The 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!
Wednesdays, 1:00 to 6:00 pm (When Hebrew School is in session)
Sundays, 8:30 am to 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 in the Block Conference Center
The library committee has selected the following titles for the 2017-2018 Bagels and Books Club series.
October 15, 2017 - Twenty-Six Seconds, A Personal History of the Zapruder Film by Alexandra Zapruder. Mark Ingram will lead discussion.
December 10, 2017 - The Chosen by Chaim Potok. Shannon Seglin and Felice Feldman will lead the discussion.
February 11, 2018 - The New Anti-Semitism by Phyllis Chesler. David Liss will lead the discussion.
April 8, 2018 - Outwitting History: The Amazing Adventures of a Man Who Rescued a Million Yiddish Books by Aaron Lansky. Discussion leader TBA.
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.
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.
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.