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.
Temple Book Club Coming in May!

A date has been set, a book selected, and author lined up to join our inaugural Temple Book Club meeting on the evening of Tuesday, May 9 at 7 p.m. at the Temple.  We will read Saving Sophie by Ronald Balson, the author of Once We Were Brothers.  In our brand new Madge Rothschild Resource Center, Mr. Balson will join us via video-conferencing for our discussion.

The novel is a thriller, following Chicago accountant Jack Sommers, as he tries to rescue his daughter, Sophie, from her maternal grandfather, who is a suspected Palestinian terrorist.  Jack also happens to be a suspect in a huge embezzlement case, and is on the run.  The book is connected to Mr. Balson’s first novel only through Liam and Catherine, the investigators in both books.

Our goal with this program is to start a book club for Temple members that will meet on a quarterly basis. Following discussion of Saving Sophie, those attending will have the opportunity to plan meeting times and reading material for the group going forward. Resources will be available from the Jewish Book Council, the sponsor of the 45-minute “Live Chat” with the author, to help plan for the group. We hope to continue with three author chats next year.

There will be no cost for the program, though we encourage members to purchase the book wherever possible, as that is part of our agreement for the video-conference program.  We do have one copy of Saving Sophie now in our library. Further details and reservation information will be provided closer to the event. In the meantime, mark your calendars for 7 p.m. on May 9, and enjoy a good book!

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.  

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.

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.