The Library


A resource for the study of Judaism by providing access to both print and non-print materials, both in-house and, via the internet, worldwide.

15,000 Titles

We are proud to hold approximately 15,000 titles, including those on VHS and DVD, music CD’s, and a number of periodicals.


Range of Topics and for All Ages

We have a wide range of materials from nursery school items to Biblical research materials in Hebrew. For adults, we have non-fiction, biography, and fiction. We also have a Young Adult collection and a large children’s collection.


Online Catalog

Visit our Online Catalog Here!
Our online catalog is supported by the Henry L. & Claire P. Kronstadt Library Endowment Fund and the Charles Jay Pilzer Computer Center project.


Periodicals Available

Baltimore Jewish Times, Commentary, Conservative Judaism,
The Forward, The Jerusalem Post, The Jerusalem Report,
Jewish Spectator, Lamishpaha: Illustrated Hebrew Monthly,
Lilith Magazine, Moment Magazine, Sh'ma, Tikkun Magazine,
United Synagogue Review, Washington Jewish Week


Special Collections

  • Sisterhood Jewish Heritage Video Collection in memory of Anita Schwartz (z”l), a project of the Jewish Media Project
  • Collection of the Talmud, Jewish texts, and reference texts
  • Sybil Wolin Passover Haggadah Collection
  • Glenn S. Easton Jewish Genealogy Collection
  • Salzberg Family Music Library
  • Barbara Abrams Cohen Collection for holocaust-related materials books for pre-school and early elementary school children
  • Ruth and Emanuel Weinstein (z”l) Collection which includes Jewish literature, early Jewish settlement in the United States, strong Jewish role models of the past and present, and contemporary events related to the Jewish Community.


We also appreciate the support of the R. Robert Linowes Memorial Bookshelf and the Rabbi Solomon H. Metz Library Fund.

Visit the Jewish Historical Society of Greater Washington's online version of their exhibition, Jewish Washington: Scrapbook of an American Community. This exhibition, which debuted in Summer 2005, chronicles the people, places and events that shaped the history of the Washington area’s Jewish community from 1795 to the present.

Click here to access the online exhibit







We Are Committed…

To enriching the religious, educational, and cultural Jewish life of Adas Israel Congregation, our Melvin Gelman Religious School, our Jess & Mildred Fisher Gan HaYeled Nursery School, clergy and staff, and the general community.


Hours of Operation
The library is accessible on Shabbat and whenever the Education Department (Religious School) office is open. Contact: 202-362-4433, ext. 116 or


Book Reviews
Each month, the Chronicle features a literary or arts review by our librarian.
Click here to access the reviews


Computer Access
Students and visitors can enjoy computer workstations and printer.


Young Kids Corner
Enjoy our special reading corner for young children.


Robin Jacobson, Librarian
Phone: 202-362-4433 x 116


Art for the High Holy Days

Rembrandt van Rijn (1635)
Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio(1603)
William Blake (c. 1783)
Giambattista Pittoni (1720)
Wilfred Owen (1920)