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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.

  • Movie Matinees at the Sperber: Body and Soul: An American Bridge

    Movie Matinees at the Sperber: Body and Soul: An American Bridge

    Join us and our special guest, Kari Howard, caberet singer and AJU lecturer on the Great American Songbook, for a screening of Body and Soul: An American Bridge. Share your thoughts about the film and enjoy some popcorn! The story of one of the most popular songs in the jazz repertoire, this film illustrates the complex musical interplay between Jewish and African-American cultures. It is a tribute to the enduring power of song to break down barriers and unite disparate peoples. Read More

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  • Movie Matinees at the Sperber: Streit's: Matzo and the American Dream

    Movie Matinees at the Sperber: Streit's: Matzo and the American Dream

    Our popular documentary film and discussion series continues! Join us for a screening of Streit's: Matzo and the American Dream. Share your thoughts about the film and enjoy some popcorn! An iconic New York institution and a fifth generation family business, the Streit's factory and the Streit family itself have long held firmly to tradition, churning flour and water into matzos through ovens as old as the factory itself. The film is a story of tradition, of resistance and resilience, and a celebration of a family whose commitment to their heritage and to their employees is inspiring proof that the family that bakes together, stays together. Read More

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  • Movie Matinees at the Sperber: Plastic Paradise

    Movie Matinees at the Sperber: Plastic Paradise

    Our popular documentary film and discussion series continues! Join us for a screening of Plastic Paradise. Share your thoughts about the film and enjoy some popcorn! Thousands of miles away from civilization, Midway Atoll is in one of the most remote places on earth. And yet it's become ground zero for The Great Pacific Garbage Patch, syphoning plastics from three distant continents. In this independent documentary film, journalist/filmmaker Angela Sun travels on a personal journey of discovery to uncover this mysterious phenomenon. Along the way, she meets scientists, researchers, influencers, and volunteers who shed light on the effects of our rabid plastic consumption and learns the problem is more insidious than we could have ever imagined. Make sure to stay afterward to hear Dave Weeshoff, Community Ambassador for Heal the Bay organization, who will lead the discussion and fill everyone in on what has changed since the making of the film. Read More

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  • Movie Matinees at the Sperber: Welcome to Kutshers: The Last Catskills Resort

    Movie Matinees at the Sperber: Welcome to Kutshers: The Last Catskills Resort

    Our popular documentary film and discussion series continues! Join us for a screening of Welcome to Kutshers: The Last Catskills Resort. Share your thoughts about the film and enjoy some popcorn! As the famed Catskills resorts decline, this film provides unprecedented eye-witness documentation of Kutsher's from its 100th anniversary season through the next seven years until the hotel is sold and demolished in 2014. The story of Kutsher's is a uniquely American, previously unexplored story of the modern Jewish experience. Read More

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