Previous AJLSC Events

Association of Jewish Libraries of Southern California

Previous Events of AJLSC



June 18th – 20th, 2019 — Association of Jewish Libraries Annual Conference, Woodland Hills, CA. 

AJL Conference, June 2019
AJL Conference attendees, Woodland Hills, CA, 2019
Getty Research Institute

January 13, 2019 — J. Paul Getty Museum Tour & Getty Research Institute Tour: Kathleen Salomon, Chief Librarian of the Getty Research Institute, led us in a behind-the scenes tour of the  library, including special collections from the vault, before we viewed the fabulous exhibit “Art of Three Faiths: a Torah, a Bible, and a Qur’an”, featuring the newly acquired illuminated 13th century Rothchild Pentateuch. 


2016 – 2017


October 29, 2017 — Speaker: DAVID HIRSCH: TRAVELING LIBRARIAN – Searching the World for Rare Judaic Manuscripts. UCLA Librarian for Jewish and Middle Eastern Studies, David will share his travels and reveal stories and photos of his most recent sojourns in Iraq, Kurdistan, and Pakistan, searching for manuscripts for the university’s extensive collections. He will also share future plans for expanding the UCLA library collections. FYI – David speaks or reads 12 languages.
— AJLSC Program Chair: Lisa Silverman, Library Director, Sperber Jewish Community Library.
@ Sperber Jewish Community Library, American Jewish University, 15600 Mulholland Dr., Bel Air, CA 90077.

May 21, 2017 — AJLSC visited Loyola Marymount University campus and enjoyed a special tour of the William H. Hannon Library from librarian Rhonda Rosen. Rhonda also shared some of the fascinating photos of Jewish life from the Werner von Boltenstern Shanghai Photograph and Negative Collection owned by the University and how they are used in the Jewish Studies classes there.
— AJLSC Program Chair: Lisa Silverman, Library Director, Sperber Jewish Community Library, planned the program.


2015 – 2016

December 11, 2016 – Book Share at our Hanukkah Lunch.
@ American Jewish University, Sperber Library, Bel Air 90077

Lisa Silverman (Library Director, Sperber Jewish Community Library) facilitated the discussion about the most recent 2016 Jewish adult and children’s titles. All were encouraged to bring 2-3 new books to share. As a Jewish Journal reviewer, Lisa also shared “inside knowledge” about upcoming 2017 Jewish-themed books of interest. We celebrated Hanukkah with a themed-lunch.

Jackie Ben-Efraim (right accepting award from Roberta Lloyd

April 17, 2016 – Dorothy Schroeder Award Tea.
@ American Jewish University, Sperber Library, Los Angeles 90077.
Award Program:
— Roberta Lloyd, Chair of the AJLSC Dorothy Schroeder Committee: Welcome; Introduction of Committee Members: Lesley Alexander-Roxas and Ronda Rose; photographer Stephen Singer. Introduction of Program; Presentation of 2016 Dorothy Schroeder Award to Honoree.
— Ellen Cole, AJLSC President: Welcome; Introduction of AJLSC Directors, Officers, and Advisory Committee; and Closing Remarks.
— Rabbi Pat Fenton, Professor, Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies of American Jewish University, Manager of Judaica and Public Services, Bel & Jack M. Ostrow Library: D’var Torah and Introduction of Honoree.
— Honoree: Jackie Ben-Efraim, Special Collections Librarian of the Bel & Jack M. Ostrow Library of American Jewish University. This award, named after our AJLSC librarian founder, is granted to leaders in the library profession “for tireless and outstanding dedication to Judaica librarianship and the education of Judaica librarians.”
— Speaker: Dr. Yaffa Weisman, Library Director, Frances-Henry Library, Adjunct Associate Professor of Jewish Studies, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion; President of Association of Jewish Libraries.
 Lesley Alexander-Roxas, AJLSC Vice-President: Presentation of Commendation from the City of Los Angeles.
NOTE: Jackie Ben-Efraim also gave us a tour of “Kaleidoscope: A Celebration of Special Collections” at the Lowy Winkler Family Rare Book Center in the AJU Library, second floor.

Ellen Cole, AJLSC President

The Dorothy Schroeder Award

AJLSC members happily attend event

February 7, 2016 — General Meeting. LAMOTH Private Tour, including Library and Museum. After AJLSC Library meeting, 90-minute tour of the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust, Los Angeles 90036. Host: Lisa Silverman, AJLSC Program Chair.

