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Robert E. Levinson Memorial Library

New Book Titles This Month:
  • Happily, a personal history with fairy tales, by Sabrina Orah Mark
  • Bruno Schulz, an artist, a murder, and the hijacking of history, by Benjamin Balint
  • I am Jewish, personal reflections inspired by the last words of Daniel Pearl, edited by Judea and Ruth Pearl
    Time’s Echo: The Second World War, the Holocaust, and the music of remembrance by Jeremy Eichler
Beth David’s Levinson library is open!

Anytime you are in the building, whether weekday or Shabbat, you are welcome to come in and browse our collection. It’s located in the far end of the Beit Midrash (small sanctuary). If the room appears dark, just open the door, and the lights will come on for you. Check it out.

We have a broad selection of Jewish reference material, fiction and non-fiction books, and periodicals, always including the latest releases, for adults and teenagers.

The Robert E. Levinson Memorial Library was named in memory of Robert E. Levinson (z”l), a San Jose State University professor, writer, Jewish educator, and Beth David cantor.

Do you have any ideas for new books we might want to purchase for Congregation Beth David?
Suggestions for purchase for the synagogue library are welcomed. If you would like to suggest purchase of a book with Jewish content,  email: 
Suggestions are seriously considered, but not guaranteed. If you wish to be notified when a suggested item is ready to borrow, please indicate this.

Jewish Book Discussion Group

Book lovers join us! See upcoming titles

Come in and browse our periodicals:
  • Biblical Archaeology
  • Commentary
  • J – Jewish news of Northern California
  • Jewish Review
  • Moment
  • Zichron-Note news of Jewish genealogical society
Interested in e-books and/or audiobooks?

Anyone in the Bay Area is welcome to use the Jewish Community library in San Francisco, which has a collection of 900 e-books and audio books to loan to you.

  • E-book: The Fortunate Ones by Ellen Umansky
  • E-book: Judaism’s Life-changing Ideas by Rabbi Jonathan Sacks
  • Audiobook: Kantika, a novel by Elizabeth Graver
  • Children’s Title: Turtle Boy by Evan Wolkenstein

Signing up for a library card is free. You can also order physical items from the Jewish Community library to be picked up at the Oshman JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto.
For more information

Browse our Catalog  Library name: Congregation Beth David

Russian Language Books

Aside from our circulating collection, we also have an assortment of over 100 Russian language books available for giveaway (see back wall, under the TV monitor).

Book Nook

Aside from our circulating collection, extra items on a variety of subjects are available for giveaway to members and visitors on the “Book Nook” table. Leave a book, take a book. The Book Nook is located near the library entrance,in the rear of the Mercaz.

Self-checkout procedure

Our titles are available for Beth David members to check out for a 3 week loan. If there is no attendant present, we have a self-checkout procedure which is halachically compatible with Shabbat.

You’ll notice a box of envelopes, one for each Beth David member unit.
Find the envelope with your name on it, and place the title card from the book pocket into the envelope. Submit the envelope in the designated place.

Contact Congregation Beth David Levinson Library Committee: