The Beth El Synagogue Center Library is located on the lower level, opposite the museum and adjacent to the Rabbi’s study. It houses more than 7,600 books with Jewish content and was again awarded accreditation by the Association of Jewish Libraries from June 2008 to June 2011.
With one of the most extensive and up-to-date children’s sections in Westchester County, the library features fiction and non-fiction for children and teens, including children’s reference volumes and books about Jewish holidays and other events on the Jewish calendar. A separate Bar/Bat Mitzvah Reference Section is available to assist Religious School students with research for their D’var Torah or D’var Haftorah. For young readers, a child-scaled low table and chairs is located near the picture books.
For adults, the library offers Jewish fiction & non-fiction for scholarly research and leisurely reading. A New Acquisitions Section features the latest in Jewish-related published works. For fluent readers of Hebrew, the library offers a special section of contemporary Israeli fiction in original Hebrew.
To encourage browsing, the library has a cozy area with a comfortable sofa and chair and small table. In addition, the Reference Section has a large table with chairs. Reference books range from The Encyclopedia Judaica to The Big Book of Jewish Baseball.
Here are some highlights of the Library collection:
- The Talmud
- Rambam Commentary on the Torah
- JPS Tanach
- Hebrew /English Dictionaries
- The Arts
- Israeli literature in Hebrew
- Customs & Laws
- Prayer books
- Hebrew texts
The library also includes a rack of paperbacks, two bulletin boards highlighting Jewish-related current events, a rack of periodicals, and various pamphlets.