The Prentis Memorial Library

Laura Williams

Director of Cultural Resources
248.851.1100 ext. 3137/3138

Direct 248.865.0627

School Year Library Hours:   

Monday - Friday

9:00 AM – 5:00 PM


9:00 AM – NOON

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.

by Nathan Englander 
Facilitated by Rabbi Mark Miller


Monday, January 4 @ Noon

Join Zoom Meeting

When his father dies, it falls to Larry—the secular son in a family of Orthodox Brooklyn Jews—to recite the Kaddish, the Jewish prayer for the dead, every day for eleven months. But to the horror and dismay of his sister, Larry refuses, imperiling the fate of his father’s soul. To appease her, he hires a stranger through a website called to say the prayer instead—a decision that will have profound, and very personal, repercussions. Irreverent, hilarious, and wholly irresistible, Nathan Englander’s tale of a son who makes a diabolical compromise brilliantly captures the tensions between tradition and modernity.

Sessions will be virtual at noon. (Subject to change later in the year when in person programming resumes)


Temple Beth El
7400 Telegraph Road
Bloomfield Hills, Michigan 48301