Welcome To The Madge Rothschild Resource Center
We invite you to check out our collection of Jewish books in the Rabbi Richard B. Safran Library and enjoy our beautiful new space in the Madge Rothschild Resource Center at the Rifkin Campus at 5200. Join us for our Grand Opening on Sunday, April 30!

Our collection includes 4,000 books of Jewish content, including an extensive children's book collection and catalogued online. We have more than 100 new titles added as part of the Betty's 100 Books program in celebration of Betty Stein's 100th birthday on December 10, 2016.

In addition, the IPFW Institute for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, in partnership with the Helmke Library and the Temple, now has a list of Jewish and Holocaust-themed resources (books, videos, and other materials) available for checkout through IUCAT and IPFW's Helmke Library. The Genealogy Center also has Yizkor Books and other resources.


How to Access Materials

The library can be accessed whenever the Temple Office is open, but is not always staffed. If you would like to visit when a librarian is available, we are always open when Religious School is in session on Sunday mornings, from 9:45 a.m. until noon and some weekday afternoons.

Members are welcome to come in, browse and check out materials at that time. Please check the calendar for dates, as well as the Temple Facebook Page and monthly Bulletin

If you do visit the building when a librarian is not available, self-checkout is available. If you have a smart phone and an account number, you can do this yourself online. Directions for this and a regular paper checkout are available at the librarian’s desk when you visit. 

Please contact Librarian Betsy Gephart at library@templecav.org for assistance or to learn about volunteer opportunities.
Family History Resources

If you’re curious about your family history, you’re certainly in the right place! Our Resource Center can help you start your research, inspire you to keep looking, and even help you share your story. Find our catalog of resources.

Research

To start, there is no better guide than the classic, From Generation to Generation: How to Trace Your Jewish Genealogy and Family History by Arthur Kurzweil. Miriam Weiner is another well-known author and researcher.  We have her Encyclopedia of Jewish Genealogy as well as Jewish Roots in Ukraine and Moldova and Jewish Roots in Poland. For something directed at a younger audience, we have the official Ellis Island handbook, Do People Grow on Family Trees? by Ira Wolfman. And if the potential of DNA testing interests you, you might want to check out Legacy: A Genetic History of the Jewish People, by Harry Ostrer. 

Just researching your name can prove fascinating, and we have several titles to help with that as well. A personal favorite is Benzion Kaganoff’s Dictionary of Jewish Names and Their History. Although there is a dictionary included, a significant part of the book includes stories of the origins of Jewish names which are quite interesting. Jewish Personal Names, by Shmuel Gorr, and Alexander Beider’s Dictionary of Jewish Surnames from the Russian Empire are also useful.

Inspiration

David Laskin’s The Family: Three Journeys Into the Heart of the Twentieth Century is one of the best examples of what can be found with persistent research. This is a wonderfully written account of a history that is quite common among American Jewish families. Paper Love: Searching for the Girl My Grandfather Left Behind by Sarah Wildman is another well-written quest for a family story based on letters discovered by the author.  This one is more of a mystery than David Laskin’s book, as the reader is kept wondering what happened to the girl throughout the book. Like Family and several other titles, the focus is on victims of the Holocaust, but Wildman’s book stands out by revealing the picture through the eyes of the survivors in this country.  Other adult family histories in our collection include Daniel Mendelsohn’s The Lost: A Search for Six of Six Million, and Alan Weisman’s An Echo in My Blood: The Search for My Family’s Past.

Sharing Your Stories

If you are ready to share your stories, particularly with the younger generation, we have several examples in our picture book collection that are worth checking out.  Two favorites by Patricia Polacco – The Keeping Quilt and The Blessing Cup – are both beautiful family histories in their own way, traced through heirlooms passed down through generations. Grandma Esther Remembers, by Ann Morris, and Under the Sabbath Lamp, by Michael Herman, are also excellent family stories. 

Finally, remember that there are resources within our congregation that might be of help. Irv Adler shared his family history presentation in June on Genealogy and the Holocaust - Tracing Family: Lost and Found. Our librarian, Betsy Gephart, has written numerous family history books for her daughters and would be happy to help you get started in that area.

Links

Of course, our very own public library is known throughout the world for its Family History collection.  Little-known within the collection, but extremely valuable, is their significant collection of Yizkor, or Memorial Books.  Below are links to their resources, as well as other Jewish Family History Resources that may be useful.

Join Our Temple Book Club

Our inaugural Temple Book Club met on May 9 to discuss Saving Sophie by Ronald Balson, the author of Once We Were Brothers.  Mr. Balson joined us via video-conference from Chicago, while 14 congregants gathered In our new Madge Rothschild Resource Center.

