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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: Beneath the Helmet

    Movie Matinees at the Sperber: Beneath the Helmet

    Our popular documentary film and discussion series continues. Join us for a screening of Beneath the Helmut: From High School to the Home Front. Share your thoughts about the film and enjoy some popcorn! A coming-of-age story that follows the journey of five Israeli high school graduates who are drafted into the army. At the age of 18, away from their homes, families and friends, these young people undergo a demanding and inspiring journey, revealing the core of who they are. Read More

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  •  Author David Friend in Conversation with Dr. Drew: The Naughty Nineties, The Triumph of the American Libido

    Author David Friend in Conversation with Dr. Drew: The Naughty Nineties, The Triumph of the American Libido

    The Vanity Fair editor and author discusses this sexual history of the 1990s, when the Baby Boomers took over Washington, Hollywood, and Madison Avenue -- and an indispensable road map for understanding how we got to the Trump Teens -- with Dr. Drew Pinsky, who hosted Loveline for 30 years. Read More

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  • Grandparent & Me - Sukkot in AJU Sukkah

    Grandparent & Me - Sukkot in AJU Sukkah

    Burton Sperber Jewish Community Library of Los Angeles and PJ Library present: 'Grandparent & Me' -- Sunday Morning Storytime Music, singing, crafts and an interactive story for preschoolers ages 2 1/2 to 6 years old and their Grandparents or other Special Persons. Each session meets on a Sunday morning from 10:00am-11:30am. $20 per family, per session Read More

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  • My Family: I Could Write a Book, Joan Adler

    My Family: I Could Write a Book, Joan Adler

    A genealogical researcher for the Straus family, the one-time owners of Macy's department store, Joan Adler translated, transcribed and organized over 100,000 pieces of paper. She discusses her research and documentation techniques for sharing your family stories into a professional quality book that will create a lifetime legacy. Read More

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  • Exploring Jewish Ideas through Ritual Objects: A Workshop for Families

    Exploring Jewish Ideas through Ritual Objects: A Workshop for Families

    Join a special workshop for the entire family (grandparents are welcome too!), guided by master Judaic artist Paul Rovin, a Soraya Sarah Nazarian Program Fine Arts Instructor. Inspired by ancient texts, we will decorate amulets and mezuzot for your home, using a blessing provided or creating one of your own. Read More

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  • Author & Rabbi Naomi Levy -- Einstein and the Rabbi

    Author & Rabbi Naomi Levy -- Einstein and the Rabbi

    When Rabbi Naomi Levy read a letter that Albert Einstein had written to a grieving rabbi, she realized that his words captured her beliefs about the human condition: that we are intimately connected yet blind to this truth. She then began a three-year exploration into the mystery of the human soul. Read More

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  • Book Club at the Sperber: Moonglow by Michael Chabon

    Book Club at the Sperber: Moonglow by Michael Chabon

    Join us for a lively discussion with our Sperber Librarian about Moonglow by Michael Chabon From the Jewish slums of prewar South Philadelphia to the invasion of Germany, from a Florida retirement village to the penal utopia of New York's Wallkill prison, from the heyday of the space program to the twilight of the "American Century," Chabon's inventive novel revisits an entire era through a single life and collapses a lifetime into a single week. Read More

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  • Book Club at the Sperber: Moonglow by Michael Chabon

    Book Club at the Sperber: Moonglow by Michael Chabon

    Join us for a lively discussion with our Sperber Librarian about Moonglow by Michael Chabon From the Jewish slums of prewar South Philadelphia to the invasion of Germany, from a Florida retirement village to the penal utopia of New York's Wallkill prison, from the heyday of the space program to the twilight of the "American Century," Chabon's inventive novel revisits an entire era through a single life and collapses a lifetime into a single week. Read More

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  • Book Club at the Sperber: Moonglow by Michael Chabon

    Book Club at the Sperber: Moonglow by Michael Chabon

    Join us for a lively discussion with our Sperber Librarian about Moonglow by Michael Chabon From the Jewish slums of prewar South Philadelphia to the invasion of Germany, from a Florida retirement village to the penal utopia of New York's Wallkill prison, from the heyday of the space program to the twilight of the "American Century," Chabon's inventive novel revisits an entire era through a single life and collapses a lifetime into a single week. Read More

