The Jewish Community

The Burton Sperber Library at American Jewish University now serves as the official Jewish Community Library of Los Angeles. This new library succeeds the original Peter M. Kahn Jewish Community Library that was formerly housed at the Los Angeles Jewish Federation. Dedicated by his family in memory of noted Los Angeles philanthropist and landscape developer Burton Sperber, this library welcomes the entire Los Angeles Jewish community to enjoy its state-of-the-art facility including regularly scheduled programs for children and families as well as author and other literary encounters.

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Brunch, Discussion and Book Signing

Ayelet Waldman – Love and Treasure


A spellbinding novel of contraband masterpieces, tragic love and unexpected legacies of forgotten crimes, bestselling and beloved author Ayelet Waldman’s Love and Treasure weaves a tale round the fascinating, true history of the Hungarian Gold Train and the fate of so many Jewish families and the prized heirlooms in the Second World War.  

Ms. Waldman is the author of Love and Other impossible Pursuits, Red Hook Road and NY Times bestseller, Bad Mother: AChronicle of Maternal Crimes, Minor Calamities and Occasional Moments of Grace 

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Steve Pressman - Fifty Children


The astonishing true story of how one American couple transported fifty Jewish children from Nazi-occupied Austria to America in 1939—the single largest group of unaccompanied refugee children allowed into the United States. In early 1939, risking their own safety, Gilbert and Eleanor Kraus traveled from Philadelphia to Nazi-controlled Vienna and Berlin, working tirelessly to save these children from certain death.

Join journalist and documentary filmmaker, Steven Pressman, to watch his acclaimed HBO documentary, 50 Children, and discuss his book where he expands upon the story, offering additional historical detail and context to offer a rich, full portrait of this ordinary couple and their extraordinary actions.

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Ellen Rodman - Pepper, Silk and Ivory


Pepper, Silk and Ivory reveals a missing page in Jewish history, the amazing stories of Jews who benefitted from and contributed to the Far East.  Read about the juvenile delinquent who became the “uncrowned Jewish King of China”, the Jewish major league baseball player who spied for the United States in Japan, the Jew who served as Singapore’s first chief minister, the ashram in India created by a Jewish guru who became known as “The Mother”; and the sexual therapist, poker buddy, doctors and other Jewish members of Mao Zedong’s inner circle.

Ellen Rodman, a writer and television producer, is the former New York Times family entertainment reviewer and coauthored The New York Times Guide to Children’s Entertainment.


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