October 11, 2015 — General Meeting. Tour LACMA with AJLSC: After AJLSC Meeting, private docent tour of highlights of the collection of art created by Jewish artists, at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). Docent: Bonnie Stark – LACMA Docent and former AJLSC member.


2014 – 2015

May 18, 2015 – General Meeting. Guest Speakers: Two Special Collections : “Old China Hands” and “In Our Own Backyard” with Dr. Robert Gohstand and Ellen Jarosz, Special Collections Curators. @ Oviatt Library of Cal State University, Northridge. Host: Librarian Doris Helfer.

March 9, 2015 — General Meeting. Guest Speaker: Joni Sussman, Publisher, Kar-Ben Publishing. @ Sephardic Temple Tifereth Israel, Los Angeles 90024 – (310) 475-8493. Host: Librarian Annette Goldsmith.

December 18, 2014 — Hanukkah Celebration: Candles, Latkes, new Jewish Book Month brochures, and speaker: Rabbi Erez Sherman of Sinai Temple, co-author (with his father, Rabbi Charles Sherman) of a recent memoir, The Broken and the Whole: Discovering Joy After Heartbreak–Lessons From a Life of Faith. @ Levine Library of Temple Isaiah, Los Angeles, CA 90064. (310) 277-2772. Host: Librarian Ellen Cole.

October 13, 2014 — “Library Advocacy and Special Exhibit Tour” in the Sukkah at American Jewish University. Ideas for action, programming, and promoting your library to help it become more visible. Also, private tour of the Exhibit “The Threads That Bind” in the Lowy-Winkler Family Rare Book Center at AJU Library. @ American Jewish University, Jack M. & Bel Ostrow Library, Familian Campus, Bel Air 90077 – (310) 476-9777. Host: Jackie Ben-Efraim, AJU Special Collections Librarian.


2013 – 2014

May 12, 2014 — General Meeting and BOOK SHARE. Attendees brought two new books to share (for kids or adults) – a fun program! Also, Leslie Friedman told us about the Jewish Braille Institute. @Lainer Library, Abraham Joshua Heschel Day School, 17701 Devonshire St, Northridge, CA 91325. (818) 368-5781. Host: Cara Sagal, Librarian.
February 26, 2014 — Eric Chaim Kline, Bookseller and Appraiser (and AJLSC member): State of the book business and changes in library acquisitions. He also shared some rare Judaic gems from his personal collection and did a free, on-the-spot appraisal of books brought to the meeting by attendees. @ Stephen S. Wise Temple Library, Los Angeles 90077. Host: Roberta Lloyd, Library Director.

December 2, 2013 — General Meeting and Tour of the renovated American Jewish University Libraries – The Bel and Jack M. Ostrow Library AND the Burton Sperber Memorial Jewish Community Library, and also the Lowy-Winkler Family Rare Book Collection – followed by the AJLSC Hanukkah Party. (Note: Much of the collection of the former Jewish Community Library of Los Angeles is now housed in the Sperber Library.) @ AJU Familian Campus, 15600 Mulholland Dr., Bel-Air 90077. Hosts: Paul Miller, AJU Library Director, and Jackie Ben-Efraim, AJU Special Collections Librarian.

November 3, 2013 — AJLSC Private Tour of the Gene Autry Museum Library and Archives, and self-guided tour of the Gene Autry Museum exhibit, “Jews in the Los Angeles Mosaic.” @ Autry National Center, 4700 Western Heritage Way (in Griffith Park), Los Angeles 90027.


2012 – 2013

May 20, 2013 — Dorothy Schroeder Awards Evening.
@ Conference Room, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA, Los Angeles 90024.
— Roberta Lloyd, Committee Chair: Welcome; Introduction of Program; AJLSC Schroeder Fund Stipends to AJLSC Members attending the AJL 2013 Convention in Houston, TX.
— Ellen Cole, AJLSC President: Thank You to Outgoing Board; Presentation of Certificate of Appreciation to Judy Cohn, AJLSC President (2006-2012); Welcome to Incoming Board; Introduction of past recipients of the Schroeder Award; and Closing Remarks.


