for the library. This will feature books of special significance or interest: old and/or rare volumes in our collection, interesting pieces donated by families with historical connections to our community, first editions, and cultural or historical books of special interest. Creating a special designation allows us to focus on repair and preservation of these unique texts. We hope to create opportunities to view these special books throughout the year.
The Commission, under the leadership of Chair Ronnie Brockman, has been dedicated to several projects; the redesign of several of our pieces of written communication (stationary, thank you cards, tribute cards, etc.), and the reinvigoration of the Friends of Brodsky Library with an emphasis on retention and renewed engagement of all current members and recruitment of new Friends members. They are hard at work planning a Friends Appreciation Event for the early fall. Please watch your emails for updates as the committee finalizes their plans.
Once again, on behalf of the Brodsky library, I would like to express my sincere gratitude to each and every Friend of the Brodsky Library. Your ongoing support and generous contributions continue to have a significant impact on our daily operations; enhancing our collection, maintaining our subscriptions, and helping to provide programming.
Thank you for all that you do.
Director of the Center for Jewish Learning, Jewish Federation of St.Louis
If You Haven’t Had the Chance to Come View the Exhibit in the
Lobby of the Federation Building, Please Stop By!
The Exhibit will be up through May.
A truly remarkable exhibit. Generously supported by the Morris and Ann Lazaroff Endowment for the Brodsky Library.
The 36 Unknown
The work of photographer Todd Weinstein
New Additions to Our Collection
The Girl from the Train by Irma Joubert
Gretl jumps from a train on its way to Auschwitz. She survives and ultimately lands up in Apartheid-era South Africa.
The Beautiful Possible by Amy Gottlieb
This novel spans 70 years and several continents telling the braided love story of three unforgettable characters.
The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
Two sisters living in France during World War ll, find themselves estranged when they disagree about the threat of occupation.
Shylock Is My Name by Howard Jacobson
This novel is a modern day retelling of the Merchant of Venice by the winner of the Man Booker Prize for The Finkler Question.
The Japanese Lover by Isabel Allende
Allende’s magical and sweeping tale focuses on two survivors of separation and loss.
The Ambassador by Yehuda Avner and Matt Rees
A fictional imagining of a State of Israel founded a decade before its actual founding in 1948. In the year 1937, Dan Lavi, the Israeli ambassador to Belin negotiates for the transfer of German Jews to Israel.
Good on Paper by Rachel Cantor
An entertaining tale of love, family bonds and language.
As Close to Us as Breathing by Elizabeth Poliner
A moving story of one family’s struggles with love and loss, the relationship among the adult siblings, and the boundaries of identity and love.
Don’t Let My Baby Do Rodeo by Boris Fishman
Author of the prize-winning book A Replacement Life. Set in the Russian immigrant community of New Jersey, it deals with a couple finding the birth parents of their adopted son.
The Best Place on Earth: Stories by Ayelet Tsabari
This award-winning collection of stories is global in scope, yet intimate in feel; the characters grapple with love, violence, identity, faith and tradition.
The Two-Family House by Lynda Cohen Loigman
This is a heart-wrenching, multigenerational story of two sisters living and raising their families’ side-by-side. One misguided choice can change lives forever.
MEMOIRS & PERSONAL STORIES:
Pepper, Silk and Ivory: Amazing Stories about Jews and the Far East
A rich and fascinating book about the lost stories of Jews and their culture from the Far East.
Exodus to Shanghai: Stories of Escape from the Third Reich by Steve Hochstadt
Shanghai offered a last chance for escape, and ultimately took in 16,000 refugees from the Third Reich. Here some survivors tell their stories.
I am Sophie Tucker: A Fictional Memoir by Susan and Lloyd Ecker
Sophie Tucker - the last of the Red Hot Mamas. 85% fact and the rest…who knows?
A Guest at the Shooters’ Banquet: My Grandfather’s SS Past, My Jewish family, A Search for the Truth by Rita Gabis
This book has the richness of a novel, the bite of a thriller, and the revelatory shock of a great memoir.
A Street Divided: Stories from Jerusalem’s Alley of God by Dion Nissenbaum
This book takes the reader to the heart of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the 300 yard street that divides Jerusalem.
Their Promised Land: A Memoir by Ian Buruma
Tells the story of the author’s grandparents living in England during the two world wars.
Shanghai’s Baghdadi Jews: A Collection of Biographical Reflections by Maisie J. Meyer
Comprises 26 biographical accounts across the spectrum of Shanghai’s Baghdadi Jewish community.
Hell before Their Very Eyes by John McManus
American soldiers liberate concentration camps in Germany, April 1945.
Killing a King: The Assassination of Yitzhak Rabin by Dan Ephron
The killing of Yitzhak Rabin by a Jewish fanatic helped derail the promising but fragile Middle East peace process.
The Burdens of brotherhood: Jews and Muslims from North Africa to France
A thoroughly researched book about the relationship between French Jews and French Muslims in France during the 20th century.
Holocaust Cinema in the Twenty-First Century edited by Oleksandr Kobrynskyy & Gerd Bayer
It covers films from a diverse range of countries and genres.
Nurture the Wow Finding Spirituality in the Frustration of Parenting by Danya Rutenberg
How the mundane tasks of parenting can be uplifting and spiritual.
Wise Aging: Living with Joy, Resilience & Spirit by Rabbi Rachel Cowen
A guide to help us make the most of our later years.
A Guide to the Complex: Contemporary Halakhic Debates by Shlomo M. Brody
An orthodox view of modern innovations including stem cells, internet and technology, medical ethics etc.
The Crime and the Silence: Confronting the Massacre of Jews in Wartime Jedwabne by Anna Bikont
An investigation of a terrible crime committed against the Jews by their Polish neighbors which had been covered up for decades.
The Poetry of Yehuda Amichai edited by Robert Alter
A selection of poems by one of the greatest poets of the twentieth century in English translation.
Jewish Stories of Love and Marriage Folktales, Legends, & Letters by Sandy Eisenberg Sasso and Peninnah Schram.
An anthology of tales affirming the bonds of love in Jewish courtship, marriage and family.
Koren Talmud Bavi, First 22 volumes of the Talmud with Commentary by Rabbi Steinsaltz published by Koren Publishers
This color illustrated edition has both Hebrew and English text in the same volume. New volumes will be added as they are published.
This Talmud Bavli indexed reference guide is a complete index of the entire Talmud. Published in English, this is an invaluable resource for Talmud study.
The Kindergarten Teacher: Hebrew with English subtitles. A teacher becomes enchanted and then obsessed with a young child pushing the boundaries of their relationship.
Amy: A documentary of the very talented British singer whose life ended in tragedy.
The Sturgeon Queens: A documentary about Manhattan’s fabled smoked fish store Russ & Daughters.
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