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Sperber Community Library

The Burton Sperber Jewish Community Library of Los Angeles at American Jewish was dedicated by the Sperber Family in memory of noted philanthropist and landscape developer Burton Sperber. 

The library welcomes the entire Los Angeles Jewish Community to enjoy its state-of-the art facility and participate in a variety of programs for adults, children and families, including Grandparent & Me, book and film clubs, genealogy research and literary events with noted authors. Join our community of book lovers and learners.

  • Searching the World for Exotic Judaica, David Hirsch

    Searching the World for Exotic Judaica, David Hirsch

    Share the travels of David Hirsch, UCLA librarian for Jewish and Middle Eastern Studies, as he discusses his most recent sojourns in Iraq, Kurdistan, and Turkey searching for exotic Judaica for the university's extensive collections. Hirsch speaks or reads 12 different languages - including Arabic, Farsi, Turkish, Armenian, Indonesian, and Swahili - and this remarkable facility enables him to connect with sources across the world. He reveals stories and photos of his most stirring acquisitions and future plans for expanding the UCLA library collections. Read More

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  • Award-Winning Author Adam Gidwitz -- The Inquisitor's Tale

    Award-Winning Author Adam Gidwitz -- The Inquisitor's Tale

    Tackling Taboo Topics in Children's Literature. The New York Times bestselling author (A Tale Dark and Grimm) joins us to discuss his latest middle-grade novel, one of the most celebrated books of 2017 -- a Newbery Honor Book, a Sydney Taylor Book Award Winner and a National Jewish Book Award finalist for children's literature. Read More

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  • Best-selling Author Scott Eyman -- Hank and Jim: The Fifty Year Friendship of Henry Fonda and Jimmy Stewart

    Best-selling Author Scott Eyman -- Hank and Jim: The Fifty Year Friendship of Henry Fonda and Jimmy Stewart

    Henry Fonda and James Stewart were two of the biggest stars in Hollywood for forty years. This new book provides a fascinating portrait of their extraordinary friendship. The author of fifteen books, three of them New York Times bestsellers, Scott Eyman joins us to discuss his new book and extensive research. Read More

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  • Bestselling Author A.J. Jacobs -- It's All Relative: Adventures Up and Down the World's Family Tree

    Bestselling Author A.J. Jacobs -- It's All Relative: Adventures Up and Down the World's Family Tree

    The experimental journalist's latest book is about his family -- and your family, too. The author chronicles his adventure to help build the World Family Tree -- a quest to unite the entire human race. Jacobs' bestseller The Year of Living Biblically will soon be adapted as a CBS sitcom and his global family TED Talk has been viewed more than one million times. Read More

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  • The Graduate, Film Screening & Author Discussion

    The Graduate, Film Screening & Author Discussion

    Celebrate the golden anniversary of this groundbreaking comedy classic by watching it again on the big screen. Following the film, Beverly Gray, author of Seduced by Mrs. Robinson: How The Graduate Became the Touchstone for a Generation, discusses this unexpected cultural phenomenon with entertainment journalist Craig Modderno. Read More

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  • The Education of Eva Moskowitz: A Memoir

    The Education of Eva Moskowitz: A Memoir

    Eva Moskowitz is the controversial founder and CEO of Success Academy Charter Schools, which grew to 46 schools serving 15,500 children. Her new book details her successful battle to save her schools following a showdown with New York Mayor Bill De Blasio. The author discusses her memoir with Nick Melvoin, a pro-Charter member of the LAUSD Board of Education. Read More

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  • Award-winning Author Kathy Kacer and Jordana Liebowitz -- To Look a Nazi in the Eye: A Teen's Account of a War Criminal Trial

    Award-winning Author Kathy Kacer and Jordana Liebowitz -- To Look a Nazi in the Eye: A Teen's Account of a War Criminal Trial

    Prolific Canadian children's author Kathy Kacer collaborates with 19-year-old Jordana Leibowitz, a granddaughter of Holocaust survivors, to tell the fascinating, true story of her experience attending the trial of Oskar Groening, known as the bookkeeper of Auschwitz, possibly the last trial of its kind in Germany. Read More

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  • Award-Winning Author Dara Horn -- Eternal Life

    Award-Winning Author Dara Horn -- Eternal Life

    A spellbinding journey from Roman occupied Jerusalem to the frontiers of genetic engineering, and from despair of life’s burdens to the incandescence of unconditional love, Eternal Life lluminates the bonds between generations, the purpose of death, and the reasons for being alive. Presented with University Women. Read More

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