Isaac Waldman Library

The Isaac Waldman Jewish Public Library and the Inclusion Services Department invite you to meet our local human books and join in an inclusive conversation with the opportunity to talk to people from all walks of life, including those in society that face prejudices, stigma, discrimination or taboo.

Challenge your own biases and unjudge someone.

At the JCC, 950 W 41st Ave, Vancouver
Sunday November 21, 1:00-4:00 pm
FREE. For individuals 15 years and older.

THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT

All participants attending the event must be fully vaccinated. Picture identification and Proof of Vaccination QR Code will be requested.

The Human Library originates in Denmark and has spread across the globe, including this November to your local Isaac Waldman Jewish Public Library! The program is based on the idea of “unjudging” others: we all have preconceived notions about others and the Human Library seeks to challenge these preconceptions. The program allows readers to ask our human books respectful though sometimes difficult questions about themselves and their lived experience. Learn more about the Human Library Organization and mission here.

IN-PERSON

LIBRARY HOURS
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. Come browse our selection of: thrillers, novels, Hebrew language, children’s, graphic novels, Judaica, history, memoirs, and more. Most titles are $1-$3. Please pay in the library or at reception.

PICK-UP AND DELIVERY SERVICE

  • 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.

VIRTUAL PROGRAMS

Streamed live. Email library@jccgv.bc.ca to join email list and receive Zoom links.

 

JEWISH BOOK CLUB
Join the lively discussions. Chair: Helen Pinsky.
Thursdays 1:00pm
Nov 25 “The Light of Days” by Judy Batallion

QUEER JEWISH BOOK CLUB
All are welcome. Facilitated by Aviva Rotstein.
Monday 7:00pm
Nov 29 “Mrs. Everything” by Jennifer Weiner

Explore the Waldman Library online

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.
Contact library@jccgv.bc.ca

Resources

Support the Library

Call us with your donation today: 604-257-5181 or DONATE OLINE

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!

BOOK INSCRIPTIONS and TRIBUTE CARDS
Call 604-257-5181.

SPECIAL GIFTS and DONATIONS
Email library@jccgv.bc.ca or call 604-257-5181


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.
View tribute

 

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…”
View tribute

If you would like to send a Tribute Card please call Member and Guest Services at 604-257-5111

Hours & Info

Location

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

RENEWALS & INFORMATION

604-257-5181 or email: library@jccgv.bc.ca

FREE LIBRARY CARDS

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

LIBRARY READING ROOM

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.

BOOK INSCRIPTIONS

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

 

VOLUNTEERS ALWAYS WANTED

Call the library.

Collections

  • 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

 

Genealogy

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 library@jccgv.bc.ca 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