Resources & Links

Resources & Links


Resources – Online and Print

The Jewish Library Handbook, 2016

Jewish Library Handbook: A Guide for Synagogue, School and Center Libraries. Edited by Joyce Levine; Based on How to Organize a Jewish Library by Margot S. Berman (1993). Published by the Association of Jewish Libraries, September 11, 2016. (paperback, $18 – available from This book covers: Starting a new library and mission statements; budget; collection and collection development; cataloging; classification; automation; programming; promotion and advocacy; and accreditation. Appendices with forms and sample policies.

 FOR 2017: AJLSC Brochures for JEWISH BOOK MONTH (online) – compiled by Ellen G. Cole, Levine Library, Temple Isaiah, Los Angeles:

 — In Celebration of Jewish Book Month: A Selected List of Recent Books For Adults for 2017

— In Celebration of Jewish Book Month: A Selected List of Recent Books For Children and Teens For 2017  


Jewish Book Month – November 2nd – December 2nd, 2018. It starts one month before Hanukkah annually. Contact Jewish Book Council, 520 8th Avenue, 4th Floor; New York, NY 10018 – 212-201-2920 – Fax: 212-532-4952 .

Jewish Book Council – a national resource center.  Jewish Book World (quarterly review publication).   Extensive online access to books, programs, resources, network author tours, award lists, and more.

For the disabled: Jewish-theme books (including AJL Award Winning Books) are published for the blind, visually impaired, and reading disabled by JBI International (The Jewish Braille Institute). Also check Resources for the Disabled at Links. And, Seedlings: Braille Books for Children – “A web magazine for Jewish book reviews, news, excerpts, and more. . . . The Online Jewish Book Community:  Fiction, Non-Fiction, Children’s Books, Interviews & Profiles, First Chapters, Secular Culture & Ideas.”

Reviews of Judaica books and audiovisual materials:
— AJL Reviews (for AJL members) and AJL Reviews/Archives (for all)
— Jewish Book Council – Resources for Readers


For Schools, Kids, and Parents:

A Graphic-Novel Haggadah, Three Picture Books and Two Award-Winners for Kids, by Lisa Silverman, Burton Sperber Jewish Community Library Director at the American Jewish University, Jewish Journal, April 10th, 2019.

People to Read About in Biographies and Autobiographies for Young Adults, by Ellen Cole, Librarian, Temple Isaiah, Los Angeles, revised 2019.

New Hanukkah Picture Books Featuring Hamsters and Talking Latkes, by Lisa Silverman, Burton Sperber Jewish Community Library Director at the American Jewish University, Jewish Journal, November 28th, 2018.

Love Your Neighbor: AJL Recommends Children’s Books for Turbulent Times Jewish Journal, November 14th, 2018.

Just for Kids: New Books for a New Year, by Lisa Silverman, Burton Sperber Jewish Community Library Director at American Jewish University, Jewish Journal, August 30, 2018.

Hanukkah Books for Kids are Full of Wit, Whimsy. by Lisa Silverman, Burton Sperber Jewish Community Library at American Jewish University, Jewish Journal, November 29, 2017.

Librarian Ellen Cole with students in Temple Isiah Levine Library

Great Websites for Kids – sponsored by American Library Association’s ALSC (Association for Library Service to Children). (Grades K-12, current) 


Resources by AJLSC Authors

Ben-Zvi, Hava BrombergWe Who Lived: Two Teenagers in World War II Poland, 2018. Portraits in Literature: The Jews of Poland. An Anthology, Compiled and Edited, June 2011; paperback edition January 2013. The Bride Who Argued With God: Tales From The Treasury of Jewish Folklore, Compiled, Translated and Retold, 2006. Eva’s Journey, A Young Girl’s True Story, 2004. (See author’s website here)

Leff, Barbara. Searching for Answers about General Library Operations & Services in Cyberspace, a Selected List, Revised 2018. Co-author with Susan Freiband: Collection Development in Smaller Judaica Libraries: Resource Guide. Collaborator with Susan Freiband: Collection Development in Smaller Judaica Libraries: An Introduction and Guide. AJL, 2006. (Collection Development available through AJL Publications).

Silverman, LisaArticlesShavuot Inspires Children’s Books, Jewish Journal, May 24, 2017. A Boy’s Life and the Birth of Modern Hebrew, by Richard MichelsonReported by Lisa Silverman in the Jewish Journal , May 3, 2017. Sydney Taylor Book Award Winners Announced, Jewish Journal, February 3, 2017.


