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The Conrey Library at Congregation Beth Shalom opened in November 2014. The library functions in accordance with the synagogue’s mission of exploring, experiencing and studying Judaism, Jewish heritage and Israel within a center for Jewish life and learning for Jews and non-Jews alike. The library’s purpose is to provide a separate, beautiful space for research, reference, recreational reading, and educational purposes and study incorporating relevant technology.
The Conrey Library has approximately 2000 titles including books for children through seniors, covering topics such as history, biographies, novels, philosophy, religion, spirituality, Tanach, Torah, prayer, lifecycles, holidays, language including Hebrew, art and music, literature, cookbooks and Israel. Library materials are available in a variety of formats including print, CD’s, DVD’s, audiobooks and cassettes to encourage full access to the extensive range of Jewish thought, history and culture. CBS historical scrapbooks, albums and event videos are also available.
The Library inventory was catalogued electronically using a customized Dewey Decimal Classification System based on Jewish subjects and topics by volunteer librarian Lynn Michalski and others. This was accomplished via Surpass software through a generous grant by the former B’nai B’rith Napa Lodge 1652. Currently Congregation Beth Shalom members may check out library materials on a 3-week basis by following the check-out procedures posted in the library. The Conrey Library at CBS is in the process of being linked to the Jewish Community Library San Francisco, a program of Jewish LearningWorks website.
Financial support through donations to the Library Fund is gratefully accepted in honor or in memory of a loved one. These donations help us upgrade and integrate technology as well as improve our collection.