— Presentation of Dorothy Schroeder Memorial Award to David Hirsch, Middle Eastern and Jewish Studies Librarian, UCLA Charles E. Young Research Library, by Roberta Lloyd, Chair of Dorothy Schroeder Committee; Introduction by Dr. Marta L. Brunner, Head of Collections, Research & Instructional Services, UCLA Charles E. Young Research Library; and Commendation of City of Los Angeles by Lesley Alexander-Roxas, AJLSC Vice President.
— Program and Refreshments by Schroeder Committee: Roberta Lloyd, Lesley Alexander-Roxas, Ellen Cole, Barbara Y. Leff, Ronda Rose, Gayle Schnaid.
— Guests: AJLSC members and UCLA colleagues/friends of David Hirsch.
April 15, 2013 — “What’s New in Technology for Librarians and Teachers? Get Your Techie On!” with Charna Gross, School Librarian, Sinai Akiba Academy. Charna taught how to start your own blog, and make videos with Animoto, posters with Glogster, and presentations with PhotoPeach. @ Stephen S. Wise Temple Library, Los Angeles 90077.

February 4, 2013 — David Hirsch, UCLA Librarian for Jewish and Middle Eastern Studies, spoke on “Reading Isaac Bashevis Singer in Abu Dhabi.” David narrated a slide show, showing where he had worked and traveled throughout the Middle East these past few years. He prepared a handout of Jews in the Persian Gulf. AJLSC Meeting @ UCLA Young Research Library.

Adaire Klein

December 10, 2012 — Hanukkah and retirement dinner party in honor of AJLSC 40-year member, Adaire Klein. Adaire is retiring as Director of Library and Archival Services at the Simon Wiesenthal Center – Museum of Tolerance. In May 2013, she will be moving to Israel. Adaire was our AJLSC President 1975-1979, and has served as an AJLSC Director as well as many other positions since then. AJLSC celebrates Adaire’s long-time commitment to Jewish librarianship. @ Shanghai Diamond Garden Restaurant, Los Angeles, 90035. Host: Lisa Silverman.

October 16, 2012 — General AJLSC Meeting and visit to Museum of Tolerance Exhibit, One Person Crying: Women and War, a photo essay by Photojournalist and Pulitzer Prize-winning Photographer Marissa Roth. 88 silver prints covering a 28-year time period – 1984-2012 – in Europe and Asia. @ Museum of Tolerance, Los Angeles 90035.


2011 – 2012

Hollywood Library

February 13, 2012 – Tour of the new state-of-the-art County of Los Angeles Public Library facility, led by Susan Anderson, Library Manager. AJLSC meeting followed the tour. @West Hollywood Branch Library, West Hollywood 90069. Host: Lisa Silverman.

December 12, 2011 – Pre-Hanukkah Celebration Party. Business meeting including updated news about our local national AJL convention in June; then some fun and games, prizes included! @ Stephen S. Wise Temple Library, Los Angeles 90077. Host: Roberta Lloyd.

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September 19, 2011 – Indoctrination and Imagination in Early Israeli Children’s Literature: The Case of HaSaMBaH. Presented by Dr. Yaffa Weisman, Director of The Frances-Henry Library, Adjunct Associate Professor Modern Jewish Studies, Hebrew Union College-JIR, Los Angeles. One of the most popular and most influential children’s adventure books in Israel in the 50s and 60s was HaSaMBaH (an acronym for Havurat Sod Muhlat Be-HeHlet = The Gang of the Ultimate Secret), authored by Igal Mosehnzon. A group of teenage boys and girls set out to secretly assist adults intent on ousting the British and setting up the modern State of Israel. This series had a lasting impact as evident in its recent revival in Israel. @ Sinai Temple Blumenthal Library, Los Angeles 90024. Host: Lisa Silverman.


2010 – 2011

May 16, 2011 – Annual Meeting – “Sweet Memories of Seattle — A Convention Retrospective.” Presenting not only last year’s fabulous programs at the Seattle AJL convention but also a sneak preview of some of the plans for next year’s AJL convention in Los Angeles. @ Valley Beth Shalom Library, Encino 91436. Host: Susan Dubin.

March 7, 2011 – Brainstorming session: Programming and ideas for the 2012 AJL convention in Los Angeles. Brainstorming Session @ Stephen S. Wise Temple Library, Los Angeles 90077. Host: Roberta Lloyd.

Family History Sources

February 7, 2011 — “Know From Whence You Came?”
 How to explore and access major genealogical resources at the renovated Los Angeles Family History Library. Also, Jewish Genealogical Society of Los Angeles ( resources available at LAFHL. Speakers: Richard McBride, LAFHL Director; Barbara Algaze, JGS-LA Librarian. @ LAFHL (Mormon Temple), West Los Angeles 90025.

