With thousands of books, hundreds of DVDs and videos, large-print books, audiobooks, periodicals, a parenting collection, and more, the Bell Library serves congregants at all ages and stages of life.
The Library Director is Amy Kaplan
, who holds a master's degree in Library and Information Science. Pat Cwanger
is the Library Assistant.
Beth El's award-winning library offers a broad circulating collection of Judaic fiction (including the latest bestsellers) and nonfiction on such topics as Jewish history, cooking, customs and holidays, spirituality, and much more. You may borrow these items to enjoy at home; there is no fee for borrowing. We also offer an extensive reference collection. Our library catalog is automated.
The children's collection includes a large selection of fiction and nonfiction for all ages, from toddlers to teens. Early Childhood classes enjoy their weekly visit to the library for story time and to browse age-appropriate books.
Housed in the Samost Learning Center, the Bell Library is a spacious room with abundant natural lighting. Individual and group workspaces are available, and the brightly decorated children's corner is a welcoming area featuring child-sized seating.
Library programming includes book talks, book discussions, and lectures. The Librarian also facilitates a Short Story Discussion Group. The Short Story Discussion Group is held monthly, on Thursdays, 1:30pm - 3:00pm (usually the fourth Thursday of the month), October through May. This Group has met for over 20 years, and always enjoys a lively conversation. New attendees are always welcome. Please call the Library for more information, and plan to join us!
The Library belongs to the Association of Jewish Libraries and the New Jersey Library Network, Region 6. Library resources and services are financed in part through contributions to the Synagogue Library Fund.
Donations of $25 and above entitle the donor to an inscribed bookplate in a library book. This is a wonderful way to honor special events, yahrzeits, and other occasions. A personalized acknowledgment of the gift is also sent to the honoree.
Please contact us at 856-675-1166 x503 for details.
Tuesday 9 AM-12 Noon and 2:30-5:00
For questions, comments, and reference assistance, please call the Library at 856-675-1166 x503.
Be a lifelong reader and learner - visit the Bell Library often!