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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.

  • Book Club at the Sperber: The Tin Horse

    Book Club at the Sperber: The Tin Horse

    Join us for a lively discussion with our Sperber Librarian about Tin Horse, by Janice Steinberg. It has been more than sixty years since Elaine Greenstein's twin sister, Barbara, ran away--cutting off contact with her family forever. Now there is a clue to Barbara's whereabouts and Elaine must confront the fierce love and bitter rivalry of their youth during the 1920s and '30s, in the Los Angeles Jewish neighborhood of Boyle Heights. Read More

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  • Book Club at the Sperber: The Tin Horse

    Book Club at the Sperber: The Tin Horse

    Join us for a lively discussion with our Sperber Librarian about Tin Horse by Janice Steinberg It has been more than sixty years since Elaine Greenstein's twin sister, Barbara, ran away, cutting off contact with her family forever. Now there is a clue to Barbara's whereabouts and Elaine must confront the fierce love and bitter rivalry of their youth during the 1920s and '30s, in the Los Angeles Jewish neighborhood of Boyle Heights. Read More

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  • Book Club at the Sperber: The Tin Horse

    Book Club at the Sperber: The Tin Horse

    Join us for a lively discussion with our Sperber Librarian about Tin Horse by Janice Steinberg It has been more than sixty years since Elaine Greenstein's twin sister, Barbara, ran away, cutting off contact with her family forever. Now there is a clue to Barbara's whereabouts and Elaine must confront the fierce love and bitter rivalry of their youth during the 1920s and '30s, in the Los Angeles Jewish neighborhood of Boyle Heights. Read More

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  • Short Stories at the Sperber: The Cousins

    Short Stories at the Sperber: The Cousins

    Do not have time to read an entire book? Join us each month to discuss literary short stories with our Sperber Librarian. This month we will be discussing Joyce Carol Oates "The Cousins." This work is from the story collection "The Gravedigger's Daughter," where a woman believes that she and a prominent professor are related as cousins. Contact the Sperber Library at 310-440-1264, or email Lisa Silverman at lisa.silverman@aju.edu to request that a copy of the story be sent to you! Read More

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  • Book Club at the Sperber: Here I Am

    Book Club at the Sperber: Here I Am

    Join us for a lively discussion with our Sperber Librarian about Here I Am, by Jonathan Safran Foer. Unfolding over four tumultuous weeks in present-day Washington, D.C., Here I Am is the story of a fracturing family in a moment of crisis. As Jacob and Julia Bloch and their three sons are forced to confront the distances between the lives they think they want and the lives they are living, a catastrophic earthquake sets in motion a quickly escalating conflict in the Middle East. Read More

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  • Book Club at the Sperber: Here I Am

    Book Club at the Sperber: Here I Am

    Join us for a lively discussion with our Sperber Librarian about Here I Am, by Jonathan Safran Foer. Unfolding over four tumultuous weeks in present-day Washington, D.C., Here I Am is the story of a fracturing family in a moment of crisis. As Jacob and Julia Bloch and their three sons are forced to confront the distances between the lives they think they want and the lives they are living, a catastrophic earthquake sets in motion a quickly escalating conflict in the Middle East. Read More

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  • Book Club at the Sperber: Here I Am

    Book Club at the Sperber: Here I Am

    Join us for a lively discussion with our Sperber Librarian about Here I Am, by Jonathan Safran Foer. Unfolding over four tumultuous weeks in present-day Washington, D.C., Here I Am is the story of a fracturing family in a moment of crisis. As Jacob and Julia Bloch and their three sons are forced to confront the distances between the lives they think they want and the lives they are living, a catastrophic earthquake sets in motion a quickly escalating conflict in the Middle East. Read More

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  • Short Stories at the Sperber: The Old World

    Short Stories at the Sperber: The Old World

    Do not have time to read an entire book? Join us each month to discuss literary short stories with our Sperber Librarian. This month we will be discussing Molly Antopol's "The Old World." This work is from the story collection "The UnAmericans," and explores the search for identity and meaning on a lonely honeymoon in Kiev. Contact the Sperber Library at 310-440-1264, or email Lisa Silverman at lisa.silverman@aju.edu to request that a copy of the story be sent to you! Read More

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  • Book Club at the Sperber: Eternal Life

    Book Club at the Sperber: Eternal Life

    Join us for a lively discussion with our Sperber Librarian about Eternal Life, by Dara Horn. Rachel is immortal, and that's becoming a problem. She's had scores of marriages and hundreds of children, over 2,000 years?ever since she made a spiritual bargain to save the life of her first son back in Roman-occupied Jerusalem. There's only one other person in the world who understands her dilemma: a man she once loved passionately, who has been stalking her through the centuries, convinced they belong together forever. Read More

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  • Book Club at the Sperber: Eternal Life

