About Our Library
The Temple Library contains approximately 9000 volumes and serves as a valuable resource to the congregation, the religious school, and the larger Jewish community. The collection, which focuses on American Jewish history, spirituality and liturgical subjects, ranges from picture books for young children to a wide selection of fiction and non-fiction for students and adults.
The extensive holdings cover Judaic topics including history, Jewish law, rituals and holidays, ethics, philosophy, family and life cycle events, music, art, Israel and current political issues, cookbooks, travel, the Holocaust, and biographies. The Temple maintains the largest collection in the community of books on American Jewish history, and a variety of primary sources, encyclopedias and dictionaries are available in the Reference section.
The library also provides books of Jewish content on tape and in large print as well as subscribing to periodicals of interest to the Jewish community. Currently, books in the Temple library, as well as books in other Jewish institutions in Nashville can be found using a joint card catalog. However, in the very near future a searchable catalog accessible in the library, as well as through the Temple web site will be available to locate selections.
The logo for the library link is a bronze medallion designed by A. Raymond Katz representing the transition from the Tablets of the Law to the Scrolls of the Torah into the book, with the Tree of Life in the background. The medallion originally decorated the Ark, but following the renovation of the Temple was moved to the doors entering the sanctuary.
The library is open during regular Temple hours:
Mon - Fri 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat Before and After Services
Sun 9:30 am - 11:30 am (during Religious School year)
For information contact: Charles Krivcher @ firstname.lastname@example.org
All children five years and younger, along with their parents, are invited to join a guest reader for our inaugural story time. Drop off your older children for Religious School, nosh on a bagel from Cafe Ruach in the prefuntion area, then come to the children's corner of the library at 9:45 a.m. to listen to a wonderful story introducing jewish ideas and traditions. Check out what the library has to offer for our youngest congregants!
Check the Temple Calendar for Dates!
The Temple maintains a collection of documents, books, and letters documenting the history of The Temple and the people of the Nashville Jewish community. The Archives of The Temple are located in the Library, supplementing the Jewish Federation Archives are housed at the Gordon Jewish Community Center. The Archives are open by appointment.
You may view an inventory of the Temple Archives as well as the inventory of the Jewish Federation Archives.
If you would like to access the archives or need library help, contact the
Community Archivist, Lynn Fleischer, 615-354-1655
Contact the Library Committee Chairperson