Three Tuesday evenings have been set for the 2017-2018 Temple Book Club: November 14, February 23, and May 8. Please let Librarian Betsy Gephart know if you have suggestions for titles. Resources are available from the Jewish Book Council, the sponsor of the 45-minute “Live Chat” with the author.

Looking For A New Book? Try Library Bingo!

It’s easy!  Just grab a Bingo card and start reading!  Download a complete set for all ages here.

For each book you read or activity you do on the sheet, you can cross off a square.  Do this by telling the librarian – either by e-mail at library@templecav.org or in person - which book you read or which activity you did.

The honor system will be used when filling in the squares, but if you are found to have cheated, you will be disqualified from the program.  For each square you cross off, you’ll get a piece of candy.  Once you cross off an entire row in any direction, you can add your name to the raffle jar for the gift card drawing.   If you complete the entire card, you get an extra entry in the raffle jar!  Altogether, there will be a maximum of six raffle entries for each Bingo card – five rows plus one completion bonus.  There is no limit on the number of Bingo cards completed per person. 

Books read do not need to be the property of the Richard B. Safran Library, but they do need to be of Jewish content.  If the book you read is not in our collection and you think it should be, please let us know!

Our drawing will be held on the last day of Religious School on Sunday, May 21. Prizes will be as follows:

Barnes & Noble Gift Card - $30, Amazon Gift Card - $20, I-Tunes Gift Card - $10.  Remember, complete 1 Bingo line for 1 Raffle ticket, and get an extra ticket if you complete the entire card!

Volunteer Opportunities

The more members we can involve with the library, the more services we will be able to provide!  We are particularly looking for people comfortable with computers to help staff the library desk during Resource Center events.  In addition, we could use drivers willing to deliver materials to those not able to make it to the campus, readers to review books in our collection, and creative folks to help with library displays.  If you are interested in volunteering in our library, please contact Betsy Gephart at library@templecav.org.  

Resources about Jerusalem

Inspired by the film “Jerusalem” to learn more about this important city? We have quite a few titles for all ages in the Rabbi Richard B. Safran Library, including fiction, non-fiction, cookbooks, children’s stories, and photographs. Find out more. 

 

Do More From Home

Members of Congregation Achduth Vesholom, the Jewish Federation of Fort Wayne, and Congregation B’nai Jacob may all borrow materials from our collection.  Others may obtain borrowing privileges for a small fee.  An account number is required to borrow and hold materials online.  Contact librarian, Betsy Gephart, at library@templecav.org for this information.  Find more information about our lending policy. 

From your home computer, smart phone or other device, you can access our full collection through the library catalog. 

Once you have an account number, click on the small “person” icon in the upper right hand corner of our catalog to log into your account.  From there, you can renew materials and access your account information.  While searching the catalog, you can place a hold on something if you’d like to pick it up the next time you’re in the building.  You will receive an e-mail when it’s ready for you in the Temple office.

Books & More About Mah Jongg
With the popularity of Mah Jongg and our four-part workshop in the Madge Rothschild Resource Center, we invite you to check out these resources in our collection. Are you ready to play mahj? Sign up for open play in the resource center.
Donations

We recently received more than 100 new books in honor of Betty Stein’s 100th Birthday in December 2016.  Thanks to all who contributed books! View the full list of titles.

We always welcome donations of new materials to our collection. To this end, an Amazon Wishlist has been created, full of books, videos, music and even games for our resource center. If you would like to donate a specific item to our library, you can order it directly from the list and it will be shipped to the Temple. All items donated may be labeled to acknowledge your donation. If you wish to have a bookplate or other recognition on your item, it is important to include that text as part of a gift card with the item. The Wishlist is updated frequently, and comments are welcome. If you don’t see something on the list that you think should be included, please contact Betsy Gephart at library@templecav.org.

We offer more than books in our Resource Center. We welcome any donations of new or gently used (no scratches!) DVDs, audio books on CD, or music CDs with a Jewish theme. We also welcome all gently used PJ Library materials – books, CDs or DVDs. Gently used Jewish games and current copies of Jewish magazines are also welcome.

Monetary contributions may be made to “CAV- The Temple” and earmarked for the Library Fund or the Himelstein Children's Book Fund. The Library Fund covers general library expenses such as supplies, subscriptions and programs, as well as adult library books. The Himelstein Children's Library Fund specifically funds book purchases for the Children's Library. Our address is 5200 Old Mill Road, Fort Wayne, IN 46807.

Thank you in advance for your support.