October 01, 2014   7 Tishrei 5775
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Our book clubs will begin with a special event. On Monday, October 20 at 7 pm, we will meet for a joint session in the Alpert Room to discuss two short memoirs, An American Bride in Kabul by Phyllis Chessler and A Call From Egypt by Joan Kadri Zald.

While in college, Phyllis Chessler, a renowned educator and feminist, married the son of a wealthy Afghani family and wound up living in Afghanistan in a state of culture shock. Joan Zald, a retired social worker and photographer, is the daughter of an American Jewish mother and an Egyptian Muslim father. It was only after her estranged father’s death that she traveled to Egypt and met his family, an event that helped answer questions about her parent’s strained marriage. This session will feature author Joan Kadri Zald and will be facilitated by Eileen Polk, Librarian.

Prentis Memorial Library  

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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