Resources by Association of Jewish Libraries

AJL WebsiteAssociation of Jewish Libraries

AJL Book of Life — AJL Blog, includes Jewish Book Carnival (book bloggers’ monthly links to promote literature)

Jewish Library Advocacy Kit” — AJL’s wonderful tool for promoting the value of your library services to your community.


Resources about the Internet and Jewish Internet

The Internet (a very select list)

Digital Literacy – The U.S. Department of Commerce launched this gateway to materials, research, online learning tools and more to help librarians and educators access and share materials to use when training learners of all ages on topics such as information literacy, computer skills, digital literacy and more. Visit

The Jewish Internet (a very select list)

Yizkor Books Database at NYPL – Introducing a new LibGuide available for the Yizkor book collection at The New York Public Library. Comprising 700 books, largely digitized in partnership with the Yiddish Book Center, the Yizkor book collection is highly used by researchers around the world. Now you can find information for all of the Yizkor books in one place, including links to read and download the digitized titles. The guide is alphabetical, keyword searchable, and includes name variations of towns and cities. Here you will also find background information on Yizkor books and links to helpful resources.

The Union List of Digitized Jewish Historic Newspapers, Periodicals and e-Journals – Updated for 2019, the list consists of two pages: one for titles in Latin script (includes also some Cyrillic titles) and one page for Hebraic scripts (Hebrew, Yiddish and Ladino).

Index to Jewish Periodicals – A comprehensive, guide to articles, book reviews, feature stories, and other contents in English – available in book, CD, and online – annual and semi-annual.

Europeana Digital Collections – Explore 58,072,913 artworks, artifacts, books, films and music from European museums, galleries, libraries and archives. Judaica Europeana II will be aggregated in early 2019…

Digital Public Library of America – Discover 33,392,764 images, texts, videos, and sounds from across the United States, including Jewish digitized content.

Romm, Diane. Jewish Internet, 2003-current. A searchable website created by the author (a librarian and AJL member) to complement the 3rd edition of her book, The Jewish Guide to the Internet. The searchable site contains the entire text of the 3rd edition of the book, plus updates and additions of material added since the book’s publication in 2002. Also, the website provides Internet links to Jewish search engines in English, Hebrew, and other languages and to institutions and individuals who maintain sizable websites with Jewish resources. The author continues to keep the online links current.


Resource Tools for Librarians (reference and selection tools, cataloging tools, articles, online periodicals, databases, other links)

Library and Information Science Resources on the Web — a potpourri of useful links from Intuit: Universities offering information science courses, career resources, general tools (databases, digital libraries, portals), tools by library departments, sites for librarians.


Cataloging Tools for Librarians

Online Catalogs of Local Libraries with Judaic Collections


Recent Selection Tools

AJL Jewish ValuesFinder – The purpose is to identify the Jewish values found in books written for Jewish children and teens in English or in translation. It is a selective guide; not every book of Jewish content is included. It is kept CURRENT.

Linda R. Silver. The Jewish Values Finder: A Guide to Values in Jewish Children’s Literature. Neal-Schuman Publishers for Association of Jewish Libraries, 2008. (Available from

Linda R. Silver. Best Jewish Books for Children and Teens: A JPS Guide. Jewish Publication Society, 2010. Selection of Jewish books for children — from preschool through high school — written in or translated into English, with most appearing since the end of World War II. Recommended Reading by Subject — Fiction and Non-Fiction — Plot Summaries. Award Winners and Recommended Reading Levels. Indexed by Title, Author, Illustrator, and Subject.

Excellence in Jewish Children’s Literature: A Guide for Book Selectors, Reviewers, and Award Judges, published by AJL.

Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, has awarded the following for the current year: Caldecott Award to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children — Newbery Award to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children — and other distinguished awards.


AcademicInfo – online education resource center with extensive subject guides and distance learning information – over 25,000+ hand-picked resources – updated daily.

Building a School Website – for beginners – for teachers and students to work together, and good for individuals too. (elementary school level)

Digital Public Library of America – an attempt to make the holdings of US research libraries, archives, and museums available to all Americans online and free of charge.


Encyclopedias (online):

  Jewish Encyclopedia – 1901-1906; unedited contents of original encylopedia.
  Jewish Virtual Library — an online comprehensive Jewish encyclopedia published by the American-Israeli Cooperative Enterprise.

