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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.

  • Explore Your Roots: Jewish Genealogy Workshop

    Explore Your Roots: Jewish Genealogy Workshop

    Explore your Roots with AJU's Jewish Genealogy 4-session Workshop! Have you ever wondered where your ancestors lived? What kind of work they did? When they came to the U.S.? How many siblings were in the family? This workshop will help you to find the answers. It will also get you started on the process of creating a family tree. It is more than a class.....it is an adventure: an adventure into your family history. We will explore what types of records exist, what they can tell you about your family members, and where these records can be found. We will be discussing census records, passenger manifests, and naturalization documents, as well as birth, marriage, death and adoption records. Come join us for this exciting adventure and get started creating a family tree for yourself, your children and your grandchildren. Four two hour sessions (10:30 AM - 12:30 PM each) $160 Location: Sunday January 21, and January 28 - Frank Family Learning Center, AJU Location: Sunday February 4, and February 11--Los Angeles Family History Library, 1631 E Temple Way, Los Angeles Read More

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  • UCLA Memory Training Program: A

    UCLA Memory Training Program: A "Tune-Up" for Your Brain

    If you've ever wondered where you put your keys, or forgotten the name of an acquaintance (it was on the tip of your tongue!), this program is for you. The UCLA Memory Program, developed by the UCLA Longevity Center and provided under license, is a 4-week course designed to address the four most common memory complaints. Using interactive exercises, the program offers proven techniques to improve attention and memory, in a supportive atmosphere. (Note: this program is not intended for people with severe memory loss or dementia.) FREE, limited registrations. You MUST attend all 4 sessions for maximum benefit Offered by Wise & Healthy Aging: www.wiseandhealthyaging.org, licensed by the Regents of UC 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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  • Short Stories at the Sperber: The Cousins

    Short Stories at the Sperber: The Cousins

    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 Joyce Carol Oates "The Cousins." This work is from the story collection "The Gravedigger's Daughter," where a woman believes that she and a prominent professor are related as cousins. 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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  • Award-winning Author Kathy Kacer and Jordana Lebowitz -- To Look a Nazi in the Eye: A Teen's Account of a War Criminal Trial

    Award-winning Author Kathy Kacer and Jordana Lebowitz -- 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 Lebowitz, 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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  • 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. Unfolding over four tumultuous weeks in present-day Washington, D.C., Here I Am is the story of a fracturing family in a moment of crisis. As 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, 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. Unfolding over four tumultuous weeks in present-day Washington, D.C., Here I Am is the story of a fracturing family in a moment of crisis. As 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, 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. Unfolding over four tumultuous weeks in present-day Washington, D.C., Here I Am is the story of a fracturing family in a moment of crisis. As 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, a catastrophic earthquake sets in motion a quickly escalating conflict in the Middle East. Read More

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  • Rick Richman: Racing Against History, The 1940 Campaign for a Jewish Army to Fight Hitler

    Rick Richman: Racing Against History, The 1940 Campaign for a Jewish Army to Fight Hitler

    In 1940, David Ben-Gurion, Zev Jabotinsky, and Chaim Weizmann, the leaders of the left, right and center of Zionism, undertook separate missions to America to seek support for a Jewish army to fight Hitler. Popular blogger Rick Richman presents the previously unknown story of these three historic figures whose efforts were both heroic and tragic. 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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  • Movie Matinees at the Sperber: Body and Soul: An American Bridge

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

    Our popular documentary film and discussion series continues! Join us 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. Winner of the Best Music Documentary award at the San Francisco Black Film Festival, it is a tribute to the enduring power of song to break down barriers and unite disparate peoples. Read More

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  • Short Stories at the Sperber: The Old World

    Short Stories at the Sperber: The Old World

    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 Molly Antopol's "The Old World." This work is from the story collection "The UnAmericans," and explores the search for identity and meaning on a lonely honeymoon in Kiev. 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 Read More

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  • Book Club at the Sperber: Eternal Life

    Book Club at the Sperber: Eternal Life

    Join us for a lively discussion with our Sperber Librarian about Eternal Life, by Dara Horn. Rachel is immortal, and that's becoming a problem. She's had scores of marriages and hundreds of children, over 2,000 years?ever since she made a spiritual bargain to save the life of her first son back in Roman-occupied Jerusalem. There's only one other person in the world who understands her dilemma: a man she once loved passionately, who has been stalking her through the centuries, convinced they belong together forever. Read More

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  • Book Club at the Sperber: Eternal Life

    Book Club at the Sperber: Eternal Life

    Join us for a lively discussion with our Sperber Librarian about Eternal Life, by Dara Horn. Rachel is immortal, and that's becoming a problem. She's had scores of marriages and hundreds of children, over 2,000 years?ever since she made a spiritual bargain to save the life of her first son back in Roman-occupied Jerusalem. There's only one other person in the world who understands her dilemma: a man she once loved passionately, who has been stalking her through the centuries, convinced they belong together forever. Read More

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  • Book Club at the Sperber: Eternal Life

    Book Club at the Sperber: Eternal Life

    Join us for a lively discussion with our Sperber Librarian about Eternal Life, by Dara Horn. Rachel is immortal, and that's becoming a problem. She's had scores of marriages and hundreds of children, over 2,000 years?ever since she made a spiritual bargain to save the life of her first son back in Roman-occupied Jerusalem. There's only one other person in the world who understands her dilemma: a man she once loved passionately, who has been stalking her through the centuries, convinced they belong together forever. Read More

