April 19, 2024 -

Library

Arthur J. Lelyveld Center for Jewish Learning

The Arthur J. Lelyveld Center for Jewish Learning was established in 1986.  The library is open when the building is open and when it’s not being utilized for a special event/meeting.  You will also find recent books on special shelves in the Religious School Commons that are available for loan.

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 offerings through Morton Rotsky Audiovisual Collection, and wonderful and engaging children’s books in the Celia Smith Rogovin Children’s Library.
  • The Arthur J. Lelyveld Center for Jewish Learning includes the  genealogy materials incorporated in 2011 from the collection of the Jewish Genealogy Society of Cleveland.

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.