BJE Maurer Jewish Community Library

Welcomes the whole community to visit and access our extensive collection of Jewish books.

Library Hours:

Mondays, 10 am-2 pm | Tuesdays, 1-4 pm | Thursdays, 10 am-2 pm

 

Contact Library Coordinator Marcia Goldstein at library@jfgi.org for more information.

 

Collection highlights include:

  • Children's books about Jewish holidays and values

  • Jewish textual reference books, including Torah, Talmud, and rabbinic commentaries

  • Jewish educational reference books and teacher resource materials

  • Holocaust books, posters, and videos to inform learners of all ages

  • A collection of books in Yiddish, including a full collection of writings by Sholom Aleichem

  • A wide variety of Hebrew books, ranging from Hebrew instructional texts to modern Hebrew novels

New Acquisitions

Steven Spielberg: A Life in Films 
Molly Haskell

A film-centric portrait of the extraordinarily gifted movie director whose decades-long influence on American popular culture is unprecedented. Haskell shows how Spielberg’s uniquely evocative filmmaking and story-telling reveal the many ways in which his life, work, and times are entwined.  

    

Jews on the Frontier: Religion and Mobility in Nineteenth-Century America

Shari Rabin

Jews on the Frontier offers a religious history that begins in an unexpected place: on the road. Shari Rabin recounts the journey of Jewish people as they left Eastern cities and ventured into the American West and South during the nineteenth century. It brings to life the successes and obstacles of these travels, from the unprecedented economic opportunities to the anonymity and loneliness that complicated the many legal obligations of traditional Jewish life. Winner, 2017 National Jewish Book Award in American Jewish Studies from the Jewish Book Council.

 

Library Resources

IndyPL Shared System

The BJE Maurer Jewish Community Library has rejoined the Indy Public Library Shared System. Patrons can have books delivered to our branch from any library in the system and the broader community can access our extensive collection of Judaic resources. 

As part of the Indianapolis Public Library “Shared System” patrons may:

-Return materials in a drop box inside Door 1 (JFGI Center for Jewish Engagement & Learning) or at Door 5 (JCC athletic entrance)

-Request materials to be sent to our library for pick up. To do so, indicate your pick up location choice as the “Jewish Community Library.” 

 

Library Programs

The BJE Maurer Jewish Community Library holds a variety of learning programs in partnership with community organizations, including PJ Library storytime, Hooverwood Book Group, and ECE/Hooverwood intergenerational programs. If you are interested in holding a program at the BJE Maurer Jewish Community Library, we welcome opportunities to collaborate with community organizations.  Contact us to learn more about upcoming programs and inquire about partnering on a future program.

   

Holocaust Education

The BJE Maurer Jewish Community Library shares Holocaust resources throughout the state of Indiana. Our Holocaust & Genocide Education Trunk Program provides age-appropriate resources to any school upon requests.  We can also coordinate speakers for your school or organization free of charge.  For more information about Holocaust Education resources, visit our resource page.