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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.

  • 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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  • Fun in the Sperber: Design Challenge at the Library

    Fun in the Sperber: Design Challenge at the Library

    It's Design Challenge Day at the library! Join Tora Kim, of L.A. Makerspace in making your own air-powered balloon car with various recycled materials such as bottle tops, pens, cardboard, plastic bottles, chopsticks, sponges and a balloon. Whose design will go the farthest and be the fastest? Watch this fun PBS video to see how it's done: http://pbskids.org/designsquad/build/4-wheel-balloon-car/ Read More

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  • The Judenhaus and Gurs Internment: Precursors to the Holocaust

    The Judenhaus and Gurs Internment: Precursors to the Holocaust

    Werner L. Frank is an avid genealogist who has amassed 36,000 family names dating to the thirteenth century. This research led to the publication of Legacy: The Saga of a German-Jewish Family Across Time and Circumstance. Frank's German refugee origin turned his focus on the little known event that foreshadowed the Holocaust by authoring Curse of Gurs: Way Station to Auschwitz, chronicling the October 1940 deportation of over 6,000 Jews from Baden, Pfalz and Saar to Camp de Gurs in the south of France. Frank identifies seven-hundred family members who were among these victims that ended up in Vichy France and follows their fate, most losing their lives in the internment camp or being deported to Auschwitz in 1942. A related aspect of this deportation is the role played by a 1939 Nazi edict that forced Jews to give up their individual residences and be crammed into selected buildings known as a Judenhaus (Jews' House). Such concentrations made it easier to control and manipulate Jews, as well as identify them for deportation. Frank's close relatives lived in such a house in the city of Mannheim leading him to tell their story in his most recent book, Judenhaus: Small Ghetto at Grosse Merzelstrasse 7. 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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