November 1, 2010 — “Jewish Book Month 2010 – The Lastest and Greatest Jewish Books.” Members brought two new books of Jewish interest to share for a fun round table discussion and social get-together. AJLSC distributed two new AJLSC Jewish Book Month brochures — for adults and children — compiled by Sinai Blumenthal Library and Ellen G. Cole of Temple Isaiah Library. @ Valley Beth Shalom Library, Encino 91436 — Host: Susan Dubin.

October 4, 2010 — Following a brief AJLSC meeting, the program was presented: “A Culinary History of Jews in America” based on the “Astrological Signs of the Delicatessen,” an interesting 45-minute multimedia presentation by Seth Front of The Jewish Zodiac. Culinary books and cookbooks were passed around. Two bibliographies were distributed: Seth Front’s “Jewish Food Books,” and Lisa Silverman’s list of 72 books — (search terms “Cookery” and “1998-2010”) — found in the Sinai Temple Blumenthal Library. The program was held in the Library of Yeshiva University of Los Angeles Girls School, Los Angeles 90035. Host: Sarah Sagal.


2009 – 2010

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May 17, 2010 — AJLSC Annual Meeting. Program: “Bridge over the Wadi” – a documentary film about a group of Jewish and Arab parents who establish a bi-national, bi-lingual grade school. Screening @ Stephen S. Wise Temple, Diener and Kadner Families Library, Los Angeles 90077. Host: Roberta Lloyd.




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Professional Development:
April 18, 2010 — “Monsters and Miracles: A Journey Through Jewish Picture Books” — Annual Western Regional Conference: Jewish Literature for Children. Skirball exhibit – panel discussion – silent auction – book sale – autographing by local authors. Continental Breakfast; Lunch. Manuscript consultation available. @Skirball Cultural Center, Los Angeles 90049. Co-sponsored by Sinai Temple Blumenthal Library, Association of Jewish Libraries, AJLSC, and the Jewish Community Library at the American Jewish University.




Rashi’s Daughter

February 22, 2010 — Maggie Anton, award-winning author of the Rashi’s Daughters series. @ Valley Beth Shalom Library,Encino 91436. Host- Susan Dubin.




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December 14, 2009 — Peter Manseau, author of Songs for the Butcher’s Daughter – a novel based on some of the author’s experiences at the Yiddish Book Center, Amherst, MA. The author, a “lapsed Catholic” has won awards for this novel about the Yiddish language and culture: 2008 National Jewish Book Award, 2009 Sophie Brody Medal for Outstanding Achievement in Jewish Literature by the American Library Association, 2009 Harold U. Ribalow Prize of Hadassah Magazine. He also wrote two non-fiction books: A memoir, Vows: The Story of a Priest, a Nun, and Their Son; and most recently Rag and Bone: A Journey Among the World’s Holy Dead. Book sales and book signing. @ a private home in Beverly Hills.




October 19, 2009 — Lois Rose Rose, artist and author of Seeing Solomon’s Knot — a lost symbol from King Solomon’s time. Tour of artifacts and examples of Solomon’s Knot through her narrated slide show and examples on display in her artifact-laden home. @ the home of Lois Rose Rose in Cheviot Hills, CA.


2008 – 2009

Lisa Silverman

May 13, 2009 — AJLSC Special Event
 — our end of the school-year general meeting for members and the community.
Program: (1) Presented 2009 Dorothy Schroeder Memorial Award to Lisa Silverman (Director of Sinai Temple Blumenthal Library). (2) Guest speaker – Rabbi David Wolpe of Sinai Temple and author of Why Faith Matters. (3) Announcement of AJLSC Scholarship Awards to the July AJL Convention in Chicago. (4) Introduction of new and continuing AJLSC Board members, selected by our AJLSC Directors. (5) Donation by AJLSC members of books to the Los Angeles Public Library and County of Los Angeles Public Library. @ Sinai Temple, Los Angeles 90024.

February 11, 2009 — Old Stuff or Archives – What’s the Difference? Panel: Adaire Klein, Director of Library & Archival Services, Simon Wiesenthal Center-Museum of Tolerance; Susan March, AJLSC Archives Committee Chair; Dr. Yaffa Weisman, Library Director, Hebrew Union College-JIR. @ YULA Girls High School Library, Los Angeles 90035.

Professional Development:
February 1, 2009 — Annual Western Regional Conference: Jewish Literature for Children.“Exploring the Holocaust Through Children’s Literature.” Guest speakers include Dr. Hamida Bosmajian (Seattle University), Prof. Eric Sundquist (UCLA), Adaire Klein (Simon Wiesenthal Center), and educators Lisa Silverman and Richard Freydman. Breakout sessions, marketplace, book sale, and tour. @ Simon Wiesenthal Center/Museum of Tolerance Library and Archives, Los Angeles 90035.