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  • Bestselling Author Leslie Bennetts: Last Girl Before the Freeway, the Life, Loves, Losses and Liberation of Joan Rivers

    Bestselling Author Leslie Bennetts: Last Girl Before the Freeway, the Life, Loves, Losses and Liberation of Joan Rivers

    Joan Rivers was more than a legendary comedian; she was an icon and role model to millions. Her life was a roller coaster of triumphant highs and devastating lows. The author joins us to discuss this intimate biography of a performer whose 60-year career was borne out of a desire to make people laugh so that she could feel loved. 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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  • 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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  • Short Stories at the Sperber: The Conversion of the Jews

    Short Stories at the Sperber: The Conversion of the Jews

    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 Philip Roth's "The Conversion of the Jews." This work is from the story collection "Goodbye, Columbus" (1959), where a bright Hebrew school student is entirely too inquisitive for his teacher, Rabbi Binder. 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 - 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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  • Book Club at the Sperber: The Underground Railroad

    Book Club at the Sperber: The Underground Railroad

    Join us for a lively discussion with our Sperber Librarian about The Underground Railroad, by Colson Whitehead. Winner of both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, the #1 New York Times bestseller chronicles a young slave's adventures as she makes a desperate bid for freedom in the antebellum South. A fitting Passover selection. Read More

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  • Book Club at the Sperber: The Underground Railroad

    Book Club at the Sperber: The Underground Railroad

    Join us for a lively discussion with our Sperber Librarian about The Underground Railroad, by Colson Whitehead. Winner of both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, the #1 New York Times bestseller chronicles a young slave's adventures as she makes a desperate bid for freedom in the antebellum South. A fitting Passover selection. Read More

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  • Book Club at the Sperber: The Underground Railroad

    Book Club at the Sperber: The Underground Railroad

    Join us for a lively discussion with our Sperber Librarian about The Underground Railroad, by Colson Whitehead. Winner of both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, the #1 New York Times bestseller chronicles a young slave's adventures as she makes a desperate bid for freedom in the antebellum South. A fitting Passover selection. Read More

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  • UCLA Memory Training Program: A

    UCLA Memory Training Program: A "Tune-Up" for Your Brain

    If you've ever wondered where you put your keys, or forgotten the name of an acquaintance (it was on the tip of your tongue!), this program is for you. The UCLA Memory Program, developed by the UCLA Longevity Center and provided under license, is a 4-week course designed to address the four most common memory complaints. Using interactive exercises, the program offers proven techniques to improve attention and memory, in a supportive atmosphere. (Note: this program is not intended for people with severe memory loss or dementia.) FREE, limited registrations. You MUST attend all 4 sessions for maximum benefit Offered by Wise & Healthy Aging: www.wiseandhealthyaging.org, licensed by the Regents of UC. Read More

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  • Movie Matinees at the Sperber: Sustainable Nation

    Movie Matinees at the Sperber: Sustainable Nation

    Our popular documentary film and discussion series continues! Join us for a screening of Sustainable Nation. Share your thoughts about the film and enjoy some popcorn! Millions of people around the world lack clean, safe drinking water. The world's water crisis is killing more people than war. Idealistic "Water Revolutionaries" from Israel are using technology, innovation, know-how – and guts – to save water and save lives. Through systematic water resource management and a holistic approach to sustainability, Israelis have become trailblazers in global water technology. 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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  • Short Stories at the Sperber: Casualties

    Short Stories at the Sperber: Casualties

    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 Ayelet Tsabari's "Casualties." This work is from the story collection "The Best Place on Earth," where a mother travels from Israel to visit her daughter in Canada and is stunned by her grandson’s upbringing. 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: As Close to Us as Breathing

    Book Club at the Sperber: As Close to Us as Breathing

    Join us for a lively discussion with our Sperber Librarian about "As Close to Us as Breathing," by Elizabeth Poliner. A multigenerational family saga about the long-lasting reverberations of one tragic summer in 1948 on a small stretch of Connecticut shoreline, affectionately named "Bagel Beach". It is the summer destination for Jewish families, including sisters Ada, Vivie and Bec, and their children and weekend-only husbands who come up from the city to join them. Read More

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  • Book Club at the Sperber: As Close to Us as Breathing

    Book Club at the Sperber: As Close to Us as Breathing

    Join us for a lively discussion with our Sperber Librarian about "As Close to Us as Breathing," by Elizabeth Poliner. A multigenerational family saga about the long-lasting reverberations of one tragic summer in 1948 on a small stretch of Connecticut shoreline, affectionately named "Bagel Beach". It is the summer destination for Jewish families, including sisters Ada, Vivie and Bec, and their children and weekend-only husbands who come up from the city to join them. Read More

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  • Book Club at the Sperber: As Close to Us as Breathing

    Book Club at the Sperber: As Close to Us as Breathing

    Join us for a lively discussion with our Sperber Librarian about "As Close to Us as Breathing," by Elizabeth Poliner. A multigenerational family saga about the long-lasting reverberations of one tragic summer in 1948 on a small stretch of Connecticut shoreline, affectionately named "Bagel Beach". It is the summer destination for Jewish families, including sisters Ada, Vivie and Bec, and their children and weekend-only husbands who come up from the city to join them. 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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  • 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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