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  • Movie Matinees at the Sperber: Portrait of Wally

    Movie Matinees at the Sperber: Portrait of Wally

    Our popular documentary film and discussion series continues. Join us for a screening of Portrait of Wally. Share your thoughts about the film and enjoy some popcorn! Traces the history of famed artist Egon Schiele's portrait of his mistress from mid-century Vienna to the Museum of Modern Art in 1997. Read More

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  • Searching the World for Rare Judaic Manuscripts, David Hirsch

    Searching the World for Rare Judaic Manuscripts, 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 manuscripts 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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  • Cooking with Culinary Kids Academy - Shabbat

    Cooking with Culinary Kids Academy - Shabbat

    Learn to cook while experiencing the Jewish holidays together! A special way to end the Shabbat meal is with a warm, delicious and good for you dessert! Make fruit cobbler and learn the importance of separating Shabbat from the rest of our week. Read More

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  • Short Stories at the Sperber: Sister Hills

    Short Stories at the Sperber: Sister Hills

    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 Nathan Englander's "Sister Hills" This work is from the story collection "What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank" 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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  • Grandparent & Me - Folktales

    Grandparent & Me - Folktales

    Burton Sperber Jewish Community Library of Los Angeles and PJ Library present: 'Grandparent & Me' -- Sunday Morning Storytime Music, singing, crafts and an interactive story for preschoolers ages 2 1/2 to 6 years old and their Grandparents or other Special Persons. Each session meets on a Sunday morning from 10:00am-11:30am. $20 per family, per session 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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  • Book Club at the Sperber: Enchanted Islands

    Book Club at the Sperber: Enchanted Islands

    Join us for a lively discussion with our Sperber Librarian about Enchanted Islands by Allison Amend Rosalie is a San Francisco housewife, while her friend Frances, who works for the government, has just been given a top secret assignment: marry spy Ainslie Conway and move to the Galápagos Islands to investigate Germans living there in the build-up to World War II. Read More

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  • Book Club at the Sperber: Enchanted Islands

    Book Club at the Sperber: Enchanted Islands

    Join us for a lively discussion with our Sperber Librarian about Enchanted Islands by Allison Amend Rosalie is a San Francisco housewife, while her friend Frances, who works for the government, has just been given a top secret assignment: marry spy Ainslie Conway and move to the Galápagos Islands to investigate Germans living there in the build-up to World War II. Read More

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  • Book Club at the Sperber: Enchanted Islands

    Book Club at the Sperber: Enchanted Islands

    Join us for a lively discussion with our Sperber Librarian about Enchanted Islands by Allison Amend Rosalie is a San Francisco housewife, while her friend Frances, who works for the government, has just been given a top secret assignment: marry spy Ainslie Conway and move to the Galápagos Islands to investigate Germans living there in the build-up to World War II. Read More

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  • Cooking with Culinary Kids Academy - Hanukkah

    Cooking with Culinary Kids Academy - Hanukkah

    Learn to cook while experiencing the Jewish holidays together! Potato latkes and sweet potato latkes! Make the best latkes while learning how each one of us has a Maccabee inside of us ready to do mitzvot! Read More

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  • Short Stories at the Sperber: While I Stand Here Ironing

    Short Stories at the Sperber: While I Stand Here Ironing

    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 Tillie Olson's "While I Stand Here Ironing." This work is from the story collection "Tell me a Riddle." 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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  • Movie Matinees at the Sperber: Hummus!

    Movie Matinees at the Sperber: Hummus!

    Our popular documentary film and discussion series continues. Join us for a screening of Hummus. Share your thoughts about the film and enjoy some popcorn and Hummus tasting! Hummus is a superfood with the power to bring Muslims, Christians and Jews together, and we meet them in this documentary from Israel. Enjoy a special Hummus tasting after the film to pick your favorite! Read More

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  • Book Club at the Sperber: Tin Horse

    Book Club at the Sperber: 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: Tin Horse

    Book Club at the Sperber: 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: Tin Horse

    Book Club at the Sperber: 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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  • Grandparent & Me - Chanukah