Conference Co-Chair: Susan Dubin and Lisa Silverman. Review of Program in Publisher’s Weekly magazine [no longer available]. Bibliography of Illustrated Books on the Holocaust prepared by Lisa Silverman, Library Director, Sinai Temple Library 90024.December 10, 2008 — Celebration of Jewish Book Month. Guest speaker: Leonard Felder, Ph.D., author of Fitting In is Overrated: The Survival Guide for Anyone Who Has Ever Felt Like an Outsider. (Dr. Felder used Jewish wisdom to provide useful answers; helpful in libraries, schools, groups, families.) Book signing. For a summary of the presentation, click here. @Valley Beth Shalom Synagogue, Sheila Sporn Library, Encino 91436.

September 24, 2008 – Dr. Yaffa Weisman spoke on “Israel at 60: Literary and Cultural Trends.” Dr. Weisman is Library Director of the Frances-Henry Library, and Adjunct Associate Professor of Modern Jewish Studies, at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. @ Hebrew Union College, Frances Henry Library, Los Angeles 90007.


2007 – 2008

May 15, 2008 – Bob Dylan’s American Journey, 1956-1966 (exhibit). Private tour led by Adele Lander Burke, Skirball’s VP, Learning for Life, and Rick Burke (AJLSC VP). Annual donation of extra books to the Los Angeles Public Library and the County of Los Angeles Public Library. Presentation of AJLSC Dorothy Schroeder Award, as AJL 2008 Convention subsidies. @ Skirball Cultural Center, Los Angeles 90049.

March 12, 2008 – Lisa Silverman, Library Director — Private tour of the newly renovated and refurbished premiere Los Angeles synagogue/day school library. Sharing of new acquisitions by Abigail Yasgur and Susan Dubin. @ Sinai Temple Blumenthal Library, Los Angeles 90024.

Professional Development:
February 17, 2008 — “Focus on Illustration” — Jewish Literature for Children — 4th Western Regional Conference. (full day) Co-chair: Susan Dubin and Lisa Silverman. Program and photos forthcoming. @ Sinai Temple.


January 9, 2008 – “LAUNCH! Your Ticket to an Evening of Brilliant Library Ideas!” Colleagues — Judy CohnEllen ColeSusan DubinAdaire Klein, and Lisa Silverman — shared their best library ideas! @ Library of Yeshiva of Los Angeles Girls High School, Los Angeles 90035; host – Librarian Rayna Clark.

November 14, 2007 — Dinah Berland, poet, editor, and author, spoke about her book, Hours of Devotion: Fanny Neuda’s Book of Prayers for Jewish Women, the first full-length book of Jewish prayers written by a woman for women. Book Sale and Book Signing by Book Events and Authors Unlimited. @ Stephen S. Wise Temple Library, Los Angeles 90077.


2006 – 2007

May 14, 2007 — Award-winning author: Susan Goldman Rubin, spoke on Using the past to write your next book: Primary sources can be a powerful and evocative way to reach people in your writing!  Book Signing, and Book Sale by Book Events and Authors Unlimited
— AJLSC Annual Meeting: (1) Introduction of 2007-2009 AJLSC Directors, Officers, and Chairpeople. (2) AJLSC Dorothy Schroeder Award presentation to Mark Lamken, attorney for our AJLSC incorporation. (3) Donation of books to Los Angeles Public Library and County of Los Angeles Public Library. @ Simon Wiesenthal Center/Museum of Tolerance Library and Archives, Los Angeles 90035.

Kabbalah, 2007

March 12, 2007
 — Author Dr. Jody Myers, spoke on Peeking Behind the Curtain: Kabbalah in America Before the Kabbalah Centre.  Dr. Jody Myers is Professor of Religious Studies at California State University, Northridge, and Director of the Jewish Studies Interdisciplinary Program. @ Jewish Community Library of Los Angeles, Los Angeles 90048. [JCLLA closed 2009]

