Isaac Waldman Library

Used Book Sale Feb

Adopt A Book

ADOPT A BOOK to celebrate our anniversary

Click here for details…

Book Club

No experience required, just a passion for books. Join the lively discussions in the library, whether you have read the book or not. FREE.

Thursdays at 1:00pm

Feb 11 Join our table at the Jewish Book Festival Book Club event: We All Fall Down by Daniel Kalla – details…
Mar 26 Angry Optimist: The Life and Times of Jon Stewart by Lisa Rogak


Book Launch By Gloria Levi
Part of the Jewish Book Festival
Launch of Kissing an Old Dream Goodbye: A Memoir 1950-1959 by Gloria Levi. Gloria will also present Rabbi Simcha Bunim of Pshis’cha: His Life and Teachings, which she has translated into English.
We Feb 12 2:00pm

Expressive Arts Workshops
Bonnie Nish, published poet and director of Pandora’s Poetry Collective, and Ruby Cone, certified expressive arts therapist, will facilitate a series of themed workshops for adults who would like to explore their creative side. All welcome.
We 5:30 – 7:30pm
Mar 4, 11, 18, 25
By donation to cover supplies. Registration required.

Meet your Ghost Writer
Need some help putting your thoughts, ideas, emotions into words? Have a letter you need help composing or a memory you would like to record for posterity? Interested in writing your own eulogy? Get skilled help from Judi, our library volunteer. Confidential, fun and therapeutic. FREE
Meet Judi and hear how she can help you. By appointment – contact the library.

Shirley Stein’s News & Views
Meet weekly to discuss current affairs and global politics. Chair: Dan Elezam.
We 10:30am – 12:30pm
$2 drop-in donation benefits the Library

Baby Storytime (3-36 mo)
This is a caregiver run group. everyone is welcome to bring songs and books and to co-facilitate through sharing.
Please RSVP to
Th   11:45am – 12:15pm
Jan 30, Feb 27 & Mar 26

Sunday Family Storytime
Bring your children ages 3 – 6 for a fun half hour of story and song.
Su 11:00 – 11:30am

Back to Basics
A 2-part presentation on the basic concepts and practical functions of your computer. FREE
Tu 2:00 – 3:30pm Feb 4, 11
Revving Up
Once the basic computer skills are down, it’s time to rev up! Progress to the next level of your computer skills.
Tu 2:00 – 3:30pm Mar 17, 24

Stories for Seniors
Contact the library for details.

Techie Help
Need help in filling out online forms, setting up your eReader and more? Bring your device and get hands-on training.

Book Donations

We are accepting gently used Children’s books and English books for sale at our Used Book Sales. Please bring your books to the library. No encyclopedias, foreign language books, magazines, damaged or mildewy books please. Due to lack of space we are not accepting Hebrew books for adults at this time.




ENCYCLOPEDIA JUDAICA  Please use your Library Card # starting with “P___________”  click to log in…

Poetry & Art

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Generously sponsored by Yosef Wosk.

Adopt A Book

The Isaac Waldman Jewish Public Library turns 25 this year!

The library is proud to be home to a collection of over 30,000 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.

Celebrate Our Anniversary

To mark our anniversary, the library is introducing an exciting new initiative: ADOPT A BOOK.

ADOPT A BOOK is a meaningful and creative way to gift a loved one. When you ADOPT A BOOK, it is inscribed with your personalized message on a bookplate, and can commemorate any occasion, including:

  • a graduation
  • a birthday
  • in memory
  • in appreciation
  • or in recognition

A charitable tax receipt will be issued for the full amount.

Adopt a Book Program

Adopt a Book

  • $36 – Paperback
  • $72 – Hardcover
  • $120 – Choose a book

Adopt a Collection

  • $500 – Adopt a collection of 10 books with custom inscription

Sponsor a Shelf

  • $180 – A whole shelf of your choosing for one year

25th Anniversary Champions

Includes 10 books of your choice with custom inscription, a shelf for one year plus acknowledgement at the following levels:

  • $1800 – Supporter
  • $3600 – Sustainer
  • $5000 – Pillar

2 easy ways to Adopt A Book or Give:

Onlineclick here…

Or by phone:  604-257-5111 ext 249

A message from Marvin and Rita Weintraub, long time supporters of the Library

Rita and Marvin Weintraub letter

Thank you for helping the library in continuing to share the world of Jewish knowledge in 2020 and beyond!

For other levels of support or to inquire about adopting Rare Books contact Aviva: ‍

email or call 604-257-5111 ext 249

Hours & Info


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

Library Hours

Sun: 10:00am-3:00pm
Mon/Tue/Thu: 10:00am-6:00pm
Wed: 10am-8pm
Fri/Sat: closed


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.

TRIBUTE CARDS for all occasions

Call 257-5111 or visit the JCC Front Desk.


Donations may be made to the Library and a special plaque will be inscribed. For information please call the librarian at 604-257-5111 ext. 249.


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

Access Here