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NEW Book Launch
GLENDA LEZNOFF presents her new novel  Heartache and other Natural Shocks. Her novel is narrated, in alternating chapters, by two teenage girls, one of whom is Jewish. The story is set in 1971/72 in Montreal and Toronto. Come hear the author.
Th Jan 21     7:30pm Free admission
NEW Book Talk
My Greek Barber's Diary, written by CHRIS BEST, is the story of George Chronopoulos, barber for Vancouver's business elite (Jewish and not) for the past 50 years in the Hyatt Hotel. Chris and George will tell stories and regale us with anecdotes from this new book.
We Feb 3    7:30pm  Free admission

NEW Tea in the afternoons
Led by library volunteers: join us for tea and conversation.
Tu 2:15–3:00 Hebrew basic conversation circle
Th 2:15–3:00 ESL conversation circle
Th 3:30–4:15 Russian conversation circle

Creative Writing Workshop
with award-winning author Lillian Boraks-Nemetz
This program is building on the momentum of the previous workshops. Everyone welcome.  We Feb 10    2:00-4:30pm
By donation. Proceeds to the library.

NEW Meet our library tech
Introducing Rossana Caritey, our library technician. She is at the library every day to help with all your research and eBook needs. Rossana will be in the JCC Atrium
Sundays 11:00–2:00
to take you eBook questions, requests and suggestions. Bring your device and get hands-on training. New eBooks are being added monthly. 

Free Tutoring in the library
by UBC & SFU students who work at Camp Miriam during the summer

Tutoring and homework help by a group of smart dedicated young volunteers from Habonim-Dror. Open to everyone who needs it.
Tu, We, Th  4:30-6:00pm
Information: 604-257-5181;

NEW Meet Your Book Match
Looking to buy the perfect used book?
Give us your requests by author or genre, and we will create your personal "wish list". You can purchase from our available books, or we'll contact you when your "wish list" books become available.
Su 12:00-3:00pm

Israeli, Hebrew & Yiddish Film Collection click here...

eBooks at the Library  Click here...

Library Gifts and Donations  
Donations may be made to the Library and a special plaque will be inscribed. For information please call the librarian at 604-257-5111 ext. 249.


by Jessamyn Hope

Jessamyn Hope’s luminous and ambitious first novel, shows how a single item — a medieval brooch made by a Jewish artisan, connects people across time and history. Full of romance, tragedy, betrayal, and the constant reminder that chaos is a driving force in everyone’s story, the book is a wise and memorable debut by a novelist of great talent and originality.

It’s 1994 and Adam, a drug addict from New York City, arrives at a kibbutz in Israel with a medieval sapphire brooch. To make up for a past crime, he needs to get the priceless heirloom to a woman his grandfather loved when he was a Holocaust refugee on the kibbutz fifty years earlier.

There Adam joins other troubled people trying to turn their lives around: Ulya, the ambitious and beautiful Soviet √©migr√©;  Farid, the lovelorn Palestinian farmhand;  Claudette, the French Canadian Catholic with OCD;  Ofir, the Israeli teenager wounded in a bus bombing; and Ziva, the old Zionist Socialist firebrand who founded the kibbutz. By the end of that summer, through their charged relationships with one another, they each get their last chance at redemption.

In the middle of this web glows the magnificent sapphire brooch with its perilous history spanning three continents and seven centuries. With insight and beauty, Safekeeping tackles that most human of questions: how can we expect to find meaning and happiness when we know that nothing lasts?

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