Religion & Beliefs

So maybe you DON’T need to join a synagogue to learn stuff, find community, and feel Jewish

This may seem like a pretty dull topic for a post, but it's also useful (why is "useful" so often synonymous with "dull"?) so I'll risk it.  Did you know there's a Jewish library near you?  A free public resource?  … Read More

By / January 1, 2007
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This may seem like a pretty dull topic for a post, but it's also useful (why is "useful" so often synonymous with "dull"?) so I'll risk it.  Did you know there's a Jewish library near you?  A free public resource? 

Earlier this year I had the pleasure to visit the Jewish library in San Francisco.  I'd never been to one before… didn't know they existed… but when I got home I found out there's a whole slew of them.  Full of free films, programs, smart people, and of course…. books!  Good new books, dusty old books, children's books.  All kinds of goodness, and right near YOU. 

(and if you can't find yours through the above link, do a google search. They aren't all affiliated with this organization, and you've probably got one somewhere.)

 It might not seem like a big damn deal, except… except that when you've long ago graduated from college, and don't belong to a synagogue or JCC…  it can be hard to find a way into Jew-land.  Especially if you're a smart thinky person looking for other likeminded folk. 

Or if you're just starting to engage with Jewish ideas, or reconnect with them, or you don't know what you think at all… and you don't want to be pressured to "join".

Libraries seem a perfect way to get involved without paying a lot of money, making a huge commitment, or hanging out with people who make you uncomfortable.  And they tend to be full of the most interesting people. 

Take it from a girl who, because her parents couldn't afford after-school-programs, spent four hours a day at the public library for years of her childhood.  And remembers it fondly.

Libraries is good shit.