Rabbi Gruenewald served as Congregation B’nai Israel’s Rabbi from 1946 thru 1970, and as Rabbi Emeritus from 1970 thru 1992…46 years of loving, remarkable service to CBI.

He spoke often of books and libraries. The Library “spells out the history of centuries of (Jewish) living and deserves, as an instrument of objective information, our attention and support.” — December, 1952

So that his memory is a blessing for all of us, CBI proudly maintains this book collection which joyfully carries the name of a man who was CBI for nearly 50 years, and who so loved all of the books in our library.

Getting Familiar with Our Library

This quick-guide to our Library should help “get where you would like to go.”  Please visit the Library soon. It is open whenever the synagogue building is open to the public. Books may be borrowed through the Main Office during office hours.

We have eight main areas of interest, as well as many smaller collections as reflected in the shelf listings.

1. Fiction – Novels – Stories written by Jewish authors and/or on Jewish subjects are located on shelves #101, 104 and 105.

2. The Shoa, The Holocaust is covered from almost ever y angle in the books found on shelves #205 & 296

3. Israel, the Land and its People are covered from every vantage point and time period in the books found on shelves #208, 209 & 210.

4. The Story of Jews in America, as well as the sociology and psychology of Jewish Americans, are all found in the books on shelves #211, 212 & 213.

5. The Torah, The Talmud, The Mishna, The Prophets and Writings, as well as much commentary and analysis are found on the six shelves from #301 thru 306.

6. Biographies and Autobiographies, of the great and not so great are found on shelves #307, 308 and 309.

7. World Jewish History fill shelves #311, 312 & 313. Isn’t it interesting that there are so many books with similar titles ranging in all different sizes on the same subject? Mmmmmmmmm.

8. The Jewish Home, Family, Celebrations & Life Cycles are all covered on shelves #317, 318 & 319

Here is the complete shelf by shelf listing of the Library’s holdings.

The Rabbi Max Gruenewald Library – Congregation B’nai Israel – Master Finding Guide

Shelf #

101       Fiction

102       One of Rabbi Bayar’s Favorite Shelves – Heschel & Weisel

103       Got 5 minutes?

104       Fiction

105       Fiction

106       General Non-Fiction

107       General Non-Fiction

108       General Non Fiction

109       General Non-Fiction

110       General Non Fiction

111       General Non-Fiction

112       General Non-Fiction

113       General Non Fiction

114       General Non-Fiction

115       Future Space

116       Oversized Books – Large Art Books

117       Cantor Wallach’s Favorite Shelf

118       Mysticism – Kabballah – Chasidism

119       LOL – What’s so Funny?  // Conservative Judaism // Judaism & Christianity

120       Children’s Corner

201a     Children’s Corner

201b     Children’s Corner

201c     Children’s Corner

202       Great Jewish Ideas – Great Jewish Personalities

203       Yiddish Language – Yiddish Literature

204       Children’s Corner

205       Shoa

206       Shoa

207       Seasonal Display

208       Israel-Zionism

209       Israel-Zionism

210       Israel Zionism

211       The Jew In America

212       American Jewish History

213       American Judaism

214a     Jews in Sports

214b     The Synagogue

214c     Poetry

301       The Talmud –  Pirke Avot – The Mishna

302       The Torah  // Torah Commentary

303       The Prophets – The Megillot

304       Books from all of the above

305       Prayer Books of all kinds – Compare!

306       Books about the Torah – Various English Versions

307       Here’s my Life Story – Do we have anything in common? – Biographies

308       Do you know me? – Biographies

309       Want to get to know me better? – Biographies

310       About Hebrew – Hebrew Literature

311       World Jewish History I

312       World Jewish History II

313       World Jewish History III

314       Thousands of Short Stories and Essays

315       Jews from Many Lands

316       Encyclopedia Judaica

317       Rosh Hashona – Yom Kippur – Sukkot –  Chanukah – Purim – Passover – Shavuot – All Holidays

318       The Jewish Family –  Jewish Home  //Shabbat // Marriage // Death & Dying

319       The Jewish Woman – Jewish Law & Laws

320       The Jewish Encyclopedia