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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.

  • 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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  • Grandparent & Me - Hanukkah

    Grandparent & Me - Hanukkah

    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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  • N.O.K. – Next of Kin: LA Book Launch and Artist Talk

    N.O.K. – Next of Kin: LA Book Launch and Artist Talk

    Artist Inbal Abergil discusses her new book which examines how American families memorialize relatives killed in military conflict through the preservation of personal effects. With images and testimonials, N.O.K. honors the dead while giving voice to a community of survivors who keep memory alive as they strive to rebuild their lives in the aftermath of loss. 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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  • 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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  • 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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