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Blumberg-Zalis Family Library

Welcome to the Blumberg-Zalis Family Library—Washington’s Premier synagogue Library, and a beautiful setting for reading, learning, and relaxing.  Having received and maintained an Advanced Accreditation by the Association of Jewish Libraries since 2014 and recognized with a Solomon Schechter Gold Award from the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, our library supports the curricula of the Schilit Nursery School, the Lessans Talmud Torah, Noar B’Yachad, and teen and adult education programs.  Programs include book reviews, book discussion, visiting authors, movies and more, all free of charge and everyone is welcome.

The library has several reading areas with tables, chairs, upholstered furniture and, in the children’s section, lovely, carpeted steps. The collection totaling over 15,000 items feature fiction and nonfiction books, DVD’s, magazines, and periodicals.  In addition to an extensive collection of Holocaust materials for all ages, there are books covering topics, such as Jewish ethics, parenting, spirituality, feminism, literature, folklore medicine, life cycles, grief, cookbooks and so much more.  

The second floor of the library is a Beit Midrash (a hall dedicated for Torah study) and includes different editions of Talmud, encyclopedias, and other texts of Judaic scholarly interest.

Members and nonmembers are always welcome.  Nonmembers, while able to enjoy the library during library hours, may also check out books for a small yearly fee.  There is no charge to members.  If you cannot make it in during library hours, feel free to email the librarian to set up an appointment.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Jill Gendelman, Librarian

Library Hours

Sunday 9:00 AM–12:30 PM
Monday 9:00 AM–3:00 PM
Tuesday 11:00 AM–6:30 PM
Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday by appointment. Send an email to Jill.

Click here for our online catalog.

for upcoming library programs Click here.

New Arrivals

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Seasonal & Relevant Reads

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library features

Chod Media Center
Features a network of computers available to congregants of all ages.

Children’s Library
A colorful kid-friendly seating area to enjoy our wonderful collection of children’s books for all ages and abilities.

Tue, May 21 2024 13 Iyyar 5784