Rabbi Marshall R. Lifson Library


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Welcome!

The Rabbi Marshall R. Lifson Library, endowed by the family of Rabbi Marshall R. Lifson, houses a collection of more than 12,000  books, DVD’s and CD’s of Jewish interest for congregants of all ages.  All Temple Emanuel members are welcome to check out materials from the library.

  • Adults will find a wide of selection of fiction, cookbooks, history, travel, biographies, and books for life cycle events.
  • Discover the perfect children’s book, CD or DVD among our a very large collection for younger and older children.  These include picture books, books on the holidays, fiction, biography, as well as parenting and family life materials.
  • Use our extensive selection of biblical texts and commentaries for study or d’var Torah preparation, especially for upcoming b’nei mitzvah.
  • Our expanded DVD collection includes the latest Israeli films, plus many classic fiction and documentary film about the range of Jewish experience.
  • The library subscribes to current newspapers and periodicals such as the Jewish Advocate, Jewish Daily Forward, Jerusalem Post, Commentary, Tikkun and  Moment Magazine.

Hours:

Between Labor Day and Memorial Day, our hours are:

Sunday             9 am – 12:30 pm

Tuesday           10 am – 6 pm

Wednesday      10 am – 5 pm

Thursday          10 am – 6 pm

Between Memorial Day and Labor Day, our hours are by appointment only.

To make an appointment to use the library when we are closed, please call 617-558-8126 or email dabner@templeemanuel.com.  We will get back to you shortly.

 Contacts:

Title Name Telephone Email
Deb Abner Librarian T:617-558-8126

F:617-558-8150

dabner@templeemanuel.com
Molly Goodman Library Chair 617-558-8126
molly.goodman@comcast.net

Donations:

Financial donations to the Rabbi Marshall R. Lifson Library in any amount are always welcome.  Please consider a gift in memory of family or friends, to pay tribute to someone special, or to mark a special occasion.  Among the specials collections within the library to which you can donate are:

  • Rabbi Marshall R. Lifson Fund: books for the general collection
  • Lois Alexander Children’s Book Collection: picture books for younger children
  • Jordan Bennett Weiss Youth Collection: chapter books for older children
  • Zelda and Phillip Smith Jewish Lifecycle Fund: books on weddings, bar mitzvahs and so forth.
  • Helene Tuchman Cookbook Collection
  • Felicia Zatz Yiddish Collection: books and audio materials about Yiddish or in Yiddish
  • The Hadassah Blocker Women’s Studies Collection

If you are interested in endowing a special collection, please visit our Gift Funds page for more information.