Professional Development:
February 4, 2007 — “2007: Focus on Young Adult/Teen Literature.” Jewish Literature for Children, 4th Western Regional Conference. (full day) Co-chair: Susan Dubin and Lisa Silverman.
• Linda Silver – Guest Moderator of Panel Discussion and Instructor of “Survey of Jewish Literature for Children”(handout: Jewish Books for Children).Silver is Past President, AJL’s Synagogue, School, & Center Division, Editor of the New Jewish Valuesfinder, and author of Jewish Classics for Kids.
• Panel Discussion and Breakout Sessions with Authors: Sarah LittmanDebra GarfinkleDana ReinhardtSimone Elkeles, and with Linda Silver on “Controversial Jewish Books for Teens” (handout: Hot Topics in Teen Literature).   
• Autograph and Dessert Party with Featured Authors.
• Jewish Literature for Children Marketplace and Book Sale – Vendors: Book Events and Authors Unlimited, Magnet Mogul, Mook and Blanchard, Mrs. Nelson’s Book Fair
Co-sponsored by AJL, AJLSC, and Sinai Temple. @ Sinai Temple, Los Angeles 90024.

January 8, 2007 — Susan Goldman Rubin was rescheduled for May 14, 2007. Substitute last-minute program – Ellen Cole, Librarian, Eugene B.Levine Memorial Library, Temple Isaiah, spoke on the subject of Children’s Literature @ Temple Isaiah, Los Angeles 90064.

November 13, 2006 — Bibliographic Adventures in the United Arab Emirates, Israel, and Argentina. Presented by David Hirsch, Jewish and Middle Eastern Studies Librarian, UCLA. David spoke and showed slides about his recent trip to Argentina and the Buenos Aires Yiddish Conference, his May 2006 Israel trip collecting publications from Jewish, Muslim, Druze, Christian, and Bahai communities, and his experiences training Iraqi librarians during the past two summers. @ UCLA, Charles Young Research Library (YRL), Los Angeles 90024 — First floor – Room 11348 – Presentation Room.

September 18, 2006 — Israel: Small Country, Big Ideas. Presented by Susan Dubin, Library Consultant. Power Point Slide Show – written by Wendy Lewis, of Learn Israel. Handout on Lesson Plans and Bibliography was prepared by Susan Dubin. These resources and more may be found on the “Learn Israel” website— Lesson Plans — Recommended Links. @ Valley Beth Shalom, Sheila Sporn Library, Encino 91436.
ALSO, colleagues brought these resources to share:
Goldstein, Margaret J. Israel in Pictures, revised and expanded. Lerner Publications, 2004.
Garcia-Granados, Jorge. The Birth of Israel; The Drama as I Saw It. Alfred A. Knopf, 1948.
Zenatti, Valerie. When I Was a Soldier. Bloomsbury USA Children’s Books, 2005.


2005 – 2006

May 22, 2006 — (1) Library Support Groups: (a) Librarian’s Guild with President Roy Stone, Senior Librarian, Fairfax Branch of Los Angeles Public Library (LAPL); and (b) Friends of the Library with Grace Friedman and Barbara Leff, Presidents of LAPL Friends at Fairfax branch and Encino-Tarzana branch, respectively. (2) Honoring Grace Friedman’s 90th Birthday; and (3) Annual donation of Judaica books to LAPL and County of LAPL. @ Fairfax Branch of LAPL, Los Angeles 90036.

April 3, 2006 — Jewish Cookbook Collections! Susan Dubin presented the VBS cookbooks on display and a VBS Cookbook Bibliography. Recipe Share. @ Valley Beth Shalom – Sheila Sporn Library, Encino 91436.

Professional Development:
February 20, 2006 — “2006: Focus on Non-Fiction” — Jewish Literature for Children, 3rd Western Regional Conference (full day). Co-chair: Susan Dubin and Lisa Silverman.
Session 1: Panel of non-fiction authors, Malka Drucker, Norman Finkelstein, Susan Goldman Rubin, and Erica Silverman, and break-out sessions with authors.
Session 2: Film screening of Paper Clips, and dialogue with Peter W. Schroeder & Dagmar Schroeder-Hildebrand, authors of the book, Six Million Paper Clips: The Making of a Children’s Holocaust Memorial.
Sponsored by AJLSC, AJL, and Sinai Temple Blumenthal Library. @ Sinai Temple Blumenthal Library,Los Angeles 90024.

December 5, 2005 — Author Rochelle Krich spoke about the mystery genre and her mystery books for adults and young adults. @ Beyda for Books, wholesale book dealer, Van Nuys, CA.

October 10, 2005 — Jewish Music for our Libraries – along with Fairfax Avenue Anecdotes. Simon Rutberg, owner of Hatikvah Music International (and Hataklit), spoke on Jewish music, various kinds, languages, and formats – what is popular and what is good for libraries. Simon also offered an interesting perspective on Fairfax Avenue – past and future – as a Fairfax shop keeper. @ Jewish Community Library of Los Angeles, Los Angeles 90048 [JCLLA closed 2009].


