December 3, 2022 -


Arthur J. Lelyveld Center for Jewish Learning

The Arthur J. Lelyveld Center for Jewish Learning was established in 1986 and is one of the largest synagogue libraries in the country and is open to the community.

Our Mission:

  • To be a resource for congregants, Religious School students, preschoolers, and our community to learn more about Judaism through books and audiovisual collections for all ages
  • To be a place you can visit and read, learn and reflect

How You Can Learn More through our Library:

  • The beautiful rotunda Arthur J. Lelyveld Center for Jewish Learning includes an extensive collection of reading and research materials in the Sam and Emma Miller Library for adults, DVDs and other AV offerings through Morton Rotsky Audiovisual Collection, and wonderful and engaging children’s books in the Celia Smith Rogovin Children’s Library.
  • Visit and research in our Arthur J. Lelyveld Center for Jewish Learning with its resources for ongoing Jewish study, individual reflection, and to explore our new genealogy materials incorporated in 2011 from the collection of the Jewish Genealogy Society of Cleveland.
  • The Arthur J. Lelyveld Center is open when the temple building is open.

Rabbi Arthur J. Lelyveld was Anshe Chesed Fairmount Temple’s spiritual leader from 1958-1986 and Senior Rabbi Emeritus until his passing in 1996. He was leader in Reform Judaism who was active in social causes including fostering closer relations between Blacks and Jews. He was beaten by white segregationists with tire irons in 1964 while helping to register Black voters in Mississippi. You can read more about him here.