Ralph and Julia Cohen Library
SCHOOL YEAR LIBRARY HOURS
Mondays 1:00 - 7:00 PM
Tuesdays 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Wednesdays Noon - 6:00 PM
Thursdays 9:00 AM - Noon
Sundays 8:30 AM - Noon
(when religious school is in session)
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The Ralph and Julia Cohen Library, located at the Wise Center in Amberley Village, contains over 20,000 items and represents one of the largest synagogue libraries in North America. It is a valued resource to the membership, the school, and the entire Jewish community of Cincinnati.
The collection includes an extensive selection of children's books, beginning with those for pre-schoolers and up, as well as a wide selection of adult fiction and non-fiction. Every aspect of Judaica, such as Bible, Commentaries, History, Law, Ritual, Ethics, Philosophy, Family, Holidays, Israel, Music, Art, the Holocaust, Biography, Cookbooks, Travel, etc., is easily located.
The Reference area contains primary sources, in addition to many Judaica encyclopedias and dictionaries. The Teacher Resource Room has a large variety of texts, teaching guides, posters, and other educational materials, and includes many historic Jewish instructional materials.
The Shavzin-Carsch Collection of Historic Jewish Children's Books is also housed in the Cohen library. The Collection is described here.
The Library includes a large number of videos, CD's, and audio tapes, as well as a large print book collection, audio books, and recorded lectures on various topics of Jewish interest. We also subscribe to over a dozen periodicals of interest to the American Jewish community.
Temple Librarian: Andrea Rapp
Contact the library at 793-2556, ext. 5210 or click here to email Andrea Rapp.
SUMMER LIBRARY HOURS
Mondays 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Tuesdays 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Wednesdays 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Thursdays 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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The library also houses the Wise Temple Archives, which collects and preserves the records and papers of our congregation's history and activities. These include founding documents, constitution and by-laws, minutes and reports of committees and auxiliaries, financial and membership records, photographs, program materials, bulletins and directories, interviews with rabbis, officers, and members, and other materials, totaling over 100 archival boxes. The general contents of each box are searchable in the online Websafari catalog.