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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.

  • Fun in the Sperber: Make Your Own Draw-Bot with Robotics Instructor Doug Hinko

    Fun in the Sperber: Make Your Own Draw-Bot with Robotics Instructor Doug Hinko

    What do you get when you put together simple craft supplies, a motor and a battery? A Draw-Bot! Come make your own drawbot and explore how different weights and sizes affect the type of drawing your bot can make! Read More

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  • Short Stories at the Sperber: Slow Cooking

    Short Stories at the Sperber: Slow Cooking

    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 Deakla Keydar's "Slow Cooking."From the story collection by Israeli writers, Tel Aviv Noir. this one tells of a divorcee working in a Tel Aviv supermarket who meets her phone-order crush and learns about the city's African refugee problem. 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 - Tu BShevat, Holiday of the Trees

    Grandparent & Me - Tu BShevat, Holiday of the Trees

    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 or register for all 8 sessions for $140 and get one free! Space is limited. Read More

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  • Why Did My Father Know His Grandfather Had An Uncle Selig?

    Why Did My Father Know His Grandfather Had An Uncle Selig?

    More than twenty years before Israel Pickholtz began doing serious genealogy, his father senthim a postcard with three bits of family information. One of those was that Israel's great-grandfatherHersch Pikholz had an uncle Zelig. That information was very important in Israel'sresearch over the last two decades, research that was helped along by traditional sources andmore recently by genetic genealogy. But even as he was progressing in his research, Israel could not shake the question "Why did my father know this?" Israel says "My father was eight years old when his grandfather Hersch Pikholz died and they never had any real conversation. None of the cousins knew about Uncle Zelig, even the older one who lived in the same house as my great-grandfather. My father himself did not recall why he knew this." And did it even matter? Israel tells the story of his great-great-great-uncle, what he learned about this family and why now he thinks he knows how his father knew. And yes, it matters. Read More

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  • Book Club at the Sperber: Lilac Girls (DAYTIME)

    Book Club at the Sperber: Lilac Girls (DAYTIME)

    Join us for a lively discussion with our Sperber Librarian about Lilac Girls by Martha Kelley New York socialite Caroline Ferriday has her hands full with her post at the French consulate and a new love on the horizon. But Caroline’s world is forever changed when Hitler’s army invades Poland in September 1939—and then sets its sights on France. Based on the story of a real WWII heroine. Read More

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  • Book Club at the Sperber: Lilac Girls (DAYTIME)

    Book Club at the Sperber: Lilac Girls (DAYTIME)

    Join us for a lively discussion with our Sperber Librarian about Lilac Girls by Martha Kelley New York socialite Caroline Ferriday has her hands full with her post at the French consulate and a new love on the horizon. But Caroline’s world is forever changed when Hitler’s army invades Poland in September 1939—and then sets its sights on France. Based on the story of a real WWII heroine. Read More

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  • Book Club at the Sperber: Lilac Girls (EVENING)

    Book Club at the Sperber: Lilac Girls (EVENING)

    Join us for a lively discussion with our Sperber Librarian about Lilac Girls by Martha Kelley New York socialite Caroline Ferriday has her hands full with her post at the French consulate and a new love on the horizon. But Caroline’s world is forever changed when Hitler’s army invades Poland in September 1939—and then sets its sights on France. Based on the story of a real WWII heroine. Read More

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  • Short Stories at the Sperber: Address Unknown

    Short Stories at the Sperber: Address Unknown

    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 Katherine Kressman Taylor's "Address Unknown." A story comprising of a series of fictional letters between a Jewish art dealer living in San Francisco and his former business partner, who has returned to Germany. 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 - 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 or register for all 8 sessions for $140 and get one free! Space is limited. Read More

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  • Finding Vital Records Online - Beyond Ancestry.com and FamilySearch

    Finding Vital Records Online - Beyond Ancestry.com and FamilySearch

    While many genealogists will stop their search for online vital records after reviewing the commercial site Ancestry.com and the Mormons' FamilySearch website, there is a multitude of other places on the internet where one might find birth, marriage, and death information. This lecture reviews and illustrates the breadth of other vital records sources available, including other online genealogy sites; local, county, and state level public agencies; and from public, university and college libraries, and historical and genealogical societies. Read More

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  • Movie Matinees at the Sperber: Broadway Musicals: A Jewish Legacy

