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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, with Special Appearance by Filmmaker Joel Engardio:  Knocking

    Movie Matinees at the Sperber, with Special Appearance by Filmmaker Joel Engardio: Knocking

    Our popular new documentary film and discussion series continues. Join us for a screening of Knocking--a film by prize-winning San Francisco Examiner columnist and community activist, Joel Engardio. The film follows two Jehovah's Witness families who stand firm in their controversial faith. Joseph Kempler was born a Polish Jew, but after his time in a concentration camp, he became a Jehovah's Witness. Seth Thomas, a Jehovah's Witness who lives in Dallas, has a genetic disorder that has ravaged his liver, and at age 23, he requires a transplant to survive, which his faith cannot allow. The film was previously shown on the PBS series, Independent Lens. We are delighted to host Joel Engardio after the screening, who will fill us in on what has occurred since the film was originally aired. Read More

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  • Handwriting Analysis for Genealogy, Ron Arons

    Handwriting Analysis for Genealogy, Ron Arons

    During this presentation Ron will discuss the two main uses of handwriting analysis: 1) comparing signatures and handwriting in general to determine whether documents were written by the same person and 2) trying to understand the personality and behavior of a person by looking at the various traits of that person's handwriting. Note: This presentation does not cover paleography (the analysis of old handwriting). Read More

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  • Grandparent & Me - Jewish New Year!

    Grandparent & Me - Jewish New Year!

    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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  • Book Club at the Sperber: Choosing My Religion: A Memoir of a Family Beyond Belief

    Book Club at the Sperber: Choosing My Religion: A Memoir of a Family Beyond Belief

    Join us for a lively discussion with our Sperber Librarian about Choosing My Religion: A Memoir of a Family Beyond Belief by Stephen Dubner The Freakonomics author relates his family's tumultuous spiritual transformations from Judaism to Catholicism and in his case, back to Judaism. Read More

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  • Book Club at the Sperber: Choosing My Religion: A Memoir of a Family Beyond Belief

    Book Club at the Sperber: Choosing My Religion: A Memoir of a Family Beyond Belief

    Join us for a lively discussion with our Sperber Librarian about Choosing My Religion: A Memoir of a Family Beyond Belief by Stephen Dubner The Freakonomics author relates his family's tumultuous spiritual transformations from Judaism to Catholicism and in his case, back to Judaism. Read More

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  • Book Club at the Sperber: Choosing My Religion: A Memoir of a Family Beyond Belief

    Book Club at the Sperber: Choosing My Religion: A Memoir of a Family Beyond Belief

    Join us for a lively discussion with our Sperber Librarian about Choosing My Religion: A Memoir of a Family Beyond Belief by Stephen Dubner The Freakonomics author relates his family's tumultuous spiritual transformations from Judaism to Catholicism and in his case, back to Judaism. 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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