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The Library is funded by theWest End Synagogue
Edward T. Goldstein Library Fund.

                                                 The library is accessible to all members who are eligible to check out books.

                                                 Please contact Susan Pankowsky with any questions or for volunteer opportunities. 

You will need to create a user name and password to access the online library catalog.


VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY JEAN & ALEXANDER HEARD LIBRARIES DIVINITY LIBRARY and MARY AND HARRY ZIMMERMAN JUDAICA COLLECTION – Previously known simply as the Judaica Collection, this collection of books and journals covers thousands of years of Jewish research, culture, and history. The books may be checked out; most are listed in the library catalog. Already one of the best collections of Judaica in the mid-south region, a donation by the Zimmerman family has allowed for significant expansion and enrichment of this important collection. The Zimmerman Judaica Collection, now numbering well over 20,000 titles, was begun in 1945 with the gift of the professional library of Professor Ismar Elbogen. A discerning acquisitions program has developed a collection impressive in breadth and depth. It includes (1) textually oriented study, i.e. Jewish works on the Hebrew Scriptures, Mishna, Talmud, Gaonic literature and liturgy; (2) tradition-oriented research, i.e. studies dealing with the religious and cultural dimensions of the Jewish tradition; and (3) historical study, i.e. works treating the history of the Jewish people from ancient times to the present. The acquisition of the collection of Professor Nahum N. Glatzer in 1991 was a direct result of the Zimmerman gift. Professor Glatzer’s collection, in addition to strengthening these three foci of the existing collection, broadens the scope of the collection, particularly with its focus on 19th and 20th century European Judaism. Included in the Glatzer purchase were manuscript and correspondence materials relating to Martin Buber, Franz Rosenzweig, and Leopold Zunz. In 2016, we celebrated
70 years of Vanderbilt’s Judaica CollectionMembers of the Nashville Jewish community are granted borrowing privileges to the Zimmerman Judaica Collection. Applications for these special borrowing programs are available at the Divinity Library service desk.

Jewish Theological Seminary Library- You can search the library’s catalog and link to the library’s digital collection and to many other free Jewish online resources on such subjects as: Bible, Talmud, Jewish Education, Jewish History, Jewish Lifecycle, Jewish Music and more.

Association of Jewish Libraries – The Association of Jewish Libraries promotes Jewish literacy through enhancement of libraries and library resources and through leadership for the profession and practitioners of Judaica librarianship. The Association fosters access to information, learning, teaching and research relating to Jews, Judaism, the Jewish experience and Israel.

Association of Jewish Libraries Podcast— The purpose of the AJL Podcast is to identify the Jewish values found in books written for Jewish children and teens in English or in translation. The Podcast Site is a selective guide; not every book of Jewish content is included.

Center for Jewish History– Combines collections of five major institutions of Jewish scholarship, history and art: American Jewish Historical Society, the American Sephardi Federation, the Leo Baeck Institute, the Yeshiva University Institute and the YIVO Institute of Jewish Research. There are links from the Library page to free online resources.

Harvard University Library Judaica Division’s Publications Online – Over 100 publications issued by the Division, including exhibit catalogs, lectures and articles related to the collection, proceedings of library conferences held in the Division and monographs.

National Library of Israel – The largest collection of publications within Israel is accessible to the public free of charge at the National Library with over 5 million volumes of books, manuscripts, periodicals, archives, maps, photographs and audio recordings.

Yiddish Book Center – The Yiddish Book Center works to rescue Yiddish and other modern Jewish books and open up their content to the world. Most of the collection has been digitized. Currently 11,000 Yiddish titles are available online, free of charge.


Digital Dead Sea Scrolls – The oldest known Biblical manuscripts have been digitized by the Israel Museum, Jerusalem and Google, and are now accessible online.

Digital Yiddish Library – The full text of over 11,000 Yiddish books in the Yiddish Book Center are available online, free of charge.

Hebrew Books (Torah seforim) – Provides access to old Torah Seforim that are out-of-print and/or circulation, written by American rabbis. Users can view and print the entire sefer.

Jewish Encyclopedia – published in 1901-1906, it is a relevant resource for historical information about Judaism.

Jewish Women’s Archive – The archive is an extensive collection of stories, struggles and achievements of Jewish women in North America, including JewishWomen: a comprehensive historical encyclopedia, edited by Paula E. Hyman, Dalia Ofer and Alice Shalvi.

Jewish Virtual Library – Click on “The Library” to find content on following subjects: history, Israel, politics, biography, vital statistics and more.

Sefaria is a non-profit organization dedicated to building the future of Jewish learning in an open and participatory way. They assemble a free living library of Jewish texts and their interconnections, in Hebrew and in translation. With these digital texts, they can create new, interactive interfaces for Web, tablet and mobile, allowing more people to engage with the textual treasures of our Jewish tradition.


ANU – Museum of the Jewish People and Open Database Project – The Museum of the Jewish People is more than a museum. It tells the ongoing and extraordinary story of the Jewish people. Beit Hatfutsot connects Jewish people to their roots and strengthens their personal and collective Jewish identity. It conveys to the world the fascinating narrative of the Jewish people and the transcending essence of the Jewish culture, faith, purpose and deed while presenting the contribution of world Jewry to humanity.

Ellis Island – Browse the sections of the website to locate information about Ellis Island, its resources and services.

Jewish Book Council – The organization’s main purpose is the promotion of Jewish books. The Council promotes reading, writing, publishing and distribution of quality Jewish content in English and serves as the national resource center for information about the American Jewish literary scene. It website includes book reviews, programs, resources for authors, publishers and readers and more.

National Center For Jewish Film – A motion-picture archive, distributor, resource center and exhibitor, its mission is the collection, preservation and exhibition of films with artistic and educational value relevant to the Jewish experience. Films are available for public exhibition and DVD purchase.

PJ Library – A program of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation, PJ Library is made possible through partnerships with philanthropists and local Jewish organizations. Families with kids ages 6 months through 8 years old with Judaism as part of their lives, are welcome to sign up. PJ Library welcomes all Jewish families, whatever their background, knowledge, or family make-up, or observance may be. Also available is their Podcast.

United Synagogue for Conservative Judaism – It is the association of Conservative congregation in North America, consisting of approximately 700 affiliated synagogues.

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum – The website provides a link to its library, under “Museum” from the homepage. On the library site one can search the online catalog, ask a question and find information about both the Museum’s online and on-site services.

Yad Vashem – World center for documentation, research, education and commemoration of the Holocaust


Digital Yiddish Library – The full text of over 11,000 Yiddish books in the Yiddish Book Center are available online, free of charge.

Google Hebrew Books – Access to Hebrew books published in Israel.

Hathitrust E-book Access – The HathiTrust Digital Library is a collaboration of universities and other institutions to archive and share their digital collections, including e-books and journal content. This includes both copyrighted and public-domain materials (pre-1923), available to all to the extent permitted by law and contracts.

Internet Archive is a non-profit library of millions of free books, movies, software, music, websites, and more. Open Library is an open, editable library catalog, building towards a web page for every book ever published. Read, borrow, and discover more than 3M books.


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