November 01, 2014   8 Cheshvan 5775
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The fall holidays were wonderful. The New Year is getting off to a rousing start with Story Slam.

Don’t forget that Bagels & Books/Bites & Books begins Monday October 20 at 7 pm in the Alpert Room. We will begin the year with a special presentation. Joan Kadri Zald, author of the memoir, A Call From Egypt, will join us to discuss her book as well as the memoir, An American Bride in Kabul by Phyllis Chesler. Both books explore the complications of personal Jewish – Islamic relations. In Joan’s case, it was the consequences of having a Jewish mother and an Egyptian/Muslim father. For Phyllis, it was the culture shock of being a young Jewish woman married to the son of a wealthy Afghani and being totally unprepared to live in Kabul. I will be the facilitator. Cost of the series is $30 ($25 for Friends of the Library & Sisterhood members.) There is a $10/session drop-in fee.

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Please contact me at or 248-865-0627 with any questions or comments.

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The Prentis Memorial Library was established in 1878 as the Temple Beth El Library by Rabbi Henry Zirndorf, the Temple's ninth Rabbi. It is the oldest Jewish congregational library in Michigan. The library was named the Anna S. and Meyer L. Prentis Memorial Library in the mid 1970s when the congregation moved to its present location.

The library is a cheerful gathering place and contains some 10,000 volumes of English language Judaica. The collection consists of Adult and Children's fiction and non-fiction which provide a major resource of information on a variety of Jewish subjects. The children's books are housed in a comfortable nook that includes a play-toy section. It is a cozy corner for story hours during religious school. There is also a selection of Jewish newspapers and periodicals including, The Detroit Jewish News, The Forward, The Jerusalem Report, Commentary, Moment and Babaganewz for children.

The Prentis Memorial Library contains a significant and beautiful asset in the Leonard N. Simons Collection of Rare Judaica, 900 volumes from the 17th through the 19th century. These were generously donated to enhance the scholarly resources of the library.

Eileen Polk, M.L.I.S., Librarian
248 851 1100, ext.3138


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