Library / Resource Center

Library / Resource Center

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Tracy Safron Suggests…

Tracy is a reader extraordinaire and congregant member who writes the book reviews for the library page in the bulletin.

Tracy’s May 2024 Review

Tracy’s March 2024 Review

Tracy’s December 2023/January 2024 Review

Tracy’s October 2023 Book Review

Tracy’s August 2023 Book Review

Tracy’s May 2023 Book Review

Tracy’s March 2023 Book Review

“Anyone who thinks the world is without magic, hasn’t been to a library”  – Amy Dominy author of OyMG

The mission of the Beth Shalom Synagogue Library is to provide Judaic materials not readily available in the wider secular community that will support and enhance the various programs of the synagogue and provide a framework for lifelong learning among the clergy, staff, and members of the congregation.

The resource center includes more than 12,000 items of Judaic content and related subjects in varied formats of books, periodicals, large print books, audio books, DVDs, and CDs.  We have material for all ages and backgrounds both educational and entertaining.


The resource center is open to members of the congregation when the main office is open.  Feel free to relax in the coffee lounge, use the computer lab, study, or check out a book (just sign it out at the circulation desk).  If you find the door locked, somebody in the main office will open the resource center for you.  They can also assist you in taking out a DVD.

During the school year, staff is usually available on Tuesday evenings and Sunday mornings when the religious school is in session.

We can always arrange to be available for you if you email us ahead of time.  If you have an urgent request, please inform the front office and they will reach us.

Have you checked out our online library catalog?

You can search for a title from one of our over 12,000 items on any internet based device. Just click here and then click on Congregation Beth Shalom and search through our books, DVDs and CDs. Once you find the item, call (847)498-4100 or email us ().We can put the item aside for you to pick up!

Check Out Our:

Review-A-Book – Fill out a review form on a recent book that you have read from our library and we will use your review to help other members of the congregation find a good book.

Book Donation Guidelines – The resource center is so lucky to have the support of the synagogue and members, allowing us to fill the shelves with wonderful material and keep the latest books in the hands of the congregants. Unfortunately our space is limited.