2004 – 2005

May 9, 2005 — Installation of AJLSC Officers and Board; Presentation of prestigious Dorothy Schroeder Awardto Arna Schwartz (Pressman Academy Library); and Gifts of Judaica books to the Los Angeles Public Library and County of Los Angeles Public Library. Beautiful dessert buffet to honor all. @ Will and Ariel Durant Branch of Los Angeles Public Library, Los Angeles 90046.

March 7, 2005 — Copyright Law and the Library. Jason Linder, an intellectual property and appellate lawyer with the firm of Irell & Manella LLP, discussed aspects of copyright law relevant to libraries and librarians. Topics included why we have copyright law, what it prohibits, and the often murky area of what it allows as a “fair use” with respect to print, audio, and digital media. @ Valley Beth Shalom Library, Encino 91436. Hosts: Susan Dubin(Library Consultant), Helene Gersuk (Synagogue Librarian), Susan Rosner (Technical Librarian/Library Administrator), and Charon Vilnoi (Library Assistant).

Professional Development:
February 20, 2005 —Jewish Literature for Children, 2nd Western Regional Conference. (full day) Co-chair: Susan Dubin and Lisa Silverman. Authors, illustrators, and publishers presented sessions on the latest offerings in Jewish literature for children and young adults. Sponsored by Mount Sinai Memorial Parks and Mortuaries, AJL, and AJLSC. @ Sinai Temple Blumenthal Library, Los Angeles 90024.

December 6, 2004 — Dr. Gil Graff, Executive Director of the Bureau of Jewish Education, spoke on Jewish Education in America — continuing AJLSC’s celebration of the 350th Anniversary of Jewish Life in America. @ Adat Ari El Day School Library, Valley Village 91607. Host: Day School Librarian Lesley Alexander.

October 18, 2004 — Dr. Ava Kahn, renown author, historian, and co-editor of California Jews: An Anthology, described as the “first full-length presentation of Jewish life, history, and culture in California, from the Gold Rush to the twenty-first century.” Dr. Kahn spoke on the occasion of AJLSC’s celebration of the 350th anniversary of Jewish life in America. @ Temple Beth Am Pressman Academy Lainer Library, Los Angeles 90035 – host: Day School Librarian Arna Schwartz.


2003 – 2004

May 3, 2004 — Library vs. Archives – Is There a Difference? A panel discussion covering archival preservation, organization, access, publicity, and synagogue archiving. Panel: Hynda Rudd, historian and former archivist of the City of Los Angeles; Wendy Horowitz, Children’s Librarian, Will & Ariel Durant Branch, Los Angeles Public Library, and Enid Sperber, Library Director, Corwin Library, Temple Israel of Hollywood. Also, Gifts of Judaica books were given to the Los Angeles Public Library and County of Los Angeles Public Library. @Adat Ari El Library, Valley Village 91607.

March 1, 2004 — A Haggadot Extravaganza! Barbara Y. Leff and AJLSC members shared special Haggadot. Barbara’s slide show, The Passover Haggadah, highlighted some of the Haggadot she collected at Stephen S. Wise Temple while Library Director (1969-1996). Roberta Lloyd, SSWT Library Director and host, introduced the special Haggadot cabinet to honor Barbara’s retirement; it was donated by SSWT, AJLSC, and Barbara’s family and friends. Several other AJLSC members shared unusual haggadot. @ Stephen S. Wise Temple Library, Los Angeles 90077.

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January 12, 2004 — Mark L. Smith –“Are Sholem Aleichem’s Stories for Jewish Children Really Children’s Stories?” This Yiddish book and literature expert focused on the Mayses far Yidishe Kinder by Sholem Aleichem — among the best-known Yiddish works for children; many have become popular in English as well. Topics: How they have been viewed by Yiddish and English critics; ways in which the stories have been used (and altered); and the layers of meaning in several selections. @ Valley Beth Shalom Library, Encino 91436.

Professional Development:
November 2003 — Jewish Literature for Children, 1st Western Regional Conference. (full day) Co-chair: Susan Dubin and Lisa Silverman. Sponsored by Mt. Sinai. Co-sponsored with AJLSC. @ Sinai Temple, Los Angeles 90024.
• Nov. 9 — Jewish Children’s Literature. Noted authors, illustrators, and editors, and autograph dessert party.
• Nov. 10 — 350 Years and Counting . . . [Preparing for the 350th anniversary of the first Jewish settlement in America – Sept. 2004].

