The Temple Emunah Library features a collection of adult and children’s books, DVDs, and CDs. The library has an especially large collection of Holocaust books, and many of the older books can be found in the Rubenstein Wing in the next room down the hall. 

The library has a computer, generously donated by the Temple Emunah Sisterhood, that students and visitors are able to use to do research and to access the online catalog. You are also welcome to bring your own laptop and use the library’s WIFI connection.

Harvey and Joan Bines and Family have endowed the Temple Emunah Library in memory of Lillian and Carl Bines. 

Borrowing Books During COVID-19
While the synagogue is closed due to COVID-19, you may request books, DVDs, and CDs by emailing If the item(s) is available, it will be checked out to you, you will be notified by phone or email, and it will be left inside the main entrance of the synagogue.

Returning Books During COVID-19
Books and other items may be returned to the synagogue inside the main entrance and placed in the box marked Library Returns.

When Temple Emunah Reopens After COVID-19
During the week, the library is always available. If the door is locked, someone in the office can unlock it for you. Officially, the library is open during Hebrew School hours, and on Shabbat at the end of the morning service. 

On Shabbat, books may be borrowed by placing the book card in the preprinted envelope with your name on it which is found in alphabetical order in a box on the desk. Leave your envelope in the box labeled Shabbat loans, and later the item(s) will be checked out to you on the computer. 

Bines Library Hours (Closed until Further Notice)

Sunday 9:00 – 1:00
Monday 3:30 – 5:30
Tuesday 3:30 – 5:30
Wednesday 3:30 – 7:30
Thursday 3:30 – 5:30
Saturday Noon – 1:30 (self checkout)


The mission of the Temple Emunah Library is to provide Temple members, youth, clergy and staff with a wide variety of materials of Judaic interest. A warm and relaxed atmosphere encourages Jewish learning and promotes Jewish culture.

The primary objectives of the collection are:

  • To support and enrich the educational programs of the Temple
  • To provide support to the Religious School and Pre-School by making available age-appropriate materials that reflect the varied abilities and maturity levels of students
  • To encourage reading for pleasure as well as for information and spiritual guidance
  • To promote Jewish culture
  • To act as a resource to enhance members’ abilities to celebrate the holidays

Encyclopedia Judaica

Thanks to a generous grant from the Temple Emunah Brotherhood, the library has a subscription to the newest online edition of the Encyclopedia Judaica.

Rules for usage:

The EJ is meant for the use of the Emunah community, both in the building and at your home. It is password protected.

What does this mean?

  • Can I use it for my public school projects? Yes, absolutely.
  • Can I let my friend use it if we are working on a group project? Yes, within reason.
  • Can I post the link and the password on my website? – No.  We will lose our license and the significant investment we have made in this ebook.
  • How do I get the password? Contact the library.
  • Click here to open Encyclopedia Judaica in a new window.

The Bines Library has about 4800 books and 250 DVDs and CDs.

The library also has the following periodicals:

  • Commentary
  • Hadassah
  • Lilith
  • Moment
  • Jewish Journal (quarterly journal)
  • Jewish Review of Books (monthly newspaper)
  • World Jewish Digest
  • Pakn Treger

Online Periodicals

To request more information, offer suggestions, or ask questions, email

Office Hours

Monday – Thursday, 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
Friday, 8:30 am – 3:00 pm

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