    Movie Matinees at the Sperber: Broadway Musicals: A Jewish Legacy

    Our popular new documentary film and discussion series continues. Join us for a screening of Broadway Musicals: A Jewish Legacy. Share your thoughts about the film and enjoy some popcorn! This movie explores the phenomenon that, over the fifty-year period of its development, the songs of the Broadway musical were created almost exclusively by Jewish Americans. Taken in total they comprise the vast majority of what is now commonly referred to as "The American Songbook." Read More

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  • Book Club at the Sperber: Washing the Dead (DAYTIME)

    Book Club at the Sperber: Washing the Dead (DAYTIME)

    Join us for a lively discussion with our Sperber Librarian about Washing the Dead by Michelle Brafman Three generations of Jewish women grapple with family secrets in a novel that explores religious community, adulthood, and the power of ritual. Read More

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  • Book Club at the Sperber: Washing the Dead (DAYTIME)

    Book Club at the Sperber: Washing the Dead (DAYTIME)

    Join us for a lively discussion with our Sperber Librarian about Washing the Dead by Michelle Brafman Three generations of Jewish women grapple with family secrets in a novel that explores religious community, adulthood, and the power of ritual. Read More

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  • Book Club at the Sperber: Washing the Dead (EVENING)

    Book Club at the Sperber: Washing the Dead (EVENING)

    Join us for a lively discussion with our Sperber Librarian about Washing the Dead by Michelle Brafman Three generations of Jewish women grapple with family secrets in a novel that explores religious community, adulthood, and the power of ritual. 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 or register for all 8 sessions for $140 and get one free! Space is limited. Read More

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  • Movie Matinees at the Sperber: Blind Hero

    Movie Matinees at the Sperber: Blind Hero

    Our popular new documentary film and discussion series continues. Join us for a screening of Blind Hero. Share your thoughts about the film and enjoy some popcorn! This docudrama records the story of an unsung Schindler - a factory owner who hid Jewish employees from the Gestapo, and went to great lengths to save the life of one with whom he had fallen in love. Read More

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  • Short Stories at the Sperber: Zeresh

    Short Stories at the Sperber: Zeresh

    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 Michal Lemberger's "Zeresh" from the author's "After Abel" story collection. 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 Seven Good Years (DAYTIME)

    Book Club at the Sperber: The Seven Good Years (DAYTIME)

    Join us for a lively discussion with our Sperber Librarian about The Seven Good Years by Etgar Keret. A wise and witty memoir dealing with the seven years between the birth of his son and the death of his father—Keret’s first nonfiction book published in America is told in his inimitable style of poignant insights and irrepressible humor. Read More

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  • Book Club at the Sperber: The Seven Good Years (DAYTIME)

    Book Club at the Sperber: The Seven Good Years (DAYTIME)

    Join us for a lively discussion with our Sperber Librarian about The Seven Good Years by Etgar Keret. A wise and witty memoir dealing with the seven years between the birth of his son and the death of his father—Keret’s first nonfiction book published in America is told in his inimitable style of poignant insights and irrepressible humor. Read More

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  • Book Club at the Sperber: The Seven Good Years (EVENING)

    Book Club at the Sperber: The Seven Good Years (EVENING)

    Join us for a lively discussion with our Sperber Librarian about The Seven Good Years by Etgar Keret. A wise and witty memoir dealing with the seven years between the birth of his son and the death of his father—Keret’s first nonfiction book published in America is told in his inimitable style of poignant insights and irrepressible humor. Read More

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  • Grandparent & Me - Israel Independence Day

    Grandparent & Me - Israel Independence Day

    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 or register for all 8 sessions for $140 and get one free! Space is limited. Read More

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  • Movie Matinees at the Sperber:  It is no Dream: Theodore Herzl

    Movie Matinees at the Sperber: It is no Dream: Theodore Herzl

    Our popular new documentary film and discussion series continues. Join us for a screening of It is no Dream: Theodore Herzl. Share your thoughts about the film and enjoy some popcorn! Examines how Herzl, a well-known journalist and playwright, and an assimilated Budapest-born Jew, saw anti-Semitism spreading across Europe, and took upon himself the task of attempting to create a Jewish homeland in Palestine against all odds. Read More

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  • Short Stories at the Sperber: Sarah's Story

    Short Stories at the Sperber: Sarah's Story

    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 Jill Hammer's "Sarah's Story." This work is from her story collection about women in the Bible, "Sisters at Sinai." 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 - Shavuot, Holiday of the Torah

    Grandparent & Me - Shavuot, Holiday of the Torah

    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 or register for all 8 sessions for $140 and get one free! Space is limited. Read More

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