    Book Club at the Sperber: Eternal Life

    Join us for a lively discussion with our Sperber Librarian about Eternal Life, by Dara Horn. Rachel is immortal, and that's becoming a problem. She's had scores of marriages and hundreds of children, over 2,000 years?ever since she made a spiritual bargain to save the life of her first son back in Roman-occupied Jerusalem. There's only one other person in the world who understands her dilemma: a man she once loved passionately, who has been stalking her through the centuries, convinced they belong together forever. Read More

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  • Book Club at the Sperber: Eternal Life

    Book Club at the Sperber: Eternal Life

    Join us for a lively discussion with our Sperber Librarian about Eternal Life, by Dara Horn. Rachel is immortal, and that's becoming a problem. She's had scores of marriages and hundreds of children, over 2,000 years?ever since she made a spiritual bargain to save the life of her first son back in Roman-occupied Jerusalem. There's only one other person in the world who understands her dilemma: a man she once loved passionately, who has been stalking her through the centuries, convinced they belong together forever. Read More

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  • Short Stories at the Sperber: The Conversion of the Jews

    Short Stories at the Sperber: The Conversion of the Jews

    Do not have time to read an entire book? Join us each month to discuss literary short stories with our Sperber Librarian. This month we will be discussing Philip Roth's "The Conversion of the Jews." This work is from the story collection "Goodbye, Columbus" (1959), where a bright Hebrew school student is entirely too inquisitive for his teacher, Rabbi Binder. Contact the Sperber Library at 310-440-1264, or email Lisa Silverman at lisa.silverman@aju.edu to request that a copy of the story be sent to you! Read More

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  • Book Club at the Sperber: The Underground Railroad

    Book Club at the Sperber: The Underground Railroad

    Join us for a lively discussion with our Sperber Librarian about The Underground Railroad, by Colson Whitehead. Winner of both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, the #1 New York Times bestseller chronicles a young slave's adventures as she makes a desperate bid for freedom in the antebellum South. A fitting Passover selection. Read More

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  • Book Club at the Sperber: The Underground Railroad

    Book Club at the Sperber: The Underground Railroad

    Join us for a lively discussion with our Sperber Librarian about The Underground Railroad, by Colson Whitehead. Winner of both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, the #1 New York Times bestseller chronicles a young slave's adventures as she makes a desperate bid for freedom in the antebellum South. A fitting Passover selection. Read More

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  • Book Club at the Sperber: The Underground Railroad

    Book Club at the Sperber: The Underground Railroad

    Join us for a lively discussion with our Sperber Librarian about The Underground Railroad, by Colson Whitehead. Winner of both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, the #1 New York Times bestseller chronicles a young slave's adventures as she makes a desperate bid for freedom in the antebellum South. A fitting Passover selection. Read More

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  • Short Stories at the Sperber: Casualties

    Short Stories at the Sperber: Casualties

    Do not have time to read an entire book? Join us each month to discuss literary short stories with our Sperber Librarian. This month we will be discussing Ayelet Tsabari's "Casualties." This work is from the story collection "The Best Place on Earth," where a mother travels from Israel to visit her daughter in Canada and is stunned by her grandson’s upbringing. Contact the Sperber Library at 310-440-1264, or email Lisa Silverman at lisa.silverman@aju.edu to request that a copy of the story be sent to you! Read More

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  • Book Club at the Sperber: As Close to Us as Breathing

    Book Club at the Sperber: As Close to Us as Breathing

    Join us for a lively discussion with our Sperber Librarian about "As Close to Us as Breathing," by Elizabeth Poliner. A multigenerational family saga about the long-lasting reverberations of one tragic summer in 1948 on a small stretch of Connecticut shoreline, affectionately named "Bagel Beach". It is the summer destination for Jewish families, including sisters Ada, Vivie and Bec, and their children and weekend-only husbands who come up from the city to join them. Read More

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  • Book Club at the Sperber: As Close to Us as Breathing

    Book Club at the Sperber: As Close to Us as Breathing

    Join us for a lively discussion with our Sperber Librarian about "As Close to Us as Breathing," by Elizabeth Poliner. A multigenerational family saga about the long-lasting reverberations of one tragic summer in 1948 on a small stretch of Connecticut shoreline, affectionately named "Bagel Beach". It is the summer destination for Jewish families, including sisters Ada, Vivie and Bec, and their children and weekend-only husbands who come up from the city to join them. Read More

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  • Book Club at the Sperber: As Close to Us as Breathing

    Book Club at the Sperber: As Close to Us as Breathing

    Join us for a lively discussion with our Sperber Librarian about "As Close to Us as Breathing," by Elizabeth Poliner. A multigenerational family saga about the long-lasting reverberations of one tragic summer in 1948 on a small stretch of Connecticut shoreline, affectionately named "Bagel Beach". It is the summer destination for Jewish families, including sisters Ada, Vivie and Bec, and their children and weekend-only husbands who come up from the city to join them. Read More

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