Isaac Waldman Library


Book Club

Join our lively discussions.  Everyone welcome, no book club experience required.

Holding My Breath

Th Jan 24, 1:00pm –  HOLDING MY BREATH by Sidura Ludwig

A bold and tender debut novel from a fresh and exciting new voice.

Spanning three decades against the backdrop of the Jewish community in the north end of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Holding My Breath is a poignant coming-of-age tale told from the point of view of Beth Levy, the youngest in a household of two generations of strong Jewish women.

Read more about the author and the book…

Th Feb 28, 1:00pm –  THE LAST WATCHMAN OF OLD CAIRO by Michael David Lukas
Th Mar 28, 1:00pm –  ADJUSTING SIGHTS by Haim Sabato

Book Launch: Harvey B. Richer / The Gold Coins of Newfoundland 1865-1888

Richer is a professor of astronomy and physics at UBC, and an avid coin collector. The book provides an insight into the fascinating coinage of Britain’s oldest colony.
Th Feb 14 1:30pm

Book Launch: Ashly Hill / On Her Plate

Ashly will speak about “On Her Plate”, edited by Ky-Lee Hanson. Ashly is a contributor to the book, a kinesiologist, and Personal Training Supervisor at the JCC.
We Mar 13 6:30pm

Internet 101

A 2-part presentation on the basic concepts and how-to’s of your computer.
Tu 2:00-3:30pm
Jan 22 & Feb 5

Internet 102

Receive hands-on training to feel comfortable and navigate the internet like a pro, using  PowerPoint presentation.

All are welcome, bring a friend!

We 2:00-3:30pm
Feb 13-Mar 6

No charge. Please RSVP to 604-257-5181 or

Shirley Stein’s News & Views

Join other active seniors to discuss current affairs and global politics. Chair: Dan Elezam
We 10:30am–12:30pm

Techie Help

Our library staff can assist you in filling out online forms, setting up your eReader or unraveling your internet worries. Bring your device and get hands-on training.


Baby Storytime (0-36 mo)
with Megan
Mondays 11:00-11:30am
Jan 14- Mar 11

Family Storytime (2-5 years)
with Helen
Thursdays 11:30am- 12:00pm
Feb 14- Mar 14

Sunday Storytime (2-5 years) 
with Kurtis
Sundays 11:00-11:45am
Jan 20, Feb 17, Mar 17

Sunday Storytime in HEBREW (Ages 3 & up)
Sponsored by The Israeli House
Sundays 11:00-11:45am
Jan 6, Feb 3, Mar 3


The Traveling Storyteller
Our librarian Helen reads short stories and leads discussion groups for seniors at the Snider Campus for Jewish Seniors several times a month. Contact the library for more information.


We are accepting gently used books for sale at our Used Book Sales Nov 27- Dec 4, and Feb 10-14. Please bring your books to the library.
No encyclopedias, foreign language books, magazines, damaged or mildewy book please.


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Jewish Guide to the Internet. Click here…


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Generously sponsored by Yosef Wosk.


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

Pacific Pine Co. Ltd., Queenborough, New Westminster, B.C. Photo 20 July 1968. Photo taken from Pioneers, Pedlars, and Prayer Shawls: the Jewish Communities in British Colombia and the Yukon. Cyril Edel Leonoff, author.


Ancestors in the attic: making family memorabilia into history
by Karen Foy.  Published 2012

Discover your roots: 52 brilliant ideas for exploring your family and local history

by Paul Blake and Maggie Loughran.  Published 2011

Family photographs and how to date them
by Jayne Shrimpton.  Published 2015

by George G. Morgan (Series: How to Do Everything.) Published 2014

Tracing your ancestors: a guide for family historians
by Simon Fowler.  Published 2012

Tracing your Jewish ancestors: a guide for family historians

by Rosemary Wenzerul.  Published 2012

Writing a non-boring family history
by Hazel Edwards. Published 2012

Writing your family history: a practical guide
by Deborah Cass.  Published 2012

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

Database Search Tips and Tricks:

  •  An asterisk (*) may be used to specify any number of characters. This is great when you want to search for vriable endings of a root word.
    For example:  searching for Lev* would tell the database to look for all possible endings to that root.  Results will include Levy, Levin, Levine, or Leviton.
  • A question mark (?) may be used to represent a single character, anywhere in the word.  It’s most useful when there are variable spellings for a word, and you want to search for all variants at once.
    For example, searching for Co?n would return both Coen and Cohen.

Books on Genealogical Research at the Waldman Library

Jackson, Buzzy. Shaking the family tree : Blue Bloods, Black Sheep, and Other Obsessions of an Accidental Genealogist. 2010.
929.1072 JAC 2010

Jewish Genealogical Institute of BC. New routes to your roots: Jewish genealogy and research in Eastern Europe. 1995.
929.1072 NEW 1995

Kurzweil, Arthur. From generation to generation : how to trace your Jewish genealogy and family history. 1994
929.1 KUR 1994

Kurzweil, Arthur. My generations : a course in Jewish family history. 1983.
929. 1072 KUR 1983

Rottenberg, Dan. Finding our fathers : a guidebook to Jewish genealogy. 1977.
929.1 ROT 1977

Zubatsky, David S.  Jewish genealogy : a sourcebook of family histories and genealogies. 1984.      929.1 ZUB 1984 REF

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
We : 10:00am-6:00pm (Summer hours. Regular 10:00am-8:00pm resumes Sep 5)
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, NewYork, and Israel. We carry the Jewish Post, Canadian Jewish News, Winnipeg Jewish Post & more. Our magazines cover Jewish topics from current events to travel in Israel. Our collection includes Forward, 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


Movie in the Spotlight:

The InsultThe Insult

The Insult is a Lebanese film, directed by Ziad Doueiri, nominated for best foreign-language film at the 90th Academy Awards. The film’s roots lie deep in Lebanese politics, centering around a fracas between a Lebanese Christian auto mechanic named Tony (Adel Karam) and the Palestinian refugee Yasser (Kamel El Basha) who enters his life. Its execution is pure melodrama flash and high courtroom drama (B. Hertz, The Globe and Mail, 25/1/2018).

A trivial, personal conflict explodes into something much larger, a drama that consumes a city and a nation. Eventually, the courts are involved. Memories of past atrocities are dredged up, and Lebanon’s civil war, which officially ended in 1990, seems on the verge of erupting all over again. The Insult is a fascinating history lesson. It is also a reminder that resentment and hatred don’t necessarily recede when the fighting stops. People have long memories, and so do groups whose identities rest in part on seeing one another as enemies (A.O. Scott, NYTimes, 10/1/2018).

The grace and precision of the performances, not only Mr. Karam and Mr. El Basha’s, but also those of the actors playing the colleagues, advocates, surprise witnesses and bureaucrats, push against the director’s fondness for grand statements and obvious ironies.  This is an honest assessment of the never-ending conflict between decency and cruelty that rages in every nation, neighbourhood and heart.

In Arabic with a little Hebrew, English subtitles.

Watch trailer…

Review by Dolores Luber

Sonner Family eBook Program
Anna Leith Audiobook Collection

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