Milton Bendiner Library

 

Milton BendlinerThe Milton Bendiner Library is named after Reverend Milton Bendiner, z"l, the Temple Beth-El Education Director from 1947-1973. The Milton Bendiner Library was dedicated on January 16, 1973. Since then, the library has expanded to include free wi-fi, a library book club, recognition during Library Shabbat, and much more. The library has thousands of fiction, non-fiction, reference, and periodical titles in its collection. The Milton Bendiner Library is accredited by the Association of Jewish Libraries (AJL). We thank our former librarian, Marlene Reynolds, for her major role in this accomplishment. Come check us out! 

Library Hours

Wednesdays       1:00 pm - 6:00 pm (when Hebrew School is in session)
Sundays    8:30 am - 12:30 pm (when Religious School is in session)

The library doors are always open when the building is open, except during Shabbat. Our librarian, Miranda Sutin, is available on Wednesdays and Sundays as noted above.

Bagels and Books Book Club

Sundays, 10:30 am
September 25, 2016

Sailor and Fiddler by Herman Wouk. This is Mr. Wouk's memoir which has been published during his centennial birthday. Felice Feldman will lead the discussion in the Bendiner Library. 

December 4, 2016

The Victim by Saul Bellow. Vicki Aarons, Professor of English at Trinity University, will lead the discussion. Vicki teaches American Jewish and Holocaust literature. The discussion will be held in the Block Conference Center Room A.

February 12, 2017

Dr. Victoria Aarons, Professor of English at Trinity University, will lead a discussion of Saul Bellow's The Victim on Sunday, February 12, at 10:30 a.m. in the Block Conference Center A.

In this unique noir masterpiece by the incomparable Saul Bellow, a young man is sucked into the mysterious, heat-filled vortex of New York City. Asa Leventhal, a temporary bachelor with his wife away on a visit to her mother, attempts to find relief from a Gotham heat wave, only to be accosted in the park by a down-at-the-heels stranger who accuses Leventhal of ruining his life. Unable to shake the stranger loose, Leventhal is led by his own self-doubts and suspicions into a nightmare of paranoia and fear.

The Victim is available for purchase in paperback on Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble.com. 

April 2, 2017

The Hilltop by Assaf Gavron. Miranda Sutin and David Liss will lead the discussion in the Bendiner Library. 

Contact Us 

We'd love to hear from you! You can reach the library by phone or email. Call us during Library Hours at (210) 733-9135 x110 or email us at [email protected]  

Recommendations from the Librarian

Looking for a good Jewish read? The following sites are great sources for books with Jewish content or books by Jewish authors.

The Jewish Review of Books

Jewish Book Council

The Book of Life

JBooks.com

Tablet Magazine

Temple members can check out books in the library by signing the check-out sheet on Miranda's desk. Non-members, please contact Miranda Sutin to check out books.

 

Selected Works by Temple Beth-El Congregants

 

Cathy Adelman. Dear Katherine and Allie.
Peter Balbert. D. H. Lawrence and the Phallic Imagination: Essays on Sexual Identity and Feminist Misreading.
Marjorie Brody. Twisted, In the Underside.
Mel Eichelbaum. A Family Haggadah (written with Marlene), Mah-Jongg is Murder, (written with Lee Markman).
Marlene Eichelbaum. A Family Haggadah (written with Mel).
Ruth Friedberg. Coasts,The Complete Pianist: Body, Mind, Synthesis, A Circle of Women, Selected Writings of John Duke 1917-1984, American Art Song and American Poetry.
Roxanne Henkin. Who’s Invited to Share, Confronting Bullying.
Kathi Kardon. In God’s Hands (written with Linda Kaufman).
Linda Kaufman. In God’s Hands, (written with Kathi Kardon).
Warren Lieberman. Far From Newark.
David Liss. A Conspiracy of Paper, The Coffee Trader, A Spectacle of Corruption, The Ethical Assassin, The Whisky Rebels, The Devil’s Company, The Twelfth Enchantment, The Day of Atonement, Randoms.
Bonnie Lyons. Henry Roth, the man and his work, Passion and Craft: Conversations with Notable Writers, Hineni, In Other Words, Meanwhile, Bedrock.
Lee Markman. Mah-Jongg is Murder, (written with Mel Eichelbaum).
Ervin Mendlovitz. Galveston 1900: A Storm, A Story of Twin Flames.
Cathy Rosenthal. The Happy Tale of Two Cats, The Lucky Tale of Two Dogs.
David Spener. Clandestine Crossings: Migrants and Coyotes on the Texas-Mexico Border, Cantos de las estrellas: Un homenaje a Victor Jara, We Shall Not Be Moved/No Nos Moveran: Biography of a Song of Struggle.
Claudia Stokes. The Altar at Home: Sentimental Literature and Nineteenth Century American Religion, Writers in Retrospect: The Rise of American Literary History, 1875-1910, American Literary Studies: A Methodological Reader.
Rabbi Samuel M. Stahl. Making the Timeless Timely: Thoughts and Reflections of a Contemporary Reform Rabbi, Boundaries, Not Barriers: Some Uniquely Jewish Perspectives on Life.
Esther Vexler.Missing You: Letters of Remembrance.