Global Literature in Libraries Initiative. GLLI strives to raise the visibility of world literature for adults and children. Check the blog for Judaica posts during Sept. 2017.

Glass door inscription to Temple Isiah Levine Library

Internet Archive – non-profit digital library offering free universal access to books, movies, music, and web pages.


Jewish Books — Web magazines for news, reviews, information, interviews, excerpts, blogs, and lots more… (Online Jewish Book Community) (blog about Jewish writing, philosophy, history,
and law by a journalist) (annotated book lists) (a gateway to Jewish exploration) — extensive personal list of sources,
publishers, et al., by Jacob Richman — Jewish book lists and Jewish book clubs

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Jewish (Jewish film archive online)

Jewish (Ergo Media) films, videos, DVDs about Jewish experience, including Israel. Films are in English or subtitled.

Core DVD Collection for Jewish Schools – Ergo’s Recommended Collection

National Center for Jewish Film — collection, preservation, exhibition of films

Rabbi at the Movies – Rabbinic commentary on film by Rabbi Ruth Adar (Bay Area, CA) – films with Jewish themes 1920 to current.

Ruth Diskin Films – documentaries on Jewish Life, Holocaust, Israeli Mosaic.


Jewish Genealogical Resources — International Resources

Jewish Data – One of the Largest International Jewish Genealogical Resources

Jewish Historical Society of Southern California — preserves and creates awareness of local Jewish history; leads tours to sites of historical Jewish interest in the Los Angeles area; maintains an archive of community records; and helps produce film series, lectures, exhibits, publications, and oral histories.

Jewish History / American Jewish History websites – a selected list of Jewish Internet Consortium – by Larry Laufman, Ed.D.

Jewish Women’s Archives (JWA) — uncovers, chronicles, and transmits the rich history of American Jewish women via curricula and other educational materials, posters, partnerships, programs, research, oral history guides, reminiscences, and other resources, blogs, online exhibits, and a Virtual Archive on an innovative website. Website also includes free, online version of Jewish Women: A Comprehensive Historical Encyclopedia.


Librarianship (Misc.):

Library Link of the Day – includes extensive links to Library Weblogs and to
Information Sources

Unshelved – (the Library Comic Strip)

Libraries and Librarians in Film and TV by George M. Eberhart and Jennifer Henderson (March 2013). Source: Whole Library Handbook 5. AND Libraries on Film (on Pinterest)

Library Lovers’ Month – many ideas of the Friends and Foundations of California Libraries may be adapted to a Jewish library setting.

Library-Related Acronyms and Initialisms – from American Library Association

Makerspaces – DIY (Do it yourself) spaces where people can gather to create, invent, and learn – often in libraries.

National Library Week AND School Library Media Month

National Yiddish Book Center — The full texts of over 11,000 works of modern Yiddish literature, can be read, downloaded, and printed in popular formats for free

OCLC WebJunction – “learning place for libraries.” Subscribe to Crossroads, their free monthly publication for updates on e-books, makerspaces, technology, and for interesting webinars, etc.



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Association of Jewish Libraries
California Library Association
California School Library Association
California State Library
Church and Synagogue Library Association
Jewish Book Council

Pew Research Internet Project on Libraries – Here’s a new lengthy Pew Report, dated March 13, 2014- “From Distant Admirers to Library Lovers–and Beyond.” A brief summary was published in the Los Angeles Times – “Library Lovers are Less Lonely…” Some of their findings and suggestions can be applied to libraries of Judaica.


Resources for School Librarians — Learning & Teaching; Information Access; Program Administration; Technology; Education & Employment; Continuing Education.

Sholem Aleichem: Indexes to the Yiddish Works of Sholem Aleichem and their English Translations, by Louis Fridhandler.

Social Networking in Plain English (short video) — to communicate with others — explanation and links Social Networks – presentation at 2009 Chicago AJL Convention.

Travel Through Jewish Fiction: Celebrate Jewish Book Month with These Titles and Read-Alikes, by Rachel Kamin, AJL Member, November 14, 2016, in Library Journal.



Friends and Foundations of California Libraries — how to unlock the vast resources of the library

United for Libraries (formerly Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations (ALTAFF) of the American Library Association (ALA) (and also formerly Friends of the Library USA (FOL))

Wikis in Plain English (short video) — to coordinate projects — explanation and links