Isaac Waldman Library



Thursday, April 29, 5:30pm

S.M. FREEDMAN – The Day She Died 
In conversation with Sam Wiebe; with musical guest Stacey Joy

Published by Dundurn Press

FREE – Register here

After a traumatic head injury, Eve questions every memory and motive in this mind-bending psychological thriller. Eve Gold’s birthdays are killers, and her twenty-seventh proves to be no different. But for the up-and-coming Vancouver artist, facing death isn’t the real shock — it’s what comes after. Recovering from a near-fatal accident, Eve is determined to return to the life she’s always wanted: a successful artistic career, marriage to the man who once broke her heart, and another chance at motherhood. But brain damage leaves her forgetful, confused, and tortured by repressed memories of a deeply troubled childhood, where her innocence was stolen one lie — and one suspicious death — at a time.

As the dark, twisted pages unfold, Eve must choose between clinging to the lies that helped her survive her childhood and unearthing the secrets she buried long ago.

S.M. Freedman is the author of The Faithful and Impact Winter. She studied at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York and spent years as a private investigator on the not-so-mean streets of Vancouver, before returning to her first love: writing.

Bookmark Contest

Theme: Protecting the Environment Sh’mirat HaTevah.  Download contest form and template


Let front entrance staff know that you are a library patron. Face coverings mandatory. Max 10 visitors.

Mo-Th 10am – 6pm
Su 10am – 1pm

Please let the Front desk know that you are a library patron. NO APPOINTMENT NECESSARY.

  • Browse and borrow Books & DVDs
  • Use our socially distanced computer stations (25 min)
  • Read to your children ages 12 & under (must be accompanied by an adult caregiver).


THE BOOK CART IS BACK – with gently used books for sale!

The cart is located beside the library. Please pay in the library or at reception. Come by to check out our new selections in the new year! Most titles are $1-$3.
Come browse our selection of:

  • thrillers
  • novels
  • Hebrew language
  • children’s
  • graphic novels
  • Judaica
  • history
  • memoirs, and more


  • Search our collection
  • Fill out this Order Form
    Or phone 604.257.5181 or order
  • Pick-up your package from the JCC entrance
    Thursdays 2:00 – 4:00pm or have your items delivered within Vancouver. Requires up to 1 week turnaround.


Streamed live. Email to join email list and receive Zoom links.

NEW Finding Voice a Poetry Workshop

4 Tuesdays April 6-27, 7:00pm
With Bonnie Nish & Ali Denno, celebrating National Poetry Month. By connecting with others in a room where words will flow onto the page, we can forget the walls between us are virtual. No experience necessary.

Jewish Book Club
Join the lively discussions. Chair: Helen Pinsky
Thursday 1:00pm
Thursday 1:00pm
Mar 25 “The Huntress”by Kate Quinn
Apr 29 “Ruth Bader Ginsburg” by Jane Sherron de Hart
May 27 “Feast Your Eyes” by Myla Goldberg

Queer Jewish Book Club
All are welcome. Facilitated by Aviva Rotstein.
Monday 7:00pm
Mar 22 “Mystics of Mile End” by Sigal Samuel
Apr 26 “Light Fell” by Evan Fallenberg
May 31 “Girl Unwrapped” by Gabriella Goliger

Shirley Stein’s News & Views
Meet weekly to discuss current affairs and global politics. Chair: Dan Elezam
We 10:30am –12:00pm
8 session pass M $18 / R $25 Buy here
Questions? Contact

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Check out EBooks or Audiobooks from the comfort of your home using a smartphone or tablet.

Library accounts are free for JCCGV members.
Not a member? Not a problem! Register for your account here.


Support the Library

The library is proud to be home to a collection of over 17,000 books. As the only Jewish Library west of Winnipeg, we are a community hub, bringing people together and connecting them to Jewish history, culture and tradition, and expanding their world view. We provide an inclusive environment and free programs and services that fuel lifelong learning.

Thank you for helping the library in continuing to share the world of Jewish knowledge!

Call 604-257-5181.

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A TRIBUTE to Marvin Weintraub z’l
We are saddened by the recent passing of Marvin Weintraub z’l. As a founding member of the library, together with his wife Rita, we have prepared a tribute in his honour.
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A TRIBUTE to Rita Weintraub z’l

“We pause to mourn the passing of Rita Weintraub,” writes Larry Barzelai.
“I can definitely say that there would not have been an Isaac Waldman Jewish Public Library without her. From day one, she tirelessly worked to bring a concept to fruition…”
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If you would like to send a Tribute Card please call Member and Guest Services at 604-257-5111

Hours & Info


2ND FLOOR – Jewish Community Centre of Greater Vancouver
950 W.41st Avenue

Library Hours

M-Th 10:00am – 6:00pm
Su 10:00am – 1:00pm


604-257-5181 or email:


JCC members and all paid program participants are entitled to a free library card. Please register in the library.


A perfect place to take a break and read newspapers from across Canada, the US, and Israel. We carry the Jewish Independent, Canadian Jewish News, Winnipeg Jewish Post & News, Ottawa Jewish Bulletin & more. Our magazines cover Jewish topics from current events to travel in Israel. Our collection includes Biblical Archaeology, Jerusalem Report, Eretz, Moment, Commentary and many other interesting journals.


Purchase and inscribe a book in honour of someone special. Call 257-5111 or visit the JCC Front Desk.



Call the library.


  • Adult Fiction & Non-Fiction
  • Children & Youth
  • Hebrew Fiction and Non-Fiction
  • Religious Prayer Books & Texts
  • Newspapers & Magazines
  • DVDs and CDs
  • Databases: Genealogy, Encyclopedia Judaica
Open Catalogue



Free Genealogy Help at the library
Stephen Falk from the Jewish Genealogical Society is available to assist you in researching your family history. PLEASE RSVP to or 604-257-5181.​

Free Resources Online

The Jewish Genealogical Society of BC

The Isaac Waldman Library gratefully acknowledges the support and collaboration of the JGSBC in developing the library’s genealogy program. Please visit their website for an extensive list of resources and upcoming events.

Canadian Jewish Heritage Network

JewishGen Family Finder

My Heritage

Sonner Family eBook Program
Anna Leith Audiobook Collection

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