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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.

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.

  1. Birthday Book Club: You may honor a child on his/her special day. For a $20 donation, our librarian will select an age-appropriate book, inscribe a beautiful bookplate, and send the birthday child a personal letter about your gift with an invitation to be the very first person to check out the book. Click here to access our Birthday Book Club Request Form.
  2. Alpert Mendelson Library: A donation to our Adult Library is an invaluable way to share a special occasion or to memorialize a loved one.  A donation of $25 will be recognized with an imprinted bookplate.  Click here to make an online donation.
  3. Aaron Price Children’s Library: Almost half of our library is devoted to our children section - from toddlers to young adults. Click here to make an online donation.       

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.

Temple staff will be happy to open the library for congregants. Please ask at the front administrative office, 760.436.0654.