The library will be closed on Monday, May 29 in observance of Memorial Day.

jewish american heritage month


Collage of picture books with Sephardic representation
Meredith Sires, May 22, 2023

Last week, I came across a perfect Mother’s Day gift in the form of Mazal Bueno! a new board book by Sarah Aroeste sprinkled with Ladino, the Judeo-Spanish language of Sephardic Jews.

Collage of books on Jewish cuisine
Janice Batzdorff, May 12, 2023

Bourekas (savory stuffed pastry) and shakshuka (eggs cooked in a spicy tomato sauce) are favorite foods for some Jewish people, while knishes (pastry filled with mashed potatoes) and potato latkes (pancakes) are preferred by others.

Anne Frank at her desk in her Montessori school, 1940
Tina Lerno, May 08, 2023

In 2022, inspired by Anne Frank’s story, 10-year-old Anne Frank LA student-activist Olivia Prince, with the support help of Anne Frank LA, approached Councilmember Paul Koretz (CD5) about declaring an official day to honor Anne’s legacy. And he agreed.

Collage of Jewish musicians. Photos from
Daniel Tures, May 25, 2022

Jews rock! You know it even if you don’t know it.

Collage of realistic middle-grade Jewish fiction books
Meredith Sires, May 23, 2022

I was a curious and strongly opinionated tween girl growing up in the 90s and the books I treasured centered around characters of the same mind: Kristy in The Baby-Sitters Club by

Julius Levitt is pictured on this coloring page in front of Breed Street Shul
Vi Ha, May 17, 2022

Julius Levitt (1885–1953) was a promoter of Yiddish culture and a community activist, most importantly through the Jewish Labor Committee (JLC) to bring attention to the horrors of Nazism throughout the world.

Map of Bell’s Row, from the Western States Jewish History Archives.
Peter Hauge, May 16, 2022

President Joseph Biden may have put it best in his 2021 proclamation on Jewish American Heritage Month: “The Jewish American experience is a story of faith, fortitude, and progress.

Collage of vintage photos from
Tina Lerno, April 30, 2022

May is Jewish American Heritage Month. It was officially declared on April 20, 2006. The month of May was chosen due to the highly successful celebration of the 350th Anniversary of American Jewish History. 350 years. That's a lot of years!

Young Adult author Dahlia Adler and her latest novel, That Way Madness Lies
Daryl M., April 29, 2021

Dahlia Adler is an editor of mathematics by day, a book blogger by night, and a Young Adult author at every spare moment in between.

Collage of books adapted to films
Elizabeth Graney, December 07, 2020

This year the Hanukkah holiday will begin on Thursday, December 10, and continue through Friday, December 18. With social distancing encouraged and travel restricted, it will be a quiet holiday for most this year.