October 20, 2003 — “The USA Patriot Act Affects All Libraries” — Panel discussion on the USA Patriot Act: Cindy O’Connor, President, Los Angeles League of Women Voters, and Nancy O’Neill, Principal Librarian, Reference Services, Santa Monica Public Library. @ University of Judaism*, Bel-Air 90077. [* Note: University of Judaism is now the American Jewish University.]


2002 – 2003

May 19, 2003 – Installation of AJLSC Officers and Board; and Presentation of prestigious Dorothy Schroeder Awardsto Grace Friedman and Dorothy Steiner; and Gifts of Judaica books to the Los Angeles Public Library and County of Los Angeles Public Library. Beautiful dessert buffet to honor all. @ Temple Akiba, Culver City 90230.

April 7, 2003 – Research and Information Services at the Amateur Athletic Foundation with Wayne Wilson, VP Research and Sports Library Supervisor. Tour: AAF Sports Library , including Judaica collection. @ Amateur Athletic Foundation of Los Angeles (now known as LA84 Foundation), Los Angeles 90018.

February 3, 2003 – Rick Burke (UJ University Librarian, and Executive Director of SCELC, the Statewide California Electronic Library Consortium) introduced us to the many special resources and databases available to all University of Judaism Library * patrons; and David Hirsch (Middle East Judaica Bibliographer at UCLA University Research Library) showed us slides and described the customs, festivals, and sages associated with three Jewish shrines in Egypt. @ University of Judaism,* Bel-Air 90077. [* Note: University of Judaism is now the American Jewish University.]

December 9, 2002 – Rabbi Perry Netter spoke about his new book, Divorce is a Mitzvah, a Practical Guide to Finding Wholeness and Holiness When Your Marriage Dies. Tour of JCLLA’s new 3rd floor library along with its Slavin Children’s Library on the 1st floor. @ Jewish Community Library of Los Angeles, Los Angeles 90048. [JCLLA closed 2009]

October 7, 2002 – Jewish Book Month and Other Programming – Your Library and You. Lisa Silverman (Sinai Temple Blumenthal Library) and Enid Sperber (Temple Israel of Hollywood Library) presented programming ideas to enhance library visability. Attendees shared ideas during a lively discussion. @ Milken Community Schools – Library, Los Angeles 90049.

August 18, 2002 – Autry Museum of Western Heritage, Los Angeles 90027. We enjoyed a guided tour of the exhibit: Jewish Life in the American West: Generation to Generation. Exhibition continues – 6/21/02 through 1/20/03.


2001 – 2002

May 23, 2002 – Skirball Cultural Center Library and Resource Center, Los Angeles.We arrived early to take a self-guided tour of Skirball exhibit – Myer Myers: Jewish Silversmith in Colonial New York. After a light dinner, Sue Greening, Librarian, discussed the collection and services of the Hollander Reference Library & Cavaliero Resource Center. @ Skirball Cultural Center, Los Angeles 90049.

March 4, 2002 – Judaic Resources at the Los Angeles County and City LibrariesPresentation on the available Judaica collections in the public libraries by: Michael Masliah,Librarian, Judaica Resource Collection,Culver City Library, Los Angeles County Public Library4975 Overland Ave., Culver City, CA 90230 — 310.559.0882 Hannah Kramer, Senior Librarian, Will & Ariel Durant Branch Library – Los Angeles Public Library, Los Angeles 90046.

February 7, 2002 – Yiddishkayt – Today and in the Future Eric A. Gordon, Director of Workmen’s Circle / Arbeter Ring Southern California District, and scholar and writer, discussed the organization’s history, philosophy, library, programs; and his books. We also toured the library and the current exhibit. @ Workman’s Circle, Los Angeles 90035.

December 3, 2001 – Susan Goldman Rubin, children’s author. Susan Rubin led a discussion on some of her books, focusing on her newest book, the biography – Steven Spielberg: Crazy for Movies. (New York: Harry N. Abrams, 2001)

October 15, 2001 – ONE Institute & Archives We learned about the local resource, ONE Institute & Archives, which houses the world’s largest research library on Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgendered heritage and concerns. Yaffa Weisman, Hebrew Union College-JIR Librarian, led the tour of ONE’s special exhibit, Twice Blessed Judaica. @ ONE Institute & Archives, Los Angeles 90007.