Joan Tedlow, our librarian, is on medical leave and expects to return sometime over the summer. In the interim, Barbara Sutton, former librarian at the JCC, and Renee Lucas, one of our Sunday librarians, will staff the library on Tuesday and Wednesday. You may reach them by calling 760.436.0654 x280.
The Alpert Mendelson Library is the largest Judaic library in Northern San Diego County. The library is one of a select number of facilities that was awarded Advanced Accreditation by the Association of Jewish Libraries in 2005 and again in 2008 and 2012. The collection of approximately 10,000 volumes is divided into an Adult Library, the Aaron Price Children’s Library, an extensive Reference Section, and Holocaust and Parenting areas. The Media Section includes numerous audiobooks, DVDs and musical CDs.
The library staff works closely with our Religious School and Early Childhood Education Directors to insure that our children are exposed to the very best in Jewish literature. Religious School students visit the library for story time, ECC students also visit for monthly story time, while our Kindergarten comes in weekly.
We are a community resource and encourage non-members to utilize the facility and participate in our book clubs. We offer checkout privileges to non-members and are always available to help with research questions and projects.
Book Clubs: The Alpert Mendelson Library offers two book clubs, facilitated by our librarian. The clubs have been on hold while Joan is on leave. We hope they will resume in September. Check this page periodically for further information.
New Acquisitions: For information on recently-purchased books, audiobooks, CDs and DVDs check out New Acquisitions. Contact us with your suggestions.
Used Book Sale: We will offer mini book sales throughout the year. Gently-used books are also available during library hours on the sale carts in front of the library.
Donations: There are three funds available for people interested in donating to the Alpert Mendelson Library. All books in the library are acquired through your donations. To see how you can help your Temple Solel library grow, please click on the following links listed below.
The Alpert Mendelson Library invites you to explore. These resources will expand your world. Enjoy the voyage.
Jewish Book Council
The Jewish Book Council serves as the national resource center for information about the American Jewish literary scene. It is a great resource for Book Clubs, links to book blogs, reading lists, and so much more.
The Book of Life: A podcast about Jewish people and the books we read
This podcast covers reviews of books of Jewish content, interviews with the authors, and lots more. It is organized and run by Heidi Rabinowitz, who not only hosts The Book of Life podcast, but also directs the library at Congregation B'nai Israel in Boca Raton, presides at South Florida Association of Jewish Libraries and hangs around with the Sydney Taylor Book Award Committee, the PJ Library book selection committee, and anyone else who has a thing for children's books. She knows about Jewish books!
Reform Judaism: Jewish life in your life
Information on all things Reform will be found on this website. Book suggestions, Israel, Jewish holidays and customs, answers to questions you didn't even know you had. "ReformJudaism.org seeks to provide content that describes and demonstrates the traditions and innovations of Reform Jewish life. We welcome visitors to our site and to Reform Judaism. Whether you are Reform, from a different stream of Judaism, “just Jewish,” interested in conversion, or merely curious, we hope you’ll find resources here that answer your questions and reflect the engaging, inclusive, and welcoming aspects of Reform Judaism." It is run by the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ)
Virtual Jewish Library
The Jewish Virtual Library (JVL) is a comprehensive online encyclopedia of Jewish history, politics and culture. When you are not able to access the physical library, this resource, for students of all ages, covers any subject, from anti-Semitism to Zionism. It includes the Library of Congress' Judaic and Hebraic treasures collection, as well as government sources from around the world.
During the School Year: Tuesday and Wednesday, 10:00am – 6:00pm.
During the Summer: Tuesday and Wednesday, 10:00am – 2:00pm.
Temple staff will be happy to open the library for congregants at other times. Please ask at the front administrative office. You may also leave a voice mail for our librarians: 760.436.0654 x280