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NEW Book Talk
My Greek Barber's Diary, written by CHRIS BEST, is the story of George Chronopoulos, barber for Vancouver's business elite (Jewish and not) for the past 50 years in the Hyatt Hotel. Chris and George will tell stories and regale us with anecdotes from this new book.
NEW DATE We Mar 2   7:30pm  Free admission

NEW Tea in the afternoons
Led by library volunteers: join us for tea and conversation.
Tu 2:15–3:00 Hebrew basic conversation circle
Th 2:15–3:00 ESL conversation circle
Th 3:30–4:15 Russian conversation circle

Creative Writing Workshop
with award-winning author Lillian Boraks-Nemetz
This program is building on the momentum of the previous workshops. Everyone welcome.  Date: tba
By donation. Proceeds to the library.

NEW Meet our library tech
Introducing Rossana Caritey, our library technician. She is at the library every day to help with all your research and eBook needs. Rossana will be in the JCC Atrium
Sundays 11:00–2:00
to take you eBook questions, requests and suggestions. Bring your device and get hands-on training. New eBooks are being added monthly. 

Free Tutoring in the library
by UBC & SFU students who work at Camp Miriam during the summer

Tutoring and homework help by a group of smart dedicated young volunteers from Habonim-Dror. Open to everyone who needs it.
Tu, Th  4:30-6:00pm
Information: 604-257-5181;

NEW Meet Your Book Match
Looking to buy the perfect used book?
Give us your requests by author or genre, and we will create your personal "wish list". You can purchase from our available books, or we'll contact you when your "wish list" books become available.
Su 12:00-3:00pm

Israeli, Hebrew & Yiddish Film Collection click here...

eBooks at the Library  Click here...

Library Gifts and Donations  
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.



Torday has expertly crafted a multilayered, multi-generational look at a family’s life after WWII;  it is about love, loss and growing up. The book is told from two viewpoints; present day and Poxl’s memoir, allowing the readers to  decide for themselves the truth behind what truly occurred.  Poxl West is a WWII hero in the eyes of his nephew, Eli Goldstein, whom Poxl has taken on as his charge, in order to educate and refine him. Eli worships Poxl for all his worldly wisdom and heroic deeds during the war. When Poxl’s memoir, Skylark, is published, it causes Eli to question all that he thought he knew about his uncle. As he delves deeper into Poxl’s history, he begins to see that the life of this fearless superhero has been much darker than he has let on. Torday has crafted an absorbing story which seamlessly weaves together Poxl’s viewpoint and that of Eli’s, following several different threads and making the reader question which version is the truth.

Torday’s prose is exceptional, his characters are realistic and it is easy to forget they are works of fiction; his storylines are so atmospheric at times the reader can easily get lost in the book, being taken back to another time and to a war where courage as well as unspeakable loss occur. 

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