    Grandparent & Me - Chanukah

    Burton Sperber Jewish Community Library of Los Angeles and PJ Library present: 'Grandparent & Me' -- Sunday Morning Storytime Music, singing, crafts and an interactive story for preschoolers ages 2 1/2 to 6 years old and their Grandparents or other Special Persons. Each session meets on a Sunday morning from 10:00am-11:30am. $20 per family, per session Read More

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  • Fun in the Sperber: Become a LEGO Maniac with Master LEGO Builder, Adam Ward

    Fun in the Sperber: Become a LEGO Maniac with Master LEGO Builder, Adam Ward

    Design, build and take home your own 3-dimensional LEGO dreidel after learning building techniques from Master Builder, Adam Ward, resident artist at "Bricksburg," where the LEGO movies are made. Read More

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  • Movie Matinees at the Sperber: Klezmatics: On Holy Ground

    Movie Matinees at the Sperber: Klezmatics: On Holy Ground

    Our popular documentary film and discussion series continues. Join us for a screening of Klezmatics: On Holy Ground. Share your thoughts about the film and enjoy some popcorn! Follows the Grammy winning band over three years, capturing their highs and lows and rousing scenes from their live concerts. 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 In Washington D.C., 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, as 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 In Washington D.C., 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, as 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 In Washington D.C., 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, as a catastrophic earthquake sets in motion a quickly escalating conflict in the Middle East. Read More

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  • Movie Matinees at the Sperber: The Nazi Officer's Wife

    Movie Matinees at the Sperber: The Nazi Officer's Wife

    Our popular documentary film and discussion series continues. Join us for a screening of The Nazi Officer's Wife. Share your thoughts about the film and enjoy some popcorn! Explores the extraordinary life of Holocaust survivor Edith Hahn Beer, who escapes the Holocaust by living as a non-Jew in Munich, marrying a Nazi and raising an Aryan family. Read More

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  • Grandparent & Me - Tu b'Shvat

    Grandparent & Me - Tu b'Shvat

    Burton Sperber Jewish Community Library of Los Angeles and PJ Library present: 'Grandparent & Me' -- Sunday Morning Storytime Music, singing, crafts and an interactive story for preschoolers ages 2 1/2 to 6 years old and their Grandparents or other Special Persons. Each session meets on a Sunday morning from 10:00am-11:30am. $20 per family, per session 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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  • Grandparent & Me - Purim

    Grandparent & Me - Purim

    Burton Sperber Jewish Community Library of Los Angeles and PJ Library present: 'Grandparent & Me' -- Sunday Morning Storytime Music, singing, crafts and an interactive story for preschoolers ages 2 1/2 to 6 years old and their Grandparents or other Special Persons. Each session meets on a Sunday morning from 10:00am-11:30am. $20 per family, per session Read More

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  • Cooking with Culinary Kids Academy - Passover

    Cooking with Culinary Kids Academy - Passover

    Learn to cook while experiencing the Jewish holidays together! Discover the story of Nachshon and how we can follow in his "footsteps" to help us be the best we can be - by making a delicious kosher-for-Passover breakfast! Read More

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  • Grandparent & Me - Passover

    Grandparent & Me - Passover

    Burton Sperber Jewish Community Library of Los Angeles and PJ Library present: 'Grandparent & Me' -- Sunday Morning Storytime Music, singing, crafts and an interactive story for preschoolers ages 2 1/2 to 6 years old and their Grandparents or other Special Persons. Each session meets on a Sunday morning from 10:00am-11:30am. $20 per family, per session Read More

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  • Grandparent & Me - Israel

    Grandparent & Me - Israel

    Burton Sperber Jewish Community Library of Los Angeles and PJ Library present: 'Grandparent & Me' -- Sunday Morning Storytime Music, singing, crafts and an interactive story for preschoolers ages 2 1/2 to 6 years old and their Grandparents or other Special Persons. Each session meets on a Sunday morning from 10:00am-11:30am. $20 per family, per session Read More

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  • Grandparent & Me - Shabbat

    Grandparent & Me - Shabbat

    Burton Sperber Jewish Community Library of Los Angeles and PJ Library present: 'Grandparent & Me' -- Sunday Morning Storytime Music, singing, crafts and an interactive story for preschoolers ages 2 1/2 to 6 years old and their Grandparents or other Special Persons. Each session meets on a Sunday morning from 10:00am-11:30am. $20 per family, per session Read More

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