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History: With a generous donation from longtime congregants Edith and Siegfried Kaiser, the Kol Shofar library was created in honor of their parents, holocaust survivors, and was appropriately named the Siegfried Kaiser Kol Shofar Library. In 1984, Jackie Grossman established Joanna's Corner, our children's section. Joanna was the daughter of congregants who died in 1986 at just two years of age.

Ellen Barr, a longtime congregant, also volunteered at this time, and she went on to serve as our librarian for some 32 years. In 2022, Ellen decided it was time to pass the baton over to our current librarian, Miriam Goldfien. Miriam's goal has been to add programming and modernize the library.

Hours: Monday-Thurs. 9-5pm; Friday 9-3pm; Closed on Saturday and Sunday.
Librarian on-site on Tuesdays from 12-4 PM.



1. Begin your search by entering keyword, title, or author in the search box.
2. To search for an exact phrase, place the words in quotes.
3. To start a new search, click on Children's Literature under Collections on the sidebar.


1. To request a book, click on the title of the book.
2. On the next screen, click on the "Copy Link" button at the top of the page.
3. Once you have copied the link, include the link in an email to
4. You can pick up the book in the Library on Tuesdays from 12 - 3 pm. Alternatively, we can leave the book for you with the office staff. Books will be held for 2 weeks.


Come check out these new acquisitions:

The Postmistress, by Sarah Blake
Antiquities, by Cynthia Ozick

Who By Fire: Leonard Cohen in the Sinai, by Matti Friedman 
If Anyone Calls, Tell Them I Died, by Emanuel Rosen
The Hare With Amber Eyes, by Edmund de Waal
The Postcard,  by Anne Berest
ParshaNut, by Rabbi David Kasher

Kol Shofar Jewish Book Group: The Kol Shofar Jewish Book Group meets every two months on the 1st Thursdays of the month in the library.

Contact Us: Email Miriam at   Phone: 415-388-1818 x 115 

Our shelves are full! We are currently not accepting any book donations.

Sat, June 15 2024 9 Sivan 5784