The library at Ohev Shalom was created with the purchase of the congregation’s original building in Richboro. It originally consisted of just a donated bookcase, a few box loads of donated books, and the efforts of three dedicated volunteers, Bernice Berkowitz, Soni Feld, and Judy Friedman – none of whom were professional librarians. Soni had taken a course for volunteer librarians at Gratz College and had the previous experience of setting up libraries at two other synagogues. Books that had Jewish content and/or authors were included in the library.
As the congregation’s membership and facility grew, so did the library. In 1983, the year that the portion of the building which includes the administrative offices and sanctuary was dedicated, the son of Soni and Marvin Feld died in an auto accident. The library was named the Bennett Zion Feld Memorial Library.
Included in our current collection are fiction and non-fiction books, AV materials including movies, Bible stories, and information on holidays, history and Israel. It also houses computers with a variety of software. We are fortunate to have many hard-to-find resources, including some that are not available at Gratz or local university libraries.
We are proud of our library and invite all of our congregants to come in and utilize this wonderful resource, which is funded exclusively by donations.
- The library is open during religious school hours and one morning during pre-school each week. Pre-school classes are scheduled to come in during this time, hear a book read and the children are encouraged to check out a book.
- It may also be opened by pre-arranged appointment.
- Books may be borrowed for three weeks, AV material for two weeks.
- Late fines are not collected, but a replacement charge is billed for lost materials.
- Fiction and Non-Fiction books should have copyright date within the last 5 years (please check copyright date on the back of the title page)
- Books must be in excellent condition.
- No “coffee table” books can be accepted because of shelving considerations
- DVD’s should be commercially produced and in their original packaging. We cannot accept programs taped “off the air”. We no longer accept videocassettes.
- We do not accept music cassettes or music CDs, phonograph records, games, calendars or books in foreign languages (including Hebrew and Yiddish).
Donations should be left at the Library and become the property of the Library. If you have more than two or three books to donate at any one time, please call Soni Feld 215-630-1247, BEFORE leaving them at the Library. It would be helpful if you check with Soni or Jeff Bloom to learn if your books are duplicates as there is limited shelf room and duplicates are shared with other libraries or are discarded.