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Lippman Library

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  • Sunday Mornings During J-JEP (9:30 a.m.-12 p.m.)

  • Monday: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

  • Tuesday: 12 p.m.-4 p.m.

  • Thursday: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Contact the library:


To check the availability of a book, place a book on reserve, or if you have any questions, contact the Librarian:

Sam Siskind

(412) 621-6566, x179


The Abraham Lippman Library, the main circulating library at Rodef Shalom, is a 11,000-plus-item repository for literature and learning resources of interest to all members of Rodef Shalom. The library is accedited by the Association of Jewish Libraries.

The library is on the first floor of the Temple, adjacent to the Commons Area. Within the Lippman Library are the Glick Children’s Library—for Preschool and Religious School students—and the Broff Youth Area, containing our Young Adult and reference collections. The Lippman Library also circulates the Kaplan-Lefkowitz video collection.

The library is open to the public, but borrowing is limited to Rodef Shalom Congregation members and families enrolled in the Family Center Preschool and the Joint Jewish Education Program.

Did You Know?

If you are a Rodef Shalom member or if you have a child enrolled in the Family Center Preschool or J-JEP, you are able to check books out from the Lippman Library. If a book is on our shelves or in one of our displays, it is available to check out. The librarian or a library volunteer would be glad to help you.

However, if you can't find the librarian or a library volunteer, the checkout process is easy. Simply take the circulation card from the book, write the date and your name on the card, and place the card in the circulation card box at the circulation desk. Take the book with you, and enjoy! Bring the book back when you are finished with it. It's that simple.

Library Events
New Year....And New Books!

Thanks to the Sisterhood, we've got some great new selections on our shelves. Here are just a few of the titles just waiting for you! Our shelves are stocked! Come on in and grab one of our new books. There's nothing better than curling up with a book on a rainy spring day.

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Perfect for Passover, this sweet story relates a funny story told by a grandmother to her granddaughter about a family story as to why they must always have four matzah balls in each bowl of soup. For late preschool/early grade schoolers. 

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For adults, this book from award-winning author Michael Lewis tells the true story of two Israeli psychologists, Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky, who published influential, original papers that reinvented our understanding of the decision-making process. Despite the vastly different personalities between the two men, their work together was so integrated and interchangeable that they had to flip a coin to decide who would receive the lead authorship on their first paper.  


For middle-schoolers, this biography tells the story of the life of Laura Bridgman, a person who was deaf and blind, who lived two generations before the more famous Helen Keller. Like Keller, Bridgman also rose above her enormous challenges to learn to communicate, read, write, and eventually teach. Author Sally Hobart Alexander, herself blind and hearing-impaired, felt a strong connection with Bridgman and an inspiration to tell her story. Many pictures and various visuals are included in the text.   

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