A part of the Ohel Jacob Library consists of a large historical collection of books offered to this synagogue by refugees from Germany, Austria and Poland during 1934 and up to 1945. Most of these books are prayer books, Chumashim (Bibles) and there are some books about German history and some in Yiddish to learn Hebrew. What makes them special is that many of them contain names and dedications of refugees and therefore are important objects for researchers in the history and Jewish liturgy.
All books, with photos of the dedications, signatures and complete bibliographical information can be searched in this catalogue. [The books have already been catalogued, but they are not yet launched in the system, so if you have questions on the subject or refugee names, you will have to contact us for now.]
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A second part of the Ohel Jacob Library consists of a common collection of life support books in the current synagogue, mainly in Portuguese language and about Judaism, being important for studies, learning about the Judaism in general, about Progressive Judaism, Jewish culture, Hebrew learning, study of the weekly portion, and more.
The library is open before and after the services and the books can be used by members of the congregation. Learn how to become a member here.
Some of the authors presented in the Ohel Jacob Library
Irving M Bumm, Rabbi Kalman Packouz, Paul Johnson, Mendes dos Remédios, Alfred J. Kolatch, Moshe Grylak, Auro Del Giglio, Norman Lamm, Rabbi Benjamim Blech, Adin Éven Yisrael (Steinsaltz), Rabbi Eliahu Birnbaum, Prof. Shalom Rosenberg, Gabrielle Sed-Rajna, Isidore Epstein, Robert M. Seltzer, Howard Sachar, Nathan Ausubel, Gershon Scholem, Harry Rabinowicz, Llan Brenman, Marc-Alain OuaKmin e Dory Rotnemer, Henry D. Spalding, Aryeh Kaplan, Moshe Chaim Luzzatto, Alan Unterman, David ZumerKorn, Albin Michel, Abraham Assor, Manis Friedman, Abraham J.Twerski, Binyan Olam, Tinchas Stolper, Morrison David Bial, Andrew M. Greeley, Jacob Neusner, Martin Gilbert, Alexandre Teixeira Mendes, Arnold Diesendruck, Diane Lisbona Kuperman, Ladina, Hélio Daniel Cordeiro, Isolina Bresolin, Graça Calvão, Graça Sá Fernandes, João Medine, Marina Pignatelli, Moshe Lazar, Brenda Bacon, Guilherme Faignenboim, Paulo Valadas, Ana Rosa Campagnano, Rabbi Sidney Greenberg, L. Markowitz, Lydia KuKoff, Bernard J. Bamberg, Deborah Pessin, Dorothy K. Kripke, Morris Epstein, Paul Steinberg, Dona Z., entre muitos outros.