The Ralph and Julia Cohen Library

One of the largest synagogue libraries in North America and home to over 22,000 items for all ages. It’s a place for inspiration, exploration, relaxation, and education.

What you’ll find in the Wise Temple library:

  • A beautiful and comfortable space to relax, decompress, study, or work.
  • Extensive selection of children's books (pre-school through teens.)
  • Wide selection of adult fiction and non-fiction.
  • Videos, CD’s, audio tapes, audio books, and recorded lectures on Jewish topics.
  • Every aspect of Judaica, including Bible, Commentaries, History, Law, Ritual, Ethics, Philosophy, Family, Holidays, Israel, Music, Art, the Holocaust, Biography, Cookbooks, Travel.
  • Reference area including primary sources and many Judaic encyclopedias and dictionaries.
  • Teacher Resource Room with a large variety of texts, teaching guides, posters, and other educational and instructional materials.
  • A mini-museum with fascinating facts and artifacts about our congregation.
  • An expert librarian, WiFi, and an atmosphere of lifelong learning. 

Online Catalog

Questions? Andrea Rapp, Temple Librarian, 513-793-2556 or

(during school)
9:00 AM - Noon
Mondays 1:00 - 4:00 PM
Tuesdays Noon - 3:00 PM
Wednesdays 1:00 - 5:00 PM
Thursdays 9:00 AM - Noon

Open to the entire Cincinnati community.‚Äč